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Events in August Are Plentiful

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Those summer days are winding down, but the events are revving up. The choices are plentiful with theatre, film festivals, sports, music, food, art and so much more, August has something for everybody.

8/ 1 – 3: The Asian American International Film Festivalscreens films by and about Asians and Asian Americans at Asia Society and other venues.

8/ 1 – 3: Long Beach International Film Festivalscreens 50 films and offers tasting events and parties in Long Beach.

8/ 1 – 10: Attend concerts, operas, late-night recitals, and world premieres at Mostly Mozart Festival, performed by the festival orchestra and special guests at Lincoln Center.

8/ 1 – 11: Out of Doors is three weeks of world-class music, dance, and spoken word in Damrosch Park and the plazas of Lincoln Center if weather permits. Free.

8/ 1 – 11:  Shakespeare in the Park.

July 16 to Aug. 11 – Coriolanus

8/ 1 – 15: Watch popular shows on and off Broadway perform excerpts from their biggest hits Thursday afternoons at Broadway in Bryant Park. Arrive at 11 a.m. to get a seat and watch the pre-show. Free.

8/ 1 – 16: Get a special deal on a 2-course lunch or a 3-course dinner at 370 restaurants during NYC Restaurant Week. Saturdays excluded, Sundays included at some restaurants.

8/ 1 – 24: Harlem Week is a month-long celebration of local culture and history that includes music concerts (July 28; Aug. 17 & 18), a craft fair (Aug. 17), a children’s fair (Aug. 17 & 18), and a 5K run/walk (Aug. 24). Most events are free.

8/ 1 – 31: Summer Shorts is a festival of new American short plays at 59E59 Theaters, grouped in two series of plays (A and B). Closed Mondays.

8/ 1 – 9/ 8: Free Summer Movies are shown evenings at parks in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, and the Bronx.

8/ 1- 9/ 24: Enjoy outstanding music, comedy, theater, dance, lectures, and films during Summer Stage in city parks. The (mostly) free concerts are popular, so arrive early.

8/ 2 – 9/ 7: Sit on the lawn at Bryant Park Picnic Performances to see free music, dance, theater, and even opera. Schedule.

8/ 2 – 10/ 20: American Folk Art Museum offers concerts at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and at 5:30 p.m. on Fridays. Free.

8/ 3 – 4: Watch 170 dragon-boat teams compete on Meadows Lake, and enjoy music, dance, martial arts, folk art, and Chinese food at Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens. Free.

8/ 3, 10, 17: The city closes Park Avenue and Lafayette Street to cars so you can play, run, walk, and bike car-free from Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park during Summer Streets, with food, entertainment, and activities. Free.

8/ 3 – 10/ 12: Catch an 8 a.m. bus in Manhattan, spend 3 or 4 hours White Water Rafting in the Poconos, and get back at 7 p.m. for age 18+ Ticket deal $83 including lunch

8/ 4: Ecofest has exhibits about alternative energy and the environment, green vehicles, food, and entertainment in Times Square. Free.

8/ 5 & 12: Hear authors read, ask them questions, and get your book signed at Books Beneath the Bridge on the steps at Granite Prospect in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

8/ 8 – 11: The Giglio Feast of Saint Antoniocelebrates Italian food, culture, religion, and tradition. On Sunday, a platform holding a 12-piece band and 80-foot statue is carried through the streets of East Harlem. Free.

8/ 10 (4 to 7 p.m.): “Bring a blanket, picnic food, and dancing shoes” to Great Jazz on the Great Hill in Central Park. (Enter at 106th Street and Central Park West.) Subject to weather. Free.

8/ 10 – 11: Play NYC is a weekend of playing games and attending talks about game development at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

8/ 11 – 17: Battery Dance Festival features evening performances by local and international dancers outdoors at Robert F. Wagner Junior Park, moving indoors to Schimmel Center for the Arts on the last day. Free.

8/ 13 – 15: See popular films at Central Park Conservancy Film Festival. Bring a picnic and blanket for the lawn, but no chairs, glass bottles, or alcohol. Captioned. Free.

Aug. 13 – Back to the Future (PG)

Aug. 14 – Moonstruck (PG)

Aug. 15 – Black Panther (PG-13)

8/ 16: Arrive early to see movies at sunset during Summer Movie Series at Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. Held in May, June, July, and August.

8/ 16 – 22: Enjoy new and old Scary Movies at Lincoln Center, and a zombie-themed costume party opening night.

8/ 17 – 10/ 6: Travel one hour north to 16th century England to see knights joust, mingle with costumed minstrels, shop in an artisan market, play games, and watch shows at New York Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park. Also open Labor Day, September 2, 2019.

