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The American Museum of Natural History Sparkles With Gems and Minerals

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Since originally opening in 1869, the halls of gems and minerals has been a staple exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. Newly designed by Ralph Applebaum Associates in collaboration with the AMNH’s Exhibition Department, the Mignone Halls are divided into three sections which include the Gems Hall, the Minerals Hall, and the Keith Meister Gallery. In total, they feature over 5,000 specimens from 95 countries.

The Minerals Hall comprises of four different sections. The first section, Mineral Forming Environments has four cases devoted to the environments and processes involved in mineral formation. Minerals Fundamentals will explore the concept of mineral science. Systematic Classification contains 659 specimens representing the chemical classification system used to organize Earth’s minerals. The fourth section, Minerals & Light looks at the optical properties of minerals.

Gems and minerals play crucial roles in our everyday lives. They are in our high-tech electronics, roads and buildings, even in the sunscreen we use. It is estimated that we use more than three million pounds of rocks, minerals, and metals during our lifetimes.

With over 2,500 objects, the Gems Hall showcases precious stones, carvings, and jewelry from around the world. Special items include Brazilian princess topaz and a jadeite jade incense burner fashioned during the late Qing Dynasty.

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The museum’s first major mineral collection was purchased in 1874 from S.C.H. Bailey, a New York lawyer. Numbering between 5,000 to 7,000 specimens, this collection was originally displayed in the Old Arsenal Building at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue before moving to the fourth floor of the museum’s current location in 1877. Later, in 1922, the J. Pierpont Morgan Memorial Hall of Minerals and Gems opened on the same floor, primarily being used as a display and storage area.

Hall of Gems and Minerals/Signature Specimens/ H/O FE01.06 Stibnite with label deck, in stand alone case//

The Morgan Memorial Hall became the site of an epic jewelry heist in October of 1964. The heist involved two young thieves who acquired 24 priceless gems including the Star of India—the world’s largest sapphire—and the DeLong Star Ruby—considered to be the world’s most perfect ruby. Though the thieves were eventually captured, only 10 of the stolen jewels have been recovered.

In 1976, the Morgan Memorial Hall moved to the museum’s first floor alongside the new Harry Frank Guggenheim Hall of Minerals. The Halls were closed in 2017 for extensive renovations, as part of the American Museum of Natural History’s 150th Anniversary Projects. Originally, the new 11,000 square foot Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals was set to open last fall, then later in February of 2021, but were pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The halls reopened on June 12, 2021, with general admissions to the museum.

The gallery’s first exhibit will be Beautiful Creatures, which will present jewelry pieces created over the last 150 years that were inspired by animals. Curated by jewelry historian Marion Fasel, the exhibit’s pieces will be organized into categories based on animals observed in the air, water, and on land. Featured artwork will include a Cartier Paris crocodile necklace from Mexican actress María Félix’s collection, six of Suzanne Belperron’s butterfly brooches, and Joel Arthur Rosenthal’s serpent choker. The exhibit will be on display through September 19, 2021.

American Museum of Natural History
200 Central Park West
Phone: 212-769-5100

Open Wednesday–Sunday, 10 am–5:30 pm

To see the Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, all visitors are required to join a virtual line once onsite. Reserve any ticket type, and then join the virtual line as soon as you arrive at the Museum. Look for signs near the entrances for instructions. Due to high demand, spots in the virtual line often fill up by early afternoon. Visiting the Museum and joining the virtual line early in the day is highly recommended.

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 Randy Edelman

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“Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents”, is filmed live every Wednesday from the Hotel Edison.

In this episode T2C’s publisher and owner Suzanna Bowling talks with Randy Edelman about his extensive musical career. Some of Edelman’s best known films scores include Twins, Ghostbusters IIBeethoven, Gettysburg, Angels in the Outfield, The Mask, Dragonheart, Gettysburg and so many more. If you known the Carpenter’s “You,” Barry Manilow’s “Weekend in New England,” Olivia Newton-John’s “If Love Is Real” Dionne Warwick’s “The Laughter and the Tears,” Blood, Sweat & Tears “Blue Street” and many others, these were written by Randy.

Randy will be performing this Friday, June 14th at Chelsea Table & Stage at 9:30pm

Randy appeared thanks to Eileen Shapiro.

We are so proud because the show and our guests are now featured on the TV screens in the lobby and the hotel rooms. We were also gifted a poster in the lobby.

