Glee’s Lea Michele Shows BFF Jonathan Groff a Whole Lotta Love at the Premiere of HBO’s Looking

first_img View Comments Lea Michele Jonathan Groff Star Files Glee and Spring Awakening BFFs Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff were looking gorgeous at the launch party for the new HBO series Looking at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. Groff, who played bad boy Jesse St. James opposite Michele’s Rachel Berry in Glee, steps up to the lead in Looking, which debuts on January 19. (Don’t think we didn’t notice Lea and Jonathan’s perfectly tanned skin at the bash. Viva la Mexico!) Michele also tweeted a rave about the show, writing: “At the premiere of @LookingHBO tonight w/ Jonathan Groff! Got to see the episodes and the show is AMAZING! #soproud.” We’ve seen it, too, and she’s absolutely right. Are these two the cutest, or what? Looking follows the life of main character Patrick (Groff), and his male friends in San Francisco as they take on the dating world in the big city. Don’t miss it!last_img read more

Hogwarts Takeover! 5 More Harry Potter Stars We Want to See on Broadway

first_imgGrab your school scarf and your broomstick, because Broadway is beginning to look a lot like Hogwarts. With Daniel Radcliffe playing the title role in The Cripple of Inishmaan and Rupert Grint gearing up to play wunderkind director Frank Finger in It’s Only a Play, Broadway is seeing its fair share of young wizards—but there’s a few more we’d love to see on the boards. We don’t know if any of them can sing, but hey, a Hufflepuff can dream! Emma WatsonCome on, Emma, complete the Harry Potter trifecta! We’ve been hoping for Hermione’s Broadway debut ever since we saw her dance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon in 2012, but now it’s just getting ridiculous. Make our lives “perfectly marvelous” and play Sally Bowles in Cabaret! Matthew LewisAfter his impressive transformation from geek to stud, Matthew Lewis has certainly become Broadway leading man material. After playing the bumbling Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise, we think it’s time the star was promoted to leader of the pack—the Newsies pack! Can’t you see this member of Dumbledore’s Army leading the newsboys strike as Jack Kelly in the hit Disney musical? Star Files Bonnie WrightIf she makes her Broadway debut, the name on everybody’s lips is gonna be Bonnie. Yep, we’re envisioning the all-grown-up Ginny Weasley as conniving inmate Roxie Hart in Chicago. The Chamber of Secrets is nothing compared to Cook County Jail. Tom FeltonThe English actor and singer played sinister Slytherin Draco Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, but now that he’s all grown up we think it’s high time he hopped the pond and made his Broadway debut. We’d love to see him find his corner of the sky in Pippin—and after seeing him shirtless on TNT’s Murder in the First, we know this is an excellent decision. View Comments Evanna LynchThe stage and screen actress spent years perfecting that “permanently surprised look” as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter—now that she’s all grown up, we’d love to see her go from loony Luna to lovelorn Lauren in Kinky Boots. Besides, we already know she has awesome taste in shoes. Daniel Radcliffelast_img read more

Opening Night Pushed Back for Fiddler; More Casting Set

first_img Danny Burstein View Comments Fiddler on the Roof Additional casting has been announced for the upcoming Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof, headlined by Danny Burstein. Jenny Rose Baker will play Shprintze, with Michael Bernardi as Mordcha and Jennifer Zetlan as Shaindel. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the production will now begin previews on November 20 (from November 17) and officially open on December 20 (from December 17) at the Broadway Theatre.Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place in Anatevka, a village in Tsarist Russia during the eve of the revolution. Tevye is a poor milkman who cares for his five daughters. While he and the rest of the elders in the village are deeply routed in tradition, his daughters’ forward thinking clashes with Tevye’s principles and causes a rift in the family. The musical features a book by Joseph Stein and a score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick that features the songs “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were A Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”Matt Moisey and Tess Primack will also board the cast. The group joins the previously reported lineup of stars, including five-time Tony nominee Burstein as Tevye, Jessica Hecht as Golde, Adam Kantor as Motel and Melanie Moore as Chava.The classic musical premiered on Broadway in 1964; this marks the show’s fourth Broadway revival. Star Files Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 31, 2016last_img read more

