Sunday, November 29, 2009

Theatre

During the week long extravaganza we like to call my mother's visit, we went to go see White Christmas at the Marquis.  It was wintery, christmasy, cheesiness, and fabulous :-)  I'm a sucker for old time singing and tap dancing.  The best part of the Marquis Theater,  they let you take your wine to your seat!  Yes, that's right, the dawn of a new and improved era.  And its in a sippy cup.  If you're looking to get in the holiday spirit I suggest checking out White Christmas.  Tis the season! 

(photo playbill)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

New NYC Restaurant

This holiday week my mother was in from Pennsylvania, so my boyfriend and I thought why not take her to the much anticipated new Danny Meyer restaurant Maialino?  After four hours of wining and dining my official stance on Maialino is....... I loved it!  It seems I'm not alone, read more here  on the Eater blog on what others thought.  The Raviolo al Uovo (egg, ricotta, and potato) was amazing, and a personal favorite! I did try tripe for the first time, although the preparation was quite good, I think the concept and texture of it may keep me from ordering it again.  You have to try everything once, right?  The name of the restaurant actually has a cute story behind it; when Danny was younger and a tour guide in Rome locals called him Meyerlino, meaning "little Meyer," and then they noticed he often ordered the suckling pig at the trattorias, and started calling him Maialino, meaning "little pig."  Cute, right? 

(photo Eater)

Monday, November 23, 2009

SAB

For two summers I lived and worked at School of American Ballet, and even today will help out when they're low staff in residence life.  I got to know these young kids so well, living in such close quarters, essentially being their in "loco parentis."  Over a few years, watching them grow and develop into young adults, it gives me such a proud feeling.  An article in the New York Times covers their annual choreography workshop done by the advanced students in the program, and it gives me a small idea of what a proud parent must feel.  I myself used to be in the ballet world, so it's especially exciting watching them turn into professional level dancers! 

Read more here!  


Friday, November 20, 2009

Theater

Do you ever laugh at people's misfortunes, or something horribly grave, and then go, "oh, god, why am I laughing??"  That is precisely how I felt during Carrie Fisher's Wishful Drinking on Broadway.  Yet again, I took advantage of the Hiptix offer and took my bud Bjorn for a night of theater.  Carrie Fisher, stars in this one woman play, and basically re-accounts most of her life, which includes screwed up parental relationships, alcohol and drug addiction, her battle with bi- polar disorder, and the tragic death of a close friend (while sleeping next to him!)  I know, it doesn't sound like much of a comedy, but Bjorn and I found ourselves laughing for most the play, right along with the rest of the audience.  Who knew a one woman play could be so entertaining?  Or misfortune, for that matter.  I felt as though I truly was just sitting around having a conversation with Carrie Fisher, as she sat on a couch with a blanket in her nightgown.  She even calls upon the audience to participate, by answering questions from those in the orchestra seating or quizzing them on elements of the show.  What fun shows have you seen recently?? 

(photo playbill)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Glee

I'm mildly obsessed with the Fox t.v show Glee.  For those of you who have never seen it, check it out, so funny and entertaining.  I am a theater dork so maybe that adds to my enjoyment, and infatuation with Tony award nominated Matthew Morrison.  But it will definitely put a smile on your face and have you singing along to the "mash-ups."   


(photo broadwayworld.com)

Tailgating and College Football

My boyfriend and I got together with two of my best buds from college Katie and Pat.  Katie, Pat and I were quite close in college and considered ourselves our own little family.  It's nice to know the friendship we made in college will be one to last a life time.  This year marks the 2nd annual tailgate for the four of us.  I think we have a new tradition :-)  I think next year might involve an RV, oh boy!
Penn State University= number one tailgating school in the nation.  It was quite funny because this is the second time I've taken my boyfriend to my former University for a football game, and he was poking fun at the fact that I have a statistic for all things Penn State.  It's in our Nittany Lion DNA, those of you who are alum know.  Like 1 in 100 college graduates are PSU alum and Penn State is 4th in terms of university brand recognition.  Again, just what I've been told ;-)  We had great fun tailgating, getting ice cream at the creamery, dinner at Allen Street Grill, and a beer at Zenos.  All things we hold dear to our heart.  It was great fun to visit Happy Valley, a place I consider another home.  What were some of your favorite college memories, or traditions?  

