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T2C is One of the Recipient of the 2020 Poise Women-Owned Business Grants

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Nearly 23 percent of women-owned small businesses did not get a shot at the first round of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans provided by the CARES Act due to eligibility reasons. In the spirit of today’s empowered women empower women culture, Poise® Brand launched Poise Bounce Back Grants – an effort to help women-owned small businesses bounce back from financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Poise® Brand awarded individual grants of $15,000 to 10 women-owned businesses that are making a difference by challenging the status quo and uplifting women with their business models.

Alexandra Elle

Society expects women to take care of everyone else before taking care of themselves. But Alexandra Elle, a DC-based author and wellness consultant who’s on a mission to build community and foster self-care through literature and language, is changing that. Her business encourages women from all walks of life to take care of themselves first so they can show up as their best selves. Through her published works and workshops, she helps individuals use storytelling, poetry and narrative writing to find their inner voice that’s rooted in truth without shame. See More…

She'Neil Johnson and Nicolette Graves

For most of their lives, She’Neil Johnson and Nicolette Graves resorted to tedious self-education when it came to finding skincare tips and solutions for people of color. In a move shattering norms and fostering inclusivity within the skincare industry, the pair teamed up to support women of color by launching their own formulated skincare line called Base Butter. The company features crowdsourced skincare products designed for black women with easy-to-use formulas. Their inspiring mission is to help make skincare easy for black women, empowering them to love their skin so much, they’ll do anything to protect it. See More…

Shontay Lundy

Like many people of color, Shontay Lundy didn’t hear the word sunscreen often growing up and was taught that her dark complexion protected her from the sun. Lundy realized the importance of sunscreen as she got older, but was turned off by the white residue most brands left behind on her dark skin. Armed with an MBA and a personal vendetta against this unappealing residue, she created Black Girl Sunscreen, the ultimate UV protection for skin of color. In addition to making the skincare industry more inclusive, Black Girl Sunscreen is proud to help empower and educate people of color on the importance of sun protection so they can live healthier lives. See More…

Kate Davis

Like many women when walking alone at night, Kate Davis always carried keys between her fingers as a safety precaution. Frustrated by their clumsiness and inaccessibility, Davis decided to take matters into her own hands by creating Knockout, a jewelry company that features an elegant line of rings designed to help women protect themselves. Not only are the rings stylish, they help make women feel safer, which enables them to feel more confident. Davis currently empowers the women in her community by donating 5% of all profits to a program that helps survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. See More…

Dorie Smith and Emelyn Northway

After working in a conservative office environment, Dorie Smith realized her clothing looked very similar to what many of the men in her office were wearing—outfits lacking personal style or comfort. So she created Of Mercer, a brand of fashionable business attire for working women, by working women, where every hemline is office appropriate. Most fashion brands focus on women outside of the work environment, despite the fact that millions of women spend the majority of their time in an office. Of Mercer continues to empower women in and outside the workplace with modern professional clothing solutions that helps them feel more comfortable and confident. See More…

Camille Newman

After being diagnosed with a chronic illness and becoming plus-sized, Camille Newman still wanted to find clothes that made her feel confident and beautiful. When Newman realized the fashion industry wasn’t catering to women like her, she changed the status quo herself by founding Pop Up Plus, a brand offering trendy, contemporary and indie pieces for plus-sized women sizes 14 and up. Ultimately, Pop Up Plus aims to help women embrace their personal style, no matter their size, so they can feel like their best selves every day. To further its commitment to female empowerment, the company also offers community classes on confidence building, personal styling and dating. See More…

Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse

Military families relocate about every three years on average, which made it difficult for military spouses Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse to find reliable work, despite being educated and exceptionally motivated. That inspired the founders to start R. Riveter, a handbag company that provides jobs for spouses just like them, where each bag is dedicated to a noteworthy female hero. Named after World War II icon Rosie the Riveter, the company gives back to its community by putting a portion of its sales right back into the pockets of military spouses, supporting more than 100 military families since 2019. See More…

Miriam Williams and Tara Elwell Henning

Despite what society would lead us to believe, founders Miriam Williams and Tara Elwell Henning knew that pregnancy isn’t all “sunshine and rainbows,” so the duo set out to create a clothing brand that truly understood the mothers of today. Enter Superkin, fashionable maternity wear that’s designed for the woman, not just their baby bumps. Superkin believes that when mothers create the generations of tomorrow, they should be well dressed and well respected today, and empowers them to feel like their best selves no matter what stage of life they’re in. See More…