A Juicy Story: Georgia Watermelons

first_imgThere’s not much better on a hot day than a cool, sweet watermelon. Farmers from allover south Georgia have worked hard for months to provide that juicy treat.”There’s a good supply of quality melons this year,” said Darbie Granberry, ahorticulturist with the University of Georgia Extension Service. “People willing tolook just a little can find a bargain on a melon — at least a reasonable price.”Last year, Georgia farmers sold nearly $63 million worth of watermelons, mostly inBrooks, Crisp and Wilcox counties. That was up by just over 25 percent over 1994. And itadded up to less than 10 cents per pound.Granberry said most Georgia watermelons get to market in late June or very early July.”Farmers plan to harvest just in time for the Independence Day holiday,” hesaid. “So many people plan picnics or other meals then and want a watermelon.” But you can buy melons much longer, he said. Some farmers start picking in early Juneand others continue through early August.This year, lingering cold and then rain kept farmers from planting early. That delaystheir harvest, too, by the same length of time. But Granberry said he expects plenty to beavailable for holiday picnickers.Watermelons come in all shapes, sizes and color patterns. There are nearly round ones,long ones and short, fat melons. All of these shapes come in many shades of green and manypatterns on the rind. Some even have yellow-orange flesh.”The shape, or if it has seeds or not, or the color of the rind or flesh doesn’tmake a lot of difference when it comes to taste,” Granberry said. “How it’sgrown and when it’s picked are much more of a factor than variety.”This year saw superb weather for watermelon growers, once they got their crop into theground. Hot, dry days helped keep disease problems from even starting. And farmersirrigated to give their plants the water they needed. Getting enough water helps the vines grow and makes larger leaves, Granberry said. Theleaves generate the substances that form the sugar that makes watermelons sweet. Farmers must pick their melons at just the right time, too. Once picked, sugarformation all but stops. “If it’s not ripe when it’s picked, it never will be,”Granberry said.As the watermelons mature, they show certain signs of ripeness. People use many ways totest for a ripe melon. “Thumping” is a popular way, but Granberry said only themost experienced watermelon pickers rely on this method.”If you’re looking at a melon in the grocery store, the most accurate way to tellif it’s ripe is the ground spot,” Granberry said. “That spot will be ayellowish-white on a ripe melon as opposed to a greenish-white on an unripe one.”Often, seedless melons can be sweeter than seeded ones, but they can cost more. Ittakes a little more effort to grow seedless melons, and farmers ask more for them.”Some of the best-tasting, most delicious melons I’ve tasted were seedless,”Granberry said. “But people’s preferences vary.” Their needs differ, too.”There’s no reason to deprive yourself of a watermelon just because they’re alltoo big,” Granberry said. Farmers grow smaller melons, too, for just one or twopeople. Some stores even offer melon halves or quarters.last_img read more

Peanut Surprise.

