Local Students Build Robot, Look to Future

first_imgBy Maddy VitaleSome kids play basketball. Some kids take dance.And then there are those who dabble in something a bit more involved. They make robots.A group of middle school students do just that. Since their schools don’t have robotics clubs, the budding engineers created their own. Emma Savov, 14, her brother, Alex, 11, and Farley O’Brien, 13, all of Linwood, and Nate Fontana, 13, of Somers Point, worked together over the last year to create a robot that they use in competitions. Since three of them live in Linwood, and that is where they work, it didn’t take much time before Emma picked a name all approved of.“We’re the Linbots,” she said with a big smile Friday alongside her teammates.And while they do it for the love of engineering, these young problem solvers have a bit of a competitive side. In fact, they are not only excelling at their robot-making techniques, they collaborate, disagree, agree and learn from each other with the ultimate goal of presenting a product they are proud of.They are being noticed. In fact, they are winning at VEX Robotics competitions. The Linbots won a design portion of a competition a few weeks ago, which qualified them for the state competition Feb. 23 in Millville, Cumberland County.The robot’s name is 92018A. Simply put, it is the date the team started building the robot.But there is nothing simplistic about this group of children. On Friday, the kids showcased what their robot can do. The Savov living room is set aside for practice. The adjoining room is their workshop. It resembles a dining room, but the table is filled with neatly organized rows of metal and plastic pieces and tools.It is the Linbots workroom, where the robot is created.They meet twice a week for about eight hours total to decide what they should change, improve or create for their robot. Team Linbots work together to make sure their robot is ready for the competition. From left, Alex Savov, Nate Fontana, Farley O’Brien and Emma Savov.Emma used the controls to guide 92018A down three platforms, around a course and stopped. The next goal would be to pick up a plastic cap and place it atop one of their poles. It is a feat that looks easy enough, but one that many other teams can’t seem to do successfully, Alex explained. It isn’t a surprise that these kids have similar career goals.“I really like marine science. I want to be an engineer,” Alex said.Emma likes the design aspect of the work, whereas Nate wants to be an aerospace engineer.Farley said she may want to be an engineer like her parents, Liz and Kevin O’Brien. She also likes writing. “We have a lot of fun,” Farley said. “There are not a lot of teams around here. There are a couple.”Alex said because he is the youngest of his teammates and younger than most of the people in the competition, he gains a different perspective on things while at the challenges.“It’s really fun to work with older people who like robotics and young people who understand it,” Alex explained.Alex Savov gets to work.The team will be competing against mostly school teams. The ages range from middle school to high school. If the Linbots win the “Middle School Excellence Award,” they will be heading to Louisville, Ky., for the world competition in April. Their parents have set up a GoFundMe page to help finance their trip.To donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/worlds-funding-linbots-nj-vex-robotics-2019According to the VEX Robotics website www.vexrobotics.com, it is the largest and fastest growing middle school and high school robotics program globally with more than 20,000 teams from 50 countries playing in over 1,700 competitions worldwide. Each year, an engineering challenge is presented in the form of a game.Emma, Alex and Farley all attend Belhaven Middle School in Linwood. Nate goes to Jordan Road School in Somers Point. The kids said they hope their schools will one day have a robotics team. Emma took much of what she learned when she joined a club at the Egg Harbor Township PAL (Police Athletic League) back to her team of Linbots. She said she owes a lot of credit to the PAL robotics club.“The kids are so impressive,” Liz O’Brien said. “The kids are just amazing.” She said the teams really work together to solve problems. If something goes wrong out on the floor, the kids have to go back into an area and try to devise something to make it work. And if something breaks, which happens with colliding robots, the team members have to go in and fix it.The Savov siblings’ mother, Daniela Savov, said she is so proud of her children, and the rest of the team, for their dedication. “It is such an accomplishment. It gives them real world experience. They are interviewed by judges,” Savov said. “They work with other teams. There are a lot of technical skills being used, but also a lot of communication skills.” For Nate’s mother, Kim Fontana, the robot challenges are as exciting as their other son Noah’s wrestling matches.“I equate it to wrestling,” Fontana said. “It is exciting. A lot happens.” Team awards are placed on the fireplace at the Savov home in Linwood to showcase the accomplishments of the Linbots. Team “Linbots” is a group of middle school students from Linwood and Somers Point who created their own robotics club. They include Farley O’Brien, at left, and Emma Savov. In back at left is Nate Fontana and Alex Savov. In the middle is 92018A, their robot.last_img read more

