Octavia Spencer named Woman of the Year

first_imgA veteran character actress, Spencer has become a familiar fixture in television and film. Her critically acclaimed performance as Minny in Dreamworks’ “The Help” won her the 2012 Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award, SAG Award, and Broadcast Film Critic’s Choice Award. She can currently be seen in the drama “Hidden Figures.”The Woman of the Year festivities will begin at 3 p.m. on Thursday, when Spencer will lead a parade through the streets of Cambridge. At 4 p.m., she will be presented with her pudding pot at Farkas Hall, the Hasty Pudding’s home since 1888. A press conference will follow the presentation, and there will be a celebratory roast for the actress.For the first time, the press conferences for Hasty Pudding’s Man and Woman of the Year will be live-streamed and available to the public free of charge. More information will be available on the Hasty Pudding’s social media channels soon via Facebook at facebook.com/thehastypudding, Twitter @thehastypudding, and Instagram @thehastypudding. Afterward, the Hasty Pudding will give a preview of its 169th production, “Casino Evil.”“We could not be more excited to offer Ms. Spencer our Woman of the Year award. We are humbled by her talent and are so honored that our little pudding pot will be sitting alongside Ms. Spencer’s Oscar and Golden Globe on her mantle,” said Hasty Pudding Theatricals’ co-producer Adam Chiavacci.“Everyone here is really looking forward to meeting her — as long as she doesn’t prove as difficult as her character on ‘30 Rock’!” added co-producer Natalie Kim.Later this year, Spencer will be seen in “The Shack,” a film based on the best-selling novel of the same title. Spencer recently wrapped production on the film “The Shape of Water.”To purchase tickets to “Casino Evil,” contact the box office at 617-495-5205 or order online at hastypudding.org/buy-tickets. The show will be performed at Farkas Hall, 12 Holyoke St., from Feb. 3 until March 5. The company then will bring the production to New York and Bermuda. Versatile actor will receive his pudding pot on Feb. 3 Reynolds is Hasty’s Man of the Year Related The Hasty Pudding Theatricals, the oldest theatrical organization in the United States, has named Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer as its 2017 Woman of the Year.The award is bestowed annually on performers who have made lasting and impressive contributions to entertainment. Established in 1951, the award has been given to many notable entertainers, including Meryl Streep, Debbie Reynolds, Katharine Hepburn, Julia Roberts, Jodie Foster, Dame Helen Mirren, and most recently Kerry Washington.last_img read more

Australia went soft on Kohli because of IPL deals – Clarke

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (Reuters) – Former captain Michael Clarke believes Australia went soft against India during the 2018-19 home series, fearing sledging the likes of Virat Kohli would cost them lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts.India’s 2-1 triumph made them the first Asian side to win a Test series in Australia who sorely missed batting mainstay Steve Smith and opener David Warner due to ball-tampering bans.“Everybody knows how powerful India are in regards to the financial part of the game, whether that be internationally or domestically in regards to the IPL,” World Cup-winning captain Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast radio programme.“I feel, Australian cricket, and probably every other team, over a little period went the opposite – actually sucked up to India.“They were too scared to sledge Kohli or sledge the Indian players because they had to go and play with them in April.”Kohli captains Royal Challenger Bangalore and his limited-overs deputy Rohit Sharma leads Mumbai Indians in the Twenty20 league which features several Australian cricketers.Smith skippers Rajasthan Royals and Warner is captain of the Hyderabad franchise, but the start of this year’s tournament has been put back to April 15 due to the global coronavirus pandemic and further postponement looks inevitable.“So the players are like, ‘well, I’m not going to sledge Kohli, I want him to pick me for Bangalore, so I can make a million U.S. (dollars) for my six weeks’,” said Clarke, who played for the IPL’s now-defunct Pune franchise in 2012.“I sort of feel that was where Australia went through that little phase of our cricket, became a lot softer or not as hard as what we’re accustomed to seeing.”Clarke believes sledging Kohli is probably counter-productive anyway.“I feel some players think by winding him up, he might try and play that big shot early out of aggression or frustration,” Clarke said.“I sort of feel Kohli is one of those players that you are better off saying nothing to and just allow him to hopefully be a little bit sleepy at the start of his innings and make a mistake.”Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins is the IPL’s most expensive overseas buy after Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for $2.18M in December.last_img read more

