Broadway’s The Color Purple Company Will Record Cast Album

first_img Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017 View Comments The Color Purplecenter_img Cynthia Erivo And in today’s least surprising news…The much-lauded The Color Purple revival has pushed da button on a cast album! The Main Stem company, including Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks, will hit the recording studio on December 14; the album is set for release on January 29, 2016 on Broadway Records. The album is being produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti.The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie (Erivo), a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world. Hudson takes on the role of Shug Avery and Brooks plays Sofia.The John Doyle-helmed musical officially opened on December 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre; his stripped-down production previously played London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, also starring Erivo. The new staging cuts approximately 30 minutes of material from the original incarnation and its producers include Oprah Winfrey.The cast also includes Kyle Scatliffe, Isaiah Johnson and Joaquina Kalukango. Jennifer Hudsonlast_img read more

Harsher Penalties for Extortion, Microtrafficking and Roadblocks in Colombia

first_img Colombian Minister of National Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón, submitted to Congress a bill that seeks to strengthen the fight against extortion, micro-trafficking, smuggling, illegal mining, and roadblocks, and includes measures to guarantee the protection of minors that break the law. The bill intends to adopt measures and provide tools for authorities, with the aim of disrupting the funding sources of terrorist and criminal organizations. If the bill is approved, extortion would cease to be considered an economic crime, and it would be linked to an aggression against personal autonomy, hence stiffening penalties against offenders that perpetrate crimes of this sort. According to this measure, if extortion is aimed at funding terrorist activities or affecting the economic capacity of the victim, the penalty for this crime will be increased. Moreover, any attempt to engage in this sort of conduct will be considered a criminal offense. In regards to micro-trafficking, the project includes new aggravating circumstances to punish this offense and seeks to protect minors, preventing their manipulation into drug trade. This measure will facilitate the prosecution of criminal organizations operating in this field. Aggravating circumstances include micro-trafficking perpetrated by simulated addiction or carrying drugs for personal consumption near or inside schools, as well as under covered illicit trade or street sales. In the case of roadblocks, the bill includes instruments that reinforce penalties and punish individuals that promote, direct, and provide means and violent actions against public safety and the normal activities of citizens, as it was experienced in a recent arrest. The bill also includes aggravating circumstances regarding the use of elements that prevent the identification of individuals participating in criminal actions, such as hoodies, and the recruitment of minors and the elderly. Furthermore, the bill intends to offer penal and administrative tools against illegal mining to authorities, in order to increase controls in all phases of this criminal activity. The regulation suggests categorizing illicit mining exploitation as a source of money laundering, since this is one of the main funding sources for illegal organizations. The Adversarial Criminal System in Military Criminal Justice Another project submitted by Minister Pinzón is related to the Military Criminal Justice legislative reform, a historical government effort aimed at consolidating an efficient, agile, specialized and independent jurisdiction. On September 12, the Ministry introduced regulation that contemplates performance requirements for positions in that judicial stage, establishes Law Enforcement and Military Criminal Prosecution, organizes its Technical Investigation Corps, and adopts the provisions for proceedings towards the adversarial system of criminal justice. In addition, it includes stages and mechanisms aimed at total independence and neutrality to the jurisdiction. For this purpose, the creation of a special administrative unit stands out as an organization that guarantees legal, labor and budgetary independence for the Military Criminal Justice and an autonomous body, as well as a particular career system for members of the jurisdiction, with independent evaluation, disciplinary and promotion programs for the commands of the Military Forces and the National Police. The Ministry of Defense assigned $25.6 billion from special resources, to Military Criminal Justice in order to finance all this effort. By Dialogo September 13, 2013last_img read more

