Sledgehammer co-founder Glen Schofield leaves Activision

first_imgSledgehammer co-founder Glen Schofield leaves ActivisionSchofield pledges he has “a couple good games in me” as he departs Call of Duty publisher after almost ten yearsMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefTuesday 11th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleActivision BlizzardSledgehammer GamesSledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield has left Activision Blizzard after almost a decade with the Call of Duty publisher.As CEO of one of Activision’s main studios, Schofield was one of Call of Duty’s few public faces during that time, leading the development of COD: Advanced Warfare and COD: Modern Warfare III among others.Schofield stepped down from his position at Sledgehammer, along with his co-founder Michael Condrey, in February this year. At that point it seemed that both were destined for executive roles within the wider organisation, but yesterday Schofield announced other plans.”I’ve had a great run here at Activision,” he said on Twitter. “I feel it’s time to try something new [though]. I’ll be leaving Activision end of [December] and taking some time off to relax. Then off to something else exciting.”Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Prior to founding Sledgehammer in 2009, Schofield held a number of high-profile roles in the industry. He was a vice president and executive producer at Crystal Dynamics, leaving in 2002 for EA, where he was general manager of Visceral Games and creative and executive producer of Dead Space.Speaking to Gamespot, Schofield reasserted that he plans to “take my time finding my next gig. Make sure it’s exactly what I want to do,” but he doesn’t intend to retire.”I still have a couple good games in me,” he said.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesActivision Blizzard wins patent lawsuit after nine yearsThe judge ruled that the patents were “not inventions” of Worlds Incorporated, which was suing for infringementBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoCall of Duty, King push Activision Blizzard to record Q1 revenuesPublisher’s revenues jump 27% to $2.28 billion as Call of Duty Mobile’s Chinese debut helps drive Activision division sales up 72% year-over-yearBy Brendan Sinclair 7 days agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Watch Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour Perform On Jools Holland

first_imgGilmour also has a handful of remaining tour dates over the course of the end of this year and into next. Take a look at where you’ll be able to catch him:12/12 – Sao Paulo, BR @ Allianz Parque12/14 – Curitiba, BR @ Pedreira Paulo Leminski12/16 – Porto Alegre, BR @ Arena do Gremio12/18 – Buenos Airs, AR @ Hipodromo de San Isidro12/20 – Santiago, CL @ Estadio Nacional03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl03/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl03/31 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre04/01 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre04/04 – Chicago, IL @ United Center04/08 – Chicago, IL @ United Center04/11 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden04/12 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour has been out promoting and playing material from his first new solo album in a decade, Rattle That Lock, recently performing with David Crosby and Graham Nash in London. Last night, Gilmour stopped by the BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland, a show that Gilmour has frequented over the years, and delighted viewers to versions of the album’s title track as well as “Today.” Take a watch:last_img read more

How to follow today’s Texas race

first_imgAt work or at home, here’s how to keep up with the Duck Commander 500Today’s green flag is scheduled to wave at 12:10 p.m. ET on FOX and PRN, and the 501-mile race likely won’t be over before your lunch break is. Here’s how to keep up with all the Duck Commander 500 on-track action for viewers at home or stuck in the office’s live leaderboard updates in real-time and offers constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboard live from your device.Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here and there while doing, well, your day job. Check in now and then to read back through all the laps you’ve missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates.We’ll also be sending race updates through twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles, as well as curating NASCAR tweets from the Twitter universe with a social timeline here.Haven’t tried RaceView yet? This weekend is a good chance to cash in your one-week free trial if you can’t be stationed on a couch this afternoon. Get virtualized video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with RaceView Audio. On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here.If yesterday’s rain ruined watching the race with your usual NASCAR viewing crew, fill the gap with fellow fans on using our live chat page.There may not be much hope left in anyone’s NCAA bracket, but it’s still early in the NASCAR Fantasy season. Follow your team’s performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live this week with live standings.Live Press Pass streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner rolls in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers immediately following the checkered flag, and stay tuned to throughout the week for the latest news.NASCAR fans can put their prediction skills to the test — against other fans in real time — with a predictive gaming app from OneUp Sports. Download NASCAR Connect, on iOS devices.last_img read more

