Showing posts with label NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEW YORK CITY. Show all posts

Thursday, March 26, 2015



East Village Explosion

30 people were injured when an explosion caused a building collapse and a huge fire in the East Village on today.,

Preliminary investigations indicate that a worker at the Second Avenue location accidentally “hit a gas main” and touched off the devastating explosion.

Flames also gutted two adjoining apartment buildings at 121 and 123 Second Ave., with 123 collapsing and 121 in danger of doing so,  the FDNY told the NY Post..

The blaze also spread to 119 Second Ave., the FDNY said. As much as a dozen people were rushed to local hospitals, including four victims in critical condition and another with serious injuries, sources said.

Two civilians who also suffered burns were rushed to the New York Hospital, while a civilian who was knocked unconscious was taken to Bellevue Hospital, sources told the NY Post.

Gas service was also being shut off along Second Avenue, according to Con Ed.

According to the Post, one witness said “I heard a loud explosion, just a very loud vibrating boom…. People who were on the sidewalks and even people on the opposite side of the street were hit with debris,” he said.

“People were bleeding from the head, the face, their hands. People were running. They were confused, had no idea what just happened.”

One witness also said she saw a man climbing up a fire escape toward the roof of one building following the blast. His fate was unknown.

Robert Shapiro, who ran over from a nearby cafe, said that at first, “the whole building was covered in a thick, whitish-tan smoke — I assumed the building was gone, but it wasn’t; you just couldn’t see it.”

“Then all of a sudden the roof erupted in flames. I swear to you, at least 30 feet in the air, bright orange flames,” said Shapiro, who runs the Social Tees animal shelter around the corner on Fifth Street.

“I’ve never seen such an aggressive fire — it was like they were pouring gas on it.”

Cops in the Ninth Precinct station, heard a loud bang and raced over, sources said.

The FDNY initially declared a two-alarm emergency, but quickly upgraded it to seven alarms shortly before 4 p.m.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015



Story By: G.H. Harding

Adam Lambert

NEW GLAMBERT SINGLE --- Adam Lambert has just released an initial teaser of his upcoming single “Ghost Town” from his highly anticipated third album Original High, due out later this year.

With much anticipation surrounding the single that’s due next month, the American Idol-star treated his fans – better known as Glamberts – to a sample of the whistle- laden house track.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to reveal the snippet, and the post has already received more than 20,000 views.

Back in January , talking about the new album, Lambert made it clear that he’s gone in a new direction, and the sneak-peek of “Ghost Town” definitely confirms this.

"I think people are going to be really surprised," the performer said at the time.

"The album feels like a new era for me -- emotionally, lyrically, sonically. It feels fresh, it feels new. It's still me. It's still stuff that fans know and love but it's a new chapter 100 percent."

Earlier this month, on his birthday, he announced the title of the new album as well as its producers.

"Thank you for all the birthday love! Thrilled to announce the title of my upcoming album: The Original High. The album is executive produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with 1st single out in April."

Lambert who first rose to stardom on American Idol, and has had major success in the with his previous two albums, For Your Entertainment (2009) and Trespassing (2012), has also toured with Queen twice, filling in for the band's iconic front man, the late- Freddie Mercury.

Lambert had a good start to the year when Queen and Adam Lambert were watched by over 13 million people on BBC, I predict it’s about to get even better.

Odd that the single name is the same as the best track on the new Madonna album Rebel Heart. Just saying!

Micky Dolenz With Rita Wilson

FISHES IN THE DARK --- Monkee-Micky Dolenz showed up at last Thursday’s performance (at The Court Theatre) of the hit Larry David-play Fish In The Dark and greeted Rita Wilson backstage. The two performed last year in L. A. and a repeat performance may be in the offing.

Dolenz appears at 54 Below in July for three shows.

SHINER LEAVES THEM IN THE AISLES--- Talk about making a solid New York City debut. Singer Frank Shiner performed last week at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room and actually had two people faint during his performance.

Ambulances and paramedics were called in, but the women were declared ok.

Shiner, who currently has a Top 10 AC record out, the title of his Bakerson/Universal album The Real Me, said he wanted to kill, but was glad everything worked out.

A VIEW TO A KILL --- I watched The View yesterday for the first time since the other Rosie’s departure (with former-hostess Joy Behar on) and found several things interesting things: First: Whoopi remains in tight fisted control and the group, yet newcomer (sort of) Nicole Wallace is a close second.

I still question whether the small-than-ever in studio audience even knows who Wallace is!

When discussing Ted Cruz, Behar had a funny bon mot, saying she felt more of the audience knew who Penelope Cruz was than Ted …. funny stuff.

