Thursday, July 19, 2018

JEAN SHAFIROFF HOSTS BASTILLE DAY LUNCHEON

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HIGH SOCIETY

Photographs By: Patrick McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff In Fashion

Jean Shafiroff And Greg Kelly



Philanthropist and author Jean Shafiroff hosted her Annual Bastille Day Luncheon on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 at traditional French restaurant Omar at Vaucluse in New York City. The luncheon, observing the national French holiday, coincided with France’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ victory, giving Shafiroff and her 45 distinguished guests more reason to celebrate.

Jean Shafiroff With Ann Rapp


Lucia Hwong Gordon With Lauren Day Roberts & Chiu-Ti Jansen



Notable attendees included: Jean Shafiroff, celebrity Greg Kelly, fashion designers Zang Toi and Victor dE Souza, Margo Catsimatidis, Susan Gutfreund, Liliana Cavendish, Basha Riddick, Ann Rapp, Roy Kean, Larry Kaiser, Laurel Marcus, Annette De Lorenzo, Mani Kamboj, Anka Palitz, Lee Fryd, Christopher Pape, Lucia Hwong Gordon, Maria Fishel, Chiu-Ti Jansen, Alejandra Sacasa, Gilda Sacasa, Flo Anthony, NBC host Raina Seitel, Lieba Nesis, Erica Katz, Marilyn Gauthier, Tony Brand, Ernest Schmatolla, Marilyn Kirschner, and Alex Donner.

Jean Shafiroff And Flo Anthony

Lee Fryd With Roy Kean And Natalie Ross



During the patriotic French celebration, Jean Shafiroff paid tribute to the French national soccer team. Speaking highly of the two-time World Cup champions, Shafiroff says, “France played a great game, but this victory won by France was especially thrilling following the French national holiday, Bastille Day.”


Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff has served as a board member of the French Heritage Society for approximately seven years. Toasting the French, Mrs. Shafiroff announced that she would make a donation to the French Heritage Society. A strong supporter of the nonprofit organization, Jean Shafiroff is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and promotion of French heritage in America and France.

Jean Shafiroff With Ernest Schmatolla & Margo Catsimatidis


Jean Shafiroff And Zang Toi


In honor of Bastille Day and the World Cup victors, the private dining room was decorated with miniature French flags and 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ soccer balls – with the same mono-panel design as the Adidas Telstar 18 official match ball.


The French national holiday, Bastille Day, commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison, marking the beginning of the French Revolution, which took place on July 14, 1789. The Bastille prison was a symbol of the absolute and arbitrary power of Louis XVI’s Regime. By capturing this symbol, the people signaled that the king's authority should be limited by a separation of powers.



Wednesday, July 18, 2018

COOKING WITH MARILYN MICHAELS & MARK WILK'S

How Not To Cook




Marilyn Michaels and Mark Wilk’s new book, How Not to Cook, for the Rest of Your Life, is the first ANTI-cookbook. Equals parts biography, self-help, and scrimp-n’-save philosophy, this laugh-out-loud rant, served up by America’s premier comedienne/impressionist, is a no holds barred empowerment-driven read covering such topics as:


TRAVEL


I don’t wanna hear the words: “It’s just a little turbulence.” Years ago on a flight to Vegas we started to nose dive, and everyone began to scream and cry out for “Mama!”… which is something I do without losing altitude…just like I don’t forget the pain of childbirth. I remember every contraction. Whenever I had one, I would tell myself, “Stupid, remember this.”


NANNIES


I don’t believe women should raise their children by themselves. It’s the real reason mothers set their babies afloat in a basket on the Nile. How do you think Moses started out?...an over extended mother!


DISHING


When my publicist begged me to go out with a young thespian named James Caan, I kept thinking about the kind of dishes he would expect of me; Italian? Because he played an Italian… Jewish? Because he probably was brought up on it? Or Chinese, because Jews like to eat that on Sundays. Nah, I wasn’t interested. That’s right. I gave up a date with Sonny Corleone!


