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There are so many amazing things to rejoice about this season.

“Winter Lights Powered by Genesis” premiered on The High Line. Geaturing the first-ever Electrified Genesis GV70, the immersive light experience will be opened to the public through Jan. 2. With hourly shows and a nightly finale at 6 p.m., the installation incorporates 1.3 miles of lighting and is located in Chelsea Market Passage on The High Line between 15th and 16th Streets.

Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Annual New York Dinner saw a special musical performance by Idina Menzel at the landmark restaurant Daniel. The incredible night raised $4 million for ground-breaking research programs. 

NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 15: Idina Menzel attends Dinner At Daniel Benefitting The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) at Daniel on November 15, 2022 in New York. (Photo by Jared Siskin/PMC/PMC)

“Winter Lights Powered by Genesis” was designed in collaboration with De-Yan, Workshop, and renowned event design and production firm Van Wyck & Van Wyck. It takes inspiration from the roofline of the new Electrified GV70 and its vehicle-to-load (V2L) capabilities, a technology that transforms the standard power input used to charge the battery into a power outlet that can be used to run electronics, camping and outdoor gear, home appliances, etc.

The 32nd annual Gotham Awards took place with Blue Moon Brewing Company joining the event as the official beer sponsor of the awards.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 28: Brian d’Arcy James attends The 2022 Gotham Awards at Cipriani Wall Street on November 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Gotham Film & Media Institute)

Guests included: Adam Scott; Aubrey Plaza, Baz Luhrmann; Brendan Fraser; Brian d’Arcy James (special guest of Blue Moon); Bryan Tyree Henry; Gabrielle Union; Jackie and Adam Sandler; Janelle James; Jennifer Lawrence; Joel Kim Booster; Julianne Moore; Maggie Gyllenhaal; Melanie Lynskey, Michelle Williams and Busy Phillips; Ryan and Ethan Hawke; Taylor Russell; and many more.

Down in Miami, Moonpay Concept House and Casablanca hosted Art Basel parties with the help of Belvedere Vodka.

MoonPay Concept House Celebration Sponsored by Belvedere Vodka at Art Basel with Grimes (Renato Macassi)

Notable attendees and performers included Grimes, Rickey Thompson, Bella Thorne, Tinx, The Clermont Twins, and more.

Big Papi Hosts 14th Annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic Kickoff with Glenmorangie Whisky By The David Ortiz Children’s Fund

Then 400 friends and supporters traveled to the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort in Florida to attend the 14th annual “David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic.” Hosted by David Ortiz himself, the three-day destination golf event raised a record-breaking $1.8M for the David Ortiz Children’s Fund whose mission is to provide lifesaving heart surgeries and care to children in Big Papi’s native Dominican Republic and New England. The night was topped off with Glenmorangie Whisky.

Maestro Dobel Tequila partnered with El Museo del Barrio, the country’s leading Latinx cultural institution, to announce the launch of the Maestro Dobel Latinx Art Prize.  

The Maestro Dobel Latinx Art Prize, which will be awarded every two years, aims to raise awareness and amplify the cultural production of Latinx artists, a segment that has historically been underrepresented in the artworld at large. The Prize – which includes a $50,000 grant and showcase in the museum’s galleries – will be administered by El Museo del Barrio, with the inaugural recipient announced in Fall 2023.

From the awe-inspiring Christmas trees to the glittering light displays, the holidays in New York City are a magical time for spreading joy that locals and tourists alike come together to celebrate. This year, Pepsi is kicked off the season by giving one lucky New Yorker the holiday experience of a lifetime: a walk-on role during the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall.

The inaugural 2023 Furbes 30 Under 30 list, sponsored by Pumpkin and Animal Haven, has been announced, naming the top movers and paw-shakers of the year. On behalf of the 30 winners, Pumpkin will donate $10,000 to Animal Haven to support rescue dogs and cats. From athletic feats to advocating for disability to educating thousands on TikTok, these pets are the next generation of pioneers who are making the world a better place, one wag or purr at a time. To qualify, pets had to be aged 30 or under in human years, and contribute to their communities in unique and powerful ways. Applicants were asked to give a brief summary of their accomplishments, as well as name their dream mentor and the toy they can’t live without.

“While we all love to celebrate the achievements and potential of young people, at Pumpkin we believe pets should also be celebrated for their creativity, innovation and contributions to society too – and regardless of their age!” says Alex Douzet, CEO of Pumpkin. “We chose to partner with Animal Haven because their mission to find homes for abandoned dogs and cats aligns with the real goal of this campaign – to show people the incredible impact rescue pets of all ages can have on our lives.”

Another barking good time was when Bush’s Bean ambassador and football legend  Peyton Manning this week at the Bush’s Bean Squad Training Camp at the SEC Championship in Atlanta. Peyton coached Bush’s team members through various bean-themed challenges and met Duke Bush, the iconic spokesdog, for the first time before working together as Bush’s bean ambassadors.

(photo courtesy: Bush’s® Beans)

“I’m excited to be the newest bean ambassador for Bush’s Beans and to represent this family-owned business. I really respect the group of individuals behind this great company,” said Peyton Manning. “There are many reasons Bush’s is known as the Beautiful Bean Co., and I’m excited to help the team continue to highlight them.”

