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Get Ready For Fun Home on Broadway with a Q&A at Joe’s Pub

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016 Fun Home is taking up residence at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre this spring, featuring Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn, Sydney Lucas and many of the cast members who starred in the original production at the Public Theater. To celebrate the good news, Fun Home superfan Cherry Jones hosted a Q&A at Joe’s Pub on December 8 with composer Jeanine Tesori, book writer and lyricist Lisa Kron, Fun Home graphic novelist Alison Bechdel (who modeled the story after her own life) and director Sam Gold. Lucas, who will play Small Alison in the Broadway production, was also on hand to sing “Ring of Keys,” a hit song from the musical. Check out this Hot Shot of the company with Jones, then see Fun Home on Broadway beginning March 27, 2015! Related Shows View Comments Fun Homelast_img read more

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Live Slow. Race Fast.

first_imgIt was a cold day in the mountains in November of 2012, when I gathered up all of the drugs and alcohol I had grown dependent on, and literally threw them in the trash. I was so mad that I couldn’t seem to live without them. They had become such a part of my life that I didn’t really know who I was or what to do if I wasn’t numb. After that day, one of my best friends started driving from Atlanta every weekend to help, by picking me up and going backpacking every weekend for probably a year or more. I’ve always loved nature, but these weekend adventures in the peaceful setting of the NC mountains were exactly what I needed. After my heart stopped pounding in my ears, and my adrenaline came down to a semi-normal range, I hesitantly got back on my bike and headed home. I was scared. How had I been so lucky to have not gotten hurt? I could’ve easily gotten a serious injury from what had just happened. In fact, one of my best friends hadn’t been so lucky. A few years ago, a vehicle hit him while he was on a ride and it shattered his leg. Although he is now able to ride, he has so many pins and rods in his leg from the accident, he was advised not to run anymore. That could’ve been me, I thought. During the spring of 2017, I decided it was time to sign up for my first triathlon. It was an International distance: 1500-meter swim, 24-mile bike, and 6.2-mile run. When the gun went off at Lake Logan that morning to start the race, it was an experience like none other I had gone through. Arms were flailing, feet were kicking alarmingly close to my face, and I was trying to do something that was still completely foreign to me. I made it about 200-yards before I had to flip over on my back and just try to stay afloat. I was already exhausted and out of breath. I wanted to quit. Maybe I should just stick to land sports I thought. This wasn’t even fun. After a while, walking the trails on the backpacking trips just wasn’t challenging enough anymore. I started trail running everyday. I was slowly converting all the energy I had once used towards my addiction, into something productive and positive. During this time I also went back to school and got a degree in Wildlife Management. One day I decided that I wanted to take my running to the next level, so I enlisted the help of a Coach. I had heard about a coach in Franklin who was helping the top runners get better and faster. I got his number through a friend, and gave him a ring. I told him that I wanted to train for The Naturalist, a super-tough 50K in Franklin, NC put on by Outdoor 76. I also told him that I didn’t just want to run it, I wanted to win it. On the other end of the phone, Coach Byrd kind of chuckled and said “So, you want to be a runner, huh?”. He also told me that before he would agree to train me, he wanted to see if I was serious, and also to see where I was physically. He told me to go to the local high school track, which happened to be the high school I graduated from, and run a 5k and call him with the time when I was done. The next day, I went to Franklin High School and ran the fastest 5K I could. I called Coach Byrd back with my time of 18 minutes or so, and he agreed to start coaching me. After that day, I started talking to him almost everyday and we started going on runs together. Our relationship quickly grew into more than just Coach-Athlete. He became not only my Coach, but my mentor and father figure. Swimming was my nemesis, but I wanted to get better. During those first few months, I went every day of the week. I was focused on just learning how to breathe and not feel like I was in a constant state of struggle. It was the hardest thing I had ever tried to do. I competed in The Naturalist 50K that year, and finished in second place. Coach Byrd kept training me, and through a lot of hours on the track and trails, I became on the top runners in the area. After a few years of focusing on running, I was feeling a little unsatisfied. In the back of my mind, I had always thought that the ultimate goal for an athlete was to compete in an Ironman race, and eventually make it to the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Talk about an ultra- endurance race. Swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and finishing it out with a 26.2 mile run. I had a problem though…I didn’t know how to swim. And more than not knowing how to swim, it was something I was deathly afraid of. As I entered the last couple of miles of the run, the temperature had reached 87 degrees, and I was starting to “bonk” (a term for hitting the wall). I crossed the finish line in 2:50:28 and knew I had given it my all, physically, mentally, emotionally. Live slow. Race fast. Coming from rock bottom to where I am today has been beyond my wildest dreams. But, what continues to inspire and motivate me is to be an inspiration to others who may be struggling with some aspect of their life, whether it be addiction or something else. Everyone has their own battles, and if I can help someone else beat this thing or improve their life, every obstacle I have and will encounter is worth it. I want to show people if I can do it, they can too. As I laid on the side of the road, still clicked into my pedals, I did a quick scan of my body to make sure I wasn’t injured. My adrenaline was through the roof from the incident, but I was pretty sure I was okay. I jumped up to check with the driver of the truck to make sure everything