The Actors Fund – Gregory Harrison Site Tue, 06 Jul 2021 02:34:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Actors Fund – Gregory Harrison Site 32 32 Ignite Possibilities Authors Celebrate New York City’s Reopening With Entertainment And Free Signed Copy Of Their Book – Times Square Chronicles Thu, 17 Jun 2021 04:06:16 +0000

To celebrate New York City’s reopening and Father’s Day, Pat Labez, in collaboration with Step Forward Entertainment, will be offering a Father’s Day afternoon at a special book signing of Turn on the possibilities.

Ignite the possibilities is a compilation of stories from individuals around the world sharing their soul-awakening “Ignite Moment”. These real life changing stories will inspire and empower the reader, maybe even help them find a bigger goal and rekindle their dreams.

Three of the contributing authors will be at the book signing event – Dr. Yasmine Saad, Guy Fortt and Pat Labez – with live musical numbers provided by the talent of Step Forward Entertainment and other guest artists.

Dr Yasmine Saad

Dr Yasmine Saad, known as Wise Psychologist, is a leading New York-based licensed clinical psychologist with a national and international reputation. With a wellness perspective on mental health issues, she has helped thousands of people transform their lives in one sitting by changing their outlook and offering concrete steps to help them find balance and good. -to be. She applies psychological wisdom based on Eastern and Western healing traditions to their unique issues to enable them to transform their lives. She is the founder of Madison Park Psychological Services, a leading therapy and assessment group in New York City, awarded Best-in-Class Company with Top Three Scores in 2021 and 2020. The practice is grounded in Dr. Saad’s philosophy that effective therapy stems from respect for the unique values ​​and identities of patients. Dr. Saad and her team strive to empower patients to transform their suffering into well-being and to view health problems as symptoms intended to guide them to a better life. She and her team have helped countless adults, couples and children achieve well-being in a short time. Dr Saad has been featured in various editorial and audiovisual media including Fox5 Have a nice day in New York, NBCLX Live Stream, Authority magazine, The HuffPost, Thrive globally, The national psychologist, American Psychological Association, Sparkpeople, IJNet, Theravive, New, Very well mind, and Good + Good. Dr Yasmine Saad is author of Because You Matter: Personal and Professional Stories of Health Warriors During COVID-19, and she IGNITION possibilities the story is From Misfortune to Fortune: A Transformational Journey from Pain to Empowerment. “A lotus bud in muddy water has no doubt that it will turn into a beautiful flower,” she said.

Guy Fort

Guy Fortt is a producer and actor who studied at Columbia University. He was featured on Broadway in Oprah Winfrey’s The color purple. Film credits include Never, Rarely, Sometimes, Always, with Ryan Eggold; David Frankel’s The devil wears Prada with Meryl Streep; by director Sydney Pollack The interpreter, with Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn; director Spike Lee 25th hour and She hates me. He has also appeared in television shows including Law & Order SVU, Ray Donovan, Bull, Billions and New Amsterdam. Wearing his producer cap, Guy recently finished production and filming Black privilege. White power. wWith Martha Pinson, Martin Scorsese’s former script director, and he also helped produce Nobody loves the game more than me and many others. Guy is currently represented by AAG, A3Artist and Stewart Talent Agency. In IGNITE the possibilities, Guy shares his story, Christmas Cancellation, a very traumatic experience that led him to become a firefighter / paramedic and served in the Greenwich Fire Department for over 26 years, volunteering in the 2001 New York Search and Rescue at the World Trade Center . His story is currently in development for a TV movie! “Making the invisible visible and the unknown possible,” he says.

Pat Labez

Pat Labez, event producer for this book signing celebration, is also an award-winning short film producer, actor, and health and seniors advocate who loves to inspire, create, and empower others. Pat was born in the Philippines and raised in Hawaii where her television work began in local commercials in Hawaii and with the original Magnum PI, Island Son and Jake and the Fatman television series, all on CBS. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational management and has worked in long-term care administration and human resource management. Her fortuitous return to show business in recent years has heightened her desire to help others rekindle their dreams and live happier lives, regardless of her age. After a 30-year hiatus, Pat was recently seen in the hit TV series New Amsterdam on NBC and Blue blood on CBS. She also shot an in-flight commercial, just wrapped up an HBO MAX TV show, and planned two episodes in a new Apple TV series. In addition, Pat has performed live at Green Room 42 and the Triad Theater; and co-produced virtual cabaret shows during the pandemic, including a benefit for The Actors Fund‘s COVID-19 relief program. She is represented by Step Forward Entertainment and Eris Talent Agency. Pat’s IGNITION possibilitiesthe story is Find joy in the journey. “A cheerful heart is the rhythm of life,” she says.

