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If/Then headliner Idina Menzel had a special (and very fashionable) visitor on March 26: Sarah Jessica Parker! The new musical tells the story of a newly single woman who moves to New York City—and nobody knows more about being a single gal in NYC than the Sex and the City favorite! Parker turned 47 this week, and what better way to celebrate than seeing a brand new Broadway show? The Tony-winning star also welcomed director Adam Shankman (below) backstage after her performance. Fun fact: What does this trio have in common? They’re all Glee alums! Check out photos from the backstage visit, then see Menzel in If/Then at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, opening March 30. View Comments Star Files Idina Menzel Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 22, 2015 If/Then
Sharon DowdyUniversity of GeorgiaFall is near. Leaves are turning colors. Squirrels are storing nuts, and mice and rats are looking for the best way to get into your home for the winter. A University of Georgia wildlife expert says your home doesn’t have to become a rodent resort.“Mice and rats can enter your house through openings as small as a dime,” said Michael Mengak, a UGA Cooperative Extension specialist with the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. “Closing their entry holes is one of the most effective ways to prevent mice and rats from becoming a pest in your home.”Most important, get rid of any places where mice and rats can hide and reproduce. Remove trash, old boards, weeds, brush piles, rock piles, firewood and other junk from your home, garage and property, Mengak said. Keep garbage in tightly covered cans. Feed dogs and cats from dishes, and take up uneaten food. Use squirrel guards to deter rats and mice from feeding from bird feeders. Don’t pile wood against the house, and store firewood at least a foot off the ground.Make sure patio and garage doors stay closed, seal openings under doors, and cover windows with one-quarter-inch mesh wire screen, he said.Cement or caulk around pipes (gas, water, hose or air conditioning drains) and wires (phone, cable and TV). Cover clothes dryer vents, but allow for adequate airflow. Clean them regularly to remove lint that could be a fire hazard. Why is it so important to keep the rodents at bay? Rats and mice can carry fleas and ticks and transmit bacteria and diseases. They can spoil food, too, and eat crops, stored grains, birdseed and pet food. “Rats and mice have poor eyesight but excellent senses of smell, taste and touch,” Mengak said. “They usually hide during the day and come out at night. If you see one, you can be sure there are many more you haven’t seen.”Three species like to live indoors, and all three can be found in Georgia. They are the house mouse, the Norway rat and the roof rat.House mice are three inches long, not including the tail, which doesn’t have fur.Rats are much larger and can be up to a foot long, not including the tail. Norway rats are also called brown rats, house rats, barn rats, sewer rats, gray rats or wharf rats. They are heavy bodied and weigh more than a pound. Their ears do not reach past their eyes. Their fur is usually brown or reddish gray, and they are not good climbers. Roof rats, also known as black or ship rats, are sleek with ears that extend past their eyes. They weigh between 5 ounces and 10 ounces. Their fur can be brown or black. They are good climbers.For more information on rats and mice, visit the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ publication, “Rats and Mice: Get Them Out of Your House and Yard,” at pubs.caes.uga.edu/caespubs/pubcd/C970/C970.html. Seal small holes and cracks by stuffing them with steel wool and caulking over them.
One might think that The State Theater of Virginia would be in one of the metropolitan hubs on the eastern side of the state.Nope. Instead, one would have to venture to the mountains of Southwest Virginia, to the gorgeous hamlet of Abingdon, to discover The Barter Theatre, Virginia’s state theater.Known for a fantastic slate of dramatic productions all the year ’round, each January the theater’s thespians take a break and , for the last seven years, turn the historic stage over to January Jams, a concert series begun in 2013 by The Abingdon Music Experience and now one of the region’s most anticipated musical events.This year, January Jams continues its tradition of bringing amazing musical acts to one of the most storied stages in the country. Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Sam Bush, Reverend Shawn Amos, Tameca Jones, Drew & Ellie Holcomb, and The Dustbowl Revival round out an incredible collection of artists this month at the Barter Theater.Saturday marks the final show of the series, with the soulful folk octet The Dustbowl Revival, joined by special guest Seth Walker taking to the stage.I recently caught up with Zach Lupetin of The Dustbowl Revival to chat about life on the road.Q&A With Zach LupetinBRO – Any pre-show rituals?ZL – There are eight of us, so we all get ready a little different. I like to peak my head out and see what the energy of the crowd is looking like and create a set list that will get them dancing.BRO – Favorite on stage libation?ZL – I’m a gin and tonic guy recently.BRO – Stage you have not yet played but would love to?ZL – Playing Red Rocks in Colorado and the Ryman in Nashville would be bucket list items. And Newport Folk Fest!BRO – One thing you never want to hear the sound technician say?ZL – “We only have one monitor mix.”BRO- One item you can’t hit the road without?ZL – Noise-canceling headphones. They make the long plane and van rides much more doable.BRO – Three items you’d like to put on your rider, just to see if you could get them?ZL – Korean barbeque, massages therapists, and hot tubs.BRO – City that your music has taken you that you never thought you would visit?ZL – We’ve been amazed at the response in Bozeman, Montana. I had never visited until we played and the warmth of the crowds really got to us. Also, Bristol – on the Virginia/Tennessee border – has been awesome.BRO – How do you plan for outside time while on tour?ZL – Most of us in the band love hiking, so if we have a day off in a cool area we will find a way to get outside in nature. It’s important to get out of the van and breathe some clean air. We did find some amazing canyon hikes in Arizona last year. Got a little lost, but we found our way back.BRO – Most interesting item ever thrown on stage?ZL – We have a sweet couple of fans in California who make us custom glowing flower crowns. They’re pretty psychedelic!Zach and his mates in The Dustbowl Revival are in the midst of a hectic couple weeks of touring. Last weekend had them in Alaska, while Thursday and Friday have them in Maryland and Eastern Virginia before Saturday night brings them to Abingdon, Virginia, for the January Jams concert series.TICKET GIVEAWAYSpeaking of that show in Abingdon, Trail Mix wants to give you and a friend a shot at seeing The Dustbowl Revival for free! Take a shot at the trivia question below. A winner win of two passes to the show will be chosen from all of the correct responses received by noon on Friday, January 25th!Please note that we are having difficulty with the answer form on mobile devices. You can also email your answers to [email protected] of John Steinbeck’s novels took place in the turbulent region known as the Dust Bowl in the early twentieth century? By submitting your answer, you are not being added to any mailing list. Your information is kept private and never shared with anyone. Find more information on The Dustbowl Revival and their show dates on their website.Be sure to take a listen to all the great music available for stream and download in the January edition of Trail Mix!