with him was okay, but he was gone. After that race, I got more focused in the training, but specifically on the swim. One of the swim coaches at the Highlands Rec Pool started to notice that I was coming around a lot. He would watch me from afar and tell me one or two things to focus on after every swim. As I would implement his suggestions, he would give me a couple more. I think he knew that too much at once would overwhelm me at that point. grateful I hadn’t been hurt, but so fearful that if I got back on the bike, my whole life could instantly change. One day passed without riding. Then another. And, pretty soon I sold my bikes and decided I was done. It was too dangerous. I would just stick to an occasional run. Which brings us to April 2019 when I competed in my first Xterra Off-Road Triathlon in Myrtle Beach, SC. I finished third overall, and first in my age group. During my first off-road race I knew that this was it. I absolutely loved racing through the woods on bike and on foot. I will admit that swimming is still not my favorite, but I do enjoy it now, and am continuing to make improvements. After a few months of barely training, I found myself in a funk. I didn’t fully feel like myself. I wasn’t as happy. My fiancé at the time, and now wife Jessica, suggested that maybe I should start training again. In fact, she told me that I was driving her nuts because of all the unharnessed energy I was carrying around, and lovingly nudged me to find a better way. After all, I was not a quitter. So, together, we decided that maybe off-road sports were a better alternative. I immediately started training again after a 6-month hiatus. But, my frustration turned into determination, and I finished that swim. I was in 107th place coming out of the water that day. I was more than just tired after 38-minutes of swimming, but now I got to do the things I loved. I got on my bike and sped through the course, passing more than half the people in front of me . Then, I passed a slew of people on the run, where I felt most comfortable. I crossed the finish line in 29th place that day. I was officially a triathlete, but I knew I could be better. center_img I can’t even describe in words what it means to me to have the opportunity to turn my dream into reality. Through this journey thus far, as mine is far from over, I have been I made my way to the closest shaded area to catch my breath as Jessica checked the leaderboard to see where I stood in the rankings. I was sitting under a stream of cold mist with some other athletes who had just finished when Jessica came to the tent and said “You did it babe! You finished first in your age group and second amateur!”. I’d like to say it was sweat, but I’ll admit it was tears that came streaming down my face as I tried to fully grasp what had just happened. How Charlie Ledford raced his way to recovery and a better life. I came out of water in 44th place, but with my best competitive swim to date. The mountain bike course was extremely technical and hilly, but was so much fun. It reminded me of the trails here in WNC, so I made up some ground during the 1 hour 45 minute ride. The run was 6.2 miles on the rocky trails around the lake. With over 400 people competing in the race, including 15 or so professional racers, I really had no idea what place I was in coming down the home stretch. I needed to finish in the top-3 of my age group, or overall, to secure a spot. Jessica and Charlie crossing the “starting line” at their wedding on April 27th 2019 I slowly got better. I could make it across the pool with little problem, and even started practicing in open water at the nearby lakes on a weekly basis. If I could keep making progress, I knew I could eventually finish an Ironman. I increased my mileage in the swim, bike, and run to prepare. Later that year I competed in an Ironman 70.3 event in Raleigh, and won first place at the Lake Logan Half Ironman in Canton, NC. A couple hours after I crossed the finish line, I was called to the podium to receive a medal or finishing 1st in my age group, and 2nd overall amateur (12th including professionals) and claimed a qualifying spot for the Xterra World Championships. Although my energy tank was on empty, my heart was full of gratitude. After months of contemplation about learning a new sport, I finally bit the bullet and went to the Highlands Recreation pool to give it shot. That first day in the 25-yard pool, I didn’t even make it half-way across without having to stop tread water. I felt like I was drowning the whole time. I was super frustrated, but determined. On May 18th, I competed in the Xterra Triathlon at Oak Mountain in Pelham, Alabama. This was a National Championship race in which top competitors from all around the country competed for a “golden ticket” to the World Championships in Kapalua, Hawaii in October 2019. Going into the race, I really had no idea where I would stack up, but I felt if I could put together a solid day, I would have a shot at qualifying. One summer afternoon in 2018, I headed out on what started as a normal training ride. I was riding off the mountain towards Cashiers on my road bike. I was on a pretty steep downhill section when all of a sudden a truck slammed on it’s brakes to make a left hand turn, but failed to give a signal. I couldn’t stop in time to avoid smashing into the back of the tailgate. I sailed off the road toward the guardrail, narrowly missing it. Fear can be so baffling. In the back of my mind, I knew that if I didn’t get back in the saddle pretty quickly, it would be even more difficult later. But, I just couldn’t make myself do it. I was helped by so many people in so many ways. I have met competitors that have become best friends, and have had Coaches who have become family. The moment on the bike that day could’ve gone a lot of different ways. Luckily, I’m still here to tell about it, and am extremely grateful that I walked away unscathed. Although at the time I thought it was a negative, today I see the positivity in that encounter. It took me back to my roots, and my true love, which is being in the woods and immersed by nature. I am truly overwhelmed with joy and excitement to have the opportunity to compete in a World Championship competition in which 46 countries will be represented. I am honored to be able to pursue this dream of mine, as well as represent Macon County, NC. last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta reveals he has told wantaway Arsenal star to change his mind on his future

