Mysteryland‘s daily set times are here! The EDM-heavy festival run by Tomorrowland’s ID&T is set to take place at the original site of Woodstock in Bethel Woods, NY over Memorial Day Weekend, May 22-25.The weekend will feature performances from Empire of the Sun, Porter Robinson, Kygo, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Robin Schulz, Madeon, Netsky (live), Classixx (DJ), The M Machine, Goldfish, Bob Moses, Oliver, Gramatik, GRiZ, Beats Antique, Bro Safari, Moon Boots and many more. Check out the full lineup here.In addition to top notch musical acts, attendees can look forward to interactive art installations, workshops, food from Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg and more.Limited tickets are still available here.
Former members of Kung Fu, Particle, Dopapod and Gramatik have formed a supergroup dubbed the Ex-Presidents. The ex-members — Todd Stoops (ex-Kung Fu), Eric Gould (ex-Particle), Neal Evans (ex-Dopapod) and Andrew Block (ex-Gramatik) will play together at Backwoods Pondfest in Peru, NY, August 7-8.Backwoods Pondfest will also see sets from Lucid, Particle, Spiritual Rez, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, Sophistafunk, Normal Instruments and more. Get tickets and more info here.
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While one Kyle Busch Motorsports driver had reason to celebrate, another saw his NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series championship hopes dashed.Raphael Lessard edged out Trevor Bayne for his first career victory on the final lap as the caution flag flew in Saturday’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Talladega Superspeedway, the Round of 10 elimination race. But it was No. 18 KBM Toyota driver Christian Eckes who was caught up in the last-lap crash, failing to advance into the Round of 8 as a result.RELATED: Race resultsEckes was in position throughout the 94-lap race to earn a strong finish to advance, especially after fellow playoff driver Zane Smith was taken out early after a big crash on Lap 13. But along with a pit-road penalty, Eckes was shuffled toward the back of the pack in the closing laps after being shoved to the apron of the race track in Turn 1. The rookie driver was working his way back up after the final two-lap sprint to the finish before it all came crashing down.“I just came up short,” Eckes said. “Sucks that we are not going to be able to move on to round two, but in the same aspect my Safelite Toyota team tried hard. We did all we could. I’m sure we made some mistakes on the day like the pit road penalties and some other things, but we will move on to the last four races and give the playoff guys hell.”RELATED: Todd Gilliland’s engine, playoff hopes expire | Zane Smith crashes early at TalladegaEckes, who came into Talladega eighth in the standings with a six-point cushion, along with Front Row Motorsports driver Todd Gilliland, were the two drivers left on the outside of the cutline when the race concluded.Now with four races remaining in the 2020 season, winning his first career race in his rookie season is the lone goal that remains.“We don’t have any championship hopes on the line, unfortunately, anymore, but in the same aspect, there is still plenty of team goals to achieve,” Eckes said. “We will do the best we can. I wish we did a little bit better in the first two races of this round to separate us, but that’s 2020 and we will move on to the next four.”
Late BloomerThough he grew up immersed in the culture of New York City, the arts were not Hochman’s focus growing up. He spent his childhood playing basketball and baseball. “As a kid, I’d be lying in bed at night and imagining myself doing the talent shows in middle school or like auditioning for the plays and never did,” he says. “I was too afraid. It took until college to gather up the courage to walk into the theater building and take an acting class.” As soon as he tried it, he was hooked. Determined to double major in theater, Hochman sat down with the chair of the theater department during the spring of his junior year: “She’s like, ‘You don’t have enough time left.’ I said, ‘OK, I want to minor in theater.’ She’s like, ‘There are three semesters left. You don’t have enough credits. You can’t do this,’” Hochman says. “Earnestly I said, ‘No, I really want to do this. I love this.’ So, I took all the classes they would let me take and acted in all the shows I could possibly act in. But ultimately, I have a degree in economics.”Photo FinishHochman’s first big stage moment happened during his senior year of college—and he has the picture to prove it. “I played John Proctor in The Crucible. It was a night of theater to present snippets of what we were doing for the community. It was a packed house, and I did ‘This is my name.’ I remember being backstage after doing it, and I couldn’t feel my hands. My ears were bright red. I took a photo of myself. This has become sort of a documenting experience. Every time I have one of these performative moments where I feel elevated, I take a photo.” Photography is another passion of Hochman’s. “When my grandfather passed away, I got his film camera, this like old-school Pentax K1000. It says his name on the bottom: Stanley I Alperin.” Hochman even celebrated his Broadway debut by treating himself to a new Polaroid. “I’ve been snapping a lot of photos to reflect our experience back at ourselves,” he explains. “Theater is ephemeral and collaborative. It happens now, and then it leaves; so, something about pasting photos up on the wall feels right.” Will Hochman Photos by Caitlin McNaney | Video directed and edited by Kyle Gaskell Nothing But NetThough he has immersed himself in the arts, Hochman’s passion for sports has not dwindled. “I love basketball. I really do. I’ve played my whole life. I love watching the NBA. I love watching March Madness,” Hochman says. “I grew up in Brooklyn, and so I was all excited when the Nets came to Brooklyn. I’m a lifelong Knicks fan—unfortunately. My uncle is also an assistant coach in the NBA, so I’ve been cheering for whatever team he’s been a part of. I’ve had these three teams to juggle.” Which basketball star would he geek out about seeing if they paid a visit to The Sound Inside: “LeBron James, come on down.”Break a Leg Fracture a FootIt’s a performer’s job to connect with the material that they’re given. For Hochman, The Sound Inside has come into his life with a series of strange coincidences. “There’s been magic with this play the whole time,” he says. “So, go back to February 2018 last year: I wake up in the middle of the night and I’m like, ‘I need a typewriter.’ For no good reason. My birthday was coming up, and I got a typewriter.” A few days later, drinks with friends from Dead Poets Society brought up an opportunity that sparked Hochman’s interest. “They’re like, ‘We both have chemistry tests with Mary-Louise Parker for this play.’ Adam Rapp is one of my favorite playwrights. I call my manager. He sends me the script. Three pages in, no script I’ve read has hit me as hard as this script hit me. Christopher Dunn is writing his novella on a typewriter, and he’s an athlete.” Hochman sent a self-tape before the weekend of Passover; over the holiday, he played basketball with his brother: “I fracture my foot. I go to Yale hospital and get my foot put in a boot. The play takes place in at Yale. I’ve got the typewriter, and my foot in a boot that says ‘Yale’ on it. I hobble into the chemistry test with Mary-Louise Parker. This is my part.” Related Shows The Sound Inside Will Hochman is making an A+ Broadway debut as gifted, mysterious Yale student Christopher in Adam Rapp’s The Sound Inside at Studio 54. He originated the role at Williamstown Theatre Festival alongside Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker, who plays his professor, Bella Baird. Hochman himself has a degree in economics from Colby College. In fact, it wasn’t until he was 20 that he decided he wanted to try acting. The Brooklyn native has since appeared in Sweat at the Mark Taper Forum, Dead Poets Society at Classic Stage Company and onscreen in Let Him Go, Critical Thinking, Paterno and more. Now, all eyes are on him and Parker in this intriguing new play. Broadway.com sat down with Hochman to discuss fracturing his foot right before his audition for The Sound Inside, which NBA star he’d geek out over seeing in the audience and more. View Comments MLP’s Hot TakeHochman is thrilled to “go toe-to-toe” with Mary-Louise Parker eight times a week: “The first performance, my heart was pounding. I open the door and look at Mary-Louise. I say the line to her, and she says the line to me, and I calm down. Breathe into it. We do our lines. The show ends. People clap and Mary-Louise and I squeeze hands. She gives me this look. It was something like, ‘Here we go,’” he says. “She is a special one. She’s a titan. [I’ve learned] so much just from being on stage and rehearsing with her. The things that I can soak in are unbelievable.” One of the biggest takeaways yet from his on and offstage teacher? “Mary-Louise Parker once said that she thinks all cupcakes should be mini,” Hochman says. “I like that a lot.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:37Loaded: 6.31%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:37 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedEnglishAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Jessica Vosk(Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Breast Cancer Research Foundation) View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you might have missed recently.Jessica Vosk and More to Sing Out for the Ali Forney CenterThe eighth annual Night of A Thousand Judys, the Pride concert to benefit the Ali Forney Center, written and hosted by Justin Sayre, will be presented on July 14 at 8PM ET. Performers will include Jessica Vosk, George Salazar, Lena Hall, Natalie Douglas, Eva Noblezada, Nathan Lee Graham, Adam Pascal, Beth Malone, Alice Ripley, Ann Harada, T. Oliver Reid, Spencer Day and more. The Ali Forney Center is the nation’s largest agency dedicated to helping LGBTQ homeless youth. Watch the concert and donate to the cause here.New York Magazine Co-Founder & Artist Milton Glaser Dies at 91Milton Glaser, whose creativity resulted in the original artwork for Angels in America among other well-recognized pieces, passed away on June 26 at the age of 91. According to New York Magazine, which he co-founded in 1967, he died of natural causes. A Bronx native, the visionary illustrator, graphic designer and art director created notable works throughout his incredible career, such as Brooklyn Brewery’s longstanding symbol and, of course, the iconic logo for one’s affection towards New York.Actors’ Equity Asks Walt Disney World to Delay ReopeningThe Actors’ Equity Association, the labor union representing actors and stage managers in live theater, has publicly asked that Disney delay the reopening of Walt Disney World and commit to regularly testing its returning workers for COVID-19. The New York Times reports that the state of Florida is now a hot spot for the virus; Equity has expressed concern that not enough testing has been planned for the parks’ actors who are unable to use face masks when performing unlike other park workers. The union represents about 600 actors at Disney World, out of a total workforce of 77,000 employees at the theme park resort. A petition asking theme park executives and government officials to push back reopening has gathered nearly 17,000 signatures.Broadway’s Sandy Rosenberg Has DiedStage actor Sandy Rosenberg has passed away. Friends and fellow performers have shared the news and paid tribute to her on Facebook. She made her Broadway debut in 1997 in The Scarlet Pimpernel and was a longtime cast member in Mamma Mia! She also appeared on the national tours of Les Miz and Jekyll & Hyde. She is survived by her husband Sidney Meltzer.The Book of Mormon Buds Josh Gad & Andrew Rannells ReuniteBroadway alum and Frozen fave Josh Gad announced on Twitter that he and his fellow Book of Mormon Tony nominee Andrew Rannells reunite on the latest episode of the animated Apple TV series Central Park. They are performing two new songs on the show, which Gad co-created. The series’ voice cast also includes Leslie Odom Jr., Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs and more. Get a sneak preview at the songs below.
