University Registrar discusses plans for Commencement weekend

first_imgSunday, May 21 will mark the 172nd Notre Dame Commencement ceremony, where approximately 3,000 graduates will be presented with their degrees from the University. The Commencement ceremony will take place in Notre Dame Stadium and serve as the culmination of senior week, as well as the class of 2017’s time at Notre Dame.Lauren Weldon | The Observer While the ceremony officially starts at 9 a.m., University registrar Chuck Hurley said he recommends people arrive shortly after the stadium opens at 7 a.m., especially given the extra security measures that will be in place due to the presence of Vice President Mike Pence at the ceremony.“We have to open up on Saturday morning about half an hour earlier than we normally do,” Hurley said. “In 2001 when President Bush came, and in 2009 when President Obama came to Commencement … we had a number of folks who showed up at the last minute and thought they could just walk right in. In years where you have a President or Vice President, that’s just not the case. … You have to go through the magnetometers that the Secret Service has. It takes longer to get folks in.”In the case of severe weather, the Commencement ceremony will take place in Purcell Pavilion. As a result, each graduate would only receive three tickets to Commencement due to the smaller size of the venue. If this venue change becomes necessary, overflow locations will be available for additional guests in Compton Family Ice Arena, Jordan Hall of Science, DeBartolo Hall or the north dome of the Joyce Center. Hurley said Commencement will also be live-streamed for those who would prefer to watch the ceremony remotely.For the most part, Hurley said, the Campus Crossroads Project construction will not affect the ceremony itself.“There’s some areas they block off, and they’ll put fencing around things because certain areas of the facility are constructions zones,” he said. “ … But it’s important to remember, the stage is on the field and the students are on the field, so that doesn’t really change at all because there’s no work being done on the field itself.”Aside from the main Commencement ceremony, almost 100 other events relating to Commencement take place between Wednesday and Sunday, which include “everything from honor society functions to dinners,” Hurley said. Nineteen of the ceremonies are diploma ceremonies for programs and colleges within the University.Hurley said his favorite part of the weekend is the mass at 5 p.m. on Saturday evening in Purcell Pavilion. He said 11,000 to 12,000 people typically attend the event.“The Holy Cross priests do a wonderful job with the mass,” Hurley said. “It is a beautiful event, and it is really a culmination. All of our first-year students during orientation weekend come in and are in Purcell Pavilion together for opening orientation, and then four years later one of the last things they do is go to mass [on] Saturday night of Commencement weekend.”Planning for Commencement starts in October, Hurley said, and continues throughout the year, up until Commencement weekend in May.“It’s an event-filled several days for us where we only get to go home for a few hours at night and come back at four in the morning to get going,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who bring relatives to campus for that weekend. We want them to have a wonderful experience. … It really is a massive endeavor.”Tags: Class of 2017, Commencement 2017, Commencement ceremony, Mike Pencelast_img read more

LGBTQ resource fair promotes services for members of College community

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club hosted an LGBTQ Resource Fair, an event that allowed participants to meet with LGBTQ and ally organizations, groups and individuals who provide resources to local and college communities Thursday.Sophomore Susi Le, the 2017-2018 recipient of the LGBT Student Scholarship awarded by the Gay and Lesbian Alumni of Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s (GALA), coordinated the event. In addition to providing financial resources for students who identify as members of the LGBTQ community, GALA also sponsors charitable, educational, spiritual and athletic activities that further the interests of community members and their supporters. Michelle Mehelas | The Observer Members of the Saint Mary’s community spoke with representatives from various LGBTQ support organizations about resources available in the Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame and South Bend communities.Along with GALA, the LGBTQ Center of South Bend; YWCA of Northern Indiana; Transgender Resource, Education and Enrichment Services (TREES); Graduate LGBTQ+ and Allies Student Society of Notre Dame (GlassND) and several other resource groups attended the event.Meghan Buell, the founder and president of TREES, Inc., an organization spreading transgender education throughout small-town and rural communities, has been involved at Saint Mary’s for the past five years, appearing as a guest lecturer and acting as a mentor to student organizations. Buell said TREES, Inc. hopes to connect with college students through events such as Thursday’s resource fair.“I think that sometimes there’s a disconnect between the community and the resources in the campus community, and we want to bring those together to let students know that there are resources in the community that they may not find directly through campus organizations,” Buell said.TREES, Inc. strives to teach the essential tools necessary to initiate respectful, productive conversations in and about the LGBTQ community, Buell said.“We are constantly having conversations and teaching communication skills that are involved in the transgender community: how to be respectful, how to use the right terminology, understanding that pronouns matter,” Buell said.Laura Ortiz-Mercado, a graduate student at Notre Dame, represented GlassND, a group founded by the graduate student union that works to create a sense of community within Notre Dame and is specifically aimed toward graduate students who identify as LGBTQ.“Our first goal is to create a sense of community and companionship, as well as a support group,” she said. “We know that, in a way, being in graduate school is like living inside a bubble in which you are disconnected from everything else. We’ve been trying to create connections across universities and, more importantly, with the South Bend community.”One of the largest parts of her role as group organizer, Ortiz-Mercado said, is to create visibility by spreading LGBTQ awareness through the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s communities.“The most important thing is bringing visibility to the different groups — support groups, student organizations and non-profit organizations around South Bend,” she said. “We want to bring visibility to the fact that we are here, and to let people in the LGTBTQ community know that they have a lot of resources and groups to join. We want to let them know that they are not alone here.”Tags: GALA-ND/SMC, LGBTQ, LGBTQ Resource Fair, Saint Mary’s Sexuality and Gender Alliance Club, TREESlast_img read more