Caitlin Crosby

Founded by a former musician who wanted to make a difference in her community, The Giving Keys defines itself not as a boutique jewelry brand, but as a social impact company. What’s so special about The Giving Keys is each piece of custom jewelry is assembled from downtown Los Angeles by people transitioning out of homelessness. Crosby’s company has provided more than 130 jobs to these incredible individuals so far. As a result, her employees have secured and maintained housing along with a renewed sense of purpose. See More…

Lindsay White and her child

Owner Lindsay White was tired of breastfeeding in tears while hiding in dirty bathroom stalls and parked cars. She was determined to shatter stigmas for moms who breastfeed and The Little Milk Bar does just that. Through fun apparel items like “milk maker” t-shirts, White’s company aims to uplift and encourage breastfeeding mothers to feed their babies anywhere, without shame, even going so far as petitioning for breastfeeding to be allowed in advertisements. White wants fellow mothers to know that, even if their voice shakes a little, The Little Milk Bar always has their back. See more…

Poise® Brand also awarded an additional 20 individual grants of $15,000 to women-owned businesses that are making a difference by challenging the status quo and uplifting women with their business models. Click on the hyperlink to find out more about these businesses.

  1. A4A ENTERPRISES LLC
  2. A SPECIAL PLACE
  3. A TOUSAINT COUNSELING AND CONSULTING
  4. ABA SPORTS INNOVATIONS LLC, DBA, GREEN LOCUS YOGA
  5. ACUPUNKTURE
  6. ATELIER CHO THOMPSON
  7. AWAKEN THE POWER THERAPY
  8. CEE CEES CLOSET NYC LLC
  9. COILS TO LOCS, LLC
  10. CONCIERGE CARE GR LLC
  11. DRUNK YOGA LLC
  12. DUE WEST
  13. FEMINA PHYSICAL THERAPY
  14. GOLDEST KARAT PUBLISHING
  15. KENT WOMAN
  16. LEGACY CONSULTING
  17. LESLIE ANDREWS PHOTOGRAPHY
  18. NUMA FOODS
  19. SHE TV MEDIA, LLC
  20. WELL LIFE THERAPY

And Poise® Brand awarded 20 additional individual microgrants of $2,500 to women-owned businesses, in which T2C was proudly one of the recipients.
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T2C, ElizaBeth Taylor and I are so grateful to Poise and The Mom’s, Denise Albert and Melissa Musen Gerstein who made this happen.

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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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents at Addiss and Dan Lauria

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I am so pleased to announce our guests for next Wednesday’s show on April 24th are Producer Pat Addiss and Dan Lauria.

Pat Flicker Addiss has been a producer on the following shows: Little Women​, Chita Rivera: A Dancer’s Life, Bridge & Tunnel, Spring Awakening, Passing Strange, 39 Steps, Vanya, Sonia, Masha & Spike, Promises, Promises, Gigi, Love Letters, Eclipsed, War Horse, A Christmas Story ​and Harmony on Broadway. Off-Broadway she produced Jane Anger and Buyer and Cellar starring Michael Urieher show, Dinner With The Boys with Dan Lauria and Desperate Measures, is currently playing around the country. A native New Yorker. She was a child model and actress. Went to Finch College where she majored and graduated in honors in Costume Design and Merchandising. She started her own Company Pat Addiss Enterprises which designed and manufactured all items and widgets with Corporate names and logos. For her work she was honored by the LPTW Oral History that was filmed for the archives of Lincoln Center Performing Arts Library. She was also given the Woman of Purpose Award by the “Three Tomatoes.”. With colleague, Magda Katz, she has initiated a formula to connect women through YaYa lunches, dinners and now the addition of upscale tea. She loves to speak to women over 50 “How to Reinvent Yourself.”

Dan Lauria is best known for playing the dad Jack Arnold on the TV series The Wonder Years. He also played NASA Administrator James Webb in the 1998 TV miniseries From the Earth to the Moon and Commanding Officer, USA in 1996’s Independence Day. More recently he has appeared as Police Commissioner Eustace Dolan in The Spirit. He appeared as Coach Hamstrung in The Three Stooges N.Y.U.K. on AMC in 2000. Lauria appeared on stage in New York in the summer of 2006 in an off-Broadway production of A Stone Carver by William Mastrosimone with Jim Iorio and Elizabeth Rossa. Lauria also had a small role in a season two episode of Army Wives, as well as a season one episode of The Mentalist. In 2009, Lauria has appeared as General Lee Whitworth, M.D. in Criminal Minds season 4. He has also appeared in an episode of Boy Meets World. In late 2009, Lauria returned to the off-Broadway stage, appearing as Jimmy Hoffa in Brian Lee Franklin’s Good Bobby, a fictionalized account of Robert F. Kennedy’s rise.

