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Drumroll, please! The 12th Annual Vendy Awards, New York City’s leading street food competition, has announced the finalists for this year’s surprise special category: vegan! Finalists in the new category, as well as the finalists in the Best Market Vendor, Best Dessert, and Rookie of the Year categories, were chosen from nominations by New York street food lovers. On September 17th, the vendors will be back at Governors Island for a heated grill-to-grill cook-off. The competition is sure to be fierce—as only one winner can come out on top for each category.

While all finalists have vegetarian options available, the vendors in the new vegan category are finding mouth-watering ways to help plant-based dishes meet the changing health needs and preferences of New Yorkers, all while upholding the delicious and creative style of street food. The six finalists are: Monk’s Meat, Vegan Bandwagon, Yeah Dawg, Jerk Shack, Mysttik Masaala, and Bamboo Bites.

· Monk’s Meat serves plant-based proteins that they make from wheat and have expanded their focus to vegan BBQ. You can find their vegan smokehouse at Smorgasburg, where they have been serving extraordinary food that happens to be vegan for three years. Owners and seitan specialists Rebecca Lopez-Howes and Chris Kim have both been vegetarian and vegan for over 20 years. They love the food they make and enjoy sharing it with everyone.

· Vegan Bandwagon’s owner Wes Fabro was raised in Los Angeles in the 1990s, surrounded by city life and diversity, where he became enthralled in volunteering and organic farming. As a disabled veteran, he is ready to serve healthy and eco-friendly products to everyone in NYC and has a goal of employing other disabled veterans on his food cart. In addition to launching The Vegan Bandwagon in partnership with Marty’s V Burger, he is trained as an audio engineer and currently works for a mobile food vendor doing food prep and service. This experience has shown him what it takes to succeed in the business and he is excited to make a meaningful impact in this industry.

· Yeah Dawg’s owner Marina Benedetto started Yeah Dawg in June of 2013 after having spent the previous 5.5 years working at a homeless youth shelter as a chef and counselor. Her job at the shelter was to introduce kids that were used to fast food to healthy meals and had to make the meals accessible and culturally familiar. This is where her mission of reinventing “Classic American” food began. The Yeah Dawg team believes that people can be healed by food, and their food is made from love with the goal of a better tomorrow for people, animals, and the environment. Yeah Dawg offers a refreshing and healthy take on classics such as hot dogs and burgers.

· Jerk Shack is a family-owned food truck that’s spicing up the city with classic Caribbean cuisine. Founder Elsie Darrell’s interest in the kitchen first developed at an early age growing up in Guyana. The second youngest of 14 children, she would help her mother cook dinner for their family every night. At age 17, Elsie moved to New York City, where she and her sisters ran a successful Caribbean restaurant in Harlem. However, due to steep rent hikes, they were forced to shut down. Elsie is the head chef of Jerk Shack, with her son J. Anthony, his wife Kelly and their daughter, Khloe heavily involved in both their food truck, which can be found in front of Harlem Hospital, and their market stall at Vendy Plaza. The Jerk Shack specializes in traditional Caribbean cuisine, which includes vegan meals inspired by the traditional Ital Rastafarian diet.

· Mysttik Masaala livens up Midtown with its flavorful, fiery Indian food. Originally from Bombay, Yuvaraaj Thakkar previously worked in the jewelry business. It was his son, Rishi’s dream to sell home-cooked Indian food using high quality spices directly flown in from India. He has since handed over his jewelry business to his brother and sister so that he has the freedom to run Mysttik Masaala and feed “heavenly meals” to New Yorkers. Mysttik Masaala’s cart can be found 7 days a week in Midtown at 54th Street & Park Ave and always serves several vegan offerings.

· Bamboo Bites’ founder Daniel Miller, while traveling in Southeast Asia, made genuine connections with amazing people, often through food. His curiosity overtook him when he discovered what looked like bamboo sticks being sold along the roadside; he had to see what was inside…What he found was sweet sticky rice, even more irresistible than its cool bamboo casing. Bamboo Bites now shares sticky rice, snacks and street foods with people inspired by genuine travel and human connection. Focusing on flavors from places where bamboo grows, their recipes will take you to far-away lands…How do you Bamboo?

