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Spring has been a great in New York City. The streets warmed up with happy buzzing of the ladies and gents of this great city. They have all been busy being active, having fun and getting healthy. Here are some of the best highlights.

Uptown at The Met, NYU Langone Medical Center’s 2016 Violet Ball raised $7 million to attract and retain brilliant young minds through scholarships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Paolo Fresco, former chairman of Fiat and former executive vice chairman at General Electric, was honored at the event for his visionary leadership in establishing NYU Langone’s Marlene and Paolo Fresco Institute for Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders.

Other guests included Nancy and Larry Bossidy, Marjorie and Walter Buckley, Barbara and David Calhoun, Elisabeth J. Cohen, MD, Isabel and Francesco Genuardi, Trudy Elbaum Gottesman and Robert Gottesman, Sheree and Marc Holliday, Julia Koch, Ofer Nemirovsky, Laurie Perlmutter, Klara and Larry Silverstein, Leonard Tow, Gwen Towns and Representative Ed Towns, Patty Newburger and Bradley Wechsler, Suzy and Jack Welch, and Beatrice and Anthony Welters.

Lord & Taylor hosted Lisa and Richard Baker’s exclusive preview of Tania Brassesco & Lazlo Passi Norberto’s new photographic series, Behind the Visible. The impressive exhibit explores the unconscious world, the psyche and the dream – where scenes are suspended in a timeless space, at the boundary between real and unreal. Situations of apparent normality transcend to a mysterious and surreal dimension.  It is truly stunning to experience.

Heritage Auctions’ Modern and Contemporary Art Auction Preview took place at Fletcher Sinclair Mansion.  Heritage Auctions hosted the friends and supporters of the Manhattan Childrens Center, an Upper West Side of Manhattan, school offering unparalleled instruction to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Down in Meat Packing, Jack: For the Innocent and Voiceless held a preview for their upcoming event on May 23. With the voices of Dah Wee and Thomas Keown they all promoted the Many Hopes Gala. Photographic works featured in Jack were on display. Limited edition photographs were sold alongside editions of the magazine. Proceeds of the evening, benefited of Many Hopes and David Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation.  It was a great way to get involved in helping our future generation without forgetting our wild life, the countless voiceless species trying to survive in our planet.

And, it’s National Women’s Health Week. Did you know that 80% of women in the US are effected by Uterine Fibroids, a highly prevalent but rarely discussed gynecological disease, grow in and around the wall of the uterus, are the most common benign tumors in women of childbearing age and are more commonly occurring in African-American women.  With such a high number of women affected and the economic burden costing the system up to $34 billion, there remains no treatment options in the United States. Whereas, treatments for the condition, employing ulipristal acetate (UPA), are already available in Canada and Europe.  Allergan and their campaigns are pursing potential treatment options for patients during this time, as well as into the future. Because after all don’t the ladies deserved only the best in life.

“We are delighted with this significant step forward for ulipristal acetate as it confirms and underlines that it could provide medical therapy to many women suffering from this condition,” said Dr. István Greiner, Research Director of Gedeon Richter Plc. “We remain committed to the development of women healthcare products which improve quality of life for the female population in all age groups.”

The Creative Coalition (TCC) and Supper Suite By STK’s Gala Benefit Dinner “The Night Before” was a great success in sister fun-city D.C. Exceptional food, wine, spirits, beer and banter all were in the nation’s capital at The One Group’s signature restaurant STK on Friday, April 29. The event was sponsored by Dobel Tequila, Blue Moon Brewing and Line 39 Wines.  The dinner was hosted by Emily Ratajkowski (“Gone Girl”), Nina Dobrev (“The Vampire Diaries”), Rosario Dawson (“Daredevil”), Neve Campbell (“House of Cards”), Wendi McLendon-Covey (“The Goldbergs”), AnnaLynne McCord (“90210”), Constance Zimmer (“UnREAL”), Lisa Edelstein (“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”), Richard Schiff (“The West Wing,” “Rogue”), Esai Morales (“The Brink”), along with DC Senator Paul Strauss, Ohio State Senator Capri Cafaro, MCNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and film producer Matthew Rhodes (“Whiplash”) . These celebs chowed down on thick NY strip steaks as well as a variety of specialty items, including Mini Tuna Tartare, Duck Liver Foie Mousse and Apple Crumb Cake.

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Some of our favorite places for eats and treats are in full swing too, along with some great upcoming festivals:

This season Surf City is primed to be the ultimate summer hotspot and escape from New York City offering guests a menu of delicious land and sea selections, magnificent views of Manhattan and Liberty Island, indoor and al fresco waterfront dining and drinking, and a sandy beach with fire pits perfect for getting cozy with your summer love. Executive Chef Franco Robazetti’s menu features new selections including Seafood Paella for Two, Lobster Mac & Cheese, Grilled Mayan Shrimp and Snow Crab Legs. Don’t worry menu favorites including the Lobster Rolls prepared two ways will also be available as well as a variety of burgers. For seafood fanatics it’s a must to check out the fully stocked raw bar with jumbo shrimp, clams on the half shell and crab claws.  Surf City will be open seven days a week starting on Thursday, May 26th.