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Oct. 24

first_imgCyclists are entitled to share in freedomIn Brian Pelletier’s Oct. 19 letter (“Cyclists don’t belong on roads with cars”) concerning those who ride bicycles on roads, the writer enumerated the many requirements and restrictions facing citizens who want to travel by auto on “public roads,” including license, registration, taxes, tolls and insurance. It’s a valid point. One wonders what a pioneer explorer like Daniel Boone would have thought upon learning that the modern American faces such obstacles to simply making their way about this great nation.One might also then reasonably expect the writer to admire and maybe even wish to join those fellow Americans who still resist the yoke and lash, and get about on bicycles, requiring naught but the strength of their own two legs.But sadly his sentiments are instead the resentment the un-free sometimes feel for the free, longing not so much for their own liberation but for equal bondage on all others. He urges that bicycles be banned from the public roadways, forcing their riders to surrender their independence and accept the wheeled prison cell that is the modern automobile, with all the state-mandated intrusions and burdens that entails. What a sad statement on the regard liberty-loving Americans may expect from some fellow citizens today.John MurphyNiskayunaWhat good have Dems done for us?Talk about turncoats. Democrats are tearing each other apart trying to outdo each other.Folks, Sen. Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, not a Democrat. Get it? Why is he allowed to run on the  Democratic ticket? Hmm. In doing so, he first ran against Hillary Clinton and  Socialist  Democrats. Nancy Pelosi, about the worst Speaker we’ve ever had, period, lets so-called Democrats push socialist views even more. Everything t President Trump has done since his first day in office, they hate and condemn. The economy is doing very well, especially for those who like working and investing.  President Trump’s decision on Syria and Turkey is spot on. How many more years are we supposed to be in Middle East? We’re at $8 trillion and counting, thanks to Bush and Obama.  Plus, the president shined spotlight on deep state Clintons and Obama.They should have been charged with crimes against America and put in prison. What people are afraid of I do not know. As Democrats/socialists say, no one is above the law. That goes for all races, creeds, etc. Lying politicians like Adam Schiff, AOC, Biden, and on, and on, Trump is and has been right about them, and the swamp. What have the Democrats truly done for nation, but tax and spend? True Socialists, that they are.Al MarvellScotiaWe can’t afford four more years of TrumpWhen will “Trumpsters” admit that “Mr.” Trump is selling away the United States, one piece at a time. He is constantly going against the Constitution and obstructs Congress. Before being shamed to dropping the idea, he planned to host the 2020 G7 meeting at his resort in Miami.First of all, this would be against the Constitution. Secondly, he probably doesn’t own most of the properties with his name on them.Russian billionaires and Russian and Chinese banks probably hold the mortgages, making Trump beholden to Putin, China and North Korea. The Turkish government paid him $10 million to have his name on its twin towers in Istanbul. Trump continues to refuse to have his financials investigated, because we would find out he is not as rich as he claims and who he really owes.Trump has got to go. We cannot afford to lose any more of our treasured allies, and especially our troops.Lou BachScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionVoters should think what’s best for townFor the past two years, I have witnessed the Democratic Niskayuna Town Board thwart every suggestion put forth by our Republican supervisor. That supervisor was elected in a deeply “blue” town because of overwhelming dissatisfaction with the prior Democratic supervisor, who was seen by many as petty, vindictive and out of control.All of the Democratic candidates I heard at Tuesday’s forum presented by the League of Women Voters purported to be an independent voice of the people of the town. Yet, every one of them aligned themselves with one another, linking their views together as a bloc.That bloc has fought transparency by withholding the ministerial task of approving meeting minutes, violated environmental review laws around the outrageously over-budget Wastewater Treatment Facility, and, despite what several of the candidates argued, has failed to protect parkland, specifically Mohawk River State Park over which the town has a stewardship agreement with the state.For these reasons, even though I am deeply disheartened by Republican politics on the national level, this Democrat will not vote blue locally. I strongly encourage voters in the town of Niskayuna to educate yourselves, decide what you think is best for your town, and vote.Jeffrey MeyersNiskayunaBreak up mayor’s bloc and back RiggiSchenectady residents have no choice in 2019’s mayoral election, in a city where so many resent the antics and arrogance of Mayor Gary McCarthy. The best thing to do for the cause of open, trustworthy, responsive city government is to break up the four-person council clique, that passively enacts the mayor’s agenda, without discussion of alternatives, needed information, tough questions, or public debate.Two of McCarthy’s virtually-sure votes are running, Ed Kosiur and John Polimeni. Professor Polimeni’s record is so filled with unfinished and D-minus ideas, we should take away his seat. Polimeni has, e.g.: ignored the plain words of the union contract to seek sick leave reimbursement for the police chief; ignored enforceability to push for a local ban on plastic straws; ignored factual errors and the approved plan, to sign a petition to send Lady Liberty to Steinmetz Park. And, he ignored universal calls for more details, to push his sidewalk assessment resolution in time for the election, which resulted in costs on Ardsley Road 84 percent higher than his estimates.Elect candidates likely to serve the people, not the mayor. Vote for independent Vince Riggi and perhaps withhold some votes. (Write in Riggi for mayor, too).David GiacaloneSchenectadyOfficials must do good by the peopleAll elected officials owe a dedication to the well-being of their people. In order to address the well-being of the people, you must hear the will of the people.Our concerns are simple and common sense. We demand a more just distribution of economic resources. Raise the tax burden on wealthier Americans and distribute that back to the people in the form of guaranteed healthcare and university education.We demand an end to senseless wars. These wars extract wealth from working class people around the globe and proliferate violence.People are dying and suffering, please tell me how these wars benefit America.We demand an end to corrupt invasions into public affairs. The epitome of injustice is the wealthy enforcing laws on the working class, which has no ability to enforce back onto the wealthy. That is the state of the American justice system, and we are fed up with brazen unfairness.We need our elected officials to lead a society-level charge in addressing the disastrous effects of climate change. Global temperatures are rising. So are sea levels. Once-diverse ecosystems have seen a tragic 50% loss of life worldwide in my lifetime. Life on Earth is shriveling and humanity will have to band together to face what lies ahead. We need you to begin this process, for the future of our families, for the good of our children, for the good of life.Use your position of power to do something good for the environment we all share.Galen HeinsAlbanylast_img read more