Kea Chang, Larry Kerchner
Kea Chang

Kea Chan has been described as “breathtaking by and Times Square Chronicles on advertised her as “an artist to watch”. The native of the Philippines recently performed in a live virtual concert titled Celebrate love with Kea Chan and Kayla Merrow, broadcast on MetropolitanZoom. During the lockdown, she made numerous appearances in streaming benefit concerts, highlighted by an appearance in The Actors Fund benefit concert celebrating the music of Neil Sedaka. She also appeared in the Amazon Prime TV series, City of homicides and UES of the Bronx; and in the award-winning short film Howard. Kea has appeared in several concerts at Green Room 42 as well as at the Hudson Guild Theater, Triad Theater and Feinstein’s 54 Below in New York; and two hotels in Las Vegas. Finalist for the lead role of Kim in the Broadway revival of Miss Saigon, Kea had the honor of singing for the Presidents and Ambassadors of the Philippines, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. Performing since the age of 11, Kea won the Philippine Child Performer of the Year award at age 13.

Kayla merrow

Kayla Merrow recently performed with Kea Chan in a virtual concert live on Metropolitan zoom titled Kea Chan & Kayla Merrow Celebrate Love! Prior to that, she made her professional debut in the concert on the same platform titled Look to tomorrow last summer; and can be seen now in the on-demand streaming benefit concert for The Actors Fund celebrating the music of Neil Sedaka. This 20-year-old professional actor / singer / dancer is still in college while competing for professional jobs. She has performed as a guest singer in several shows and competitions. Some of his favorite roles have been as the fabulous Reno Sweeney in All is well, and the mysterious Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family Musical.

Justin Senense is an American actor / singer of Filipino descent who has appeared in numerous theatrical productions and starred in the award-winning independent short film, Howard. He also performed and impressed audiences in The Green Room 42 and the Triad Theater in New York City. During the lockdown period, Justin praised the benefit concert for The Actors Fund celebrating the music of Neil Sedaka, as well as performing and directing two other virtual productions. Some of her favorite credits include, Angel in Rental (Westchester Broadway Theater), Benjamin in Joseph and the incredible Technicolor dream coat (National tour) and Hair (Tour of Italy).

Anthony Salvador Lewis is still celebrating the release of his latest single, AMSTERDAM, written by famous songwriters Michael William Dulaney and Chris Farren. Anthony is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute and is an accomplished actor / singer who was recently seen on TV shows. Tommy (CBS); Billion (Show time); Alternative (Central comedy); in the recurring role of Journalist Jerry in Marvel’s daredevil and Luke Cage (NETFLIX), both released on Disney +. In the cinema, he recently had the major supporting role of Father Matos in the feature film thriller, Dementia 13. Anthony is a beloved singer in the Filipino community and has broadened his fan base with his performances in The Green Room 42 and Triad Theater, and the success of his single, AMSTERDAM.

Bobby DeLeon was the musical and keyboard director on the two recent concerts Kea Chan and Kayla Merrow Celebrate Love! and Look to tomorrow with Kea Chan, Kayla Merrow and Denise Kara, as well as accompanist of numerous concerts. He is an extraordinary musical director, arranger and international pianist who plays entirely by ear! Bobby has directed shows for some of the most prominent Filipino stars and artists, in the United States and abroad, and is a frequently sought-after pianist for some of New York’s best dining experiences.

Other guest artists during the 2 hour event include Emma Lewis and Debbie Merrow from New Jersey; Boots Babushka, Xiaoqing (Mao) Zhang and John FitzGibbon from New York; and Lyla Dayrit from Hawaii.

The celebration takes place on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. Tickets cost $ 20 per person (theater has a minimum of 2 drinks) which will include a free signed copy of Ignite the possibilities.

Visit for tickets. The event will also be broadcast live that day via and the book can be purchased at whose profits will be donated to a school of hope sponsored by IGNITE in Cambodia.

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Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline Star in Dear Elizabeth on June 17th Thu, 17 Jun 2021 04:03:53 +0000

Broadway’s Best Shows Spotlight on Plays ends June 17 with virtual reading by Sarah Ruhl Dear Elisabeth, with Oscar winners Meryl Streep and Kevin Kline. The presentation begins at 8 p.m. ET with stage directions voiced by Polly Noonan.

Kate Whoriskey (Ruined) conducts Ruhl’s play based on letters compiled between poets Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop. Dear Elisabeth traces the relationship of these two poets from the first meeting to an abridged affair – and the upheaval of their lives between the two.

The reading is produced by Good Productions / Patty Baker, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman, Iris Smith, Louise Gund, Willette Klausner, Judith Manocherian, Alix Ritchie, Jenna Segal and The Shubert Organization. Associate producers are Rose Caiola, Barbara Freitag and Gabrielle Palitz.

Spotlight on Plays is created by Jeffrey Richards with Jacob Soroken Porter and Jim Glaub. All proceeds from the readings are donated to The Actors Fund.

This isn’t the first time that three-time Tony winner Kline and Tony-nominated Streep have worked together: they’ve starred in Sophie’s choice (which earned Streep his second Oscar) and Ricki and the flash On the screen. On stage they starred in Shakespeare in the Park productions of The Seagull, Mother courage and her children, and more.

