HBO Cancels Looking, Starring Jonathan Groff

first_img Star Files View Comments HBO’s Looking, starring Tony nominee and current Hamilton player Jonathan Groff, will not return for a third season. The gay-themed series concluded its second season on March 22.However, this is not the last we’ve seen of Patrick and his crew. HBO will produce a special to serve as a “final chapter” for the series and to tie up loose ends from the second season. “We look forward to sharing this adventure with the show’s loyal fans,” the network said in a statement. No additional details regarding the special have been announced.Looking follows a group of gay friends living in San Francisco, including Patrick (Groff), a video game designer on the cusp of 30, Dom (Murray Bartlett), a newfangled restaurateur and Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), an aspiring artist. The series also stars Broadway alum Russell Tovey, Lauren Weedman and Raúl Castillo.center_img Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

Andrew Rannells to Co-Host B’Way Barks; Starry Lineup Announced

first_imgBernadette Peters is back with a host of furry, cuddly friends for Broadway Barks. The 17th annual pet adoption event, founded by Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, will take place on July 11 in Shubert Alley. Peters will co-host alongside Tony nominee and Hedwig alum Andrew Rannells. As always, a swarm of stage favorites, including It Shoulda Been You’s Sierra Boggess and two-time Tony winner and Something Rotten! star Christian Borle, will join them to show off some of the cats and dogs you can take home.In addition to Boggess and Borle, this year’s starry lineup will include Tony-winning Fun Home star Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and Beth Malone; Borle’s Something Rotten! co-stars John Cariani, Heidi Blickenstaff and Brad Oscar; An American in Paris’ Max von Essen, Leanne Cope, Veanne Cox and Jill Paice; On the Town’s Clyde Alves and Jackie Hoffman; On the Twentieth Century Tony nominee Andy Karl; Ian Barford, Francesca Fardinay and Taylor Trensch from The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Hand to God’s Michael Oberholtzer and Tony nominee Sarah Stiles; Carolee Carmello of Finding Neverland; Fish in the Dark’s Marylouise Burke, Glenne Headly and Jayne Houdyshell; and Boggess’ It Shoulda Been You castmates Montego Glover, Harriet Harris, Edward Hibbert and Chip Zien.Pet enthusiasts can also expect appearances from Tony honoree and Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni, Hedwig and the Angry Inch favorite and vlogger Rebecca Naomi Jones; current Wicked witches Caroline Bowman and Kara Lindsay; The Phantom of the Opera’s James Barbour; current The Book of Mormon headliners Gavin Creel and Nikki Renee Daniels; A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder duo Jefferson Mays and Jeff Kready; Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart and Jonathan Freeman; Matilda cast members Tori Feinstein, Alison Luff, Lesli Margherita and Christopher Sieber; Chilina Kennedy, Jarrod Spector, Scott J. Campbell and Jessica Keenan Wynn from Beautiful: The Carole King Musical; Mamma Mia!’s Judy McLane, Alison Ewing and Mary Callanan; Chicago headliner Amra-Faye Wright and alum Bebe Neuwirth; Tracy Jai Edwards, Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Andrea McCullough, Rita McKenzie, Tori Murray and Joel Paley from the off-Broadway production of Ruthless!; Corey Cott, Dee Hoty and Howard McGillin from the recent revival of Gigi; Mary Beth Peil of The Visit and Broadway alum Kate Shindle.President of the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals Jane Hoffman said in a statement, “This spirit of a collaborative community, manifested so clearly in Broadway Barks, is moving us closer to the day when no New York City dog or cat of reasonable health and temperament will be killed simply because we do not have a home for them. We congratulate Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore for 17 brilliant years of saving lives.” View Commentslast_img read more

Phalaris’s Bull Set for Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 16, 2016 Phalaris’s Bull: Solving the Riddle of the Great Big World will make its world premiere off-Broadway. Conceived and performed by Steven Friedman and directed by David Schweizer, the production is scheduled to play a limited engagement from December 12 through January 16, 2016 at The Beckett Theater at Theatre Row.Harvard-educated, molecular biologist, visual artist and provocative underground philosopher, Friedman has the answers to life’s big questions. This theatrical event—neither play nor lecture—staged to reflect Friedman’s prismatic and eclectic vision of the world, uses personal narrative, poetry, art and science to tell the story of a contemporary philosopher’s quest to fulfill Einstein’s ambition “to solve the riddle of the great, big world.”The production will feature scenic design by Caleb Wertenbaker, lighting design by Jimmy Lawlor, sound design by Ryan Rumery and projection design by Driscoll Otto. View Commentslast_img read more