Also, unflattering camera angles and Rose Perez mentioning most of her movie roles did not help.

I still think the show is a sinking boat and while I love Whoopi, grab a view while you can as I doubt whether it'll make it to another year!

CLOSING NOTES --- Here’s the trailer for the UP movie The Music In Me, with Debbie Gibson and Gloria Reuben. The movie will air next month. Gibson delivers a new song in the movie “Promises.” Take a sneak peak: …

Sunday, April 5 is the return for the final cycle of AMC’s Mad Men. The show, which is unquestionably in my top ten, changed virtually everything about episodic TV. Matthew Weiner, love him or not and, he has dozens on each side), has created one of the best things ever on TV. Don't miss these last seven episodes …

Elton John, who just celebrated his 100th Million Dollar Piano in Las Vegas the other night (with Rocket's Tony king on hand), has called for a boycott of fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana after the company's principles came out against gay adoption.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana told Italian magazine Panorama that they opposed gay couples being able to adopt children, especially through in vitro fertilization and use of surrogates:

“We oppose gay adoptions. The only family is the traditional one. No chemical off springs and rented uterus. Life has a natural flow; there are things that should not be changed.

You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry synthetic children.”

John took to Instagram to criticize the designers who are both gay and had, at one time, been a couple.

Monday, March 23, 2015


Al Pacino

Al Pacino talked to ABC News' Byron Pitts about his latest movie, "Danny Collins," and how he was almost fired from "The Godfather."

The actor says he was almost fired from his iconic role as Michael Corleone in the epic 1972 film.

“They wanted to fire me when I was on the picture ... [during] the shooting, first couple of weeks,” Pacino told ABC News’ “Nightline.” “Because they kept seeing the rushes, you know, or the footage that was shot, and they kept looking at it and thinking, ‘What is he doing?’”

Pacino currently stars as an aging rock star in the film “Danny Collins,” which opens in theaters today.

Pacino went on to portray the mob boss in the rest of the “Godfather” trilogy. But if it weren’t for director Francis Ford Coppola, Pacino said, he wouldn’t have stayed.

“I was so confused at that time, and Francis was so supportive, you know, and so helping me in it, all of it,” Pacino said. “If it wasn't for Francis, I would’ve just not showed up one day and said, ‘Hey, look man, I don't want to be where I'm not wanted.’”

Things changed, Pacino said, when he saw the footage he had already shot and liked how he portrayed his character.



The Collegiate Chorale

The Collegiate Chorale concludes its 2014-2015 season with the U.S. Premiere of Kurt Weill's The Road of Promise May 6, 2015 at 8pm and May 7, 2015 at 7pm at Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019. Tickets are $30-$135 and are available at, CarnegieCharge 212-247-7800, or the Box Office at 57th and Seventh.

The Road of Promise is a new concert adaptation of Kurt Weill and Franz Werfel's epic 1937 stage spectacle, The Eternal Road, led by Tony Award-winning conductor/director Ted Sperling and featuring a cast of world-renowned singers and a 200-voice chorus and symphony orchestra. Like the original stage work, The Road of Promise combines a story about a synagogue under threat of persecution with defining stories from the Old Testament. As the congregation awaits their fate, a 13-year old boy appears who knows nothing of his Jewish heritage or faith. The Rabbi enlightens him and gives the community strength by recounting the stories of Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Miriam, Moses, Ruth, Isaiah, and more, all of which come alive through Weill's magnificent musical score. The young boy listens to the stories unfold and emerges as the new hope for his people.

The concert will feature Anthony Dean Griffey, Mark Delavan, Philip Cutlip, AJ Glueckert, and Lotte Lenya Competition Finalists/Winners Lauren Michelle, Megan Marino, and Justin Hopkins, with Conductor/Director Ted Sperling and Orchestra of St. Luke's. Video Projections by Wendall Harrington and Lighting Design by Frances Aronson.

Saturday, March 21, 2015



Ken Rosato And Lisa Colagrossi

STATEMENT FROM WABC NEW YORK -- We have some sad news to share with you about our Eyewitness News family.

Lisa Colagrossi, Eyewitness News reporter, anchor, wife and mother, has died at age 49.

Lisa suffered a brain hemorrhage while returning from covering a story Thursday morning.

Thursday seemed like just another morning, with Lisa Colagrossi doing what she did so well, reporting live from the scene. She was an amazing reporter, committed to Eyewitness News. She was dedicated to telling a story with honesty, a working woman, a hockey mom, she was gutsy and fearless.