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Suffolk University receives $ 3 million donation to fund technology apprenticeships Wed, 16 Jun 2021 22:05:08 +0000


CarGurus has a new member of the Board of Directors

The online auto marketplace CarGurus Inc. has recruited Yvonne Hao, former executive of PillPack, to join the Cambridge company’s board of directors. Hao has been Managing Director of private equity firm Cove Hill Partners since July 2019. Prior to that, she was COO and CFO of PillPack, a pharmaceutical startup based in Somerville. Hao was instrumental in engineering the sale of this company to Amazon in 2018 and its subsequent integration. Hao previously worked for private equity firm Bain Capital for almost nine years before joining PillPack in early 2017. Hao holds a seat on the board of CarGurus which was held by Anastasios Parafestas, who resigned from the board of CarGurus. administration Tuesday after more than 15 years. . – JON CHESTO


Former government official to take over Lawrence Partnership

A former state economic development official takes over as managing director of The Lawrence Partnership, an organization that supports business and economic development in the City of Lawrence. George Ramirez, an attorney who was previously executive vice president of quasi-public MassDevelopment and previously a senior housing and economic development official in the Patrick administration, is replacing longtime leader Derek Mitchell at The Partnership. Mitchell will be leaving the Partnership later this month to become President of LEADS, an organization that provides executive leadership training to Lawrence, Haverhill and Lowell. – JON CHESTO


Toshiba allegedly used government allies to influence shareholders

The powerful Japanese Ministry of Commerce, the former investment chief of his giant pension fund and even the current prime minister. These are the actors described in a detailed description of how Toshiba allegedly appealed to government allies to try to influence the vote at its annual general meeting last year. The management of the more than 145-year-old manufacturer worked hand-in-hand with public officials in an attempt to influence the outcome, according to a 139-page report written by three independent investigators elected by Toshiba shareholders to examine the matter. – BLOOMBERG NEWS


Construction of houses in May, despite the price of wood

Homebuilding in the United States rose 3.6% in May as builders battled soaring lumber prices that made homes more expensive. May’s increase left construction at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.57 million units, the Commerce Department reported on Wednesday. Building permit applications, expected for further indications of activity, fell 3% in May to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.68 million units. – ASSOCIATED PRESS


Google will open a store in New York

Google will open its first retail store in New York City, highlighting the internet giant’s efforts to promote its consumer hardware devices. The store, located in Manhattan’s trendy Chelsea neighborhood, will open to the public on Thursday, the Mountain View, Calif., Based company said in a blog post on Wednesday. The store, which is one block from Apple’s competitor store on 14th Street, occupies part of the first floor of Google’s New York City offices. Google started experimenting with pop-up stores in 2016, the same year it launched its Pixel smartphone and Nest smart home speaker. – BLOOMBERG NEWS


Ford to keep gasoline-powered Lincoln linens in lineup

Ford Motor Co.’s luxury Lincoln line is ramping up its electric vehicle strategy and plans to offer plug-ins across its lineup by 2030 – but the automaker is also hedging its bets by keeping gas burners in the pipeline. exhibition room. Lincoln will introduce its first all-electric model next year. By 2026, it expects half of its global volume to be gas-electric hybrids and battery-only vehicles, with the selection increasing from there. The rest will be gasoline-only vehicles. The strategy contrasts with the all-electric strategy of the General Motors Co. Cadillac presented this year. Lincoln says he will give customers what they want. – BLOOMBERG NEWS


Giant diamond discovered in Botswana

Debswana Diamond Co., a unit of De Beers, unearthed a 1,098-carat stone in Botswana on June 1, the largest since the company began operations five decades ago. The stone was discovered at Jwaneng, the world’s richest mine by value, which is undergoing a $ 2 billion expansion. “Debswana will work with the government of the Republic of Botswana and De Beers to appraise and sell the diamond to ensure that it yields the maximum benefit to the people of Botswana,” the company spokesperson said, Rachel Mothibatsela. Debswana is a 50/50 partnership between Botswana and De Beers to extract gemstones from this South West African country. Last year, the company produced 16.6 million carats, up from 23.3 million carats in 2019. – BLOOMBERG NEWS


Chicken prices skyrocket as fast food establishments launch more fried sandwiches

U.S. producer prices for processed poultry hit an all-time high in May, climbing 2.1% for the eighth consecutive monthly increase, U.S. government data showed on Tuesday. The increase comes after several major fast food chains recently launched fried chicken sandwiches in a bid to match Popeyes’ viral success in 2019. Sales have also increased, with consumers preparing more meals at home during the season. pandemic. Meanwhile, poultry producers have struggled to meet growing demand, with labor shortages at meat factories and severe winter storms that have killed thousands of birds, resulting in restricts the supply of chicken. – BLOOMBERG NEWS


Remuneration and bonuses of Heineken managers may depend on green efforts

Salaries and bonuses paid to Heineken managers may soon depend on their commitment to tackling climate change, as the world’s second-largest brewer looks for ways to meet its goal of net zero emissions by 2040. The companies are increasingly under pressure from board members, investors and clients to prove that they are taking meaningful action to reduce their impact on the planet. Experts say tying executive pay is a key step in pushing company leadership to meet climate goals. About 90% of Heineken’s emissions come from the suppliers, packaging and logistics for the storage and transport of its beer. The rest is generated during the production of the drink. – BLOOMBERG NEWS

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Part 3 – Where external actors have leverage Wed, 16 Jun 2021 21:45:00 +0000

The US military withdrawal from Afghanistan is about to usher in a new political and social situation in the country. Earlier in this three-part blogging series, I detailed four possible scenarios for Afghanistan’s future and analyzed the internal factors that shape their probabilities. In this last piece, I analyze where external actors have a leverage effect.

