Wednesday, November 22, 2017

BARBARA TOBER HOSTS AVEDON: SOMETHING PERSONAL

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AT THE MUSEUM

Photos By: Patirck McMullan
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Jean Shafiroff With Richard Johnson


Dr. Donald Tober And Barbara Tober





Tom Florio And David Kuhn
Barbara Tober hosted a sensational cocktail reception November 15th at the Museum of Arts and Design celebrating the new biography, Avedon: Something Personal. Attended by generations of Avedon colleagues dating back to the late 1950s and photography world luminaries including Maria Hambourg, Carol Squiers, Deborah Bell, and Vince Aletti; and Avedon models Pat Cleveland, Evelyn Kuhn, Patty Hansen, Lauren Helm, Astrid Heeren, and Tony Spinelli. Among the other 375 guests were Susan Cheever, Andre Bishop, Jill Krementz, Jamie Bernstein, Nancy Hoving, Philip Galanes, Carlyne Cerf, and Peter Bacanovic. The book will be on sale starting this week.

Michele Cohen With Joan Hornig



Barbara Tober told friends, “I was lucky enough to be part of a golden age of magazines at Condé Nast, first at Vogue and then as the editor of Brides. It was a time when great talent like Dick was supported and thrived. Can't wait to read Norma and Steven’s book.” Author Steven Aronson went on to say, "Norma Stevens and I wanted to take readers to the point beyond where even Dick Avedon's closest friends knew him, so the book is no puffography - it's a very full portrait of a very compelling personality."



Other notable guests included: Jean Shafiroff, Judy Auchincloss, Tina Beriro, Nejma Beard, Patticia Bosworth, Paul van Ravenstein, Young Yang Chung, Michele Cohen, Suzi Cordish, Jacqueline Weld Drake, Brandon Fradd, Cristina Grassi, Richard Johnson, Tom Kalin, Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan, James Kaliardos, David Kuhn, Shari Loeffler, Marie Monique Steckel, Dante Spinelli, Tony Spinelli, Stephanie Stokes, Norma Stevens, Evelyn Sokolsky, Stanley Sokolsky, Jeannette Watson, and Jessica Zamir and well as the book’s publishers Celina Spiegel and Julie Grau.


MEGHAN MARKLE PACKS HER SUITS FOR LONDON MOVE

Meghan Markle




E! NEWS -- Meghan Markle's future with Suits may be up in the air, but her future, living in her Toronto apartment is definitely coming to an end.

The actress, who is dating England's Prince Harry, wrapped her seventh (and possibly final) season of the USA show, which is filmed in Toronto, Canada, and is officially moving house.

A source confirms to E! News that on Tuesday movers were packing and removing all of Meghan's things out of her Annex apartment.

The source also added that, for now, many of Markle's things will be going into storage, while others are being shipped to London, where she was spotted Christmas shopping on Tuesday.

The moving news has lead to even more speculation that the Canadian-living American actress is gearing up for a big move across the pond to live in London, the same city as her royal beau, so that the two can get engaged.

Rumors of an imminent engagement have been swirling ever since the duo made their first joint appearance at the Invictus Games on Sept. 25.

Last week, E! News reported that Markle's presence on the eighth season of USA drama was still unknown but that both Markle and Patrick J. Adams were looking to exit the long-running series.

As for Markle, who's starred as paralegal-turned-lawyer (and Adams' on-screen fiancee) Rachel Zane since the show's beginning, chatter over her possible departure from the legal show has run rampant since Buckingham Palace confirmed the actress and philanthropist was dating Prince Harry.

Per THR, the duo was spotted filming a wedding scene earlier this month in Toronto, adding fuel to the raging fire that their onscreen love story is coming to its close.

Reps for USA, Adams and Markle all declined to comment on the show's casting.



Monday, November 20, 2017

RICK'S CABARET & FDNY GIVE THANKSGIVING TURKEYS

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FDNY MARINE CORPS ASSOCIATION DISTRIBUTES TURKEYS TO THOSE IN NEED, AND RAISES MONEY FOR “SOLDIERS JOURNEY HOME” (BUILDS HOME FOR WOUNDED VETS), AND “PAWS OF WAR” (TRAINS SERVICE DOGS FOR VETS)
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Thanksgiving Turkey Drive 2017





The entertainers, staff, and management from Rick’s Cabaret, Vivid Cabaret, and Hoops Cabaret and Sports Bar donate turkeys, help distribute them, and raise funds at the annual “Thanksgiving Turkey Drive” coordinated through the FDNY Marine Corps Association.