We here at Eyewitness News are still in shock and we're trying to cope with the loss of someone we loved and valued.

It's what New Yorkers came to know from Lisa Colagrossi, authentic, steady, reassuring reporting.

She was the ultimate pro who could go from tackling crimes to financial news; Lisa could find humor even at the expense of herself.

She covered some of the biggest stories in the Tri-State for almost 14 years. She started working at WABC the Sunday after the World Trade Center disaster.

In a town that's pretty tough to crack, this native Clevelander out hustled other New York reporters from the very beginning, by becoming the only reporter to get to Belle Harbor, Queens when Flight 587 crashed after takeoff from JFK Airport.

Like every other seasoned reporter and anchor, she had a couple stops before she became part of the Eyewitness News family, including stations in Orlando and Cleveland.

It was on "Eyewitness News This Morning" that Lisa became part of our morning routine.

She always had the viewer in mind; whether it was rain, snow, whatever the elements, she was out there.

She could walk you through any story, even the hardest ones including the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Her talents were not just limited to reporting, she was an excellent anchor as well.

She shined showing her Italian pride as she mingled with the crowd during the Columbus Day Parade.

But most important to her was her family; her husband Todd, their two sons Davis and Evan.

And in case you didn't know, Lisa was an avid New York Rangers fan and loved Henrik Lundqvist; you can see evidence of that all over her Facebook page.

It's hard to imagine mornings without Lisa.

Always with measured precision, she was smart, tough, and compassionate.

This is a tough time for us, but each of us has a "Lisa" story that we will hang on to.

To Lisa's husband and children and parents and siblings, we grieve with you. You are in our prayers and we are thankful to have had Lisa in this family.

We will all miss her.

STATEMENT ON ANCHOR KEN ROSATO'S FACEBOOK PAGE-- To my dear friend Lisa Colagrossi, may you rest in peace. I have no doubt where you are right now. To your wonderful husband Todd and your amazing sons Davis and Evan.. thank you for sharing this amazing woman with us. I am crushed today. My heart is broken. You were such a part of my day.. every day.. and helped wake up millions of New Yorkers, every day. I will never forget you. Sleep well, my friend. I will never forget you.

Photo Courtesy Of: WABC New York



New York City: This week, the New York City Council called for the state of New York to pass historic legislation to both decriminalize and to tax and regulate marijuana. As part of the Council’s State Budget and Legislative Agenda for the 2015-2016 legislative session, the New York City Council urged the state legislature to pass two historic marijuana policy reforms – the Fairness and Equity Act and the Marijuana Regulation and Tax Act (MRTA). The Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito had previously announced her support for marijuana legalization in November, but this marks the first time that marijuana decriminalization and legalization have been part of the Council’s official legislative agenda.

The Fairness and Equity Act -- sponsored by Senator Daniel Squadron and Assemblyman Robert Rodriquez -- would finally fix New York’s decriminalization law regarding possession of small amounts of marijuana, ending racially bias marijuana arrests. The Council noted that the Act would “end the unnecessary and disproportionate arrests of Black and Latino New Yorkers by ensuring that possession or sharing of small amounts of marijuana can never result in a criminal penalty.” The proposal includes additional provisions to meaningfully address the devastating collateral consequences and historic legacy of these arrests and reduce institutional racial bias across New York’s criminal justice system.

The Council also threw its support behind the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act -- sponsored by Senator Liz Krueger and Assemblywoman Crystal People Stokes -- which would end prohibition by creating a system to regulate, control, and tax marijuana in a manner similar to alcohol for adults 21 years of age or older. The Council noted that the MRTA would “would reduce the racially disparate impact of existing marijuana laws and end the cycle of branding nonviolent New Yorkers as criminals,” while generating millions of dollars in new revenue and saving millions of dollars in criminal justice resources each year.

The Council’s endorsement of these sweeping marijuana policy reforms comes at a pivotal moment for drug policy reform nationally, as last year’s elections accelerated the unprecedented momentum for marijuana law reform and other criminal justice reforms. With marijuana legalization measures passing in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C., and with groundbreaking criminal justice reforms passing in California and New Jersey, the election solidified drug policy reform’s place as a mainstream political issue. Both in New York and nationally, public opinion has shifted dramatically over the last decade in favor of reforming marijuana laws and dismantling the egregious excesses of the drug war.


Kelly Rowland

CLARITIN Teamed Up With GRAMMY-Winning Superstar Kelly Rowland To Kick Off Spring with live performance at Houston Hall in New York City.

