Showing posts with label BROOKLYN. Show all posts
Showing posts with label BROOKLYN. Show all posts

Monday, September 17, 2018



Rihanna celebrated the one-year anniversary of her beauty brand, Fenty Beauty by Rihanna in Brooklyn, New York over the weekend.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018


Helen Lasichanh And Pharrell Williams

Helen Lasichanh and Pharrell Williams were photographed at The Yellow Ball Hosted by American Express Platinum and Pharrell Williams at The Brooklyn Museum in New York City.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017


The Coronas

Ireland’s multi-platinum-selling band The Coronas ( have been playing together for most of their lives. Trust the Wire, their fifth album and the first on their own label imprint, became the band’s first #1 album when it debuted at the top of the Irish music chart in early June. Trust the Wire was released in North America ahead of this November tour, and “Real Feel” (track 2) is the first single. This video for it has over 140,000 views.

The Coronas will play in Brooklyn on Friday, November 10 at Rough Trade. This summer they played to their largest audience ever—15,000 people at the sold-out Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin.

They are poised to bring their music to other parts of the world this fall with shows scheduled in Europe, the UK and Australia in addition to North America. They will return to New York to play the Bowery Ballroom on February 11, 2018. The Coronas were also among the entertainment chosen to perform for President and Mrs. Obama during their whirlwind State Visit to Ireland in May, 2011 when he visited the ancestral home of his mother.

The U.S. tour begins in Toronto with two sold out shows at the Drake Hotel this weekend.

Saturday, September 09, 2017



We must admit, Rihanna looked stunning as she celebrated the launch of her beauty brand 'Fenty Beauty By Rihanna' at Duggal Greenhouse in New York City. This time Rihanna is a fashion hit!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Lucy Yang has the story from Fort Greene.

By Lucy Yang -- WABC NEWS

They are just kids - the youngest is perhaps eight years old. Now, they are wanted by the police.

Detectives believe the group of youngsters between eight and 14 years old, one of them a girl, mugged a 30-year-old man. Authorities say they punched him, threw him to the ground, then stole his laptop bag, a library book and headphones.

The group attack happened back on November 25th, shortly after midnight. The victim was walking down Willoughby Street when he crossed paths with the kids. The block features Long Island University on one side, apartments on the other.

Residents who Eyewitness News spoke to say they did not recognize the kids, but police are hoping someone comes forward with information.

Saturday, May 23, 2015


The Wahlburgers Family

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – As part of the revitalization of the Coney Island area, Wahlburgers, the popular fast casual burger restaurant chain, is coming to Coney Island in June and will be hosting an all-day job fair from 2 to 6 p.m. beginning Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30. The fair will be held onsite at 3015 Stillwell Ave., where managers will meet with applicants who want to become a part of the newest outpost of the burger hotspot.

“Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, we are thrilled to be at the forefront of the revitalization of Coney Island with the opening of Wahlburgers, in turn creating job opportunities for people in the area,” said partner, John Cestare of Big Apple Burgers. “Growing up in New York, visiting Coney Island was a family tradition, which is why I feel a personal connection to having our first New York location open in a place that is treasured by so many.”

The Wahlburgers team will be interviewing to fill more than 75 positions, including: management, restaurant supervisors, wait staff, bartenders, chefs, hosts, retail and cafe personnel and bus staff.

The new 6,800-square-foot restaurant and bar will be the first to open in New York, and will share all of the signature characteristics of the flagship Wahlburgers in Hingham, Mass., which has made the popular burger joint a smashing success. In addition to seating for up to 300 guests, Wahlburgers at Coney Island will offer a rooftop patio with a retractable glass roof for dining, an indoor-outdoor bar and a walk-up window serving tasty fare and specialty cocktails. A retail shop will also offer branded Wahlburgers merchandise, including T-shirts, key chains, shot glasses and more.

Friday, April 24, 2015



The Wahlberg Family

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Wahlburgers, the popular fast casual burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg and subject of A&E Network’s Emmy-nominated reality show of the same name, will bring its gourmet burgers and specialty drinks to Coney Island with its grand opening at 3015 Stillwell Ave. early this summer.

"For our first store in New York, Coney Island is perfect,” said Mark Wahlberg. “It's all about bringing together friends, family and sharing good times, just like our brand. We're looking forward to partnering with a great team in New York and creating amazing memories at Wahlburgers."

