View Comments Nico Tortorella & Sutton Foster in ‘Younger'(Photo: TV Land) We’ve made it to the end of the second season of Younger. Take a load (by which we mean your hefty statement necklace) off and celebrate by breaking it down with us. Following last week’s shocker, Liza managed to hold on to her secret for a little while longer, Charles finally made a move, and a certain someone proved he could handle a one-man Side Show. Check it out below!SEASON 2, EPISODE 12: “No Weddings & a Funeral”Emoji UpdateLiza and Maggie attend Thad’s funeral, and wracked with guilt, Liza decides to tell Kelsey the truth about everything. Maggie advises her that immediately following the funeral of her fiancé probably isn’t the best time. That doesn’t stop Kelsey from questioning why Liza was there to witness Thad’s gruesome death. Chad, who is (get ready) Thad’s IDENTICAL TWIN played by Thad (Dan Amboyer) himself takes Thad’s laptop out of respect for his late brother’s privacy. Josh reconnects with Liza. Smash cut to the two having “mourning” sex. While they’re still in bed, Josh’s girlfriend Greta enter the apartment, causing Liza to flee through the window. At work, the Empirical team meets with celebrity astrologer Stephanie Smith about her new book. Kelsey, determined to push through, turns down her grievance time but quickly lashes out at Stephanie for claiming to be able to predict the future. Chad stops by with the retrieved security tape of the accident. When he and Kelsey see Liza in the footage, Liza tells (most of) the truth, explaining that she knew Thad was cheating and wanted him to tell Kelsey. Kelsey doesn’t see why Liza chose to meddle in their affairs and begins to suggest that Thad could possibly still be alive if Liza hadn’t. Not the most level-headed thing to say, but Kelsey gets a pass here. The guilt becomes too much for Liza, and she quits to work at a department store in Paramus, New Jersey. Charles tracks her down in an attempt to have her return to Empirical, and in doing so, finally makes a move and kisses her. We guess that did the trick, because the next day, Liza’s back at the publishing firm. Kelsey apologizes to Liza and releases all her pent-up grief. When Liza gets home, Josh is waiting for her and says he broke up with Greta and wants to give their relationship another shot.Biggest OMG Moment:OK, Charles kissing Liza isn’t a huge OMG-worthy moment; we all knew this was coming eventually. But what’s the plan here, Charles? Find Liza at a department store in Jersey, get her to come back to Empirical, grab her, make out with her, then…have her as your employee again? Millennial Glossary:Winklevii (noun, plural) Presumably the influence for the Webervii, and the collective term for Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, who sued former Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their intellectual property to start Facebook. Here they are with Sydney Lucas, for some reason. Incidentally, both the Winklevii and the Webervii had one actor play both brothers on screen. Through Hollywood magic, Armie Hammer played the Winklevii in The Social Network, and Dan Amboyer plays both Chad and the late Thad.Moment That Made Us Go:No, you’re not seeing double. Our favorite cat cuddler/ William Shatner victim, after getting killed off, actually returned to the show as his original character’s identical twin, and it’s straight up Parent Trap-level bonkers. We may not have been #TeamThad, but we could be persuaded to be #TeamChad.Diana’s Statement Jewelry Update!In terms of statement necklaces, the season finale was a bit of a “Diana’s Greatest Hits” episode. We got something reminiscent of her Dance of the Vampires collection at the funeral, Newton’s Cradle made a comeback and our favorite temp Becky even gave Diana a “nice necklace, lady!” for the return of the “Origin of Love.” All this led up to the debut of…a spectacular necklace broach! Is that the International Space Station?
