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Tribeca Festival Announces Incredible Reunions and Talks

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The 2024 Tribeca Festival, presented by OKX, today unveiled its lineup of talks with iconic artists, critically-acclaimed directors, and multi-hyphenate entertainers, as well as reunions and retrospectives of venerable and lauded films and TV series.

The Storytellers Series, presented by City National Bank and Starbucks, features Emmy Award-winning producer, director, and writer Judd Apatow; Emmy Award-winning host, producer, author Andy Cohen; Golden Globe, SAG, and Emmy-Award winning actor Kieran Culkin; Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, and New York Times bestselling author Kerry Washington in conversation with producer, bestselling author, and former U.S. ambassador Nicole Avant; Grammy Award-winning artist, producer, singer-songwriter Michael Stipe; Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer Jon Batiste celebrating Nat King Cole with author and music journalist Marcus J. Moore; and Emmy-winning producer and actor Laverne Cox.

The Directors Series, presented by City National Bank, features Academy Award-winning director, producer, photographer, and musician Gus Van Sant in conversation with art dealer, filmmaker, and actor Vito Schnabel. Recently, Van Sant directed Schnabel in the FX series Feud: Capote vs the Swans created by Ryan Murphy, which they’ll discuss among other topics.  

“Tribeca is proud to present an incredible roster of talent who have impacted the cultural zeitgeist in significant ways across disciplines,” said Meredith Mohr, Vice President of Artist Relations at Tribeca. “This year’s stellar lineup of Talks—including the beloved Storytellers and Directors Series—and Reunions aims to spark meaningful dialogue while celebrating diverse artistry, imaginative storytelling, and creative achievements.”

The 25th anniversary of The Sopranos, a cultural touchstone that redefined television drama, will be celebrated at the Beacon Theatre with the world premiere of WISE GUY David Chase and The Sopranos, a documentary directed by Tribeca alum Alex Gibney. This special event, presented by City National Bank, will feature a reunion with creator David Chase, executive producer Terence Winter, and stars Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Aida Turturro, Annabella Sciorra, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea De Matteo, Steve Schirripa, Michele Chase, Kathrine Narducci, and Dominic Chianese.

This year’s reunions and retrospectives captures the essence of nostalgia and intrigue with the 50th anniversary of Mean Streets, presented by City National Bank, featuring Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro in conversation with Nas; the 50th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s theatrical debut, The Sugarland Express, followed by a conversation with the acclaimed director; the 40th anniversary of Footloose, presented by KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, featuring a special conversation with Kevin Bacon; and the 40th anniversary of Beat Street, with an introduction by Nas. The lineup also includes Tod Browning’s 1927 silent film The Unknown starring Lon Chaney and Joan Crawford.

The animated musical based on Daft Punk’s album “Discovery,” Interstella 5555: The 5tory Of The 5ecret 5tar 5ystem, will be screened for the first time in North America in remastered 4K. In addition, North by Northwest, Alfred Hitchcock’s thrilling tale of mistaken identity and espionage, will premiere in a newly restored 70mm version. Tribeca will also screen AlphaGo, a 2017 selection, in honor of the film team’s 2024 premiering follow-up, The Thinking Game.

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.

2024 TRIBECA FESTIVAL STORYTELLERS

Judd Apatow

Judd Apatow is one of the most prolific comedic minds in the industry. Most recently, Apatow executive produced Peacock’s Stormy Daniels documentary, Stormy, Peacock’s buddy comedy Please Don’t Destroy: The Treasure Of Foggy Mountain and Universal’s romcom Bros. Apatow also co-directed, along with Michael Bonfiglio HBO Films’ Emmy®-winning documentary George Carlin’s American Dream. Previous director credits include The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and The King Of Staten Island. He produced Academy Award®-nominated The Big Sick and Bridesmaids, as well as, Superbad, Pineapple Express and Anchorman. For television, he executive produced Girls and Freaks And Geeks. Off screen, Apatow authored The New York Times best-seller Sick in the Head and it’s follow up, Sicker in the Head.

