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Not yet, of course, but I’m sure someday it will…

Saturday night in the big city June 29, 2006

Filed under: Food,Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 11:33 am

Most of the time, I keep myself to three general areas of the city; Lincoln Center (work), the theatre district, and Ha-Hi (Hamilton Heights for those of you not up on the lingo, in other words, home). But once in a while I’m forced to broaden my horizons, and get a little adventurous. On Saturday night, I went downtown (yes, downtown) with Erin and Michelle, and we had a great time.
Erin took us for dinner at Indian Bread Company (someplace I’d long been looking forward to visiting). Although their air conditioning left something to be desired on a hot summer night, the food was delicious (thank you Erin for eating the spicier sandwich I ordered, and letting me eat hers), and there’s nothing like eating at an out of the way spot on Bleeker Street (okay, I know Bleeker St. isn’t so much out of the way, but I’m just a girl from Ha-Hi, it was exotic for me) to make you feel like a so in-the-know New Yorker.
For dessert, we went to Cones. It was very difficult to choose from all of their delectable flavors (I had a sample of corn sorbet which was very good), but I think we did pretty well. I got chocolate sorbet and pineapple sorbet that were wonderfully complimentary. Erin got Dulce de Leche (sinfully good) and strawberry & cream gelato. Michelle got chocolate ice cream with raspberry sorbet. All of them were so good, and we enjoyed the atmosphere (particularly the employees’ accents) quite a bit as well.
The night ended very successfully at home with a viewing of Clue – oh yes, we know how to show visitors a good time, you betcha.
PS. I almost forgot the most important thing. While walking through Times Sqaure (eww) to meet Erin and Michelle, I literally almost collided with Denis O’Hare. It was thrilling. Wish I’d thought to talk to him rather than just jump out of the way, but maybe next time. Now that I know which street corner to stand at.

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Look June 28, 2006

Filed under: Product Placement — catherineeliza @ 5:47 pm

Click on the picture to see a youtube video of a gadget that looks really cool:

 

Jersey Boys

Filed under: Theatre — catherineeliza @ 10:59 am


I finally saw Jersey Boys. I ended up going to the videotaping with Patrick even though it was a Wednesday matinee, and I had plenty of work to do. But I almost never go to the tapings, and Patrick said he wanted me to see it; well, what’s a girl to do? I will say that I felt my luck, though. The line outside the theatre for cancellations and standing room tickets was insanely long. I waltzed right in, and got, in my opinion, the best seat in the house. Center, first row of the mezzanine (I was sitting right next to a camera).
This show is intense, it never stops! They just keep singing, and singing, and singing. I don’t know if they included every song the Four Seasons ever did, but it seems like they must have. Also, the show is much more adult than I expected. I don’t know if it’s a common misconception or not, but I equate jukebox musicals with family friendly shows. Jersey Boys shot that idea right out of the water. I’ve never seen the Sopranos, but I feel like this must be the musical version. There was sex, violence, and oh the profanity. In case you were wondering, Jersey Boys would be rated R if it were a movie.
I guess what it comes down to, is that I’m just not a fan of the jukebox musical. It’s too prepackaged, the story’s so big that I felt rushed the whole time. It was basically a TV biopic on stage. I understand why people like being there (I had a great time too), but I don’t understand how anyone could consider this more of an artistic achievement than an original musical (such as, oh I don’t know, The Drowsy Chaperone?) But I will say that I was impressed with the performers. I don’t know how it’s humanly possible to do what they do over and over again. I’d say the average break between songs is 30 seconds to a minute. It’s crazy!
So bottom line, if you go to Jersey Boys, you’ll have a good time. It won’t change your life, it’s not a great show, but it’s fun. And there’s no way in heaven and earth that it should have won the Best Musical Tony.

 

Why you should drink more soda June 23, 2006

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 3:57 pm

Congratulations Catherine!You have won a Sony Playstation Portable from Dr Pepper. Based on the winning code you have entered in the Dr Pepper Unlock the Flavor promotion, you will be mailed your prize in 10-12 weeks.In eighth grade I went to a dance and won a Jesus Jones single in a raffle. I gave it to Emily. A few years ago I entered an online sweepstakes and later received an email that I’d won a Heartbreakers soundtrack and I should verify my address. I did, and also included a note about how excited I was to win something. I never received that CD.
So today at lunch, I bought myself a diet Dr. Pepper for an afternoon treat. There was a code under the cap to be entered on their website to enter this sweepstakes (I’ve entered maybe 4 codes already, I knew the drill). I was really hoping to be lucky enough to win a Dr. Pepper tee-shirt eventually (considering the amount of Dr. Pepper I’ve taken to drinking this summer). It seems I maybe even luckier than that. I’m not going to get overly excited (I’ve learned something from my Heartbreakers incident), but I’ll go ahead and keep this bottle cap, just in case. I don’t know anything about a Sony Playstation Portable, but if I get one in the mail in 10-12 weeks, I’ll be very pleased indeed.

 

Pig Farm June 22, 2006

Filed under: Theatre — catherineeliza @ 1:04 pm

I was looking forward to this play for two reasons: 1)it’s by Greg Kotis who wrote Urinetown which I liked and 2)Denis O’Hare is in it.
The basic plot (which didn’t seem to be too important) is that Tim (John Ellison Conlee) and his Tina (Katie Finneran), new pig farmers, get a juvenile delinquent, Tim (Logan Marshall-Green) out of jail early to help them run their farm. There are rumors that a government inspector (Dennis O’Hare) is coming soon, so Tom tells Tim to count the pigs while he gets rid of fecal sludge in the river. Meanwhile, Tina is about to have a break-down over the fact that they have yet to start their family. While Tom is at the river, Tina and Tim console each other and when Teddy, the government inspector, arrives the next morning to a drunk Tom upstairs, and adulterous Tina and Tim in the basement, the pig feces really hit the fan.
I’m not really sure what I can say about it this play. I had a good time, but I’m not sure why. It’s got lots of quirky humor, but is that enough for a whole play? It probably could have been, but the ending went a little too far, and was a little too long for me. I’ll be interested in what the critics say, but overall, I thought it was good; not great, but good. Except Denis, of course, who is always perfection.

 

Celebrity sighting June 20, 2006

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 10:39 am

Last night, as I was walking to the bus stop, I saw that they were doing The Devil Wears Prada premiere at the Lincoln Center Loews (Sidenote: I don’t know why they don’t do more premieres there, it’s a really nice theatre. And I would see more stars). Well, who should arrive just as I was walking by? Meryl Streep. She looked very nice if smaller than I expected (aren’t they all). She’d brought all her kids, and they looked like they were having a good time. I didn’t wait around to see if I could see Anne Hathaway or Adrian Grenier, I’ll just look forward to see them in the movie.

 

Ick June 19, 2006

Filed under: Manhattan Life — catherineeliza @ 11:23 am

Isn’t amazing how we forget uncomfortable things, until they happen again? You all know that I’m not a big fan of summertime weather. I hate being hot, and I hate sweating, and I hate being around other people that are hot and sweating.
This morning, I woke up at 6:30 am, and I couldn’t figure out why. I’m never awake at 6:30, ever. At first I thought there was something wrong with my clock and it was much later than 6:30, but it wasn’t. I pondered for a moment, and then I realized, I was awake because I was too hot. And then I remembered how I have a hard time sleeping in the summer because I can’t sleep when I’m hot.
It’s going to be a long, hot, sweaty, tired summer. Ick.