Associated British Foods

first_imgAssociated British Foods (ABF) has agreed to buy the largest cane sugar producer in Africa in a bid to take advantage of changes to the EU sugar regime.It made a recommended £317m offer for 51% of the fully diluted ordinary share capital of Illovo Sugar last week, subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals. The changes to the EU sugar regime will provide free access for exports to the EU from Least Developed Countries (LDCs) from 2009. The LDC classification includes Malawi, Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Illavo Sugar is the leading producer in South Africa, Malawi, Zambia and Swaziland and has a strong and growing presence in Tanzania and Mozambique.ABF said the acquisition of Illovo Sugar will support its stated plans for capacity expansion and development in its African markets. And British Sugar will provide an efficient route to market for these exports from Illovo, according to ABF.In the year ended 31 March 2006 Illovo Sugar’s revenue was £458m and pre-tax profit was £54m. It produced 1.9 million tonnes of sugar in 2005/6 and has identified development programmes to expand this capacity substantially.George Weston, Chief Executive of ABF, said: “The combination of British Sugar and Illovo will create a powerful partnership in Africa and Europe.”last_img read more

In Short

first_imgLantmännen dealLantmännen Unibake UK, which operates a bakery with seven bakery lines, has signed a temperature-controlled warehousing contract with Norbert Dentressangle. The third-party logistics company will provide a daily collection service from its manufacturing site in Milton Keynes, as well as supplying 15,000 pallet spaces in its cold store in Easton, Lincolnshire.Costa bucks crisisCosta Coffee is defying the recession, with sales up 18.4% compared to the same period last year. Like-for-like sales increased 2.7% as parent company Whitbread announced its latest figures for the 24 weeks to 13 August 2009. “Costa’s trading has been well ahead of expectations,” said Whitbread, which added that it remained focused on cost control.Mr Kipling connectsPremier Foods is attempting to reconnect its Mr Kipling cake range with younger consumers via a series of new product launches. The first of these is Inspirations a new range of small cakes in seasonal flavours. Further NPD is expected in 2010.Vinnie, vidi, viciFox’s Vinnie the Panda marketing campaign has attracted three million households to the brand, according to AC Nielsen Homescan’s 8-week figures to w/e 11 July 2009. Since the campaign launch last year, Fox’s sales have increased by £2m, making it the brand’s most successful campaign to date.Dawn investmentDawn Foods has invested £750,000 revamping its Evesham production site, not £75,000 as incorrectly stated in a headline in British Baker’s 28 August issue.last_img read more

Northern Bread Crisps launch into Morrisons

first_imgA new partnership between two food manufacturers from the North of England has instigated the launch of a brand new line of crisp products made from bread.Dried foods manufacturer Symington’s located in Leeds and Bradford-based crisp company Seabrook have signed a licensing deal to co-create Bread Crisps, which has been targeted at the crisp sharing market worth £638m in the UK. It appeared on Morrisons’ shelves on Monday priced at £1.69 per bag, with further negotions in place with Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco. Andrew Wade, marketing manager for Seabrook Bread Crisps, claims the range is much healthier than normal crisps, being baked rather than fried and containing one-third of the fat content in comparison. “At 12% fat, you couldn’t call it a low-fat product,” said Wade. “A typical 25g serving is between 101 and 107 calories. It’s an absolutely unique product. It does what it says on the tin. It’s a bread crisp.”David Salkeld, chief executive of Symington’s, said “We see it as a potential revolution in the crisp industry. My own view is this could be huge for Symington’s. The savoury snacking category is worth £1.7bn and if we could take one or two per cent of that market that would be huge.”Symington’s has invested in a flavour tumbler and a filling line in line with the launch, with four varieties of Seabrook Bread Crisps on offer. The business will consider installing another 10 production lines to cope with its growth, with the potential of up to 100 jobs being created next year.last_img read more

