Monday, April 30, 2012

SERENA WILLIAMS LAUNCHES SLEEP SHEETS

Serena Williams



Tennis superstar Serena Williams was in NYC the other day, to launch her new company – Sleep Sheets. Sleep Sheets are the next iteration from the company behind Energy Sheets which is owned by Pitbull, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire and more.



Serena Williams, who has been plagued with sleep issues her whole life, personally helped to develop the all-natural strips which dissolve on your tongue and include melatonin, goji berry extract and chamomile extract. www.sheetsbrand.com.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

LAS VEGAS TAO AND VENETIAN ARE ON FIRE

Rita Ora


 Amy Adams




Wilmer Valderrama, Minka Kelly, Rob Kardashian and Rita Oro were all spotted at Tao at The Venetian this weekend. Wilmer started of his trip hanging with friends enjoying the #luxelife poolside at AZURE at The Palazzo, enjoying drinks and sushi in the sun followed by a spa session with friends at the Canyon Ranch Spa. He then met up with friends Rob Kardashian and Rita Oro for dinner at LAVO, The group went upstairs to the Lavo nightclub where Rita surprised the crowd with an energy filled performance.


ICON RICHARD SIMMONS REFUSES TO RETIRE

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80s icon and fitness guru Richard Simmons sat down with the editors of MensHealth.com this month for a web-exclusive interview. Among other things, Simmons discussed how, at 63, he's still teaching classes, wearing Dolfin shorts (he has 400 pairs!), and taking endless crap from David Letterman and Howard Stern; he also shared his thoughts on shows like The Biggest Loser.
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 Richard Simmons




Simmons on weight loss reality shows like The Biggest Loser:

I'm not into any show that makes people compete when they lose weight. I think the show has some merit and they do some good. But voting off people every week because they didn’t lose enough weight, or giving somebody a car or money because they did lose weight? That's terrible…Who are you competing against? It's you. You need to be doing this for you and only you. Not to win a car, not to stay at a fancy resort, not to get a treadmill or an elliptical for your home. The real pride, the real present, is your health and your longevity. My whole career I have never done anything where competition was involved with weight loss.

Simmons on crying every time he does Howard Stern's show:

I’m not going to lie to you. I use at least a half box of Kleenex when I talk to Howard. I’ve known him for so long, and sometimes he asks me things . . . he just hits me for a loop. I can’t believe some of the things he asks...I’ve been doing his show for 22 years. I’ve always loved him, but he just likes to rile me up. I’m just an emotional kind of person. I sit there and bawl.

Simmons on David Letterman:

I love David. (Long pause.) He’s more complicated than any of them, that David. I’ve done his show so many times. You know, I’ve never actually met him? Even when I would do a remote with him, we’d go in separate cars and he wouldn’t talk to me…Everybody on his show is so kind; it’s like a party fest. And then they take me upstairs and lock me in a room. I’m not kidding! It makes me feel like Patty Hearst. And then they take you down to the studio maybe two minutes before you go on. The studio is 43 degrees, and I’m in those farkakte little shorts. I feel like that Christmas story about the little girl selling the matchsticks in the snow. Anyway, so you do the show with him, and then when they go to commercial they remove you…You’re just now allowed to talk to him [David]. Or if you are, he’s very standoffish. 

Simmons on if he would ever return to Letterman’s show:

I don’t know. Maybe one day, when the time and everything is right. Because I do love him…The last time I was on, we went to commercial and I was like, ‘I’d love to meet your wife!’ He was like, ‘You never will.’ And then I was like, ‘And see your son!’ And he was like ‘You’ll never see him.’ And then we come back from the commercial break and he’s all friendly with me again. ‘Okay, we’re back with Richard Simmons.’ You think I’m kidding, but I’m not making this up.

Simmons on still teaching workout classes at Slimmons:

I do. Three days a week, I teach a full hour-and-twenty-five-minute class.

THE 57TH DRAMA DESK AWARDS NOMINATIONS

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THE BROADWAY GOSSIP
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 Donna Murphy




Nominations for the 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced this morning at Feinstein's at Loews Regency by Drama Desk Award winners Brian d' Arcy James and Donna Murphy. They were joined by Drama Desk President Isa Goldberg; Barbara Siegel, Chairperson of the Drama Desk Nominating Committee and Randie Levine-Miller, Director of Special Events for the



The nominations announcement was streamed live on www.dramadeskawards.com. The full list of nominees is available at this same website.