Dan is also a very familiar face to the off-off, off and regional theatre scene having performed, written or directed over 50 professional stage productions.  He has appeared as a guest star in over seventy television episodic programs and more than twenty ‘Movie Of The Week’ productions plus a score of motion picture credits.  

In 2010-11 Dan was seen on Broadway in the long running production of Lombardi as the legendary coach Vince Lombardi with the beautiful and talented Judith Light, directed by Thomas Kail of Hamilton fame and returned again in the 2013-14 productions of the Tony nominated A Christmas Story: The Musical, directed by John Rando. 

Dan and dear friend, the lovely and talented Ms. Wendie Malick have performed the play The Guys by Anne Nelson (about our first responders) for numerous theatre and fire departments, around the country. Wendie and Dan also perform Love Letters as a fundraiser for regional theatres, for the development of new plays.  

Dan has now wrote and starred in the off Broadway production of Dinner With The Boys produced by the one and only Pat Addis and the NJ Rep. This was followed by a off Broadway production of The Stone Witch  and the upcoming Regional production of Lee Blessings new play; Tea With The Boss with Gwenn and Wendie Malick.  

He is about to star inJust Another Day written by Lauria. The show will run May 3-June 30 at Theater555 and also stars Patty McCormack (The Bad Seed). Between them, Lauria and McCormack have over 100 years of live theatrical experience, as well as over 150 television shows and films.

“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents ”, is a new show filmed in the lobby of the iconic Hotel Edison, before a live audience. To see our first episode click here second episode click here,  third episode click here, fourth episode click here, fifth episode here, six episode here, seventh episode here, eight episode here and ninth episode here.

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Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation Kicks Off Summer Events

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Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation hosted a special Cocktail Party on Monday, April 15th, 2024, at Versa in New York City to kickoff two vital SWCRF fundraising events: the 20th Annual Hamptons Happening and the Step Up To Turn Off Cancer endurance event.

Events such as these have allowed SWCRF to invest more than $120 million towards collaborative cancer research programs, supporting hundreds of investigators around the world. SWCRF-funded scientists have made many breakthrough discoveries in the fight against cancer.

Notable attendees included: Dr. Samuel Waxman, SWCRF CEO and Founder, this year’s Hamptons Happening honorees Arthur F. Backal, CEO Backal Hospitality Group and Cheri Kaufman, CEO C iGive and Founding Partner, Kaufman Studios, Stephen Kliegerman, President Development Marketing Brown Harris Stevens, Marion Waxman, Randi Schatz, event chairs Mark D. Friedman and Jamie Koff, Hamptons Happening hosts, Kenneth & Maria Fishel, and special guests Dina Lohan, Chris Arlotta, Elena Gibbs, Nicole Noonan and Steven Knobel.

This year’s Hamptons Happenings, one of the most anticipated events of the year on the Hampton’s summer schedule, will be held on Saturday, July 6th, 2024, at the Bridgehampton Estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel. Attendees will enjoy a night of delicious tastings from dozens of chefs, restaurants, and beverage companies all while raising critical funds for cancer research. For more information please visit:
www.waxmancancer.org/events/hamptons.

The Step Up To Turn Cancer Off is a week-long campaign to encourage participants to increase their daily physical activity while also raising funds for crucial cancer research initiatives. New this year will be a live, 3-mile run/walk at MetLife Stadium on Saturday June 22nd. Step Up Ambassadors: NFL Hall of Famers Harry Carson (NY Giants) and Joe Klecko (NY Jets) along with Ottis Anderson (NY Giants) will lead the event and inspire participants to get more active and help fight cancer. Step Up To Turn Cancer Off runs from June 17th  – 23rd, 2024. Learn more and register at: www.waxmancancer.org/events/stepup.

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Chip Zien Is Honored at Sardi’s and The Original Cast of Falsettos Unite

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The iconic Chip Zien was honored with his portrait at Sardi’s. Sierra Boggess roasted him to the hilt

Zien has spent almost 50 years on Broadway.


Zien was the Baker in the original 1987 production of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods filmed by the PBS.

