This Week’s Picks! Patti LuPone, Kristin Chenoweth & Jonathan Groff

first_imgGet It Poppin’ with Patti LuPoneApril 28 at Carnegie HallThe New York Pops is throwing one hell of a birthday party! The guests of honor are Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, and the list of performers is seriously star studded. We’re talking Patti LuPone, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Ricki Lake, Katharine McPhee, Martin Short and Aaron Tveit, to name a few. Did we mention honorary co-chairs Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Debra Messing? Click for tickets! Kristin Chenoweth The insanity of spring’s flurry of Broadway opening nights is behind us, which can only mean one thing: it’s almost time for the insanity of Tony Awards season! Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of great Broadway stuff to see and do before things get too crazy. From a star-studded birthday party to a bedtime visit from Andy Karl (yep, that’s right), our calendar is jam-packed. Check out our picks of the week! Cheer on Cheno’s Return!May 3, Carnegie HallOh Kristin, how we’ve missed you! For one night only, Kristin Chenoweth returns to the New York stage, where she oh-so-rightly-belongs, with her brand new concert The Evolution of a Soprano! In addition to new works and standards, Chenoweth will be taking a trip down her musical memory lane with songs from her early operatic and classical training to—hooray!—her Broadway and film roles. Those all sound great, but let’s be real: You had us at Kristin. Click for tickets! Wake Up with Jonathan GroffApril 29 on CBS and TonyAwards.comThey’re heeeeeere! The time has finally come for Broadway lovers everywhere watch Jonathan Groff and Lucy Liu announce the nominees for this year’s Tony Awards! The big news will break at 8:30AM ET, live from the Diamond Horseshoe at the Paramount Hotel. Set those coffee makers, and let the countdown to June 8 (and Hugh Jackman!) begin. View Commentscenter_img Stay Up Past Bedtime with RockyMay 1 on The Late Show with David LettermanThings are going to get swinging on CBS when the cast of Rocky stops by to perform on late night TV! Is it weird that we’re a little worried about Paul Shaffer’s safety? And Dave, if you need a little help, we’ve already got a top ten list of reasons to love Andy Karl going riiiiiiight here. You’re welcome. Star Files See Tragedy Live!Beginning May 1 at select theatersIf you haven’t made it across the pond yet this year, the National Theatre is doing you a solid. Sam Mendes (Cabaret) has helmed one hell of a production of King Lear in London, starring Simon Russell Beale in the tragic title role. On May 1, it’s going to be streamed live to movie theaters worldwide! Compared to transatlantic airfare, this is a steal. Just watch out for the eye gouging in HD. Yech. Click for tickets! Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