first_imgIf a current forecast holds true, Georgia farmers will producemore peanuts this year than last year. Considering drought hasdominated the state for three straight years, the crop this seasonhas turned into a pleasant surprise.According to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service, peanutproduction for Georgia is forecast at 1.42 billion pounds. Thisis 8 percent more than an earlier prediction for the state,and 1 percent better than the crop last year.”I was quite surprised that the estimate jumped that much,”said John Beasley, a University of Georgia Extension Service agronomist.2,800 Pounds per AcreFarmers are expected to yield about 2,800 pounds per acre. Thisis 200 pounds more than last month’s forecast and 225 pounds morethan the 1999 yield.Looking back over the growing season, Beasley said this type ofproduction year seemed unbelievable.”Considering the way this year started out with drought andall the problems we were having and even though we got timelyrains in August and September, we were still way behind on rainfall,”Beasley said.Problems, ProblemsGrowers not only battled weather this season. They also had todeal with weed pressure, the plant-crippling Tomato Spotted WiltVirus and other yield-reducing diseases.Though the timely rains kept the crop from going downhill formany growers, Beasley said, some farmers were not able to combatthe extreme weather and had to abandon some fields.”But overall, as we continued through harvest it seemed everybodywas pleased with their total production,” he said. “Andthe quality (of the crop) has been excellent. We’re a lot betterthan average on quality this year.”Finally, Good WeatherWeather conditions favored the farmers getting into their fieldsand getting out the crop.”Harvest conditions were excellent: clear, breezy and withlow humidity,” he said. September rains hurt some peanutsready for harvest, but for the most part, improved the peanutsstill maturing.”We’d love to get back to the 3,200 (pounds per acre)we made in 1985. But if you told the farmers at the start of thisseason that with the drought and all the problems we were having we’d be making 2,800 (pounds per acre), they’d have thought you were crazy,” Beasley said. “It was a surprisingly good year.” Photo: Dan Rahn The peanut combines finished their dusty harvest in November in Georgia. The final numbers aren’t in, but farmers are giving thanks for a better crop than they expected.last_img read more

Day lily dread

first_imgBy Mark CzarnotaUniversity of GeorgiaDay lilies, with their beautiful repeating flowers, are among themost popular perennials throughout the United States.Unfortunately, weeds can be hard to control in day lilies.Established perennial broadleaf weeds can be extremely tough.The good news is that annual broadleaf and grassy weeds can beeasily controlled with mulches and the judicious use ofherbicides.As with any garden plants, planting day lilies in a proper placeis vital to growing healthy plants.Mulches are extremely helpful in preventing weeds fromgerminating. Always have a 2- to 4-inch layer of pine bark, pinestraw or shredded hardwood bark in place.Many herbicides are labeled for use on day lilies.Postemergent herbicidesSeveral postemergent grass herbicides are labeled for use in daylilies: Acclaim Extra (fenoxaprop); Envoy (clethodim); Vantage(sethoxydim); and Fusilade II, Ornamec and Grass-B-Gon(fluazifop).These grass herbicides are concentrates you mix with water andspray over the top of day lilies to control actively growinggrasses. They won’t keep seeds from germinating.Pre-emergent herbicidesPre-emergent herbicides keep many broadleaf and grass weed seedsfrom sprouting: Barricade and Factor (active ingredientprodiamine); Dimension (dithiopyr); Gallery (isoxaben); Pendulum(pendimethalin); Pennant (metolachlor); granular Snapshot(isoxaben and trifluralin); Surflan (oryzalin); Treflan(trifluralin); and XL (benefin and oryzalin).You can get most of these products in both granular and sprayableform. Granular herbicides are more popular because they requireno mixing and are more forgiving when you apply it wrong.Note that these herbicides don’t control all weeds. There are nosilver bullets when it comes to weeds. Most of these chemicals orcombinations will provide 80-percent to 95-percent control of theweeds from seed.Some weeds aren’t controlled with pre-emergent herbicides, butmost of these weeds can be easily hand-removed.LimitationsThe pre-emergent herbicides listed are designed to work only ifyou apply them before the weeds germinate, and all will need tobe applied at least twice (spring and fall).Pre-emergent herbicides tend to be more useful to large growers.In the home garden, you might find hand-removing weeds adequateand even invigorating.All of these herbicides were available when this article waswritten. But herbicide labels can change, so make sure that youread and understand the label before using any pesticide.As herbicides go off patent, many third-party manufacturers maymarket under different trade names. Glyphosate, the activeingredient in Roundup, is now available from many suppliers.The tough partNow, the tough part: Broadleaf and other perennial weeds can behard to control in day lilies.Nut sedge (Cyperus species) and Florida betony (Stachysfloridana) are two problem weeds with no selective over-the-topherbicides available to control them in day lilies.You can carefully use products that contain the glyphosate tocontrol the problem perennial weeds you can’t keep out by hand orwith mulches.To do this, carefully separate the weed foliage from the day lilyleaves. Remove as little of the weed foliage as possible, and trynot to break any leaves or stems. If you can lay the plant onbare ground or a piece of plastic, do so.Paint or spongePaint on or sponge-apply a 5-percent solution of glyphosate (6ounces of herbicide to 128 ounces of water). Make sure theproduct you use to make the solution contains 41 percent or moreglyphosate.Be careful not to get the herbicide on the day lilies. If you do,wash it off immediately. Cover the plant with paper or plasticuntil the herbicide has dried.In 10 to 14 days, the treated weeds will begin to die. If anybegin to resprout, repeat the procedure.A fairly new herbicide, Manage (halosulfuron), provides excellentcontrol of sedges (yellow and purple). It can be used as a sprayaround day lilies.(Mark Czarnota is an Extension Service horticulturist with theUniversity of Georgia College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences.)last_img read more

