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An A.R.T. season to provoke, immerse, entertain

first_imgThe new season at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) takes aim at some serious subjects, including class, gender identity, turning points in Irish and Argentinian history, and the crisis facing the American education system.Versatile actress, playwright, professor, and MacArthur Award winner Anna Deavere Smith kicks off the season in August with her latest production, “Notes From the Field: Doing Time in Education.” No stranger to tackling charged topics, Smith returns to her familiar solo format, exploring the school-to-prison pipeline through the lens of various characters: students, parents, teachers, and administrators. During the show, the audience is invited to participate in the dialogue through a series of discussions.“I feel we were really looking for a way in which the A.R.T. could deal with the issue of race relations in America, and in particular program a theatrical catalyst to deal with the Black Lives Matter movement,” said Diane Paulus, artistic director of the A.R.T. “And when the opportunity to bring Anna Deavere Smith to campus came up, that answered everything for me.”Although known to many fans for her TV work, including roles on “The West Wing” and “Madam Secretary,” Smith’s powerful stage presence has captivated audiences for years. She last appeared at the A.R.T. in 2008 in “Let Me Down Easy,” a one-woman show featuring close to 20 characters. Smith’s latest A.R.T. effort will be accompanied by music from jazz bassist and composer Marcus Shelby.“To me, it’s exactly what we should be opening the season with. I really couldn’t be more excited about Anna as an artist, about the subject matter, and about the dialogue I hope it’s going to foment on campus,” said Paulus.History takes center stage at the A.R.T. in September with Ireland’s Abbey Theatre production of “The Plough and the Stars,” written by dramatist and political activist Sean O’Casey. The wartime drama explores the Easter Rising in Dublin, an armed uprising against the British Empire that marked the beginning of the republican revolution in Ireland 100 years ago.Victorian-era intrigue is on tap in December when award-winning director and Harvard alum Bill Rauch ’84 returns to take the helm of “Fingersmith.” The play, written by Alexa Junge, is based on Sarah Waters’ 2002 crime novel of the same name, and swirls through “London streets, madhouses, and a stifling mansion with a shocking secret.”The past year has seen a number of milestones in the American transgender movement, and that momentum carries onto the A.R.T. stage in “Trans Scripts, Part 1: The Women,” which begins performances in January. Based on interviews with people who identify as transgender, the new work focuses on the lives of six transgender women. Directed by Jo Bonney, the play received a Fringe First Award for new writing for its author, Paul Lucas, at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.“We knew then and there,” said Paulus of the decision to bring the play back to the A.R.T.’s Loeb Drama Center after a sold-out reading at Oberon last year. “We loved the script, saw the audience response to it, knew that we wanted to program it, and made a very deliberate decision to put it on the main stage … We really felt giving the subject matter a main stage platform was an important signal.”In 2013 the A.R.T. mounted a mesmerizing production of the Tennessee Williams classic “The Glass Menagerie” that went on to Broadway acclaim. The playwright’s work will be back in February when the A.R.T. stages “Night of the Iguana.” Directed by Michael Wilson, who has devoted much of his career to interpreting Williams, the tale of love and lust unfolds during a night of tropical heat in a Mexican town.Ian-Lloyd Anderson (from left), Lloyd Cooney, and Liam Heslin in The Abbey Theatre’s production of “The Plough and the Stars.” Photo by Ros KavanaghHistory and movement will collide in the new, tango-infused dance and theater piece “Arrabal” in May 2017. The work “invites audiences into the underground world of Buenos Aires’ tango clubs for a dance between the present and the past.” True to the A.R.T.’s immersive spirit, the show invites audience members up on stage for tango lessons when they arrive. The story follows a woman’s search for the truth about her father, one of the “disappeared” during Argentina’s “dirty wars” of the 1970s and ’80s. Oscar-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla is behind the score.“I love that our season is classic plays like ‘Night of the Iguana,’ adaptations of novels, devised pieces like Anna’s work and ‘Trans Scripts,’ and of course ‘Arrabal,’ which is a project that I have been tracking for several years,” said Paulus. “We have not had a production that has really dealt with issues from Latin America … [It] is thrilling to me … that we can bring up this really serious ‘disappeared’ movement from Argentina in a theatrical form … It’s about a really serious subject matter, but it’s driven by music and dance.“I think next season represents what I hope people can identify now with the A.R.T.,” said Paulus, “which is a wide variety of form and sources of inspiration — novels, current politics, devised work, dance theater, and all shows that will touch on issues that I hope will catalyze dialogue and create an energy around them, a stir, provoke a kind of necessity for something to happen as a result of the theatrical event.”Solo shows, dance parties, multimedia events, and performance art all beckon during Oberon’s upcoming season. Highlights include a coming-of-age musical called “A Ride on the Irish Cream” with cabaret and performance artist Erin Markey, and a series of performances for small audiences at offsite locations. As always, the black-box theater will rock every Saturday night with “The Donkey Show,” the disco-inspired retelling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” now in its eighth season.For a complete schedule, tickets, show times, and related events, visit the A.R.T.’s website.last_img read more

