Jackie and Marilyn Starts Performances Off-Broadway

first_img Jackie and Marilyn stars Lorraine Farris as Jackie Kennedy, Lella Satie as Marilyn Monroe and Aaron Mathias as John F. Kennedy. View Comments Related Shows Jackie and Marilyn explores our fascination with two of the most glamorous and famous women of their time. The play is a fictional imagining of what might have gone on behind closed doors of one of the most famous love triangles in history—if it ever happened. Jackie and Marilyn Show Closed This production ended its run on May 3, 2014 Sheri Graubert’s Jackie and Marilyn begins performances on April 17 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Under the direction of Sanja Bestic, the play will open officially on April 18 and run through May 3.last_img read more

Sex, Sailors & the City: On the Town’s Transformation From Ballet to B’way Hit

first_img …But the energy was combustible Brilliance sometimes comes at a cost. As rehearsal pianist Trude Rittman explained to Masterworks Broadway, Robbins was “just murder to work with. [He] constantly murdered himself, he was so high-strung and self-tormented.” Green’s widow, Phyllis Newman, told The New York Times that “they would go insane, complaining and everything,” over Abbott’s changes. New York is a helluva town, and it’ll be even better on October 16, when On the Town officially returns to Broadway! The latest revival of the classic musical at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre stars Tony Yazbeck, Jay Armstrong Johnson and Clyde Alves as the three amorous sailors who make the most—and then some—of their 24 hours’ shore leave in New York City. How did a play crafted by four Broadway titans get its sea legs? Let’s ship off in search of answers! Robbins used his connections After several months, Robbins still hadn’t located the musical muse for his page-bound ideas, but he threw around the name of Leonard Bernstein, who, at age 25, was about to conduct the New York Philharmonic. Securing the wunderkind’s services was surprisingly easy: set designer Oliver Smith knew him! He set up a meeting, and the dancer and the composer immediately hit it off. Lights, camera, revisions! With the success of the Broadway show, MGM quickly acquired the film rights. A movie adaptation of On the Town was released in 1949 starring Gene Kelly (who had worked with Comden and Green on the Revuers), Frank Sinatra, Anne Miller, and Vera-Ellen. Producer Arthur Freed tasked Comden and Green to write a slew of new songs to dampen the play’s bawdiness. But the musical, the first to be shot on location in New York City, became a classic, winning Oscars for Best Music, Scoring of a Motion Picture. The ballet twirled to Broadway Smith, who designed the sets for Fancy Free, suggested adapting the ballet into a full-length show—wow, that guy’s just full of good ideas, isn’t he? The designer agreed to produce it with his friend Paul Feigay. Robbins will handle the choreography. Bernstein will tackle the music. This is all great, but who will write the lyrics and book for On the Town? Related Shows Where are they now? On the Town was revived on Broadway twice, but neither mounting was as successful as the original. The 1971 version, starring Bernadette Peters, held out for 73 performances; another attempt, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson in 1998, folded after 69 shows. Hey, whatever happened to those guys, anyway? Set sail to Broadway! Almost 70 years after On the Town first docked on Broadway, the new revival releases a fleet of 30 singers and dancers. Yazbeck, Alves and Johnson reprise their roles, alongside stage vets Alysha Umphress, Elizabeth Stanley and Jackie Hoffman, and New York City Ballet dancer Megan Fairchild. “The one most important thing was to tell the story and give a place in which great American musical theater performers—actors, singers, dancers—can do what they do best,” Rando told Broadway.com. Hoffman added, “I’ve been going to Broadway shows for a long time, and this stuff is over the top crazy.” Consider us enlisted! On the Town Comden & Green’s Bernstein boost Musical buffs know Betty Comden and Adolph Green as the longtime writing team behind a bunch of memorable musicals, including Singin’ in the Rain and The Band Wagon. But in 1944, their resume had a lot of white space. Bernstein, however, was a fan of their work in the NYC comedy troupe the Revuers and suggested the duo write the book and lyrics. It wasn’t a popular choice until Bernstein took Smith and Feigay to a Revuers show and successfully convinced them.center_img Reality interfered Abbott was adamant that he did not want World War II—then in full swing—mentioned in On the Town. The logic: people already heard enough of that. The war’s impact was felt nonetheless. The large, integrated cast included Sono Osato as one of the three female leads who vie for the sailors’ affections. Her father spent opening night in an internment camp along with more than 110,000 other Japanese-Americans. It all began in a journal Long before he was the legendary choreographer of West Side Story, Jerome Robbins was a young dancer at Ballet Theatre (later American Ballet Theatre) who harbored lofty artistic ambitions. He kept ideas for “dance scenarios” in journals, one of which he named “Shore Leave Interlude,” according to Masterworks Broadway. In 1943, Ballet Theatre agreed to produce his idea, but there was a catch. Robbins had to find an accompanying score. Uh-oh… Suit up, sailors In 2013, On the Town sailed straight past New York and docked in…Pittsfield, Massachusetts? Tony-winning director John Rando (Urinetown) staged a new revival of the beloved musical at the Barrington Stage Company, and he had the Midas touch with sexy sailors Tony Yazbeck, Clyde Alves and Jay Armstrong Johnson. “[On the Town] is one of those rare revivals that remind us what a hit show from long ago was originally about,” raved The New York Times. “In this case, it’s the sex, stupid.” The production was a hit, and you know what that means: Broadway, ahoy! The sailors found success Despite illness, arguments and major script revisions, On the Town, featuring Comden and Green in the starring roles of Claire DeLoone and Ozzie, respectively, opened December 28, 1944 at the Adelphi Theatre. The lyricists were joined by John Battles as Gabey, Sono Osato as Ivy Smith, Cris Alexander as Chip and Nancy Walker as Hildy. The production was officially a hit, running for 462 performances. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 6, 2015 Bernstein & Robbins were pen pals The new friends worked by phone and mail on the project, renamed Fancy Free, while Robbins toured with Ballet Theatre. Neither man had ever created a ballet before. Fancy Free debuted at the Metropolitan Opera House in April 1944. How does a ballet forged by correspondence fare? The New York Times declared the production to be “exactly 10 degrees north of terrific.” We’re guessing that means it was pretty good. The Kids’ energy never flagged… The youthful spirit of Robbins, Bernstein, Comden, and Green—average age, 27—practically glowed. When director George Abbott came aboard, he dubbed the quartet “The Kids.” Even when Green and Bernstein had a setback and were hospitalized simultaneously, they found a way to make it work. “The two booked adjoining hospital rooms at Doctor’s Hospital,” according to The New York Times. “Bernstein would tap out rhythms on the connecting wall so that Green could work on the lyrics; Comden would dart back and forth to confer with each.” View Commentslast_img read more