Cole critters

first_imgOnce the cabbage heads or cauliflower kurds are formed, the tolerance for damage or insect contamination in the harvested part of the plant dramatically declines. The preharvest interval for many insecticides limits the use of chemicals just before harvest, too.The bottom line for late-season insect control in most cole crops is to control insects early in the growing cycle, keeping them from being a problem at the time of harvest. By David Riley and Stormy SparksUniversity of Georgia As fall nears, so does the time to plant cole crops like cabbage, collards, greens, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. Unfortunately, we’re not the only ones who like the taste of greens on a cool fall night. So do insects.Cabbage, collards, cauliflower and broccoli are typically transplanted in Georgia, while mustard, kale, and turnip greens are often direct-seeded. Some seedling pests are avoided through transplanting.Even so, young seedlings — and particularly plants that will eventually form heads — are very susceptible to damage. Typical pests of cole crop seedlings are flea beetles, cutworms and other pests in the soil. Flea beetles cause small shot holes in leaves.Other common pests include seed-corn maggots, which attack the germinating seed and very young seedlings, and cutworms, which clip the plant off at the soil line shortly after it emerges. Once the plants are well established, or if you use transplants, these seedling pests cause very little damage.Occasionally, small insects can be seen tunneling within the leaves of young plants. Pests that feed on the leaves and are of concern are mostly species of caterpillars. These pests can reduce plant growth if they eat enough foliage.In summer and fall plantings, cabbage webworms can infest plants and attack the main stem. This damage is more severe in cabbage, because it can cause multiple heads.The treatment timing for soil insects, such as seed-corn maggot, is usually preplanting. For cutworms and webworms it’s when damage is first detected, and for defoliators it’s at 10-percent defoliation. Early infestations of webworms should be treated when detected to prevent severe damage to the growing tip.Midseason attacksIn crops such as leafy greens, where the harvested portion of the plant is the leaves, controlling pests that feed on leaf tissue is increasingly critical as the season progresses.In cabbage, control of foliage feeders is less critical in young plants but becomes more critical at the cupping stage, when the head begins to form. In general, significant yield loss from Lepidoptera larvae can be prevented during midseason using a treatment threshold of three larvae per 10 plants. In other words, if larvae numbers exceed three in every 10 plants scouted, you’re likely to have significant yield loss.The main species of Lepidoptera that attack cole crops in Georgia are the diamondback moth, cabbage looper, imported cabbageworm, cross-striped cabbageworm and cabbage webworm.Other insects that can reduce the quality of foliage in this growth stage are aphids, which secrete honeydew and promote sooty mold on leaves; sweet potato whiteflies, which can transmit geminiviruses that stunt plant growth; thrips, which can scar the leaf surface when they occur in large numbers; and other foliage feeders, such as the yellow-margined leaf-beetle.Stinkbugs can often be found on the foliage of cole crops, too, but significant damage from these pests isn’t usually reported in Georgia. Cabbage root aphids can be often found on developing turnip roots, too, but they don’t usually cause enough damage to warrant soil treatments in the fall, when the pest gets into the cabbage root system. It might take out a few cabbage plants.Late season attackerslast_img read more

