first_img View Comments from $59.00 Jersey Boys The Tony-winning Jersey Boys celebrates its tenth anniversary on Broadway this week, and two of the men behind the music, Frankie Valli and Bob Gaudio, are already looking ahead. “We’re here today to confirm the fact that we want another 10 years,” said Valli during their visit with Kathie Lee and Hoda on The Today Show. The two discussed the musical’s place in pop culture a decade later and reintroducing their classic songs to a new generation. Later, the show’s current cast, led by Joseph Leo Bwarie, Richard H. Blake, Matt Bogart and Quinn VanAntwerp, brought said songs to life with a performance of “Beggin'” and “December, 1963 (Oh What a Night).” If the tunes won’t wake you up, the red suits will! You can catch Jersey Boys at the August Wilson Theatre. Related Showslast_img read more

first_imgSolar Energy Possibilities Begin to Take Root in Puerto Rico FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享InsideClimate News:On average, power plants on the island are about 44 years old, and most are run by the main utility company, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), which filed for bankruptcy this year and is $9 billion in debt.Because Puerto Rico has to start from scratch, it has an opportunity to solve many of its long-term energy problems and shift to a cleaner energy source that is dropping in price, said Cathy Kunkel, of the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.“Microgrids are pretty key to build in sustainable way that’s more resilient going forward,” she said.The cost of renewables is comparable to the prices customers already paid for electricity, and a new, decentralized grid would be more conducive to integrating distributed energy, Kunkel said. That could help raise the island’s renewable energy portfolio, which is currently only at 2 percent, and make it more resilient to future storms.The interest from private companies is already there. Solar companies like Sonnen and Sunrun are partnering with local nonprofits to provide battery and solar supplies. Tesla has been among the most ambitious with its efforts: in late September, Bloomberg reported the company was shipping hundreds of Powerwalls―its home batteries that can store energy from rooftop solar―to the island. Musk has been in talks with Gov. Ricardo Rossello to scale up the effort by sending Powerpacks―giant battery packages equal to 16 Powerwall batteries―to bring hospitals and city centers back online.That battery technology “could be used effectively to restore electricity to rural and isolated communities first, where they could provide electricity well ahead of when grid rebuilding efforts are likely to reach those communities,” said Clark Miller, associate director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University, which partners with the University of Puerto Rico’s National Institute of Energy and Sustainability.The new microgrids could work in tandem with the fossil fuel-powered centralized electricity grid, particularly in future storms like Maria, energy experts say.“These can provide individual pockets of power that would be hugely supportive to emergency relief and communications, to light and power tools for rebuilding, for the cleaning and distribution of water next time,” said Roy Torbert, principal on the Islands Energy Program at the Rocky Mountain Institute.More: Puerto Rico’s Solar Future Takes Shape at Children’s Hospital, with Tesla Batterieslast_img read more

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Southeastern Indiana Dance, Inc. has announced its spring concert is scheduled for Sunday, May 7th at 2:00 p.m. at the East Central High School Performing Arts Center.The concert is free, and everyone is invited.The concert includes ballet, modern, musical theater, jazz, hip-hop, and tap dances.Additionally, thirteen solos and two duets will be presented.Students are from Batesville, Bright, Brookville, Dillsboro, Greensburg, Guilford, Hamburg, Laurel, Milan, Oldenburg, Osgood, St. Leon,  Sunman, and West Harrison and range in age from 4-18.last_img read more

first_imgThis year, he tasted just his third playoff trip, reaching the second round with thrilling series against the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder. His 12 fourth-quarter points in a Game 4 comeback against the Thunder made for his most memorable moment of the season — and perhaps helped ensure that he’d earn more than the $1.9 million he would’ve been due.“My value went up,” he said. “I understand that. But I don’t want it to affect my decision with the Clippers. I want to be with the Clippers. Hopefully, the upper management can do something, figure something out, but I just think this is a good chance to be with a team for three or four years, try to do something special. I think the organization deserves it. The fans deserve it.”Collison also sees the drama set off by Donald Sterling’s racist comments as a hopefully fading storm, even if the 80-year-old Clippers owner is still fighting the team’s $2 billion sale and has reportedly hired private investigators to dig up dirt on NBA officials and owners. From the perspective of someone who was in the locker room, that’s becoming background noise.“It’s good that it’s dying down,” Collison said. “We have a new owner in place. I’m excited. I’m excited for the Clippers and their future.”He hasn’t yet met Steve Ballmer, whose purchase of the franchise is pending NBA approval, but thinks that the former Microsoft CEO seems “enthusiastic about the challenge” of building up the Clippers in a city long dominated by the Lakers. Even Collison admits that when he was growing up, he only attended Clippers games to watch the other team. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error He’s also hoping to spin his experience of the Sterling controversy into a teachable moment. Collison will host his fourth annual basketball camp from June 23-25 at his alma mater Etiwanda High. Geared toward sixth, seventh and eighth graders, the camp’s attendance has grown from by about 100 participants each year, to what Collison hopes will be roughly 400 this summer.Asked what he planned to do differently in the camp this time, he jumped back to Sterling.“The distraction was a distraction, but it’s something to talk about as far as telling someone about your experience and how to become a better person or how to become a man,” he said. “Those are things kids can learn from.”center_img After finally playing close to home for the first time in his professional career, Darren Collison is hoping to extend his stay.True, the point guard is opting out of his two-year contract with the Clippers — testing free agency for the second summer in a row after averaging 11.4 points and 3.7 assists off the bench in his fifth NBA season. But after playing in New Orleans, Indiana and Dallas, the Inland Empire native likes being in a major market close to friends and family, and he likes being near talent that ranks among the most exciting in the NBA.Collison pointed out that the two teams in the NBA Finals, San Antonio and Miami, have both retained the same core over multiple seasons. He sees the same sort of promise in stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, who have made nine combined All-NBA teams.“Last year (in free agency), it was just putting myself in a position where I could find myself again as a player mentally,” Collison said. “I’ve been through a lot. The previous season with Dallas, I still had a good season, but mentally I just felt like I needed to be a part of a team that was going to try to win it all. That was my intention, to try and be a part of a team that was going to win a championship.”last_img read more