Asian Allure aims to debunk conceptions about culture

first_imgThe Asian American Association of Notre Dame will host Asian Allure, its annual showcase celebrating Asian culture and heritage, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in Washington Hall. This year’s show includes traditional songs, dances and a fashion show.“Asian Allure is a multicultural performance where we gather and unite all of the Asian cultural clubs together to perform different acts — whether it’s a dance or a song — that highlight unique elements about their culture,” senior and president of the Asian American Association Sid Magdaong said. Observer File Photo Students perform a dance for Asian Allure in 2014. This year’s program aims to address misconceptions about Asian culture.While there are several, more specific cultural clubs, the Asian American Association (AAA) is a conglomerate of all of these clubs. Senior Alyssa Ngo, director of the show, said Asian Allure is an opportunity for the cultural clubs to come together and celebrate Asian culture in general.“There’s a number of different clubs [within the Asian American Association],” Ngo said. “Most of the clubs, since they’re more specific to their student demographic, they do most of their own events. … A lot of the events that [the Asian American Association] usually puts on are mostly social events or events for us like a movie watch or food or things like that. So there’s not that many events that the clubs put on for not just us. … In terms of events that we put on that wider campus audience and other people can come see what AAA is about — this is it.”This year’s theme is “Behind the Curtain,” which seeks to dispel common misconceptions about Asian culture, Ngo said.“Behind the Curtain is a play on the show theme — we’re all on stage behind the curtain,” she said. “The reason why Asian Allure is called ‘Asian Allure’ is because we recognize that to a Western audience the Asian continent is kind of mysterious — it’s mystery, it’s exotic, it’s foreign — this is allure. I wanted to express the show is this demystification of Asian culture, to kind of pull back the curtain and say, ‘This is what we’re really about and here are some things that you didn’t know about Asian culture, here are some things that maybe you thought you knew but you actually didn’t.’”Ngo said Asian Allure provides members with the opportunity to share their culture with their non-Asian friends.“A lot of people really look forward to it every year,” she said. “It’s meant a lot to a lot of people as the thing to invite other friends who are outside of the [Asian] community to say, ‘This is what I do, these are my people, this is my culture.’”For many members of the Asian American Association, sharing Asian culture with the campus through Asian Allure is one of the best parts of their year, Magdaong said.“Asian Allure is one of my favorite events that our organization puts on every year,” he said. “It’s really amazing to see all these different clubs gather for two nights this week where they can just showcase these parts of their culture that are very important to them and letting the audience and the broader Notre Dame community know more about that. I just think that’s fantastic.”Tags: Asian Allure, Asian American, Asian American Association, Asian Heritage, Behind the Curtainlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s Green Dot program aims to make student safety a shared responsibility

