Harvey Fierstein on Why He Felt ‘Vilified’ by Gays for Writing Torch Song in the ’80s

first_img Torch Song Related Shows Harvey Fierstein in the ’80s (New York Public Library), in the “Torch Song Trilogy” film(New Line Cinema) & with Michael Urie (Emilio Madrid-Kuser) View Commentscenter_img Torch Song, a reboot of Harvey Fierstein’s award-winning 1982 play Torch Song Trilogy, opens on October 19 at Second Stage. Directed by Moises Kaufman, the production stars Michael Urie as Arnold Beckoff, the Jewish gay drag artist and torch singer Fierstein played in the original production and the subsequent film version.When Fierstein appeared on Show People with Paul Wontorek in 2011, he recalled that the now-loved play made him feel like an enemy of the gay community when it first premiered because of Arnold’s journey from single love addict to a more domesticated life as as a father.”When I wrote Torch Song, I was vilified by the gay community: ‘He’s just trying to make us like heterosexuals. I don’t want to ever get married. Who the hell wants children?’ Now, look around,” Fierstein said. “It’s not about what I want for myself. What I want for myself is my own business. It’s about the fact that I live in America, and America is supposed to be about freedom, and America is supposed to be about choices.”Watch the clip below, and catch Torch Song off-Broadway at the Tony Kiser Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 6, 2019last_img read more

At age 15, Shawnee soccer player Dylan Hooper becomes youngest player on Swope Park Rangers team with Sporting KC

first_imgDylan Hooper is the youngest player on the Swope Park Rangers.Dylan Hooper, a 15-year-old soccer player from Shawnee, has joined the Swope Park Rangers, Sporting KC’s USL Championship team, becoming the youngest player on the Rangers roster. He signed on alongside three other Sporting KC Academy players in early April.While still an amateur player, Hooper is now a member of a professional team in a professional league. He had spent a year and a half in the academy before being recruited.“It’s really cool to join here because there’s just a lot of opportunities to become a professional, which is my dream and goal,” he said.Hooper is now eligible to play for both the Rangers in their league, the USL Championship, and the Sporting Kansas City Academy Under-17 team, which plays in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy.Hooper is the second Shawnee native in recent months to join Sporting KC on the professional level; Sporting KC signed Tyler Freeman last fall to play major league soccer.Within his first couple of weeks on the team, Hooper has already played with the Rangers during their pre-season. Hooper will finish out the season on the U-17 team while he plays with the Rangers.Because he is an unpaid Rangers player and holds a contract with the academy, he maintains his amateur status and eligibility to play in college after he graduates high school.‘Playing against guys…twice his age’Dylan Hooper. Photo courtesy of Sporting KCAt 6 feet and 175 pounds, Hooper is a freshman at Mill Valley High School. Before joining Sporting KC Academy, he played for the club soccer team KC Fusion.“He’s 15 years old, and he’s playing in preseason and training with guys that are five, six, seven, eight years older than him,” said Kurt Austin, communications director for Sporting KC. “If he gets into games with the Rangers, he’ll be playing against guys that are twice his age, potentially.”Hooper plays center back for Sporting KC Academy; he first joined the academy in October 2017, when he was 14. He started in all 15 games he’s played as a U-17 player and, as a defender, he scored one goal. Last year in U-15, he started 22 of the 24 games he played.“The idea of having these six different youth development teams is to basically capture the top players in the Kansas City and Midwest region, to bring them into an elite environment in terms of training and the coaches that they get, players that they’re playing with,” Austin said. “The idea is — from a player development perspective — it puts them in the best situation to be able to maximize their talent and grow as a player.”Passing is his favorite part of the game; fortunately, his position on defense often places him in team-oriented play. “Winning’s fun,” he added.Hooper’s place on the Rangers team puts him on a path to play major league soccer with Sporting KC in the future, if he so chooses. In fact, Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes has said he’d love to see the day when the majority of the Sporting KC players are athletes who have come up through the academy: Players who have learned the model of Sporting KC play as well as team culture.But Hooper, as a high school freshman, is still considering his post-graduation options.“I’m kinda just keeping my doors open and just seeing where the best path will be,” he said.last_img read more

