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  • SHAKESPEARE’SDEATH: THE 400TH ANNIVERSARY

    first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare Tyrades! By Danny TyreeTo satirize, or not to satirize. That is the question.April 23, 2016 is the 400th anniversary of the death of playwright, poet, actor William Shakespeare, generally regarded as the greatest writer in the history of the English language. (“Press two for Spanish.”)Perhaps you first came to appreciate Shakespeare via a sophomore English lecture or a dignified live performance of one of his plays.Or maybe, like me, you fell in love with his works via the episode of “Gilligan’s Island” in which movie producer Harold Hecuba (Phil Silvers) wound up starring in a one-man musical of “Hamlet.” Who can forget Silvers singing, “Hamlet, Hamlet, do be a lamblet…” in drag as Ophelia?(For those of us who watched the episode multiple times, I can only say, “What’s in a name? That which we call a couch potato by any other name would smell as pungent…”)Shakespeare coined an astounding number of words or phrases we still use today, including “catch a cold,” “break the ice,” “foregone conclusion,” “good riddance,” “uncomfortable” and “manager.” Of course there were some misfires; you don’t often hear anyone gushing, “Oooo, I’ve just been shuffling off this mortal coil to meet you!”Shakespeare has inspired countless other writers and performers over the centuries. Surely you remember Merle Haggard’s anthem “You’re Walkin’ On The Forsoothin’ Side of Me”?Shakespeare’s works are among those things that are really good for us but that we stubbornly resist. Perhaps a dinner theater should advertise, “Come for the broccoli and flossing, but stay for the soliloquies.”Teachers fight an uphill battle getting students to pay attention to Shakespeare. It’s a shame. Yes, sometimes the archaic language and stilted proclamations can make the works tedious, but the man had so much to say about the Human Condition. Surely the students find star-crossed lovers relevant. Granted, some of the students have no frame of reference for the unbridled AMBITION of Macbeth. (“A little help, please? The Cool Ranch Doritos are waaaaay down on the other end of the sofa.”)Scholars are fascinated by the various “lost years” gaps in our knowledge of Shakespeare’s location and activities. I tend to think he was out hitchhiking and trying to find himself. (“By the hoisting of my thumbs, something 18-wheeled this way comes.”)Don’t you wish we could ask the Bard of Avon if he would have done anything differently if he had known his works would endure for four centuries? (“Emojis! More sonnets with emojis! Replace Hamlet’s father’s ghost with Hamlet’s father’s ZOMBIE. And stop worrying so much about competing with the Bard of Maybelline and the Bard of Mary Kay.”)We are so fortunate that Shakespeare isn’t writing his works today. Timeless truths would be downgraded to TelePrompter dialogue such as “If you like your apothecary, you can keep your apothecary.” Shylock in “The Merchant of Venice” would forego a pound of flesh for a pound of certified-organic kale. Hamlet’s first reaction when looking at Yorick’s skull would be to snap, “Somebody get the CSI team.” Romeo, coming upon an apparently deceased Juliet, would walk away with a quip of “What difference, at this point, does it make?”My word limit approaches. Parting is such sweet sorrow. Remember: The evil that men do lives after them; the stuff they throw together to beat a deadline oft gets passed over for “Dear Abby.”*Sigh* Taylor Jones / Cagle Cartoonslast_img read more

  • After Prom: The Party That Lasted All Night!

