View Comments And we are telling you that we’re going to London this winter! Dates have been announced for the previously reported West End debut of Amber Riley in Dreamgirls. The production will begin performances on November 19 and officially open on December 14 at the Savoy Theatre. Casey Nicholaw, currently represented on Broadway by The Book of Mormon, Aladdin and Something Rotten!, will direct and choreograph. Further casting will be announced later.Riley is set to take on the role of Effie White. She first came to national attention as Mercedes Jones on Fox’s Glee, a role that gave her the chance to sing Effie’s Dreamgirls showstopper, “And I Am Telling You (I’m Not Going).” She recently played Addaperle in the hit NBC telecast The Wiz Live! and was also seen in Hair at the Hollywood Bowl and at City Center in Cotton Club Parade, although she didn’t stay with the show when it came to Broadway under the title After Midnight. In 2013, she won the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars, dancing alongside Derek Hough.Featuring music by Henry Krieger and book and lyrics by Tom Eyen, Dreamgirls tells the story of an all-girl singing group that closely resembles the Supremes. With director/choreographer Michael Bennett at the helm, the original 1981 staging was a Broadway sensation, winning a Tony Award for powerful newcomer Jennifer Holliday in the role of Effie. After an initial run of 1521 performances, the show closed in 1985, only to return to Broadway two years later with Tony winner Lillias White as Effie.The 2006 film version of Dreamgirls, directed by Bill Condon, made over $100 million at the box office and won a Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical as well as an Academy Award for The Color Purple star Jennifer Hudson in the role of Effie.Want a sneak peek of Riley as Effie? Check out her Dreamgirls performance from Season One of Glee below! Amber Riley(Photo by Blair Caldwell)
Glenn Close in Broadway’s ‘Sunset Boulevard'(Photo: Joan Marcus) The revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Boulevard has extended its run. The Lonny Price-directed production, which stars Glenn Close, will now play through June 25 at the Palace Theatre, instead of the previously announced May 28.Close received the 1995 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her performance as Norma Desmond. In addition to Close, Michael Xavier, Siobhan Dillon and Fred Johanson reprise their performances from the recent English National Opera engagement. Rounding out the company are Nancy Anderson, Mackenzie Bell, Preston Truman Boyd, Barry Busby, Britney Coleman, Julian Decker, Anissa Felix, Drew Foster, David Hess, Brittney Johnson, Katie Ladner, Stephanie Martignetti, Lauralyn McClelland, T. Oliver Reid, Lance Roberts, Stephanie Rothenberg, Graham Rowat, Paul Schoeffler, Andy Taylor, Sean Thompson, Matt Wall and Jim Walton. The semi-staged production features a 40-piece orchestra.Based on the 1950 Billy Wilder film of the same name and featuring a score by Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, the show follows Norma Desmond, a faded silent film star who seduces Joe Gillis (Xavier), a struggling screenwriter, into working on the film she believes will put her back into the spotlight. View Comments Sunset Boulevard Show Closed This production ended its run on June 25, 2017 Related Shows
Farm crops need nitrogen to grow and produce. But when nitrogen-based fertilizer pricesgrow along with the plants, farmers want to know why.The answer: the law of supply-and-demand.”Nitrogen prices are up at least 20 percent,” said Glen Harris, an agronomistwith the University of Georgia Extension Service. “That’s compared to last year’sprices. And the increase will probably continue through this year.”How much more a farmer pays for his fertilizer, he said, depends on where and when hebuys it. But everyone will likely see the price go up.The demand for nitrogen-based fertilizers depends on how many acres of certain cropsfarmers plant, Harris said.Corn, cotton and pastures or hay are the major nitrogen-requiring crops Georgia farmersgrow. As acreage for these crops increases, so does the nitrogen demand.This year, Georgia farmers expect to plant 580,000 acres of corn, an increase of 45percent over ’95.Of all the crops that need nitrogen, corn requires the most. “About 40 percent ofthe nitrogen farmers use goes onto corn,” Harris said.Based only on corn acreage, Georgia farmers need 43,000 tons of nitrogen.”Some may not need the entire base rate, due to some remaining nitrogen in thesoil,” Harris said. Others use poultry litter to meet some nitrogen needs.Demand always increases, too, during the spring planting season, he said.This year, though, not only is demand unusually high, but the supply is tighter thannormal.Extension economist Forrest Stegelin said much of the nitrogen U.S. farmers use comesfrom the