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Austin Butler as Elvis. From Warner Bros. official trailer.
Movies
Edward A Kliszus

Elvis 2022

The release of Elvis 2022 is an exciting and emotional musical trip down memory lane. For those who missed the excitement of his era, it’s a chance to get to know one of the most successful recording artists of all time.

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Elizabeth Ann Foster and Melissa Heche at the Girl of the North Country main. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Girl from the North Country

The women carry the show. Memorable, and the highlight is Mrs. Laine (Mare Winningham). She has dementia and lost her filter years ago. She is rip-roaring hilarious and made the otherwise severe, sad, and depressing depiction of life wake up the audience. Another resident Mrs. Burke (Luba Mason), takes off and starts playing the drums – in heels!

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Mrs. Doubtfire cast photo. Courtesy mrsdoubtfirebroadway.com posted on OpeningNight.Online
Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway

The brother Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell created the book and are back at it again to make music and lyrics of pure unadulterated fun. Mrs. Doubtfire at the Stephen Sondheim theater is an update of the 1993 film starring Robin Williams, but funnier and more entertaining.

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Hotel Zaza in Houston Texas entrance sign. Photo credit: Edward Kliszus
Restaurants
Edward A Kliszus

Hotel Zaza Houston

Houston, Texas has seen a lot of growth in recent years and today has a population exceeding two million. Hotel Zaza is located in the heart of Houston’s famed museum district that sees up to seven million visitors annually.

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View from the water of Rumrunners in Cape Coral Courtesy Rumrunnersrestaurant.com
Florida Events
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Rumrunners

Rumrunners in Cape Coral fits the bill if you’re looking for harborside dining with outdoor seating options and a hearty seafood menu. They also host a wide selection of tropical drinks like their Mint Lemonade and Key Lime Colada.

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Courtesy JaneAngerPlay.com
Live Streaming
Edward A Kliszus

Jane Anger by Talene Monahon

Jane Anger is hilariously funny. Witticisms, cleverness, plays on words, malapropisms, and sparkling non sequitur rants abound along with a dash of the spirit of Monte Python and Mel Brooks, a touch of Abbott and Costello, and the cast’s superb timing that make it work.

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Humans and Dinosaurs cohabiting the planet. From the Official Trailer
Movies
Edward A Kliszus

Jurassic World Dominion

Jurassic World Dominion’s popularity is likely propelled by a coterie of loyal sci-fi fans of special effects and 3-D movies. The notion of dinosaurs now inhabiting the entire planet is an evocative twist to this chapter in the Jurassic story and initial reports indicate the film has done well financially on its first weekend.

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We were getting autographs from activist, author, CEO of the Sadie Collective, and Harvard graduate Dr. Opoku-Agyeman. L-R Dr. Melissa Heche, Dr. Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Elizabeth Ann Foster. L-R Dr. Melissa Heche, Dr. Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Elizabeth Ann Foster.
Off Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

My Moment – 106 Women on Fighting for Themselves

My Moment is 106 stories collected by Kirsten Chenoweth, Kathy Najimy, Linda Perry, Chely Wright, and Lauren Blitzer. A multimedia event showcasing the stories of several women was held at Symphony Space. As Lauren Blitzer said, “we had to get scrappy; that’s what girls do.”

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Entrance to El Tropical. Photo: courtesy El Tropical
Florida Events
Elizabeth Ann Foster

El Tropical Cuban Restaurant

Cuban food is a marvelous benefit of visiting South Florida. We’ve been to a few Cuban restaurants and keep returning to El Tropical in Cape Coral. They serve fresh, delicious fare and offer a large variety of authentic recipes. The staff is friendly and attentive and the service is excellent. Seating is homey and comfortable and local patrons rave about the selections, including those with a Cuban heritage .

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Macbeth. Courtesy Polk PR.
Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Macbeth at the Longacre Theater

If you’re a Shakespeare fan and a purist, Sam Gold’s direction is not the version for you. The entire company breaks out into song with original music by Gaelynn Lea, and Michael Patrick Thornton narrates the play from his wheelchair, beginning with a brief history of Shakespeare. Yes, this is Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

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Scene from 2000 Mules. From the Official Trailer
Movies
Edward A Kliszus

2000 Mules

This film has spurred renewed discussion and vitriol into allegations of voter fraud that emerged in the 2020 elections. In the film, data analyst Gregg Phillips presents cell phone geo-tracking data indicating that individuals delivered election ballots to ballot boxes at multiple locations.

