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Fun Times in New York City

Fun Times in New York City

It’s been a busy week in the city with fun fundraisers and thrilling announcement for upcoming events.

This weekend marked the second annual Harlem EatUp! Festival, which brought together Harlem’s best chefs, artists and musicians with celebrities chefs from around the country to celebrate the food and culture of the neighborhood. Co-Founded by Marcus Samuelsson and Herb Karlitz, the festival weekend was filled with delectable dishes from local Harlem restaurants, such as Sylvia’s, Melba’s, Charles’ Country Pan Fried Chicken, Blvd Bistro, Row House, Blujeen, Streetbird, Lolo’s Seafood Shack, and Chaiwali; dozens of family activities and a Kid’s Zone presented by Aetna; free yoga in the park from Lara Land; and performances by DJ Stormin Norman and the WAFFLE Crew.

As part of the festival, celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Emeril Lagasse, Aaron Sanchez, Alex Guarnaschelli and Scott Conant collaborated with Harlem chefs, such as Carlos Swepson and Joseph “JJ” Johnson, throughout the weekend on guest chef dinners and culinary demonstrations. Harlem EatUp! was also attended by Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Gayle King, Bevy Smith, Sarah Stiles and the First Lady of New York, Chirlane McCray, who all enjoyed a taste of Harlem’s finest cuisines.

The fourth annual Discover Many Hopes fundraiser gala took place this week and was hosted by Actor and Tony Award Nominee Zachary Levi and Fitness and Wellness Entrepreneur Tracy Anderson. The event was also co-chaired by iconic Photographer – Patrick McMullan, Film Producer and Director – Jeff Oppenheim and an Executive Producer of The Global Citizen Festival in Central Park – Jeffrey Zarnow.

Notable attendees included: Many Hopes Co-Founder – Thomas Keown, Zachary Levi, Tracy Anderson, Patrick McMullan, Jeff Oppenheim, Jeffrey Zarnow, Empire Actor – Malik Yoba, Gossip Girl Actress – Alice Callahan, NY Knicks Player – Lance Thomas and Artist – Bradley Theodore. Previous celebrity supporters include: Karen Elson, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Stam, Leighton Meester and AnnaLynne McCord.

In the weeks ahead more great days are ready to be marked in the calendar.

The Central Park Conservancy will host its annual Taste of Summer benefit, a culinary fête held under the stars at the iconic Bethesda Terrace in Central Park, on Wednesday, June 8 from 7PM – 11PM. The evening is presented by Macquarie, and over 800 guests are expected to enjoy tastings prepared by celebrated NYC chefs and restaurants, inventive cocktails, a luxury-filled silent auction, dancing and music by Hannah Bronfman. The event benefits the Conservancy’s mission of keeping the City’s most popular outdoor space maintained and beautiful.

The Plaza will serve as this year’s Taste Café host with offerings from Billy’s Bakery, Eloise at The Plaza, Frannie’s YoArt, Luke’s Lobster, Ora Di Pasta, Pain D’Avignon, Piada, Sabi Sushi, The Palm Court, The Todd English Food Hall, Vin Sur Vingt and William Greenberg Desserts.

Additional restaurants serving savory bites under the historic Minton tile in the Arcade of Bethesda Terrace include: A Voce Columbus, Aretsky’s Patroon, The Back Room, Benoit New York, Bodega Negra at Dream Downtown, Canard, Casa Lever, Delaware & Hudson, Felice, Junoon, Kappo Masa, The Loeb Boathouse Central Park, Maccioni Restaurants, Maya, The Milling Room, Pampano Restaurant, Petrossian, Porter House Bar and Grill, Ristorante Morini, Rotisserie Georgette, Sant Ambroeus, The Smith, SOUTHGATE Bar & Restaurant, Spice Market, SUSHISAMBA, Tavern on the Green, Thalassa Restaurant, Toloache, Tulsi andVANDAL.

For those with a sweet tooth, the following restaurants will provide dessert: Añejo Tribeca, Bridgewater Chocolate, Canard Inc., Loi Estiatorio, Serendipity 3 and Sprinkles.

Guests will sip on wines provided by Kim Crawford, spirits from William Grant & Sons, beer fromBrooklyn Brewery and coffee from Illy Caffé. Event designer Bryan Rafanelli of Rafanelli Events will set the mood with contemporary, vibrant summery décor. For more information on the Conservancy and Taste of Summer, please

New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT), which has supported women calling the shots throughout the entertainment industry for nearly 40 years, will celebrate renowned makeup artists, hair stylists and costume designers in film, television and digital media at the 2016 New York Women in Film & Television Designing Women Awards Gala the evening of Monday, June 13, 2016. The 17th annual event, co-presented by Variety, recognizes the powerful transformations, characters and stories that backstage design teams and talent create and oversee. Designing Women’s spirited festivities bring together actors, producers, directors, writers, designers and fashion and beauty influencers, among other notable attendees, to honor the creative genius of women in the industry.