“The firemen do such a great job getting turkeys to those who need them and raise money for such worthy causes,” explained Rick’s Cabaret Girl Michelle. “We are just glad to do whatever we can to help.”



“Every year the Turkey Drive gets bigger and bigger,” explained Vivid Cabaret Girl Emma. “I’m really proud that we are a part of it.”



Hoops Cabaret Girl Brooke agreed. “Thanksgiving is a very special time. We can enjoy what we have, but also remember to share what we can with others.”

DOWNTOWN ABBEY: THE EXHIBITION VIP OPENING NIGHT

Allen Leech



Michelle Dockery




Michelle Dockery and Allen Leech, were photographed at Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition VIP Opening in New York City the other evening.



REVEALED HANDWRITTEN NOTE FROM SEN. FRANKEN

Leeann Tweeden On The View



Revealed handwritten note from Sen. Franken




Leeann Tweeden spoke out about sexual misconduct allegations against Sen. Al Franken




Tweeden read the note: "It says, ‘Dear Leeann, I want to apologize to you personally. I don't know what was in my head when I took that picture. But that doesn't matter. There's no excuse. I understand why you can feel violated by that photo. I remember that rehearsal differently. But what's important is the impact on you and you felt violated by my actions, and for that I apologize. I have tremendous respect for your work for the USO. And I am ashamed that my actions ruined that experience for you. I am so sorry. Sincerely, Al Franken.'"



According to Tweeden, Franken also asked to meet with her personally.



Shared her story and why she spoke out



Tweeden discussed the bystanders' role in the now-infamous photo on a USO airplane, and talks about what she wants from Franken going forward.






Reacted to Pres. Trump's tweet



"This whole last 24 hours of my life have been overwhelming and surreal and then to have the president of the United States tweeting about you and this picture is — I almost don't even know what to say," Tweeden said in response to Trump's tweet.



Photo Courtesy of: ABC / Disney


Friday, November 17, 2017

NYC MISSION SOCIETY THANKSGIVING HARVEST DINNER

Jean Shafiroff With Senator Brian Benjamin And Kenita Lloyd





New York, N.Y. – Striving to help its program participants and community members start the holiday season with a hot meal, the New York City Mission Society provided more than 300 meals at its 14th Annual Thanksgiving Harvest Community Dinner at Minisink Townhouse yesterday.



New York City Mission Society alumni and staff, Board Members, community members, and volunteers served the meals, while students in the nonprofit’s after school free music education program, GRIOT, performed onstage in the auditorium.



This event has been underwritten by Board Member Jean Shafiroff . Sponsors and volunteer groups included Chase, Nike, Kohl’s, Whole Foods and Jay Moorhead. .


Jean Shafiroff Serves Thanksgiving Dinner



“The families we serve face numerous challenges each day, and the holidays can be especially tough,” said New York City Mission Society President Elsie McCabe Thompson. “This time of year is a chance to give thanks and to give back, so I thank our board members Jean Shafiroff and Jay Moorhead, our community members, staff, and other volunteers for coming together on this night to start the holiday season off on a high note. This is what the holidays are all about.”



New York State Senator Brian Benjamin greeted attendees, and Reverend Anthony Iroh of St. Charles Borromeo Church delivered an invocation before everyone sat down to turkey, stuffing, side dishes, desserts, and beverages donated by area businesses and individuals.



Earlier in the week, the Mission Society continued its tradition of distributing turkeys to community members to help create a festive Thanksgiving. The turkeys were donated by St. Francis Food Pantries & Shelters.



ATTENDIES INCLUDED:


Jean Shafiroff, Elsie McCabe Thompson, Jay Moorhead, Father Anthony Iroh, Francis Kairson, Natasha Das, Emily Mohr, Cole Rumbough served hundreds of community members to kick off the holiday season in Harlem.


About the New York City Mission Society



The New York City Mission Society has been on the frontlines of the war on poverty for more than 200 years. Today, our progressive portfolio of educational, workforce development, cultural enrichment, and community-building programs, make a positive, long-term impact on the City’s most underserved communities by promoting academic achievement, and providing career opportunities and cultural enrichment. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 children and families throughout New York City with our programs, supportive services, and community events. Learn more at http://www.nycmissionsociety.org.


Photos By: Patrick McMullan

THE SAMUEL WAXMAN CANCER FOUNDATION GALA

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Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction

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Chris Wragge



Marion & Samuel Waxman




The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) hosted its 20th Anniversary Collaborating for a Cure Benefit Dinner & Auction at Cipriani Wall Street, posthumously honoring William S. Gorin, former CEO of MFA Financial, Inc., and featuring a musical performance by The Avett Brothers. The gala also introduced SWCRF’s new Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research Program, in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging. Chris Wragge, co-anchor of CBS 2 News This Morning, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which raised approximately $2.5 million for SWCRF cancer research programs.