Friday, March 20, 2015


Jean Shafiroff And Patrick McMullan

St. Patrick's Day would not be complete without Patrick McMullan's Annual party. This year's party was held at Provactuer in the Meatpacking District. Martin and Jean Shafiroff enjoyed the 'by invitation only party' and the Club scene- a scene a lot like the old Studio 54.

Photo By: Patrick McMullan


Pharrell Williams

Grammy Award wining musician Pharrell Williams flips the switch to mark United Nations' International Day of Happiness at the Empire State Building today in New York City.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015



Ronald Keaton As Churchill

Due to overwhelming demand, the producers of Off-Broadway's newest hit, CHURCHILL, today put a new block of seats on sale through July 12th. CHURCHILL, a new play adapted and performed by Ronald Keaton, opened at New World Stages on February 18th to unanimous rave reviews led by The Wall Street Journal which declared, “Fifty years after his death, Winston Churchill has emerged as a star!” Under the direction of Kurt Johns, CHURCHILL is based on the life and writings of one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th Century.

Experience the man who famously proclaimed, "I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter." Winston Churchill made his mark in history as a Nobel Prize winner, respected politician and one of the greatest leaders the world has seen. But in March of 1946, he has just shockingly been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister, is in forced retirement and everything he has fought for is threatening to slip through his fingers. When he receives an invitation from United States President Harry S. Truman to speak in Fulton, Missouri, he rediscovers his strength in a speech that impacts the world forever.

Monday, March 16, 2015


The Fund For Park Avenue

As memories of all the snow and ice finally fade, buds begin to appear on the trees and the tips of the tulips can be seen in the planting beds at the end of each mall. There’s nothing like spring on Park Avenue!

This spring The Fund for Park Avenue, one of the City’s oldest public-private partnerships, celebrates its 35th anniversary. It was Mary Lasker, a philanthropist and an early advocate of urban beautification, who convinced the Parks Department to plant flowers on the malls (Park Avenue’s parkland). Since 1980, The Fund has been relying solely on the contributions it receives from the community to plant and maintain the trees and flowers on the Park Avenue Malls.

Each year the tulip color changes according to a list started in 1980. When possible, the color has a special meaning. For example, in 2009, orange tulips, Apeldoorns, honored the 400th Anniversary of Henry Hudson’s arrival in New York harbor and in 2010, white tulips, Ivory Floradale, commemorated The Fund’s 30th Anniversary. Because coral is the traditional gift for a 35th anniversary, similarly colored tulip – a Darwin Hybrid Ad Rem, was selected for this year.

Friday, March 13, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Elliot Tiber

EYE OF THE TIBER --- When Elliot Tiber’s Taking Woodstock came out in 2007, his true and often wildly ribald story of how the famed 1969 Woodstock festival literally landed in the backyard of his parents’ rundown shambles of a Catskills motel rocked and shocked readers everywhere -- including, of all people, two-time Oscar winning director Ang Lee, who went on to make a terrific movie adapted from the book. 

Sure, the film was toned down a bit from Tiber's fiercely absurdest and proudly gay source material, but Lee's vision of Tiber's story made for a stunning picture -- from the actors, including comedy-improv legend Eugene Levy's spot-on performance as the great farmer Max Yasgur and the remarkable Liev Schrieber as a former-Marine transvestite in his second Woodstock-themed films to date (the first being the Dustin Hoffman-produced 1999 drama A Walk on the Moon), to the terrific original soundtrack from Danny Elfman alongside great late 60’s songs from Crosby, Stills, and Nash; Jefferson Airplane; Blind Faith; The Doors; and (as crucial background music during the film's legendary "acid trip" sequence), the deep track of Love's "The Red Telephone" playing on the 8-track player (!!!) in a trippin' VW van.

Though the movie was strictly art-house as opposed to big box-office upon its release in late August 1999, it continues to win over devotees young and old each year since its release (as has Tiber's memoir itself).

Tiber followed his first memoir published (via Square One) with a "prequel" memoir of sorts called Palm Trees on the Hudson. And next month will see the release of a brand-new book from Tiber entitled After Woodstock: The True Story of a Belgian Movie, an Israeli Wedding, and a Manhattan Breakdown. 

This new book's subtitle alone guarantees that Tiber has more than his fair share of other stories to share "after" Woodstock (and Ang Lee's enthusiastic Foreword in the new book all but assures everyone that Tiber's newest might just be his most important and heartfelt work by a long shot). 

I got to know Tiber, one of the more unpredictable geniuses in our midst over the past years, fairly well as Taking Woodstock exploded on to the scene back in '07. All indications (judging from the great pre-pub reviews and excellent word of mouth on the new book) are that Tiber, who turns 80 years young on April 15, proves the remarkable exception to F. Scott Fitzgerald's last-century musing that there are no second acts in American life.