former Soviet Union.”They’ve learned about market forces and a capitalistic economy over there,”he said. And to make sure they have ample supplies for their own farmers, Russianofficials have cut back nitrogen exports.As Russian exports decrease, supply tightens, demand increases — and prices go up.”Wholesale prices haven’t gone up yet,” Stegelin said. “Retail priceshave gone up in expectation of the future increase.”Stegelin said rising transportation costs, both abroad and in the United States, haveadded to the price increase. But he and Harris both said fertilizer cost hikes aren’t outof line with other farm costs.”It’s really just catching up with other inputs such asfarm machinery, other agricultural chemicals and wage rates,” Harris said.Farmers who have already bought fertilizer for spring-planted crops got in just underthe wire. But those who waited or need to buy more may face higher prices.The supply may be tight for a while, too, Harris said. U.S. nitrogen-producing firmshave been running at or above capacity since 1990. And no new plants are being built.Nitrogen, no matter how much it costs, remains one of the most important chemicalsfarmers use.”Without an adequate nitrogen supply, crop yields dropdramatically,” Harris said.He said farmers should apply the amount of nitrogen recommended in soil test results.That amount, from 120 to 180 pounds per acre for corn, is based on field trials andlong-term crop research.Harris said research has shown nitrogen to be the nutrient corn needs most. Using toolittle causes the biggest losses in yields and quality.But just because the required rate is good, he said, twice as much isn’t better. Anyextra nitrogen won’t help the plants at all.And rising prices are reminders, he said, that any wasted money is more than enough.
If coffee lovers want to get that morning caffeine jolt at thecoffee pot, they first have to survive the sticker shock at thegrocery store.Drought and poor flowering in Brazilian coffee trees has pricessoaring. In Atlanta, the price of a 26-ounce bag is approaching$6. There’s no relief in sight, says a University of Georgiaeconomist.”Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world,” said BillThomas, an agricultural economist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “Its production will bedown an estimated one-third from last year.”Short Supply, High DemandWhile 1999 was a record production year for Brazil, Thomas saysmarkets were unable to maintain the low prices.”Once you have a record year, usually the next year will go down,and that’s what happened,” Thomas said. “We expect production todrop from 36 million bags last year to 24 million bags thisyear.”Coffee drinkers can expect to continue to pay more for some time.The crop is harvested annually. “If we miss one harvest, we haveto wait a full year for another harvest and for supply to catchup with demand,” Thomas said.”Brazil is just recovering from the damage their trees sufferedin 1994,” he said. “Most of the damage seems to be to fruit,rather than the trees, so production could come back as early asnext year.”Until production comes back to build up the supply — or peoplestop drinking coffee, to lower the demand — expect prices toremain high.”There aren’t a lot of alternatives for the coffee market,”Thomas said. “Brazil produces such a high percentage of thehigh-quality beans. Colombia and other South American countriesdo produce coffee, but Brazil is a major exporter. When Brazilhas a problem, everybody in the world knows about it.”
Georgia artistsGeorgia 4-H’ers and country stars Luke Bryan and Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles are on there, too. Bryan is from Lee County, Nettles from Coffee County. Grammy-winning songwriter Hillary Lindsey from Wilkes County sings “The Clown,” a song she wrote exclusively for the project.“Jennifer and Lindsay both made their musical debuts in Georgia 4-H’s Clovers & Co. performing arts group,” said Bo Ryles, Georgia state 4-H leader. “We couldn’t be more proud of these three, talented singer-songwriters and their contributions to Georgia 4-H and country music.” Purchase funds 4-H programThe National 4-H Council partnered with EMI Music to create the CD which features 11 country songs. The CD costs $9.99 plus shipping and handling. Orders can be placed through the Georgia 4-H Web site at www.georgia4h.org. For more information, contact Lindsey Fodor at 706-542-4H4H. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaA new country music CD featuring artists like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire has been released as a fundraiser for the nation’s 4-H program. The megastars on the compilation not only have their musical talents in common, they were all 4-H’ers.“Clover Country” includes songs from country music singers and 4-H alumni Alabama, Glen Campbell, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Martina McBride.
