So far, President Trump has acted much like he did in business, starting his initiatives with forceful opening shots. That’s a classic negotiating tactic, and his latest use of it appears to have come in his threat to cut federal funding to California should it declare itself a sanctuary state. “If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California,” Trump told Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly in an interview that aired on Sunday. “California in many ways is out of control, as you know. ... If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon,” he said. “Obviously, the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.” Threatening to cut funding to the nation’s most populous state — and the one with the biggest economy — was Trump’s opening gambit, even though a president cannot unilaterally cut federal funding to a … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ bravado translate to politics?
FILE - This April 7, 1994 file photo shows singer-actress Lena Horne in New York. The venerated Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a new award to honor arts and activism, a prize to be named after Lena Horne. The Lena Horne Prize for Artists Creating Social Impact will recognize those who “promote awareness and create social change.” The inaugural winner will be honored in February. less FILE - This April 7, 1994 file photo shows singer-actress Lena Horne in New York. The venerated Times Square concert venue The Town Hall has created a new award to honor arts and activism, a prize to be named ... more Photo: Garth Vaughan, AP Photo: Garth Vaughan, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - This April 7, 1994 file photo shows singer-actress Lena Horne in … [Read more...] about New award to honor arts and activism named after Lena Horne
Grandma is back with holiday classics and new family favorites as PlayMakers Laboratory (formerly Barrel of Monkeys) presents THAT'S WEIRD GRANDMA: Holiday Extravaganza, directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd, playing December 9 – 21, 2019 at the Neo-Futurist Theater, 5153 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago. Tickets are currently available at www.playmakerslab.org or by calling (773) 506-7140. The cast includes PlayMakers Laboratory Company Members Jen Allman, Noah Appelbaum, Ashley Bland, Bryan Bosque, Annie Calhoun, Kaylyn Carter, Taylor Galloway, Gaby Hirsch, Oly Oxinfry and Nic Park. Now in its 18th year, THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA features adaptations of stories written during PlayMakers Laboratory's creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools. PML's ensemble of professional actors, comedians and musicians bring the young authors' stories to life as raucous sketches, songs and movement pieces, performing first for students in their schools and then for the public. … [Read more...] about THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Holiday Extravaganza
Already amped-up for a spring 2020 American Conservatory Theater production of “The Rocky Horror Show,” 200 guests at the Hibernia during the recent ACT Fall Gala went all out in eclectic, stage-worthy ensembles. The festive fete was led by a dynamic mother-daughter duo — ACT trustee Priscilla Geeslin and Catherine Geeslin (wearing a gown from the ACT Costume Shop inspired by the Met’s “Camp” fashion exhibition in N.Y.) — who skillfully raised $905K for ACT artistic, training and education programs. “I was called out of town as we started planning this and left her all the work. I’m a terrible co-chair,” joked Priscilla. “But I didn’t worry: Catherine is one of the best I’ve ever worked with!” Pre-gala, Catherine, 28, was busy planning her recent wedding to comic book author Frank Gogol. They’re fans of ACT’s Strand Theater and Black Box, experiencing new works not as well known as, say, a … [Read more...] about In a nod to ‘Rocky Horror Show,’ ACT gala does the time warp again
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Wednesday, Nov. 13, and I’m writing from Los Angeles. Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter On Tuesday morning, hundreds of Los Angeles high school students walked out of class to rally at the downtown federal building in support of an Obama-era policy that protects 700,000 young immigrants from deportation.A few hours earlier and 2,669 miles to the northeast, the U.S. Supreme Court had heard arguments about the legality of DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. California is home to the largest number of DACA recipients and has led the legal challenge to the Trump administration’s efforts since 2017 to wind down the program. The fate of roughly 200,000 young Californian “Dreamers,” as DACA recipients are known, now hangs in the balance. Advertisement [See also: “DACA changed a generation of California immigrants. These are some of their stories” … [Read more...] about Newsletter: DACA, and the fate of 200,000 in California, in doubt