Subway failed to pay staff, says BIS report

first_imgSandwich retailer Subway has appeared in a new report naming and shaming firms who have failed to pay all staff the minimum wage.Released by the department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), the report claimed Subway branches in Morden, Barbican, Richmond and Twickenham failed to pay 10 workers £2,466.77. The company was 29th worst in the lists of 115 companies.Since the scheme was introduced in October 2013, 400 employers have been named by the BIS, with total arrears of over £1.2m and total penalties issued of more than £513,000.Revealing the list, business minister Nick Boles said: “Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage hurt the living standards of the lowest paid and their families.“As a one nation government on the side of working people we are determined that everyone who is entitled to the National Minimum Wage receives it.”On October 1, 2015, the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rose to £6.70. Next April also sees the launch of the National Living Wage, which will see workers over 25 receive a minimum of £7.20 per hour.British Baker has approached Subway for comment and is waiting for a response.last_img read more

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Shares Full Halloween Show Brought To You By The Letter “P”

first_imgPigeons Playing Ping Pong have always been about the letter P. Between their albums Pleasure and Psychology, and their alliterative band name, there’s always been an affinity for P. After many years, the band finally embraced their P love with a “Brought To You By The Letter P” show on Halloween, fittingly at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston, MA.Pigeons treated the capacity crowd to their funky originals, mixed in a number of fan-favorite covers into their show, most of which started with the letter P. Songs included Guns N’ Roses “Paradise City,” The Doors’ “Peace Frog,” Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Pink Floyd’s “Pigs (3 Different Ones),” Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music,” The Who’s “Pinball Wizard,” Michael Jackson’s “P.Y.T.,” and a number of theme songs like “Pink Panther,” “Pinky And The Brain,” “Peanuts” and more!Fortunately, Pigeons has graced us with a full audio recording from this fun-filled performance. Listen in below, and also check out the video of “High As Five > PYT > Pinball Wizard > Praise You > Picture In Picture > Praise You > High As Five” streaming below.<a href=”http://pigeonsplayingpingpong.bandcamp.com/album/2016-10-28-paradise-rock-club-boston-ma”>2016-10-28 • Paradise Rock Club • Boston, MA by Pigeons Playing Ping Pong</a>Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will resume touring this Thursday, November 10th with Dopapod, and their full tour schedule can be found via the band’s website. The full setlist from this “P”-Themed Halloween can be seen below.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong at Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – 10/28/16PorcupineParadise City* > Penguins > Peace Frog* > War Pigs*% > Pigs (3 Different Ones)*# > War Pigs > Peace Frog > People Say*^ > Play That Funky Music^” > Pick Up The Pieces^”” > Play That Funky Music^ > Pick Up The Pieces^Pop OffPoseidon > Pink Panther > Pinky And The Brain* > Pink Panther > PoseidonHorizonDoc > Po-Jama People~ > DocHigh As Five > PYT* > Pinball Wizard* > Praise You* > Picture In Picture* > Praise You > High As FiveSpacejam > The Hop > F.U. > P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)*^ > F.U.^The LiquidE. Pigs On The Wing* > Julia > Peanuts* > JuliaNotes:“Brought To You By The Letter P” Halloween Night 1* First time played% w/ Paint It Black and Power Rangers teases# w/ Phantom Of The Opera teases^ w/ “Lee Ross” Neckritz on sax” Last time played 12/31/2012“” Last time played 5/30/2014~ Last time played 3/28/2012last_img read more

