Related Shows Christian Borle(Photo: Bruce Glikas) Falsettos View Comments Tickets are now on sale for the eagerly anticipated Broadway revival of Falsettos. Led by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle, co-book writer James Lapine will direct the revival, which is set to begin previews on September 29 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for October 27; the limited engagement will run through January 8, 2017.The musical by Lapine and William Finn follows Marvin, who struggles to create a “tight knit family” out of his eclectic array of core relationships, including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist and his neighbors. Amidst a series of life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility and what it means to be a man.The starry cast will also include Stephanie J. Block, Andrew Rannells, Brandon Uranowitz, Tracie Thoms, Betsy Wolfe and Anthony Rosenthal. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 8, 2017
Ollie Jung | Daily TrojanAll eyes were on Cromwell Field on Wednesday as Sam Darnold showed off in the rain to make his case to be the top overall pick at the NFL draft next month. The now-former Trojan superstar impressed in front of all 32 teams while the NFL Network broadcasted his Pro Day around the country.Unfortunately for Trojan fans, Darnold’s contributions to USC are now limited to being an ambassador at the next level. He can no longer add to the trophy cabinet in Heritage Hall, and he’s done scrambling around the Coliseum — at least on Saturdays. But there are plenty of other squads to root for on campus, from the third-ranked women’s water polo team to the men’s golf program and Justin Suh: the nation’s top collegiate player.One of the best shows on campus plays just down the road from where Darnold held his workout. A few nights before cameras gathered all over Cromwell, the baseball team took down Utah 5-2 at Dedeaux Field to earn a series victory to open Pac-12 play. History was made during the opener on Thursday, when the Trojans no-hit the Utes behind 7-2/3 wicked frames from freshman Kyle Hurt, who was pitching just his fourth career game.USC isn’t ranked, nor is its 11-6 record threatening to break into the national conversation, but the roster is certainly a lot of fun to watch. Head coach Dan Hubbs’ side dropped an 8-7 thriller against UC Irvine on Tuesday night after staging two separate rallies to fight back from deficits of 4-0 and 7-5. The Trojans beat No. 11 UCLA in Dodger Stadium two weeks ago and have played to a strong 8-3 record at home so far this spring. Their only dropped series to date was a trip to Arkansas against the fifth-ranked Razorbacks (the Trojans gave up two runs in the final frame to lose the rubber game 7-6). Other than the team’s visit to Irvine this week, USC’s only one-off defeat came versus No. 8 TCU.It’s impressive stuff for a program that was picked to finish third-from-bottom in the Pac-12 in the preseason media poll. With a roster featuring a mix of steady veterans and inexperienced energy, could this year’s Trojans stage a surprise postseason chase for the first time since 2015? As young prospects like Hurt begin to carve out their legacies, can seasoned players like junior Lars Nootbaar and Brad Wegman cement theirs with a run at the College World Series?Hopeful as fans may be, it is still far too early to even dream of what lies beyond the next two months — or even two series. I made the mistake of buying in too early last season, when I penned a column at a similar point during the 2017 campaign. USC was 15-8, with two series wins to begin the conference schedule after being picked to finish second-to-last in the Pac-12. It was an eerily familiar start: a strong home record coupled with a marquee win over the Bruins in Chavez Ravine.“It seemed like the Trojans were back on the road to a championship before last season’s stumble,” I wrote. “Perhaps this year’s underdog side is about to get things on track again, no matter what the experts may predict.”Turns out, the experts were spot-on. The Trojans imploded over the final two-thirds of the season, stumbling to a 6-26 record the rest of the way and finishing tied for last in the conference. After compiling a 27-27 record in 2016, USC dropped to 21-34 in 2017, lowlighted by a rough 6-20 mark away from home.So, as excited as I am for the Trojans’ potential this spring, I will not jinx them again. Being honest, it seems pretty obvious what awaits them in their next series: a three-game set on the road against No. 3 Stanford. It’s hard to imagine USC will pose much of a challenge to the high-flying Cardinal, who boast a 14-2 record (10-1 at home).And once the Trojans return from the Bay Area, their schedule quickly becomes unforgiving. Just look at this stretch beginning in mid-April: a home series against a traditionally strong Arizona program (picked to finish fourth in the Pac-12), then a crosstown visit to UCLA followed by back-to-back unenviable trips to Eugene, Ore. and Pullman, Wash., and finally, a home date versus defending conference champion Oregon State — who totaled six losses over the entirety of last season for a 56-6 record.With such towering roadblocks standing in USC’s way, I fully expect Hubbs’ squad to watch the postseason from home. No matter how precocious the team may be, the strength of the Pac-12 as a whole appears too high to expect the Trojans to punch above their weight over the course of a full campaign.Then again, they did nearly steal a series away from the fifth-ranked program in the country just a few weeks ago — all the way in Fayetteville, Ark., no less. Let’s see if USC can make a statement and go one better this weekend.
