Written By James Nelson, Technology Editor for InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential
Photography courtesy of Kirk Tuck.
“Tale as old as time”? If you’re the parent of a young child who has watched a certain Disney animated film on video over and over and over, it might seem that way. When you take that child – or if you just go on your own – to the ZACH Theatre’s production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, you may be surprised at how fresh and well-animated it all seems. Despite all the familiarity of this tale of a cursed prince-turned-beast who manages to win over the smartest, prettiest, and most headstrong girl in a “poor provincial town,” there’s a lightness and sweetness to Artistic Director Dave Steakley’s production that will win you over.
The production is also distinguished by its cast. The main cast is solid. They are competent singers as well as actors, thus doing justice to the nature of a musical. The star of the show is clearly Briana Brooks who plays Belle, the Beauty, and Alexander Mendoza, who plays the Beast, is very good too. During the second act, when the plot centers almost exclusively on the romance between Belle and the Beast, Brooks and Mendoza deliver a depth of feeling that makes this play especially heartwarming. It’s no accident this tale that teaches children about the benefits of kindness, courtesy, and respect, has proven so durable with several generations.
The supporting performers bring lightheartedness and laughter to the show. The self-absorbed buffoon Gaston is played with gusto by Matthew Redden, who is amusing as he flexes and fumbles in “Me” and the eponymous tune “Gaston” with adorable sidekick LeFou played by Kevin Pellicone never too far away. The happy bunch of household objects that also happen to be the Beast’s servants are highly entertaining with their own individual sparkle and include the hilarious, tightly wound clock Cogsworth played by John Christopher, and his animated candelabra friend Lumiere played by Martin Burke. Sassy Babette played by Jennifer Blakeney Youngi and over-the-top Madame De La Grande Bouche played by June Julian also add fun and flair. Little Chip is played by Wilkes Goodner and Lucca Ostrovich. Chip’s protective and doting teapot mother Mrs. Potts played by Meredith McCall charmed the crowd with “Beauty and the Beast.”
The Zach Theatre does a fantastic job with their latest family-friendly production. No matter how old you are, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast will touch your heart and fill it with happiness and hope. Get tickets and be their guest.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Plays ZACH’s Topfer Stage from July 11 thru September 2, 2018.
My comments on the accommodations at ZACH Theatre:
- Greeted immediately and provided a layout of the facility
- Box office staff very pleasant and friendly. Had our tickets available immediately
- Nice selection at the bar
- Acoustics are great
- All seats have a great view
- Convenient parking
- Nice local artwork on display
Photography courtesy of Trattoria Italienne.
We look forward to trying Trattoria Italienne in New York City.
Opened in 2016 by Chef Jared Sippel and General Manager James King, Trattoria Italienne offers a casual dining experience rooted in Northern Italian and Southern French cuisine.
Chef Sippel’s cuisine highlights the best products of the season and focuses on the close relationships with our purveyors. The wine program showcases regional specific wines to pair alongside the menu, providing an authentic ‘old world’ dining experience.
HOURS & LOCATION
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Call Trattoria Italienne by phone at 212-600-5139
5:30PM – 11PM (Mon -Thu) • 5:30PM – 12AM (Fri – Sat)
11:30PM – 2:30PM (Sat & Sun)
When people think of barbecues, many think of foods loaded with fat, salt and sugar, which can seem challenging if you are trying to eat healthy. However, it is possible – and easier than you think – to host a balanced cookout with nutritious options, without sacrificing flavor or quality.
Smithfield nutritionist Erin Thacker, MA, RDN, recommends these tips for hosting a backyard barbecue that will leave your guests healthy and happy:
- Stick to lean protein: fresh pork cuts such as sirloins, tenderloins, boneless loins and chops are packed with protein and contain key nutrients like vitamin B6, thiamin, phosphorus, niacin, potassium, riboflavin and zinc. Smithfield fresh pork tenderloins and boneless sirloin roasts are even certified by the American Heart Association* as heart-healthy foods.
- Layer on fruits and veggies: grilled vegetables make for a quick and delicious side dish, and grilled fruits are a health-conscious way to end the meal on a lighter note.
- Lighten up: swap mayonnaise and heavy creams for Greek yogurt and vinegars, and opt for homemade dressings or sauces instead of store-bought condiments, which often have high sugar contents.
Try these simple, dietitian-approved recipes for Grilled Fresh Pork and Veggies with Lemon or Sweet and Spicy Fresh Pork Mini Kebabs. For more healthy and great-tasting recipe ideas, visit Smithfield.com.