first_imgRob Holding impressed at the heart of the Arsenal defence against Fulham on Saturday (Picture: Getty)Asked about Holding’s future after a convincing 3-0 victory, Arteta said: ‘I said to him, ‘Change your mind because you’re not going anywhere’. ‘Rob stands for every value we want at the football club. He had a really difficult time but he trained & pursued his dream to play for this football club. ‘Why would I have to let him go? You’re already playing so what else do you want?’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalWhile Holding’s future is likely to remain a matter of conjecture, despite Arteta’s remarks, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appears destined to confirm he will be staying put.The Gabon international has less than a year remaining on his current contract and again underlined his importance to his side with the goal that confirmed three points on the opening day of the new season.Asked about the likelihood of the Arsenal captain signing a new deal imminently, Arteta added: ‘I think I am really positive we’re going to get it done very soon. Hopefully in the next few days, we can get some news.’MORE: Alexandre Lacazette insists he is happy at Arsenal after victory over FulhamMORE: Mikel Arteta praises unsung Arsenal hero Mohamed Elneny against Fulham and reacts to Gabriel’s debut display Comment Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Mikel Arteta reveals he has told wantaway Arsenal star to change his mind on his futurecenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 3:41 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal side powered to a 3-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta has revealed he has urged Rob Holding to change his mind over his Arsenal future, amid speculation the English centre-half is keen on leaving the north London club. The 24-year-old struggled to recapture his best form after returning to fitness last September following nearly a year out with a cruciate knee ligament injury. Arteta bolstered his defence this summer with the addition of Gabriel Magalhaes, while William Saliba returned from his loan spell at Saint-Etienne. David Luiz also signed a new deal in the summer, while Pablo Mari has also joined on a permanent basis from Flamengo.Despite boasting a wealth of options, Arsenal began their season at Fulham on Saturday amid a defensive crisis with five of their eight senior centre halves injured. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHolding, who has been linked with a loan move to Newcastle, stepped into the breach alongside Gabriel and Kieran Tierney and gave a commanding performance, picking up from where he left off in the Community Shield win over Liverpool a fortnight ago.last_img read more

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Garry Donna

first_imgAccording to the Indianapolis Star, last Sunday the long-time owner, editor, and publisher of the Hoosier Basketball Magazine, Garry Donna, passed away in Indianapolis at the age of 73.  I am sure that you saw Garry walking up and down the bleacher aisles at a Batesville basketball game at one time or another.  He is probably the only magazine owner who gathered his own materials and sold his own magazines by traveling and attending approximately 7,000 basketball games throughout the years.Garry purchased the magazine in 1970 from the original creator, Tom Keating.  He ran it by himself for many years.  Then he hired Kip Wesner to be his assistant, and it is Wesner who will continue the magazine.  At least one Batesville player was featured on the cover of this magazine.  That was Michael Menser in the 1990’s.  Many other Batesville players were featured in stories, but I am not sure they appeared on the cover.Garry’s backing of Indiana high school basketball will be deeply missed.last_img read more

