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Dancing Boys and a Bloodthirsty Plant Sidle Up to Shakespeare - The New York TimesTuesday, August 13, 2019
Easington in “Billy Elliot” as Margaret Thatcher privatizes the coal mines closely resembles what the city of Stratford faced in the early 1950s when the collapse of steam power destroyed its railroad industry. The festival was devised to promote economic recovery; out of hard times came theater.Ms. Feore introduces this idea in a brilliant, low-tech gesture, having Billy “fly” about the stage the way all children do, running with his head forward and arms outstretched. The image is made larger than life when it is projected gloriously onto the set by another boy, playing with the light on a miner’s helmet.In that moment, we see two of the show’s stories joined, and we also spy the origins of Billy’s self-expression through movement.But another theme the Stratford production draws out, often in angry, bravura dancing, is how the heritage of toxic masculinity works against Billy — and everyone else. It robs boys, women and men alike of the means of expression, a calamity dramatized with great pathos in the otherwise jolly second-act opener set at the town Christmas pageant. When Jackie, drunk enough to sing one of Elton John and Lee Hall’s lovely faux-folk songs for the crowd, gets to the verse that begins, “Oh, once I loved a woman,” Mr. Chameroy stops dead. For what seems like an eternity, he cannot go on.Imageimg alt="Gabi Epstein, left, as Audrey and André Morin as Seymour Krelborn with Audrey II, the plant with a bottomless appetite, in “Little Shop of Horrors.”" class="css-1m50asq" src="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/29/arts/29stratford-musicals2/merlin_158447892_dd0cb42a-1854-4764-9abc-37f5af8b699a-articleLarge.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale" srcset="https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/29/arts/29stratford-musicals2/merlin_158447892_dd0cb42a-1854-4764-9abc-37f5af8b699a-articleLarge.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 600w, https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/29/arts/29stratford-musicals2/merlin_158447892_dd0cb42a-1854-4764-9abc-37f5af8b699a-jumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 1024w, https://static01.nyt.com/images/2019/07/29/arts/29stratford-musicals2/merlin_158447892_dd0cb42a-1854-4764-9abc-37f5af8b699a-superJumbo.jpg?quality=90&auto=webp 2048w" sizes="((min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1004px)) 84vw, (min-width: 1005p... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/29/theater/stratford-festival-musicals.html
BBB consumer warning: Graduation gifts that never arrive - KTVZTuesday, August 13, 2019
But Better Business Bureau Northwest + Pacific is warning consumers about a growing number of complaints against one online florist.Troys Florist , based out of New Jersey, operates the website, http://www.troysflorist.com. The company pays to boost its presence in online searches across the country making it appear to be a local florist. BBB consumer complaints indicate they were billed for flowers that never arrived.Emily Keizer of Florence, Oregon filed a complaint with BBB after ordering flowers for her grandparents' anniversary."I was rushing to get something sent and made the mistake of clicking on the first mobile link that looked okay," she said.Keizer adds that as a millennial, she should be savvy to online scams, so if she was tricked, "there are probably lots of people out there who didn't even realize their flowers were never delivered."BBB has received 191 complaints against Troys Florist, reporting the company delivered incorrect arrangements, charged for flowers that never arrived and did not honor refunds. The company has failed to respond to BBB."It's always a good idea to use bbb.org to research online companies before doing business with them," advises Dawn J... https://www.ktvz.com/news/bbb-consumer-warning-graduation-gifts-that-never-arrive/1083986113
Daily Dose: Florist, "Celebration" :: Music :: Features :: Florist :: Paste - Paste MagazineTuesday, July 23, 2019
Ballroom)30 – Seattle, Wash. @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center August 03 – Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Baby’s All Right05 – Cambridge, Mass. @ The Great Scott06 – Burlington, Vt. @ Arts Riot08 – Troy, N.Y. @ The Church10 – Ft. Wayne, Ind. @ B-Side (One Lucky Guitar)11 – Chicago, Ill. @ Schuba’s12 – Columbus, Ohio @ Ace of Cups13 – Allentown, Pa. @ Soft Machine Gallery14 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ PhilaMOCA15 – Washington, D.C. @ Songbyrd16 – Richmond, Va. @ Gallery 517 – Durham, N.C. @ The Pinhook19 – Atlanta, Ga. @ 529... https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2019/07/daily-dose-florist-celebration.html
Hear Florist’s cyclical new single “Celebration” - The FADERTuesday, July 23, 2019
Portland, OR @ Lola’s Room (Crystal Ballroom)07/30 Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey Arts Center08/3 Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right08/5 Cambridge, MA @ The Great Scott08/6 Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot08/8 Troy, NY @ The Church08/10 Ft. Wayne, IN @ B-Side (One Lucky Guitar)08/11 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s08/12 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups08/13 Allentown, PA @ Soft Machine Gallery08/14 Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA08/15 Washington, DC @ Songbyrd08/16 Richmond, VA @ Gallery 508/17 Durham, NC @ The Pinhook08/19 Atlanta, GA @ 529... https://www.thefader.com/2019/07/16/florist-celebration-premiere-emily-alone-double-double-whammy
