HOT 97: TALENT AT FEVER PITCH

By Rory Winston

A hotbed for talent, a hothouse for urban sounds, Hot 97 is the temperature and temperament of NY. There you have it: one last overcooked shout-out about just ‘how cool Hot can get’. But I’ve slung my last slogan and swung my last hyperbole.

Admittedly, it’s hard to avoid catchphrases while attempting to describe a contemporary rhythmic FM station – especially one that has retained integrity of vision without having sacrificed commercial viability.

Events Around Town

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By W.A. Muller

Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston Celebrate the Publication of Their Novel FROZEN: Heart of Dread, Book One

In celebrating the publication of their latest novel FROZEN: Heart of Dread, Book One, best-selling author Melissa de la Cruz and co-author Michael Johnston hosted a book party at Tyler Rollins Fine Art on Thursday, September 26, 2013.

Known for her award-winning novels for teens and young adults, de la Cruz is also the author of the hit series Blue Bloods and Witches of East End, each of which Johnston co-created. With the success of Witches of East End, de la Cruz has turned the novel into a Lifetime television series that will air this fall, starring Julia Ormond and Jenna Dewan-Tatum. Most recently added to the duo’s list of published books, their newest novel FROZEN has already received various critically acclaimed reviews, making it a must-read this season.

For more information on both de la Cruz and Johnston, as well as their previously written novels, please visit: melissa-delacruz.com

Resident Alien

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By George Wayne

Pamela Morgan, the chic Fifth Avenue socialite and culinary queen has, for more than three years, been conducting what she calls “Flirting With Flavors,” which one could call “the chicest cooking class imaginable” and which she would call ‘’more than a cooking class, more like a cooking party.” Six times a month she opens her state of the art kitchen to six candidates who want to upgrade their culinary skills.  What is coolest about this culinary excursion is the fact that it has been attracting a wide range of bankers, industrialists and highly successful men about town who have come to realize that learning how to cook and prepare a meal is one of the classiest investments a man can adapt to impress a suitor or two.

Big Apple Buzz

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By Flo Anthony

Looking dapper in a suit, striped shirt and scarf draped around his neck, Rod Stewart was spotted at the Ritz Carlton on Central Park South in between tour dates. The ageless rocker was accompanied by an entourage that included two men and two ladies. The guys drank beer as Rod and the ladies sipped white wine. As the group walked out of the bar, Rod took time to pose for a photo with a little boy……….

OUR MAN ROLLINS

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By Rory Winston

Look forward in anger: a fitting battle cry for stand-up raconteur Henry Rollins, the punk patriot who continues to wave his symbolic Black Flag behind enemy lines. Though the band of that name has retreated into history, Rollins refuses to surrender to either unfocused rage or age. Instead, he has become a lean, mean, top-billing comic machine, who has vented his outrage into a spoken-word performance that has taken much of Europe by storm.

Though his recent Scandinavian tour is part of a promotion for his IFC network show, “Henry Rollins,” the unflagging Renaissance man successfully exports more than just a TV show. He is a self-described “bad boy goodwill ambassador” who reassures the wary: “The U.S. majority is not synonymous with the moral majority; and our pop culture is not as feeble as our incumbent president’s speaking skills.”

Awards Watch

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By Norah Lawlor

The fall film festival circuit kicks off with the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival this September 5, 2013 – September 15, 2013; I sat down with the leading New York film critics to get a clearer picture of the upcoming awards season’s major contenders. From period dramas to biopics, sci-fi flicks and dark comedies, if buzz is any indication, these films should top your early awards season watch list as you gear up for the 71st Annual Golden Globe® Awards on Sunday, January 12, 2014, and the 86th Academy Awards on March 2, 2014.

Roberto Bolle: An International Ballet Superstar

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By Joe Alexander

I caught up with ballet’s sexiest superstar Roberto Bolle while he was on a boat off Capri in his native Italy. The critically acclaimed dancer, who lives between Milano and NYC, is bringing his show “Roberto Bolle & Friends” to City Center for a one-night gala on September 17th.  Bolle, who started these shows 13 years ago in Europe, said he was inspired by “Pavarotti & Friends” and hopes that he can expand the audience for ballet the way The Three Tenors helped to popularize opera. “It is the first time I’m bringing my gala to NYC and I’m really happy about that,” said Bolle, who has been a Principal Dancer at American Ballet Theatre since 2009 and has held the title of Etoile of La Scala Theatre for a decade.