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Registration is Open for Solstice in Times Square 2024

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Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga returns on Thursday, June 20, 2024 with our 22nd annual event! Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are invited to join us for one of the free yoga classes taking place throughout the day on the Broadway pedestrian plazas, finding calm once again within the chaos of life in New York City.

Go to Broadway and West 46th Street, where experienced yogis and first-timers alike are welcome to join us in-person for one of seven classes throughout the day.

All Solstice classes are free but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually by livestreaming any or all of the seven classes. All classes will stream on TSQ.org/Solstice via YouTube and on Facebook. There is no need to register for the event if you are not joining us in person.

Solstice in Times Square is an accessible event for people with disabilities. Please submit your accessibility accommodations by June 13, 2024 when you register for the event.

There will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on site for all classes this year, provided by Inclusive Communication Services. The live stream will also have ASL interpretation all day and real time captions (with the option to turn off the captions).

For further information, please email info@tsq.org.

To register for a class, click here. You can choose your class time from the list of available classes, AFTER you click “CHECKOUT.” Please note, each person must have their own ticket, and each person is allotted ONE class for the whole day. After you have finished the registration process, you should receive a confirmation email from Times Square Alliance (timessquarealliance@buytickets.at) with your ticket. For contactless check-in, please have your ticket ready to scan on your smart device or printed out on the day of the event.

For more info and Frequently Asked Questions about Solstice in Times Square, visit TSQ.org/Solstice.

Share your Solstice photos and experiences using #SolsticeTSq via Twitter and Instagram, @TimesSquareNYC.

Class Schedule

7:30am – 8:30am Class, Instructed by Richa Dhekne, Presented by Consulate General of India, New York

Class Description: Join Richa on an inspiring journey through the sacred limbs of yoga, where asana, pranayama, and meditation beautifully intertwine.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Richa Dhekne is a 500-hour Yoga instructor and Breath Meditation teacher with over two decades of experience as a volunteer and faculty member with the Art of Living Foundation. As a young college graduate, Richa embraced a transformative opportunity to live at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore. There, she contributed to Rural Development Programs and the International Association of Human Values, empowering women and youth to achieve self-sufficiency and mental wellness. Richa’s journey brought her to New York, where she currently resides with her husband and teenage son. Professionally, she excels as the VP of Finance and Operations at skincare company Ahava. Balancing her career with her dedication to teaching, Richa continues to inspire and guide individuals through yoga and meditation, nurturing both youth and adults.

9:30am – 10:30am Class, Instructed by Cealia Brannan, Presented by Gaiam

Class Description: As we welcome the summer solstice, balance the heat of a cadenced vinyasa flow with fluid sequences that bring coolness, like water, through balancing and circular sequence transitions.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Cealia Brannan is a dedicated yogi whose journey with yoga began around 8 years ago when it serendipitously landed in her lap. With a commitment to making yoga enjoyable and approachable for all, Cealia’s focus has been on blending fun, accessibility, and mindfulness into her practice and teaching. Cealia thrives on pushing the boundaries of traditional yoga by crafting imaginative and innovative sequences that keep her students engaged and inspired. Currently, she shares her expertise and passion for yoga with students worldwide through online teaching. Specializing in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles, Cealia brings a unique blend of grace and strength to her classes. Additionally, her expertise extends to mobility work, further enriching the yoga experience for her students.

11:30am – 12:30pm Class, Instructed by Tracye Warfield

Class Description: Vinyasa Flow – “Let’s Flow.” The practice of Vinyasa yoga allows transitions between standing, seated, supine and prone postures, guided by mindful breath. The practice is a moving meditation that creates strength, grounding, balance, expansion, and your own, unique flow in your body and mind. Perfect for all levels.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: “New York is home and a yoga flow is life.” Since 2010 Tracye Warfield has been sharing her experienced yoga practice in Vinyasa, Hatha, breathwork, mindfulness, and meditation internationally as a wellness and life design consultant with her company bytracye. During her travels throughout the globe, she has developed and implemented innovative and impactful programs for various organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and wellness studios. She is passionate about creating inspired change – mind, body, and spirit – and empowering others to live their most abundant, healthy, and happy lives.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Class, Instructed by Lara Heimann

Class Description: Celebrate the summer solstice in a way that makes you feel fully “LYT” up! This class will be nourishing and challenging to activate the senses and spirit, so you are reminded of your resilience. This is a yoga practice for longevity, weaving creative mobility drills and functional movement into yoga poses that you know and love.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Lara Heimann, an international yoga pioneer and Physical Therapist, revolutionizes the modern practice of yoga through her LYT Method®. With over 30 years of expertise, Lara integrates neuroscience and habit formation into her method, which is practiced by thousands worldwide in over 50 countries. Her comprehensive movement approach blends physical therapy techniques, yoga, functional movement, stress reduction, strength training, and mobility exercises, offering essential tools for modern lifestyles, taught online, in workshops, retreats, and corporate wellness programs.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Class, Instructed by Susan Hu