The Best Market Vendor honors vendors who are changing the game at street fairs and outdoor markets by utilizing locally-sourced ingredients and innovative techniques to put exciting spins on classic dishes. The five finalists are: Big Mozz, Arepalicious, NJS, Matzahbrei, and Tuson Sate.

· Big Mozz launched in 2015 at Smorgasburg, where they hand-stretch fresh mozzarella live at the market. Their dishes are vibrant and seasonal, and they take care to source all ingredients sustainably and responsibly. Owners Elliott Anderson, Matt Gallira, Jimmy Warren, who all have diverse backgrounds came together to start Big Mozz. Elliott came to Big Mozz with a background in corporate finance, paired with an outsized love of all things food. You can find him behind the Mozz Bar every weekend, stretching the freshest mozzarella you’ve ever tasted. Matt joined Big Mozz after starting The Atlantic Ave. Company, a startup food business specializing in hand-made pasta sauce. Jimmy joined the Big Mozz team after graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education. Between creating new and exciting recipes with Matt and running the line at the Big Mozz stall. You can try their small batch mozzarella every weekend at Smorgasburg, or at a private catering or stretching class.

· Arepalicious has been making a splash this year, expanding into the market scene at Vendy Plaza and Queens Night Market. Owner Danny Atehortua works for the City of New York and started his arepa business three years ago as a way to help save for his children’s future. He and his wife are both from Colombia and decided to sell these corn-based delights because they represent their cultural heritage. The whole family helps with the business, selling their traditional arepas made of 100% white corn and topped with cheese, avocado and/or meats, as well as arepa cones, which offer a unique spin on this Colombian staple. This vendor connects to and shares his Colombian culture through his cheese arepas, showing off culinary prowess by making deliciously distinctive arepa cones.

· NJS is truly a family affair, owned by mother and son team, Nancy and Jean Paul Medina. Along with several family members, they sell “Colombian-style” hot dogs at LIC Flea & Food on weekends. Each NJS hot dog is topped with homemade sauce, pickled vegetables, fresh fruit preserves, potato chips and more to balance out the sweet and salty. The Medinas believe that their love for food and family shines through in their all-natural hot dogs.

· Matzahbrei Born and raised in Tel Aviv, Sagi and Eyal are both musicians now based in NYC. Sagi has an indie rock/pop band called James Dawn and Eyal is a commercial and music video cinematographer. Matzahbrei  is completely vegetarian, only uric cage-free eggs and can also be prepared vegan. The inspiration behind this business is to provide a modern update to this wonderful Passover dish and make it available to all people, all year long. Matzahbrei  can be found at the Hester Street Fair, HBO Summer Film Festival and Astoria Night Market.

· Tuson Sate has some superior staying power, putting personal prints on traditional Indonesian food for the last 16 years. These vendors know the importance of building community and sharing culture through food. In 1999, Tuti served her satay to her daughter’s birthday party guests. It was so successful that friends and family started ordering satay from her. One week later, she began selling at the Indonesian Community Mosque in Queens, where she still sells Indonesia’s favorite street food on Fridays. Every Indonesian in NYC knows Tuti’s satay! So, Wulan, Charlie and Dian all stepped in to help Tuson Sate branch out into Manhattan in early 2016. Their goal is to make Indonesian food famous in the same way that Japanese, Chinese and Thai dishes are recognized. In addition to the Indonesian Community Mosque, their grilled beef, chicken and seitan skewers can be found at Hester Street Fair and Bryant Park.

Vendors in the Best Dessert category know a thing or two about satisfying a sweet tooth, be it light and frosty or rich and decadent. The five finalists are: Delmy’s Obleas, A Lil’ Bit of Fun, The Good Batch, Sweetface Snoballs, and Raindrop Cake.

· Delmy’s Obleas’ owner lives in Astoria and has been selling obleas, the caramel-filled Colombian wafers in Jackson Heights for three years. Delmy is from El Salvador and came to the U.S. in 1972. She became a street vendor after injuries prevented her from continuing in her previous career. She enjoys meeting new people and learning about their cultures, so selling obleas connects her with many different types of people. When you stop by her cart under the Junction Boulevard subway stop, make sure to try the oblea with blackberry filling!