In keeping with the Drama Desk's unique mission, nominators considered shows that opened on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway during the 2011-2012 New York theater season in the same competitive categories. Their level of dedication and commitment to the organization and the theater community is outstanding. The committee worked diligently, attending performances of eligible productions and meeting regularly throughout the year. Final deliberations took place at the Travel Inn in New York City.



The 2011-2012 Drama Desk Nominating Committee is composed of: Barbara Siegel, Chairperson (TalkinBroadway.com, TheaterMania.com); Suzanna Bowling (Times Square Chronicles); Lawrence Harbison (Smith and Kraus, Inc.); Mark Peikert (Sack Stage); Richard Ridge (Broadway Beat TV/BroadwayWorld.com) and Frank Verlizzo (Fraver Design).



The Drama Desk nominees will receive their official nomination certificates at an exclusive by invitation only Nominees Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Oceana Restaurant in Manhattan.



The 57th Annual Drama Desk Awards will take place on Sunday, June 3, 2012, at 8:00 PM at The Town Hall in Manhattan. TheaterMania.com and its CEO and Executive Producer Gretchen Shugart will present the awards ceremony with Robert R. Blume and David S. Stone in association with Renee McCurry. TheaterMania.com, which has been involved with th1 Drama Desk Awards for the past 10 years, has engaged Joey Parnes Productions to produce and manage the event.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR IS EXPECTING AGAIN

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US WEEKLY CONFIRMS HAPPY NEWS
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 Freddie Prinze Jr. And Sarah Michelle Gellar



Sarah Michelle Gellar and Freddie Prinze, Jr. are expanding their family! The Ringer actress is pregnant with her second child, Us Weekly can exclusively confirm. "She and Freddie are thrilled," a friend of the pair says. "They're amazing parents."

The couple met while filming the 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer and began dating three years later. They tied the knot in Mexico on September 1, 2002, and welcomed daughter Charlotte Grace in September 2009.

Gellar, 35, recently told Us that Prinze, 36, had been enjoying his one-on-one time with Charlotte as she filmed the first season of The CW's Ringer.

DJ VICE HITS NEW YORK CITY CLUB HOTSPOTS


DJ Vice




DJ Vice was playing at Avenue on Wednesday night in NYC. The DJ powerhouse was also spotted at NYC hotspot Beauty And Essex on Thursday night catching up with friends and checking out the DJ booth before jet setting back to Vegas for shows at TAO and LAVO.

THE 'HIP HOP AND THE L.A. RIOTS' SCREENING

 Kurupt With Arsenio Hall And John Singleton



Kurupt along with Arsenio Hall and John Singleton attended The Special Screening of VH1 Rock Doc 'Uprising: Hip Hop and The L.A. Riots held at the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, California.



'DON'T DRESS FOR DINNER' OPENING NIGHT

Jennifer Tilly


Adam James With Jennifer Tilly And Ben Daniels


 
 Patricia Kalember



The stars were snapped at the Opening Night Curtain Call for the Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway Production of 'Don't Dress For Dinner' at the American Airlines Theater.




TV LAND BEGINS PRODUCTION OF SOUL MAN

 Cedric The Entertainer


TV Land is giving one of the original “Kings of Comedy” his own sitcom! Laugh-out-loud comedians Cedric “The Entertainer” and Niecy Nash star in the network’s newest original series, “The Soul Man” (formerly known as “Have Faith”), which begins production this week for a total of 12 episodes, it was announced today by Keith Cox, executive vice president, development and original programming, TV Land. “The Soul Man” premieres Wednesday, June 20 at 10pm ET/PT, immediately followed by the season two premiere of TV Land’s hit sitcom, “The Exes,” which stars Donald Faison (“Scrubs”), Wayne Knight (“Seinfeld”), David Alan Basche (“The Starter Wife”), Kelly Stables (“Two and a Half Men”) and Kristen Johnston (“3rd Rock From The Sun”).