    first_imgThe high school cafeteria looks nothing like its old self with the hard work of the volunteers and the donation of decorations! By Andrew DeCredicoWhen students at Ocean City High School’s Prom were finished up with festivities at The Flanders Hotel, parents and community members hosted an After Prom to keep them safe and out of trouble. The event was held at the high school.  Over 500 students attended the After Prom’s all-night party, which is meant to promote creating fabulous memories together – free from drugs and alcohol.It was a night of good clean fun.Each year around October members of the community come together and plan an After Prom to keep the children safe when they are finished dancing. The planning starts in late fall and continues to take shape all the way up until the event kicks-off. Dozens of volunteers help to make the high school into a magically different atmosphere for the children. This year the theme was “Boots and Bling”, which was a country western theme.The transition from fancy to comfortable, did not take long.Many volunteer members worked tirelessly on setting-up the school for the event.  It had to take a long time to create the countless props, gather the lights, and then set everything up properly. Once everything was ready, the volunteers don’t get to sit back and relax. They continued to work through the evening, along with the help of over 150 more volunteers to put on a party that lasted all-night.Winning games like Star Dart gives you tickets which you can turn into prizes!As mentioned above, after prom is dedicated to keeping the students of Ocean City High School free of the temptations that this special night often leads to. Underage drinking and drug use are huge issues around the country and they are especially prevalent in the post-prom hours leading through the next day. Members of the Ocean City community have decided that the best way to keep children from these temptations is to throw them a party that lasts all night!A mechanical bull is just one of the many fun games and rides at After Prom 2017This years After Prom was a blast for the kids. They relaxed with their friends, listened to  music, played games, and won all kinds of cool prizes!  They had plenty to do. Like ride the mechanical bull or go into a photo booth.  Games like mini golf, milk the cow, or cowboy ring toss were available to win tickets which were exchanged for prizes.There were prizes aplenty at After Prom ranging from handbags to televisions!Inflatables were also a huge part of the entertainment at After Prom.  They raced through an obstacle course, and there was a bridge crossing made of giant inflatables.  As for prizes, things like surfboards, kayaks, drones, and dorm room sets were among the countless prizes that the students took home.The inflatable bridge crossing is harder than it looks!The event was completely funded through donations and every single prize was given by the community in an effort to keep the children safe. This year $25,000 in prizes and cash was donated by the community to provide the after prom planning committee with as many resources as they needed to ensure that the students were kept out of trouble for the night.The night would not have been possible without the generosity of these sponsors.Overall this years After Prom was a huge success and the planning committee would like to thank the community for its endless investments of time and resources to help make this year’s After Prom a night for the class of 2017 to remember.  An event like this year’s would not be possible without the support of the Ocean City High School community, or the countless other generous supporting businesses and charitable minded organizations beyond Ocean City.Below are a few additional pictures from the event:last_img read more

  • Michael C. Hall Will Temporarily Return to Hedwig and the Angry Inch

    first_img Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Michael C. Hall will pull the wig back down from the shelf beginning February 17 when he returns to Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The show’s current headliner, co-creator and original star John Cameron Mitchell, will bow out for one week to recover from his previously reported knee injury. Mitchell is expected to return to the Belasco Theatre on February 24. Hall is best known for playing serial killer Dexter Morgan in Showtime’s Dexter, earning a Golden Globe Award and five nominations as well as six Emmy nods. Before putting on the fishnets the first time around, Hall appeared on Broadway in The Realistic Joneses, Cabaret and Chicago. Off-Broadway, his credits include Mr. Marmalade, Cymbeline, Macbeth, Timon of Athens, Henry V, The English Teachers, Corpus Christi, Romeo and Juliet and Skylight. In addition to Dexter, his screen credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under and the films Cold in July and Kill Your Darlings. Written by Mitchell and directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender rock goddess from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. The score by Stephen Trask features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more. The production also features Lena Hall, who took home a Tony Award for her performance as Yitzhak. Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more

