Category Archives: ENTERTAINMENT

FAMOUS PEOPLE in Rare Photos

ELTON JOHN, President OBAMA, Audrey Hepburn, The ROLLING STONES,  Hemingway, Queen Elizabeth, King TUT, Picasso,  Bridget Bardot,  President Kennedy,  HITLER and OSAMA BIN LADEN.………..quite a collection of people who have had an influence on our lives.Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 2.24.30 PM

ELTONS net worth is only $440 million.  While the BIEBER makes $70 million a year.  What is the comparison?  None really!  I just thought it interesting that a twit kid can earn so much!  GOD BLESS THE AMERICAN WAY!

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FOOD FEST on Broadway

NEW YORKERS………..love their street fairs.  Yeah….it messes up traffic on the side streets……..and cops have to be paid overtime……and the Department of Sanitation has to clean it all up!  Too bad.  Where else can you get such a variety of food!

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CORN DOGS………..HOT DOGS…………ROASTED CORN……..CHEESE STEAKS.

YUM YUM………finger lickin’ good!

SUMMER EVE on 42nd Street

It’s FLEET WEEK in New York………..so I headed to times Square to meet some sailors.

I only saw one!  We did NOT meet!

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So I snapped a bunch of photos of TOURISTS.

CLICK ON the Naked Cowboy to see his buns!

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I did run into THE ROCK…….wrestler turned movie action star.  Just saw him in “Hercules”……and again tonight on 42nd street.

ILONA sings at La SOIREE Circus

La SOIRÉE was a box office smash.  Last night we went to see the final performance at the Union Square Theatre.….and we hooted and hollered  for 2 full hours.

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It is an off-Broadway variety show……….part Circus, part Cabaret…….and a lot of sexy Burlesque

CLICK ON for a short preview………

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The infamous entertainer……….ILONA ROYCE-SMITHKIN belted out “Que Sera, Sera……..and deserved her standing ovation.  She was  incredible.

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OH LA LA………

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Ms. Margo………delightful and delighted…..as always.

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ILONA signing her “release” of her performance.

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ILONA autographing her sketch………..held up by the very naughty Gloria.

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LUMA ROUGE.……….with her Artwork of Seduction…….sketched for the entire two hours………fabulous illustrations of all the performers.

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The BIG BLUE BUNNY.…..and moi!

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The entire show takes place on this tiny round stage………and it is spell binding.

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DON’T bring your children!  It is a cleverly naughty show.

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Denis made a lot of “gays” in the audience….very very happy!

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The English Gents [a.k.a. Denis Lock and Hamish McCann........[oh..... those 6-packs]……..and they use them to entertain………in their patriotic briefs.

 

 

 

MONTCLAIR FILM FESTIVAL • Advanced Style in living color

Advanced style at the Montclair Film Festival.  They are presenting a film documentary of six fabulous women………insights into their lives and styles.

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Margo Schneider……..an art student…….poses here with the ever smiling Ilona Royce-Smithkin.

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To quote Ilona……….”I cannot make a commitment as I really don’t know what my body is up to.  From the waist up I’m wonderful.  From the waist down…..don’t ask don’t tell” !

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Fame as a visual artist………..singer……cabaret performer…….and I adore having her as a friend.

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Film director Lina Plioplyte posing with Ilona…….[94 years of age], and Jackie , Murdock [ age 81]…….. who was a dancer at the APOLLO THEATRE.

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Woman aging beautifully…..taking joy in style and fashion at an advanced stage in life.  Ari Seth Cohen roams the streets of Manhattan with his camera……and has recorded images of these ladies  in a book ……..”ADVANCED STYLE”.

NY UNIVERSITY STUDENTS Beat Their Drums

Today in Washington Square Park………..there was a deafening sound………

CLICK ON to hear the DRUMS……”Samulnore” beat.

NYU RHYTHMIC IMPULSE……translated into Korean …… “the WORLD”.

 

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 The DRUMS are called…….”poongmul”

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The performance is designed for a stage…….sitting down!

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 The drummers are caLLED……POONGMULHOLICS……..they shake the heaven and the earth!

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Ear Plugs are recommended.

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Any student at NYU can join the band……….and you don’t have to be a Korean.

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 RHYTHMIC IMPULSE

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There is a summer camp for an intense course.

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COLORFUL CLOTHES are worm by some of the members of POONGMUL

 

CABARET returns to Broadway

CABARET has retuned to Broadway….bringing back ALAN CUMMING as the emcee.

CLICK ON to see a short montage of the show

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2XwmSQV7Zzs

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ALAN CUMMING steals the show as the sexy MC of the KIT KAT CLUB Cabaret.  [This same show won him a TONY 14 years ago].

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“Two Ladies”……”If You Could See Her”……”I Don’t Care Much”…..art just a few of the  songs that are belted out in the Cabaret.

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FRAULEIN SALLY BOWLES….[Natasha richardson played this role in the previous revival for 2,377 performances].

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Michelle Williams admits that she is not the most musically gifted actress for this role. I find her a bit fragile for the aggressively sexual singer, Sally Bowles.….[But, I loved Michelle in "Brokeback Mountain" ].

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The ORCHESTRA……….and they really ARE beautiful!

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WILL CARLYON……….plays the cello in the orchestra plushe sings and dances …..and he is BEAUTIFUL.  [This photo was taken by Matthew Murphy ].

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Three time Oscar nominee……Michelle Williams……..as Fraulein SALLY BOWLES.

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The theatre has resurrected itself as the KIT KAT KLUB.  Margo took this shot of the stage………main floor tickets are $220. Drinks are served to you by muscular “topless” male waiters……..for an axtra $19. [And you'll probably give the waiter a $20 tip].

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This shot of the mezzanine with fringed red lamps……..bordello style ……at every seat.  If you want to sit here……it will cost you $199.

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Ilona and I were going to wear these hats to the cabaret.  The Donald said…..”I don’t think so”!

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Don and Ilona and Tom and Margo decided to catch the show in it’s final rehearsal.  A stranger passing on the street took this photo of us with an i-phone.

The Crazy PIANO MAN in Washington Square Park

Saturday afternoon in Washington Square Park, the “crazy” PIANO MAN was banging away on his Yamaha Baby Grand Piano.  His name is Colin Huggins and he sure knows how to tickle the ivories.  He is fun to watch…..and oh so entertaining!

CLICK ON THE VIDEO.………………and turn up your volume.

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Under the Washington Arch………looking up Fifth Avenue.

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Colin was an accompanist for the American Ballet Theatre as well as music director at the Joffrey school.

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These boots were made for tapping those pedals.

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He banged out a few tunes from the Beatles.

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His Puccini was a crowd pleaser. Colin was an accompanist for the American Ballet Theatre as well as music director at the Joffrey school.

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His set list includes Schubert, Liset, Chiopin.

Even the pigeons enjoyed his concert.  Me too.

 

TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL • 2014 NYC

The Tribeca Film Festival’s artists dinner  was held last night at BRASSERIE BALTHAZARS in SoHo. Hoards of film makers and their stars packed into the restaurant.

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Sophia Loren.…..looking marvelous for her 80 years.

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Robert De Niro, the founder of the festival with his wife Grace.  Love her outfit!

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The model, Lily Aldridge, Victoria’s Secret “angel”…….you may remember her from the Sports Illustrated swim suit issue.

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Harry Brandt is a cutie.  Not really a celebrity but he shows up at all the Galas in New York and has thousands of adoring fans.  I usually catch him at Lincoln Center events.

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Julianna Moore……four times Oscar nominee……and now has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.  Her husband Bart Freundlich is the guy on the right.

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Greta Gerwig…..the actress…….in her pink and white Chanel……and a platter of oysters.

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Matthew Modine.……..actor……….best remembered  for his role in “Full Metal Jacket”

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Jean Pigozzi.……Stephanie Seymour……looking down at his cute little bunny.

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Lauren Santo Domingo [on the right]…….is a contributing editor for Vogue.

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Ron Howard..………memories of HAPPY DAYS………..linger in my head.

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JR.……..French Artist/Director………..[ he has a commission with the NYC BALLET ].

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I love BALTHAZARS when it is NOT so crowded…..which is almost never.  I don’t eat shell fish so I always get their awesome burger.  They serve 10,000 guests every week…….thanks to the chef Shane McBride.

 

PEEPS……..PEEPS……….and more PEEPS

Every year the Washington Post has a PEEPS contest.  there were 700 entries.

Here is one of the five finalists:  EVERYONE PEEPS..…..by Kate Hohman

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First we PEEP……then we FLUFF.  I just love it.

In the EASTER PARADE this year………..there was a lot of PEEPing.

CLICK ON your favorite PEEP

[ even if it is made of sugar and yellow dye #5]

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And she is a MER-PEEP………passing out little PEEPS to all the kids in the parade.