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Sept. 23 – Oct. 4 Sake tasting, The Big Lebowski and more!

The Big Apple is full of fun this week and next and I hope you’ll join me in making the most of it! Tonight there’s questionable theater for a cause; Nevsky Prospect brings you Gogol in an effort to renovate the Mazer Theater. Even more questionable are the acts that will proceed it:

The first half consists of community members performing their own work. Think a couple of 80 year old ladies tap dancing, and let your imagination go from there. It’s a tough act to follow, but Nevsky is the second half of the benefit. We can’t wait to see you there, and if you’re coming tonight we’ll party party party all night long at Bar 169 right after the show.

Sofiya Akilova in Nevsky Prospect

Sofiya Akilova in Nevsky Prospect

If you’re willing to spend some dough on awesome chocolate ($40)  you should check out the Aztec-Themed Chocolate Tasting that Vosges Chocolate and Urban Girl Squad are throwing tonight.

Tomorrow you can experience The Joy of Sake!

The Joy of Sake is the largest sake-tasting outside Japan, and
has been held annually since 2001. It features premium sakes
submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a rigorous blind tasting held every year with ten judges from Japan and the U.S.

The Joy of Sake is the largest sake-tasting outside Japan, and has been held annually since 2001. It features premium sakes submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a rigorous blind tasting held every year with ten judges from Japan and the U.S. Over 270 sakes will be available for tasting, along with appetizers presented by 15 of New York’s finest restaurants.

Also tonight, at Southpaw you can check out their monthly indie showcase- The Rumble! This week they’re featuring Ravens and Chimes, Your Nature, Jump into the Gospel, and Pow Wow.

As I mentioned before, the M.E.A.N.Y. Fest is hitting the city this weekend. Stay tuned for my review of Black Taxi’s new album, Things of that Nature, which they’ll be releasing this Saturday (their concert is part of the Fest).

I also covered the Big Lebowski Festival in my last post; it’s happening NOW so get out there and celebrate The Dude.

On Friday AND Saturday 92Y is hosting the Labyrinth Sing-Along!  Both days are sold out but if you can’t weasel your way in you can always throw your own! I would start with this one if I were you…

On Saturday get all the HOT jazz you can handle from the Brian Newman Trio at Antik. This party, hosted by Wit’s End, will also feature a FREE Charleston Lesson with Neal Groothuis and Jeri Lynn Astra and haute chocolates from Chocolats Meurens. You may recall I‘ve mentioned Brian Newman’s musical stylings before; this is sure to be a great show!

Stay tuned for more news about next week, including Eat Local Week, The Burlesque Festival and a screening of Firefly on a rooftop! Also be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest additions and updates (the Twitter feed is also in the left-hand margin so you can read it even if you’re not a tweeter).

Valentine's Day

St. Hallmark day is fast approaching and I have yet to come up with a game plan. Even on the (admittedly rare) occasions that I have been in a relationship on Valentine’s Day I’ve found this a difficult challenge. I don’t really go in for $150 “Romantic Tasting Menus” or jewelry in poor taste (for goodness sakes gentlemen- what were you thinking?). The truly romantic gestures (moonlight, rose petals, home cooked meals, a signed copy of ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’) seem forced when they’re being performed on such a commercialized occasion. I am simply too cynical to suspend my disbelief, even when I am in love.

This year I am not in love, which means my options break down into the following four categories:

The Angry Event

These are events somehow based around a cynical dislike of romance, love, couples, the jewelry industry, the flower industry, the chocolate industry and especially Hallmark. In general these become anti-consumerist more than anything else. Beware of people drinking themselves into a stupor and/or trying to bitch about their ex’s to anyone within shouting range. Here are a few to consider:

The Singles Event

This is often some form of speed dating designed to help you find someone to be “romantic” with by the end of the night. Most of the people present are desperate, lonely and horny so attendance is really only advisable if you are also all three of those things. If you’re lucky there will be that one person who is attractive and dorky in the right way and miraculously feels the same way about you, in which case all you have to worry about is how to tell your friends you met at a singles event without sounding lame. In general however you’re more likely to end up in a room full of unattractive women trying not to look desperate and skeevy men trying to look classy. However, if you are feeling optimistic, check these out:

  • Valentine’s Day @ Dewey’s Flatiron- you receive half a playing card at the door and if you can find the person with the other half you both get a free drink.
  • Pull on some “formal attire” and head over to the posh Hudson Terrace for a Single’s Ball.

Solidarity

A bunch of friends hitting the town and trying to pretend it’s not Valentine’s Day! This can go splendidly, just as any night on the town can go splendidly. It can also devolve into a group therapy session in which you all cry about being alone and how hard it is to meet people and how you’re afraid you’ll never manage to sustain a relationship (do you really want to?). Judge your group carefully to determine if your outcome is likely to be positive and be careful not to end up at a bar that’s having some kind of “romantic special”. Some safe spots to get down with your girls:

Home Alone

Stay home, eat grilled cheese, watch an action movie and don’t feel sorry for yourself. Ok, try not to feel sorry for yourself. Don’t think about your ex’s (or who they’re with now) and please please don’t think about that guy you’re sort of seeing (and don’t call him). To make this option a bit more positive try turning it into a romantic solo evening- think a long hot bath with marvelous bath products from Lee-lai (available at Sustainable NYC and Greenhouse Essentials and on their website) and some exquisite chocolate from Vosges.

Please try your best to enjoy St. Hallmark day! Let me know what you end up doing and be sure to add any events you hear about in advance!

P.S. If you’re free tonight check out my friends Excess Energy @ Hugs!