University of GeorgiaBoth plant lovers and professional growers are invited to the Gardens at UGA, formerly known as the UGA Trial Gardens, for two open house events. The gardens host its annual public open house from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 21. The commercial open house will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 18.Hosted by the Athens Area Master Gardeners, the public open house will be held rain or shine. The event will include a plant sale, garden tours and a book sale and signing by Dr. Alan Armitage. Rain barrels will also be for sale.“Join us in the garden for a spectacular look at the trials including the newest of the new and the best of the best,” said Brenda Beckham, a master gardener from Athens.Admission is $5. For more information or for directions, visit ugatrial.hort.uga.edu or www.athensselect.com or e-mail Brenda Beckham at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the commercial open house, contact Armitage at email@example.com.
By Allie ByrdUniversity of GeorgiaProblems with the economy, drought, rising costs of hay and increases in the cost of euthanasia and carcass disposal are leading to a nationwide rise in the number of unwanted, neglected or abandoned horses. With the help of equine associations, veterinarians, breeders, horse owners and related groups, the problem of unwanted horses is being studied through a nationwide initiative by the Unwanted Horse Coalition. Everyone with an interest in the welfare of horses is asked to take a survey at http://survey.ictgroup.com/uhcsurvey/.The survey is phase I of the study. It will collect information from people most affected by and involved with the issue. This will help researchers learn more about the problem and possible solutions.The American Association of Equine Practitioners says unwanted horse are “horses which are no longer wanted by their current owner because they are old, injured, sick, unmanageable, fail to meet their owner’s expectations, or the owner can no longer afford or is incapable of caring for them.”
As enthusiastic, bored children, we would try to hit them with baseball bats. A tennis racket would have been a better choice, but there were no tennis courts on our farm. Nonetheless, carpenter bees were a lot of fun for growing boys.Adults, though, usually aren’t into fun things like that. People who live in cedar-sided or log homes see no humor at all in these obnoxious bees. They just want to get rid of them.About this time every year people see large, black bees hovering around their heads and homes. They’re probably carpenter bees. We get very little pollination benefit from them, but we do get some headache.Look similar to a bumblebeeCarpenter bees resemble bumblebees but have a couple of noticeable differences. The upper surface of the carpenter bee’s abdomen is bare, shiny and black. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.The other difference is where they nest. Bumblebees usually nest in the ground. Carpenter bees build their nests in tunnels they create in wood. They chew a perfectly round hole about the size of a dime into soft, untreated, unpainted weathered wood.Male carpenter bees seem to be mean. But it’s all an act. They’ll hover in front of people who are near, even dive-bombing occasionally. But the males are harmless. They don’t even have stingers.Females hurt, damage mostFemale carpenter bees do have stingers, though, and their sting can be quite painful. I had to be stung several times before I learned to leave them alone. The females seldom sting unless they are handled or disturbed.Even if they don’t sting, female carpenter bees aren’t harmless. It’s the fertilized females that excavate the tunnels and lay eggs in a series of small cells.They provision each cell with a ball of pollen, on which the larvae feed until emerging as adults in late summer. The adults will overwinter in abandoned nest tunnels to return again the next year.Prefer bare softwoodsCarpenter bees prefer bare softwoods, especially redwood, cedar, cypress and pine. They don’t typically bother painted or pressure-treated wood.Common attack zones are eaves, window trim, fascia boards and decks. Sawdust beneath the hole is an easily recognizable sign of attack.Control can be a combination of things. A fresh coat of oil-based paint is very effective. They don’t like paint. Wood stains and preservatives are less reliable, but better than bare wood.Where the bees have already attacked, spraying insecticide on the wood surface won’t work. You have to inject it into each burrow to be effective. An aerosol spray for wasp and bee control will work if you direct it into the hole. Applications of cypermethrin or permethrin may provide short-term control when applied to wood surfaces, but will have to be reapplied after 1 to 2 weeks to maintain control.Plug the holeAfter a couple of days, plug the hole with a piece of wood dowel coated with carpenter’s glue, wood putty or your choice of filler. This last step protects against future use of the old tunnel and reduces the chance of wood decay.It’s best to spray at night to kill the adults and the brood. If you spray during the day, the adults may be gone. And they may just start a new colony.Remember, the females can pop you pretty good, so treating towards sunset or at night helps. Or you could make it a two-person job and arm the other with the tennis racket.
