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Comedy writer shares faith journey

first_imgWriter, producer and story editor Tom Leopold served up his reflections on faith with a side of comedy during his one-man show, “A Comedy Writer Finds God,” on Thursday night at Saint Mary’s. Leopold, who has worked with shows like “Will and Grace,” “Cheers,” “Seinfeld” and “The Chevy Chase Show,” converted from Judaism to Catholicism a few years ago. At the beginning of the show, Leopold explained the title of his program. “God was fine, He wasn’t lost,” he said. “I may have been a little bit, but He was fine.” The performance included an array of jokes about his life growing up but also some commentary on how he got to where he is today. The show told the story about his personal journey to faith and finding his place in the world with God by his side. “That’s the great thing about having faith and religion – feeling like you belong,” he said. Leopold grew up in a Jewish family in Miami but never really gave much thought to God as a child or even as an adult. He said when he got married and had his two daughters, he still had not truly considered why or how he had been so fortunate. “I knew [my family] was blessed,” he said. “I never stopped to think by who, I just knew that we were lucky.” Leopold said his religious experiences began to change a few years ago when his youngest daughter became deathly ill and had to be hospitalized.   After the family experienced a particularly difficult Christmas Eve away from her while she underwent treatment, he said he felt “so sad that I could break” and decided to pray to God for a sign. “I didn’t know how to do it, but I actually started to pray,” he said. “For the first time in my life, I was praying.” Through a series of events, conversations and experiences, Leopold said he seriously considered converting to Catholicism. He said he found himself at this new point in his life, and it was a welcome and necessary change. “Religion is a leap of faith,” he said. “After everything I had been through and that had happened to me, I was ready to leap.” Tonight’s performance concluded Leopold and comedian Bill Persky’s two-day visit to the College. Persky, a five-time Emmy award winning writer, director and producer, is best known for his work on “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Kate and Allie,” “That Girl,” “Who’s the Boss” and “The Cosby Show.” Persky introduced Leopold during Thursday’s performance, and he said the headliner was a man very dear to him. During the trip, the comedic pair met with students for meals, taught private master classes and gave workshops. The duo also worked closely with English, theatre and communication students for discussion panels. This was Persky’s second visit to Saint Mary’s in just six months and Leopold’s first visit to the College. Persky said he was very excited to be back at Saint Mary’s.  “It feels like coming back home,” he said. “We’ve spent a lot of time with the students here and they give you hope for the future. The young women at this school are so delightful.” Senior Rose Franzen was on of the students able to eat lunch with Leopold and Persky during their visit. She also attended the various workshops, master classes and Leopold’s one-man show. Franzen said she especially enjoyed Thursday evening’s performance for its inclusion of faith and God into the world of humor and laughter. “I thought [the performance] was really great,” she said. “I loved how he wove his comedy into his religious experience. Like he said – it’s not perfect, it’s him.”last_img read more

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Peter Pan Live! Flies High with Overnight Ratings

first_img In addition to Williams and Walken, the broadcast starred Tony winner Christian Borle as Mr. Darling and Smee, Tony nominee Kelli O’Hara as Mrs. Darling and Taylor Louderman as Wendy. A Great White Way family classic, Peter Pan premiered in 1954 at the Winter Garden Theatre, featuring a book by J.M. Barrie, music by Mark “Moose” Charlap and Jule Style, lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, direction and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Mary Martin in the lead role of the Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up. NBC has broadcast the musical live a total of three times previously: in 1955 (when it reached 65 million viewers), 1956 and 1960. People really like crowing (but not as much as yodeling). NBC’s December 4 telecast of Peter Pan Live!, starring Allison Williams as the title Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up and Christopher Walken as Captain Hook, delivered high-flying numbers. According to TheWrap, the three-hour program pulled in a total of 9.1 million viewers. While CBS topped NBC in total viewers on Thursday, the Peacock Network was first in ratings, drawing a 2.3 in the coveted 18-49 demographic. The telecast marked the second-biggest non-sports Thursday for the network (beat by—you guessed it—The Sound of Music.) While the Pan numbers mean good news for the network, last year’s The Sound of Music Live has it beat by double, having drawn a massive 18.5 million viewers overall on December 5, 2013. “We didn’t expect to reach the same rating as The Sound of Music,” said NBC honcho Robert Greenblatt in a statement, “since that was the first live movie event of its kind in over 50 years.” The lower (though still impressive) numbers aren’t stopping the network from bringing live musicals to the small screen: plans have already been announced for its next live musical event: The Music Man. View Commentslast_img read more