8/ 18: India Day Parade begins at E 38th Street and goes down Madison Avenue to food booths and cultural programs lasting until 6 p.m. at E. 26th Street. Free.

8/ 21 – 22: Shop from 150 independent brands during Indie Beauty Expo, with DJ music and cocktails for sale at Pier 94.

8/ 23 – 25: Charlie Parker Jazz Festival has concerts in honor of jazz legend Charlie Parker at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem and Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan. Free.

8/ 23 – 10/ 2: See popular Metropolitan Opera shows onscreen in Lincoln Center Plaza at Summer HD Festival. Free.

8/ 24: Generation Bridge Summer White Ball includes DJ music, dancing, a soul-food dinner, and a one-hour open bar (wine, beer, and signature cocktail) at 265 W. 37th Street for age 21+.

8/ 24: Blues BBQ Festival pairs great American blues and roots musicians with great local barbecue for sale in Hudson River Park at Pier 97. What you cannot bring. Free.

8/ 24: Brooklyn Brew Fest features unlimited samples of 100 craft beers, food for sale, and live entertainment at Brooklyn Navy Yard for age 21+. No pets.

8/ 24: Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day begins with a free festival of games and tennis activities outdoors at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ticketed show and concert at 1 p.m. in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

8/ 24 – 25: Wear a flapper costume and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra at Jazz Age Lawn Party, which includes dance lessons, dance contests, food vendors, 1920s cars, croquet, and a kidland on Governors Island. 

8/ 24 – 25: Afropunk Brooklyn is a multicultural weekend of live music with an art and craft market, and food trucks at Commodore Barry Park.

8/ 25: GoTopless is a top-optional parade for gender equality that assembles on W. 58th Street (between 8th & 9th) at 11 a.m. Last year, the march began at 12:30 p.m. and went down Broadway with a brass band, turning left on W. 48th Street, and continuing on 6th Ave. to Bryant Park. Free.

September 10, 2017 – Rafael Nadal in action against Kevin Anderson in the Men’s Singles Final at the 2017 US Open.

8/ 26 – 9/ 8: Watch the world’s best players compete under the open sky at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows.

8/ 27 – 29: Big Apple Film Festival (BAFF) showcases independent filmmaking and presents awards at Cinépolis Chelsea.

8/ 29 – 9/ 1: Watch 300 unicycles roll around the city Thursday and Friday, or try it yourself at New York City Unicycle Festival, with unicycle sports, exhibitions, and races at Governors Island on Saturday and Sunday. Free.

8/ 29 – 9/ 2:New York International Salsa Congress has workshops, performances, live concerts, and competitions at New York Marriott Marquis at Times Square.

8/ 30 – 9/ 1: Electric Zoo is an electronic dance-music festival that brings top acts and 150,000 fans to Randall’s Island Park each Labor Day weekend.

8/ 31 – 9/ 2: Richmond County Fair features kids’ crafts, historical demonstrations, amusement rides, eating contests, classic cars, farm animals, music, and entertainment Labor Day weekend in Staten Island.

8/ 31 – 9/ 8: Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit features 100 artists on the sidewalks of University Place. Repeats in May. Free.

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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Hampton Fine Art Fair

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The 18th annual Hampton Fine Art Fair featured a record 150 select galleries, and best-in-class sponsors, reaching 20 countries. Emerging artists and galleries – provided collectors and people looking to redecorate their home treasures for every sensibility and price point. 70,000 sq. ft. featured the Pollock and de Kooning Luxury Pavilions, the fair was located just minutes from downtown Southampton Village. The show took place from Thursday, July 11, to Sunday, July 14. Over 10,000 expected guests over the four days the show also benefited Guild Hall and the Parrish Art Museum.


This year, HFAF recognized esteemed local artists into the 2024 Hamptons Artists Hall of Fame. Artists Herman Cherry and Connie Fox, sculptors Bill Tarr and Bill King and tapestry artisan Amy Zerner were honored. The 2024 Spotlight artists are Lucy Cookson, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Olivier Messas, Ben Miller, Milly Ristvedt and Veronica Ruiz Velasco. In addition, Judaic artist Libby Klein  presented her one-of-a-kind Royal Family Tree, with everyone spotlighted from the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson to Princes Harry and William. The trees can be customized and feature a gold leaf for each member of the family. She will also showcase works embodying the beauty of Israel.

My favorites were Dagaro Ella Marco Olivier Sculptures from Charlotte, NC. Renowned artist, Marco Olivier blends resin and bronze, with exceptional craftsmanship and emotive storytelling.

