Showing posts with label NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts
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Sunday, August 30, 2015



Meghan St. Thomas And Josh Mercantel

NEW YORK -- Audience members must decide for themselves if a sinister Irish fairy is real or simply a scary manifestation of a lonely girl's psychology in "Comes a Faery," the newest play by James McLindon, which will be presented by Nylon Fusion Theatre Company from October 1 to 24, directed by Shaun Peknic.

In this fantasy-drama, a suggestible and precocious eight year old girl named Siobhan has been forced to live with her unmarried aunt because her single mother, a truck mechanic in the Army, has been called up to active duty. While the aunt, a twenty something saddled with unexpected obligations, cultivates a love affair with an understanding young artist, Siobhan immerses herself in a book about Irish folklore. Her solitary hours are spent conjuring an eerie friend named Seaneen, a peevish 8000 year old Irish fairy. It's not certain if this playmate is imaginary or real, but it's certain that the imp is coaching the girl to manipulate with troubling behavior so her mother will have to return.

As her aunt struggles with her responsibility for the child and her boyfriend finds an occasional crack in the girl's emotional armor for closeness, Siobhan's behavior deteriorates. She is referred to a pediatrician who tries to help her interpret her feelings. This gifted and sympathetic doctor fights to a standoff with the girl's impulses, which are being manipulated by Seaneen, who is lurking constantly in the background. Ultimately, Seaneen lures her to the doorstep of The Fairy Fort, a point of no return where she must choose on a knife's edge between promises of immortality and the harsh circumstances of her temporal life.

Throughout the play, what's revealed is the magical thinking of children in uncertain circumstances and how families are forced to deal with losses, crises and their lack of control over the world.

Author James McLindon explains that his impulse to write the play came partly out of his readings in Irish folklore (he's fourth generation American) and articles in The New York Times about the problems of American single mothers being deployed overseas in military service. He says, "There is very little in place to help them deal with their children. It's another example of how we don't particularly value our children, whose welfare is left to improvisation by all concerned." The pediatrician character is partly based on the experiences of his wife, a doctor who has been called upon as a counselor of last resort in such cases, causing McLindon to vicariously see the system at work and sometimes not working.

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova unveiled the new Sugarpova Pop-Up Shop at Bloomingdale's Flagship in New York City the other day.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015



Story By: Ben Rauch


It’s been an exciting time having my new pop/rock comedy musical, SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY premiere at the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival this month. I had the idea to write a musical about dating and social media some time ago, and now it’s become a reality. I look at this adventure as a workshop, if you will, and plan to continue to work on the show once the festival has finished.

While I wrote the music and the story idea, I had the tremendously talented Gaby Gold and Rory Scholl write some fantastic and very current lyrics with me. Lane Kwederis and Rory Scholl made contributions to the book as well! The show is directed by the talented Joey Murray who contributed so much to the piece, and has set design by You-Shin Chen, lighting design by Suzanne Immarigeon, sound design by Joshua D. Reid and choreography by Jebbel Arce. We have a live band led by Noriko Sunamoto on piano.

In SINGLE ROOM OCCUPANCY, a single guy's comedic singer/songwriter dream is challenged by the distractions of social media, relationships and his fear of performing beyond the confines of his tiny apartment in Secaucus, New Jersey. It’s a hilarious musical for anyone who is trying to date on Tinder or Grindr and whose biggest obstacle is themselves.

We have a wonderfully talented company of actors and improv performers including Dianne Kaye, Kat Liz Kramer, Lane Kwederis, Cali Elizabeth Moore, Jay Paranada, and Rory Scholl.

We originally opened on August 14 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater at Culture Project on Bleecker Street. As it turned out, our first two shows there were done without air conditioning as the A/C was not working! Our cast and crew valiantly performed three shows there in last week’s heatwave. Our third show was cancelled (as were shows for seven other productions we shared the theatre with). I am most grateful also to the audiences who braved the sweltering heat with us.

While there have been growing pains, I never expected shows would be cancelled. After a week of A/C issues here, Fringe Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy decided to move us to another venue. She worked tirelessly to find us another home where we could make-up the performance that was cancelled and play our final show. "We tried our best to remedy the situation. Portable units were rented. Repairmen were dispatched. Parts were ordered, shipped and installed. But the problems are bigger than anyone could have imagined. Thankfully, producer Darren Cole at SoHo Playhouse has come to our rescue,” Holy said in a statement.

