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It’s been an exciting time for hot happenings.

On May 2 after the MET Gala, LaQuan Smith hosted an afterparty along with Popeyes and Rémy Martin.

The luxurious event at The Edge honored the launch of the restaurant’s brand-new Buffalo Ranch Chicken Sandwich. Dancing in the clouds on the 101st floor in The Peak lounge, invitees such as Teyana Taylor indulged in the magic moment.

On the same night downtown, Global Hospitality and Nightlife Leader Richie Akiva hosted his 9th annual Met Gala after party with Riccardo Tisci, Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss at the exclusive Casa Cipriani.


The party featured Mark Ronson and Eli Escobar as the premiere DJ duo of the evening, with sets by DJ Tunez, and DJ Obi, and performances by Burna Boy, introduced by Naomi Campbell, and an electrifying featured performance set by Saint JHN. Throughout the night guests toasted with D’USSE Cognac, featured at the lavish gala affair where guests sipped on D’USSE custom cocktails and D’USSE XO, with Armand De Brignac champagne flowing, and CIROC Vodka Spritz served over ice and CIROC Ultra Premium Vodka.
On May 3, during an Advertising Industry Opening Reception hosted by HAVAS New York, MvVO ART announced that Chanell Angeli took top honors in AD ART SHOW 2022. The MvVO ART jury of collectors awarded Chanell Angeli a Specialty Clio in Contemporary Art. A mixed-media artist of Caribbean descent, her work draws on her heritage, and interest in the relationship between poetry and visual art, to create immersive experiences, exploring themes of the divine feminine and the African Diaspora. Her work is rich in emotional content and intelligence.

Parme Marin and Layla Nami were also named 2022 show winners. Parme. Marin creates works of art with leather, hair, and wood, exploring “La Peau” (the skin). Layla Nami’s bold imagery draws inspiration from Persian folktales, medieval tapestries, and illuminated manuscripts.

Out in Los Angeles, Dominic “The Shoe Surgeon” Ciambrone celebrated his birthday and the opening of his new studio in downtown with specialty cocktails by Glenmorangie Whisky.

(August Reinhardt)

The party included three point shot and dunk competitions, shoe customizations, and surprise performances from G-Eazy and 2Chainz. Guests sipped on specialty cocktails from Glenmorangie Whisky such as The SRGN and the LA-X.

Earlier in the season, the International Friends of Festival Verdi announced their plans for their 22nd season at dinner in a private club and limited to just 180 guests on April 28th.  The evening was curated by chef Massimo Bottura and his team from Osteria Francescana, the three-Michelin-star restaurant based in Modena, known as the hardest reservation to get in the world.

(Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/PMC)

The Mayor of Parma, Federico Pizzarotti, The Scientific Director of Teatro Regio, Francesco Izzo, and Teatro Regio di Parma’s General Director, Anna Maria Meo, and the president of the International Friends of Festival Verdi, James E. Miller and executive director Silvia Frieser, announced the program for the coming season (September 22 through October 16th) and the beauty of, “seeing Verdi in the land of Verdi, to live where he lived, performed in theaters where he worked, with the sound as he knew it, having the food and wine he knew grown in his own terroir.”  This is the unique proposition of Festival Verdi.  In 2022 the performances include three staged operas La Forza del Destino, Il Trovatore, and Simon Boccanegra each based on a contemporary Spanish play that Verdi admired.  These seminal works were brought to his attention through the talented actress Margherita Barezzi, his then mistress and later his second wife, who spoke fluent Spanish.  This is a unique chance to consider these works side by side.

And coming up, the enCourage Kids Foundation will host its 37th Anniversary Gala on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at Cipriani South Street located at 10 South Street in NYC. enCourage Kids is proud to honor Jay Anderson and rename his favorite program The Jay Anderson Pediatric Hospital Support Fund in his memory. EKF will be celebrating his legacy and paying tribute to his philanthropy and generosity of spirit that will have an enduring impact on thousands of children and families.

