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Annette Bening Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Last night, Jennifer Hudson, Frank Langella, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening, Alfred Molina, Louis Gosset Jr., and more theatre greats took the stage at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre to celebrate Center Theatre Group’s 50th Anniversary. The exclusive event—Co-Chaired by NBC Entertainment Chairman and Center Theatre Group board member Robert Greenblatt and fellow Center Theatre Group board member Sue Tsao—included a one-night-only production from writer, director and producer Robert Egan, followed by dinner in downtown Los Angeles’ Grand Park.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theater Group

Fresh off her announcement as coach on NBC’s “The Voice,” Jennifer Hudson brought the house down with her closing number, “I Know Where I’ve Been,” from Hairspray. Matthew Broderick performed a scene from Brighton Beach Memoirs with Tyne Daly and Annette Bening. Edward James Olmos and Alma Martinez performed a scene from Zoot Suit.

Christy Carlson Romano

Christy Carlson Romano Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Backstage the energy was festive and contagious as performers greeted one another with big hugs and watched each other’s performances from the wings. Everyone from performers to staff to the audience joined in as Merle Dandridge, Ben Schrader, Barrett Foa, Christy Romano and Doug LaBrecque sang Rent’s “Seasons of Love.”

Frank Langella

Frank Langella Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

The full cast included: Jon Robin Baitz, Annette Bening, Sir Matthew Bourne, Matthew Broderick, Bill Cain, Anthony Crivello, Culture Clash, Tyne Daly, Merle Dandridge, Tim Dang, Keith David, Shaila Essley, Barrett Foa, Davis Gaines, Louis Gossett Jr., Harry Groener, Charlie Hofheimer, Clint Holmes, Jennifer Hudson, Gregory Itzin, Doug LaBrecque, Frank Langella, Tzi Ma, Alan Mandell, Dakin Matthews, Francis McDormand, Alfred Molina, Richard Montoya, Edward James Olmos, Valerie Perri, Phylicia Rashad, Christy Carlson Romano, Thomas Sadoski, Christina Saffran, Ric Salinas, Benjamin Schrader, Herbert Siguenza, Jimmy Smits, Shoshannah Stern, Paul Oakley Stovall, Rodney To, Lisa Vroman, Ed Waterstreet, and Aryana Williams.

Benjamin Schrader, Matthew Broderick, Jon Robin Baitz

Benjamin Schrader, Matthew Broderick, and playwright Jon Robin Baitz Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

Alfred Molina, Bill Cain, Annette Bening

Alfred Molina, playwright Bill Cain and actress Annette Bening Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Center Theatre Group

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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‘Poor Things’ Thrills at New York Film Festival

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The 61st annual New York Film Festival started with a day of historical rainfall in the city, but it didn’t stop film lovers from coming out to experience the beloved affair.

A fantastic Main Slate selection in this year’s festival is the much-anticipated “Poor Things.” From auteur extraordinaire Yorgos Lanthimos comes this bold new projecting, which stars Emma Stone, who is brought back to life by a mad scientist. She plays a young woman who runs off with a lawyer on an adventure across the world. Free to explore, she finds her purpose as well as a sense of equality and liberation.

Based on the novel by Alasdair Gray, comes this feminist Frankenstein tale. This is part fairy tale and part horror story that all take flight with a delightfully twisted bang as  we witness a women who gain control of her own body and mind. It is a glorious and edgy feast for the eyes all while passing along a poignant message of what it mean to be an individual. Power only comes with freedom to be you as the journey of Bella has us understand.

The Searchlight Pictures release screened to a panel of press and industry where Lanthimos was joined by  cinematographer Robbie Ryan, costume designer Holly Waddington, composer Jerskin Fendrix, and production designers James Price & Shona Heath, with NYFF programmer Rachel Rosen.

The audience adored “Poor Things” and the lively conversation that focused on this meaningful piece of art screened at NYFF – take a listen for yourself here.

 

It was simply a divine way to kick off the film festival.

 

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SQUARE ONE SCORES — (Via Square One) As we near its publication date of October 3, 2023, Square One is excited to share the news that Booklist has given a positive review to Secrets of Successful Women Invenbtors. The review is now online and appears also in the September 15, 2023 print issue edition of Booklist (the flagship publication for the American Library Association). See below for an excerpted review quote:“[P]roves that America can indeed be the land of invention opportunities for women . . . includes inventing how-tos and remarks from experts on intellectual property, public relations, social media, funding resources, and the like. This inspirational tome on do-it-yourself inventing would make a great pairing with other related practicums.” —Barbara Jacobs, BooklistThis is our second book with acclaimed writer and longtime Inventors Digest columnist Edith G. Tolchin, whose first book with us is Secrets of Successful Inventing was in 2015. About the new book and Ms. Tolchin’s longstanding experience within the industry, Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcoran has this to say:“Edith G. Tolchin has spent her entire career working with inventors. In Secrets of Successful Women Inventors, Edith highlights some of the greatest top-notch successful women inventors and reputable service providers, all eager to share their stories and advice. In her easy-going, personable style, Edith has gleaned the ‘cream of the crop’ from each of these impressive women. It’s a gift to anyone who’s ever had a winning idea but nowhere to go and no roadmap to birth their vision.”