Class Description: Join Susan for a feel-good, rhythmic vinyasa flow to move with mindful breath and tap into the joy of the heart. The class will end with the most nourishing yoga nidra for deep rejuvenation and spiritual inspiration.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: A master of mindful breath and rhythmic movement with a focus on the connection to the Self, Susan is an E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, and founder of an RYS® 200 based in NYC. As the senior lead teacher at the Bhakti Center, she offers dynamic yet nourishing yoga classes and trainings including hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative as well as meditation and yoga nidra. Deeply rooted in her spiritual practice, Susan guides students on an empowering and healing journey, invoking a sense of joy and love in every class.

5:30pm – 6:30pm Class, Instructed by Sri Dharma Mittra

Class Description: This sequence of yoga poses for all level practitioners will move the spine in all directions and leave you feeling recharged and energized.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. He is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, Yoga Wisdom and the LOAY Teachers’ Manual, and a number of video series have been created over the last 20 years to help share his method of yoga.

7:300m – 8:30pm Class, Instructed by Douglass Stewart

Class Description: Douglass’ yoga class will be a slow flow, breath-oriented class designed to develop from the modified version of certain poses to their fuller expressions.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2001. He is the co-founder of Yoga in Times Square, celebrating the Summer Solstice by uniting the community of yoga enthusiasts across the country. Douglass, in collaboration with Times Square Alliance, received Gold Distinction in the Shorty Awards for their Summer Solstice Video during the Covid 19 pandemic. He has received the Community Service Award for volunteering yoga classes at the LBGTQ Community Center. Douglass teaches at the Ishta Yoga Center, including the Teachers Training. He teaches yoga at Om City Yoga and currently leads meditation and the PPOW Gallery.

LOCATION

Broadway & West 46th Street, 10036

 

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: Lucie Arnaz Gloriously Finishes Her “Job” at 54 Below

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Lucie Arnaz concluded her “job” at 54 Below last night as she entranced a celebrity filled audience during the final night of her show titled “ I Got The Job”.   From beginning to end she garnered multiple ovations from an audience that included, Norm Lewis, Linda Purl, Murphy Cross, Paul Kreppel, Bill Hutton, Jamie deRoy, Rolanda Watts, Ken Fallin, MOIPEI, and many others.

LUCIE ARNAZ

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LUCIE ARNAZ

LUCIE ARNAZ

EDA SOROKOFF, MOIPEI, NORM LEWIS

LUCIE ARNAZ & MARK SENDROFF

LUCIE ARNAZ & NORM LEWIS

RON ABEL & LUCIE ARNAZ

LINDA PURL & EDA SOROKOFF

RON ABEL, LUCIE ARNAZ, TODD McPHERESON

JAMIE deROY & RON ABEL

KEN FALLIN & STANLEY

EDA SOROKOFF, STEPHEN SOROKOFF, NORM LEWIS

RICHARD HILLMAN & ROLANDA WATTS

RON ABEL & TODD McPHERSON

MARK SENDROFF & LUCIE ARNAZ

THE PARTY

NORM LEWIS & EDA SOROKOFF

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes

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Patti Lupone is on a roll. Patti LuPone: A Life in Notes will be released digitally on July 19, and on CD on August 30, from Center Stage Records. Her first new studio album since 2006, the Grammy Award winner’s new double album can be pre-ordered now at Amazon and www.CenterStageRecords.com, and the digital album can be pre-saved at https://orcd.co/lifeinnotes.

Never say never, LuPone also returns to Broadway in The Roommate  this fall. It’s been more than two years since LuPone tweeted “Quite a week on Broadway, seeing my name being bandied about. Gave up my Equity card; no longer part of that circus. Figure it out.”

The three-time Tony Award winner will star opposite none other than Mia Farrow in Jen Silverman’s new play “The Roommate,” directed by Jack O’Brien (“Shucked”). The Roommate will begin previews at the Booth Theatre on 45th Street in late August and then open in mid-September.

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe says The 257ft 52 crew Royal Yacht Dannebrog is the mother of all Superyachts

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The Royal yacht Dannebrog by H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog: My viking father His Highness Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe always said it is a Floating Palace and a true Symbol of Danish Royalty. 

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog is not just a vessel; she is a floating palace, an emblem of Danish heritage, and a cherished symbol of the monarchy. I love to call it the mother of all Superyachts.

Launched in 1932, this majestic ship has served the Danish Royal Family for generations, facilitating official duties, hosting state visits, and providing a private sanctuary for the royals during summer cruises.