 

DATE: Saturday, June 15

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: BMCC

 

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen is an Emmy Award-winning host, producer, and author, best known for his 15 years on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Bravo’s late-night talk show. Cohen serves as executive producer across 11 NBCUniversal properties, hosts two SiriusXM channels, and co-hosts CNN’s New Year’s Eve Special with Anderson Cooper. He is a five-time New York Times bestselling author with his own book imprint. Cohen has been honored with GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award, and has appeared on The Hollywood Reporter and Variety’s lists of Most Powerful LGBTQ Players in Hollywood. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Born in St. Louis, Cohen resides in New York with his children, Benjamin and Lucy.

 

DATE: Wednesday, June 12

TIME: 8:00 PM

LOCATION: BMCC

 

Michael Stipe

Michael Stipe, American, born 1960, is an artist, producer and singer-songwriter. He fronted the band R.E.M. for 31 years, selling over 100 million records and touring the world. For the past decade, his personal focus has been cross-medium work, incorporating video, soundscape, sculpture, and photographic and digital imagery. He has released four recent photography books through Damiani out of Bologna, Italy. His first institution show was at ICA Milan in December 2023. He is currently completing his first solo album to be released this year. Michael lives in New York City and Berlin.

 

DATE: Wednesday, June 12

TIME: 8:00 PM

LOCATION: SVA-1

 

Jon Batiste Celebrates Nat King Cole through Music & Conversation 

Jon Batiste is a five-time Grammy Award-winning and Academy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and composer. Most recently, Batiste received five Grammy nominations for his latest studio album, World Music Radio, including ‘Album of the Year.’ Batiste also earned an Oscar nomination this year for his song “It Never Went Away,” on behalf of the Netflix documentary American Symphony, which follows Batiste in early 2022, when he finds himself celebrated with 11 Grammy nominations, including album of the year for his 2021 studio album We Are. Batiste is currently on his first-ever headlining tour, visiting intimate theaters across North America and Canada, The Uneasy Tour: Purifying The Airwaves For The People. The music and conversation will pay homage to Nat King Cole’s, Live at the Blue Note Chicago, the never-before-heard audio recordings from his Chicago residency, recently released via Iconic Artists Group. It will be moderated by author and music journalist Marcus J. Moore, whose first book, The Butterfly Effect: How Kendrick Lamar Ignited the Soul of Black America, was published in 2020 by Simon & Schuster to critical acclaim. His next book, High and Rising (aka The De La Soul Book), will be published in November via HarperCollins.

 

DATE: Tuesday, June 11

TIME: 8:00 PM

LOCATION: The Indeed Theater at Spring Studios

 

Kieran Culkin 

Kieran Culkin is perhaps best known for his critically acclaimed performance as “Roman Roy” in Jesse Armstrong’s multi-award-winning HBO series Succession, for which he received the Emmy Award and the Critics Choice Award for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series” and the Golden Globe Award for “Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama.” Kieran also received the Critics Choice Award for “Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series” and a SAG Award for “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.” On the big screen, Kieran can next be seen in Fox Searchlight’s highly anticipated two-hander A Real Pain, in which he stars opposite the film’s writer/director Jesse Eisenberg. As a teenager, Kieran garnered critical acclaim for his performance in the titular role in the feature Igby Goes Down. Kieran has also lent his voice to numerous film and television projects. He will next be heard as “Squealer” in Andy Serkis’s upcoming animated adaptation of George Orwell’s iconic novel Animal Farm and as “Dr. Riley” in Ramy Youssef’s Amazon animated series #1 Happy Family Usa. On Broadway, Kieran starred in Kenneth Lonergan’s This Is Our Youth opposite Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson.

 

DATE: Thursday, June 13

TIME: 5:00 PM

LOCATION: The Indeed Theater at Spring Studios

 

Kerry Washington and Nicole Avant: Legacy and Impact in Storytelling

Award-winning actor, producer, and New York Times Bestselling author Kerry Washington, and award-winning producer, bestselling author, and former US Ambassador Nicole Avant take to the stage at Tribeca to discuss how we tell stories to continue legacies and impact our communities. The conversation explores the anticipated return of Unprisoned, documentaries like Daughters and The Black Godfather, both speakers’ debut memoirs Thicker Than Water and Think You’ll Be Happy, and the upcoming Tyler Perry film Six Triple Eight, which Avant produces and Washington stars in and executive produces.

