UK cake maker Michelle Wibowo last week scooped a gong for Britain at the Patisserie Showpiece section of the International Culinary Olympics, with a lifesize dog-shaped sugar sculpture. We were equally impressed (and slightly disturbed) by this sped-up video of her making a life-like baby cake. tinyurl.com/6gvf5k
Jamtronica trio SunSquabi has announced their first batch of headlining tour dates for the coming year with 12 shows scheduled throughout the first few weeks of 2019. The Denver-based outfit’s Friday announcement follows the previous news that they would also be climbing aboard the Norwegian Jade as part of Jam Cruise 17 in late January.The winter tour will begin with a concert in front of their hometown fans with Too Many Zooz and The Hip Abduction at The Fillmore in Denver, Colorado on January 26th. The band will then make stops at venues throughout the western U.S. including Neurolux in Boise, ID (1/30); Neumos in Seattle, WA (1/31); Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR (2/2); Wow Hall in the jam-friendly city of Eugene, OR (2/6); Crystal Bay in Reno, NV (2/7); Atrium in Santa Cruz, CA (2/9); Winston’s in San Diego, CA (2/15); and The Morrocan in Los Angeles, CA (2/16), just to name a few. SunSquabi will conclude their winter 2019 run with an appearance a M3F Fest in Phoenix, Arizona on March 2nd, which also includes sets from Umphrey’s McGee, Lettuce, and Twiddle.The winter tour will also mark the first run of shows following the release of SunSquabi’s forthcoming studio album, Instinct, which arrives on January 11th. The band previously released and debuted three new songs from Instinct including “Caterpillar”, “Chrysalis”, and “Night Moth”, as part of their pre-album ‘Metamorphosis’ Series. With fans having already been introduced to some of the new material in a live setting, they’ll be just as happy to head to the merch table to buy the new album by the time SunSquabi hit the road in January.SunSquabi toured pretty extensively throughout the fall months of 2018, which included some shows opening up for Umphrey’s and STS9. They also performed down at Suwannee Hulaween in Live Oak, FL back in late October.Tickets for the SunSquabi’s headlining shows on the upcoming tour are on sale now via the tour page on the band’s website. $1 from each ticket sold on the upcoming tour will be donated by the band to the Can’d Aid Foundation.SunSquabi Winter 2019 Tour DatesJan. 15 – Miami, FL – Jam CruiseJan. 26 – Denver, CO – FillmoreJan. 30 – Boise, ID – NeuroluxJan. 31 – Seattle, WA – NeumosFeb. 1 – Bellingham, WA – Wild BuffaloFeb. 2 – Portland, OR – Wonder BallroomFeb. 5 – Bend, OR – Volcanic Theatre PubFeb. 6 – Eugene, OR – Wow HallFeb. 7 – Reno, NV – Crystal BayFeb. 8 – Berkeley, CA – CornerstoneFeb. 9 – Santa Cruz, CA – AtriumFeb. 15 – San Diego, CA – Winston’sFeb. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The MorrocanMar. 2 – Phoenix, AZ – M3F FestView All 2019 Tour Dates
Darren CrissFavorite Replacement (Male): Darren Criss, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Every year since 2000, Broadway.com has asked our readers to pick their favorites of the season in our yearly Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards. Below are this year’s winners of Broadway’s most fan-friendly prize! The 16th annual Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards will be presented at a private cocktail reception on May 19, 2015. Christian BorleFavorite Featured Actor in a Musical: Christian Borle, Something Rotten! Sierra BoggessFavorite Featured Actress in a Musical: Sierra Boggess, It Shoulda Been You Rupert GrintFavorite Featured Actor in a Play: Rupert Grint, It’s Only a PlayFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Male): Rupert Grint, It’s Only a Play Emma StoneFavorite Replacement (Female): Emma Stone, CabaretAWARD COUNT BY SHOWFinding Neverland – 4On the Twentieth Century – 3The Elephant Man – 2It’s Only a Play – 2Wicked – 2The Audience – 1Cabaret – 1The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – 1Gigi – 1Hedwig and the Angry Inch – 1It Shoulda Been You – 1The King and I – 1Something Rotten! – 1You Can’t Take It With You – 1 Star Files The King and IFavorite Musical Revival: The King and I Kristin ChenowethFavorite Leading Actress in a