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Squigs Travels to Oz with Wicked’s Kara Lindsay & Caroline Bowman

first_img Related Shows from $95.00 Broadway.com Resident Artist Justin “Squigs” Robertson is no stranger to the merry old land of Oz, and he couldn’t resist going back for a return visit to see Broadway’s newest Wicked witches, Caroline Bowman (Elphaba) and Kara Lindsay (Glinda) in action. After witnessing the high-flying musical onstage, Squigs sketched a new tribute to the current Broadway cast. Check out the work of art above, then see Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre! Wicked Star Filescenter_img View Comments About the Artist: With a desire to celebrate the magic of live theater and those who create it, and with a deep reverence for such touchstones as the work of Al Hirschfeld and the wall at Sardi’s, Squigs is happy and grateful to be among those carrying on the traditions where theater and caricature meet. He was born and raised in Oregon, lived in Los Angeles for quite a long time and now calls New York City his home. Caroline Bowmanlast_img read more

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Brazil eyes coronavirus vaccine rollout in January, acting health minister says

first_imgBrazil has the third-worst outbreak of coronavirus globally with more than 4.1 million cases, passed this week by India for the second highest number of cases after the United States. More than 127,000 people have died from the disease, according to the official Health Ministry death toll.The high number of cases has led several vaccine makers to seek out Brazil for clinical trials. The country is testing a potential vaccine from AstraZeneca and has signed a memorandum of understanding to receive 30 million doses of it.Right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro, who has downplayed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, on Tuesday repeated prior statements that vaccination would not be mandatory, although the government would still mount a vaccine campaign.”People cannot be injected with whatever, or forced,” Bolsonaro said in an afternoon event with Brazilian doctors. Topics : Brazil’s acting Health Minister Eduardo Pazuello said on Tuesday that a COVID-19 vaccine would be rolled out for all Brazilians in January 2021.”We are closing contracts with vaccine manufacturers and the forecast is that a vaccine will arrive for us starting in January next year and we will start vaccinating everyone,” Eduardo Pazuello said in a video posted to social media.Pazuello and other ministers were responding to questions from Esther Castilho, a 10-year-old YouTuber wearing a cowboy hat. Pazuello did not give details on which vaccine would be rolled out.last_img read more

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23 more WV LGUs receive social amelioration fund

first_imgWestern Visayas has 133 LGUs. The 23additional LGUs were in the following provinces: DSWDhas released P25,290,000 in SAP funds to the municipality of Zarragafor 4,215 qualified families in 24 barangays. This brought to 103 the LGUs now setto release cash assistance to their people economically displaced by theongoing enhanced community quarantine, according to Regional Director Ma.Evelyn Macapobre. * Capiz – Pontevedra, Ivisan,Maayon, Pilar, Dao, Cuartero, President Roxas, Dumalag, Jamindan, Panit-an,Pan-ay, Sapi-an, Sigma, and New Washington The SAP funds released to the 103LGUs so far reached P5,905,974,000. Eachbeneficiary received a cash subsidy of P6,000. AssistantSecretary for Specialized Programs Rhea Peñaflor said under Republic Act (RA)11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act, 18 million low-income families allover the country are expected to receive emergency cash assistance to mitigatethe impact of the coronavirus public health emergency. * Antique – San Remigio, Bugasong,Sibalom, Pandan, and Caluya As of April 15, the 30 LGUs yet tobe released SAP funds were the following: * Iloilo – Carles, Pavia * Aklan – Tangalan, Buruanga,Makato, and Balete * Iloilo – San Miguel, Sara, Dingle,Lambunao, Leon, Batad, Concepcion, Santa Barbara, San Dionisio, Leganes, andLemery Yesterday, DSWD and the LGU of Zarraga, Iloilostarted distributing SAP cash grants to 4,215 family beneficiaries. ILOILO City – Twenty-three morelocal government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas received Social AmeliorationProgram (SAP) funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) for distribution to their constituents. Asof yesterday, the town already distributed P768,000 cash aid to 128 families inbarangays Dawis Centro, Dawis Norte, and Dawis Sur. “Ginapangabaygid namon ining LGUs nga dasig-dasigon or coordinatediri sa DSWD para mahatagankahigayunan ang aton pumoluyo sa inyo nga banwa nga makabaton sangassistance,” said Peñaflor./PN Underthe SAP, the LGU should pay out the beneficiaries within five days after thetransfer of funds. RICHER BY P6,000. A resident of Barangay Dawis Sur, Zarraga, Iloilo receives her cash aid of P6,000 from the national government’s Social Amelioration Program for people economically displaced by the enhanced community quarantine. Twenty-three more local government units (LGUs) in Western Visayas received Social Amelioration Program funds from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for distribution to their constituents. This brought to 103 the LGUs now set to release cash assistance to their people, according to Regional Director Ma. Evelyn Macapobre. DSWD-6 PHOTO * Negros Occidental – Talisay City Peñaflorwas in Barangay Dawis, Zarraga yesterday to oversee the distribution of cashaid to 70 beneficiaries amounting to P420,000. * Aklan – Batan, Numancia, Madalag,Malay, Ibajay, Nabas, Altavas, Banga, Leso, Malinao, Libacao, and Kalibo * Guimaras – Nueva Valencia * Antique – San Jose * Capiz – Tapaz * Guimaras – Buenavista last_img read more

