In November, I went to a birthday party at Duet 53—a karaoke spot in Midtown. It had been a few years since I last took to the mic, so I was a little nervous. My past karaoke experiences have gone one of two ways: novice singers have to stand on an intimidating stage in a crowded bar, or everyone has to sit around a table and pass the mic—meaning, everyone has to participate.
George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™ has been a staple of the New York holiday season for more than 50 years. One of the most distinct memories I have of my first year living in the city was seeing this venerable production at Lincoln Center, performed by the New York City Ballet. It truly was a magical experience.
Elf the Musical is the perfect kid-friendly Broadway play for the holiday season. The cheery musical is based on the 2003 Will Ferrell movie of same name, but cuts out much of the adult humor that gave the film a PG rating. When my friend and I went to a performance a few weeks ago, I could see from the excitement on the faces of the children in the audience how much those under 10 enjoyed the cute songs and childish jokes.
A few weeks ago, I saw Dead Accounts—the new Broadway play starring Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Holmes, Judy Greer, Josh Hamilton and Jayne Houdyshell. I went to a press event for the play in October and the bit of information provided—I knew it was set in Ohio and involved some sort of financial dispute—left me curious about the show.
I’m a little bit of a comedy nerd. I’m not very funny, but I can appreciate the hilarity of other people. In college, a classmate wanted to try improv and I tagged along to The People’s Improv Theater (better known as The PIT) for one of their free improv jam nights.
In 1992, I was nine years old. I don’t know too many kids today with a great memory, and back then I was no exception. However, the one thing I recall vividly is “Achy Breaky Heart” playing on what seemed like a constant loop on the radio. A few years later, I even line danced to it during middle school dances.
Tonight and Saturday, head to The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, for a night of blues with Grammy®-winning guitarist and vocalist Alvin Youngblood Hart. Fellow guitarist Corey Harris and harmonica player Phil Wiggins will join Hart for two nights of acoustic blues.
The holidays are just around the corner, and pretty much everyone has their share of favorite holiday songs and movies. I must admit, I didn’t grow up watching A Christmas Story, but I did see it for the first time a few years ago and now understand why it’s such a classic.
This past Friday, I was invited to attend a dinner and show at 54 Below—a new cabaret/restaurant in Midtown. Have you ever seen the movie Midnight in Paris? In the Woody Allen film, a 21st-century, disenchanted writer takes long walks around Paris at midnight and is instantly transported into the 1920s—the City of Light’s romantic golden age.
Last night, I went to an event at Zarin Fabrics—a staple of the designer fabric game since 1936. I have to say, the space is huge, with a showroom displaying cozy couches on the ground floor, a large room filled with rows and rows of fabric on the second floor—think everything from delicate lace and bright floral prints to rich velvet and leather—and a space for hardware in the basement.