Grilled Fresh Pork and Veggies with Lemon
Prep time: 8 minutes
Cook time: 22 minutes
- 1 Smithfield Fresh Pork Tenderloin, cut into four thick slices
- 2 teaspoons garlic pepper
- 1 zucchini squash, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 yellow summer squash, cut in half lengthwise
- 1 large portobello mushroom
- 1/2 large red bell pepper, cut in half lengthwise and flattened
- 1/2 large red onion, cut into slices
- 1 lemon, cut in half
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Heat charcoal or gas grill to medium-high. Season fresh pork slices with garlic pepper; grill about 5 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches 145-160° F.
- Brush both sides of zucchini squash, yellow squash, mushroom, pepper and onion, plus cut sides of lemon, with oil.
- Grill vegetables for 10 minutes, turning occasionally. Add lemon to grill, cut-side down, and cook additional 2 minutes.
- Place vegetables and lemon on cutting board; coarsely chop vegetables. Serve with fresh pork slices on top; squeeze lemon over meat.
Nutritional information per serving: 200 calories; 6 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 75 mg cholesterol; 75 mg sodium; 8 g total carbohydrates; 2 g dietary fiber; 4 g sugars; 30 g protein.
Sweet and Spicy Fresh Pork Mini Kebabs
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 kebabs
- 1 Smithfield Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Pepper Marinated Fresh Pork Sirloin, cut into 1-inch cubes
- 1/2 pineapple, cored and cut into 16 (1-inch) cubes
- 2 red bell peppers, cut into 16 (1-inch) pieces
- 16 bamboo skewers (6 inches), soaked in water and drained
- 2/3 cup honey
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Caribbean jerk seasoning
- Heat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high.
- Thread two pieces of fresh pork sirloin, one pineapple cube and one red pepper piece onto each skewer. Wrap exposed end of skewer with foil to discourage scorching.
- Mix honey, vinegar and jerk seasoning together for glaze.
- Grill kebabs approximately 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until fresh pork reaches internal temperature of 145° F and then rest for 3 minutes. Generously brush kebabs with glaze during last 2-3 minutes.
Nutritional information per serving: 80 calories; 1 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 20 mg cholesterol; 90 mg sodium; 12 g total carbohydrates; 1 g dietary fiber; 9 g sugars; 8 g protein.
*Information and recipes not provided by the American Heart Association unless expressly stated. (Family Features)
One performance only as finale of Austin Chamber Music Festival
WHO: Austin Shakespeare
WHAT: Scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
WHEN: 4:30 pm Sunday, July 22, 2018
WHERE: Bates Recital Hall, University of Texas at Austin
Austin Shakespeare, in collaboration with Austin Chamber Music Center, presents scenes from A Midsummer Night’s Dreamin full period costume on Sunday, July 22 at The University of Texas Bates Recital Hall as the finale of The Austin Chamber Music Festival. Combining music, poetry and movement for the third consecutive year, they will stage highlights of the delightful story of lovers tricked by fairies, and a foolish Bottom transformed into a donkey. The show is punctuated by intervals of music from Beethoven, Bartok, Ravel, and Prokoviev. Artistic Director Ann Ciccolella promises “a surprise Mendelssohn twist!”
With professional Equity actors: Gwendolyn Kelso (Helena), Sharron Bower (Titania, Queen of the Fairies), André Martin (Lysander/Oberon), and Kate Glasheen (Hermia). Scenes feature Toby Minor (Puck) who recently played the comic Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor in Zilker Park, and Joseph Garlock (Bottom/Demetrius), who played Tybalt in last year’s festival production of Scenes from Romeo and Juliet. Children playing the fairies include: Joseph Blackwood, Rose Marie Barnes, Sparky Anderson, Selah Bell, Aiden and Liam Minor. Chamber music will be played by ACMC’s gifted Artistic Director, Michelle Schumann (piano), along with Sonja Larson (violin) and Nora Karakousoglou (cello), who wowed audiences last summer.
Movement director: Jennifer Whitehurst
Costume designer: Jennifer Rose Davis
Lighting designer: Patrick Anthony
ANN CICCOLELLA, Artistic Director
Ann Ciccolella joined Austin Shakespeare as Artistic Director in August 2007, following an eight-year tenure at Austin’s ZACH Theatre as managing director, and executive director at Austin Circle of Theaters for nine years. Ciccolella led the Renaissance Theater Company for ten years, producing and directing Off-Off Broadway shows. Prior moving to Austin, Ciccolella served for three years as associate director for SHAKESPEARE ON WHEELS from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. In 2013, she directed Off-Broadway for Austin Shakespeare of a new adaptation of Ayn Rand’s Anthem by Jeff Britting at the Baryshnikov Arts Center.