A passion for the game

first_imgCoach Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson conducts drills with his defensive line during Pittsburgh Passion practice at George K. Cupples Stadium on the South Side. (Photo by Martha Rial / PublicSource)Robert “Hutch” Hutchinson doesn’t yell or bark like a football coach.Bulky defenders suited out in black and gold crouch on three points while he sputters a snap count, trying to get them to jump offside.“Hut. Hut. Go, Joei. Hut.”With his hefty frame bent low, he’ll mimic a snap, and the defenders power out of their stances.This is his defensive line.“Do not tackle the coach,” says Hutch, 60, standing up from his crouch and smirking. “You do not tackle the coach.”When he straightens his ball cap, it’s not a Steelers cap, but that of the Pittsburgh Passion.At the George K. Cupples Stadium on Pittsburgh’s South Side, he coaches the defensive line for the full-contact team in the Independent Women’s Football League.He’s taught boys donning pads for the first time, played semi-pro ball and coached for a fledgling German team while working the border between East and West Germany as a military policeman.But for many on this squad, he’s the first coach in a sport they haven’t played before.“They’re like a sponge,” Hutch says of the Passion players. “They want to learn everything, you know?”In a home opener against the Montreal Blitz, the team won 35-0. Hutch had three roles: coach, team photographer and Dad. He’s the father of Jesse, a one-man spirit squad, racing down the sideline in a number 42 Passion jersey.Jesse, 19 and a football fanatic, has cerebral palsy, a disorder that impairs his motor functions, and autism, which affects his social and communication abilities.But they don’t slow him down.Just minutes after kickoff, he chases Passion receiver Rachel Wojdowski along the sideline as she strides deep into Montreal territory. When she crosses the goal line, he does a somersault on the artificial turf.An extended familyJesse Hutchinson celebrates the Passion’s fourth touchdown against the Carolina Phoenix at Cupples Stadium in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Martha Rial / PublicSource)It’s through Jesse that Hutch joined the Passion.Since seventh grade, Jesse served as team manager for the Kiski Area High School football team. The players took him in, and Jesse’s mom Marla Hutchinson says he attached himself to them like a magnet.When Jesse was nearing his senior year in high school, Shelley Victor, a family friend and then a rookie with the Passion, recommended he get involved with the team.Passion head coach and co-owner Teresa Conn welcomed Jesse to the team, and with years of coaching experience, Hutch was quickly brought into the fold as a volunteer defensive line coach.The Hutchinsons are an “amazing family.” Conn said. “They’re super supportive, and they all get involved. You get the whole package.”Now, Hutch, Marla and Jesse drive about an hour from their home in Vandergrift, Westmoreland County, several times a week for practices and games. They road trip to away games and treat them like mini-vacations, Marla says.Over three seasons, the team has become an extended family.“What they do for my son is like out of this world,” Hutch says as Jesse greets players before practice.Jesse has a hug or fist bump or hand slap for everyone on the field. He has his jersey for games and a Passion shirt with his name on the back for practice.Jesse rushes from huddle to huddle during drills before Montreal game.“Not bad for a kid with cerebral palsy,” Marla says as Jesse runs down the track to give moral support. “Look at him run. He’s fast.”She calls him the team’s social butterfly. The players welcome him like they would a little brother.No matter how the day is going, Victor says, Jesse almost always has a smile, and his love for the team is nearly unconditional.“He’s always happy,” says Victor, who’s out for the season with torn knee ligaments. “Well, if we’re winning.”Pittsburgh Passion Ciara Chic, a running back, holds on to the ball while tackled near the goal line during a recent game against the Carolina Phoenix. (Photo by Martha Rial / PublicSource)Barriers and balanceJesse has been blessed with a good team. Deep into the season, the Passion has a 5-0 record.Hutch compares the team’s speed and athleticism to men’s football.“We’re doing everything that college and pro teams are doing,” Hutch says. “It’s just women.”While many boys suit up before they hit their growth spurts, most of the women never had the opportunity.But the desire was there.“I was a cheerleader because that was the closest I could get to the football field,” defensive lineman Joei Nocito says.Nocito is not bashful about the joy she gets on the defensive line.“I like to hit people,” she says, laughing.In a football town like Pittsburgh, fans are eager to attend games so long as the play is good and the hits are hard — and the Passion is one of the most successful organizations in women’s football.On game days, they can draw more than 3,000 fans, and for four seasons, they’ve also had backing from Steelers legend Franco Harris.Watching the team he’s co-owned since 2011, he points to the speed and intensity of the athletes. He challenges people to watch a game and see how exciting it is.But the women face challenges beyond getting the public’s attention.For one, they aren’t paid. And they dedicate countless hours and risk injury for the love of the game. Practice is 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. twice a week, and the women sacrifice many Saturdays to game day and even more of the weekend for out-of-town trips.Many juggle families and full-time work as well.Kim Zubovic arrived on game day wearing her Pennsylvania State Trooper jacket. Victor is a nurse, and, among other occupations, the roster includes an embalmer, a bartender and a CPA.“This is the old-fashioned professional football where you had to balance so many other aspects of your life with football,” says Harris, standing off on the sideline. “And also where you really can’t make a living at it.”Hutch instructs Kendra Galbreath during Pittsburgh Passion practice at Cupples Stadium. (Photo by Martha Rial / PublicSource)Football and musicThere’s much more to Hutch than football.He spent years as a military policeman and as a corrections officer at Western Penitentiary. Now Hutch, who also has a grown son in the Dallas area, dedicates his time to coaching and recording music in a home studio. He plays percussion at Monroeville Assembly of God and — when the money’s good — performs in a reggae band called the Dub Squad.Marla, his wife of 27 years, attributes his reserve to the years he spent as a police and corrections officer.“Hutch is quiet,” she says. “He observes.”Hutch, who retired in 2003, spent 17 years as a guard at Western Penitentiary — then a maximum security facility — before transferring to State Correctional Institution, Pine Grove, which houses juveniles convicted as adults.While the lifers at Western were difficult to reach, Hutch says he had a chance to mentor the younger inmates, many of whom would eventually leave Pine Grove and have a chance to turn their lives around.The juveniles frequently suffered abuse growing up, Hutch says, and lacked basic life skills when they were locked up.“A lot of these kids didn’t even know how to brush their teeth right,” he says.To connect with them, Hutch talked about how he’d come from the same streets some of them had, in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and Homewood.All along, there’s been football and music — mostly original material with the Dub Squad, along with the standard Bob Marley covers. In high school, he also was interested in photography, though the smells of the darkroom chemicals turned him off.Digital cameras renewed his enthusiasm for the craft.On game days, he lugs around various cameras and snaps photos of the action between sideline huddles. Players hassle him for posed shots.As a student at Pittsburgh Filmmakers (the fiscal sponsor of PublicSource), Hutch photographed Passion players in their pads and contrasted them with images of the women in their street clothes.Desire and hungerSeveral games into the season, the team is still coming together, Hutch says.Coaching new players is a matter of teaching the basics.For the defensive line, the fundamentals are simple.Stay low. Explode off the line. Get the ball.Too much else is getting fancy.But football is also about life lessons, including that for a woman to play football, she needs to have a thick skin.Hutch is quick to point out how negative people can be about women playing a sport perceived by many to be exclusively for men.One day, Hutch says he expects women will be able to play from the youth level up to the pros. That, he hopes, can eventually lead to a paycheck.For now, only a handful of female players had a chance to play before joining leagues like the IWFL.Hutch calls the women of the Passion his heroes, not only for what they’ve done for his son, but also for what they do for themselves.“They’re out here playing for the love of the game,” Hutch says while players file toward the locker room and come out in bulky pads. “You can see the hunger in their hearts and the desire for the game.”Reach Jeffrey Benzing at 412-315-0265 or at read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Bruno

