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Carnegie Hall today announced the 2019–2020 season of Carnegie Hall Citywide, a free concert series that brings music to all five boroughs of New York City. Presented in partnership with local community organizations, the performances showcase outstanding mainstage artists and rising stars, tapping into the pulse of the city and bringing people together to share in the joy of music. Carnegie Hall Citywide builds on Carnegie Hall’s tradition of bringing free concerts to New York City neighborhoods for more than 40 years.

The 2019–2020 lineup will include 29 concerts across 17 different venues, showcasing exciting classical, folk, gospel, jazz, Latin, and soul musicians. With artists from Iceland, Ireland, Haiti, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and beyond, the series is truly global, reflecting the diversity and vibrancy of New York City. Highlights include South African singer Thandiswa Mazwai at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (October 8), husband-and-wife duo The Baylor Project at Harlem Stage Gatehouse (December 5), and clarinetist David Krakauer and pianist Kathleen Tagg at the Brooklyn Public Library (March 1). New partners include the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, hosting Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely (April 7).

Carnegie Hall Citywide kicks off on Friday, July 12 with Quebec-based folk group Le Vent du Nord, the first of five free outdoor concerts in Bryant Park, the second straight year that Carnegie Hall has partnered with Bryant Park Picnic Performances. The following week, Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew will bring their popular Night of Inspiration to the park, with performances by Anthony Brown & group therAPy and The String Queens (July 19). The celebration continues with New Orleans brass band Cha Wa (July 26) and the Harlem Quartet, an inspiring ensemble founded in 2006 by The Sphinx Organization (August 2). On August 9, the outdoor concerts culminate in a blockbuster Carnegie Hall Citywide Night, featuring four straight hours of Brazilian folk fusion, Irish fiddle, and zydeco music.
Please see below for a complete schedule of 2019–2020 Carnegie Hall

Citywide concerts:

Carnegie Hall Citywide—Summer Concerts in Bryant Park
LE VENT DU NORDFriday, July 12, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.Bryant ParkBetween 40th and 42nd Streets andFifth and Sixth Avenues | Manhattan
Le Vent du Nord’s energetic mix of French-Canadian and Celtic dance tunes, traditional songs, and original pieces is irresistible. The musicians’ catchy vocals delight, whether they are singing a soulful ballad or mouth music—a French-Canadian form of scat singing. You’ll love their colorful instrumentals, with spirited contributions on fiddle, button accordion, guitar, hurdy-gurdy, and the quintessentially Quebecois percussion tradition of foot-tapping on a wooden board. When Le Vent du Nord takes the stage, you’ll enjoy an Old Quebec–style house party without leaving New York!


Friday, July 19, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.Bryant ParkBetween 40th and 42nd Streets andFifth and Sixth Avenues | Manhattan

A dynamic musical team, Ray Chew and Vivian Scott Chew have worked with Carnegie Hall to produce some of the most popular concerts in memory, including A Night of Inspiration and Sing Along: The Music of Stevie Wonder. Be uplifted when they lead a host of great musicians, including Anthony Brown & group therAPy and The String Queens, for an evening of inspirational music from diverse traditions. Outstanding soloists, a stellar instrumental ensemble, and some unforgettable surprises await when the music moves you and your spirit rises.
Presented by Carnegie Hall in association with Chew Entertainment.


Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.Bryant Park Between 40th and 42nd Streets andFifth and Sixth Avenues | Manhattan

Cha Wa’s high-voltage music fuses fat, funky beats with New Orleans–style brass and Mardi Gras Indian spectacle. Lead singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s gritty vocals are steeped in the Crescent City’s legendary Mardi Gras tradition, where African American men march in Native American dress, inspiring a vibrant street music. While Cha Wa honors the tradition with pulse-quickening and foot-stomping rhythms, it also adds a socially conscious element with songs that address injustice. Move to the band’s intoxicating groove and imagine yourself as part of a jubilant New Orleans second-line parade.


Friday, August 2, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.Bryant Park Between 40th and 42nd Streets andFifth and Sixth Avenues | Manhattan

Stunning virtuosity and a passionate dedication to advancing diversity in classical music make the Harlem Quartet one of the most exciting ensembles of our day. The ensemble has been praised by The Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music” and by The New York Times for its “panache.” The quartet was founded in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization, a national nonprofit dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. After the Harlem Quartet inspires you, experience another great ensemble—the Sphinx Virtuosi—on Friday, October 11 at Carnegie Hall, as they explore works by minority composers.