Some very exciting news has arrived from across the pond! The hit musical Six is slated to become the first West End musical to reopen since theaters shut down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Six has company: Nimax Theatres plans to reopen all six of its West End venues, including the Apollo, Duchess, Garrick, Lyric, Palace and Vaudeville Theatres, beginning this fall.“On the six-month anniversary of the last performance in the West End I am delighted to announce that we will be switching on all our lights and re-opening with a special season of fantastic entertainment,” Nimax Chief Executive Nica Burns said in a statement.First up will Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt, which focuses on his time as a doctor in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS). It will play the Apollo Theatre, home to the musical Everbody’s Talking About Jamie, beginning on October 23 through November 8. There will be a free show for NHS staff members on October 22. Those interested can apply for tickets on a lottery system here. Six will play nine shows each week and temporarily move from its home at the Arts Theatre to the Lyric Theatre for a limited run from November 14 through January 31, 2021. To maintain social distancing guidelines, the theater will have reduced capacity. All audience members must wear masks.The Play That Goes Wrong at the Duchess Theatre and Magic Goes Wrong at the Vaudeville Theatre are also slated to return this November and December, respectively. Nimax is also working to bring back Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre early next year. Details regarding those reopenings will be announced later.Harry Potter and the Cursed Child producer Sonia Friedman noted, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will definitely return to the West End once social distancing has ended, the Palace Theatre can safely and viably play to full capacity eight times per week, and we have a government backed insurance scheme. Whist we are desperate to be back as soon as possible, given the sheer scale, expense and complexity of our magical show we will need many months’ notice to reignite our huge production, build a box office advance and give everyone enough time to plan.”As previously announced, the Garrick Theatre will be home to The Drifters Girl musical in 2021. View Comments
Shawnee Mission Health photo via Facebook.Shawnee Mission Health earns five-star rating from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid. Merriam-based Shawnee Mission Health was the only hospital in the Kansas City area to earn a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS uses data from seven categories, including mortality, patient experience and timeliness, to develop the star rankings. Just 2.2 percent of the 4,600 hospitals included in the survey earned a five-star designation.Ousely calls for resignation of Department of Children and Families secretary. Merriam Rep. Jarrod Ousely and Wichita Rep. Jim Ward on Wednesday called for the resignation of Kansas Department of Children and Families Secretary Phyllis Gilmore after the results of a legislative audit of the department found serious deficiencies. “The findings of the report are chilling,” Ousely said in a release. “Kansas children deserve better. I will continue to fight to fix DCF for the benefit of every child placed in their care.” [State audit: DCF fails to ensure safety of children in foster care — Kansas City Star]Mission police hosting car seat safety check Saturday. Mission police will be on hand at the Mission Farm and Flower Market this Saturday, July 30, to offer free car seat installation inspections between 8 a.m. and noon. To have your seat inspected, make an appointment by calling 913-676-8300 ext. 8857 or emailing the department here.Northeast Johnson County morning roundup is brought to you by Twisted Sisters Coffee Shop on Johnson Drive. For updates on the latest blends and specialty drinks available, follow them on Facebook.
Scientific American: Can you train someone to be a nicer person? A recent study using meditation techniques shows that it might be possible. The research is published in the journal Psychological Science. [Helen Y. Weng et al, Compassion Training Alters Altruism and Neural Responses to Suffering]One group of subjects learned to practice what’s called “compassionate meditation” by focusing on a specific person while repeating a phrase like, “May you be free from suffering.”Read the whole story: Scientific American