Pumas duo score 22 points in victory over Flowers in Summer Madness play - The Prince George's SentinelTuesday, June 25, 2019
I think we played hard for the most part,” said Thomas. “We got some adjustments to make like to value the ball more, myself included. My mindset is just to destroy whoever is in front of me, get my teammates motivated and make everyone around me better.”After transferring from Archbishop Carroll High School this summer, Thomas is set to become the new face of the Pumas. The rising sophomore said it has been a good adjustment so far with summer league play allowing him to get together with his new teammates and coaches.Thomas arrives with much fanfare, playing with Team Loaded D.C. in the AAU circuit and the amount of college offers he has already received.June 16, 2019: Wise Trey Thomas goes for a layup during Summer Madness Basketball League action between CH Flowers HS and Wise HS in Largo, Maryland. Photos by Chris Thompkins/Prince Georges SentinelAccording to the transfer, he already has two scholarship offers from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Rhode Island University with other schools expressing interest. However, Thomas said he does not allow it to get to his head and is focused on finding ways to get to bond his new teammates.“I just like to play,” said Thomas. “But I try to find a way to bond with the team off the court, like we got group chats, FaceTime each other, and we play video games together. Just the little things like that help. I like my teammates and my coaching staff, they let me hoop and that’s all I really have to do.”The second half featured much of the same rhythm with Wise taking charge. Frager continued to orchestrate the offense, pushing the ball in transition for easy buckets and made big defensive plays of his end.Meanwhile, Flowers attempted a comeback but Brooks could not convert many of his shots during the second half. Jase Mosley, a rising sophomore for the Jaguars, tried to carry the load with two 3-pointers late in the contest, finishing with 10 points.Unfortunately, the Pumas’ lead was too much for their 4A rivals to handle during their summer league encounter.After finishing their first season with Head Coach Lou Wilson with 17 wins, the Pumas will be looking to surpass their third round exit in the state playoffs and become a contender in the 4A division.“I think we have the potential to be a real solid ball club,” said DeBerry. “I think a lot is going to depend on how we progress from this point going forward. The season is a long way ahead, a lot of things can happen, good or bad but I like where we are right now as a team.” Post Views: 264 ... https://pgs.thesentinel.com/2019/06/19/pumas-duo-score-22-points-in-victory-over-flowers-in-summer-madness-play/
America in Bloom judges coming to Mansfield - Mansfield News JournalTuesday, July 23, 2019
Awards will be announced Oct. 3-5 at AIB’s National Symposium & Awards Celebration, this year in St. Charles, Illinois. America in Bloom 2018: Judges see flowers, historic sites, more firstname.lastname@example.org 419-521-7223 Twitter: @LWhitmir... https://www.mansfieldnewsjournal.com/story/news/2019/07/22/america-bloom-judges-coming-downtown-mansfield/1793243001/
Capital - Why are flowers so expensive? - BBC NewsTuesday, May 21, 2019
Jeanie McKewan, who has been growing flowers for 13 years in the US states of Illinois and Wisconsin, points to insect damage as a big challenge, saying there’s a “zero tolerance” policy: “It is through constant vigilance and the use of integrated pest management that we keep the little buggers from getting the best of our crops,” she says.Then the flowers have to bloom on schedule. In the case of Mother’s Day tulips planted in January or February, they have to bloom by early May in time to be picked and shipped.Labour costs are already high – according to the 2012 US Agricultural Census, contract and hired labour accounted for 10% of total agricultural operating expenses in the US, but that number soared to 40% for greenhouse, nursery and floriculture production because of a tighter farm labour market and rising wages. Then you add extra costs for peaks.McKewan hires extra hands during peak periods but says cutting flowers “requires experience and cannot be done by just any part-time employee”. Chris Drummond, a Philadelphia-based florist, says wages average around $13.25 (£10.16) per hour in the US. “In order to ramp up production to meet holiday demand, growers are required to pay far above that average,” he says.In developed countries like the Netherlands or Germany, Stewart says that there are greenhouses with automated technology like sophisticated watering machines or robot transplanters and harvesters, where fewer workers are needed. But in poorer nations with cheaper labour, there’s less use of technology. Then it’s time for shipping. While flowers are waiting on the runway or in the back of a lorry, temperatures can’t be too cold (for Valentine’s Day) or too hot (for Mother’s Day). When they arrive at the wholesaler, they must look perfect. That means no bug bites, no missing petals, no dead buds. Otherwise, they get thrown away. “It has to be flawless,” Stewart says.Complicated logisticsChris Drummond, the florist, estimates that the holiday volume “is usually nearly 20 times the everyday volume”. He says many farmers nurture flowers all year long to ensure enough blooms for the handful of holidays. During the other months on the farm, he says, flowers are sold at cost, below cost or discarded and turned into mulch.