Runaway Freight Car Rams Commuter Train, Injuring 150

first_imgCANTON, Mass. — A runaway freight car rammed into an MBTA train yesterday evening, tossing rush-hour commuters from their seats and leaving 150 passengers and crew with injuries, most of them minor. MBTA Train 917 left Boston’s South Station for Stoughton at 4:40 p.m. with 300 passengers. “The lady in front of me was thrown forward pretty hard, and she broke her nose and had a serious cut to her face,” said Terrence Jackson, 43, a passenger from Brockton. “Everybody did their part. I helped the woman in front of me. The passengers that were less injured or weren’t injured helped people that were hurt.” Dozens of emergency workers from around the region carried passengers and crew members away from the tracks on stretchers, rushing them to area hospitals. Nearby residents saw passengers walking through the adjacent woods with head injuries, some with severe bleeding, looking dazed. Although none of the injuries was life-threatening, the large number of cuts, bruises, and neck and back injuries forced emergency workers to use buses when they ran out of ambulance space. Sometime before 5:20, a freight car loaded with building materials that had been parked at a nearby lumber yard, a few miles from the Canton Junction station, came loose. It rumbled some 3 miles, said Acting MBTA Police Chief Paul MacMillan. “We knew we were coming into Canton Junction, and suddenly the train stopped,” said Tony Phillips, a 42-year-old passenger who works for a Boston advertising firm and lives in Stoughton. “All the sudden, there was a bang, a huge explosion. People were screaming, ‘Oh, my God, what happened?”‘ An alert engineer halted the passenger train before impact, preventing what could have been far more serious injuries, officials said. The crash occurred about a half-mile north of the Canton Junction (Mass.) station. Jackson, the Brockton passenger, said he normally takes the Middleborough/Lakeville line into work, but overslept yesterday and took a later train from the Stoughton station. Joe Pesaturo, an MBTA spokesman, said the car was parked at Cohenno Inc. a lumber yard in Stoughton. Everyone on the train who was standing fell to the floor, Phillips said. The engineer was being treated at a hospital for serious injuries, but is expected to recover, said Richard A. Davey, general counsel for the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad Company, which runs commuter service for the MBTA. Davey would not identify the engineer.center_img “We are cooperating fully with authorities to determine what happened,” Sease said. The MBTA train was able to stop before impact with the freight car and avoid derailing because of a signal on the tracks, tripped off by the runaway car, that sent a warning to the engineer’s cabin in the form of a white light, Pesaturo said. Last night, police had sealed off the railroad tracks around the lumber yard. A police officer said that the area was part of an investigation and that all the workers had left. The crash disrupted commuter service on the Providence/Stoughton line. Service on 10 Amtrak trains was delayed for two hours or more, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. “That’s what you get for sleeping late,” he said.Noah Bierman of the Globe staff and Globe correspondents John Guilfoil and Jillian Jorgensen contributed to this report. CSX Transportation owns the freight car, but company spokesman Gary Sease said he does not yet know how it came loose from what he called a “customer location.” “We think he did everything that he should have under the circumstances,” Davey said. Bradford F. Cohenno, listed in corporate records as the company president, did not return messages left at his home and office last night. “It was rolling by itself,” MacMillan said. “It didn’t have an engine on it.”last_img read more