Hamilton Star Files Anthony Ramos from $149.00 View Comments Related Shows What’s more patriotic than George Washington and John Laurens singing the national anthem at a Mets-Phillies game? That’s right: absolutely nothing. Hamilton stars Chris Jackson and Anthony Ramos blew baseball fans away with “The Star-Spangled Banner” to top off the New York City-based team’s home opener. While we would have loved them to have surprised us with some additional tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, the video has definitely got us inspired to play ball! Watch Hamilton’s right hand men belt below!Your browser does not support iframes. Christopher Jackson & Anthony Ramos
The Humans Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017 Stephen Karam’s The Humans, starring Tony winners Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney, has recouped its $3.8 million investment; including the cost of the production’s recent move from the Helen Hayes to the Gerald Schoeneld Theatre. As recently reported, the 2016 Tony winner for Best Play is scheduled to conclude its run on January 15, 2017.The production, directed by Joe Mantello, began performances at the Helen Hayes Theatre on February 18 before moving to the larger Schoenfeld on August 9 following its Tony success. In the week ending September 18, the show celebrated its best week to date at the box office, reaching $670,967.After extending off-Broadway, The Humans garnered critical acclaim for Karam’s hauntingly familiar storytelling about a family riddled with tensions gathering together for Thanksgiving dinner. The production currently stars Houdyshell, Birney, Lauren Klein, Cassie Beck and Sarah Steele as the Blakes and Arian Moayed as Steele’s character’s bystanding significant other, all of whom try to find humor and heart as things go bump in the night. View Comments Sarah Steele, Arian Moayed and Jayne Houdyshell in ‘The Humans'(Photo: Brigitte Lacombe) Related Shows
Bette Midler(Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) In case you’ve been dead for 300 years and missed the news, Bette Midler is coming back to Broadway as Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! next spring. At her annual Hulaween Bash benefitting the New York Restoration Project, we spoke to Midler about how rehearsals are going. The Divine Miss M, who was once again dressed as Winifred Sanderson from her 1993 instant Halloween classic Hocus Pocus, sounds thrilled about her return to the Great White Way.”It’s going great; everyone is so excited. All the kids are beautiful, they sing like birds. It’s so marvelous,” Midler told Broadway.com.Does Midler see any similarities between Dolly Levi and Winnie Sanderson? “None. Are you mad? [As Winnie] I’m 700 years old and Dolly was just in her early 50s.”Midler may not see similarities, but went hard on the fun-sized chocolate bars and created this mashup of some of our favorite Hocus Pocus moments with lines from Hello, Dolly! Let these GIFs put a spell on you. Happy Halloween! View Comments
Related Shows Come From Away has reason to celebrate before it even arrives in New York. The new musical received 14 Helen Hayes Award nominations for its out-of-town tryout at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. The Broadway production will begin performances on February 18 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, where it is set to open on March 12.The D.C. production picked up a nod for Outstanding Production, as well as for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks and Chad Kimball, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical for Jenn Colella, Kendra Kassebaum, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, Q. Smith and Astrid Van Wieren, Outstanding Direction for Christopher Ashley, Outstanding Choreography for Kelly Devine, Outstanding Musical Direction for Ian Eisendrath, Outstanding Sound Design for Gareth Owen and Outstanding Ensemble in a Musical.With a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come From Away follows what happened on September 11, 2001, when 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town. The musical has also played engagements at La Jolla Playhouse, Seattle Repertory Theatre and Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre.Hatch, Hicks, Kimball, Colella, Kassebaum, Smith and Wieren will all reprise their performances in the Broadway production. Rounding out the cast will be Petrina Bromley, Geno Carr, Lee MacDougall, Caesar Samayoa, Sharon Wheatley, Josh Breckenridge, Susan Dunstan, Tamika Lawrence and Tony LePage.The Helen Hayes Awards will be presented at a gala event on May 15. Click here for a full list of nominations. The cast of ‘Come From Away’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy) from $49.00 Come From Away View Comments
University of Georgia professor Wayne McLaurin says Georgians can grow all types oflettuces except iceberg. The one exception is OK with him.”Iceberg isn’t the best lettuce when compared to the Bibbs and leaf types,anyway,” says McLaurin, an ExtensionService horticulturist with the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.The main thing to remember about growing lettuce, he says, is you can’t plant the seed.For outside planting, place the seed on the top of the soil and just barely cover it witha fine artificial soil mix.When seeding indoors, McLaurin says, use a margarine cup or similar container, fillwith a good soil mix, add seed and just water the top. In a fine mix, it will place theseed at the right depth.Lettuce is one of the few vegetables that will grow in semishade. “Three to fourhours of sun is better, but it will tolerate the shade,” he says.Space plants 8 to 9 inches apart, depending on the cultivar. Use fertilizer inmoderation with one side-dressing.The growing season for lettuce varies with the cultivar, too. Most types are ready toharvest in about 40-plus days.The best thing about lettuce, McLaurin says, is that you can plant every 10 days andhave a fresh harvest until frost. If protected, lettuce can grow well into early winter.
