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Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia, the executive chef at popular Bronx-based Latin restaurant Babalu, recently paid a visit to Good Day New York, where he shared some of Babalu’s most popular dishes with Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto. Chef Garcia prepared Babalu’s famous seafood ceviche live on the show, demonstrating a perfect dish for hot summer nights. He also brought along plates of arroz con pollo, paella, patacones and tortilla chips with Babalu’s three signature sauces: piquillo mojo, ajillo and charred tomato salsa. To see the full video, visit vimeo.com/100776521 and to taste all of this delicious food for yourself, visitwww.babalubx.com and make a reservation today.

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Michelle Loeb



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On Saturday July 19, the Cristian Rivera Foundation hosted its first Freestyle Flashback Benefit Boatride in New York City on the world-famous Circle Line. The crowd danced to music from some of freestyle’s most famous divas, Lisette Melendez and Fascination, and enjoyed sets from two of New York City’s hottest DJs, DJ Big Paul and The Remix King DJ Tedsmooth, a Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member. Among those in attendance were Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera and many of Tedsmooth’s fellow Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Members, including Steve Cox, Aldo Marin, Carlos Colon, Vito Bruno, Dennis Rodriguez and Nirav Patel. Acclaimed artist Pisu was also onboard the Circle Line cruise, where he painted an amazing work of art live at the event. The completed work was then sold in a silent auction to help raise money for the Cristian Rivera Foundation to help fund important research into the cure for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Committee Member Nirav Patel was the lucky winner, no doubt making him the envy of all his fellow passengers. Everyone on the boat had such a great time that plans are in the works to make the Cristian Rivera Foundation Freestyle Flashback Benefit Boatride an annual event.

To view photos from the event, visit www.cristianriverafoundation.org and click on the Gallery tab.

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Michelle Loeb



It’s expected to be the wedding of the year when sworn bachelor George Clooney marries his fiancee, high-powered London attorney Amal Alamuddin, but rumor has it there’s one person who’s not terribly excited about their upcoming nuptuals–Alamuddin’s mother, Baria. A family friend told Britain’s Daily Mail that Baria is disappointed that her Beruit-born daughter is marrying outside of  her religion. “She has been telling half of Beirut, in fact anyone that will listen, there are five hundred thousand Druze. Are none of them good enough for her?,” said the source. According to Druze rules and culture, Alamuddin will no longer be considered part of the religion once she marries an outsider. While her mother wonders is Alamuddin could “do better,“ clearly she is willing to pay that price to snag the world’s most eligible bachelor. 

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Michelle Loeb



The Details on Clooney’s Proposal

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The entertainment world is still in shock after news that “Gravity” star George Clooney got engaged to British human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. So how did Hollywood’s hottest bachelor pop the question? According to People Magazine, he got down on one knee and presented Alamuddin with an “ethically mined seven-carat, emerald-cut diamond” that the 52-year-old actor handpicked himself. He even had input on the platinum-set design, which featured two baguettes on each side of the main stone. How romantic! Alamuddin was seen showing off the ring at dinner last week and rumor has it the pair could be married as soon as September. As friends of Clooney told the magazine, “Amal seems to be the best fit for him he’s ever had in a partner.”

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The entertainment world was rocked when Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband of 10 years, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, announced their “conscious uncoupling” on Gwyneth’s lifestyle blog, GOOP. While it may have seemed shocking to all of us fans, a new People Magazine article says that for those who knew the couple, their split hardly came at the “Speed of Sound.” “They were physically separated and emotionally,” a source told the magazine, claiming that the superstar couple had an “open” marriage. “If Chris was playing around, Gwyneth didn’t care.” It certainly sounds like both parties were doing their share of playing. While Gwyneth is rumored to have kept company with many rich suitors–including attorney Kevin Yorn and billionaire Jeffrey Soffer–Chris’ little black book is supposedly filled with such famous names as Kate Bosworth, Helena Christensen and Kate Hudson. Added another source, “The writing was all over the walls. I’m surprised it took this long.”