· A Lil’ Bit of Fun is run by fiancés August Major and John DeWindt, who are obsessed with funnel cakes and sell their sweet (and savory!) treats at LIC Flea & Food. In addition to offering innovative flavors and toppings, they’ve reinvented the funnel cake by offering manageable portions that are gluten-free for all to enjoy. As a young black couple, their goal is for A Lil’ Bit of Fun to give hope to their community and inspire peers to become entrepreneurs.

· The Good Batch Chefs Anna Gordon and Steve Hurting started out six years ago. Their mission is to bring joy to the community through delicious, thoughtfully-prepared treats inspired by their culture, seasons and cravings. The Good Batch sells their unique twist on ice cream sandwiches (you don’t always need cookies to hold your ice cream in place!) from their ice cream cart at Smorgasburg and The Brooklyn Flea.

· Sweetface Snoballs sells authentic New Orleans “snoballs” that are made by authentic New Orleanian Rebecca Duckert. When people think of New Orleans as a food destination, gumbo, étouffée and beignets come to mind. However, since she was a little girl, Rebecca’s favorite treat has been the snoball, NOLA’s version of shaved ice made with machines patented in New Orleans. Sweetface Snoballs offers favorites like “nectar” and “Creole Cream Cheese” flavors along with experimental and sugar-free options. Sweetface Snoballs was borne out of Rebecca’s personal nostalgia for her hometown and the foods of her childhood. You can find her at LIC Flea, plus other markets and festivals throughout the NYC area.

· Raindrop Cake, the latest craze to hit the street food scene, is run by Darren Wong and his teammates Kyle Cheung and Thu Dang. They have been vending at Smorgasburg for only a few months, but their raindrop has already made a splash! The Raindrop Cake is inspired by traditional mizu shingen mochi from Japan and comes with a variety of toppings, such as roasted soy bean powder and sweet matcha sauce. Darren worked in advertising for ten years before leaving to focus on Raindrop Cake full-time. He loves introducing people to this light, delicate and refreshing raindrop made for your mouth.

Vendors in the Rookie of the Year category might be new in town, but they certainly have already left their mark on the culinary world. The six finalists are: Puran Dhaka, Los Viajeros, Harlem Seafood Soul, Sisig City, The Basket, and Mr. Bing.

· Puran Dhaka is the first food cart in New York City exclusively serving Bengali food. Owned by Michael, a DJ, Russell a promoter and Andrew, owner of a salon and spa, Puran Dhaka is the first food cart in New York City exclusively serving Bengali food. With Chef Jewels and cart operator Ammad, Puran Dhaka sells authentic biryani and samosas just as they are served in Bangladesh. You can find their cart in Jackson Heights and Astoria for dinner and Wall Street Plaza for lunch.

· Los Viajeros food truck owners’ Caitlyn and Carlos are a foodie couple who not only are self-taught chefs but also built their own food truck! Carlos has been a firefighter in the Bronx for many years and continues to work for FDNY when not on the food truck. Caitlyn has worked in the food and beverage industry for years and wanted to do something of her own. Los Viajeros began serving tacos, burritos and quesadillas last year because they love Latin flavors and are inspired by Dominican, Cuban and Mexican cultures. The Los Viajeros Food Truck can be found in Manhattan at the Flatiron building and in Uptown Manhattan at La Marina as well as in the Bronx at Jacobi Medical Center. Caitlyn and Carlos have always been inspired by food and traveling. Each country they’ve visited has influenced their business. Los Viajeros, meaning “the travelers” seemed like the perfect fit for the name of their new food truck.

· Harlem Seafood Soul is Harlem’s #1 eco-friendly mobile food kitchen! Tami Treadwell, who has lived in Harlem her entire life, is passionate about her menu offerings of shrimp and grits, po’ boys and other tasty seafood specialties that are sold out of her beautiful cart in West Harlem. For many years, Tami cooked and sold food out of her church. She launched Harlem Seafood Soul in March 2016 and is already gearing up for a second cart to hit the streets this summer.

· Sisig City, It has been a long time coming but is finally here: A Filipino-inspired food truck in New York City! As owner Manny Imperial grew up in the food industry and learned the uniqueness of Filipino cuisine, he always felt fortunate to have been able to build an incredible palette of Filipino flavors! This is what fuels Manny’s goal: to bring Filipino food to the streets of NYC for everyone. Filipinos, as well as those who thrive on new and adventurous flavor experiences, love Sisig City’s twist on tacos, nachos and quesadillas.

