Bradley Cooper & Sienna Miller(Photo: Bruce Glikas) View Comments After playing hubby and wife in American Sniper and amorous chefs in Burnt on screen, it looks like Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller will be bringing their chemistry to the boards. According to Showbiz 411, the pair will return to Broadway this fall or in the spring of 2017 for a Roundabout production of The Philadelphia Story. The pair recently took part in an industry reading of Philip Barry’s play.Cooper won a Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for his Main Stem debut in Three Days of Rain; he received a Tony nomination for his 2015 return in The Elephant Man. Miller has appeared on Broadway in Roundabout’s After Miss Julie and Cabaret.The Philadelphia Story is a romantic comedy set in high society Philadelphia in the 1930s. Tracy Lord, an overly dramatic socialite, finds her wedding plans thrown into disarray by the arrival of her ex-husband and a tabloid magazine journalist.The play premiered on Broadway in 1939 at the Shubert Theatre. A popular film adaptation starring Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn and James Stewart was released in 1940. The story also serves as the basis for the Tony-nominated 1998 musical High Society. A 1980 Broadway revival presented by Lincoln Center starred Blythe Danner, Frank Converse and Edward Herrmann. Alex Timbers was rumored to be directing a revival of the play for Roundabout back in 2013, however it never came to fruition.
Kristin Chenoweth & Sean Hayes(Photos: NBC & Emilio Madrid-Kuser) Before hitting the live broadcast, Hairspray Live! stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes will host a live half-hour pre-show, airing at 7:30PM on NBC on December 7.The special, titled Countdown to Hairspray Live!, will give viewers a glimpse into the last-minute backstage preparations before the telecast, as well as a look at the casting process, rehearsals and design of the production.Chenoweth and Hayes starred on Broadway in the 2010 revival of Promises, Promises, each winning Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards for their performances. In Hairspray Live!, Chenoweth will play Velma Von Tussle, with Hayes taking on the role of Hefty Hide-a-Way owner Mr. Pinky.Hairspray Live! also stars newcomer Maddie Baillio as Tracy Turnblad, Harvey Feirstein as Edna Turnblad, Jennifer Hudson as Motoromouth Maybelle, Ariana Grande as Penny Pingleton, Dove Cameron as Amber Von Tussle, Garrett Clayton as Link Larkin, Martin Short as Wilbur Turnblad, Ephraim Sykes as Seaweed J. Stubbs, Andrea Martin as Prudy Pingleton, Derek Hough as Corny Collins, Shahadi Wright Joseph as Little Inez and additional featured parts for Rosie O’Donnell, Paul Vogt, Billy Eichner and more. View Comments
Related Shows View Comments Kinky Boots Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019 Taylor Louderman(Photo: Bruce Glikas) After abruptly departing the off-Broadway production of Ride the Cyclone, Taylor Louderman is coming back to Broadway. The Bring It On and Peter Pan Live! star will join Kinky Boots, taking on the role of Lauren beginning January 16. She replaces Haven Burton and joins a cast that includes Todrick Hall and Olivier nominee Killian Donnelly.Following her Broadway debut in Bring It On, Louderman went on to star as Wendy in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! Her additional credits include off-Broadway’s Gigantic and High Maintenance, Night Cap and Sunny Days on screen.Featuring a score by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein, Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots has played more than 1500 performances and just surpassed Evita to become the 50th longest-running Broadway show of all time.