Novel hedge contract behind Enel’s latest Texas wind project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:Italian utility Enel SpA announced on Friday it has broken ground on the 450-MW High Lonesome wind farm in the US state of Texas.Located in Upton and Crockett Counties, High Lonesome will require an investment of about USD 600 million (EUR 526.52m).The project, Enel’s largest wind power facility in its global portfolio, has a proxy revenue swap (PRS) for a 295-MW portion of its output with insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty Inc’s alternative risk transfer unit and Nephila Climate. It was executed in collaboration with renewable energy risk management REsurety Inc.Under the PRS, the wind farm will receive fixed payments based on the estimated value of its future energy production, Enel explained.The plant is scheduled to commence operations by the end of 2019. Once fully operational, the wind farm should be able to generate around 1.7 TWh annually as well as offset some 1.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year.Currently, Enel has about 5 GW of renewable capacity in its corporate portfolio in North America.More: Enel breaks ground on 450-MW US wind park Novel hedge contract behind Enel’s latest Texas wind projectlast_img read more

Poland may scrap planned expansion of Złoczew lignite mine

first_imgPoland may scrap planned expansion of Złoczew lignite mine FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Poland is considering scrapping plans to develop an open-pit lignite coal mine in central Poland, due to rising costs of burning the fossil fuel and stricter EU climate policies, two sources familiar with the situation said.The project at Złoczew, owned by Poland’s biggest energy group PGE, was meant to extend the life of state-run PGE’s Belchatow power plant – Europe’s biggest polluter – beyond the 2030s. The project’s costs are estimated at between 10 billion and 15 billion zloty ($2.6 bln-$3.9 bln).But rising CO2 emission costs, increased pressure from the European Union to fight climate change and PGE’s planned investment in cleaner energy sources mean the project has become economically unfeasible, the sources said.The Złoczew project has been criticized by environmentalists, who argue that it would result in the displacement of 33 villages and cause water pollution in the area, which is already facing water shortages.Around 20% of Poland’s electricity is generated in the Belchatow lignite-fueled power plant. If Poland abandons the Złoczew mine, it will have to come up with a replacement for lignite to avoid disruptions in power supplies.[Agnieszka Barteczko]More: Poland close to scrapping Zloczew brown coal mine project -sourceslast_img read more