Celebrating Widener

Harvard’s Widener Library ― with its 57 miles of shelves, labyrinthine floors, and millions of books ― will mark its centennial on June 24.When it opened on Commencement Day of 1915, Widener ― tall and wide and deep underground ― replaced Gore Hall, an 1841 Gothic structure with wedding-cake spires and drafty rooms. Gore was declared full in 1863, so 52 years later, the 320,000 square feet of Harvard brick and Indiana limestone that made up Widener seemed heaven-sent. It was and still is the largest university library in the world.To celebrate the centennial, library officials could not wait until June. Two lectures on Thursday marked the beginning of a yearlong series of events and exhibits about Widener and its mysteries, history, and marvels.Both talks were in the Forum Room at Lamont Library.Leslie Morris, curator of modern books and manuscripts at Houghton Library, offered a glimpse of book collector Harry Elkins Widener, the library’s namesake and a member of the Class of 1907. He had bought his first serious acquisition as a college sophomore in 1905: a third edition presentation copy of “Oliver Twist.” It set the teenage Widener back $200 ― $5,500 in today’s dollars.John Stauffer, a professor of English and African and African-American Studies, talked about the value of Harvard’s collections.He also talked about how Boston and Harvard collections were influenced by a pair of unlikely 19th-century Boston friends: radical abolitionist Charles Sumner and conservative merchant George Livermore, both of them bibliophiles. Stauffer is at work on a biography of Sumner, a 23-year senator he called the “preeminent intellectual in Congress” in the time of the Civil War.Widener, whose wealthy Philadelphia grandfather had amassed a fortune in oil, steel, and streetcars, perished in the Titanic disaster 103 years ago this month. By the time of his death at 27 — he had been in London on a book-buying trip — he owned 3,300 collectable volumes, all of them now housed at the library that bears his name.Morris outlined his acquisitions, the escalating prices he paid, and the “all-embracing” collection he left behind. Among his books were first editions of Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson; Shakespeare folios; illustrations by George Cruikshank; costume books inspired by his days at Hasty Pudding; and ― a favorite, said Morris ― a copy of Philip Sidney’s “Arcadia” that had been owned by his sister, the Countess of Pembroke, an author who inspired her brother’s 16th-century masterpiece.Legend has it that Harry Widener died with a rare 1598 copy of Francis Bacon’s “Essays” in his tuxedo pocket, one of the nine books he had just bought in London. (The other eight had been safely shipped home.) There is a copy of the same edition in the Widener rotunda, on display through June. Why it was called “the little Bacon” is obvious: It’s barely the size of a baseball card.Tiong Lu “John” Koh L.L.M. ’85, a book collector and investor, remarked on the poignancy of the volume lost at sea with Widener, “in one of the best book anecdotes ever.” It was Bacon, after all, he said, “who referred to the ark of learning” ― the great vessel full of books that a library represents.Koh owns Bernard Quaritch Ltd., London-based antiquarian booksellers since 1847. The company was well known to the young Widener, and supplied some of the items on display. One is a bid book listing collectibles Widener wanted to buy at a June 1915 auction.In the same case is a faded telegram from the young collector’s book dealer and friend A.S.W. Rosenbach, a shrewd bidder who considered the Harvard graduate his protégé. “Harry Widener and father lost titanic,” it reads. “Mrs saved.”“Mrs” was Harry’s mother, Eleanor Elkins Widener, who climbed aboard Lifeboat 4 with her maid and survived the sinking. She funded Widener in her son’s memory.So a shadow lies over this 100th birthday. It took a fated ship to go down for a fêted library to go up. At the 1915 dedication, Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge added perspective. “Great deeds,” he said, “can arise from tragedy.”Great deeds, as Stauffer pointed out in his lecture, can also arise from friendship. Together, Sumner and Livermore, who met in 1844, were among the most prominent champions of public libraries in the mid-19th century. Within what Stauffer called a “bibliophilic friendship,” they insisted that libraries be free, public, and accessible.Sumner’s voluminous correspondence ― 170 albums of letters ― makes up MS Am 1, the first installment of Houghton’s American collection. He was a believer in the power of that era’s Harvard library, said Stauffer. It was regarded then as a public library, famously so.The self-educated Livermore, a dry goods merchant who made a lot of money in wool, leather, and shoes, “is almost entirely forgotten today,” said Stauffer. But before his death in 1865 he had amassed one of the most impressive collections of books and other artifacts in America. The late-in-life abolitionist whose published research in 1862 influenced Lincoln’s draft of the final Emancipation Proclamation eventually owned the pen the president used to sign that iconic document. It is now among the collections at the Massachusetts Historical Society.Livermore also famously possessed one of two known copies of “The Souldier’s Pocket Bible” (1643), distributed to troops by Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War.Both men ― whose bond eventually coalesced around the injustice of slavery — saw libraries as “indispensible to all members of a republican society,” as Livermore once wrote Sumner. In sum, the two men shared a catholic vision of libraries that Harry Widener himself would have agreed with, and Eleanor Elkins Widener envisioned, too: as sites of collaboration and learning.On the day of Widener Library’s dedication in 1915, she said: Let it become “the heart of the university.” read more