Take a Look at the Enchanting Cast of The Woodsman on Opening Night

first_img Off-Broadway’s The Woodsman opened on February 8 at New World Stages. Based on the writings of L. Frank Baum, The Woodsman tells the origin story of the Tin Man, the woman he loved and the witch that would stop at nothing to keep them apart. After the triumphant opening night curtain call (see below), the cast gathered to toast and cheer their hauntingly beautiful show filled with puppets, music and plenty of imagination. See the young company in the Hot Shot above, and then go see The Woodsman for new insight into the rusty guy who is missing a heart. The Woodsman The cast of ‘The Woodsman'(Photos by Zack DeZon) Show Closed This production ended its run on May 29, 2016center_img View Comments Related Showslast_img read more

Catfish Festival.

first_imgPhoto: Peggy Greb, USDA-ARS Catfish production is becoming big business in Georgia. It will be fun, too, at the Catfish Festival and Trade Show April 7 in Wrightsville, Ga. The Catfish Festival and Trade Show will bring a day of fun, fins and fenders to Wrightsville, Ga., April 7.The celebration will include an arts-and-crafts fair, motorcycle and antique car shows and plenty of entertainment and good food, including (of course) fried catfish.The trade show will be at the American Legion Fairgrounds on Highway 15 south of Wrightsville. Companies from all over the Southeast will display catfish equipment, feeds and supplies from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Seminar Is SeriousFrom 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., a seminar will focus on commercial catfish production. Classes on building ponds and raising catfish will include a look at the NWAC-103, Mississippi’s new fast-growing catfish.To learn more about the Catfish Festival and Trade Show, call Mark Crosby (912-864-3373) at the Johnson County office of the University of Georgia Extension Service. Or e-mail him at read more

Public service awards

first_imgBy Amanda SwennesUniversity of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach bestowed awards for excellence in public service to seven faculty and two staff members at the 17th annual Public Service and Outreach meeting and awards luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 14. Distinguished Public Service FellowThe Walter Barnard Hill Distinguished Public Service Fellow, UGA’s highest award in public service and outreach, recognizes sustained, distinguished and superb achievement in university public service that improves quality of life in Georgia or elsewhere. The Hill Fellow is named in honor of Chancellor Walter Barnard Hill, who led the University of Georgia from 1899 until his death in 1905 and first articulated the university’s modern land-grant mission.This year’s Hill Fellow is Judy A. Harrison, a foods and nutrition professor and extension foods specialist who has educated people in Georgia and across the United States about food safety and preservation for more than 15 years. Programs Harrison has developed, especially the Smart Kids Fight BAC!® series, have become nationally-recognized educational tools about food-borne illness prevention. She is also at the forefront of current efforts to keep America’s food supply safe, especially produce. Scholarship of Engagement AwardThe Scholarship of Engagement Award is a new campus-wide award that honors a tenured associate or full professor whose scholarship has made significant contributions toward identifying or addressing issues of public concern and whose work advances civic engagement through scholarship and service-learning opportunities for students. The recipient of the inaugural Scholarship of Engagement Award is William S. Kisaalita, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Kisaalita, a biological and agricultural engineering professor and graduate coordinator, is a founding member of UGA’s Faculty of Engineering. He has merged his research interests in biological and agricultural engineering with his commitment to actively encourage students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world problems. Staff Award for ExcellenceFor the third year, the Public Service and Outreach Staff Award for Excellence celebrated the achievements of public service staff who have demonstrated outstanding effort, workplace creativity and innovation. The 2008 recipients are Anne Shenk, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, and Kitty Shollenberger, Carl Vinson Institute of Government.Shenk, director of education at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, develops and directs environmental education programs for diverse audiences, including on-site field studies, nature camps for children, environmental education courses for teachers, family festivals, adult workshops and other science-based conservation initiatives about the importance of the environment, biodiversity and conservation.Shollenberger has provided exemplary service to the University of Georgia and to Georgia’s citizens for 30 years, first at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, where she managed the booking office and coordinated all of the university president’s meetings, luncheons and conferences, and most recently at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, where she serves as a program coordinator in the Local Government Training Programs unit. (Amanda Swennes is a public relations specialist with the University of Georgia Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach. Kathleen Cason and Claudia Caycho also contributed to this article.) Hill Awards for Distinguished AchievementUp to five Walter Barnard Hill Awards for Distinguished Achievement in University Public Service and Outreach are presented annually to recognize UGA faculty members and service professionals who have made outstanding contributions that improve the quality of life in Georgia or elsewhere. This year’s Hill Award recipients are Gail M. Hanula, Family and Consumer Sciences; John A. O’Looney, Carl Vinson Institute of Government; Paul E. Sumner, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Paul F. Vendrell, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and Jeanna Wilson, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Hanula, a nutrition educator in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, helps design and implement programs that promote healthy lifestyles, provide foods and nutrition education to youth, and offer health education for families.O’Looney, a senior public service associate at the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, has served the university for more than 20 years and has helped local governments in Georgia and across the country improve their operating functions to better serve their citizens. He is a nationally-regarded expert in human services, e-government, and local and state government management and decision-making.Sumner, a biological and agricultural engineer, has served farmers in Georgia and the Southeast for more than 25 years. He works directly with farmers, county agents and equipment manufacturers to develop and modify products to increase crop production and decrease environmental contamination. His work on safer, more efficient fertilizer and pesticide application techniques and on tobacco curing and storage has saved farmers millions of dollars.Vendrell, a program coordinator for UGA’s Extension Feed and Environmental Water Laboratory, has developed innovative methods and educational materials to improve drinking water safety and forage quality. His programs have had statewide impact on human health as well as home and farm economics.Wilson, a professor of poultry science, has a national and international reputation in broiler breeder management. Her work on improving breeder fertility alone is estimated to save Georgia poultry breeders more than $6 million annually.last_img read more

