Summer Camp Music Festival is truly one of the mainstays of the live music scene, as host bands moe. and Umphrey’s McGee never fail to organize a top tier event. The festival officially unveiled plans for 2018, set to return to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-27, with a video from one of their newest fans. Ethan Cutkosky (also known as “Carl” from the Showtime series Shameless) was in attendance at the 2017 event, fitting right on in with the 20,000+ fans on site. While first sticking out as one of the most random celebrities there–though many in the music community knew Cutkosky from sightings at EDM shows in the Chicago area–he was officially a “scamper” by the end of the three day weekend.Carl From “Shameless” Rages Umphrey’s McGeeIn the video below, Cutkosky reveals the 2018 dates and urges fans to stay tuned for information on the Advanced Early-Bird Passes, the first round of artist announcements, and more. The video then cuts to an interview with Cutkosky that took place during Summer Camp 2017, where he describes the weekend as the “best time of [his] life”, attributing the positive experience to the music, the vibe, and the amazing community. In addition to the festival’s host bands, he shouts out Manic Focus and Pretty Lights as acts he’s most excited to see.Watch the “Shameless Self-Promotion” below, and head to the website for more information:
We Hope Rob McClure Likes EggsAfter literally leaping into his jacket in Noises Off, Rob McClure’s about to figuratively hop into some ruffles in Something Rotten!. He’ll take over for Brian d’Arcy James in a few weeks. We hope he likes eggs—and for our sake, can find a way to incorporate his uncanny Nathan Lane impression. The show is essentially The Producers meets Shakespeare, right? When there’s a Will, there’s a way, Rob. Broadway Doesn’t Play on Star Wars DayWas the Fourth with you this week? Because it def was with B’way. On May the Fourth, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley—the two breakout stars of The Force Awakens—were tapped for big, theatrical classics: Woyzeck at the Old Vic and the Hamlet-based movie Ophelia. On top of that, Lin-Manuel Miranda brought out J. J. Abrams for the latest #Ham4Ham show. Now, about that actual Star Wars musical… The Tonys Are More Wicked Than EverThe Tony nominations have finally arrived, and there’s a certain show that got a lot of love. No, not Hamilton. That’s right: Let 2016 be remembered as the year of Wicked. Two Elphabas—Carmen Cusack and Saycon Sengbloh—received nods; former G(a)linda Megan Hilty—picked up her first. The list goes on, and we assume this means another “Defying Gravity” performance at the Tonys. Ahh-ahh-ah-ah-ahh! Alex Brightman, Megan Hilty, Benjamin Walker, Jonathan Groff, Danielle Brooks & Ben Whishaw(Photos: Bruce Glikas, Joan Marcus, Jeremy Daniel & John Phillips/Getty Images) Burstein & Luker Are (Probably) EvilDanny Burstein and Rebecca Luker are two of the kindest people on Broadway. Just ask anyone in the business…except for maybe Adam Dannheisser. Burstein’s Fiddler co-star has a theory that because the pair is so nice, they must unmask when they’re home alone to reveal their true, demonic forms. This actually works out great: when Luker’s done in Fun Home, she can unmask and play Fruma Sarah. AKB Has a Ben Whishy-Washy SecretWe know all about Andrew Keenan-Bolger’s fascination with Ben Whishaw. (Exhibit A.) So it should come as no surprise that when Whishaw (and the whole Crucible cast) wished Tuck Everlasting a “beautiful” run, Andrew stole the note for his own dressing room. A note’s fine, AKB, but what about the real deal? We hear Ben loves Flamin’ Hot Cheetos…and Froot Loop-scented things. You’ve got this! Don’t Give Sofia Bananas or CoconutsSofia has plenty to cry “hell no” for in The Color Purple, but when she’s offstage, Tony nominee Danielle Brooks exudes radiance and positivity. That being said, she still has a hell-no list: bananas, coconuts and bad attitudes. We get that last one, but what’s so bad about the first two? Note: If you were planning on making these for her, we’ll gladly accept them on her behalf at Broadway.com HQ. Brightman + Summers = Squad Goals If you’re the type of person to joke about how no one calls each other anymore, just look at the relationship between Alex Brightman and Marc Summers. While side by side with Susan Blackwell, the School of Rock Tony nominee called up our favorite Double Dare/Unwrapped host, and Summer immediately picked up. Wow. Squad goals…and telephone courtesy goals. Tommy Kail Didn’t Talk to Lin at One PointLin-Manuel Miranda has some fancy friends now that Hamilton is a record-breaking hit. Everyone seems to be tight with him, but there’s one guy who’s too cool for even Lin: director Thomas Kail. The two went to Wesleyan together, but since Kail was a senior when Miranda was a freshman, he kept his distance—especially when Lin was caught stealing lights. This sounds like the start of the Next Great American Musical. How does a freshman/at Wesleyan/swipe some lights from a gymnasium… The BACAs Are Totally F**ked…AgainIf the Tony nominations are all about Hamilton Wicked, the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards are all about Hamilton Spring Awakening. On top of the revival winning, original stars Jonathan Groff and John Gallagher Jr. picked up trophies. We’re just saying, Lea Michele: This would be a good time if you wanted to come back. Perhaps The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia? (Sorry, wrong Lea Michele.) Ben Walker’s Dog Is Psycho for a PigAmerican Psycho has everything from a blood-soaked orgy to a vomiting Alice Ripley. It’s a lot, but fortunately, Benjamin Walker’s dog Arnie is here to make it simpler. In Jenn Damiano’s latest vlog, Arnie barked for his stuffed pig toy. This, according to Walker, was a metaphor for the consumerism of the ‘80s that led to Patrick Bateman’s rampage. So if you see Psycho and get confused, think of puppies. View Comments Happy Friday/Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth Reunion Day! We know it’s a lot to ask, but please take a break from watching their “For Good” music video, because there’s so much to catch up on. It’s been a wild seven days on Broadway, from some history-making Tony nominations to some history-making Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards to Ben Whishaw maybe considering filing a restraining order. Take it all in below; it’s time for the Lessons of the Week!