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Golden Shield. Photo credit: Julieta Cervantes.
Off Broadway
Victoria L. Dammer

Golden Shield

Thai-Australian playwright Anchuli Felicia King wrote the play entitled “Golden Shield” about the class action lawsuit of Chinese dissidents and their subsequent human rights abuses, brought against a U.S. technology company for their collusion with the Chinese government.

Known as The Golden Shield Project or China’s Great Firewall, it enables censorship and digital surveillance, a subject recently prevalent in the news with the suppression of COVID-19 data by the Chinese government.

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Natalie Douglas Photo credt: Lynn Redmile
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Natalie Douglas at Birdland

The audience was packed with Douglas’ loyal followers. As she introduced songs and told anecdotes of her mingling with the likes of Dolly Parton, Lena Horne, or Roberta Flack, people nodded and smiled in affirmation. She projects a sentimental, nostalgic, and caring persona and each song she sings creates a warm, safe, embracing space. Balancing her view of life through song is her sense of humor, a sweet smile, and joie de vivre.

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Books
Victoria L. Dammer

Master Your Mindset: The Master’s Way

Nader conveys that eliminating our toxic mindset begins with identifying whether we operate our lives with humility or hubris. Humility allows us to admit our weaknesses, accept our strengths, and live truthfully. Conversely, hubris is a life filled with deception. Nader’s readers are encouraged to choose whether they lead a life of hubris or humility; the outcome is in your control, depending on which way you live.

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Wendy Moten at the Nashville Hall of Fame Museum. Photo from wendymoten.com
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Wendy Moten at Birdland

Wendy Moten ascended to the Birdland stage with a smile and charm that lit up the room. From her first words and the comfortable swing tempo of her first song, All of Me, Moten emerged as a poised, expressive, and consummate artist. She conveyed her passionate insights with a beautiful, clear voice and through her ability to command any genre she desired.

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Text superimposed on The Siege by James Little. Oil and Wax on Canvas. 2003. Private Collection, NY
Choral Music
Edward A Kliszus

Duke Ellington Sacred Concerts

For the first time in 35 years, Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts returned to the stage. Envisioned initially by Ellington as a “Festival of Grace,” provenance for Sacred Concerts is informed by a broad spectrum of jazz, classical and choral music, spirituals, dance, gospel, and blues. Ellington’s compositional product in this venue consisted of a triptych of 34 songs originally recorded in 1965, 1968, and 1973 respectively. It can be argued that an august Ellington facing his mortality considered his Sacred Concerts among his most significant works.

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Zeroboy and Frank Zilinyi in The Haunting of East 4th Street. Photo credit: Dan Bianchi
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Radiotheatre presents The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street

The rich baritone voice of raconteur Frank Zilinyi launched Radiotheatre’s deliciously macabre exordium of The Haunting of 85 East 4th Street, a dark, spellbinding tale of New York City history, horror, mysterious sounds, ghosts, curses, cannibals, occult, exorcisms, diablerie, and doom. Zilinyi and his partner Zero Boy were our able cicerones, guiding us through a hypnotizing tale of gripping suspense and almost unspeakable dread.

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Books
Victoria L. Dammer

The Restorative Power of Water and Nature

Readers should know Roger Deakin and Robert MacFarlane have written essential pieces of literature that boil it down to this; they share the vision that it’s safer in the water. There’s shelter from harm when communing with the environment; the top of a mountain provides sanctuary for many. Through their well-written prose, Deakin and MacFarlane’s stories will transport you on a personal voyage.

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Blake Allen. Photo credit: Bryan Clavel
Chamber Music
Edward A Kliszus

INSOMNIA 

Blake Allen’s Insomnia is a cerebral, enigmatic, and mystifying artistic creation chronicling a night of an insomniac narrator. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story “Sleep and Waking” (1934), Allen mobilizes the power of music to dramatize and intensify the import of the conflicting tensions of the restive, lone sufferer.

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"L’Amour à Passy" by G.W. Reed, directed by Manfred Bormann. G.W. Reed as Benjamin Franklin, Musa Gurnis as Madame Brillon. Photo credit: Jonathan Slaff
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

L’Amour `a Passy

Benjamin Franklin the man emerged as a frowzy, flawed, and crafty roué, relentlessly attempting to seduce the married Mme Brillon. Franklin deftly engaged and modified his façon de parler and wits to enamor the charming Brillon while also initiating, to no avail, games of chess with personal stakes to tarnish Brillon’s marital honor.

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