first_imgThe Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) partnered with the Green Dot Committee, which aims to educate students on violence prevention, in hosting “Welcome on the Island” on Wednesday evening to explain the benefits of bystander intervention education and introduce training coordinators.Students gathered on the island in Lake Marion to frost cookies and interact with representatives from BAVO, Green Dot and certified program instructors.Sarah Miesle, a Green Dot training coordinator, said Green Dot has been present at the College for about eight years.“We’re actually the first college of the tri-college community to start Green Dot on campus,” Miesle said. “It originally started in high schools, and also with some areas of the U.S. Armed Forces. … In Kentucky in particular, there’s been a lot of really good information and statistics that have shown that [Green Dot] has helped reduce the instances of power-based personal violence and other things because people feel empowered to be a bystander, whatever level they’re on.”In an effort to expand Green Dot’s resources beyond the committee and BAVO, Miesle said the group has paid special attention to involving faculty and staff from diverse departments on campus.“There was a big group of us that got certified in … I think it was 2015 or 2016,” Miesle said. “And it was very intentional with trying to get a variety of people. One of the messages with Green Dot is that there’s a lot of strength in the unexpected messenger. Everyone would expect Liz [Coulston] to be that person … overall the concept is that it’s not just one person in one place.”Miesle said she and other certified Green Dot training coordinators offers two types of sessions: A basic overview lasting between one and two hours, and the full bystander intervention training that can run up to five hours. While the training is a time commitment, Miesle said, the sessions are interactive and effective.Both the basic overview and the full training highlight Green Dot’s “three D’s”: Distract, direct and delegate, providing a plan for those involved in a potentially dangerous or uncomfortable situation, Miesle said.“It doesn’t have to be, you know, Clark Kent turns into Superman and goes in to save the day,” Miesle said. “But everybody has some ability to do something.”The full bystander intervention training also offers the opportunity for participants to anonymously share why they’ve chosen to attend the sessions, Miesle said.“You always hear something that you’re like, ‘Yes, this is why I’m here. This is why I do it. This is why we’re having this conversation,’” she said.Sergeant Phil Bambenek of Saint Mary’s Campus Safety said Green Dot offers peer-based training for dealing with real-world problems.“The thing I like about Green Dot … is it’s really more of a concept than a class,” Bambenek said. “And you know, the concept is that we’re just not going to accept that power-based personal violence is an unsolvable problem, and [that] we’re going to all come together and achieve some solutions.”In addition to contributing to Green Dot intervention training sessions, Bambenek said he and the rest of the campus safety department foster a safe environment for students by acting as a 24/7 resource. Both Bambenek and Miesle said they urge students to note the phone numbers of both Saint Mary’s and Notre Dame campus safety.“We like to tell our freshmen that once you become a Belle, you’re never alone,” he said. “Once you get [the campus safety] number plugged into your phone, you can call us anytime, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.”While Saint Mary’s security shares self-defense and safety methods, in addition to providing escort services between the College and University, Bambenek said students should also make a personal effort to prepare and protect themselves.“It also comes to pushing people to take some personal investment in their safety,” Bambenek said. “I’m going to circle back around to things like Green Dot and the BAVO program because it really is helping them to become more confident in their ability to deal with situations.”Miesle, a Saint Mary’s alumna, said much of Green Dot’s success on campus is a group effort.“It starts with our community and our community is super strong,” she said. “And I think that’s why we’ve been successful with this because there’s that sisterhood here at Saint Mary’s.”By increasing awareness of power-based violence at Saint Mary’s, Miesle said she hopes Green Dot can change the “1 in 4” culture, citing the statistic that almost one in four — 23.1% — college-aged women will experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence or incapacitation.“We can do better than that,” Miesle said. “Yeah, we want to do better than that. But it’s not just going to happen by not doing anything. So there’s a lot of personal responsibility in that. … Nobody has to do everything. But everybody has to do something. That’s Green Dot in a nutshell.”Tags: BAVO, Green Dot Training, power-based violencelast_img read more