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Michelle Loeb

On Monday January 6, Teatro SEA, New York’s only Latino children’s theater, celebrated Three Kings Day with a special event. Children were invited to the theater on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to meet the three kings and receive a special gift. The three kings were portrayed by Cristian Rivera Foundation founder John “Gungie” Rivera, who played Balthazar; Telemundo 47 journalist Allan Villafana, who played Gaspar; and Teatro SEA founder and Cristian Rivera Foundation Committee Member Dr. Manuel A. Moran, who played Melchor. 
“I was honored to play one of the three kings,” said Rivera. “I was really emotional as we handed out the toys. It was especially moving when I saw sick or handicapped children, because that really hit close to home.” The event was a great success and in the end, approximately 3,000 toys were distributed . Added Rivera, “I want to give special praise to Dr. Manuel A. Moran for this amazing event. The work he does is truly outstanding.”
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Michelle Loeb


The Society of the Educational Arts (SEA) is hosting the 8th Annual BORIMIX: Puerto Rico Fest, a celebration of Puerto Rican heritage, arts and culture. The free event kicks off with the 2013 Buildinguai Arts Celebration on Thursday November 14 at The Clemente on 107 Suffolk Street in Manhattan. That night, BORIMIX will debut two art exhibits—Posters on the Wall: Our Nuyorican Story, which illustrates the rich and diverse work of Puerto Rican artists, and Mural Grooves, which includes five indoor murals that commemorates the life and work of Puerto Rican music composer Rafael Hernández—as well as feature musical performances from Nico y su Combo, Sery Colón and Afro Brazil Arts. The night will also include the BORIMIX Awards Ceremony, which spotlights leaders in the Puerto Rican community. Included among this year’s recipients is John ”Gungie“ Rivera, who is accepting the award for his amazing and inspiring with the Cristian Rivera Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that has raised more than $400,000 to help fund research into curing a rare pediatric brainstem tumor called DIPG.

JellyBean Birthday Bash

Legendary DJ/Producer John “Jellybean” Benitez is celebrating his birthday with a special performance at Babalu Latin Restaurant on Saturday November 9. The four-time Grammy winner, famous for DJing at Fun House, Studio 54 and more, will be spinning hits from the 80s, 90s and today. Doors open at 11 and admission is free all night long for everyone on the guest list. Celebrate the birthday of one of music’s true living legends with $100 specials on liters of Grey Goose and al flavors of Ciroc until 1 AM. Plus, everyone on the guest list receives a complimentary drink ticket and a $25 Babalu Dinner Gift Card between 11pm and Midnight. All guests must be 25 and over. To get on the guest list, visit www.babalubx.com.

This Sunday October 13 marks the highly-anticipated live debut of Habana EnTrance featuring violinist Tatiana Ferrer, the founder of String Bembe. The six-piece band was formed in 2004 by award-winning musical director, singer, pianist and composer Dayramir Gonzalez. Habana EnTrance has performed at the Zaragoza Jazz Festival in Spain, alongside such well-known musucians as Dominican pianist Michel Camilo, jazz bass legend Ron Carter, Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias and Harry Connick Jr. New York venue SOB’s (Sounds of Brazil) is hosting this exciting live event, which is being filmed by BronxNet. The event begins at 8pm, with doors opening at 6:30. To purchase $25 tickets, please visit http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3857594&pl=sobs.


Mark your calendars: the Fifth Annual Cristian Rivera Foundation Celebrity Gala is officially scheduled for Monday September 30. The gala will once again be a star-studded affair held at the Copacabana Supper Club and Event Space in the heart of Times Square. Guests will enjoy dinner prepared by Celebrity Chef Alex Garcia and a cocktail hour on the Copacabana’s beautiful indoor/outdoor roof deck. We will also once again offer our exciting live and silent auctions with a selection one-of-a-kind experiences and memorabilia. All proceeds from auction sales and ticket sales will directly benefit the research of Dr. Oren Becher of Duke University and Dr. Mark Souweidane of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Weill Cornell Medical College as they work tirelessly to find a cure for DIPG.

More details will be released soon, including how you can purchase tickets so be sure to check this website often, as well as follow us on Twitter @tweetCRF and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cristianriverafoundation to stay on top of all the latest news and updates.


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