SMC student receives Fannie Mae externship

first_imgOver spring break, Saint Mary’s junior Margaret Cox participated in an externship with Fannie Mae, which was established and rewarded by College alumna and senior executive with Fannie Mae Renee Schultz.Although Cox began her first year at Saint Mary’s solely as a marketing major, she said she soon discovered an interest in finance.“I was a marketing major when I came to Saint Mary’s, and marketing students have to take a finance course,” she said. “I took it and I started really enjoying the topic and doing well in the class. So, I decided to major in finance as well.”The externship consisted of a four day trip to Washington, D.C. over spring break, Cox said, where she was able to shadow some of the female executives working at Fannie Mae.“They scheduled me to meet with different women in the company and see the different positions,” she said. “The women I met taught me a lot about the industry itself because I didn’t know much about it. It was nice to learn about something not taught in school. The externship was more about getting to know women and asking them how they got to their position.”Cox said a valuable piece of information she gained from participating in the externship was the importance of pursuing her passions.“One of the women told me you have to be really passionate about what you’re doing,” she said. “I feel you need to passionate about a job to enjoy it so it doesn’t just become work.”Cox said she hopes to continue working with Fannie Mae in the future.“They have a two year rotational program within the company so I’m going to look into applying for that next fall,” she said.Cox said her favorite part about the externship was actually seeing what happens in the private world of finance and understanding that world better. “I have interned with marketing companies before, and now with the finance externship I see how different the two worlds really are,” she said. “The finance world is so fast-paced. I enjoy doing these internships and externships because otherwise I wouldn’t know what to expect. That’s the best part about these opportunities — I’m learning what’s going on. I think if I didn’t have this opportunity I might not have thought about having a career in finance.”Young women should always be open to pushing themselves to take on new opportunities, Cox said. “I didn’t think I’d be interested in finance until I started to take the classes, so I’d tell [young women] to always give it a shot and take that class or take that opportunity to learn about something different,” she said.Cox said Fannie Mae is a progressive company when it comes to employing women in positions of power, but she still feels the industry can do more when it comes to hiring women.“Fannie Mae was a good company to shadow because they do have a lot of women in their industry, and they are a progressive company that’s trying to get more women in senior positions,” she said. “We need to expand that further in the industry.”Cox said it is important for women in the finance industry, and any industry, to build each other up and not put each other down — this way, every woman can succeed and open the doors for future women CEOs, entrepreneurs and financial executives.“A point they made throughout the externship was that in work environments and school environments, women can sometimes cut each other down because they want to be the best or grow fastest,” she said. “Fannie Mae was really focused on helping women grow and the importance of women building up other women. I feel that’s really important. At Fannie Mae nobody wants to cut anyone down, they want to help women succeed.”Tags: externship, finance, internship, Marketinglast_img read more

Abbott bans elective surgeries in Southeast Texas, across state

first_img Hospital capacity is currently most taxed around the state’s biggest cities, as well as most of South Texas.— By Emma Platoff of The Texas Tribune, a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. With cases of the new coronavirus and related hospitalizations rising at alarming rates, Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday expanded his ban on elective medical procedures to cover more than 100 counties across much of the state.Surgeries and other procedures that are not “immediately, medically” necessary — which have already been on hold in many of the state’s biggest cities and several South Texas counties — are now barred in much of the state, from far West Texas to much of Central Texas, Southeast Texas and the Gulf Coast.Those procedures can still take place in some, mostly rural parts of the state, including the Panhandle and the South Plains, as well as much of North and Northeast Texas, excluding Dallas County. “We are freeing up more resources to address upticks in COVID-19 related cases,” Abbott said in a statement.“The State of Texas will continue to do everything we can to mitigate the spread of this virus and support our hospitals and health care professionals as they care for their fellow Texans.”As of Wednesday, the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients hospitalized with the virus had reached a record high of 9,610 — twice as many as there were on June 25. But the pressure on hospitals is not evenly distributed around the state.last_img read more

