a 5 time Billboard Magazine Award winner, is perhaps best known for her unprecedented success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s 106.7 FM. She was also the co-creator, writer, producer and host of 'Spotlight On,' a nationally syndicated program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion, to name a few.
Presently, Valerie can be heard on her new daily radio show, Valerie’s New York on WOR.710.com. She is also the voice of numerous commercials and television promos. She has been the “Voice of God” for many prestigious live events including: The Clinton Global Initiative, The New York Emmy Awards, The Tony Preview Concert on CBS, and many more. She writes a weekly nightlife column for TheThreeTomatoes.com and writes a theater column for Examiner.com.
As adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts, Valerie teaches a course on Internet Radio and Voice-over, coaches talent privately, and produces promo reels and demo tapes for various clients.
An actress and writer, she has appeared in numerous off -Broadway productions and co-wrote a play with music entitled, "Spit it Out!"
Great plays this season!
After seeing the fabulous Seminar at the Golden Theatre last week, I turned to a colleague seated in my row, and said, "this has been some season for plays!"
I adored Other Desert Cities, was seduced by Venus in Fur, charmed by Private Lives, and now thrilled with Seminar, starring the superbly cast Alan Rickman, with spot on performances by Lily Rabe, Hamish Linklater, Jerry O'Connell and Hetienne Park.
This play written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck and directed by Obie winner Sam Gold, is a fabulous piece with an ensemble that spins and turns in his theatrical tour de force.
Life takes these fascinating roads, art is subjective and personal, and there is no black and white with anything. Those are my takeaways. In the press material, Seminar describes the topic in the following:
Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. A great piece for any artist.
Jerry O'Connell and Lily Rabe in Seminar.
Photo credit: Jeremy Daniel
A great opportunity to see suburb acting, and a take away about how to stay focused, centered, and available to others. An homage to the artist of any kind.
When you want to go Incognito....
Go to Incognito Bistro, a new find on the edge of Chelsea and the Flatiron District, that is welcoming and warm, casual and friendly, all while being incredibly
elegant and adult. The warm tones on the walls complemented by beautiful black and white vintage photography and colorful contemporary art is such an inviting place to dine.
The staff and maitre d' make you feel very important and well cared for.
But the food, the food is what takes center stage! Recently, I went for a tasting prepared by chef Paolo Montana. From the lovely crostini to the octopus stew, hearty and zesty, perfect for a fall or winter night, to the tender short ribs on a bed of creamy polenta, to truffle pasta, all were delicious. I am not that into truffles normally, but this dish was not over truffle-y, as the flavors withheld and all melded together beautifully.
Wines, from a smooth pinot noir to a full bodied cab were terrific accompaniments to the food.
And dessert? Oh my!! A chocolate torte, that was simply delicious.
Incognito is the kind of place where you can sit at the friendly bar and have a light meal or snack with a terrific glass of wine, or a light lunch or full dinner,without setting you back for the month. Prices are extremely reasonable!
Open from 12 noon through dinner, this establishment is all about stopping in for a little or a lot and feeling welcome and at home.
Incognito is offering a Christmas Eve dinner for $65 for 6 courses. A truly great deal.
And for something completely different, look out for a Robert Burns night in January. Paolo and his lovely wife Adriana are Scottish-Italians, and they honor their Scottish homeland with this fun and unique night on January 25, 2012.
Combining the dishes from their homeland of Scotland, with spirits from their Italian heritage, this is sure to be a lively evening on a cold winter's night! Details to come.
But for now, stroll over to this casual and friendly spot lunchtime, dinner time, in between time. www.incognitobistro.com