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With “It’s Magic: Nine Decades of Songs from Warner Bros.,” the 92Y Lyrics & Lyricists closed its 2011-2012 season in great form. Guided by a dapper and knowledgeable Rex Reed, this was one of the most satisfying of the series. Joining Reed were Christine Andreas, Polly Bergen, Jason Graae, Sue Raney and Tom Wopat, all experienced and polished singing actors.


The Queen’s Company’s is devoted to giving classical and contemporary dramatic works the all-female treatment. If their current production, Shakespeare’s "As You Like It" at Walkerspace in Tribeca, is an example of their fare, then the Company and its Artistic Director, Rebecca Patterson are providing a fresh look at these works without the usual attendant harsh political/social rhetoric. This "As You Like It" is fresh, modern, yet devoted to the Shakespeare text. There is no gender bending: the women merely play all the parts, male and female.


Sounds great, but also sounds impossible, right? Well, I can’t promise that you’ll be able to turn back actual time, but I can promise that if you're ready to put in the work, you’ll look and feel better than you ever believed possible…at every age.


Sugar addiction is similar to other addictions, but it’s a tough one to beat. For instance, with alcohol, you have no choice. You need to join a 12 Step Program, or get another form of help. In rare cases, a serious accident, or revelation can pulls a person up short, and they quit in one step!


Join the Harlem Educational Activities Fund on May 3rd for an evening of dancing and refreshments as we raise funds to help high potential, under-resourced public school students achieve college success! HEAF is a comprehensive, non-profit supplemental education and youth development organization that helps motivated students develop the intellectual curiosity, academic ability, social values, and personal resiliency they need to ensure success in school, career, and life.


Have you ever gone on a low-calorie diet to get rid of excess weight fast? There’s an expression, “Easy come, easy go.” Well, with crash diets, and calorie deprivation, the opposite is true: “Easy go…easy come.” So, beware of diets that promise rapid weight loss, as you’ll probably end up gaining weight, and losing health, instead of the opposite way around!


What are GMO's anyway? Genetically Modified Organisms are created when genes from one species, such as bacteria, viruses or human, are forced into the DNA of another crop, or even into animals to produce new traits. This relatively new technology is becoming more and more widespread as chemical companies keep creating new strains of DNA altered seeds, and forcing farmers to use them.


It has always bothered me that aging in America is viewed as a downward spiral… and a dreaded one at that! It’s no wonder that the younger set clamored for Betty White to appear on Saturday Night Live. Everyone wanted to see the amazing Betty in her 90’s. She’s an older dynamo who is showing the world that aging doesn’t have to rob us of our youth and vitality. She is a bundle of energy, bubbly and enthusiastic, taking on new challenges with courage and joy.


Among the most prolific writers who have earned the respect of the Intelligence Community is Nigel West. In this entertaining address at the Raleigh Spy Conference, which is a yearly convocation between the public with a desire to know and professionals who only function on a "need to know" basis, the writer describes some interesting realities.

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