Friday, August 9, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.Bryant Park Between 40th and 42nd Streets andFifth and Sixth Avenues | Manhattan

Carnegie Hall Citywide Night is a colorful celebration of music by dynamic and diverse performers. From Brazilian folk fusion to Irish fiddle to zydeco, the music is free and fun all night.
Matuto, whose name means “country boy” in Brazilian slang, has been described as “weird and wonderful … unorthodox and delightful” by JazzTimes. Hear why when this lively quartet takes Brazilian folk music and shakes it up with the flatpicking guitars and fiery fiddles of American bluegrass to create a musical experience the group likens to “Brazilian Carnival in the Appalachian Mountains.” Anchored by Clay Ross’s guitar and Rob Curto’s accordion, Matuto’s joyous explorations of folk, world, and jazz styles are invigorating.

Consider every possibility for what’s exciting and daring in Irish fiddle playing and Eileen Ivers surpasses them all. This Grammy Award winner, Emmy nominee, and nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion has played with major orchestras around the globe, as well as such luminaries as Sting, The Chieftains, Patti Smith, and countless others. Called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” (The New York Times), she is deeply rooted in tradition while remaining dedicated to exploring new possibilities for the instrument.
Zydeco—that intoxicating, accordion-driven South Louisiana blend of Cajun, Afro-Caribbean, and African American popular music—burns brightly when Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas perform. Nathan Williams’s accordion playing sets the boisterous tone, while his brother Dennis’s jazz-tinged guitar brings a unique flavor to the music. Bass, drums, and rubboard add extra spice to this Louisiana-styled musical gumbo for a performance that will get your feet moving, fingers snapping, and heart pounding.

Carnegie Hall Citywide—2019–2020 Season


Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureLangston Hughes Auditorium515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street) | Manhattan

Experience the fire in Thandiswa Mazwai’s music. The flame was kindled growing up in Soweto during the dismantling of apartheid and ignited when she joined the visionary band Bongo Maffin. Mazwai’s politically aware lyrics and emotional vocals propelled the band to South African stardom. You can now hear her solo and be captivated by her use of traditional Xhosa rhythms, reggae, kwaito (a South African blend of hip-hop and house music sounds), funk, jazz, and more to create music that’s simply incendiary.


Sunday, November 10, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church 178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) | Manhattan

Hear Poulenc’s effervescent wit, Mozart’s grace, and Beach’s soaring Romanticism in music performed by Ensemble Connect, “one of the strongest ensembles in the city” (New York Classical Review). The bubbly outer movements of Poulenc’s Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano frame a gorgeous central section, while Mozart’s Quintet for Horn and Strings in E-flat Major delights with virtuosic horn passages. To conclude the concert is Amy Beach’s Piano Quintet, a rapturous work flowing with rich melodies and boundless invention.

Ensemble Connect is a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education.

Lead funding has been provided by Marina Kellen French and the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation, Max H. Gluck Foundation, Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Irving Harris Foundation, Hearst Foundations, The Kovner Foundation, Phyllis and Charles Rosenthal, The Edmond de Rothschild Foundations, Beatrice Santo Domingo, and Hope and Robert F. Smith.

Additional support has been provided by the Arnow Family Fund, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, E.H.A. Foundation, Barbara G. Fleischman, Leslie and Tom Maheras, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation, Sarah Billinghurst Solomon and Howard Solomon, and Trust for Mutual Understanding.

Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Education and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ensemble Connect is also supported, in part, by endowment grants from The Kovner Foundation.



Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.St. Michael’s Church225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue) | Manhattan

“Dulcet-toned” (The Wall Street Journal) mezzo-soprano Kayleigh Decker has a must-hear voice. A superb song interpreter, she was named one of Caramoor’s 2018 Schwab Vocal Rising Stars; she was also part of the inaugural season of Renée Fleming’s SongStudio at Carnegie Hall. Decker’s operatic triumphs include a recent Lyric Opera of Chicago debut in Mozart’s Idomeneo, and title roles in operas by Rossini and Handel. She has also been featured on the concert stage, singing in Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, and more.