As the temperatures climb and outdoor watering restrictions tighten, what can you do tosave your plants? First, don’t panic. Most established trees and shrubs and somewarm-season turf grasses can survive extended periods of limited rainfall. And fescueturf can always be reseeded this fall.Here are some tips to help your plants make it through the drought.Make sure all plants are well mulched. Using3 to 5 inches of mulch will help reduce soil moisture water loss. Fine-textured mulchessuch as pine straw, mininuggets or shredded hardwood mulch will conserve moisture betterthan coarse-textured mulches.Some garden centers sell hydrogels,water-absorbing polymers that absorb several hundred times their weight in water and thenrelease it slowly back to the plant. If you use hydrogels, hydrate them indoors. Don’t putdry crystals into the soil, because they can pull moisture from the soil and away from theplant. When you hydrate these materials, be careful. One teaspoon absorbs a quart ofwater, and one-fourth cup will absorb a 5-gallon bucket of water, so avoid adding too much of the material to the water. Let hydrogels absorb water overnight until the material is the consistencyof Jell-O. Then spread a thin layer under mulch. On potted plants, use a dowel to punchtwo to three holes into the growing media about halfway down through the container. Thenplace the gel in the holes. This will greatly reduce the water demand of container plants.Another product on the market is calledDriwater. Unlike hydrogels that swell and shrink and last several years in the soil,Driwater (www.driwater.com) is hydrated starchgranules sold in sausage-shaped tubes. You just insert two to four of these sausages intoplastic tubes placed in the ground next to the plant. Bacteria in the soil gradually breakdown the starch granules and release water to the plant for up to three months.Your air-conditioner collects humidity inyour home and pumps it outside as condensation. Find the drain line and collect the waterfor plants. Or extend the tubing to irrigate nearby plants. The air conditioner won’t giveyou lots of water. But it may provide just enough to keep a few plants alive through anextended drought.Severe wilting and foliar scorching aresigns of drought stress. When a shrub or perennial wilts to the point that you doubt its survival, cutthe top back by one-third to one-half to reduce the leaves’ demand for water. With lesstop to support, the root system may be able to survive. If you can get the root systemthrough the drought, the top will prosper later.Save milk jugs and recycle water from insidethe home. (Using gray water isn’t allowed in some counties. Check with your healthdepartment.) Put a few pinholes and pebbles in the bottom of the jugs. The pebbles willkeep them from blowing around when they’re empty. Use two to four jugs for medium-sizeshrubs and eight to 10 for trees. Don’t bury the jugs around trees and shrubs, because thedigging will damage the already-stressed root system.When using washing-machine water, combinethe rinse-cycle water with the wash-cycle water to dilute the detergent and bleachingagents. Then use the gray water right away. Bacteria in the water may cause an odor if youleave it sitting around too long.This fall, start thinking of ways to reducethe irrigated areas in your landscape. Change irrigated areas to beds of drought-tolerantground covers or mixed beds of tough-as-nails plants like ornamental grasses, sedum,junipers, crepe myrtle, yarrow or gaura. See (www.ces.uga.edu/pubcd/B1073.htm) for anextensive plant listing.
A University of Georgia study released this week shows that Georgiafarmers who grow oilseeds (canola, soybeans, peanuts and cotton)can make their crops more valuable.By building a crushing/refining facility in the state and by forminga cooperative, the study says, farmers can control the raw materialsthey produce all the way to the grocery shelf.The New Way to Look at FarmingIn the past, a farmer only grew and harvested crops. He sold thecrops in bulk to off-farm buyers at wholesale prices. Once theyleft the farm, the farmer had little to do with the crops, whichwere then manufactured into higher-valued consumer products.But now, the move toward globalization is smothering wholesalecrop prices. So farmers should look beyond just growing and harvestingcrops, said George Shumaker, an economist with the UGA ExtensionService and one of the authors of the study.Farmers should look beyond how many bushels or pounds they canproduce per acre, he said. They need to envision how many bottlesof oil, or how many shirts or candy bars they can make from theircrops.The New Generation Co-opRandy Hudson, coordinator of the Emerging Crop and TechnologiesInitiative of the UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences, agrees.”We’re now looking at how the farmer can carry the productbeyond the realm of just production and move higher up that foodchain,” he said.For the past several years, farmers across the country have formedco-ops in hopes of spreading risks and making consumer productsfrom their crops. These new-generation co-ops market their productsto grocery or other retail outlets. This brings the farmer a greaterdollar value, Hudson said.The keys to forming such a co-op, he said, are an adequate processingfacility and timely delivery of the products.Georgia Could Support OilseedFacilityThe UGA study said such a facility could be built and economicallysupported in Georgia. The crushing-refining facility would primarilyconvert seeds from canola and soybeans into oils. But it couldhandle cotton and peanuts, too.To get the facility up and running would cost about $56 million.However, it would add about $172 million in economic activityto the Georgia economy, the report said. Its impact would affectmore than 250,000 acres of farm land. Besides the 53 jobs thefacility would create directly, about 1,100 jobs would be createdindirectly, mostly in rural Georgia.Such facilities use a crushing process to extract oil from theseed. The result is actually two products: oil and meal. The mealcan be used to feed livestock and chickens.”But this is something that will have to be done by the Georgiafarmers,” Shumaker said.”Agriculture is very weak, and we need a way to get moreprofit into farming,” said Marty McLendon, a Calhoun Countyfarmer. “We fully believe value-added products, letting thefarmer put products on the grocery shelf … is the wave of thefuture.”McLendon said he believes the oilseed facility has potential ifgrowers are committed. “There is always risk,” he said.”But I think we’ve got some direction.”
