WNYNewsNow is a proud Ambassador for the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation program.Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Photo Credit: NOAAJAMESTOWN – It will feel more like Autumn on Sunday, rather then early summer. Temperatures will eventually warm by mid-week, but with increase chances for rain. Sunday will feature plenty of sunshine across the region, although with a very cool air mass in place, temperatures will be struggling to reach 60. Temperatures will hover in the mid to upper 50’s.Another cool night for tonight. Partly cloudy skies with lows in the ranging from the upper 30’s well inland to the lower 40’s near the lake shore.Monday will be a bit warmer with highs in the mid 60’s with plenty of sunshine. A warm front will move into the area late Monday. This will allow the temperatures to reach the lower 70’s for Tuesday and mid to upper 70’s by mid to late week. With the warm front, chances for rain increase for Tuesday and Wednesday.
View Comments 3. Hough’s Single But Not Ready to Mingle “I have to be single,” says Hough—and getting together with his co-stars is now off limits. “It literally feels like you are breaking up with somebody every time, and it can be heartbreaking. It’s better not to get [romantically] involved.” 4. The Perfect Broadway Role? Although he’s no longer a practicing Mormon, Hough doesn’t drink alcohol or coffee when he’s working on a show. He’s also starred in the West End in Footloose. All of which has got us dreamcasting him in a certain show at the Eugene O’Neill… Related Shows Five-time Dancing with the Stars winner Derek Hough is a busy man, currently working two jobs on two coasts. He is starring alongside Tony winner Laura Benanti in the Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, while appearing on DWTS’ 20th season in Los Angeles. Hough recently sat down with the New York Post and we discovered all sorts of delicious tidbits about the bi-coastal heartthrob and his projects. 5. Hough’s Definition of Fun Hough’s definition of fun is as impressive as his trophy collection. “I thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be fun if I did Dancing With the Stars on my days off?’” How does he manage it? “I say that I’m living on ‘NET’ time, as in No Extra Time.” Spring Spectacular runs at Radio City through May 3; DWTS airs on ABC on Mondays at 8/7C. 1. Spectacular is Different to Broadway “What’s so wonderful is that it’s not a Broadway show,” says Hough. “It’s not a play, it’s a spectacular.” He goes on to describe the piece as “more theatrical, magical and whimsical than anything I’ve ever seen before.” New York Spring Spectacular 2. April Showers Happen Inside 70 feet of water falls on Radio City Music Hall’s stage while Hough sashays through puddles to “Singin’ in the Rain.” His Gene Kelly moment comes complete with 36 umbrella-twirling Rockettes. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 7, 2016
How do you choose between the love of your life and man’s best friend? 2015 Tony nominees Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White, along with Robert Sella, will lead a production of A.R. Gurney’s Sylvia on Broadway. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the comedy is set to begin previews on September 25 at a Shubert theater to be announced. Additional casting will be revealed later.Ashford will play Sylvia. She was Tony nominated for her performance in this season’s You Can’t Take It With You; she also received a Tony nod for Kinky Boots and has additionally been seen on the Great White Way in Hair, Legally Blonde and Wicked. White will take on the role of Kate. A 2015 Tony nominee for Airline Highway, she won the Tony for The Little Dog Laughed; additional Broadway credits include Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. Sella will appear as Tom/Phyllis/Lesli; his resume includes Stuff Happens, Sleepy Hollow and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.Has your pet changed your life? Have you ever wondered what she’s thinking when she stares up at you and tilts her head? Could she have the secret to understanding the world at large and your place in it? Or is she just more interested in how your shoe tastes? In Sylvia, the world of a middle-aged New York couple is turned topsy-turvy when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine running loose in Central Park.Sylvia was first produced off-Broadway in 1995 at the Manhattan Theatre Club, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, where it ran for 167 performances; this will be the first time it has been seen on the Main Stem. Sylvia Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016
