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Bernadette Peters, Donna Murphy, Emmy Award Winner Anthony Haden-Guest and Edwina Sandys At Urban Stages Gala

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Bernadette Peters

Urban Stages’ Board of Directors and founding artistic director Frances Hill are excited to announce that this year’s presenters will be Tony Award Winner, Broadway’s Bernadette Peters who will present the award to Donna Murphy, and Emmy Award winner and celebrated journalist Anthony Haden-Guest will present to Edwina Sandys as they celebrate 35 years of acclaimed Off-Broadway plays/musicals and art programming at The Central Park Boathouse on Monday, May 15 at 6:30 pm.

Edwina Sandys

For over 35 years, Urban Stages has presented stories that needed to be told in a way that is accessible to audiences everywhere, from their mainstage productions to their celebrated Outreach Program that brings plays to New York’s outer boroughs. Part of Urban Stages’ long history is recognizing and elevating talented women artists. This year, Urban Stages’ is thrilled to celebrate the Year of Women. What better way than to honor Women in the Arts by recognizing Broadway’s Donna Murphy and acclaimed artist Edwina Sandys with Urban Stages’ 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards. Murphy is a two-time Tony Award & Emmy Award-winning actress. She was named a living legend of New York theater by New York Magazine. Sandys was awarded the United Nations Society Writers & Artists Award for Excellence. The United Nations has installed five monumental sculptures by Sandys at their centers around the world.

Anthony Haden-Guest

The gala fundraiser will note Urban Stages’ history of premiering new plays/musicals that go on to bigger venues and/or publications, championing up-and-coming artists who then sustain long careers, and making art and theater available for all through their Outreach Program.  Included in Urban Stages’ Off-Broadway history are the award-winning musical  Langston in Harlem (2010) by Walter Marks (music and book), the Pulitzer-Prize nominated Bulrusher (2007) by Eisa Davis, the recently critically-acclaimed Death of a Driver (2019) by Will Snider, and Comfort Women (2004) by Chungmi Kim; a play subsequently performed hundreds of times in schools, theaters, and organizations in Korea. Away from Urban Stages’ MainStage, its Outreach program tours admission-free plays and workshops to all five boroughs of New York City, holds extended art residencies in places like senior centers and conduct an annual summer theater camp for young aspiring artists. Annually, Outreach reaches thousands of New Yorkers and nearly 100 neighborhoods, particularly communities with historically limited access to arts and education.

The evening will consist of cocktails, gondola rides in scenic Central Park and entertainment. This year, Christies Auction House will provide an auctioneer for Urban Stages’ exclusive live-auction, which features luxury vacations, golf adventure, and hard-to-get theater tickets.

Tickets for Urban Stages’ Benefit Gala are available at UrbanStages.org or via phone: 212.421.1380

Donna Murphy

Donna Murphy is one of the most acclaimed and beloved theater actresses of her generation, celebrated for her range and versatility. A two-time Tony Award winner for Passion and The King and I, other theater highlights include Hello, Dolly! The People in the Picture (Roundabout Theater Co), LoveMusik (Manhattan Theater Club), Wonderful TownInto the Woods and Helen for the NYSF, Hello Again and Twelve Dreams for Lincoln Center Theater, Anyone Can Whistle and Follies for Encores! She was honored with the Drama League Award for Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theater and has earned five Tony Award nominations, and multiple Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards. The New York Times recognized Murphy as one of film’s most gifted character actresses for her performances in Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground and Todd Solondz’s Dark Horse. Other memorable film performances include Center StageSpider-Man 2Star Trek: Insurrection, and the voice of Mother Gothel in Disney’s Tangled. For television, Murphy has appeared on many shows including The BlacklistQuanticoResurrectionRoyal PainsThe Good WifeCSI, PBS’ Civil War drama Mercy Street and upcoming: Starz’ Power. For her work in HBO’s Someone Had to Be Benny, she earned a Daytime Emmy Award.