THE MANSION


Hef came out to greet me in silk PJ’s—he was very friendly, unassuming and a bit childlike. The place was overrun with celebrities and beautiful women. There was no use wondering if you measured up...you didn’t. Everyone was a 10. I mean, in the days before I had a baby, I looked pretty good, but it was like the old line: “Did you ever feel that the whole world was a tuxedo, and you were a pair of brown shoes?”


This humorous tutorial also comes with anecdotes about:


Woody Allen

Orson Welles 

Barbra Streisand

Debbie Reynolds

Carrie Fisher

Joan Rivers

Princess Margaret Rose

Liza Minnelli 

Burt Reynolds 

Joan Crawford 

Bette Davis

Donald Trump

Ivana Trump, and dozens more—


The Audio version of How Not to Cook… will include upwards of 50 voice characters...coming this fall..




Photo Courtesy Of: Marilyn Michaels


ARMIE HAMMER VISITS STEPHEN COLBERT SHOW

Armie Hammer




Armie Hammer visited The Late Show With Stephen Colbert the other day in New York City.


LIZA KOSHY IN NYC FASHION @ THE BUILD SERIES

Liza Koshy




Liza Koshy was photographed visiting New York's BUILD SERIES the other day. She wore a bright summer yellow that looked great!


'DANCERS FOR GOOD' BENEFIT IN EAST HAMPTON

Alan Cumming




Dancers For Good, the magical Benefit evening of dance, will feature an extraordinary line-up of performances by renowned companies and choreographers such as Amy Marshall Dance Company, Carolyn Dorfman Dance, Eryc Taylor Dance, Martha Graham Dance Company, Pam Tanowitz Dance, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Rock the Ballet and a special tribute to Broadway’s CHICAGO The Musical!



Two legends of the dance world, Bebe Neuwirth and Chita Rivera will be honored. Guests will enjoy a spectacular array of ballet, modern and Broadway dance performances followed by an intimate cocktail reception with the honorees and an opportunity to meet the dancers.



The Benefit celebrates innovative, passionate and heartfelt dancers who have devoted their lives to the wonder of movement. 100% of Dancers For Good net proceeds support The Actors Fund which fosters stability and resiliency, and provides a safety net for all performing arts and entertainment professionals over their lifespan. This is done through a wide variety of programs including The Dancers’ Resource which is geared toward the professional dancer dealing with significant injury, and helps by mitigating the isolation many dancers experience during recovery. Other vital programs include The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts, The Actors Home, Womens' Health Initiative, HIV/AIDS Initiative, and Disaster Relief among many services.



HONOREES:

Multiple Tony winner and this June's "Special Tony for Lifetime Achievement in Theatre" recipient Chita Rivera & Emmy and Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth



HONORARY COMMITTEE:

Alan Cumming
Billy Porter



WHEN:

Friday, July 20, 2018

7:00 PM – Curtain

Reception following the performance



WHERE:

Guild Hall

158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY



TICKETS:

$150 – $250



For tickets and more information, visit http://dancersforgood.org



About Dancers For Good



During the summer of 2015 dancer Michael Apuzzo of Paul Taylor Dance Company, and event planner/former Broadway performer Eric Gunhus came up with the idea to bring a new and fresh event to East Hampton: a dance festival of some the most prestigious dance companies and prominent dancers in the world, sharing their gifts to raise funds in support of the arts and the local community.



Michael & Eric decided to combine their efforts and the collaboration brought Dancers For Good to life with their acclaimed event in summer of 2016. Dancers For Good incorporated as their own 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2018.



The name Dancers For Good is two-fold in meaning: Dance is a discipline that stays with the dancer for life…for good. Additionally, this event brings together incredible dancers eager to give their time, talents and energy for charitable philanthropy…to do good. This celebration allows all of us an opportunity to experience Dancers For Good.



Monday, July 16, 2018

DWAYNE JOHNSON 'THE ROCK' AT SKYSCRAPER

Hannah Quinlivan



Dwayne Johnson



Dwayne Johnson along with Hannah Quinlivan, were photographed at the New York Premiere of Skyscraper recently at AMC Loews Lincoln Square in New York City.