  • Weekend Picks: Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races

    first_imgBlue Ridge Outdoors Weekend PicksThe Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races, March 1-2, 2014The Alabama Cup Racing Series near Garden City, Alabama, is made up by the Locust Fork Invitational, Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races and Locust Fork Whitewater Classic races, managed and promoted by the Alabama Cup Racing Association (ACRA). According to the Series website, courses consist of 25 gates, set on class Il/lll rapids approximately100 yards long. Race courses are spectator friendly with walking trails beside the courses.The Alabama Cup Races have been around since 1992 and, according to the group, were developed to acknowledge the best racers of the three events: The Mulberry Fork Canoe & Kayak Races started in 1981, and in 1991 the Locust Fork Invitational began, followed a year later the Locust Fork White Water Classic.According to the group’s website, each race is managed by specific committees comprised of members of state paddling organizations, conservation groups, and the paddling community at large. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. The races feature a raffle, silent auction, food, live entertainment, awards banquet, environmental education, and more in a family friendly environment.Races are dependent on rain fall. All racers must wear an approved PFD and helmet and all boats must have appropriate flotation. Safety boaters will be on the course at all times.Race Format:Saturday – Championship Slalom, Downriver and Boater crossSunday – Cruising and Novice SlalomRegister here.Visit AlabamaCupRaces.com for more info.last_img read more

  • Remembering Trooper Christopher Skinner

    first_imgSkinner was a 13 year Veteran of New York State Police Troop C. (WBNG)- Friday marks six years since the death of New York State Trooper Christopher Skinner. Trooper Skinner was hit and killed by Almond Upton while conducting a traffic stop on I-81 in 2014. Those who knew Skinner say he loved police work.center_img In November 2016, Upton was sentenced to life in prison for Skinner’s death. He died in prison in 2018. 12 News will look to have more coverage on the anniversary of Trooper Skinner’s death throughout the day today.last_img read more

  • Christmas Eve Party Is Still on Amid Pandemic

    first_img“We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more,” she tweeted at the time, noting that everyone had “multiple health screens” and quarantined for two weeks before the trip. “I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is.”Less than a week later, Kendall Jenner received backlash for celebrating her 25th birthday with a star-studded costume party in West Hollywood on Halloween.Kris, 65, defended the back-to-back celebrations on SiriusXM’s Andy Cohen Live on November 2, saying, “We are really responsible, and we make sure that everyone in our family and our closest friends are tested religiously. You know, we do what we can. We try to follow the rules.”Given the constantly evolving nature of COVID-19, Us Weekly wants our readers to have access to the most accurate resources. For the most up-to-date coronavirus information, guidance, and support, consult the CDC, WHO, and information from local public health officials. If you’re experiencing coronavirus symptoms, call your primary care provider for medical advice. Kardashian, who previously battled the novel coronavirus, explained that the soirée “will just have to be small and safe” this year due to the nationwide surge in cases.“Maybe [we will] do rapid testing before,” she added, noting that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians cast still has to determine “what is safest” for their guests.Each year, the Kardashian-Jenners invite dozens of family members and close friends to one of their homes for an extravagant, ultra-festive celebration in the lead-up to Christmas Day. Kris Jenner hosted the party in 2017, while Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian took the reins in 2018 and 2019, respectively.- Advertisement – Don’t put away the jingle bells just yet! Khloé Kardashian confirmed that her family still plans to have their annual Christmas Eve party amid the COVID-19 pandemic.After a Twitter user asked Kardashian, 36, whether the bash would be “cancelled this year” on Monday, November 9, the Revenge Body host replied, “I pray not! I think it will have to be way smaller obviously. And I’m totally fine with that! But we’re definitely celebrating Christmas!”- Advertisement – After Khloé confirmed that this year’s get-together is still in the cards, several Twitter users were quick to point out that her family has already come under fire twice in recent weeks for celebrating special occasions in big groups rather than following the government’s social distancing guidelines.Khloe Kardashian Confirms Christmas Eve Bash Is Still on After Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner Controversial PartiesKhloe Kardashian, Kim Kardashian and Kendall Jenner Larry Marano/Shutterstock; Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock“Maybe not throwing multiple parties during a global pandemic is the safest,” one tweeter suggested on Monday. Another wrote, “They haven’t followed the rules so far, why start now?”Kim was slammed in October after she revealed that she flew her loved ones to a private island to celebrate her 40th birthday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