Secrets of Successul Women Inventors will be available in both paperback and digital/eBook formats starting October 3, 2023 wherever books are sold.

Here’s the Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0757005241?tag=squareonepubl-20

THE MORNING SHOW — The Apple TV+’s 4th episode The Green Light was a somewhat scattershot one. As a faithful viewer since Season One, this third season -with essentially a whole new crew and series of writers- has been a season of the writers trying desperately trying to familiarize themselves with their characters.

This episodes does reference some past moments, with Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) in particular. It also develops the relationship between Jon Hamm and Jennifer Aniston – in fact, after a rather odd rendezvous at Coney Island -of all places- they take Hamm’s helicopter (essaying an Elon Musk-like Paul Marks) to Cory Ellison’s (Billy Crudup) home in East Hampton and lands on the beach in front of his house, signaling that the Marks-deal to buy UBA is back on. As Ellison says, “Alex Levy brought home the bacon.”

There was one scene that besides being totally disturbing, I could’t quite figure out why it was there at all. Stella Bak (Greta Lee) was at a restaurant with two ad men, angling for a series of ad buys and they started drinking heavily. At one point Stella asked the waitress to keep her drinks coming, but with water. Then the ad men challenged Stella to see if she was really drinking and asked the waitress to lean over the table and lick up a spilled drink … and, giving her a $20,000 tip. The waitress did and later Stella collapsed with anger in her limo. In the post #Me To era, this scene was totally disturbing and totally not needed. Kind of disgraceful if you ask me.

But, disregarding that questionable scene, the episode was good and bodes well for the rest of the season.COCKER POWER — We received an advance copy of Mark Bego’s Joe Cocker: With A Lot of Help from His Friends (Yorkshire Publishing) and really enjoyed it. It’s Bego’s 68th book – after efforts on Michael Jackson; Bonnie Raitt; Sade; Madonna; Freda Payne; Sade; Billy Joel; Elton John and many others – and stands as one of his strongest.

Cocker may not be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – but he should be. The year Cocker died, Billy Joel interviewed in a documentary about the life of Cocker, admitted he hand delivered a petition to get him included in the hall before his death. The Hall refused and he has not been inducted.

Mark Bego

That said, I continue to hear his version of “With A Little Help From My Friends” literally every day on NY’s Q1043.Bego adds: “The idea of writing this book about Joe Cocker first came about over a year ago when I was approached by a movie producer to write a screenplay about the life and music of this legendary singer.  I became so engrossed with him as a subject that I was inspired to take it a step further and write an entire book about Joe’s often self-destructive life.  In many ways, Cocker was like the Vincent Van Gogh of rock & roll … a genius, but self-destructive.”

With a tremendous foreword from Melanie – his Woodstock-compatriot – it’s a great read – and is out officially November 16. As an added plus, there’s a special launch event for this book which will be revealed next week. Stay tuned as it’s pretty spectacular. And Bruce Morrow (aka Cousin Bruce) gave the book a rave review on his Saturday-night pre-show video. Bravo!

SHORT TAKES — Van Morrison’s new album Accentuate the Positive is his 45th album and is superlative. That’s why they call him Van the Man! …Happy 104th to Musso & Frank

CBS Saturday Morning

I watched Saturday’s CBS This Morning and just loved it. Anchors Michelle Miller, Dana Jacobson and Jeff Glor were just terrific. In-between was another great Anthony Mason piece of U2’s opening at Vegas’ Sphere. Mason told me later on “it was absolutely jaw dropping. And U2 wasn’t even sharing their best stuff. When that shot of the desert filled the screen, and our TV camera couldn’t capture its depth, I could have sat down and stared at it for hours” …

Don Famularo

RIP Don Famularo and Happy BDay Barbara Pepe!NAMES IN THE NEWS ––Anthony Pomes; Rudy Schur; Bill Amendola; Desmond Child; Maria Vidal; Shep Pettibone; Gerry Galipault; Joe Loris; Butterball; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent and Laura Denmark; Tyrone Biljan; Anthony Pomes; Robert Funaro; Maureen Van Zandt; Greg Evans; Bruce Haring; Dan Mapp; Rich Dart; John Billings; and CHIP!

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Win-Win Wedding Party Entrance Songs to Get the Party Started

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Not every couple has a favorite song suitable for the first wedding entrance. If you’re having trouble choosing a romantic composition and need inspiration and ideas urgently, we’ll be happy to help. In this collection, wedding party entrance songs that have long been real hits remain relevant until now.