Use your iPod anywhere; don’t let water be a factor.

first_imgSurge Bass Amplified Waterproof Headphones MSRP: 59.99Surge Bass Amplified Waterproof HeadphonesSurge Bass Amplified Waterproof Headphones Drawback of the iPod or mp3 player? I can think of very few, but watery conditions definitely come to mind. Well, thanks to companies like H2o Audio and Otter Box, now you can take it all outside, conditioned be damned.Music can provide a great motivation while enjoying the things you like to do. Waterproof products can allow you to use your iPod/Mp3 player anywhere. Take my new iPod 8 GB nano for instance. With the Amphibx Waterproof Armband from H2o Audio or the Armor Case from Otter Box I can use my iPod while snowboarding, running, mountain biking, kayaking or just about anywhere. Couple this with a good set of waterproof headphones, like the Surge Bass Amplified Waterproof Headphones and you will not have to worry about water anymore.Check out these and other great waterproof devices to take your music anywhere.Amphibx Waterproof Armband MSRP: $69.99Amphibx Waterproof Armband Amphibx Waterproof Armband last_img read more

Croatian tourism workers send a message to the world: Holidays in Croatia are safe

first_img“In our restaurants and accommodation we invest great effort to ensure that our guests have a top holiday experience in Croatia, our food, culture and natural beauty. We and our employees do our best to serve our guests with maximum quality and safety, while respecting all disinfection and distancing measures and the use of prescribed protective equipment. Croatia must be open, but it must also be safe, we take care of that every day.”Said Gordana Fabijanić, owner of the famous tavern Didova Kuća on Pag, which has been one of the recommended restaurants in the famous Gault & Millau guide for years. Gordana is also a member of the UGP’s Catering and Tourism Committee ASSOCIATION VOICE OF ENTREPRENEURS: HOLIDAYS IN CROATIA ARE SAFE! Croatian tourism workers, caterers and entrepreneurs have decided to react in an affirmative way and send a positive message to the world: Holidays in Croatia are safe! #CroatiaIsSafe This year, too, the tourist season on the Adriatic is filling newspaper columns, but not for good. Failures in the organization of the tennis tournament in Zadar without adherence to the prescribed protection measures and inadequate reaction after the first news about the infected competitors endangered the little tourist season we had hoped for. The UGP is still optimistic and believes that # CroatiaMay save the season, protect the health of its citizens and guests, provide hospitality to all and move forward. Holidays in Croatia are safe because caterers and tourism workers are responsible, and we want the whole world to see it with the slogan #CroatiaIsSafe, emphasize from UGP. Unfortunately, after the news about coronavirus-positive tennis players ravaged all world media and caused very negative reactions about the epidemiological situation in Croatia, there was no timely reaction from the Ministry of Tourism and CNTB, as well as any form of communication with potential guests from abroad. extinguishing the media fire, they point out from the Association of Voices of Entrepreneurs and add that they demand full focus of the Government and readiness to manage the crisis situation. Numerous tourists, over 200.000 of them, have been able to see the top professionalism of Croatian tourist workers and caterers on the Adriatic in recent days. Because of all this, UGP members, tourism workers and caterers, decided to send a message to domestic and foreign tourists: “Croatia is safe, and we are professional and we follow safety recommendations!” “We want to convey the message to all media in the world and in Croatia that Croatian tourism workers and caterers adhere to recommendations and regulations related to preventing the spread of coronavirus and we urge all tourists to come to Croatia and EU countries not to close borders with Croatia. We are serious and professionaland.”  said Vedran Jakominić, a member of the Committee for Hospitality and Tourism of UGP. “We have repeatedly warned that the elections were called at the wrong time and every day this statement is becoming more and more accurate. The Voice of Entrepreneurs Association brings together numerous entrepreneurs engaged in tourism, catering and related activities. We will do everything in our power to save the tourist season and the livelihood of our employees. Some EU countries, such as Slovenia and Austria, have already announced the possibility of re-closing their borders with Croatia, and many reservations that tourism workers have been fighting for in recent months have been literally canceled overnight. The damage done to tourism and the economy is great. ” stand out from UGP. Photo: Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Boardlast_img read more

