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My First Tony Awards

(The Philippine Daily Inquirer)

To the average bystander, the 2019 Tony Awards was just another show that James Corden hosted. But for Broadway fanatics and performers alike, the 73rd Annual Tony Awards was the equivalent of Super Bowl with a longer half-time show. Personally, it was my first time to watch the Tonys not from a friend’s couch but with the live audience at Radio City Music Hall.

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Photo from Google Images

Photo from Google Images

Old Jazz Clubs in the Upper West Side

(I Love The Upper West Side)

Long before jazz made its way from Harlem to Midtown to the Greenwich and East Villages, it settled on the Upper West Side during the 70s. What made this neighborhood so attractive for both jazz performers and fans? In an article from 1973, New York Times reporter John S. Wilson explained that “no admission fees, attractive, relaxed surroundings, well-known jazz names along with the excitement of discovering promising newcomers, and the arrival of a young, integrated, upwardly mobile population are turning the Upper West Side into a strong, new base for jazz.”

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The Seinfeld Experience Comes To New York In The Fall

(I Love The Upper West Side)

Thirty years after Seinfeld first aired on NBC, marketing and event company Superfly Productions will bring The Seinfeld Experience to NYC this fall. The Seinfeld Experience is a fully immersive pop-up event which will feature a “behind-the-scenes look at the legendary television show”. The exhibition will feature set recreations, costumes, props, memorabilia, and never-before-seen content from the show. There will also be a retail store for die-hard fans to purchase limited edition and exclusive memorabilia.

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Curtain Rises for Young Filipino Actress in New York

(The Philippine Daily Inquirer)

When Cristina Sebastian first came to New York to pursue acting, everyone encouraged her to try out for “Miss Saigon” on Broadway. It was a double-edged compliment. “I had to ask, ‘Are you just saying that because I’m Asian?’” she said.

[…] “I’m fortunate to be living in a time where there’s color-blind casting,” Sebastian said. “This means I get cast not by my ethnicity or my skin color but by my ability as a performer.”

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Things To Do When You’re Stranded in Hong Kong

(Buzzfeed)

Even though Cathay Pacific had rebooked my flight (and provided hotel accommodations), I wasn't scheduled to leave Hong Kong for a few days. A few passengers decided to wait it out at the airport and catch another flight. I figured, hey, I'm already here — I might as well have a good story to share when I get back to New York. Besides, if there was one place to get stranded, it was Hong Kong. Together with Alessandra, a fellow passenger, we set off with nothing but my camera and a last-minute itinerary.

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Stephen Burrows receives Lifetime Achievement Award

(SCAD District)

Long before André Leon Talley, member of the SCAD Board of Trustees, wrote for Vogue, he came across a new designer featured in the magazine while studying at Brown University. Talley told the audience at the SCAD Museum of Art that the designer’s sense of style was like “an electric storm.” He went on to describe it as “a colorful double page spread and it showed his love for bold color, unorthodox combo of texture and pattern.”

The designer, Stephen Burrows, was awarded last night with the André Leon Talley Lifetime Achievement Award. Talley presented him with the award and gave a speech about Burrow’s influence on him and many other designers in the fashion world.

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Photo by Katherine Rountree

Photo by Katherine Rountree

Norman Reedus: The Walking Dead to Big Bald Head

(SCAD District)

Both Norman Reedus and his character, Daryl Dixon, like to shoot. While Daryl is always seen shooting walkers with his signature crossbow on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” Reedus prefers shooting with his camera.

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