Siegfried residents raise money, awareness for homeless through Day of Man

first_imgDespite the forecasted high temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit this Wednesday, the men of Siegfried Hall will be wearing t-shirts, shorts and flip flops as part of their 14th annual Day of Man fundraiser for South Bend Center for the Homeless. In fact, the colder the better, sophomore Sean Butler said. Photo courtesy Sean Residents of Siegfried Hall pose outside South Dining Hall during the 2019 Day of Man. The men of Siegfried use the annual event—in which they brave the cold in shorts and t-shirts—to fundraise for the South Bend Center for the Homeless.“Last year it was in the 40’s and we were disappointed with that … we like the challenge,” Butler, one of the students involved in coordinating the fundraiser, said.Day of Man marks the start of a fundraising effort that continues online through the Notre Dame Student Shop until the end of February. In the past 13 years, Siegfried has raised over $145,000 for the Center for the Homeless. After raising over $15,000 last year, the hall hopes to increase that number to $20,000 this year. Senior Jess Hatfield, who has led the event since his sophomore year, said the personal nature of the fundraiser is part of its appeal.“The success of the event is really about getting as many Siegfried men as possible outside begging for money,” Hatfield said in an email. “It’s a really cool event this way because there is a direct correlation between the amount of participation we have from each and every resident and the amount of money we raise.”Despite the convenience of Venmo, the Student Activities Office has historically resisted its use in fundraisers due to security concerns. “Our rector, Deacon Joe Peterson, and other rectors are trying to push for hall Venmos for upcoming years so we’re hoping that comes through,” Butler said. “This year is probably more of a transition year.”Butler said he felt the focus of the fundraiser is on coming to a better understanding of the experiences of the homeless and emphasizing solidarity.“They [the homeless] have busy lives, too. Just like we have busy lives, they have busy lives, but they have to go through their lives without a lot of basic needs met,” Butler said. “I think at the core it’s a cause that everyone can get behind and recognize that, you know, we’re all so fortunate to be here at Notre Dame.”In the future, Hatfield said, Siegfried residents hope to expand their fundraising to companies that can contribute monetary or product donations. Last year, Patagonia donated winter clothes to the Center for the Homeless in response to Siegfried residents’ efforts.“In the future, getting winter clothes companies, or any companies, for that matter, to match donations could really improve total money raised,” Hatfield said. “This is a pretty unique event, so I think if we worked hard enough, we could definitely get some good sized corporate donations.”Throughout the rest of the year, Siegfried Hall has an active relationship with the Center for the Homeless, with residents volunteering every weekend in whatever capacity they are most needed.“We work with them a lot, so it’s more than just writing a check and then being done with it,” Butler said.The fundraiser allows for community members, whether living on or off campus, to get involved in different ways, from designing t-shirts and posters to creating hype videos. Small variations, Hatfield said, can be enough to increase excitement and awareness before the fundraiser.Day of Man has retained roughly the same form since its inception. Hatfield said the simplicity of the event combined with the light-hearted and yet sincere attitude of the participants makes it effective as both a fundraiser and community building event. The sense of purpose and community drew him to the fundraiser as a First Year.“Dorm spirit and a sense of camaraderie is huge,” Hatfield said. “The spirit is contagious and definitely necessary to get all of us to stand outside half naked in the freezing cold.”Tags: Siegfried Hall, Siegfried Hall Day of Man, South Bend Center for the Homelesslast_img read more