“The Soul Man” revolves around R&B superstar-turned-minister Reverend Boyce “The Voice” Ballentine (played by Cedric) who was living the high life in Las Vegas at the top of the music charts (see the video for his 80’s hit, “Sex Wichoo” here) when he gets the calling to go from soul singer to soul saver. Relocating to St. Louis with his wife, Lolli (Nash) and his daughter, Lyric (Jazz Raycole) to take over the preaching duties in his father’s church, his family is not exactly eager to give up the fabulous superstar life for a humble one. The Reverend Boyce character originally appeared in a season two episode of “Hot in Cleveland” and a spinoff was developed by Cedric and “Hot in Cleveland” creator Suzanne Martin. The comedy also stars John Beasley (“Everwood”) as Boyce’s father, Barton; Wesley Jonathan (“What I Like About You”) as his brother, Stamps; and Raycole (“My Wife and Kids”) as his daughter.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Cedric, Niecy and the whole cast become part of the ever-growing TV Land family,” said Cox. “We know that Cedric and Niecy’s chemistry coupled with a top-notch comedic cast will definitely make this sitcom pop.”

Cedric and Martin will serve as executive producers for “The Soul Man,” along with Eric Rhone and Emmy® Award-winner Sean Hayes and Todd Milliner of Hazy Mills Productions, who also executive produce “Hot in Cleveland.” Keith Cox and Larry W. Jones will be executive producers for TV Land. Phoef Sutton (“Cheers”) is the showrunner and Stan Lathan (“The Steve Harvey Show”) serves as the director. The series is filmed in front of a live studio audience.



Friday, April 27, 2012

ICON BARBARA EDEN HONORED IN HOLLYWOOD

Barbara Eden


Barbara Eden was honored at The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 91st Annual Installation and Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

'NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT' GYPSY ROBE


 Kelli O'Hara With Kathleen Marshall And Matthew Broderick



Kelli O'Hara along with Kathleen Marshall and Matthew Broderick, were snapped at the Broadway Opening Night Performance and Gypsy Robe Ceremony for 'Nice Work If You Can Get it' at the Imperial Theatre the other night.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

SEXY JAMES FRANCO DINES AT LAS VEGAS TAO


 James Franco



 James Franco was spotted dining at TAO Asian Bistro on Tuesday night. The actor, in town for CinemaCon, and three female friends enjoyed signature favorites including Seabass, Lobster Wontons and Chinese Sausage Fried Rice.




HEIDI KLUM'S NEW AND UNIQUE GEMSTONES

 Heidi Klum On QVC



Heidi Klum is back and bolder than ever with brand new pieces for spring! Featuring unique metal finishes and custom-made simulated gemstones, the latest additions to the Wildlife by Heidi Klum collection are as bold as they are beautiful. Each style embodies a modern aesthetic that is sure to make a statement this season.

Despite arriving into NYC on the red eye without her bags (the airline misplaced them!), Heidi Klum kept her spirits high with an intimate luncheon for editors and bloggers at the Hudson Hotel Penthouse in Midtown. The supermodel debuted an array of baubles from her Wildlife by Heidi Klum for QVC collection as the chic editors elite dazzled in necklaces, rings, and more amidst a delicious spread of mini turkey and portobello mushroom sandwiches and tomato and mozzarella salad. Before hitting the road, Klum playfully stacked her watches on like bangles and flagged a cab.

Please visit QVC.com, to see Klum showcase several new pieces, including bracelets, necklaces, earring and rings.

Photo Courtesy Of: Getty For QVC

JBFCS CELEBRATES ANNUAL SPRING BENEFIT

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HONORING
JULIE MENIN, CHAIRPERSON, COMMUNITY BOARD ONE
JOYCE B. COWIN,JBFCS TRUSTEE
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FRAN LEVY, JBFCS TRUSTEE
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Jean Shafiroff