As the Raiders embark on a new era with Mike Mayock as general manager and Jon Gruden as head coach, they rid themselves of their former general manager’s right-hand man.Joey Clinkscales, the Raiders’ director of player personnel and Reggie McKenzie’s No. 2, has been fired, the Bay Area News Group has learned.This move was expected after McKenzie’s firing, and Clinkscales, who normally traveled with the team, hadn’t done so since the Raiders let McKenzie go on Dec. 10.“I have 15 years worth …
The reported offer of talks by the Hurriyat leadership comes smack in the middle of operations against terrorists in Kashmir, in which a record number of 88 locals had been killed this year. The Jammu & Kashmir administration has said that recruitment to militant ranks is at its lowest now.But since June 12 alone, 10 security personnel, five of them CRPF men, lost their lives, and 10 others were injured in various attacks, including the fidayeen strike in Anantnag on June 12 and a blast using an improvised explosive device (IED) in Pulwama on June 17. These took the death toll of security personnel to 73, the highest since the corresponding period of 2005, when over 100 were killed.As the battle against militancy continued, the Centre’s Special Representative for Jammu and Kashmir, Dineshwar Sharma, quietly visited Srinagar — his first trip after the Lok Sabha election results were announced on May 23.The visit followed J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik’s statement on Saturday that the Hurriyat leaders were ready for talks and a change of guard in the Home Ministry, where BJP president Amit Shah has assumed office as Home Minister.Mr. Sharma was appointed in 2017 to carry forward the dialogue with all stakeholders, but his role had been undermined in the past by parallel action initiated by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the Enforcement Directorate. Several separatists, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, are being investigated by the agency for funding terror groups.“Yes, this was the first time after the general elections that I went to Srinagar. I would not like to disclose anything about the meetings,” Mr. Sharma told The Hindu. Of late, terrorists in Kashmir have resorted to new tactics. Buoyed by back-to-back successful operations against local militants in the past six weeks without any major casualty, Major Ketan Sharma, 32, was confident of wrapping up within hours a pre-dawn operation started around 4 a.m. against a hiding militant at Badoora village in Anantnag on June 17.Surprise elementThe Army, however, was taken by surprise by the level of training of the “non-local” militant of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM). Major Sharma took bullets inches below the bulletproof headgear on the face, as he volunteered to neutralise the hiding militant with grenades while changing position in an uneven courtyard.“As soldiers raised their heads to fire at his position, the militant would fire back with precision. He succeeded in hitting four jawans. The fact he hit the Major in the face shows his level of training. He was a freshly infiltrated militant [from Pakistan]. There is a bid to push highly trained militants from across from the border,” a senior police officer told The Hindu. As the operation drew to a close at Achabal, three soldiers suffered injuries, while Major Sharma lost his life.Changing tackTop police officers of the counter-insurgency cell and the special operations group (SOG) said the surprise element thrown up by the militants by changing tack and technology resulted in higher casualties this year.“First, the suicide car blast on a CRPF convoy on February 14 inflicted the highest casualties, when 40 jawans died. In June, we saw a fidayeen militant coming close to a stationed CRPF mobile bunker at Anantnag’s busy market, killing five jawans and a police officer. In both these incidents, there was a surprise element,” a south Kashmir-based police officer said.The change in tack and technology by terrorists was because the surprise, short pre-dawn operations employed by the security forces were yielding results, with 113 militants killed this year, the police officer said. Of the 113, 25 were foreigners. “Around 45% of them belonged to the Jaish-e-Muhammad. We stepped up operations against the group and its leadership after the February 14 attack and killed over 40 of them in south Kashmir,” another counter-insurgency cell officer said.Another new tactic employed by the militants is to make IEDs locally and stage attacks away from the now-secured Srinagar-Jammu highway, which was, previously, the main focus of the militants.“The June 17 IED attack, where it was fitted to a Maruti car, took place on an interior road near Aarihal in Pulwama. Over 10 jawans were injured and two were left dead,” the police officer said.As the security forces take on the terrorists, it remains to be seen what happens with the reported offer of talks and the follow-up on Mr. Sharma’s visit.
