Tuesday, November 30, 2010

25% off at the Lincoln Center

NYC youarehere wants to see you Jazz it up at the Lincoln Center this holiday season. The Red Hot Holiday Stomp is how cool cats celebrate. And how! In the Santa's red and white will be Wycliffe Gordon and other friends of Jazz at Lincoln Center. So get balled up, find a doll and head up to the Rose Theater between December 9Th and 11Th. Use the link to Save 25% on tickets with code “Red Hot 25”!

Tickets start at $15 with your discount!
Link: http://jalc.org/concerts/details309a.asp?EventID=2353

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless is back!!

There are lots of Turkey Day traditions. For the film buff going out the theater on ThanksGiving is the whipped topping on the pumpkin pie. This last Thursday while celebrating with a late show at the Film Forum this New Yorker picked up a postcard for Breathless. Back by popular demand this 1960 classic of the French New Wave will be playing through December 7th.

When one thinks of New Wave men with strange hats and whips come to mind. "Whip It" was Devo's biggest hit and was a part of American New Wave. But long before this strange video the French New Wave was brought out in film. Jean-Luc Godard is one of the most recognized directors of the French wave. When he collaborated with fellow director, François Truffaut on Breathless 1960. They brought out this new style with beauty and a "Cool" all its own. "À bout de souffle" in French literally means "at breath's end." The way the characters breath seems to be connected to the meaning of the film like when Patricia "sighs", or when Michel "huffs." He has got some problems with the cops but is as cool as a cucumber, his only worry being how this American girl has him falling for her. Michel played by Jean-Paul Belmondo is Godard's homage to Humphrey Bogart, with his fedora and suit. More then that Jean-Paul hits it on the head he is the French "Bogie." He is sexy, slick and troubled. He might be nothing but trouble for Patricia who sells the New York Herald Tribune on the streets of Paris with dreams of being a journalist. This love story is played out on those streets. What a ground breaking film that it seems to be get more and more praise every year.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Take Over Manhattan With The Muppets

This weekend take over Manhattan with the Muppet's. The third of the original feature films starring Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo and the rest. In this movie the Muppet's take their musical show to New York in hopes of making it big and becoming stars. They make friends in the big city, but have little luck in breaking into Broadway. Will they stick it out in the Big Apple? The film is directed by Frank Oz who also plays Fizzier Bear, Miss Piggy and Animal. The creator of the Muppet's artist Jim Henson plays many different roles including Kermit. This was Henson's final film before his death in 1990. He started creating puppet characters in 1954 and gave us not only The Muppet Show, but other T.V. shows like Fraggle Rock, Muppet Babies and Sesame Street. He also brought us into his imagination with films like the Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. So go out and hit the town with the Muppet's in "Muppets Take Manhattan" playing at the Sunshine Cinema at Midnight for four days this weekend.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Must See in NYC - John Lennon's Imagine Circle

John Lennon lived in NYC for the last years of his life. He worked on his solo material and lived the family life with his wife and child in the Dakota Apartments on the Upper West Side. It was outside the well known building that Lennon was gunned down in December of 1980. Many fans would come to mourn for the loved Beatle in front on West 72ND Street. So many that the city of New York had to make a memorial. "Strawberry Fields" and the Imagine Circle designed by Bruce Kelly was opened on what would have been Lennon's 45Th birthday, 9 October 1985. A grassy hill on the west side of the park is "Strawberry Fields" The Imagine Circle in just inside the opening to the park at Central Park West at West 72ND Street. This triangular pathway with a round mosaic of inlaid stones with the word "Imagine" at the center is black and white but is always covered with colorful flowers from fans. The mosaic is a reproduction of one from Pompeii. A city near modern Naples that was completely destroyed and then buried by the volcano Mount Vesuvius. This is not just a beautiful part of Central Park its a gathering place for lovers of John Lennon and his message of peace.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Katz's Delicatessen

Katz's is New York's landmark eatery in the L.E.S. This Delicatessen has been on the corner of Ludlow and Houston for over a century. Only moving once from the east corner to the west corner because of subway construction. They are now known for there famous pastrami sandwiches which are Huge. One can get a half pastrami sandwich with soup, not as intimidating. This pastrami is tasty enough to be on the food channel but before TV it was their Knackwurst and Bean special that was a big neighborhood tradition. Tradition is definitely important to Katz's. As Billy Crystal says in When Harry Met Sally, "There's nothing more New York then Katz's." Don't miss the hustle and bustle of Katz's Delicatessen.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

This film is the last saga in the Millennium Trilogy. In it the audience gets to fill in the blanks of the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo past. She spends most of the film sitting on her hands as the rest of the characters take the action where its going. This story as in the second one is more of a conspiracy then a mystery. Director Daniel Alfredson has a suspenseful take on Stieg Larsson story line. It starts out in the hospital, goes to jail and ends in a Court room. This whole ride has been exciting and now its almost at an end.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Morning Glory - Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford & Diane Keaton

A Morning Glory is a flower that blooms early in the morning and recoils in the evening. This early riser is a tough little vine. This is a fitting title for the new romantic comedy written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada, 27 Dresses) and staring Rachel McAdams. This is a work place comedy based around a clumsy workaholic. Working in TV and broadcasting can take over ones life. It takes a lot to bring you the Morning News. People wake in the middle of the night to get to work before the sun. The news show Daybreak is in fourth place and has been known as kind of a joke. When this young rambling producer comes in to save the show she has her work cut out for her. The long time host played by Diane Keaton laughs off her new spunky boss. Harrison Ford comes in as a mean old news man that forced into Morning News because of his contract. Keaton has wonderful comic timing and Ford plays a great bitter drunk. They compliment each other. The love story seems pushed to the back of the action with Patrick Wilson playing a journalist that has the hots for our crazy young producer. The premiere last Sunday, Nov. 7, at the Ziegfeld Theater brought stars out to the red carpet, and Morning Glory hopes to bring couples into the theaters.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Roger Waters The Wall at MSG

The two shows in early October were not enough for New York or Roger Waters. No he had to come back to fill up the garden for two more nights. This year he has brought back a fan favorite, The Wall. The Wall is the eleventh studio album from Pink Floyd. This was one of the English rock groups best albums. A concept album that deals with themes of personal isolation. Its tells how when life falls apart one puts up a block, a brick, "another brick in the wall." This double album had a film that came latter. The stage show has most of the visual effect of the film. High points being songs like "Hey You" and "Comfortably Numb." There are two more shows in the North East in Philly. A quick train ride and one can be transported into the mind of Roger Waters behind The Wall.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Records Are Art!!

In Brooklyn WRecords By Monkey have been making bracelets and other jewelry out of reclaimed Records for more then 5 years and now they are trying their hand in Fine Art. They unveiled the new concepts at a gala opening last week at Sustainable NYC in the East Village. See how its possible to make Art out of the worst Music. This show is in the back of the shops wonderful coffee and dessert bar. Sustainable NYC is the new green store on Avenue A and is all about making old new by Sealing recycled, re-purposed, and local goods. A new place to shop for gilt free gifts.

Sustainable NYC-139 Avenue A New York, NY (at 9th St) East Village
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