The glaring summer heat may have you convinced to add more shade to your landscape. Fall is the perfect time to plant trees to create that needed shade.Fall planting allows tree root systems to become established and supply the moisture needed for next spring’s growth. This way your trees will get off to a great start.Many ornamental trees provide a bountiful display of spring or summer flowers, too. Specimen trees attract attention because of their unique form and beauty.Ask yourself a few questionsSo how do you select the right tree for the right place? First ask yourself what you really need in your landscape. Do you need shade over the patio from a large tree with wide-spreading branches? Do you need a splash of color in the far meadow? Do you have the perfect place for an accent tree?Next ask yourself if you have the space the tree will need. In particular, look at the room needed for the spread of the branches. Mature trees often reach out 20 to 30 feet in all directions, requiring a 40- to 60-foot open area.Are there utility wires overhead? Wires limit headroom and may limit your selection to small trees or no trees at all. What about underground utilities and drain fields? Check with the utility company so you don’t plant trees directly over these.Then consider the strength of the wood and pest resistance of the trees you have in mind. Look for pest-resistant trees that require little maintenance.How fast will it grow?What about the tree’s growth rate? Are you planting for your own gratification or for the enjoyment of future generations? Here’s a short list of fast-growing trees from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. These are just a few of the lesser-known trees that can be planted in the fall.* The red maple called October Glory is fast-growing with good, green summer foliage and bright red leaves in late fall. It’s dependable year after year.* The Shumard oak grows faster than most trees and has a nice, broad, oval crown. It has shiny, dark-green summer foliage and russet-red fall color. It quickly becomes a large, stately tree.* Willow oak leaves are long and willow-like. It’s a tough oak for moist or dry sites and makes a dependable large shade tree.* Lacebark elm loses its bark in small, puzzle-like pieces, creating a delicate pattern on the trunk and larger branches. The small leaves are glossy green and pest-resistant. This tough tree is extremely drought-tolerant and is a dependable, fast-growing shade tree.The fall color of trees’ foliage brightens landscapes. Several of the more dependable trees for fall color are the brilliant yellow ginkgo, wine-red sourwood, red and orange sugar maple (southern sugar maple in central and southern Georgia) and Chinese pistache.For more information about adding trees to your landscape, see the UGA Extension publication Shade Trees for Georgia on the Web at www.caes.uga.edu/publications/.
“I talked about the cost of production right off the bat to give everybody who wanted to leave early a chance to do so,” Wells said about the start of Monday’s pecan meeting at the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia. Undeterred by the possibility that Georgia pecans might flood the market in six or seven years, the increasing popularity of the crop has University of Georgia Cooperative Extension pecan specialist Lenny Wells encouraged about the future of the state’s pecans.Popularity in Pecan production has skyrocketed in Georgia in the last decade. An estimated 20,000 to 25,000 new acres have been planted in pecans over the past five years in Georgia, according to a recent survey administered by UGA Extension.“Anything that has a boom is going to have a bust at some point. There are going to be ups and downs along the way. I really do feel, though, that pecans have a bright future compared to many other commodities,” Wells said.More than 300 participants registered for the “Beginner’s Pecan Production” course, held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center on Monday, April 11.“With the prices we’ve been seeing recently — based on the export market — interest in pecans is on the rise. I’ve really been blown away today by the crowd we had,” Wells said about the course. “I kind of expected it to be many of the same growers that come to our meetings, but most of the faces I saw were new faces. That’s encouraging.”Wells is optimistic that Georgia’s pecan industry can continue to produce positive economic returns. He estimates Georgia’s current pecan acreage to be 140,000 acres. With an average production of 95 million pounds, that equates to an average of 678 pounds per acre. Commercial growers average nearly twice this amount per acre, Wells said. Wells estimates that Georgia produced 90 million pounds of pecans last year.Average pecan production for the state includes totals from yard trees and hobby orchards, which often receive less management and are less productive as a result. Another 678 pounds of pecans produced on each additional acre planted in the past five years would add another 17 million pounds, a number that doesn’t faze Wells too much.“That’s always a concern with any crop. When you get more production, you worry about what the market is going to do down the road. Pecans, I think, are fortunate in that they’re buffered by the long period of time it takes to get them into production,” Wells said. “I also think pecans have a few things going for them that may help in the long run.”U.S. pecan producers with 30 or more acres recently sent in ballots on a proposed federal marketing order for pecans. If it passes, the pecan industry will have funds for a national marketing campaign for pecans that’s on par with almonds, walnuts and pistachios, Wells said. Wells attributes the success of almonds and walnuts with their respective marketing orders, which have been in place for years. Production of these tree nuts increased following implementation of their marketing orders and so did prices. Wells believes the same could be true for pecans.“If the marketing order is approved, we will need the additional acreage to supply the demand we expect to create,” said Wells. “All indications are that it (the order) should pass.”Wells wants farmers who are interested in the pecan industry to be aware of the major expenses associated with growing pecans. From planting the trees to managing diseases, pests and irrigation, pecans are a very expensive venture, especially given that it takes between six and eight years for the trees to produce a crop.