View Comments Related Shows Les Miserables He never shall yield! Direct from the Australian production, Hayden Tee will begin performances as Javert in Les Miserables on January 29. He replaces Adam Monley in the role at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre.Tee, a New Zealand native, played Marius in the 20th anniversary West End production of Les Miz. His additional credits include Australian productions of South Pacific, Titanic, Dead Man Walking and My Fair Lady. In the States, he has appeared in Camelot, Peter Pan and Being Earnest.The cast of Les Miz also currently includes Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean, Montego Glover as Fantine, Gavin Lee as Thenardier, Rachel Izen as Madame Thenardier, Brennyn Lark as Eponine, Chris McCarrell as Marius, Alex Finke as Cosette and Wallace Smith as Enjolras. Hayden Tee as Javert Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016
View Comments Star Files Come on, Sugar Daddy, bring it home! Two-time Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner Darren Criss will launch the national tour of Hedwig and the Angry Inch this fall. Featuring a book by original star John Cameron Mitchell and a score by Stephen Trask, the touring production of Hedwig will kick off at San Francisco’s SHN Golden Gate Theatre on October 4, where it’ll run through October 30. The show will then move to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles from November 1 through 27. Following San Francisco and Los Angeles with Criss, the tour will subsequently continue across North America.The members of Hedwig’s band “The Angry Inch”—aka “Tits of Clay”—will be music director Justin Craig (guitar and keyboards), Matt Duncan (bass), Tim Mislock (guitar) and Peter Yanowitz (drums), all of whom originated their roles on Broadway. Additional casting will be announced soon.Criss played Hedwig on Broadway for 12 weeks in 2015 and earned the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. He made his Great White Way debut in 2012 as J. Pierpont Finch in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, a role that earned him his first Broadway.com Audience Choice Award for Favorite Replacement. Perhaps best known for playing Blaine on the Fox series Glee, Criss’ additional film and TV credits include Girl Most Likely, Eastwick and Little White Lie.“When I found out that the tour would be kicking off in my hometown of San Francisco—the city where I was introduced to Hedwig and the Angry Inch—I could think of no better excuse to get back into the heels of a character I loved and missed so very much,” Criss said in a statement. “And since Los Angeles has become a second home for me, I relished the idea of seeing what kind of fun Hedwig would bring to the heart of Hollywood. Getting to share this fantastic Broadway production with the two great Californian cities of my own life story will hopefully be as much of a joy for me as it will be for audiences who will experience Hedwig’s life story on the West Coast!”Directed by Michael Mayer, Hedwig and the Angry Inch tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Trask’s score features “Tear Me Down,” “Wig in a Box,” “Wicked Little Town,” “The Origin of Love,” “Angry Inch” and more.The 2014 Broadway revival of Hedwig ran for over 500 performances and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. Over the course of its run, the role of Hedwig was also played by Neil Patrick Harris, who won the Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for his performance, Andrew Rannells, Michael C. Hall, Taye Diggs and creator Mitchell. Darren Criss(Photo: Joan Marcus) Darren Criss
View Comments ‘Escape to Margaritaville’ The Jimmy Buffett musical is bringing Margaritaville to Chicago. The Broadway-aimed Escape to Margaritaville will play the Windy City’s Oriental Theatre next fall, with performances beginning on November 9. As previously announced, the Parrothead-infested musical is set to make its world premiere at La Jolla Playhouse in California in May.The new show will feature Buffett’s classic hits about cheeseburgers, paradise, et cetera, as well as new, original songs from the singer/songwriter. The story, crafted by book writers Greg Garcia and Mike O’Malley, follows a part-time bartender and singer at a tropical island resort who questions his relaxed ways when he encounters (and falls in love with) a career-minded tourist.Christopher Ashley is set to direct the production, which will feature choreography by Kelly Devine. Casting will be announced at a later date.
