I find my thrill, checking out those fine officers in town for Fleet Week. I salute you! The parade of ships commences Wednesday, May 26 and there are public ship tours everyday through Memorial Day. Three years ago, I met a young sailor and got a tour of a ship, and I learned an important lesson. Don’t wear flip-flops when touring a naval ship; it could be potentially embarrassing!
The Loser’s Lounge is doing a tribute at the Fez Café to one of my favorite artists, Prince. They will sing Prince hits not the “symbol” tunes. I am super excited! I think I will be there this weekend waving my hands while singing along to “Purple Rain” and asking where’s my lighter, dude? I am so there!
Strawberry Letter 23
Emails are nice because they are fast and easy. Since it’s summer why not slow down and take a minute to write a letter to a long-distance friend or family member. You could use loose-leaf paper, but it’s nice to have special stationery like the stuff I found at Iomoi. They have a pretty selection of designs for note cards and invitations. Plus, they even have cute e-stationery for those special occasions like a quick thank-you to a friend for that tip on the Fire Island share!
Strawberry Fields Forever
On any given day, you can lounge on the lawn and people watch at Central Park, but that’s so boring. (Yawn!) There are so many lovely green spaces all over the city. There’s Hudson River, Riverside, Prospect and Fort Tryon Park, to name a few. Find out what’s happening this summer at http://www.nycgovparks.org/.
The funniest chicks in NYC are coming to the Laugh Lounge this Tuesday, June 1 at 8PM for my Chicks and Giggles show. It’s going to be a hilarious with the talented Michelle Maclay of Comedy Social as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Comediennes that are performing include Ana Carolina, Gayle Crispin, Jessy Delfino, Maux Kelly, Ellen Lloyd, Laura Mannino, Fiona Walsh and extra special guest who you may have seen on TV! Call the Laugh Lounge (151 Essex St) today for reservations.
Chicks and Giggles .
I snook in and got the last contested spot for the “Ladies First” produced by WYSIWYG Talent Show on Tuesday May 18 at P.S. 122. It’s a reading of female bloggers and I am a big supporter of female productions, hence my Chicks and Giggles show. I had never heard of WYSIWYG before, but I got a flyer when I was at the Blogger Event at the Apple Store last week. So I have been working on my piece for the past week, and it has been so much fun/torture. I will probably revise it at least ten times before it’s done so here’s a spicy excerpt.
[I sensed that an orgasm was on the horizon, so I went through my to-do list in my head, titled “How to Come”. If I follow the list to the letter, two wonderful things happen, I am rendered totally relaxed and satisfied and hopefully you won’t ask me the stupidest even uttered out of a man’s mouth post-coital, “Did you come?”]
One Way Or Another
According to Finn, “It’s good to have choices”. So Thursday is a good night to test that theory. This Thursday, May 13, Philadelphia’s funky and fabulous punk band, Stiffed, will be playing at Sin-e (148-150 Attorney St.) at 8PM. And my favorites, The Lascivious Biddies will be playing at Pianos on Ludlow St.
No One In The World
The craziness of the war in Iraq, the prisoner abuse and the atrocities of terrorism are stark examples that the world right now has some major issues. The world needs a big hug, and what better place to find it is at Washington Square Park where there’s a guy hugging strangers just for the hell of it!
Lava Gina, a luscious world music lounge, is having a fabulous concert on Saturday May 15 with recording artists Nefertite Jones and Ellis Hooks! Soul sensation Ellis Hooks has just released his latest album, “Uncomplicated”. 116 Avenue C between 7th and 8th Streets.
Spend Sunday evening in SoHo! My lovely friend Signe Grant is hosting a party this Sunday, May 16, at 203 Spring St from 7-11PM. The party is a fundraiser for an upcoming theatre project (an adaptation of Mallarme’s “A Throw Of The Dice”). The price is $20 and there’s a premium open bar featuring Absolut Vodka. 42 Below Vodka and Eagle Run Bourbon. Plus there will be a D.J. and raffle prizes. Yay! 203 Spring St is a very cool and comfy bar and lounge located at the corner of Spring and Sullivan Streets.
One More Chance
Do I have to threaten to move to Paris for you to come out on a weeknight?! I didn’t see many familiar faces at last night’s “Chicks and Giggles” which was the first comedy show I ever produced. I’m not trying to make you feel guilty, but this was a HUGE night for me, and I would have loved seeing your shiny, happy faces at the Laugh Lounge! The upside is that the event was a smashing success, and I’m doing it again Tuesday, June 1! Mark your calendars and put it in your Blackberry because it’s gonna be a great show. Be there! Call 212.614.2500 for reservations. Thanks a million!
Last week, I went to a totally fun show, an off-Broadway musical comedy called “The Joys of Sex”. It’s cute, fun and a little risqué! My friend Melissa Levis wrote the lyrics and book, and I can honestly say I would see it again. Critics may call it “Sex and the City” set to music, but I just think it’s a great show and at 90 minutes, you can bring your A.D.D.-challenged friends and they will enjoy it too! The “Joys of Sex” is in previews now at the Variety Arts Theatre (110 Third Avenue) and will open May 12.