Now our final 2 performances this week will be done at our new venue, the SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam Street (between Varick Street and Sixth Avenue), where the A/C is working! Our shows are Thursday August 27 at midnight and our last show on Friday, August 28 at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, August 23, 2015


A Little Bit Of Broadway

Broadway Records has announced that the newest addition to its Live at 54 BELOW series, “Micky Dolenz: A Little Bit Broadway, A Little Bit Rock & Roll – LIVE at 54 BELOW” will be released on September 25, 2015. The album is now available for pre-order

In early July, Micky Dolenz performed several sold-out evenings at 54 BELOW, the famed performance venue in New York City. This charming Broadway performer and legendary rock ‘n’ roll star will be back to 54 BELOW September 25th and 26th by popular demand to celebrate the launch of his album.

This brand new show was a way for Dolenz to combine his love of Broadway with his love for rock ‘n’ roll into one exuberant concert. The album consists of The Monkees greatest hits and some rarities, along with songs from the musical roles he has performed and the shows he loves. Dolenz framed each song with personal anecdotes and behind the scenes intel, such as his friendship with the Beatles, how he met his wife and the fact that stalwarts Neil Young and Ry Cooder played on the original recording session for “As We Go Along.” The compilation of songs and stories creates a joyous and nostalgic atmosphere for both Dolenz and the audience.

“It was a little bit out of my usual comfort zone, but each show was better than the last and I guess our original concept worked. If the truth be known, the original TV-series was a lot like a half-hour Marx Brothers musical on TV. It’s great that we’ll have the live recording as a permanent record,” said Dolenz. 

Van Dean, founder of Broadway Records adds, “I grew up on the Monkees re-runs and having the opportunity to create this show and resulting album with one of my idols is definitely a ‘pinch me’ moment. It’s thrilling to see how much his fans have embraced this new show. We anticipated they would sing along with some of the Monkees songs at the concerts but to also hear them sing along with his rendition of ‘Pure Imagination’, was pure magic.”

Friday, August 21, 2015


Jordin Sparks

Jordin Sparks signed copies of her new album 'Right Here Right Now' at J&R In-Store at Century 21 in New York City today.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Jean Shafiroff With Lenni Benson

Lenni Benson With Liz Shafiroff

The Safe Passage Project held cocktails at Bistro Seven recently.

Safe Passage Project, a registered 501c3 not-for-profit, was created to address the unmet legal needs of indigent immigrant youth living in New York by providing these indigent youth with basic advice and assistance. They work with volunteer attorneys to provide representation for unaccompanied minors in immigration court. Safe Passage provides training, resources, and mentoring to volunteer attorneys regarding Special Immigrant Juvenile (“SIJ”) status as well as other possible immigration alternatives for children.


Each year thousands of children have been apprehended by U.S. immigration officials while entering the U.S. illegally. In 2014 more than 63,000 have immigrated into the United States. Many of these children are unaccompanied and are seeking refuge from abuse and maltreatment. Others come to the U.S. with parents or family members who are unable or unwilling to care for them. Because the immigration process is a civil system, aliens in the U.S. are not entitled to legal counsel at government expense. As a result, many immigrant children face a complex system on their own.



De Niro In Cigar Aficionado

Happy Birthday Mr. De Niro! The legendary actor turned 72 yesterday, but he also covers Cigar Aficionado’s newest issue with an exclusive interview. The issue hits newsstands August 25.

Since its inception in 1992, Cigar Aficionado magazine’s editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken has conducted six interviews with unique men from different walks of life. The September/October issue offers Shanken’s seventh cover interview in the 23-year history of the magazine. All of these have been with men who rarely sit for interviews:

· 1994: Cuban Leader Fidel Castro

· 1995: Business Mogul Ronald O. Perelman

· 2003: Director Francis Ford Coppola

· 2003: War Hero General Tommy Franks

· 2005: NBA Legend Michael Jordan

· 2008: Hollywood Producer Arnon Milchan

· 2015: Legendary Actor Robert De Niro

De Niro, one of the world’s most talented and decorated actors, sits down for an exclusive and wide-ranging interview with Shanken at his new offices in Manhattan’s West Side. The two-time Academy Award winner, who has appeared in more than 95 films, discusses his career in film—both drama and comedy, goals for the future, and his new business ventures in restaurants, luxury hotels and a new vodka brand.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015


Ariana Grande

Considering the fact that Ariana Grande and Ricky Alvarez show off their undeniable chemistry to sold-out crowds night after night, it's pretty remarkable how little we know about the relatively new couple—until now!

