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Bassett Catering:

50 years of continuous fine cuisine

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ou know an epicurean business is popular when you see a steady stream of repeat customers, but a steady stream of owners! Huh? That seems to be the pleasing conun drum at this Brooklynbased catering company.

A Half Century... And Counting Basset Catering is celebrating its 50th a nni ver s a r y, a nd h a s h ad a revolving door of former proprietors who come b ac k to pi tc h in. How do you explain the trend? I s i t l o v e s i c k n o s t a l g i a? Unbridled wor k et hic? Not a t a l l. I t m i g h t b e w h e n some people put blood, sweat and tears into a bu s ine s s, t hey w a nt to c ome back and see how t hings are going. Well, be proud, it looks like things are going well and busines s is booming.

Humble Beginnings B a c k i n 19 62 t h e b u s i n e s s w a s s t a r t e d b y t w o l o c a l b rot h e r s, Lo u a n d F r a n k M o r a n d i. S t a r t i n g f r o m scratch, t hey began building t he biz using old fashioned k now how and a lit tle elbow grease. When the customer base increased the brothers upgraded

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the menu adding a wide range of gourmet of ferings. A s t he years went by t he busines s changed hands and w a s p u rc h a s e d by n e w ow n e r s, t h e D’a ntonio brot her s. “ We w a nte d t he c omp a ny to be a one s top shop for any and all catering needs. It’s not just weddings and swank social gatherings.” Eventually one of the prior owners came back to lend a hand bec ause he s aid demurely “I just mis sed t he place”.

Diversity And Quality The business just wanted to

grow wit h t he times. “These days people need ever ything catered f r o m b r e a k f a s t t o a S u n d a y B a rB- Q’s” s a i d D’a n t o n i o a n d “ We a r e t h e b e s t, a n d w i t h t h e b e s t q u a l i t y product. Although the menu has b e e n t r a n s f o r m e d t o c o v e r a b ro a d gamut of gastronomic requests we have s te ad f a s t l y ma int a ined our c ore pr incipal. We per sonalize ever y t hing, we have a ha nds on a ppro ach a nd a n a c u t e a t t e n t i o n t o d e t a i l.” H e c k t h e place has been passed down from generation to generation but from o w n e r t o o w n e r.”

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Francis X. Martingano: Compassionate OB/GYN Care

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ow does mid August sound?” That’s what one local woman was told after needing to see her primary OB/GYN. “Maybe the 16th at 2pm, I’ll try to fit you in, after that it will probably be next month.” Ladies, have you encountered this type of response? At a time when medical exper ts say early detection and prevent ion are key to f ight ing all ailment s, some doctors are booked months in advance and get ting an appointment can be a maddening experience.   “Is there a physician out there who can actually get back to me before the end of the business day?” said one exasperated local woman. Yes, there is.

The One To Call His name is Brooklyn born OB/GYN Dr. Francis X. Mar tingano and he says patient-doctor accessibility is the cornerstone of his thriving twenty-five year practice. “My staf f and I are diligent when it comes to a patients care; women are making life altering decisions and they need correct information and a thorough evaluation before a sound choice is made. This can’t be accomplished when patients are on hold and being switched into voice-mail hell. Of fice manager Maureen, and the rest of my seasoned staf f are proud of being professional, efficient and most of all compassionate. Any doctor visit, regardless of issue is treated as our number one priority”. The practice uses st ate of the ar t technology to per form advanced surger y and also conduct s nonsurgical cosmetic procedures.  All forms of insurance are accepted and Dr. Mar tingano has of fices in both Brooklyn and Staten Island. “If you need advice, a yearly check-up or just easy access please come in for a consultation and you will leave knowing your health and well being are being closely monitored by seasoned medical professionals.  

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The Importance of Preschool Childcare or preschool?

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hildcare centers are generally an option for working parents who need their children to be taken care of during the day; centers accept babies as well as toddlers and are full-time, full-year programs. Preschool refers to an early-childhood educational class for 3- and 4-year-olds. Many offer a part-time schedule (for example, a few hours a day, two to five times a week) as well as full-day care, but only from September to May. Yet the terms are often used interchangeably. A childcare center with experienced, well-trained teachers and stimulating activities offers kids similar advantages to a preschool. In fact, many preschools are part of childcare programs.