Twenty-five agricultural and forestry industry leaders from across Georgia graduated March 2 in the third class of the Advancing Georgia’s Leaders in Agriculture and Forestry (AGL) program.Launched in 2012 by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) and the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the program educates and empowers Georgia’s agricultural and natural-resource industry leaders to become effective advocates for the largest economic drivers in Georgia — the state’s agricultural and forestry industries.The group spent the last two years touring farms and processing plants, and throughout the state and internationally in Costa Rica, learning about Georgia’s largest industries, and developing leadership skills along the way.“This class represented a diverse cross section of Georgia’s agriculture and forestry industries. Each participant completed six in-state institutes, a federal policy institute in Washington, D.C., as well as an individual leadership project required for graduation,” said Lauren Griffeth, leadership specialist for UGA Cooperative Extension.Projects ranged from creating the Georgia Antique Agriculture Show to starting an immersive learning program that equips veterans with training in sustainable agriculture to increase their opportunities to pursue careers in food and agriculture. Participant Cindy Haygood, district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, earned the Outstanding Project Award for organizing a summit with American Land Trust on preserving farmland for future generations.Jeff Paul, membership coordinator for Walton EMC, received the Compelling Leader Award, and Georgia House Representative Terry England was honored with the first Outstanding GALF/AGL Alumni Achievement in Agriculture and Forestry Award.“Having an alumni group that stays connected to AGL is a vital piece of what makes our program successful. These individuals will certainly continue to positively impact their organizations, communities and industries through their influential leadership,” Griffeth said.During the AGL program, participants engaged in more than 148 interactive sessions, completed five behavioral assessments, and helped each other understand and analyze issues facing their industries, including challenges that may emerge in the future.The AGL program is coordinated by faculty in the UGA CAES Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the Office of Learning and Organizational Development.Graduates of the 2017-2019 AGL class include:Jessie Bland, Georgia Peanut Commission and Southeastern Peanut Farmer magazine, Gillsville, GeorgiaJarod Creasy, 920 Cattle & Company, Statesboro, GeorgiaKirk Dawkins, Pilgrim’s Pride, Lavonia, GeorgiaLauren Dees, Generation Farms, Vidalia, GeorgiaKatie Duvall, Georgia Farm Bureau Federation, Macon, GeorgiaPhilip Gentry, Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter, Perry, GeorgiaGrant Harvey, The Langdale Company, Valdosta, GeorgiaCindy Haygood, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Science, Cedartown, GeorgiaJon Jackson, STAG Vets Inc., Milledgeville, GeorgiaTamara Jones, Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, Decatur, GeorgiaTim Lowrimore, Interfor, Macon, GeorgiaGarrett Mack, Forest Investment Associates, Reidsville, GeorgiaEliza McCall, Second Harvest of South Georgia, Valdosta, GeorgiaDewey Newton, AgSouth Farm Credit, Statesboro, GeorgiaJeremy Oxford, Hills and Dale Estate, LaGrange, GeorgiaJeff Paul, Walton EMC, Lexington, GeorgiaRoss Pritchett, Timberland Investment Resources, Roswell, GeorgiaAdam Pugh, The Rock Ranch, The Rock, GeorgiaZack Purvis, AgGeorgia Farm Credit, Perry, GeorgiaMelissa Riley, Georgia FFA, Reynolds, GeorgiaBen Salter, Lewis Taylor Farms, Tifton, GeorgiaLindy Savelle, Georgia Grown Citrus, Ochlocknee, GeorgiaBrittany Saylor, SePRO, Tifton, GeorgiaCarlton Self, John Deere, Brookhaven, GeorgiaMichael Westbrook, Westervelt, Tuscaloosa, AlabamaFor more information about the participants and their individual service projects, visit alec.caes.uga.edu/extension/advancing-georgia-leaders.htmlParticipants in the next class of AGL will be announced in May. Those seeking more information about the AGL program can visit agl.caes.uga.edu.
Georgians may be wondering if the state’s last frost of the year has already passed. The answer, of course, depends on where you live and the quirks of the weather.I consulted the weather models to see if I could determine the chance of a late frost this year. The weather models run out to about two weeks, although accuracy more than seven days out is not very high.Looking forward, it is likely that most areas of Georgia should not see another frost this spring. The only exception may be the far northeastern part of Georgia in the mountains, where the morning of April 13 could reach near-freezing temperatures in some locations.Of course, these large-scale models are not good at capturing the microclimates that are tucked into the hills and hollows of the mountains, so if you know you are in a cold spot, you should be especially vigilant in preparing for freezing conditions.Climatology and the weather maps suggest that, for most of the region, the average last frost date has passed. During the second half of April in northern Georgia, frost only occurs one out of every 10 years.It is important to note that the years on which the climatology is based were generally colder than Georgia’s current climate due to the upward creep of temperatures, especially minimum temperatures, that the state, region and country have seen over time.On the other hand, frosts are caused by weather events, not by climate, so even in a warmer climate, Georgia could still see late frosts if the conditions are right.Those who want to delve further can view the AgroClimate freeze-risk probabilities tool for the Southeast at agroclimate.org/tools. To access weather data from the University of Georgia’s Georgia Automated Environmental Monitoring Network, go to weather.uga.edu.