Edwina Sandys’ artistic appeal lies in her recognizable style, using positive and negative images to dramatic effect. Edwina has created art of international acclaim. For the 1979 United Nations’ Year of the Child, she created monumental sculptures, installed at UN centers in New York, Geneva, and Vienna. A decade later she created Woman Free again, for the UN Center in Vienna. In 1989, to mark the end of the Cold War, Edwina used sections of the Berlin Wall to create the sculpture, Breakthrough, for Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. Edwina frequently explores the relationships between Man and Woman. Major works include her series The States of Woman for the New York Academy of Sciences, and her iconic Eve’s Apple in Windsor, Ontario. The Marriage Bed is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Edwina relates her work to the global issues of our time; environment, war and peace, and in particular women’s causes. Her art reaches a broad audience through her many publications, including Edwina Sandys ART, and the PBS documentary  One Bite of the Apple. Edwina recently installed Paradise Regained for the Opportunity preschool in West Palm Beach. She is currently at work on Finest Hours to be installed in Detroit. British born Edwina Sandys has lived in New Yorker since the 1980s and was married to the late architect Richard Kaplan.

Urban Stages(Producer) is an award-winning, not-for-profit, Off-Broadway Theatre Company founded in 1984 by current Artistic Director Frances Hill. For 35 years, Urban Stages has produced dozens of world, American and NY premieres. The theater has been honored with awards, nominations, and recognition from the Drama Desk, Obie Awards, Audelco, Outer Critics Circle and more. Our world premiere of the musical Langston In Harlem by Walter Marks (music and book) and Kent Gash (book and direction) garnered a Drama Desk Nomination, a Joe A. Calloway award and 4 Audelco Awards including Best Musical Production of 2010. Critically acclaimed hits Mabel Madness by Tony-winner Trezana Beverley (2016), Communion by Daniel MacIvor (2016) and Angry Young Man by Ben Woolf (2017) which transferred to the John Drew Theatre at Guild Hall in East Hampton have premiered at Urban Stages. Unseamly by Oren Safdie (2015) and Honky (2013) by Greg Kalleres were a NY Times Critics’ Picks. The latter saw a regional run at San Diego Rep and was televised nationally on PBS in late 2015. Jim Brochu’s Character Man (2014) was nominated for a Drama Desk and an Outer Critics Circle award for Best Solo Performance. 1996’s Men on The Verge Of A Hispanic Breakdown by Guillermo Reyes and Minor Demons by Bruce Graham both moved to commercial theatres. Chili Queen, a play by newscaster Jim Lehrer, transferred to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. (1989). My Occasion of Sin (2012) by Monica Bauer won critical acclaim when it moved to Detroit Rep. Bill Bowers has toured regionally and internationally with his two Urban Stages’ premieres blending mime and theatre – Beyond Words (2012) and Under A Montana Moon (2002)! Some Urban Stages premieres have even been developed into film and television projects such as Scar by Murray Mednick, Conversations with The Goddesses by Agapi Stassinopoulos, and Cotton Mary by Alexandra Viets. Additionally, annually we hold Winter Rhythms, a music festival featuring famous and up-and-coming Cabaret, musicians, lyricists, and other music artists. In 2016, Winter Rhythms was honored with the Bistro Award for Outstanding Series, and in 2015, it received the Ruth Kurtzman Benefit Series MAC Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs.

Urban Stages is equally known for its Outreach Program. For over 25 years, Outreach has brought plays and workshops to all five boroughs of NYC in over 200 events a year. A repertoire of 20+ multi-cultural programs, ranging from plays that explore science and spotlight historical figures to dance and music workshops. Each show caters to specific age groups, from toddlers to families to Adult Learners. Many of the neighborhoods reached have historically limited access to art and education. Programs travel mainly to libraries and non-profit organizations. They are all admission-free for patrons. For artists, the Outreach Program offers paid opportunities through commissions, royalties and the ability to reach diverse audiences. Under the Outreach Umbrella are our art residencies – extended programming catered specifically to communities. In the past, residencies were in place in LGBTQ homeless centers, senior centers, centers helping women reclaim their lives from incarceration and drug abuse and various non-profit agencies. Lastly, an annual Summer Theater Camp for 10-15 years olds is held on Urban Stages’ Off-Broadway stage. Professionals teach campers about all aspects of theatre, and the campers collaborate on an original musical. Partial scholarships make this summer camp one of the most affordable specialized camps in NYC.