Wahlburgers, which debuted in 2011 in the family’s native Hingham, Mass., is poised for expansion with 40 new restaurants either in development or under agreement. A Wahlberg family vacation favorite, Coney Island will welcome the first franchised store to open in the U. S. to be followed by six additional locations in New York City, headed by New York-based Big Apple Burgers.

“Growing up in New York, Coney Island was a summertime family tradition,” said partner, John Cestare of Big Apple Burgers. “The Wahlberg family also shares that tradition, which is why we wanted our first New York outpost to be here. It is truly the perfect partnership for us, blending similar values and family-work culture with that of the Wahlberg family and brand.”

Saturday, March 07, 2015


Sutton Foster

Darren Star, creator of “Sex and The City,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Melrose Place,” brings sex, romance and secrets to Tuesday night with TV Land’s highly-anticipated new series “Younger,” which will premiere with two new back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, March 31st at 10pm and 10:30pm ET/PT. Starring Sutton Foster (“Bunheads”), Hilary Duff (“Lizzie McGuire”), Debi Mazar (“Entourage”), Miriam Shor (“GCB”) and Nico Tortorella (“The Following”), the series follows Liza (Foster), a 40-year old woman who pretends to be 26 in order to get a job in the highly competitive world of publishing – and succeeds. Now working under the prickly Diana (Shor), Liza has to figure out how to balance her real life with bestie Maggie (Mazar), and her “pretend” life with new friend and coworker Kelsey (Duff)…all while embarking on an exciting and somewhat confusing relationship with sexy tattoo artist Josh (Tortorella).

As part of an extensive preview strategy, the first episode is now available in full On Demand, on, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.

“Younger,” shot in Brooklyn and New York City, is executive produced and created for television by Darren Star, who also writes and directs for the series. “Younger” is also the reunion between Star and renowned “Sex and the City” costume designer Patricia Field, who serves as the show’s costume consultant.


Thursday, January 01, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING

NYC Pet Direct Mascot

If you're a pet person or animal lover like me, you've no doubt noticed that many of the original mom-and-pop stores have suddenly and quietly become mimi-conglomerates. Chains like Pet Co are vast warehouses of product and puppies (sometimes!) run by people who don't seem to know a lot or even love pets.

Seems to me, if you wanted to work at a Pet Store, you'd love pets!

I recall years ago wanting to set up a fish tank and I had to visit several stores before I got a start-up knowledge of what I needed and what I had to do ... and, it was a lot to learn.

At 122 Graham Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-963-4030), lies a gem of a pet emporium, NYC Pet Direct, run by Claudia for 19 years. A community mainstay, Claudia possesses a working knowledge of everything from puppies to fish and lizards. You can have your pet groomed and there are Vet services by appointment.

In fact, when we spoke, she sold a puppy while being interviewed. Claudia says that a big part of her job is to listen to customers and their queries; whether it's what ailing their turtle, to what type of puppy would work the best for your household. Claudia delivers the slowly-fading personal touch. The fact that she’s lasted for 19 years, speaks volumes about her trust and dedication.

Our Times Square Gossip editor James Edstrom is a regular visitor with his son John Brand. Said Edstrom, " I go there with my son because I love to talk to Claudia. She's someone who you fall in love with right away. She knows just about everything about any kind of pet. We stay there for hours sometimes just playing with the puppies, the parrots and laughing with Claudia as we follow her around the store helping endless amounts of customers. It's like you are in a good friends living room."

A gem for sure!

 Photo By: James Edstrom

Friday, December 19, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Debbie Gibson

CHRISTMAS GIBSON --- In the middle of rather hectic (and, somewhat surreal) Xmas season, we took pause and went out to Prospect Heights in Brooklyn last night to see a special holiday concert featuring none other than Debbie Gibson at The Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph.

The pop-princess captivated the attendees with a mix of Xmas-delights (featuring her patented two dancers on several numbers) and performed two new songs, which to my studied ear, were just dazzling. Her current style, more cabaret than ever before, but simply terrific.

I was deeply invested in Gibson’s early pop career –she stills holds the record for the youngest performer ever to have written, performed, and produced a #1 pop record- and she delighted critics and audiences alike with magnificent performances in Beauty And The Beast; Cabaret; Grease; as well as being a formidable cast member on Celebrity Apprentice; and, this summer was on the questionable reality show Sing Your face Off.

She was just inducted into the Long Island Rock & Roll Music Hall of Fame and will next appear in the UP movie The Music In Me.

There’s been several dramatic and revelatory behind-the-scenes moments in her career which have resulted in some career mis-steps from which she has never recovered (a movie destined to be for sure!).