“So, of course farm price increases as demand increases,” he says. “Consumers are paying a premium to make sure that grower is compensated for their expense and effort to maintain the plants year-round, thus ensuring the wide variety of flowers is available at each holiday.”He highlights costs across the supply chain, saying industry participants must “rent temporary space, pay fuel surcharges, find space on airlines, hire independent drivers, find more refrigerated trucks, pay overtime to staff” and more. Roses flown from Bogota to Miami are hit with a 15-cent (£0.12) importer’s fee to clear customs and inspection. Domestic refrigerated shipping can vary, but that’s another eight cents (£0.06) per rose.It also depends on what kind of flower you’re shipping – Drummond says 300 carnations can fit into the same box as 150 roses, so the transport price per stem is halved. Transit time from field to florist can be up to a week (though it can wildly vary depending on where the flowers are coming from), and the blooms must be carefully handled every step of the way.Hans Larsen is a cut flower grower in the US s... http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20190507-why-are-flowers-so-expensive
Food flowers - Illinois TimesThursday, May 02, 2019
Do not eat any plant if you’re not totally sure what it is, and ask an expert like the folks at University of Illinois Extension Service if you have any questions. Some flowers, like daylily (which are in a different plant family than the toxic true lilies) can act as a diuretic and should be eaten in moderation. Make sure that the flowers you eat or cook with have not been sprayed or treated, and never eat roadside flowers or those purchased from a florist. Flower jelly 2-3 cups loosely packed flower petals, such as violet, rose, sunflower, dandelion or nasturtium. (Be sure to pinch off only the petals and discard the base of the flower, as it can give the jelly a bitter taste.) Juice of one lemon2 ½ cups boiling water 1 package of Sure-Jell pectin (you can certainly use a different kind of pectin, but you may need to adjust the recipe method according to the package directions) 3 ½ cups sugar Sort through the flower petals and rinse them gently under running water to remove any dirt or bugs. Place the flower petals in a heat-proof bowl and pour the boiling water over them. Let the flower “tea” steep for at least two hours or overnight. Prepare a water bath canner and have ready six half-pint jars with new lids and bands. After the mixture has steeped, strain it through a fine meshed sieve into a nonreactive saucepan and discard the flower solids. Add the lemon juice (this may cause the color of your tea to brighten or change hue). Slowly stir in the pectin and bring to a full rolling boil. Boil for one minute, then add all the sugar at once. Stirring continuously, return to a boil and cook for one minute. Ladle the hot mixture into the clean, hot jars. Wipe the rim of the jars, then place a lid on top and gently screw on the band (do not put it on super tight). Process in the water bath for five minutes, then remove from the water and set out onto a towel to cool overnight. As the jars cool you should hear an occasional “pop” coming from the jars, indicating a good seal has been achieved. *for rose jelly, add a tablespoon of rose water to the rose petal tea to enhance flavor **add a ½ tablespoon or so of crushed red pepper flakes to nasturtium jelly for savory kick Ashley Meyer is a Springfield-based food writer, cook and avid gardener. https://illinoistimes.com/article-21169-food-flowers.html
Brighton florist achieves title of certified designer - AdVantageNEWS.comThursday, May 02, 2019
Leanne Muenstermann, owner of Leanne’s Pretty Petals in Brighton, has earned the title of Illinois certified designer during the Illinois State Floral Association’s annual floral design show March 14-18 in Champaign, Ill.
She was assessed in theoretical knowledge of advanced design styles and techniques. She was required to create three “advanced design” arrangements during a timed test.
Internationally recognized floral industry professionals evaluated these advanced designs. Muenstermann is one of only five florists in Illinois to earn this accreditation.
She earned her title of Illinois certified professional florist during last year’s annual floral design show. She is one of 58 florists in the state to earn this distinction. She is working toward her national certified floral designer accreditation through the internationally recognized American Institute of Floral Designers.
To maintain the Illinois certified designer accreditation, the designer must continue to accumulate continuing education credits each year and maintain his or her membership in the ISFA and ICP... https://advantagenews.com/news/business/brighton-florist-achieves-title-of-certified-designer/