The Baker’s Wife Joanna Gleason

In the 90’s he replaced Michael Jeter is Grand Hotel.

Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien, Alison Fraser, Mary Testa

In 1992 he was Mendel in the groundbreaking William Finn and James Lapine musical Falsettos. He appeared in all of the “Marvin Trilogy” musicals by Finn: In Trousers (1979), March of the Falsettos (1981), Falsettoland (1990) and Falsettos (1992).

Carolee Carmella

Alison Fraser

Gregg Edelman, Barbara Walsh, Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien,  Carolee Carmello, Mary Testa, Alison Fraser

Gregg Edelman, Barbara Walsh, Stephen Bogardus, Chip Zien, Carolee Carmella, Mary Testa, Alison Fraser

In 1998 Zien was featured in another Finn musical A New Brain. He received a 1999 Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for this role.

Anne Nathan and Mary Testa

He appeared in the Off-Broadway play Isn’t It Romantic by Wendy Wasserstein and was nominated for the 1984 Drama Desk Award, Featured Actor in a Play.

Gregg Edelman, Carolee Carmella, Christine Pedi

In 2005, Zien played the part of Goran in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Broadway.

In 2007, Zien was a replacement in the Broadway revival of Les Misérables in the role of Monsieur Thénardier.

Richard Kind

From April 1 to June 19, 2011, Zien appeared in the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of The People in the Picture, which played at Studio 54 on Broadway.

Sierra Boggess

Zien appeared in the Broadway musical It Shoulda Been You at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

Chip signing his portrait

In 1973, Zien made his television debut on an episode of Love, American Style. More guest roles followed. In 1981, he appeared on Ryan’s Hope and began a two-year run in Love, Sidney, then Reggie. He provided the voice of the title character in Marvel Comics’ Howard the Duck. Zien later starred on the short-lived CBS drama Shell Game in 1987.

Carolee Carmello, Joanna Gleason, CHip Zien

In the 1990s, Zien was part of the ensemble cast of the CBS sitcom Almost Perfect and had regular roles in the daytime soaps Guiding Light and All My Children, until 2001.

Stefano Da Frè, Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess

From 1999 to 2000, Zien had a recurring guest role on the CBS primetime drama Now and Again and  appeared repeatedly as Attorney Cromwell on Law & Order.

During the 2002–03 season, Zien was the announcer on daytime’s The Caroline Rhea Show, and in 2006, he appeared in the critically acclaimed film United 93 was in the vampire comedy film Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Undead.

Joy Hermalyn

He was also in Caroline or Change on Broadway.

Bruce Sussman

Sierra Boggess, Chip Zien, Danny Kornfeld

Blake Roman, Steven Telsey,Sean Bell, Chip Zien, Danny Kornfeld, Eric Peters, Zal Owen

His last show was Harmony, the musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman. His role as the adult Rabbi, the last surviving Harmonist was hailed by the critic’s and audiences alike. He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his portrayal.

It was so fitting that this prolific performer hang on these hallowed walls. Congregations this was well deserved.

Up Next for Chip Zien is Titanic at City Centers Encore series.

 

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Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman for Hamony at The Museum of Broadway

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On Thursday, April 18th, The Museum of Broadway located at 145 W. 45th Street, just east of Times Square, presented a brief A Cappella performance by The Comedian Harmonists played by Steven Telsey, Blake Roman, Danny Kornfeld, Eric Peters, Sean Bell and Zal Owen, welcoming remarks were made by Julie Boardman, Co-Founder Museum of Broadway, Chip Zien the lead in Harmony was in attendance, as were Barry Manilow & Bruce Sussman.

The reason for this event was the unveiling of the Museum of Broadway’s Harmony-inspired window dedicated to The Comedian Harmonists.


In Berlin, 1927, The Comedian Harmonists were six remarkably talented young men form a singing group who become international sensations: They sold millions of records, starred in major motion pictures, and played the biggest theaters around the world. By 1935, they were never heard from again. What happened? That’s the extraordinary true story of Harmony that played on Broadway. Now The Museum of Broadway is keeping their memory alive.

Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow

Barry Manilow

The Comedian Harmonists and Bruce Sussman and Barry Manilow

Julie Boardman, Co-Founder Museum of Broadway

Steven Telsey, Blake Roman, Danny Kornfeld, Eric Peters, Sean Bell and Zal Owen, and Chip Zien

 

 

 

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Tribeca Festival Announces TV Lineup

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The 2024 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, today announced its lineup of television and original indie episodic series. The Festival, which takes place June 5-16, showcases highly anticipated world premieres of new and returning programs from networks and streamers at the forefront of groundbreaking storytelling including Apple TV+, AMC, HBO, Hulu, Paramount+, and more.

