This Week’s Picks! Anika Noni Rose, Idina Menzel, Motown Legends & More

first_imgPregame with Erich BergenDecember 29 at BirdlandGoing out on New Year’s Eve is risky. You can’t get a cab, the subways are packed, and the chance of a random stranger puking on your shoes increases by 32 percent. Let singer-actor Erich Bergen (Bob Gaudio in the Jersey Boys film) ease your pain. His Early New Year’s Eve Party will feature numbers from his stage and screen career as well as his two EPs. Click for tickets! See (the Real) Motown on BroadwayBegins December 29 at the Palace TheatreYou loved Motown the Musical, right? Well, here’s your chance to see two of the vocal groups responsible for that show’s terrific music as the Temptations and The Four Tops hit the stage. You have until January 4 to see these showmen unleash a half-century of classic hits—let’s see today’s pop acts display that staying power. We’ll wait, Katy Perry. Click for tickets! Spend NYE with Two FavoritesDecember 31 at 54 BelowThere is no worse feeling in the world than expecting a night of New Year’s Eve revelry only to discover the “revelry” involves lukewarm spinach dip and stilted conversation. 54 Below, fortunately, has two options for a guaranteed kickass evening. First, playwright and drag legend Charles Busch unleashes a special New Year’s Eve show. Then, the always-game Laura Benanti rings in the New Year. Take that, boredom! Click for tickets here and here! Star Files Rock New Year’s Eve with IdinaDecember 31 on ABCAt every holiday or civic event Idina Menzel is there, whether it’s singing the national anthem at baseball’s All-Star Game or celebrating the holiday windows at Bloomingdale’s. Of course, she’s going to perform on New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. And, of course, she’ll sing “Let it Go.” And, of course, we’ll belt along, pretending to be the newly independent Elsa. Man, there’s nothing better than spending the holidays with people we love. Stay In with Jason Robert BrownJanuary 2 on PBSYou’ll probably still be recharging from the social destruction you unleashed on New Year’s Eve—but that doesn’t mean you can’t entertain yourself. Make some tea, settle on the couch, and watch Jason Robert Brown in Concert, where the Tony-winning composer teams up with Anika Noni Rose and a team of Broadway musicians to perform songs from his impressive career. Expect songs from 13, The Last Five Years and Honeymoon in Vegas. View Comments Hey, you, waiting on line to return a bag of gifts from your colorblind aunt who still thinks you’re a size too small and a foot too tall. Leave that line and hit the town! There is a concert with Motown legends, a pre-New Year’s celebration with a Jersey Boy, and New Year’s Eve awesomeness with Charles Busch and Laura Benanti. Get ready for this week’s picks! Idina Menzellast_img read more

Ghana duo to officiate at World Swimming competition

first_imgTwo Ghanaian Swimming Officials would officiate in this year’s Federation International de Nation (FINA) World Junior Championships to be held in Dubai.The two are the current technical director of the Ghana Swimming Association, Kwame Kpodoh and its treasurer, Helena Williams.They become the first in the history of the country to officiate at a world swimming event.Kwame Kpodoh who doubles as a member of the technical swimming committee of the Africa swimming federation last officiated in the Africa junior championship zone 2 held in Akure Nigeria last year.Helena Williams, a lecturer at the University of Ghana and staunch member of the Ghana Swimming federation has been instrumental in organizing most swimming competitions in the country and on the continent.The duo came through a rather rigorous selection procedure by the Switzerland based Swimming Body unscathed with Kwame Kpodoh shared his excitement with Joy Sports. “For now am very delighted, I was not expecting it but I think it is good news for Ghana swimming. It is the first time we are having officials at a major world event. I think I was lucky because I was chosen from over three hundred officials,” he said.Helena Williams could not hide her joy either when JOY Sports caught up with her.“It’s the highest place I can be in my career. I am so excited and I think the country should be proud that we are representing them at such a level, I’m honored and grateful,” she said.The 15th edition of the World Junior Swimming Championship would be staged in Dubai from the August 26 to 31.last_img read more

James Harden shrugs off end to Rockets’ win streak: ‘It’s one loss’

first_imgJames Harden believes the Rockets’ loss Wednesday to the Warriors can help Houston in the long run, despite ending its nine-game winning streak.The Rockets fell, 106-104, at Toyota Center, their first loss since Feb. 21 against the Lakers. Stephen Curry hails Warriors’ teamwork without Kevin Durant against Rockets Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins nets season-high 27 points, Steve Kerr credits rotation change One aspect Harden feels the Rockets need to work on is their rebounding, something he believes will be crucial if they want to go far in the playoffs.”As a team we’ve got to rebound the basketball [better],” he said. “We’re so good once we rebound the basketball and get out in transition.”But it makes it difficult no matter who we’re playing, if you don’t give a team second-chance opportunities.”center_img “It’s all right, we lost, we know we did. A good thing about it is we play a game on Friday. I mean, listen, it’s one loss,” Harden said.”We fought the entire game, it’s just you’re playing against a good team like that, you’ve got to play hard and smart.”Mentally we had a couple of lapses early in the game, especially in the first and second quarter, that gave them some open looks and that was it.”[But] we locked in and we got stops and we knew who they were guarding. We wanted to score, it should have been that way the entire game. Give them credit they made shots and played well.Final in Houston.— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) March 14, 2019″We made a lot of mistakes, but we’re never going to give up. We fought back until the last second and that’s what it is. “We’ll look at film, try to get better and move on to Phoenix on Friday and try to get better in every single game until the postseason.”It was a good game for us, we didn’t come out with the win but [it’s a] learning experience.” Harden recorded a double-double in the defeat as he had 29 points and 10 assists, with three rebounds, but ultimately it was not enough.However, he urged his teammates not to get down as they enter the run-up to the NBA playoffs. Related Newslast_img read more