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Angelo Sosa: Better than Ever Post Top Chef

Angelo Sosa: Better than Ever Post Top Chef

  ‘Cocky,’ ‘creepy,’ ‘villain’ – these are just a few examples of the labels given on Top Chef blogs and fansites to two time contestant Aneglo Sosa. Despite losing in the finals on season 7 and again on Top Chef: All Stars, the former reality star is doing well for […]

 
 

Sudhir Kandula Spices Up Reality TV

Sudhir Kandula Spices Up Reality TV

When Sudhir Kandula came in second place on the reality show America’s Next Great Restaurant for his Indian food concept “Tiffin Box” he was not fazed. Kandula decided to enter the reality show because his idea for a fast casual Indian restaurant (think Chipotle, Panera Bread and Le Pain Quotidien) […]

 
 

Who is Jason Christopher Peters?

Who is Jason Christopher Peters?

It was February 2008, and then-25-year-old Jason Christopher Peters felt like a prisoner. As a finalist for the competition reality show “Stylista,” he had been sequestered in a Los Angeles hotel with no phone, no computer, and no one to talk to except CW Television Network casting agents and producers […]

 
 

Maya Luz: After Her Chance of a Lifetime

Maya Luz: After Her Chance of a Lifetime

In the ten seasons of “Project Runway” only three contestants have left the reality TV show voluntarily. Their usual parting is indicated with judge Heid Klum asserting a “you’re out” followed by her warm familiar German send-off “Auf Wiedersehen.” However, instead of waiting for Klum and the rest of the […]

 
 

Tara Dowdell: Reality TV’s Voice of Reason

Tara Dowdell: Reality TV’s Voice of Reason

  Eight years ago, real estate tycoon Donald Trump immortalized two stinging words on his hit NBC reality television series. “You’re fired!” Since then, dozens of candidates have withered away under the weight of those words as they schemed their way through the grueling, 16-week job interview that is “The […]

 
 

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna: Competing to Win

Formula 1 Driver Ayrton Senna: Competing to Win

In the fast-paced, glamorous world of Formula One racing, many fans consider Ayrton Senna the greatest driver who has ever lived, pointing to his raw talent, record-setting speed, and passion for racing. Fighting the sport’s politics and acknowledging that an F1 car is a coffin with gasoline, he didn’t quit—until […]

 
 

Why Sinatra Endures

Why Sinatra Endures

  The 50’s was a decade of fatalism, a time when the United States was facing a great enemy in the Soviet Union, when America had to readjust its soldiers coming back, and when it seemed like life could be wiped away by the atomic bomb. Yet the 50’s also […]

 
 

F. Scott and Zelda: The Original “It” Couple

F. Scott and Zelda: The Original “It” Couple

By Jamie Friedlander Almost every 9th grader in the country knows the name F. Scott Fitzgerald for the required-reading, American-Dream centered novel “The Great Gatsby.” In the 1920s, however, he was famous for other reasons: His alcoholism. His jazz age indulgences. And most notably, his marriage to Zelda Sayers. Through […]

 
 

Pavement Performance

Pavement Performance

An inside look at some of New York City’s most ignored (yet talented) performers. By Krista Golia The A train rattles into the subway station coming to an ear-splitting stop. A hoard of New Yorkers push and shove, trying to find a vacancy on the not-so-comfortable tangerine-colored seats. They don’t […]

 
 

The Downtown Experiments

The Downtown Experiments

Downtown Theater and the People Who Make It By: Ariana DiLorenzo Five “pilgrims” stand at the back of the stage in a loft- like space in lower Manhattan. They slowly march forward, their feet stomping to create a beat and singing a hymn with the feel of “Wade in the […]