Melissa Russo


Honorees Joyce B. Cowin With Fran Levy And Julie Menin


 David Everett With Anthony Mann, Brad Lerman, Paul Levine And David Rivel



The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (JBFCS) celebrated its Annual Spring Benefit honoring Manhattan Borough President Candidate Julie Menin, Chairperson of Community Board 1, Joyce B. Cowin, JBFCS Trustee, and Fran Levy, JBFCS Trustee; with Master of Ceremonies, Melissa Russo, News Anchor WNBC. JBFCS hosted a record-breaking 500 guests and raised an astounding $2.2 million for the agency. Some of the supporters included Tony Mann, JBFCS Board President, Alice Tisch, JBFCS Vice President, Tommy Tisch, Brown University Chancellor & NYU Medical Center Trustee, Carol Davidson, JBFCS Associated Executive Director for External Affairs, Paul Levine, JBFCS Executive Vice President & CEO, Jack Levy, Co-Chairman of Goldman Sachs Mergers & Acquisitions, Lloyd Williams, Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce President & CEO, Senator Roy Goodman, Former New York City State Senate, David Gellman, FdG Associates Managing Director, G. Oliver Koppell, NY City Council Member, District 11, Blaine (Fin) Fogg, Council, Skadden, John Finley, JBFCS Trustee, The Blackstone Group Chief Legal Officer, Lynn Korda Kroll, JBFCS Trustee, and Jules Kroll, K2 Global Consulting Chairman & Co-Founder and Kroll Bond Ratings, Inc. Chairman & CEO. 


The event was held at New York City’s Plaza Hotel and featured a cocktail reception plus seated dinner with proceeds benefiting JBFCS’ 175 community-based programs, residential facilities, and day-treatment centers that annually serve more than 55,000 New Yorkers-in-need of all faiths, races, and cultures. 


Adam Manson, Owner Distinctive Management



JBFCS has been a trailblazer in treating social problems for more than a century. Today, the organization is one of the nation’s largest and most respected nonprofit mental health and social service agencies—every night, more than 1,000 individuals call a JBFCS residence home. The work of JBFCS is built upon a network of more than 2,200 professionals, including social workers, licensed psychologists, and psychiatrists, as well as a cadre of clinical support personnel in continuing day treatment and residential treatment centers, and a corps of more than 800 dedicated volunteers.



  Joyce B. Cowin With Claire Goodman Cloud
And Senator Roy Goodman



The evening began with an introduction by master of ceremonies Melissa Russo who introduced President of the Board of Trustees Tony Mann. Mr. Mann delivered the record-breaking news of the over 500 person attendance and the $2.2 million dollars raised. Paul Levine, Executive Vice President of JBFCS then spoke about the great lengths that JBFCS goes to, to strengthen the New York City area. He mentioned how JBFCS will continue to service as, “there’s no end to what JBFCS can do in this city, because there’s no end of suffering.” Honoree Fran Levy was then introduced and delivered a touching speech about a family with a special needs child who gained strength and optimism through JBFCS’ programs. She mentioned how families are drawn to JBFCS programs because of the safe and nurturing environment the agency prioritizes. 

KARINA SMIRNOFF WEARS TWO LIPS SHOES

 Karina Smirnoff



 Dancing With The Stars' Karina Smirnoff recently traded her dancing shoes for several pairs of Two Lips Shoes. The dancer, who is used to two-stepping her way into the winner's circle wearing heels, sported the sexy pairs of shoes and gushed about how fun they were.


Photo Courtesy Of: Traci Takeda



AMERICAN NATIONAL THEATRE DOUBLE HEADER

 Bill Murray


The American National Theatre (Sean Cullen, Founder; Mark Rubinsky, President) is proud to present, in association with InViolet Repertory Theater and Urban Stages, a staged reading of Erin Mallon’s Branched, and Robert Emmet Lunney’s For Nina, in association with The Directors Company and Two River Theater Company on Monday, April 30 at Theater Row’s Clurman Theater (410 West 42nd Street). This day of readings follows The ANT’s first presentation Nobody Suspects a Butterfly, by Christine Henry. Branched will be performed at 4:00PM, and For Nina at 7:00PM. Admission is FREE to the public.



Branched, written by Erin Mallon and directed by Tim D. O’Donnell, follows a week in the life of a five-year-old boy whose domestic life is far from normal. After five whole years of being breast fed, Ben suddenly has to step aside for his new baby sister, Beatrice, who may or may not be human. His mother says they have to “support her appearance no matter how humiliating it is,” but that’s hard to do considering Ben’s baby sister has branches for arms and legs. Ben also finds out that his father is having “the sex” with his new kindergarten teacher, and he’s not sure how to tell his mother. As a five-year-old entrepreneur, Ben prides himself on always staying cool under pressure, but this time…he may just burst. Branched was previously presented as a public reading At InViolet Repertory Theater and Urban Stages.



The cast of Branched includes: Jennifer Bowen (Burning Down to Heaven, Sad Sack Sally, Happiest Place On Earth), Mark McCarthy (The Seafarer, The Rivals, Macbeth, As You Like It, Moonlight and Magnolias, The Lion in Winter), Stacey Raymond (Film: Alice In Wonderland, Dive), Dana Brooke (Venecia, Love of a Pig, Nibroc Trilogy, Cricket on the Heart- Backstage West Garland Award).