This year’s TV lineup features 11 series premieres and two first looks at returning classics. World premieres include Hulu’s Mastermind: To Think Like A Killer, executive produced by Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning, an in-depth exploration of Dr. Anne Burgess’ career and her successful journey to closing some of America’s most infamous criminal cases; Hollywood Black, executive produced by Justin Simien, an examination of the Black experience in Hollywood featuring conversations with Issa Rae, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, and Ava DuVernay; and Apple TV+’s Presumed Innocent, a legal thriller starring and executive produced by Jake Gyllenhaal, hailing from David E. Kelley and executive producer J.J. Abrams, also with Ruth Negga and Peter Sarsgaard.

The program also spotlights docuseries from ESPN’s In the Arena: Serena Williams, a masterclass in professional sports excellence, exploring the most pivotal and intimate moments of Serena Williams’ life and career; MSNBC’s The Turning Point: To Be Destroyed follows Dave Eggers in a fiery investigation of a local school district’s banning of his novel; and Paramount+’s Melissa Etheridge: I’m Not Broken, an impactful two-part special about Melissa Etheridge’s bond with incarcerated women at the Topeka Correctional Facility and the power of music as a conduit of empathy and healing. Etheridge will perform a short acoustic set at the Beacon Theatre following the world premiere, presented by City National Bank.

Fan favorite shows include a return to The Walking Dead universe with season two of AMC’s The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon – The Book of Carol, which follows Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) in a post-apocalyptic France and Carol Peletier’s (Melissa McBride) journey to find him, and the final season of HBO’s My Brilliant Friend finds Elena (Alba Rohrwacher) and Lila (Irene Maiorino) entangled, once again, amid the political violence and social unrest of the late 80’s in Italy.

“The episodic realm is rich in phenomenal storytelling, and Tribeca’s 2024 TV and NOW program delivers the very best of narrative and documentary series. Audiences can look forward to diving into the testimonies of brilliant visionaries like Serena Williams, Melissa Etheridge, and the original subjects of the Stanford Prison Experiment, all of whom will be joining us at the Festival to present their stories,” said Tribeca Senior Programmer Liza Domnitz. “We’re also thrilled to present international adaptations of beloved books from award-winning novelist Bernardine Evaristo with Mr. Loverman and the farewell season premiere of Elena Ferrante’s stunning My Brilliant Friend.”

Tribeca Festival’s NOW program continues to uncover compelling independent episodic work, including short and long-form pilots and series. The 2024 NOW showcase focuses on seven standout titles, including a special Untitled Tim Burton Docuseries, a journey of Tim Burton’s excellence in melding the ominous and the frightful with a sense of whimsy created by Tara Wood; Yanqui, a story of love and life’s unexpected outcomes directed by award-winning filmmaker Kyle Hausmann-Stokes; and Juice, Mawaan Rizwan’s hilariously surreal BAFTA TV nominated series, co-starring Russell Tovey (Feud).

Over the years, Tribeca’s TV program has world-premiered numerous award-winning series, including season one of FX’s The Bear with Jeremy Allen White, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Ayo Edebiri; HULU’s The Handmaid’s Tale starring Elisabeth Moss and Alexis Bledel; HBO’s Chernobyl with Jared Harris, Emily Watson, and Stellan Skarsgård; and more.

The Tribeca Festival is curated by Festival Director and SVP of Programming Cara Cusumano, Artistic Director Frédéric Boyer; VP of Shorts Programming Ben Thompson; Senior Programmers Liza Domnitz, Faridah Gbadamosi, Jarod Neece, José F. Rodriguez; Programmers Casey Baron, Jason Gutierrez, Jonathan Penner, and Madison Egan; VP of Games and Immersive Casey Baltes and Immersive Curator Ana Brzezińska; EVP of Artist Relations Nancy Lefkowitz and VP of Artist Relations Meredith Mohr; Curator of Audio Storytelling Davy Gardner; Music Programmer Vincent Cassous; along with a team of associate programmers; supported and inspired by the legendary Paula Weinstein.

The full TV and NOW lineups are detailed below. For more updates on programming follow @Tribeca and #Tribeca2024 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn, and to purchase passes and ticket packages for the 2024 Tribeca Festival, go to tribecafilm.com/festival.

 

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