Weekend Poll Results: Fans Name The Lion King Favorite Animal Kingdom-Inspired Show

first_img 2. Cats — 16% Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mega-musical Cats took second place, thanks to the antics of the irresistible Bustopher Jones, Rum Tum Tugger, Grizabella, Jellylorum, Macavity, Mr. Mistoffelees and friends. Based on the poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot, Cats transports audience members to the Heaviside Layer to get up close and personal with the Jellicle felines themselves. View Comments 1. The Lion King — 39% The African Prideland comes to life in Broadway’s hit musical The Lion King, featuring a menagerie of elephants, giraffes, birds, hyenas, zebras, and of course, Pride Rock’s own royal family. Featuring breathtaking costumes by Julie Taymor, The Lion King pays tribute to the entire animal kingdom—it’s no wonder fans voted it their favorite musical named after an animal. 3. War Horse — 11% Featuring innovative creations by the Handspring Puppet Company, War Horse stunned audiences when it opened on Broadway in 2011. Nick Stafford’s moving stage adaptation tells the story of a boy who embarks on a mission to bring his beloved horse home from the frontlines of World War I. This weekend’s Broadway Barks event was a huge success, and leading up to the 15th annual dog and cat adoption extravaganza, we’ve had animals on the brain! Just for fun, our weekend poll asked fans to choose their favorite show featuring a living creature in the title. From The Lion King to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, find out which shows that pay tribute to the animal kingdom made the top three.last_img read more

The Two-Character Play, Starring Amanda Plummer and Brad Dourif, to Close Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows View Comments The Two-Character Play Directed by Gene David Kirk, The Two-Character Play tells the story of Clare and Felice, a pair of actor siblings who find themselves abandoned by the rest of their troupe while on tour. Vowing to perform nevertheless for their expectant audience, the duo embarks on enacting a two-character play that Felice has written, but reality and fantasy become increasingly intertwined in this haunting, provocative and funny Williams classic. Below, watch Dourif offer up his own take on what makes this lesser-known Williams drama so memorable:center_img The critically acclaimed mounting of Tennessee Williams’ rarely performed drama The Two-Character Play will end its run at off-Broadway’s New World Stages on September 29. The two-hander, which stars Tony winner Amanda Plummer and Oscar nominee Brad Dourif, opened on June 19. The creative team includes scenic design by Alice Walkling, costume design by Lara DeBruijn, sound design by Phillip Hewitt, lighting design by Jake Fine and fight choreography by Rick Sordelet. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 29, 2013last_img read more

Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield

first_imgCentrally located on Oahu, on the eastern slope of the Waianae Mountain Range, Schofield Barracks is named in honor of Lt. Gen. John M. Schofield, who, in 1872, recognized the strategic importance of Oahu to the defense of the United States. Construction began on the barracks in 1909.Today, Schofield’s training areas and cantonment area occupies approximately 18,000 acres. Schofield Barracks supports almost 100,000 military personnel, civilians, retired military personnel and their family members. It is home to the 25th Infantry Division.Wheeler Army Airfield was established in 1922. The initial air units stationed at the airfield were photo reconnaissance and fighter squadrons. By 1940, the primary units stationed at Wheeler were fighter squadrons, making it a prime target for the Japanese when they attacked Pearl Harbor in 1941. Wheeler came under the control of the Air Force in 1947 and was returned to the Army in 1991. Wheeler Army Airfield comprises about 1,389 acres of land adjacent to Schofield Barracks, just 20 miles from the state capital of Honolulu. Today, Wheeler Army Airfield is home to the headquarters of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.last_img read more


