5 Unique Events to Add to Your Summer To-Do List

Summer is all about having fun and that doesn't necessarily mean skipping out of town to the Hamptons. There's plenty of hot happenings going on right in your backyard. Whether you like taking in a good play, getting hot and heavy at a burlesque show, trying out great new foods, or just drinking all day long, there are plenty of options in NYC for you!

Symphony of Shadows: A Tale from the Land Beyond the Veil- Rachel Klein Productions and Dixon Place are presenting the world premiere of this creepy tale. This show tells the story of a woman combating "a variety of sleep disorders, phantasmagorical night terrors, hypnotic horrors, and other, visually stunning conjurings from the subconscious depths of her own disturbed mind." The show combines elements of circus and aerial arts, dance, movement, burlesque, and operatic productions to vividly illustrate its storyline. If we haven't sold you yet, feel free to check out the video trailer here. Performances are Thurs-Sat in June at 7:30pm and tickets can be purchased online for $15.

50 Cent Volunteers at City Harvest Food Rescue Facility

This past Friday, May 11th, famed rapper 50 Cent showed his support of hunger relief at City Harvest's Food Rescue Facility in NYC. He was joined by his audio company SMS Audio. The company recently partnered with Feeding America, where each purchase on SMSAudio.com in the US provides over 200 meals to hungry Americans. The rapper volunteered with City Harvest in Long Island City to bring attention to the difficulty many Americans face putting food on the table. In addition to helping pack fresh produce for City Harvest to distribute to local New York families, 50 Cent also toured the Food Rescue Facility with City Harvest director Jilly Stephens. Do as 50 does and get involved in charity! See below for some of City Harvest's upcoming events.

A Chat with 'The Voice' Contestant Tony Vincent

You might remember Tony Vincent from NBC's The Voice, where he was on Team Cee-Lo and blowing away the audience with his incredible voice and memorable performances. Since the show, Tony has been focusing on writing and recording his own music, and has recently released a single called Starting Over. Joonbug gets the scoop on how it felt to be eliminated, what Tony is up to now, and Tony's secret special talent!

Angelica Salem: Rising Teen Pop Star

Angelica Salem is not your average 19-year-old girl. She is not only a recording artist, but also a current freshman student at Pace University. The upcoming pop sensation is majoring in commercial dance while preparing to debut her EP set for a release in late Spring. Last year, Angelica released We Rock the World, that attracted the ear of Andy Hilfiger as he was launching his line Andrew Charles. She was invited to perform at the collection unveiling. Angelica is currently working with some top-level producers such as Jump Smokers and Jerry Wonder, who you might recognize from working with big names like Akon, Justin Beiber, and Mary J. Blige. It's safe to say we can expect big things from this young lady! Luckily, Joonbug was able to snag an interview before she becomes too busy!

A Funking Awesome Interview with Charlie Wilson

On Sunday, May 13 at 8 pm, four-time Grammy Award nominee and R&B icon Charlie Wilson and Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum selling recording artist Fantasia Barrino will perform a special Mother’s Day concert at The Paradise Theater in the Bronx, NY. Joonbug had the chance to catch up with Uncle Charlie and find out why he got involved in this event and what his future plans are!

How did you get involved in this event and what made you want to be a part of it?

Exude Lipstick + Instagram Contest

This season's most in-style lipstick, as predicted by Rachel Zoe, is giving you a chance to win an entire set of Exude Lip Creme and Gloss (valued at $406)! All you have to do to enter the contest is post an Instagram photo of your out-of-date lipstick @ExudeLipstick #LipstickUpgrade for your chance to win! Make sure to check out Exude's Facebook page on May 31st to see if you won! Good luck!

The Legacy Project: A Tribute to the Women of Theatre

The day after Mother's Day brings mamas another day to celebrate...er, themselves! The League of Professional Theatre Women are presenting The Legacy Project, a tribute to pioneering female producers and the foremothers of the American stage at the Martin E. Segal Theatre. The program is offering a day of symposia on great figures in theatre such as Eva Le Gallienne, Margo Jones, Susan Glaspell, Lucille Lortel, Cheryl Crawford, Margaret Webster, and Hallie Flanagan. This is the perfect present to show your mother that you know what she's into...and it's educational! Check out the dynamic schedule below:

Merlot Monday: Half Off Wine Tonight!

That's right folks, Paprika, the northern Italy eatery in the East Village is taking half off bottles of vino, every Monday night, all night. Now instead of dreading Mondays, you can at least have something to look forward to once the work day is over! The concise but adventurous wine list features wines from all over Italy, with the majority from northern Italy, including Piedmont, Alto Adige, Friuli, Veneto, and Lombardy, with a special focus on Valtellina, where the chef and owner Egidio Donagrandi hails from. Regularly prices bottles are between $28 and $91. Talk about a deal! Get over those Monday blues and turn them into mad Mondays!

Moms Rule: Meals & Deals to Celebrate Mother's Day

Mother's Day is right around the corner, and instead of waiting last minute to make your plans, we've got a list of great deals going on in the concrete jungle that are sure to make your mom's heart melt. From cruises to shows and of course plenty of grub, here's your guide to giving your mother a day she will surely remember!

  • Make your mama's heart melt this Mother's Day by booking a two hour brunch or three hour dinner cruise aboard the Hornblower Hybrid. May 13th at 12pm, the ship will sail along the New York Harbor for brunch and at 7pm for dinner, both featuring live entertainment. The ship sails from Pier 40 at the Westside Highway and Houston Street. The perfect gift for the eco conscious mom, this Hybrid has both stunning architectural design, as well as environmentally friendly elements including repurposed and recycled materials, recycled glass Vetrazzo countertops, and low voltage LED mood lighting. The ship also has oversized windows, a viewing atrium, and two outdoor sundecks, giving prime viewing opportunities to guests.
Today is National Candied Orange Peel Day!

Today is National Candied Orange Peel Day. Yea, it exists. But why is this a holiday? Probably because we want an excuse to eat delicious (yet full of vitamins) treats. In celebration of this National holiday we decided to share with you a recipe to make your own! Epicurious has a great recipe for a simple candied orange peel and you don't need much to make it.


  • 2 large oranges, 1/4 inch of top and bottom cut off
  • 4 cups sugar, divided
  • 3 cups water