She was Taylor Swift before Taylor Swift, but was unable to maintain the momentum of her early days. When Swift came out with “Shake It Off” and her subsequent album 1989; Gibson should have stepped up.

Face it, Gibson did do“Shake Your Love” first and Swift’s video for her song was a direct rip-off of one of Gibson’s. Yet her camp stayed mysteriously silent.

Featured for several songs as well as a wondrous duet with Gibson, was Broadway’s James Barbour (A Tale Of Two Cities; Jane Eyre; Assassins; Beauty And The Beast).

Delightful voice … almost gospel-like! We loved it.

Gibson’s great … always has been. Last night’s show was splendid; but, I would have love to have seen her included in the all-star-lineup for Stephen Colbert’s last show (which featured everyone from George Lucas to Sam Waterston to Big Bird and Barry Manilow). That’s where she belongs. A true icon for sure.

SONY UPDATE --- So, did Sony cave by pulling their movie The Interview? There are strong opinions from both the creative end and business end, but I will say, that had the movie opened and attacks occurred in some fashion, the monetary outlay could have been huge for the studio.

As a writer, I can certainly stand firmly behind people like Rob Lowe and Ben Stiller, but as a businessman, you have to do what’s right for your business too. Sure, it may appear that free speech suffered –and, it did take a hit- but at the end of the day, you have to look at the bottom line.

Sony already is looking a 3-class action suits and it’s only going to get worse from there.

My #1 observation is that once the government got involved, and to me, they were strangely silent from November 25 (the date of the first hack) on, they seemed to have made an overnight determination where and from who this hack originated.

Movies are, I believe the #1 export from America … why did the government wait so long. Had they intervened initially; maybe the movie would have come out. Just a thought.

A GAMBLE STAR MOMENT --- Pretty Poison's Jade Starling shared a special moment on the red carpet with one of her newest fans, legendary Sound Of Philadelphia architect Kenny Gamble at his recent An Evening of Style & Grace fundraiser in Philadelphia.

CLOSING NOTES --- I can’t quite believe that the New York Times’ Bill Carter has accepted a buy-out from the tome and will be leaving the paper shortly. I haven’t always agreed with him, but what he has said always made perfect sense and his access was legendary. He wrote the brilliant book, Late Shift, based on the Letterman/Carson/Leno/NBC debacle. He'll be back soon I hope … but, I'll miss his brilliant musings …

Madonna's music hacked? The cynic in me thinks this is a PR-stunt. I think she's been watching the uncanny rise of Charlie XCX and got nervous? That was some performance by Charlie on this week's David Letterman atop a baby grand piano. Even Dave prefaced his intro with the phrase Happy Xmas ... too funny ...

One more Foxcatcher thought: Steve Carell was utterly brilliant. Been thinking about his strong, strong performance all week ...

SIGHTINGS --- PR-pasha David Salidor and Brit Brashear at Lucky Strike on Grand Street in NYC … Bruce Willis and entourage at Blue Fin in Times Square NYC ...

Friday, August 15, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Katie Holmes

MARVEL UNIVERSE --- Wednesday night, Barlcays Center in Brooklyn, was the opening night and VIP-launch party for the stage presentation of Marvel Universe; which featured for the first time ever … members of The Avengers meeting Spider Man and the X-Men. Marvel sold off the rights to X-Men and Spidey years ago, so a movie paring (which sounds like a interesting idea ... I think) is not possible; or, at least until the boatloads of cash stop coming in.

At the VIP pre-party, actress Katie Holmes was spotted with cancer kids from the Sunrise Day Camp in Wyandanch, NY.

Nastia Liukin

Donnie Kehr
Also there were Jersey Boys actor Donnie Kehr (working on a top secret-super-duper project); Russian-gymnast Nastia Liukin; actress Irina Pantaev; Miss Teen USA, K. Lee Grah; Miss US, Nia Sanchez; Kehr’s pr-mouthpiece David Salidor; A. J. Calloway from Extra; Simone Boyce from Fox and Lori Levine and Alexa Susser, from Flying Television who coordinated the star-studded event. The live presentation was kind of campy, certainly catering to the dozens of kids at the premiere show. There were nods to the Marvel-canon of films, including an actor doing a pretty spot-on imitation Tony Stark aka Robert Downey, Jr.The dialogue is certainly not Shakespeare, but hit all the right grace notes. The biggest ovations were saved for (not surprisingly) Iron Man, Captain America and The Hulk. Plaudits to the Kenneth Feld-team who delivered a stage show with something for everyone. Good clean fun for sure.

