NYC LIFE: Tributes, Art, Helping Each Other, Entertainment

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If you’re feeling sad about seeing our once bustling city at a standstill, we’ve posted Spike Lee’s beautiful video tribute to remind us we’re still standing. If there’s an upside to sheltering in place, it’s all the wonderful and FREE events and entertainment that abound. And we have a gift coming your way. Our Virtual Renewal Summit launches on May 27th right here at The Three Tomatoes and we have lined up incredible speakers and panels. Another wonderful thing is New Yorker’s who have stepped up to help each other, and Valerie Smaldone has more stories today of people who are doing just that. And here are highlights of events and entertainment, curated by us just for you.

200 art books from the Guggenheim for free From Time Out New York.

If you’re a lover of art books, Time Out New York has a helpful tip for you: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum offers more the 200 exhibition catalogs that you can download from its archives for free! The titles date back to 1936—over 20 years before the museum moved into its iconic Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in 1959—and feature the biggest names in Modern and Contemporary Art: Vincent Van GoghPablo Picasso, Vassily Kandinsky, Gustav alerieKlimt, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch and more. Many of these volumes are associated with shows (both artist monographs and group exhibits) that are themselves considered major milestones in the development of 20th-century art history. Get the details.

Coney Island 1912

While you may not be going to Coney Island this summer, you can take a trip back in time, we’ve posted this colorized historical video from Luna Park on Coney Island, New York City in 1910. Luna Park was an amusement park in Coney Island, that opened in 1903 and operated until 1944. It was the second of the three original iconic large parks built on Coney Island, the other two being Steeplechase Park (1897) and Dreamland (1904). The park was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1944, never reopened, and was demolished two years later. Though another amusement park named Luna Park opened nearby in 2010, it has no connection to the 1903 park.

Crushing on Cuomo?

Okay fess up.  Women on both sides of the political aisle are actually crushing on our Governor. If you haven’t seen this parody video of “Kokomo” by The Beach Boys, to pay tribute to the Guv, watch it now.

Randie’s NYC Entertainment Picks

Our Broadway baby, Randie Levine Miller has her picks of wonderful Broadway entertainment you can stream from the comfort of your home, like the full original production of Into the Woods. Get out of your PJs and dress up to go see a great show!

Patrick Stewart MACBETH Streaming Now from PBS

PBS has unlocked a selection of its shows and concerts in its LIVE FROM LINCOLN CENTER and Great Performances series, for a limited time. Beginning today the acclaimed Rupert Goold production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth starring Sir Patrick Stewart and Kate Fleetwood.

To Life: Vanessa’s Surprise Wedding

Randie says this is one of her favorite “feel good, got to see videos.”  It’s totally delicious.

May 20 at 8:00 PM. BOMBSHELL’s Concert + SMASH Cast Virtual Reunion

The Actors Fund in association with PEOPLE have announced a special one-night-only streaming event: ‘Bombshell in Concert’ (captured in 2015), featuring a reunion of original cast members from the NBC series ‘Smash.’ Get the details.

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I’ve Gotta Be Me

In this exhilarating documentary, Sam Pollard pays tribute to the multi-talented, multi-racial entertainer by examining the political complexities and contradictions that defined his career. During the Civil Rights era and after, Sammy Davis, Jr. struggled to maintain his identity, while embracing his Judaism. Watch on THIRTEEN Passport or Amazon Prime Video

Full Performance on the Original Into the Woods

In 1989, from Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25 the full original Broadway cast (with the exception of Cindy Robinson as Snow White instead of Jean Kelly) reunited for only three performances for the taping of the musical in its entirety for the Season 10 premiere episode of PBS’s American Playhouse and first aired on March 15, 1991. Watch the full show.

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