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Kathleen McCar tney, PhD, dean of Har vard Graduate School of Education, in Cambridge, Massachuset ts. “At preschool, they become exposed to numbers, letters, and shapes. And, more important, they learn how to socialize — get along with other children, share, contribute to circle time.” Every child should have some sor t of group experience before he star ts kindergar ten, preschools teach kids how to be students. Your child will learn how to raise her hand, take turns, and share the teacher’s at tention.

What will children learn? In addition to strengthening socialization skills — how to compromise, be respect ful of others, and problem-solve — preschool provides a place where your child can gain a sense of self, explore, play with her peers, and build confidence. “Kids in preschool discover t hat t hey are capable and can do things for themselves.” s a y s A n g e l a C a p o n e, P h D, s e n i o r p r o g r a m manager at Sout hwest Huma n Developme nt ’s Arizona Institute for Childhood Development, in Phoenix. “Plus, 4- and 5-year-olds have begun asking some wonder ful questions about the world a round t hem — w hat h a ppe n s to t he w ate r af ter the rain? Do birds play? To sit kids down and ‘teach’ them is the wrong w a y, t h e y l e a r n b e s t through doing the kinds of ac t i v i t ie s t hey f ind interesting — story time, talking to their teachers about stars, playing with blocks. To help kids learn language and strengthen pre-re ading s k ills, for instance, teachers might play rhyming games and

let kids tell stories. Keep in mind that for small children, school is all about having fun and acquiring social skills — not achieving ac ademic mile s to n e s. K id s n e e d to b e imaginative and to socialize — that’s what fosters creative, well-rounded people. It’s not whether they can read by age 4 or multiply by 5. An ideal curriculum? Parading around in dress-up clothes, building forts, and being read to. Most preschools serve 3-, 4-, and 5-yearolds, and many kids begin at age 4. (Some preschools will star t accepting children at around 2 1/2, but that doesn’t mean your child will be ready when he reaches that age.) Your choice will depend on your family’s situation — working moms might prefer five days a week — and on your child’s temperament.  

Visit the Classroom Check out the basics: Is the facility clean and safe? Keep your eye out for smoke detectors and first-aid kits. Is there a well-kept outdoor play area? Are there plenty of ar t materials, age-appropriate toys, and books? Are they in good condition? Is the atmosphere friendly and fun? Student work should be displayed in the hallways and around the classroom, hung at kid-level. The classroom should have a variet y of activity areas and children should not all be doing the same thing at the same time; they should be playing with toys or other kids but still be well super vised. Find out about the teachers’ training and credentials. Ideally, head teachers should have a minimum of an associate’s degree and formal training in early-childhood education. Visit a class while it’s going on. A good teacher talks with children, asking a lot of questions and patiently answering theirs. She makes kids feel welcome and fosters their self-confidence. Talk with the teacher about a typical day, and ways in which she’ll keep you informed about your child’s progress. If she’s responsive to your questions and you’re happy with her answers and her classroom style, you’ve found a good fit. Finally, do you feel comfor table? Always trust your feelings. w w w. m e t l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


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Education For God And Country St. Adalber t School has been developing young m i n d s f o r o v e r a c e n t u r y. The exclusive co-ed c a t h o l i c s c h o o l c o v e r s p rek i n d e r g a r t e n t o 8 t h g r a d e. T h e h i g h l y re ga rde d le a r ning in s t i t u t ion is loc ate d in S t ate n I s la nd a nd p romote s a s t ro ng educational curriculum combined with a n e m p h a s i s o n s p o r t s, t h e a r t s a n d a f t e r s c h o o l a c t i v i t i e s . P r e s e n t l y, t he kids are co-writing a book, t he t h i r d i n a t r i l o g y, w i t h l o c a l v e t e r a n s about the shared fundamental belief o f p a t r i o t i s m. T h e b o o k s n u r t u r e t h e

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he benefits of optimism have been proven many times over by research. Optimists enjoy better health and increased longevity o v e r p e s s i m i s t s, e x p e r i e n c e l e s s s t r e s s, and ac hieve more in life. While much of our personality traits are inbor n, you can i n f l u e n c e y o u r c h i l d ’s t e n d e n c y t o w a r d o p t i m i s t i c o r p e s s i m i s t i c t h i n k i n g. H e r e are some ways you can help instill this valuable trait and raise the optimistic child: Difficulty: Average Time Required: 18 Years

Help Them Experience Success: Children develop self-esteem and optimism by experiencing success, even in the face of some challenges. So, starting young, let your child do things for themselves (with you in a suppor ting role rather than doing for them), and acknowledge their success.