There is no external solution to the violence in Afghanistan and the rise of the Taliban. International engagement is likely to influence developments in Afghanistan at the margins. Various countries have some ability to shape the Afghan government, the Taliban, and the country’s agents of power. However, their actions are more likely to intensify violence than to temper it, even if all regional actors are against civil war, an Islamic emirate, or a government exclusively run by the Taliban.

The Afghan government

The United States has the greatest leverage over the Afghan government because of its funding for the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF). The reduction in this funding would lead to a rapid collapse of the ANDSF and a rapid expansion of the power of the Taliban. Washington also helps finance the civilian administration in Afghanistan on which any future government will depend.

However, this leverage did not allow the United States to orchestrate an interim unity government despite Biden administration’s spring 2021 efforts to do so to facilitate negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban. The Taliban are not interested in a snap election – the maximum President Ashraf Ghani was prepared to consider. Instead, he seeks to bypass and render the Afghan government useless and negotiate a new division of power with the Afghan brokers.

The Afghan government has also shown no serious interest in negotiating with the Taliban in the past 15 months. Any deal that the Taliban would have been willing to accept would have required significant concessions from Kabul. Instead, the Afghan government attempted to involve the United States in the fighting in Afghanistan until an agreement preserving its power and existing political dispensation could be reached – that is, until ‘That the Taliban are defeated, however many years it takes.

The influence of the United States over the past two decades has also not translated into shaping governance in Afghanistan towards greater inclusion and accountability and less corruption and predatory governance.

The United States and other international actors may attempt to shape the Afghan government’s attitude towards negotiations by offering or denying visas and asylum to key members of the government and possibly threatening to seize abroad. their illegally obtained financial assets. Of course, the latter requires having portfolios of criminal acts against members of the government.

Afghan powerbrokers and militias

These same tools – providing or denying visas and asylum, threats to seize illicit funds abroad and legal indictments that deny them access to their assets abroad and to the international financial system – s’ also apply to Afghan brokers when they decide to leave the government, stick to it, or raise militias to fight the Taliban.

Currently, the United States and its partners should push to keep the Afghan political scene as united as possible around the government and create deterrents for separate accommodation agreements with the Taliban. International actors should support and facilitate negotiations between Afghan power actors and the Afghan government, such as recent efforts towards a national unity council. The more the Afghan political actors offer a united front vis-à-vis the Taliban, the more the political concessions they will have to make to the Taliban will be reduced. However, even now, with the country on the brink of precipice, the National Unity Council talks – like many previous iterations – remain mired in narrow political calculations. And as the Taliban gain in military power, international influence vis-à-vis the powerful Afghans will weaken.

International actors can also support Afghan powerbrokers or independent militias. Russia and Iran have taken this route, with Russia supporting the formation of militias in the north for a few years and Iran sponsoring and training Afghan Shiite fighters known as the fatemiyoun. With various levels of training and organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, some fatemiyoun who fought in Syria returned to Afghanistan. Others might come back and start fighting the Taliban.

At the same time, Russia and Iran have entered into separate agreements with the Taliban, providing them with weapons and intelligence. Iran also hosts Taliban leaders and their families.

The United States has established counterterrorism militias in Afghanistan, many of which have engaged in gross human rights violations and pushed the local populations into the hands of the Taliban. In the context of a protracted civil war, or if the Taliban violates its counterterrorism commitments to Washington by authorizing terrorist attacks against American assets or allies, the United States could order these militias to fight the Taliban.

China has not cultivated militia proxies in Afghanistan, although it has assiduously sought to cultivate local Afghan government officials along the Afghan border with China and Pakistan. Instead, he also made peace with the Taliban, relying on assurances from the Taliban to preserve Chinese economic interests and prevent Uyghur fighters in Afghanistan from helping suppressed Muslim brothers in Xinjiang. Beijing could also try to resurrect a military base in Badakhshan province – not to fight the Taliban but to prevent the escape of militancy towards China.

The Taliban

The most strategic international intervention would be to shape the Taliban regime. Beyond counterterrorism, the first element would be to get the Taliban to avoid excluding ethnic minorities from the new regime. The international community should also seek to reduce the scale of human rights abuses, in particular the rights of women.

Formatting tools include denying or issuing visas, removing or imposing international financial and other sanctions, releasing captured Taliban fighters, and delivering or denying international aid to a future government, including the Taliban.