Monday, January 27, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureLangston Hughes Auditorium515 Malcolm X Boulevard (at 135th Street) | Manhattan

Take a jazz journey with outstanding vibraphone and marimba player Stefon Harris and his band Blackout. Named Best Vibraphonist by DownBeat’s 2018 International Critics Poll, Harris spins nimble solo lines that dart and swirl, while his stellar band complements his playing with its own flights of invention. On their most recent album, Sonic Creed, Harris and Blackout chart new melodic and rhythmic paths in a compelling reflection on present-day African American life, featuring original tunes and classics by such jazz giants as Wayne Shorter, Bobby Hutcherson, and Horace Silver.


Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.El Museo del Barrio1230 Fifth Avenue | Manhattan

There’s a message behind Bronx-born, beat-driving Maluca Mala’s music. Her inspiring lyrics, sung in Spanish and English, encourage Afro-Latinas to be proud of their identity, push against European beauty standards, and reject gender stereotypes. Fusing hip-hop and merengue—a dance rooted in her Dominican heritage—with electronic dance music, Maluca Mala has dubbed her style “experimental tropical punk, ghetto tech, and hip-house.” It’s won her a large fan base, including Grammy-nominated singer Robyn, with whom she recently collaborated.


Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community CenterLerner Auditorium 208 West 13th Street (at Seventh Avenue) | Manhattan

Folk, rock, R&B, and blues burn brightly when Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely perform. Called “one helluva rock’n’roller-coaster ride” by Vibe magazine, her vocal style ranges from a “dirty blues moan to a gospel shout to an ethereal croon” (The New York Times). Reagon’s dedicated activism for women’s rights sings out even more passionately when she’s backed by BIGLovely—a who’s who of outstanding NYC musicians. Be entertained, energized, and empowered by this remarkable winner of an Outmusic Award and honoree of the National Women’s History Project.

MAGDALENA KUZMANATE RASKIN Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.St. Michael’s Church225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue) | Manhattan
In 2019, Magdalena Kuzma was one of 10 young singers who were selected from a global pool to be mentored by Renée Fleming in the inaugural year of SongStudio, a Carnegie Hall initiative that explores the future of the song recital. Kuzma is a recent graduate of Oberlin College and Conservatory, where she studied psychology and voice. Kuzma has sung song masterpieces as well as operatic roles that include Miles in Britten’s The Turn of the Screw, Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, and the title role in Offenbach’s La belle Hélène.


Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church178 Bennett Avenue (at 189th Street) | Manhattan


When you hear Bridget Kibbey, you’ll toss aside everything you thought you knew about harp music. Praised for her “bravura and sensitivity” (The Washington Post), her daring and diverse programming spans the Baroque era—her performance of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor is a YouTube sensation—to explorations of Brazilian dance music. She regularly performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, is a passionate advocate for living composers, and has toured and recorded with such superstars as Plácido Domingo and Dawn Upshaw. In this concert, she is joined by guitarist João Luiz Rezende and percussionist Samuel Torres.


Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.Harlem Stage Gatehouse150 Convent Avenue (at 135th Street) | Manhattan

When you hear Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, you’ll experience a gutsy musician who is a master of contemporary jazz, blues-rock, and cutting-edge hip-hop. Brown’s sound is one-of-a-kind, rooted in bebop and spiced with hip-hop hooks. His breakthrough album, Maurice vs. Mobetta, shows him wearing three hats as musician, MC, and producer. Remixed trumpet parts dance over hip-hop beats while guests Talib Kweli, Prodigy, and Jean Grae swap rhymes with Mobetta, Brown’s hip-hop persona. Expect this and more from a musician who is ever-evolving and constantly pushing the envelope.


Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.El Museo del Barrio1230 Fifth Avenue | Manhattan

Drummer, producer, singer, and Yoruba priest (or Babalawo) Otura Mun is the visionary creator of ÌFÉ. This Puerto Rico-based project fuses Cuban rumba, sacred Yoruba praise songs, Jamaican dancehall music, and American R&B with cutting edge electronica. With its ensemble of singers and dancers, ÌFÉ conjures trance-like moods that shift from otherworldly serenity to the raw and ecstatic. NPR’s Felix Contreras called ÌFÉ’s debut album IIII+IIII (2017) “one of those I can’t figure out how I ever lived without.” Hear ÌFÉ live and you will feel the same.


Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.St. Michael’s Church225 West 99th Street (at Amsterdam Avenue) | Manhattan

Álfheiður Erla Guðmundsdóttir is an award-winning soprano who has delighted audiences in her native Iceland and abroad. She won two awards at the 2015 International Giulio Perotti Singing Competition, and was selected to participate in the inaugural year of Carnegie Hall’s SongStudio under the guidance of Renée Fleming. Opera is also an integral part of her career: She has sung such roles as Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, Marzelline in Beethoven’s Fidelio, Adele in R. Strauss’s Die Fledermaus, and others.

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:


Indigenous Climate Warriors in Times Square



(Photo by Honor the Earth)

On Tuesday September 19, 2023, the Indigenous peoples took to the frontlines of the climate crisis on Turtle Island and took over Times Square painting a giant mural with the message, “No Green Colonialism; Land Back NOW!”

This mural came the day before the UN Climate Ambition Summit, where world leaders are expected to come together and make decisions around the climate crisis.

The Indigenous communities are organizing to push back on the Biden Administration’s push toward solutions to the climate crisis that threaten the lives of Indigenous people across Turtle Island, which they call “Green Colonialism.” “For too long, Native lands and communities have borne the brunt of harm from mining and other extractive industries. As the federal government moves to support clean energy development, this cannot come at the expense of clean water or Indigenous rights. This familiar assault on Native lands and communities is another wave of colonialism, and we will not stand by and allow our lands to be sacrificed,” Krystal Two Bulls,  executive director of the national Indigenous organization Honor the Earth said in a press release.

The mining projects violate treaty rights and threaten clean water and land in places such as Thacker Pass, Oak Flat , and the Talon-Tamarak mine near the Mississippi headwaters.

We should all be fighting this fight!


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Sunday’s Broadway Forever Concert Postponed Until October 15



Today, Broadway Forever announced that the Sunday, September 24th concert will be postponed to Sunday, October 15th at 11:00AM due to expected severe weather in New York City. The Sunday, October 15th concert will take place at Lou Gehrig Plaza in the Bronx (East 161st Street, Grandview Place).

A complete line up of appearances and performances will be announced soon.

For the second consecutive year, NY Forever, in partnership with City National Bank, the New York City Department of Transportation and 161st Street Business Improvement District presents Broadway Forever,empowering New Yorkers across the city to build a better city for all.

Fans will have the opportunity to sign up for future community service opportunities in all five boroughs, which will be coordinated by New York Cares and their partner organizations.

Broadway stars performing throughout New York City celebrate the creativity and resilience that is intrinsic to the city – and provide an opportunity to recognize the volunteers and community organizers who work hard to make New York a better place. The concerts will bring Broadway entertainment to DOT’s Public Space Programming, a city initiative that brings free activities to public spaces.

The events are produced and staged by 6W Entertainment, with additional support from New York Cares and the Times Square Alliance.

For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at

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The Glorious Corner



G.H. Harding

STRIKE END LOOMS — (Via Showbiz 411/Roger Friedman) All the studio chiefs met Wedneday with the Writers Guild and will continue negotiating tomorrow, according to a WGA post.

The sudden seriousness of the studios is welcomed as the deadline looms for the 2023-24 TV season. If the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes aren’t resolved by early October, my sources say it will be impossible to put on a season.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, Disney’s Bob Iger, Universal’s Donna Langley and Warner Bros Discovery’s David Zaslav were present today for the negotiations, a sure sign that the studios are finally in panic mode.

There are no daytime or nighttime talk shows, no new material on TV, and actors can’t promote the fall and winter movies. The actors have already missed the Telluride, Venice, and Toronto Film Festivals. Now the New York Film Festival looms, as does the premiere of Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon.”

The so-called Fall TV Season has been decimated; the Emmy’s pushed back and just general chaos everywhere. The severity of the strike -142 days in- has hurt almost-every-single below-the-line sector, from caterers to limo drivers to costume houses. It’s reported that it will take up to 10-12 weeks to fully resume everything. That means early-November and let’s not forget come Thanksgiving, the holiday season officially starts. Stay tuned.

