Me and the Picasso

The last day I’m on set is a monster of a day—500 extras and 100 picture cars in downtown Chicago, and a 4:30 a.m. call.

We are reversing the flow of traffic so that Will Ferrell can get onto a bus and we can see a post office that the director likes in the background. It seems like much more trouble than it’s worth.

It’s the first time that I experience angry Midwesterners. I catch more than a few middle fingers while trying to hold up traffic. I spend the rest of the day checking in extras and walking them the 15 blocks to the next location.

I realize on my second trip that we are shooting in Daly Plaza, home of the Picasso sculpture I’ve come to know. It’s the only area I feel comfortable navigating.

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Options for preserving open space


An issue that has been attracting a great deal of attention these days is the need to preserve open space.

So important has this notion become that we are seeing states, counties and other municipalities decide to float bond issues and use other methods to pay for preserving open space.

To the south, we have seen Monroe County in Pennsylvania get approval from voters for a $25 million bond issue that will be used to purchase open space as well as for other planning activities.

In Orange County, New York, legislators have approved $2 million in bonds that will be used to purchase open space as well as $1.5 million to be used for water resource protection.

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The cast of “Oliver!” is enriched by real life harmonious relationships.

Consider yourself one of the family

Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s “Oliver!” redefines notion of family entertainment

SOUTH FALLSBURG, NY—The energy in the show is uncanny and uplifting. As the final musical coda of the Sullivan County Dramatic Workshop’s (SCDW) performance of “Oliver!” at the Rivoli Theatre brings the audience to its feet, it is clear that this show has a lot more going for it than its charming story, great music and period authenticity. To be sure, Lionel Bart’s outstanding musical, which opened on Broadway in 1968, has all of that. So what could be so enchanting about SCDW’s revival—its first musical in recent years?

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