first_imgROYAL OAKS GOLF COURSERoyal Oaks Golf Course is just half a mile south of the Spirit Gate on Highway 23. The beautiful facility opened in 2005 and also features banquet facilities. The golf course summer hours of operation are 7 a.m. to sunset, and the winter (November to March) hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Actual hours may vary based on weather and seasonal light. Duffer’s Grill, just inside the main building, is open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the winter months and 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the summer months, Monday through Friday.For tournaments and league information, please visit the golf course on Facebook or at www.whitemanfss.com. Call 660-687-5572 for tee times. Calling ahead is recommended given the number of tournaments throughout the year.985 SE 130 RoadKnob Noster, MO 65336Commercial 660-687-5572DSN 975-5572LIBRARYThe base library has more than 25,000 items available. It also offers wireless internet and an interlibrary loan service, which allows materials to be requested from libraries across the country to be loaned to the base library for use by patrons. Special services include a computer lab with internet, scanners, a test-preparation collection, a wide variety of documentary and entertainment DVDs, audiobooks and music CDs, and many magazines and local newspapers. In addition, a library card allows access to all DOD and Air Force Library subscription online resources — thousands of full-text journals, a foreign language online resource, e-books, e-audiobooks and much more.Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays and holidays.511 Spirit Blvd., Bldg. 515Whiteman AFB, MO 65305Commercial 660-687-5614DSN 975-5614MISSION’S ENDAn all-ranks club.Hours of operation: Breakfast is 6 to 9:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dinner is 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.322 Spirit Ave.Whiteman AFB, MO 65305Commercial 660-687-4422DSN 975-4422last_img read more