In other news lots of fun happenings all over America. Museum of Arts & Design held RE:FINE 2022. Jewelry artists shared their new necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more to “redefine fine jewelry.” With jewelry at the core of MAD’s ethos, The Store at MAD curates a rich and diverse offering. The collection is tailored to speak to individuals seeking high design, quality precious materials, atypical gemstones and creative application.

Grayson Hotel officially opened its doors in New York City’s Bryant Park neighborhood. The new-build hotel is owned, developed and managed by the Fortuna Hotel Collection, and joins The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand as its first New York City property.

And the Lower East Side bar and lounge The Skinny unveiled its Naughty or Nice Holiday Pop-Up Bar, which is now open for the winter season, through the end of January. The over-the-top space is decked out in floor-to-ceiling, over-the-top, gaudy Christmas and Hanukkah decor, tons of glittering garland, and boasts interactive games like a Wheel of Misfortune and a Claw Machine filled with naughty take home prizes. Guests are invited to strut down a decked hall of twinkling Christmas lights, catch Rudolph and his reindeer friends alongside a wall of hilarious Bad Santa photos.



ElizaBeth Taylor is a journalist for Times Square Chronicles and is a frequent guest at film, fashion and art events throughout New York City and Los Angeles due to her stature as The Sensible Socialite.Passionate about people ElizaBeth spent many years working as a travel reporter and television producer after graduating with high honors from University of Southern California. The work has afforded her the opportunity to explore Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. It has greatly influenced the way in which ElizaBeth sees a story and has created a heightened awareness for the way people around the world live today.


The Marvelous Marilyn Maye Received Twelve Standing Ovations At The New York Pops



Karen Akers, Jim Caruso, Tony Danza, Jamie deRoy, Max von Essen, Melissa Errico, Bob Mackie, Susie Mosher, Sidney Myer, Josh Prince, Lee Roy Reams, Rex Reed, Randy Roberts, Mo Rocca , Mark Sendroff, Lee Roy Reams, Brenda Vaccaro and David Zippel were there to see and honor Cabaret legend and Grammy nominee Marilyn Maye. Maye who turns 95 April 10th, made her at Carnegie Hall solo debut last night with The New York Pops, led by Music Director and Conductor Steven Reineke.

Steven Reineke Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger, educator, Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance and it showed with the 12 standing ovations she received.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Maye appeared 76 times on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, she was “discovered” by Steve Allen and had a RCA recording contract, seven albums and 34 singles.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The evening started out with the superlative New York Pops Overture of Mame, which Maye had played the title role.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Next a Cole Porter Medley with “Looking at You,”  Concentrate On You,” “I Get A Kick Out Of You,” It’s Alright With Me,””Just One of Those Things,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” and “All of You”. This was Marilyn’s second standing ovation. The first was when she stood on that stage for the first time and the audience was rapturous.

Marilyn Maye and Steven Reineke Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

A terrific “It’s Today” from Mame with high flying kicks was the third ovation and wow can that woman kick.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

A rainbow medley included “Look To The Rainbow” from Finnian’s Rainbow, the iconic “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” the jazzy “Make Me Rainbows” and of course “The Rainbow Connection.” And with that another standing ovation.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

“Put On A Happy Face” from Bye Bye Birdie.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Tedd Firth and Marilyn Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Frank Loesser’s Joey, Joey, Joey brought on a fifth standing ovation. This song was a masterclass in acting and vocal nuance. For that matter every song that comes out of Ms. Maye’s mouth is perfection. Part of the brilliance of this night is her musical director, arranger, and pianist Ted Firth. That man is a genius.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Steven Reineke, Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Lerner and Loewe’s “On The Street Where You Live” from My Fair Lady ended the first act with a sixth standing ovation.

Steven Reineke Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

The overture from Hello Dolly! and then Cabaret shows Marilyn Maye also starred in opened the second act. The New York Pops sounded phenomenal as always.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

“Your Gonna Hear From Me” from “Inside Daisy Clover was an appropriate starter for this next round as the audience got to its feet.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Maye’s most requested song “Guess Who I Saw Today” from New Faces of 1952 was followed by a show stopping “Fifty Percent” from Ballroom and of course another standing ovation.

Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Her next song was chosen by the Smithsonian Institute to be included in its permanent collection of recordings from the 20th century. Her recording of “Too Late Now” is considered by the Smithsonian to be one of the 110 Best American Compositions of the Twentieth Century and Ms. Maye showed us why and again another standing ovation.

Being presented with flowers

A proclamation from The City of New York read by Steven Reineke to Marilyn Maye made this day Marilyn Maye Day. This treasure cried with joy as she sang Stephen Sondheim’s “I’m Still Here.” Though she forgot some of the lyric, Ms. Maye proved performing is all on the intent and connecting to the audience. Two more standing ovations were added here.