Vowing to turn page on Trump era, Biden promises ‘light’ over ‘darkness’

first_imgTopics : “Our current president has failed in his most basic duty to the nation: he has failed to protect us,” Biden said.Several Democrats who challenged Biden for the nomination – US Senators Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar and Cory Booker; former US Representative Beto O’Rourke; and entrepreneur Andrew Yang – praised Biden’s empathy and leadership in a taped conversation.Another former rival, billionaire and former Republican Michael Bloomberg, said Trump had failed both as a businessman and as a president.”I’m not asking you to vote against Donald Trump because he’s a bad guy. I’m urging you to vote against him because he’s done a bad job,” said Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City.”And let me tell you a little secret. Donald Trump’s economic plan was to give a huge tax cut to guys like me, who didn’t need it. And then lie about it to everyone else,” he said.’American carnage’As they have throughout the week, Democrats emphasized the importance of voting amid the pandemic and warned against efforts to suppress the vote. Trump’s repeated, unsubstantiated claims that mail-in ballots are rife with fraud, coupled with cuts to the US Postal Service, have fueled fears that some voters may be disenfranchised.”Voting is the oxygen of our democracy,” California Secretary of State Alex Padilla said via video.The program offered some light-hearted moments from its moderator, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who portrayed a US vice president in the comedy television show “Veep,” and took some digs at both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.”When Donald Trump spoke at his inauguration about ‘American carnage,’ I assumed that was something he was against, not a campaign promise,” she said.The day offered new fodder for the Biden campaign to highlight what convention speaker after speaker has characterized as Trump’s chaotic four years in office.Steve Bannon, an architect of Trump’s 2016 election victory, was arrested on fraud charges, while in New York a judge ruled Trump cannot block a prosecutor’s subpoena for eight years of his tax returns.Trump on Thursday denied knowing about the organization linked to Bannon’s arrest, which had sought donations to help build a wall on the US-Mexico border that was Trump’s signature 2016 campaign promise.”I feel very badly. I haven’t been dealing with him for a long period of time,” Trump said. He also appealed the decision on his tax returns.On Wednesday, Kamala Harris accepted the nomination as the first Black woman and Asian American on a major-party presidential ticket. The evening drew an estimated 22.8 million television viewers, higher than the first two nights but still down from 2016.That figure does not include viewing on digital platforms, which has jumped significantly since 2016.Backed by former security officialsBiden, 77, heads into the general election campaign leading in opinion polls over Trump, 74, who will accept the Republican nomination for a second White House term at his own convention next week.Democrats have worked to expand Biden’s support during the convention, including showcasing prominent Republican supporters as well as Americans who voted for Trump in 2016 but now blame him for the economic and health toll of the pandemic.More than 70 Republican former national security officials, including former heads of the FBI and CIA, plan to endorse Biden on Friday while calling Trump unfit to serve.Trump has campaigned across the country to offer counter-programming to the Democrats, a break with tradition in which candidates limit their activities during their opponents’ conventions.The president held a campaign event on Thursday near Biden’s birthplace of Scranton in the battleground state of Pennsylvania, where he slammed his Democratic challenger’s long record in government.Biden, who became a US senator from Delaware in 1973 before becoming Obama’s vice president, captured the nomination by convincing Democratic primary voters he was the best bet to beat Trump.Despite questions about his age and criticism of his moderate stances in a party that has lurched leftward, he was able to quickly unite the Democrats’ sometimes fractious progressive and moderate wings with the goal of defeating Trump. The speech – the capstone of a nearly five-decade political career – was delivered inside an empty arena in his hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, at the conclusion of the four-day Democratic National Convention, which was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic.The former US senator and vice president described the current moment as one of historical import, amid a health crisis over the coronavirus, a recession, a national reckoning on race and a battle over the environment.He promised to represent all Americans and to work “just as hard” for those who do not support him, drawing an implicit contrast with the Republican Trump, who has shown little inclination to appeal beyond his base of voters.Biden also offered a withering assessment of his opponent’s response to the pandemic.center_img Joe Biden vowed to heal a country battered by a deadly pandemic and an economic catastrophe by uniting all Americans, while warning that President Donald Trump would go on stoking hatred and fear if elected to another four-year term.”Here and now, I give you my word: if you entrust me with the presidency, I’ll draw on the best of us, not the worst,” Biden said as he accepted the Democratic presidential nomination for an election 75 days away.”I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness.”last_img read more