CC Railroad, an urban folk band, is having a CD Release party to celebrate the release of their latest CD, “Black Horse Motel” on Tuesday, May 11 at the venerable Bitter End 147 Bleecker Street
(between Thompson and LaGuardia). The music starts at 8:30 PM. Cover is $5.
Come party with Carolann, Cheryl, Ryder and Rich!
Check out their website: CC Railroad.
What’s Love Got to Do With It?
Don’t just send your lovely mother flowers for Mother’s Day! Do it right and take your MOM to the Brooklyn Botanical Garden this weekend. Enjoy the lovely cherry blossoms and lilacs in bloom. Admission is only $5. She’ll love you for it!
Oh What A World
It’s ALIVE! The movie “Godzilla” is playing at the Film Forum (209 West Houston) starting Friday May 7 for only two weeks. It’s the original uncut Japanese version, so go see this classic flick. This is the kind of movie that popcorn was made for!
So What You Want
Two of my favorite things, sweets and books come together this Saturday at Dylan Candy Bar at 2:00PM. There will be a book signing of “Candy Freak”, the new book by author Steve Almond. “Candyfreak” chronicles the author’s lifelong quest for the perfect chocolate candy. If this book is as good as Almond’s last book, “My Life in Heavy Metal”, then readers are definitely in for a treat
What I Got
I have got a great lineup of funny girls who will be performing comedy on Tuesday, May 11 at the Laugh Lounge 151 Essex St). The “Chicks and Giggles” show will feature Ellen Lloyd, Carolyn Castiglia, Jeannie Dean, Liz Maher, Abby Rosin, Jenny Rubin , Tasha Space and Jill Twiss. Get there at 8PM, cover is $8 with 2-drink minimum. Come on down and laugh!
What’s The 411?
Reading blogs are a surefire way to reduce your productivity at work by 40%. Who wants to work that hard anyway?! To find out the latest posts from your favorite blogs including mine, instead of surfing all over the net, you can simply subscribe to Kinja where you can find them all in one spot. It’s like one-stop shopping for the blog readers. You can read what I like to read by checking my digest. Now that’s what I call efficient.
Last night, I was among the superstars of blogging at the NY Blogger Event at the Apple Store (103 Prince St). There was an interesting and informative panel discussion that featured Nick Denton, Jason Calacanis, Choire Sicha, Lockhart Steele, Jen Chung and blog-famous others. When I looked around the crowd and noticed how intensely the audience was paying attention to the speakers, I realized that I am a geek like the rest of them! Afterward, the crowd converged at Merc Bar and I tossed back a few beers with the creator of Dodgeball, a new service which is like Friendster meets Vindigo on a mobile phone. He told about this fun game that he played last weekend, Pac-Manhattan. I had a blast! However, all this name dropping is giving me a headache, so I gotta get to back to WORK. For more on the event, check out
Well, it was actually my wurst! I tasted my first sausage of the season (no jokes please!) as me and a gang of friends went down to the Lower East Side on Saturday to check out the May Day festival at Loreley, a new German bar and biergarten on Rivington. I tried a curry wurst, which was kinda interesting, but what I really loved are the french fries and the beer! The selection of German beer is great, and each beer on tap has a matching glass which is good. It’s kinda like Garanimals for beer, so your drinking buddy won’t confuse your Spaten, with his Hefewiezen. Gesundheit!
Forget Magnolia Bakery! The search for the perfect cupcake ends here at Make My Cake (103 Central Park North at 110th St). They bake very yummy cupcakes with creamy icings, including my new favorite, a red velvet cupcake. Since it’s located at the north end of Central Park, you can easily run or walk off the calories from eating a cupcake. Believe me, it’s worth the caloric expenditure!
Here and Now
Artist Carol Markel has an amazing collection of her colorful and whimsical collages and hats on display at Galerie Chacur on 72 Orchard St in the Lower East Side. Her collages of party dresses are inspired by fun and fashion with her use of vintage clothing labels, with fabric, felt and lace. She puts the fun in art and fashion. The exhibit is showing now through May 5. (If anyone interested in buying me a very early birthday gift, a piece of art from Carol Markel’s Paint-Box Girls collection would suit me fine!)
Here Comes The Sun
Imagine this! I am in movie theatre in Manhattan and the audience is cheering and laughing. It’s a foreign film with subtitles, no less. What is it? It’s “Shaolin Soccer”, a Hong Kong action comedy about Kung-Fu and Soccer. Check out this feel good movie! It’s playing now at Landmark Sunshine Cinema at 143 East Houston St.
Hot in Herre
The weather may be confused as to what season it is, but according to MY calendar, it’s time to enjoy ice cream! So I visited the famous, il Laboratorio del Gelato (95 Orchard St). They have a wide range of flavors for their sinful ice creams and heavenly sorbets. I sampled the maple walnut and crème fraiche flavors. It was divine! Note: The store closes early, so stop by on an afternoon on the weekends.
Here She Comes Now
I am so excited about this new event, Chicks and Giggles! It’s an all-girl comedy night that I am producing at the Laugh Lounge (151 Essex St). I have found the funniest girls in the city, and they will perform Tuesday, May 11 at 8:00PM. Some of the comediennes you will see include Ellen Lloyd, Carolyn Castiglia, Abby Rosin, Jenny Rubin and Tasha Space. You are invited to laugh!