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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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Hayes Theater Entrance. Photo credit: Elizabeth Ann Foster
Off Broadway
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Kite Runner

It is a demanding production in which to perform eight times weekly, and the themes are violent, abusive, and demanding on every actor.

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The cast from Ever Young. Zoom screen shot credit: Alex Roe
Theatre
Elizabeth Ann Foster

Ever Young – Something’s Doing in Florida

We get to eavesdrop on a foursome from 100 years ago. We see what was in style in Palm Beach and how the privileged conducted themselves. Secrets unfold, and the audience gets an intimate glimpse into relationships along with a history lesson.

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Cyclic Journey by Marshall Gilkes
Jazz
Edward A Kliszus

Trombonist/Composer Marshall Gilkes Presents: Cyclic Journey

Gilkes’s new album Cyclic Journey touches anyone who appreciates and enjoys world-class artistry and virtuosity in classical and jazz idioms. Cyclic Journey is a musical adventure where the listener can experience the sounds of a team of musicians at the top of their game. At the same time, Gilkes shares his biographical virtual journey that emerged from his creative imagination. As you listen, close your eyes, and permit yourself to be transported through his ephemeral, beautiful sonic world.

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Soomi Kim's Body Through Which the Dream Flows. Photo credit: Charles Chessler
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Body Through Which the Dream Flows

With a marvelous coterie of young dancer gymnasts, Soomi Kim’s The Body Through Which the Dream Flows uses a multi-dimensional visual and aural landscape to provide insights into the complex relations of coaches and their proteges while opening a window into the inside world of children training for Olympic stardom.

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Vermont Alpaca Store. Quechee Gorge Village. Photo Credit Sora Vernikoff
Travel
Sora Vernikoff

Weekend in Vermont

With this trip, my affection for Vermont is refortified. I look forward to another weekend of peaceful bliss in this heavenly place.

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Isaac Mizhrahi. Photo credit: Gregg Richards
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

Isaac Mizrahi at 54 Below

Misrahi is a boyish, lovable character who is bawdy, irreverent, clever, and entertaining with repartee and humor as delightful as his singing. His selection of songs seems to spring from biographical sentiment, and while he can sing to be funny, he can also touch hearts with the intense pathos, sadness, and beauty he expresses in songs like Sondheim’s “One More Kiss” from Follies. The song ended with a whisper, silence, and thunderous applause.

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Wagamama Entrance in Murray Hill. Photo credit: Edward Kliszus
Restaurants
Edward A Kliszus

Wagamama

Wagamama’s culinary offerings are unique, fresh, and beautifully prepared with authentic ingredients. Seating is comfortable and the Zen-inspired décor helps sets the mood for a pleasant dining experience.

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Nicole Kyoung-Mi Lambert, Courtney Mack, Keirsten Nicole Hodgens, and Mallory Maedke at 54 Below
Cabaret
Edward A Kliszus

The Four Alt Wives of King Henry VIII

Tonight was an entertaining concert by influential, gifted, and driven artists. We shall be hearing from them more and more as their sparkling careers continue to evolve. The band was solid, the sound balance was excellent, and the musicians seamlessly shifted through the demands and diverse styles of the songs.

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Brad Pitt as Ladybug in Bullet Train. From the Official Trailer
Movies
Edward A Kliszus

Bullet Train

We’ve entered a dreamscape created by the collective minds of Monty Python, Quentin Tarantino, Guy Ritchie, and Stanley Kubrick. In this virtual world, we laugh at violence, wait for punchlines, root for our heroes, and experience larger-than-life events that can only occur in fantasies.

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Alexandra Guerrero and Adam Files in Hit The Wall at the Kraine Theater. Photo credit: Neil Ryan.
Off Broadway
Edward A Kliszus

Hit the Wall

Many people dismiss graffiti art as vandalism or the work of gangs marking their territory. But in Hit the Wall, we discover that there is a coterie of serious graffiti artists striving to create their magnum opus.

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