EMC World Tuesday Keynote – Live Blog

first_img10:45 am PTGelsinger is discussing VCAC to build service catalogs to provision software defined storage or SDS. Gelsinger noted that the hybrid cloud is the future. The on premise spend on private cloud is $2 trillion while off premise clouds is about $44 billion.10:48 am PTNow covering vCloud Hybrid Service (vCHS). VMware is working closely with EMC to provide this hybrid cloud. 10:55 am PTGelsinger is discussing the Hybrid Cloud. Customers can use the hybrid cloud to modernize their apps and improve their disaster recovery capabilities as well as capacity on demand. VCE will help customers get to their hybrid cloud requirements, we offer plugins into off premise cloud providers. EMC is demonstrating this on site with Vblock Systems at EMC World in their Build a Hybrid Cloud demonstration.10:56 am PTIn essence Gelsinger’s message focused on the tectonic shifts in IT, software-defined data centers and hybrid clouds. 10:58 am PTPaul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal, just took the stage. He’s discussing the move to the third generation platform – specifically the cloud.11:01 am PTMaritz is discussing how analytics are critical for making applications more usable and how Google and Facebook have been able to create innovative platforms by quickly analyzing their customer data.11:03 am PTMaritz looked at Google and Facebook’s ability to take advantage of their data center to drive value to the third generation platform, focusing on scale. Pivotal exists to help enterprises to get to the third generation platforms. They focus on providing scale and speed with large amounts of data. He’ll be giving an update for where Pivotal is on its journey. 11:38 am PTOverall, Pivotal’s demo showed how their software can enable enterprises to automatically deploy complex applications and move them to heterogeneous off premise clouds. 11:09 am PTMartiz noted that Cloud Foundry is the new OS for the cloud. Cloud Foundry is an open source ecosystem to create the OS with broad industry participation. VCE is very involved in the open ecosystems and can run Cloud Foundry on a Vblock System.11:16 am PTCloud Foundry can be used to automate application deployment, and to accelerate enterprise’s journey to the Hybrid Cloud by using vCHS or AWS as the off premise cloud providers. Martiz is covering the big data suite to build a data lake, which is the third generation data base for the cloud. Pivotal wants to store anything and analyze anything in the cloud.11:19 am PTHDFS will be the file system for the data lake.11:20 am PT 10:42 am PTGelsinger is discussing management in the software-defined data center. Management is the interface to enabling speed and agility with control and efficiency. VMware helps do that through automation and management and are building their portfolio to address these challenges for the future. Their platform helps with cloud automation, cloud operations and cloud business. Their mission is to enable IT to deliver IT as a Service. They’re working closely with EMC to bring these three tools together. Yesterday was a terrific opening day of EMC World. The announcements from Joe Tucci, CEO of EMC, and David Goulden, CEO of EMC Information Infrastructure, provided new product innovations, including ViPR 2.0, EMC Elastic Cloud Storage, and Hybrid Cloud, as well as their acquisition of DSSD. Today I’ll be live blogging the keynotes from Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware, and Paul Maritz, CEO of Pivotal. Stay tuned! Keep refreshing this page for updates. 10:04 am PTJonathan Martin, CMO of EMC, just took the stage on day two of EMC World. They noted that there were more than 15,000 tweets that went out about EMC World – many of which were from VCE!EMC is also providing an update on the EMC Build a Hybrid Cloud – built on Vblock Systems. Make sure you stop by the Build a Hybrid cloud booth in the Solutions Arcade. 10:11 am PTPat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware just took the stage at EMC World, here to discuss the future of IT as software-defined. He noted that the industry is dramatically shifting, where IT budgets are flat and enterprises need to save money for today’s IT while building the future for the mobile cloud world.10:16 am PTThe big shift in 1989 was the rise of the PC as compared to the mini computers, where many enterprises are adopting BYOD to enable their employee’s productivity and agility. And now, hardware defined data centers is shifting to software-defined, this shift to software-defined (software defined data center) will be the next major shift for enterprise IT.10:19 am PTGelsinger is discussing software-defined storage and the disruption to the existing storage market. He notes that the hypervisor opens up new opportunities for  enterprise. He is covering separating the control and data planes in storage and delivering abstracted services using the hypervisor.10:30 am PTToday about 70% of applications are virtualized, but VMware hopes to virtualize 100% of applications in the world.Today Gelsinger