Michael Alago
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On a beautiful sunny Monday in October while I was in New York City, I had the opportunity to meet with Michael Alago.  In previous conversations, he had expressed interest in photographing me for Rough Gods.  When we first began to talk, I had no idea that he was the person who discovered Metallica and that his career was so multi-faceted.  But from the moment I saw him, it was evidently clear that he was the epitome of a true eclectic artist.

Beneath The Gavel
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59E59 is heating up the liberal conscious with two American plays, White Guy on the Bus and Beneath the Gavel.

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Cozymeal looks like it is poised to be the next big thing in connecting the world of professional chefs with food lovers all throughout Manhattan.  With cooking classes, corporate team building activities and catering experiences, this innovative service covers all aspects of the food spectrum to ensure that you and the company you are with have a fabulous time.

Lady Gaga, Gaga, Drag Race Season 9, RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9
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It’s back!!!! Yas, hunty!!! It’s RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Eleventy First (actually nine, we just wanted to be extra), and we’re here to serve and to swerve for your realness and GAGA!!! *death drop*

Kurry Qulture
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Let’s start with the basics. There’s no chicken tikka masala at Kurry Qulture. And that’s a good thing.

Sunset Boulevard
Glenn Close. Sunset Boulevard. Photo by Nick Wall.

In Act II of the current revival of Sunset Boulevard, faded silent movie star Norma Desmond (Glenn Close) returns to the lot of Paramount studios where, years prior, she was an adored actress. As she looks around in stunned amazement, she launches into one of the musical’s most well-known numbers, As If We Never Said Good-bye.  The song captures the emotion of a celebrity who wears spotlight like a warm winter coat and is ecstatic to be basking in it once again. Close, who won the Tony for her role in the 1994 staging is back on the boards,  chewing the scenery and commanding the stage like the true professional that she is.

Crunch, Crunch Gym
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And to no surprise that is the name of this brand spanking new class, SweatShed. SweatShed is delivered to you by Crunch and combines many high intensity, interval workouts all in 50 minutes.

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For the 2nd year in a row, Manhattan Digest has asked one of the best questions you can ask a bear lover- “What celebrity bear are you crushing on?”  What is a celebrity bear?  Simple- it is a celebrity, who evokes bear realness in all that he does.  Woof indeed.  The answers we got from bears and bear fans alike were diverse, plush… but above all, hairy and sexy.  So who made our picks for the 2017 edition of Hottest Celebrity Bears?

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It’s always fun when you welcome a new neighbor to the surrounding area, especially one as bustling as Union Square.  The new neighbor in this situation is Camacho’s, which gave us a special media dinner last night in preparation for their grand opening on March 30th!  I had my taste buds prepared for what they had to offer us, and if this is a preview of things to come, I can only see great things happening for this colorful and tasty establishment.

Jason Derulo
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Jason Derulo is proof that he is somebody who “can do both”, as he is now more than just the music superstar that he has molded himself into.  Last night, he emerged as a force in the fashion world with his unveiling of his menswear line, LVL XII with designer Antonio Brown.  The event took place at the super hip and trendy Tao Downtown in the heart of Chelsea, where both Jason and Antonio were on deck to celebrate the launch and talk about the future of this budding collaboration.