Your Southern Garden

Annual beds, okra seed germination and smilax control headline “Your Southern Garden” with Walter Reeves May 15 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Georgia Public Broadcasting.Learn to properly install an annual flower bed, start to finish, from University of Florida horticulturist Tom Wichman. Then, show host Walter Reeves will reveal results of his experiment to germinate okra seeds in bleach. Nursery owner Nancy McDonald will introduce viewers to improved versions of traditional houseplants. No one smiles when smilax, a terribly thorny vine, shows up in the garden. Reeves will take an up close look at the huge root system that makes this garden invader hard to control. “Your Southern Garden,” produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and University of Florida IFAS Extension, is a one-of-a-kind program specifically for the Southeast. The program is made possible by underwriter support from Scotts Miracle-Gro and sponsorship from McCorkle Nurseries. read more

The Trial Gardens at UGA

first_imgOver the last three decades the Trial Gardens at UGA have introduced home gardeners and landscape designers to thousands of new plant varieties. The public will have the chance to get a first look at this year’s new varieties and some tried and true Georgia favorites at the gardens’ annual public house on July 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Every year at the Trial Garden’s open house, visitors get an up close and personal look at a new class of vetted ornamentals — ranging from gorgeous flowers to hardy shrubs. Dozens of new perennials should be in bloom during this year’s open house, in addition to a show-stopping array of roses and the garden’s 2014 rotation of annuals, said UGA horticulturist John Ruter, director of the Trial Gardens. “The Trial Gardens at UGA are one the best kept secrets in northeast Georgia,” Ruter said. “Our annual open house is our chance to share one the most beautiful parts of the UGA campus with the community and share some of what we’ve learned over our last year gardening.” Located on the UGA campus in Athens, Ga., between the Snelling Dining Hall and the R. C. Wilson Pharmacy Building, the gardens display hundreds of annuals and perennials from plant breeders around the world. The open house will showcase some advanced selections from Ruter’s breeding programs as well as many less-known selections. The garden is always open to the public, but the open house gives visitors inside knowledge about this year’s most promising plant varieties. Ruter will give tours of the garden throughout the day focusing on some of the new additions to the garden. This year marks Ruter’s first at the Trial Gardens at UGA, and he looks forward to highlighting his first crop of test plants. “We have some petunias that have done fantastic this spring and a large selection of Madagascar periwinkles that should be in bloom for the open house,” Ruter saId. Plant nurseries and breeding companies send hundreds of new plants each year for evaluation in the garden. They need to know if their plants can survive the hot and rainfall-variable Southeast. The companies fund the garden by paying to have their plants evaluated by an unbiased source. That money pays for the gardens’ upkeep and a team of student workers who keep the garden running. The event will be held rain or shine, and the garden staff requests a $5 donation to help offset the cost of the event and support the garden. The Trial Gardens also serve as a teaching and research facility for the UGA Department of Horticulture and other academic departments. Parking is available in the South Campus Parking Deck, and the gardens are located at 220 W Green St., Athens, Ga., 30602. For more information, visit or email read more

