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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Today we find out the true meaning of hospitality with Jacob Tomsky, who spent more than a decade working in the hotel industry and reveals some insider secrets about the passive-aggressive techniques that might be used during your stay. Actors Brian D’Arcy James and Kate Baldwin and composer and lyricist Michael John LaChiusa talk about the new musical “Giant.” Michael Feinstein, who knew Ira Gershwin well, looks back at the lives and legacies of the Gershwin brothers through 12 of their songs. And a new look at ancient Roman politician Cato, and how his principled stand against Caesar has been remembered through the ages.

Hotel Hospitality

Jacob Tomsky reveals what goes on behind the scenes of the multi-billion-dollar hotel industry. He’s worked in “hospitality” for more than a decade, doing everything from supervising the housekeeping department to manning the front desk at an upscale Manhattan hotel, and his book Heads in Beds is an irreverent chronicle of the highs and lows of hotel life. He also shares his insider’s advice on how to get the best service!

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"Giant" at The Public

Michael John LaChiusa, who did the music and lyrics for “Giant,” the new musical based on the classic novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edna Ferber, talks about the production, along with Brian D'Arcy James, who stars as Bick, and Kate Baldwin, who stars as Leslie. “Giant” is playing at the Public Theater through December 16.

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Michael Feinstein and the Gershwins

Michael Feinstein gives an account of the lives and legacies of the Gershwins—told through stories of twelve of their greatest songs and accompanied by an original CD of those songs, performed by Feinstein. The Gershwins and Me: A Personal History in Twelve Songs shares stories from the music that defined American popular song, along with rare Gershwin memorabilia he’s collected through the years. Michael Feinstein is also performing “A Gershwin Holiday” at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency November 27-December 22.

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The Life and Legacy of Cato

Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni tell the history of Marcus Porcius Cato, the last man standing when Rome’s Republic fell to tyranny. Their biography, Rome’s Last Citizen: The Life and Legacy of Cato, Mortal Enemy of Caesar, resonates deeply with our own turbulent times. Cato grappled with terrorists, a debt crisis, endemic political corruption, and a huge gulf between the elites and those they governed.

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