White Rabbit Red Rabbit Sets Off-B’way Closing Date

first_img‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’ Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit Red Rabbit has announced that it will play its final performance on December 19. The solo show will have had a 42-week run at off-Broadway’s Westside Theatre, where it began playing Monday nights on March 7.No rehearsal. No director. No set. No spoilers. A different performer each night is handed the script for the first time as they step onto the stage. Forbidden to leave his country, young Iranian playwright Soleimanpour found a way for his voice to get out when he physically could not. This wildly entertaining and thought-provoking theatrical piece—where no audience can see the same show twice—blends drama, comedy and social experiment, providing audiences with a potent reminder of the transformative power of theatre.The rotating cast, each performing only one time ever, featured big names including Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, Martin Short, Bobby Cannavale, Darren Criss, Wayne Brady, Patrick Wilson, Kyra Sedgwick, David Hyde Pierce, Brian Dennehy, Stana Katic, George Takei, Tony Danza, Justin Bartha, Mike Birbiglia, Rachel Dratch, Kathy Najimy, F. Murray Abraham, Josh Radnor, Ramin Karimloo, Billy Porter, Michael Urie, Reg E. Cathey, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Joyce DiDonato, Mozhan Marno, Joe Pantoliano, Robin Lord Taylor, Mo Rocca, Alex Brightman, Nancy Travis and Brian Stokes Mitchell.Upcoming performers include Micah Stock on December 5 and James Roday on December 12. The final show on December 19 will be performed by an actor soon to be announced. White Rabbit Red Rabbit has fully recouped its capitalization costs, and a portion of the play’s profits will be donated to PEN International, the world’s leading association of writers working to promote literature and defend freedom of expression around the world.Broadway.com customers with tickets to canceled performances will be contacted with information on refunds or exchanges. White Rabbit Red Rabbit View Commentscenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 19, 2016 Related Showslast_img read more

This week: NAFCU advocacy underway as Congress returns

first_img continue reading » The House and Senate return to session this week following the midterm elections and have a number of items to address during the lame duck session. NAFCU’s award-winning advocacy team will be on Capitol Hill engaging with lawmakers and working to advance credit union priorities before the end of the year.NAFCU is pushing for relief under the Bank Secrecy Act, data security and NCUA’s risk-based capital (RBC) rule before the year’s end. NAFCU will also be engaged as the Senate is expected to take up a number of pending nominations, which could include Kathy Kraninger to lead the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection; Rodney Hood’s nomination to serve on the NCUA Board has yet to be taken up by the Senate Banking Committee.Congress must also finish work on government spending, including the financial services and general government (FSGG) appropriations measure, and reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program before it expires Nov. 30. NAFCU has heavily advocated for full funding for the NCUA’s Community Development Revolving Loan Fund (CDRLF) and Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, which is included in the Senate-passed version of the bill. Both Senate- and House-passed bills include full funding for the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 7(a) and 504 loan programs, which are used by credit unions. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