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Billy Joel and Roger Sichel Quiet Brunch Turned Newsworthy Thanks to Justin Timberlake

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The night before Justin Timberlake was busy drinking and talking with his friends. Timberlake was stopped by police just after midnight on Tuesday. Billy Joel and artist Roger Sichel the next morning were having brunch at their usual hang out at the American Hotel, next to each other. Joel and Sichel were bombarded by photographs due to the late breaking news. What was scheduled to be a  quite afternoon turned out to be what has taken over the news.


Timberlake who is in the middle of a world tour that includes upcoming Madison Square Garden told the officers he had just “one martini.” According to sources he was inhibited on them and refused to take the sobriety test.

Billy Joel is busy working and lives within walking distance of the hotel.

Sichel just finished an art show in Beverly Hills and will be opening in Sag Harbor Kramois’s art gallery two doors down from the American Hotel next week.

Seems that the American Hotel is the place to hang this summer, well it always was.

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The Glorious Corner

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GIAMATTI’S TREK — (via DEADLINE) Paul Giamatti has joined the cast of the upcoming Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Starfleet Academy in a recurring role. He will play the Season 1 villain, a man with an ominous past connected to one of our cadets.

“Sometimes you’re lucky enough to discover that one of the greatest actors alive is also a huge Star Trek fan, and meeting Paul was one of those miraculous moments for us. The sheer delight with which he dove in on Starfleet Academy is only surpassed by the gratitude we feel about him joining our incredible cast,” shared co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau in a joint statement.

He joins previously announced Holly Hunter, who will star in the series as the captain and chancellor of Starfleet Academy. The series will begin production later this summer.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy follows a young group of cadets who come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.

Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau serve as co-showrunners and executive producers of the series alongside executive producers Gaia Violo, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Jenny Lumet, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Frank Siracusa and John Weber. The series premiere episode is written by Gaia Violo.

Star Trek: Starfleet Academy is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment and is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.

HEART STOPPED — (Via Deadline) The Heart of Rock and Roll, the struggling musical built around the hits of Huey Lewis, will play its final performance at a matinee on Sunday, June 23. The show will have played 24 previews and 72 performances.

In a statement, producer Hunter Arnold said, “It was pure joy working on the show with the team of creatives headed by writer Jonathan A. Abrams, director Gordon Greenberg, choreographer Lorin Latarro, music arranger and orchestrator Brian Usifer and special gratitude to the support and participation of the iconic music legend Huey Lewis.

The musical began previews on March 29 and opened on April 22.

“We were honored,” he continued, “to have an amazing cast and crew who brought their immense enthusiasm, commitment and talent to each and every performance. With our original cast album just released and talks underway for a national tour and international productions, the musical will continue to delight audiences for years to come.”

The musical, received by critics with lukewarm reviews, did not received any Tony Award nominations and has been struggling at the box office, sometimes with the James Earl Jones Theatre just more than half-full with audience members. For the week ending June 9, the show grossed a tiny $272,051.

SHORT TAKES — Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis will be released through Lionsgate. Tepid reviews? Not really. Face it, Coppola’s a genius. Check out Roger Friedman’s (SHOWBIZ 411) take: https://www.showbiz411.com/2024/06/17/coppola-leases-megalopolis-to-lions-gate-for-september-release-in-distribution-only-deal

Darius Rucker said that the bandmates in Hootie and the Blowfish tried to outparty each other? Interesting. Check this out here: https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/darius-rucker-says-hootie–the-blowfish-bandmates-tried-to-outparty-each-other-that-was-just-how-we-lived-214135068.html

Add one more Jon Bon Jovi-intervene to the list. NBC’s Sunday With Willie Geist. Was good, but nothing on Richie Sambora and nothing new. He’s not going to tour; he wants to tour; a surprise gig in Nashville ….