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or “You’re a hard worker to have been so prepared!”.Giving them credit for their own accomplishment s builds self-ef fic acy and contributes to optimism.

Look For Future Success: When dealing with successes, focus on what traits in the child made the success possible, and examine other successes that can come from these traits.

Don’t Praise Indiscriminately: Opt imism re s e a rcher M a r t in Seligma n believes that telling a child that everything they do is great puts the child at a disadvantage, creat ing an over ly st rong self-focus and actually making them more vulnerable to depression! So validate that success, but do acknowledge when their ef for t s aren’t successful as well. Children learn to see through empty praise.

Validate, But Question: When your child faces failure or negative situations, validate your child’s feelings, but ask questions that can cause them to see things more optimistically.

Remember Success in the Face of Failure: When things go wrong, acknowledge your child’s feelings, but also help them focus on other successes they’ve had, and move on.

Look For The Positives: Help your child see that there is good and bad in ever y situation, and make a game of looking for the silver linings in seemingly negative situations.

Don’t Use Negative Labels: Correct unacceptable behavior, but don’t label your child with negative labels — ever! This more damaging than some parents realize. It perpetuates the ver y behavior you find so objectionable!

Make an Example of Yourself: Children watch us and see us as constant examples, whether we like it or not. When you achieve success, don’t downplay it with false modesty, but give yourself credit for a job well done. When things go wrong, don’t catastrophize, put things in perspective. w w w. m e t l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


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Lester’s clothing shoes and accessories is the pre-eminent emporium for clothes horses wanting to make a statement. The Brooklyn based landmark clothing mecca is a fixture in the Tri-state area with six stores altogether. The family owned and operated clothing chain is celebrating it’s 64th year in business. They have t wo locations on Long Island-one in Huntington and the other in Greenvale. One Manhattan based store on the upper east side and a store in Rye, NY. They also have a summer location in Deal, NJ. The clothing and shoe juggernaut specializes in the latest fashion

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What You Want When You Need It Lester & Lillian Kronfeld star ted the apparel company on ave. U to ser vice local communities but it expanded rapidly through dedication, a growing demand and a grateful clientele. “Lester’s is so convenient and such a life saver when it comes to new trends” said one satisfied

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veryone deserves to feel happy and safe in their relationships and we can all learn ways to make our relationships healthier. But somet imes it is hard to k now if a relationship is healthy or unhealthy. Healthy re l at io n s hip s he lp u s fe e l b et t e r a b ou t ourselves and about our place in the world. Unhealthy relationships make us feel unhappy, insecure, or even unsafe. We can work to make all our relationships — with family members, friends, romantic p a r t ne r s, a nd ot he r s — a s he a l t hy a s possible. And we can learn how to tell when a relationship is not healthy and how to improve it or end it.

What Makes a Relationship Healthy? H e a l t h y re l a t i o n s h i p s h a ve s i x b a s i c qualities: Respect, honesty and trust, fairness and equality, good communication. In an unhealthy relationship, some or all of these qualities may be missing. And because they are missing, the relationship may feel unfair or make us feel unhappy or unsafe. People should consider each other’s needs and make compromises so they both feel happy. One of the best ways to decide if a relationship is healthy is to think about how your partner makes you feel most of the time. 32

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Does your par tner make you feel safe and cared for most of the time? Or does your par tner make you feel sad, afraid, or bad about yourself most of the time? No relationship is per fect. And sometimes even healthy relationships may have some unhealt hy moment s.

Respect A healthy relationship should be based on shared respect for each other. People who respect each other are proud of each other. They are accepting and like each other for who they really are. They also listen to and value each other’s ideas and opinions. Ask yourself whether you and your partner respect each other. Do you usually listen to each other’s ideas and feelings? Do you treat each other as friends? Are you proud of each other? Wit hou t re spect, relat ionships c a n be hur t ful. Many of us think it takes a slap or a punch to hurt someone. But insults and unkind words hurt just as much. They can destroy our self-esteem — how we feel about ourselves.

Honesty and Trust Honesty and trust are important parts of any healthy relationship. When we trust someone, we feel safe sharing our thoughts and feelings with each other, which helps to bring us closer.

