“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years” – Thomas Wolfe
A city this alive is abundant in what to do. This page is devoted to finding something a little different in the Big Apple.
Seminar on Broadway
Now through April 1: Alan Rickman | April 3rd and on: Jeff Goldblum (8 weeks only)
They came for a class in writing. They got a lesson in survival.
One Knockout comedy. Two knockout stars. SEMINAR is the provocative new comedy from Pulitzer Prize nominee THERESA REBECK (Mauritius), directed by Obie Award winner SAM GOLD (Circle Mirror Transformation). International stage and screen star ALAN RICKMAN (Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the ‘ Harry Potter film series) returns to the Broadway stage for the first time since his Tony® nominated turn in Private Lives. Joining him in the cast are Tony® nominee LILY RABE (The Merchant of Venice), Drama Desk nominee HAMISH LINKLATER (Twelfth Night, The New Adventures of Old Christine), JERRY O’CONNELL (Jerry Maguire, Stand By Me) and HETTIENNE PARK (Tony Kushner’s The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide…).
Golden Theatre | 252 W. 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. | New York
Peter and the Starcatcher on Broadway
Starts March 28, 2012
Rick Elice, co-writer of the Tony Award-winning Jersey Boys and The Addams Family, along with actor-director-author Roger Rees, probably best known for his Tony Award-winning performance in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, and Drama Desk and OBIE Award-winning director Alex Timbers, founder and artistic director of les Freres Corbusier and director of the highly-acclaimed production of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, have created an imaginative new play based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatchers. In it, a company of 12 actors play some 50 characters on a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter become The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up?
While Peter and the Starcatcher is not considered a children’s show, it is appropriate for young adults 8 years and older. Children under the age of 5 will not be permitted into the theatre.
New York Theatre Workshop | 79 East Fourth Street | New York, NY 10003 U.S.A
Inspired Word Poetry
Tuesday | Thursday, 2012
Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word.
Venues Change but for ALL Updated information on Open Mic Nights and Special Performances, visit:
One and One (downstairs Nexus Lounge) | 76 East 1st Street (corner of 1st Avenue) | Manhattan, NY
Fab New Bar – Experimental Cocktail Club
Chrystie Street’s Experimental Cocktail Club is the brainchild of three French friends with tastes for well-made drinks and Belle Époque nostalgia. Following the success of their Paris and London locations, the trio’s New York outpost is modeled after Manhattan classics like the Monkey Bar and Bemelmans.
The crowd skews young, but the Club is a throwback to old New York with pressed-tin ceilings, bartenders clad in suspenders and a selection of extremely aged libations from the 1960s. Gin drinkers should try the Experience No. 2, a citrusy martini made with lemon juice and basil ($14); gents will like the Kelpie’s Julep ($14), a spicy-smoky concoction made with cocoa-nib-steeped Scotch and Sichuan-pepper syrup. If you’re thirsting for something more experimental, order the fizzy L’Américain, made with artichoke-infused vermouth, walnut-flavored Campari and carbonated thyme water.
There’s no phone number to call for reservations, but email firstname.lastname@example.org and a host will confirm your table (walk-ins are also welcome). Come for the cocktails but stay for Scotch eggs and meat-and-cheese plates from London import Fat Radish.
Bottoms up. (Thanks to PureWOW for posting this.)
Experimental Cocktail Club Lower East Side, 191 Chrystie St. (between Stanton and Rivington sts.); experimentalcocktailclubny.com
There are a plethora of Cafe’s in New York. Here is a list of some places to check out for coffee, a bite, and some NY ambiance:
The Tea Lounge |Park Slope, Brooklyn | 837 union Street
Think Coffee | West Village | 248 Mercer Street
‘Snice | West Village | 45 8th Avenue
B Cup Cafe’ |East Village | 212 Avenue B
Gorilla Coffee |Park Slope, Brooklyn | 97 5th Avenue
Cafe Ost |East Village | 441 E. 12th Street
Third Rail | West Village | 240 Sullivan Street
Abraco | East Village | 86 East 7th Street
Stumptown | Chelsea | 18 West 29th Street
Cafe Grumpy | Chelsea | 224 West 20th Street
When you want to get more playful with your food
239 W. Broadway | New York, NY 10013 | 212-219-2777
Drew Nieporent’s Montrachet, reinvented with chef Paul Liebrandt at the helm. TIPS: The very good wine list is diverse without being overblown, and fairly priced. Ideal Meal: Veal sweetbreads, wild striped bass or chicken for two, caramel brioche.
57 E. 57th Street | New York, NY 10022 | 212-829-3844
Haute cuisine of the most stylized kind: frog’s-leg croquettes, squares of bluefin tuna touched with sun-dried tomato mash, and an impressively sweet langoustine. TIPS: The place to sit is at the bar. Prix-Fixe: Eight courses, $190 | Ideal Meal: Gazpacho, sea urchin with lobster gelée, crispy langoustines, foie gras ravioli, cod fillet, hanger steak or lamb, “Le Sucre”.