Review: Specialized’s all-new Roubaix, a Spring Classics road bike for everyone

first_imgAt the peak of the Spring Classics, we had the chance to put Specialized’s all-new Future Shock 2.0 front suspension Roubaix endurance road bike to a true test on the bergs, pavé & wind swept roads that define those iconic one-day races. While the Roubaix certainly proved its mettle with Phillipe Gilbert winning Paris-Roubaix on the new bike, it was versatility that stood out for me. And as a smaller woman, Specialized’s new Beyond Gender concept proved a great way to offer a top-level riding experience, accessible to everyone….Riding the Specialized Roubaix on the road to Roubaixriding photos courtesy Specialized, photo by Etienne SchoemanThe week in between Flanders and Paris-Roubaix brought great weather conditions to experience authentic atmosphere of spring classics to test the all-new Specialized Roubaix. Freezing winds riding in Flanders. Rain and mud on the cobblestone secteurs to Roubaix. And crushing crosswinds between Ghent & Brugge.Did you know that when you ride pavé sections over 1km long, with constant shaking of your bike & your body, it feels like you went uphill all that time, even though it was actually fairly flat all the way? I remembered a couple of sections of pavé that I’ve ridden in the past on my steel Gunnar CX bike with a carbon fork and tubular setup (which I think is pretty comfortable on cobbles), and I clearly remembered the Arenberg trench as a hill in the forest! Well it is not a hill – the segment is effectively flat once you factor a small drop in elevation at the beginning. (Seriously, the Arenberg segment on Strava says 0% of elevation change).photo by Etienne SchoemanAnyway, we got the chance to ride the all-new Roubaix for several days in very different weather conditions in northern France and across Flanders to test out the new bike’ Classics versatility. That hit everything from strong Belgian crosswinds to an entire day of non-stop rain on muddy cobbles. For sure our review of the Roubaix was destined for the authentic experience of the Spring Classics conditions.I test rode the bike on relatively smooth cobblestones with the short steep hills of Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) as well as slippery and rough pavé sections throughout the last 100km of Paris-Roubaix (including the five-star Trouée d’Arenberg, Mons-en-Pévèle, Carrefour de l’Arbre, and every other secteur in between). The trying to get away from cobbles I also jumped into a faster but windy ride on smoother Belgian roads, more reminiscent of the Scheldeprijs.Has the new Specialized Roubaix conquered hell?photo by Leon van LeeuwenSuffice it to say that Specialized has fully adopted the idea of adding suspension to make the bike+rider combo faster on rough roads. Their concept is “Suspend the rider, not the bike”, and we got into full detail on the all-new Roubaix when it debuted with Future Shock 2.0 just two weeks ago now. If you want the full tech breakdown, go there. Here we’ll stick to what it is to ride the new bike.The big debate over appropriateness of front & rear suspension for a road race or even an amateur road bike won’t end anytime soon. Riders will argue that they don’t want to feel it moving (or how much movement is acceptable) while riding on smooth pavement, over cobbles, or sprinting standing up. Racers are surely concerned about losing efficiency, especially after the undamped Future Shock 1.0 could not be locked. The all-new Future Shock 2.0 solves that with internal hydraulic damping, offering the same vertical compliance, now also with on-the-fly lockout.c. Specialized RacingIt really is hard to argue with Specialized saying they rule the “Hell of the North” with this bike. Days after I packed the bike up, Gilbert went on to win the 2019 Paris-Roubaix on the S-Works version of the bike I rode. And in fact, 7 of the last 10 editions of Paris-Roubaix were won on a Specialized Roubaix. (Gilbert 2019, Sagan 2018, Terpstra 2014, Boonen 2008/2009/2012, Cancellara 2010) Specialized hasn’t even been able to keep track, not adding the latest win yet.c. EurosportSagan actually even won last year’s Roubaix on a prototype version of this Future Shock 2.0 with a lockout. We thought his team-only rim brakes made that bike unique, not noticing the lockout control. But you could actually see the dial adjuster top cap in the Eurosport feed from that race in 2018.Does smoother mean faster?Suspend the rider means smoother for sure, but the Roubaix still needed to be fast for the likes Gilbert & Sagan, and their aspiring wannabes. Racers were concerned that unlocking