In a healthy relationship, people can tell each other the truth even when it’s dif ficult. Lack of trust can lead to worry and jealousy. Jealousy is a normal feeling — ever yone feels jealous, sometimes — but we all have a choice about how we act on our feelings. Ask yourself whether you and your partner are honest and trust each other. Do you both tell the truth without fear? Do you both usually admit when you’re wrong? Do you feel sure of each other’s love? Good communication is impor tant in any healthy relationship, whether in person, on the phone, through e-mail, texts, or through body language. Couples that have healthy communication with each other feel comfor table and safe sharing thoughts and feelings. If they are worried or upset, they know the other person will listen to and support them. Don’t assume you know what someone else is thinking or feeling. Ask, but make sure you are ready to hear the answer. Communicate openly and honestly about sex. This is the only way your par tner will really know what is comfor table for you and what gives you pleasure. Remember that, in any relationship, both people must be willing to put in the effor t. One person cannot build a healthy relationship alone. w w w. m e t l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


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the buyer receiving a mor tgage commitment and the seller delivering marketable title to the proper t y. You should review the cont ract and k now your right s a nd re sponsibilit ie s. Af ter t he contact has been signed by both parties, the buyers typically deliver the down payment to the seller ’s at tor ney to be held in escrow.

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6. Mortgage Application

Onc e your of fer is ac c epted by t he seller, you should order a home inspection and termite inspection. 4. Binder

Af ter the inspections are completed, and if you have decided to move for ward with the purchase, you will most likely be asked to sign a binder. A binder is a document that includes the transaction details including: the purchase price, down payment amounts, anticipated mor tgage amount s, realtor infor mat ion, at tor ney information and an anticipated closing date. You should always make the binder subject to at torney approval.

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5. Sign a contract

Once the at torneys receive the binder, the seller’s attorney will typically draft the contract of sale and contract negotiation commences. The contract of sale identifies the parties, fixes the purchase price, down payment amount, describes the proper t y being sold, and expresses the personal proper t y t hat will be par t of t he s ale. Among other things, the contract usually states that the sale is contingent upon

Af ter the contract is fully exe c u t e d by b ot h t h e b u ye r s a n d t h e s e l l e r, t h e b u y e r i s required to submit a mor tgage a p p l i c a t i o n. U n d e r s t a t e a n d federal law, the mor tgage lender is required to disclose all of the fees and expenses a s sociated with the mor tgage loan and closing. It is impor tant to review these disclosures carefully and immediately discuss any issues with your at torney. 7. Title Review

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he economic downtur n in America over the past few years has been characterized as “the great recession”. Not since the 1930’s has the country seen such fiscally chall e n g i n g t i m e s. A s w e t i r e l e s s l y p r e s s f o rward many citizens are in need of an influx of cash.

W h o C a n Yo u Tr u s t With gold at a 30 year high many of us are digging through our personal treasure troves to see what we could sell. But with fluctuating hourly exchange rates and cash changing hands there is a litany of pit falls to be avoided. Ever yday folks need seasoned professionals on their side to guide them through the process so they can achieve the best deal at the best price.

Expanding the Circle Christian Adam Jewelers of Staten Island, has been in the precious metals game for so long they probably played stickball with Franklin Mint. The family-run store has expanded their business becoming the largest wholesaler of watches in the entire borough. Meanwhile gold is where t he hear t is. “We handle any pos sible gold t rans act ion” s ays owner Chr ist ian B e n n a r d e l l o, “ w e c l o s e l y m o n i t o r r a t e s s o y o u a l w a y s w a l k a w a y s a t i s f i e d ”. The demand has been so high the gem palace has recently opened an outpost d o w n i n B o c a R a t o n, F l o r i d a . “ I t w a s a n o b v i o u s c h o i c e ”, l a u g h e d B e n n a r d e l l o , “We already ser vice t he f ive boroughs w h y n o t t h e s i x t h .”

Party & Profit The company also organizes gold p a r t ie s. Huh? W h at ’s a gold p a r t y ? A gold party is a friendly get together that allows you to sell your gold while you socialize with friends. A licensed wholesaler will attend and the host receives a percentage of the

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Tu r n G e m s I n t o C a s h The company suggests you investigate what sedentary gold you h a v e s i t t i n g a r o u n d. “ Yo u w o u l d b e surprised at how much hidden booty loc al citizens don’t even realize they