With the coming of spring, Georgia tobacco farmers are preparingto plant the state’s third most valuable crop. But it won’t bebusiness as usual. Experts say ongoing changes will continue toaffect farmers and the rural economies that surround them.Change in the Field Tobacco has been a major source of farm income in Georgia sincethe early 1900s. It is grown under the provisions of a quota system,which includes supply control and price supports.Regulated by federal legislation, the system sets a quota, oran amount a farmer can grow each year, says Bill Givan, an economistwith the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.Since 1997, the farmers’ quota has been cut by 44 percent, orabout 45 million pounds, Givan said.”For every pound of quota lost, the farmer is losing about$1.70 from not selling that pound of tobacco,” Givan said.”The farmer is buying less fertilizer and other farm inputs,because he’s not growing as much tobacco. He’s using less labor,and the area economy loses economic activity.”Since 1997, Georgia tobacco growers’ incomes have been cut by$176 million. The ripple effect, Givan said, has been big: A $440 million reduction in economic activity statewide.An estimated 2,043 lost full-time jobs.A $2.4 million loss of non-tobacco sales tax. Change at the Market The newest shift in the tobacco industry comes at the market.Instead of going to warehouses and buying tobacco at an auction,tobacco companies now want to direct contract with growers.Direct contracting isn’t new, Moore said. But it’s expected tobecome more prevalent. Last year, Georgia had 18 warehouse auctionsites. This year, it’s expected to have only eight.Moore advises farmers to know the specifics and consider the long-termimplications before making a contract decision.With all the changes to the industry, why don’t tobacco farmersjust grow something else?”The farmers may try to grow other things,” Givan said.”But it won’t have the (profit) of tobacco. The only alternativefor tobacco is tobacco. It’s a pretty emotional thing for somefolks. Tobacco has paid the bills for a lot of years.” In 2000, about $13 million of the Georgia Master Tobacco Settlementwas paid to Georgia farmers to help compensate for their quotaloss. While this money is taxable as farm income, Givan said,it has allowed farmers and local economies some sustained economicactivity.Change at the Farm Farmers have had to change, or are in the process of changing,the ways they handle tobacco on the farm, said J. Michael Moore,a tobacco agronomist with the UGA Extension Service.”The tobacco industry has been facing many changes over thepast few years,” Moore said. “The industry has beenlooking for more efficient ways to package, transport and markettobacco.”Two of the changes have cost farmers extra time and money. In the past, farmers brought their tobacco wrapped in sheetsto warehouses, where the tobacco was sold. Now, tobacco companiesprefer the tobacco in 750-pound square bales. To stay competitive, farmers have had to buy baling equipment. After the first year, Moore said, most farmers say the baling requires as little or less labor than sheeting tobacco and that bales are much easier to load and transport.Before going to market, tobacco is cured in barns on the farm. Studies show that old curing practices increase the potential for certain carcinogens in tobacco. So farmers have been asked to install equipment to reduce the risk of these carcinogens. Though some funds have been available to help, Moore said, this has still cost farmers time and money.
