The Rockettes’ New York Spring Spectacular is returning to Radio City Music Hall! The production will play a 75 show engagement from June 15, 2016 through August 7. Where this leaves the location of the 2016 Tony Awards is yet to be established.The show, which celebrates the magic of New York City, debuted in 2015, where it was headlined by Tony winner Laura Benanti and Derek Hough. Casting and creative team will be announced later.New York Spring Spectacular stars the Rockettes and is a love letter to New York City, celebrating the energy, places, passion and promise that make New York spectacular.The previous production was penned by Joshua Harmon and contained 3D special effects, large-scale puppetry and a soundtrack of original songs, classics and pop hits. Whoopi Goldberg and Bella Thorne voiced the Statue of Liberty and the Alice in Wonderland statue, respectively. View Comments
USC is in the process of implementing an Iranian Studies Initiative that will begin by offering Persian language courses in Fall 2011, continuing its quest to be a more global university.Because Los Angeles is home to one of the largest Iranian populations outside of Iran, USC is expanding its curriculum to accommodate changes in student demand and the broader global environment, according to Bita Milanian, the executive director of the Farhang Foundation, the Iranian-American heritage foundation of Southern California that approached USC about creating this program.USC will soon offer more classes focused on Iranian Studies and students say they look forward to them. The Iranian Studies Initiative will include three phases. The first phase is introducing Persian Language courses, which will begin next fall.The second will include a minor in Iranian Studies and the third will entail adding a major. According to Milanian, the second and third phase of the initiative will be completed depending on when they receive funds from donors.By adding Persian language classes, followed by a major and minor in Iranian Studies, both the university and the Farhang Foundation hope to create a more globally-aware student body.“As the Iranian community of Southern California region grows, it becomes that much more necessary to offer educational opportunities in the areas of Persian language and Iranian Studies,” Milanian said.The curriculum for the major and minor in Iranian studies is currently in development under the guidance of Kevin Van Bladel, a professor of classics and Middle East studies, and Bruce Zuckerman, director of the Religion department.Van Bladel currently teaches courses on ancient and medieval Iran and has found students are actively asking for more of these courses. Zuckerman specializes in documenting and distributing Arabic texts.“These new [language] courses will provide a deeper specialization and expertise with respect to one of the world’s most ancient and important cultures, in a way that illuminates contemporary issues of great global importance,” said Howard Gillman, dean of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences.The Iranian Studies initiative at USC is not the first of its kind in the area, as Iranian Studies programs at UCLA and UCSB are already in full swing. UCLA began its Iranian Studies programs almost 20 years ago while UCSB recently acquired its own program within the last five years.“The existence of these centers and their very active programs suggest that there is a demand for Iranian Studies in this region,” Milanian said.Through the Persian language classes and the eventual addition of a minor and major, USC is moving toward better representing the Iranian culture among the university’s community, according to Milanian.“With such an overwhelming presence, the lack of Persian language classes and any Iranian Studies program at the university seemed unjustifiable,” Milanian said. “As the Iranian community of Southern California region grows, it becomes that much more necessary to offer educational opportunities in the areas of Persian language and Iranian Studies.”Hoda Assadian, a graduate student studying industrial engineering and officer for the Iranian Graduate Students Association, is enthusiastic about the new program.“We have a big community here in L.A. and we have a lot of second generation kids who are really not aware of the culture,” Assadian wrote in an e-mail. “Not only is the initiative seen as a way to inform, but also as a way to unite those who are Iranian or interested in the rich 3,000 year old culture.”The IGSA has played a large part in raising awareness about the new program by reaching out to both Iranian and non-Iranian students.Assadian said a program like USC’s is important in trying to fight the misconceptions about Iran.“The Iran we see now is not a true picture of what we are, having these studies will help tell what the Iranian culture is really about,” Assadian said.Kassie Simmons, an undeclared freshman, said she would definitely take advantage of Persian language courses that will be offered next fall.“Learning the basics of Iranian culture starting from the language can satisfy my interest in the foreign aspects of the world, especially the Middle East,” Simmons said.
A few weeks ago, Motorola unveiled the Moto G7 series in Brazil. The 7th generation of the Moto G series spawns four models – G7, G7 Plus, G7 Play and G7 Power. As with all previous Moto G smartphones, the entire range will be making it to India, with reports of the G7 Power and G7 Play arriving before all the other models. There have been rumours of the new Moto G7 series making it to India by the end of February. And now, the price for the G7 Power is leaked.Update: The source has updated the expected MRP to Rs 15,999. Mumbai-based retailer Mahesh Telecom took to Twitter to announce the prices of the new Moto G7 Power before Motorola’s official announcement. The G7 Power is expected to carry an MRP of Rs 18,990, which is similar to the Brazilian pricing of the handset. However, it is also said that the G7 Power will carry a price of Rs 14,500 in the offline sector. This means those purchasing the G7 Power from offline retail can avail a discount of Rs 4,400.Apart from the pricing, it is also said that the Moto G7 Power will only be available in a single colour variant. The G7 Power will sell in India only in the Black variant.Considering the pricing details accessed from Mahesh Telecom have mostly been correct, the G7 Power could be priced around Rs 15,999 for the online market as well. This will put it on par with the Moto One Power, which presently sells for Rs 14,999. The Moto One Power is very identical to the G7 Power, with both the handsets carrying a 5000mAh battery.advertisementThe G7 Power is expected to be Motorola’s second big battery smartphone along with the Moto One Power. The G7 Power carries a 5000mAh battery and is powered by power efficient Snapdragon 632 chipset. The handset will be running on a nearly stock build of Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box along with all the Moto enhancements. It sports a modern curved glass rear panel that was seen on last seen on the Moto G6.Compared to G7 Power, the Moto One Power offers a slight powerful Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. The Moto One Power also sports a metal body at the rear instead of the glass body from the Moto G series.The rest of the Moto G7 series is also expected to arrive at the Indian shores over the course of the next few months. The G7 Play is also expected to join the G7 Power for an early India launch. The standard Moto G7 and the flagship G7 Plus are expected to come to India later.ALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play launched: Price, Specifications and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Moto G7, G7 Plus, G7 Power and G7 Play unveiled, to start from Rs 19,000 approximatelyALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M20 vs Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Brain goes against brawn