Swiss parliament shows ‘can-do’ attitude for third pillar reform

first_imgThe Federal Council is buying time to examine the results of the consultations for the second pillar pension system reform, given the political sensitivity of the matter.The first pillar (AHV), instead, struggles as the current generation pays in and the older generation takes out, with no real accruals and leaving it also suffering with over aging and changing dependency ratios, Aggett added.“Every participant in the system of the first AHV, second pillar and third pillar has to contribute to optimize the system to give people a chance to accrue enough assets to be able to have a comfortable retirement and avoid huge costs for the state, given that life-expectancy is high now and has taken the system by surprise,” he said.The National Council, the lower house of the Swiss Federal Assembly, approved the motion of Erich Ettlin, a member of the upper house Council of States for the Christian Democratic People’s Party (CVP), to change the third pillar system.The proposal allows closing gaps for past unpaid contributions every five years with tax deductions on earnings of CHF34,128 (€31,776) per year. Nils Aggett, VVSEttlin told IPE that his motion makes the third pillar more flexible.“Many people have not worked much or have worked less in the past, and for these people the third pillar was precluded, they could not pay a contribution, even at a later stage,” he said.Women who have not worked but suddenly return to work, and earn money, can now top up their accounts, he added.The VVS, which represents 50-60 foundations of banks and insurance companies in Switzerland active in the third pillar pension system, strongly supported Ettlin’s motion.It stated that people do not pay the maximum contribution in an average year, thus accruing gaps over time.“With the reform people are encouraged to maximise their third pillar savings and accrue assets for retirement,” Aggett said.The reform may end up benefiting insurers and bank foundations, the institutions bound to the third pillar.Ettlin agreed that banks and insurance companies could also benefit from the reform, but highlighted that the change relates in particular to supplementary payments for products.Aggett noted that the third pillar market had recently not been particularly profitable for banks and insurers because around 80% of the assets in the system were held in cash – cash generates costs because of negative interest rates.He added: “The profitability of the third pillar products is driven by investment funds. There is a margin on that, among our members the margin ranges from circa 40 bps to circa 140 bps, with a broad range of products.”“The reform is designed as a win-win, for the customers, the person trying to accrue assets, a win for the companies issuing the products and a win for society as a whole and the retirement system,” Aggett concluded.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. Reforming the Swiss third pillar pension platform is a sign the national parliamentary system is able to deliver changes, Nils Aggett, president of the Verein Vorsorge Schweiz (VVS), an association representing the interests of third pillar institutions, told IPE.“We are now refocusing and working as a team to help parliament implement the reform quickly, ideally in two or three years. It is not hugely complex to implement,” Aggett said.A testing change to implement could be the adjustment of processes and underlying IT systems of insurers and banks. “This will require a closely coordinated effort by the industry and regulators,” he said.For Aggett, the pension system in Switzerland is “really good”, but it is struggling with an over aging demographic and low, or rather negative, interest rates, while political reforms for the second pillar have proven impossible so far.last_img read more

