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The Galinsky Brothers And Chelsea Music Hall Present Battle Acts The American Idol of Acting



New York’s only acting competition, Battle Acts, will continue at the Chelsea Musical Hall on Monday, February 20, 2023; doors open at 7 PM and the battle begins at 8 PM. Audience and performer tickets can be purchased by visiting

Battle Acts features actors battling it out in front of a live audience and top entertainment industry professionals. This month’s industry professionals include the 2023 Lortel Lifetime Achievement Award winner Stephen McKinley Henderson (currently starring on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Between Riverside and Crazy), Jeffrey Dreisbach (Casting partner at McCorkle Casting), and Joel Waggoner (Broadway’s  School of Rock, Be More Chill) and Ayanna Prescod (freelance journalist, Broadway producer and Social Media Manager) joined by DJ Keith Shocklee (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Public Enemy).

Hosted by the Galinsky Brothers, whose long-running Manhattan Monologue Slam became a staple of the New York City acting community and was touted by the New York Times as “performers looking for that fabled big break are squaring off against one another in a flurry of monologues, with industry professionals sitting as judges,” Battle Acts brings together stage and film actors who go head-to-head in front of celebrity and industry insiders in an evening of raucous, fast-paced performances to be crowned the “Battle Acts Champ.” Produced by a team of industry vets whose credits include five TONY Awards, Executive Producer of the International Emmy Awards, Producer of multiple HBO Max Comedy Specials, and producer/director of over 50 TED talks. Battle Acts will give actors an opportunity to showcase their work in front of some of the top decision makers in the business and a live audience.

ACT ONE: The Championship Set

The team behind Battle Acts searches far and wide through multiple casting calls to find six of the best stage and on-screen talent to compete against each other by performing a two-and-a-half-minute monologue in front of a panel of judges consisting of Hollywood and Broadway managers, agents, celebrities, casting producers, and directors to find that month’s “Battle Acts Champ.” The “Champ” wins a cash prize and will return the following month to defend their title against a new set of actors.

Past judges of the Manhattan Monologue Slam included: James Gunn, Producer, “Guardians of the Galaxy”; Sarah Silverman, Actor, “The Sarah Silverman Program”; Michael K. Williams, Actor, “The Wire”; Tariq Trotter, Emcee, “The Roots”, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.”

ACT TWO: The 30-second Set

This is where 15 “fresh faces” each perform for 30 seconds, judged by the live audience, and compete for a chance to battle the big dogs in next month’s Championship Set, as well as a cash prize.

The 2023 finale of Battle Acts is a year-end Championship show where one actor will be crowned the “Ultimate Battle Acts Champion” giving them the year-long bragging rights as the Best Actor in New York City.

Actors can register to perform by visiting

The team behind Battle Acts includes Terry Schnuck (five-time TONY Award Winning Broadway Producer), William “Chip” Quigley (Award-winning Live Music & Television Producer), Jeffrey Chrzczon (Broadway Producer & General Manager), Michael Ginsberg (Television Producer), Robert Galinsky (Actor, Poet and Acting Coach) and Philip Galinsky (Actor, Writer, Producer and Voiceover Artist).

“Chelsea Music Hall is the perfect new home for our new version of the Slam, where the greatest talent gathers, because it’s an edgy venue and that offers a platform for new talent to pop! Some of our success stories include actors who have gone on to principal roles in the film “2012”, “Orange is the New Black”, “Law and Order.” and many more projects,” stated the Galinsky Brothers, hosts of Battle Acts.

The next Battle Acts will take place at Chelsea Music Hall on Monday, February 20, 2023 doors open at 7:00 PM. Audience guests can purchase tickets by visiting

Chelsea Music Hall is located at 407 West 15th Street, NY. For more information visit or

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:


Happy Chanukah Day 4 Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik Explains The Holiday



Mayim Bialik

The “Big Bang Theory” actress and Hanukkah ambassador Mayim Bialik new YouTube video breaks down myths and facts about the holiday of lights.

Bialik, known for her role as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on “The Big Bang Theory” released this  video 4 years ago. This video has earned over 13K million views.

Thought Hanukkah was all about the presents? False. Pajamas, calendars, stickers, socks, chocolate coins and spinning tops are all fair game for gifts but it’s about so much more than presents.

“It’s about finding light in darkness, about facing adversity, it’s about fighting for what you believe,” Bialik explains. These are the real presents of Hanukkah.”

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EGEYAPI GLOBAL Opens New Headquarters in Heart of Miami’s Design District




EGEYAPI GLOBAL has officially open their new international headquarters in the heart of Miami’s Design District.

A VIP event hosted by visionary developer Cagri Kanver took place in early December 2023 with notable attendees from the realms of real estate development and the investment community. Powered by Red Connect, which is a real estate development networking event organization, and VV Global Partners for Podcasting, the invite-only list was a bevy of Who’s-Who in the Florida real estate industry.

The event in the 2,000 square foot interior space celebrated the groundbreaking work of EGEYAPI GLOBAL and their revolutionary concept to make the work-life balance something finally achievable. Offering a more sustainable office model that provides a launching pad for consistent high-quality developments, the coveted collection of work byEGEYAPI GLOBALsets an unrivaled level of consumer gratification as displayed in the office building that is replicated after the most comfortable and luxurious home environment.

Positioned in the heart of Miami Design District, the workspace captures the flow of positive energy. Gone are the days of cramped cubicles and sitting in traffic for hours to get to a stuffy building to slave away between 9:00am and 5:00pm.