This year’s event was attended by about 800 corporate executives, board members, and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells, and to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded by the SWCRF have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.

Robin Lathrop



Hugh Hildesley
Notable attendees included Marion Waxman and Dr. Samuel Waxman; Elin and Michael Nierenberg; Chris Wragge; William T. Sullivan; The Avett Brothers; Jody, Matthew, and Allie Gorin; Julie and Scott Waxman; Bettina and Spencer Waxman; Hugh Hildesley; Robin Lathrop; Maria and Kenneth Fishel; Nancy, Howard, Charles, and Emma Kurz; Barry Cohen; Phyllis and Gary Gladstein; Louis Perone; Jeff Gladstein; Mary Kantor; Dena K. Weiner; Sandy, Marc, Jake, and Chloe Taub; Tom Marano; Marc Toscano; Greg Overlander; Peter Cherasia; Chris Arlotta; Mario Pecoraro; Greg Schwab; Naira Velumyan; JK Sezlik; and Samantha Santiago-Jones and Steve Jones.



After a cocktail reception and silent auction, SWCRF Collaborating for a Cure Gala host Michael Nierenberg thanked the foundation’s board, staff, and the evening’s guests before introducing Master of Ceremonies Chris Wragge. Mr. Wragge welcomed SWCRF founder and CEO Dr. Samuel Waxman to the stage. Dr. Waxman thanked the hosts, Mr. and Mrs. Nierenberg, along with all of the donors, for more than 20 years of giving, and outlined some of the organization’s major achievements before providing an update on the SWCRF’s Partnerships for Aging and Cancer Research program, a collaboration with the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute on Aging that will add more partners. Research funded by the program, which launches officially next year, will study the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of cancer as people age. Dr. Waxman announced that the partnership has a goal of building a $20 million fund.

The Avett Brothers



Following Dr. Waxman’s announcement, Mr. Nierenberg introduced a video tribute to Mr. Gorin, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in August 2017. In the video, Mr. Gorin’s family and friends, including his widow Jody Gorin, reflected on his legacy, painting the picture of an optimistic, driven, and family oriented man who never let the disease get in the way of his enjoyment of life’s moments. After the video, Mr. Nierenberg and Dr. Waxman presented Mrs. Gorin with the William S. Gorin Memorial Award, which marks the introduction of an annual grant to fund research by a special investigator working in pancreatic cancer.



Hugh Hildesley, Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s, then introduced the first auction of the night, in which donors bid at three high levels—$10,000, $25,000 and $50,000. SWCRF Executive Director William T. Sullivan then introduced the gala’s Text to Pledge, a mobile fundraising technology through which guests texted their donations accompanied by messages of encouragement and celebration that appeared on large screens in the venue in real-time throughout the evening. Afterwards, Mr. Nierenberg welcomed Mary Stone of Bank of America on stage to share a heartfelt remembrance of her colleague Sonia Chun, who passed away in August after a battle with Triple-Negative breast cancer.



The evening’s live auction was led with lively enthusiasm by Mr. Hildesley. Guests bid on exclusive items such as: A ten-course meal with wine pairings for eight guests at Chef Gabriel Kreuther’s exclusive kitchen table, which sold for $9,000; reservations for six at Rao’s, featuring a hand-picked, Chef prepared menu including appetizers, entrees, desserts, and wine, which sold for $21,000; and the evening’s highest bid, a Palm Bay International Spanish vineyards, castle, and wine package which sold for $36,000. Other auction items included two house seats to the sold-out Springsteen on Broadway (sold for $17,000) and a private wine tasting for 25 at Italian Wine Merchants, which went for $14,000.



Silent auction items will be available for bidding at CharityStars.com until November 30th, 2017, and include: An opportunity to see one of Bette Midler’s final performances in Hello, Dolly!; Tickets to The Dr. OZ Show and The Ellen DeGeneres Show; a caviar luxury spa package at the Ritz-Carlton in New York City; signed jerseys from New York Jets legend Joe Namath and the Pittsburgh Steelers’ Franco Harris; hotel stays including the Club Barbados Resort & Spa, the Verandah Resort & Spa in Antigua, and the Andaz Hotel in West Hollywood, California; dinner gift certificates to top New York City restaurants such as Cipriani, Casa Lever, Delmonico’s, and La Masseria; a painting by artist Alexey Klokov; and four front-row tickets to see the New York Jets play the San Diego Chargers, among many other exciting offerings.