Orioles’ Stevie Wilkerson becomes first position player to record save

first_imgMORE: Watch live MLB games all season long on fuboTV (7-day free trial)The Orioles outfielder came in to pitch the 16th inning of Baltimore’s game against the Angels. He threw a 1-2-3 inning, sitting down Brian Goodwin, Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols in order to secure a 10-8 win. Wilkerson’s pitches averaged just 54.3 mph. Stevie Wilkerson bringing the HEAT! He averaged 54.3 mph on the way to collecting the first save by a position player in @MLB history. #Birdland pic.twitter.com/pWLMCd6PaO— DC ✍🏼🎙📊 (@DanClarkSports) July 26, 2019With this performance, he became the first position player to record a save in MLB history. Saves didn’t become an official stat until 1969. Stevie Wilkerson is the first position player EVER to record a save (saves became an official stat in 1969).— MLB Stats (@MLBStats) July 26, 2019While it’s not his usual role, Wilkerson isn’t unfamiliar with the mound. This was his third appearance in July and his scoreless frame lowered his ERA to 2.25.The game lasted 6 hours, 19 minutes and saw a combined 20 pitchers. The O’s may not have much to celebrate this season, being 33 games out of first place with a 33-69 record, but they managed to pull off an epic win and one of their players even made history in the process. Orioles fans woke up to good news Friday morning. Stevie Wilkerson made history Thursday night and it wasn’t for his defensive mishap in center field or game-tying hit in the eighth inning. Believe it or not, it was for his performance on the mound. last_img read more

Westport Winery Wins Washington State Dry Red Winery of the Year…

first_imgFacebook4Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryAt the sixth annual New York International Wine Competition Westport Winery was awarded Washington State Dry Red Blend Winery of the Year with Smoky Nor’wester. According to event organizers, “Almost 1200 wines were submitted from over 25 countries and less than 45% won a medal.”Westport Winery’s Smokey Nor’westerSmoky Nor’wester, a blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Franc, and 8% Syrah, is described in the winery’s tasting notes as having “Maserati intensity, like a good spanking.” With that description you can see why it earned this high honor. All of the Bordeaux grapes were grown at Two Blondes Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA. The Syrah was grown at Discovery Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills AVA.A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Museum of the North Beach in Moclips, Washington. The label art of a siren waiting for her ship to come in was provided by the museum. A smoky nor’wester is a weather phenomenon where an ominous heavy fog roils across the ocean from the northwest.The Smoky Nor’wester sculpture located in the winery’s 15-acre display garden was created by the winery’s executive chef Nicole Demmert. Demmert, a member of the Haida tribe of Southeastern Alaska and a graduate of the Seattle Art Institute, turned to her heritage to design this piece. According to Demmert this is the story of the trickster raven traveling over the clouds to stop the raindrops from falling.Westport Winery’s “Smokey Nor’wester sculpture was crafted by chef Nicole Demmert and depicts the story of the trickster raven traveling over the clouds to stop the raindrops from falling.Chef Demmert recommends that this be paired with their ‘Shroom Steak with sautéed mushroom and Petite Sira demi glace. Each of the wines on the list is also paired with music and in this case they recommend listening to Life’s Been Good To Me So Far by Joe Walsh.Westport Winery was named 2011 Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest. They have been voted Best Winery byKing 5 Evening Magazine for six of the past eight years. They were named the Best Washington Family Business Silver Medal winners in 2012, received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015, and were name Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The winery (including the restaurant, bakery, nursery and gardens) is open daily offering lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.last_img read more