Fenton History Center To Chronicle, Archive Local COVID-19 Experiences

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first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.JAMESTOWN — The Fenton History Center is gathering local resident’s feelings and impressions of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, in part, to allow future researchers to grasp a sense of the mood, attitude and lives of people living at this time in history.Noah Goodling, executive director of the Fenton History Center told WNYNewsNow that it is important to record and archive more than what has already happened in the area.“As part of our mission, we need to document not only what has happened, but what is happening especially when there are moments that are of such historic relevance as were seeing in 2020,” Goodling said.Among the items the Google questionaire includes are how COVID-19 has impacted people, Goodling said. “What parts of your life has it impacted and what has it changed the way that you’re perceiving the world,” Goodlling said. “We want to make sure that we get people’s perceptions and ideas about the Coronavirus virus while it’s still fresh with them.”“It’s imperative that we are mindful that we are preserving the history that is happening now,” he said. “We are asking people right now how they are feeling about it.”Future researchers will “be interested in how people lived through this moment.”He said collecting and archiving content on social media is currently difficult because the content produced is overwhelming.“Think about the amount of content that’s being generated every minute.”There are several options for archiving the content regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, but beyond that, there could be a future exhibit at the history center.“It’s very possible if we get enough narratives, enough photos, (and) submissions, that we could put together an exhibit sometime in the future,” he said.He said Jamestown has a vast history of great moments in its history. He said the people living here in the past tried new things and different ideas, such as Chautauqua Institution, Lily Dale and the women’s suffrage movement.“It may be a bit of a small town, but extraordinary things have happened there,” he said.In addition, the Fenton History Center is collecting and seeking donations that represent the LGBT community.“We’re looking for a wide range of experiences, I would say.”“What we’re looking for are donations that speak to someone’s experiences of being LGBT in this area,” he said. “We want something that’s more representable for people living in the community now.”last_img read more

Judge Blocks Release Of New York Police Discipline Records

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first_imgCropped Elvert Barnes / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 NEW YORK — A federal judge has halted the public release of police officer disciplinary records in New York, temporarily turning back a state transparency reform enacted in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd.Judge Katherine Polk Failla granted a temporary restraining order late Wednesday barring police departments and other entities in the state from disclosing discipline records until at least Aug. 18, when she’ll hear arguments in a union lawsuit challenging their release.Failla took over the case when it was transferred from state court, extending and expanding an existing stay that paused public disclosure of records concerning unsubstantiated and non-finalized allegations or settlement agreements.The Police Benevolent Association, representing New York City police officers and other public safety unions, sued the city on July 15 to block Mayor Bill de Blasio from making good on a promise to post a database of misconduct complaints online. The unions argued that posting unproven or false complaints could sully officers’ reputations and compromise their safety. “The battle to protect the safety and due process right of public safety officers and police goes forward,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a spokesperson for the union coalition.A lawyer for the city’s police watchdog agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, said the ruling is blocking the agency from “making the public aware of complaints against the people who are supposed to be protecting them.”Matthew Kadushin, the agency’s general counsel, said he’s confident the city will prevail.In issuing the temporary restraining order, Failla also barred the New York chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union from publicly releasing records it had already obtained in the wake of last month’s repeal of the law keeping them secret, finding that the organization had somehow been “acting in concert” with city government.The organization, which often tangles with the city in court, said it obtained officer misconduct complaints from the CCRB under the state’s open records law. The NYCLU said it received the records before the union’s lawsuit was filed and was not a party to it.“The federal court has no authority to bar us from making it public, and we will contest this unprecedented order as quickly as possible,” said Christopher Dunn, the organization’s legal director.“With the repeal of section 50-a, the public is entitled to have access to complete information about police misconduct, and we have an absolute right to share with the public the information we have.”New York lawmakers, spurred to action last month by protests over Floyd’s death in Minneapolis and other police misconduct, repealed the 50-a law that for decades blocked the public disclosure of disciplinary records for police officers, as well as firefighters and correctional officers.While the law was on the books, the officers’ unions sued to make it even more restrictive so that the public and even the victims of police misconduct couldn’t learn the outcomes of internal discipline hearings.In the wake of the repeal, the CCRB moved quickly to respond to requests for the newly available records — a process now on hold because of the temporary restraining order. The NYPD, which also probes complaints through its internal affairs bureau, has yet to respond to requests from The Associated Press and other news media outlets for its disciplinary records. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Debra Messing on Perfecting Her Irish Brogue & Drinking Bone Marrow for Outside Mullingar