John Seymour and the team at Sweet Chick restaurant have created a special menu for this Saturday, May 21 to celebrate Biggie’s birthday. While Sweet Chick is known for their serving up satisfying Chicken & Waffle dishes year round, the specials coming out of the kitchen this Thursday will have you singing “it was all a dream/I used to read Word Up magazine”—dish names that are inspired from the life and rhymes of B.I.G. and lyrics from classic hits such as “Juicy,” “Hypnotize,” “Big Poppa” and “Sky’s the Limit.” The “Biggie Birthday Menu” will be available during dinner on Saturday, May 21st at both Sweet Chick locations.

For the second year in a row, Harlem EatUp! festival will celebrate the food, culture and spirit of Harlem, NY. Taking place Thursday, May 19 through Sunday, May 22, 2016, this highly anticipated weekend event will represent the renewed spirit of Harlem while paying homage to its roots. A variety of events will be held throughout the weekend to feature nationally and locally renowned artists from the culinary, fine arts and performing arts worlds. Participating chefs and personalities include Marcus Samuelsson (Streetbird Rotisserie), Alex Guarnaschelli (Butter), Jacques Torres, Daniel Boulud (DANIEL), Joseph JJ Johnson (The Cecil), Scott Conant, Aaron Sanchez, Melba Wilson (Melba’s) and more. Net proceeds from the ticket sales for Harlem EatUp! will benefit non-profit organizations that have a direct impact on the Harlem community: Citymeals on Wheels, Historic Harlem Parks and Harlem Park to Park.

A Special Benefit Performance by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels at Howl at the Moon will take place on Thursday, June 2nd. “Walk This Way” and join us for a rare NYC live performance by Darryl “DMC” McDaniels at Howl at the Moon (240 West 52nd Street) singing your favorite Run-DMC hits on Thursday, June 2nd. The night will benefit The Bryan Jacobson Foundation, which provides support to charitable organizations that inspire, nurture and promote the betterment of the human spirit. Tickets are $40 each and includes two drinks. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show begins at 7pm. For tickets and more information visit http:// bryanjacobsonfoundation.org/events/dmc/

And finally, Hudson Terrace (621 W. 46th Street) will play host to the craziest most unique brunch party you’ll ever attend. The Salon level of the venue will be transformed into a massive 3,000 square foot Lazer Brunch that will have your heart pounding as you race against the clock and your opponents for the highest score. The Rooftop is where the party’s at. There you’ll be invited to enjoy great drinks, delicious brunch and to dance the day away in between games while enjoying breathtaking views of the city. Doors open at 1pm and prices start at $15. You can check out more at: www.lazerbrunch.com.

Here is to an amazing season.

 

 

 

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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Tony Bennett Auction Exhibition at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco

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Tony Bennett: A Life Well Lived,” exclusive exhibition opening at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California, celebrating the legendary life and career of the iconic pop jazz vocalist before its two-day auction event by Julien’s Auctions taking place April 18th and Friday, April 19th, 2024 at Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame in Jazz at Lincoln Center. The free public exhibition opens April 8th and runs through April 10th (10am-6pm daily).The Fairmont San Francisco and Mr. Bennett have enjoyed a special relationship for decades. Mr. Bennett first performed his hit “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” in the Venetian Room at the hotel in 1961. The Fairmont San Francisco has had the honor and pleasure of welcoming Mr. Bennett and his family to the hotel for decades. The hotel also touts a special Tony Bennett suite that pays homage to his career and features several pieces of his artwork.Highlights of the exhibition include artifacts pertaining to the American songbook master’s life and career with his special link to San Francisco such as a San Francisco cable car bell award presented to Bennett for his instrumental role in saving the city’s iconic cable car system in the 1980s; a San Francisco Giants jacket worn by Bennett as the Texas Rangers faced the San Francisco Giants in Game 1 of the World Series in San Francisco, California, October 27, 2010 and his white personalized “Bennett” San Francisco Giants jersey; his original “Landscape San Francisco” watercolor painting; as well as record awards, a Grammy nomination plaque for his iconic hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and more.