Invited celebrity guests include Howard Cross – Super Bowl Champion NY Giants, Charles Oakley – NBA All-Star, Matt Brust – St. John’s N.I.T. Champion /Former NBA Bulls, Christian Peter – Super Bowl Champion NY Giants, Malik Yoba – Actor NY Undercover, DeeMo – Actor/Singer/Songwriter Gotham (FOX), Shades of Blue (NBC), and Rolanda Watts – TV & Radio Host.

Carlton Fine Arts will host an exhibit for Romero Britto. Romero’s work has been collected by VIP names such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Justin Bieber, HRH Prince Charles and Oprah Winfrey, among more. His exhibition, which will be on view for the general public from May 12th -June 12th, featuring vibrant and bold original paintings, limited-edition sculptures, and limited-edition fine art prints.  The show will be spread throughout all three floors, highlighting over 100 works including the brand-new Love (Word Sculpture) and never-before-seen pieces from his personal archived collection such as the Brigitte Bardot; I’m The King; and Green Eyes.

Film at Lincoln Centerr and African Film Festival, Inc. will celebrate the kickoff of the 29th New York African Film Festival (NYAFF) at FLC from May 12 to 17. This year’s festival, taking place at the FLC theaters with select virtual screenings, explores a host of themes under the banner Visions of Freedom, presenting diverse and interconnected notions of freedom pertinent to Africa, the diaspora, and the world at large while recalling activism of the past and ushering in new anthems of the future to embrace a united front for liberation and expression.

 

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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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NASCAR Driver Toni Breidinger Celebrates Raising Cane’s Grand Opening

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Start your engines and prepare for a flavor-filled pit stop at Raising Cane’s.

On July 23, NASCAR driver and Victoria’s Secret model Toni Breidinger celebrated the grand opening of Raising Cane’s in Daytona Beach, located a short drive from the legendary Daytona International Speedway. With service speeds that will rival that of the pit crews in the Daytona 500, Raising Cane’s is bringing its ONE LOVE® – craveable Chicken Finger meals – to NASCAR fans and beachgoers alike.

To celebrate the occasion, Raising Cane’s turned to none other than one of NASCAR’s leading ladies and the only Arab American female driver, Breidinger, to pump up the crowd of more than 500 people who were waving checkered flags as they patiently waited to get their hands on a Box Combo. Breidinger is no stranger to Daytona – or to Cane’s – having been featured in the brand’s “speed” campaign earlier this year and appeared at a variety of events through an ongoing partnership.

DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA – JULY 23: NASCAR driver Toni Breidinger celebrates Raising Cane’s Daytona Beach Opening on July 23, 2024 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Raising Cane’s)

“People really underestimate the business aspect of driving. I wouldn’t be here without partnerships from brand like Raising Cane’s and Victoria’s Secret,” said Breidinger. “I’m so excited about this new location – I’m going to be here every day come January!”

The Restaurant, which pays homage to Daytona’s NASCAR roots, features local racing-themed décor, pit crew memorabilia, and Breidinger’s race suit. The Drive-Thru emulates a finish line, complete with a checkered flag as Customers drive off to enjoy their meal. The Daytona Beach location marks Raising Cane’s 16th location in Florida as the brand continues expanding within the state.

As a personal friend of Raising Cane’s owner and founder Todd Graves, Cane’s began sponsoring Breidinger’s races, where she could be seen driving a Cane’s-branded car and wearing the brand’s logo from head to toe. From there, the brand expanded the partnership to feature Breidinger within their Restaurants as part of a campaign focused on speed and accuracy – two things she excels at. Breidinger has been spotted at Raising Cane’s locations across the country working “shifts,” shooting commercials, and commemorating special moments, like the opening of the Daytona Beach location.

“Toni has been a great friend and partner to us, and I’m excited to continue cheering her on as she makes history as the first Arab American female driver in NASCAR,” said Graves. “She is such an inspiration to so many aspiring female athletes and is proof of what happens when you refuse to give up on a dream. I’m glad she could come out to Daytona today to celebrate this special opening – I look forward to seeing her here when she’s back in town for the Daytona 500.”