FASHION FREAK --- For the second time in two weeks, a co-host is exiting the E! snark show. Kathy Griffin announced via Twitter last evening that she is exiting Fashion Police after just seven episodes. “I discovered that my style does not fit with the creative direction of the show and now it’s time to move on,” the outspoken comedian wrote.

The replacement rumor mill, shifting into high gear, had already coughed up such names as Khloe Kardashian, NeNe Leakes and Naya Rivera when Kelly Osbourne left last month, but E! is keeping mum about the slot thus far.

“We can confirm that Kathy Griffin is leaving E!’s Fashion Police,” an E! said today. “We wish her all the best and are grateful for her time on the show, as well as the many laughs that she gave us all. Fashion Police will return, as scheduled, on Monday, March 30 at 9 pm with our talented Co-Hosts Giuliana Rancic and Brad Goreski and Executive Producer Melissa Rivers.”

Osbourne walked away from her co-hosting perch of five years on February 27. Her departure followed her outrage at comments made by fellow FP-er Giulana Rancic’s about the dreadlocks Zendaya Coleman was sporting at the Oscars last month. Rancic later apologized or her remarks, which Osbourne seemed to accept, but she left soon afterward anyway. With Osbourne and now Griffin gone, the ratings-struggling FP is down to just the duo of Rancic and Goreski.

So much drama … seems more in tune with The View. I predict FP will be gone girl … in a flash.

BLURRED FOR SURE --- Much has been made and said of this past Tuesday’s trial, when a federal jury in Los Angeles concluded that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams, the performer and primary songwriter-producer of the 2013 pop hit “Blurred Lines,” committed copyright infringement by using elements of the 1977 Marvin Gaye song “Got To Give It Up” in their composition without proper credit. 

The jury awarded Mr. Gaye’s family approximately $7.3 million, a combination of profits from the song and damages. That’s an attention-getting amount of money, but the verdict itself is far more damning.

The two had said that they wanted to capture the vibe of Gaye’s song. 

And, can you really copyright notes?

PR-pasha David Salidor said, “Williams said that it sets a bad precedent for the music industry ... and, I’m inclined to agree. Labels will be more hesitant to release music that sounds like something already out … and, that’s a bad thing. Writers will second guess themselves and I know first-hand, that’s always a dicey proposition.”

Williams said during the trial, “The two songs are like silk and rayon. Two completely different fabrics with the same feel. If this verdict is upheld, the creator of rayon better prepare for the infringement claims from the owner of silk.” 

He continued, "It is also troublesome that the jury was not permitted to learn that the Gaye’s consulted with at least two prominent musicologists who declined to give an opinion that the songs were substantially similar before finding musicologist Judith Finell to provide the opinion they needed."

There also appears to be much information that the jury never heard. All in all, a mess. 

To me, the songs, while sharing a similar vibe … do NOT sound alike.

I predict a swift settlement for the Gaye’s , as if another trail looms, the result could be a largely reduced amount.

CLOSING NOTES --- Jimmy Greenspoon, the keyboardist for rock band Three Dog Night, has died. He was 67. Greenspoon's agent, Chris Burke, said he died Wednesday of cancer at his home in North Potomac, Maryland, surrounded by his family.

The keyboardist joined the rock band in 1968 and had been working with them until last October, when he took a medical leave of absence to pursue treatment for metastatic melanoma.

"He was like a brother to me," Three Dog Night co-founder and vocalist Danny Hutton said in a statement. "I knew him since he was just a teenager, and he was my oldest friend in the band. Also, Jimmy was a critical part of our early history, bringing a sound to the band that helped develop our style; he left an indelible mark."

The group is best known for its 1960’s and 1970’s hits "Joy to the World," ''Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" and "Black and White." 

"I will be forever shattered by his death," band co-founder and vocalist Cory Wells said. "Jimmy cared so much about excellence in the music and always made sure we had what we needed on stage and in the recording studio. I was amazed by his photographic memory, his love for music."

Author Mark Bego, who wrote the 1991 book One Is The Loneliest Number, said: “Jimmy Greenspoon was one of the most upbeat, talented, energetic, and positive thinking people I have ever met. I had the rare privilege of writing his autobiography with him. Along the way, we became close friends. He came to New York City in the late 1980’s, and together we plotted to tell his wild roller coaster ride to the top of the rock world, his descent into the depths of drug abuse, and his dramatic stint with rehabilitation. We hit it off immediately, and we plotted to write what we thought was the ultimate rock & roll autobiography” ...

NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman is leaving the network after the brouhaha over her Ebola-escapade. Guess newly re-installed Andrew Lack is indeed cleaning house ... and, I think that's a good thing. Wonder where the Brian Williams imbroglio stands now? ...

We'll talk about the new Madonna album (Rebel Heart) next time; but, from what I've heard from it ... I am really loving it. Especially “Ghosttown,”which will be the next single from the album ...

Spring break has arrived ... be back in 10 days ...

Photo Courtesy Of: Elliot Tiber/Calvin Ki

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Wednesday, March 11, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING

Grey Gardens

MAYSLES PASSES --- Documentarian director Al Maysles has died at the age of 88. With his brother David he directed Grey Gardens, one of the most famous docs of all time. With DA Pennebaker, Richard Leacock and Bob Drew he made countless other films and worked with the Rolling Stones on several legendary project, including Gimme Shelter on The Stones and more recently Gray Gardens.

Maysles (pronounced May-zuls) departed from documentary conventions by not interviewing his films’ subjects. As he explained in an interview in 1994, “Making a film isn’t finding the answer to a question; it’s trying to capture life as it is.”

That stark immediacy was a hallmark of the brothers’ films, beginning in the 1960’s, when they made several well-regarded documentaries. But it was “Gimme Shelter” (1970), about the Rolling Stones’ 1969 American tour that brought them widespread attention. It included a scene of a fan being stabbed to death at the group’s concert in Altamont, Calif., and the critical admiration for the film was at least partly countered by concerns that it was exploiting that violence.

Concerns about a different kind of exploitation were expressed about Grey Gardens (1975), a double portrait of Edith Bouvier and her daughter, Edith Bouvier Beale, both cousins of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived in squalor and with what some saw as mental confusion in a once-grand house in East Hampton, N.Y.

Their films weren’t everyone’s cup of tea; cinema verite is often a difficult and frustrating medium; yet his work will continued to be mandatory in every film class around the world. Huge loss.

A beautifully restored version of the Maysles brothers’ Grey Gardens opened at Film Forum in New York a day after the film’s great co-director Albert Maysles died at age 88, grossing $12K in the single venue. There is still time to see this great masterpiece.

H&O --- The new Hall & Oates album, Live In Dublin, is a stone-cold smash. H&O, the #1 best selling duo in history –and, newly inducted into Jann Wenner’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame- had never played there before, so when plans were formulated for the live set, the destination seemed a slam-dunk.

Their live set, recorded at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre, July 15 last year, shows the band in top form and presents what may well be their best lineup ever, including long-time horn player Mr. Casual, aka Charlie DeChant.

I’ve been a fan of theirs since their very first singles,"She’s Gone” and "Las Vegas Turnaround,” which now seems like eons ago.

The two also had the uncanny ability to pick some of the best musicians around for their band. Their line ups have included the likes of GE Smith, Todd Sharp, TB Wolk and DeChant, who played all those pivotal horn riffs.

After just-massive success in the 80's, things seemed to chill a bit, but with their release of the 4-CD set Do What You Want, Be Who You Are: The Music of Hall & Oates, their rise became inevitable again.

Also, Halls’ tremendous success with his show Live From Daryl’s House, further solidified his cred and became a must-stop for musicians; from Darius Rucker to former-producer Todd Rundgren.

This live set is just sensational and the liner notes by industry-vet Roy Trakin are insightful too.

Hall has perfect pitch and one of the most soulful voices I ever heard. His vocal work of “Do Want You Want, Be Who You Are” and “She’s Gone” is just brilliant.

The set list for the show, the first-ever in Dublin includes, all their top hits from their four-decade career. “Sara Smile,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Out Of Touch,” “Kiss On My List,” “Private Eyes,” “Rich Girl,” and “Maneater,” are just some of the highlights. Must see and hear for sure!

CHAPPIE --- Varèse Sarabande will release the Chappie – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, digitally on March 10 and on CD March 17, 2015. The film features original music by Hans Zimmer (Interstellar; 12 Years A Slave) – his first all-electronic score in 25 years.

“Finally a movie that lets us unleash a completely Electronic Music score,” said Zimmer. “A director (Neill Blomkamp) who encourages us mad boffins to drag out forty-year old analogue synthesizers and lets us spend days fiddling in lab-coats with patch-cables, blowing up valves and transistors ... Steve Mazzaro, Andrew K., Andy Page, Ed Buller, Michael Tritter, Rich Walters, Junkie XL and a chap whistling ... Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like to present to you The Chappie Elektrik Synthphonia!”