· The Basket’s picnic-themed cart can be found at several locations, including Central Park. Dondi McKellar and his team recently launched The Basket to provide gourmet sandwiches, charcuterie and cheeses to New Yorkers ready for a picnic in the park. Previously, Dondi worked as a street vendor selling bubble blowers. Dondi, a U.S. disabled navy veteran, is heavily involved in the Street Vendor Project’s Veterans Committee and recently joined his community board in the South Bronx.

· Mr. Bing specializes in traditional Chinese street food. Owner Brian Goldberg, born and raised in New York, fell in love with jianbing while studying Chinese in Beijing in 1998, where there was a street cart right outside his school that fed students and locals these hot and fresh Chinese crepes daily. Made right in front of his eyes and customized to his liking, jianbing was the perfect meal-on-the-go, anytime of day or night. After moving back to the U.S., Brian missed jianbing so much that he and his friends held reunion parties just to recreate the experience at home. It was then that Brian realized he wasn’t the only one obsessed with “the bing.” He is excited to introduce the world to this traditional Chinese street food.

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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TODAY Show Celebrates 30 Years With Its 2024 Citi Concert Series

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The TODAY Show is celebrating 30 years so its 2024 Citi Concert Series lineup is pretty spectacular. Rockefeller Plaza will have country music with Wallows kicking things off. Chris Stapleton, Lainey Wilson and Thomas Rhett, as well as fan favorites Meghan Trainor, LL COOL J and Chance the Rapper.

Mark Your calendars:

May

Friday, May 24 — Wallows *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, May 31 — Anitta *Register for a Fan Pass

June

Friday, June 7 — Meghan Trainor *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, June 21 — Kehlani *Register for a Fan Pass

Tuesday, June 25 — Lainey Wilson *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, June 28 — Gracie Abrams *Register for a Fan Pass

July

Thursday, July 4 — Bleachers *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, July 12 — Rauw Alejandro *Register for a Fan Pass

August

Friday, Aug. 9 — Maggie Rogers *Register for a Fan Pass

Monday, Aug. 12 — Little Big Town and Sugarland *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, Aug. 16 — Chance the Rapper *Register for a Fan Pass

Friday, Aug. 23 — Thomas Rhett *Register for a Fan Pass

September

Friday, Sept. 27 — Chris Stapleton *Register for a Fan Pass

Date to be announced 

LL COOL J *Check back for Fan Passes

TODAY concerts are free and open to the public. The shows take place on the TODAY Plaza in Rockefeller Center, located at 48th Street, between 5th and 6th Avenues, in New York City.

The closest subway stop to our TODAY Plaza concerts is the 47th — 50th Streets — Rockefeller Center station on the B, D, F, M trains. 24/7 parking is also available nearby at the Rockefeller Center Parking Garage at 53 West 48th Street. The garage is operated 24/7 and accepts reservations in advance. Hourly and daily parking rates apply.

Fan Passes are limited and available by advance request. Guests who receive them will be notified by email before the scheduled concert date.

Guests who do not obtain a Fan Pass can still attend the General Admission line the morning of the concert, and those fans will be let in if space allows. Other answers to commonly asked questions about the series can be found here.

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Love at First Sight Campaign Adds Perks to Pet Adoption Drive with Meet Cutes NYC

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From June 7 to June 9, the PEDIGREE brand is reimbursing dog adoption fees nationwide as part of our Love at First Sight campaign, which stems from the belief that Love at First Sight still exists, and it’s available at your local shelter.

@MeetCUTESNYC  and the PEDIGREE brand is celebrating that magical meet cute moment when people find their perfect shelter dog.

In MeetCutesNYC latest video they capture in detail in NYC how the love and companionship people’s dogs have brought them have helped change their life for the better. Check out this ‘cute’ video of this on their Instagram HERE.

FOR MORE INFO CLICK ON THE LINK:

https://www.pedigree.com/adoption-drive

*Limit one dog adoption fee redemption per household, dogs only, max. adoption fee of $200, 50 US & DC only, valid only for adoptions made between 6/7/24-6/9/24; redemptions must be submitted between 06/07/24 and 07/10/24. Must be 18+ years old. Void where prohibited, maximum of $100K in adoption fees available while supplies last. 