50 Clinton Street | New York, NY 10002 | 212-477-2900
Wunderkind chef and LES poster boy Wylie Dufresne has finally opened his own place. Recommended Dishes: Pork belly, $28
New Dining Experiences
Yerba Buena and Oriel Wines
Yerba Buena | West Village | 1 Perry Street | New York, NY, 10014 | (212) 620-0808
Yerba Buena chef Julian Medina grew up in Mexico City watching his father and grandfather cook. New York magazine’s Gael Greene has raved about his Baja-style grouper tacos, seafood fideua, short ribs and parrillada.
Oriel Wines connects discerning wine lovers with small producers around the world, allowing access to fine vintages without the added costs of excessive middlemen.
Just this past year, several selections from Oriel Wines were awarded ratings of 90 points or higher by Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits magazines.
Infuse your evening with a little bit of Latin flavor at Yerba Buena, the restaurant famous for bringing cuisine from Chile, Peru, Mexico and other countries stateside. Yerba Buena offers dishes that range from deliciously traditional (arroz con pollo) to a bit experimental (malbec-braised short ribs with Peruvian lo mein), and Gilt City members will have the opportunity to sample them with a dinner for two, in addition to a bottle of wine with your meal from Oriel Wines.
The experience doesn’t end when you leave the restaurant: you’ll receive a $150 voucher for wine from online retailer Oriel, known for its quality small-batch, artisanal vintages sourced from small wineries around the world.
Sip, savor and enjoy—both out and about in the city and in the comfort of your own home.
Dovetail | Upper West Side | 105 West 77th Street | New York, NY, 10024 | (212) 362-3800
When Dovetail opened on the Upper West Side in early 2008, New York magazine warned its readers that “chefs of this caliber don’t cook in intimate settings for very long. Catch it while you can.”
Over three years later, the magazine’s fears have proved unwarranted. Dovetail’s owner and chef John Fraser is still serving up the inventive New American cuisine that has earned him rave reviews from even the toughest critics.
Butter | NOHO | 415 Lafayette Street | New York, NY, 10003
3-Course Dinner and Wine Pairing Per Person – $150 (Summer incurs a $35 gratuity)
- “The vaulted walls of the great windowless dining hall are clad in cedar,” writes New York mag’s Adam Platt. “At one end is a swank bar, and at the other is a lovely, translucent wall mural depicting a forest of birch trees on a summer day.”
- To accompany your succulent charcuterie plate: Foxglove Chardonnay from Edna Valley, California is sweet and refreshing. A glass of Andezon Syrah from Côtes du Rhône will go perfectly with the sumptuous heft of Creekstone Farms’ ribeye steak.
- Two of Manhattan’s most recognized nightlife impresarios, Richie Akiva and Scott Sartiano recently opened The Darby—a buzzed-about supper club in the Meatpacking District. They’re also the men behind the popular nightclub 1OAK.
Take-Home Picnic Basket at The Modern at MOMA
The Modern at MOMA | 9 West 53rd Street | New York, NY, 10019
Includes: • A take-home picnic basket for two from The Modern, featuring a menu from Chef Gabriel Kreuther (see Picnic Menu tab) • A half bottle of Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label to be enjoyed at a later date on The Modern’s Terrace between September 15 and October 15, weather permitting.
Cost $210. – Offer Valid through Summer
American Wild Sturgeon Caviar
with rice crackers and sour cream
Tomato and Almond Gazpacho
with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes and basil oil
with cherry tomatoes, fresh goat cheese and citrus dressing
Scottish Salmon Rillette
with zucchini and Kalamata bread
with pickled button mushrooms and white French bread
with shaved fennel
Buttermilk Panna Cotta
with ten flavor marmalade
Untitled at the Whitney
Untitled | 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street | New York, NY 10021 | (212) 570-3600
Danny Meyer’s new restaurant at the Whitney Museum of American Art is an exciting breakfast destination, featuring innovative coffee shop classics from Executive Chef Chris Bradley. The menu highlights favorites like pancakes, french toast and omelets, all with a farm-to-table twist.
By Subway and Bus
Brooklyn’s Williamsburg Waterfront
90 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11211
For 70 years, that alliterative name has swung in 4/4 time, marking the center of the known jazz universe to an international circle of musicians and music fans. To the uninitiated, the small club at the bottom of 15 well-trodden steps below street level may seem little more than a cramped, triangular-shaped room. But to a hip populace its where the ghosts of past jazz giants still play, where the best living jazz talent aspire to record, and where sound waves seem to reverberate in a manner unlike any other club, anywhere.
SHOW TIMES: Sets begin at 9:00pm (21:00) and 11:00pm (23:00) nightly. Doors open at 8:00pm (20:00).
Reservations are taken over the phone. Call the club at (212) 255-4037 and leave your name, the number of people in your party, the night you would like to come and which set you would like to attend. (Village Vanguard Website.)
