Timothy Ware Everybody say yeah! Timothy Ware has been cast as Simon/Lola for the third year of the national tour of Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s Tony-winning musical Kinky Boots. Ware will begin headlining the high-heeled and fabulous show on February 28 when Kinky Boots plays Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center.Ware was the Lola standby on Broadway where he performed the role 186 times. He’s previously been seen across the country in the national tours of Mamma Mia! and Jesus Christ Superstar.Also featured in the Kinky Boots tour is Curt Hansen as shoe factory owner Charlie Price, Rose Hemingway as Lauren, Aaron Walpole as Don, Katerina Papacostas as Nicola and Jim J. Bullock as George.Rounding out the ensemble are Meryn Beckett, Joseph Anthony Byrd, Justin Colombo, Tami Dahbura, Tony d’Alelio, Alfred DalPino, John J. Dempsey, Madge Dietrich, Alex Dreschke, Ian Gallagher Fitzgerald, Gavin Gregory, Landon Maas, Sebastian Maynard-Palmer, Ciarán McCarthy, Julia McLellan, Jacob Morrell, Mary Mossberg, Christian Mullins, Erica Peck, Xavier Reyes, Andy Richardson, Casi Riegle, Tom Souhrada, Dan Tracy, Robert Zelaya and Sam Zeller.Directed and choreographed by Tony winner Jerry Mitchell, Kinky Boots opened on Broadway on April 4, 2013 and continues to play at the Hirschfeld Theatre. The musical took home six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Lauper), Best Choreography (Mitchell), Best Orchestrations and Best Sound Design.In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible…and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. View Comments
March 15, 2004 Jan Pudlow Associate Editor Regular News Artist’s brush brings court cases to canvas Artist’s brush brings court cases to canvas Lawyer Xavier Cortada creates an exhibit specifically for the Supreme Court Associate Editor Xavier Cortada calls his solo exhibit of spirited paintings, “May It Please the Court.”“And I hope it does,” added this gregarious Cuban-American from Miami, who does pro bono work on children’s issues as a lawyer but makes his living splashing bold colors on canvas with a social activist’s zeal.Mission accomplished.Plenty of praise poured from several justices during the March 1 opening reception at the Florida Supreme Court, as they gazed at dramatic depictions of six well-known Florida cases that sprang to life with potent symbolism.“I am just amazed by the power of some of these paintings,” said Justice Barbara Pariente. “And I am just overwhelmed that Xavier would have created these paintings just for this exhibit.”Evidence of the artist’s frantic deadline for the exhibit’s opening day was the still-wet oil on the painting “ The Miami Herald Publishing Co. v. Tornillo, ” accompanied with the words “Extra, extra. Read all about it: Freedom of expression includes freedom of opinion.”There was plenty of free expression in 39-year-old Cortada’s efforts to capture the meaning of landmark Florida cases dealing with everything from freedom of religion in “ Church of the Lukumi Babalu Aye v. City of Hialeah ” to states rights in “ Seminole Tribe v. Florida. ”Cortada’s favorite piece created specifically for this exhibit was suggested by Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead: “ Gideon v. Wainwright — Because Gideon decided to write from his cell, others were guaranteed a right to counsel before being sent to theirs.”“There are a million ways I could have described Gideon, ” Cortada said, standing before the 4-foot-by-3-foot oil on canvas with passionate gestures at the small figure of Gideon, dwarfed by the cold steel bars of his cell, writing on a long roll of toilet paper.“I read this Robert Kennedy quote about Gideon taking charge and changing the course of history. Gideon could have literally done what his cell mate is doing, just sitting back and rotting away in jail. He could have used that paper as toilet paper. Instead, what Gideon decided to do is act,” Cortada explained.“Even in the most isolated, remote place, he said, ‘I am going to challenge.’ For someone who is marginalized to that level: You’re sitting in jail; you’re a homeless guy, a roamer, a drifter, no money, no nothing, no power. And you can single-handedly, on toilet paper (even though I’m taking creative license. I’m sure it was real paper) change the course of history. I think it speaks volumes for what we as a society can do. And that’s what I am trying to do through this exhibit.”Cortada is known around the world for using his art as advocacy for social issues, commissioned to create murals for The White House, The World Bank, Global Health Council, and the International AIDS Conferences (XII & XIII).“I care passionately about the law,” said Cortada, a 1992 University of Miami School of Law graduate. “Going to law school informed my career as an artist, which is why I paint these things instead of landscapes and flowers. I use art as a tool for advocacy.”That is strikingly apparent in his acrylic-on-canvas triptych titled, “All are equal (1), but some are more equal than others (2),” created in 2002 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Dade County Human Rights Ordinance by the Dade County Commission.“The point I am trying to make is that when there is one insular minority, when there is one group of citizens targeted or in any way diminished, all of us as human beings are diminished. And our society becomes less free. When our society is less free, every single one of us is less free,” Cortada said.