  • 2nd East Africa Port Expansion Conference to Take Place in March 2018

    first_imgThe 2nd East Africa Port Expansion Conference is set to take place from 21-23 March 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya, reports the event organizer IQPC.East African ports are undergoing massive expansion in order to meet growing global trade demands. New projects include port infrastructure development, dredging operations, rail link construction and upgrade of terminal operating systems.Developing world-class services and facilities in African ports involves a number of challenges such as rapid increase in container traffic, long container dwell time, low performance of the inland modes of transport, decrease in cargo volume and more.With this in mind, IQPC will gather senior port representatives, consultants and contractors, as well as the best suppliers across the industry, at the 2nd East Africa Port Expansion Conference in order to share their knowledge and drive better business in the region.According to the organizer, the event will explore sea port development projects in the region – including latest port projects and expansions in Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, etc – and emphasize opportunities that market opens to contractors and sub-contractors.last_img read more

  • IMCA names new diving technical adviser

    first_imgThe International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) said that Phil Towers has joined its team as Technical Adviser – Diving. Bryan McGlinchy, IMCA’s diving manager, stated: Towers has experience in the subsea construction industry having held diving roles with operators BP, ExxonMobil, Qatargas and Repsol Sinopec. To that end, Towers provided assurance to clients in the safe planning and best practice execution of projects. He also spent major part of his career with what is now TechnipFMC as discipline expert in Diving and Operations Support. “Phil brings a wealth of experience that will benefit IMCA members and the diving industry in the development and sharing of diving best practices. Towers was a working diver for 18 years. He worked on projects around the world using air, surface mixed gas and saturation diving techniques. “Phil previously worked with IMCA providing auditing services and participated in various committees and workgroups developing guidance documents.” Towers holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with honours, in mechanical engineering.last_img read more

  • Coconut Lemonade.

    first_imgCoconut LemonadeThis lemonade is a refreshing summer drink that makes a good beverage to serve at a bridal shower or any other special occasion.Blueberries, raspberries, and carambola give this lemonade an attractive look that makes it hard to resist. Carambola is also called star fruit, which is a five-segmented fruit that when cut crosswise forms a star shape.The coconut syrup in this lemonade recipe gives this beverage a tropical flair.Ingredients:3 cups water2/3 cup lemon juice1/2 cup sugar2 Tbsp. coconut beverage flavoring syrup, such as Monin or Torani, or cream of coconut1/2 cup frozen unsweetened blueberries1/2 cup frozen red raspberries1 small fresh carambola (star fruit), thinly sliced crosswiseIce cubes (optional) Sharing is caring! Share Tweet Recipe source: Better Homes and Gardens Sharecenter_img Directions:In a large bowl combine water, lemon juice, sugar, and coconut syrup. Stir until sugar is well dissolved. Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.To serve, transfer lemon mixture to a serving bowl or pitcher. Add blueberries, raspberries, and carambola. If desired, serve over ice cubes. Make: 4 (8-ounce) servings 22 Views   no discussions Share Food & DiningLifestyle Coconut Lemonade. by: – July 8, 2011last_img read more

  • IMCA Stock Cars chase $4,000 check at Hancock County’s Hobo 100

    first_imgIMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional and E3 Spark Plugs Iowa State points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show. Pit gates open at 5 p.m., the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. and racing follows 7 p.m. hot laps. Specta­tor admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 5-12 and free for four and under. Pit passes are $30.  Rounding out the card are IMCA Modifieds vying for $1,000 to win and a berth on the 2020 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, while Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods run for $750 to win, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks for $500 to win and Mach-1 Sport Compacts for $200 to win.  BRITT, Iowa – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars chase a $4,000 top check at Hancock County Speed­way’s Friday, July 26 Hobo 100.  More information about the Hobo 100, presented by McNeese Tire and Auto and Communica­tions 1 Network, is posted on the www.hancockcountyspeedway.com website.last_img read more