City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

How did you like the Blizzard of ’05? I wasn’t thrilled with it, but Sophie the Wonder Dog loved it. She’s only 17″ high, and was flinging herself in and out of snowdrifts twice her size. She kept zigging and zagging down the street, burying her nose into the snow, raising it and then laughing. At least one of us was happy.

I have to admit that I am thrilled with the mukluks I bought; they’ve been keeping my feet toasty warm. I wish all my shoes and boots are as comfy. What’s your favorite cold weather outfit? Send me an email and let me know; who knows, you might find yourself in print!

When you are going out, you want your clothes to look their best. Sweaters should be soft, clean and smell nice. Whites should be white and colors should be vibrant, right? We all have horror stories about what’s happened when our stuff has either been brutally attacked by over-zealous cleansers, crazed dry-cleaners and the like. Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Wieber have been there, done that and instead of just being frustrated with the entire cleaning deal, created their own line of heavenly smelling, gentle and effective solutions, accessories and gift baskets. They created The Laundress (http://www.thelaundress.com) to help our sweaters, our whites and our delicate silky things stay as fresh and beautiful as they were nestled in the stores waiting to come home with us.

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The Laundress has four unique scents; Classic, it’s their signature scent – is a sweet musk combined with citrus, ylang, ylang and sandalwood undertones to remind you of a fresh breeze wafting through laundry drying in the sun. The Laundress Baby is formulated for a baby’s tender skin, but can be used by adults too. The scent is warm, soft with a long lasting essence of vanilla musk, bergamot and lavender. The Laundress Lady scent appeals to men and women with its combination of amber, citrus and green herbal notes to balance the scent. The Laundress Cedar is the perfect scent to clean and protect your woolens, cashmeres and closets. The scent is a combination of cedarwood oil, frankincense, spices and citrus zest.

The Laundress Wool & Cashmere shampoo is a combination of cedar extracts with a sulfate-free shampoo that will keep your cashmeres and wools looking their best for a long time. You can use the product in a machine or by hand.

They also make Crease Release; it’s a spray on solution that removes wrinkles from packed clothing. Stain Solution is a pre-treater that will knock any stain on its knees. Their Fabric Fresh will make stored clothing sweeter, disinfect hotel sheets and zap any odors from travel weary clothes. You might want to invest in their Static Solution to prevent zappage on cold winter days.

The Laundress has a wonderful line of accessories; from scented squares to garment bags. They make gift baskets or “buckets” for any occasion.

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You can view and purchase the complete line at http://www.thelaundress.com, or stop in at Bergdorf Goodman, 754 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY, 646-735-5241,Bloom, 43 Madison Street, Sag Harbour, NY, 631-725-5940, Lagoon Linens, 96 Spruce Street, Cedarhurst, NY, 516-569-9500, Malia Mills, 199 Mulberry Street, Between Spring & Kenmare, New York, NY, 212-625-2311, New London Pharmacy, 246 8th Avenue, New York, NY, 212-243-4987

Don’t let the 13″ of snow keep you away from all the great events that are going on this week. Here’s just a sampling of what’s going on in town:

Sara Flynn, woman about town, member of Impose Magazine and SpinArt records, has been inexplicably afflicted with Wegener’s Granulomatosis (http://www.wgassociation.org/) – an auto immune disorder which has required intensive care for nearly three months. Sarah has been in the hospital since November. There’s a benefit concert at Rothko, Tuesday night to help raise money for her mounting medical costs.

Rothko is one of the Lower East Side’s hottest venues, you never know who you might bump into there watching the band or sitting in the downstairs lounge sipping a drink or two. There’s a great line-up of bands; Benzos, Ted Leo, The Head Set, Apollo Sunshine, Chinese Stars, and special guest DJ James Murphy of DFA. It’s only $15 for a night of great music, and all proceeds are going to Sarah and her family. If you’re not in NYC and would like to chip in, there has been a paypal account set up and you can e-mail songsforsarah@gmail.com for more details.

What: A benefit concert for Sara Flynn of SpinArt Records and Impose Magazine, presented by jenyk.com & melodynelson.com
When: Tuesday, 25 January. Doors 7 PM, Benzos 10:30 PM
Where: Rothko – 116 Suffolk @ Rivington, NYC
Cost: $15 adv / $20 dos, tickets available now on Ticketweb.
http://www.ticketweb.com/user/?region=nyc&query=detail&event=570583&interface=

Comedian Andy Borowitz and guests Ben Bailey (“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”),Laurie Kilmartin (“Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn”), DC Benny (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”), Andy Blitz (writer, “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”)
are fighting the good fight against apathy and un-funny Tuesday nights at the Marquee.

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PSNBC is NBC’s lab for up and coming comedians. You can catch rising stars doing their thing every Tuesday night at 8 PM.

What: PSNBC Presents The Andy Borowitz Show
When: Tuesday, January 25th, 8 PM
Where: The Marquee, 356 Bowery (between Great Jones & E. 4th)
Cost: $5
More Information: (212) 664-2957

Oscar Micheaux’s classic silent movie “Body & Soul” will be presented at The Tank, Tuesday, January 25 – 8pm, music for the film is performed by the William Hooker Trio. Also performing at the Tank that night is the Electroacoustica Project. The EP is electronic and traditional music performing together. During the performance projected images will be on the back screen. The group Chinatown (Daniel Carter, Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz, Kevin Zubek) will be celebrating their release of their new, eponymous CD on Not Two Records. All this for $10.00

What: Freezone Music Series at Speaceworks at The Tank
When: Tuesday, January 25th, 8 PM
Where: Spaceworks @ The Tank, 432 W 42nd Street between 9th & 10th Ave
More Information: (212) 563-6269
Website: http://www.thetanknyc.org/spaceworks/

Wednesday, The Upright Citizen’s Brigade (UCB), home of up and coming comedians/actors and the place to go for classes in improve and comedy is having a special Tsunami fundraiser with the MercyCat performers. Ever dollar raised at this show will go directly to Mercy Cops and their relief efforts in Southeast Asia. There are two shows; 8 PM & 10 PM.

Scheduled to perform: Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live, The Upright Citizens Brigade), Matt Walsh (The Upright Citizens Brigade), Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live), Rob Riggle (Saturday Night Live), Adam McKay (Writer/Director of Anchorman), Rob Corddry (The Daily Show), Ed Helms (The Daily Show)
Jon Glaser (Late Night with Conan O’Brien), Paul Scheer (Best Week Ever, VH-1, UCB’s Respecto Montalban), Rob Huebel (VH-1, UCB’s Respecto Montalban)
plus other special guests!!!

Or come at 6:30 and have pre-show drinks with the MercyCAT performers,
then stay for the 8:00 show and enjoy premium seating. It’s the
perfect opportunity to rub elbows with funny people while helping a
great cause. $50

What: UCB & MercyCat Tsunami Fundraiser
When: Wed Jan 26, 2005, 8:00 & 10:00 pm
Where: UCB, 307 West 26th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
Cost: $15
Purchase tickets: http://www.ucbtheatre.com

Originally published January 2005
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