Aid is a particularly useful tool because the Taliban do not want to economically ruin Afghanistan as they did in the 1990s, when they deliberately destroyed the remnants of the economy and administration ravaged by the war to “purify” Afghanistan.

Another crucial shaping tool is to educate the Taliban on the requirements and modalities of modern governance, including donor aid requirements regarding social inclusion, women’s rights and financial accountability. Flying Taliban leaders on a world tour to expose the group to the kind of country they could have with the preservation of donor aid and clearly communicating what red lines cannot be crossed – like denying women access altogether to education, health and employment as in the 1990s, or brutalizing the Shiites – could have pronounced effects.

While the international community may demand that the Taliban reduce violence, such a goal is highly unlikely for at least a year. Pakistan, too, will not be able to influence the Taliban, even if it seeks to do so. The Taliban understand that their military ancestry increases their internal bargaining power. Even Pakistan’s fear that US military disengagement from Afghanistan may lead the US to stop focusing on Pakistan, while cultivating India as a partner against China, does not give Islamabad a magic wand to stop the Taliban military push.

Paradoxically, of course, the arrival of the Taliban into formal government in Afghanistan may reduce Pakistan’s influence over the group, especially if influential international actors have a working relationship with the Taliban. Even before formal power, if the Taliban manage to move their political leaders and families from Pakistan to Afghanistan, Pakistan’s influence will wane. The balance of power between Pakistan and the Taliban will also be influenced by the internal rebalancing of power within the Taliban between Shuras Quetta and Peshawar, Haqqanis, military leader Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, older leaders such as Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and the Taliban field commanders.

Civil society

In addition to shaping the Taliban and Afghan powers and government, the international community should maintain financial support for Afghan civil society (as well as provide asylum visas to those at risk). He should insist that civil society actors be included in the negotiations on the new arrangements in the country. It is important to seek to expand any deal between the Taliban and power brokers to include certain voices from civil society and women.

Realistic results

While international actors have influence, none of their tools can preserve the current Afghan constitutional order and rights regime. While financial incentives, international recognition, sanctions, and occasional military strikes may make the Taliban more in line with their counterterrorism obligations and less autocratic and exclusionary in their governance, they will not turn the Taliban into promoters. democracy supporting women’s rights.

The rule that a Taliban-led government promotes will always be authoritarian rule – perhaps an Iran-like arrangement of a supreme religious council with deeply flawed, but competitive elections of an underlying executive branch and of a technocratic administration.

If key members of the international community, including the US Congress or members of the European Union, cannot afford to provide financial assistance to a future Afghan government led by the Taliban, they could undermine any emerging authoritarian stability. .

Twenty years after stepping in to oust the Taliban from power, limiting the extent of the casualties to the rights currently afforded to Afghans – while being careful not to exacerbate and prolong the country’s civil war – is the best we can do.

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Virtual fundraiser for the actors’ fund with poetry, music and in-depth discussion – Ongoing until Wednesday, June 23, 2021 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 19:29:39 +0000

Virtual fundraiser for actors’ fund with poetry, music and in-depth discussion

  • WHEN
    Ongoing until June 23, 2021[days & times]

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  • AGE All ages
  • COST Free – $ 12

Artistic Director of the Collingwood Summer Music Festival Daniel Vnukowski will welcome the Summer Solstice Series during the month of June.

The four-part concert series will include:

June 16, 4 p.m.
Robert Burns Celebration with RH Thomson and Daniel Vnukowski – 100% of the funds go to support young actors facing difficulties due to the pandemic.

June 19, 12 p.m. PDT
A Schubert solo piano recital by Daniel Vnukowski.

June 23, 4 p.m. PDT
In Chopin’s Footsteps, a virtual chat with Dr. Alan Walker.

June 26, 12 p.m. PDT
M. Vnukowski in a solo piano recital by Chopin.

A highlight of the series is the third In Chopin’s Footsteps event, a 50-minute virtual discussion on Wednesday, June 23 at 4 p.m. PDT, featuring eminent musicologist Dr. Alan Walker. Mr Vnukowski and Dr Walker will follow in Chopin’s footsteps and cover important topics such as aesthetics, the Polish vernacular and interpretation as the end of the composition process.

Wednesday events are free, but require an RSVP and will be followed by a live Q&A that invites attendees to ask questions. Saturday events are $ 12 + tax.

For more information, please visit

The dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer’s website for the most up-to-date schedule before attending. Check for local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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Listen: Riz Ahmed talks ‘Sound of Metal’ with Evelyn Glennie on her podcast Wed, 16 Jun 2021 18:43:02 +0000

Riz Ahmed, Oscar-winning film star The sound of metal, is the guest of the last episode of percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie’s podcast. He talks with Glennie about the film, in which he plays a punk-metal drummer who begins to fall apart when he suddenly loses his hearing and his identity. Glennie performs on the film’s soundtrack, with a score by Abraham Marder and Nicolas Becke, which was released on Nonesuch Records in April and can be heard here. You can hear their conversation below.

