NYC LIFE INSIDERS GUIDE: Must See Exhibits, Must See Shows, and More

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Happy Labor Day Weekend. As we roll into fall, there are some fab exhibits you will want to check out—James Bond, Bansky, Broadway Costumes, the Obama Portraits. Tickets are now on sale to Tomatoes Got Talent. Live theater is back, and Valerie Smaldone says head to the SoHo Playhouse to see The Book of Moron. Our Broadway Babe has free streaming picks that will keep your entertained. Watch this fun interview with the Head Tomato. Head to Gabrielle Carlson’s end of summer sale. Our roving photographer shares photos from the largest lake in New York State, including the photo above.

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Richard Skipper, interviewer, entertainer, emcee, and host celebrated Cheryl Benton (aka the head Tomato) on his YouTube show He has conducted over 1000 interviews with his warm, friendly, never gossipy and engaging style. They had a fun conversation.

Oct. 4. Join us for the Hottest Ticket in Town

Join us for the long-delayed show that is finally happening at the Triad. This year’s talent is superb. And our celebrity judges are three top award-winning Broadway producers and performers: Lee Roy Reams, Margot Astrachan, Ken Waissman. Watch the audition video.  

Don’t Miss Showstoppers

We’ve highlighted this exhibit before, but our Tomato pal Judy Stewart recently went to this exhibit and says, “This show is a MUST SEE if you like fashion at all!” You can see, up close and personal, the details of the costumes that Broadway cast members have been wearing.

There are over 100 costumes and the beauty of this exhibit is that it also shows you the back end of the process and how the costumes were made. They even have live Broadway sewers there talking to the audience!

Here are her photos, featuring the sexy Follies girls and three outfits for Cher done by Bob Mackey with a zillion crystals…..You have to go to hear the count of how many!!!

RUN…don’t walk…to see Showstoppers! The exhibition located at 234 west 42nd St until September 26. Get the details.

Now – Sept. 9. The ‘End of Summer Sale’

Make sure to pop into designer Gabrielle Carlson’s shop on Lexington Avenue @47th Street for your your favorite summer sumptuosities, scarves, one-of-a-kind and to-order pieces, 25% – 75% off. Tell her you are a Tomato.  501 Lexington Avenue @ 47th St. | 917 514 4433

The Largest Lake in New York State

A wedding took our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens (author of The Long Pause and the Short Breath), to upstate New York where she got to explore the tiny beach town of Sylvan Beach on the shores of Oneida Lake. Oneida is the largest lake that is entirely in New York State. Sylvan Beach’s population is under 1,000.

Her favorite part of the town was the historic Sylvan Beach Amusement Park. The color and style of the rides speak volumes about the area’s history. Please note the mini camouflage tanks on the kiddie ride.

Aug. 27-Oct. 24. The Obama Portraits at Brooklyn Museum

Next up of the Smithsonian’s five city tour of the portraits is the Brooklyn Museum. From the moment of their unveiling at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the official portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama have become iconic. Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of the former First Lady have inspired unprecedented responses from the public. Get the details.

The James Bond Exhibition

Step into the world of James Bond in this all new immersive 007 exhibition with larger than life installations to take you inside the magic of 007. You’ll find James Bond’s actual Aston Martin DB5, investigate gadgets in Q’s lab, go behind the scenes on the film production set for the explosive finale of Skyfall, and explore original artworks in Oscar®-winner Sir Ken Adam’s studio.

With never before seen images and animations, plus brand new interviews with the people who make the movie magic, 007xSPYSCAPE will appeal to fans of design and film-making as much as to James Bond fans. Get tickets. 

Bansky Exhibition Now in New York

Banksy:Genius or Vandal? The renowned Exhibition, which was presented with unprecedented success in 15 cities around the world, comes to New York! Dedicated to the famous and enigmatic British street artist, the exhibit lets visitors dive into the controversial artistic universe of the most influential creator of present time and features more than 100 genuine, authenticated artworks by Banksy from private European collections.

An impressive multimedia installation, created especially for this exhibition, will welcome visitors, revealing clues of the mystery artist and highlighting his most important pieces – framing his unusual career wrapped in controversy. In addition to the largest collection of artworks anywhere by Banksy, the exhibition presents art installations, photos and videos showing street works by Banksy, which are currently mostly lost, in what was their original organic environment.

This exhibition, as all that have been previously dedicated to Banksy, is not authorized by the artist, who remains anonymous and independent from the system.  Get the details.

Broadway Babe’s Entertainment Picks

Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller, has some wonderful finds that will keep you entertained for hours. From Barbra Streisand to Sweeny Todd, opera singer Reginia Resnik, and wonderful behind the scenes film, Elaine Stritch At Liberty, that was produced, directed and filmed by her late friend, Rick McKay. 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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