Nicholas Christopher (Photo: Sam Rudy Media Relations) from $149.00 View Comments Related Shows Hamilton Before he heads to Miss Saigon, Nicholas Christopher, who covered the role of George Washington this summer, will officially begin performances as the character in the Great White Way’s Hamilton on November 15. He steps in for Tony nominee Christopher Jackson, who is scheduled to play the part “One Last Time” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 13.Christopher’s other New York theater credits include Lazarus, Whorl Inside A Loop , Motown The Musical, Rent and Hurt Village. He is set to remain at Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning tuner through the end of 2016. Further casting will be announced later.The current cast of Hamilton also features Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton (with Michael Luwoye stepping in for select performances), Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, and Rory O’Malley as King George.
“If the lantana in your landscape didn’t bloom this year, you probably had lantana lace bugs,” Braman said. “They’re normally on the plants, but this year they were there in much higher levels.” Lantana lace bugs are among the other landscape pests that survived and thrived during the drought. They feed on lantana and other landscape plants, causing the leaves to turn white. The drought reduced the population of another turfgrass pest, too: the two-lined spittlebug. “Young Japanese beetle larvae need moisture to tunnel and search for food,” Braman said. “If they survived in the drought to adulthood, then they needed wet areas to lay their eggs in, and there weren’t many wet areas to be found this summer.”Some need moisture, some don’t The tiny destroyers’ numbers are down this year because their life cycle relies on moisture. If it’s too dry, the larvae can’t complete their development. In the United States alone, controlling the beetles’ larval (grub) and adult stages cost more than $460 million a year. “They like it hot, but they need moisture, too,” Braman said. “So there aren’t as many around this year to harm centipede and zoysia grasses and holly bushes.” Not all landscape pests suffered from the drought. Some actually thrived. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia’s drought conditions may have the state’s farmers depressed, but it’s put a smile on the faces of crape myrtle and rose growers. While the drought withered many crops, it also drastically reduced the number of Japanese beetles munching on these and other landscape plants. “I consider Japanese beetles super bugs,” said Kris Braman, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “But their numbers were really reduced this summer, because they just can’t take it when it’s dry.”Costly to controlGardeners and landscapers view Japanese beetles as pests, so no one complained when the drought knocked back their numbers. Japanese beetles destroy plants by feeding on their leaves. As grubs, they burrow underground and feed on plants’ roots. They especially like turfgrass roots. Chinch bug populations in Georgia exploded this year as a result of the drought. “They like it hot and dry, and it definitely was,” she said. The bugs suck the sap from turfgrass, their favorite being St. Augustine, and cause the grass to wither, turn yellow and become stunted.Bugs prevent lantanta blooms
Beyond pecans, a commodity originating in Georgia’s pecan orchards is exciting growers and chefs alike: truffles. “Thanks to Dr. (Tim) Brenneman, I’ve been able to find truffles and find a market for them,” said Eric Cohen, co-owner of Pecan Ridge Plantation in Decatur County, Georgia.Brenneman, a University of Georgia plant pathologist based in Tifton, Georgia, has researched pecan truffles since he discovered them in the late 1980s. His research involves inoculating trees with the fungus responsible for truffles. “Right now, the main limitation for truffles is lack of consistent availability,” Brenneman said. “They’re underground; they’re hard to find. We’re doing research on producing truffles more consistently by inoculating trees with the fungus, and then, when you plant the trees, it may take a while, but they will eventually start growing truffles on their roots.”Pecan growers can locate truffles, but the latest, perhaps more effective trend is to search for and find truffles using truffle dogs. “In the past, nearly all of the truffles we had in Georgia were just found by people going out with rakes during late summer at pecan harvest, when the truffles were being exposed, and picking them up,” Brenneman said. “Having dogs that are specifically trained for these truffles really helps find the truffles. It also improves the quality of truffles found because they’re locating the mature truffles. The dogs just go to the ones that have the strongest odor, and those are the most mature truffles and most desired by the chefs using them.” Truffle dogs have made it easier for farmers, like Cohen, to market truffles and net a profitable venture. He has always had pecan orchards, but only started marketing truffles two years ago. Cohen had no prior knowledge of truffles and wasn’t aware that there was a market for them.“I heard (Brenneman) say how valuable they were, and that’s what got me quizzing him about them, just the sheer amount of money a pound of truffles costs,” Cohen said. “I would not have done that if it had not been for Dr. Brenneman.” There is high demand for truffles, especially from chefs, but there are only a few people marketing truffles and not a large supply. Cohen said he developed his market by word of mouth among different chefs. While European truffles cost thousands of dollars a pound—they’re one of the most expensive foods in the world—one pound of truffles grown in Georgia can sell for $200 to $300, Brenneman said.For more information on pecan truffles and Brenneman’s research, visit timbrenneman.org.(Tatyana Phelps is an intern with the UGA Tifton Campus.)
