NYC Life:  Shows, Giveaways, Art, Film, Streaming Finds

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How the heck did we get to Labor Day so fast? Tickets are now on sale for Tomatoes Got Talent. Attention Dracula fans. There’s a new comedy opening at New World Stages and we’ve giving away tickets. The Washington Square Art Fair is happening this weekend and next, and there’s an outdoor French film festival too. Valerie Smaldone says you should know about the play Small, a one-man piece written and performed by the very engaging Robert Montano. You should also know about an upcoming cabaret show. Our roving photographer captured the Cyclone! And our Broadway Babe has some streaming entertainment for your pleasure.

Tomatoes Got Talent Tickets On Sale Now!

We are so excited about this year’s show which will feature 12 amazing performers from our past 8 year’s of shows who did not win, but are all winners. Our esteemed judges are Tony and Emmy winner actress Penny Fuller, and Tony winning producers Pat Addiss and Rose Caiola. Special guests are past TGT finalists, Edna Kaufmann and Susan Mack. Last year we sold out the show in one week. So get your tickets now.

Carol Sue Gershman’s New Cabaret Show

One of our favorite Tomatoes, the beautiful and very inspiring Carol Sue Gershman has three shows coming up. At almost 88 years old, yes 88, this woman is non-stop energy and has great stories to tell and songs to sing.

!n honor of Labor Day, please enjoy a 40% discount on any and all of her shows. Don’t Tell Mama will honor discount on day of show.

Get tickets now:

Oct 31 Show

Nov. 15 Show

Dec. 10 Show

Dracula, A Comedy of Terrors: Win Tickets

Bram Stoker’s horror classic gets a riotous makeover in this lightning-fast comedic reimagining that celebrates goth, camp, sexuality, and the magic of live theatre. This 90-minute, gender- bending, quick-change romp features a pansexual GenZ Count Dracula in the midst of an existential crisis.  With a cast of brilliant quick take comedians, this Dracula will make you scream… with laughter. A limited 18-week engagement, September 4 – January 7, at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). ENTER TO WIN TICKETS.

Sept. 2-4; 9-10. Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit

​Now in its 93rd year, this event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area’s many schools and professionals such as interior designers.

The show is a sidewalk show, not a street fair, and has its venue on University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.  GET THE DETAILS.

French Film Festival – FREE

Time Out says…This free outdoor French film festival is back with the theme, “Dance in Film,” and the last two films will be shown on Sept. 6 and Sept. 8 in NYC parks. The festival celebrates the beauty, rhythm and emotion of dance on the big screen.  Get more details. Here’s the schedule:

— September 6, Columbia University, Dancing the Twist in Bamako
— September 8, McGolrick Park, Leap!

Roving in Coney Island

Our roving photographer, Nicole Freezer Rubens, writes:

Coney Island was originally called Gravesend. By the mid 1800’s it was developed and thrived as a seaside resort and late in the century amusement parks were added. The area flourished until World War II which led to years of neglect.

After decades of decline, in 2010 Luna Park opened to revitalize the area, joining the iconic everlasting Cyclone roller coaster and Wonder Wheel attractions. Today people flock to Coney Island for a dose of nostalgia, sunshine on the beach, to stroll the boardwalk and to return to a simple time.

It always brings me great joy to visit Coney Island. I take off my shoes, walk on the beach, and bring just a little bit of sand stuck between my toes back to my apartment to sustain me until my next visit.

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

Broadway Babe: “Miss M”, Chorus Line and More


Our Broadway Babe, Randie Levine-Miller has some wonderful, nostalgic entertainment that she’s found and sharing with us… The original cast of “A Chorus Line” on the Phil Donahue show; an incredibly informative documentary about the life and times of Bette Midler; Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell in concert; and a true dinosaur of a kinescope from 1948, “Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club”. WATCH THE VIDEOS.



  • 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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