Classic run takes Roth to checkers at HOT’s 20th anniversary fall special

first_imgAnthony Roth raced to an IMCA Modified career-best $4,000 payday at Heart O’ Texas Speedway’s Fall Classic special. (Photo by Stacy Kolar, Southern Sass Photography)WACO, Texas (Oct. 28) – Anthony Roth got his first look at Heart O’ Texas Speedway when he pulled in for the Thursday practice session that preceded the weekend Fall Classic special.He had a check for $4,000 in his pocket and a season-ending IMCA Modified feature win when he drove out of the pit area at Waco two nights later.“We were looking to end the season on a high note,” said the Columbus driver, who had been KO’d by a late flat while running second in his final outing in his home state of Nebraska. “We were confident going down there that the car would be good.”Forced to qualify through his last-chance race on Saturday after getting together with another car in the opening night feature, Roth started 11th and had the lead nine circuits into the 30-lapper.“Mainly I used the bottom. I got everybody in (turns) one and two and when I got the lead I went to the top,” said Roth, already on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. “I got into lapped traffic but was able to find my way around them.”Arizona speedster Brian Schultz, runner-up to Dean Abbey in a photo-finish in the Friday qualifier, was second. Completing the top five in the 20th anniversary event were Justin Radcliff, Kevin Green and Chris Bragg.Roth said Heart O’ Texas was similar to Raceway Park, a South Dakota venue he races at once or twice a year. He’s been bad fast in nine starts in a newly built Razor, winning on season champion­ship night at Beatrice Speedway and sweeping the Iron Cup Weekend at Park Jefferson be­fore the Texas trip.“Four thousand dollars is our career best payday,” said Roth, who had a previous top of $1,555 at Park Jeff’s Salute to Jimmy Cole special this spring. “We’re already looking forward to starting next year with the Arizona Tour. I think it’s going to be a good season.”$1,500 feature winners were Dillon Smith in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars and Sid Kiphen in the Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods. Kevin Smith earned $650 for his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory.Also the winner of the Bryan Mize Memorial at HO’T in September, Dillon Smith won the Fall Clas­sic for the first time despite getting together with lapped car late in the Stock Car feature.“There as no major damage to the car but I was thinking I’d get a flat tire. I was lucky I didn’t,” said Smith, who had a lead of more than a straightaway when the incident occurred. “I’ve raced the Fall Classic for a lot of years and this is my home track. It’s nice to be able to win this race.”He eked back ahead to win by about five car lengths over Andy Roller, 10th starting Dan Day, Ron­nie Warren and Anthony Otken.Kiphen broke the rear end on his ride during hot laps on Friday – his 55th birthday – borrowed another from T.J. Green and got help from Robert Scrivner putting it on.He passed Scrivner to win their heat, then ran second to him in the qualifier. Scrivner led the first 18 laps in the main event before Kiphen got by for the win.