After the auction, guests were treated to an exclusive concert by folk rock band The Avett Brothers.



Known affectionately by New Yorkers as “The Waxman,” this yearly fête is one of the top fundraising events in New York City. In recent years, “The Waxman” has raised millions of dollars to support the Foundation’s research efforts to produce a cure for cancer. Past celebrity performers have included Ziggy Marley, Train, Peter Frampton, Gregg Allman, Kid Rock, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, John Fogerty, Roger Daltrey, and Counting Crows.


JEFF TOYNE COMPOSER FOR AUDIENCE'S 'HIT THE ROAD'


HIT THE ROAD



Jeff Toyne, the composer for the Audience Network's recent hit series Hit The Road has the talent to make it in Hollywood.  Created by and starring Jason Alexander, the series follows a dysfunctional family band as they travel across the country trying to hit it big.


A seasoned composer, Jeff has previously worked on the scores for films such as Life on the Line, starring John Travolta; Thom Pain, starring Rain Wilson; and 9/11, starring Charlie Sheen and Whoopie Goldberg. He's also the composer on the upcoming documentary The Volunteers, documenting the Kurdish YPG movement and its recent skirmishes with Isis fighters. Previously, he has also worked as an orchestrator on films such as The Mummy, Fast Five, District 9, and the upcoming My Little Pony Movie.

FRANKIE VALLI @ NEW JERSEY PERFORMING ARTS

Frankie Valli




Newark, New Jersey - New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) presents Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Spend an evening with American pop icon and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Frankie Valli when he brings an evening of his classic hits: “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Rag Doll,” “My Eyes Adored You,” and many more.



Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, a Newarker who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century. Thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the life and times of Frankie and his legendary group, their classic songs are all the rage all over again.



But please don’t say that Frankie is back. The truth is, he never went away. Sure, the majority of the 71 chart hits of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (including 40 in the Top 40, 19 in the Top 10 and eight No. 1s) came during the 1960s, but the music didn’t just disappear He has toured almost continuously since 1962, and his songs have been omnipresent in such movies as The Deer Hunter, Dirty Dancing and Mrs. Doubtfire. As many as 200 artists have done cover versions of Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” from Nancy Wilson’s jazz treatment to Lauryn Hill’s hip-hop makeover.



Throughout his incredible career, Valli has sold well over 100 million records worldwide. One of the most distinctive voices in all of American music, his dazzling falsetto has become the stuff of rock’n’roll legend. For over five decades now, Valli and his group have been a top concert draw on stages coast-to-coast and around the world, thanks to the constant radio circulation of his songs as well as new re-mixes that find their way onto today’s charts.



“Frankie Valli's voice is a thing of wonder,” The Evening Standard wrote in a 2017 concert review. “… Every high note – and there are many – is hit with laser-guided precision. Oh, what a night, indeed!” Tickets to see Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are Tickets on sale Friday, November 17, 2017 at 10 AM at NJPAC.org or 888.GO.NJPAC (888.466.5722) or by visiting the NJPAC Box Office.

Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons

Thursday, April 5, 2018 8:00 PM
Friday, April 6, 2018 8:00 PM
Tickets $49 - $175

NJPAC

One Center Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102


Photo Courtesy Of: NJPAC


TODRICK HALL TAKES OVER BILLY FLYNN IN 'CHICAGO'


CHICAGO



The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago, which celebrates its 21st Broadway anniversary this week, will welcome YouTube sensation and Broadway star Todrick Hall in the role of “Billy Flynn” for seven weeks only, November 30, 2017 to January 14, 2018, at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt will play his final performance in the role on Sunday, November 26.



Todrick Hall is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, “American Idol” finalist, star of his own MTV show and viral YouTube sensation (2.7M subscribers, 400M views). Hall recently released his first visual album, Straight Outta Oz, which debuted as the #2 pop album. Broadway: The Color Purple, Memphis, Kinky Boots. Hall has opened “The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards”; been a judge on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Gay for Play”; choreographed videos for Beyoncé; written and starred in the Virgin America safety video, Fiat commercials and the theme song for the new online version of “Sesame Street.” Upcoming: Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall.



Chicago also currently stars Tony Award nominee Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Olivier Award Winner & Original Cast Member Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton (LaVon Fisher-Wilson returns to the role of “Mama” on Monday, November 20) and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.



With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.



Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.



Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer and casting by Stewart/Whitley.



Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.


TICKET INFORMATION



Tickets for Chicago are available through Telecharge.com, by calling 212-239-6200, and in-person at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.; New York, NY) box office. Regular box office hours are 10 am to 8 pm Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7:00 pm Sunday.