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As peak hurricane season approaches for the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, AccuWeather—the world’s largest, fastest-growing and most trusted provider of weather forecasts and warnings—wants people to be “AccuWeather Ready” for whatever the season brings.

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The AccuWeather Ready site at http://accuweather.com/ready offers a wealth of information and useful and compelling content to help people prepare for the season’s weather risks, including safety tips and resources, personalized weather preparedness plans, detailed checklists, educational weather news and videos, facts about the potential health impacts of different weather events, and more. AccuWeather Ready videos are featured on the AccuWeather Network. Users also can view AccuWeather Ready videos and receive severe weather push notifications in the AccuWeather app on iOS and Android.

To get life-saving information to more people and to answer questions they might have, the AccuWeather Ready program will also present a series of live events each Wednesday at 1 p.m. U.S. EDT, August 1 through August 27, each featuring an expert meteorologist from AccuWeather or another authoritative and skilled professional from external agencies. The live events will be viewable on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Julia Weiden, global weather expert and on-air meteorologist at AccuWeather, will host the conversations. The topics include:

  • Aug. 1 AccuWeather Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski discusses the seasonal outlook and hurricane preparedness.
  • Aug. 8 Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer talks about hurricane safety and his experience of the unique risks associated with such storms.
  • Aug 15 Tom Bedard, Implementation Manager with AccuWeather Enterprise Solutions, discusses the importance of preparing an emergency management plan before a hurricane strikes.
  • Aug 22 Matt Lyttle, Branch Chief at FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division, discusses how to make recovery easier after a hurricane.

In addition to the live segments, resources available on the AccuWeather Ready site include:

  • Facts about tropical storms, hurricanes, and their risks.
  • An extensive hurricane preparation checklist to help keep people safe and out of harm’s way and to protect property.
  • A detailed checklist on ways to help people affected by hurricanes.
  • An infographic on recovering from a hurricane.
  • Information about the psychological impact of disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.
  • A fact sheet on tropical storms and checklists to help you prepare for them.

By providing forecasts and warnings with an unchallenged and verified margin of Superior Accuracy™, AccuWeather helps save more lives, keeps more people safe, and helps people and companies plan more effectively for all types of hazardous weather—including hurricanes, tropical storms, excessive heat and humidity, lightning, heavy rains and wind, lightning, flooding and tornadoes. The AccuWeather Ready initiative was designed to take this commitment even further by providing weather preparedness updates and tools when they matter the most, personalizing the weather so people can improve their lives.

“AccuWeather’s expert meteorologists alert you to the possibility of severe weather not just a few minutes ahead of time, but several days in advance,” said Evan Myers, AccuWeather’s Chief Operating Officer and Senior Meteorologist. “So, you can start thinking about the proactive steps you need to do to prepare, and with AccuWeather Ready, all the information you need to keep yourself safe when severe weather hits, is gathered in one place.”

AccuWeather’s proven Superior Accuracy is trusted by 245 of the Fortune 500 companies it serves as well as thousands of other businesses and government agencies around the world. In the most comprehensive study of forecast accuracy ever undertaken, AccuWeather was overwhelmingly reconfirmed by independent industry tracker ForecastWatch as the world’s most accurate source of weather forecasts in the categories of precipitation, wind, and high-temperature forecasts.

In the study, AccuWeather’s probability of precipitation forecasts, which are key to MinuteCast forecasts, were 21% more accurate than those of the next-ranked provider and 23% more accurate than the average of all other sources in the study. .  Further proving the reliability and consistency of AccuWeather forecasts, ForecastWatch found AccuWeather was the clear winner in wind speed forecast accuracy, proving to be 33% more accurate than the nearest provider of weather forecasts and 41% more accurate than the average of all other sources examined.

The AccuWeather Ready program demonstrates AccuWeather’s continued leadership as a U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador. NOAA named AccuWeather as one of its first Ambassadors in the weather enterprise initiative, launched in 2014 to recognize organizations committed to helping the nation be better prepared for, respond to, and recover from weather-related disasters. AccuWeather and NOAA have been partners for many years. The company has supported NOAA and National Weather Service (NWS) budgets in testimony and presentations before the United States Congress and with the Office of Management and Budget, as well as other federal agencies. AccuWeather has been a longtime cooperation partner with NOAA.