Steven Reineke, Marilyn Maye with the proclamation Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Steven Reineke, Marilyn Maye with the proclamation Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

For encores, I was thrilled to hear James Taylor’s “Circle of Life” and “Here’s To Life,” which is my personal favorite, finally going back into “It’s Today” with those high kicks and a twelfth standing ovation. Bravo Ms. Maye!

Steven Reineke, Marilyn Maye with the proclamation Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

If you are a singer and do not catch Ms. Maye live, you really do not care about your craft. Last night Ms. Maye made it clear why she’s been celebrated as one of America’s greatest jazz singers for more than 50 years and this was a night I will always remember. Thank-you New York Pops.

Marilyn Maye By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Steven Reineke, Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Jamie deRoy and Tony Danza Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Jim Caruso and Max von Essen Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Eric Gabbard., Steven Reineke, Jim Caruso and Max von Essen Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Marilyn Maye and Melissa Errico Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Marilyn Maye and Melissa Errico Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Bob Mackie and Marilyn Maye Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Marilyn Maye and Mark Sendroff Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Karen Akers, Sidney Myer, Marilyn Maye and Lee Roy Reams Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Josh Prince, Marilyn Maye and Michael Novak Photo By Genevieve Rafter Keddy

Don’t miss the Pop’s 40th Birthday Gala: This One’s For You: The Music Of Barry Manilow on Monday, May 1st. The gala will star Sean Bell, Erich Bergen, Betty Buckley, Charo, Deborah Cox, Danny Kornfeld, Norm Lewis, Melissa Manchester, Zal Owen, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, Billy Stritch, Steven Telsey, Max von Essen, Dionne Warwick, and more to be announced. This will be yet another New York Pop’s Night not to miss.


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The Mayor of Times Square Meets One of the World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors



I arrived to a packed lecture room at a Library in South Florida.   This lecture caught my eye weeks prior and I made sure to have it in my calendar.  After all, how many more times will I get a chance to hear a 99 year old survivor tell his remarkable story of inconceivable hell, survival and ultimately impressive success?   What I heard in the room that day was hard to fathom it wasn’t part of a Spielberg movie with some creative liberty thrown in to embellish an already unbelievable true story.  This was the real deal.  A vivid description of hell on earth.  What I couldn’t understand is how did this survivor go on to create a vibrant family and a very successful business career and not be bitter every day of his life?   Equally remarkable is how someone his age could tell a story from 85 years ago as if it happened yesterday and with energy and charisma of someone half his age.  He spoke for 45 minutes without a break.  Little did anyone in the audience know that, just prior to arriving at the Library, he fell and injured himself, making his perseverance in even making it to the Library even more heroic.  This is no ordinary man.   I approached the stage after the lecture, patiently awaited my turn to speak with him and asked if I could interview him for my podcast.  I am pretty sure he knew little to nothing of what a podcast was, but he agreed as you are about to learn why telling his story over and over is his divine mission.

Eli Marcus and Sam Ron

Sam Ron bears personal witness to the greatest atrocity in human history. He is one of the only remaining Holocaust Survivors his age who survived four concentration camps…and a Death March.  He turns 99 in July.  His story is remarkable…and he himself is equally as remarkable.

Here’s what you will learn when listening to this World Exclusive interview on The Motivation Show podcast:

-Where did Sam grow up and what was life like before the Germans invaded his country

-How life changed once the Germans invaded and how long did the changes take

-Why and when did Sam and his family decide to go into hiding and where did he hide

-How did Sam end up in the Krakow Ghetto, how was it different than the infamous Warsaw Ghetto, and what took place in the Ghetto

-When did Sam first realize that the Germans were not just transporting Jews to what they disguised as labor camps, but were actually killing them.

-How many times was Sam transported in cattle cars and what was that like

-Which concentration camps was Sam in & what were they like

-What was life like in the concentration camps and why did they move Sam around to different camps

-What is a Death March, why and how did that happen and how did Sam survive it

-What lessons should listeners take away from Sam’s experience

-What does Never Again mean to Sam and why is it so important for him to share this and other Holocaust lessons

You can listen to this interview on any podcast listening app or use this Spotify link:    WARNING:  This interview is GUARANTEED to move you to tears!!!

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The Olivier Awards Return



Celebrate the very best in British theatre in a star-studded evening as the Olivier Awards return to the Royal Albert Hall on April 2nd.

Three-time Olivier Award nominee & Primetime Emmy winner, Hannah Waddingham will be hosting the awards for the first time.

The event will feature performances from all of the Best New Musical nominees, including The Band’s Visit, Standing At The Sky’s Edge, Sylvia and Tammy Faye. Also performing will be Oklahoma! and Sister Act, both nominated for the Best Musical Revival award, as well as Disney’s Newsies, which has been nominated for Matt Cole’s choreography.

The multi-Olivier Award winner The Book of Mormon, will be performing to mark its ten-year anniversary in the West End. Additionally, special award winner Arlene Philips will be honored with a tribute from the cast of Grease.

The ceremony will be broadcast live on Magic Radio from 6pm with Ruthie Henshall and Alice Arnold hosting.

The highlights program will also be aired on ITV1 and ITVX at 10:15 pm in the UK and via Official London Theatre’s YouTube channel elsewhere.

And the nominees are:

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