DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Glimpses of Spring with Chef Andrè at 54 Below

Theatre District, NY – Descend into the space below the once-bustling Studio 54 at 254 W 54th St. and be swayed by an ambiance more Prohibition chic than Supper Club. A richness of purples, reds, and dark cherry wood adorns the main room, where the Steinway commands as much stage presence as the brocade-patterned walls behind it. 54 Below is the place Broadway goes to unwind, and with the icecaps finally melting in New York City, we’re here to bring you a peek of some of Chef Andrè Marrero’s favored offerings, as well as new additions to their spring menu.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Finally A Reason To Stay In Rogers Park

Every weekend hundreds, if not thousands, of Loyola students get on the red line and migrate south like a flock of geese. They're heading for the watering holes of Lake View and Lincoln Park, of course. However, it is now time to get the word out on a new spot in the Roger's Park neighborhood--just a stones throw from the university.

63, formerly Hamilton's, is a recently renovated and reopened establishment, and oh boy, did they do a great job with the interior. The long bar has an ebony finish to match the floor, the red brick walls are adorned with a chalk white outline of a lion crest, and the ceiling fans sort of resemble revolving water lilies.

TV TALK
Trapped in the Closet, The Saga Continues.

In the world of R&B star R.Kelly, you can be trapped in the closet for eight years. It has been almost a decade since the last “Trapped in the Closet” installment - so long, that most of us probably do not remember what occurred in the last chapter. But don't worry, another chapter is on it's way!

After a very long hiatus, R. Kelly is coming back with Chapter 33, starring himself as Sylvester, and Eric Lane as his right hand man, Twan.

SHOP THE LOOK
Breakfast at Tiffany's Inspired Fashions
CULTURE CLUB
Festive Fall: Theater Edition

Gotham Burlesque Coney Island Spectacular: Coney Island is invading Manhattan's Upper West Side October 6th at 10pm at The Triad. There will be twelve amazing acts from NYC's best burlesque and variety performers, including Bambi the Mermaid, The Great Fredini, Ekaterina, The Great Throwdini, Miss Harvest Moon, Scott Baker, Tigger, Justina Flash, and more! Shelly Watson will host this sultry extravaganza featuring song, dance, tricks, and plenty of treats. Tickets range from $37-$49 and can be purchased here.

DO-GOODERS
The LIT Fund to Save Small Theater in NYC

The LIT Fund (League of Independent Theater), which launched August 1st, brings together over sixty independent theater companies in New York City to create a new funding source for off-off Broadway shows. The Fund will be used to establish an endowment for independent theater, create an Emergency Fund for independent theaters, companies, and artists, and provide unrestricted grants to participating companies and venues beginning August 1, 2013.

Broadway stalwart Norbert Leo Butz says, “I have done most of my work on Broadway. I have won two Tony awards and been in a total of 8 Broadway shows. So why do I support the LIT fund? ‘Cause I can't afford to go see plays unless I am in them, that's why. I think we are discovering that the economic model for commercial productions above 34th street (and several below) has become, at best, obsolete, and, at worst, unethical. Thank God for our little theatres!!! Who else is gonna provide the city with honest and undiluted theatrical voices? I have to work mostly uptown, but when I want to SEE theatre, I head Off-Off Broadway. Everyone knows that's where the real action is!”

GET THE PARTY STARTED
Rockin' Waves: The Rock of Ages '80s Cruise

Circle Line is hosting its 4th Annual Rock of Ages '80s Cruise along with New York City Experience on July 18th. Tickets are $50 and include a summer bbq buffet, wine from B. Smith's Restaurant, beef from Heartland Brewery, champagne from 300 Bowling, sangria from Southern Hospitality, and energy drinks from HARD Engergy! To top off the quirky theme, '80s hair and makeup will be provided by Maximus Clark salon at the Oasis Day Spa. With all this and more, you are guaranteed to have Nothing But A Good Time!

Cast members from the Broadway show will be on board and there will also be a Rock of Ages on Broadway Scavenger Hunt, where you can win prizes and tickets to see the show. Dave and Buster's and Warner Bros will have a prize wheel with giveaways all night long and VJ Randy Esulto will be mixing your fave '80s videos!

The cruise goes from 7-10pm and tickets can be purchased here.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Liza Minnelli, Tony Danza Honor Dance at the Fred & Adele Astaire Awards

With a shining bright smile, a short blonde 9-year-old boy named Luke Spring opened the evening with an impressive tap dance number, riling up the crowd like a smokey cabaret lounge cheering on a young prodigy.

For 30 years, the Fred and Adele Astaire Awards have been honoring the dancers and choreographers that have gone over looked by mainstream recognition.

As producer and welcoming speaker and Patricia Watt puts it, "We're here in the middle of awards season and dancers have yet to be recognized. Well, we're here to change all that."

INDUSTRY NEWS
American Idol Alums Getting Hitched

Ace Young (season 5) and Diana DeGarmo (season 6 runner up) are officially engaged. The singer popped the question to DeGarmo on the season finale of American Idol last night. The cute couple met when they were both starring on Broadway's revival of Hair and became inseparable. They also have collaborated on music together with DeGarmo signed on to Young's indie label Young Brothers Entertainment.

"We have conquered Broadway together, we have created new music together, we have an amazing group of people around us," Young professed right before popping the question.

ALL ACCESS PASS
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!