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What Is Next?

first_imgI am sure you have heard about some of the things coming out of the New York Mets starting pitchers.  If you haven’t, here are a couple examples.  Terry Collins allowed his starting pitchers to decide the uniform, style, and color on the days they were pitching.  In fact, they kept stats on the records achieved for every game uniform style worn both at home and away.  I think you might call this wanting to take superstition to a new level.In fact, Matt Harvey and his agent (plus his doctor) wanted to dictate to the Mets how may pitches he would throw during the season.  In fact, the agent set up press conferences putting out these demands.  In the end, Harvey had enough sense to follow his managers wants and not what his agent wanted.What can we expect next from pro athletes?  Their own uniform–different from the rest of the team?  Who knows?last_img read more

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Burns earns first career feature win

first_imgThe closest feature finish of the evening came in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts as Lucas Parsons, Oliver Monson and Kaytee DeVries finished within a car length of each other as they crossed the finish line 1-2-3. By Greg Grabianowski  Burns took the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature holding off a late challenge from Brandon Nielsen. The Al­gona driver was racing with a heavy heart as his grandmother had passed away earlier in the day and in a victory lane interview, dedicated the race to her.  Brandon Nielsen took the runner-up spot as Cody Nielsen was third. Jay Sidles grabbed the early lead before an early caution. The race resumed as Burns used the high side to get past Sidles on lap four. He built a comfortable lead only to see Nielsen closing fast, but Burns slammed the door to set off a wild celebration in victory lane with his first career victory. center_img James Burns became a first-time IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock feature winner Thursday at Kossuth County Speedway. (Photo by Greg Grabianowski) Austin Wolf was the IMCA Modified winner and Jake Masters dominated in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. Matt Looft paced the Karl Kustoms Northern SportMod headliner. ALGONA, Iowa (July 16) – James Burns won his first career feature race to highlight an exciting night of dirt track racing at the Kossuth County Speedway on Thursday. The big night of racing drew another nice crowd count of 104 cars filling the pit area looking for a tune up for the upcoming Salute to Veterans show.last_img read more

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Pellegrini confident of Hart deal

first_imgManchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is confident England goalkeeper Joe Hart will sign a new contract at the Etihad Stadium. Pellegrini said: “I think it’s an issue that we’re talking about. Joe knows what I think about that. I think in the right moment, (we will) have the right solution. I think Joe wants to stay here and we want him to stay.” If he re-signs, Hart would follow team-mates Samir Nasri, Aleksandar Kolarov, David Silva, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and Edin Dzeko, who all agreed fresh terms in the summer. Pellegrini dropped Hart for a spell last autumn after a series of high-profile errors. He responded well and finished the season strongly, helping City win the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup after regaining his place. This season some of his performances have been top-drawer. He was outstanding in a Champions League loss at Bayern Munich last month and was similarly impressive in last Saturday’s 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham. Extra motivation might have come from the summer signing of Willy Caballero from Pellegrini’s former club Malaga, but the manager puts the improvement down to Hart himself. Pellegrini said: “He is not responding to the challenge of Willy. He is responding as number one goalkeeper as England. Except for the first three months of last year, Joe Hart always puts in a very good performance.” Despite Hart’s brilliance, City’s defence has not been impregnable this season and they have kept just two clean sheets out of eight in the Premier League. Hart has been back to his best this season and the club have been in negotiations over a new deal. The 27-year-old’s current contract expires in the summer of 2016. Press Association Pellegrini acknowledges that but does not see it is an area needing specific attention and instead wants general improvement across the pitch. The Chilean said: “We are always trying to improve in all senses, in attack and in defence. “This season we are not so strong in attacking. Last season in the first eight games I think we had scored more goals than now. “But also we had conceded more goals than now. This season our defence is (joint) second behind Southampton as the best in the league. “By our defence I’m not talking about only the back line, I’m talking the whole team, and I think we’re defending well. But of course we must improve. There’s a lot of goals that we can avoid and it will be better for us.” last_img read more