 

DATE: Saturday, June 8

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: The Indeed Theater at Spring Studios

 

Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox is a four-time Emmy-nominated actress and Emmy-winning producer, celebrated for her groundbreaking role in Orange is The New Black, which made her the first openly transgender actress to receive a Primetime Emmy nomination. She is also a prominent advocate for equal rights, known for her empowering message. Cox has starred in various roles and holds two SAG Awards, among other accolades.

 

DATE: Wednesday, June 12

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: The Indeed Theater at Spring Studios

 

Alison Roman on Creativity, Connection, and Navigating Storytelling in the Digital Age

Alison Roman has captivated audiences with her unique approach to storytelling across various mediums. From her bestselling cookbooks to her engaging YouTube series “Home Movies,” Roman fearlessly explores the intersection of food, culture, and personal narratives. She will discuss her creative evolution and how she maintains an authentic voice while navigating the diverse landscapes of publishing, video, podcasting, and social media. Join us for a lively discussion diving into Roman’s creative journey!

 

DATE: Friday, June 14

TIME: 5:30 PM

LOCATION: SVA-2

 

2024 TRIBECA FESTIVAL DIRECTORS SERIES

 

Gus Van Sant in conversation with Vito Schnabel

Gus Van Sant is a filmmaker, painter, photographer, and musician. Van Sant received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 1975, and his work has been exhibited at the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Le Case d’Arte, Milan, Italy; the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon, Eugene; and Vito Schnabel Gallery, New York and St. Moritz, Switzerland. Van Sant is known for directing films such as Good Will Hunting (1997), My Own Private Idaho (1991), Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Elephant (2003), and Milk (2008). He has been nominated for two Academy Awards for Best Director, and his film Elephant won the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. Recently, Van Sant directed Vito Schnabel in Ryan Murphy’s series Feud: Capote vs the Swans. The conversation is moderated by Schnabel, an art dealer, filmmaker, and actor. He wrote, produced, and stars in an upcoming feature film The Trainer (2024), a dark comedy based on an original story by Schnabel and directed by Tony Kaye.

 

DATE: Thursday, June 6

TIME: 6:00 PM

LOCATION: The Indeed Theater at Spring Studios

 

2024 TRIBECA FESTIVAL REUNIONS & RETROSPECTIVES

 

Sopranos 25th Anniversary Reunion: WISE GUY David Chase and The Sopranos, (United States) – World Premiere. Acclaimed filmmaker Alex Gibney delves deep into the psyche of renowned director David Chase’s life and career offering a unique window into his creative process and a deep insight into his groundbreaking work on the Emmy®- and Golden Globe®- winning HBO Original series The Sopranos. Directed by Alex Gibney. Produced by Ophelia Harutyunyan and Alex Gibney. An HBO Documentary Film.

 

After the Screening: A conversation featuring David Chase, Michele Chase, Terence Winter, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Aida Turturro, Annabella Sciorra, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea De Matteo, Steve Schirripa, Kathrine Narducci, and Dominic Chianese, moderated by Director Alex Gibney.

 

DATE: Thursday, June 13

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Beacon Theatre

 

Mean Streets, (United States). In Manhattan’s Little Italy, four friends in their 20s drift through life in their neighborhood streets and bars, where, when not hustling a crooked buck, they drink, chase women and brawl—sometimes with each other. Directed by Martin Scorsese. Produced by Jonathan T. Taplin.

 

DATE: Saturday, June 15

TIME: 2:00 PM

LOCATION: Beacon Theatre

 

The Sugarland Express, (United States). Steven Spielberg made his feature film directorial debut in 1974 with The Sugarland Express, which he also co-wrote, and follows a woman (Goldie Hawn) and her husband (William Atherton) as they take a police officer (Michael Sacks) hostage and flee across Texas while they try to get to their child before he is placed in foster care. The following year, he directed JAWS, the first film to break the $100 million box office mark and transform the economics of the film business. He earned Academy Award nominations for Best Director for The Fabelmans, West Side Story, Lincoln, Munich, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Additionally, he earned DGA Award nominations for those films, as well as Amistad, Empire of the Sun, The Color Purple, and JAWS. With thirteen to date, Spielberg has been honored by his peers with more DGA Award nominations than any other director. A Universal Pictures release. 

