In an attempt to behave less like an irresponsible drunk adolescent and more like a responsible drunk adult, I’ve been following some of my favorite performers to new and immersive venues, my favorite being the Django. The performers I followed there were the incomparable Brian Newman Quintet, and I know anyone they choose to relinquish their stage to will be fantastic in their own right.
I didn’t think it possible, but creator, choreographer, and artistic director Austin McCormick has outdone himself. Company XIV very recently debuted their production of Snow White, and it goes beyond all expectations. Snow White was a different experience than Cinderella or Nutcracker Rouge, in that it had much more drama and less, but still some, humor. This show was unnerving in the most wickedly sexy way conceivable, and was emphasized by much more foreboding, climactic music than was featured in previous shows.
Every Tuesday and Thursday night, the Brian Newman Quintet graces Gramercy Park with a truly authentic old New York jazz set. Located in the Rose Bar of the notoriously lavish Gramercy Park Hotel, this bi-weekly event welcomes you into an experience of great music and extravagance. The environment is very grandiose while still maintaining a friendly and accessible feel, which can be difficult to do with Basquiats and Warhols adorning the walls.
“In 2006, Austin [McCormick] created COMPANY XIV, wowing critics and audiences with a unique blend of circus, Baroque dance, ballet, opera, live music and lavish design,” (companyxiv.com) and it does not disappoint. From the moment you walk in the door, you are met with a decadent atmosphere containing surfaces of red velvet, gold accenting, and all manners of old world glamour. The bar complements this vintage charm with the modernity and whimsy of stackable snack pods of wine, rosé in pink cans with bendy straws, and 5 for $25 champagne jello shots.
Having known Breedlove for six years now, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I asked him to meet me for an interview. Breedlove is an enigma, so much so that he apparently even puzzles himself. We met at the Gershwin Theater, home of Wicked, in a room full of outlandish wigs and rubber noses. One of the first things we talked about was his makeover; about a year ago, he went from his longtime long, wavy locks to a completely shaved head, and from tie-dye caftans and shirts with his face on them to a sleek, on trend new wardrobe by Mishka.
Jared Gelman has teamed up with talented director and photographer Suni Silvan, and celebrity designer Stevie Boi for the release of Broken, Gelman’s highly-anticipated debut Music Video. The video premiered on Galore Magazine, and is now available on YouTube
Let’s talk about the critically buzzing pop-duo Scotty Rebel and Tokyo Diiva of Rich White Ladies. New York City-bred, these girls know how to have a good time and have recently taken Gay Pride weekends throughout the US by storm with their fiery, fun, and fierce “rock star goddesses” performances. It’s a glammed-up pastiche of pop, dance, electronic, rock, fashion statements, middle fingers, and a whole lot of glitter. It’s also quickly turned tastemakers into believers in these debutantes of musical mischief.
Though far from perfect, Larry David’s craft has never been put to better use. And, to gild this ragged lily, he, himself, is starring in it, long with some of the finest comic actors around. Fish in the Dark—a reference to an unsuccessful dinner party—takes internecine battles to sublimely ridiculous heights.
I guess by now my readers know that I'm living, and sweating, in Palm Springs, California. Either it was my getting older or New York getting colder that forced my hand. When the temperature started dropping, I knew it was time to get out or be sentenced to living under my comforter with the apartment heat turned to high. Not an option.
Big Love is a gorgeous mess, an adaptation by Charles Mee of what is considered the oldest play in Western culture, Aeschylus’s The Danaids. He has taken the source material, expanded, yet efficiently reduced it, adding material from other sources and spun it into a wise, funny, sad contemporary force of nature.