More than 1.5 billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smartphones, tablets, free wired and mobile Internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Established in 1962 by Founder, President, and Chairman Dr. Joel N. Myers—a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs—AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites.

Download the AccuWeather app today and follow AccuWeather on Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date forecasts and warnings, news and information surrounding breaking and spring weather. Visit www.AccuWeather.com for additional information.

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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My View: Why CAN’T A Woman…? This Woman Can…Lianne Marie Dobbs

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The actor Lianne Marie Dobbs played a 1900’s woman in the HBO series The Gilded Age. You also might have seen her in Law & Order, The Equalizer and F.B.I., but yesterday at Chelsea Tables + Stage she wasn’t just playing the part of a Cabaret singer!  Ms. Dobbs is the real deal, and she captivated an audience of music connoisseurs with her formidable vocal talents and wit in her show titled “Why CAN’T a Woman…? 

Lianne’s cabaret act utilizes Broadway leading men’s songs and sassy standards, served up with a twist of SHE, to celebrate all the hats that women wear, and she answered the shows question authoritatively….This woman sure can!

Lianne Marie Dobbs was named one of the Best Vocalists of the Decade (BroadwayWorld, 2020) and has filled The Green Room 42, 54Below, Feinstein’s at Hotel Carmichael, Feinstein’s at the Nikko, Blue Strawberry in St. Louis, and will be featured in Chicago’s Cabaret Week later in May.  “Why CAN’T a Woman…?” was named one of the best cabaret shows of the year (2022) by BroadwayWorld, and called “an honest to goodness emerging work of art”.  She has appeared in leading roles Off-Broadway, in National Tours, and at renowned theaters such as Denver Center, Repertory of St. Louis, Ogunquit Playhouse, Goodspeed and many more.

Ron Abel is Lianne’s music director and arranger, whose accolades include: LA Critics Circle Award Winner and L.A. Weekly Award Winner for his original compositions and unique arrangements of Broadway hits for orchestras and singers. He has been the music director for acclaimed vocalists such as Lucie Arnaz, Peter Allen, Joely Fisher, Valarie Pettiford, Julia Migenes, Helen Reddy, and John Lloyd Young.

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & RON ABEL

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE

CHELSEA TABLE + STAGE

STANDING OVATION

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS

LIANNE MARIE DOBBS & CAROLE J. BUFFORD

PAUL KREPPEL, RON ABEL, EDA SOROKOFF, MURPHY CROSS

EDA SOROKOFF & TAKAKO HARKNESS

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My View: An Evening With Jason Robert Brown…One Evening Isn’t Enough

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The 92NY Lyrics & Lyricists presented An Evening with Jason Robert Brown last night.  Although it would take many evenings to appreciate the totality and brilliance of the triple Tony Award winner’s body of work, Mr. Brown together with his exceptional band of musicians and guest artists Mykal Kilgore and Heidi Blickenstaff thrilled an overflow audience in it’s Kaufman Concert Hall during the 2 hour show.  In contrast to many great composer/lyricists who have minimal performance capabilities, JRB is an exciting personality on stage both vocally and conversationally, and his fearless technique on the piano is reminiscent of  George Gershwin or Marvin Hamlisch when playing their own works.

Full Disclosure:

I’ve been a JRB fan since my daughter Caroline in the 1980’s wrote us a letter from Camp French Woods saying..”I can’t wait for you to come on Visiting day and hear my friend Jason play the piano.

JASON ROBERT BROWN

JASON ROBERT BROWN

JASON ROBERT BROWN

JASON ROBERT BROWN

DANIELLE LEE GREAVES, TASHA MICHELLE, JASON ROBERT BROWN

MYKAL KILGORE

JASON ROBERT BORWN & MYKAL KILGORE

JASON ROBERT BORWN & MYKAL KILGORE

JASON ROBERT BROWN & MYKAL KILGORE

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

JASON ROBERT BROWN & HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

JASON ROBERT BROWN & HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF

JASON ROBERT BROWN

HEIDI BLICKENSTAFF, JASON ROBERT BROWN, MYKAL KILGORE

AN EVENING WITH JASON ROBERT BROWN at 92NY

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Who Is Mr. Black and What Is His Message? Curious Minds Want to Know

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Is New York City getting its own Banksy? For those who do not know who or what Banksy is, it is a pseudonymous England-based street artist and political activist. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls, and bridges throughout the world. Right now going around the court house where the Trump’s trial is taking place are trucks baring the following messages.