Micky Dolenz and Michael Stip (R.E.M.)

what’s going on? More kudos for his PR-man Brad Cafarelli … Congrats to R.E.M. on their Songwriters Hall of Fameinduction … HAPPY BDAY Michelle Toscas!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Mark Adelman; Christine Nagy; Race Taylor; Anthony Noto; Robert Funaro; Al Roker; Tony LoBianco; Les Moonves; Les Schwartz; Marion Perkins; Mary Wilson; Tony Seidel; Bob Schartoff; Julie Laufer; Liza Lillien; Richie Ridge; William Schill; Dan Zelinski; Carol Ross; Gary Gershoff; David Adelson; Roy Trakin; Lee Jeske; Anthony Mason; and BELLA!

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Paley Center Hosts Spicy Evening with ‘Hot Ones’

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This night was sizzling!

On June 18, the Paley Center for Media hosted their extraordinary PaleyLive program.

A sold-out crowd came together on this warm summer night for a special session for “Hot Ones: A Spicy Evening with Sean Evans and the Hit YouTube Talk Show.”

The event began with a special screening to from Season 24 of Hot Ones,” which premiered on May on YouTube, and was followed by a nonstop hilarious conversation with host and producers Sean Evans, Chris Schonberger, and Domonique Burrough, moderated by Seth Meyers.

Audience members were completely captivated by the lively panel that revealed secrets from set to spicy revelations about some of the biggest stars in the world who have literally sat in the hot seat with Evans.

“You want to give them the space to do these things, but you always have so many plates spinning,” stated the host about the way he gets celebrity guests fully engaged when they appear on the how. Evans went to point out that each guest brings their own flavor to the table and it is what he believes keeps the format fresh every time he sits down to a fun, but challenging interview.

Each week, millions watch Hot Ones to see stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Hart, Conan O’Brien, Billie Eilish, and Lizzo answering hot questions while eating progressively hotter wings. With more than 27 billion minutes viewed over 300-plus episodes since 2015, the series has become a true pop culture phenomenon.

Next up, The Paley Center for Media will host another blockbuster exhibit, “Inside The West Wing: A 25th Anniversary Salute.”

Running for just nine weeks only, this immersive exhibit based on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award–winning show created by Aaron Sorkin, will open at The Paley Museum on Friday, July 5 and run through Sunday, September 8. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to step into the exciting world of the Bartlet White House with fan-favorite costumes, props, video, and other memorabilia from the groundbreaking series. A highlight of the exhibit will be an incredible photo opportunity where visitors can stand at the show’s White House pressroom podium from which Press Secretary C.J. Cregg helped champion President Bartlet’s vision for America.

The Paley Center for Media is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has proudly made its home in NYC for close to 50 years and operates the iconic Paley Museum. Through its respected programming, the Paley Center leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media, drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the media community.

The general public can participate in Paley programs in both New York and Los Angeles that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the talent, and the leaders who are shaping media. The public can also access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection, The Paley Archive, often referred to as a national treasure, containing over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.

For more information about The Paley Center for Media, and to learn about the Paley Center’s acclaimed programming, please visit paleycenter.org.

 

 

 

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Registration is Open for Solstice in Times Square 2024

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Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga returns on Thursday, June 20, 2024 with our 22nd annual event! Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are invited to join us for one of the free yoga classes taking place throughout the day on the Broadway pedestrian plazas, finding calm once again within the chaos of life in New York City.

Go to Broadway and West 46th Street, where experienced yogis and first-timers alike are welcome to join us in-person for one of seven classes throughout the day.

All Solstice classes are free but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually by livestreaming any or all of the seven classes. All classes will stream on TSQ.org/Solstice via YouTube and on Facebook. There is no need to register for the event if you are not joining us in person.

Solstice in Times Square is an accessible event for people with disabilities. Please submit your accessibility accommodations by June 13, 2024 when you register for the event.