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first_img Related Shows Directed by Tony winner Doug Hughes, Outside Mullingar also stars Tony winner Brian F. O’Bryne, Peter Maloney and Dearbhla Molloy. Show Closed This production ended its run on March 16, 2014 Star Files View Comments We’re sure Irish eyes are smiling on the hardworking Debra Messing! The Outside Mullingar star is apparently still mastering her Irish brogue for the production, according to MSN Entertainment. However, we know that she’ll have it down by the time she makes her Broadway debut in Tony winner John Patrick Shanley’s new romantic comedy when it opens January 23 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Outside Mullingar Messing reveals that the Irish accent is the biggest obstacle for her: “My script’s covered with dialect notes. I’m nervous about the challenges, and the brogue’s not quite there yet.” The Smash star is making use of her training at New York University: “I’d learned the phonetic alphabet in a three-year speech class, so I knew how it needed to be. And I’ve met with a dialect coach, who’s perfecting the Midlands Ireland sound.” Debra Messing Messing also revealed that she is on an odd interesting “strengthening” diet consisting of high protein quinoa grain for breakfast, drinking bone marrow broth and omitting coffee, alcohol, sugar and gluten to get her body in eight-shows-a-week-shape. Dearbhla Molloylast_img read more

Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding to Celebrate 25th Anniversary Off-Broadway

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first_img Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding In the two-part event, audience members take on the roles of family and friends of the bride and groom. As with the original production, the show begins with a ceremony, which will now be held at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis High School. The bridal party will then escort their family and friends through the heart of Times Square and Shubert Alley to Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar. Once at Guy’s American, guests will enjoy an Italian-style buffet dinner, as well as cocktails and dancing all-night-long to DJ Donny Dulce. Related Shows Other cast members will include Chloë Patellis as Connie Mocogni, the Maid of Honor; Sam Masotto as Barry Wheeler, the Best Man; Emily Dinova as Donna Marsala, Bridesmaid; Gregory Cioffi as Dominick Fabrizzi, Usher; Marissa Perry as Marina Gulino, Bridesmaid; Chris Lazzaro as Johnny Nunzio, Usher & Brother of the Groom; Denise Fennell as Josephine Vitale, Mother of the Bride; John T. Lynes as Joseph Vitale, Brother of the Bride; Gus Theodoro as Luigi Domenico, Great Uncle of the Bride; Silvana Mastrolia as Rose Domenico, Aunt of the Bride; Courtney Brooke Lauria as Sr. Albert Maria,  Cousin of the Bride, Rick Pasqualone as Anthony Angelo Nunzio, Father of the Groom; Debbie Pingitore as Madeline Monroe, Mr. Nunzio’s Girlfriend; Annie Rachele Lanzillotto as Grandma Nunzio, Grandmother of the Groom; Brad Martocello as Michael Just, Tina’s Ex-Boyfriend and Tim Monaghan as Father Mark, the Parish Priest . “Hired Help” will include Al Quagliata, Susan Campanaro, Concetta Rose Rella, Tiffany Dawn Chilcott, Kyle Axman, Chris DePierro, Anthony Fett, Michael Gargani and Micah Spayer. Show Closed This production ended its run on May 31, 2014 View Comments You’re invited! New York’s longest-running comedy is returning to celebrate its 25th anniversary. Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding, the groundbreaking interactive show, begins performances March 13. Marilia Angeline and Joe Ferraro will star as the Bride and Groom, Valentina Lynne Nunzio and Anthony Angelo Nunzio, respectively. Conceived by the original Tony and Tina, Mark Nasser and Nancy Cassaro, opening night is set for April 28.last_img read more