I am so grateful to my guest Randy Edelman

Thank-you Magda Katz for videoing and creating the content to go live, Rommel Gopez and The Hotel Edison for their kindness and hospitality.

We are so proud and thrilled that Variety Entertainment News just named us one of Summer’s Best Picks in the category of Best Television, Radio, PodcastsThe company we are in, has made us so humbled, grateful and motivated to continue.

You can catch us on the following platforms:

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Tribeca Festival Premieres ‘Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes’

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Tribeca Festival hosted the North American premiere “Elizabeth Taylor: The Lost Tapes” on June 11 in New York City.

The film which makes the audience understand Taylor’s moxie in a whole new way is captivating and a thrill to watch. It is hard to turn your eyes away from the screen that shines a spotlight on one of the most famous legends in Hollywood history. The tapes tell her version of an icons larger than life script.

As the iconic actress says in a recording as highlighted in the HBO Documentary film, “To thine own self be true. That’s all I have to do.”

In attendance at the screening at the SVA theater were Aude Temel (Co-Producer), Barbara Berkowitz (EP & Elizabeth Taylor Estate), Bill Gerber (Producer), John Paul Horstman (Co-Producer), Nancy Abraham (Executive Vice President, Documentary and Family Programming, HBO),Nanette Burstein (Director/Writer), Glen Zipper (Producer), Quinn Tivey (EP, Elizabeth Taylor Estate and Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson), Rachel Rusch Rich (Producer), Sean Stuart (Producer), Tal Ben David (Editor/Writer), and Tim Mendelson (EP & Elizabeth Taylor Estate).

Oscar-nominated director Burstein’s documentary showcases a mesmerizing journey via audio tapes discovered in the archive of journalist Richard Meryman. Through her lens we are guided by Taylor’s voice as she walks the audience from the first step of her career through her time with Burton in the 1970s.  As described, “she reveals intimacies about her relationships, romantic and otherwise, she peels back the layers of a beloved public figure to reveal a vulnerable, funny, and tenacious woman who persevered despite a life led almost entirely under the scrutiny of public opinion.”

Speaking on the red carpet about Taylor’s accomplishments on the screen to her celebrated advocacy work Burstein mused over the icon and said, “She realized that she could change the game and she did.”

Photo Credit: HBO Documentary Films

 

 

 

 

 

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The  78th Annual Theatre World Awards And You Are There

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The historic 78th Annual Theatre World Awards Ceremony was held on Monday evening, June 10, 2024 at the Marquis Theatre.

The event was hosted by well-known theater journalist, Peter Filichia.

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Winners of the 2024 Theatre World Awards were honored The Who’s Tommy‘s Ali Louis Bourzgui

 Oh, Mary!‘s Cole Escola

 The Outsiders‘ Brody Grant was given his award by Daphne Rubin Vega

Michael Imperioli and wife

 An Enemy of the People‘s Michael Imperioli

Phillip Johnson Richardson

The Wiz‘s Phillip Johnson Richardson

Nichelle Lewis

Nichelle Lewis, Phillip Johnson Richardson

and Nichelle Lewis

 Patriots‘ Will Keen

 Mary Jane‘s Rachel McAdams

Hell’s Kitchen‘s Maleah Joi Moon was given his award by Kristin Chenoweth

Casey Likes

Tom Pecinka

and Stereophonic‘s Tom Pecinka

Sarah Pidgeon

Sarah Pidgeon

Chris Stack.

and Chris Stack.

A.J. Shively

Also receiving honors were A.J. Shively, who has won the Dorothy Loudon Award for his work in Irish Rep’s Philadelphia, Here I Come

Len Cariou

Len Cariou, winning the John Willis Award for Lifetime Achievement

Peter Filichia

and arts writer Peter Filichia, this year’s Special Award honoree.

There to honor them were

Maria Friedman

André De Shields

A great night was had by all.

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‘Daddio’ and Dakota Johnson Celebrated at Lavish Premiere Bash

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The Tribeca Festival continued with exciting premieres and appearances. The OKX Theater at BMCC TPAC hosted the New York premiere of “Daddio” with Dakota Johnson and director Christy Hall.

After the screening invited attendees headed over to Gran Morsi in Tribeca for a lavish celebration. Guests at the Roxstar Entertainment and Cinema Center party delighted in Hendrick’s Gin specialty cockails and scrumptious passed appetizers from the popular hot spot restaurant.