Dangerous Snacks

first_imgIn the study, recently published in the Journal of Food Protection, researchers used five different serotypes of salmonella that had been isolated from foods involved in previous foodborne outbreaks. “Isolates were from foods with very low moisture content,” Beuchat said. Focusing on cookie and cracker sandwiches, the researchers put the salmonella into four types of fillings found in cookies or crackers and placed them into storage. The researchers used cheese and peanut butter fillings for the cracker sandwiches and chocolate and vanilla fillings for the cookie sandwiches. These snacks “are the kind that we find in grocery stores or vending machines,” Beuchat said.After storing, the UGA scientists determined how long salmonella was able to survive in each filling. There was survival in all types Beuchat said, but salmonella survived longer in some types of fillings than in others. “The salmonella didn’t survive as well in the cracker sandwiches as it did in the cookie sandwiches,” Beuchat said.In some cases, the pathogen was able to survive for at least six months in the sandwiches.“That was not expected,” he said.As Beuchat and other UGA researchers learn about salmonella and other foodborne pathogens, they are “becoming aware that they can survive for unusual lengths of time in dry foods,” he said.The ability of pathogens to survive in some remarkable settings has researchers considering the next steps for preventing contamination and outbreaks they may cause.“The next steps would be to test all ingredients that are used in these foods,” Beuchat said. If there is a possibility that foodborne pathogens are surviving in specific ingredients, then the next step would be to stop the use of those ingredients. The study, “Survival of Salmonella in Cookie and Cracker Sandwiches Containing Inoculated, Low-Water Activity Fillings,” is available online at Researchers at the University of Georgia found that pathogens, like salmonella, can survive for at least six months in cookies and crackers. The recent study was prompted by an increased number of outbreaks of foodborne diseases linked to low-water-activity, or dry, foods.Larry Beuchat, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and researcher in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, led a study to see just how long bacteria that cause foodborne illness can survive in certain foods. “We wouldn’t expect salmonella to grow in foods that have a very dry environment,” said Beuchat, who works with the Center for Food Safety on the UGA campus in Griffin.Beuchat and study co-author David Mann, a research professional with the center, found that not only can harmful bacteria survive in dry foods, like cookie and cracker sandwiches, but they can also live for long periods of time. last_img read more

Extension Blogs

first_imgFor University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists and agents, blogs are a vital tool for quickly getting information out to Georgia producers.Many agents see blogs as an opportunity to switch from traditional newsletters to a more modern mode of communication, through which farmers and growers receive information anytime and anywhere with just a click of a button.“During the growing season especially, a problem may pop up and we can alert growers of the situation and offer solutions right away. This way, they can fix the problem early on or plan for the possible problem before it’s too late,” said UGA Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells, who started his blog in 2014.Wells communicates regularly to industry leaders and Georgia pecan farmers at Through his blog, he provides updates on timely topics like pecan prices, what pests to watch for and his observations on the crop’s harvest.Some Extension agents work together to communicate through blogs. Such is the case for UGA Extension Agricultural and Natural Resources (ANR) agent Jennifer Miller in Jeff Davis County and UGA Extension Coordinator and ANR agent Brooke Jeffries in Wheeler County. They developed Plow Points, a blog aimed towards commercial agricultural production, at In their blog, Miller and Jeffries provide information about upcoming meetings, updates from specialists and more.“This blog is a versatile tool where I can change things quickly, and growers will be notified immediately through email of the new post,” said Miller. “It’s so convenient because they can just check out the blog on their phone.”The blog has been a successful communication tool for the UGA Extension system. During the past two growing seasons, Extension agents blogged 77 times about issues that affect growers and their farming operations. This year, that information has been viewed by 722 users and received approximately 3,681 page views.The most popular topic was whitefly control in cotton. Since the cost of treating whiteflies is contingent on growers making applications at the appropriate time, Plow Points has helped Georgia cotton farmers save between $5 and $16 per acre.“Blogging is efficient and can be a tremendous resource for our farmers. As agents, we can better communicate with this tool at our disposal,” Jefferies said.Blogs can also be effective tools in preparing Georgia residents for impending natural disasters. Pam Knox, the agricultural climatologist for UGA’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, said that her biggest single day for views was Friday, Sept. 8, when Hurricane Irma approached Georgia. Unlike the 60 or 70 page views the weather blog regularly receives, Knox’s blog, which can be found at, was viewed 449 times.The traffic to Wells’ pecan blog increased to 7,700 page views when he posted storm damage information after Hurricane Irma.  One of the obstacles agents and specialists encounter with blogging is finding the time to sit down, collect their thoughts and write a detailed post. Most of their workdays are spent either in transit to meet a grower or at a field site answering questions.Christopher Tyson, UGA Extension ANR agent for Tattnall County, offers this advice to bloggers.“You just need to give yourself time to write. It may take a while, but you get used it, and it starts to become easier,” he said.When he was based in Thomas County, Andrew Sawyer, UGA Extension ANR agent in Wilcox County, developed an electronic newsletter. He built a list of 204 farmers, agribusiness representatives and local community leaders, who received his updates of crops, insects, disease problems and farming activities.He posted five times per week and his blog was viewed 35,034 times in 2016. The Thomas County Ag blog, found at, has been viewed a total of 111,774 times by residents in 172 countries.Sawyer now communicates through a new blog, Wilcox County Ag, at Many of the agriculture-based topics that were popular on his Thomas County blog are also relevant to Wilcox County.“This is the Extension model at work. We as agents are communicating timely information to growers. Blogs allow us to communicate more efficiently and with greater success,” Sawyer said.For a list of all Extension blogs, see Jernigan is an intern at the UGA Tifton campus.last_img read more