Austin Shakespeare’s mission is to present professional theatre of the highest quality with an emphasis on the plays of William Shakespeare, bringing to the public performances that are fresh, imaginative, thought-provoking, and eminently accessible, connecting the truths of the past with the challenges and possibilities of today. Founded in 1984 Austin Shakespeare is the only professional classic theatre company in Central Texas. Austin Shakespeare also brings professional actors and directors directly into the classroom throughout Central Texas. Austin Shakespeare is a member of the Austin Creative Alliance and is funded in part by the City of Austin through The Cultural Arts Division.
We all get stressed and anxious at work. Whether your boss is always on your case, your coworker makes you anxious, or you put the stress on yourself, there are luckily ways to minimize the effect. We spoke with Naam Yoga Experts on ways to make the most of your workday and de-stress from your boss and coworkers. “Once you try these three exercises, your workday will be much more pleasant, and your stress levels will instantaneously decrease,” explained Naam Yoga Expert.
- Fist Tighten & Release: Place your thumb on base of your pinky finger and squeeze thumb. Put your fists at your side. When you inhale, raise shoulders up. When you exhale, push shoulders down. Repeat this breath and shoulder movement at different speeds. This exercise is great for opening and loosening shoulders, specifically for those working at a desk.
- Chest Opening: Place your hands on hips then connect hands behind your back. Intertwine your fingers. Inhale and turn head to left. Exhale and bring neck back to center. Repeat this movement for both sides, up and down, coming back to center each time. This exercise opens up your chest, releases negative energy and brings positive energy in.
- Triangle Hands: Place hands in triangle across lower abdomen, underneath the belly button. With your hands placed on abdomen, repeat mantras. While speaking mantras, lightly tap your hands and bend your knees. This releases negative energy as well as anxious thoughts and feelings. For advanced exercise, alternate between tapping your hands on abdomen and clapping. Clapping sends messages to your brain that you are happy. This exercise is great for those stressed and anxious as it sends positive thoughts to brain.
“The best part about these exercises is that they can be done at your desk,” Naam Yoga explained. Give them a try and see for yourself how your workday mood brightens.
I hope you enjoy the tips and exercises brought to you by Naam experts to brighten up your summer work schedule.
To learn more about de-stressing, relaxing and meditation, check out Dr. Levry’s newest book titled The Ultimate Secrets of Intimacy and Creation.
New treatments and procedures claiming to blast fat and smooth skin enter the market regularly, offering the possibility of a contoured, toned body. Many people who exercise regularly and watch what they eat find stubborn weight collecting anywhere from the back, arms, abdomen, hips, thighs and derrière. Frustrated, they seek solutions, but which ones deliver and how safe are they? To give us answers, we turned to Dr. Stanley Poulos, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon in the San Francisco Bay area and co-founder of Plastic Surgery Specialists who has over 3 decades expertise in body aesthetics.
What is driving women’s decisions to try these treatments and how have attitudes changed from a decade ago?
Ten years ago, women would come to my office with photos of celebrities who were working with highly effective fitness trainers. Today both women and men come to my office, show me a random “hot body” in their Instagram feed, looking fabulous in a swimsuit, and want to look like that person. Social media bombards people with images, and they feel if these people aren’t well-known celebrities and look great, then they can too.
What are the most common frustrations when it comes to achieving their desired look?
Well, most people try their best to work out, watch what they eat and try to take care of themselves. They notice, though, that through pregnancies, hormonal and metabolism shifts that happen with age, gravity is winning. Men notice more fat around the waist and “breasts”, women notice cellulite dimples in their thighs and buttocks, bra rolls, extra fat at the waist despite maintaining their diet and exercise routines. A workout routine at 45 will not yield the same results as 35; it becomes frustrating. Collagen production typically falls off a cliff at a certain point in the early 50s; this means treatments need to treat both fat deposits and skin tightening.
What do you advise them to do? There are so many treatments to choose from. It can be overwhelming.
Absolutely, and it’s very important to approach any procedure with the facts and a realistic expectation of what’s achievable, and required.. Some women think they just come in for a few hours and they are magically transformed. In some cases, results are immediate, and in other cases healing can take up to 2 to 3 months.
Ok so let’s explore these treatments. What’s the best one out there to deal with cellulite? It seems like most women struggle with cellulite.