Burt Bacharach

LOVE, BURT AT THE CUTTING ROOM — Monday night at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room was the presentation of Love, Burt – celebrating the majesty and memory of Burt Bacharach’s music.

The show really moved me and reminded me of the reason I do what … the music!

The show was just sumptuous – with the assembled group -led by Mike Visceglia- honoring and doing proper justice to a host of Bacharach songs – everything from “Baby, It’s You” to “One Less Bell To Answer,” The Look Of Love” and “Alfie” were all dutifully done. Especially poignant was their rendition of “A House Is Not A Home.”

The fact of the matter is that when these songs were recorded, they were embedded into everyone’s consciousness. These versions were good, but the originals remain standout. You hear a lot about the Great American Songbook, but these songs are the “new” Great American Songbook. Just luscious.

They ended the show was one of my favorite-Bacharach songs, from the 1988 album Burt recorded with Elvis Costello, Painted From Memory. One of the album’s strongest cuts is “God Give Me Strength.” It was simply sensational.Spotted there were Benny Harrison and Maria Milito from Q1043.

The room was packed like never before; what a night! 

Micky Dolenz on KTLA

SHORT TAKES — Micky Dolenz headlines the ACE Theatre Friday night in LA, and was a guest on KTLA Wednesday. Here’s a shot of him on-set with Sam Rubin who interviewed him with the KTLA-gang. Sam’s the second from left. Industry stalwarts at the ACE Theatre show include legendary-LA Times writer Randy Lewis; LA Magazine’sRoy Trakin and Goldmine’s Ken Sharp … Roger Friedman reported Wednesday that the pre-sales of Jann Wenner’s upcoming book Masters have been severely impacted by his New York Times interview. Take a read here: And just last night his big presentation at NYC’s 92nd Y with Cameron Crowe was shuttered as well … SIGHTING: Alison Martino at NYC’s Algonquin Hotel

The Morning Show

When Apple TV’s The Morning  Show debuted years ago (November 2019), created and run by Kerry Ehrin, it was a first-rate series certainly of The Sopranos-like and Mad Men-like caliber. Billy Crudup was astonishingly good as were Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell. The second season was basically trash. Three episodes in on a third season -with a 4th already guaranteed- it’s kind of a mixed-bag. I did not care for the first two EPs, but the third was bordering on the edge of greatness – and Witherspoon wasn’t even in this one and there was no explanation why. Jon Hamm has joined the cast as sort of an Elon Musk-figure. To me, he’s still Don Draper, just with an updated wardrobe. Most of the production staff has been replaced and it seemed to me, they’re still finding their way. The trouble is, that with these 8 or so episode-runs, it gets really good at episode 6. Go figure …

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch to retire per CNBC? More on this next column Meg Ryan and David Duchovny in What Happens Later – looks cute and Ryan directed it – check out the trailer: Roger Whitaker

David McCallum

and Happy Bday David McCallum; Curtis Urbina; and Bill Murray!

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Glenn Gretlund; Jodi Ritzen; Leonard Nimoy; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Scott Shannon; Zach Martin; Michelle Grant; Art Rutter; Maria Milito; Joe Lynch; Melinda Newman; Mandy Naylor; Kimberly Cornell; Sam Rudin; Jim Clash; Terry Jastrow; Randy Alexander; Bob Merlis; Andrew Sandoval; Art Rutter; and CHIP!

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Fashion 4 Development Hosts Stylish First Ladies Luncheon



It was a lovely day full of style and compassion.

Fashion 4 Development hosted its 11th Annual First Ladies Luncheon on Tuesday, September 19th during the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.  Evie Evangelou, F4D President and Founder co-hosted with Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, who was announced as F4D’s Goodwill Ambassador for Music.

The annual luncheon well-known event where First Ladies and Royals from around the globe, as well as diplomats, philanthropists, fashion VIPs, and other key influencers celebrate the unprecedented cooperation between diplomacy and fashion. This year’s grand affair honored the late Queen Elizabeth II in partnership with the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.