It runs to this weekend here in Brooklyn, then starts a major coast-to-coast tour.

Jay Leno

GLEN WILL BE --- I’ll Be Me, directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), will open in theaters in New York on October 24, followed by a national release to 50 cities. This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell will reveal to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, Southern Nights and Gentle on My Mind.

Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians.

In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short Goodbye Tour, but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song.

I’ll Be Me features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man.

This should be epic!

BATMAN ASSAULT --- La-La Land Records will release the soundtrack for Batman: Assault On Arkham composed by Robert J. Kral (Superman: Doomsday, Duck Dodgers) on CD August 26, 2014. This limited edition CD (1500 units) will contain 4 exclusive tracks not available elsewhere.

“Batman: Assault On Arkham marks a departure from what we normally do from a music standpoint,” said director Jay Olivia. “We usually do the operatic epic music that we've all become accustomed to in the live action and animated comic book films for the last twenty five years…. James Tucker, my producer, was very supportive of the idea of doing a more contemporary take on the superhero music and when Rob sent us his first pass of the score, we were tremendously pleased.”

Batman: Assault On Arkham is a direct-to-video animated superhero that is part of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies. The film is based on the universe of the Arkham video game franchise, and is a direct sequel to Batman: Arkham Originals.

In the universe of Arkham, the government teams up a group of super villains with the code name Suicide Squad and forces them to break into Arkham Asylum to bring back top secret information the Riddler has stolen, and Batman soon becomes involved. Things go from bad to worse when one of the Squad (Harley Quinn) frees the Joker, who has the means to not only blow up the asylum, but most of Gotham City as well.

“In terms of influence, for this movie most of the approach I knew would be different, with influences coming from Guy Ritchie movies or even Ocean’s 11 in places,” explains Kral. “Jay and I definitely wanted some funk grooves. We wanted the flavor of setting up the story to feel like a heist movie but set in the Batman world.”

James Earl Jones

CLOSING NOTES --- I can't say where I was, but in the space of a half hour, I saw Nathan Lane, Jerry Zaks, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, James Earl Jones, Mark Linn-Baker, and Donnie Kehr. Wow! And, not a paparazzo in sight either …

Micky Dolenz is the subject of The Daily Mail’s My Haven (personalities at home and at work) piece out next week. Dolenz is shown at his home in L. A. and at work with daughter Georgia in his fine-furniture endeavor, Dolenz & Daughters ( Micky's in Chicago this weekend for Mark Lapidos' Beatlefest ...

I'm telling you, if Maroon 5's new single "Maps" was released back in early-June, it most certainly would have been the record of the summer. Just a superbly written and produced song. A record to be proud of up and down. I love it...

I've been a big fan of CBS' Under The Dome series since it premiered last summer. Based on the Stephen King-book (he even scripted the second season premiere), it was good clean fun, but in the last several weeks, the scripts have gotten tighter, the acting has gone off-the-charts, and just this week, it ended with a Coldplay song ("Midnight" from their current brilliant album Ghost Stories) as another mystery unraveled. Amazing ...

Happened to walk by Radio City Music Hall yesterday when they announced their annual Christmas show, with 15 Rockettes dressed as toy soldiers and Santa Claus on hand. With performances beginning on November 7, guess the summer is just about over ...

Thursday, August 07, 2014



Photos By: James Edstrom

Rita Cosby Beside Dad Ryszard Kossobudzki's Mural

Tomaczek Bednarek Performs National Anthem

Warsaw Uprising Mural

Warsaw Upriser Janina Zadrozna And Gregory Fryc

Marek Chroscielewski With Rita Cosby, Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka And Tomaczek Bednarek

Dignitaries At Warsaw Memorial

A beautiful tribute took place to honor the Warsaw Uprisers who launched the biggest citizens resistance attack against the Nazis 70 years ago this month.

The historic memorial honoring them was a magnificent and poignant mural unveiled last Sunday outside the Polish National Home in New York City's Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The first-ever Warsaw Uprising memorial in America contained the faces of several courageous young fighters, including that of Ryszard Kossobudzki, father of TV and radio star Rita Cosby. Her heartfelt speech to a packed audience which filled the entire street, talked about the incredible struggle the 40-thousand men and women faced in their 63 day battle in WWII to save their country. Her book about her father, "Quiet Hero," became the first New York Times best seller in decades to shine a light on this important fight for freedom.