Bills QB Allen Stays Busy Despite Pandemic Restrictions

first_imgBuffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins, October 20, 2019 at New Era Field. Photo by Bill Wippert/BuffaloBills.com.BUFFALO — Josh Allen has hardly spent this coronavirus pandemic-altered offseason in self-isolation.The Buffalo Bills quarterback, instead, kept himself busy in seeking advice from Peyton Manning and Brett Favre on Zoom calls, to gathering his teammates together for workouts on both coasts.It’s all been done with an intent to continue developing into a team leader entering his third season, and smooth the inconsistencies that have hampered Allen and the offense’s production.What fuels Allen is the still stinging memory of his up-then-down performance in a 22-19 overtime loss to Houston in an AFC wild-card playoff, in which the Bills squandered a 16-0 third-quarter lead. “I was talking about it last night, so I’m definitely not over it,” Allen during a Zoom conference call with Buffalo-area reporters Thursday.He was efficient in the first half by going 13 of 20 for 131 yards and catching a touchdown pass, before unraveling in going 11 of 26 for 133 yards and a lost fumble the rest of the way.“I know that we had opportunities to win that game,” he said. “That’s something that continues to drive me in knowing I could’ve played better and I could’ve done more, and I could’ve eliminated a mistake here or there that could’ve been super easy to eliminate and given us a better chance to win that game.”It was a performance which encapsulated the best and worst of Allen, the Bills 2018 first-round pick, who has yet to shed his pre-draft reputation of being a strong-armed, but raw product with accuracy issues.“I’ve got personal goals set out for myself,” Allen said, noting his 11-0 career record when completing 60% or more of passes in games he starts and finishes.“So I think that’s the goal every game to at least hit 60%,” he said. “I’m not going to try to force things and I’m not going to be Captain Checkdown either.”The test for Allen this offseason has been finding ways to improve without the benefit of on-field practices, with the pandemic wiping out the NFL’s entire spring schedule.He began by seeking advice from former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, whom he met at the Super Bowl. It continued with offensive coordinator Brian Daboll inviting Favre — Allen’s childhood idol — and Manning to provide tips during the Bills’ virtual quarterbacks meetings.Allen then took it upon himself to organize a workout with Bills offensive rookie draft picks in California in early May, followed by bringing together 19 offensive players for workouts in Miami a few weeks later.Allen’s take-charge approach drew praise from Daboll and coach Sean McDermott.“He’s our quarterback, but you can’t force leadership. You can improve it, you can learn about it. You can grow from it,” Daboll said. “But Josh has innate leadership qualities that guys gravitate toward, and he understands his role on the team.”Added McDermott: “It’s a critical step that he took it upon himself and his own initiative to put this together.”The Miami workouts were particularly important because they marked the first time Allen was able practice throws with receiver Stefon Diggs, the dynamic threat acquired in a trade with Minnesota in March.“It was very, very awesome to see just the amount of detail he puts into his craft, how communicative he was, how willing he was to learn,” Allen said of Diggs, noting they first got to know each other from afar by playing video games. “He’s such an explosive player and a great player, and he’s going to add a lot to our offense.”Scoring more points was general manager Brandon Beane’s objective behind acquiring Diggs, who joins a well-established group of receivers rounded out by John Brown and Cole Beasley. Despite a 10-6 finish, the Bills scored 21 or more points just six times and ranked 23rd in the NFL in scoring and 24th in yards offense.Allen made significant strides from his rookie season by showing poise and patience in the pocket, rather than sprinting off at the first sign of pressure. He did benefit from playing in front of a sturdier and rebuilt line, which featured four newcomers, including center Mitch Morse.Allen doubled his touchdowns passing total to 20 and threw only nine interceptions (down from 12 the previous year). Though he enjoyed a six-point jump in completing 58.8% of his passes, Allen still ranked last among NFL starters.Allen particularly credited Romo for providing tips that have improved his throwing motion, which he saw pay off during the Miami workouts.“I felt like it’s the best I’ve ever thrown,” Allen said, noting the next step is reproducing that motion once the Bills can begin practicing. “I feel good where I’m at right now.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wendel To Present 2021 Tentative Budget To Legislature Wednesday

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Image.MAYVILLE — A tentative county budget reflecting the impact and realities of COVID-19 will be presented Wednesday to the County Legislature by Chautauqua County Executive P.J. Wendel.“I look forward to presenting my first tentative budget as County Executive,” said Wendel. “The presentation will reflect the efforts made by the COVID-19 Finance team, department heads and county employees to help keep this year’s budget in line and to better prepare us for next year.”After Wendel presents his budget, county legislators will begin their review of it by meeting with department heads and determining if any additional modifications are needed. They will then need to pass a final budget for 2021 on or before December 1.Copies of the 2021 Tentative Budget Presentation and the Chautauqua County 2021 Tentative Budget will be available online by Sept. 30. The presentation will be available on the County Executive’s website at chqgov.com/county-executive/County-Executive and the tentative budget will be available on the Finance Department’s website at chqgov.com/finance/Finance . Wendel will provide his 2021 tentative budget to the county legislature during the full legislature meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be live streamed on the Chautauqua County Government Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ChautauquaCountyGovernment/.For more information, please contact the County Executive’s Office at (716) 753-4211.last_img read more

Jamestown Felon Faces Possession Of Ammunition Charge

first_imgBUFFALO — A Jamestown felon is facing a charge of possessing ammunition.Walter S. Duprey, also known as Spoons, or Waldo, 36, of Jamestown, was charged by criminal complaint with being a felon in possession of ammunition, according to U. S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr.The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr.Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on April 30, Duprey and two other individuals were pulled over in a vehicle by Jamestown Police Officers. During the traffic stop, it was determined that the license plates on the vehicle actually belonged to another vehicle. In addition, officers observed three hypodermic needles in the driver side door panel in plain view. After stepping out of the vehicle at the request of officers, Duprey was patted down for weapons. Officers retrieved a green leafy substance from the defendant’s pocket, along with a 12 gauge shotshell.A search of the vehicle recovered a 12 gauge shotgun, ammunition, several digital scales, a red ski mask, a quantity of heroin, several cell phones, two laptop computers, an I-Pad, a bag containing flashlights, a paintball mask, and black duct tape. As a result, officers believed that the defendant and the two other individuals either had conducted an armed home invasion or were about to conduct an armed home invasion.Duprey was convicted in 2005, 2006, and 2012 of felony charges in Dunkirk City Court, and as a result is legally prohibited from possessing ammunition. The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Start Date For High-Risk Winter Sports In NY Pushed Back