Dannebrog, named after the Danish flag, is more than a ship—it’s a maritime ambassador. The yacht’s elegant design, with its classic lines and gleaming white hull, exudes timeless sophistication. Inside, the royal apartments are adorned with exquisite furnishings and decor, reflecting the rich history and traditions of the Danish monarchy.

For over nine decades, Dannebrog has been the setting for countless memorable moments in Danish history. It has hosted dignitaries from around the world, witnessed royal weddings and christenings, and served as a platform for cultural exchange and diplomacy. The yacht’s quarterdeck, with its expansive views of the surrounding waters, has been the stage for official receptions, state dinners, and festive celebrations.

Beyond its ceremonial role, Dannebrog also serves a practical purpose. It is equipped with modern navigation and communication systems, allowing it to function as a floating command center during official visits and crises. The yacht also participates in surveillance and sea rescue operations, demonstrating the Royal Family’s commitment to maritime safety and security.

Life onboard Dannebrog is a unique blend of tradition and modernity. The crew, carefully selected from the Danish Navy, are highly skilled professionals dedicated to ensuring the smooth operation of the yacht and the comfort and safety of the royal passengers. They uphold the naval traditions and protocols that have been passed down through generations, while also embracing modern technologies and practices.

For the Royal Family, Dannebrog is a cherished home away from home. It offers a private retreat where they can relax, reconnect, and escape the pressures of public life. The yacht’s spacious cabins, comfortable lounges, and elegant dining rooms provide a tranquil setting for family gatherings, informal meetings, and quiet reflection.

The Royal Yacht Dannebrog is not just a symbol of the Danish monarchy; it’s a symbol of Denmark itself. It embodies the nation’s maritime heritage, its commitment to tradition and innovation, and its unwavering support for the royal family. As Dannebrog sails into the future, it will continue to serve as a floating palace, a symbol of national pride, and a testament to the enduring legacy of the Danish monarchy. My father Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe, son of Princess Feodora of Denmark my grandmother, loved the time he spent on the Royal Yacht Dannebrog and she truly is more stunning then any other Superyacht built will ever be. His Majesty King Frederik, Her Majesty Queen Mary, Crown Prince Christian and Princess Isabella of Denmark are blessed to have the most luxurious, precious and special Superyacht in the world. A Royal beauty and floating palace with a priceless value…

Yacht Facts:

Displacement 1,238 t (1,218 long tons)
Length 78.43 m (257 ft 4 in)
Beam 10.4 m (34 ft 1 in)
Height 32 m (105 ft 0 in)
Draft 3.62 m (11 ft 11 in)
Propulsion
  • 2 × B&W Alpha Diesel engines, type 6T23L-KVO, 870 hp (640 kW) each
  • 3 × Scania diesels, type DI12 62M 326 hp (240 kW) each
Speed 13.5 knots (15.5 mph; 25.0 km/h)
Range 3,600 nmi (6,700 km)
Crew

Value

9 officers & 43 men of the Royal Danish Navy

Priceless

* Prince Mario-Max zu Schaumburg-Lippe is the son of Her Highness Princess Antonia zu Schaumburg-Lippe and His Highness Prince Waldemar zu Schaumburg-Lippe. His Grandmother is Her Royal Highness Princess Feodora of Denmark.

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A Weekend In The Hamptons With Holistic Health Fair, Store Opening, Oyster Farms and Art Party

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Every weekend in The Hampton’s it’s not what to do, but which to do. We decided to join Cristina G Cuomo’ s Purist for its third annual health fair in Southampton and experience the best in wellness. From top concierge practitioners of Eastern and Western modalities, to clean beauty, sustainability and nutrition, this was one terrific event to attend.

This year’s participants included: Boiron, Ecotone New York, Flyte, Bellantz, Cancer Culture, Rejuvenation Health, reactIVate, STANDwellness, Boxed Water, Biography, Post House, Cocoon and Hive, Mrs Momma Bear Workwear, Juice Press, evolvetogether, Figaro Apothecary, Hamptons Aromatherapy, Tahuu Chocolates, Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Filienna Filigree Jewelry, Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart, The Erickson Method, bySILKE, Dr. Lea Lis, and  Happy Coffee by Robert Downey Jr. 

One of our favorite things was flyte. I have been wanting to create a floating Orgone and this just may be part of my answer. They also had a bed that vibrated to music and heals, that was highly effective.

I also loved the infra red light therapy by STANDwellness, the energizing clothing by Cocoon and Hive, CBD Chocolates by Tahuu Chocolates. The crystals and healing modality by Rev. Jolene Star and the Enchanted Heart and the amazing massage by Linda. Thank-you as my shoulder was really in pain.

Next onto BIBA’s store opening with Ilene looking fabulous, with the store’s manager. BIBA, has returned to the East End to showcase its collections, featuring an eclectic melange of clothing from both local and European designers. During the years of 1995 to 2010, BIBA held locations in East Hampton and Southampton Village, and has continued to serve customers in South Florida, with a Delray Beach location, ever since. Now open in Southampton Village, BIBA is frequented by celebrities, visitors, and locals alike, and aims to bring a VIP shopping experience to all. Snowbirds can rejoice knowing the store will have locations in both Southampton and South Florida.