Among those also in attendance…. Polish fighters, American veterans, foreign dignitaries such as Polish Consul General Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka, New York State Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, as well as award-winning singer Tomaczek Bednarek, who performed the American anthem. Resistance fighter, 94 year old Janina Zadrozna, spoke about the horrors her family endured and the bravery of the Polish nation. She called Sunday's unveiling of the memorial, "one of the most special days in her life."

The giant mural, which has as it's backdrop the symbolic Polish eagle and Polish red and white flag, was a powerful initiative of Gregory Fryc of The Pangea Network and the Polish Army Veterans Association of America, spearheaded by father and son Antoni and Marek Chroscielewski. Painter Rafal Pisarczyk spent several weeks creating the moving masterpiece.

Monday, July 28, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING

U2 REVIEW ---There's a new U2 album coming and there's a good chance it is going to be called Sirens. What isn't very clear is when it will be released.

Universal Music in Columbia tweeted "#noticias para los seguidores de @U2. El disco se va a titular #Sirens y estarĂ¡ listo en el mes de septiembre" which translates roughly to "For fans of U2. The album Sirens will be ready in September."

Interestingly, the tweet was deleted fairly quickly and it was later revealed that the tweet was wrong. The question is, was it wrong or was it an accidental leak?

Meanwhile, an article in the Irish Examiner says that the band's new album will be out in November despite Bono suffering from writer's block. The paper said "The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It's taken a long time and Bono didn't find it easy but they feel very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it."

...or, maybe it will be out next year.

Sirens, or whatever the final name is for the album, will be U2's first album since 2009's No Line on the Horizon.

GOD’S POCKET --- We got a chance to finally see the much heralded John Slattery (Mad Men) written and directed movie God’s Pocket; with Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Tuturro, Richard Jenkins and the wondrous Christina Hendricks.

When Mickey's (Hoffman) crazy step-son Leon is killed in a construction accident, nobody in the working class neighborhood of God's Pocket is sorry he's gone. Mickey tries to bury the bad news with the body, but when the boy's mother demands the truth, he finds himself stuck in a life-and-death struggle between a body he can't bury, a wife he can't please and a debt he can't pay.

I’m a fan of Slattery’s, but this dreary slice of life tale goes absolutely nowhere. Hoffman, looking bloated and somewhat lost, is still terrific and watching you makes you realize all over what a terrific actor we lost this year (I kept thinking of his terrific Oscar-winning performance in director Bennett Miller’s 2005 Capote). Jenkins, as a celebrated newspaper writer is just astonishing good and actually makes the picture somewhat redeemable.

I'm glad I saw it, but expected so much more.

WRITER ED --- A few columns back we referenced writer Ed Wrobleski, who is currently finishing up a book on Jimi Hendrix. We sat with the Easthampton-resident and spoke to him:

Q: We know you're working on a book on Hendrix; why him? What
fascinated you about him?

A: I picked Hendrix because he's an artist I respect and also a lot of the books I've read on him are missing a lot of information. I'm covering everything you can possibly think of on him from the time he was born to his death and on people that worked with him.

I've got some quotes from people that were inspired by Jimi to play music, some local and some national celebrities as well, like Mark Rivera from Billy Joel's band and, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees who Jimi opened up for in the summer of '67.

What's always fascinated me about Jimi is his guitar playing and all the unique sounds he could get out of his guitar, and how much music he recorded in such a short period of time; I mean his major music career was from 1966-1970 and in four years he recorded more music then people tend to think he did.

Q: Who else would you like to write an article/book on?

A: I love all sorts of different artists and movie/television celebrities, so I'll start with Tegan and Sara, Reba McEntire, Evanescence, Otis Redding, Rod Stewart, Bob Seger, and, Katy Perry.

Q: What other musical artists do you admire ... and, why?

A: Led Zeppelin because they were such a great band and put out so much great music, Tegan and Sara again, Katy Perry because she just has such great songs and a great voice, and, again Mark Rivera, who most people know him for playing saxophone with Billy Joel but has a great album out right now and it's got a great feel and great sound too.

Q: How are you navigating through the business realities of publishing?

A: I'm working with pr-consultant David Salidor who is introducing me to several agents. I realize that I've got to have that in place before we move forward, but, since the Hendrix-book has attracted such a good reception, I expect to have that out either later this year and early in 2015.