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Senate Committee Upholds Scott Israel’s Suspension

first_imgIsrael responded to the committee vote by saying he will run in 2020 against the appointed Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony and will be re-elected for a third time.Acting sheriff Gregory Tony, right, speaks after being introduced by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, left, at the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Fort Lauderdale headquarters, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. DeSantis suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel on Friday over his handling of February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee) The Florida Senate Rules Committee voted 9-7 along party lines on Monday night to uphold Governor Ron DeSantis’ removal of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.The vote came after 10 hours of testimony from special investigators, lawyers, and the public.DeSantis suspended Israel in January for his handling of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre and the 2017 mass shooting at Fort-Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.The matter now goes to a vote by the full Senate on Wednesday. Justice and accountability came together today with the ⁦@FLSenate⁩ upholding former Sheriff Israel’s suspension. Disappointing to see not one Democrat voted to put public safety over party.You are a disgrace ⁦⁦@Book4Senate⁩! https://t.co/BcqLSADaEk— Andrew Pollack (@AndrewPollackFL) October 22, 2019last_img read more

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MBB : Orange struggles to find rhythm on offense against Bulldogs zone in close win

first_img Comments Published on March 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img PITTSBURGH – For a team that plays strictly 2-3 zone on defense, Syracuse can’t seem to figure out how to score against one.Not even one that doesn’t boast a player over 6-foot-5.‘We go against it every day,’ junior guard Brandon Triche said. ‘You would think we’d be good at it, but we’re playing against a different team, a different style of it. That’s the toughest part for us.’For the second straight game, Syracuse struggled to attack a zone defense. The top-seeded Orange (32-2) stumbled to a 72-65 win over 16th-seeded UNC Asheville (24-10) Thursday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Consol Energy Arena. SU jacked up 23 3-pointers in the game and failed to take full advantage of the much smaller Bulldogs defense.Still, Syracuse did enough to advance to the third round to take on No. 8 Kansas State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange had difficulty with Cincinnati’s 2-3 zone in its second loss of the year last week, and it was more of the same in the matchup against UNC Asheville.‘I think after the last two games, you know, although we have a pretty good zone defense and we play against it every day,’ head coach Jim Boeheim said, ‘we have not been very proficient on offense against the zone defenses we’ve seen the last two games by any stretch of the imagination.’In the first half, Syracuse showed little interest in working the ball into the zone and seemed content launching shots from the perimeter. Even when the Orange passed up decent looks from deep, the shooters repeatedly took one dribble inside the arc before taking a long jumper.With SU settling for long-range shots, UNC Asheville was able to keep its small lineup on the floor. The center position in the Bulldogs’ zone – typically manned by someone 6-foot-9 or taller at Syracuse – was held down by players ranging from 6 feet 3 inches to 6 feet 5 inches for almost the entire game.But the SU didn’t take advantage. And the offensive struggles led to a 34-30 halftime deficit, thanks in large part to 1-of-13 shooting from 3-point range.‘We didn’t get to the basket like we should have,’ Triche said. ‘We didn’t get those guys in foul trouble. I think we took a lot of shots that we could make. But we have to get to the basket and not rely on the 3-point shot.’Though the Bulldogs employed the zone for much of the game, they occasionally switched to man-to-man defense out of timeouts. Point guard Scoop Jardine said the changing defenses confused the Orange when it tried to get into offensive sets.But for the most part, it was the scrappy 2-3 zone that gave the Orange fits.‘In all zones, in all man-to-man, you got to keep them away from the basket and you got to rebound,’ UNC Asheville head coach Eddie Biedenbach said. ‘We just played a good 2-3 zone and mixed it up a little bit. … Just enough to keep them off balance.’After halftime, SU started to take advantage of its size by crashing the offensive glass and getting to the middle of the defense. The Orange finished with 34 points in the paint.‘We talked about we were 1-for-13 (from 3),’ SU forward James Southerland said. ‘We just basically had to go in there and create nice, easy buckets. And when we do that, it’s going to create open shots.’But that didn’t lead to more triples for the Orange. Southerland knocked down three 3s but the rest of the team was a miserable 2-of-18 from long range.‘Pretty much everybody on our team can shoot it and make it,’ Triche said. ‘But when we’re all off, then we have to adjust and then try it later.’In the end, one of the biggest plays of the game came when Syracuse made that adjustment and attacked the paint.With less than three minutes remaining and the Orange up five, Dion Waiters drove to the rim from the top of the key. Southerland slid over to replace the sophomore out top, and Waiters spun back to pass him the ball. The junior swished the 3 to put Syracuse up by eight.SU held on from there, but its offensive ineptitude against zones in the past two games is cause for concern in Boeheim’s mind.The head coach believes his Orange will play better Saturday against Kansas State, assuming the Wildcats don’t decide to employ a 2-3 zone, too.‘We haven’t played well in the last two games,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think part of it is the way we’ve attacked the zone defenses that we’ve seen. Maybe they’ll play zone, too. Maybe we’ll get better at it.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more