A SIGN OF THE TIMES: SONGS OF PETULA CLARK

A Sign Of The Times




A Sign of the Times, a new musical featuring the songs of Petula Clark and multiple hit-makers of the 1960s, will join the Delaware Theater Company’s 40th Anniversary Season, from November 28 – December 23. Featuring a book by legendary comedy writer and six-time Emmy Award-winner Bruce Vilanch, based on an original story by Richard Robin, the show is directed by Gabriel Barre (Amazing Grace) with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter (School of Rock). The production will star Broadway notables Chilina Kennedy (Beautiful), Drew Seeley (Jersey Boys), Crystal Lucas-Perry (Lincoln Center’s Bull In A China Shop), and Ryan Silverman (The Phantom of the Opera). Complete casting will be announced at a later date. Opening night is set for December 4.



Featuring the songs of a generation, A Sign of the Times tells the story of Cindy (Kennedy), a young woman pursuing her passion and finding her voice in New York City in 1965. Set against the backdrop of women's liberation, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War - events as relevant today as they were then, A Sign of the Times will transport audiences to the big city in the 60s with heart and soul, featuring such classic songs as “Downtown,” “You Don't Own Me,” “Don't Sleep in the Subway,” “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss),” and “The Boy From New York City.”



Additional creative team members include Paul Tate DePoo lII (Scenic Design), Jennifer Caprio (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), Benjamin Pearcy (Projection Design), Shannon Slaton (Sound Design), J. Jared Janas (Hair Design), Rick Fox (Music Direction), Joseph Church (Music Supervision & Orchestrations), Alchemy Production Group (General Management) and Tara Rubin Casting (Casting). A Sign of the Times played a nearly sold out world premiere engagement at Goodspeed Musicals in 2016.



Tickets are now on-sale. For performance schedule and pricing, visit: www.DelawareTheatre.org.


ROCK LEGEND ERIC JOHNSON @ NEW JERSEY PAC

Eric Johnson



Newark, New Jersey - New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents GRAMMY-winning rock legend Eric Johnson and his original band performing their landmark 1990 album, Ah Via Musicom, live and in its entirety on Saturday, October 20th.


As a performer, composer and recording artist, Eric Johnson been at the forefront of contemporary music for well over 20 years. Ah Via Musicom, Johnson’s third studio album, was certified platinum and introduced his signature hit, “Cliffs of Dover,” which won that year’s GRAMMY Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. The album also spawned two other chart-topping singles – “Trademark” and “Righteous” – which made Johnson the first artist ever to score three “Top 10” instrumentals. All Music Guide recently described Ah Via Musicom as “a recording that has reached near-classic proportions within the guitar community,” and one that has seen Johnson “compared with rock's immortals.”


"Eric Johnson plays guitar the way Michelangelo painted ceilings,” says The New Age Music Guide, “with a colorful vibrancy that's more real than life." Guitar Player recently classified him as “one of the most respected guitarists on the planet.” On his most recent album, 2017’s Collage, Johnson combines five new, original songs with inventive covers of titles made famous by Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, B.B. King and more.


Tickets to see Eric Johnson will be available on Friday, July 20th at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office.


NJPAC

One Center Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Photo Courtesy of: NJ PAC


PRE BROADWAY ENGAGEMENT OF MOULIN ROUGE !

Moulin Rouge




Boston, MA – The pre-Broadway engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical began performances on Tuesday July 10, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre. The production runs through August 19.



As previously announced, reviving a great theatrical tradition, Boston’s crown jewel reopens its doors this summer with the world premiere of the musical, based on the 2001 20th Century Fox motion picture by Baz Luhrmann.



Moulin Rouge! The Musical stars Karen Olivo (Tony Award® for West Side Story, In the Heights), Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), Danny Burstein (six-time Tony Award®-nominee, Fiddler On the Roof, Cabaret), Sahr Ngaujah (Tony® and Olivier award-nominee for Fela), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago, Encores!’s Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers), Ricky Rojas (Burn the Floor) and Robyn Hurder (Nice Work If You Can Get It).