If the prospect of free mulch interests you, look no farther than your own backyard. Herbicide-free grass clippings, leaves and pine needles are an excellent source of mulch.It’s a tossup as to who will benefit the most — your plants or you — when you use organic mulches. Benefits of mulchWith a 2- to 4-inch layer: The soil won’t crust, and precious moisture won’t evaporate, potentially cutting your watering needs in half. When the Georgia summer is cooking, the roots will be chilling. The soil temperature will be as much as 25 degrees lower when the air temperature is 100 degrees. So the roots stay healthier and take up water more efficiently. There will be fewer weeds and more earthworms and beneficial microbic activity. The plants will stay cleaner and be subject to fewer diseases, since the soil (many diseases are soil-borne) won’t splash up on them. As the mulch breaks down, nutrient-rich organic matter will be added to the soil. Drip irrigation systems and soaker hoses become invisible under the mulch.Compost and shredded bark are good organic mulches, too. You can also use aged sawdust, weed-free hay and straw (Coastal Bermuda hay is best) and processing by-products, such as cocoa bean hulls.Sphagnum peat moss is good as a soil additive, but not as a mulch. It acts as a water barrier, wicks precious moisture from the soil and can blow away.Getting the best resultsFor best results, apply these magnificent mulches to weed-free areas after the soil has warmed. Leave about a 1-inch opening around plant stems and crowns.The time it takes to mulch plantings is far outweighed by the time saved on the big “W’s” — watering and weeding. The few weeds that do germinate are surprisingly easy to pull.As you place mulch around your planting beds, take care to pull it slightly away from main stems and trunks. Don’t just pile it on — safeguard the trunk against insects and diseases.Since organic mulch degrades over time, adding nutrients to the soil, you’ll need to replenish your layer occasionally to maintain its thickness.By using your own free mulch, you’ll not only improve your soil at no cost, but will also trim the amount of waste that ends up in area landfills. This is truly a win-win situation. By Wayne McLaurin University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 19
By Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaWireless Internet communication technology can allow a farmer to work his land thousands of miles away. It can give a doctor quick access to patients’ records. It can connect a country store to the world.The “UnWired: Rural Wireless Conference” Nov. 1-2 at the University of Georgia’s Tifton campus will bring experts, researchers and users of wireless technology to rural south Georgia.”Most conferences like this take place in large urban areas,” said Craig Kvien, chair of the UGA National Environmentally Sound Production Agriculture Lab in Tifton.”We’re bringing many people here that have worked a lot of the bugs out of this technology,” said Kvien, who is helping to organize the event. “The conference will demonstrate and investigate how this technology can be used for rural economic development.”The technical jargon of wireless communications can leave many people scratching their heads. “But anyone who attends this conference will walk away with a much better understanding of the potential of this technology,” Kvien said.The conference keynote speaker, Hans-Werner Braun, spearheads the High-Performance Wireless Research and Education Network at University of California at San Diego. The National Science Foundation funds this project, which has set up a wireless network over hundreds of square miles, connecting schools, research stations and remote Indian tribes in rural San Diego County.”Braun’s work connects the unconnected,” Kvien said.Wade Mitchell will tell how wireless technology has revolutionized his Iowa farm. Mitchell and his son Clay farm 2,500 acres of corn and soybeans. Their farm-wide, high-speed wireless network with Internet access allows them to remotely control grain handling and storage facilities, auto-steer tractors and monitor fields.Wireless technology has “turned our tractor cabs into mobile offices,” he said. “It has saved us hugely in labor and time and allowed us to be more accurate in our operation.”Professionals from two Tifton healthcare facilities will discuss how going wireless has improved their operations and allowed doctors to more efficiently treat patients.Paul Mask, an assistant director in the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, will explain how wireless communications can help extension agents better serve their clients.The UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences precision agriculture team will show how off-shelf products can monitor farm facilities and irrigation and control a robot.And representatives from Cattlelog will show how radio frequency identification can help the cattle industry run smoothly and safely.Funding agencies will be at the conference, too. So will those who’ve received funding for wireless projects.”Not only will attendees learn about the advances and opportunities,” Kvien said, “but also where to go to help fund them.”Other conference topics will include living wireless from a community perspective, funding a large-scale wireless network, setting up a wireless hotspot and pitfalls of going wireless.Registration is $100 before Oct. 1. It’s $150 after Oct. 1. To register or to find out more about the conference, go to www.nespal.org/unwired05/.
Late summer and early fall are ideal times to lift, divide and replant daylilies. By preparing now, you will be rewarded with a spectacular show of color next year. Dividing the plantsThe objective is to help the newly divided plants establish good root systems during the fall and late winter. The transplanting process is relatively easy. Just divide the plant into several clumps of foliage and roots and retain as many of the roots as possible with each division. Before replanting the division, cut back the foliage to one-third of its original height. Daylilies are very sensitive to proper soil preparation. Loosen the soil and amend it with organic matter, such as peat moss or compost. If the soil has not been limed, add 4 or 5 pounds of dolomitic lime per 100 square feet. Then add a light application of fertilizer when you plant the new division. A heaping teaspoonful per plant is adequate. Blend all amendments with the soil thoroughly. Plant at a proper depthDaylilies should not be planted too deeply. Plant the new divisions at same depth as the original plant. A safe rule of thumb is to set the new division so that the point where roots and foliage meet is no deeper than one inch below the surface of the soil. Planting at the proper depth is important for maintaining vigorous daylilies. Many other perennials can be divided and transplanted using the same steps. These include magic lily, African lily, liriope, amaryllis, ginger and iris. Also, like daylilies, these perennials need to be planted, or transplanted, in the early falls to ensure that they will thrive in the spring.