Flu season

first_imgBy April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia and Alaska are the only two states currently having widespread flu outbreaks, particularly the H1N1 bug, according a recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Proper hand washing is key to preventing the spread of flu at school and at home, said Judy Harrison, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension specialists with the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Cooperative Extension and the National Sanitation Foundation teach a six-step hand washing process: 1. Wet hands with warm water.2. Apply soap.3. Rub hands together and between your fingers for 20 seconds. 4. Pay special attention to finger nails.5. Rinse the germs away.6. Dry hands on a paper towel.Scrubbing should take as long as it takes to sing Happy Birthday twice, Harrison said. Hand-washing techniques are typically taught through 4-H in December. Because of the threat of flu this year, school principals have requested the training earlier, said Glen Blair, a UGA Extension agent in Walton County who has reached 4,000 students with the hand-washing message so far.UGA Extension agents across the state are similarly bringing the message to classrooms. “Teaching kids about hand washing lets them see that they can do something to help their health,” Blair said. With an invisible and odorless fluorescent lotion, children can see how germs spread from person to person and how improper hand washing isn’t effective in eliminating germs. “The kids get really excited to see their hands glow. We tell them they aren’t actually glowing germs, but that it is simulating germs,” he said. “We want them to wash their hands really good before they come to school, leaving all their germs at home. And wash them as soon as they get home before eating a snack.” Hand washing is important, but to avoid the flu Harrison recommends getting proper immunizations, too. Vaccines for H1N1 and the seasonal flu will be available this fall. Some health departments already have seasonal flu shots.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth because you can spread germs. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Toss the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Avoid contact with people for at least 24 hours after your fever has broken, without the help of fever-reducing medicine, Harrison said. Symptoms of H1N1 are similar to those of the seasonal flu: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, head ache, chills and fatigue. Symptoms in children that need immediate care are:• Trouble breathing.• Bluish or gray skin color.• Not drinking enough fluids.• Persistent vomiting.• Not waking up or interacting with others.• Irritability and not wanting to be held.• Flu-like symptoms that improve and then reappear with fever and worse cough. Adults should seek immediate medical help if they have difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting or flu symptoms that improve and then worsen. Flu symptoms can last a week or longer.“Anti-viral drugs are available for treatment of the flu, but people still need to take precautions,” she said. “It is better to prevent the flu than cure it.” For more information about flu, visit the CDC Web site Posters, stickers, games and hand-washing theme songs are available at read more

Energy innovations

first_imgFarmers want to do things efficiently. It makes sound business sense. Ground was ceremonially broken in Tifton, Ga., May 3 for a center to help show them how to produce and use energy more efficiently on the farm.“The Agriculture Energy Innovation Center is about innovation, development and demonstration of new systems for agriculture to develop and integrate techniques and technologies that will improve agricultural energy efficiencies,” said Craig Kvien, a UGA crop and soil sciences professor and the center’s leader. “The initiative builds on past and on-going programs.”Center partners include private farms looking to use bio-energy crops or solar technology instead of propane to produce heat and electricity for farm use, and UGA and U.S. Department of Agriculture plant breeders who develop crops that require less energy and time to grow. Wireless technology to control and monitor farm equipment will also be developed and tested at the center.Energy: Mission CriticalThe main mission of the center, Kvien said, is to find ways to create energy-saving strategies or technologies that can be applied in a real-world way on a farm.The center will be funded through a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture.The research and education activities in the initiative will take place in Georgia, said Congressman Jack Kingston (R-Ga.), who attended the groundbreaking and garnered the funding for it, but the results can be applied to other parts of the nation. “This will be the only one of its kind in the nation, but we hope the nation will benefit from its experiments,” Kingston said.Model homeThe first building on the site will be a net-zero energy farm house and lab. It will be constructed using environmentally friendly or refurbished materials. It will be positioned for the solar panels in the roof to capture the most sunlight, which will provide electrical power. Water will be heated from heat captured under the roof. The house will need only one-third of the power of a normal home of similar size. It was designed by Cadmus Design-Build. The house’s landscape will include edible plants and fruit trees.Students enrolled in the Green Technologies program at Moultrie Technical College will build the farm house, using it to learn construction techniques. Graduate students and scientists visiting the UGA Tifton campus will live in the house. It will also be open for educational tours to showcase ways to conserve and produce energy in the home.Construction for the farm house will begin early next year.last_img read more

