Month: August 2020

Politicians, civil rights activists and ‘Queen of Creole Cuisine’ among Louisiana’s inspiring women

Narrowing the list of Louisiana’s most influential women during the past century was like trying to rank the most mouth-watering gumbos found in this state, where a rich roux of cultures, influences and accomplishments has produced so many pioneers who have shaped our region and country.

Women have often been featured on Louisiana’s marquee, from the mythical Evangeline immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1847 poem to the late Gov. Kathleen Blanco, described by one state lawmaker “as our generation’s Evangeline.”

The USA TODAY Network is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, in which women gained the right to vote, by recognizing women from each state and the District of Columbia who had a significant influence at home and across the country as Women of the Century.

A panel of Louisiana historians, journalists, political pioneers and caretakers of our culture – all women – chose our top 10 from

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the best theatre and dance to watch online

Beckett Double Bill

Two-thirds of Trevor Nunn’s masterful Beckett triple bill at London’s Jermyn Street theatre in early 2020 has been made available online. Hugging his tape recorder and munching bananas, James Hayes unspools melancholic memories in the classic Krapp’s Last Tape, which is accompanied by a rarity in The Old Tune, where Niall Buggy’s Mr Gorman and David Threlfall’s Mr Cream shoot the breeze on a park bench. Available from Digital Theatre until 31 December.

How I Hacked My Way into Space

In July, a group of Yorkshire theatre companies – organised by the brilliant Tutti Frutti – came together for a citywide outdoor children’s festival, Live Little Stories for Leeds. Unlimited Theatre’s production How I Hacked My Way Into Space, performed by Jon Spooner, is now available to watch online until 27 August. In his intergalactic shed, Spooner tells how he accidentally set up a space

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Welcome to Bloody Sunday in the West

Until the end of the NBA’s seeding-game schedule on Aug. 14, Yahoo Sports NBA will deliver a daily bubble primer, complete with up-to-date standings and a breakdown of the schedule, from gambling odds to playoff implications and the biggest storylines. Today marks Day 11 of the restart to the 2019-20 season.

NBA standings

Eastern Conference

  1. Milwaukee Bucks (55-15)

  2. Toronto Raptors (49-19)

  3. Boston Celtics (46-23)

  4. Miami Heat (43-27)

  5. Indiana Pacers (43-27)

  6. Philadelphia 76ers (42-27)

  7. Brooklyn Nets (33-36)

  8. Orlando Magic (32-38)

    Washington Wizards (24-45)

Western Conference

  1. Los Angeles Lakers (51-18)

  2. L.A. Clippers (47-22)

  3. Denver Nuggets (46-24)

  4. Houston Rockets (43-25)

  5. Oklahoma City Thunder (42-26)

  6. Utah Jazz (43-27)

  7. Dallas Mavericks (42-30)

  8. Memphis Grizzlies (33-37)

  9. Portland Trail Blazers (32-39)

    Phoenix Suns (31-39)

    San Antonio Spurs (30-38)

    New Orleans Pelicans (30-39)

    Sacramento Kings (29-40)

Sunday’s schedule

(All times Eastern)

Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 12:30 p.m.

Memphis Grizzlies vs. Toronto Raptors, 2 p.m.

San Antonio

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Meow Wolf was set to transform themed entertainment in Vegas and beyond. Then came the pandemic

Inside the Meow Wolf Las Vegas experience, Omega Mart is a grocery store experience that can transport you to other realms. <span class="copyright">(Meow Wolf)</span>
Inside the Meow Wolf Las Vegas experience, Omega Mart is a grocery store experience that can transport you to other realms. (Meow Wolf)

This was supposed to be the year that Meow Wolf became so integral to popular culture that, in the words of one of its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, it would be well on its way to becoming a “provider of themed entertainment and creative experiences on the level that people think of Disney, Universal and Marvel.”

And on March 8, as I spent a Sunday afternoon in the company’s Santa Fe, N.M., exhibition space, that boast didn’t seem so far-fetched.

Crouching down in one of Meow Wolf’s byzantine rooms I entered what appeared to a doorway and found myself in the back seat of a van-like contraption that seemed to have been willed into existence by the creator of some long lost TV show.

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