 

After the movie: A conversation with Steven Spielberg, moderated by Variety’s Executive Editor Brent Lang.

 

DATE: Saturday, June 15

TIME: 2:00 PM

LOCATION: BMCC

 

Footloose, (United States). A 1984 American musical drama film directed by Herbert Ross. It tells the story of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), a teenager from Chicago who moves to a small town, where he attempts to overturn the ban on dancing instituted by the efforts of a local minister (John Lithgow). A Paramount Pictures release. 

 

After the movie: A conversation with Kevin Bacon.

 

DATE: Friday, June 14

TIME: 5:00 PM

LOCATION: BMCC

 

Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem (4K Remaster), (France, Japan). Originally released in May 2003, Daft Punk & Leiji Matsumoto’s Interstella 5555: The 5tory of the 5ecret 5tar 5ystem was written by Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Cédric Hervet, directed by Kazuhisa Takenouchi and supervised by the legendary Leiji Matsumoto. Interstella 5555 tells the story of the abduction of an alien music band by an evil human character who has dark plans. The hour-long film was cut into music videos to accompany Daft Punk’s album Discovery, and is rare to see in its original form in theaters. This North American premiere version has been remastered in 4K.

 

DATE: Friday, June 14

TIME: 8:00 PM

LOCATION: BMCC

 

Beat Street, (United States). Featuring a special introduction by Grammy Award-winning rapper, entrepreneur, and hip hop legend Nas, the film features a group of Bronx teens in the early years of hip-hop attempting to break into show business. An Orion Pictures release. 

 

DATE: Friday, June 14

TIME: 8:00 PM

LOCATION: Village East

 

North by Northwest 70mm Restoration (United States). Cary Grant stars as an innocent man mistaken for a spy in one of director Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest thrillers. While leaving New York’s Plaza Hotel, advertising executive Roger Thornhill (Grant) has the misfortune of standing just as the name “George Kaplan” is paged–starting a lethal case of mistaken identity and a nonstop game of cat and mouse as he is pursued across North America by espionage agents trying to kill him–and by police who suspect him of murder.

 

North By Northwest (1959) was filmed in VistaVision and released in 1.85. Warner Bros.

Motion Picture Imaging scanned the original 8-perf 35mm VistaVision camera negative in 13k with all restoration work completed in 6.5k, Sheri Eisenberg, Colorist. The 70mm film print was created at Fotokem by filming out a new 65mm negative. Warner Bros. Post Production Creative Services created a 5.1 audio mix from the original mono stems with Doug Mountain, Sound Mixer. Inventure Studios created the DTS encoded deliverable of the restored audio to playback flawlessly with the 70mm film print. This newly restored version has been approved by the Film Foundation.

 

DATE: Wednesday, June 12

TIME: 5:30 PM
LOCATION:
VEC-01

 

The Unknown, (United States). A masterclass in subversion, Tod Browning’s 1927 silent film classic shocks and awes through Lon Chaney’s towering performance as carnival knife thrower “Alonzo the Armless.” It’s also an early watershed moment for disability representation in horror cinema, its power remaining potent nearly 100 years later. Directed by Tod Browning. Produced by Irving G. Thalberg. With Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford. Reconstruction and digital restoration courtesy of the George Eastman Museum from 35mm prints at GEM and the Národní filmovy archiv, with the support of The National Film Preservation Foundation.

 

After the Movie: A conversation between actor, writer, and disability advocate Mat Fraser and fellow actor and disability advocate Christine Bruno.

 

DATE: Thursday, June 6

TIME: 7:00 PM

LOCATION: Village East Cinema

 

AlphaGo, (United States). With simple rules but a near-infinite number of possible outcomes, the ancient Chinese board game Go has long been considered the holy grail of artificial intelligence. Director Greg Kohs’ absorbing documentary chronicles Google’s DeepMind team as it takes on one of the world’s top Go players in a weeklong tournament, pitting man against machine in a competition that reveals as much about the workings of the human mind as it does the future of AI. A Netflix release. 