E! News has learned that the two, who were seen kissing for the first time during the doughnut-gate scandal last month, "have been friends for some time now but have only recently been linked romantically."

It's been a few months since the two decided to take their friendship to the next level, and our insider says that the award-winning songstress "couldn't be happier."


Photographer Elizabeth Shafiroff sought out seven of these former inmates of Rikers Island to hear their stories. Click HERE to see the fantastic photos and story on Reuters.

Friday, August 07, 2015


The Girls At Vivid

Exotic Dancer Publications has nominated red hot Midtown Manhattan gentlemen's club Vivid Cabaret New York, site of the city's tallest stripper pole, as the East Coast "Club of the Year." The winner will be announced at the upcoming Gentlemen's Club Expo in New Orleans.

"I'm so thrilled about the nomination," cooed Vivid Cabaret NYC Girl Alexis. "I hope my pole tricks helped. The crowd goes crazy, especially when I climb 26 feet all the way to the top. You should see how they make it rain on me when I slide down."

"The club's only one and a half years old, so you know it's doing an amazing job to be honored like this," purred Vivid Cabaret NYC Girl Victoria. "We're not just nominated for best club in New York, but for the whole East Coast. Wow! We get so many cool people hanging out here -- porn stars, athletes, and all kinds of high rollers. The club is already famous around the world, and I'm so proud to be a part of it. The champagne's always flowing here, but if we win, we're gonna celebrate like you wouldn't believe!"

Vivid Cabaret is the New York home of the Vivid Adult Movie Stars and the sister club to the world famous Rick's Cabaret NYC, located just four blocks away. "Men's World" Magazine said, "Vivid Cabaret New York is well known for their selection of some of the hottest babes in the world.”

Thursday, August 06, 2015


Jamie Bell With Miles Teller, Kate Mara And Michael B. Jordan

Jamie Bell along with Miles Teller, Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan attend the 'Fantastic Four' New York Premiere at Williamsburg Cinemas in Brooklyn, New York.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015


Miguel Jontel Pimentel

Miguel Jontel Pimentel was photographed out and about in New York City today.


Gael García Bernal

Gael García Bernal was seen playing with his children in Central Park in New York City this afternoon.


Iggy Azalea Seventeen Cover

Iggy Azalea appears on the cover of Seventeen’s September issue (on newsstands August 11). Iggy Azalea isn’t afraid to speak her mind — on social media or in her music. In an honest and revealing interview, she shows off the power of being true to yourself.

Iggy Azalea Quotes

On whether she’s had a nose job: “I’m not denying it. Denying it is lame. I don’t think you should be ashamed if you made a change to yourself, which is why I’ve spoken about the changes I’ve made, like with my breasts.”

On plastic surgery: “Your perception of yourself can change a lot over time, so I think it’s important to wait and make sure it’s the right choice. Plastic surgery is an emotional journey. It’s no easy feat to live with your flaws and accept yourself—and it’s no easy feat to change yourself. Either way you look at it, it’s a tough journey. There are things that I didn’t like about myself that I changed through surgery. There are other things I dislike but I’ve learned to accept. It’s important to remember you can’t change everything. You can never be perfect."

On whether her looks are under more scrutiny now: “It’s hard to be a woman in 2015 with social media. There’s so much more emphasis on taking pictures of ourselves and the “likes” or people commenting on them. There’s a lot more pressure to look beautiful. Some days I just want to look like s*** and feel okay with that.”


Members of One Direction said yesterday that life is “different” with the absence of former member Zayn Malik, but that things are still going “great.”

“Obviously, it’s different but, you know, when you lose a member of your team obviously everyone gets a little bit close together,” Liam Payne, 21, said today on “Good Morning America.”

"It’s still going great and that’s what this album is about,” Payne said. “We’re still going strong and we’re all still here.”

Payne and his bandmates -- Harry Styles, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson -- surprised fans on Friday with the unexpected release of their first single, “Drag Me Down,” from their forthcoming album.

The song, their first as a foursome since Malik left the band in March, peaked at number one on iTunes in 86 countries, to date. The single was also streamed 4.75 million times on Friday alone, smashing Spotify's highest streams in one-day record held by Wiz Khalifa.

“I think we just wanted to kind of drop it out of nowhere," Styles, 21, said of the surprise release. "Usually we kind of do a big run-up to it and we thought it’d be fun this time to just kind of drop it, and it was fun."

“It worked, I guess,” he added.

"Also, it's the middle of the day somewhere in the world," Horan, 21, added with a laugh.

As for the new album, Payne shared some new details in front of the thousands of fans who slept overnight in Central Park to watch One Direction perform live in their first national TV performance since Malik’s departure.

“I suppose it’s quite eclectic really isn’t it,” Payne said, adding that the band took inspiration from The Police, another famous English rock band.

While the band prepares their new album and travels the globe for their “On The Road Again” tour, one member, Louis Tomlinson, is preparing for a change in his personal life, becoming a dad.

“Obviously it’s a very exciting thank you,” Tomlinson, 23, said, confirming for the first time that he is expecting his first child, with stylist Briana Jungwirth.

With the future in mind, all four members of One Direction have gotten behind the Action 1D campaign, asking their fans to describe the kind of world they want to live in by sharing film and photos using the #action1D hashtag on social media.

The campaign is part of action/2015, a global citizens' movement with the idea that 2015 can be the year the world can set the agenda to end extreme poverty and take on inequality and climate change.

“The thing is, the people who support us have such incredible power that I don’t maybe think that they even know about,” Styles explained. “We wanted to use it and do something to make a real difference.”

“The power that they have is kind of aimed now towards, you know, poverty and global warming and hunger and stuff like that so that we’re trying, you know, to get people to kind of listen and do something about it,” Styles added, calling the group’s fans “very powerful.”

Friday, July 31, 2015


Chuffed About The Boy

Story By: G. H. HARDING
Boy George In 1985

With visions of London’s King’s Road circa 1985 in my mind, I witnessed Culture Club’s return to NYC Monday night at The Beacon Theatre and despite some rough patches, really enjoyed it. Formed in 1981, the band comprised Boy George (lead vocals),Mikey Craig (bass guitar), Roy Hay (guitar and keyboards) and Jon Moss (drums and percussion). Their second album, Colour by Numbers, sold more than 10 million copies worldwide and has been certified triple platinum in the UK and quadruple platinum in the US. It was ranked No. 96 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Albums of the 1980s and is also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

The band enjoyed a goldmine of hits, including the songs "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me", "Time (Clock of the Heart)", "I'll Tumble 4 Ya", "Church of the Poison Mind", "Karma Chameleon", "Miss Me Blind", "Victims", "It's a Miracle", "The War Song", "Move Away", and "I Just Wanna Be Loved." 

Monday, the re-formed bunch kicked off with my personal favorite, “Church of then Poisoned Miond’ and took off from there. With a 13-piece band, including 3 sultry backup singers, adored with hats red, gold and green of course, and a horn section, the band sounded really good; with Hay really standing out on guitar and keyboards.

George, after years of substance abuse and well documented personal travails, doesn’t hit those high notes like he used too, but his charm was undeniable and he knew he had the crowd in the palm of his hand.


Amy Poehler

Cole Escola

Julie Klausner

Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe along with Julie Klausner, Cole Escola and Amy Poehler, attended the 'Difficult People' New York Premiere at the SVA Theater in New York City last night.

Thursday, July 30, 2015


Ashley Greene And Jonathan Scott

Ashley Greene and Jonathan Scott attended 'Mr. Clean's Moving Institute and #15MINRENO' Event at 24th Street Loft the other day in New York City. 


Alexandra Richards And Cory Kennedy

Vasilisa Pavlova

  Vasilisa Pavlova along with Alexandra Richards and Cory Kennedy, attended the ICB Fall Digital Campaign Launch And Summer Celebration at Azul at Hotel Hugo in New York City last night.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Hilaria Thomas Baldwin

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise attended the 'Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation' New York Premiere at Duffy Square in Times Square tonight in New York City. Where does this former star find the time with his closets so full and always being cleaned out? And now Hilaria Thomas Baldwin gets red carpet time because she is married to the Bloviator? Amazing what this business has become!