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Accident on SR 350 claims life of local woman

first_imgOsgood, IN—Monday afternoon, troopers from the Indiana State Police-Versailles Post responded to a two-vehicle crash on State Road 350 near Osgood that claimed the life of a Versailles, Indiana woman.The investigation indicated a black 2003 Mazda passenger car being driven by Tammy R. Judd, 48, of Versailles,  was traveling eastbound on State Road 350 near Finks Road. For an unknown reason, Judd’s vehicle left the south side of the road and struck a guardrail. Judd’s vehicle then came back onto the road and entered the westbound lane of State Road 350 into the path of a white 1998 Chevrolet dump truck being driven by Brock A. Peetz,44, of Napoleon.The vehicles struck nearly head-on in the westbound lane of State Road 350. After the collision, Judd’s vehicle came to rest in the center of State Road 350. Peetz vehicle left the north side of the roadway before overturning and coming to rest. Judd sustained fatal injuries in the collision. She was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ripley County Coroner’s Office. Peetz sustained minor injuries in the collision.Toxicology results on both drivers are pending at this time and the investigation is still ongoing.  SR 350 was closed for nearly four hours for crash investigation and cleanup.last_img read more

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Distin back in training

first_img “That straightaway has been one of the benefits. He has been able to work with the group with no effects to him.” Everton have spent all week in the Canary Islands and return to England on Thursday evening to begin preparations for the Premier League game at The Hawthorns. Martinez believes the break has been productive for the squad. “It has been terrific so far. It has been a unique opportunity to spend a lot of time together and to work on the training pitch,” he added. “The facilities and the hospitality have made a perfect environment for our warm weather training. “The players have benefited because of the humidity and the weather. We have been working hard and getting the benefits from it. “The boys who are carrying a little bit of an injury or a problem have been able to work extra time and it’s been very beneficial for the whole team.” Press Association Everton defender Sylvain Distin has returned to full training and is likely to be in the squad for Monday’s trip to West Brom.center_img The French centre-back has missed three matches with a hamstring problem but is back in contention after stepping up his workload during the club’s warm-weather training in Tenerife. “Sylvain has come through four sessions now and has had no reaction,” manager Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com. last_img read more

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Jamaica Extends National Curfew Period Until Mid-May

first_imgAlso extended are the operating hours for markets, vending and public transportation centres, gas stations and public transportation as well as restrictions for barbershops and hair salons; closure of bars, night clubs and other places of amusement, beaches and rivers; work-from-home measures; and procedures regarding the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Jamaica government says the islandwide curfew, which would have ended on Wednesday, has now been extended to May 13 as the country continues to observe measures aimed at containing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Holness said Cabinet has been examining the impact of the measures taken on the economy, which have been considerable but are necessary to contain and control the transmission of COVID-19. “The truth is that the measures have been very effective…without a workplace outbreak, Jamaica would be on a 20-day doubling curve. Holness said that some of the measures imposed are likely to remain in place for a period after the pandemic has passed such as the stay-at-home order for persons 70 years and over, in order to protect persons in that vulnerable age group. He said the curfew hours have worked very well, noting that the limit on movement, would have significantly curtailed the spread of the virus. “So, this order to stay at home, if you’re 70 years old, it is absolutely important and one that even after we have gone through the epidemic, we may very well have to keep it for a little while just to ensure that we protect the vulnerable group in our society,” he said, noting that the physical distancing of six feet and the wearing of masks in public may also “become a feature of our society going forward as we cope with COVID-19”. He noted that most of the deaths related to COVID-19 in the country involve persons 65 years and over with co-morbid conditions. “We will be contemplating adjustments to the curfew hours. But, again, it all has to be based on what the science is telling us, what the public health advice is, and we have to weigh that [against] the public interest,” Holness said. On Monday, Jamaica recorded its lowest COVID-19 daily increase in a month, with just two new cases, bringing the total to 471. So far, nine people have died from the virus. The 12 hour curfew had come into effect on April 1 and Prime Minister Andrew Holness announcing the extension said that as it relates to the other measures under the Disaster Risk Management Act, which also would have also expired on Wednesday, those will be further extended until May 31. These include the stay-at-home order for persons 70 years and over; the 10-person limit on public gatherings; physical distancing of six feet; the mandatory wearing of masks in the public space; and the duty of employers to provide transportation for exempted workers for the curfew hours. CMClast_img read more