first_imgBefore the establishment of the Spanish missions, Native American tribes had long been associated with the San Antonio area. Coahuiltecans were hunters and gathers ranging throughout south Texas and northeastern Mexico, following the seasonal availability of food. Conflicts between the Coahuiltecans and Spaniards are documented beginning in the 16th century. For the Spaniards, the acculturation of Native Americans was a major means for securing their claim to vast lands in North America. With few soldiers or settlers, Spain’s claim to these areas in the face of encroachment by France and England depended on the success of the missions. Presidios, a system of frontier military outposts, were established near the missions to protect Spain’s expanding territory.San Antonio de Bexar under Spain and MexicoSpanish expeditions in 1691 and 1709 explored the area and named the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek. Beginning in 1718, five Spanish missions were established near the head of the river to evangelize the Native Americans of the region. In 1718, San Antonio de Bexar Presidio was founded. Early the next year, the king of Spain approved the Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo’s proposal to transport families from the Canary Islands to populate the province of Texas. By March 1731, 15 families arrived and the villa of San Fernando de Bexar was founded between the San Antonio River and San Pedro Creek, east of the presidio. It was the first chartered civilian settlement in Texas and served as the provincial capital from 1773 to 1824.Native Americans were relatively willing recruits for the missionaries as their population had been decimated by European diseases and they faced an ongoing struggle against encroaching nomadic tribes from the north and south. The natives found food and refuge in the missions in exchange for a strictly regulated mission life that included their labor and their submission to religious conversion.Increasing hostility from the mission natives’ traditional enemies, the Apache, and later the Comanche, coupled with inadequate military support caused the communities to retreat behind walls. In 1792, all missions were closed by order of the Spanish government, and in 1793 the abandoned Mission San Antonio de Valero, later called the Alamo, became a barracks for Spanish soldiers from Alamo de Parras, Mexico.From 1811 through the mid-1830s, political and military upheavals hindered growth in San Fernando, and when hostilities between Texas and the Mexican government erupted in 1835, it became a base of operations and battlegrounds in the siege of Bexar in December and the battle of the Alamo in March 1836.Era of Texas Independence and Early StatehoodFrom 1836 to 1845 the city was a part of the Republic of Texas until Texas was annexed into the Union. In 1837, San Fernando was renamed San Antonio and became the seat of Bexar County. The Mexican War (1845 to 1848) led to Mexico ceding Texas, California, New Mexico and most of Arizona to the United States for $18.25 million. After Texas entered the union in 1845, San Antonio grew as a servicing and distribution center for the western movement of the United States.San Antonio During the Civil War and ReconstructionTexas had been a part of the United States for 15 years before Texas formally seceded March 2, 1861, and like the rest of the country, it was divided with conflict and controversy. Some Texans supported the Union — Gov. Sam Houston refused to declare loyalty to the Confederacy. He was removed from office by the Texas secession convention.In 1861, a local militia forced the surrender of the federal arsenal at San Antonio even before the state seceded. San Antonio then served as a Confederate depot, and several Confederate units were formed.San Antonio Becomes a Modern CityAfter the Civil War, San Antonio was the southern hub and supplier for the cattle trail drives. It was the starting point for the Chisholm Trail, a cattle route from Texas to Kansas. The cattlemen who drove the longhorns north to Kansas railheads launched the legend of the American cowboy. The city prospered, serving the border region and the Southwest as a center for distribution, merchants and the military. In 1873, John Dobbin was appointed marshal and transformed the police force from a frontier, cowboy-type group into an organized, uniformed police department.When barbed wire was introduced to San Antonio in 1876, its widespread use led to “fence cutting” and range wars. Fort Sam Houston was established in 1876. Railroad service reached the city in 1877, and street car operations began too. Two years later, Western Union brought telephone service to San Antonio, and in 1883, electricity was extended to the city center. Automobiles began to arrive in San Antonio by 1899. The Gunter Hotel in San Antonio served as headquarters in Texas for the construction of the southern transcontinental highway named Old Spanish Trail during the 1920s.The 20th century brought more military bases to greater San Antonio, with a strong Air Force presence. San Antonio celebrated its 250th birthday in 1968 when it held the World’s Fair, HemisFair ’68. The Tower of the Americas was the theme structure of the fair, and today it is among the tallest observation towers in the U.S. with a lounge and revolving restaurant at the top.DEL RIOLying 156 miles west of San Antonio along U.S. Highway 90 is Del Rio, Texas, home of Laughlin Air Force Base. Del Rio is the county seat of Val Verde County and just a heartbeat from the international Amistad Reservoir, shared with Mexico, and the Amistad National Recreation Area. Del Rio connects with its neighbor, Ciudad Acuna in Coahuila, Mexico, by two border crossings: the Del Rio-Ciudad Acuna International Bridge and the Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing. Del Rio lies in the Gulf Coastal Plains of Texas, a remote region near the Rio Grande.The Del Rio region is semiarid, with a mix of desert shrub and steppe vegetation, depending on soil type, with several acacias, cacti and grama grasses as the dominant flora. Summers are long, hot and frequently humid, when daytime temperatures typically reach into the upper 90s or higher.What began as Laughlin Army Air Field in March 1943 was renamed Laughlin Air Force Base in 1952. Today, it is an Air Education and Training Command installation and the U.S. Air Force’s biggest pilot training base. The base has 1,387 active-duty military, 1,032 civilians, 1,268 family members, 72 reservists, 32 foreign student pilots and 267 contractors who live and work on and around the base.last_img read more