The ensemble and swings include Jacqueline Arnold, Olutayo Bosede, Kyle Brown, Sam Cahn, Joe Carroll, Max Clayton, Natalie Cortez, Jennifer Florentino, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Bahiyah Hibah, Ericka Hunter, Holly James, Reed Luplau, Jeigh Madjus, Daniel Maldonado, Morgan Marcell, Brandt Martinez, Jodi McFadden, Kevyn Morrow, Fred Odgaard, Dylan Paul, Khori Petinaud, Benjamin Rivera, and Connor Wince.



Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Karen Olivo). Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Danny Burstein), the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah), the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - in all of Paris, Santiago (Ricky Rojas), the tempting Nini (Robyn Hurder), and The Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu), the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.



Directed by Alex Timbers (Tony Award®-nominated for Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Peter and the Starcatcher) with a book by John Logan (Tony Award® for Red), choreography by Sonya Tayeh (Lucille Lortel Award and Obie Award for Kung Fu, and Emmy winner), and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson). Moulin Rouge! The Musical will play this limited engagement at the newly refurbished venue (106 Boylston Street) prior to Broadway (New York City details to be announced).



The design team for Moulin Rouge! The Musical includes Tony Award® winner Derek McLane (sets), Tony Award® winner Catherine Zuber (costumes), two-time Tony Award® nominee Justin Townsend (lighting), Tony Award® winner Peter Hylenski (sound) and Drama Desk Award winner David Brian Brown (wig and hair design).



As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical features many of the iconic songs from the movie and also includes recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.



Global Creatures (Carmen Pavlovic) is the producer and Bill Damaschke is the executive producer. General management is by Foresight Theatrical.



Released by 20th Century Fox, “Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!” premiered at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival. At the 74th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, and won two.



As previously announced, Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) – Stephen Lewin, CEO, North America; Kristin Caskey, Executive Vice President of Content and Creative, North America – the world’s number one live-theatre company, has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Emerson College to operate the landmark venue.





THE JOYS OF PARENTHOOD FOR SINGER CARDI B

Cardi B



E! NEWS -- In just a few short days, it's safe to say Cardi B knows all about the joys of parenthood.


Last Wednesday, the hip-hop superstar announced the birth of her first child with Offset on social media.


"Kulture Kiari Cephus 07/10/18," she shared on Instagram with a pink and floral-themed nude photo.


While fans are eagerly waiting to see the first photo of the couple's baby girl, E! News is learning new details about how the woman behind "I Like It" and "Bodak Yellow" is adjusting to being a parent.


"Cardi was so excited to have the baby early and has been nothing but head over heels with her baby girl," a source shared with E! News exclusively. "She had a smooth delivery and the baby was definitely ready to be here early."


"Cardi is obsessed with Kulture and is already very attached and overprotective," our source continued. "She has let her family and a few friends see the baby, but has mainly been spending a lot of time alone at home with Offset."


We're told the rapper is receiving lots of advice from friends and family members. She's also overwhelmed with the amount of baby products she has received.


While Offset has remained mum on social media minus the Instagram post where he confirmed his baby's arrival, we're told the musician helped name the baby and incorporated his initials as a namesake.


"Offset has been very helpful because he's been through this before and knows the ropes," our insider shared. "Cardi loves him even more after seeing him hold their baby girl."


Although Cardi B has several concerts scheduled with Bruno Mars starting September 7, the rapper is savoring time with her newest family member. At the same time, she remains excited about the future of her career that may even include new music.


"Cardi has already talked about wanting to get back in the studio and work," a source shared. "She loves being a mom but also wants to make sure she has a legacy, and is a very hard worker."


But again, the next few weeks are all about baby Kulture and experiencing love from family, friends and fans around the world.


"Thank you everybody for the congrats we really appreciated. Thank you to family and friends that's been hitting me up checking on me. It's been a little hard for me to reply back cause this mommy job requires full day, all day, all night attention," she recently shared on Instagram. "I love you guys. Thanking all my fans as well for the love and support. I love you guys!! I'll try to post more often."


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