Yes, cellulite is a very common issue women want a solution for, and fast. Cellulaze is a treatment that safely and effectively treats cellulite under local anesthesia with initial results appearing in one to four weeks, with significant results due to thickening collagen by four months. The 2-hour treatment involves an injection of a local anesthetic and wetting solution onto the cellulite, which is then zapped with a laser. This unique side-cutting laser removes the contracted fibrous bands responsible for the cellulite. Finally, the subdermal region is treated for increased collagen production. The result is tight, smooth, supple skin where the cellulite once was. Many women opt to get Cellulaze along with liposuction to address several concerns at once.
Vaser Hi- Def liposculpture
Yes, let’s talk about liposuction. How has that treatment changed?
Well, I’ve seen significant improvements over the years. Now, we have a much more precise method called Vaser Hi-Def LipoSculpture. This method is liposuction, but with techniques and tools that precisely suction out localized fat deposits from various parts of the body. This technique is used effectively, for example, in “sculpting” the washboard abs so desired by many. The fat that is harvested can then be used to fill out other areas of the body. The differentiating factor between Vaser Lipo and traditional Liposuction is the preliminary step taken to break down the fat: ultrasound frequencies. The acronym Vaser stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance.
The vibrations emitted cause expansion and contraction of air bubbles located in tumescent fluid which is ejected from the Vaser Lipo instrument. The procedure is tissue-selective, targeting fat while protecting other tissues from damage. This means eight times less blood loss, easier fat removal, stimulated skin elasticity, less bruising and a tiny incision. Through this process, the fat that is collected is separated to use for fat injections in other areas. The surgeon has the ability to truly sculpt the body.
Balloon Weight Loss Method
What about people who have 20-50 pounds to lose, but not enough weight for gastric bypass surgery?
These patients can be considered for the Balloon Weight Loss Method. An ideal candidate for this procedure has a body mass index of 30 to 40 and did not had previous weight loss surgery. Patients diagnosed with bulimia, binge eating, compulsive overeating, high liquid calorie intake habits or similar eating related psychological disorders are not good candidates.
This non-surgical outpatient procedure begins with a diagnostic endoscopy, to ensure that there are no contraindications and that it is safe to perform. Once the patient is mildly sedated and comfortable, the procedure can begin. The deflated gastric balloon is inserted through the esophagus and into the stomach. A syringe is then used to fill the balloon with a sterile saline solution. Once the weight loss balloon has been filled with saline, it expands to approximately the size of a grapefruit and remains there for 6 months. The entire procedure takes about 20 minutes. Patients can usually return home after the placement or removal procedures within 30 minutes. Over the last 20 years this procedure has helped over 277,000 people. The gastric balloon encourages portion control while patients make healthy changes to diet and lifestyle. After six months the balloon is then removed.
What’s key here is to find a doctor who provides the full support and team to address diet and exercise to achieve and maintain optimal results. Dr. Poulos has assembled a team that has achieved some of the best nonsurgical weight loss results in the country.
Regardless of what you choose it’s important to do your research by speaking to doctors and understanding the instruments used, the process and what’s needed for an optimal recovery and result.
About Dr. Poulos:
Dr. Poulos is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and Co-Founder with Yngvar Hvistendahl, M.D of Plastic Surgery Specialists recognized as one of the premier aesthetic surgery clinics in Northern California.
Dr. Poulos helped pioneer the quick lift facial rejuvenation surgery in California and has extensive experience in body contour procedures. With over 30-years’ experience in aesthetic procedures, Dr. Poulos has been on the forefront of innovative procedures such as the quick-lift facial rejuvenation, mommy makeover, and vaser lipo-contouring. Dr. Poulos combines his consistent knowledge of new treatment options with his mastery of facial and body symmetry.
His recent focus has been on the gastric balloon, a groundbreaking, non-surgical, medically assisted, outpatient procedure offering weight loss to those seeking to lose between 30 and 75 pounds who may be ineligible for the more invasive gastric bypass surgery. This exciting new procedure allows patients to achieve optimal health and, when combined with exercise and proper nutrition, the results have been exceptional.
A graduate of the University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Poulos completed his internship and residency at UC San Francisco. He completed surgery and plastic surgery training in San Francisco prior to entering private practice in Marin County where he co-founded PSS (www.psspecialists.com).
Providing a comfortable environment for chickens can allow them to express normal behaviors and lead healthier lives. As part of its “Commitment to Animal Care,” Perdue
is working to be more humane in raising chickens for food by creating a set of best practices consumers can feel good about and other companies can follow. Find more information about the commitment and plans to further development at Perdue.com. (Family Features)
Volver a clases es emocionante para los niños y sus padres, pero con toda la emoción y la anticipación, también puede haber un poco de estrés. Como padre, usted puede acercarse al inminente año escolar con una actitud positiva y estos consejos pueden ayudar a minimizar el estrés y darles a sus hijos una mayor confianza al entrar al salón de clase.