For Nina, written and directed by Robert Emmet Lunney, tells the tale of movie star Nina Dalton, who returns to the stage in a new play written by her celebrated novelist husband, Brian Bartow. Brian is waging a dual battle against early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and the temptation to rewrite Nina’s part for a young starlet in the play’s film version. Enter Gar Jackson, Nina’s first love, who re-appears after thirty years, with a play of staggering beauty and epic proportions, written especially for Nina. For Nina was previously presented as a public reading at The Directors Company and Two River Theater Company.



The cast includes: Sean Cullen (B’way: South Pacific, Coram Boy, James Joyce’s The Dead ), Xanthe Elbrick (B’way: Coram Boy -Tony nom), Louisa Krause (Film: Martha Marcy May Marlene, King Kelly), Brent Langdon (The Europeans, Couldn't Say), Brian Murray (B’way: The Importance of Being Earnest, Mary Stuart, The Rival, The Crucible - Tony & Drama Desk nom.), Laila Robins (Edward Albee’s The Lady From Dubuque. B’way: Heartbreak House, Frozen).



The American National Theatre’s

Double-Header Day of Stage Reading

Monday, April 30, 2012



BRANCHED

Written by Erin Mallon; Directed by Tim D. O’Donnell

Presented by The ANT, in association with InViolet Repertory Theater and Urban Stages

at the Harold Clurman Theater, Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street) at 4:00PM



FOR NINA

Written and Directed by Robert Emmet Lunney

Presented by The ANT, in association with The Directors Company and Two River Theater Company

at the Harold Clurman Theater, Theater Row (410 West 42nd Street) at 7:00PM



Reservations please call 323 252 8474 or email seancullen730@gmail.com

Admission is FREE to the public. Doors open thirty minutes prior to the start of each reading.


CHARLIE SHEEN EX. HITS STREETS OF NYC

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Charlie Sheen’s Ex-Goddess Bree Olson and Pornhubs Ride the “Boob Bus” offered Free Breast Exams to New York City's on the move public.
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 Bree Olson



As citizens of NYC casually went about their days, Pornhub – the leading adult entertainment site, accompanied by the star power of Charlie Sheen Ex-Goddess Bree Olson, hit the streets to offer local women a free breast screening in honor of Beast Cancer Awareness. The Bree Olson’s “Save Our Boobs” bus tour conducted a city-wide tour with board certified Doctor, David Shafer M.D. to the masses, allowing for participants to get a free screening with the added benefits of privacy and convenience.

 Photo Courtesy Of: Rob Loud

'NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT' ON BROADWAY

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WALTER MCBRIDE
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'Nice Work If You Can Get It' On Broadway


Zofia Borucka And Jean Reno


Susan Sullivan


Carol Kane With Mom


James Wilkie Broderick And Sarah Jessica Parker


Marc Shaiman And Scott Wittman


Legends Jamie De Roy And Tony Lo Bianco


Jon Benjamin Hickey With Victor Garber


Jessica Molaskey And John Pizzarelli


Andy Cohen


Roger Rees


Rick Elice


Jon Hamm And Jennifer Westfeldt


Rob Ashford


Kathleen Marshall


Martin Short


David Hyde Pierce


Donna Murphy


Chelsea Clinton


Moises Kaufman



Moises Kaufman along with David Hyde Pierce, Carol Kane, Sara Jessica Parker, Joe Hamm, Rick Elice, Donna Murphy, Chelsea Clinton and others, attended the Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'Nice Work If You Can Get it' at the Imperial Theatre last night in New York City.



Tuesday, April 24, 2012

THE RETURN TO DUNE POINT FIRE ISLAND



One Bedroom Apartment At Dune Point



As we sit here today packing and making lists, we are so excited about returning to Dune Point Fire Island, to Petra Brehl's and Rick Dugas ocean fantasy getaway. The premiere place to stay in Cherry Grove, just got better.