 

DATE: Friday, June 14

TIME: 8:15 PM

LOCATION: VEC-2

The full lineup for talks, reunions, and retrospectives is detailed below. For more updates on programming follow @Tribeca and #Tribeca2024 on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn. A Tribeca Membership or 2024 Tribeca Festival passes and ticket packages can be purchased at tribecafilm.com. Single tickets are available for purchase today.

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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Paley Center Hosts Spicy Evening with ‘Hot Ones’

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This night was sizzling!

On June 18, the Paley Center for Media hosted their extraordinary PaleyLive program.

A sold-out crowd came together on this warm summer night for a special session for “Hot Ones: A Spicy Evening with Sean Evans and the Hit YouTube Talk Show.”

The event began with a special screening to from Season 24 of Hot Ones,” which premiered on May on YouTube, and was followed by a nonstop hilarious conversation with host and producers Sean Evans, Chris Schonberger, and Domonique Burrough, moderated by Seth Meyers.

Audience members were completely captivated by the lively panel that revealed secrets from set to spicy revelations about some of the biggest stars in the world who have literally sat in the hot seat with Evans.

“You want to give them the space to do these things, but you always have so many plates spinning,” stated the host about the way he gets celebrity guests fully engaged when they appear on the how. Evans went to point out that each guest brings their own flavor to the table and it is what he believes keeps the format fresh every time he sits down to a fun, but challenging interview.

Each week, millions watch Hot Ones to see stars like Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Hart, Conan O’Brien, Billie Eilish, and Lizzo answering hot questions while eating progressively hotter wings. With more than 27 billion minutes viewed over 300-plus episodes since 2015, the series has become a true pop culture phenomenon.

Next up, The Paley Center for Media will host another blockbuster exhibit, “Inside The West Wing: A 25th Anniversary Salute.”

Running for just nine weeks only, this immersive exhibit based on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award–winning show created by Aaron Sorkin, will open at The Paley Museum on Friday, July 5 and run through Sunday, September 8. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to step into the exciting world of the Bartlet White House with fan-favorite costumes, props, video, and other memorabilia from the groundbreaking series. A highlight of the exhibit will be an incredible photo opportunity where visitors can stand at the show’s White House pressroom podium from which Press Secretary C.J. Cregg helped champion President Bartlet’s vision for America.

The Paley Center for Media is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has proudly made its home in NYC for close to 50 years and operates the iconic Paley Museum. Through its respected programming, the Paley Center leads the discussion about the cultural, creative, and social significance of media, drawing upon its curatorial expertise, an international collection, and close relationships with the media community.

The general public can participate in Paley programs in both New York and Los Angeles that explore and celebrate the creativity, the innovations, the talent, and the leaders who are shaping media. The public can also access the Paley Center’s permanent media collection, The Paley Archive, often referred to as a national treasure, containing over 160,000 television and radio programs and advertisements. Through the global programs of its Media Council and International Council, the Paley Center also serves as a neutral setting where media professionals can engage in discussion and debate about the evolving media landscape. Previously known as The Museum of Television & Radio, the Paley Center was founded in 1975 by William S. Paley, a pioneering innovator in the industry.

For more information about The Paley Center for Media, and to learn about the Paley Center’s acclaimed programming, please visit paleycenter.org.

 

 

 

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Registration is Open for Solstice in Times Square 2024

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Solstice in Times Square: Mind Over Madness Yoga returns on Thursday, June 20, 2024 with our 22nd annual event! Experienced yogis and first-timers alike are invited to join us for one of the free yoga classes taking place throughout the day on the Broadway pedestrian plazas, finding calm once again within the chaos of life in New York City.

Go to Broadway and West 46th Street, where experienced yogis and first-timers alike are welcome to join us in-person for one of seven classes throughout the day.

All Solstice classes are free but donations are welcome and appreciated.

Can’t make it in person? Join us virtually by livestreaming any or all of the seven classes. All classes will stream on TSQ.org/Solstice via YouTube and on Facebook. There is no need to register for the event if you are not joining us in person.