“You have to be prepared to be terrible at playing the drums for five and a half months of those seven months, then pretty much passable for a month and a week before you pull something that clicks,” Ahmed admits. role. “You have to be prepared to be uncomfortable with it. You have to be prepared to put yourself in that position of not liking what you are doing, not thinking it’s good enough and sometimes being in. states of physical pain when you’re working or some kind of emotional pain, embarrassment or frustration, and if you’re trying to get over that discomfort one step at a time leaves you pretty far down the road. “

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‘Two Henrys’ to End ‘PlayWorks 2021’ Season in Sturgeon Bay Wed, 16 Jun 2021 15:00:00 +0000

STURGEON BAY, Wisconsin (WFRV) – Third Avenue Playhouse will close its “PlayWorks 2021” season this week with Kenneth Jones’ drama “Two Henrys”.

The live reading show begins at 7 p.m. on June 18. Tickets are free and donations are accepted. Info:

The direction is by James Valcq, co-artistic director of Third Avenue Playhouse.

The three actors are members of Equity, the actors’ union.

This year’s series of play readings has been extended in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic and in part because the theater is undergoing renovations.

Story Snapshot: In the dead of winter, Henry flies from New York to Florida to offer his condolences at the funeral of a father figure he never knew. But with the booze flowing, are the surviving widow and her adult daughter ready to raise a drink to the unexpected guest? Set in 2012, between the twilight of the worst days of the AIDS crisis and the dawn of marriage equality, “Two Henrys” is a humorous drama about guilt and grief, perceptions and prejudices and the desire to find a family.

The play contains strong language and adult situations.

+ Kenneth jones is a playwright, librettist and lyricist. His play “Alabama Story” was nominated in 2016 for the Steinberg / American Theater Critics Association New Play Award and was a finalist in 2014 at the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. It has been seen in over 40 cities across the country and was produced by the Peninsula Players Theater in Door County. Other pieces: “Last Call at the Old Slave Quarters Lounge” (Florida Studio Theater commission 2020-21); “Hollywood, Nebraska” (developed as part of the NewTACTics New Play Festival off-Broadway, from the Lab series at the Actors Theater of Indiana, Wyoming Theater Festival); “Circa 1976” (semi-finalist of PNJ O’Neill 2018); “Ten minutes on a bench”; “Tortilla Messiah. »Musicals:« It Happened One Christmas », co-conceived with Karen Azenberg (Pioneer Theater, 2015); “Naughty / Nice”, with composer Gerald Stockstill (published by; “Voice of the City”, with composer Elaine Chelton (developed by York Theater Company and Human Race

+ Susan Sweeney (Constance) has been a voice / speech / text / dialect coach for professional theaters for 35 years. Included are the Guthrie Theater, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Madison Repertory Theater, Skylight Opera Theater, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Walnut Street Theater, Baltimore Center Stage, Virginia Stage Company and Shakespeare Festivals of Colorado, Illinois, Utah, Sedona and Oregon. In 2006, Sweeney was the dialect trainer for Francesca Zambello’s production of “ShowBoat”, featuring a cast of 85 singer-actors, at the Royal Albert Hall in London. From 2001 to 2013, Sweeney served as Head of Voice and Text, coaching over 40 productions at the American Players Theater. She was on the faculty of the Professional Theater Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1981 to 1989, then moved with the program to the University of Delaware.

+ Bernard Dotson (Henry), originally from Los Angeles, began performing nationally and internationally singing the “Walt Disney Songbook”. While working for the Disney Company, he appeared on television shows singing in English, French, German and Japanese. New York concerts include vocals to music by Frank Loesser with The New York Philharmonic, the 2012 hit production of “Merrily We Roll Along”, directed by James Lapine, “Finian’s Rainbow”, “Encores Broadway Bash” and “Dreamgirls” for the benefit of the Actors’ Fund. Dotson has been seen on Broadway in “Finian’s Rainbow”, “Chicago”, “Imaginary Friends”, “Sweet Smell of Success”, “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Ragtime”.

+ Beverly neighborhood (Amy) a Bev worked on Broadway (“Anastasia.” “Epic Proportions”); Off-Broadway (“A Child’s Christmas in Wales”; in London; “Crazy for You”; on National Tours: “Billy Elliot”, “Crazy for You” and Hal Prince’s “Showboat In 2018, Ward moved to the arts administration and held a position with the Rubicon Theater Company in Ventura, Calif., Where she raises funds for that organization. Also a writer, she collaborates with her husband, Kirby. Ward Their Oscar Wilde musical adaptation “Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime” will be part of Rubicon’s main season in 2023. A Christmas musical they are writing is slated for production in 2022 in Bogotá, in Colombia.

+ Jacques Valcq (director) composes, performs, directs and helps guide Third Avenue Playhouse. He has composed for the theater (“La La Lucille”, “The Velvet Gentleman”, etc.) and has co-written shows such as “Boxcar” for the Northern Sky Theater of Door County and “The Spitfire Grill”, which has had more than 700 productions in the world.

