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Copyright: November 29, 2015
By: Laura Deni


Bruno Mars will ring in 2015 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.
You haven't even eaten up the Thanksgiving leftovers and Christmas is yet to come.


If you want to ring in the New Year with a top star you had better make haste to get your tickets.

If you have yearend cash, aren't bothered with expanded security screenings then the top destinations to ring out the old are the obvious - Sydney in Australia which happens to be the most popular New Year's Eve destination in the world, probably because of their fireworks, and because they are the first to welcome in the New Year. Of course there is Times Square in New York City; or gamble on 2016 being better than 2015 in Las Vegas; turn a Dickens' London Christmas into a dickens of a New Year's Eve; or share a romantic New Year's kiss in Paris.

If you're more of a star oriented selection maker then the possibilities are sparkling.

For events where ticket prices are listed, do not assume that tickets are available, especially the cheap seats.

The Rockin' New Year's Eve party in The Big Apple hosted by Ryan Seacrest has an abundance of headliners including Idol winner Carrie Underwood. One Direction will be making one of their final appearances before their 2016 hiatus performing in the Hollywood portion of the program. That segment will be hosted by the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie, assisted by Jenny McCarthy.

Las Vegas has some of the best star power welcoming in a new beginning. You won't be alone. A crowd of over 340,000 party goers is expected on The Strip.

Grammy winning pop star Bruno Mars returns to headline the Cosmopolitan Hotel with his eight-piece band The Hooligans. Ticket costs started at $150.

Snoop Dogg is at the TAO Nightclub. Dress code is Upscale-Gentlemen are required to wear a sports jacket with a collared button down shirt. No baseball hats, tennis shoes, or open-toed shoes for men. Male General Admission is $100.92 and female general admission is $50.46. Enjoy heavily passed hors d’oeuvres from 9pm - midnight and indulge in a premium open bar from 9pm – 11pm. As the countdown to midnight begins, partygoers will raise a glass of complimentary champagne to toast to the New Year.

Nick Jonas takes over the Foxtail Nightclub.

Britney Spears has returned to Planet Hollywood with her Britney: Piece of Me show. Tickets cost $85 to $500 each, excluding fees. $1 of the ticket price will be donated to the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Mariah Carey performing on Good Morning America in May 2013 will reportedly earn up to $5 million for performing on New Year's Eve.
Celine Dion has a show beginning at 7:30 pm on New Year's Eve at Caesars Palace. No cameras or recorders are allowed. The cheap seats went long ago. Maroon 5 has a return gig at Mandalay Bay where they did the honors last year. Tickets cost $91 to $213 each, excluding fees. Grammy winning DJ Tiesto from the Netherlands will be spinning in the main room at Hakkasan at MGM Grand. General admission tickets cost $75 to $150, excluding tax and fees.

Bruno Mars is at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas with tickets beginning at $150.00.

The Smith Center in Las Vegas is the venue for a musical extravaganza featuring Broadway hits and favorite classic songs featuring Erich Bergen who currently appears in Madam Secretary and starred in the award-winning stage production of Jersey Boys as well as the film adaptation; . History making Broadway actor and singer, Norm Lewis who was The Phantom of the Opera’s first African-American Phantom on Broadway; Capathia Jenkins who has starred in Newsies, Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me, The Look of Love, and The Civil War; Las Vegas mainstay Clint Holmes and Tony Award-winning singer and actress Patina Miller. Prices are a reasonable $39 - $125.

New Year's Eve at Feinstein's/ 54 Below in New York City has a double shot of pleasure. Marin Mazzie performs at 7:00pm with tickets prices between $80 to 140.00. Annaleigh Ashford in New Year’s Magic! takes the stage at 11 p.m. Her tickets range from $330 to $425.

Jimmy Buffett, Huey Lewis and the News and Mac McAnally do the 2016 welcome honors at Barleys Center in New York.

Greeting 2016 with pithy comments are Amy Schumer at the Key Arena in Seattle and Bill Maher with special guests David Spade and Jeff Ross at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. Tickets are $45.50 - $95.50.

Motley Crue wraps up a split three nighter at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by saying hello to 2016.

Off the mainland is Mariah Carey who is reported to be saying bye-bye to 2015 at the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro. The canary is ringing in with a lot of cash, estimates top out at a $5 million payday.

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Contingent Beauty selection. Image: MFAH
features a selection of major works by 21 established artists from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela. Encompassing a variety of media including drawing, sculpture, video, and interactive object- and video-based installations, the exhibition highlights contemporary artists who use seductive and engaging materials to convey their social, political, and environmental concerns.

Drawn primarily from the Museum's permanent collection of modern Latin American art - one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in any public institution - nearly all of the 32 works on view have been acquired by the Museum over the last five years through the Caribbean Art Fund, established in 2010 as a special initiative of the Museum and Fundación Gego. The goal of this fund is to research, promote, and collect the work of artists from the greater Caribbean.

The exhibition also features work by exceptional mid-career Latin American artists, generating a dynamic dialogue that cuts across chronological and geographic borders. Contingent Beauty intertwines aesthetic refinement with biting critiques of timely issues grounded in the complex realities of Latin America and its long history of colonization, political repression, and economic crisis. These issues range from poverty, violence, gender, government corruption, and globalization, to the war on drugs and the legacy of colonialism.

The “beauty” of these works is contingent upon contextual interpretation. Each piece harbors a tension between opposing elements, such as beauty and violence, seduction and repulsion, or elegance and brutality. Among the artists represented are Tania Bruguera (Cuba), María Fernanda Cardoso (Colombia), Los Carpinteros (Cuba), Grupo Mondongo (Argentina), Guillermo Kuitca (Argentina), Miguel Ángel Rojas (Colombia), Javier Téllez (Venezuela), and Tunga (Brazil).

On exhibit through February 28, 2016 at the Museum of Fine Art Houston, Texas.

JACKSON POLLOCK: A COLLECTION SURVEY, 1934–1954 This exhibition offers a concise but detailed survey of the work of Jackson Pollock (American, 1912–1956). It tracks his artistic evolution from the 1930s and early 1940s, when he made loosely figurative images based on mythical or primeval themes, to the late 1940s and early 1950s, when he pioneered the radical abstractions for which he is best known by pouring and dripping paint onto canvas or paper.

The exhibition features approximately 50 works - paintings, drawings, and prints - from the Museum’s collection, which is unparalleled in the breadth, depth, and quality of its Pollock holdings.

Among the paintings on view is One: Number 31, 1950 (1950), arguably Pollock’s greatest masterpiece, and one of his largest canvases.

Exceedingly rare and little-known engravings, lithographs, screen-prints, and drawings are also included, highlighting an under-appreciated side of one of the most important and influential American artists of the 20th century. By bringing together works made using a range of materials and techniques - both traditional and unorthodox - the exhibition underscores the relentless experimentation and emphasis on process that was at the heart of Pollock’s creativity.

Organized by Starr Figura, Curator, with Hillary Reder, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints.

Through Sunday, March 13, 2016 at MoMA in New York City.

takes the floor at the Toledo Museum of Arts in Toledo, Ohio - the first Midwest showing displaying how sneakers have evolved from sportswear to fashion statement and cultural signifier. The Rise of Sneaker Culture traces that evolution from the 1830s to today.

Approximately one-hundred and sixty sneakers - from a 1860s spiked running shoe to contemporary sneaker collaborations with such artists and designers as Damien Hirst, Jeff Staple and Kanye West - go on display December 3, 2015 after popular runs at the Bata Shoe Museum and Brooklyn Museum.