Do You Really Need Spend Time For Selecting a Wedding Song?

The wedding party entrance songs are the most memorable moments at a ceremony. The composition sets the tone and mood for the upcoming event. The music must suit the style of your couple. And if you like retro, you should not choose Rihanna or Lady Gaga but rather take something from the classics.

We want to help you and publish a list of the most popular wedding hits that will never go out of style. Take note.

Top 10 Most Popular Wedding Entrance Songs 2023/24

  1. A Thousand Years — Christina Perri.
  2. I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing — Aerosmith.
  3. You Are The Best Thing — Ray LaMontagne.
  4. Beautiful Day — U2.
  5. Marry Me — Train.
  6. You Are the Love of My Life — Sam Cooke.
  7. Can’t Help Falling in Love — Elvis Presley.
  8. At Last — Etta James.
  9.  I Choose You — Sara Bareilles.
  10. I’m Yours — Stevie Wonder.

How to Select Songs for Wedding Party Entrance?

Your entrance at the altar is one of the central moments on the wedding day, meaning the musical accompaniment must be perfect. Make sure all the guests take out their smartphones to film this main event at the ceremony so that your task is to provide them with the ideal soundtrack.

Your Vision

First, imagine how you see your entrance at the wedding: traditional — with your father, spectacularly accompanied by bridesmaids, or unusual — for example, getting out of a retro car right in front of the podium. When you imagine this moment, you will feel the mood you want to share with the guests. This will be the starting point for finding wedding entrance songs for bridal party.

General Wedding Style

When choosing melodies for the bride and groom, some couples consider the style of the celebration. A country-style composition at a country wedding often accompanies the bride’s entrance. At an urban chic or loft celebration, covers of modern hits about love are usually used.

Movie Inspiration

Another way to choose the right wedding party entrance songs is to review wedding scenes from cult melodramas and select a composition that best matches your ceremony’s atmosphere. So, how do you appear to your guests, luxurious and stylish or romantic and exciting?

Add Emotions

Music for a wedding is not always only trendy compositions from the best DJs. This music is close to you in spirit and mood, the beginning of your event, and its general atmosphere, which is transmitted to the guests. Therefore, for key moments, select wedding party entrance songs you will later remember with trepidation in your soul.

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Events For October

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Statue of Liberty, 4th of July Cruise

The Statue of Liberty’s birthday, Oktoberfest, Open House New York, pumpkins, Halloween and more wait for your attention this October.

The Perelman Performing Arts Center has officially opened to the public, marking the final piece in the puzzle of the World Trade Center site.

Events this month include:

  • An intimate “Evening with Brian Stokes Mitchell” (October 5).
  • 2023 Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz International Piano Competition (October 14 and 15)
  • Actress and creator of the “Red Table Talk” series Jada Pinkett Smith (October 16).

Photograph: Courtesy of TAO Group Hospitality

Magic Hour at the Moxy Times Square, 485 7th Ave, has pink theme’s right now it’s “Pink Pumpkin Patch.

Open Streets Columbus Avenue, every Sunday from 68th to 77th street from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

  • October 1, 2023
  • October 8, 2023
  • October 15, 2023
  • October 22, 2023
  • October 29, 2023

Until 10/15: The 61st The New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center.

Until 10/15: Hispanic Heritage Month. Look for parades, events, film festivals, and more.

Until 10/31: OctoberFest the Loreley Beer Garden, 7 Rivington Street (between Bowery and Chrystie) will be serving sausages and pretzels as well as German beer from liter steins and boots. On Sundays at 3 p.m., there’s a delicious free pig roast. There’s also a haunted beer garden starting on 10/18.

Until 11/1: If you want a spooky celebrations to be more festive and less frightening, Halloween House try the The Oculus, 185 Greenwich Street.

Photograph: Courtesy of Color Factory


Until, 11/1: The Color Factory has 14 immersive exhibits that engage all the senses in an exploration of the art and science of color. The museum works with local artists, designers and creatives to bring the designs to life. This Soho immersive art museum will present Haunted Hues, a Halloween-themed takeover.

Until 11/4: Blood Manor, haunted house’s 20th season at 359 Broadway. This year three new rooms, and brand-new costumes by designers from Abracadabra, Manhattan’s iconic Halloween store. Immersive experience, professional actors, set designers and makeup artists, with twisted characters and jumpscares at every turn.

Until 1/7/24: Manet/Degas, this exhibition examines one of the most significant artistic dialogues in modern art history: the close and sometimes tumultuous relationship between Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas. Born only two years apart, Manet (1832–1883) and Degas (1834–1917) were friends, rivals, and, at times, antagonists who worked to define modern painting in France. Through more than 150 paintings and works on paper.