the front suspension on cobbles will slow them down. So to straighten that out, Specialized says they performed efficiency tests using stationary bikes with opened/locked shock and they found minimal if any difference in resulting speed based on the same ride output.For me standing up going uphill or sprinting, there was no undesired flexibility felt. Sprinting or pedaling standing with the shock unlocked, the bike felt stiff enough, and I did not feel the shock to be moving or feeling soft.For those concerned about muting the road feel, the all-new Roubaix isn’t a full-suspension mountain bike bouncing smoothly from one cobble to the next. With the Future Shock open, you can still feel it roll over the pave, so you feel connected to the road with handling that feels normal.Review: The new Roubaix in the detailsThe big trick beyond the smoother damped internals, all-new Future Shock 2.0 gets a lockout dial on top of the steerer so you can control the suspended handlebar on the fly. I have used my fingers to pinch & spin the button, but some other riders found it easier to use their palms to push down & spin it.From the first look I expected that Future Shock 2.0 would be adjusted on the weight of the specific rider, but it is not. As Specialized said, only 15% of rider’s weight is in the front, so it would not make significant difference in performance.Personally, I’m not so convinced about math in that argument because I know that with my weight (50kg/110lb), it can often be difficult to feel the difference of front suspension that is usually set up for a rider 10, 20, or even 30kg heavier than me. (15% of my weight is just 7.5kg, but that’s still a lot of difference between 15% of my husband’s weight 12kg.)So I tried to lock out the shock in the middle of a pavé sector to see if I will actually realize it. And hell yes. I even had hard time to lock it back when the bar started jumping around in my hand.In order to balance the suspended front end, Specialized invested effort into finding a balanced solution for the rear end too. Their first ideas were designing a rear suspension similar to Future Shock, but it just didn’t work. Test riders felt like they were falling down when it hit any bump. So it appeared that using a more flexible, but conventional seatpost with dropped clamp in the frame was much better idea. The D-shaped aero seat post came from the Tarmac, and got extra built-in flex to become the new Pavé post.Now whether I could feel the rear end move… not really that much, actually. But honestly I am short (160cm) and light (50kg), so 1. my Pavé seatpost was sticking out much less than for somebody who is 180cm tall and 2. my weight will not flex the seat post so much as if I weighed 80kg. So smaller riders aren’t likely to get the full seatpost flex benefits, but to be honest I still finished without back pain.Beyond Gender: fit for everyone, me includedIn hand with the all-new Roubaix comes Specialized’s new Beyond Gender concept, eliminating women’s geometry. Specialized says that after looking deep into tins of Retül fit data, they came to the conclusion that offering more sizing options was a better way to get every rider on the best fitting bike, and there wasn’t really a true male/female difference in core bike fit geometry anyway.That’s quite a big step for Specialized who have long been champions of their Body Geometry concepts and women-specific bikes. And I won’t lie that as a short woman (160cm/5’3″) that scared me a bit. But I did a detailed Retül fit and ended up on a new bike that fit perfectly, and Specialized still offers some women-specific contact points like the new Mimic saddle I rode, plus my narrow 38cm Hover bars.Interestingly, my Retül fit data was based on a 49cm version of the old Roubaix, so I was surprised to be put on a 52cm of the new bike. (I tend to ride 47-49cm bike to get my ideal frame reach under 370mm max.) But while many new bikes have gone for longer front ends, the new 2019/2020 Roubaix is more than 1cm shorter at the lower end. (Last year’s smallest 49 had a 374mm of Reach, now there are three sizes with less than that offering better fits for small riders, although each seems to have a more upright position.)As a short rider I really appreciate the idea of creating one unisex bike in more sizes because than Specialized can invest more effort into important touches like Future Shocks and saddles, while still giving me access to bikes from entry-level pricepoints all the way up to the top-tier pro bikes. As a woman rider I am definitely not offended that there is not a woman-specific bike. I like pink and all, but I would rather