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G. H. Harding

SIMON SAYS — Did you hear the one about America’s Got Talent? The contracts of new judges Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union were not renewed. And, Union has made claims about a toxic environment on the set; and, about a joke, that of all people Jay Leno, told backstage, that apparently everyone heard … except HR.

I have to confess that I only watched the show for Simon Cowell and the antics of Howie Mandel; and when former judges Mel B. and Heidi Klum were jettisoned, I feared the worse. IMO opinion Union and Hough brought absolutely nothing to the show and if anything made the viewer miss Mel B and Klum even more.

I enjoyed Nick Cannon too, but when he made waves, he was quickly replaced by Terry Crews – who, has, in the past brought his own harassment claims. Crews, for my money, started the downward spiral of the show. Cannon was superb! Crews, totally embarrassing.

Somewhat oddly, Howie Mandel, has been the only one not mentioned? And, he’s certainly been the one-odd duck all along … right?

Union said that she was repeatedly cautioned about her rapidly-changing hair styles; that they were too black? Hough also mentioned that her hairstyles were routinely criticized too.

I’m quite sure the claims are justified and they’ll be reasonably settled out of court, but, the far bigger picture, is that you’ve got to be damn careful about doing … almost anything these days I guess. 

My, we have come a long way. Stay tuned on this. Leno has yet to issue a statement and Simon … well, it’ll be interesting to see his take on this.

MACY’S PARADE — Hard to believe that Thursday’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was the 93rd edition (it debuted in 1924). I feel like I’ve seen this parade every year for decades. Truth be told, the line-up is always pretty stellar. Ditto for this year which featured Billy Porter and Idina Menzel, poorly interviewed by NBC’s Al Roker, who got a few facts as is his usual wont of late.

It opened with a selection of songs from the current play on The Temptations, Ain’t Too Proud. This is the key-slot to get and the performance was terrific. Watch ticket sales grow in the next two weeks.

The parade has gotten somewhat commercial of late, with mostly just the stars of various NBC shows interviewed and plugged.

Additional performers included Celine Dion (pre-recorded in a private location and singing her new single, oddly titled “Imperfections”), Lea Michele, NCT 127, Kelly Rowland, Idina Menzel, Ozuna, and, Ciara.

Korea’s NCT 127 was somewhat eye-opening.

Touted as known for their rhythmic style of dance, none of them looked like they could speak English and certainly their music was a mashup of almost every popular style. On Friday’s Today Show they performed amid a packed house of fans. If the kids truly want this, I could cite several, better examples of pop music. They were strangely disturbing.

Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson appeared to, looking fantastic and singing her “Electric Youth,” which seems to have taken on an even greater impact these days.

It was another great NYC-event.

SHORT TAKES –— J. Robert Spencer, from Jersey Boys and TONY-nominated in Next To Normal, is in NYC next week, tub-thumping his new Christmas-song, “Waiting On Christmas” … Micky Dolenz is Alec Baldwin’s guest on his podcast next week, from Santa Monica in LA … 

Pierre Cardin

The Pierre Cardin retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum is just terrific. Sumptuous design and color.

 Robbie Robertson’s Sinematic 5

True-talent is always a joy to see. A must-see … “Let Love Reign” is the key track from the new Robbie Robertson album, Sinematic. Simply exceptional … Celebrity-author Mark Bego had another Barnes & Noble in-store this past weekend in Tucson (see photo); selling out all the copies of Supreme Glamour (Thames + Hudson).