Zimmer has scored more than 120 films, which have, combined, grossed over 24 billion dollars at the worldwide box office. He has been honored with an Academy Award, two Golden Globes, three Grammys, an American Music Award, and a Tony Award.

His most recent Academy Award nomination for Interstellar marked his 10th career Oscar nomination with the Academy. In 2003, ASCAP presented him with the prestigious Henry Mancini award for Lifetime Achievement for his impressive and influential body of work.

Other recent releases include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, Ron Howard's Rush, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, History Channel's miniseries The Bible; the Christopher Nolan-directed films Inception, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises; and Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

CLOSING NOTES --- Corner-favorite-Micky Dolenz (who'll be in the Apple next week) had a big birthday over the weekend. We're calling it his 7th. Best wishes…

Manager Ken Levy’s client Matthew Szlachetka dazzled at Rockwood Music Hall this past Saturday night. His music is transcendent while immediately accessible. Destined for stardom for sure. Guests included legendary-A&R man Mitchell Cohen; PR-pasha David Salidor and Steely Dan/Frank Shiner-producer Gary Katz …

Most anybody with an interest in club land’s hallowed history knows Club Zanzibar. Located in a broken-down stretch of Newark, New Jersey, it was the spot where famed spinner Tony Humphries rose to fame. Here’s an amazing article on the little club that could … and, did.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Jean Shafiroff With Chelsea Clinton

Jean Shafiroff was photographed with Chelsea Clinton at the School of American Ballet (SAB) Theater Annual Winter Gala yesterday. SAB held their Annual Winter Gala at the David Koch Theater. Approximately $1.3 million was raised for the School.

Photo Courtesy Of:Lieba Nesis

Monday, March 09, 2015


Alexandra Richards

AnnaLynne McCord

Nia Sanchez

Jennifer Connelly

The UN Women For Peace Association's International Women’s Day at the United Nations in New York City, brought out the stars.


The Girls Of Rick's

It's "March Madness" College Basketball time, and it starts with the "Big East Tournament," with multiple games Wednesday through Saturday.

The three-story Rick's Cabaret New York gentlemen's club, famous for its alluring exotic dancers, warm hospitality and celebrity clientele, is the ideal place to watch the games on its many hi-def TVs, while surrounded by gorgeous girls.

"The girls and I are ready for some March Madness," purred Rick's Cabaret NYC girl Paula. "I'm going to be wearing a cheerleader outfit, and some of the girls will be in their favorite college basketball team outfits--but not for long. We can't wait to take it off for the guys. Haha!"

For those attending the games at Madison Square Garden, Rick's Cabaret girl Jessica makes a suggestion. "Be sure to come to Rick's Cabaret right after the game--we are just one block away. If your team won, we will help you celebrate, and if your team lost, well, I promise you we have ways to make you forget all about it."

Rick's Cabaret NYC is well known for its beautiful entertainers, luxurious setting, and warm hospitality. The 2nd floor Rick's Cabaret Steakhouse is under the supervision of acclaimed Chef Franklin Edwards. Rick's Cabaret is the club of choice for an upscale clientele including Wall Street bankers and brokers, numerous celebrities, and pro athletes from all the major sports.

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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.


Friday, March 06, 2015



Story By: G. H. HARDING
Chris Pine

GOODBYE SPOCK --- 37-year-old actor Zachary Quinto, who recently admitted he considered the late Star Trek star to be “like a father figure,” paid tribute to his mentor Leonard Nimoy, and admitted he was nervous about taking over the role of Mr. Spock from him at the private service for the actor last Sunday. 

Rabbi John L. Rosove, who delivered the eulogy and is a cousin of Nimoy’s widow, Susan Bay Nimoy, said: “He said he was very trepidatious about stepping into the role of young Spock, [but] that Leonard was always gracious and helpful to him to understand what he was doing.”

The 83-year-old actor, who played the character for 40 years, died at his home in Bel Air, California on Friday February 27, with “everyone that he loved the most around him” after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Rosove also told said: “When he passed, he was ready. [Susan] told him when he couldn’t respond, ‘Lenny, I love you. You can go. It’s okay.’ He smiled, and then he died. I think he saw light and he was beamed up.”

Our source who attended the affair, said Nimoy “absolutely adored” his wife and they “were meant to be.”

Our source added: “She brought him out of darkness. They would talk deeply about everything. They just opened each other’s hearts and were really there for each other.”

Director J. J. Abrams and Chris Pine (the re-booted Kirk character) were also among the 300 mourners at the funeral.

On last night’s Big Bang Theory, Chuck Lorre’s usual title card was replaced by a black-and-white photo of Nimoy above a simple thank-you message: “The impact you had on our show and on our lives is everlasting.” 