Maybe it’s the singletrack of Kitsuma or the whitewater of Wilson Creek. Perhaps it’s the Art Loeb Trail through Shining Rock or the ancient forests of Joyce Kilmer. Or it could be the swimming hole below Looking Glass Falls or the panoramic views from Max Patch. There are about as many reasons for loving the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest as there are people who visit it. Nearly 7 million people visited the Pisgah-Nantahala last year, and most of them came to explore its scenic wonders.In the next year, the Forest Service will release a 30-year plan that will decide how much of the Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest will be cut down and how much will be protected. So far, preliminary drafts have not protected many treasured areas, including iconic corridors for the Appalachian Trail, Mountains to Sea Trail, Bartram Trail, Benton MacKaye Trail, and Art Loeb Trail. Many old-growth forests and classic recreational hubs are also left unprotected.So a broad, diverse coalition of outdoor organizations, conservation groups, breweries, restaurants, outfitters, camps, guides, local businesses, politicians, and everyday citizens have joined together to create I HEART PISGAH.The I HEART PISGAH coalition supports strong, lasting protections for Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest, especially its trails, water, vistas, and recreational hotspots.North Carolina’s Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest is the second-most-visited national forest in the country. According to the Forest Service’s 2014 Assessment, over 90 percent of visitors to Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest are hikers, bikers, runners, paddlers, climbers, anglers, naturalists, photographers, and nature-seeking outdoor enthusiasts.However, recreation and conservation have not been prioritized in preliminary drafts of the Forest Service’s 30-year forest plan.“The I HEART PISGAH coalition wants to show the Forest Service how many people of all ages and backgrounds love and cherish the natural wonders of the forest,” says organizer Hannah Furgiuele, who is also producing a video for the campaign. “We hope the Forest Service will prioritize the protection of the forests’ vital natural and recreational resources.”Tourism and recreation in the 1.1-million-acre Pisgah National Forest is the main economic engine of Western North Carolina. The Pisgah-Nantahala also provides clean drinking water for Asheville and dozens of towns across the region, and its scenic vistas boost property values and attract businesses.Joining the I HEART PISGAH coalition is free and open to anyone—individuals as well as organizations and businesses. Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine is a proud member. Visit iheartpisgah.org to feel the love.
The poll also suggested the importance of telecommuting: an 85% majority agreed strongly or somewhat that employees would be reluctant to come to work in a pandemic. The survey was taken in the afternoon, after the attendees had listened to several presentations about the pandemic threat posed by the H5N1 avian flu virus and the potential effects of a pandemic on business. Not surprisingly, the results showed that the companies take the threat of a pandemic seriously. Thirteen percent of the attendees expressed the view that a pandemic is imminent. Another 44% expect one within 2 years, and 38% expect one within 10 years. Feb 15, 2006 (CIDRAP News) A large majority of about 300 business officials at a conference in Minneapolis believe that an influenza pandemic would significantly affect their business, but only 18% of the companies have completed a preparedness plan, according to a poll taken yesterday. The group evidenced an ambivalent view of the role of government in coping with a flu crisis. A 53% majority said the federal government is definitely not doing enough to prepare the private sector for the threat, while only 3% said the government is doing enough. Eighty-four percent of the respondents said they “definitely” believed that a pandemic would disrupt their supply chains, and 14% called this outcome probable. Forty-five percent were convinced that national borders would be closed during a pandemic; another 30% thought this was somewhat likely. Fifty-nine percent of respondents to the electronic poll said their companies had started working on pandemic preparedness but did not yet have a plan in place. Another 21% said they hadn’t started planning, and 2% said they would rely on their existing crisis management plan. Twenty-three percent said their company perceived the likely impact of a pandemic on its operations as a “crisis,” 40% viewed the impact as serious, and 25% called it important. More than three fourths76%of the officials were sure that social unrest would be an “important feature” of a pandemic. Three fourths of the companies agreed that information-technology preparedness, especially having secure remote access to their computer systems, would be a “key issue” for them. Close to two thirds said they were already prepared or somewhat prepared to move employees to remote locations or let them work at home, while 29% said they were not prepared. At the same time, a 73% majority thought government interventions would have a major impact on their business during a pandemic, and nearly as many68%thought that impact would be unfavorable. And an overwhelming 92% agreed that developing relationships now with local governments would help them respond to a pandemic. The meeting at the Minneapolis Convention Center drew representatives of more than 200 companies with a total of more than 7.5 million employees and $2.6 trillion in annual revenue. The healthcare sector was the most heavily represented, supplying 22% of the attendees, according to the poll. The retail and wholesale trade, manufacturing, professional services, and financial and insurance sectors each accounted for about 15%. The poll was taken during a national meeting sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of the CIDRAP web site, and the US and Minnesota Chambers of Commerce. Respondents had 10 seconds to answer each question, and the results were tabulated and reported immediately. Communication was listed as the most important planning area by 52% of the respondents. Smaller groups chose supply chains (28%) and information systems (16%) as most important.