“I started to pressure him on the higher line before we ran side-by-side,” Kiphen said. “Luckily, the old car (a seven-year-old Express) did perfect and success.Kiphen had promised his mother he’d win the race for her when she’d called to wish him a happy birthday. Tim Clonch, Scrivner, Green and Chris Cogburn completed the top five behind him“I just ran the car easy and got what I could get,” said Kiphen, who took Scrivner out for Mexican the Tuesday after the Fall Classic to thank him for his help. “That was probably one of my best races.”Kevin Smith scored the 50th win of his career and his first-ever at the Fall Classic.“I’ve been racing 17 years, most of them in a pure stock, some in a street stock, one in a Modified and I finally got at win at the Fall Classic in a Hobby Stock,” he said following his final night of the season in the Eddie Thompson-owned ride. “It was great. I’ve been through years where just about everything that could happen happened to me at the Fall Classic. If you can think of it, it’s probably happened to me.”Smith got out to a big lead early on, dealt with lapped traffic and then won in front of Cory Stone, Hayden Wade, Joe Williams and Cody Stone following a restart with two laps to go.“I grew up here watching my uncle race. It’s great to finally win this race,” Smith said. “It’s amaz­ing, like winning a track championship. I can finally put that on my list of accomplishments.”Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Anthony Roth; 2. Brian Schultz; 3. Justin Radcliff; 4. Kevin Green; 5. Chris Bragg; 6. Eric Tomlinson; 7. Josh McGaha; 8. Raymond McSpadden; 9. Jason Batt; 10. Dean Abbey; 11. Rob­ert McKinney; 12. Chris Morris; 13. Darryl Campbell; 14. Chad Guest; 15. Erik Thorne; 16. Erik Miles; 17. Ken Old; 18. Eric Hughes; 19. Matt Guillaume; 20. Tommy Phillips; 21. David Goode Sr.; 22. Chase Allen; 23. Paul White; 24. Jake Henderson. Stock Cars – 1. Dillon Smith; 2. Andy Roller; 3. Dan Day; 4. Ronnie Warren; 5. Anthony Otken; 6. Joe O’Bryan; 7. Mark Adams; 8. Damon Hammond; 9. Billy Briley; 10. Billy Wade; 11. Robin Batt; 12. Wade White; 13. Travis Norman; 14. Charles Brewer; 15. Don Chamblee; 16. Buck Owens; 17. Benji Kirkpatrick; 18. Kenny Merritt; 19. Justin Wierenga; 20. Jake Copeland; 21. Allen Wil­liams; 22. Tyler Smith. Southern SportMods – 1. Sid Kiphen; 2. Tim Clonch; 3. Robert Scrivner; 4. T.J. Green; 5. Chris Cogburn; 6. Jeff Shepperd; 7. Ronnie Bell Jr.; 8. Jon White; 9. Taylor Florio; 10. Chris Florio; 11. John Freeman; 12. Kevin Manning; 13. Gene Burnett; 14. Mitchell Wachsman; 15. Zac Sydney; 16. Chris Birmingham; 17. Rusty Head; 18. Don Painter; 19. Mark Shipman; 20. Casey Brunson; 21. Michael Maraschick; 22. Ranger Shipman. Hobby Stocks – 1. Kevin Smith; 2. Cory Stone; 3. Hayden Wade; 4. Joe Williams; 5. Cody Stone; 6. Jordan Kornegay; 7. Damian Snyder; 8. Jeremy Hendrix; 9. Stacey Robinette; 10. Eddie Thompson; 11. Shannon Dulock.last_img read more