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11. “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” (1988) No. 1 (2 weeks) 12. “My Love Is Your Love” (1999) No. 4 13. “Heartbreak Hotel” (w/Faith Evans & Kelly Price) (1999) No. 2 14. “You Give Good Love” (1985) No. 3 15. “I Have Nothing” (1993) No. 4 16. “One Moment In Time” (1988) No. 5 17. “I Believe In You and Me” (1996) No. 4 18. “I’m Every Woman” (1993) No. 4 19. “Count On Me” (w/CeCe Winans) (1996) No. 8 20. “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” (1999) No. 4

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Buckleys: Sophisticated Elegance

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n t he food busines s, a rest aurant ’s longev i t y is a key f ac tor in dete rmining how good or popular the place is. One loc al est ablishment is celebrating just t hat. “I c an’t believe we are st ill around and as popular as we are.” That ’s what co-owner Christ ine Buc k ley s ay s a bou t her f a milie s densely populated eater y and c atering hall. Buck ley’s Catering celebrates it s 40th year in operation, and has satisfied customers and a loyal cliental to thank.

Value Begins With Quality In 1972, t he Ir i s h p at r ia rc h of t he Buckley family (who sadly passed away July 16, 2011) st ar ted t he place wit h h i s l o v i n g w i f e a s j u s t a p u b. O v e r t he ye a r s w i t h t he help of his bet ter half and t wo determined children, t he rest aurant has evolved into not only a t ast y Gast ro pub but also a high-end catering-hall that can handle any and all social functions. Buckley’s want s to be more that just a steak and chop house, it wants patrons to know coming in that t hey’re get t ing a f irst clas s meal at a reasonable price. “We like to consider our selves a rest aurant t hat promotes s o p hi s t ic at e d e le g a n c e at a f r ac t io n of t he pr ic e” s ay s Buck ley. We w a nt ever y person who comes t hrough our doors to k now t hey’re t able or par t y is our f irst priorit y. The family as signs a Mait re D’ to ever y hosted engagement to ensure t hat all aspect s of t he event go according to plan.

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Entertainment Guide Broadway A Streetcar Named Desire Broadhurst Theatre: April 22, 2012

T his Puli t zer Pr ize-w inning play follow s t he stor y of Blanche DuBois, a weak and disturbed woman on a desperate prowl for some place in t he world to c all her own. Af ter losing t heir ancest ral home, Belle Reve, Blanche shows up at t he doorstep of her sister, Stella, in the French Quar ter of New Orleans. Blanche t ries to impres s her brother-in-law, and his gentle, good-nat ured f r iend, Mitch. Seek ing to esc ape from realit y, and an emblem of a lost traditional South, Blanche becomes a victim of t he harsh present.

Ghost the Musical

Magic/Bird

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre: April 23, 2012

Longacre Theatre: April 11, 2012

Set in modern day New York City, ‘Ghost The Musical’ is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly, who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.

F ro m t h e p ro d u c e r s a n d c re a t o r s of ‘Lombardi’ comes a theatrical event about t he legenda r y at hlete s L a r r y Bird a nd Magic Johnson, and t he ama zing stor y of their rivalr y and friendship. Based on conversations with the players, and classic NBA footage, ‘Magic/Bird’ transpor ts the audience into the hear t of their match up.

Nice Work If You Can Get It Imperial Theatre: April 24, 2012

O v e r f l o w i n g w i t h g r e a t s o n g s, including ‘Let’s Call the Whole Thing Of f’, ‘I’ve Got a Crush on You’ and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, this brand-new Gershwin musical comedy combines laughter, romance and high-stepping musical magic.

The Columnist Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (formerly Biltmore): April 25, 2012

Columnists are kings in mid century America and Joseph Alsop wears the crown. Joe is beloved, feared and cour ted in equal measure by the Washington politic al world at whose center he sit s. But as t he ‘60s dawn and America undergoes d i z z y i n g c h a n g e, t h e i n t e n s e polit ic al drama Joe is embroiled (L. to r.) Ricky Martin (Che), Michael Cerveris (Juan in also becomes deeply personal. Perón) and Elena Roger (Eva Perón) from “Evita.”

Evita Marquis Theatre: April 5, 2012

T h i s n e w p r o d u c t i o n of T i m R i c e a n d Andrew Lloyd Webber’s landmark musical hit s t he st age wit h Rick y Mar t in as Che, Olivier Award-winning Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Eva Peron and Tony Awardwinner Michael Cer veris as Juan Peron. Tony a nd O li v ie r Aw a rd-w inne r Mic h ael G r a n d a g e w i l l d i re c t a n d To n y Aw a r dwinner Rob Ashford will choreograph. This is the first new Broadway production of the Award-winning music al since it debuted on Broadway over 30 years ago.