Marty Markowitz

CLOSING NOTES --- Former Brooklyn-Borough President Marty Markowitz will be front-and-center at B. B. King’s Wednesday for Monkee-Micky Dolenz’s show. Marty is now based at NYC & Co., New York’s tourist bureau …

Congrats to Scarlett Johansson who hit pay dirt with her Lucy this weekend, hitting the 44 million marker; easily doubling what Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules did …

Happy Birthday to CBS FM's Scott Shannon ...

Driving out East this past weekend, two new songs stuck out: the new single from Maroon 5, "Maps," and, One Republic's "Love Runs Out."

"Maps" is the group and Adam Levine and their best. Brilliantly produced and recorded. One Republic's is sensational too. I know the summer is half-over, but these two songs could be the hits that emerge. Great stuff.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


French Montana

It was announced yesterday that The Entertainers Basketball Classic Inc., (EBC) — the most recognizable streetball tournament in the world — and LineRocket Entertainment present the EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge, featuring four celebrity-coached teams by hip hop artists Fabolous, Wale and recently added, Kendrick Lamar and French Montana. Hosted by Power 105.1’s Breakfast Club & DJ Clue, the famous streetball tournament will bring its non-stop action-packed version of basketball from Rucker Park in Harlem to Brooklyn’s own Barclays Center on Sunday, July 27th, 2014. Tipping off at 4 p.m., the celebrity basketball challenge will also feature live performances by Fabolous, Wale, French Montana, Big Sean and more.

“The Entertainers Basketball Classic at Rucker Park has been a breeding ground for some of the best and authentic streetball players in the world,” says EBC Founder Greg Marius. “This Barclays Center event will take what we do everyday in the summer for 2,000 people at Rucker Park to an unimaginable level at an NBA arena. With Fabolous, Wale, Kendrick Lamar and French Montana as celebrity coaches, July 27th at Barclays Center will be an unforgettable night of streetball and entertainment. It’s go hard or go home!”

The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge will feature four celebrity-coached teams, from major cities, each trying to prove its city has the best basketball players. Each team will have three to five professionals and seven streetball players representing its city. There will be two semi-final games, as well as the championship for bragging rights, so the fans get to see three games for the price of one.

The EBC America Celebrity Basketball Challenge 2014 features Wale’s Team DMV (DC/ Maryland/ Virginia) vs. French Montana’s Team Montana; and Fabolous’ Team Fabolous vs. Kendrick Lamar’s Team LA. The final two teams will square off in the championship game.


Wale’s Team DMV vs. French Montana’s Team Montana

Fabolous’ Team Fabolous vs. Kendrick Lamar’s Team LA

Championship Game

Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster, by visiting or, or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will also be available at the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center beginning Saturday, June 21 at noon, if tickets are still available.

Monday, May 12, 2014


Janes Addiction

Janes Addiction performed a rocking concert at The Brooklyn Bowl at The Linq in Las Vegas, Nevada on a very hot Sin City weekend.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014


Mazarin "Single Living In New York"

The legends of New York City and Long Island have released the world premiere of their new video "SINGLE LIVING IN NEW YORK". 

We really loved it, and were very surprised that it was filmed right down the block from us in Williamsburg Brooklyn. Mazarin the original Slaves To Rock And Roll, have been voted best band in so many media outlets, that's it's no surprise that their fan base is still huge after so many years. How I remember the sold out summer concerts at Hot Dog Beach to The Cutting Room in New York City.

Mazarin consists of Doug And Marc Hochlerin, Elliot Negrin, Scott Duryea, Ari Lesser, Wayne Sabosto, Joey Perez and Glenn Mack. You can purchase "Single Living in New York" and their new album "Live Forever", on iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby.

Monday, April 21, 2014



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Micky Dolenz In Concert

BARD'S BIRTHDAY --- As it is the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare, we ventured out to Theatre For A New Audience’s presentation of King Lear this past weekend. Located in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, the three-hour-plus performance is a formidable and powerful performance of the Bard’s work. Always a wild-card in the Shakespeare-canon, this epic work, with a stunning lead performance by 70-year old Michael Pennington works well as the title character, Lear, descends into madness after disposing of his estate between two of his three daughters, bringing dire consequences for all.

While perhaps not as inspired as their Midsummer Night’s Dream from last year, this production works … forcefully.

