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Photo and opening photo by David Chick

A new “Alternate Universe/Other World Hamlet” is descending upon the 13th Street Repertory this July and at the launch party last week, director Jay Michaels made us curious to see it. This promises to be a novel look at the play replete with text additions from older versions from which Shakespeare’s Hamlet was drawn, steampunk costumes and a deformed (“How else could Hamlet immediately identify it?” he challenged), but glow in the dark(!) skull of Yorick.

Mr. Michaels, a former actor, veteran director of six prior Hamlets, and current professor of theater at Kingsborough College, skillfully led us through a history of the play that evening. The story of relatives killing each other in calculated revenge and feigning madness to find out truths goes back centuries. Mr. Michaels avered, “Shakespeare is forever. Shakespeare is Hamlet.”

The two authors of this new adaptation, Mr. Michaels and actor Matt de Rogatis playing the titular role, are determined to offer us a reason to, “…bring Hamlet to new audiences”. They have introduced a Storyteller character- a narrator cum stage manager as in “Our Town”-incorporating different Hamlet narratives into the text. They drew from “Ur-Hamlet” by Thomas Kynd which introduces the ghost, “The Life of Amleth” preserved by 13th century chronicler Saxo Grammaticus, and the Roman legend of Brutus-both of which include feigning madness and eventual slaying of a court member.

Psychoanalytic critics have examined Hamlet’s unconscious desires and these two men are determined to get to the bottom of exactly what’s going on within this play. Mr. de Rogatis quipped that, “As the son of a mailman, I will deliver.” For proof of his diligence he is currently seeing a therapist-as Hamlet! Confirmation of his dedication to the role is furthered by his commitment to finish the tattoos on his arm in a what-would-Hamlet-have appropriate sleeve.

The evening was held at Jim Kempner Fine Arts in Chelsea. Mr. Kempner, who stars in his own amusing web series about his fictional/non-fictional comings and goings in the contemporary art world, will play Polonius. Amidst the fine  colorful and creative work displayed in the gallery, an entertaining and successful evening was had by the attendees as a charming and ably informative Mr. Michaels did more than convince us to see this novel production with a new look. As he noted, Hamlet has been done in the nude, on the moon and in the Wild West; we were left with confidence he was the man up to the challenge of “…how to make Hamlet new again”.

13th Street Repertory Theatre
50 West 13th St
NY NY  10011
July 13th-24th
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NOFLEX Korean Dinning Surrounded By Art and Technology

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NOFLEX, located at 286 5th Avenue  right off 30th street us the first media art loungeThis contemporary Korean restaurant and bar is managed by Next Dining, a distinguished hospitality group from Korea.

The art on the walls

The art on the walls

The restaurant offers inventive Korean cuisine made with fresh ingredients and diverse flavors. The ambiance of the space is unparalleled, with a 72-foot LED wall and vibrant lighting that will transport you to Seoul.

The Bar

There is also an upstairs, overlooking the fun.

You can enjoy an impressive selection of cocktails, wine, sake. We tried The Pornstar Mojito’s ($17) Sparkling Wine with lime, mint and passion fruit. Refreshing and cooling served with a flower.

The space is very modern and has a club-like vibe, so I am sure after hours is very different than at dinner time, which was cool inviting and relaxed.

Looking at the menu

The menu is extensive and if you like seafood and sushi NOFLEX is sure to please. I am not exactly a seafood lover, however my guest and I went on a exploration of shrimp. 
We started our journey with Hand Rolled Cigar Rolls filled with beef and shrimp, served with aside of truffle aioli ($19). As far as food goes this was my favorite dish. The truffle aioli was fantastic, I ended up dipping everything in this sauce. These were crispy, juice and delectable.

Onto the Deep Fried Shrimp Skewers ($21) 6 pieces of lightly crispy shrimp in a wasabi mayo. The batter was more like the texture of coconut, and they were light and filling. Both were easily shared.

For entrees, we tried the Shrimp Scallion Pancakes ($25). Each slice was filled with a whole shrimp and there were eight slices. I would have preferred the shrimp to be cut up with scallions, as the garlic was barely a taste, however the truffle aioli  sauce from the cigars, perked these up and help immensely.

Also for an entree the Gambas ($33) which is shrimp in a spicy, garlic sauce served with slices of baguettes. This was Roger’s favorite dish.

And then there was dessert….. Roger and I would go to NOFLEX strictly for their Brûlé Banana Nutella Croffle ($17). This dessert is  a cross between a croissant and waffle, with ice bream. This was seriously sensational. First of all, I am not even a fan of bananas, but done in the Brûlé style they were out of this world and a Croffle with Nutella is a serious culinary adventure.We also tried the Silky Vanilla Cheesecake ($17) that was also excellent. What made this so good was that it was light with these fabulous cookie crumbles that elevated this classic dessert.