Felix Semper, is a visionary artist who defies conventional artistic boundaries and astounds audiences with his incredible talents and achievements. With a mastery of sculpture, Semper’s works transcend traditional static forms, as he brilliantly combines elements of flexibility and motion into his creations. His innovative technique of creating intricate, lifelike sculptures out of thousands of individually stacked and glued sheets of paper has garnered international recognition and admiration.

Reilly Haney @DetentionArt hand writes every word from what ever he is working on. So you see the Spiderman poster but underneath is all the words. Haney is a disabled U.S. Navy veteran who turned a hobby into a career by creating Calligrammer. “Everything you are seeing on the print is his actual handwriting. His pieces were truly impressive

And the fun people you meet and go with make the show all that more exciting and interesting. This was a wonderful way to spend a weekend.

Ilene Smith Sichel, Brigitte Segura, Neil Saltzman and Roger Sichel

 

 

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A Midsummer Night’s Scheme: An Artistic Fusion in Tribeca

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In the heart of Tribeca, during the spirited celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride Month, an immersive installation titled “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” has enraptured the design and art community of New York City. This unique collaboration, inspired by Shakespeare’s illustrious play, is a triumphant partnership melding Brazilian Mid-Century Modern furniture, contemporary fine art, and exquisitely handmade carpets. The exhibition, a confluence of Found Collectibles, Nicolas Auvray Gallery, and Carini, is a testament to their shared vision, creating a mesmerizing tableau that celebrates both historical and modern artistic expressions.

From left: Guy Griggs, Greg Ventra, Joseph Carini, Friday Jones, Carlos Saavedra

The opening night, an event of sublime enchantment, saw over 150 guests—including collectors, interior designers, architects, and design aficionados—gathered to bask in the sophisticated ambiance of Carini’s Tribeca showroom. The exhibit, running through July 22nd, beckons visitors from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM, at 335 Greenwich Street #A, New York, NY 10013.

Getting a ‘Puck-ture’ perfect moment with this midsummer mischief-maker.

Rodrigo Salem, founder of Found Collectibles, eloquently captured the essence of the event: “We aimed to showcase the coexistence of Brazilian mid-century modern collectible design, beautiful rugs, and contemporary fine art. The result is an elegant, harmonious, stunning aesthetic fusion.”

Brazilian mid-century design enshrined among tapestries and fine art.

Nicolas Auvray Gallery, a vibrant beacon in Chelsea, New York, continues to be a crucible for artistic dialogue and creativity. Formerly known as Galerie L’Atelier, the gallery has metamorphosed into a dynamic space where traditional and contemporary art forms converge, reflecting the richness and complexity of the human experience. Under the guidance of Nicolas Auvray, whose journey from corporate executive to esteemed curator is itself a narrative of artistic passion, the gallery presents an eclectic mix of paintings, sculptures, photography, and mixed media, each piece a thread in the intricate tapestry of human expression.

Framed by striking textile design, ALBEN’s post-modern Venus de Milo overlooks a stunning vintage dining set.

Eric Ceccarini’s evocative photography from his “AMNIOS” series with its naturalistic light and striking sexuality, and ALBEN’s postmodern “Venus de Milo” sculpture, a reimagined configuration of crushed Coke cans, were among the highlights.

As Puck would have it, juicy color and textures abound throughout the exhibition.

The carpets, suspended like tapestries, epitomized the artistry of Carini. Founded in 1997 by Joe Carini and Aurelie Lang, Carini NYC has long been at the forefront of the carpet design revolution, marrying traditional Tibetan knotting techniques with visionary design. Joe Carini’s dedication to natural dyes and authentic weaving practices underscores the company’s commitment to creating pieces that are both timeless and contemporary, drawing on ancient traditions to inform modern aesthetics.

Visually arresting displays surround rare vintage Brazilian collectibles.

Photographer Carlos Saavedra captured the spirit of the opening night, remarking, “It was wonderful to see all these different people from exciting worlds—fine art, fashion, antique collectibles, and textiles—coming together in this space we all created together and enjoying each other. There were so many countries and cultures represented; everyone just loved the space!”

Exhibition curators from left: Rodrigo Salem, Nicolas Auvray and Joseph Carini

Notable guests included designers Juan Montoya and Ernesto de la Torre, designer Bryan McCarthy, and Ben Genocchio, Editor in Chief of InCollect, each adding their unique flair to an evening of cultural confluence and artistic celebration.

In true Capote fashion, the event was a soirée where art and design waltzed together, a midsummer night’s dream come to life in the vibrant heart of New York City.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream” through July 22nd

Carini

335 Greenwich Street #A, 

New York, NY 10013

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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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