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“For 25 years Publicolor has been working to make NYC a better, fairer, and more vibrant place to live. Staff and volunteers have touched the lives of thousands of students,” offered former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, “Working with them to transform their schools and opening their minds  to the power of creativity and design.” This was just the opening of the heartfelt tributes  to this leading not-for-profit arts and education organization, who celebrated their 25th annual Stir Splatter + Roll event with an online gala Monday, June 14.

Hosted by Publicolor founder Ruth Lande Shuman, the evening honored Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and NYC Department of Education’s John Shea.  Their annualCatalyst  for Change Award was presented to their longtime board member, the distinguished educator Rudy Crew who said, “To have arts in our environment in a meaningful, thoughtful, and powerful way. That’s what Publicolor is and does.”  This message was echoed by Gale Brewer, who highlighted the importance of Publicolor’s message. “Art shouldn’t be only in museums; It should also be made and displayed in the streets. Publicolor empowers the community to be the creator and the curator.” Similarly, John Shea stated: “Publicolor was and is a documented success.”

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Save Venice, the leading American nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the artistic heritage of Venice, commemorative events are being organized worldwide to support important restorations of masterworks of Venetian art and architecture. In place of the annual Un Ballo in Maschera held in New York each year, Save Venice is hosting “50X50,” in a global scale with 50 parties in 50 cities across the globe to toast its accomplishments.

Host and Houston Native, Skylar Pinchal, along with the Young Friends of Save Venice, led by Chair of the Young Friends Steering Committee, Lizzie Asher, held a cocktail party at the Cohen House at Rice University in Houston, TX. Steering committee members, Casey Kohlberg, Christina Senia and Mercedes de Guardiola joined Lizzie and Skylar, as well as Counselor Federico Ciattaglia, Consul General of Italy in Houston, who spoke during the event.

Lizzie Asher, Counselor Federico Ciattaglia, Skylar Pinchal
Courtesy of Young Friends of Save Venice (Photographer Fulton Davenport)

The cocktail party was attended by approximately 70 guests who donned their most festive cocktail attire worthy of a Venetian Palazzo. Lizzie Asher, Consul General Federico Ciattaglia, and host Skylar Pinchal each gave speeches, in which Consul General Federico Ciattaglia remarked, “Houston much like Venice knows about the experience of being ravaged by floods.”

Notable attendees included:  Benjamin Sardavi, Ashland Hines Odom, Blake Odom, Peter Herff, Ann Ayre, Brian McCulloch, Lauren Reckling, Gillian Sarofim, Robert McNiel, Claudia Lederer Saenz, Anne Marie Soza, Catherine Montague, Sofia Leon, Christina Reckling, Peyton Easley, Mike Gassman, Grace Easley, Wilson Prioleau, Harris Pritchard, Lanie Markham.

And, sports fun is coming up. New Hyde Park native Rich “Big Daddy” Salgado is so proud to present the 2021 Big Daddy Youth Football Camp, a non-contact camp that teaches the fundamentals of playing football.  Campers, grades 1st-8th, will receive instruction on the proper techniques from Buffalo Bills Coach Jim Salgado, Rich Salgado, former Jets QB Neil O’Donnell and many other celebrity guests. No prior experience is necessary. So get ready for two exciting nights of football on Long Island. Check out here for more information.

Gallerist Tatyana Okshteyn has re-opened her Black & White Gallery / Project Space in a new location in Southampton at 55 Island Creek Road, following the passing of her late husband artist Shimon Okshteyn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The new gallery space has been converted from Shimon’s artist studio and features a bi-level barn with paint splattered on the floor with a sculpture garden surrounding the space. The first two exhibitions on view online and from now through July 5 at the gallery, will be Shimon’s first posthumous shows with Shimon Okshteyn: Natural Landscape and Shimon Okshteyn: Still-Lifes.

And on the Fourth of July weekend Collective Governors Island, the luxury glamping experience on New York’s Governors Island, is featuring the perfect holiday weekend. Just an 8-minute ferry ride from Manhattan, Collective Governors Island provides travelers with stunning, unobstructed views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline to celebrate America’s holiday with a Fourth of July Bottomless Brunch, sunset cocktails and roasting s’mores over a campfire. The newest brunch menu is available for a limited time during Fourth of July weekend (6/3 + 6/4) featuring an entree and unlimited beverages from 11:30am-5:00pm. Guests can choose an entree from our decadent entrees including an elevated Avocado Toast with Smoked Salmon, creamy shrimp + Grits or mouthwatering French toast to be topped off with Veuve or Belvedere Bloody Mary and the option to plus up your brunch with an Americana inspired celebratory pancake platter with red and blue berries and festive sparkles. 

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.


Did You Set Your Clock Forward? Daylight Saving Time Begins Today



The official time change will take place at 2 a.m. this morning, with clocks jumping forward to 3 a.m. to observe daylight saving time.

Under provisions of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, which amended the Uniform Time Act of 1966, daylight saving time begins every year on the second Sunday in March. That time change will remain in effect until the first Sunday in November, under the law.

The change will push sunset to nearly 7 p.m., a barrier that will be broken on St. Patrick’s Day next week, according to officials. While we’ll see more hours of daylight, that’ll come with a tradeoff – one less hour of sleep.

Daylight saving time will end at 2 a.m. on November 5, 2023, for “fall back.”

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The 2023 Winter Now Highlights Riki Skinny and The Lum Compact Power Bank



The 2023 Winter Now trade show has comeback to the Javits Center with some interesting vendors. The market featured many new and innovative products. Two of my favorite products were the Riki Skinny make up mirror and Lum Compact power bank.

Riki Skinny’s sleek and modern design will upgrade anyone’s vanity. The Riki Skinny is not only an amazing mirror but the best streaming device. The Bluetooth selfie function and magnetic phone holder allow you to take effortless selfies, quality Youtube videos, or follow along in makeup tutorials. No filter is needed when you use the natural light setting for selfies or makeup applications.

The Lumi Compact power bank the Glow Up™, is not only a compact mirror but also a charger. Just  toss it in your purse or bag and it will be ready for you to use when needed. The Lumi Compact power bank holds a charge for months at a time. The power indicator lights always show how much charge remains in your Glow Up battery.

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Does An Ex Deserve To Be Named? Well Now You Can At The Bronx Zoo



This Valentine’s Day, you can name a Bronx Zoo Madagascar hissing cockroach for your loved one. The original name-a-roach gift, comes complete with a digital certificate $15. Orders need to be placed by February 7, 2023 to have them in time for Valentine’s Day.

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Bring your Valentine to the Zoo and spend the evening sampling sustainably grown chocolate at this exclusive after-hours program. Learn about the importance of insects in the production of chocolate—from cocoa pollination to soil health maintenance—and about the work of WCS with cocoa farmers in South America. You will also get an up close introduction to ambassador animals from some of the species these projects help protect! Ticket is for two. Wine and chocolate included for $120. These very crawly Valentine’s Virtual Encounter* will happen on February 11th.

There is also the full package this Valentine’s Day, complete with a roach tumbler, roach tote, a printed certificate with their roach’s name, and a very crawly Valentine’s Virtual Encounter* on February 11th, 12th, or 14th with a Madagascar hissing cockroach – and a surprise animal guest. This costs $75.

  • Saturday, February 11 at 10am EST
  • Saturday, February 11 at 4:45pm EST
  • Sunday, February 12 at 10am EST
  • Sunday, February 12 at 4:00pm EST
  • Tuesday, February 14 at 12:45pm EST
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