Odds & Ends: Star-Studded Saturday Night Seder Benefit Raises $2.35 Million & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Seder Benefit Raises $2.35 MillionMazel tov! The previously announced Saturday Night Seder was a huge success. In addition to being star-packed—the evening included appearances and performances from Bette Midler, Judith Light, Idina Menzel, Josh Groban, Ben Platt, Billy Porter and many more—the benefit event raised a whopping $2.35 million for the CDC Foundation’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency Response Fund. The virtual Passover event premiered on www.SaturdayNightSeder.com and BuzzFeed’s Tasty YouTube and can be enjoyed in full below. Interested in donating? Contribute here. Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Sets Emergency Assistance FundThe Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation has announced the creation of an Emergency Assistance Fund to aid members of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society who are experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus crisis. The Fund will provide more than $300,000 in aid to affected members. Members may find additional information on the SDC Member Portal. Those wishing to donate may do so here.Applications Open for Directors Emergency Relief FundThe Drama League has announced that applications for the Directors Emergency Relief Fund are open and available to all stage directors. The fund will provide rapid emergency grants of up to $599 for stage directors who have lost wages from canceled or postponed theatrical productions in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligibility requirements and application materials can be found here.Choreographer and Performer Louis Johnson Dead at 90Louis Johnson died at the age of 90 on March 31 in Manhattan as a result of pneumonia and renal failure; he had tested positive for coronavirus, according to The New York Times. Johnson was Tony-nominated in 1970 for his choreography of Purlie and also served as the choreographer for the 1978 film adaptation of The Wiz. He lent his choreography talents to the Broadway productions of Treemonisha and Lost in the Stars. As a performer, he appeared on Broadway in Four Saints in Three Acts, My Darlin’ Aida, House of Flowers, Damn Yankees, Kwamina and Hallelujah, Baby!. Johnson also choreographed for the New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Dance Theater of Harlem.P.S. Watch Donna Murphy, Annette Bening and more offer words of hope and resiliency from Harold Clurman’s The Fervent Years: Idina Menzelcenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

CD3 Candidate Anise Golden Morper Joins Los Alamos Federated Republican Women For Meet And Greet

first_imgThe Los Alamos Federated Republican Women gathered Nov. 14 for their monthly meeting, from left, Jolyn McTeigue, Dianne Coane, Cathy Walters, Shona Neff, Terra Fullbright, Mary Wilhoit, Anise Golden Morper, Jennifer McKerley, Terry Marzili and Valerie Shelley. In addition to the program and business meeting, New Mexico CD3 candidate Anise Golden Morper joined the group for a Meet and Greet. The LAFRW meets the second Thursday of each month, with the exception of the summer months. The next meeting is a pot luck luncheon Dec. 12. All registered Republican women are invited to attend. Call Shona Neff at 505.672.1456 for meeting times, places and general information. Courtesy/LAFRWlast_img read more

‘Repricing’ slashes £4.7bn off LandSecs’ portfolio

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My *ahem* extensive travels….

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Budapest

first_imgI don’t want to go to Budapest.There, I’ve said it.I feel the pressure is mounting on me: Karen wants to go. Her family wants to go. My friends want to go.Budapest!I am a learned man, but if truth be told at this very moment in time, I could not tell you for sure where Budapest is. My guess is Hungary, but I can’t tell you where Hungary is, either.As regular readers know, I’ve traveled extensively on Grateful Dead tours. But I’m pretty certain the Dead never played Budapest — now that would have really been a long strange trip.I think there are Cossacks in Budapest, Cossacks who battle Hassocks on horseback and camels and people who wear turbines on their heads.My preferred vacation destination would be the “’70s rock and romance cruise” on the Celebrity Infinity beginning February 15. There are concerts from 10 AM until midnight.Check this out, seriously: Todd Rundgren, Randy Bachman, Cheap Trick, John Lodge of the Moody Blues, Don Felder of the Eagles, and America, just to name a few. That’s right, we would literally be able to sing along with “been to the dessert on a rock with no pain I ain’t got time to give you Lorraine” and all the other hits from the 1970s.You say Budapest? This cruise starts off in Miami and goes to (gasp) Samana and Labadee, which are like Budapest except the donkeys are toilet trained. The cruise ship also stops at the Dominican Republic, where we can drop our kids off to live in cages (see how they like it) so we can get stoned out of our minds for a week without worrying about them.Why go to Budapest? “The culture and the arts,” Karen said.Want culture? Perhaps she didn’t notice Edgar Winter was booked on the cruise. The last time I saw Winter he weighed about 73 pounds and he had the skinniest arms I’ve ever seen. But he played a mean blues guitar. His tattoos weighed more than his torso. That was 40 years ago.There will be karaoke, which is funny when you think about it, and “Dancing with the Stars” (I hope I can get a slow dance with Edgar — for his sake) and of course, all-you-can-eat goodies like brownies, hemp sandwiches, Nutella, PB& J, and the like. You know, gourmet stuff.Rita Coolidge will be there. And with Bachman there, you can be quite sure we’ll be “Taking Care of Business!”According to the travel guide, here are the top things to do in Budapest (note Rita Coolidge is not even on the list):Cruise the Danube RiverRest legs on ChassockGo Truckin’ on Bourbon StreetMake a list of all the subtle nuances that make Austria, Slovakia, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and, of course, Hungary, so unique yet so alike at the same time.Did I mention Marrakesh?I’ve been to a lot of big cities in America. In most of them I checked into a hotel, went about my business (or pleasure), and moved onto the next joint. I don’t miss the road. I like to wake up in my own bed. If I ever do decide I want to travel though, I’m gonna do it in the Volkswagen van. Isn’t that the trend?I remember once when I was a bartender, a patron was discussing a restaurant she favored in Paris and I noted it sounded like a similar place in Florence. After discussing the menus for a while, she left. “I didn’t know you were in Florence, Murph,” a guy at the bar remarked. “I haven’t been to Paris, either,” I answered. Truth is the only foreign country I’ve been to is Mexico (Cancun), and my first three meals were at the Hard Rock Café, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Taco Bell. I feel, I gained a real understanding of the people and the culture. Someday I’ll have a bucket list — you know, a list of things I want to do before I die. I will try to put “visit Budapest” on the list, but I’m pretty sure it will be far below Rita [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

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