Lin-Manuel Miranda & Christopher Jackson Go Freestyle at LCT

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first_img Star Files Lin-Manuel Miranda Lin-Manuel Miranda is on fire! This week, Broadway.com announced the Tony winner will headline tick, tick… BOOM! at Encores! (with his former In the Heights co-star Karen Olivo), and his long-in-the-works Hamilton musical will have its world premiere at the Public Theater. Now, Miranda is grabbing Heights alum Christopher Jackson and their Freestyle Love Supreme pals for four hip-hop performances at Lincoln Center’s Claire Tow Theater on March 21 and 22.Freestyle Love Supreme takes cues from the audience and transforms them into fully realized hip-hop numbers. In addition to Miranda and Jackson, the performances will feature Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan, Andrew Bancroft, Arthur Lewis and Bill Sherman. The engagement will be directed by Thomas Kail.Freestyle Love Supreme has previously performed at Joe’s Pub, the Edinburgh International Film Festival and the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival. Their first TV special aired in March on Pivot.Click below to see Miranda and the crew doing their thing! Christopher Jackson View Commentslast_img read more

Anna Kendrick Makes Our Casting Dreams Come True

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first_img View Comments Anna Kendrick may have told us she’s sworn off movie musicals (after The Last Five Years and Into the Woods), but that didn’t stop her from belting it out on Saturday Night Live. The Tony and Oscar nominee hosted the NBC show on April 5 and lasted approximately 30 seconds before breaking into song in her opening monologue. She and the cast performed a Kendrick-fied take on Beauty and the Beast’s “Belle” and just a few sketches later, Kendrick threw on some fins and played a Ke$ha and Britney-singing Ariel. *Sigh*, just two roles we would have killed to see her play on Broadway. While we wait for Kendrick to don the slippers as pure as gold as Cinderella this Christmas, take a look at the SNL clips featuring the musical loving movie star below!last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Idina Menzel, Pageant, Lady Day & More

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first_imgCelebrate the National Pastime with IdinaAirs July 15 on FOXWith baseball’s best taking the field in Minneapolis for the annual MLB All-Star Game, it’s only fitting that one of Broadway’s best steps up to the mic. So bring on Idina Menzel to perform the national anthem! (She’s also holding a pre-game concert.) Stick around after the rockets red glare, because Idina is the National League’s starting shortstop! We’re kidding. It’s Neil Patrick Harris. That dude is everywhere. View Comments Seize the Lady Day Cast RecordingAvailable in stores July 15Name a favorite Audra McDonald performance? Yeah right! You might as well ask us to select our favorite slice of pizza or most obnoxious subway ride. Let’s keep it simple. Just pick up the official cast recording of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill and savor a master in top form. Billie Holiday is the  role McDonald won her friggin’ sixth Tony for, and you won’t believe how much she sounds like the late jazz crooner. Crown a Winner at Pageant: The MusicalOpens July 14, Davenport TheatreBeauty pageants. Seen one, seen ‘em all: pleas for world peace, shiny teeth, and oh-so-much bronzer. The uproarious Pageant: The Musical, however, offers a refreshing take. First, the women in this “contest,” hosted by Broadway vet John Bolton? All men. Second, the audience gets to choose the winner each night. Oh, and there’s music from two-time Tony nominee Bill Russell and Frank Kelly. We’re in. Now where’s our sash? Click for tickets! Idina Menzel Hey, you! The one sitting by the fan, sticking to the furniture. Don’t you know there’s more stuff to do than sit and sweat? There’s the premiere of a cross-dressing beauty pageant musical, a chance to own Audra McDonald’s latest vocal masterpiece, and a legendary showstopper’s return to 54 Below. It’s all part of this week’s picks! Get Fresh Air & Free EntertainmentStarts July 20, Lincoln Center“Lincoln Center Out of Doors” begins three weeks of eclectic entertainment that features music, dance, and even poetry. (Here’s the schedule.) The best part about this series, which takes place on Lincoln Center’s plazas, is that everything is absolutely free. If that doesn’t excite you, we’re not sure what will. Unicorns juggling chainsaws? Babies reciting Shakespeare? (If you find either of those things, drop us a line.) Wish Lillias White a Happy BirthdayJuly 18 and 19, 54 BelowLillias White returns to 54 Below with a new show for her birthday week. The Tony- and Emmy-winning dynamo (The Life, Dreamgirls) takes the stage for “Happy Birthday,” where she’ll perform songs—including rock covers and Studio 54-era chestnuts—about love’s highs and lows. So really, we’re the ones receiving the present. Click for tickets! Star Fileslast_img read more

