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Various Adventures

It’s been awhile since I chronicled my adventures in the Big Apple so these span a rather large period of time.

A couple of weeks ago I saw Scott Mathews and his band play at the Glasslands Gallery. I hadn’t been to the venue before and I fell in love with the pure whimsy of the place; it feels like a fort out of Peter Pan’s Neverland. B’s friend Eugene, who I’ve mentioned in his role as DJ Eugene Tambourine, is part of the band; he and another band member opened as their side project- The Readers. It was their first show as The Readers and while they’re clearly not confident yet you can tell that they have talent. Scott Mathews on the other hand is the consummate performer- no lack of confidence there. He backs it up with interesting lyrics and a lot of raw emotion. They’re on tour in Europe at the moment but I would recommend checking them out upon their return.

Scott Matthews at Glasslands

Scott Matthews at Glasslands

 Later that week I attended a very different sort of musical performance; I saw the St. Matthew Passion at BAM. S and I had stage seats, which was a really unique experience. I was close enough to touch the violinist in front of me and there was the somewhat disconcerting feeling that the whole audience was watching me; I was afraid to fidget throughout the 3 hour performance. This was the Jonathan Miller (Director) version – semi-staged, in the round, two choruses, two orchestras – sung in English (translation by Robert Shaw) (for more info on the St. Matthew Passion click here). The vocalists were incredible and I think the director’s choice to have them wear street clothing really added to my ability to connect with the piece. I couldn’t take pictures once the performance began but here’s a shot from the stage as people were taking their seats:

BAM Harvey Theater before the start of St. Matthew's Passion

BAM Harvey Theater before the start of St. Matthew Passion

Last week I saw Brit Boras and the Cavalry play at Spike Hill. All four of them are incredibly talented musicians. I expect their performance will feel a bit tighter when they’ve played together more but you can already see that they have a huge quantity of potential. Brit has a very big voice for such a petite girl; it takes you by surprise. Liam Veuve is wonderful on the cello and both Alex Beckmann and Jay Goodmann bring talent to the table. They’ll be playing again May 24th at Mercury Lounge and I would definitely urge you to check them out.

Brit Boras and the Cavalry

Brit Boras and the Cavalry

This past Saturday my grandmother and I saw our first ballet of the spring season- Concerto Barocco (Bach/Balanchine), Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux (Tschaikovsky/Balanchine), La Valse (Ravel/Balanchine) and Symphony in Three Movements (Stravinsky/Balanchine). I vastly enjoyed all four though the Pas de Deux was definitely my favorite; I just adore how pairs of dancers move together.

Later that day I met up with JBM & Co. at the Bell House to watch the Kentucky Derby in style. It was hellishly crowded but many of the ladies were properly decked out in enormous hats, which made them amusing enough to tolerate the lack of breathing room. There wasn’t anything quite as fabulous as Audrey Hepburn’s hat in My Fair Lady, but hey, they don’t make hats like they used to…

Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady

I’m looking forward to attending another event there sometime soon.

On Monday I went to Solas for the St. Mark’s Bookshop reading I mentioned in my first post this week. Andrei Codrescu was vastly amusing and while I’m not sure I’ll read his book I certainly hope to see him read/perform on another occasion.

Please check out my roster of events for the week and my recent additions and stay tuned for my weekend post!

May 1-3

That’s right, tomorrow is the first day of May! That means, amongst other things, that it’s the start of Wildflower Week! There are tons of events in all 5 boroughs and you can browse by borough, day or type of event. My pick for the weekend is the Wild Project Green Roof Tour on Saturday:

 The Wild Project Theater lives up to it’s name with a mix of native wildflowers, groundcovers and sedumon its roof. The roof is one of the few green roofs in New York City that include native species. It is 1,500 square feet with a small deck area, solar panels, and lightweight pavers made from recycled materials. The roof was installed by the green roof installation company Alive Structures in September 2007.

You can help add some wild color of your own by donating brightly-colored fabric, sheets, and other clothing to Amanda Browder for use in her newest project- The House Blanket. She plans to cover her apartment building in Greenpoint in its own technicolor dreamcoat.  Drop off your donations and check out her other work at 303Grand (her opening reception is Friday).

Saturday is another notable art opening- The Great Out Doors opens at Artbreak Gallery; this exhibit showcases 30 doors decorated with some of the most unique street artwork being created today.

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Friday night head over to BAM to see a free performance by Baba Israel:

Emcee, poet, and beatboxer Baba Israel is known for his powerful lyrics and freestyle skills. Debuting at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café, BabaIsrael has since gone on to collaborate with such luminaries as Meshell Ndegeocello, Rahzel, Afrika Bambaataa, and Vernon Reid. Backed by Yako440 and DJ DP One with special guests Core Rhythm, D-Cross, Eagle Nebula, Duv, and Breez Evahflowin, Israel explores the intersection of hip-hop, theater, and politics.

On Saturday The Millions is running its first Indie Bookstore Walking Tour. The tour will include six bookstores and will end with a party at Freebird Books & Goods.

Saturday is also one of the only sporting events I am willing to watch, after all, it involves mint juleps and enormous hats. Yes- I speak of the 2009 Kentucky Derby! This year I will be celebrating at The Bell House where there will be…

•  Tailgating BBQ 2-5pm
•  Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream Truck During BBQ
•  Free Mint Julep Happy Hour 5-6pm
•  The first Annual Live Under Card “Horse” Race
•  Call to the Post Performed by Bugler Jason Rambler
•  My Old Kentucky Home Performed by Ms. Carolyn Sill
•  Race shown on HUGE screens with BIG sound
•  Live Band Karaoke After Race
•  Prizes Given for Best Hat & Best Dressed Man
•  Free Dub Pies In Between Karaoke Sets

Add to that New York City Barndance and hats by La China Loca and you have quite the day at the races!

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On Sunday you can be the first to experience The Greenwich Village Follies:

High spirited and deliciously raunchy, The Greenwich Village Follies offers an overview of the Village’s history in the form of an old-school musical revue.

Use discount code EBGVF when purchasing online to get your tickets for $20 (no need to thank me).

On Sunday you can also be the first to experience jazz brunch at Swing46; George Gee and his big band- the Make-Believe Orchestra will play smoky Count Basie arrangements while you sip unlimited bloody marys and mimosas.

If you didn’t make it to the party at Montien’s that I posted, you have another chance to party for a cause at Arts in Action- an art auction to support the filming of the pilot episode of ‘Foreign Bound’:

 A travel-reality show that focuses on inspiring and educating the younger demographic and aims to promote cross-cultural understanding and effective communication between borders. Pilot episode set to shoot in Thailand this summer.

 The party will be on the rooftop of 304 W 90th (buzz Apt. 4F) from 1 to 3 on Sunday.

Have an excellent weekend and check back for additions!