Jacqueline and Kerry Donelli know the ins and outs of breaking into the acting world. The actors and screenwriters of the award-winning Titillating Steven have worked on both sides of the stage and screen, giving them insight into the inner workings of the entertainment industry. They share their knowledge at The Actors Corner NYC, where they lead classes and private coaching sessions that focus on practical skills. The Donellis help prepare their students for every aspect of an audition, from entering a room with confidence to exiting with roses from an adoring public.
Flowing with live music, libations, and good-spirited sports, Tobacco Road eschews the pretentions of club-hopping nightlife in favor of a convivial neighborhood-bar experience. Voted Best Dive Bar by the Village Voice, Tobacco Road’s weekly schedule runs the gamut of entertainment with nightly events for sports fans, blues and show-tunes devotees, and rampaging bachelorettes. Friday and Saturday nights, dueling pianos reign with the famed Shake Rattle & Roll showcase, a raucous all-request sing-along where classic hits such as “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Piano Man,” and Beethoven’s Symphony in C Major inspire revelrous toasts, games, and shot giveaways. A motley crew of bikini-clad barmaids and friendly clientele rounds out the colorful cast at the Midtown dive, which is located a leap-frog’s jump from the Port Authority.
What should Jewish people do on Christmas? In 1987, the creators of MatzoBall revealed their answer to that question: party. The annual holiday bash began as an event for Jewish singles on Christmas Eve, a night when many public places are traditionally closed and Santa takes over the airwaves with his State of the North Pole address. Today, MatzoBall has spread to more than 20 cities across the U.S., including Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Detroit. Tailored to folks 21?49, the nationwide Christmas Eve celebration sets the stage for a night of mingling, networking, and even love?and has sparked countless friendships and marriages over the years. Even when the holiday season passes, MatzoBall continues to connect people with ongoing events year round.
With its embossed brick wall, gray wainscoting, and cigar-brown armchairs, The Bar at the Dream Hotel puts a classy spin on the neighborhood pub. Inside the Midtown hangout, guests glide across well-worn cowhide rugs and sink into Italian-leather Chesterfields to catch the game on unobtrusive flat-screen TVs. They also sidle up to the marble-topped bar to grab a expertly made cocktail or assign a nickname to every last bottle of liquor. Servers, meanwhile, deliver tapas to round lounge tables and taller bar-style tables arranged near the windows.
Live musicians roll out rollicking, crowd-pleasing hits by request to suffuse the walls with familiar melodies at Tobacco Road's Shake Rattle & Roll Dueling Pianos' show. Backed by a powerful drummer, the duo of ivory-ticklers serve up pop-music staples all night, channeling the talents of revered songsmiths such as Billy Joel, Journey, Lady Gaga, and the Beatles. Guests join in during each energetic performance by raising their voices in song, moving their feet in dance, or lifting their air guitars in blistering, make-believe solos.