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Guys and Dolls’ Faith Prince, Nathan Lane, Peter Gallagher, plus reunited on Stars in the House on June 16 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:41:06 +0000

Stars in the lodge, the daily live-air concert series created by Playbill correspondent and SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and producer James Wesley, reunites the cast of the 1992 Tony Tony-winning revival Guys and dolls June 16.

Guests include winners Tony Nathan Lane and Faith Prince, as well as Peter Gallagher, Josie de Guzman, Walter Bobbie and Ruth Williamson as well as winning director Tony Jerry Zaks. Watch the stream above from 8 p.m. ET.

James Wesley and Seth Rudetsky

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The stars in the house launched on March 16 last year to promote support for the Actors Fund and its services in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. He has also raised funds for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in support of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS.

New shows, airing Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. ET, feature performances by stage and movie stars, in conversation and song with Rudetsky and Wesley. Peter Flynn is the director of streaming.

Click here to watch previous episodes.

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JIM CARUSO’S PAJAMA CAST PARTY June 21 episode welcomes SANTA BABY composer Philip Springer Wed, 16 Jun 2021 14:03:45 +0000

The 63rd episode of Jim CarusoThe Pajama Cast Party will air on Monday, June 21 at 8 p.m. ET, and will feature lively discussions and performances by stage and pop singer (and Pajama Cast Party producer) Ruby Locknar, jazz singers Luke Carlsen and Laura Anglade, and Philippe springer, the 95 year old songwriter of “Santa Baby” who will remember his career and that beloved holiday song!

After having organized his weekly Cast Party every Monday evening at Birdland since 2003, showman Jim Caruso wasn’t about to let the temporary pandemic closure of the iconic New York nightclub put an end to its award-winning open mic night. Instead, with the technical expertise of producer Ruby Locknar, it went virtual, to bring the popular musical variety show to the homes of viewers around the world via the YouTube Cast Party Network. Musical guests of “Jim Caruso‘s Pajamas Cast Party “included Kristin chenoweth, Betty buckley, Jelani Remy, Marc Shaiman, Kathy najimy, Christine ebersole, Ariana DeBose, Clifton davis, Chita rivera, Michael Feinstein, Isaac mizrahi, Marie wilson, and Toni Tennille, who all served live musical performances from their homes. See

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]]> 0 Trump supporters, Russian oligarchs and aristocrats fund anti-gender actors in Europe – Byline Times Wed, 16 Jun 2021 10:20:53 +0000

Report released by European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights reveals scale of money spent on anti-abortion and anti-LGBTIQ initiatives

From 2009 to 2018, 54 organizations spent $ 702 million on anti-gender activities in Europe – annual anti-gender spending in the region quadrupling during this period, new data has revealed.

The “tip of the iceberg report”, written by Neil Datta of the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, found that American actors spent $ 81.3 million. Money from the Russian Federation was $ 188.2 million, while $ 437.7 million came from Europe itself.

Funders include European aristocrats, religious freedom giants linked to Donald Trump, think tanks admired by British politicians and allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The report also reveals how “astroturf” organizations, which claim to be funded by public donations, are in fact supported by billionaire backers.

Trumpian Networks

Two of the biggest US spenders in Europe are: Alliance Defending Freedom; and the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). Both have European arms – ADF International and the European Center for Law and Justice (ECLJ). The latter also has a Moscow-based branch, the Slavic Center for Law and Justice (SCLJ), headed by Putin’s ally Vladimir Ryakhovsky.

the chief lawyer of the ACLJ, Jay sekulow, was Trump’s lawyer during his impeachment hearings in 2020. ADF significantly increased its European spending over the period analyzed by Datta. In 2011 he was spending $ 657,000 in the region – by 2018 it had grown to $ 4.36 million, of which £ 448,436 was in the UK in 2019. His total spending during the period analyzed was 23 , $ 2 million.

The ACLJ / ECLJ / SCLJ spent $ 15.7 million between 2009 and 2018. The ACLJ routes $ 1.2 million per year to its European subsidiary.

Both organizations engage in legal activism, seeking to achieve their anti-abortion and anti-LGBTIQ goals through litigation. Their common “right to sexual and reproductive rights” strategy means they were involved in 35 cases brought before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) between 2009 and 2018.

Although it is referred to as hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, ADF was recently cited in a UK government white paper on free speech in universities and campaigned on UK campuses to support students and anti-abortion societies. He is also campaigning against the establishment of “buffer zones” around abortion clinics.

The Heritage Foundation spent $ 1 million during the period analyzed. The radical right-wing think tank is anti-abortion, anti-LGBTIQ and pro-Brexit, and has ties to the Tory MP Liam Renard who, in 2018, delivered the annual Margaret Thatcher Freedom lecture at the foundation in Washington. David Davis, Nigel Farage and Owen Paterson lectured at the foundation. In 2018, Boris Johnson met with representatives of the organization.

