AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreNorm Price has spent his money and time building, maintaining and spreading the word about a massive public skating rink on his northeast Calgary property.Price created two ice rinks this winter — complete with hockey nets and places to simply stroll — because he thinks public skating is too expensive. For the third year in a row, he’s inviting the entire city to skate on his pond for free.(READ the story, w/ photo, in the Calgary Herald)File photo from Alaska by Doug Brown (CC) – Story tip from Diana IzzAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Robin De Jesús in The Boys in the Band (Photo: Joan Marcus) One year ago in 2018, Robin De Jesús was in the first week of previews for The Boys in the Band on Broadway. Now, he’s a newly-minted three-time Tony nominee for his work as the unforgettable Emory in the revival, which also earned a Best Revival of a Play nomination. “I’ve been really emotional for the last 36 hours,” De Jesús told Paul Wontorek during a recent interview on Broadway.com’s #LiveAtFive. “I started initially as Viola Davis sobbing tears with my friends and then it became a Donna Murphy single tear throughout the day.” Related Shows De Jesús appeared alongside a star-studded out and proud gay cast that included Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells and Matt Bomer. “It was the most neurosis-inducing thing I’ve done,” De Jesús said. “It was very interesting being around that group of men, I wanted to see what their magic was. At the end of the day what makes them special is their work ethic. They’re hustlers.” While De Jesús is representing the show with the only acting nomination, he can’t help but acknowledge the group effort that went into its success. “There’s a word that keeps coming up and that word is pride,” he said. “Not only was there nine out gay men on stage together, but also the idea of the proud people I come from as a Puerto Rican man in my family, and the power and strength my ancestors had. To this day that word keeps coming back to me.”While the Joe Mantello-helmed production was a limited run last summer, the story is getting new life thanks to producers David Stone and Ryan Murphy in the form of a Netflix movie adaptation featuring the entire Broadway revival cast. “[Ryan Murphy] always said there would be a movie but my cynical behind was like, ‘Well, I’ll be replaced,'” De Jesús said. “But they followed through. They figured out everyone’s schedules and we’re shooting in July.” View Comments Robin De Jesús (Photos: Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com) The Boys in the Band Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 11, 2018 Star Files Robin De Jesus Session ID: 2021-01-17:d85f97e841b07f79b7906e5a Player Element ID: vjs_video_3 OK Close Modal DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 29:59Loaded: 0.00%00:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently behind liveLIVERemaining Time -29:59 1xPlayback RateChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window. This video is either unavailable or not supported in this browser Error Code: MEDIA_ERR_SRC_NOT_SUPPORTED Technical details : The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported. The road to The Boys in the Band was a long one for De Jesús, who says that Mantello, Rachel Tucker and Laurie Metcalf are to thank for making it all happen. “When I did [the play] Domesticated at Lincoln Center I was only in one scene,” he said. “I had a lot of free time so on Sunday nights I would go do a 70-minute monologue down at The Duplex [Ben Rimalower’s Patti Issues]. [Co-star] Laurie [Metcalf] kept saying she wanted to come so I set up tickets for her for closing night. I had to walk through the audience I didn’t see who she brought, thank God, because when the house lights came up I saw Joe Mantello. If I knew, I would have wigged. Afterwards Joe was like, ‘I look forward to working with you’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ I got a random email from him when I was doing Homos, Or Everyone in America asking me to do a reading of The Boys in the Band and I had to turn it sown because I had rehearsals. They never ended up doing the reading and when we closed the show four months later he ended up asking me again and here we are.”Watch the full #LiveAtFive interview below!
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Magic circle firm Linklaters has told the Gazette that agile working is available to staff if they want it, as firms continue to come up with ways of offering job flexibility.International firm Herbert Smith Freehills yesterday became the latest UK firm to announce an initiative aimed at giving staff more control over when, how and where they work.Earlier this summer, the Gazette reported that DAC Beachcroft had created a work environment at its Leeds office where no-one was allocated a desk, while London firm Wedlake Bell also stated its commitment to moving away from what it called the ‘cellular office environment’.A spokesperson for Linklaters said the firm is committed to a flexible approach to deciding where and when people work, subject to the needs of clients and colleagues, but stressed that a ‘one-size fits all’ policy does not work.‘The only thing a policy can do is draw a line that makes it clear that because people have a variety of needs, the ethos around flexibility is one that the business supports,’ she said.The firm has around 7% of staff working flexibly, with a formal element of this arrangement built into their contracts.In London the firm has tested a formal agile working arrangement to break down preconceptions allowing anyone who wished to do so to work one day a week from home.‘Some did, some didn’t, but the option was open to all, talked about and championed. Since this pilot we have had other groups adopt this approach,’ the firm said. ‘We don’t look at progress in this area through the number of formal employee flexible arrangements that we put in place.’Herbert Smith Freehills says it will implement agile working across all London practice groups following the success of its ‘early adopter’ initiative started earlier this year.This seeks to incorporate contractual flexible working arrangements within the firm, as well as less formal agile working to give people more control over when, how and where they work on an ad hoc basis.Almost nine out of 10 staff surveyed said the ability to work from home was somewhat or very important, and three-quarters said agile working enhanced productivity.Ian Cox, managing partner for the UK and US, said: ‘By rolling agile working out to all the London fee-earning groups and giving people more control over when, where and how they work, we hope to encourage more openness to different ways of working and to create a more diverse range of role models who work flexibly in the business.’