ride bikes that fit my riding style and my body proportions anyway.Last while looking at fit but certainly not least, many small frames get compromised geometry and are often too stiff to ride comfortably. Now that more brands like Specialized (and several others, to be fair) have some real ideas how to make small frames equal comfort–wise to average & large sized bikes, the options are really opening up for me. The paired suspension in the new Roubaix seems to work very well in this regard.Specialized Roubaix Pro eTap actual weightIt might seem that adding damping into the Future Shock 2.0 would increase the weight of the bike, and that is always something competitive riders are afraid of. Sure the new Future Shock is a bit heavier itself ~175g, but Specialized knew weight weenies would complain. So they trimmed weight out of the rest of the bike, and in the end the whole set of frame/fork/seat post is now ~50g lighter than the previous Roubaix.As I rode it, my 52cm Roubaix Pro with its Force eTap 2x build weighed in at 8.19kg/18.1lb. That is set up tubeless with sealant, with a Garmin out-front mount, and includes a pair of Specialized Rib cages with a SWAT road mini-tool (~150g for cages & tool), plus a 235g pair of Dura-Ace R9100 pedals. My small bike is certainly lighter than those of larger riders, but at definitely under 8kg or 17.5lb isn’t bad considering this is a second-tier FACT 10R carbon Roubaix, and not the top-level FACT 11R of the S-Works version.Riding Impressions: more comfortable on any road, and just as fast!Next to pure asphalt road rides, I often ride roads that are everything but smooth on my regular Cube aero road Axial or Cannondale endurance road Synapse. Squeezing a 32mm tire into that poor, unsuspecting aero bike, I’ve even put it to multi-day gravel racing. That meaning I’m used to rough surfaces including pavé, even on some unforgivingly stiff road bikes. I live next to a medieval castle and have to ride cobblestones every time I head out on any bike. I also deal regularly with uncomfortable tension in my upper body after a majority of longer, rougher road rides. Part of that is because small bikes end up being overly stiff, partly that I’m over 40 maybe, but…This all-new Roubaix was totally different!photo by Etienne SchoemanThe bike simply felt fast on the first cobblestone section, smoothly flying over the pavé at speed. There was no need to get used to it. It climbed well. No toe overlap even with 700C wheels & 28mm tires on my 52cm frame (that’s a rarity for me for frames with the short Reach I need for a comfortable fit). At speeds up to 55kph I did not experience any noticeable frame/fork shake (again, a common issue with compromised geometry of small frames, especially those that fit bigger tires). I got some side push a couple of times because of the slightly aero tube shaping & mid section wheels in strong wind gusts, but the bike’s handling was easily by Leon van LeeuwenI was more so pleasantly surprised that I felt fresh after riding cobbles on windy French & Belgian roads for three days in a row. And I felt so good that I was even motivated to go riding after I arrived by Leon van LeeuwenMy hesitation for riding pavé had been a good bit of pain in my upper back and neck. Well, riding the all-new Roubaix, I guess I got suspended instead of the bike and my back and neck felt by Leon van LeeuwenRiding the all-new Roubaix I felt I finished strongly on each of the rides, and really my only discomfort from riding pavé was me being cold from standing around and taking photos after we finished at Roubaix Velodrome soaking wet.  A couple days later back at home I went for a rough road/pavé ride on my un-suspended endurance road bike, and I felt uncomfortable 50km into the ride and tired after the ride. That’s half the distance I rode each day on the Roubaix, which kept me feeling surprisingly by Etienne SchoemanSince the Roubaix already has on more than a handful of Paris-Roubaixs, it might seem the bike is specifically designed only for top-level riders who are devoted to riding the harsh cobbles of the Hell of North. Who else really needs to have a special bike built for cobbles? Well, I am never gonna race Paris-Roubaix, the Tour of Flanders, or other Spring Classics, but I still can imagine how much I would benefit from such extra comfortable feeling on my road bike. After a few long days on the new bike, I feel pretty confidently that my regular road rides would be smoother & faster, and I would arrive home ready for another ride. And I could certainly get used to a new Roubaix for my all-around road riding.Specialized.comlast_img read more