is announcing support of Virtualized SAP HANA on vSphere 5.5. VCE has a Vblock Specialized System for SAP HANA and is very excited about this new innovation and what it will bring to our customers.10:32 am PTVirtualized HANA should deliver better SLAs, lower TCO, and faster time to market through automated deployments of SAP HANA.10:37 am PT 11:26 am PTPivotal took HDFS from Hadoop and layered on Gemfire and Greenplum to create their data lake software. They redefined the way they license the solution so customers will only have to pay for data that is being worked on and will not have to pay for data at rest. This will also help customers store everything more effectively. Customers can choose run Hadoop and HDFS on Vblock Systems. We’re working closely with Pivotal to provide this solution to our customers.11:29 am PTPivotal is demonstrating how to leverage the third generation platform.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Broadway’s Magic Men Unveiled & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Related Shows The Illusionists Nina Arianda National Theatre’s John & Treasure Island Heading to a Movie Theater Near You Can’t get to London to see the U.K.’s National Theatre’s upcoming productions of John and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island? Never fear, both will broadcast to movie theaters around the world. Conceived and directed by Lloyd Newson, John will air on December 9 and have many encore dates in U.S. cities. Meanwhile, Treasure Island will broadcast around the world on January 22, 2015 and again have many encore dates across America. Broadway’s Magic Men Unveiled for The Illusionists As we previously reported, The Illusionists: Witness the Impossible, will debut on Broadway this fall. The show will feature seven stimulating stars, each a master in their own field, including The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin; The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry; The Trickster, Jeff Hobson; The Escapologist, Andrew Basso; The Inventor, Kevin James; The Warrior, Aaron Crow and The Futurist, Adam Trent. View Comments Lou Diamond Phillips to Reprise His Performance in The King and I Lou Diamond Phillips, who was Tony nominated for his role in the 1996 Great White Way revival of The King and I, will star in the musical in Australia. Deadline reports that he will replace Jason Scott Lee, who tore a calf muscle during the run in Melbourne. A new revival, headlined by Kelli O’Hara and Ken Watanabe, will bow on Broadway next spring. TV’s Frozen Finds Its Anna and Kristoff Well we now know who’ll play Frozen’s Anna and Kristoff on TV, if not on Broadway. According to TV Line, Elizabeth Lail and Scott Michael Foster have landed the roles on season four of Once Upon a Time. As previously reported, the ABC American fairy tale drama series takes place in the seaside town of Storybrooke Maine, which is populated with much loved fairy tale characters. New Cast Announced for My Big Gay Italian Wedding and Funeral My Big Gay Italian Wedding and Funeral will be welcoming some new cast members from July 5. Along with the previously announced Gabe Bowling, BJ Gruber will be playing best man Mario in Wedding and Christopher Abbott will be making his off-Broadway debut as Peter Pinnunziato in Funeral. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 3, 2016 Star Files WTF Updates for Fool for Love & Cynthia Nixon Updates from the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love, which now stars Sam Rockwell and Nina Arianda, will begin performances on July 23 and have scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Anita Yavich, lighting design by Justin Townsend, sound design by Ryan Rumery and fight direction by David Leong. Also added to the slate are Tony winner Cynthia Nixon and Penny Fuller, who will feature in a reading of Carey Perloff’s newest play, Kinship, on June 9.last_img read more

Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical Begins Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Mighty Real uses Sylvester’s music to celebrate the life of the “Queen of Disco.” Through his trials and tribulations and his glitzy, glamorous lifestyle, he was a symbol for fabulousness and a pioneer in the LGBTQ community. His many disco classics include “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real),” “Dance (Disco Heat),” “Do Ya Wanna Funk” and “Can’t Stop Dancing.” Who’s ready to funk?! Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical begins off-Broadway performances on September 5. The tuner features music by the legendary performer and a book by Anthony Wayne, who takes on the titular role. Wayne also co-directs alongside Kendrell Bowman. Opening night is set for September 14 at Theatre at St. Clement’s, where it will run through October 5. Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 5, 2014 In addition to Wayne, the cast of Mighty Real features Anastacia McCleskey and Jacqueline B. Arnold as Izora and Martha—better known as the Weather Girls, as well as DeAnne Stewart and Jack Fuller.last_img read more