Check Out the Complete Soundtrack to the Upcoming Annie Film!

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first_imgDecember 19 is maybe far away (or maybe real nearby), but we are so ready for the new Annie! Yes, nothing can replace the original, but that doesn’t mean we can’t tap our toes to Sia’s irresistibly catchy “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” or enjoy the new beat on “It’s The Hard-Knock Life.” The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is now available to stream on Spotify. The album includes fresh takes on these familiar tunes and more, as well as some original numbers for the film, including “Who Am I?” (no, not that one) and “The City’s Yours.” Check out how Quvenzhané Wallis, Jamie Foxx, Rose Byrne, Bobby Cannavale, Cameron Diaz and more sound below!  View Commentslast_img read more

Application Pending, Starring Christina Bianco, to Play Off-Broadway

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first_imgFor some, it’s kindergarten. For these parents, it’s war! Application Pending will receive its world premiere off-Broadway, starring Christina Bianco (Forbidden Broadway) in forty roles. Penned by Greg Edwards along with Andy Sandberg and directed by Sandberg, the production will begin previews on January 26, 2015. The comedy will play a limited engagement through April 19, with opening night set for February 10 at the Westside Theatre. Application Pending will feature scenic design by Colin McGurk, costume design by Michael McDonald, lighting design by Jeff Croiter and sound design by Bart Fasbender. Related Shows Application Pending View Comments Christine Evans (Bianco) is a kindergarten assistant at Edgely Prep, an elite Manhattan private school with an acceptance rate that puts Harvard’s to shame. On the day applications are due, Edgely’s head of admissions is ousted in a scandal, and Christine is unexpectedly thrust into the job. With phones ringing off the hook, Christine must balance beleaguered applicants, venal administrators and an army of parents who will stop at nothing to get their kids in. Show Closed This production ended its run on April 19, 2015last_img read more

Tix Now On Sale for A View From the Bridge on Broadway

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first_imgTickets are now available for the Broadway transfer of the Olivier-winning production of A View From the Bridge. Directed by Ivo van Hove, the revival will star Mark Strong and more, and is scheduled to begin previews on October 21. Opening night is set for November 12 at the Lyceum Theatre.In Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, described as one of Miller’s most passionate dramas, Eddie Carbone (Strong) is a Brooklyn longshoreman obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine. When Catherine falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie’s jealousy erupts in a rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.The play debuted on Broadway in 1955 and was most recently seen on the Great White Way in 2010, starring Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber. This Broadway-bound production began life at the Young Vic, before transferring to the West End and won three Olivier Awards earlier this year, including Best Revival, Best Director for Van Hove and Best Actor for Strong.The cast will also include Emun Elliott, Phoebe Fox, Michael Gould, Nicola Walker, Russell Tovey and Richard Hansell. A View From the Bridge Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2016 Mark Strong Star Files View Comments Related Showslast_img read more