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Memorial Day Weekend Sips That Sizzle

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Summer, summer time is here!

Get ready for days in the sun that sizzle this Memorial Day Weekend with these amazing sips. Mix a cocktail or have it easy, breezy and straight from the can or bottle. All of these options will bring joy and delight to your picnic on the beach to your backyard BBQ!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend.

For Tea Lovers with a Twist – Lipton Hard Iced Tea

 Lipton Hard Iced Tea is the tangy twist on a classic that you will love. Crafted from a triple-filtered, premium malt base and real brewed Lipton tea, it’s a perfect way to enjoy the best tea with a level of sweetness that will dazzle your senses.

Whether you’re firing up the grill, hitting the beach, or simply enjoying some outdoor fun, Lipton Hard Iced Tea has you covered. With flavors like Lemon, Peach, Strawberry, Citrus Green Tea and Half & Half, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For Wine Lovers Who Love Sophistication – Miraval

Miraval Rosé is a perfect summer day in a glass. With blend of fruits aromas and freshness, made on an exceptional terroirs in Provence.

Attractive bright and translucent colour,  its divine aromatic bouquet combines fresh fruit, freshly cut currants and roses, seasoned with a zest of lemon. A glass can be perfectly enjoyed with a luxurious meal with friends as the sun sets.

For the Traditional Lovers – Jefferson’s Bourbon

 

 

Cover art by Lucas Sankey on Unsplash

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The Abbot of Athos and The Consulate Midtown A Tale of How Food Can Bring Peace

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Greece and Macedonia, have had decades of tension, but yesterday at The Consulate Midtown, 44 West 56th Street The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos and Kiril Mihajlov, showed how great food and conversation can give way to peace.

The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov

I met the Abbott in Greece last summer and he graciously agreed to have lunch with me and some guests I invited, before he returned to Greece.

Margarita Parlionas, Captain John Woodall

Margarita Parlionas is a business owner, who brought with her Captain John Woodall who runs Camp4Heroes, a place where Vets can get some much needed help.

Suzanna Bowling, The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, Kiril Mihajlov and George Tower

George Tower, is contributing writer for the, T2C, and speaks fluent Greek.

The Abbot, Margarita and Captain Woodall all supped on the Hangover Burger ($28) 8oz grilled patty, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, topped with a fried egg on a brioche bun, which they all claimed was the best burger they had ever had.

George had the Salmon Eggs Benedict ($26) poached eggs, smoked salmon, toasted brioche, espelette hollandaise sauce and was completely happy.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling had her favorite Avocado Toast with Bacon ($24) scrambled eggs, Canadian bacon and mixed greens. If you want sensational food with a elegant atmosphere, I highly recommend The Consulate Midtown.

The Abbot gifted a book about his life written in both Greek and English to the guests.

The Abbott has been in America since April visiting Boston, Washington, Chicago, Milwaukee, The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Queens and NYC. His message is of gratitude, love and healing. He has been raising funds to expand and offer more to men who want a spiritual retreat, which is what Mount Athos does.

T2C’s Suzanna Bowling and The Holy Father, Geron Nektarios, Abbot of the Kalyve of Holy Cross in Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos

If you wish to know more you can go to Athonite Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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RASCALS AT SONY HALL — The Rascals long-awaited return to NYC proved to be a sensational evening of music. Their 16-song set, backed up by a terrific band -including bassist John Billings from Micky Dolenz’s band- was rocking from the start with their “Do You Feel It” and “”Beautiful Morning.” Felix Cavaliere’s vibrant vocals were just a joy. Face it, for people of a certain age, we grew up with this voice … just magical.

Micky Dolenz

Their cover of the Jackie Wilson-chestnut “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) High” set the SRO crowd afire.

Felix then brought his daughter Aria out for two selections. Clearly, she’s inherited by father’s dynamic vocal prowess. She was just terrific and a nice surprise.

Cavaliere then brought out guitarist Gene Cornish who was just wonderful. Gene has had some health issues, but his presence brought the show to a magnificent high-point.