Across the tee box in my backyard, my neighbor has been turning his pool into a virtual paradise with a pergola and rock work. Now all he needs is a ‘South Pacific Sipper’! This sounds like the perfect tropical beverage to sip while you go floating across the clear blue water, but in reality it is one of the most beautiful hibiscuses on the market.‘South Pacific Sipper’ might best be described as a fancy hibiscus, and indeed it is. It is also one born to grow and produces flowers so large they defy logic. They are somewhat ruffled and though called “double,” they open up in a most exotic fashion. Though it sounds crazy, it is one of those plants that will have you taking photos of it every day because you think today’s blooms are even prettier than the blooms from the day before.When the ‘South Pacific Sipper’ left the breeder’s hand, it was first called ‘Nectar Pink.’ You might still find ‘Nectar Pink’ in some markets — the name gives a clue about the color. ‘South Pacific Sipper,’ however, is more prevalent and the name fits better. I’ve seen hummingbirds, swallowtail and even sulphur butterflies visiting the tropical blooms.The ‘South Pacific Sipper’ hibiscus is known botanically as Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. It originates in China and is kin to our well-known swamp hibiscus or mallow. Today there are hundreds of varieties available in most colors other than blue. There are even varieties that change colors throughout the day. The dark green foliage is handsome and contrasts nicely with the beautiful flowers that generally stay open only for a day. The flowers are, however, produced for months during our long growing season, which make them worth every penny, even if only treated as an annual.As spring arrives throughout the country, garden centers are unloading hibiscuses in huge quantities. You have to agree there is no other plant that conjures up visions of those islands in the South Pacific or in the Caribbean. When you find the hot pink ‘South Pacific Sipper’ with what seems to be 9-inch flowers or hibiscuses in some other colors, you will want several.The hibiscus belongs in containers on the patio or deck or in that special spot in the landscape. Their requirements are much like any other annual. Plant your hibiscus in well-drained, well-prepared beds because they absolutely cannot take wet feet. Use a good layer of mulch to keep the soil evenly moist through the season and, of course, to make weed control easier.Choose a site with plenty of sunlight. Morning sun and filtered afternoon light are just about perfect. Hibiscus blooms on new growth, so it is important to keep it growing vigorously throughout the season. Keep them well fed and watered during drought periods.Many gardeners think that the prolific flower production of a hibiscus requires high amounts of super-bloom-type fertilizers that are high in phosphorous. This is not the case. Hibiscus prefers a slow-release, balanced fertilizer formula, such as a 6-6-6, in light, monthly applications. Keep in mind that those growing in containers that are watered daily will quickly leach the nutrients from the soil. You will have to apply a dilute water-soluble fertilizer weekly or controlled-release granules per formula recommendation.I must confess that my bride is the buyer of all of our hibiscuses, including the ‘South Pacific Sipper.’ She is also the daily horticulturist that keeps them ever so picturesque. I also know she would be the first to tell you to get on the bandwagon this spring and let a tropical hibiscus bring joy to your gardening.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru.