Raissa Katona Bennett - Actress, Singer, Producer http://www.raissakatonabennett.com raissakatonabennett.com Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:56:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 September 2nd Concert http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/08/14/september-2nd-concert/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/08/14/september-2nd-concert/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 23:22:41 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2446 Concert-Poster-Web-August-2015

 

MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS concludes Season 8 of Concerts to benefit Tudor City Greens. This free, outdoor concert series resumes on Wednesday, September 2nd at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, September 3rd at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens.  This award winning series will once again feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene.  More information can be found on our website at: www.musicandartforgreen.org.

The September 2nd concert will feature guest performances by:

  • Broadway Veteran (Original Sandy in Grease) & Star of TV’s Magic Garden CAROLE DEMAS
  • Broadway Veteran (Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar, Finian’s Rainbow) BERNARD DOTSON
  • Dynamic Vocal Group FORTE (Thomas Dieter, Johnny Hagar, Skie Ocasio & Michael Osso)
  • Bistro, Nightlife & Multiple MAC Award Winner – LORINDA LISITZA
  • Broadway Veteran (Original Johanna in Sweeney Todd) and Bistro & MAC Award Winner – SARAH RICE
  • Off-Broadway Veteran: When Pigs Fly (Drama Desk Award Nominee) and Multiple MAC & Bistro Award Winner – JAY ROGERS

Why we do this:

Research shows that time spent in nature makes people healthier, happier and more creative, and that communities flourish where green spaces thrive.  But staying green requires green! City greens need constant attention, repair and upkeep.  Music and Art for City Greens helps by producing free professional music and art events to build community awareness and increase donations to spaces which otherwise might go wanting.

 

Since 2008, when Broadway actress and award winning cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett first brought the joy of live music to Tudor City, thousands of people have enjoyed these concerts under the trees and have come away with new appreciation for and dedication to the green spaces in their midst.

 

Music and Art for City Greens is a 501c3 non-profit, and all performers and support people generously donate their time and talent for these events.  100% of all donations given by attendees at this summer concert series are collected directly by the Tudor City Greens organization for the upkeep of these spaces.

 

Where:

MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS invites you to join us again in the South Park at Tudor City (41st street between 2nd and 1st avenues – top of the hill turn left). The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.

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July 29th Concert http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/07/24/july-29th-concert/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/07/24/july-29th-concert/#comments Fri, 24 Jul 2015 19:06:35 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2436  

 

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MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS continues Season 8 of Concerts to benefit Tudor City Greens. This free, outdoor concert series resumes on Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, July 30th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens.  This award winning series will once again feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene.  More information can be found on our website at: www.musicandartforgreen.org.

The July 29th concert will feature guest performances by:

  • Bistro Award Winner and Off-Broadway NYGASP Principal Performer, Writer & Director – DAVID AUXIER
  • The Perfect American Housewife (TV: The Normal Heart / The Carrie Diaries)DORIS DEAR
  • Jazz Pianist & Composer – DAN FURMAN
  • Broadway & National Tour Veteran (Blood Brothers / Meet Me In St. Louis & How to Succeed…Carbonell Award / Jeff Award Nomination) – SHAUNA HICKS
  • Broadway, Film & Jazz Saxophone Player (Average White Band / Ed Palermo Big Band) – CLIFF LYONS
  • Drama Desk & Lucille Lortel Award Nominated Broadway Veteran (Jekyll & Hyde / Will Rogers Follies / Sunset Blvd / How To Succeed… / The Capeman) LUBA MASON
  • Broadway (Starmites  – Theatre World Award Winner, Tony Award Nominee)  & Carnegie Hall Veteran, Recording Artist & Cabaret Legend – SHARON MCNIGHT
  • Broadway Veteran: (Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat / Les Miserables) –  KELLI RABKE
  • MAC Award Winner; Singer, Pianist, Composer – ANDREW DAVID SOTOMAYOR
  • Off-Broadway Veteran: The Mikado / Naked Boys Singing  (TV: Boardwalk Empire)  SEPH STANEK

Our Series Regulars return:

Why we do this:

Research shows that time spent in nature makes people healthier, happier and more creative, and that communities flourish where green spaces thrive.  But staying green requires green! City greens need constant attention, repair and upkeep.  Music and Art for City Greens helps by producing free professional music and art events to build community awareness and increase donations to spaces which otherwise might go wanting.

 

Since 2008, when Broadway actress and award winning cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett first brought the joy of live music to Tudor City, thousands of people have enjoyed these concerts under the trees and have come away with new appreciation for and dedication to the green spaces in their midst.

 

Music and Art for City Greens is a 501c3 non-profit, and all performers and support people generously donate their time and talent for these events.  100% of all donations given by attendees at this summer concert series are collected directly by the Tudor City Greens organization for the upkeep of these spaces.

 

Where:

MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS invites you to join us again in the South Park at Tudor City (41st street between 2nd and 1st avenues – top of the hill turn left). The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.

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June 24th Concert http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/06/16/june-24th-concert/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/06/16/june-24th-concert/#comments Tue, 16 Jun 2015 20:24:17 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2418 Concert-Poster-Web-June-2015

MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS continues Season 8 of Concerts to benefit Tudor City Greens. This free, outdoor concert series resumes on Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, June 25th at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens.  This award winning series will once again feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene.  More information can be found on our website at:  www.musicandartforgreen.org.

The June 24th concert will feature guest performances by:

Our Series Regulars return:

Why we do this:

Research shows that time spent in nature makes people healthier, happier and more creative, and that communities flourish where green spaces thrive.  But staying green requires green! City greens need constant attention, repair and upkeep.  Music and Art for City Greens helps by producing free professional music and art events to build community awareness and increase donations to spaces which otherwise might go wanting.

Since 2008, when Broadway actress and award winning cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett first brought the joy of live music to Tudor City, thousands of people have enjoyed these concerts under the trees and have come away with new appreciation for and dedication to the green spaces in their midst.

Music and Art for City Greens is a 501c3 non-profit, and all performers and support people generously donate their time and talent for these events.  100% of all donations given by attendees at this summer concert series are collected directly by the Tudor City Greens organization for the upkeep of these spaces.

Where:

MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS invites you to join us again in the South Park at Tudor City (41st street between 2nd and 1st avenues – top of the hill turn left). The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.

Weather Hotline: 347-868-7563

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Meet Pooh Bear and Lucy – our Chihuahua foster pups! http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/05/09/meet-pooh-bear-and-lucy-our-chihuahua-foster-pups/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/05/09/meet-pooh-bear-and-lucy-our-chihuahua-foster-pups/#comments Sat, 09 May 2015 01:38:33 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2365 Say hello to our new foster dogs, Pooh Bear and Lucy (L to R).  4 year old, 4.5 lb. very healthy, extremely adorable bonded pair of Chihuahuas.  We are helping them find their “furever” home.  To fill out an application, please visit: Shih Tzu Furbaby Rescue.  We can’t stop cuddling these two – brother and sister, they have been together their entire life and must be kept together.  It’s adorable to watch Lucy groom Pooh, and see him put his paw around her when they are on our laps!

Pooh Bear and Lucy - Pair bonded Chihuahua's

Pooh Bear and Lucy – Pair bonded Chihuahua’s

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Concert May 20th http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/05/08/concert-may-20th/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/05/08/concert-may-20th/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 20:22:43 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2345 Concert-Poster-Web-May-2015

MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS presents Season 8 of Concerts to benefit Tudor City Greens. This free, outdoor concert series resumes on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:30 pm (Rain date: Thursday, May 21st at 6:30pm.) at Tudor City Greens.  This award winning series will once again feature professional performers from Broadway and the New York City cabaret, jazz, classical and opera scene. More information can be found on our website at: www.musicandartforgreen.org.

The May 20th concert will feature guest performances by:

Our Series Regulars return this year:

 

Why we do this:

Research shows that time spent in nature makes people healthier, happier and more creative, and that communities flourish where green spaces thrive. But staying green requires green! City greens need constant attention, repair and upkeep. Music and Art for City Greens helps by producing free professional music and art events to build community awareness and increase donations to spaces which otherwise might go wanting.

 

Since 2008, when Broadway actress and award winning cabaret veteran Raissa Katona Bennett first brought the joy of live music to Tudor City, thousands of people have enjoyed these concerts under the trees and have come away with new appreciation for and dedication to the green spaces in their midst.

 

Music and Art for City Greens is a 501c3 non-profit, and all performers and support people generously donate their time and talent for these events. 100% of all donations given by attendees at this summer concert series are collected directly by the Tudor City Greens organization for the upkeep of these spaces.

 

Where:

MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS invites you to join us again in the South Park at Tudor City (41st street between 2nd and 1st avenues – top of the hill turn left). The organization will continue to produce at Tudor City Greens, while actively promoting creative and inclusive uses of other public green spaces.

For more information, visit our website at: www.musicandartforgreen.org

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Raissa’s Spring/Summer 2015 Appearances http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/04/08/springsummer-2015-appearances/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/04/08/springsummer-2015-appearances/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 21:12:50 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2313 Happy Spring and Summer!  In addition to hosting the 8th season of benefit concerts presented by our non-profit, MUSIC AND ART FOR CITY GREENS, I’m happy to announce my upcoming guest spots and shows.

6/11/15 through 61908470_10155051904405221_6848420482433782045_n27/15 at various times – DEVIL AND THE DEEP – Most exciting for me, I must admit, is that I begin rehearsals on May 12th for a limited engagement Off-Broadway run of a brand new musical, DEVIL AND THE DEEP, a musical reimagining of “Treasure Island” with music and lyrics by Katie McGhie and AIR SUPPLY’S Graham Russell (yes, one of my favorite groups!), book by Melissa Bell and direction by Lisa Devine. I’m over the moon that I get to continue in the role of “Mother Hawkins” I created in a workshop we did at the Abingdon of this piece several months ago. I have 3 amazing songs, 1 of which Graham wrote for me – can you believe it!?  Please come see! Presented by Theatre East, please visit their website for tickets and show times, which are Mother, Jim, Mizzy, Long Johnquite varied.

 

 

6/11/15 through 6/27/15 various times at The Mint Theatre, 311 West 43rd Street, NYC – DEVIL AND THE DEEP.

 

7/7 at 7 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM , 34 West 22nd Street, NYC – 212-206-0440. The 25th ANNIVERSARY GALA OF CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.  The show will also celebrate the 76th Birthday of Stu Hamstra. Tickets are $20 for all – plus a 2-drink minimum. Starring:  Raissa Katona Bennett (July 7th is also Raissa’s Birthday!)Bruce Clough, Cynthia Crane, Sammy Goldstein, Kevin Scott Hall (July 6th is also Kevin’s Birthday), Loli Marquez-Sterling, Sue Matsuki, Carolyn Montgomery-Forant, Warren Schein, Marcus Simeone, and more TBA. Musical director is Tracy Stark and hosted by Bernie Furshpan.

7/8 at 7 pm at 54 Below – 254 West 54th Street, NYC.  646-476-3551 – 54 Below Celebrates Irving Berlin.  Produced and hosted by T. Oliver Reid – I’ll be doing a great solo PLUS a wonderful duet with my pal and Tony Award Nominee, Willy Falk!

5/20, 6/24, 7/29, 9/2/2015 at 6:30 pm – THE CONCERTS FOR CITY GREENS 8th Season! 

We are putting together our fabulous line up for the warm season – artists to be announced soon!

4/11/2015 at 1 pm at the Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street – 212.206.0440 – IT’S JUST A NUMBER.

Kenneth Gartman and I will perform a duet in IT’S JUST A NUMBER hosted by Bobbie Horowitz – In each show Bobbie will honor a person age 50, 60, 70 or beyond. The debut of this series honors ALICE FISHER, Director of Community Outreach at the office of NYS Senator Liz Krueger. Alice is the founder of The Radical Age Movement. We’ll be joined by Jim Brochu & Steve Shlachlin, Adam Shapiro, Carly Ozard ,Warren Schein, Barbara Malley & Bob Diamond, Timothy Oliver Reid and Kelly Karel as Hillary. Ticket Price: $20.00 – $115.00

5/12/15 at 6 pm at The Metropolitan Room, 34 West 22nd Street – 212.206.0440 – THIS IS YOUR NIGHT, RUSS WEATHERFORD, hosted by Bernie Furshpan.  I’m delighted to honor my good friend Russ, along with 29 other fantastic Cabaret and Broadway stars.  Russ has been huge supporter of our non-profit concert series, always taking pictures for us and doing whatever was needed – a great man to celebrate. Black Tie optional.

5/14/15 at 7 pm – 54 Below Celebrates Julie Wilson with a cavalcade of singers who loved and adored this one of a kind woman. Julie was an inspiration and guiding force to everyone in the cabaret community – she encouraged me and came to my earliest shows and it meant the world.  Although she left us just a few short weeks ago, her spirit and love live on in all of us lucky enough to have known her.  I’m so proud to honor her with so many of my esteemed colleagues. At 254 West 54th Street, NYC.  646-476-3551.

5/16/15 at 7 pm at Unity Center of Norwalk, 3 Main Street (above the Ford Dealership!), Norwalk, CT – Unity Center Open Mic Honors DAVID FRIEDMAN.

Host Kenneth Gartman has invited lots of surprise fabulous guests to honor our friend David Friedman, preceded by our monthly open mic.  $10 cash cover – all are welcome

5/28/15 at 7 pm – Ramscale Studio South, 463 West Street, NYC – I’m thrilled to be asked to do the musical tribute to this year’s Laurette Taylor award honoring Elizabeth Parrish, by the Yale Alumni Association and Theatre East – and I’ll be in great company!  Kate Mulgrew is presenting the award and Meryl Streep has done the written tribute – this wonderful evening will benefit Theatre East who’s wonderful mission statement I must share here:  We serve to advance the dialogue of the shared human experience through works that utilize simple storytelling, providing our community with a platform to deepen its understanding of themselves, each other and the world we share.

6/2/15 at 7 pm at The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 West 42nd Street @ 9th Ave., NYC – 212-352-3101 – ROBIN’S NEST – A Benefit for Help Us Adopt – One of my bestie’s, Robin Westle, has created this wonderful series where she “helps to FullSizeRenderbuild families, one song a time”!  I couldn’t be prouder of what she has accomplished and I’m thrilled to be her special guest star this month along with Broadway’s amazing Mandy Gonzalez. Please come support this mission and be moved by the performances and stories you’ll hear from families and performers.

 

 

 

 

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Our rescue history – abridged! http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/02/01/2244/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/02/01/2244/#comments Sun, 01 Feb 2015 14:24:14 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2244 We’ve been involved with Shih Tzu Fur Baby Rescue for a little over 3 years, and active in dog rescue since 2001 when we adopted our first fur daughter, Brandy Alexandra Bennett, from Toy Fox Terrier Rescue.  Yesterday was the 3 year anniversary of her transition, so I write this in her honor.  Not a day goes by that I don’t miss her and bless her, because she is the one who got us on this band wagon.  She was 7 when we adopted her and ever since, I’ve had a particular passion for helping to adopt out “senior” dogs or middle aged ones.  All of mine are.

We’d had Brandy 1 month when we were approached to help temporarily foster a 15 year old long haired chihuahua named Goldie.  It’s a long story that I’ll save for a later blog. But suffice it to say, Goldie stayed with us and had the happiest last 11 months of her life and SHE’S the one who got me into Animal Communication and for that, I had to learn to meditate.  All the gifts our babies give us, right? We then fostered for the ASPCA of NYC for a bit and I volunteered there as an adoptions councillor, assistant to the behaviorist in dog training and I started initially volunteering there by walking the dogs.

We lived in Birmingham, AL for a year while my husband was doing a fellowship, and while there, we fostered for the Humane Society and I learned to be a dog trainer and worked at the Birmingham Dog Training Center teaching puppy classes, but the focus of our fostering, was working with dogs with behavioral “issues”, though I’m by no means an expert – somehow, it comes somewhat naturally along with lots of reading and hands on.  We fostered a chihuahua for 4 months who was a bit of a “devil dog” when we got him.  The humane society will foster your dog for you for a bit if you have and emergency.  Otie’s human Mom had to have brain surgery, so we had him for that time.  1.5 years after he went back to her, the Humane Society called us to take him again – for good – we were back in NYC, but happened to be going down for a visit, so we said we’d take him back and then get him ready for adoption, because at 15, Brandy had told us she was done with helping to foster new dogs. However, we got Otie home to NYC and within a day, Brandy told us to keep him.  Again, I’ll write more about that on another blog.

As Brandy neared 17, we knew she was getting ready to leave us, but she didn’t want to go until Otie had another buddy.  That’s when I started searching Petfinder for a “10 lb or under Toy Fox Terrier  or any mix or breed, not fluffy) and up popped a picture of “Princess” from STFBR.  She was exactly what we were looking for – 5 “ish”, being fostered in Brooklyn and she looked EXACTLY like Brandy (see below).  That was just the icing on the cake.  We filled out foster paperwork, because we had to be sure she and Otie would play together – no problem.  We adopted her officially a month later and she chose the name Phoebe, in honor of her foster mother, Phoebe Kincaid!

Brandy transitioned 3 months later, and we were all very sad, but Phoebe helped Otie through it and they became the best of friends.  Phoebe took over his barking at everything near the door duties, and began to vocalize with me when I sing high.  (There’s a youtube video of it on my channel, called “Phoebe sings”).

We started helping STFBR with transports and then I called Meredith about a year later and told her we were ready to foster again – our timing was perfect, because she had a transport coming up and what did I think about fostering a 9 to 11 year old female Havanese?  Well!  Otie’s favorite breed and his first girlfriend in NYC was a Havanese, so we said yes!  We had her a week later and she is our official first foster failure – Miss Molly had been a Bennett dog for 1.5 years now and she and Otie are inseparable and the 3 of them together are a blast, but a handful – literally. So now we have 7 year old Phoebe, 11.5 year old’s Otie and the fluffy one, after all, Molly.

Three months after getting Molly, I drove Terese Genecco and Shaynee Rainbolt out to Brooklyn to pick up CeeCee for them to foster temporarily in an emergency.  She is now my favorite fluffy niece and official furbaby of the ladies – CeeCee gets to visit with the Bennett pack often, and they have a blast.

So that’s our story – having 3 makes it harder to foster in NYC, but I do home visits, transports, process apps write my blog on dog rescue, work on fundraising and we can do short term emergency fosters.

If you want to get involved, check out Shih Tzu Fur Baby Rescue.

 

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Why Adopting Takes a Little Longer http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/01/17/why-adopting-takes-a-little-longer/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2015/01/17/why-adopting-takes-a-little-longer/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 20:00:45 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=2215 Those of us active in animal rescue often hear complaints regarding how long it takes for the adoption process.  There are many good reasons for this:  1 – Rescue organizations are staffed completely by volunteers, or larger institutions like the Humane Society and ASPCA are minimally staffed by paid workers who depend on a large number of volunteers to work with them.  2 – We want to be sure that the animal is a good fit for your home and vice versa – it’s very difficult on the humans and animals when there needs to be yet another “re-homing”/  3 – We need to insure the safety of the animal and provide it with basic training.  4 – We need to be able to provide as much information about the animal to the future home, so that everyone is prepared.

It’s easy to go into any pet store, plop down your money and walk out with a pet.  They don’t require you to prove you will give the animal a good home – they just want your money.  And most reliable REAL breeders, will never sell their animals to a pet store, so if you go into one, 99.9% of the time, you are buying a dog (most often) from a “Puppy Mill” – an inhuman way to breed dogs just for profit.  They are often stacked one atop the other in wire cages, especially the breeder dogs.  They often never get their paws on the soft earth.  Aside from the cruelty aspect of this, you are very likely to get a dog with a lot of health issues.  Sometimes you get lucky, often you don’t and the dog never does.

This also means that the thousand and thousands of “used” and unwanted dogs, get killed, simply because there are TOO MANY of them!

So please, opt to adopt – be patient, do your research to find out the best breed or mixed breed for your family, learn how to take care of your puppy, dog, cat or whatever, BEFORE you get it.  They rarely come to you (especially as babies) trained – you need to teach them.

And VOLUNTEER – become a part of the solution to aid in the quicker adoption of all animals, educate yourself about why the worst thing you can do is buy a dog from a pet store – we need to put puppy mills out of business.

Go to my links page to find several animal rescue organizations.

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Winter News & Recommendations http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2014/12/04/winter-recommendations/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2014/12/04/winter-recommendations/#comments Thu, 04 Dec 2014 16:05:10 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=1921 BIG NEWS – I’m nominated for two 2014 Broadway World Awards!  More on that in a moment – because I want to welcome you to my newly renovated site and blog, Raissa Recommends. Under my blog, (which is where you are right now!) you’ll find recommendations for some of the best performers and shows in the NYC area. Under Brandy’s Page, you’ll find my blog about animal rescue, adoption and care.  Keep checking back – I add recommendations to the Calendar of Events as they come in, and soon my Facebook and Twitter feeds will be featured along the bottom of each page of this site.

Won’t you take a moment and please vote for me and the Concerts for City Greens as Best Variety Show or Recurring Series and Best Host of a Variety Show or Recurring Series?

AND I’m proud to say that many of our PCS alumni are also nominated in various categories:  SEAN HARKNESS, TERESE GENECCO, TANYA MOBERLY, ERIC MICHAEL GILLETT, KRISTOPHER LOWE, LENNIE WATTS, PETER NAPOLITANO, KT SULLIVAN, KAREN OBERLIN, MARY FOSTER CONKLIN, GABRIELLA STRAVELLI, TRACY STARK, JON WEBER, STEVEN RAY WATKINS, BARRY LEVITT, IAN HERMAN, RAY MARCHICA, TOM HUBBARD, RAISSA KATONA BENNETT, ADAM FISHER, RITT HENN, CAROLE J. BUFFORD, ANN HAMPTON CALLAWAY, MARISSA MULDER, MARK NADLER, NATALIE DOUGLAS, BABY JANE DEXTER, STACY SULLIVAN, SARAH RICE, TANYA HOLT, ADAM SHAPIRO, SCOTT COULTER, KEVIN DOZIER, and T. OLIVER REID.
So won’t you please take a moment and click here to vote for me and your favorite alumni? It would mean a lot to us all. You’ll have to hurry because voting ends on Dec. 31st  – it’ll only take a few minutes and registering to vote is just to get your email/name so they can monitor people attempting to vote more than once. Winners will be announced just previous to the awards show on Feb. 23rd at 6:45 pm at Joe’s Pub.
Ok – here are some great recommendations and announcements from our Parks Concert Series alumni:
Dec. 22nd at 7 pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre – PCS Alumni Julie Reyburn, Eric Michael Gillett, Karen Mason, Scott Coulter and Raissa Katona Bennett appear in a benefit for Broadway Unplugged and the Nightlife Awards produced and hosted by the multiple award winning Carolyn Montgomery-Forant also starring Tony Award Winners: Tonya Pinkins, Beth Leavel and Bill Irwin and TV Star Kevin Spirtas. If you come to the 7 pm benefit, you can stay for the 9:30 show “Visible Phoenix” starring Carolyn Montgomery-Forant for only $10!
Jon Weber – Joplin to Jarrett- Metropolitan Room – 12/23, 1/5 & 6th at 7 pm
Will & Anthony Nunziata in Concert 54 Below, Jan. 10th at 9:30 pm
Bobbie Horowitz – “Guiness World Records Official Attempt” – Metropolitan Room – Longest Variety Show Ever – Bobbie’s slot: 1/2 at 12:30 pm
Stacy Sullivan – “On the Air: Songs for Marian McPartland”- Metropolitan Room – Jan. 16th at 9:30 pm
David Auxier – starring as Captain Corcoran in “HMS Pinafore” -Skirbald Center, 566 LaGuardia Place (on Washington Square S), Dec. 26 – 31 – show times and tickets at 212-769-1000 – www.nygasp.org
Marcus Goldhaber with the Jon Davis Trio – New Years Eve at Fabio’s – 9 & 11 pm –  $150 Prix Fixe (15% off with code: FABIOMARCUSNYE)  214 East 52nd Street – reservations:  212-688-5200 and Jan. 28th at KITANO at 8 & 10 pm
Carole Demas – “No One Is Alone” Benefit Concert – Lower Hudson Valley Youth Chorus, other singers – Inserra Theater, 40 Chestnut Ridge Road, Montvale NJ 07645, 12/21 at 6:30 pm – BTW.BOOKTIX.COM – 201-788-2320
Carole Demas & Paula Janis – “A Magic Garden Christmas” – WPIX-TV, Channel 11- December 21st, 1:00pm EST – streamed worldwide www.PIX11.com
Baby Jane Dexter – “Rules of the Road Part 3″ – Dec. 20, 26 & 27 at 7 pm – Metropolitan Room – Baby Jane will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs at the 2015 MAC Awards at B.B Kings on March 26th!
Rev. Yolanda Mapes – “Guinness World Records-Longest Cabaret Show ” – Metropolitan Room, 1/2 at 1:45 am and “Witti Repartee’s Broads, Bawds and Bachelorettes”, Proceeds to benefit Iris House: a Center for Women with HIV – Metropolitan Room, 1/10 at 9 pm and his World Premiere video “You Are An Idea” words, music and graveside performance art by Rev. Yolanda NOW streaming online at http://youtu.be/d_758YVOgow?list=PLED916E0E586A65DC and Rev. Yolanda-The Movie,The Rocky Horror Show of Country Gospel Music-  trailer and details: www.goyolanda.com
Christina Connors – “A New Soul Song Productions” announces it’s first song release: “We Can Be Kind” (words & music by David Friedman) – click hereto hear the song!
Tanya Moberly – “Songs I Feel Like Singing ” – 4 Different Shows with 4 Different Musicians: with Mark Janas on January 9th at 7pm and January 20th at 9:30pm – with Sean Harkness on February 20th at 9:30pm and February 25th at 7pm – with Ritt Henn on March 20th at 7pm and March 31st at 9:30pm and with Steven Ray Watkins on April 17th at 7pm and April 29th at 9:30pm – all at Don’t Tell Mama
Kenneth Gartman and Raissa Katona Bennett – “3 Decades In The Dark – Raissa and Kenneth Go To The Movies – 70’s, 80’s & 90’s” – Laurie Beechman Theatre – Feb. 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th at 7 pm and 21st at 4 pm.

MARK JANAS and TANYA MOBERLY host The Salon, a unique weekly open mic, most Sunday nights from 7 to 10:30 at Etc. Etc. – 352 West 44th Street @ 9th Ave., NYC

 

BILL ZEFFIRO is at La Mediterranee, 947 2nd Ave. @ 50th St. most Tuesday nights from 8 to 11

 

 

 

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October 2014 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2014/10/04/october-2014/ http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/2014/10/04/october-2014/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 23:29:41 +0000 http://www.raissakatonabennett.com/?p=1816 Well, it’s only a year and a half since I posted here, although I have been faithfully posting all of my recommendations on the Calendar of Events.  Most of the recommendations are for appearances of our Parks Concert Series Alumni, and then there are those who have yet to perform with us, that i can unreservedly recommend to you as well.

Now here are a few other types of recommendations:

As many of you know, I’m active in Metaphysical Spirituality and a chaplain/platform assistant at Unity of Norwalk.  As such, I’m blessed to meet and work with many spiritual teachers and masters and Anna Raimondi is one of them.  You’ll have a rare chance to experience her in an intimate setting in NYC at the Metropolitan Room on this October 26th at 3 pm – 212-206-040 for reservations which ARE A MUST!  This tiny powerhouse SOLD OUT the 500 seat Ridgefield Playhouse in CT last year, but by seeing her in such an intimate venue, your chances of her honing in on your energy and giving you a reading, are greatly increased! This is her only appearance in NYC this year – GO!Anna Raimondi Metropolitan Room

Last January was the roll out of  the  “Raissa Recommends Event Calendar” which you can find on a new, drop down menu tab, on this page.  There, you have “one stop shopping” for the best that NYC Nightlife has to offer.  As we took the time to create this list, we were incredibly proud to see that as our 7th season comes to a close, we have featured over 175 different performers!  All of our Parks Concert Series Alumni who have shows in the Tri-State Area, have been invited to post their information on our Facebook Alumni Page.  When they do so, we will cross post it on my fan page and the Parks Concert Series Fan Page, as well as in our events calendar, so you can keep up with their performances.  This way, when time does not permit me from posting  my recommendations for the week or month, you can be sure to find a great show to see, by visiting this page: Recommended Events.  Once you click on the event, a box with graphics and information will pop up.  Go check out the events now, and see all the fabulous shows that are coming up in the next few weeks.  I’ll tweet them as well, as a reminder, so follow me on twitter and check the Fan Pages regularly.

Love and Light,

Raissa

 

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