Socks to soldiers

first_imgHer husband is retired from the U.S. Army, and her younger daughter enlisted in the Georgia National Guard and is currently going through the Army’s basic training. Southers’ older-daughter’s boyfriend is a U.S. Marine. Southers and her husband, Cornel Kittell, have a flock of 60 Gulf Coast sheep that they harvest wool from once a year. They usually sellmost of the wool to a fiber broker in Tennessee. In 2010 she sold some of her wool to Hustvedt for the marketing study. As part of her study, Hustvedt also had socks made from wool grown in Texas and Virginia — which left her with an abundance of socks. Extension specialist Sharon Gibson, who is helping to coordinate the effort, is hoping the socks-to-soldiers effort will help students make the connection between agriculture and fashion, and help build the public’s appreciation of farmers and members of the U.S. Armed Services. Southers feels a close connection to the soldiers whose feet she’s helping to keep warm. Socks provide connection back homeGibson Gibson made sure a few pairs of socks ended up in Annis’ textile testing lab. Annis’ students are making a series of videos of them putting the socks through their paces — testing for things like durability. They will post the videos on the UGA Socks for Soldiers Facebook page in an effort to spark conversations with the deployed soldiers who receive the socks. Locally grown socks headed overseas Hustvedt’s research — some of which she conducted in Athens — focused on local wool, product development and marketing. She wanted to find out if there was a consumer preference for goods made from locally grown fibers. The socks that Joost and her classmates sent to Afghanistan are the product of a long-time collaboration between Madison County Extension Agent Adam Speir, Gibson, senior fashion merchandising lecturer Emily Blalock, UGA textile scientist Patti Annis and Gwen Hustvedt from Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. Hustvedt’s search for locally grown wool in Athens eventually led her to Madison County sheep farmer Jan Southers. Fashion merchandising students sent a box containing about 100 pairs of the wool socks to soldiers serving in Afghanistan, where nights can dip below 0 degrees in some areas. The socks arrived in Bagram Air Force Base on Feb. 13, and “were going like hot cakes,” according to USO representative on the ground. Too many socks. center_img “We have a lot of ties to the military, so when they told us about our socks going to Afghanistan, I thought that was great,” Southers said. “The fact our wool was going to be something nice for American soldiers meant a lot.” “In the end this is not just about socks — this is about making connections — it is about having students who are interested in fashion understanding their dependence on agriculture,” Gibson said. “It is about preserving what we say that we value — demonstrating our appreciation of farmers, service members and military families. They hatched a plan to send the socks to a former UGA FCS student who worked as the duty manager for the USO at Bagram, and she will distribute the socks. The Gaines School Elementary Sewing Club in Athens, Ga. volunteered to make one-of-a-kind labels for each pair of socks. Some things seem to get more important the farther you get from home. For soldiers fighting in Afghanistan, one of those is warm, dry socks. Those seeking more information about the project can visit Students, faculty and Extension specialists at the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences are working with a Georgia sheep farmer to make sure service members have high-quality, wool socks to get them through the end of the Afghan winter. “Being a fashion merchandising major, you don’t think that there are going to be a lot of opportunities to help reach out into the community,” said Lauren Joost, a UGA senior from Washington, D.C. “The combination of working with textiles and helping the troops made this project something I really wanted to help with.” When Hustvedt met Gibson at an International Federation Home Economics meeting in July, she ultimately found a home for her supply of socks. “She asked if I thought there was something we could do with the 100 plus pairs of socks she had,” Gibson said. “I told her that I had a student that was working with the USO, that we had a great faculty member who was interested in women entrepreneurs and that I would work on it when I got back to Georgia.” “It is about recognizing the thread that connects us — both figuratively and, in this case, literally.” last_img read more