Oddly, there was no mention of the rumored “My Hawaii” from Cavaliere with vocals from Dolly Parton. He mentioned it in a recent interview with Medium, but was mum about it on last Monday’s WOR-interview with Len Berman and Michael Riedel. I hear that the release has been held up several times. Sad … can’t wait to hear it.

The show ended with their signature classics “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “People Got To Be Free” and Good Lovin’.” The Rascals’ music is ingrained and it was a joy to hear it once again. Truth be told, it sounded better than ever!

Seated in a corner booth by the stage was none other than Bill Murray – a huge fan. Great night sensational set. Also, there were Rascals-PR man David Salidor; Dan Zelinski; Billy Amendola; Magda Katz from Times Square Chronicles; and Susan Nuzzi Russo. Thanks to SONY Hall’s Peter Abraham for his assistance.

David Sanborn

DAVID SANBORN — We don’t usually re-print tributes, but this, from David Sanborn’s wife Alice Soyer was so heartfelt.  Take a read:

Dave, my love, my warrior, my soulmate, my unique bird, my everything. I cannot believe what I’m writing right now but what I know is that you changed my life, because of you I know what true love is, I had and have it all. I have it all. Although I’m going to miss you every single minute of my life, I know that the pain you were enduring was not right, those pains are now released and you are completely free. You are and will be in every note, in every breath, in every sound that touches the soul, in every sun beam, in every cloud, in every beat of my heart. Dave you are an inspiration. Your courage to be yourself, to reveal this true voice screaming from inside, oh my love you are a true warrior, a pure artist, an extraordinary being.I will honor you every step on the way, I will represent you, us. I love you madly.

Dave forever

Don Grolnick

SHORT TAKES — First off, I left off one very important member when I referenced The Brecker Brothers last time: keyboardist-genius Don Grolnick: terrifically talented and much-missed …

George Harrison

One of the best parts of watching Let It Be(again!) was seeing John & Yoko dancing to George Harrison’s stunningly-beautiful “I Me Mine.” Awesome…  From Roger Friedman’s SHOWBIZ 411:Barbra Streisand just released a new a beautiful new single called “Love Will Survive,” for the closing credits of the upcoming series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz.” It’s maybe Streisand’s best new vocal in years thanks to producers Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey’s classics) and Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor classics). So now I’m told Streisand has booked the producing duo for her next album of duets. Barbra has a couple of these under her belt over her six decade career. But this one sounds like a powerhouse … Great interview with Micky Dolenz in advance of his Surf Ballroom show Friday in Clear Lake, Iowa: https://littlevillagemag.com/monkee-micky-dolenz-surf-ballroom/?fbclid=IwAR2jXAYYYCJ_19ovY4yT8DU8OfdaTU-GYdYhXahF-rvYj3yERRW_K5MmgrI

Francis Ford Coppola

With this year’s Cannes  Film Festival underway, the first big movie screened was Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis and it generated some of the craziest reviews I’ve ever seen.

Mostly positive. Coppola’s a genius, so you know to expect the unexpected. I think my favorite was from the UK’s Daily Telegraph which gave the movie four stars, saying, “Coppola’s latest is like Succession crossed with Batman Forever and a lava lamp… Aubrey Plaza is fantastic in this full-body sensory bath movie which follows a struggle for power among the elites of New Rome.” Me? I can’t wait to see it. The guy’s a bloody genius … 17-year-old wunderkind Kjersti Long -co writer of Vanessa Williams’ current return to music “Legs (Keep Dancing)”- heads to NYC for the Tribeca Festival in 2 weeks … And Apple TV’s Sugar -with Colin Farrell- ended its run. The first few episodes were great; very LA Confidential, but then, it turned into a sci-fi adventure. Odd? You bet. The ending left room for a second season, but I highly doubt it. Farell was great, but the topsy-turvy plot twist was brutal.

NAMES IN THE NEWS — August Darnell; Coati Mundi; Jeff Vogel; Kent Kotal; Bruce Grakal; Ringo Starr; Danny Fried; China Club; Tony King; Peter Brown; Mark Bego; Kent & Laura Denmark Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Peter Abraham; Peter Lubin; Steve Plotnicki; Profile Records; Joe Cocker; Lush Ice; Anthony Pomes; Terry Jastrow; and BELLA!

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