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Leap of Faith St. James Theatre: April 26, 2012

Charming, charismat ic and mesmerizing, Jonas Nightingale is a huckster and a hoax. With his troupe of singers and musicians, he travels far and wide, raising his tent and his voice to trade miracles for money. But when his bus breaks down in a droughtstricken backwater, he comes face to face with a strong-willed woman and a spirited boy who puts his hear t to the test. Will he f inally f ind somet hing to believe in? It ’ll t ake an ex t raordinar y leap of fait h.

One Man, Two Guvnors Music Box Theatre: April 18, 2012

Always famished and easily confused, Francis Henshall agrees to work for a local gangster as w e l l a s a c r i m i n a l i n h i d i n g, b ot h of whom are linked in a web of schemes, ex tor t ions and romant ic a s s o c i a t i o n s ... n o n e o f w h i c h F r a n c i s c a n ke e p s t r a i g h t. S o h e has to do ever y thing in his power to keep h i s t w o g u v n o r s f ro m m e e t i n g.

Peter & the Starcatcher Brooks Atkinson Theater: April 15, 2012

How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Refused To Grow Up? This epic origin story of one of popular culture’s most enduring a nd b e love d c h a r ac t e r s p rove s t h at a n audience’s imaginat ion c an be t he most c apt ivat ing place in t he world.

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Las Vegas April 1, 4, 6, 7, 2012 Rod Stewart — Caesars Palace April 4–8, 2012 The Color Purple — The Smith Center April 05, 2012 Kelly Clarkson — Palms Hotel April 06, 2012 Gabriel Iglesias — Mirage Hotel April 07, 2012 Gabriel Iglesias — Mirage Hotel April 13–15, 19–21, 2012 Elton John — Caesars Palace April 13–14, May 25, 2012 Jay Leno — Mirage Hotel April 13–14, May 4–5 2012 Tim Allen — Venetian Hotel April 19, 2012 Justice — The Cosmopolitan Hotel

Movies

Think Like a Man Four friends conspire to turn the tables on their women when they discover the ladies have been using Steve Harvey’s relationship advice against them. Chris Brown, Gabrielle Union • 20 April 2012

Battleship A fleet of ships is forced to do bat tle with an armada of unknown origins in order to discover and thwart their destructive goals. Alexander Skarsgård, Brooklyn Decker • 18 May 2012

Men in Black III Agent J t ravels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing histor y.. Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin • 25 May 2012

April 19–22, 2011 Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic — Thomas &

Mack April 20–21, May 4–5 2012 Ray Romano & Kevin James — Mirage Hotel April 24, 2012 Yo—Yo Ma, Kathryn Stott The Smith Center April 26, 2012 David Sedaris — The Smith Center April 27–28,2012 David Spade —

Venetian Hotel April 27, 28 2012 Jerry Seinfeld — Caesars Palace April 28, 2012 Daniel Tosh — Mirage Hotel May 09, 2012 Bill Engvall — Treasure Island May 11, 2012 Creed — Palms Casino Resort May 12, 2012 Say Goodnight Gracie — The Smith Center May 13, 2012 Lily Tomlin — The Smith Center May 19, 2012 Buddy Guy & Quinn Sullivan — The Smith Center May 22–27, 2012 Mary Poppins — The Smith Center May 26–27, 2012 Ron White — Mirage Hotel

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraf fe and Gloria the Hippo join a t raveling circus in order to get back home to New York. Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock • 8 June 2012

The Dark Knight Rises Eight years af ter the events of The Dark Knight, the terrorist leader Bane arrives in Gotham City, pushing it and its police force to their limits, forcing its former hero Batman to resur face after taking the fall for Har vey Dent’s crimes. Christian Bale, Joseph GordonLevitt and Gary Oldman • 20 July 2012

Step Up 4 Emily arrives in Miami with aspirations to become a professional dancer. She sparks with Sean, the leader of a dance crew whose

neighbor hood is t hre atened by Emily’s father’s development plans Kathryn McCormick, Ryan Guzman • 27 July 2012

Sparkle Three sisters form a singing group and must deal with the fallout of fame and drugs. Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Whitney Houston • 17 August 2012 M e t r o p o l i ta n L i v i n g

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Entertainment Guide 2012 MLB Outlook Yankees