Mark Bego at Barnes & Noble in Tucson, Arizona 

Here’s Mark with his parents who stopped by the event … It seems as though our friends at Harper & Collins have abandoned this column. We’re still anticipating a review copy of Debbie Harry’s new memoir, Face It. What gives … Same goes with the new Ringo Starr album What’s My Name. we hear its simply terrific and would love to hear it. Maybe we should call Bruce Garakal? …Talking about books, we’d LOVE to read the Gene Cornish book. Scott Shannon told me it was very well written. I know it’s from a small-pub outfit, but still, we’d love to give it a proper read … We caught the much-hyped Knives Out, with Daniel Craig; Don Johnson; Jamie Lee Curtis; Chris Evans; Christopher Plummer and Toni Colette. It was fun, but not as much  fun as the reviews predicted. Enjoyable for sure, but had some slow moments. Believe it or not, half-way during the movie, the music was Gordon  Lightfoot’s “Sundown.” Great song, but totally unexpected … …

Dick Tracy

And, after reading a slew of both good and not-so-good reviews, we started Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman (now on Netflizx) and am really enjoying it. Joe Pesci is just astonishing and Pacino, well, is doing another Pacino (very reminiscent, believe it or not, of his Big Boy Caprice character in 1990’s Dick Tracy movie). DeNiro, for some reason, looks tired and sluggish. Watching him giving a beat-down to a shop owner is downright silly. The so-called de-aging process is somewhat disturbing. Some, forgot about it as the movie went on; for me, annoying for sure.Dunno … we’ll finish it tonight, but the feeling that Marty has made this movie before persists. Our pal Robert Funaro, in an early scene with DeNiro, is just perfect.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Scott Shannon ; Louis Pulice; Chris Gilman; Peter Hay; Mark Scherer; MA Cassata; James Edstrom; Ian Mohr; The Groove; Magda Katz; Barry Fisch; Jimmy Webb; Randy Alexander; and, Ziggy!

G. H. Harding is a four decades insider to the entertainment world. He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production He’s worked for record companies; movie companies; video-production companies and several cable outlets. His anonymity is essential in bringing an unbiased view to his writings on pop culture. He is based in NYC.


Come To The Light Brings Artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider Art To The Sheen Center



“The world is in turmoil and I hope to offer people a respite by providing some calm” Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider. “I am motivated to paint and share my passion. I strive to create a place of serenity that nature offers us. Landscape, skyscape and seascape are my means of communication. Ours is a beautiful planet and I encourage all to take good care of it.”

T2C’s Magda Katz talked to the artist about her work

“If we wish to have the light, we must keep the sun; if we wish to keep our forests we must keep our trees; if we wish to keep our perfumes, we must keep our flowers- and if we wish to keep our rights, then we must keep our God.” Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

The Gallery at The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture, 18 Bleecker Street, presents “Come To The Light,” an exhibition of paintings by the artist Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider May 16 – June 14. The exhibition, exclusively at The Sheen Center, is free and open to the public daily from 11AM – 5PM. All artwork on exhibition is available for purchase. The Gallery at The Sheen Center is open daily from 9AM to 11PM. For further details, visit

“Come To The Light,” returns to The Gallery at The Sheen Center, having previously exhibited there in 2021 and 2022. Ms. Dilenschneider has had five solo exhibitions in Paris and Avignon, plus she participated in two invitational art fairs, one in Paris at the Grande Palais and another in Monaco at the Grimaldi Palace.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, says “Jan Dilenschneider is a wonderful friend and I am grateful she shares her talents and treasures with us. We are fortunate that Jan’s beautiful works of art will once again be on display at The Sheen Center, and encourage everyone to pay a visit and share in her vision of bringing people into the Light!”

Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider created her first oil on canvas painting at the age of 12. At 16, her entry at the Ohio State Fair was rejected because it had no hanging wire affixed to the canvas. A kind, older gentleman came to the rescue and quickly fashioned a wire to the back. That kind man was Roy Lichtenstein, one of the world’s most acclaimed artists. The watercolor won 1st Prize in the competition and Dilenschneider has been painting ever since.

Based in Connecticut, she finds much of her inspiration in the wondrous variegation of nature. Dilenschneider is an expressionist painter who has been influenced by many styles of art including impressionism. She is known for her rich palette, loose brush strokes, and luminous misty vistas. Her affinity for landscapes and the atmospheric effects of light and color create a mystery in her artwork that draws you into the unique painting. Jan has plans for several exhibitions for later in the year. She wants you to fall in love with nature all over again.