The business space offers a warm and hospitable atmosphere that thrives off an open-air design concept in a well-positioned home. Elaborate decor is showcased with an expansive creative collection of artworks throughout the property.

Guests attending the event were able to view this visionary space and enjoy live music, thrilling conversations and networking along with award-winning small bites from the design district’s renowned El Turco Turkish Food during this grand soiree.

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Happy Chanukah Day 3: Food For Thought



A Chanukah menu includes potato pancakes, fried, of course, in lots of oil. Sweet cream cheese rugelach. Strawberry-jam-filled doughnuts (sufganiyot), covered in powdered sugar. Fried apple fritters. Cheese-filled doughnuts fried in oil and dipped in honey and Cheese blintzes. Chanukah food traditions have their origins in the first years that the holiday was celebrated, and are meant to remembrances of certain miracles associated with the reason for Chanukah. 

The first is the miracle of oil. One day’s supply of oil lasted for eight days. Mystically, both the menorah and the oil used to light it are associated with Chochmah, and the war between the Greeks and the Jews.

The word shemen, Hebrew for oil, contains the same letters as shemoneh, eight, the number of days that the miracle of the oil lasted. 

The dairy is to honor a young woman named Yehudis. During the war against the Greeks, she fed a Greek General salty cheeses so that he would become extremely thirsty and brought him wine to drink. He fell asleep, she killed him. The Greek army fell into disarray and fled. Thus the dairy in the meals.

Gluten Free Latkes

Be sure to use high-heat oil, which will help keep things from burning. Pay attention to the temperature of the oil—keep it between 325° and 350° F—

Makes 24 latkes

Frying time: 6 to 8 minutes

  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • ½ cup superfine brown rice flour
  • 3 extra-large eggs
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 32 ounces safflower or other high-heat vegetable oil
  1. Preheat the oven to 170° F or your preferred keep-warm setting. Line a baking sheet with layers of paper towels.
  2. Peel the potatoes. Using a grater attachment, grate all the potatoes and onion together. Alternate, if grating by hand, coarsely grate half of the mixture and finely grate the other half, then combine the two mixtures in a large bowl.
  3. Line a colander with a clean dish towel. Place the potato mixture in the lined colander. Squeeze to get the liquid out. It will be messy, but keep going or the latkes will be greasy and not as light.
  4. Place the potato mixture in the bowl and add the flour, eggs, salt, and pepper. Mix well.
  5. Fill a skillet with ¼ inch of oil. Heat the oil until a tiny bit of the mixture sizzles when dropped in. Maintain an oil level that is ¼ inch deep with a temperature of 325° to 350° F at all times.
  6. Scoop ¼ cup of batter for each pancake, flatten to 4 inches in diameter, and fry over medium heat until nicely browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 3 to 4 minutes more.
  7. Place the finished latkes on the paper towel–lined baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven to keep warm while finishing up the other latkes.
  8. Serve the latkes warm, topped with applesauce and/or sour cream.

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Happy Chanukah Day 2: Light One Candle With The Carney’s



“Light One Candle” is a song by the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. This popular Chanukah song was performed in concerts starting in 1982 at Carnegie Hall, before recording it for their 1986 studio album No Easy Walk to Freedom.

At The Carney’s concert in 2019 I was introduced to this song. Reeve as a young child was part of the children’s choir to sing back up at Carnegie Hall.

I feel in love with the lyric and sentiment so from T2C to you we wish you a happy Hanukkah

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Head To The The Algonquin Hotel For Some Holiday Cheer



As we head into the holiday season, The Algonquin Hotel’s December event lineup is open to both hotel guests and New York City locals. The hotel will spread holiday cheer with a variety of festive performances, cocktails, and experiences including:

  • Cocoa and Carols Happy Hour: Daily, 5-8PM, Every evening this December, all are invited to enjoy Specialty Cocoa while Christmas carols chime at the Blue Bar. Drinks will include Mexican Hot Chocolate spiked with mezcal
  • KT Sullivan Cabaret:  December 5th, 12th and 19th, Sullivan will perform her iconic Christmas Cabaret. As noted by The New York Times, Sullivan is a thrilling Off-Broadway performer with over eight published albums
  • Rocco Dellaneve’s Rat Pack Christmas: December 7th, 14th and 21st, Rocco Dellaneve will perform iconic songs from the Rat Pack Christmas album with special inclusions of Santa with Sinatra, Rocco of the Snow, Rudolph and the Rat pack
  • The Serafina’s and Broadway Vocalists: December 8th, 15th and 22nd, enjoy the high kicking – precision line dancing Christmas tradition around The Algonquin tree. The Serafina’s will be available for pictures and autographs from 6pm to 7pm, followed by special Broadway vocalists

A portion of proceeds from all events will be donated to Toys for Tots.

Beyond the December events, The Algonquin Hotel is located in a prime position nestled in the heart of Times Square and Fifth Avenue, making it the perfect launchpad for a New York City holiday experience. The hotel is a historical jewel that emphasizes the importance of making unique, storied experiences. Since its opening in 1902, The Algonquin Hotel is famous for its timeless style and desire to honor the literary and cultural elite. The distinguished Round Table Restaurant and Blue Bar offer tasteful dining inclusions and curated cocktails that are sure to excite everyone.

Photo credit: The Algonquin Hotel, Autograph Collection


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