DOUBLE DOLENZ --- Here he comes, walkin' down the street...Main Street in St. Charles, Illinois that is! Monkee-Micky Dolenz will perform his solo show at the historic Arcada Theatre on May 2nd, with a rare twist. After a musical blast from the past with timeless hits including "Pleasant Valley Sunday," “Last Train To Clarkesville" and "I'm A Believer," Dolenz will return to the stage for an exciting Q&A session with Arcada Theatre President Ron Onesti.

"I am always trying to give our audience something more, something they wouldn't normally get at another venue," said Onesti. "Letting the audience into the behind-the-scenes world of show biz is a favorite feature here at The Arcada. And I could not be more excited to ask Micky about those incredibly cool Monkees experiences!"

Previously partaking in a similar Q&A feature at the recent Monkee-Con in New Jersey (and moderated by the terrific Andrew Sandoval from Rhino Records), Dolenz says, “It was a terrific addition at the Monkee-Con as the session covered questions about my whole career; from the TV-show, to my most recent solo album Remember and the Live At B. B. King’s recording. I'm looking forward to doing the same in St. Charles!"

We hope he does the Q&A thing when he comes to NYC at B. B. King's on July 30.

TRANSCENDENCE NO ATTENDANCE --- That was the best headline of the weekend from our colleague Roger Friedman, over at Showbiz 411. Depp’s latest movie was this weekend’s bomb, taking in just 11.5 million for a movie that cost 150 million.

This is his second major flop at the box office following the disastrous Lone Ranger – which even I didn't see; as the media onslaught was just too, too much. So, can Depp even open a movie anymore if it isn't part of his Pirates-franchise … which has made him and Disney billions? As Friedman states, his last major success, and critical claim, was in Finding Neverland, some ten years ago. We loved him in The Ninth Gate and of course, Donnie Brasco with Al Pacino.

He makes terrific choices, but not necessarily commercial ones. His next movie is the Rob Marshall-directed Into The Woods later this year. Next year, he’s gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass.

CLOSING NOTES --- This summer tour-wise is shaping up to be most interesting indeed. In addition to the previously mentioned hookups (Santana/Rod Stewart), now, there’s: Rock 'n' Blues Fest - Featuring The Johnny Winter Band, The Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Peter Rivera of Rare Earth and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds …

Speaking of cool "at your feet" videos, via Forgotten Hits, sent in by reader Brad Joblin, who shot this incredible up-close video of Elton John at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace last weekend.

When EJ performs the encore “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” he allows the first few rows of attendees to come up onstage and surround him. Brad, an Elton fan for 44 years described the volume level from Elton's stage monitors as more than "11" and hence his camera's mic overloaded somewhat. Here’s the link:...

Last week we reported that IPA’s Steve Woolf describing the just-completed FanX convention in Salt lake City as having 10,000 attendees … make that 100,000! We regret the error Steve …

Speaking of Elton, we simply cannot stop listening to the re-mastered 40th anniversary version of his Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. What an album; we're especially loving, yet again, his "All The Girls Love Alice," "The Ballad Of Danny Bailey" and the epic, "Harmony." What a terrific album. Thanks again to Tony King for sending it out way ...

Brooklyn Heights was star-central this weekend as CBS' Elementary show filmed there, with stars Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu; and, Unforgettable's Dylan Walsh walking down Clinton Street. 

Photo Courtesy Of: David Salidor

Monday, December 09, 2013



A Midsummer Night's Dream

A December Dream --- I was at the opening of Julie Taymor’s soon-to-be-massive theater game changer The Lion King on October 15, 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theatre in NYC. Minute by minute the audience gasped at each and every moment onstage and from then on I was a huge, huge Taymor-devotee. I watched her direction in the momentous movie Across The Universe and watched her exploits in Spider Man: Turn Off The Dark… which I immediately embraced. Sure, things turned sour with Spidey and she left, although from what I hear, things proceeded as if she was still there as the re-booted performance borrowed heavily from her initial work. This weekend I visited the brand new Theatre For A New Audience in Brooklyn and watched her production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and want to go immediately on the record as proclaiming this new work utterly brilliant. Her take on one of the bard’s greatest work could not have been easy, but she’s merged the work with her patented brilliance. It’s really immediately unique and totally captivating.

There are shades of Spider Man and Lion King, but this latest work is all hers and quickly raises her own bar. It is without question, one of the best productions of this I’ve ever seen and if you have not been convinced of Taymor’s singular talent, this is the work that will do it.

The cast, led by Homeland’s David Harewood and Broadway-vet Joe Grifasi, and scores of children, are all at the top of their game. Lilly Englert as Hermia and Jake Horowitz as Lysander are just exceptional as well.