Nanovic Institute to host first-ever Eurocup trivia night with trophy prize

first_imgThe Nanovic Institute for European Studies will host its first-ever Eurocup trivia night on Wednesday night in Jenkins-Nanovic Halls. “This is the first annual Eurocup competition,” Mark Kettler, director of the Eurocup trivia night, said. “This year really represents a huge expansion of the European trivia nights [held previously]. We’re moving from what was a fun night of getting together and asking questions about a common interest to a formalized competition.”The event will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. The prize is a trophy, which is intended to encourage inter-hall competition and strengthen individual hall spirit, Kettler said. “We thought instead of just sending an open invitation to anybody who might want to join, we would actually try to encourage the residence halls to compete against each other,” he said. ”So the winner gets the Eurocup which would reside in their residence hall for a year and they bring it back and try to defend it next year. The [winner’s] team name and their residence hall will be emblazoned on the cup.”The purpose of the trivia night is to give students more exposure to the Nanovic Institute and potentially get them involved with it.“I hope that this is a fun night in which students can see how European studies can enrich their own academic career,” Kettler said.Students can register on the Nanovic Institute website event page or directly walk in to the event on Wednesday night. “If you register early, you will be considered for the best team name competition, and the best team name gets 10 bonus points,” Kettler said.The competition had 45 people from eight different residence halls registered as of Monday. Students referred to the trophy as a major incentive to attend. “I have a competitive streak so I think that having a bit of competition with a cool prize [the trophy] will make it a lot of fun,” sophomore Maureen Kenny, who intends to attend the event, said in an email.Anticipation for the trivia night extended beyond student participants as well.“I’m excited about it,” Anna Dolezal, assistant manager of student program at Nanovic Institute, said. “I used to participate in events like this during my master’s degree, and I really liked them. I think it’s a fun way to meet other people who are interested in these kinds of things. It’s a cool way to bring together people who have interests that you don’t often hear from daily conversations.”The Eurocup competition requires students to already have chosen their teams by the time of registration. As of Monday, for example, Lewis Hall had two teams fielded, Kettler said.“The idea that you have to form a team beforehand is that we really wanted this to be on people’s radar ahead of time, and to encourage this idea of inter-dorm rivalry,” he said. “The registration [for the trivia night] is not closed yet. We encourage you to sign up ahead of time because there’s the 10-point bonus at stake, but we’ll also accept walk-on teams.”In addition to the Eurocup prize, which ultimately goes to the winner of the trivia competition, there is also a “Eurocup junior” which goes to the team that has the most freshmen. “We’re just trying to encourage freshmen in their first semester to explore and to be aware of what the Nanovic Institute is, and how it can help them craft their studies and then pursue their interests,” Kettler said.Tags: interhall competition, Nanovic Institute for European Studies, Trivia nightlast_img read more

West Yorkshire industrial: In with the old

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Offices: Reality bites

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State-owned INTI pays salaries in installments amid financial trouble

first_imgState-owned telecommunication company PT Industri Telekomunikasi Indonesia Persero (INTI) is paying its workers’ salaries in installments on the grounds of financial constraints faced by the company.The company has been partially delaying salary payouts since May last year. As of August this year, the company has paid the installment of Rp 1 million (US$67.28) for the delayed February salary. The scheme was part of efforts taken by the company to pay employees’ salaries in accordance with the company’s financial capabilities, INTI president director Otong Iip said. Salaries would continue to be paid out in installments until at least the end of the year.“This situation is caused by the company’s negative operating cash flow and equity,” he said in a statement on Thursday.Read also: SOEs in dark over fundraising despite government guaranteesHundreds of employees had protested in front of the INTI office in Bandung on Aug. 29, demanding information regarding the delayed salary from the company, which has 450 employees.  INTI has faced a declining financial situation since 2014. “One of the factors is past projects that have caused huge losses. The [financial pressure] continued until the company’s nonproductive debt reached 90 percent,” Otong explained.The management started transforming the business, finances, human resources and management by the end of 2019. They also performed debt restructuring and asset optimization following the company’s declining financial performance.“We are also supported by INTI’s entrance to the telecommunication industry cluster, so the company has a clear direction in business by focusing on Telkom Group customers,” Otong added. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal handed major boost in race for £13m Reims defender Axel Disasi