John Nicolas, of Mudford Farms in East Hampton Shuckers, grows oysters and populates the waters to clean and make a healthier water and a healthier dish by filtering the water in the biggest way he knows how. Currently incubating about 1 million oysters in this facility alone.


Finally Rick Friedman and his wife is Cindy Lou through a fabulous art party with fireworks, a band and of course art.

All photo’s by Roger Sichel

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Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe the Prince of AI and the Evolution of Artificial Intelligence Live from Hollywood

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Steven Calcote and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe

H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe at the Television Academy (Emmy’s) Member event about AI 

Our fabulous Television Academy Governors Eric Shamlin and Christina Lee Storm (The Emmy’s) invited me to a fabulous AI gathering. What a treat as media producer and member of the Television Academy to experience the newest AI updates AND see samples of productions by the elite panel moderated by Steven Calcote, Partner and Director of Butcher Bird Studios, consisting of Rachel Joy Victor, Co-Founder of FBRC.ai, Edgar Dawson-Taylor from CG Pro and Jagger Waters the Founder of WorkFLOW. Butcher Bird Studios in Glendale provided the perfect setting for the event.

My question what makes AI good was unisono answered: Not visible. If you can not detect AI was used it was done right. It reminded me of great CGI when I produce, its not visible and does not flash.

Steven Calcote and H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the Prince of AI

H.H. Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe, the Prince of AI at Butcher Bird Studios

AI is no longer just a futuristic concept in television production; it’s a reality reshaping the industry from script to screen. Artificial intelligence is weaving itself into the fabric of how we create, produce, and even consume TV content.

For content creators, AI offers a wealth of tools to streamline and enhance their work. Scriptwriters can now turn to AI for brainstorming, plot suggestions, and even dialogue options, accelerating the writing process and providing fresh inspiration. AI-powered video generation can conjure realistic visual effects, animated sequences, and entire scenes, potentially cutting down on costly and time-consuming physical production. Even voice acting is being revolutionized, with AI capable of generating eerily convincing synthetic voices, offering flexibility and cost savings in casting and dubbing.

In the production process itself, AI is making its presence felt in various ways. AI-driven cameras are becoming smarter, automatically tracking subjects, adjusting focus, and even suggesting shot compositions. This liberates human operators to concentrate on the creative nuances of their craft. Editing is also getting a boost from AI algorithms, which can analyze footage, pinpoint key moments, and propose edits based on factors like pacing, emotion, and storytelling principles. The realm of special effects is being transformed, with AI-powered tools creating photorealistic visuals, such as seamlessly adding or removing objects from scenes, enhancing backgrounds, and even manipulating the appearance of actors.

AI’s impact doesn’t stop at the production studio. It’s also changing how content is distributed and personalized for viewers. Recommendation algorithms, powered by AI, analyze viewer behavior and preferences to serve up tailored content suggestions, driving engagement and retention. Accessibility is also being enhanced, with AI capable of generating subtitles, captions, and audio descriptions in real time, making content more inclusive for diverse audiences. Additionally, AI’s translation and dubbing capabilities are opening up new global markets for TV productions.

While the benefits of AI in television production are undeniable, the industry also faces challenges and ethical considerations. The automation of certain tasks may displace jobs traditionally held by humans, requiring a reevaluation of skills and workforce development. The use of AI-generated content raises questions about authenticity, ownership, and the potential for misuse. Furthermore, biases present in AI algorithms can perpetuate existing inequalities in content creation and recommendation.

As AI continues to evolve, the television industry must navigate this changing landscape carefully, embracing the opportunities while mitigating the risks. By doing so, it can harness the power of AI to usher in a new era of creativity, efficiency, and personalization, ultimately enriching the viewing experience for audiences worldwide.

The man of the year for AI is definitely Jensen Huang. The 100 Billion Dollar CEO of NVIDIA. Here his impressive educational background and career trajectory:

Education:

  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE): Oregon State University (1984)
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE): Stanford University (1992)

Career:

  • LSI Logic: Worked as a microprocessor designer.
  • Advanced Micro Devices (AMD): Served as a microprocessors designer.
  • NVIDIA: Founded in 1993 and has been the CEO ever since.

Additional Accomplishments and Recognition:

  • Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People
  • Recognized as the world’s best CEO by Fortune, the Economist, and Brand Finance
  • Received numerous awards, including the Robert N. Noyce Award and the IEEE Founder’s Medal
  • Awarded honorary doctorate degrees

* Dr. Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe is a working Royal, German Prince and LA based media producer and host for live and television broadcasts.

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