Musical: Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyFavorite Funny Performance: Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth CenturyFavorite Diva Performance: Kristin Chenoweth, On the Twentieth Century Kristin Chenoweth Bradley Cooper(Bruce Glikas for Broadway.com) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeFavorite New Play: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Written by Simon Stephens) Darren Criss Vanessa HudgensFavorite Breakthrough Performance (Female): Vanessa Hudgens, Gigi The Elephant ManFavorite Play Revival: The Elephant ManFavorite Leading Actor in a Play: Bradley Cooper, The Elephant Man WickedFavorite Long-Running Show: WickedFavorite Tour: Wicked View Comments Helen MirrenFavorite Leading Actress in a Play: Helen Mirren, The Audience Finding NeverlandFavorite New Musical: Finding Neverland (Book by James Graham, Music and lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy)Favorite Leading Actor in a Musical: Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandFavorite Onstage Pair: Laura Michelle Kelly & Matthew Morrison, Finding NeverlandFavorite New Song: “Believe” from Finding Neverland (Music and Lyrics by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy) Annaleigh AshfordFavorite Featured Actress in a Play: Annaleigh Ashford, You Can’t Take It With You
By Simon EvansLISBON (Reuters) – After four thrilling quarter-finals, the upsets stopped at the last four stage in the Champions League, setting up Sunday’s final between Bayern Munich and Paris St Germain(PSG).Bayern, five-times winners, are back in the final for the first time since 2013 after ending a streak of four losses in the semi-final stage with Wednesday’s comfortable 3-0 win over Olympique Lyonnais.PSG are in the big game for the first time, having struggled to translate their dominance of the French league into a real challenge in Europe until wins here over Italian club Atalanta and Germany’s RB Leipzig secured their place.For the first time since 1998, the Champions League final will feature two teams who entered the competition as domestic champions, a throwback to the day’s of the old European Cup when only a country’s title winners were allowed to enter. While no fans will be present to witness the clash at the Estadio da Luz, home of Portuguese club Benfica, millions across the globe will watch the game which is the most-watched annual sports event in the world.And there is plenty of interest for those outside of Germany and France.PSG’s attack is led by Brazil’s biggest star Neymar, the exciting French World Cup winner Kylian Mbappe and the crafty Argentine winger Angel Di Maria. It will be fascinating to see if the French side can expose Bayern’s high defensive line which was breached several times by a wasteful Lyon.“Paris are a great team,” said Bayern coach Hansi Flick, “We will analyse some things, we know they have quick players. We will look to organise our defence, but we know our biggest strength is putting our opponents under pressure.”Bayern’s top scorer is Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who leads the tournament’s scoring charts with 15 goals this season and has found the target 55 times in all competitions. The club’s 19-year-old left back Alphonso Davies has been the most exciting young player in the tournament and was born in a refugee camp in Ghana before moving to Canada, who he represents at national team level.On a tactical level, the final pits two German coaches against each other for only the second time in the tournament’s history. PSG’s Thomas Tuchel, the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach, has managed to give the French champion’s expensively assembled squad the balance and steel they have lacked in recent years.Flick only took over as Bayern coach in November but has had an astonishing impact. Since mid-December, Bayern have enjoyed 28 wins and a solitary draw, scoring 97 goals and conceding just 22.Bayern, who thrashed Barcelona 8-2 in their quarter-final, also have experience on their side.The Bavarians have already featured in the European Cup or Champions League final on ten occasions, winning their fifth title in 2013. PSG have only reached the last four once before and their best performance in Europe came in the old Cup Winner’s Cup which they won in 1996.