I know they are going to amaze me this year. The two hotel guru's, who run their ocean paradise, have traveled the world once again to garner ideas for Dune Point and then rushed back to put them in motion. They continued to rip apart whats left of the old Dune Point and renovated more rooms with ideas they garnered from their world trips. Everything from the European bathrooms to the most modern kitchens. No detail has been left out, I know, because all winter I am in constant contact with Petra. I love reading about her and Rick's adventures around the globe and I love hearing about the changes they worked so hard to accomplish.



The New Renovated One Bedroom Kitchen



They have designed Dune Point with the idea of going green as much as possible. Anything and everything that could be used or saved was. The solid wood walls were taken down and re-cut and re-designed. Any other person would just have ripped them down and put up sheet rock, but Rick and Petra saved as much as they could, to preserve the old world wood and fixtures.

Going green is also not a cheaper way to go. It costs more, but you do something good for the planet. Everything from light fixtures to water consumption has been thought of to save energy and resources. Dune Point is also almost completely run by Solar Power. This was one of the first things that was done to help stop the footprint of Dune Point on the environment. Petra and Rick care and it shows.

Looking through the photos of some of the renovations, I was amazed at how much they saved of the old antique wood. This must have been very hard to do. Every piece had to be re-fitted and re-designed. But this is something Petra is so good at. Designing. She is a master. I have written once before about last summer with Petra sitting on the deck with blueprints and designing each and every room. I was amazed at the detail and more amazed that she knew how to do this. Almost every room at Dune Point is renovated now, with the few left being done next winter.

There is no other place to stay in Cherry Grove Fire Island, if you want comfort and quality. The other places just can not compare. Every room has kitchens and all the things you need to be a master chef are there. There are barbecues spread all around the Dune Point compound for the outside chef. Since Dune Point is right on the ocean, for those beach lovers, they have everything you need. Beach chairs and umbrellas are right on the oceans entrance for you to grab.


FINE DINING 
IS BACK IN CHERRY GROVE
 @
  TOP OF THE BAY BISTRO


With master celebrity chef, Stephen Daniello returning this year to The Top Of The Bay Bistro, we now have a quality place to have a great meal and a great view of the Great South Bay. Those nights when I just want to sit at the bar or a table, and enjoy some of Stephens cuisine are very close at hand, as we are leaving for Dune Point on Thursday. Stephen will also be writing recipes for us on some of his best dishes and also has promised to stop by our Dune Point famed barbecue bashes to give us some tips. We hope Stephen will not be as tough on our cooking like Famed DJ Susan Levine was on our coffee making abilities. Last year she arrived late to our Dune Point Breakfast and announced to the world that my coffee sucked! Maybe this year, I'll have Stephen brew it!


DJ SUSAN LEVINE RETURNS TO
"CHERRY'S ON THE BAY"



Since I am on the subject of Miss Susan Levine, and her bitterness against my coffee, I am still excited to see that she is returning to Cherry's On The Bay. Nothing beats sipping a drink at the club, while listening to Susan Levine's tunes. Susan will also be writing for Times Square Gossip on what's hot in the clubs. Since Susan spins all over the country, she knows what everyone is listening and dancing too.

Cherry's On The Bay is always exciting and once again this year Charity will be in the house. He performances are show stoppers, and Charity is a legend in Cherry Grove. I love watching her shows while sipping some of the famous drinks Johny Pool whips up. She will be there every other Monday entertaining us as the sun sets over the bay. We also hear Sybil Bruncheon might be performing around Cherry Grove this season. What a summer this is going to be!





THE NEW SAND CASTLE ON THE OCEAN


Jacque Piazza and partner Donna Bianco, who own Cherry's On The Bay, have partnered with the old owner of Jack's and created a new and exciting venue on the ocean, Sand Castle. Being that this is the only restaurant and bar on the ocean side, I am excited to try the place. They have been busy all winter with renovations, and interviewed many chefs to make sure the dining is top notch. I heard they found a great one and I know these girls are going to make the new Sand Castle on the ocean a great addition to Cherry Grove. I can't wait to try it.



BOOK YOUR DUNE POINT ROOMS NOW


I will be in and out of Cherry Grove all season, depending when there are rooms. Dune Point has become the hottest place to stay on Fire Island. Looking over their reservations on their website, rooms are going very quick. As I said, we are leaving on Thursday and staying as long as we can. We will be writing Times Square Gossip from Dune Point offices on the dock and we expect it to be Dune Points best season ever. Everyone is discovering that you can have quality in Cherry Grove, and that is Dune Point. The new and improved clubs and restaurants are also making Cherry Grove the shining star of Fire Island.