There will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on site for all classes this year, provided by Inclusive Communication Services. The live stream will also have ASL interpretation all day and real time captions (with the option to turn off the captions).

For further information, please email info@tsq.org.

To register for a class, click here. You can choose your class time from the list of available classes, AFTER you click “CHECKOUT.” Please note, each person must have their own ticket, and each person is allotted ONE class for the whole day. After you have finished the registration process, you should receive a confirmation email from Times Square Alliance (timessquarealliance@buytickets.at) with your ticket. For contactless check-in, please have your ticket ready to scan on your smart device or printed out on the day of the event.

For more info and Frequently Asked Questions about Solstice in Times Square, visit TSQ.org/Solstice.

Share your Solstice photos and experiences using #SolsticeTSq via Twitter and Instagram, @TimesSquareNYC.

Class Schedule

7:30am – 8:30am Class, Instructed by Richa Dhekne, Presented by Consulate General of India, New York

Class Description: Join Richa on an inspiring journey through the sacred limbs of yoga, where asana, pranayama, and meditation beautifully intertwine.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Richa Dhekne is a 500-hour Yoga instructor and Breath Meditation teacher with over two decades of experience as a volunteer and faculty member with the Art of Living Foundation. As a young college graduate, Richa embraced a transformative opportunity to live at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore. There, she contributed to Rural Development Programs and the International Association of Human Values, empowering women and youth to achieve self-sufficiency and mental wellness. Richa’s journey brought her to New York, where she currently resides with her husband and teenage son. Professionally, she excels as the VP of Finance and Operations at skincare company Ahava. Balancing her career with her dedication to teaching, Richa continues to inspire and guide individuals through yoga and meditation, nurturing both youth and adults.

9:30am – 10:30am Class, Instructed by Cealia Brannan, Presented by Gaiam

Class Description: As we welcome the summer solstice, balance the heat of a cadenced vinyasa flow with fluid sequences that bring coolness, like water, through balancing and circular sequence transitions.

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Instructor Bio: Cealia Brannan is a dedicated yogi whose journey with yoga began around 8 years ago when it serendipitously landed in her lap. With a commitment to making yoga enjoyable and approachable for all, Cealia’s focus has been on blending fun, accessibility, and mindfulness into her practice and teaching. Cealia thrives on pushing the boundaries of traditional yoga by crafting imaginative and innovative sequences that keep her students engaged and inspired. Currently, she shares her expertise and passion for yoga with students worldwide through online teaching. Specializing in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles, Cealia brings a unique blend of grace and strength to her classes. Additionally, her expertise extends to mobility work, further enriching the yoga experience for her students.

11:30am – 12:30pm Class, Instructed by Tracye Warfield

Class Description: Vinyasa Flow – “Let’s Flow.” The practice of Vinyasa yoga allows transitions between standing, seated, supine and prone postures, guided by mindful breath. The practice is a moving meditation that creates strength, grounding, balance, expansion, and your own, unique flow in your body and mind. Perfect for all levels.

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Instructor Bio: “New York is home and a yoga flow is life.” Since 2010 Tracye Warfield has been sharing her experienced yoga practice in Vinyasa, Hatha, breathwork, mindfulness, and meditation internationally as a wellness and life design consultant with her company bytracye. During her travels throughout the globe, she has developed and implemented innovative and impactful programs for various organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and wellness studios. She is passionate about creating inspired change – mind, body, and spirit – and empowering others to live their most abundant, healthy, and happy lives.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Class, Instructed by Lara Heimann

Class Description: Celebrate the summer solstice in a way that makes you feel fully “LYT” up! This class will be nourishing and challenging to activate the senses and spirit, so you are reminded of your resilience. This is a yoga practice for longevity, weaving creative mobility drills and functional movement into yoga poses that you know and love.