Air Force Commands

first_imgUnits include the 87th Air Base Wing, United States Air Force Expeditionary Center, 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, 305thAirMobility Wing, 514th Air Mobility Wing (Air Force Reserve Command), 108th Air Refueling Wing (New Jersey Air National Guard) and the 621st Contingency Response Wing. Each component is essential to providing key mission responsibility as the East Coast Air Mobility Wing, providing America’s Eastern gateway for global reach. The 87th Air Base Wing is the host wing at JB-MDL. The 87th ABW provides installation support to more than 41 mission commanders located at the Department of Defense’s first joint base and only joint base that consolidated Air Force, Army and Navy installations. JB-MDL is home to the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, one of two EMTFs in Air Mobility Command. Its mission is to command two air mobility operations groups, the 621st CRW at JB-MDL and the 721st AMOG, located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. During wartime, contingencies, war games or exercises the EMTF commander is the senior director of mobility forces within their area of focus. The 21st EMTF is focused on Europe and Southwest Asia as well as experimentation and exercises in Joint Forces Command. Falling directly under 21st EMTF is the 621st Contingency Response Wing, a major tenant unit. The 621st CRW is the East Coast organization responsible for training and deploying AMC mission support forces. The CRW opens or augments airfields anywhere in the world, deploys worldwide as an extension of the Tanker Airlift Control Center, provides command and control, aerial port and aircraft maintenance personnel for AMC’s Tanker Airlift Control Elements and combat camera support to document military operations. As strategic units of AMC, the 305th Air Mobility Wing and 514thAir Mobility Wing provide airlift and air refueling support as assigned by Headquarters, Air Mobility Command and initiated by the Department of Defense. The 108th Air Refueling Wing represents one of the largest refueling wings in the Air National Guard and this unit is dedicated to supporting AMC in both air refueling and strategic airlift roles. Through the use of the C-17 Globemaster III, KC-10A Extender and KC-135 Stratotanker, JB-MDL maintains air mobility assets in a constant state of readiness. Mission responsibilities include the movement of troops, passengers, military equipment, cargo and mail. Aerial refueling capability is another important aspect of mission support. Aircraft and crews, as well as ground support personnel, can deploy throughout more than 50 countries around the globe, including the Commonwealth of Independent States, on an around-the- clock basis. Today, the 87th ABW, 305th AMW, along with the 514thAMW(AFRC) and the 108thAir Refueling Wing (NJANG) call JB-MDL home.last_img read more

Garmin Edge 530 & 830 offer advanced metrics & mapping – even offroad

first_imgNow, the mountain bike bundles come preloaded with data from Trailforks which allows you to see and navigate through trails uploaded through their network. Stopping mid-ride provides a Forksight mode which shows you upcoming forks in the trail and your location within the trail network. Then there are features that will track your air time, jump distance, and jump count as well as ‘Grit’ which will tell you how difficult the ride will be, and ‘Flow’ which tells you how well you’re flowing the trail.If training is what you’re after, the computers have new features like an acclimation indicator, ClimbPro feature which helps you gauge your effort, and in-ride notifications to hydrate or eat.If you use compatible speed and cadence sensors like the new Garmin Speed & Cadence 2 sensors, it will also calculate your power curve to compare to previous rides.Like other Garmin computers, you can customize the device with apps, widgets, and data fields from the Connect IQ store including apps like AccuWeather MinuteCast, Yelp, and ride tracking apps like Strava and Komoot.Offered in different bundles, prices range from $299 to $499 and they’re available in May.garmin.com Measuring roughly the same size, the 830 is actually a bit shorter since it uses a touch screen where the 530 is button only. Both have a 2.6″ high resolution color screen, and offer up to 20hrs battery life without an external battery pack (with Garmin’s Charge that life is extended to 40hrs).When it comes to cyclist safety, the GPS units include a new bike alarm feature with a pin code for disarming it, group messaging and tracking, compatibility with the Varia rearview radar and lights, plus an incident detection function that will notify someone when it detects a crash.Mapping has also improved with functions like popularity routing which picks the route based on the roads that are most commonly uploaded as part of rides. Rerouting once you’ve gone off course is said to be twice as fast as previous models, and the mapping enters the mountain bike world like never before. Garmin has just updated their Edge cycling computers, and there’s a lot to talk about. No longer just a tool for the road cyclist, GPS computers have already come a long way. But with the latest updates to the new Edge 530 and 830, riders of all kinds will find features that are quite appealing.last_img read more

