Last night, Twiddle made their debut at The Capitol Theatre for a sold-out show with TAUK, and special guest Matisyahu. The pre-party was spent at Garcia’s, while the one-and-only jamband concert pianist Holly Bowling displayed her impeccable talents. Riveting as ever, she performed a perfectly pleasing balance of Phish and Grateful Dead tunes.Twiddle Debuts New Song, Welcomes Matisyahu For Sold-Out Capitol Theatre Show [Videos/Review]The set closed with a surprise special guest appearance from Twiddle’s own Ryan Dempsey. The two had a blast tackling “Harry Hood” together in their show-stopping performance. With Bowling holding down the melodies, Dempsey took lead in a tastefully beautiful Hood jam. Watch how it all went down:Holly Bowling @ Garcia’s 5/7/16 Setlist:My Friend, My Friend, Help on the Way > Slipknot! > Theme from the Bottom > Randall’s Chalkdust Jam > Theme from the Bottom > Slipknot! > Franklin’s Tower, It’s Ice, A Song I Heard the Ocean Sing > Terrapin Station Suite, Taste, Harry Hood** w/ Ryan Dempsey from Twiddle
Hey, you, standing in line to buy some high-priced item that will be forgotten by your friend—and thrown in the trash—in two months. Get out of the queue and hit the streets, where entertaining options abound! There’s Jake Gyllenhaal’s Broadway debut, the Von Trapp kids’ evening show, new arrivals to Wicked and more. Check out this week’s picks! Behold Wicked’s New Witches Beginning December 16 at the Gershwin Theatre It’s a new, exciting day in Oz! Caroline Bowman, fresh from the national tour of Evita, succeeds Christine Dwyer as Elphaba, and fellow Broadway veteran Kara Lindsay (Newsies) is now Glinda. Another layer of cool to this news: Bowman, a former Wicked ensemble member, understudied Elphaba. Wow, that sounds like the happy sequel to A Chorus Line! Someone grab some magic markers and construction paper—we’ve got dialogue to write. Click for tickets! Stay up Late with the Von Trapps December 17 at 54 Below The highlight of The Sound of Music Live! (aside from Laura Benanti tweeting “Elsa OUT!”) had to be those super-talented Von Trapp kids. Well, lucky for us, five of them (and three of their standbys) are ignoring their bedtimes and performing for one night only at 54 Below. Just be sure to holster your Twitter fingers and stay silent. You’ll need both for ABC’s The Sound of Music: Sing-a-long on Dec. 21. Click for tickets! See Jake Gyllenhaal Survey the Stars Beginning December 16 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre In recent months, Broadway has become Hollywood East, not that we’re complaining. Especially when we can see Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson in Constellations, Nick Payne’s play about a physicist and a bee keeper who meet at a barbecue…and then again and again and again. Yes, the play involves quantum physics, but you won’t be tested on it. We think. Wait, should we form a study group? Click for tickets! View Comments Spread Christmas Cheer with Jim Parsons December 16, check local listings As much as we love Elf, the 2003 holiday movie classic, we’ve seen it more times than our parents. And despite letters to our elected representatives, the musical is not returning to Broadway anytime soon. Thankfully, NBC has a perfect solution. The animated Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, which includes elements of the movie and the musical, features Jim Parsons as the voice of our overgrown, overzealous Christmas hero. Hooray! Get (Hard) Knocked Out at Annie December 19 in movie theaters The sun comes out today as Annie, the latest big-screen adaptation of the cherished musical, opens nationwide. This one puts a modern-day spin on the Depression-era story of an adorable orphan (Quvenzhané Wallis) and the grumpy gazillionaire (Jamie Foxx) who loves her. Your inner eight-year-old, however, can rest easy. Director Will Gluck (Easy A) is known for having a deft comic touch and the terrific cast also includes Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne, and Bobby Cannavale.
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Paris department stores, a de rigueur stop for Chinese tour groups, are unusually quiet. Italy’s tourism market could face a hit of 4.5 billion euros this year, according to the think tank Demoskopika. MSC Cruises, Costa Cruises and Royal Caribbean have cancelled stops by their ships in China. Cinemas around China have been forced to close, during what was meant to be a prime time for blockbuster releases during the holidays. Canada-based Imax Corp. could be deprived of $60-200 million in lost box-office revenues, according to analysts.ElectronicsTaiwanese tech giant Foxconn is keeping its Chinese factories closed until mid-February and telling some staff to stay away for another 14 days, the incubation period of the virus.That could affect global supply chains for tech companies that rely on Foxconn to assemble everything from Apple’s iPhones to flat-screen TVs and laptops.For its part, Apple is working on “mitigation plans” to make up for any production loss from its suppliers in China. South Korea’s LG Electronics has withdrawn from this month’s Mobile World Congress, the leading showcase for the smartphone industry, citing expert advice to avoid non-essential travel.Chinese giant Huawei says it is still examining its options for the February 24-27 conference in Barcelona.AutosWuhan, the central Chinese city that is ground zero of the outbreak, is a hub for foreign carmakers from the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea.The extended holidays have limited the immediate impact on their production in Wuhan itself, but concerns are growing about spillover effects, including on auto suppliers around China.Hyundai Motor says it is suspending all production in South Korea because of a lack of parts from China.Electric car pioneer Tesla says the virus could delay a planned acceleration of production at its giant new factory in Shanghai, and potentially affect earnings this quarter.Food and beverageMainland China is the second-biggest market of US coffee chain Starbucks, with more than 4,000 outlets. Half of them have been closed by the outbreak.Fast-food giant McDonald’s has closed all of its “several hundred” restaurants in Hubei, the province of Wuhan, but some 3,000 others in China remain open.Pizza Hut and KFC are also suffering closures in Hubei province imposed by their Chinese parent company, Yum China.OthersEuropean plane maker Airbus has halted production from its plant at Tianjin, east of Beijing. Likewise for French group Safran, which makes helicopter engines and airplane components out of Tianjin and other plants in China.Heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar, which has already suffered from the Sino-US trade war, warned of “continued global economic uncertainty” this year.Nike warned of a “material impact” on operations in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The sports apparel and footwear giant has closed about half its stores in China and experienced a drop in retail traffic at those still open.Fellow sports apparel giant Adidas said it was closing a “significant” number of its stores in China. Adidas cited a “negative” impact and warned it expects further impacts on its operations in the country.The German company has around 500 of its own stores in China and some 11,500 outlets in franchise stores.Some winnersNot all companies are suffering. 3M, a leading maker of protective face masks, is cranking up production. The server of British games studio Ndemic Creations went down in late January after a surge in popularity for its title Plague Inc., in which players vie to “bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global plague”.Topics : Given China’s economic heft and position in the nexus of global supply chains, the new strain of coronavirus is affecting companies from far and wide in multiple sectors.Here’s how a selection of multinational brands are responding to the epidemic, which has forced many companies to stay shut until at least February 10 after China extended its Lunar New Year holidays.Travel and tourism The travel sector is most directly affected by China’s decision to quarantine dozens of cities and ban overseas tour groups, in a bid to contain the outbreak. Other countries have told their nationals to avoid travel to China and banned arrivals from there. Many airlines are trimming their schedules. Air Canada, Air France, British Airways, Delta and Lufthansa are among leading carriers that have cancelled all their flights to China. Hong Kong’s Cathay Pacific is suffering the biggest financial hit, and on Wednesday asked its entire workforce of 27,000 to take up to three weeks of unpaid leave. Casinos in Macau, normally a playground for the rich and the hopeful from mainland China, have closed their doors. So have Disney theme parks in Shanghai and Hong Kong.