Among the sneakers demonstrating the pivotal role that athletic footwear plays in popular culture is a complete set of Air Jordans I-XX3. Other highlights include a pair of 1936 track shoes of the same type once worn by Olympic medalist Jesse Owens, the original Air Force 1 and an early Adidas Superstar, as well as sneakers and related prototype drawings spanning the careers of Nike sneaker design legends Tinker Hatfield, Eric Avar and Tobie Hatfield.

“This exhibition demonstrates how art and an everyday staple, such as a shoe, have a commonality,” said Halona Norton-Westbrook, exhibition coordinator, Mellon Fellow and associate curator of contemporary art at the Toledo Museum of Art. “In this instance, artists and fashion designers have used sneakers as a part of their palette for expression.”

Organized by the American Federation of Arts and the Bata Shoe Museum, the exhibition is curated by Elizabeth Semmelhack, senior curator of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

“Sneakers appear to be the most democratic form of footwear - but in reality sneakers are part of a fascinating matrix of nuanced social meaning,” said Semmelhack. “Since the 19th century sneakers have been intimately linked to expressions of status as well as gender. I am particularly interested in how sneaker culture today is intertwined with shifts in idealized masculinity.”

Numerous sources contributed sneakers and artifacts to make this show possible. They include the Bata Shoe Museum, the Kosow Sneaker Museum, Northampton Museums and Art Gallery; the archives of manufacturers such as Adidas, Converse, Nike, Puma and Reebok; and private collectors such as legendary hip-hop group Run–DMC, sneaker guru Bobbito Garcia and Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder.

The exhibition closes at the Toledo Museum of Art on February 28, 2016. The exhibition will then travel to the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, from June 12 through August 14, 2016, and the Speed Art Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, from September 9 through November 27, 2016.


SINATRA: VOICE FOR A CENTURY a star-studded gala celebration of singer Frank Sinatra takes place December 3 at David Geffen Hall in New York City. The evening will mark what would have been Sinatra's 100th birthday on December 12th and is a gala fundraiser for David Geffen Hall, previously known as Avery Fisher Hall.

Tony Award winners Sutton Foster and Bernadette Peters along with Christina Aguilera, Fantasia, Chris Botti and Sting will perform music associated with Sinatra. Seth MacFarlane will host.

Tony Award nominee Lonny Price will direct the event that will feature choreography by Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse and the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Alan Gilbert. Matt Cowart is the Co-Director.

The gala includes a pre-concert champagne reception and a glamorous dinner with the artists reception afterwards.

THE HUAWEI WINTER CONCERT presents an evening of music and song in support of The Prince's Trust on Wednesday December 2, 2015 at Royal Festival Hall in London.

The Huawei Winter Concert stars Rebecca Ferguson and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Robert Ziegler, with a special guest appearance from Collabro.

All proceeds from this concert go to The Prince's Trust.


This classic holiday sing-along featuring actor, writer, and humorist Harry Shearer and singer-songwriter Judith Owen.

A throwback to simpler times, this homespun variety show offers a mix of holiday classics, cynical send-ups, and bawdy originals, all played out around the family piano. Joining Harry and Judith for this all-star evening are Alan Cumming, Mario Cantone, Olympia Dukakis, Alfie Boe, Paul Shaffer, Artie Lange, Fred Willard, Béla Fleck, and many more.

A hilarious holiday sing-along. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Elton John Aids Foundation (EJAF) in partnership with BAM. The 10th Anniversary December 1, 2015 production is at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) Howard Gilman Opera House.

THE MAVRICKS IN A CONCERT TO SUPPORT SCHOOL TEACHERS takes place Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Peabody in Daytona Beach, FL.

The Mavericks, founded in 1989 in Miami, are best known for their neotraditional country songs that combine Latin and rockabilly influences. The band has had 14 singles on the Billboard country charts and won a Grammy in 1995 for Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. More recently, the band took home an Americana Award for Duo/Group of the Year.

Proceeds from the benefit concert will go toward the purchase of supplies for elementary schools in Daytona Beach. Nominees of the Futures Foundation Teachers of the Year and their school principals will receive free admission to the concert.


Magie Dominic in Snow White and the 7 Dwarfs conceived by Bob Stanley, with Bob Lawlor, Kenny Burgess, Robert Shields, Tommy Garland and Ted Harris at Caffe Cino.
and the freedom the Caffe Cino gave to theater people in the 1960s is the topic of a presentation Magie Dominic will give at NYPL for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center in New York City on December 7, 2015.

From 1958 to 1968 the Caffe Cino in the West Village provided a safe haven to the adventurous performers and playwrights that invented the Off-Off- Broadway scene. Seated under a canopy of twinkle lights, among a clutter of curiosities that made up the Cino’s decor, audiences found themselves immersed in a play, as performers entered and exited scenes through the front door or from behind the coffee counter.

The Broadway hit Dames at Sea, was, in fact, premiered at the Caffe Cino in 1966, as were other groundbreaking theater works by Sam Shepard, Doric Wilson, John Guare, Tom Eyen, and Lanford Wilson, among others.

Artist and memoirist, Magie Dominic, the accidental archivist of the Caffe Cino, comes to the library to share remarkable stories of the birthplace of Off-Off Broadway, illustrated by one-of-kind artifacts from the Library’s Caffe? Cino collection.

Dominic is a Canadian poet, author, and artist who was born in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. After growing up in Newfoundland, Magie moved to the United States, where she studied at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, New School University, Franklin Furnace, and Open Theatre.

She became active in the anti-war movement during the 1960s. She was involved in protests, readings, and demonstrations with Moondog, Alan Ginsberg, and Andy Warhol.

Dominic performed and directed at Joe Cino’s Caffe Cino and later curated Caffe Cino - History of Off-Off Broadway at Lincoln Centre in 1985. She donated papers, photographs and Caffé Cino memorabilia to the NYPL’s Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center in 2011, establishing The Magie Dominic Caffé Cino Archives.

THE NATIONAL TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY in Washington, DC on December 3, 2015 will feature performances by Crosby, Stills & Nash. Fall Out Boy, Kelsea Ballerini, and Aloe Blacc will also make an appearance.

TICKETS TO QUEEN ELIZABETH'S 90th BIRTHDAY PARTY (rock stars take note) all 25,000 of them sold out within 5 hours on being put on sale to the public.

Buckingham Palace has promised four days of events "fit for the queen" involving 900 horses and 1,500 artists including dancers, musicians and actors from around the world. Around 100 bagpipe players will also take part at the Windsor Castle festivities.

Singer Katherine Jenkins will be among those performing at the event, which will also feature the Oman Royal Cavalry, Chilean Huasos, New Zealand Army Band, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Azerbaijan Cossack Riders, State Carriages from the Royal Mews, South Australian Police Band, the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Fijian Army Dancers and Band, 100 Military and Commonwealth Pipers and the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment.

Britain's longest-ever reigning monarch, Elizabeth turns 90 on April 21, 2016.

The 25,000 tickets for events between May 12-15 topped out at $249, with the high end tickets located next to the "Royal Enclosure" where guests might hope to see any royals who attend. The high end patrons also have access to a hospitality suite.

Members of the royal family will attend the show each night, while the birthday girl will be present for the last performance on the evening of Sunday May 15, which will be broadcast live on ITV.

Ticket proceeds will go to charity.

Speaking of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip, People Will Say We're in Love, was "their song," according to clarinetist Freddie Mizzi, who played in the band they regularly danced to when they lived in Malta between 1949 and 1951 when Prince Philip was a naval officer stationed on the island. The then-princess Elizabeth spent her days as any other officer's wife and the couple enjoyed going to weekly dances held at a hotel.

She lost those freedoms in 1952 on inheriting the throne.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip along with their son Prince Charles and his wife Camilla have been on a visit to Malta where they were reunited with several people they knew way back when.

Mizzi told the press: "I reminded her that we used to play their favorite song, People Will Say We're In Love, from Oklahoma!, and she remembered."

The royal pair have returned to Malta several times over the years, most recently in 2007 to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary.

THE 2015/16 ITALIAN PLAYWRIGHTS PROJECT takes place Monday, December 7, 2015. A day dedicated to new Italian plays and European theatre in New York in the new millennium.

The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, in collaboration with Italian Artistic Director Valeria Orani from 369gradi (Italy) and Umanism (NY), has co-curated a new Italian translation, performance, and publishing initiative. Four plays were selected, in collaboration with an advisory committee, from a pool of recent winners of some of the most prestigious playwriting awards in Italy, including The Ubu Award, The Riccione Award, and The Hystrio Award. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York.

Events include a Roundtable at Instituto Italiano di Cultura with producers, artistic directors and playwrights with Giorgio Van Straten, Director of the Italian Institute of Culture NY; Moderated by journalist Graziano Graziani.

Italian Playwrights Project presenting excerpted play readings by award-winning Italian playwrights. Featuring excerpted readings:

Ce Ne Andiamo per non darvi altre preoccupazioni (We'll be off, to spare you further worry) by Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini. Translated by Janice Capuana;

Il Guaritore (The Healer) by Michele Santeramo. Translated by Ana Candida De Carvalho Carneiro and Raquel Almazan;

I Vicini (The Neighbors) by Fausto Paravidino. Translated by Jane House.

Origine Del Mondo (The Origin of the World) by Lucia Calamaro. Translated by Jane House.

All playwrights, except Michele Santeramo, will be present at The Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

The Segal Center’s Italian Playwrights Project has three principal goals:

To raise the awareness of contemporary Italian writing for the stage in the Americas and to foster the development of collaborative relationships between playwrights from Italy and American theatre artists.

After the December readings, the launch of a contemporary Italian theatre festival in New York with fully staged productions of selected plays.

The publication of a translated anthology of the selected Italian plays.


WANT PRINCE WILLIAM OR KATE to handle your stock trade? Might just happen.

Prince William and his wife the Duchess of Cambridge, will be on the trading floor December 9 participating in ICAP's 23rd annual Charity Day. The royal couple will visit the brokerage firm's London headquarters in a bid to negotiate deals and raise money for causes dear to them.

The annual event sees more than 60 ICAP offices around the world donate a day's revenue and commissions each year to a number of selected charities. These include SkillForce, of which William is Patron, plus SportsAid and Place2Be, of which Kate is Patron.

The royal couple will close a number of trades over the phone while under the guidance of the brokers.

Since its launch in 1993, ICAP's Charity Day has raised more than $200 million for charities around the world.

THE CHRISTIANS by Lucas Hnath.

Directed by Les Waters.

Starring Emily Donahoe, Andrew Garman, Philip Kerr, Larry Powell and Linda Powell.

On the anniversary of the megachurch he himself founded, Pastor Paul feels called to deliver a new message, though he knows it will shake the foundation of everything he has built. No matter your faith, or lack thereof, The Christians - a play with a full, live choir - compels a conversation that attempts to bridge the seemingly insurmountable distance between us. Do you have the courage to change your heart?

Don't miss seeing this production. See Broadway To Vegas column of September 27, 2015.

A phenomenal play has transferred from Broadway to The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles opening December 2, 2015 with performances through January 10, 2016

CINDERELLA PANTO starring Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning British actress Hayley Mills making her panto debut as the Fairy Godmother, with Olivier award winner Matthew Kelly as one half of the Ugly Sisters. Matthew will be joined by his son, actor Matthew Rixon. Joining this incredible line-up is CBeebies presenter Chris Jarvis who is back in the role of Buttons.

"This magical rags to riches story will feature, sumptuous sets, gorgeous fairytale costumes, real Shetland ponies, fantastic song and dance numbers, magic and bags of audience participation. Fun and laughter is guaranteed for the whole family."

December 4 to January 10, 2016 at the Richmond Theatre in London.

PYLADE by Pier Paolo Pasolini. English Translation Adam Paolozza and Coleen MacPherson.

Directed by Ivica Buljan.

Ivica Buljan, acclaimed Croatian director, collaborates with La MaMa’s legendary repertory company, Great Jones Rep and leading Slovenian National Theatre actor, Marko Mandi, in the U.S. Premiere of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Pylade. Based on the Oresteia, this contemporary interpretation of the Greek myth is a poetic, tragic meditation on democracy, consumerism and the struggle for real social change.

Great Jones Repertory Company Performers: Eugene the Poogene, Maura Donahue, Cary Gant, John Gutierrez, Valois Mickens, Tunde Sho, Mia Yoo and Perry Yung.

Special Guest Artist Marko Mandic.

Assistant Director Arthur Adair. Music Composer Michael Sirotta. Additional Music Yukio Tsuji and Heather Paauwe. Light Designer Mike Riggs. Costume Designer Ana Savic Gecan. Company Coach George Drance. Dramaturg Zishan Ugurlu. Stage Manager Zulivet Diaz.

Presented by La MaMa, Pylade has performances December 3 - December 18, 2015 at the The Ellen Stewart Theatre, NYC.

ONCE UPON A MATTRESS Music by Mary Rodgers; Lyrics by Marshall Barer. Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer.

Directed by Jack Cummings III.

The classic musical’s first off-Broadway revival stars Jackie Hoffman and John “Lypsinka” Epperson.

Featuring Jessica Fontana as Lady Larken, David Greenspan as The King, Hunter Ryan Herdlicka as The Minstrel, Cory Lingner as The Jester, Zak Resnick as Sir Harry, Jay Rogers as The Wizard, and Jason SweetTooth Williams as Prince Dauntless, with Vivienne Cleary, Richard Costa, Michael De Souza, Tim Dolan, Jack Donahue, Amy Griffin, Sarah Killough, Kristen Michelle, Ali Reed, and Doug Shapiro.

During a kingdom-wide search to find a princess fit for the hapless Prince Dauntless, in swims the less-than-regal Princess Winnifred the Woebegone (Hoffman). Unrefined and undeniably charming, Winnifred is like no princess Dauntless has ever seen and his heart is captured. The truly terrible Queen Aggravain (Epperson) goes on a mission to come between her son and his soul mate in this retelling of the classic story of The Princess and the Pea. This is a Happily-Ever-After like no other.

Scenic design by Sandra Goldmark. Lighting design by R. Lee Kennedy. Costume design by Kathryn Rohe. Sound design by Walter Trarbach. Musical staging and choreography by Scott Rink. Musical direction by Matt Castle. New orchestrations by Frank Galgano and Matt Castle. Casting by Nora Brennan Casting. Live drawings by Ken Fallin.

Performances through January 3, 2015 at at Abrons Arts Center, NYC.


STEVE TYRELL entertains December 1 - January 2, 2016 at the Cafe Carlyle in New York City. No shows December 2 and on Christmas.

JOSH GROBAN is still across the pond, appearing Tuesday, December 1 at Eventim Apollo in London. Wednesday's show is at the Zenith in Paris.

ARIANA GRANDE appears Thursday, December 3 at du Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE, On Saturday she is part of the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at the 03 in London.

ELLIE GOULDING is in a Jingle Ball mood this week. On Tuesday, December 1, she appears at the 106.2 KISS-FM Jingle Ball at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. On Friday it's the KIIS FM Jingle Ball at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Next Sunday, December 6, she performs at the Capital FM Jingle Bell Ball at the 02 in London.

MADONNA has two, two night gigs this week. The first opens Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the 02 in London. On Saturday she begins her stand at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

JENNIFER NETTLES performs December 3, 2015 at the House of Blues in Dallas, TX. On Friday she's in the spotlight at the Riverdome at the Horseshoe in Bossier City, LA. Saturday finds her at the Majestic in San Antonio, Texas.


DAVID CANARY five time Emmy Award winner for his role as twin brothers on All My Children died of natural causes on November 16, 2015 at his home at The Greens at Cannondale in Wilton, Connecticut. He was 77.

His acting career began at the University of Cincinnati, where he developed a passion for performing. Canary trained as a singer at the school and graduated with a degree in music. The Denver Broncos offered him a chance to play pro football, but instead he opted to head to New York City to become an actor.

Canary appeared on Broadway with Colleen Dewhurst in Great Day In The Morning and with Geraldine Page in Tennessee Williams' Clothes For A Summer Horse. He did numerous musical/stage roles in shows such as Kismet, Man Of La Mancha, and The Fantastics, as well as dramatic performances in The Seagull and Macbeth.

In 2004, he appeared as mathematical genius Robert in a well-reviewed production of David Auburn's Proof in Canton, Ohio, near his hometown of Massillon. It was announced in March 2012 that he would replace the ailing ninety-year-old Jack Klugman in a limited-run production of Twelve Angry Men in New Brunswick, New Jersey taking place that month.

It was on television that he acquired his greatest fame. On New Year's Eve 1983, he joined the cast of All My Children in the role of the cunning Adam Chandler. He earned five Emmy Awards.

“For more than two decades David Canary defined daytime drama on ABC,” the network wrote in a statement last Tuesday. “Our hearts go out to his family and we mourn his passing.”

Canary remained on the show until 2011.

He was extremely active in Winton, Connecticut events including performing in a production of Love Letters to benefit A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton and emceeing and singing in the Wilton Kiwanis Club’s annual holiday concert. He was also an active volunteer with the Friends of Wilton Library.

His obituary printed in the Wilton Bulletin reported that "he sang with the Wilton Singers and was a fan of the Wilton Children’s Theater, crediting the theater and its alumni during a 2001 speech for “accolades bestowed upon the high school’s drama department” the previous year, when the department was recognized as having one of the top acting programs in the country.

"Canary performed Clarence Darrow: A One-Man Show at the Wilton High School Little Theater in 2001 to raise money for Wilton Library and served as master of ceremonies of ABC of Wilton’s 2006 Food for the Soul benefit concert."

Canary is survived by his second wife, Maureen Maloney, his son Christopher and his wife, Amy, of Philadelphia; his daughter Kathryn and her fiancé, John Rotheimer, of New York City; his grandson, Donovan Canary, of Philadelphia. He is also survived by his brother John and wife Paula of New York City. He was predeceased by his brother, Glenn, in 2008.

CYNTHIA ROBINSON trumpet player and original member of the seminal psychedelic-funk-soul group Sly and the Family Stone, died from cancer at her daughter's home on Monday, November 23, 2015 in Carmichael, Calif. She was 71.

In addition to playing the trumpets,. Robinson was part of the vocals. At the beginning of Dance to the Music, the group’s first hit, she can be heard shouting, “Get on up and dance to the music!” and she is part of the punchy “hey, hey, hey” chorus in I Want to Take You Higher.

With the rest of the band, Robinson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

She also played with the funk band Graham Central Station, led by her cousin and fellow Family Stone member Larry Graham, and worked with George Clinton and Prince. In 2006, she began playing with a new version of the Family Stone, which included two of the band’s original members, the saxophonist Mr. Martini and the drummer Greg Errico, as well as her daughter with Mr. Stone, Sylvette Phunne Robinson, also known as Phunne Stone. She and her daughter sang lead vocals on Do Yo Dance, a single released by the group this past summer. Survivors also include another daughter, Laura Marie Robinson, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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