Rystad: No room for OPEC+ to increase output for the rest of 2019

first_imgU.S – China tariff warIt is worth noting that Brent benchmark crude prices have shed more than 13 dollars per barrel since reaching a recent peak in May. Fear of a possible trade war between the U.S. and China over tariffs also dampen the outlook.“However, the fears about the impact of recent tariffs on global oil demand growth are overblown,” Tonhaugen said.“We believe the current oil price weakness is fueled more by expectations of faltering trade prospects and a worsening global economy, rather than by the direct effect of new and existing tariffs on oil demand.”Rystad Energy’s analysis suggests that if the U.S. and China proceed with another round of tariff hikes, covering all their respective trade volumes, global oil demand growth could fall by 100,000 bpd in 2019 and 400,000 bpd in 2020.This is the direct result of lower trade volumes for the U.S. and China, as well as for China’s main Asian trade partners such as Japan, South Korea, and the EU.“The downside may be even greater if the global economy, especially the Chinese economy, continues to slow. With this in mind, we believe the market is currently bracing for a greater impact than what current tariffs will deliver,” Tonhaugen concluded.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by more than 10.000 industry professionals daily.We had almost 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas.These stats allow our partners advertising on Offshore Energy Today to get maximum exposure to their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. The OPEC+ countries will not be able to increase their collective oil production levels in the second half of 2019 without having a detrimental effect on oil prices, according to Norwegian oil and gas intelligence firm Rystad Energy.Source: Flickr; Author: Sergio Russo – under the CC BY-SA 2.0 licenseEven though a production increase is off the cards without influencing prices, Rystad Energy said on Tuesday that the production cuts required by OPEC+ to support prices need not be as much as 1.5 mbpd.According to the intelligence firm, that is contrary to what traditional supply-demand balances suggest, owing to a tight market for medium and heavy barrels and the fast-approaching shipping fuel changes known as IMO 2020, which are expected to cause an increase in crude demand.Disappointing global demand and strong production growth in the U.S. are also weighing on OPEC+’s decision, which may be postponed to early July.Ahead of the 6th OPEC Ministerial Meeting in Vienna, Austria, Rystad Energy’s chief oil market analyst Bjørnar Tonhaugen said: “We expect crude demand to accelerate thanks to the upcoming IMO 2020 regulations later this year, and OPEC will likely not have to cut production as much as the call on OPEC suggests.“Having said that, there will not be room for the cartel to increase output for the rest of 2019 in our view.”Rystad Energy’s supply-demand forecast suggests that the so-called call on OPEC production will decline by 1.5 million bpd to 29.0 million bpd from the second quarter to the fourth quarter of 2019.OPEC+, which consists of OPEC countries plus Russia and several other supportive producers, account for nearly 49 million of the 84 million bpd of global crude and condensate production expected to be produced on average in 2019.“We expect non-OPEC+ production to grow by 1.9 million bpd year-on-year in 2019, driven by the continued rise of the U.S. shale industry, whereas global demand is expected to grow only by between 1.1 million and 1.2 million bpd year-on-year.“In other words, as non-OPEC+ adds more supply than global demand is increasing by, OPEC+ will still be pressured to manage production to balance the global market,” Tonhaugen added.A forecast by Rystad Energy stated that U.S. oil production would grow by 1.6 million bpd y/y in 2019, with monthly production reaching 13.4 million bpd by December 2019. The brunt of the supply growth comes from the Permian Basin, the prolific shale play in Texas and New Mexico.last_img read more

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Bride.

first_img Share 40 Views   no discussions Share LifestyleRelationships 5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to a Bride. by: – June 10, 2011 Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! by Reader’s Digest MagazineWhether you have the ear of a bride-to-be or a recently wedded one, there are a few topics that should be off limit if you would like to stay in her good graces.DON’T SAY…Get whatever you want. It’s your day! The financial aspects of a wedding are private and can be very tense. Do not get involved. Don’t suggest a live band over a DJ, a seven-tiered cake over a smaller one, or any other amazing sight you saw at another wedding. If she could afford fireworks, she’d probably be getting them.Why aren’t you inviting…my brother, our roommate in college, the cute guy from the coffee shop, your ex-boyfriend? Again, there is almost no doubt that the guest list is in teeth-grinding negotiations. Stay out of it, unless asked. Even then, think twice. Almost always the proper response is: Whatever you would like.Will you be wearing white? Every woman, second marriages included, has the right to wear whatever color she desires. Celebration.com notes that the “traditional white wedding gown actually hails from ancient Rome, when white was a color of celebration, and not a symbol of purity.” But, it’s best not to mention this statistic on the wedding day.When are you going to start a family? Again, it’s none of your business. Comment on the dress, the lovely flowers, the weather—but don’t talk about a baby. You never know, there could be a bun already in the oven. However, don’t start this rumor.Anything at all about divorce. Everyone knows the grim statistics. Don’t bring it up as a joke. Don’t even say the word. And definitely don’t ask about a prenup. It’s none of your business. Send well wishes.Source: Brides.com, celebration.com.au, wmctv.com, wboc.comlast_img read more