Solstice in Times Square is an accessible event for people with disabilities. Please submit your accessibility accommodations by June 13, 2024 when you register for the event.

There will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on site for all classes this year, provided by Inclusive Communication Services. The live stream will also have ASL interpretation all day and real time captions (with the option to turn off the captions).

For further information, please email info@tsq.org.

To register for a class, click here. You can choose your class time from the list of available classes, AFTER you click “CHECKOUT.” Please note, each person must have their own ticket, and each person is allotted ONE class for the whole day. After you have finished the registration process, you should receive a confirmation email from Times Square Alliance (timessquarealliance@buytickets.at) with your ticket. For contactless check-in, please have your ticket ready to scan on your smart device or printed out on the day of the event.

For more info and Frequently Asked Questions about Solstice in Times Square, visit TSQ.org/Solstice.

Share your Solstice photos and experiences using #SolsticeTSq via Twitter and Instagram, @TimesSquareNYC.

Class Schedule

7:30am – 8:30am Class, Instructed by Richa Dhekne, Presented by Consulate General of India, New York

Class Description: Join Richa on an inspiring journey through the sacred limbs of yoga, where asana, pranayama, and meditation beautifully intertwine.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Richa Dhekne is a 500-hour Yoga instructor and Breath Meditation teacher with over two decades of experience as a volunteer and faculty member with the Art of Living Foundation. As a young college graduate, Richa embraced a transformative opportunity to live at the Art of Living ashram in Bangalore. There, she contributed to Rural Development Programs and the International Association of Human Values, empowering women and youth to achieve self-sufficiency and mental wellness. Richa’s journey brought her to New York, where she currently resides with her husband and teenage son. Professionally, she excels as the VP of Finance and Operations at skincare company Ahava. Balancing her career with her dedication to teaching, Richa continues to inspire and guide individuals through yoga and meditation, nurturing both youth and adults.

9:30am – 10:30am Class, Instructed by Cealia Brannan, Presented by Gaiam

Class Description: As we welcome the summer solstice, balance the heat of a cadenced vinyasa flow with fluid sequences that bring coolness, like water, through balancing and circular sequence transitions.

(ASL interpreter present)

Instructor Bio: Cealia Brannan is a dedicated yogi whose journey with yoga began around 8 years ago when it serendipitously landed in her lap. With a commitment to making yoga enjoyable and approachable for all, Cealia’s focus has been on blending fun, accessibility, and mindfulness into her practice and teaching. Cealia thrives on pushing the boundaries of traditional yoga by crafting imaginative and innovative sequences that keep her students engaged and inspired. Currently, she shares her expertise and passion for yoga with students worldwide through online teaching. Specializing in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles, Cealia brings a unique blend of grace and strength to her classes. Additionally, her expertise extends to mobility work, further enriching the yoga experience for her students.

11:30am – 12:30pm Class, Instructed by Tracye Warfield

Class Description: Vinyasa Flow – “Let’s Flow.” The practice of Vinyasa yoga allows transitions between standing, seated, supine and prone postures, guided by mindful breath. The practice is a moving meditation that creates strength, grounding, balance, expansion, and your own, unique flow in your body and mind. Perfect for all levels.

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Instructor Bio: “New York is home and a yoga flow is life.” Since 2010 Tracye Warfield has been sharing her experienced yoga practice in Vinyasa, Hatha, breathwork, mindfulness, and meditation internationally as a wellness and life design consultant with her company bytracye. During her travels throughout the globe, she has developed and implemented innovative and impactful programs for various organizations, including Fortune 500 corporations, non-profits, and wellness studios. She is passionate about creating inspired change – mind, body, and spirit – and empowering others to live their most abundant, healthy, and happy lives.

1:30pm – 2:30pm Class, Instructed by Lara Heimann

Class Description: Celebrate the summer solstice in a way that makes you feel fully “LYT” up! This class will be nourishing and challenging to activate the senses and spirit, so you are reminded of your resilience. This is a yoga practice for longevity, weaving creative mobility drills and functional movement into yoga poses that you know and love.