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.LATHAM (AP) — The tentative start date for high-risk winter sports has been moved again for New York high schools, this time to early January, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced Tuesday.Basketball, ice hockey, wrestling and competitive cheer would be able to start Jan. 4, contingent upon authorization from state health officials. Those sports were originally scheduled to start in mid-November and that date was pushed back to the end of November because of the pandemic.Dr. Robert Zayas, executive director of NYSPHSAA, said member schools had expressed concerns pertaining to the increase in COVID-19 infection rates.Low and moderate risk winter sports, which include bowling, gymnastics, indoor track and field, skiing, swimming and diving, are still on schedule to begin Nov. 30. Zayas said NYSPHSAA had proposed a prohibition on teams traveling outside the state or hosting teams from other states. He said he also proposed limiting high school athletes from participating with any other teams other than their high school teams.He said decisions about state championships would be made at a later time.last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Rock the Boat with Nathan Lane & Bid Two Pippin Players Adieu

first_img Star Files Watch Grown Men Belt Annie (Maybe)March 31 at the Hammerstein BallroomEver want to see your favorite stars hilariously tackle roles that are completely and totally wrong for them? Well, now’s your chance! Jeremy Jordan, Megan Hilty, Billy Porter, Raul Esparza, Zosia Mamet, Steven Pasquale, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anika Noni Rose, Sasha Allen, Keala Settle and Nicole Parker will go against type at MCC’s Miscast gala, hosted by Victor Garber. The evening will also honor Allison Janney—fingers crossed she sings “Bring Him Home.” Click for tickets! Just keep repeating this mantra: April showers bring May flowers. April showers bring May flowers. It might be raining in New York City this week, but it’s time to buck up, grab an umbrella (preferably this Wicked one) and get your butt to a few of the awesome theater-centric events going on. Need some ideas? Check out our picks below! Nathan Lane Stay Up Late with Vanessa WilliamsBeginning April 1 at the Brooks Atkinson TheatreThe jazzy musical revue After Midnight is welcoming a special guest star to Harlem’s hottest nightclub: Tony nominee Vanessa Williams! The Broadway favorite, former Miss America and of course, singer of “Save the Best For Last,” is taking the stage to croon Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen and Cab Calloway classics alongside the Jazz at Lincoln Center All-Stars orchestra. Catch her in the hit jazz extravaganza through May 13. Click for tickets! Roll the Dice with Nathan DetroitApril 3 at Carnegie HallThe oldest established permanent floating craps game in New York is back! Nathan Lane will reprise his Tony-nominated performance as good old reliable Nathan Detroit alongside Megan Mullally, Patrick Wilson and Sierra Boggess in a one-night-only concert version of Guys and Dolls. We’re willing to bet our bottom dollar (wait, wrong show) that this evening is gonna be a smash. Click for tickets! Meet Heather, Heather & HeatherOpens March 21 at New World StagesThe meanest girls are school are back with a vengeance, and this time they’re ruling the hallways in off-Broadway’s New World Stages. That’s right—Heather, Heather, Heather (and Veronica) from the ‘80s cult flick Heathers are being resurrected in a new musical by Laurence O’Keefe and Kevin Murphy. Be there or be…dead. Click for tickets! See Patina & MJT’s Grand FinaleThrough March 30 at the Music Box TheatrePippin standouts Patina Miller and Matthew James Thomas are packing up their hula-hoops and knives and leaving the circus for good. It’s so sad, we know, but she’s going on to star in The Hunger Games films and he’s in the running to become the next Jedi knight on the big screen. See the Tony winner and the Broadway hunk making magic, climbing poles and swinging on the trapeze one last time at the Music Box Theatre. Click for tickets! View Commentslast_img read more