Oh, the Humanity. Putting Faces on Social Causes

first_imgThe Huffington Post: Back in the 1940s, the U.S. Forest Service began a public service campaign aimed at preventing forest fires. It featured Smokey Bear, a humanized caricature of a bear wearing blue jeans and a ranger’s hat. In a kind, gravelly voice, Smokey enlisted public support with slogans, his most famous being: “Remember — only you can prevent forest fires.” Smokey’s effort is considered one of the most enduring and effective advertising campaigns of all time.I know the ads worked for me as a boy. I grew up in a heavily wooded area, and became extremely cautious about matches and campfires as a result of Smokey’s message, as did all my friends. But why were we all so responsive to these ads? Was it the message of civic responsibility and public good? Fear of burning? Growing environmental awareness? Or was it Smokey himself, with his kind voice and sad eyes?A new study gives Smokey the credit — specifically his voice, his face, the jeans and hat and shovel — the humanized Smokey. According to psychological scientist Hee-Kyung Ahn of Hanyang University, Korea, it’s this humanizing of a cause that makes people responsivRead the whole story: The Huffington PostWray Herbert is an author and award-winning journalist who writes two popular blogs for APS, We’re Only Human and Full Frontal Psychology.last_img read more

Andrija Čolak, Surf’n’Fries: Return on investment of mobile Surf’n’Fries stands is 45 days

first_imgAccording to the Croatian National Bank (CNB), in 2016, revenues in tourism from foreign guests (excluding domestic consumption) amounted to 8 billion and 635 million euros, which compared to 2015 (7 billion and 962 million euros), represents a growth of 8,5 percent, or 673 million euros.This year as things stand in terms of attendance in the first four months and never better booking, especially from the German market, we can also expect another record tourist season. And the greatest power of tourism is precisely that tourism is not one branch of industry, but horizontally and vertically connects various other industries, ie tourist consumption is dispensed into various economic sectors. Thus, not only travel agencies and accommodation providers have a direct financial benefit, but also many other entrepreneurs in tourism, both new and old, as an upgrade to their business.One of the branches of small and micro entrepreneurship is certainly Surf’n’Fries mobile “stands” and trailers that are designed as a perfect way to sell french fries on the beaches in tourist places or fairs, events, festivals and the like.In a conversation with Andrija Čolak, the founder of the Surf’n’Fries franchise and co-founder of the Kisha smart umbrella, I learned how the franchise model works and what opportunities are emerging for new entrepreneurs in tourism through Surf’n’Fries mobile stands. By the way, Surf’n’Fries is another successful Croatian entrepreneurial story whose franchise is spreading around the world day by day, and their success is mostly based on innovation, branding, packaging and point of sale design and franchise model and application of oil-free technology.There are currently over 20 Surf’n’Fries mobile stands in operation in Croatia along the Adriatic coast, which have just been made just for the beaches and in response to market demand for them, which is another innovation from the Surf’n’Fries team. And. “In the beginning we had a lot of inquiries for just such a product and we developed it over time and today it is one of our most successful concepts we have.”Points out Andrija Čolak and adds that through the franchise model of mobile stands they have had excellent cooperation with partners for seven years and that the whole concept works well on the ground to the satisfaction of all parties.Surf’n’Fries mobile stands are equipped with a 14 KW fryer with two pools of 10 liters each, which is powered by gas from standard bottles. Surf n Fries – Mobil meets all legal requirements, so it is made of stainless steel, it is completely certified, and as far as sanitary conditions are concerned, the facility has a built-in space for washing hands with hot and cold water, faucet on the sensor and waste water tank . All you need is electricity, a good location and an entrepreneurial spirit.When asked which is the franchise model with the most famous brand for the sale of French fries, Čolak immediately and transparently points out all the conditions, which certainly convinces confidence in a serious partner and a high level of professionalism. “The deductible is 9.400 euros + VAT, and if the entrepreneur has a good location, he can usually return the entire investment in 45 days, which is more than great. We give him full support, from employee training, warranty on technical elements, distribution and delivery of all goods and packaging, and advise him to facilitate the whole process at the beginning to get on a sound foundation as soon as possible. “Pointed out Čolak and added that in accordance with the franchise agreement, ie royalties, it amounts to 5% of the turnover.The interest in Croatia for mobile stands is great, points out Čolak and adds that the two most common problems are. The first is that people do not have enough capital needed for a franchise, and the second and biggest is getting a concession. “In our country, this is quite poorly set, as an example, decisions for concessions are made at the end of May, which is already quite late for business decisions. If decisions were made during the winter, entrepreneurs would have a lot of time to prepare because we are talking about micro and small entrepreneurship. ” said Colak. In business terms, this is very bad and stifles entrepreneurship instead of encouraging it, as is best seen in this example. The issue of concessions has always been a hot topic on the ground that is subject to manipulation by local political powerbrokers. Unfortunately, even today, in most cases, the rule applies: Who is closer and stronger than fire, and not who is more innovative, enterprising and capable.However, as the innovation is in the DNA of the Surf’n’Fries story, Čolak has found a solution, ie a business model that “bypasses” the problem of concessions. That is why most often mobile stands are taken by caterers who already have a permit through their catering facilities in order to earn extra money, and also increase the turnover in their facility – logically, after consuming food, something must be drunk. “It is an excellent example of our partner on Ciovo, who has a beach bar and has upgraded its offer with a mobile stand. He has been working with us for six years and has done a great job. When the “peak” of the tourist season is, he sells 500 portions a day and thus significantly increases his income, but also doubles the income of the bar, because as people eat, they have the need to drink after consuming food. He rounded out the whole process and it’s definitely a great example and business model. “Points out Colak and adds that precisely because it has proven to be a good business model and” solution “to the problem of concessions, they are targeting entrepreneurs who already have catering facilities to upgrade their business.In addition to Surf’n’Fries mobile stands, out of a similar need, a new innovative product was born – Surf’n’Fries Trailer, ie a trailer intended for the needs of major events, festivals and fairs. ” Since mobile stands weigh over 300 kg, they are difficult to move, so we have developed another format – surf n fries trailer. Just targeted for events. It is a trailer in which everything is set up and ready for work immediately at any location, wherever an event, festivals, fairs are held…”Concluded Colak and added that the same conditions apply for the franchise, but as this is a much more serious and demanding entrepreneur story, so the amount of the franchise is higher, ie it amounts to 28.000 Euros + VATAs a “proof of concept”, Čolak boasted that just last week their partner, ie the franchise holder in Germany, sold 496 portions at the stadium as part of a football match in an hour and a half, which is an absolute record so far.If you are interested in this story and if you have an interest in becoming a part Surf’n’Fries family through a franchise model, see a little more information in the presentations attached. It’s not just about accommodation, the opportunities for earning money in tourism are many, tourists are there, we just have to offer them as much diverse content as possible.Surf’n’Fries presentation 1last_img read more