The restaurant will operate from 10 to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, with extended hours until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday to fuel late-night Chicken Finger cravings.

 

 

Photo Credit: Raising Cane’s

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The Heart of Rock and Roll’s Huey Lewis Gets His Portrait On Sardi’s Wall

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Huey Lewis had the honor of being placed on the Sardi’s Walls of Broadway fame with his portrait at an unveiling by Max Klimavicius, owner of Sardi’s.

Huey Lewis Photos by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Max Klimavicius – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Max Klimavicius – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey was represented on Broadway this season with the musical Huey Lewis  but he also made his Broadaway acting debut as Billy Flynn in Chicago in 2005 where the iconic Grammy Award wining rocker fell in love with the Broadway community.

Huey Lewis, Mike Baerga – Photo by Tricia Baron

Jonathan A. Abrams, Brian Usifer, Hunter Arnold, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Brian Usifer, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Many of The Heart of Rock and Roll’s creative and cast came out to congratulate him!

Lorin Latarro, Brian Usifer – Photo by Tricia Baron

Mike Baerga, Robin Masella, Huey Lewis, Autumn Guzzardi – Photo by Tricia Baron

Kayla Greenspan, Jonathan A. Abrams, Hunter Arnold – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Tamika Lawrence – Photo by Tricia Baron

Huey Lewis, Ross Lekites – Photo by Tricia Baron

F. Michael Haynie, Huey Lewis – Photo by Tricia Baron

Autumn Guzzardi, Taylor Marie Daniel, Josh Breckenridge, Michael Olaribigbe – Photo by Tricia Baron

The Company of The Heart of Rock and Roll – Photo by Tricia Baron

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A Dazzling Summer with Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park

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The magic of cinema is sparkling in a dazzling way this season at the 31st season of summer movies in Bryant Park.

The Big Apple’s movie nights have returned for another sparkling year as was demonstrated on July 22 with a screening of “Cinema Paradiso” thanks to Paramount+.

On the night that showcased the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1990, thousands of guests gathered on the great lawn to watch the first foreign film screening in Bryant Park’s outdoor movie history. Some attendees brought picnic dishes will others indulged in delicious and scrumptious dishes and drinks from Stout NYC and Hester Street Fair.

Coming up next for cinema delivers to attend:

July 29 – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”

August 5 – “Arrival”

August 12 – “Titanic”

Paramount+ Movie Nights at Bryant Park are supported by Vulture and HSS. Screenings are free to the public and the lawn opens at 5 pm with films beginning at 8 pm.

For more info, please visit HERE.

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The Glorious Corner

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Madonna; Jellybean and David Salidor

MADONNA’S BACK — (via Deadline) Madonna is teasing she is back working on her biopic and is titling it Who’s That Girl.

The singer shared a social media post where she is seen with a typewriter and making edits to a movie script.

“I Need A-lot of Bandz to make this………..OKAY. (Story of my life),” she captioned the post on Instagram.

In one of the pictures from the slideshow Madonna teased, you see a line drawn across the title M Untitled. The new title of the biopic is Who’s That Girl, a nod to Madonna’s 1987 film and song of the same name.

The script is noted as being “Rewritten by Madonna and ECW.”

News of Madonna working on her biopic comes almost a year and a half after the project was paused indefinitely. In January 2023, it was reported that the film at Universal Pictures had been scrapped.

Madonna was set to direct the film about her life and career, penning the script with Diablo Cody and Erin Cressida Wilson. Julia Garner had been chosen by the Queen of Pop herself to star in the film after proving to be a standout in a singing and dancing boot camp.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Garner is still attached to star in the film now called Who’s That Girl.