Farmers markets offer the best of local, fresh produce throughout Georgia. But all those mouth-watering vegetables straight from the field sometimes come with slimy little surprises — bugs. Sustainable farmers marketsFinding insects on produce is usually more common at sustainable farmers markets, where growers steer away from pesticides or opt for those with limited potency.Louise Estabrook manages the Riverside Farmers Market in Roswell, Ga. She says the farmers at her market, which averages 2,000 customers per Saturday, don’t use pesticides and try to operate according to organic standards, although they are not certified.Corn earwormsEstabrook often sees problems with corn and corn earworms, which commonly only feed on the tips of the corn ear.In the past, customers who are not accustomed to buying fresh vegetables or shopping at a farmers market have complained saying, “I’m never buying that corn again because there are worms in it!”But Estabrook, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent in Fulton County, sees this as an educational opportunity.A chance to learn“It’s kind of gross, and people who are used to shopping at supermarkets are not used to coming face-to-face with a big, fat, greasy corn earworm until they shop local and nonpesticide,” Estabrook said. “It’s a learning opportunity for them, and they have to understand there’s that balance.”Specifically, she tries to teach customers that if they don’t want pesticides, then they might have to deal with a worm or two. Even then, it normally only stays on the top and doesn’t go through the rest of the kernels.What’s more, she reminds them that the corn they buy at the supermarket has been cleaned, stripped of the husk, packaged in plastic and the tips removed.“They just cut the worm off for you, and you pay more for that,” Estabrook said.After their brief education, she says customers tend to go back and buy the corn.Standards of qualityOverall, the chances of finding bugs or extensive bug damage at farmers markets are slim, whether the market is sustainable or conventional.“These farmers take pride in their harvest and only bring their best to market. The farmers I know also follow rigorous post-harvest procedures to ensure their produce is clean and safe for their customers,” said Amanda Tedrow, who is an ex-officio member of the board of directors of the Athens Farmers Market in Athens, Ga. Tedrow is also the UGA Extension agent in Athens-Clarke County.Tempest Coney sells mustard greens for her grandparents at the more conventional downtown farmers market in Tifton, Ga.She says that customers don’t have to worry about bugs from their 10-acre farm in Fitzgerald, Ga.Tempie and Harold Coney, who make up TC Coney Vegetables, have a wealth of experience from growing vegetables all of their lives, and they’ve been selling to a grocery store in Sylvester, Ga. for almost a dozen years, said Coney. On the farm, their produce receives a thorough soaking before harvest. It’s then washed three times after harvest to remove all insects and dirt, before being placed in the cooler. If a customer does find a bug, Coney offers refunds and replacement orders. Another vendor at the Tifton market, Phaustine Powell-Marshall of Powell Farms in Irwin County, has the same commitment to customer satisfaction. But she also cautions that folks shouldn’t be shocked if they do come across a six-legged stowaway. “On fresh vegetables,” she said, “you’re going to find bugs.”To locate a farmers market near you, visit the Georgia Market Maker website at http://ga.marketmaker.uiuc.edu/.
“It’s a big responsibility. It’s going to be a big challenge,” Abney said. “We’re not going to be able to solve all these problems overnight. It’s going to be kind of a grind to get the answers we need.”According to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, peanuts were the third most profitable commodity, generating $586,414,003. Raymond Noblet is nuts about the newest addition to the University of Georgia Entomology family.Starting June 10, Mark Abney will man the peanut entomologist post at the UGA Tifton Campus. Abney, a native of Cochran, returns to his home state after more than a decade at North Carolina State where he worked as an entomology researcher and Extension specialist.“I think we’ve all known for a number of years that we desperately needed insect pest management support for the peanut industry,” said Noblet, head of the UGA entomology department in Athens, Ga. “I think Mark is a guy who will not only do this, but do it with excellence.”Abney arrived at N.C. State in 2001 as a Ph. D student. He was later hired as a researcher before assuming an Extension specialist role in 2007. He has been exclusively working with insects’ impact on vegetables. He says transitioning to peanuts shouldn’t be difficult.“The main thing is understanding the cropping systems and understanding the insects and their biologies, their life histories,” Abney said. “Then you develop control strategies based on those things.”Abney expressed excitement about his new position at UGA.“I think it’s a great opportunity for me, career wise to come down there and work in a system that really values applied agricultural research and has made a commitment to that line of work,” Abney said. Abney’s arrival at UGA means peanut farmers around the state will have an outlet to discuss concerns over insects, like the burrower bug. For several years, peanut producers have had major problems with the bug, which lives in the soil and feeds on kernels inside the pod. As Abney stated, the bug’s not in every field and not in fields every year, making it impossible to predict. Control strategies haven’t been worked out but are high on Abney’s list of priorities. He also plans to deal with other insects like the three cornered alfalfa hopper and spider mites.