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Glee versus Smash was a playful, reoccurring theme at Forrest Hills Stadium recently when the New York Pops Orchestra presented an entertaining night of song with two stars of the hit television shows.

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Jazz is one of our most historic and iconic types of music, and is something that should be appreciated a lot more than it is today.  Luckily for us Manhattanites, we have the opportunity to enjoy the best of the new wave of jazz music all under one roof for the rest of the summer.  This is called Session at the Circle, which starts tonight at Columbus Circle.  The event will take place each Tuesday until August 30th, and will feature young and upcoming jazz artists including trumpeter/Wynton Marsalis protégé Riley Mulherkar and Christie Dashiell of NBC’s “The Sing-Off”.

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The MTV Video Music Awards have largely been seen as the coolest and most anticipated award show of the year.  In its thirty year history, it has made its way from New York City to Los Angeles, while giving out endless Moonmen and creating some of the most iconic and unforgettable moments in pop culture history.  Well, The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards are back in New York City this year, coming to you live from Madison Square Garden on August 28th. Today, we find out who will be nominated for the coveted trophy!

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When you get to the age of 26-27, you start to realize that your Facebook and social media accounts become flooded with “I’m engaged!”, “We are getting married!”, “We are having kids!” and so on and so forth.  It can be alarming, a bit consuming, and can make you analyze your life in terms of progress with the typical “societal” factors of where you should be around that age.  For myself, I just turned 30 on Friday, and happen to not be in a relationship, somewhat overweight, and openly gay.  Should I be concerned that these things aren’t happening for me at this time in my life?

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Living in the Upstate of South Carolina, I am on the complete opposite end of the state in relation to Charleston.  But it’s just a short 4 hour drive and always well worth the visit.  It has an old world charm that is infectious, and the people are among the friendliest you will ever cross paths with.  Just don’t be offended when they call you “sir” or “ma’am”.  It doesn’t mean you’re old; it’s a form of southern cordiality and respect.

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It comes as no surprise to learn that Natalie Margolin, who both wrote and stars in The Power of Punctuation, was considered one of the funniest women at her Alma mater. The Kenyon College grad could easily be placed in the same category as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Amy Schumer. Margolin’s  drama thesis is currently being staged at the intimate Davenport Theater and is well worth the 60 minute investment.

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Summer Restaurant Week has arrived in Manhattan!  Starting today, several of the top hotspots in NYC will be showcasing some amazingly delicious dishes at some awesome prices for you and your friends to enjoy.  Whether you are looking for Italian, Modern American, a Seafood Extravaganza or more, this week has you covered!

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Pokémon Go is the new rave. You will see college students, little children and individuals of all age walking down the street trying to catch a Pokémon. Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was released in most regions of the world this July. It’s a level of all-consuming cultural saturation not seen since, well, since its namesake TV show and accompanying trading card game rolled out in the late 1990s.


The non-pareil jazz vocals of Gabrielle Stravelli are something to behold. Rarely are contemporary singers as poised and pleasantly voiced as the award winning singer whose bright smile can actually be “heard” in every romantic song.

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Okay, yes we know it’s 92 degrees outside, however time flies and before you know it the time will come to start preparing for Christmas. If you ask me it’s never too early to at least brainstorm on things to get and who to get them for.