Following the biopic getting put on pause, Madonna suffered a “serious bacterial infection: in June 2023, which made her postpone her Celebration Tour. After recovering from health complications, Madonna embarked on her tour in October 2023 with stops in cities like London, Paris, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, San Francisco, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and many more.

Having lived through Madonna’s hey-day (and survived) I will admit it’s quite the story: From Patrick Hernandez to 610 Broome Street, Jellybean, Shep, PR-man David Salidor, MTV, Mark Kamins, Preston Powell and Seymour Stein and Warren Beatty too, I wonder just how forthcoming she’ll be. To me, the truth is, those early days were simply astounding and do make a terrific story, but that said, they’ve have to be told honestly and a accurately.

Julia Garner would be great, though I wonder again, what exactly was involved in Madonna’s so-called boot camp? Madonna can be, somewhat demanding!

BIDEN OUT — I knew it was a forgone conclusion after that first (and last debate with Trump) but Biden is officially out; with Kamala Harris eyed as the new choice. Biden did, btw, endorse her, though as of this writing she has not been formally nominated.

Topsy-turvy? Yes. More to come? I’m sure. Stay tuned.

Amos Lee

SHORT TAKES — Amos Lee was terrifically impressive on CBS’ Saturday Sessions this weekend. Stellar in fact.

Adrian Niles

Reminded us of Adrian Niles from years ago … After a seemingly endless heat wave in NYC, I heard one of the weather-heads describe the break in the heat as borderline comfortableGuess Who Don’t Sue: What enterprising director had a red-hot doc ready to go on a iconic superstar, but he let his reps go fingering he could do it with his own mojo? He couldn’t and the deal fell through …

Steven J. Immerman

Brad Balfour interviewed Steven J. Immerman on his In Search Of Pleasure Island tome for the Irish Examiner. Check it out here: https://irishexaminerusa.com/wp/?p=29625

We watched Sofia Coppola’s On The Rocks with Bill Murray and Rashida Jones. Coppola’s Lost In Translation (2003) is perhaps my all-time favorite film. This was a different, lighter path, but we definitely give it a thumbs up. Murray, as usual, was terrific …

Katy Perry

I’m a bit bothered by all this media-backlash about Katy Perry and her comeback single “Women’s World.” There were disturbing items about it in both SHOWBIZ 411 (https://www.showbiz411.com/2024/07/19/katy-perrys-new-single-womans-world-fails-to-launch-with-just-3k-sold) and the Daily Mail (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-13635579/Katy-Perry-comeback-music.html); citing everything from Dr. Luke’s involvement to a hideous video for the song. It all seems a bit unwarranted. It may not be “Firework,”  but not totally a disaster. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVIJUH29pjU … And, great quote from Peter Frampton on the passing of Bob Newhart: We were friends and when I took him to lunch, it was the Four Seasons. when he took me to lunch, it was some place else. It was the accountant in him.” Much-missed and thank you Bob! for all the laughs.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Andrew Sandoval; Bob Merlis; Roy Trakin; Roger Grimsby; Bill Beutel; Spike Jonze; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Kent & Laura Denmark; Susan Storm; Geraldo Rivera; Rosanna Scotto; Paul Mescal; Paul Undersinger; Harrison Jordon; Jordon Gray; Lori Immerman; Vinny Rich; Scott Stark; Don Wardell; Marsha Stern; Billy Smith; Robert Funaro; and CHIP!

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NYC Restaurant Weeks Is Here With Three Pricing Option

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On Monday, July 22 through Sunday, August 18, 2024 Restaurant Week returns. This bi-annual event was created in 1992 to offer prix fixe menus to allow New Yorkers to eat at the city’s most coveted restaurants. Hundreds of restaurants across all five boroughs are participating this year with a 2-course lunch, 3-course dinner, or both. There will be a trio of pricing options for $30, $45 and $60. The deals run Monday-Friday, as Saturday is excluded as is Sunday to certain restaurants.

If you have a preregistered Mastercard you will receive $10 back for in-house dining transactions of $45 or more.

Menus and reservations can be found here.

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