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Instructor Bio: Lara Heimann, an international yoga pioneer and Physical Therapist, revolutionizes the modern practice of yoga through her LYT Method®. With over 30 years of expertise, Lara integrates neuroscience and habit formation into her method, which is practiced by thousands worldwide in over 50 countries. Her comprehensive movement approach blends physical therapy techniques, yoga, functional movement, stress reduction, strength training, and mobility exercises, offering essential tools for modern lifestyles, taught online, in workshops, retreats, and corporate wellness programs.

3:30pm – 4:30pm Class, Instructed by Susan Hu

Class Description: Join Susan for a feel-good, rhythmic vinyasa flow to move with mindful breath and tap into the joy of the heart. The class will end with the most nourishing yoga nidra for deep rejuvenation and spiritual inspiration.

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Instructor Bio: A master of mindful breath and rhythmic movement with a focus on the connection to the Self, Susan is an E-RYT® 500, YACEP®, and founder of an RYS® 200 based in NYC. As the senior lead teacher at the Bhakti Center, she offers dynamic yet nourishing yoga classes and trainings including hatha, vinyasa, yin, restorative as well as meditation and yoga nidra. Deeply rooted in her spiritual practice, Susan guides students on an empowering and healing journey, invoking a sense of joy and love in every class.

5:30pm – 6:30pm Class, Instructed by Sri Dharma Mittra

Class Description: This sequence of yoga poses for all level practitioners will move the spine in all directions and leave you feeling recharged and energized.

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Instructor Bio: Sri Dharma Mittra first encountered yoga as a teenager before meeting his Guru in 1964 and beginning his training in earnest. Sri Dharma founded one of the early independent schools of yoga in New York City in 1975 and has taught hundreds of thousands the world over in the years since. He is the model and creator of the Master Yoga Chart of 908 Postures, the author of ASANAS: 608 Yoga Poses, Yoga Wisdom and the LOAY Teachers’ Manual, and a number of video series have been created over the last 20 years to help share his method of yoga.

7:300m – 8:30pm Class, Instructed by Douglass Stewart

Class Description: Douglass’ yoga class will be a slow flow, breath-oriented class designed to develop from the modified version of certain poses to their fuller expressions.

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Instructor Bio: Douglass Stewart has been teaching yoga since 2001. He is the co-founder of Yoga in Times Square, celebrating the Summer Solstice by uniting the community of yoga enthusiasts across the country. Douglass, in collaboration with Times Square Alliance, received Gold Distinction in the Shorty Awards for their Summer Solstice Video during the Covid 19 pandemic. He has received the Community Service Award for volunteering yoga classes at the LBGTQ Community Center. Douglass teaches at the Ishta Yoga Center, including the Teachers Training. He teaches yoga at Om City Yoga and currently leads meditation and the PPOW Gallery.

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Broadway & West 46th Street, 10036

 

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Summertime—don’t let the livin’ get too easy! Part I

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So tempting, isn’t it, to while away the summer in a cozy hammock or beach chair.  But then by Labor Day you have nothing to show for all that valuable time.  Here are a few suggestions that you might find enticing:

Be a Pioneer!

Or at least take a ride on one!  The 1885 Schooner Pioneer leaves from the South Street Seaport and a sunset ride around lower Manhattan is not to be missed.  https://southstreetseaportmuseum.org

Or Be a Reader!

There are many lists of what you should/could be reading, but I’d rather recommend authors you’ll be grateful to get to know.

NYC-based Amor Towles has a new book out Table for Two, a collection of short stories, the final of which is a prequel to his first novel.  Each of his four books is a complete joy, leaving one with a most satisfying experience.  If you plan to travel, his middle books are perfect companions.

A NYC transplant from Virginia, the brilliant Tom Wolfe wrote many long, and worthwhile, novels. But for a rather jaundiced peek inside the NYC art world, try his uncharacteristically short yet powerfully revealed The Painted Word. You’ll never see museums in the same light again.

Transsexuality is a topic that can be difficult to understand. Jan Morris, who wrote many books as James Morris, tells a tale of transition in Conundrum, a brief book detailing his motivation in a way that was intelligent and easy to understand.