If you google the QR code you are taken to a twitter account for a Mr. Black

Other trucks have the following art and statements.

Here is the poster that caught my attention.

So the questions I want answered is who is Mr Black? What are the eyes? What is his message? Why the Trump court house? Why is nobody reporting this? Is Mr. Black the new Banksy? Only time will tell.

Mr. Black curious minds want to know.

 

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My View: The City Was Special Last Night….Melissa Errico at 54 Below

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The evening at 54 Below was advertised as a “ Vinyl Release Celebration Concert” and how apt that VINYL, the unrivaled substance utilized to capture the subtle nuances and breadth of music has now been used to capture the elegant voice of Melissa Errico singing the songs of  “Sondheim in the City” for posterity. 

Caveat: While Vinyl may capture in analog glory the beautiful notes and words of Melissa, one must be in her presence to experience her irrepressible beauty, wit, and intelligence on stage.

Melissa Errico….Sondheim In The City Vinyl Release Celebration at 54 Below May 7,8,9…..

Tedd Firth Music Director, David Finck (Bass), Eric Halvorson (Drums) Bruce Harris (Trumpet)

About the show:

After the critical triumph of her Sondheim Sublime album-called “the finest all Sondheim recording ever made” by the Wall Street Journal, Melissa Errico returned to one of her cabaret homes (54 Below) last night and to her favorite songwriter with an entire new program of Sondheim songs, celebrating her new album (released February 16, 2024 on Concord) and a different side of Steve, praised in The New York Times as “a New York house tour of thrill and heartbreak..from one of Sondheim’s deepest-hearted yet lightest-touch interpreters.”

Sondheim in the City is the Sondheim of smart, sophisticated New York, the Sondheim of the quick, witty, sardonic, love-seeking and sex-driven city that he recorded and worked in through his long life. From the anthem of city busyness “Another Hundred People” to the bittersweet hymns of city marriage, “Sorry, Grateful” and “Good Thing Going,” with time for hardboiled surprises like “Uptown, Downtown” and surprisingly soft-centered ballads like “All That I Need” and “Dawn”

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO

MELISSA ERRICO & TEDD FIRTH, music director

54 Below, Eda Sorokoff

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My View: A Night To Remember..The New York Pops Gala Honoring Clive Davis

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Sometimes words just do not suffice and, last night, The New York Pops Annual Gala which honored Clive Davis would fit into this category. The orchestra, led by the esteemed and popular conductor, Steven Reineke, was ablaze for artist after artist, star after star, setting the place on fire! One of the most thrilling nights New York audiences and supporters could ever have hoped for. New York always delivers. So The New York Pops. Bravo and Congratulations

On a personal note, at our table… sharing the evening with my daughters Caroline and Laura, our friends Catherine Adler, Helmut Koller, Greg and Penny Sherry kids, and Storm Large made a special evening even more special.

Here are a few cell phone photos:

CAROLINE SOROKOFF, STEPHEN SOROKOFF, EDA SOROKOFF, LAURA SOROKOFF GELMAN

STEPHEN SOROKOFF, EDA SOROKOFF, HELMUT KOLLER, CATHERINE ADLER

CAROLINE SOROKOFF, LAURA SOROKOFF GELMAN, STORM LARGE, EDA SOROKOFF

NANCY PELOSI & MAESTRO STEVEN REINEKE

RIKI KANE LARIMER AND FRIENDS

ERIC GABBARD, EDA SOROKOFF, STORM LARGE

PAULO SZOT & EDA SOROKOFF

STORM LARGE

CARNEGIE HALL

CARNEGIE HALL

STEVEN REINEKE

BARRY MANILOW

MY GIRLS

STORM LARGE & RIKI KANE LARIMER

EDA SOROKOFF & ARI MELBER

CLIVE DAVIS

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