City Pulse

By P.J. Gach


Oh my gosh, where did the month go? Someone please tell me. If you are as absent minded as I am, today might be the day for you to start thinking about Valentine’s Day gifts. It’ll be in the front of your mind, you can get it over with, and when the day comes up, you’ll have your gift. The only tears will be tears of joy.

Here’s a wonderful gift for you and your sweetie from Allure Day Spa. It’s the “Romancing The Stone” a couple’s package that’ll pamper you both. You get to unwind in the couple’s room, complete with aromatherapy candles, essential oils, romantic music and a deliciously relaxing half hour reflexology message that uses pressure points in your feet to make your entire body unwind. The two of you will also enjoy the hot stone massage. This combines deep heat therapy with massage. Smooth polished basalt lava stones assist in taking out all the stresses that have been built up in your muscles.

Not part of a couple? Well grab a friend or two to enjoy this treat. The Romancing The Stone normally is $170 per person, but right now is $145 per person or $290 per couple.

What: Romancing The Stone Massage Treat for you and your sweetie
Where: Allure Day Spa, 139 E. 55th Street, between Lexington & Third Avenues
Contact: 212-644-5500
Website: [url=][/url]

The American Folk Art Museum celebrates Outsider Art Week with a weeklong series of panel discussions, field trips, tours and receptions, including the Annual Uncommon Artists Symposium. The symposium explores contemporary self-taught artists and their work.

What: Outsider Art Week @ The American Folk Art Museum
Where: 45 West 53rd Street
When: Until January 30th
Contact: 212-265-1040
Website: [url=][/url]

Clean out your closet for a good cause! Bring your gently worn shoes and clothes to any Kenneth Cole New York store by Feb. 15th, and they’ll be donated to charities for the homeless. Plus, you’ll be rewarded with 20% off your next purchase at Kenneth Cole. More information, please go to [url=][/url]

We all love a good giggle now and then, which is why I’m recommending taking a peek at [url=][/url]. They bill themselves as “dating gurus” but these two women have had funny, sad and weird dates that we all can relate to, I think a few of their dates have topped mine in weirdness. When you have a moment, check out their pretty, informative and fun site.

Smoke offers free jazz Tuesday through Thursday nights. Get there early or you won’t be able to grab a seat. Tonight and every Tuesday night features the Hammond Organ Trio and vocalists.

What: Free Jazz from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
When: Tuesdays through Thursdays
Where: Smoke, 2751 Broadway @ 105th Street
Contact: 212-864-6662
Website: [url=][/url]

Judy Gold, The Daily Show’s Ed Helms and SNL’s Rob Riggle are performing tonight at the Knitting Factory under the helm of The Clip Joint. It’s only $15, and all profits are going to a Tsunami benefit relief fund to be named.

What: The Clip Joint Comedy Show
When: Tonight, Tuesday, January 25th, 8:30 PM
Where: The Knitting Factory, 74 Leonard Street
Cost: $15.00
Contact: 212-219-3132
Website: [url=][/url]

Whoopi Goldberg Live & In Person! This Oscar winning diva has played many fascinating characters but can any of them compare with the woman herself? Learn all about Whoopi at an exclusive Q&A discussion following the performance of her one woman Broadway show. $101 per person and includes a ticket to the show and the discussion. 8-11pm Wednesday only. Order your tickets at [url=][/url].

Uncorking Ancient Vintages -Evidence of wine can be traced back over 7,000 years. Stop by the American Museum of Natural History, this Thursday, for an evening of history & tastings with culinary expert Bill Yosses. 7pm.

What: The History of Wine and Tastings
When: Thursday, January 27, 7 PM
Where: Museum of Natural History, Central Park West & 79th Street
Cost: $15.00 per person
Contact: 212-769-5100
Purchase tickets online at: [url=][/url].

Barnes and Noble is offering a free screenwriting workshop, Thursday. Dust off your notebook and get your dream in gear.

What: Free Screenwriting Workshop
When: Thursday, January 27, 7PM
Where: Barnes & Noble, 240 East 86th Street
Contact: 212-423-9900

The Snow Mentor’s Snow Bash 2005 is a celebration of 2005’s ski and snowboard season and a fundraiser too. The program is an eight week snowboarding program for at risk New York City teens. You’ll enjoy DJ’s, a 2½ hour open bar, Hors D’oeuvres, snowboarding videos and get a chance to meet other professionals.

What: Snow Mentor’s Snow Bash 2005
When: Thursday, January 27, 7 – 9:30 PM
Where: Romi, 19 Rector Street (Washington Avenue)
Cost $40

Originally published January 2005



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