For more information, visit

Sheen Center for Thought & Culture ( is a haven for the arts and provides a platform for provocative conversations about diverse and inclusive aspects of humanity as seen through the creative lens of faith and respect. Located on historic Bleecker Street, the Sheen Center is a venue where art and spirituality meet. The Sheen features a 273-seat neoclassical proscenium theater and a newly renovated, 80-seat, flexible Black Box – The Frank Shiner Theater. The Sheen Center also features an art gallery, rehearsal studios and meeting | reception spaces. Since opening in 2015, the Sheen has hosted several movie premieres as well as innovative productions by companies including Houses on the Moon, Red Bull Theater, TheaterWorksUSA, and Bedlam. Included among the hundreds of artists who have performed at The Sheen are Board Members, Vanessa Williams, and Frank Shiner as well Kristin Chenoweth, Nora Jones, James Taylor, Bernie Williams, Kirk Whalum, and Eileen Ivers. The Sheen is a preferred venue for WFUV Radio’s Membership Marquee Concerts and hosts SOHO Forum monthly debate series, and in 2022, was chosen for the filming of the series, “Inside the Black-Box” hosted by Emmy Award-winning actor Joe Morton and producer Tracey Moore, and featuring prominent creatives of color, ranging from actors to producers to directors, writers, and musicians.

Featured photo is “Light on the Water,” 30 x 30, oil on canvas (left); and “Sunrise,” 36 x 48, oil on canvas (right), by Janet Hennessey Dilenschneider

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The New Banksy Museum Opens Today on Canal And Broadway



The Banksy Museum opens today at 227 Canal Street and Broadway. T2c was given a special preview of the over 160 works and talked with William Mead the Executive Director Of The Museum.

This is the largest collection of Banksy’s life-sized murals and artwork in the world.

This show has already debuted in Barcelona, Brussels, Kraków and Paris, all of them projects by Hazis Vardar, also the brainchild behind the famous Palace Nightclub in France.

“Street art belongs in the raw setting of the streets, but if people can’t see it, is it even art?”

Banksy is undoubtedly the most famous and controversial street artist. The Banksy Museum has set out to introduce Banksy and his unusual approach through the creativity he has shown in the streets all over the world. There was no question in the mind of the curating team of simply putting Banksy in frames. Visitors will be immersive in his way of looking at the world. The Banksy Museum give a new lease of life to Banksy’s street creations – as many of them have disappeared.

To do the work justice, the creators of the museum created a space that “reflects the street experience” and employed a number of anonymous street artists to recreate Banksy’s work. What you see on the walls isn’t Banksy’s own work but celebratory recreations of both iconic and lesser known pieces that have faded from view no longer.

Tickets for the museum, which will be open daily from 10am to 8pm, are available here. The exhibit spans the second and third floors of the building.

All photo’s and video are by Magda Katz

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What Tatpocalypse? From May 10th to 12th, 2024, NYC Midtown Manhattan will play host to the Empire State Tattoo Convention. This vibrant event brings together world-famous tattoo artists, Inkmaster stars, and enthusiasts for a weekend filled with creativity, artistry, and community.

Friday Jones

Yet as thousands of unlicensed YouTube-trained “scratchers” face an overly saturated market and drop their stick-and-poke passion for a regular salary, Empire State Tattoo Convention organizer Stefano Alcantara isn’t bothered. “Its a healthy thing for the industry.” said the artist, now in his tenth year in one of the world’s most exciting gathering of tattooers and collectors. “It’s a good cleanse.”

Attendees choose from top of the line tattoo equipment at Unimax.

One week a month, in typical New Yorker fashion, Alcantara makes the trip from his shop in Florida to his Williamsburg shop, Stefano Tattoo Studio. ‘I like the Brooklyn vibe, its more artistic,” says the Peruvian-born entrepreneur. “What happens in NYC has repercussions throughout the world.” 

The sleek new look of tattoo “pens” are said to have multiple functions.

Tattoo fever began to echo off the American landscape twenty years ago with the launch of TLC’s Miami Ink. “Tatsurance” entrepreneur Kim Zem was clever enough to capitalize on the industry’s need to level up professionalism as workplace acceptance grew. “I’ve been selling insurance for 25 years. I had to be very professional in manner and dress…but I loved tattoos!” 