10/3: Rooftop Cinema Club Midtown, 60 West 37th Street, will present Mean GirlsRosemary’s Baby, Paranormal, The Exorcist, The Shining, American Psycho and other cult classics as well as Hocus Pocus and Halloween.

10/3 – 15: Off-Broadway Week a bi-annual event that offers 2-for-1 tickets.

10/4 – 11/11:”Dreams of Dracula: An Immersive Masquerade Experience” recreates the classic Dracula universe as a brand new vampire theatrical adventure. Head to Musica NYC, 637 West 50th Street. Two floors and six rooms across 25,000 square feet for a heady mix of immersive theater, dance and decadent masquerade.

10/4: 2023 Empire State Building Run-Up, where about 150 runners will get to race up the 1,576 stars to the 86th floor of the iconic building.

10/ 5 – 6: NYC pop-up “Love Me (Bar)Tender,” with Elvis-themed cocktails, music from Memphis bands and a photobooth. It’s sold out, but sign up here to get alerts.

10/6 – 8: The New Yorker Festival. Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Misty Copeland and more. Live conversations, musical performances, and more, hosted by the magazine’s acclaimed writers and editors. The Festival brings together today’s most influential voices for a one-of-a-kind event in New York City.

10/6 – 8: The New York City Coffee Festival will return this fall for its seventh year with food, cocktails, live music, art, and more, including unlimited tastings. Metropolitan Pavilion.

Columbus Day Parade10/9: Columbus Day Parade. The parade starts at Fifth Avenue on the corner 44th Street. It heads north up to 72nd Street (start: 11:30 AM, end: 3:00 PM).

10/12 – 15: The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival has 80-plus events that include more than 500 chefs from around the world. Tastings, classes, dinners, late-night parties, drag brunches and demonstrations. Across the boroughs. This year, The Cookout, will celebrate hip-hop’s 50th Anniversary.

10/12 – 15: New York Comic Con is back. Expect superhero galore at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on Eleventh Ave.

10/17 – 31: Black Lagoon is a Halloween pop-up cocktail bar at Pretty Ricky’s (101 Rivington Street). The experience features a curated cocktail menu of eerie Halloween-themed drinks created by Ramage and Hayes, macabre dens festooned with frightfully fun decor.

10/20- 27: Open House New York Weekend Festival. Access the city’s main buildings for 3 days. All sorts of buildings can be visited, from the very historic to modern apartments or industrial buildings that are scattered all over the five boroughs. There will be tours, lectures, performances and events around the meaning of architecture and urban design. All the information about this cool event can be found here.

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10/27: The Balloon Museum is officially set to take over Pier 36 at The Seaport in 80,000-square-foot space, and is scheduled to run through January 14, 2024. You can expect a 4,000-square-foot ball pit, inflatable lava lamps and the sorts of infinity rooms that you’ll itch to post about on Instagram.

10/28: Happy Birthday Statue of Liberty. In 1886, the Statue of Liberty was ceremoniously opened and is without question one of the most important landmarks of New York.

The big Village Halloween Parade10/31: The Village Halloween Parade where zombies, ghouls, witches, monsters, giant puppets and more take to the streets for a night of costumed revelry. The parade rolls out at 7pm. Sixth Ave becomes most congested with spectators between Bleeker and 14th Sts, so we suggest setting up camp at either the head (Spring to W Houston Sts) or tail (14th St to 16th St) of the parade.

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla10/31: The Annual Pumpkin Flotilla at Central Park. As is gets dark around 6:30 pm, carved pumpkins are released into the Harlem Meer and will be float around for 30 minutes. The spectacle draws hundreds of visitors to the northeast corner of Central Park.

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New York Film Festival to Host Cinephile Game Night

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The New York Film Festival is proud to welcome back Cinephile for a second year of Cinephile Game Night events during the festival at the EBM Amphitheater.

Featuring a mix of movie trivia and other popular Cinephile games like Six Degrees, Filmography, and Inglorious Basterd, Cinephile Game Night is a trivia night like no other. Featuring Cinephile: A Card Game creator Cory Everett and Cinephile Game Night co-hosts Jordan Raup and Conor O’Donnell, along with other special guests to be announced, the events will feature multiple trivia rounds including NYFF history and beyond, with chances to win tickets to this year’s edition and more prizes. Come meet and mingle with your fellow movie buffs for an evening of festival fun. There’s no need to bring Cinephile to participate––only your movie-loving brain is required. And all is free!

Cinephile Game Night is the ultimate trivia night for film nerds, movie geeks, and cinephiles. Since 2019, Cinephile has brought their one-of-a-kind live events to the Academy Museum, New York Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, Museum of the Moving Image, Alamo Drafthouse, and more. Cinephile: A Card Game will also available for purchase at the Alice Tully Hall merch booth during the festival.

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