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ith spring upon us, Baseball is in the air. As usual the New York Yankees bring a forecast of another successful season. By adding Michael Pineda and Hiroki Curoda to their starting pitching, the post season will be just a formality. My pick to win it all is the LA Angels, however, I wouldn’t bet against the Yankees winning yet another World Series title. At playoff time anything can happen. — By Gandolfo Albanese, Met Living Magazine

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s for the Mets, they are bringing in the fences in hopes of generating more of fense. However, with the Mets suspect pitching, my fear is it just might benefit the visiting teams. We can only hope that Johan Santana makes a full recover y from shoulder surger y — which kept him out the entire 2011 season. That should be a boost to a team that could cer tainly use one. — By John Vincent, Met Living Magazine

John Vincent’s Predictions American League East Central

West

Wild Cards

NY Yankees

Texas

Los Angeles & Tampa Bay

National League East Central

West

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Miami

San Francisco

Philadelphia & Washington

Detroit

St. Louis

World Series — Tigers vs. Marlins — Winner: Marlins

Gandolfo Albanese’s Predictions American League East Central

West

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Boston

Los Angeles

NY Yankees & Kansas City

National league East Central

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San Francisco

Miami & St. Louis

Detroit

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in was born in Los Angeles, California, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Palo Alto. His parents, GieMing and Shirley, emigrated from Taiwan to the United States in the mid-1970s. Lin’s parents are both 5 feet 6 inches tall. His maternal grandmother’s family was tall, and her father was over 6 feet

Career In his high-school senior year in 2005– 2006, Lin captained Palo Alto High School to a 32–1 record and upset nationally ranked Mater Dei, 51–47, for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division II state title. He was named f irst-team A ll-St ate and Nor t her n California Division II Player of the Year. When applying for college, Har vard and Brown were the only teams that guaranteed him a spot on their basketball teams. In July 2005, then-Harvard assistant coach Bill Holden saw that Lin was 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m), which fit the physical at tributes he was seeking, and he had a 4.2 grade point

average in high school, which fit Har vard’s ac ademic st andards. Lin chose to at tend Har vard. After graduation, Lin went undrafted in the 2010 NBA Draf t. Eight teams had invited Lin to predraft workouts. He later joined the Dallas Mavericks for mini-camp as well as their NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas. Lin recovered from an injury to his left knee during the 2011 NBA lockout. The New York Knicks claimed Lin of f waivers on December 27, 2011, to be a backup. After the Knicks squandered a fourth quarter lead in a February 3 loss to the Boston Celtics, coach Mike D’Antoni decided to give Lin a chance to play due to “desperation”, according to exper ts. “He got lucky because we were playing so bad,” said D’Antoni.] Lin had played only 55 minutes through the Knicks’ first 23 games, but he would unexpectedly lead a turnaround of an 8–15 team that had lost 11 of its last 13 games back in Februar y. Now with the playof fs upon us, can he help lead the Knicks to the ultimate goal — a championship.

Comedy Hot Spots Broadway Comedy Club 318 West 53rd St., New York, NY 10019 • 212-757-2323

Joey Kola Joey Kola has performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout his career in the US, Canada and England. Gotham Comedy Club 208 West 23rd St. # 1, New York • 212-367-9000 • Friday, April 6, 8:30pm Ha Comedy Club 163 West 46th Street, New York, NY 212-977-3884

Chris Monty Born and raised on Long Island, Chris was fas-

cinated with show business at an early age. He yearned to be in front of an audience singing or dancing. Many a party would find Chris performing in front of friends and relatives to a big round of applause. The Brokerage Comedy Club 2797 Merrick Rd., Bellmore, NY 11710 • Apr 6 - Apr 7

Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme Fresh off of their Comedy Central Stand Up special, Broken Lizard Stands Up — Kevin and Steve are back on the road to tell you what it’s like to die in a vat of beer, how cops treat them after seeing SuperTroopers and the downsides of a fat man hanging around with a little bitty fella.

Carolines Comedy Club 1626 Broadway, New York, NY • May 2-5 Peoples Improv Theater (The PIT) 123 East 24th Street, New York, NY • 212-563-7488

O’K Productions Presents Comedy It’s about the pulse on the street and knowing the hottest comics in town... Pinkhat Presents Comedy features the comic’s favorite comics. Laugh Lounge NYC 151 Essex St., New York, NY 10002 • Thu, 29 Mar 2012 10:30 PM

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Family Fun

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