Billy & Ray, Starring Vincent Kartheiser & Larry Pine, Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Rounding out the cast are Sophie von Haselberg as Wilder’s long-suffering secretary and Drew Gehling as a beleaguered studio chief. Billy & Ray charts the birth of the film noir genre. The comedy follows literary odd couple writer-director Billy Wilder (Kartheiser) and novelist Raymond Chandler (Pine) as they contentiously collaborate to adapt the novel Double Indemnity for the silver screen. Set in 1940s Hollywood, Billy & Ray is the true story of how two brilliant and thorny artists battled the Hollywood censors and each other to create a groundbreaking movie classic. Billy & Ray Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser and Broadway vet Larry Pine officially open in the New York premiere of Billy & Ray on October 20. Mike Bencivenga’s new show, directed by the legendary Garry Marshall, will play a limited engagement through November 23 at off-Broadway’s Vineyard Theatre. Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 23, 2014last_img read more

Long Island Pitches in for NY’s First Invasive Species Week

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Invasive plant species are taking over New York State’s native habitats from the Great Lakes to Long Island, and this week New Yorkers are fighting back one vine, one root, at a time.July 6-12 marks the state’s first invasive species awareness week, highlighting actions the public can take at more than 100 events statewide to protect natural resources from the encroachment of aliens with names like garlic mustard, knotweed, mile-a-minute vine and swallow-wort. On LI, volunteers will be gathering at Caumsett State Park in Huntington at 10 a.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday.“We’re very concerned about swallow-wort,” Amy Mandelbaum, a Long Island Sound coordinator with New York Sea Grant at Stony Brook University, told the Press. “We don’t want a whole park full of invasive species.”Caumsett State Park is beset by many invasive species, Mandelbaum said, but the focus this weekend is on uprooting swallow-wort, which can be found throughout the fields and the edges of the park’s woodlands.Unchecked, this perennial plant creates tangled thickets that block light to our native species and herbaceous vines that can choke trees. It comes in two species—pale and black—depending on the color of their petite flowers, but the outcome is the same: swallow-wort takes over because it has no natural enemies here.Deer won’t eat it, researchers have found, perhaps because it contains some toxic compounds such as glycosides. When Monarch butterflies lay their eggs on swallow-wort, which is very similar to milkweed, the larvae that hatch die within 24 to 48 hours. And researchers have begun to find that the plant may also modify the soil’s microbial community, making it more difficult for native plants to propagate.Antonio DiTommaso, an associate professor of crop and soil sciences at Cornell University, has been studying swallow-wort for 15 years.“Once they get established, they’re hard to control,” he said. “Are we going to eradicate these guys? No, it’s unlikely to happen unless something really special comes along.”He said that in their native environments, the Iberian peninsula for the black swallow-wort and the Ukraine for the pale species, they have the opposite problem.“You’d have a hard time finding them….They’re in balance and almost rare.”Unfortunately, that’s not the case in America.Long Islanders who don’t make it to the event at Caumsett Park can do their part in their own backyard, DiTommaso and Mandelbaum suggest.“If you have a small patch, dig it up and try to get as much of the roots as possible,” said DiTommaso. “Put it in a garbage bag and either send it to the dump or, even better, let it fry in the sun. Certainly do not throw any of this in your compost pile because they will re-root!”He also said that this time of year swallow-wort has already formed its seed pods.“At the very least, chop the pods off,” the biologist warned. “At least, you’ll minimize the seed production.”To view the other NY Invasive Species Week events in Long Island, visit their website and click on Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA).For more information on what homeowners can do to keep their backyards free of invasive plants, visit their website and scroll down to “Alternative Landscaping/Native Plants.”And to obtain desirable Long Island native plants, such as purple coneflower and black-eyed Susan, people can ask for them at the local nursery or a big box store. Or get them directly from the Long Island Native Plant Initiative, Inc. website.last_img read more

Family First brings US author to NZ to talk about dangers of cannabis ahead of legalisation referendum