Rice University chemists used the adhesive ability of a compound found in mussels and shear force to help a nanoscale, multidomain peptide, seen at top, self-assemble into a fiber bundle that can be picked up with a tweezer. The researchers said the fiber may aid in the manipulation of cell cultures, among other applications. Return to article. Long DescriptionRice chemists used the adhesive ability of a compound found in mussels and shear force to help a nanoscale, multidomain peptide, seen at top, self-assemble into a fiber bundle that can be picked up with a tweezer. The researchers said the fiber may aid in the manipulation of cell cultures, among other applications. Courtesy of the Hartgerink Research GroupHartgerink and Rice graduate student I-Che Li introduced their room-temperature method this month in an open-access paper in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The hydrogel strings can be picked up and moved with tweezers, and Li said he expects they will help labs gain better control over the growth of cell cultures. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0612_NANOFIBER-2-WEB-2e461jf.jpgPeptide nanofibers created at Rice University line up and form bundles in a new process that uses an amino acid found in the feet of mussels to help the strands stick together and hold their shape when exposed to air. (Credit: Hartgerink Research Group/Rice University) Return to article. Long DescriptionNanoscale multi-domain peptide fibers that are prompted to self-assemble into macroscale fibers are tough enough to be handled with tweezers. Rice University chemists who created the fibers said they will enhance the manipulation of cell cultures. Courtesy of the Hartgerink Research GroupThey also found that DOPA promoted chemical cross-linking reactions that helped the bundles hold their shape. “DOPA is really sensitive to oxidizing agents,” Li said. “Even exposing DOPA to air oxidizes it, and that aids in cross-linking the fibers.”As a bonus, the aligned fibers also proved to have a curious and useful optical property called “uniform birefringence,” or double-refraction. Li said this could allow researchers to use polarized light to see exactly where the aligned fibers are, even if they’re covered by cells.“This will be an important technique for us to make sure of the long-range order of fiber alignment when we are testing directed cell growth,” he said.The researchers expect the aligned fibers can be used for macroscale medical applications but with nanoscale control over the structures.“Self-assembly is basically the ability of a molecule to make ordered structure from chaos, and what I-Che has done is push this organization to a new level with his aligned strings,” said Hartgerink, a professor of chemistry and of bioengineering. “With this material, we are excited to see if we can impose this organization onto the growth of cells that interact with it.”The Robert A. Welch Foundation and the National Institutes of Health supported the research.-30-Read the paper at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jacs.7b04655Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNewsRelated materials:Hartgerink Research Group: http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~jdh/Hydrogels deliver on blood-vessel growth: http://news.rice.edu/2015/01/20/hydrogels-deliver-on-blood-vessel-growth-2/Smart scaffolding aims to rebuild tissue from the inside: http://news.rice.edu/2012/11/12/smart-scaffolding-aims-to-rebuild-tissue-from-the-inside-2/Rice Department of Chemistry: https://chemistry.rice.eduRice Department of Bioengineering: http://bioe.rice.eduBioScience Research Collaborative: http://www.brc.rice.edu/home/Images for download: Rice graduate student I-Che Li holds a vial of hydrogel. http://news.rice.edu/files/2017/06/0612_NANOFIBER-3-WEB-28wlxjn.jpgNanoscale multi-domain peptide fibers that are prompted to self-assemble into macroscale fibers are tough enough to be handled with tweezers. Rice University chemists who created the fibers said they will enhance the manipulation of cell cultures. (Credit: Hartgerink Research Group/Rice University)