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Jameson Set to Take Over Times Square for Epic Event and More with Colin Jost and Michael Che

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To make St. Patrick’s Eve as epic as possible, Jameson is taking over Times Square on Saturday, March 16. Starting today, fans can visit JamesonSPE.com to enter for a chance to score a spot on the guest list for Jameson’s St. Patrick’s Eve celebration in New York City, co-hosted by Jost and Che, featuring a  surprise DJ performance and a can’t-miss, first-of-its-kind ‘rock drop’ – a Jameson version of the famous Times Square ball drop – at 8 p.m. ET (aka midnight in Ireland) to mark the occasion. Jameson Irish Whiskey is one of the first brands to ever drop the Times Square Ball to launch a celebration for a new holiday. To further spread the St. Patrick’s Eve spirit from coast-to-coast, Jameson will also light up the Sphere in Las Vegas in Jameson green, wrap the ferries and water taxis in the dyed- green Chicago River and have a complete digital takeover at L.A. Live – all marking the new holiday.

Anyone 21+ can tune into the rock drop live streamed on JamesonSPE.com and for those in NYC, Jameson will have a kick-off to St. Patrick’s Eve in Times Square Plaza between 43rd and 44th Streets with a live DJ, giveaways and more from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

Because a special holiday deserves an equally stylish look, Jameson is releasing limited-edition, vintage-inspired jackets at JamesonSPE.com. The design includes a hidden pocket inside the jacket to perfectly

hold a Jameson hip flask that comes with the order, as well as luxe patches signature to the iconic Irish Whiskey brand. The Jameson St. Patrick’s Eve jacket will retail for $150 plus tax with free shipping in the continental U.S., and 50-jacket drops will take place weekly hrough March 12.

All proceeds will benefit the Restaurant Workers’ Community Fund (RWCF), a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for food and beverage service industry workers, continuing the brand’s long-standing partnership with the organization to support its bartending community.

For more details about Jameson St. Patrick’s Eve festivities or for St. Patrick’s Eve cocktail ideas, visit JamesonSPE.com and follow @Jameson_US.

 

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Public Theater Brings “The Ally” Forward for an Intense Debate

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So here’s the pickle. This play, The Ally, clocking in at a far too long two hours and forty minutes, throws controversy at you in numerous long-winded speeches one after the other, filling your brain with details and complexities that clash and do battle with each other from beginning to end. The structuring is intelligent, as the Public Theater‘s new play, The Ally, written by Itamar Moses (Outrage; The Band’s Visit) and directed with precision by Lila Neugebauer (Second Stage’s Appropriate), strides forward into dangerous territory with determination against all odds. Wickedly smart and articulate, the play, in general, overwhelms the intellectual senses. It’s factual and intricate, somewhat off-balanced and attacking, delivering detailed positions with fiery accuracy, which only made me question whether I wanted to sit this one out. Or step more in.

It’s unsafe and determined, placing the action (or inaction, if you really want to get into it) inside a college campus, and attempting to engage in deep-level conversations and arguments with the complicated issues of the world. These are exactly the debates worth having, says basically one character to another, in the tradition of arguing. Because banning free speech is “weird on a college campus.” These conundrums and conflicts are core to passionate dialogue, and just the idea of having them is meeting with fierce debate at universities and colleges across the country. The complexities and the tipping points are layered and real, swimming in a sea of questions about what free speech really truly means, and how differing points of view, civil dialogue, and the stark polarization contrasts collide and enflame. And how, in discussion, defensiveness and aggressive emotional stances are taken on and used against one another like weapons; bullets, and missiles. I even feel a bit worried that taking this stance of wanting to back away might be taken as ‘part of the problem’.

Ben Rosenfield and Josh Radnor in The Ally at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

The program notes that “the theatre is a safe space in the most literal sense of that term: no one is going to be physically harmed during this performance in the Anspacher. But it is most decidedly not a safe space if by that term we mean a space where everyone will feel comfortable and no one will feel angry, saddened, or offended. It can’t be that kind of space. The theater depends on conflict – the form itself refuses the idea of a single truth. It’s why I [Oskar Eustis; Artistic Director of The Public Theater] believe that theater is the ultimate democratic art form – just like citizens in democracy, the theater demands that we listen to and share opposing viewpoints, and that from that conflict, a greater truth will emerge.” And I couldn’t agree more with that.

Yet, even with such heightened emotions on stage, delivered full throttle by the excellent cast that includes Cherise Boothe (Signature’s Fabulation,) as Nakia; Elijah Jones (Signature’s Confederates) as Baron; Michael Khalid Karadsheh (Target Margin’s The Most Oppressed by All) as Farid; Joy Osmanski (“Stargirl“) as Gwen; Josh Radnor (LCT’s The Babylon Line) as Asaf; Ben Rosenfield (RTC’s Love, Love, Love) as Reuven; and Madeline Weinstein (BAM’s Medea) as Rachel, who each try to make it sound more authentic than the writing really allows, the play suffers from how deep of a dive the writing goes. But not without a solid attempt by this cast, bringing qualities and characteristics to the forefront whenever they are given the chance. But a lot of the time, like their main focus, Radnor’s Asaf, they must stand and listen to whoever has the microphone at that one particular speechified moment. And wait, just like us, for the next round. And viewpoint.