first_imgArteta is looking to strengthen his defensive options (Picture: Getty Images )Disasi may prove a cheaper alternative to RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, who the Gunners missed out on signing last summer.The 21-year-old is wanted by Manchester United and Bayern Munich, but his agent Volker Struth warned the coronavirus pandemic has thrown a potential big-money move into doubt.‘I don’t believe large transfers will take place this summer,’ he told Sport 1 last week.‘And I think Upamecano is a player who will demand a large fee, so the statement has already been made.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe Gunners will be boosted by the early arrival of centre-back William Saliba, who will reportedly be allowed to train with the squad after the Ligue 1 season was cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.Arsenal signed the highly-rated 19-year-old defender for £27m last summer and immediately loaned him back to Saint-Etienne for the season.MORE: Arsenal legend Ian Wright shares sickening racist messages he’s received on InstagramMORE: Arsenal have no plans for second Dani Ceballos loanFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Disasi is wanted by a number of top European clubs (Picture: Getty Images)Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot has dropped a major hint Arsenal target Axel Disasi will be heading to the Premier League this summer.The Gunners reportedly had a bid rejected for the 22-year-old in January as their offer did not match the Ligue 1 club’s valuation.But according to RMC Sport, Reims will let their star centre-back leave for a fee of around €15m (£13m) in the next transfer window.The young defender has attracted interest from Southampton, Tottenham and La Liga side Sevilla, but Reims chief Caillot revealed English clubs have offered the most attractive terms.ADVERTISEMENTHe told L’Equipe: ‘At the moment that I am speaking with you, he has little chance of going to Spain.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘We have more interesting offers from other leagues, I suggest that you read the foreign press and specifically the English [press].’ Arsenal handed major boost in race for £13m Reims defender Axel Disasi Advertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 May 2020 10:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link408Shareslast_img read more

From airport to auction win

first_imgBrisbane auctioneer, Phill Broom, is about to declare 31 Addison Road, Graceville “SOLD!” to the highest bidder.‘Move fast’ must be the mantra for the buyers of this beautiful property at 31 Addison Road, Graceville. 73 Goodwood Street, Hendra’s raw, beachy look helped bring in buyers.The five-bedroom home had a distinctly raw but appealing finish to its renovation.Ray White Ascot marketing consultant, Ian Cuneo, said while the event didn’t yield a sale under the hammer, post-auction negotiations eventually saw the home sold for $890,000. 11 Panorama Street, Ashgrove also had a cracking result with six registered bidders fronting up to help achieve an $875,000 sale price. 22 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters was the perfect picture of prestige canal-front living.This was a classic Noosa canal-front home with five-bedroom, five-bathroom accommodation, open plan living, stunning outdoor entertaining and a pontoon.Mr Macdonald said the event was spirited.“There were actually four registered bidders in the end with an opening bid of $2.5 million — it was active bidding all the way.”Mr Macdonald said the level of activity among cashed-up buyers in the Noosa area has been on the rise.“If you’ve got money and you’re heading to Queensland, then you’re heading to Noosa,” he said.You can follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair or Facebook at Kieran Clair – journo 54 Agnes Street, Auchenflower was hotly contested.This was a beautifully renovated five-bedder that was stunningly finished with a fine balance between contemporary upgrades and traditional features, and with picture-perfect suburban views from its deck.Space property agent Judi O’Dea oversaw proceeding and reports were it took an hour to get from the opening bid of $1 million to the final price as four registered bidders tussled it out.The new owners, who were originally from Perth, brought their kids along to the event and decided a quick game of backyard footy during the proceedings would be a handy diversion.A deal was also inked on 73 Goodwood Street, Hendra today. You won’t go wrong with an Ashgrove renovator.A modest little number in an absolutely cracking location, this two-bedroom cottage was always going to bring in buyers looking to add their special touch to the home.The Auction Group’s Gordon Macdonald oversaw a mega outcome at 22 The Anchorage, Noosa Waters as well, with the hammer falling at $3.27 million. 31 Addison Road, Graceville was bursting with beautiful architectural features.The five bedroom home, which had a touch of ‘industrial modernism’ about it, offered a seriously good standard of workmanship throughout. Apart from its striking internal features, there was also a pool with a detached studio available to the new owners.Belle Property Sherwood marketing agent, Nikala O’Brien, said the design certainly brought in the buyers.“We’ve had 39 groups through in four weeks,” Ms O’Brien said.“The initial home was just the area above the now three-car garage, so most of this home is a whole new wing to the property,” she said.Ms O’Brien said the owner designed it with Ziegler Build — the creative minds behind Graceville’s well-known shipping container home. When the auctioneer, Phill Broom, called for opening bids, the silence was deafening. Then one brave soul raised the paddle and called $1.2 million to get things underway. Brisbane auctioneer, Phill Broom, keeps things moving at 31 Addison Road, Graceville.Three bidders tussled for pole position until a pause in proceeding at $1.58 million.It was a bit of negotiation that saw the highest bidder raise their offer to $1.675 million and the home was officially on the market. No other contenders stepped forward and Mr Broom declared the home, “Sold!”The new owners, who asked not to be named, are Australian expats coming home from a stretch in Hong Kong.“I only saw it this morning. I just flew in,” said the buyer.The buyer said he, his wife and four children will be overwhelmed by space after living in a tiny home overseas that saw the kids sharing one bedroom.“We’ve been living in a place that’s only this big,” he said, gesturing to just the open plan kitchen and lounge of his new acquisition.With over 344sq m of living to explore, there will be no end of hide and seek for the family.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour agoIn other results 54 Agnes Street, Auchenflower found a buyer at $1.445 million.last_img read more