The Vanguard is located at 178 7th Avenue South. That’s on 7th Avenue just below West 11th Street in Greenwich Village. Nearest subway: 1, 2 or 3 (local or express) at the 14th Street stop.
A little culture and Artistic Expression
The Inspired Word Presents:
Every Tuesday, Open Mic Night
One and One | 76 East 1st Street | Downstairs Nexus Lounge | New York, NY 10009
Presented by Michael Geffner’s, The Inspired Word
The Inspired Word is not just a little Poetry Jam. It is a forum for poets, songwriters, musicians, and artists to come and express their thoughts and reveal their soul without restriction. Founder, Michael Geffner, started with a simple vision to create a place that always invoked the freedom of expression. Instead of a simple vision, what he has done is create a haven for voices everywhere. If you’re in the New York area, don’t miss it. For Calendar Info, visit NYC Open Mic.
Tuesday Night NYC: Open Mic Joint w/Host Nathan P – Poetry, Comedy, Music!
Weekly Event – Every Tuesday: 6:30 PM to 10:00 PM (ET)
New York, NY:
Mike Geffner Presents The Inspired Word
For the FULL Calendar Line-up of Every Inspiring Poet/Author/Musician/Free-Speaker set to Headline, visit:
One and One | 76 East 1st Street | Downstairs Nexus Lounge | New York, NY 10009
Art and Cinema
March 05, 2012 6:30pm
Rachel Lloyd tells of her escape from the commercial sex trade in Europe, detailed in her memoir, “Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls Are Not For Sale.”
The Cooper Union | 41 Cooper Square, Lower Level 1 | New York, NY 10003
New Museum Presents – The Ungovernables
2012 New Museum Triennial
The 2012 New Museum Triennial will feature thirty-four artists, artist groups, and temporary collectives—totaling over fifty participants—born between the mid-1970s and mid-1980s, many of whom have never before exhibited in the US.
The exhibition title, “The Ungovernables,” takes its inspiration from the concept of “ungovernability” and its transformation from a pejorative term used to describe unruly “natives” to a strategy of civil disobedience and self-determination. “The Ungovernables” is meant to suggest both anarchic and organized resistance and a dark humor about the limitations and potentials of this generation.
“The Ungovernables” is an exhibition about the urgencies of a generation who came of age after the independence and revolutionary movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Through both materials and form, works included in “The Ungovernables” explore impermanence and an engagement with the present and future. Many of the works are provisional, site-specific, and performative reflecting an attitude of possibility and resourcefulness. In the sculpture of Adrián Villar Rojas, monumentality is juxtaposed with transience. Rendered in clay, the works depend on cracks on their surfaces—the inevitable failure of the object, of meaning, and the guaranteed transformation of all ideas and objects back to dust. But it is dust that is then repurposed, reimagined, and re-formed. When Danh Võ learned that the Statue of Liberty is simply a steel armature covered by a copper skin the thickness of two pennies, he researched the hammering process that gave her shape, then employed craftsmen to replicate the statue’s skin for his work WE THE PEOPLE. Julia Dault manipulates materials of modernity such as Formica and Plexiglas in temporal arrangements that can never be repeated. In her works, the artist’s labor is dependent on the conditions of a certain space, her strength to execute a work at a particular time, and the uncontrollable accidents her materials determine. House of Natural Fiber, a new media collective and alternative space, has recently combined microbiology and art to teach locals about safe ways to brew homemade fruit wine while amplifying and sampling the sounds of the distillation process to make electronic music. Jonathas de Andrade’s Ressaca Tropical (Tropical Hangover) is an installation of over one hundred photographs linked to pages of a romantic diary found in the trash. In isolation, the components of Ressaca are historical documents. However, pieced together, they comprise a larger fiction of what a city is and can be—how the past can remain alive, not through conservation, but instead through the invisible energy of living.
New Museum | 235 Bowery | New York, NY 10002 | 212.219.1222
New Museum Presents -
New Museum Theater
A constellation of episodic projects and spontaneous interventions in spaces throughout the New Museum.
Brian Bress: Status Report
On view in the New Museum Theater; dates and times subject to change
This exhibition, the latest presentation in the New Museum’s ‘Stowaways’ series, will be the New York premier of Brian Bress’s Status Report (2009). In Bress’s low-tech video, humorous characters, all played by the artist, struggle with interpersonal relationships, the pursuit of intended goals, and the desire to communicate. Manipulating pictorial and sculptural conventions through fantastically hand-crafted sets and costumes that combine drawing, painting, and collage, Bress creates a disjunctive world where spaces of imagination and representation compete for equal footing. Brian Bress (b. 1975) lives and works in Los Angeles. His videos have been shown at ICA, Philadelphia; LAX Art, Los Angeles; Diverse Works, Houston; University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa; and Parrish Art Museum, South Hampton. His work was included in the comprehensive survey exhibition “California Video: Artists and Histories” presented at the Getty Museum in 2008. This is Bress’s first New York museum presentation.
“Brian Bress: Status Report” is organized by Jenny Moore, Assistant Curator.