County Cone Zone Report Suspended Until Further Notice

first_imgCOUNTY News:Los Alamos County’s “Cone Zone” reports, which are published Friday afternoons via email, on the County webpage and through news releases with updates about roadwork coming up the following week, is being suspended until further notice. The suspension is being put into place temporarily because of limited County staffing and resources focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. News media will still receive information from the New Mexico Department of Transportation or other contractors if there are changes in road construction such as a change in traffic patterns or detours.last_img read more

West End island site tempts leisure veteran Lewis Davis

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Schroders buys German residential

first_imgSchroders bought the properties, in Munich-Sendling, for its Schroder German Residential Fund. The properties total around 24,300sq m (261,600sq ft). Head of property transactions and financing Charles Pridgeon said: ‘The acquired portfolio is a demonstration of the fund’s strict selection criteria. We have focused on quality in growth markets within Germany, and have built a track record of buying smartly and achieving excellent rental growth.’ The Schroder German Residential fund has assets under management of over €400m (£318.4m). This deal brings its Munich exposure to almost 27% of the fund. Schroders is planning to invest a further €250m (£199m) over the next 12 months.last_img read more

Linde expands production capacity in Malaysia

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Scorpio Tankers Sinks to Loss

first_imgMonaco-based tanker owner Scorpio Tankers recorded a net loss of USD 27.1 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to a net income of USD 85.3 million in the same period last year.The loss is primarily attributed to low Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) revenue that halved in the third quarter of 2016, dropping to USD 114 million from USD 227.2 million in the same period last year.According to the company, TCE revenue per day decreased across all of its operating segments as low refining margins, high inventory levels and a lack of arbitrage opportunities have resulted in reduced global product tanker demand.In addition, other expenses, including vessel operating costs, depreciation expense as well as financial expenses contributed to the overall quarterly result.During the third quarter of 2016, the company refinanced the aggregate outstanding indebtedness of USD 396.8 million under its 2013 credit facility and newbuilding credit facility.As part of these transactions, Scorpio Tankers drew down an aggregate of USD 418.8 million under its NIBC Credit Facility, 2016 Credit Facility and DVB Credit Facility.For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, Scorpio Tankers saw a net income of USD 4.7 million, against USD 183.5 million in the same period last year.last_img read more

Name game

first_imgSolicitors will already be familiar with the term LeO to describe the Legal Ombudsman, which opened last October. But this could so easily have been a far more amusing acronym, as the ombudsman himself reveals in his blog. Adam Sampson says the complaints body considered various options before settling on LeO, including LOO (Legal Ombudsman’s Office); LOS (Legal Ombudsman Service); and Obiter’s personal favourite, LegO, until ‘trademark issues and wiser heads intervened’. Shame. Sampson admits ‘the semiotics of LeO are not without risk’, but adds: ‘Overall, I don’t mind us being seen as slightly scary’.last_img read more