Jeannette Kaplun, una experta en estilo de vida latino y madre de dos hijos, recomienda lo siguiente:
Comienza a ajustar la hora de dormir antes de que empiezan las clases. Es común que en el verano los horarios de dormir no se siguen. Sin embargo, una transición abrupta al despertarse temprano en la mañana puede provocar estrés e irritabilidad. La Fundación Nacional del Sueño recomienda implementar los nuevos horarios de acostarse más temprano dos semanas antes de que comiencen las clases y programar la alarma un poco más temprano cada mañana para una transición suave al primer día de clases.
Frenar el retroceso. El tiempo de pantalla no es sólo para pasar el tiempo; aproveche de la tecnología para mantener las destrezas de lectura que tus hijos aprendieron en el salón de clase todo el verano. Un dispositivo como Fire Kids Edition Tablet de Amazon está diseñado para niños, con garantía por dos años, un estuche y una suscripción de un año para Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, dandole a los niños el acceso a videos, aplicaciones educativas, juegos y a 15,000 libros apto para niños en inglés y en español. El minorista ofrece una amplia selección de libros en español que les facilita a los niños la tarea de leer clásicos como El Principitoo Cien años de soledad y practicar las habilidades lingüísticas mientras se divierten.
“Siendo una mamá latina, es importante que mis hijos sean bilingües, y que hablen, leen y estudien tanto en inglés como en español,” dijo Kaplun. “Hay tantas formas únicas de incorporar el español a la vida cotidiana y una de mis maneras favoritas es a través de los libros, ya que permiten a los niños explorar sus intereses”.
Vestirse para el éxito. Hay una razón por la que los adultos tienden a vestirse con elegancia para eventos especiales – cuando te ves bien, te sientes bien. Ayuda a sus hijos en elegir prendas especiales para el primer día de clases con las que se sientan cómodos y seguros. La compra de ropa es una oportunidad para que sus hijos expresen su individualidad, así que diviértase con ellos. Para evitar estrés adicional, prepare el conjunto completo la noche anterior y deja que su hijo se lo pruebe y se sienta cómodo. Si la rutina funciona, trate de hacer de esto parte de su hábito nocturno para que las mañanas estén libres de estrés durante el año escolar.
Simplificar la experiencia de compra. Cada temporada de regreso a clases viene con listas de útiles para el salón de clase y las nuevas necesidades de vestimenta. Un centro único minorista como Amazon le permite completar sus compras en su propio tiempo, y su tienda de back-to-school tiene ofertas y una amplia selección, por lo que es fácil encontrar artículos imprescindibles como carpetas, mochilas y zapatos hasta cosas divertidas como pegamento con brillantina, gomas de borrar en forma de dona y pegatinas de emojis. Ahora, usted también tiene la opción de navegar y comprar en Amazon en español; solo haga clic en el icono de globo en la parte superior derecha de la pantalla de inicio y selecciona español para hacer compras en su idioma preferido.
Compartir la emoción. Es perfectamente normal que los padres y los hijos se sientan ansiosos por el nuevo año escolar. En lugar de revelarle su propia aprehensión, comparta con sus hijos tus recuerdos favoritos de cuando estabas en el grado de ellos. Pregúnteles a sus hijos qué es lo que más les emociona y qué los pone un poco nerviosos y busquen soluciones juntos.
Comience pronto a realizar la transición para el regreso a la escuela libre de estrés con más consejos y recursos en amazon.com/backtoschool. (Family Features)
With summer is officially in full swing–which means poolside cocktails are a must! Baja Bob’s new sugar-free cocktail mix Singles are the freshest way to punch up the summer vibes without the hassle, mess or excess sugar and calories of traditional cocktail mixes.
Available in three refreshing flavors, these cocktail Singles contain only 5-10 calories per packet and zero sugar–a sweet deal in comparison to the typical 250 calories and 20-30 grams of sugar found in other cocktail mixes.
Ready to whip up some guilt-free cocktails in 2 minutes or less? Check out a delicious recipe idea below.
Baja Bob’s Chocolate Martini
3 oz vodka in a cocktail shaker
Add ½ to 1 packet Baja Bob’s Mudslide Mix Singles
Shake well to dissolve
Strain into a martini glass and enjoy!