Madeline Weinstein, Michael Khalid Karadsheh, and Elijah Jones in Ally at The Public Theater. Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

Playwright Itamar has certainly dived fully into some of the most difficult topics of our time and asks us to patiently listen to all sides, even when the dialogue doesn’t really resemble discussion but more like informed lectures or one-framed speeches. On the plainest of sets, designed by Lael Jellinek (Public/Broadway’s Sea Wall/A Life), with costuming by Sarita Fellows (Broadway’s Death of a Salesman), lighting by Reza Behjat (ATC’s English) and sound design by Bray Poor (Broadway’s Take Me Out), The Public‘s The Ally, uncovers some emotional space within the manifestos presented. Itamar states in the note section: It “wasn’t that i had nothing to say,” he carefully explains, like the main character who has to stand back and take on the full force and brunt of the argument. “Rather, I didn’t know where to begin because what I had to say was too confused, too contradictory, too raw.” And if that was the complicated stance he was trying to unpack, the playwright succeeded tremendously well.

But does that make The Ally, at The Public Theater, especially this long-winded one, worth sitting through? I’d say yes, and I’d say no. I couldn’t wait to leave that debate hall, but I was also impressed and intrigued by the arguments presented and discussed, even if ‘debate’ would not exactly be the word I would use for the ideas thrown around at one another with brutal force. One of the later statements said to Radnor’s Asaf by his ex-girlfriend, Nakia (Boothe) at maybe one of the few truly emotional moments of actual human souls speaking their truth, sums up my stance. “The thing you need, may not be words.” I won’t argue with that.

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The Hotel Edison Opulent and Convenient with History

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George Burns and Gracie Allen lived on the 9th floor of The Edison Hotel. Their friend Jack Benny lived on the 4th floor. Moss Hart lived there after his Once in a Lifetime was a Broadway hit. He then moved his parents there until he found them an apartment. The Edison Hotel is featured in the movies “The Godfather” and “Bullets Over Broadway”, so history abounds.

Located at 228 West 47th Street, you are down the street from Six, Hamilton, Prayer for the French Republic and Sweeney Todd. Across the street is the Barrymore Theatre, but all of Broadway and Times Square is a hop, skip and a jump away. Talk about location, location, location.Built in the late 1920’s, Art Deco abounds from the hotel lobby to the lights and the bed spread in the lush rooms. The hotel is elegant and feels like you stepped back in time. My room was spacious with a king-sized bed that was so comfortable, I wish this was a staycation where I could have spent more time catching up on sleep. I also had a small sitting room with a couch, desk and more windows with views.

The rooms are well designed with great features, such as a Keurig coffee maker and coffee, black-out drapes, windows that opened, and a full-marble bathroom. In the bathroom fluffy towels, designer toiletries and a hair dryer awaited me. The spacious shower also had a relaxing rain shower. In the closet a safe, iron, ironing board and fluffy robes.

There were also two flat-screen high-definition smart TVs, Bluetooth-enabled audio, high-speed Wi-Fi which made my life so much easier, and an alarm clock.

The room was ultra clean and to get to it you need a room key, which you also need for the elevator, so you feel incredibly safe.

Another fun fact…when you arrive you will have a personalized note waiting just for you and some lovely snacks, which were highly appreciated considering I had been running all day and needed a pick me up.

Amenities to the hotel are a gym, two fabulous restaurants, a piano bar, complimentary wine and cheese receptions (Tuesday & Friday), with entertainment, as well as complimentary walking tours of the neighborhood.

You would think for this much pampering and convivence this hotel would be overpriced but it is not. There are rooms are the best offer and prices in town.

If you are looking for history, comfort, boutique, friendliness and luxury, this is the perfect place to stay.

The Edison Hotel: 228 West 47th Street

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Going Down The Rabbit Hole To Discover A Fabulous Unheard Treasure of Linda Eder

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In February one of my favorite singers is coming to 54 Below on the 6, 13, & 17. Linda Eder is forever linked to Broadway history via her Theatre World Award winning performance in Jekyll & Hyde. Her concerts sell out and the reason why is her voice is remarkable.

In 2020 she release an album that somehow slipped through my radar. Retro – volume two is full of Broadway and Standards. There are 17 tracks on the CD. Most are written by Frank Wildhorn with the exception of four tracks. There are two pop tracks, one written by Frank Wildhorn and one written by Jake Wildhorn. She recorded the vocals for four of the tracks at home by herself due to social distancing. This CD is only available at LindaEder.com.

Guest stars on the CD are Will Lee and Michael Lanning. Songs from Bonnie & Clyde, Svengali, Tears of Heaven, Havana andThe Last Five Years are heard here.

I can not believe this slipped through the cracks, but thrilled to find it. Can’t wait to see her at 54 Below.

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