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Astoria Characters: The Gal of Grand Gestures

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.08.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's too hard to sit still, and there's no point to it. Life equals kinetic energy, which is why Verunka Vlkova-Fierro plugs in the 6-foot-long sign as soon as she makes her entrance into the living room.

Some Girls Can Sing, Some Girls Can Dance. Then There's Marcy Richardson.

Mara White | Posted 12.16.2015 | Arts
Mara White

Performer Marcy Richardson is a professional and award wining opera singer, acrobatic pole dancer and aerialist. She is currently performing in Company XIV's Nutcracker Rouge and can be seen six nights a week at the Minetta Lane Theater.

This Uber Driver Knows How To Entertain His Passengers

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 04.30.2015 | Good News

In this car, Pavarotti would play second fiddle to the driver. Jeff Sullivan captured this video of his Uber driver beautifully belting out some op...

Met Opera: Olga Peretyatko Shines in Bellini's "I Puritani"

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.18.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The Metropolitan Opera returned its vintage production of Bellini's I Puritani to the stage last night and the fast-rising Russian soprano Olga Perety...

This 9-Year-Old Is About To Become Very Famous

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 02.24.2014 | Parents

When 9-year-old Amira Willighagen from Nijmegen stepped onto the "Holland's Got Talent" stage, no one was expecting such a big voice to come out of su...

Astoria Characters: The Cookie Lady

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 09.29.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"I get an extreme sense of joy from the act of baking and sharing that," says Renee, who details her sweet goodie-bag giveaways in her blog, "Single Girl Cookies." "My cookies make me happy, and they put smiles on people's faces. It's a homey thing for me, and it brings back the idea of a small town."

All About Eve?

Susanne Mentzer | Posted 06.12.2013 | Arts
Susanne Mentzer

I think covers have nerves of steel and a particular make up that allows them to work in high adrenaline situations. They need to be present but unobtrusive at rehearsals for the main cast.

Astoria Characters: The Triumphant Tenor

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.07.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"We all have many different voices," he says. "The voice is such an amazing instrument that I feel like a mad scientist who does different things with it. Like a painter, I try different colors out. It gives me joy every day of my life."

Astoria Characters: The Woman in the Window

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 04.01.2012 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Emily Zhang's story begins in Tianjin, an enormous city in northern China. The house was always filled with music, and, early on, Emily decided that she wanted to scale the scales, too.

Astoria Characters: The Svelte Soprano

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.18.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Even when she's not on stage, Jenny, a Valkyrie whose waves of golden ringlets cascade down her shoulders, has quite a stage presence. Runway-model slim, she stands nearly six feet tall in her flat gold sandals.