History Lesson

hamilton

Broadway fans who couldn't get tickets for worldwide smash hit "Hamilton" will soon be able to watch one of its many sold-out performances from the comfort of their homes. A filmed version of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is set to premiere on streaming service Disney+ on July 3. "Hamilton," debuted on Brodaway in 2015, and tells the story of US Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The show discusses themes including immigration, the War for Independence, and America's financial system. It won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and has earned 11 Tony awards, including Best Musical making it one of the most awarded musicals in history. Having never seen the musical on Broadway, I'm excited to see the film version. Hopefully the production translates from the stage to the screen, but I'm not worried. I know the experience will not be the same as being there live, but should be a great chance to finally catch the show in our own homes.

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Welcome to Phase 2...

NYC

“Get on your mark, get set, cause here we go — on Monday, we’ll be ready to take a big step forward for our city,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during his daily City Hall press briefing Thursday as he made the announcement that New York City will enter Phase Two on Monday. What is phase 2 you might ask? Restaurants and bars, beauty parlors, barber shops, playgrounds, real estate services, houses of worship, and in-store retail will all be getting the thumbs-up to open up on Monday. Though there will be some restrictions having to do with capacity, mask wearing , and social distancing, this is one of the COVID-19 milestones those in NYC have been waiting for. Phase Two will also mean that many of those who have been out of work for the last few months will finally return to their places of employment. People can finally begin to get out of their homes and start getting back to normalcy. And it couldn’t have come at a better time with the summer officially beginning on Sunday. I can't wait to get to my local bars and restaurants, gather with friends, and finally put the virus behind us. Who needs a beer????

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Ring of Fire

moon

This weekend, amateur astronomers in the Eastern Hemisphere will be treated to an annular solar eclipse. "Annular eclipses are similar to total eclipses in that the moon, Earth and sun are aligned so that the moon moves directly in front of the Sun as viewed from Earth," said Alex Young, associate director for science in the heliophysics science division at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. The eclipse will be visible over the Pacific ocean late on Saturday afternoon and can be seen on most news networks throughout the day. These eclipses usually occur right around the summer solstice (June 21st) and are a sign of the change of season. With most of the country re-opening their economies I couldn't be happier to bringing on the Summer months. So fire up the grills, grab your swim suit, and let's get the summer fun started!

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