Winter is in full swing. While across the nation the cold is blowing in for all corners, there are a handful of events that are warming up the chill.
Laughing Affairs, founded by comedian Felicia Madison, presented Funny Business, a panel discussion for female comedians, before a packed house at New York City’s legendary Friars Club. Funny Business offered female comedians insider tips on managing the business side of their careers. “The goal is to help female comedians navigate a complicated and male-dominated field,” says Felicia Madison, who moderated the discussion.
Panelists included Tovah Silberman, Jessica Pilot, Cait Taylor, Emmy Blotnick, Krystal Stark and Amy Hawthorne.
On January 22, WebMD Health Hero Awards will take place. FOX Sports’ Jenna Wolfe will host and presenters of the evening include Actor Micah Fowler, Comedian and Actor Jim Gaffigan and his wife, Jeannie. Honorees include Chloe Fernandez, who at age 6 was diagnosed with primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD), a rare genetic disease that causes breathing problems and repeated lung infections. Unable to find a book on her disease during one of her hospital stays Fernandez decided to write her own book, so that other kids would feel empowered and know that they weren’t alone. In 2016, Make-A-Wish Foundation helped Fernandez publish PCD Has Nothing on Me! which she has donated all of her proceeds to Make-A-Wish and the PCD Foundation.
A new art exhibition, installed at the legendary Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street in Greenwich Village, featuring the paintings of world-renowned New York City-based artist Robert Cenedella, will officially open to the public on January 24, 2018, with a reception from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The exhibition will be up through the end of February.
For more information on the upcoming events in support of the Cornelia Street Café and Underground, and to learn more about giving to the Underground’s 501c3, visit www.corneliastreetcafe.com.
Zeppelin Hall’s Annual Baconfest World Tour is going on now through February 4th. Executive Chef Franco Robazetti has crafted 19 bacon filled dishes inspired by the cuisine of 18 different countries. Indulge in Mexican Bacon Tacos, Canadian Bacon Poutine, Italian Bacon Bolognese and many more. In addition to the 19 dishes, Zeppelin Hall is serving up past Baconfest favorites like the 50 Shades of Freed Bacon Sandwich and a Bacon Wrapped Tomahawk Steak, all which can be perfectly paired with one of the hundred beers offered. For bacon before more bacon, head to the bar between 4pm and 7pm where they pass out strips for free. For more information please visit, www.zeppelinhall.com
It’s Sundance time again. Leading Hollywood event producer A-List Communications is back with Kia Motors to bring the celebrity favored “Kia Supper Suite” pop-up back to Park City, Utah. The exclusive three-day pop-up will be open from January 20th through 22nd, the first weekend of the famed indie Sundance Film Festival, to kick off the new year.
For year four in a row, Kia Supper Suite will take over Utah’s top 10 ranked restaurant, The Mustang, conveniently located in the center of the Festival’s hub on lower Main Street. Led by award-winning Chef Edgar Gonzales and Owner and Park City Local Dustin Stein, the culinary team will serve up private four-course dinners and gourmet canapé cocktail parties in celebration of the films and casts in attendance.
Helping to elevate the culinary experience will be Kunde Family Winery, serving up wine pairings for the dinners and cocktail receptions with their 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon (Sonoma Valley), 2013 Reserve Century Vines Zinfandel (Sonoma Valley), 2015 Sonoma Valley Chardonnay (Sonoma Valley), and 2016 Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc (Sonoma Valley). Also on hand will be Topo Chico Mineral Water and Blue Moon Belgian White. It will be a perfect way for film lovers to relax in between movie watching.
The 90th Academy Awards® nominations in all 24 Oscar® categories will be announced in a two-part, live presentation on Tuesday, January 23, via global live stream on Oscar.com, Oscars.org, the Academy’s digital platforms, a satellite feed and local broadcasters. The announcement will combine live presentations from the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, with pre-taped category introductions, which will only be featured in the first half of the announcement.
At 5:22 a.m. PST, the nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed here in no particular order): Cinematography, Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup and Hairstyling, Original Score, Production Design, Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Visual Effects.
At 5:38:30 a.m. PST, the nominees will be announced in the following categories (listed here in no particular order): Actor in a Leading Role, Actor in a Supporting Role, Actress in a Leading Role, Actress in a Supporting Role, Animated Feature Film, Directing, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Original Song, Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay and Original Screenplay.
And on February 10, ahead of the official celebration in Chinatown on February 16, “A Lunar New Year Celebration: Madison Street to Madison Ave,” will return to bring the beautiful traditions of the holiday celebration uptown! Bigger and better in its third year, the event is once again, anticipated to attract thousands of families, residents, tourists and this year – dogs – for the retail holiday.
With a range of spectacular cultural performances along with kid and dog-friendly activities inside heated tents, the event is sure to make a splash on Madison.
The event will kick off in Chinatown where lion troupes will board a decorated double decker bus to make their way up town to 76th and Madison where the event will officially begin. Onlookers will be welcome to walk with the lion troupes as they are stopping at retailers to be fed traditional red envelopes in exchange for blessings and good luck for the year to come. Before ending their journey at 54th street, a crowd will welcome them, and performances will begin inside the Harmon Store.
New for the Year of the Dog, in 2018, is our non-profit partner, the Animal Medical Center, who will be onsite, and the recipient of charitable proceeds and donations. Madison Street to Madison Ave will be hosted by The Chinatown Partnership, East Midtown Partnership, Grand Central Partnership, Madison Avenue Business Improvement District, and SUNY’s Confucius Institute for Business (CIB).
On February 23, James Beard Award-Winning Chef of Momofuku David Chang and Academy Award-Winning Director Morgan Neville will premiere Ugly Delicious, a Netflix original documentary series that challenges both our taste buds and minds.
Over eight episodes, David travels the world with writers and chefs, activists and artists, who use food as a vehicle to break down cultural barriers, tackle misconceptions and uncover shared experiences. Ugly Delicious ventures out of polished kitchens into the wider world to explore Viet-Cajun cuisine in Houston, Neapolitan Pizza in Tokyo, home cooking in Copenhagen, and much more.
Special guests include: Eric Wareheim, Gillian Jacobs, Ali Wong, Jimmy Kimmel, Alan Yang, Steve Yuen, and Nick Kroll; chefs René and Nadine Redzepi, Rosio Sanchez, Enrique Olvera, Jessica Koslow, Massimo Bottura, Alex Raij and Eder Montero, Sean Brock, Diep Tran, Ray Garcia, Nina Compton, Roy Choi, Dollye Graham-Matthews, Chris Shepherd, Edouardo Jordan, Asha Gomez, Justin Yu, Zaiyu Hasegawa, Mark Iacono, Nick Bishop Jr. and Tootsie Tomanetz; and writers Peter Meehan, Ruth Reichl, Jonathan Gold, Evan Kleiman, Lolis Elie, David Simon, Ian Mosby, Alison Cook, Fuchsia Dunlop, Gillian Ferguson, Chris Nuttall-Smith, Amelia Gray, Gustavo Arellano, Psyche Williams-Forson, and Serena Dai.
“Food is something we all have in common. It’s an essential part of who we are and how we create connections across cultures,” says David Chang. “In that spirit, we brought together some of the people we admire most to make Ugly Delicious a collaborative forum, a place where it’s okay to have strong opinions and honest conversations about food.”
Oh, and course The Grammys are coming to town. Get ready for a fantastic weekend of music only the way The Big Apple Can play it.