See Katharine McPhee Take Her First Broadway Bow in Waitress

first_img Waitress Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020 View Comments Related Shows TV actress and American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee told that wrapping up work on the Broadway-themed series Smash made her want to star on the Great White Way even more. She explained, “It was just like it was kind of a part of the Broadway community, but not 100 percent.” McPhee made it 100 percent on April 10, when she took her first bow as Jenna Hunterson, the pie-making lead of Waitress. Check out the photo of McPhee excitedly making her Broadway debut below, and you can catch her limited engagement in the role through June 17.  Katharine McPhee Katharine McPhee accepts flowers alongside cast members Caitlin Houlahan and Christopher Fitzgerald. Star Files Katharine McPhee in “Waitress” (Photos: Emilio Madrid-Kuser)last_img read more

BCA launches virtual auction to benefit artists and Community Members

first_imgVermont Business Magazine For the first time ever, Burlington City Arts is opening up its annual art auction to the broader community by moving it online(link is external). Typically an invitation-only event hosted in a private home, the auction is live now through Tuesday, September 29.Featuring over 60 local artists working in a variety of media, including landscape photographs, abstract prints, handmade jewelry, and ceramics, the auction will support the exhibiting artists by sharing up to 50% of the value of art sold with the creator (unless the piece has been donated by the artist or collector, in which case BCA will receive 100 percent of the proceeds).Proceeds will also benefit BCA’s education and scholarship fund, which provides access to arts-based learning for community members of all ages, regardless of their ability to pay.“What we’re doing this year is different not only because of the 50/50 split with artists, but also because this event is online. Anyone in the country—or even the world—will be able to view and purchase the art,” said Doreen Kraft, Burlington City Arts Executive Director. “This auction is a chance to support the arts while bringing some new art into people’s lives. We’ve been hearing that people are wanting to freshen up their walls after so many months working from home. They also recognize that artists, and arts organizations like BCA, need our support now more than ever. It’s a real win/win/win.”Last year, 11,800 community members made art with BCA education programs in elementary and preschool classrooms, at community events, and in BCA studios. In addition, 1,382 youth and 280 adults benefited from the BCA education and scholarship fund, which supports educational programming and provides free and reduced tuition to summer camp and year-round classes. Even though Covid-19 has greatly reduced the number of participants in BCA’s arts-based learning programs, costs are still high due to losses in registration fees, an increased need for supplies like PPE and individual art kits so that students don’t share materials, and more frequent cleanings. Proceeds from the art auction will help cover some of these losses.The auction is more than a benefit for BCA; it’s also providing much needed exposure for working artists. Participating artists are grateful for the expanded reach of BCA’s virtual art auction. “It’s a great way to bring artists, art students, and the public together under one virtual umbrella,” said Gail Salzman, a teaching artist in BCA’s adult education program. “I experience firsthand the reality that many of our most dedicated and productive artists would not be able to take classes without some financial help. BCA’s scholarship program has been a game changer for them.”The auction can be found at is external).About Burlington City ArtsBurlington City Arts is dedicated to connecting community to the arts through creation, experimentation, and education in all forms of contemporary art. BCA offers exhibitions, special events, classes, workshops, and many other activities in Burlington.Source: Burlington, VT–BCA 9.22.220last_img read more

Traffic Alert: N.M. 502 Closed Between 4th & Arroyo May 2

first_imgTraffic Alert:Saturday, May 2, Century Link’s contractor Kelly Cable will install a Fiber Optics Manhole at 4th Street and Central Avenue. N.M. 502 will be closed 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. between 4th Street and Arroyo Lane. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to 4th Street to Canyon Road and back onto N.M. 502.  Westbound traffic will be detoured to Canyon Road, 4th Street, Central Avenue to Knecht Street and back onto N.M. 502. Detour signage will be in place.last_img