If you’ve ever wondered about what it takes to produce a musical, composer Douglas J. Cohen reveals all the travails and joys of the experience in How To Survive a Killer Musical, about what it took to produce his musicalization of No Way to Treat a Lady.  It’s a must-read for anyone seriously interested in theatre.

Fill a Day with Fun and Games and Music

Many remember when it was known as “Needle Park”, but Bryant Park is now approaching amusement park status. A quick check of their website reveals a cornucopia of events to please every palate. Movie nights, concerts, theater and games galore are offered—all for free! A recent visit provided a relaxing respite of ragtime in the middle of an afternoon provided by Terry Waldo and his band.

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Baccarat and Basil Hayden Host Glorious Speakeasy at Tony Awards

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Talk about a glorious night!

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 16: (L-R) Taraji P. Henson and Anna Wintour attend Baccarat x Basil Hayden Speakeasy at the 77th Annual Tony Awards at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Baccarat x Basil Hayden VIP speakeasy room at the Tony Awards this year kicked things off in a lavish way.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 16: (L-R) Adrienne Warren, Nick Jonas, Billy Porter and Elle Fanning attend Baccarat x Basil Hayden Speakeasy at the 77th Annual Tony Awards at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

It was where celebrities from Anna Wintour to Julianne Hough to Daniel Radcliffe to Ekin-Su Cülcülogu relaxed, sipped a Basil Hayden 75 cocktail, mingled and took selfies.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 16: Ashley Park attends Baccarat x Basil Hayden Speakeasy at the 77th Annual Tony Awards at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Inside the exclusive speakeasy, Anna Wintour donned her signature oversized onyx sunglasses but this time with a smile as she giggled with Taraji P Hensen – perhaps it’s Taraji’s contagious personality shining through, her mesmerizing Oscar De La Renta gown or maybe the result of a few Basil Hayden 75’s but either way, the queen of fashion was beaming.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 16: (L-R) Jeremy Strong, Jessica Lange, Andrew Rannells and Eddie Redmayne attend Baccarat x Basil Hayden Speakeasy at the 77th Annual Tony Awards at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Elle Fanning, Billy Porter, Nick Jonas and Adrian Wallen dazzled as they posed for pictures while Ben Platt and partner Noah Galvin received some ‘awwws’ from the elite crowd as they embraced each other.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 16: Shaina Taub attends Baccarat x Basil Hayden Speakeasy at the 77th Annual Tony Awards at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Ashley Park was ready to rock in a mind blowing Harris Reed floor length gown and Pandora jewelry as she toasted the camera while Daniel Radcliffe quietly made his way around the room chatting with other nominees before winning his Tony later on that night.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JUNE 16: Ariana DeBose attends Baccarat x Basil Hayden Speakeasy At The 77th Annual Tony Awards at David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center on June 16, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images)

Three cheers for this very Tony-licious moment!

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Tribeca Festival Wraps Up with Big Apple Moment with ‘Satisfied’ Premiere

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The final day of the 2024 Tribeca Festival closed out with the film “Satisfied” at the Beacon Theater. The night also showcased a “Hamilton” pre-Tony anniversary moment with Renee Elise Goldsberry. After the premiere and performance guests gathered at Allure Lounge to sip on Hendrick’s Gin cocktails and to honor the indelible moment.

Roxstar Entertainment’s popular Cinema Center finished its premiere party run with the late-night soiree attended by director Chris Bolan and actress Kelli O’Hara as well as the fleet of producers on the film including executives from Stick Figures Productions and Amblin Documentaries.

Guests enjoyed a gourmet selection of canapes catered by Allure Restaurant as well as featured cocktails by Hendrick’s Gin including the Hendrick’s Grapefruit Collins.

“Roxstar Entertainment is pleased to continue to support independent filmmakers and distributors especially in its mission to get movie fans back into their true intended viewing medium, the movie theaters.  We are so grateful to be able to work with like-minded companies to sponsor and support the events and help drive the promotion and celebration for the films, filmmakers, and respective casts,” says David Manning, Roxstar Entertainment’s Executive Producer of the Cinema Center.

 

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