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Instructor Bio: Lara Heimann, an international yoga pioneer and Physical Therapist, revolutionizes the modern practice of yoga through her LYT Method®. With over 30 years of expertise, Lara integrates neuroscience and habit formation into her method, which is practiced by thousands worldwide in over 50 countries. Her comprehensive movement approach blends physical therapy techniques, yoga, functional movement, stress reduction, strength training, and mobility exercises, offering essential tools for modern lifestyles, taught online, in workshops, retreats, and corporate wellness programs.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Class, Instructed by Susan Hu

Class Description: Join Susan for a feel-good, rhythmic vinyasa flow to move with mindful breath and tap into the joy of the heart. The class will end with the most nourishing yoga nidra for deep rejuvenation and spiritual inspiration.

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Instructor Bio: A master of mindful breath and rhythmic movement with a focus on the connection to the Self, Susan is an E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, and founder of an RYS® 200 based in NYC. As the senior lead teacher at the Bhakti Center, she offers dynamic yet nourishing yoga classes and trainings including hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative as well as meditation and yoga nidra. Deeply rooted in her spiritual practice, Susan guides students on an empowering and healing journey, invoking a sense of joy and love in every class.

5:30pm – 6:30pm Class, Instructed by Sri Dharma Mittra

Class Description: This sequence of yoga poses for all level practitioners will move the spine in all directions and leave you feeling recharged and energized.

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Instructor Bio: Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. He is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, Yoga Wisdom and the LOAY Teachers’ Manual, and a number of video series have been created over the last 20 years to help share his method of yoga.

7:300m – 8:30pm Class, Instructed by Douglass Stewart

Class Description: Douglass’ yoga class will be a slow flow, breath-oriented class designed to develop from the modified version of certain poses to their fuller expressions.

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Instructor Bio: Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2001. He is the co-founder of Yoga in Times Square, celebrating the Summer Solstice by uniting the community of yoga enthusiasts across the country. Douglass, in collaboration with Times Square Alliance, received Gold Distinction in the Shorty Awards for their Summer Solstice Video during the Covid 19 pandemic. He has received the Community Service Award for volunteering yoga classes at the LBGTQ Community Center. Douglass teaches at the Ishta Yoga Center, including the Teachers Training. He teaches yoga at Om City Yoga and currently leads meditation and the PPOW Gallery.

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Broadway & West 46th Street, 10036

 

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Summertime—don’t let the livin’ get too easy! Part I

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So tempting, isn’t it, to while away the summer in a cozy hammock or beach chair.  But then by Labor Day you have nothing to show for all that valuable time.  Here are a few suggestions that you might find enticing:

Be a Pioneer!

Or at least take a ride on one!  The 1885 Schooner Pioneer leaves from the South Street Seaport and a sunset ride around lower Manhattan is not to be missed.  https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org

Or Be a Reader!

There are many lists of what you should/could be reading, but I’d rather recommend authors you’ll be grateful to get to know.

NYC-based Amor Towles has a new book out Table for Two, a collection of short stories, the final of which is a prequel to his first novel.  Each of his four books is a complete joy, leaving one with a most satisfying experience.  If you plan to travel, his middle books are perfect companions.

A NYC transplant from Virginia, the brilliant Tom Wolfe wrote many long, and worthwhile, novels. But for a rather jaundiced peek inside the NYC art world, try his uncharacteristically short yet powerfully revealed The Painted Word. You’ll never see museums in the same light again.

Transsexuality is a topic that can be difficult to understand. Jan Morris, who wrote many books as James Morris, tells a tale of transition in Conundrum, a brief book detailing his motivation in a way that was intelligent and easy to understand.

If you’ve ever wondered about what it takes to produce a musical, composer Douglas J. Cohen reveals all the travails and joys of the experience in How To Survive a Killer Musical, about what it took to produce his musicalization of No Way to Treat a Lady.  It’s a must-read for anyone seriously interested in theatre.

Fill a Day with Fun and Games and Music

Many remember when it was known as “Needle Park”, but Bryant Park is now approaching amusement park status. A quick check of their website reveals a cornucopia of events to please every palate. Movie nights, concerts, theater and games galore are offered—all for free! A recent visit provided a relaxing respite of ragtime in the middle of an afternoon provided by Terry Waldo and his band.

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