The film takes the viewer on a journey with two souls looking for more than just a completion of a ride. On a late night drive from JFK Airport to Midtown Manhattan, a young woman (Johnson) and her cab driver (Sean Penn) start talking.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 10: Dakota Johnson attends the “Daddio” Premiere during the 2024 Tribeca Festival at BMCC Theater on June 10, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images for Tribeca Festival)

The usual pleasantries and jokes soon turn into a game between the two strangers as they exchange stories about important people in their lives. As their conversation unravels, secrets are revealed, advice is shared and a genuine bond is forged. At times funny, sexy, tense and deeply heartfelt, this chance encounter impacts both in ways neither could’ve ever imagined.

Christy Hall’s directorial debut manages to achieve the impossible: turning what could have been a mundane trek through traffic into a propulsive and remarkably real ode to human connection in an increasingly isolated world.

Photos courtesy Tribeca Festival and Roxstar Entertainment/Cinema Center

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Tribeca X Awards Captivates with Inspirational Panels with Jane Fonda, Jon Bon Jovi and More

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Tribeca Festival hosted the star-studded Tribeca X Awards program this year and celebrated the intersection of advertising, storytelling, and innovation during a two-day event.

Featuring inspirational panels with luminaires in film, entertainment, branding, marketing, art, technology, and media, the event become one of the highlights of New York City’s beloved annual affair.

Notable moments and conversation with the world’s leading authorities included a showcase of star power on the stage with the likes of actor and activist Jane Fonda; actress, author and entrepreneur and her daughter Rowan Henchy; founder and President of Every Mother Counts Christy Turlington Burns and CNN’s Abby Phillip; actor and CEO and co-founder of Super Serious Terry Cruz; Executive Creative Director of FundamentalCo and CEO of LoveSeen Jenna Lyons and Founder and CEO of FundamentalCo Jonny Bauer moderated by Derek Blasberg; Chairman and CEO of Pfizer Albert Bourla and award-winning journalist Katie Couric; co-founders of Hampton Water Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi; and more.

Fonda and actor Aja Naomi King joined the L’Oréal Paris panel to discuss one of the most famous and iconic lines in advertising: “Because you’re worth it.” Sticking to her activism roots, Jane used the moment to encourage both L’Oréal and McCann Worldgroup Global to help back the Equal Rights Amendment in the US. The panel was on hand for director Ben Proudfoot’sThe Final Copy of Ilon Specht.”

Shields discussed authentic storytelling around diabetes awareness with the debut of the indie film Quarters, Turlington Burns spoke to maternal health and her non-profit organization Every Mother Counts, and Cruz, joined by his Super Serious co-founders, dove into their philosophy “everything is entertainment.”

Lyons and Bauer discussed their vision for FundamentalCo and the core principles of brand strategy moderated by Blasberg. Jon Bon Jovi and son Jesse Bongiovi wrapped up this year’s Tribeca X Award by program sharing insights into their father-son business Hampton Water and the brand’s commitment to charitable causes.

During their panel, Artists Writers & Artisans, Inc.  announced that they have joined forces with horror legend Roy Lee and Vertigo Entertainment to bring audiences a range of brand-new, spine-chilling horror stories.

The 2024 Tribeca X Awards recognize the achievements of companies and creators who share a mission to connect with consumers through the power of storytelling. Below is the list of winners that represent the best in story-driven filmmaking and brand collaborations this year:

Audio: Science will Win, by Pfizer!

Games and Immersive: MLB The Show Storylines: The Negro Leagues by PlayStation Studios, directed by Jarred Schiff, Gavin Filipiak, Ramone Russell, and Brandon Akiaten.

Content Creator: Jacksonville Jaguars 2023 Schedule Release Video from the Jacksonville Jaguars, directed by Asher Grodman.

Commercial: Michael CeraVe from CeraVe and Ogilvy PR, directed by Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim.

Short: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Episodic: The Santa Stories from Coca Cola and WPP Open X/VML, directed by Steven Caple Jr. and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Feature Film: Audrey’s Children from UTA and Ronald McDonald House Charities, directed by Ami Canaan Mann.

Social Impact Award: One Good Reason from ServiceNow, Tribeca Studios, and directors Perri Peltz and Matthew O’Neill.

Environmental Impact Award: PROJECT MAJI: WATERS OF CHANGE VR EXPERIENCE from Born Studios and directors Bilge Tekin, Dominic Clarke, and Nicholas Masters-Waage.

 

 

 

Photos Courtesy of Tribeca Festival

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