Dutch children could have three or more parents

first_imgAFP 24 Oct 2012Dutch kids may soon be able to have three or more mothers or fathers after the government said it was seeking to enshrine parenting rights for the Netherlands’ 25,000 children in gay families.“The justice ministry is going to investigate and see what the possibilities are for recognising three parents or more per family,” ministry spokesman Wiebe Alkema told AFP on Wednesday.The left-wing Green party, but also the Liberal VVD and the Labour PvdA parties that won last month’s parliamentary election, requested the report with a view to amending a lesbian parenting bill currently before parliament.The Netherlands was the first country to legalise gay marriage in 2001 and when a gay or lesbian couple has a child, another parent is by biological necessity involved.But, said Green MP Liesbeth van Tongeren, it is also essential to recognise the rights of non-biological parents, including step-parents.“Currently parenthood in the eyes of the law is almost always the consequence of biological parenthood,” her party said in a statement, stressing that “this does not represent the diversity of families in the Netherlands.”“Often enough, the father of a child with lesbian parents also plays a role in the life of the child,” she said.http://www.afp.com/en/node/616941last_img read more

Olympic Eagles begin training in Asaba

first_imgRelatedPosts CAF gives date for resumption of AFCON 2021, Qatar 2022 qualifiers NFVCB, Stakeholders hold dialogue on funding for film industry COVID-19: 87 stranded Nigerians arrive from Sudan Nigeria’s U23 boys have started intensive training sessions in the city of Asaba, Delta State ahead of Tuesday’s make-or-break Africa U23 Cup of Nations final qualifying clash against Sudan. Thursday’s first leg encounter at the Al Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman ended 1-0 in favour of the Sudanese, whose contingent flew into Abuja on Sunday afternoon, on their way to Asaba. The Imama Amapakabo charges had their first feel of the Stephen Keshi Stadium on Sunday morning, and were scheduled to train again on Sunday evening and Monday evening. Cup holders Nigeria have now welcomed to camp midfield lubricator Kelechi Nwakali, who missed Thursday’s opening leg, and Amapakabo is happy to have the former U17 World Cup-winning captain strengthen his squad for Tuesday’s battle. Nigeria, who overturned a two-goal deficit against Libya in the earlier round, winning 4-0 at the same venue, is confident of erasing the one-goal deficit from Omdurman and soaring over Sudan to the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations holding in Egypt, November 8 to 22. The two finalists in Egypt will fly Africa’s flag at the Men’s Football Tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.Tags: Africa Cup of NationsAsabaImama AmapakabomOlympic EaglesStephen Keshi StadiumSudanlast_img read more

Munster and Ireland full-back Felix Jones retires

first_imgMunster and Ireland full-back Felix Jones has been forced to retire aged just 28 after a neck injury. Munster confirmed Jones was advised to retire from the sport after a neck problem suffered in the 23-21 Pro12 clash win over Glasgow Warriors on October 2. Jones made 90 Munster appearances and won 13 Ireland caps, missing the final selection cut ahead of the World Cup. Press Association “It is still unthinkable to believe I will never play another game of rugby,” said Jones. “I’ve always had one driving purpose in my life and that was to play rugby. “I’m grateful I could do that in Munster. “That feeling of walking out in front of a packed Thomond Park is something I will never forget. “To accept I will not play with my team-mates again is beyond upsetting. “The guidance I have received from the medical teams in Munster and Ireland has been unfaltering.” Head coach Anthony Foley paid tribute to Jones for his “immense contribution” at Munster. “We are all hugely disappointed for Felix,” said Foley. “He was a leading example in the way he applied himself through his commitment, work-rate and attention to detail. “For a player to come in, embody everything that is Munster and have such a presence within the group, he will be sorely missed on and off the field. “We are very grateful for Felix’s immense contribution over the last six years and wish him all the best for the future.” last_img read more