“This piece is timely, and it is about me. As an openly gay man, I am really concerned about what our society is doing, particularly today, and how easy it is to marginalize people. It is done to gays today, as it was done to African-Americans.. . . It is the civil rights issue of our time. So it is important to me for this piece to be here. Hopefully, it will open some minds.”He stood before that mural with his Cuban-born father, Carlos Cortada, who fled to Miami 42 years ago. “I am proud of my son, and I think I have very good reason to be,” Carlos Cortada said. “I am a painter, too.”He recalled how he would paint at night, and his young son would dabble with the paints, too, and say, “Dad, take a little longer.” The father would admonish, “You have to go to sleep now!” And the boy would beg: “Just a little longer!”That childhood passion for painting came in handy when Xavier Cortada was in Soweto, South Africa, five months after apartheid was lifted. He was a faculty member sent by the State Department to teach homeless children.“The kids couldn’t communicate with me, and I couldn’t communicate with them. I was wearing a tie, because I was very professional. Who am I? So I started doing what my father taught me, which is sketching and drawing. And that’s what they did. Before you knew it, there was this powerful communication going on back and forth. And I realized, oh my God!, what a powerful, powerful language. And if you look at the two paintings downstairs, of kids in adult prison and in the psychiatric hospital (“Convictim,”and “The Voice Project 2003 Mural” with youth at the Jackson Memorial Hospital SIPP residential program), it’s that same thread. I used art as a vehicle to have these kids open up and express themselves in ways that they would not otherwise.”It was Justice Raoul Cantero who nominated the work of Cortada for this latest Arts in the Court exhibit that invites the public to step inside the marbled high court and climb the stairs to the rotunda-turned-gallery.“I am very proud to have the opportunity to have Xavier, who clerked for me, and also a Cuban-American from Miami displaying his paintings here,” Justice Cantero said.Justice Peggy Quince, studying the symbolism in the paintings with legal intern Paul Ghiotto, exclaimed: “I love having art in the court. This is an especially good exhibit, because it’s about the legal profession. Many of these are about cases that were actually decided here.”Tallahassee lawyer Katrice Jenkins said she was particularly struck by “ Proffitt v Florida, ” an important Florida death penalty case. The accompanying words said: “Capital punishment formula: 7M + 8A= 0 (CU); M=mitigating, A=aggravating, CU=cruel and unusual.”“It really brings the cases to life,” she said. “ Proffitt, for instance, that was a really great one, the depiction of mitigating and aggravating factors. Overall, I think this is magnificent. Yes, it is truly amazing. It really does bring all of the things you’ve read about —yeow! —right in your face!”As Cortada explained that painting: “It has Francis Bacon written all over it. He has a piece about a pope sitting in a chair and it looks very electric. It’s almost ridiculous: 7 mitigating + 8 aggravating = CU. That’s how we create a formula. It’s the same way with kids in adult prison. You can almost absolve whatever irrationality by using formulas,” he said, adding the formula de-emotionalizes the death penalty so that it can be carried out.“To me, it is a fantastic painting. There is nothing more fantastic than the death penalty. If it’s shocking, and if it’s loud, and if it’s brash, then it needs to be here. Because what happens in this room is loud and brash, and it needs to be addressed.”The last time Cortada was at the Supreme Court, he said, he only had 60 seconds to address the justices in oral argument.“Now I have more time to articulate with the justices in a way that is more lasting. Using art, I allow the audience to draw their own conclusions, instead of me to advocate my point of view. As an attorney, to have my art at the Supreme Court is a particularly huge honor.” “May it Please the Court” exhibit at the Florida Supreme Court runs through July 15. To commemorate Law Day, four additional pieces will be brought to Tallahassee by May 1, including “ Bush v. Gore .”For more information, visit www.cortada.com.
Image courtesy of Fluxys Belgium – P. HenderyckxThe Zeebrugge LNG terminal is expecting the arrival of no fewer than 16 ships in the first 20 days of December.Fluxys, the operator of the Zeebrugge LNG terminal, said on Monday that it expected multiple ships to unload their cargo for regasification, several ships to dock for transhipments, and a couple of small vessels to load cargo.According to the company, activity has been strong throughout the year and with the scheduling, for December the facility will cross the mark of 125 received ships in 2019.This surpasses the record of 82 ships registered in 2009. Also, LNG truck loading hit all-time highs as well, with the terminal set to accommodate nearly twice as many truck loadings as last year.Fluxys previously reported on record activity this year back in early October. At the time, the operator noted that in the year to date, the terminal completed a total of 85 operations, three more compared to the previous highest activity figures recorded in 2009.
Errigal in all of its snow-capped glory at dawn this morning.It is for many Donegal people around the world the most iconic image that reminds them of home.But not too many of us can say we have seen it close-up – at dawn.But this morning local accountant Pat McDermott scaled Donegal’s highest point and took this stunning picture. The picture shows winter is stretching from its slumber with snow covering the peak.Gardai are also warning motorists to take extra care on roads across the county.Temperatures plunged below freezing last night leaving ice on many roads around the county.“Roads are icy this morning and people should take extra care if driving. “Some roads are very slippy and we are asking people to slow down and not to take any chances,” said a Garda spokesman. STUNNING SNOW-CAPPED ERRIGAL BUT DRIVERS GIVEN ICE WARNING was last modified: November 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalErrigalicesnowWarning