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A Murder Mystery with a Lot of Personality

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Murder for Two’s director keeps his audience in stitches and suspense There is no mystery to directing a successful musical. Scott Schwartz, the director of the new Off-Broadway show, Murder for Two, combines all the elements a theater audience craves – suspense, romance, humor, and, most importantly, superb acting. There are only two actors on [&hellip
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Striking a Chord with the Younger Generation

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Husband and wife duo – and huge Beethoven fans – put a new spin on the classics at Caffé Vivaldi Classical music can really bring out the creativity in a couple. Ege Maltepe, an actress from Istanbul, and her husband Emir Gamsizoglu, a Turkish pianist, decided to move to New York City to pursue their [&hellip
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Lighting Up Lincoln Square

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

President of Lincoln Square BID, Monica Blum, on tree lightings, bike lanes, and Mayor Koch Most that goes on from West 58th to 70th streets is, literally, Monica Blum’s business. As president of the Lincoln Square Business Improvement District for 17 years, a typical day for her can consist of picking up litter, calling 311, [&hellip
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A Date with Kate on Broadway

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

First Date’s Kate Loprest on blind dates, Match.com, and Henry Cavill Although we’ve all been on the quintessential disastrous first date, there are always some that turn out to be exciting surprises. This is what First Date is – an hour and a half of heartwarming (and at times, heart-crushing) fun. It chronicles a first [&hellip
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Writing the Book for Gay Grooms

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Event planner Jason Mitchell penned the first ever planner for men marrying men Jason Mitchell helps put the “gay” in engagement. At least that’s what he promises in his new book, Getting Groomed: The Ultimate Wedding Planner for Gay Grooms. The how-to guide definitely delivers by considering the differences and similarities to planning a gay [&hellip
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A Front Row Seat to the Ballet

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

New York City Ballet’s Chase Finlay on The Nutcracker, fantasy football, and his company’s new online series The largest ballet company in the country is getting personal. Although the New York City Ballet captivates its audience night after night, not much is known about the dancers’ individual journeys. This is where the new AOL On [&hellip
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Twenty Writers’ Worth of Crime in New York City

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Editor and writer Jonathan Santlofer gives us a behind-the-scenes look into his collaborative crime novel It is said that the generosity of crime fiction writers exists because the authors get their frustrations out on their twisted pages. There is no better tribute to their kindness than when they use their words to benefit charity. The [&hellip
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Every Day is Your Birthday in the West Village

Written by Angela Barbuti on . Posted in News Our Town, News Our Town Downtown, News West Side Spirit

Harold Moore brings international flavor – and fantastic bread – to his restaurant Commerce On the dessert menu at Commerce, there is always birthday cake. It’s yellow with chocolate frosting and sprinkles and always served with a lit candle, even if it’s not your birthday. “It’s an immediate smile,” said Chef Harold Moore of his [&hellip
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