first_imgHowever, professor Joseph Boden – who is part of the Prime Minister’s expert panel on cannabis – doesn’t agree with Mr Berenson’s views. He’s been brought to New Zealand by Family First and told Seven Sharp why he thinks cannabis is linked to bouts of psychosis and violence. “That’s what the strongest medical evidence shows, there is no question it can cause temporary episodes of psychosis in many users. He’s written a book linking cannabis use to psychosis and violence. Some scientists actively dispute his conclusions, though. One person who says it’s unsafe and dangerous is US author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson. “It’s just scaremongering,” he says. Those who were more likely to intend to vote for legalisation were Green Party supporters, women aged 18 to 34, Māori, people with annual household incomes between $30,001 to $70,000 and Labour Party supporters. TVNZ One News 17 February 2020On September 19th you’ll be voting on who you want to govern the country, as well as a referendum on whether to legalise cannabis.Central to that debate is whether you think cannabis is safe or unsafe. Green Party’s Chlöe Swarbrick said the poll results indicated that “we really have a job to do in getting out there and talking to people”. referendum: Anti-marijuana book author’s warning to New ZealandNewsHub 17 February 2020A former New York Times journalist has warned New Zealand against legalising recreational cannabis, saying its risks have been “substantially understated”.Alex Berenson is the author of a controversial new book Tell Your Children: The Truth About Marijuana, Mental Illness, Violence. He is in New Zealand as a guest of Family First.Berenson spoke to Magic Talk’s Peter Williams on Monday to explain why he believes recreational cannabis shouldn’t be legalised.“The harms of cannabis are quite a bit larger than are generally realised.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.center_img Mr Berenson didn’t used to believe that cannabis was dangerous, but he says today’s strains are more potent and synthetic products are also using levels of THC that would be “hard to imagine in the ’90s even to have used.” “But more sophisticated analysis shows that in fact the rate was lower than it would have been had cannabis not been legalised,” Mr Boden says.It comes as New Zealanders are more likely to vote against legalisation of cannabis in the upcoming referendum, according to the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll. Remain illegal – 51%Legalise cannabis – 39%Will not vote – 1%Don’t know / refused – 9% “He takes data out of context, so he shows there was an increase in the murder and violence levels in Washington state, after cannabis was legalised. The groups of people who were more likely than average to intend to vote against legalising cannabis were Asian New Zealanders, National Party supports and people aged 55 and over. Those polled were asked, ‘At this stage, do you think you will vote for cannabis to be legalised, or for cannabis to remain illegal?’ “The issue as to whether it can cause permanent psychosis or schizophrenia there is more debate around, but many psychiatrists have come around to this view,” Mr Berenson stated.last_img read more

Rwanda MPs to debate Kagame bid for third term

first_imgRwanda President Paul Kagame Rwanda President Paul KagameRwanda’s parliament was set to open a debate on Monday on amending the constitution to let strongman and President Paul Kagame run for a third term in 2017.MPs were due to “examine the relevance of the draft of revision of the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda as amended to date,” said a parliamentary statement.Mr Kagame has run Rwanda since his rebel army ended the 1994 genocide.He won elections in 2003 and 2010 and, under the current law, is due to step aside in 2017 at the end of his second consecutive term.But earlier this year, more than 60 per cent of voters signed a petition calling for constitutional changes to be drafted that would allow Kagame to stand again in 2017, an initiative that has already rubber-stamped by both houses of parliament.Both houses of parliament are dominated by the ruling Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), Mr Kagame’s former rebel army, and are expected to pass the draft constitutional amendments before putting the changes to a referendum.The revisions to Article 101 — which limits presidential terms to two — and other parts of the constitution follows three weeks of “popular consultations” by parliamentarians during which MPs travelled the country and found just a dozen voters opposed to the reform.Mr Kagame’s aides have insisted that any bid for a third term would be in response to “popular demand” that he stay in power.Mr Kagame is painted by supporters as a guarantor of post-genocide stability and the economic growth that has transformed the country over the past 20 years.But many observers say the move is orchestrated by a government and leader with an iron grip on a country where freedom of expression is severely curtailed, and merely part of a wider trend of African leaders seeking to stay put.On Thursday, Rwanda’s Supreme Court dismissed a legal challenge to the constitutional amendment from the Democratic Green Party, the only political group in the country to oppose Mr Kagame’s third term.last_img read more

Lukas ​Podolski open to Arsenal return

first_img Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV Now The German was an excellent signing for the Gunners, operating upfront and on the left-wing. And he suggests that he may be back one day, albeit in a coaching role. Asked about life after football, he told Arsenal Player: “We will see, I still have something inside me to play for three or four more years maybe.Advertisement “After that, maybe rest a bit, I really don’t have a plan for now because I still love to play, to be with my teammates, to fight for three points every week, I still love that and when you love something you can’t leave it. read also:Iniesta replaces Podolski as Kobe captain “What is after? I have my business, maybe something more is coming, maybe being a coach in the youth, maybe work for your hometown Koln, maybe you can do something at Arsenal, maybe you can do something at Japan. “I will see, time will tell.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Former Arsenal striker, Lukas Podolski, has admitted he may return to the club one day.last_img read more