Over 32 first ladies were in attendance including First Lady of Paraguay, First Lady of Serbia, First Lady of Albania, Princess of Eswatini, First Lady of Ecuador, First Lady of Malta, First Lady of Cabo Verde, First Lady of Israel, First Lady of Colombia and more.  Additional notable attendees and honorees included Fern Mallis, Flaviana Matata, June Ambrose, Chaz Dean, Julia Haart, Preeta Sinha, Jennifer Hanks Allaire, Dr. Inez Hernandez, Aneeta Williams, Bonnie Lautenberg, Monica Elias, Sergio Nicolosi, Amy Shiels, Laine Siklos, Janna Bullock and Sofie Mahlkvist.

Kicking the day off with a green carpet and a cocktail reception, guests networked and mingled as exhibitions from couture fashion designer Stewart Parvin and milliner Rachel Trevor-Morgan were on display.  Evangelou then welcomed all guests and introduced the Commonwealth Fashion Exchange Video showcasing an initiative that launched in Buckingham Palace and then graced the F4D Global Runway in  New York City.

The annual luncheon is also dedicated to honoring those who celebrate the unprecedented cooperation between diplomacy and fashion around the world. Honorees included 2023 Franca Sozzani Award winner, Johannesburg-based designer Thebe Magugu. Sara Sozzani Maino introduced Magugu, honoring him for preserving his South African heritage through fashion and design.

Assembly member Rebecca Seawright introduced philanthropist Jean Shafiroff and presented her with the 2023 Philanthropy Award. “We must work together,” Shafiroff said. “Not just in our countries, not just locally, but globally, because sustainability is a global issue. It’s important for all of us to be involved.” She continued, “We want future generations to have the opportunity to live in a good world, it’s our obligation to work on a sustainable future by creating long and short-term goals, incentives and rewards, and a sense of team work together, this is all achievable and doable.”

Speakers throughout the afternoon included remarks by Naila Chowdhury, the Director of Social Impact and Innovation at UC San Diego, who was just announced as F4D’s Goodwill Ambassador. As an advocate for human rights, she said, “We are at the critical juncture where climate, sustainability, gender equity, human rights, dignity, and zero tolerance of any form of violence has become imperative to address.”

F4D Awards created exclusively by Toye, Kenning & Spencer, founded in 1685 and with a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Toye, Kenning & Spencer is the leading and most diversified craft skills employer in the United Kingdom.

To learn more about F4D, please visit:


Photos courtesy Michael Ostuni /PMC

(Cover art features L to R: María De Lourdes Alcivar De Lasso (Ecaudor), Verónica Alcocer García (Colombia), Leticia Ocampos (Paraguay), Evie Evangelou, Débora Katisa Carvalho (Cape Verde), Tamara Vučić (Serbia), Michelle Muscat (Former First Lady of Malta)

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A Fun Night at Dave and Buster’s 42nd Street



Thank-you again to Eli Marcus and the staff of Dave and Buster’s, at 234 West 42nd Street.

Eli Marcus

Eli was sending the concierge’s to the show The Shark Is Broken.

The producers of The Shark Must Be Broken, Eli Marcus and the general manager of Dave and Buster’s

There were lots of new friends to be made such as Carol Mennie, Caroline Rosado from the Hilton, Dinnella Collado from the Washington Square Hotel, Benjamin Maddy from Dave and Buster’s and Michaela Paratore of Benjamin Steakhouse Prime

Michaela Paratore

This destination for sports enthusiasts, foodies, and arcade offers space, fun and some fabulous happy hour deals.

All across the multiple screens were football, basketball, and hockey games from across the sporting world. At the sports bar an impressive selection of drinks, including craft beers, signature cocktails await. I sampled some their tasty bites and was impressed.


Pretzel Dogs

To sooth your inner child air hockey and arcade games are waiting to be played.

Margarita and I playing for Make A Wish

If you are looking for entertainment they have a legendary Trivia Night with fantastic prizes.

Double Pepperoni Flatbread


BBQ Chicken Flatbread

This is actually a great place to throw your holiday parties.

Fire-Grilled Atlantic Salmon

Boneless Wings

Chocolate- and caramel-filled churros with chocolate and salted caramel dipping sauces.

I am so glad the Mayor of Times Square invited me to his event.

Margarita Parlionas and Eli Marcus

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