The majority of the businesses in Cherry Grove are following Petra and Rick's lead. They are renovating, they are hiring top notch talent, and their customer service can't be beat. The places I know are good, you will read about here. The ones that are not, you won't see them on these pages. If you don't see a place written about on Times Square Gossip, you can assume they suck big time.

Once again this season, Times Square Gossip readers will get a 10% discount at Dune Point. Just type in the code word "GOSSIP" at checkout and the savings are yours. Or call Petra at 631-597-6261 and tell her you want your Times Square Gossip Dune Point discount. You Dune Point key also gives you discounts at the top restaurants and clubs. Just ask at check-in.


Photos By: Petra Brehl/Dune Point Fire Island

SESAME STREET'S SINGING WITH THE STARS

 Anderson Cooper With Good Friend Elmo





Get up and dance with your favorite Sesame Street friends as Warner Home Video (WHV) and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, release Singing With the Stars on DVD May 1, 2012 for $14.98 SRP. This delightfully musical DVD features performances that will educate children about the joys of song and dance with celebrity appearances by Alicia Keys, the Dixie Chicks, Andrea Bocelli and Adam Sandler!



The Singing With the Stars DVD is a series of star-studded performances with songs focusing on encouraging children to feel good about who they are; boosting self-esteem and building self-confidence. Many of the segments also focus on task persistence, feeling proud, celebrating similarities and differences, and labeling and expressing emotions. Songs range from classics such as, “Furry Happy Monsters” with R.E.M. to the Emmy Award-winning hit, “What I Am” with Will.i.am. The DVD will also include a downloadable activity book for children and musical activity tips for parents. If there aren’t enough music videos for fans in this fun-filled DVD, a bonus 5-song CD will also be included.



“Warner Home Video is thrilled to announce that Singing With the Stars will join the Sesame Street DVD collection,” said Jeff Brown, WHV Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “Children and parents alike continue to learn and love with Sesame Street, and we are certain families will get up and dance with this DVD.”



Now in its 42nd season, Sesame Street is the longest-running program in children’s television. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history (138), as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award honoring the 40th year.

AMAZING GRACE OF CHRISTIAN SARAH KELLY

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MIDNIGHT SUN
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Sarah Kelly In Concert



Midnight Sun, the latest project from Christian music favorite Sarah Kelly, has released through all major digital outlets, and in select retail outlets.


Midnight Sun became collaboration among friends for the two-time Grammy nominee. Kelly enlisted several trusted friends to co-write some of the songs, including her worship leader husband Jonas Ekman, Jeremy Hunter (Taylor Swift, Jonny Lang), and Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay). Justin Knox (Colbie Caillat), Hunter and Dane came in to share the production credits, and Steve Mason from Jars of Clay even signed on to play on four of the album’s more rock-based songs.


A combination of rock riffs, love letters and straight ahead worship songs color the project, making Midnight Sun a bit tricky to truly classify in one single genre. Kelly was able to have complete freedom recording Midnight Sun, and wanted to create a true statement that life is a combination of emotions, struggles and hopes. The album’s first single, Day and Night, is Kelly’s personal testimony set to music. The single is currently going for adds at Christian radio.


“I think Midnight Sun is a good representation of the real me,” Kelly says. “I’m a woman who wants to talk about life, and for me that’s rock and relationships and that love for God that I just can’t contain.”


GHOST STAR STUDDED BROADWAY OPENING

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WALTER MCBRIDE
ON
BROADWAY
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Lisa Niemi


Jerry Zucker


John Edward


Martina McBride


Bobby Kaiser With Gina Gershon



Peter Asher


Christine Lahti



Jaime Cepero



Robin De Jesus And Lin-Manuel Miranda


Debbie Allen And Daughter Vivian Nixon


Hope Davis


Judy McLane


Will Chase


Dee Snider With Stunning Wife


Liz Mikel



Ivanka Trump



David Hyde Pierce


Rick Elice And Roger Rees


Bobby Cannavale And Edie Falco


Megan Hilty


Eden Espinosa


Ben Vereen


Heather Thomson And Luann De Lesseps


Glen Ballard


Lesley Stahl


Nina Arianda


Rob Ashford


It was a star studded Broadway Opening Night Performance of 'GHOST' a the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on in New York City last night.