OPEN MIN.D allows for a new take on the classic road bike with Minimal…

first_imgIn order to get to the comfort desired for the bike, OPEN opted for an integrated seat mast approach with a vert skinny 25mm diameter. Thanks to the lack of seat post/seat tube overlap, and the thinner profile that extends all the way to the saddle, OPEN claims this design is much better in terms of comfort.However, you do have to cut it to fit which gives you 15mm of adjustment after the cut. If you adhere to the ‘Measure Once Cut Twice design’ principle, then OPEN offers their MOCT saddle clamp which gives you 15-35mm of adjustment, which may come in handy if you ever want to sell the bike to someone with longer legs. The Ritchey saddle rail clamp includes side plates for standard round and oval carbon rails as well.Giving it what they refer to as ‘New Road Handling,” the MIN.D geometry started as a steel test mule with adjustable dropouts and headtube angles. Sold in four sizes, most use a 72.5° head tube angle and a 73.5° seat tube angle, 71mm BB drop, and a fit that is somewhere between racer and full comfort road.Offered in a single stock Midnight Blue color, the framesets are also available in their popular RTP or Ready To Paint Option – which allows you to create your own custom finish design with a painter of your choice.OPEN frames usually command a premium price, and this one is no different. The frameset is priced at $3,600 and includes the frame and fork, a headset, seat tube top clamp, rail clamp, thru-axles, 2 RD hangers, 2 MultiStops (Di2, eTap), cable exit stop, noise-reduction foam sleeves, bottle cage bolts, and manual. Available for pre-order now, framesets will begin shipping in July 2020.opencycle.com Up front, the new R-Turn fork brings their U-Turn fork design to the pure road segment. OPEN’s Smartmount system allows for the use of 160mm rotors without any adapters, meaning the caliper bolts directly to the fork. That means you can’t run 140mm rotors, but OPEN says you should be running 160mm anyway given the better braking performance with minimal weight penalty. The same system is used for the rear brake mount as well.The full carbon fork uses a tapered steerer with a Cane Creek Integrated IS42/28.6 upper, and OPEN-Custom integrated IS47/38 headset lower headset. With an uncut steerer, the fork has a 335g claimed weight. Running 100 x 12 and 142 x 12 thru Carbon-Ti thru axles at each end, the frame offers clearance for up to 32mm tires on modern, wide rims for added comfort. A BB386EVO pressfit bottom bracket is found, and the frame has provisions for 1x mechanical, 2x mechanical (Shimano only), and Di2, eTap, and EPS drivetrains.center_img When you think of the classic road bike, what do you picture in your mind? With an OPEN MIN.D, you end up with something with classic road bike lines, but modern performance and fitments. Something OPEN refers to as MINimal Design, or MIN.D.OPEN has made their mark on the world of cycling with bikes that can accept large tires and occupy the sort of all road/gravel and true off-road spectrum of bike design, but the company’s founders Andy Kessler & Gerard Vroomen have a deep road cycling background from their time at Cervélo and BMC. While gravel is certainly an exciting new world, they mention that they will always have the road bike bug. So the OPEN MIN.D was sort of the answer to what kind of road bike would they want to ride? It’s hard to beat the classic lines of traditional road bikes, but the final product needed modern pure road performance without sacrificing comfort.The resulting bike offers what they refer to as Minimal Design – a light weight, sleek road frame that offers comfort without resorting to “gimmicks”, with a “restrained appearance, that underneath is all business.” OPEN claims that for medium frame only with paint, uncut seat mast, and without metal parts, you can expect a respectable weight of 870g.last_img read more

Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits and Pieces

first_imgThe Bootlegger 100 Proof Dirt Road Ride – On April 25th Lenoir, North Carolina will host the ride. It will start and end in downtown Lenoir and travels through the beautiful and scenic Wilson’s Creek Gorge. There are two routes – 100 mile or 100 kilometer dirt road ride with 8000+ feet of climbing (100 mile route). Visit the event’s Facebook page for more details. Meet the Scott-ODLO and Scott-3Rox teams in California! – Bikerumor readers are invited! The entire Scott ODLO team will be in California from April 8-18. This includes Nino Schurter, Thomas Frischkenecht, Jenny Rissveds, Marcel Wildhaber, and Andri Frischknecht. In partnership with Oakley, Scott will be hosting a pro night on April 9th from 6-9 PM at Bike Religion in Dana Point, CA. The Scott-3Rox team which includes Geoff Kabush, Derek Zandstra, Cam Jette, Marc-Antoine Nadon, Mikaela Kofman, Erin Huck, and Teal Stetson Lee, will all be there.AdvocacyTern Bicycles Partners with EKOCYCLE to Make Sustainable Living Cool – The goal of the EKOCYCLE initiative is to help consumers recognize that items they consider waste may be a part of a lifestyle product they can use tomorrow. It also encourages demand and use of recycled materials and reinforces the importance of recycling finished products. Tern has introduced two limited-edition folding bicycles created for EKOCYCLE™ and will be available at Harrods U.K. along with more than 150 EKOCYCLE lifestyle products, including clothing, accessories, home interiors, technology and active lifestyle products from more than 10 brand partners. tern bicycles.comNutritionInfinit Performance is having a sale on their nutrition formulas –  Buy one custom formula and get the second at 50% off. Use the code SPRING 15 at checkout at  infinitnutrition.us.  It’s only available for a limited time and Infinit’s Mocha Mint MUD is Going Fast! – A refreshing blend of premium ground flax, natural coffee, high quality whey protein isolate with a hint of natural mint and chocolate.GearQuality Bicycle Products to Distribute Robert Axle Project Thru-Axles – The Robert Axle Project started in June 2013 and has since sold axles (12mm thru-axles that allow attachment of trailers to bikes) to customers in over 28 countries. The addition of QBP as a distributor will allow bike shops to order any number of axles direct as needed. Chris Kratsch, President of The Robert Axle Project adds, “We look forward to having the ability to support local and independent bike shops by partnering with QBP. Visit the Robert Axle Project at robertaxleproject.com for more information. North Carolina Bikers Sweep US Open Fat Bike Beach Championships – The inaugural US Open Fat Bike Championships were held in Wrightsville Beach on Saturday, March 14th. Racers from four states competed in three divisions covered distances of 24-miles, 16-miles, and 8-miles to accommodate expert, sport, and beginner skill levels. Click here to see photos from the event. The Encino Velodrome announces a long term sponsorship agreement with Pure Fix Cycles – Pure Fix was named the official bike sponsor of the Encino Velodrom provide their Keirin track series and Keirin Pro track series bicycles for the Encino Velodrome’s new rider and rental program and shall also be named the Official junior bike sponsor with their Micro series 650c wheeled fixed gear bikes for Encino Velodrome’s junior program. The Encino Velodrome is one of the oldest velodromes in the United States and was established in 1961. ContestPlay the Bell 2015 Spring Classics Sweepstakes – Get ready for some epic racing and follow Team LottoNL-Jumbo through 8 races and 36 days. Click now to enter the Weekly Prize Drawing and play the Bell Spring Classics Challenge for bragging rights plus an additional chance to win the Grand Prize, a trip to California to ride with Team LottoNL-Jumbo!Racing and Ride Event NewsChampion System has joined forces with the We Stand United Cycling Club – Champion System will be the Official Title Sponsor of the “Champion System Roubaix Race Series powered by Sheepshead Cycle”. The series will kick off on Thursday, April 2nd and will run until the last Thursday in July. For more information on the events please go to WSUnited.org or register for the event at bikereg.com.last_img read more

Stevens Sonora 29er Replaces 26 for USA, Xenon Road Bike Gets Matte Di2 Frame

first_imgStevens’ Sonora 29er carbon hardtail replaces the 26″ version that was recently brought to the US. It gets a tapered headtube, internal cable routing and a massive box section PF92 bottom bracket. Bike should retail for around $4,000 for this XTR build. Frame is $1,799.The Xenon road bike gets Di2 internal routing compatibility and a new matte finish. Frame is monocoque carbon and is their most popular road model. Click through for detail pics…last_img