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Bruno! Loyal and Lovable is he. Bruno is quite handsome too with his white coat and black markings on his ears, around his eyes and artistically elsewhere. He is crate-trained, knows some basic commands, has lived on a farm, loves car rides, going for walks, and just adores hanging out with people.Bruno is a lovable, handsome dog looking for a kitty free home. Photo courtesy: Adopt-A-PetBruno has enjoyed spending time with male and female small dogs, but would prefer a kitty free home. If you are looking for a great companion, he just might be the guy you have been searching for.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email or call 360-432-3091.last_img read more

Michael Holding claims Rohit Sharma may not be able to handle real pace

first_imgImage Courtesy: Getty/PTIAdvertisement 4nn9NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsa714ueWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E4oix( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 4jjksWould you ever consider trying this?😱27go88Can your students do this? 🌚4Roller skating! Powered by Firework Following the footsteps of the legendary Virender Sehwag, Team India opener Rohit Sharma has established himself has one of the most destructive batsmen ever. Nicknamed the ‘hitman’, the right handed run machine has sent many bowlers, from pacers to spinners, outside the boundary rope. However, former West Indies cricket team icon Michael Holding believes Sharma may find it difficult facing “someone with real pace.”Advertisement Image Courtesy: Getty/PTIHolding was recently hosted by journalist Nikhil Naz for an exclusive interview via live session on Instagram.An amazing fast bowler during his prime, the veteran Jamaican has picked up the wickets of many thunderous batsmen of the bygone era of cricket, and he was asked what would the situation be like to face some of the most hard hitting batsmen of today, such as the South African AB de Villers or India’s Rohit Sharma.Advertisement “I think batsmen play their shots depending upon the pace of the bowlers. Those players and the shots that you are talking about I would like to see them play those shots against someone with real pace,” Holding said during the session.Both Sharma and ABD are famous for the different types of shots they have in their arsenal, to face different bowlers, from seamers to spinners. However, Holding believes it would be a toilsome effort for them to face some of the speed stars like Dale Steyn, Brett Lee or Shoaib Akhtar.Advertisement “If they can play shots like that against that pace I’ll start to worry about what I am going to do,” Holding went on, “With the kind of pace I used to bowl, I wouldn’t be worried about those shots being played.”Below here is the full interview, courtesy of Nikhil Naz’s official Instagram:In his twelve years of international cricket, Holding has made 60 Test and 102 ODI appearances for the Windies, and has picked 249 and 142 wickets in both formats respectively, while securing 13 five wicket and two 10-wicket hauls in red ball cricket.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Kiren Rijiju: “In Los Angeles Olympics India will be in the top 10”Deep Dasgupta Exclusive: A wicketkeeper has to work as the eyes of the captain! Advertisementlast_img read more