Relatively unknown outside of health food stores in the United States, millet has served as a staple food for families in Eastern Africa and Asia for thousands of years.Despite the grain’s long history and importance to millions of people, there has been little research done on the crop. Katrien Devos, a molecular geneticist at the University of Georgia, is hoping that a recent $1.8 million grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) will help lay the groundwork to make the crop more productive and disease resistant.Research on this locally important but largely unresearched “orphan crop” could create a more secure food supply for the millions of people who rely on finger millet for the bulk of their daily calories. Devos’ research is being funded through the NSF’s Basic Research to Enable Agricultural Development (BREAD) program.“Working on developing crops can be a struggle because these crops have traditionally received very little attention from funding agencies. On the flip side, because very little breeding and research has been done on finger millet, we expect our efforts to quickly translate into substantial yield gains for farmers,” Devos said. ”The opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives is what makes this project so exciting.”Devos is a professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Department of Crop and Soil Sciences’ Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics and in the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Department of Plant Biology. She studies the genetics of a range of economically important plants in the grass family, including finger millet, pearl millet, wheat and switchgrass.For the finger millet project, Devos will work with a team of geneticists, plant pathologists, bioinformatics experts and plant breeders in the U.S. and in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia to sequence both the genome of finger millet and that of its primary pathogen – the finger millet blast fungus. The project will also work to decode the interactions of the millet and the fungus on a genetic level.High-yielding cash crops such as maize were once considered the key to prosperity in the developing world, but the abandonment of traditional crops for maize instead led to food shortages in many regions. National and local initiatives in eastern Africa over the past decade encouraging farmers to replace some of their corn fields with indigenous, drought-tolerant crops have been having marked success. The reintroduction of landrace varieties of millet in eastern African villages improved food security in those villages, but yields are still very low. Hybridization-based breeding of finger millet in eastern Africa only started about two decades ago. Very little research has been done on breeding disease-resistant varieties of millet, and very little research has gone into determining the best production practices, Devos said.The next step in developing food security in eastern Africa involves improving the yields of drought-tolerant grains to make them reliable, plentiful and more attractive to farmers, Devos said.Blast fungal disease severely limits the amount of millet that farmers can expect to produce from a single acre. In extreme cases, it can reduce yields by 80 percent, and it’s a major obstacle to improving food security in areas where millet is a staple.To that end, Devos’ team, including Assistant Professor Chang-Hyun Khang of the UGA Department of Plant Biology, is building on research funded by the biotechnology nonprofit Bio-Innovate Africa and the African Orphan Crops Consortium (ACCO).The Bio-Innovate Africa and ACCO team, of which Devos was a member, initiated sequencing the genome of finger millet, which has proven to be large and complex. Finger millet is a tetraploid, so it carries two genomes. The two genomes appear to be highly similar in some regions, making it hard to differentiate them using short-read sequencing technologies. Funding through NSF’s BREAD program will allow use of long-read sequencing technologies to overcome these problems and to generate a reference-quality sequence of the finger millet genome. Devos’ lab at UGA has already generated two genetic maps of some 5,000 markers each that provide a framework that geneticists can use to anchor the sequence of millet’s large and complex genome.“(Existing) initiatives provide a start, but they need to be complemented by additional research to fully achieve the objectives of developing the genetic and genomic tools and knowledge needed to enhance finger millet for blast and other traits, and help lift smallholder farmers out of poverty,” Devos wrote in a project introduction for NSF.During this effort, they also hope to determine the sections of the genome responsible for resistance or susceptibility to blast, so that resistance can be bred into future varieties of millet.For more information on Devos’ work, visit research.franklin.uga.edu/devoslab/content/welcome-devos-lab. Learn more about the Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics at www.plantbreeding.uga.edu, and learn more about the Department of Plant Biology at www.plantbio.uga.edu.