NYC Life: Great Shows, Fashion, Books, Food, and More

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Farewell Phantom, we will miss you. Some of our very talented friends have shows coming up soon. Didn’t get your invite to the MET Ball celebrating Karl Lagerfeld? Console yourself that the exhibit opens May 5. The granddaddy of book fairs is coming to the Park Avenue Amory. LA and NY Chefs face off for a fun foodie event. Valerie Smaldone says Pictures from Home, is a winner! Our roving photographer is roving at sunrise in Central Park. And now is the time to get your tickets to our Renewal Summit. “If not now, when?”

The Best Day is Just Around the Corner

This will be an incredible day of inspirational panels and speakers, fun, shopping and connecting. Great topics include: Changing the Perceptions of Age through Comedy; Looking Your Best; Taking Care of You; Insider’s Guide to NYC; Your Skin, Hair, Face, & Teeth; special guest, supermodel Paulina Porizkova; Woman of Purpose Award to Tony winning producer, Pat Addis. And a fabulous wine and chocolate tasting at the end of the day. Get the details. 

April 27-30. The Antiquarian Book Fair the Park Ave Amory

This is the world’s leading antiquarian book fair.  For over 60+ years,  exhibitors from across the world convene the historic Park Avenue Armory, presenting a trove of materials including rare books, maps, illuminated manuscripts, fine bindings, illustrations, historical documents, photographs, prints, memorabilia, and ephemera. The fair’s specialties encompass art, design, popular culture, science, medicine, literature, history, gastronomy, fashion, music, philosophy, and much more. Prices for the items range from $50 to millions

Opening May 5. Karl Lagerfeld: A Line of Beauty

The Costume Institute’s spring 2023 exhibition at the MET will examine the work of designer Karl Lagerfeld. Focusing on his aesthetic themes that appear time and again in his fashions from the 1950s to his final collection in 2019, the show will spotlight his unique working methodology. Most of the approximately 150 pieces on display will be accompanied by Lagerfeld’s sketches, which underscore his complex creative process and the collaborative relationships with his premières, or head seamstresses. Lagerfeld’s fluid lines united his designs for Balmain, Patou, Chloé, Fendi, Chanel, and his eponymous label, Karl Lagerfeld, creating a diverse and prolific body of work unparalleled in the history of fashion. Get the details.

May 6. Join the celebration!

If you’re in the Beacon, NY area, you must get tickets to see our friend and one of our favorite performers, Ellen C Kaye, with Ethan Fein and a full band, premiering songs from their upcoming album Old Bones Odyssey at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon, NY.

It’s a special night – artists from the album will be performing:  Ethan Fein, composer/arranger on guitar/banjo, Diane Monroe on violin, Andy Drelles on woodwinds, Koa Ho on bass, Jackie Presti and Soara-Joye Ross on backing vocals.  Perry Cavari on drums and Cameron Rassmusen on guitar join them.

The show is two 45 minute sets of original live music written by Kaye and Fein, from 8:00 PM to 10:00PM.  Advance Tickets: $25/At The Door: $30 Get tickets here.

May 7. “An Evening With…” at the Laurie Beechman Theatre


Oh what a night this will be. The fabulous singer and actress Corinna Sowers Adler will host a wonderful show featuring our very own Broadway Babe, Randie Levine Miller, Broadway’s D.C. Anderson, Television Actress and Singer Ami Brabson, and powerhouse duo Nic King and Seth Sikes. Award winning Broadway arranger Larry Yurman joins on piano. The show is part of a new series produced by NiCori Studios & Productions.

NiCori Studios & Productions has produced the MAC and BroadwayWorld nominated series Music at the Mansion™ for the past 12 years including two seasons of Porch Performances during the pandemic. Singer and Actress Corinna Sowers Adler is a multi-award nominee including the Excellence in Theater Education TONY award every year since its inception in 2015.

Tickets are $20 per person with a $25 food or beverage minimum per person. The Laurie Beechman Theatre is located beneath the West Bank Cafe, at 407 West 42nd.  Click HERE for tickets.

Roving at Day Break

 This week I attended my first Daybreaker at the beloved bandshell in Central Park. Daybreaker is a community lifestyle movement bringing people together at sunrise to dance the day in from 7 – 9am They have been gathering for 10 years in 28 cities and across 5 continents. In New York City they have danced together at One World Trade, on a cruise ship, on sky-high rooftops and in nature. Their mission is inclusivity, fostering wellness, camaraderie, self-expression, mindfulness and mischief.

These ticketed events occur frequently and sometimes have themes. Participants show up enthusiastically and creatively dressed. The dance parties are always preceded by an hour of sunrise yoga, which is way too early for me! No matter where, or what one wears, Daybreaker always brings people together to release their anxiety and share their energy from a genuine place of physical and spiritual well being. Get the details on the events.

Nicole Freezer Rubens is the author of poetry/photo book, “The Long Pause and the Short Breathe.” Follow her on

May 9. Calling All Foodies

Head to the Lighthouse at Chelsea Pieers and taste the best of LA & NYC at the Los Angeles Times Coast to Coast, presented by City National Bank. This all-inclusive culinary event brings LA & NYC chefs together for one delicious night in New York City. We’re inviting chefs from both cities to serve up some of their favorite dishes and promote bicoastal culinary appreciation. Two culinary capitals, one big night out!

An all-star lineup of renowned chefs, restaurants, and pop-ups from Los Angeles and New York will be dishing out their best bites together at this walk around tasting.

Coast to Coast Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, May 9 | Time: 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM | VIP Early Entry: 7:00 PM

Location: The Lighthouse, Pier 61, Chelsea Piers, NY 10011 Get the details.



  • Cheryl Benton

    The tomato behind The Three Tomatoes. Cheryl Benton, aka the “head tomato” is founder and publisher of The Three Tomatoes, a digital lifestyle magazine for “women who aren’t kids”. Having lived and worked for many years in New York City, the land of size zero twenty-somethings, she was truly starting to feel like an invisible woman. She created The Three Tomatoes just for the fun of it as the antidote for invisibility and sent it to 60 friends. Today she has thousands of friends and is chief cheerleader for smart, savvy women who want to live their lives fully at every age and every stage. She is the author of the novel, "Can You See Us Now?" and co-author of a humorous books of quips, "Martini Wisdom." Because she's lived a long time, her full bio won't fit here. If you want the "blah, blah, blah", read more.

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