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Empire State Building Will Shed Light on Endangered Species with Projections

July 30th, 2015 Comments off
Photo via Passport Magazine

Photo via Passport Magazine

“I’m a scale person—that’s what Louie likes about me,” Travis Threlkel, chief creative cffice and co-founder of Obscura Digital, told the New York Times. “It’s like the Guggenheim. That’s big, right? No, man. We did that from the back of a car with one projector on it. This one, I’ve got 40 giant cannons. And I wish I had more.”

On Saturday, using 40 stacked, 20-000 lumen projectors sitting atop a building on West 31st Street, the southern face of the Empire State Building will light up the night with digital images of endangered species in an effort to call attention to some of the planet’s most at-risk wildlife.

Threlkel, alongside filmmaker and photographer Louie Psihoyos, is the architect behind this “weapon of mass instruction,” which will illume a space 375 feet tall and 186 feet wide, a total of 33 floors, with moving pictures of ” a snow leopard, a golden lion tamarin and manta rays,” along with a variety of creatures land and sea, the New York Times reports.

Psihoyos and Threlkel received clearance from the city just four weeks ago. In the last three years, the pairing has put on dozens of smaller projections, including one on the Guggenheim Museum. Their biggest display so far was last year on The United Nations building.

Don’t have a ticket to Saturday’s 27th Street rooftop viewing party? Don’t fret. Images should be clear within 20 blocks downtown of the Empire State Building. Beyond 14th Street, the grey, furry face of a giant koala bear shouldn’t be hard to miss. And beyond New York City, the events are also to be a part of Psihoyos’ upcoming documentary, “Racing Extinction,” which will premiere on the Discovery Channel in December.

“We’re going to try to create something beautiful. Not bum people out,” Threlkel explained. “Hopefully, this is one big domino. If we can tip it, it would be great.”

Join Andy Cohen and PFLAG in NYC!

July 27th, 2015 Comments off
Join Andy Cohen and PFLAG on July 29th in NYC!

Join Andy Cohen and PFLAG on July 29th in NYC!

For the second year, PFLAG is taking over New York City for a culinary event that is too hot to handle! Join host Andy Cohen at the luxe Jenn-Air showroom in NYC on July 29th for a night of gourmet bites and cocktails at the second annual HOT! Benefitting PFLAG National.

Buy your tickets here!

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KLM Launches New York Pop-Up Shop

June 25th, 2015 Comments off
Image via KLM

Image via KLM

Enjoy a KLM Royal Dutch Airlines experience without ever taking off the ground in New York. From Today, June 25-Saturday, June 27, the public is invited to stop by Open House Gallery located at 201 Mulberry Street to be transported into a world of interactive airline fun complete with activations and giveaways. The Pop Up Shop opens each day at 11:00 A.M., and it is capped off with a free Heineken happy hour and live DJ set beginning at 5:00 P.M. each evening.

KLM Pop-up Storefront. Image via KLM

KLM Pop-up Storefront. Image via KLM

Visitors will have many chances to enjoy free treats mirroring KLM’s onboard offerings, get KLM-branded goodies, and win round-trip tickets to Amsterdam through raffles and activations like a cycle for (Flying Blue) miles contest, DJ music booth, and an interactive photo booth. Visitors to this family-friendly space will be treated to a “waffle happy hour” each day from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., featuring free Dutch coffee and stroopwafels for every guest. The KLM Pop Up Shop will also feature a special, interactive experience each day, such as a live painting and screen-printing by Dutch artist Merijn Hos, and a stroopwafel cooking demo by Eat Dutch Waffles.

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New York City’s Stonewall Inn Now Protected Under Landmark Status

June 23rd, 2015 Comments off
Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

Stonewall Inn and Sheraton Square. Image via Facebook

The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted to designate the Stonewall Inn, the location of the world-famous Stonewall riots, as an individual landmark, today. The unanimous vote from the committee is historical as it is the first landmark in the city designated for its place in LGBT history.

The Stonewall Inn is currently located in Greenwich Village Historic District, but with the the vote, the Commission recognizes it as an individual New York City Landmark. [7]

2015 Tony Awards… and the Winner Is

June 8th, 2015 Comments off
Fun Home Circle in the Square Theatre Cast List: Michael Cerveris Judy Kuhn Beth Malone Sydney Lucas Emily Skeggs Joel Perez Roberta Colindrez Zell Morrow Oscar Williams Production Credits: Sam Gold (Direction) Danny Mefford (Choreography) David Zinn (Set and Costume Design) Ben Stanton (Lighting Design) Kai Harada (Sound Design) Chris Fenwick (Music Direction) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Lisa Kron Music by: Jeanine Tesori Book by Lisa Kron

Fun Home

Wow! What a year… Tony voters surprised us by crowning Fun Home the best musical of the year. Well deserved and certainly a less mainstream title than some of the other nominees. Other big winners include Kelli O’Hara for The King and I and Christopher Wheeldon’s choreography for An American in Paris. Big nominees that failed to snag significant awards include Hand to God and Something Rotten!—though they’re both fantastic shows, too. Our final word? … Go to the theater!