March Madness 2019: Updated odds to survive Sweet 16, win NCAA Tournament

first_imgThe first two rounds of the 2019 NCAA Tournament may be finished, but there is still plenty of opportunity for some March Madness ahead of the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and national championship game.AccuScore has simulated all possible matchups thousands of times and come up with probabilities for each remaining team to proceed to the next round, as well each of the successive rounds after the Sweet 16. SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​2019 NCAA Tournament odds(Seed) TeamRegionElite 8Final 4FinalChamp(1) VirginiaSouth80.47%49.41%28.20%17.09%(1) GonzagaWest70.36%39.79%22.20%13.13%(2) Michigan StateEast67.35%37.35%19.54%9.45%(1) DukeEast67.58%35.34%18.22%8.60%(1) North CarolinaMidwest56.70%34.70%19.37%9.24%(2) MichiganWest58.95%29.41%14.66%7.95%(2) TennesseeSouth61.37%29.00%13.49%6.83%(3) HoustonMidwest51.23%26.73%13.99%6.53%(2) KentuckyMidwest48.77%24.59%12.43%5.57%(5) AuburnMidwest44.17%18.90%8.39%3.18%(3) Texas TechWest41.05%18.85%9.04%4.60%(3) PurdueSouth38.63%16.67%6.87%3.04%(4) Virginia TechEast32.42%13.76%5.51%1.92%(3) LSUEast32.65%13.56%5.37%1.81%(4) Florida StateWest29.64%11.96%4.58%1.93%(12) OregonSouth19.53%4.93%0.96%0.23%The low amount of surprises can be examined when comparing pre-tournament probabilities to reach the Sweet 16 and the actual teams that did it. Only 5-seed Mississippi State is not in the tournament among the top 16 predicted teams to reach Sweet 16. All other 15 teams still in the business were predicted to have the 16 highest chances to reach this far.Kentucky-Houston is predicted to be the closest game this round. Accuscore simulations predict Houston will take this matchup narrowly. This is the time when upsets should start, if there will be any in this year’s tournament.MORE: Mike DeCourcy’s rankings of teams’ chances to win it allMarch Madness 2019 predictionsBest odds to advance to Elite EightVirginia and Gonzaga each have over 70 percent probability to reach the next round, per simulations. In the East Region, it looks to be a tight matchup between Duke and Michigan State: both have just under 70 percent chances to reach the next round, but only one will have a place in the Final Four. Tennessee is the fifth-most likely team to reach the Elite Eight with over 60 percent win probability, but the Volunteers need to win against top South seed Virginia on the way to the Final Four. That matchup drops their probabilities significantly after the Elite Eight.Looking at the road aheadOregon is the only team that wasn’t a top-five seed remaining in the Sweet 16. The Ducks chances against Virginia are not good — their chances of winning the tournament is even less: lower than 1 percent. Auburn, the only other team not seeded in the top four, has relatively good chances to make the Final Four: Teams from the Midwest Region have the smallest difference between probabilities to reach the Final Four.Statistically speaking, it would be a big surprise if Virginia or Gonzaga don’t reach the final four. Their combined probability is close to 90 percent to make the Final Four. In the East, sportsbook favorite Duke could face Michigan State in the Elite Eight if the Blue Devils manage to win their Sweet 16 matchup against Virginia Tech. Simulations still show very narrow edge for Michigan State in this possible matchup on the way to the Final Four.Teams with best chances to win it allThere haven’t been too many changes in the probabilities to win the tournament since the opening round. Virginia and Gonzaga lead the way with 17 and 13 percent probablities, respectively. Duke, Michigan State, North Carolina and Michigan receive around fall roughly between 8 and 9 percent chances to win it all. Auburn might be the wild horse among lower seeded teams, as the Tigers have over 3 percent probability to win it all — higher than five teams seeded higher. Sweet 16 betting previewOnly Tennessee, Michigan and Houston provide some value for betting when comparing AccuScore simulations and betting odds. Houston at 50-1 is a longshot, but is a clear value bet after first round. Michigan’s 15-1 is more probable, but not as good a value as Houston. Oddsmakers still believe strongly in Duke, while simulations show them only fourth-most likely winner.If you want to simulate the games yourself, please check AccuScore’s Bracketcaster.AccuScore will update these predictions after each round.last_img read more

Iowans encouraged to buy flood insurance, especially in high-risk areas

first_imgWASHINGTON — If you think your homeowner’s insurance covers flooding, think again. As snow melts, rain falls, and rivers rise, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reminds Iowans to learn about flood insurance and buy appropriate coverage.David Maurstad heads FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program and says only about 30-percent of properties located in high-risk areas are covered, and only four-percent outside those areas.  “Maybe 2012 or so, there was another pretty significant flooding event in Iowa and the number of people covered was about 12% in the effected areas,” Maurstad says. “We have a lot of work to do in making sure people understand that flood insurance is their first line of defense to recover from flooding events.”Damage to buildings and their contents is covered if the high water is caused by rain or rising lakes or rivers. Maurstad says the policies are affordable, averaging less than 500-dollars a year in locations that are not flood-prone.  “An inch of water can cause $25,000 worth of damage,” Maurstad says. “We’re trying to encourage people when they renew their homeowner policy that they consider flood insurance. They need to get that flood insurance, they need to not wait. We have to do a better job of encouraging renters to have flood insurance. They can be as negatively impacted as whoever owns the building.”Be advised, after buying flood insurance, there’s a 30-day waiting period before it goes into effect. More information is available at floodsmart.gov.last_img read more

Newcastle star wary of Manchester United ‘game changer’ Fellaini

first_imgNewcastle United star Tim Krul has warned his team-mates they must be ready for whatever tactics Manchester United throw at them when they clash on Wednesday night.Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has been criticised for his style this season with West Ham boss Sam Allardyce saying he’d never seen them play so direct.But Krul believes his former national team boss just has a versatile side at his disposal and is wary about their multi-faceted squad of talented players.“Manchester United have some great quality players and we have to ready for any style they play in,” he told talkSPORT.“Obviously they have Marouane Fellaini in the team who changes the whole way they play.“You have to be careful because they have got world-class players like Angel di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Wayne Rooney, who can exploit us as well.”But despite their strong squad, the Toon shot-stopper is convinced he and his team-mates have a chance of claiming victory at Old Trafford.He added: “We will have a great gameplan to hit them and hopefully they will not be at their best and we can get the three points.”last_img read more