In addition to being a personal hero of Jim Parsons’ Sheldon, Nimoy also lent his voice to a 2012 Big Bang episode, in which he spoke to Sheldon through his Spock action figure.

IDES RISE --- 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the band that drove the 1970 Billboard smash “Vehicle” to the top of the charts: The Ides Of March. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the band will release a deluxe limited edition 5-Disc set Last Band Standing – The Definitive 50-Year Anniversary Collection on April 18 (via Ides Of March Records).

Last Band Standing is a perfectly executed celebration of the group’s history and a showcase of a band still in their prime at 50 years deep. Original members Jim Peterik (also of Survivor fame and songwriter behind “Eye Of The Tiger,” and well as many other chart-toppers), Bob Bergland, Larry Millas, and Mike Borch started as group of teenagers whose love of Rock ‘n Roll and R&B led them to showcases and bandstands around their native Chicago, eventually hitting it big nationally with “Vehicle.”

The first four audio discs contain material from across their storied career. Included are Warner Brothers albums Vehicle (1970) and Common Bond (1971), first-time-ever releases of the best of their RCA releases World Woven (1972) and Midnight Oil (1973), and choice cuts from the 90’s, such as Spirit Of Chicago – an ode to the Windy City featuring some of the area’s most prominent artists – Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Dennis DeYoung (Styx), Gary Loizzo (American Breed), and, cult favorite Jim Ellison.

Disc five is a live DVD of The Ides Of March performing 15 of their most iconic songs in an eleven camera shoot at the House Of Blues, Chicago on May 31, 2014. In addition to this high-energy hometown set, this DVD boasts a slew of extras: archival footage from their TV appearances in the 70's, new interviews, a look behind-the-scenes, a photo collage spanning 50 years plus an exciting new music video for the title track “Last Band Standing.”

Peterik recently released his autobiography Through The Eye Of The Tiger: The Rock ‘N’ Roll Life Of Survivor’s Founding Member (BenBella Books); which this writer found to be among the best rock bios ever! 

I also saw Peterik perform solo set at Steve Walter’s Cutting Room last year that was one of the best solo performances I’ve ever seen.

Peterik held the SRO-crowd spellbound, performing all his hits on both piano and guitar. Inspirational, exceptional … it was a great performance.

We also learned we’ll get a chance to speak to Mr. P shortly. Stray tuned!

LOST IN YOUR EYES --- Hard to believe, but this past Wednesday marked the 26th anniversary of Debbie Gibson’s “Lost In Your Eyes” holding the #1 slot on Billboard magazine. Poignant for sure, the song was aided immeasurably by a brilliant video directed by Jim Yukich; who went onto to direct the Chelsey Handler show. 

According to PR-pasha David Salidor, who handled the entire Gibson-PR show back then, “It was a long shoot; both Deb and Jim had a very clear vision of what they wanted, from the simple piano opening to an intricate shoot in a very cold Central Park … and they got it. Looking back, it was a career defining video for her and of the times.”

We’d love to hear Gibson’s new material; we know she’s been working on it and aside from a Christmas show here in Brooklyn in December, there’s been no new word on that. Check out the video here:

CLOSING NOTES --- Amazing Harrison Ford story. He’s OK, just a bit battered. I’ll always remember seeing this fellow at the corner of 81st and Madison one day, years back, waiting for the light as was I, and it was Harrison Ford … with several tennis rackets in his gym bag! He didn’t seem too friendly, but, just gave me the Ford-look behind a pair of sunglasses …

The never ending tour of Crosby, Stills and Nash moves to Europe this September and October for a series of twenty shows.

CSN have been on the road in short spurts several times per year over the last decade along with additional dates for solo and outside projects. This leg includes two nights at London's Eventim Apollo and two at The Olympia in Paris.

Once again, CSN will be accompanied by its backing band featuring: Shane Fontayne (guitar), Russ Kunkel (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), James Raymond (keyboards), and Todd Caldwell (organ).
Wonder if we’ll ever get to hear that Rick Rubin-produced album of classic overs? Bet it’s fantastic …

New Vanilla Fudge album (Cleopatra Records) out, entitled Spirit of ’67, wherein the Fudge-sters interpret – their way- several classics, including “The Letter,” “I Can See For Miles” and The Monkees’ “I’m A Believer.” Great concept … my fave: “The Letter.” Their Carmine Appice … one of the best drummers ever! ...

Ken Levy’s Matthew Szlachetka at Rockwood Music Hall tomorrow at 7:00 PM.