At each Designing Women event there is a palpable sense of energy between honorees, cast members, stylists, and attendees. The awards presentation, characteristically unique and beautiful items on display — including actual costumes, photographs, posters, film clips and video interviews — highlight the work of the immensely talented honorees. The reception that takes place at the end of the evening gives guests a special opportunity to recognize and appreciate the depth and breadth of the work these too-often unsung heroines do for their colleagues and the entertainment business every day.

This year’s event will take place at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets,  in the Proshansky Auditorium starting at 7:00 p.m. To purchase tickets, please visit or call 212-679-0870. The event costs $75 for New York Women in Film & Television members and $150 for non-members. Members of Locals 764, 798 and 829 are also eligible for the $75 tickets. Proceeds benefit the non-profit educational programs New York Women in Film & Television offers all year long.

Rooftop Films is excited to add both Little Men and Author: The JT LeRoy Story to the 20th Annual Summer Series. The Rooftop Films Summer Series takes place from May 20th – August 20th in various locations across New York City.

Rising rents & family ties collide in Ira Sachs’ (Keep the Lights On) Little Men, which tells the story of two families in a changing south Brooklyn. Jeff Feuerzeig’s (The Devil and Daniel Johnston) Author recounts the rise and fall of former punk rocker Laura Albert’s alterego JT LeRoy. The films will be shown on Friday, July 15th and Thursday, August 18th respectively. Both events will take place at Industry City, in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (the part of Brooklyn in which the Little Men was shot) and will include live music and an after-party sponsored by Stella Artois.  Rooftop Films is also happy to announce that Tribeca Shortlist, the premium subscription video on demand service for film lovers featuring an expertly curated collection of critically acclaimed movies, will be the exclusive video subscription sponsor of the 20th Annual Summer Series. The service will sponsor 35 screenings, many of which will include a filmmaker question and answer.

The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP) announced today the ten narratives selected for the 2016 IFP Filmmaker Labs, IFP’s annual yearlong fellowship for first-time feature directors. The creative teams of the selected films are currently attending the first week’s sessions – The Time Warner Foundation Completion Labs – taking place May 23-27th in New York City. The IFP Narrative Filmmaker Labs are the only labs that support first-time feature directors with projects in post-production as they complete, market and distribute their films. The Labs provide filmmakers with the technical, creative and strategic tools necessary to launch their films and careers.

Now entering its twelfth year with over 100+ first-feature filmmakers supported, the community of Labs alumni is comprised of some of the most exciting and critically-acclaimed artists working today across film, television, new media and VR; these include multi-hyphenate creators such as Amy Seimetz (“The Girlfriend Experience”), Alex Karpovsky (“Girls”), David Lowery (PETE’S DRAGON), Dee Rees (BESSIE), Andrew Dosunmu (MOTHER OF GEORGE), Tim Sutton (DARK NIGHT), Jennifer Phang (ADVANTAGEOUS), and Terence Nance (AN OVERSIMPLIFICATION OF HER BEAUTY).

Recent 2015 IFP Labs Fellows have been already making their mark on the festival circuit. Just this year, THE ARBALEST won SXSW’s Narrative Grand Jury Prize and DONALD CRIED received distribution from The Orchard. Of the ten selected projects, seven have already premiered at top festivals including SXSW, Tribeca, Los Angeles Film Festival, Slamdance and Bentonville and two fellows are shooting new projects this summer.

“To highlight and support diverse stories and storytellers has always been the mission of the IFP Labs and of IFP as a whole,” says Joana Vicente, Executive Director of IFP and the Made in NY Media Center. “This year’s Narrative Lab Fellows are a perfect example of this, and the boundless creativity and diversity in their work is evident in just how wide-ranging these films’ settings are: from Kyiv, Ukraine, to the Alaskan fish canneries, to right here in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood.”

Under the artistic direction of IFP Head of Programming Amy Dotson and Program Manager and Producer Zach Mandinach, the supervising 2016 Narrative Lab leaders include Jon Reiss, director/producer and author (BOMB IT!; Think Outside the Box Office), Susan Stover, producer (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE; HIGH ART; HAPPY ACCIDENTS); Pierce Varous, producer (ALWAYS SHINE; H.) and founder of Nice Dissolve; Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and producer (JULIEN-DONKEY BOY). Individual Workshop

And, finally The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and the Culinary Arts announced Rick Bayless, renowned Chicago-based Chef, restaurateur, philanthropist and TV personality, is the second-ever honoree of the Julia Child Award. The Julia Child Award is given to an individual who has made a profound and significant difference in the way America cooks, eats and drinks and is presented in association with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). The 2016 Julia Child Award will be presented at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History at a gala October 27, 2016.

In addition to the Award, Chef Bayless will receive a $50,000 grant of which he will donate to a food-related non-profit of his choosing. He has selected the Frontera Farmer Foundation to receive the grant in order to help fulfill its mission of supporting small Midwestern farms and sustainable regional cuisine.

The Award will be presented to Chef Bayless by esteemed journalist Scott Simon of NPR’s Weekend Edition during the gala, which kicks-off the second annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend. The gala will be held at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. on October 27, 2016 and supports the Museum’s American Food History project. Click here to purchase tickets.



Sensible Socialite

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.

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