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Tiger Woods happy with Masters preparation: ‘I’m where I need to be’

first_img“I’ve gotten a little more consistent with my play and I think everything is headed on track towards April.”  Woods will decide after playing this week whether to take his place in the field at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, which takes place from March 27-31 in Austin, Texas. He added: “I have to manage it as best as I can and not push it. There are times when over the years I’ve pushed it, I’ve won a few tournaments doing that but I’ve also cost myself a few years doing that.” Tiger Woods feels he is on course to make an impact at the Masters next month after allaying concerns over a neck injury that kept him out of the Arnold Palmer Invitational.  The 14-time major champion decided to skip the tournament at Bay Hill last week as a precautionary measure but declared he is now pain-free ahead of competing at Sawgrass in The Players Championship this week.   Despite sitting out an event on his schedule, Woods still feels he will have had ample competitive preparation for the first major of the year. “I’ve played three tournaments so far this year and that’s about right. If I would have gotten my rounds last week it would have been four tournaments,” Woods said. “I’m right there with where I need to be, my finishes are getting a little better each and every time I’ve gone out this year.  last_img read more

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Pragyan Ojha reveals which Indian captain was aggressive towards his own players!

first_imgImage Courtesy: BCCI/PTIAdvertisement yaNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsse2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ebcfa( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) cnhxWould you ever consider trying this?😱dCan your students do this? 🌚1hyRoller skating! Powered by Firework The Indian cricket team has been many different kinds of captains in its history. There was the calm and composed legend Sourav Ganguly, the ‘Captain Cool’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni who at times would answer with his aggressive shots, and the iconic Virat Kohli who is ready to pick bones with the opposition. However, retired cricketer Pragyan Ojha recently reveals the name of a skipper from the past, who was not only aggressive towards his competition, but also towards his own players, and that man surprisingly is Anil Kumble!Advertisement Image Courtesy: BCCI/PTICompared to other captains of his generation, Anil Kumble’s stint as the skipper of the squad was rather short. During 2007-08, the legendary spinner captained the Indian Test squad in 14 matches.Known for his gentle and soft spoken nature, knowing about Kumble’s aggressive side and that too towards his own teammates, is a bombshell for the country’s cricket fans, as Pragyan Ojha revealed.Advertisement During his international career from 2008 to 2013, Ojha made 24 Test, 18 ODI and 6 T20I appearances for the Men in Blue. Even though he himself did not play under Kumble’s captaincy, Ojha revealed an unknown and rather compelling side of Kumble, who was pretty macho towards his own players as he was to the opposition on the pitch.Speaking in an interview with Wisden, Ojha said, “When he was on the ground, Kumble used to be very aggressive, both with the opponent and with his own players.”Advertisement What is fascinating about India’s leading wicket taker in red ball cricket was, as Ojha went on, that Kumble was a completely different person away from the 22 yards.“Off the field, you won’t be able to relate. I was taken aback, ‘Am I talking to the same person who I saw on the ground?’ He used to compete hard, but off the field, he was very soft-spoken,” the 33 year old added.Under Kumble’s leadership, India won three test matches, lost six and drew five, and the role of captaincy was slowly earned by Dhoni in 2007.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Michael Atherton reveals why Indian batsmen look more ‘natural’ than compared to English onesSreesanth reveals which cricket league he wants to play in after comeback Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hekari on target to defend premiership

first_imgNational Soccer League champions Hekari United FC are on target to defend their premiership title with just one more round before the semi-finals.Hekari is leading the points ladder on 27 points in the NSL competition, followed by Oro FC, Gigira Laitepo Morobe FC and Lae FC.These teams are looking to be favourites to make the top four before the semi-finals in two weeks time.Hekari coach Jerry Allan is confident his team will continue their winning streak to defend their premiership title which they have held for nine years consecutively.Allan said the team played well in their recent game against Admiralty FC, thrashing the newcomers 5-0.He said the boys gave their best and that’s how they should play to keep the team’s reputation.“We want to defend the title, there’s one more game before we end the premier league and go into the semi-final.“The boys played exceptionally well against Admiralty in which they got the first chance to score and that’s what football is about, if you score early then you have a chance of winning the game.“Jean Kaltack is currently injured, suffering from a big blow to the right leg and may not be able to play in the next game.“After receiving the minor premier in round 12, we will now have to concentrate on defending the premiership title, especially in the knock outs,” he said.He said the players know that it will be very challenging however with the experience of Koriak Upaiga, David Muta, Nigel Dabinyaba, Kema Jack, Neil Hans and Pita Bolatonga they can handle the pressure and make the grand final.last_img read more

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