“My tattoo artist friends asked me to help them develop insurance that made sense for them and their clients.” Zem continues, “I started on a laptop as a single mom to an eight-figure annual enterprise. Pigment and Skin is absolutely developed by artists for artists.”

Traveling to the Big Apple was another industry perk for the bubbly Seattle native. “I love the people!”

The Empire State Tattoo convention will be open from noon to Midnight Friday and Saturday and until 8pm Sunday. Tickets are $40 at the door. For more information see

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Fame and Fortune With Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi!



There is an exciting night of art and NYC culture at the Park West Gallery SoHo Live Auction “Fame and Fortune” featuring Manhattan Masters: Mark Kostabi, Peter Max, and Paul Kostabi! The auction will be conducted by John Block, certified auctioneer and Park West Executive Vice President on May 9th from 4:30-8 pm at 411 West Broadway.

Experience Mark Kostabi’s surreal world of faceless colorful figures, Peter Max’s Pop and Neo-Expressionist works inspired by the 60s and 70s, and Paul Kostabi’s dynamic blend of music through visual art from the early 80s punk rock scene. It’s an evening celebrating these iconic artists and their remarkable contributions to contemporary art!

Mark Kostabi is unquestionably one of the most recognizable icons to emerge from New York’s legendary 1980s East Village art scene. A contemporary of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Kostabi invented a wholly unique art style that has resonated with audiences around the globe. His universal, faceless figures inhabit surreal worlds of colors and contrasts. Worlds where his subjects interact with themes of love, isolation, technology, and modern anxieties.

Peter Max has evolved from a visionary Pop artist of the 1960s to a master of Neo-Expressionism. His vibrant and colorful works have become a lasting part of contemporary American culture and are synonymous with the spirit of the ‘60s and ‘70s. During his long career, the artist has painted for six U.S. presidents, was the official artist for the 2006 Winter Olympics U.S. team, and has created art for Woodstock, World Cups, U.S. Opens, and Super Bowls.

Paul Kostabi, originally from Whittier, California, immersed himself in the punk rock scene of the late 70s/early 80s across California before relocating to New York City, where he found a niche in the East Village art scene while playing with his band Youth Gone Mad at renowned punk venues like CBGBs. Despite being the brother of established artist Mark Kostabi, Paul carved his own path, blending various artistic styles into his work and adopting a unique approach to creation, which he symbolizes as A-R-T: Attack, Release, Threshold, leading to a successful career spanning music and visual arts, with his creations showcased globally in galleries, publications, and museums.


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A Dazzling Frieze New York 2024



Frieze New York 2024 closed on May 5 with rave applause at The Shed. The event over the long weekend had robust market activity and high-level collector attendance. The fair attracted in 25,000 visitors hailing from 66 countries during its five-day run.

Honoring the creative community, the fair successfully united artists, galleries, institutions, non-profits, collectors, and patrons at The Shed. Opening with major sales, galleries saw ongoing interest throughout the entire weekend, with continued news of sustained transactions and sold-out booths.

Frieze New York is presented with Global Lead Partner Deutsche Bank, reflecting a shared commitment to artistic excellence for over 20 years.

Christine Messineo, Director of Americas, Frieze, said: “On behalf of everyone at Frieze, I want to thank all the artists, galleries, collectors, visitors and partners who came together to make another year of Frieze New York truly special. It has been gratifying to see the response to our non-profit and artist collaborations that have extended the cultural conversation across the city. The Shed continues to prove itself as the right home for Frieze New York, and we are already looking forward to 2025.”

Claudio de Sanctis, member of the Management Board and Global Head of Private Bank, Deutsche Bank, also remarked: “As a long-standing partner, we are pleased to be part of another successful Frieze New York. With our commitment to contemporary art and our renowned collection, we’re thrilled to share this experience with our esteemed clients. Thanks to everyone who joined us and congratulations to Frieze for another spectacular fair.”

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