Money entering Europe from the United States often comes from wealthy families such as the DeVos family, the Prince family and the Koch brothers.

Betsy DeVos was Education Secretary during Trump’s tenure as President of the United States – a period in which progress on sexual harassment and LGBTIQ rights in schools was reversed. The family’s net worth is $ 5.4 billion and it has four charitable foundations which in turn have funneled $ 691 million into European anti-gender activism through the Acton Institute and the Federalist Foundation.

She is also the daughter of billionaires Edgar and Elsa Prince Broekhuizen who created the Prince Foundation, which spent $ 49.8 million through the Acton Institute, ADF and the Mike Pence-linked Leadership Institute through its foundation. Betsy DeVos’ brother Erik Prince founded security firm Blackwater Worldwide – in 2020 Trump forgiven four private security contractors working for Blackwater who were convicted of a massacre in Baghdad.

Russian connection

Datta’s research has tracked $ 186.7 million in funding for Russian oligarchs in European anti-gender movements between 2009 and 2018, with spending falling after 2014 due to sanctions following the Crimean crisis.

The two main oligarchs cited are Konstantin Malofeev and Vladimir Yakunin, both linked to the Russian Patriarchal Commission for the Family, Maternity and Child Welfare. They also have ties to the US-founded World Congress of Families (WCF), an annual networking event for anti-gender actors set up by Brian Brown.

Yakunin, who has been hinted at as Putin’s possible successor, funds a range of organizations including the Istoki Endowment Fund, the Dialogue of Civilizations Rhodes Forum, the Sanctity of Motherhood, the St Andrews the First Called Foundation and the Center for National Glory. .

Malofeev heads the Katehon think tank, the St. Basil the Great Foundation and Tsargrad TV. It is known to fund other socially conservative Russian entities.

Both use their various entities to fund the American Christian right, European far-right parties, and anti-gender actors such as CitizenGO and WCF. Malofeev’s man in the field, Alexey Komov, is a member of the CitizenGO board and the Russian representative to the WCF.

In the 2014 European elections, Malofeev “played a role in unblocking the Russian loan obtained by Jean-Marie LePen ”to finance the electoral campaign of the French far-right party. LePen created the Front National de France, now renamed The National Gathering and run by his daughter Marine LePen.

Russian support has also gone to the Italian far-right League party. following “an agreement with the Russians, the League would receive at least € 250,000 per month for a year, or € 3 million in total, and use this money for the [2019] election campaign”.

Who is behind SpainAnti-rights movement?

Aristocrats and Mughals

A series of nationally owned European foundations have spent millions of dollars on anti-gender actions in the region, including the French foundation Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, the Hintze Family Foundation of the United Kingdom, Fondazione Novae Terrae in Italy and Spain Fundacion Valores y Sociedad, according to Datta.

The latter, with the Fundacio Provida de Catalunya and Italy Fondazione Vita Nova, set up the European citizens’ initiative “One Of Us” which also involves CitizenGO, Jérôme Lejeune Foundation and dozens of other anti-abortion groups across the region. The combined financial weight of One Of Us was $ 31.5 million between 2009 and 2018.

One of the main promoters of the One Of Us foundation was the German Yes To Life foundation, created by the late Countess of Westphalia. She is one of many examples of the old European aristocracy using their ancestral wealth to attempt to roll back the rights of women and LGBTIQ people.

The Countess is joined by the European Count Albrecht von Brandenstein-Zeppelin Family Foundation which funds activities such as the anti-rainbow family group Demo for Alle. Princess Gloria von Thurn and Taxis used her fortune to fund initiatives linked to Trump’s former chief strategy officer, far-right ideologue Steve Bannon.

The German aristocratic dynasty of Oldenburg is also prominent anti-gender actors. The Duchess of Oldenburg Beatrix Von Sturch is the deputy leader of the far-right political party Alternative for Germany; and his cousin, the Duke of Oldenburg, is the European representative of the organization Tradition, Family Property (TFP) and heads its coordination group, the Federation Pro Europa Christiana.

The TFP network generated at least $ 113.4 million for anti-LGBTIQ and anti-abortion actions across Europe between 2009 and 2018.

The Duke and Duchess of Hapbsurg are said to have supported the obscure Agenda Europe network, as has British and Australian banker Sir Michael Hintze. The latter was knighted by former Prime Minister David Cameron and is a member of the Vatican Council.

Business leaders like Hintze have a key role to play in funding anti-gender groups. Datta discovered that Claude Bébéar and Count Henri de Castries of Axa Insurance had supported the French homophobic movement, The Demonstration For All; while prosecco and shoemaker Mario Moretti Polegato, and dairy magnate Roberto Brazzale, were among the companies that funded WCF Verona.

In Eastern Europe, wealthy Polish businessmen, including window manufacturer Mateusz Kłosek, donated to Fundacja Nasze Dzieci, while Paweł Witaszek supported anti-abortion and anti-LGBTIQ actors.

The last major funders of anti-gender movements are the Catholic and Protestant churches.

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