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

 

 

Celebrate Judy Garland’s Birthday with Seth Sikes

June 3rd, 2015 Comments off
Seth Sikes (photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia via The Broadway Blog.)

Seth Sikes (photo: Kevin Thomas Garcia via The Broadway Blog.)

To celebrate Judy Garland’s 93rd birthday Seth Sikes will return to 54 BELOW, Broadway’s Supper Club, on Wednesday, June 10, to perform his critically-acclaimed show Seth Sikes Sings Judy Garland, an evening of Garland’s most popular songs. Sikes returns to 54 Below after three previous sold-out appearances. And the critics are raving…

Find out what they had to say over at The Broadway Blog…

 

Broadway by the Numbers

May 29th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of “Gigi” (photo: Margot Schulman via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Gigi” (photo: Margot Schulman via The Broadway Blog.)

Wondering how many people attend a Broadway show throughout a year? The Broadway League has released end-of-season statistics for the 2014–2015 season, which began May 26, 2014 and ended May 24, 2015. For the 2014–2015 season, total attendances reached 13,104,078 million, and Broadway shows yielded $1,365,232,182 billion in grosses, the best attended and highest grossing season in Broadway recorded history! All new and continuing productions ran a total of 1,626 playing weeks, a record that shows this was Broadway’s healthiest season!

Find out how your favorite Broadway show ranked this season over at The Broadway Blog…

 

Treat Your ‘Mommie Dearest’ to a Drag-Tastic Mother’s Day at W Downtown

May 5th, 2015 Comments off

 

Image via W Hotels

Image via W Hotels

While we hope your relationship is better than Joan Crawford and Christina Crawford’s was, W New York—Downtown is bringing back cult-classic Mommie Dearest for unique Mother’s Day, but with a twist. The movie will air with “Drag Mommies” reenacting some of the films most memorable moments for hotel guests and visitors on May 10. Those travelers and New Yorkers away from their mommy for the holiday can come down to the hotel to get some motherly advice and share special drink offers and be catered to by our resident “Drag Mommies”  for the day.

Book through  W Hotels Mommie Dearest Link and treat your mom or just yourself to a weekend you all won’t soon forget. Special services including:  themed cocktails, advice session from  W’s onsite Drag Mommie for the day, special room-service offerings, and a creative turn-down service service.

Additionally,  W Hotels New York (that includes Times Square, Union Square, Hoboken, and and Downtown) is offer a special 40% discount on your second night’s stay over the weekend of May 9-10.

 

Review: An American in Paris

April 27th, 2015 Comments off
"An American in Paris" (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

“An American in Paris” (photo: Matthew Murphy via The Broadway Blog.)

Boy meets girl. Actually, three boys meet girl in An American in Paris—the spectacular new musical now playing at the Palace Theatre. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon, the story follows Jerry (Robert Fairchild), a World War II vet and exuberant ex-pat who has stayed in Paris to pursue his passion of becoming an artist. He meets Henri Baurel (Max von Essen), a wealthy Parisian who dreams of becoming a nightclub singer; and Adam (Brandon Uranowtiz), a scrappy American composer also trying to find his way in the City of Light.

Through a series of events, each man encounters Lise (Leanne Cope), a beautiful young ballet dancer, and the game is on to see which one of them will woo her heart. Meanwhile, Jerry is taken under the wing of art benefactor Milo Davenport (Jill Paice), who hopes that his brushstrokes go beyond the canvas. With just enough plot to keep things interesting, An American in Paris is an absolute visual feast from the moment the house lights dim.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…

Review: ‘Hand to God’

April 20th, 2015 Comments off
The cast of "Hand to God" (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

The cast of “Hand to God” (photo: Joan Marcus via The Broadway Blog.)

Broadway has gone to hell and a hand puppet—and that’s a good thing. Hand to God, the alarmingly visceral new American play by Robert Askins is a jolt of theater that the Great White Way has been waiting for.

The violent and funny work takes place “somewhere in Texas where the country meets the city” and follows the emotional wreckage of teenager Jason (Steven Boyer) as he attempts to come to terms with the death of his father with the help of a Christian after-school puppet workshop taught by his widowed mother Margery (Geneva Carr). Fellow students Timothy (Michael Oberholtzer) and Jessica (Sarah Stiles) play witness to Jason’s odd behavior and exceptional talent for puppetry as he finds his voice through his alter ego/sock puppet, Tyrone. Enter Pastor Greg (Marc Kudisch) as the hands-on man of the cloth, who persistently tries to persuade Margery to let go of her grief in a more carnal manner. Meanwhile, Timothy has his own pinings for Margery and his teenage testosterone gets the both of them. As the days wear on, the puppet (a.k.a Tyrone) becomes a more consuming presence in Jason’s life, giving voice to Jason’s tormented emotional state through a series of verbally and physically violent episodes.

Keep reading over at The Broadway Blog…