Always one of the bard’s more mysterious and perplexing works; it comes together in the strong second act, is marvelously enjoyable and captivating. Kathryn Hunter as the impish Puck is the perfect anchor throughout the show and her interaction with Harewood totally intoxicating.

I can't say enough about this endeavor; this is what live theatre is all about. This new venue, which seats some 290 is marvelous and the staging in this show outstanding. Taymor’s brilliance in minimal staging is extraordinary. She can do more with a series of bamboo poles, raised and lower with simple lighting than most Broadway production designers. Astonishing.

I can guarantee you as fine time with this one. A gem for sure.

Pearl Jam's Pendulum --- After our missive last column about the fall finale of NBC’s The Balcklist; I watched it again and in the closing segment of the show, when James Spader’s character Red talks to Agent Elizabeth Keene … there was a terrific and atmospheric song playing. Turns out if was “Pendulum” from Pearl Jam off their just released album Lightning Bolt.

This show has selected just the perfect music for their episodes; most notably Jim James’ “AEIOU (State of the Art).” Many shows try to pick great musical cues to heighten everything; The Backlist has done it better than any show in recent memory.

Grammy You Noms --- I've been witness to some really lame Grammy nominations over the year (selecting Milli Vanilli and Pia Zadora as Best New Artists), but their nominations announced Friday for 2014 certainly do no more or no less justice to some artists who've been remarkably screwed over the years.

Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors,” which is a great song (and, video) received no nominations, and his album, the 20/2 Experience didn't get a nomination either; even though it was the best selling album of the year. How you shut an artist of his caliber out… that really baffles me.

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” is a great track, but it’s a re-worked Marvin Gaye song when you get right down to it. Bruno Mar’s “Locked Out of Heaven” too is a great song, but a knock off from a Police song. It’s to the group’s credit that they just let it pass; believe me Gordon Sumner doesn't need the money.

The contenders for Album of the Year include Daft Punk, Sara Barielles, Taylor Swift, and Kendrick Lamar.

No nominations for Elton John or Paul McCartney, who both released superior albums this year. David Bowie’s great comeback album (The Next Day) was stuck in the Best Rock Album category.

The NARAS voting board feels theirs is a superior job; but, to tell you the truth, they really have undermined what’s left of the music industry, by recognizing far less original and creative selections.

If the rather older NARAS crowd can really understand Wiz Kalifa and Little Wayne and think that’s the future of music… god bless ‘em.

When you have somebody like Timberlake and Springsteen writing great songs… and, they don't get recognized, that’s an error of epic proportions.

CLOSING NOTES --- Sightings: Micky Dolenz and pr-man David Salidor at Palm West Friday night; Salidor used to rep the place in the good old days… I had occasion to finally visit Lexington Brass on 51st and Lexington in NYC for lunch the other day and the food was exceptionally good; but, the service really, really poor. Too bad; it’s a major standout; it was the best Caesar Salad I've had in years …

Tomorrow night is the premiere for the next Hobbit movie: The Desolation of Smaug. I'm not exactly sure what that refers to, but I'll inform in the next column. All I know is that it's still a delight to see Sir Ian McKellan. What an actor! 

We've been listening to Elton John's recent over-looked album The Diving Board and have to say, it is simply sensational. More captivating on each listening. We especially like "Can't Stay Alone Tonight" and the title track. No Grammy's ... what a disgrace for Neil Portnow's NARAS committee. Spank 'em and send them to bed!

Rod Stewart and Ron Wood may have put any differences behind them and potentially have synced their calendars for a Faces reunion in 2015.

Stewart talked with WZLK in Boston on a variety of subjects including the much rumored reunion that would put the band together for the first time in twenty years. "I think we have got much more of a chance of getting the Faces back together, in fact, Ronnie's office is talking to my people, and we're ear-marking 2015."

The Faces, without Rod Stewart, have played together in recent years with former Simply Red front man Mick Hucknall on lead. Stewart has been busy with his long series of cover albums and his recent Time, his first album of original material in over a decade. A planned reunion when the Faces were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame also went south when Stewart became ill.

In the same interview, Stewart said that the album he was planning with Jeff Beck is most likely off, saying that the work that his management had done with Beck's manager was lost as Beck had moved on to a new team ...

Last night's Homeland episode "Big Man In Tehran" was exceptional; next week's season finale should be exemplary. No question; the show's totally back on track.