Bibi

We found out our fabulous server Bibi created these treasures.

NOFLEX is a wonderful addition to the neighborhood and has one of the best desserts I have ever had.

NOFlEX, 286 5th Avenue off of 30th closed on Monday’s and opened for dinner at 5pm.

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Auctions Off Jackets To Save Women’s Lives

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The Ellen Hermanson Foundation, is a nonprofit dedicated to empowering people affected by cancer. This Saturday they will host their annual Summer Gala to raise funds. The event on  July 13, is from 6:30 to 11:30 PM at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club. Beside oceanside cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, and an auction, followed by an after-party beach bonfire and s’mores. 

The foundation will honor Dr. Fredric Weinbaum, medical doctor and former Chief Administrative Officer/COO of Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, and The Honorable Rebecca A. Seawright, Member of the New York State Assembly whose 3-D screening bill, signed into law, expands access to cancer screenings without cost sharing to include 3-D Mammography. 

Part of the way they will raise money is to auction off denim jackets painted by famous artists. Three of the artists are friends of T2C and we want to highlight their work as well as give you insight on how to bid for a really good cause.

Shani and her jacket

First up is Shani Grosz. Her denim jacket combines fashion and Shani’s passion for painting she created a fantasy hand painted garden themed denim jacket trimmed with a lace bustle for drama and sprinkled with Swarovski crystals . All created with a magical vibe and a theme quote painted in the back of the jacket that reads “ the darkest Nights produce the brightest stars. “ … with the theme that women going through tough times such as cancer treatments are the true bright shining stars.

Shani is a graduate of Parson’s School of Design, and has established herself as an important and internationally recognized designer with over two decades as the President and Designer of SHANI Collection. She has won many prestigious design awards for her well executed vision of “Wearable Art”. Over the years, she has dressed various celebrities, news anchors, Broadway stars, television personalities and developed numerous wardrobes for both film and TV and as a teacher within the Designer Critic Program at FIT, Shani works closely at developing up and coming talent. Shani designs for the modern woman, celebrating her multi-faceted lifestyle that allows her to be both feminine and strong.

Shani

To know Shani is to know that she is a girl’s girl, so it’s only logical that her designs are about feeling free and comfortable in your skin. Shani’s designs are like the perfect little black dress –something every woman needs in her wardrobe that she can always count on to let her look her best. Her dresses are available at www.shanicollection.com. Please follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/shanidress.official.

To bid on Shani’s and the other artist were highlighting read more tomorrow.

On February 15, The Ellen Hermanson Foundation awarded $363,000 in grants to further its mission of assisting people being treated for breast cancer. The funding advances the Ellen Hermanson Breast Center at Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, where no patients are turned away for lack of insurance, as well as its local satellite locations and Ellen’s Well, a psychosocial support program for patients. Grants were also awarded to members of The Ellen Hermanson Foundation Community Partnership to support bilingual outreach, social support, and breast care education for women without ready access to health care.

This year, funds raised will go toward acquiring a cutting-edge tomosynthesis mammography machine at the center, providing breast screenings and diagnostic procedures, allocating Ellen’s Well micro-grants for transportation and social services, supporting the Phillips Family Cancer Care Summit and paying a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), a nurse practitioner, and an oncology nurse patient navigator at Ellen’s Well.

For more information visit ellenhermanson.org.

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A Magical Oasis is Blooming Right Under Rockefeller Center

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Those sweltering days of summer, just got a whole lot better in Manhattan. If you go to the rink at Rockefeller Center, go through the gift store out the other door and turn left a new immersive art experience magically awaits called BLOOM: The Secret Wonders of New York’s Forgotten Eden.

As lore has it 200 years ago, the land was home to Elgin Gardens. Did you know Elgin Botanic Garden, flourished on the same land in the first decade of the 1800s. Under the care of the garden’s visionary founder, botanist and physician Dr. David Hosack, a collection of more than 2,000 plant species from around the world grew across 20 acres, as author Victoria Johnson describes in her book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic. Fruit trees, medicinal plants, flowers, and a 200-foot-long glass conservatory, like a biophilic jewel box, housed tropical and desert plants.

A digital avatar of Mother Earth greets you as the staff dressed as fairies,  mushrooms and botanical creatures guides your journey. This space is great for kids of all-ages, but also adults. It is the perfect way to indulge your inner child and escape the rat race for serenity.

As you enter the “Gates of New York’s Eden,” you see a gentler time when New York was immersed in natural beauty. I sat there as the stress rolled off my shoulders and a calm embraced me and my guest. The state-of-the-art sound and light experiences and events. Allows for creativity.

After relaxing and soaking up the scenery, we headed to the “The Mycelium Underground” to start our journey as a seed.

As you germinate there are soft sculpture rooms to crawl in and out of Each has captivating  video installations, complete with Bose soundscapes. Learning has never been so much fun.