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Movies and Art




I love Tuesdays!  Tuesdays are basically my Fridays, due to the odd nature of my work and odds and ends jobs.  So yesterday I had a marathon date day with my boyfriend, so fun!  We went to go see A Christmas Carol.... Okay, I'm gonna say it... It was bad, really bad.  I normally have a hard time saying a movie is bad, but it really was.  I can appreciate it for the great make up and special effects, but it fell short for me.  It failed to throw something special into the original story to make it its own.  Essentially I felt like I was in my 7th grade English class  listening to Mrs. McKenzie talk about the classic tale.  We gave it two thumbs down.  
(photo by yourmoviestuff.com)


Second stop on our date day was The Guggenheim to see the Kandinsky exhibit.  Love Kandinsky.  Who are some of your favorite artists?  Favorite museums?  I could spend days in The Met, but the Guggenheim was just perfect for a shorter visit. 
(photo by art.com) 




Last stop on this date train was The Cornelia Street Cafe for a bit of jazz music, drinks, and dinner.  Cornelia Street Cafe has awesome jazz shows, poetry readings, and other art performances.  My boyfriend and I love listening to live music when we can; we wish it could be more often.  Did you know Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick went on their first date here? Wellll at least that's what I was told :^)  

(photo by Cornelia Street Cafe) 


Sunday, November 8, 2009

Virtual Hugs and Kisses

xoxoxo

Just read this article, apparently more and more men are signing off from text messages with their male friends with kisses "x".  I find it cute and endearing.  Do you usually send your friends virtual "hugs and kisses" in your text messages, and emails?  I sure do! :-)  Love you all lots and lots! xoxoxo 

Friday, November 6, 2009

Theater

Last night I went to another great show with my gal pal Sarah.  I love that I have friends, although they themselves are in the theater world, who still love to see great work.  When I heard RoundAbout was doing Ordinary Days, I thought, "I've seen this before," but when I looked on the website and it said, "New Musical," I just thought maybe I was a bit confused with another show.  I'm blonde it happens sometimes :-p   But this time it wasn't a blonde moment.  Sure enough, I read the fine print of the program and it says, "..originally produced and performed by Pennsylvania Centre Stage at Penn State University..."  I did see it! I went to Penn State University for undergrad and remember the flurry of activity as my musical theater peers mentioned the show going up.  It's nice in such a large city to see connections to things like my Alma-mater.   Psu will always hold a special place in my heart and it's great to see them apart of the New York Theater scene.  The play worked wonderfully with the intimate off- Broadway house of the Black Box Theater.  People often confuse the term "Broadway;" most think Broadway is synonymous quality and location.  Little theater lesson folks:  Broadway refers to 500 seats on the house or more, Off-Broadway is 499-250, and Off-Off Broadway has fewer than 100 seats.  So get out there and see some great Off and Off-Off Broadway theater, because you might get to see a fabulous show in an intimate setting before it's a hit and moves to a larger Broadway house.  Have you seen any great shows lately?  Would love to hear!

(photo Roundabout)

Droid

My boyfriend just got a new cell phone, the Droid.  I thought I was content with my current phone, and now I'm jealous and totally want one.  So far, it seems similar to the iphone, but operates with Verizon customers and uses Google applications.  What do you think, iphone, or droid?  Verdict is out.   

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Hiptix

I am in love with Hiptix from RoundAbout.  Basically if you're under 35 years of age you can see any of their shows for only $20!  I don't know about you, but I love a reasonable theater ticket :-)  I've taken advantage for almost all of their current season.  I'm due to see another show tonight, and another on the 19th.  I can't wait!  If you don't know about this little secret, it is totally worth taking advantage of.  Enjoy!

(photo by Hiptix)

Theater and more cool jewelry

Tuesday night I was lucky enough to attend another great event hosted by the folks at Promenade Magazine.  I'm one lucky gal!  So fun.  We went to see The Understudy, a RoundAbout Theater production.  Being an actor myself, I found the play to be rather amusing, poking fun at how insane actors and show business truly can be.  Best part my friends.... Mark Paul Gosselaar, that's right Zack Morris, was part of the cast.  hehe Okay, so maybe he was on NYPD Blue and other reputable programs, but he'll always be Zack Morris in my heart :-)  The cast also included  Justin Kirk, from Weeds, and very funny Julie White.  Theresa Rebeck, the playwright, writes such well written pieces, and is by far one of my favorites.  I'd highly recommend reading any of her works such as Loose Knit, Spiked Heels, or Sunday on the Rocks.  


(photo by Playbill
Prior to the show we went to Reinstein and Ross to check out some of their awesome jewelry.  Annnnd I think my boyfriend and I may have found a possible jeweler for our engagement ring!! One of the great things about Reinstein and Ross is that you can work directly with the jeweler who is making your piece, they have their workshops in their stores!  How cool is that?  It seems like such a personal experience and I think that's exactly what we're looking for in making a piece unique to us.  They have a wide range of golds; I think I'm after white gold :-)  I love unique and interesting pieces.  Do you have any interesting places where you've found jewelry?  I'd love to hear!  xo