Roger’s loved the “Mushroom Forest” but failed to bounce on this wonderful trampoline that allows you to pounce off the fungi’s larger than life spaces.

I loved “The Conservatory” my herbal concoction as well as sparkling libations from Chandon Garden Spritz were delightful. The botanical wisdom, and the delicious snacks from The Alchemist’s Kitchen, had me happy for the rest of the day. I will be visiting their store soon. By the way they have happy hour here and I highly recommend it. These drinks were more than just satisfying.

Bloom Garden is a flowering garden to relax under a digital sky in an Instagram-worthy floral ball pit. There’s even a digital tablet interface where you can watch your imaginary creations come to life through an AI-responsive digital cloud.

Wander down a passageway emanating the playful essence of a sunbeam, designed by the artistic duo Children of the Light, titled Transito.

Finally, end the journey in a botanist’s workshop and pick up custom wildflower seed packets to take back to the present time. Guests can capture memories in an AR photobooth or create a floral keepsake before bidding Mother Earth farewell.

In addition to the exhibit, BLOOM will host weekly events including a garden-themed concert series, floral workshops, yoga sessions, meditation classes, and kids programming.

HERO is the brainchild of MATTE Projects.

BLOOM: The Secret Wonders of New York’s Forgotten Eden” opens on Wednesday, May 15. See it Monday through Friday, noon-8pm, and Saturday, 10am-8pm, with special hours will be announced surrounding upcoming programming. Tickets are $35 for general admission during the week, $45 for general admission on the weekend and for special weeknight programming. To visit at night, tickets are $40. Find BLOOM at 15 West 49th Street on the Rink Level of Rockefeller Center.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons

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I started off my weekend in The Hampton’s at an event for Hamptons Social Magazine.

Ilene Smith and Roger Sichel

Erika Katz and her daughter

The event was at Zadig & Voltaire East Hampton. The beautiful jewlery by Stacy Engman, was highlighted.

Stacy Engman

We were treated to some delicious ice cream and wine.

Then our friend photographer, artist and festival producer, Roger Sichel had a showing of some of his art at at Romany Kramoris Gallery, 41 Main Street in Sag Harbor. We attended his opening

Roger is prolific in creativing experiences that span generations and genres. From creating one of New York’s first erotic film festivals with judges Andy Warhol, Gore Vidal and Milos Forman to producing rock concerts with the Doors, Four Seasons and Isaac Hayes nationwide, Roger identifies most as a cultural observer and photographic journalist. Sichel has now entered the next phase of his artistic career and is choosing to explore neo-pop mixed media, inspired by his own life, as well as current events, while simultaneously preserving the legacy of his work in photojournalism.

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

Ann Liguori

The next day we attended the book signing at Barnes and Nobles of  Ann Liguori, sports Radio and TV Personality. Ann is the author of a new book called “Life on the Green, Lessons & Wisdom from Legends of Golf.” Hopefully we will have her on “Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents,” because this book sounds fascinating.

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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents Allison Eden

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We are so pleased to announce our guest this week is Allison Eden. Allison is the visionary artist who is creating the look at Serendipity 3, which will be opening this year on 47th Street, in Times Square 

A stained glass and mirror mural at the Mohegan Sun resort and casino in Connecticut

Originally from San Diego she moved to New York. Soon after, she got a call for her first commercial job—creating a Brazilian Wave mosaic on the floor of a Burger King in Times Square as well as other New York establishments.

ESPN zone- Times Square

Burger King 46th Street

Margaritaville in Times Square

Sugar and Plumm- candy and ice cream mosaic tile
Manhattan, NY

ESPN zone- Times Square

Allison Eden has her own studios, founded in 1993 by this talented artist. She pushes the boundaries of mosaic artistry, bringing a touch of magic to every project. Allison is a visionary glass mosaicist renowned for her breathtaking creations. Her journey into the world of mosaic art began in 1993 when she fell in love with the medium while studying fashion design at The Fashion Institute of Design in NYC. Inspired by her passion for art and design, Allison embarked on an entrepreneurial journey, starting her own company while still in college. Today, she stands as a pioneer in the design world, captivating audiences worldwide with her innovative glass and stone mosaic masterpieces. 

Baha Mar- Custom Linear Mirror Mosaic Tiles
Nassau, Bahamas

www. AllisonEden.com

Instagram: @AllisonEdenStudios

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, Podcasts.

Host Suzanna Bowling was also just named Most Engaging Hosts on TV, Radio and Podcasts on “The Daily Geek Report.” We are so grateful.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a show filmed at the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our past episodes; First episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode click here, sixth episode here, seventh episode here, eighth episode here, ninth episode here, tenth episode here, eleventh episode here, our twelfth episode here, thirteenth episode here, fourteenth here, fifteenth here , 16th here, 17th here, 18th here, 19th here, 20th here, 21st here and 22nd here.

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