City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

I finally got to watch the Project Runway episode I missed. It was last week’s – Wendy goes ballistic and Robert gets eliminated (sorry Chelsea). I do realize that Robert’s outfit wasn’t perfect, but Wendy’s was the worst design. It was dowdy and looked almost like what they were already wearing. There wasn’t any innovation and who puts pleats on the sides of pants? Eeeuw! Yet, they still didn’t eliminate her. Could it be that the producers are afraid of her? I mean she is just a tad bit unbalanced. Jay even called her a “cockroach.”

And if you didn’t know it’s Fashion Week. So many people are of running around, going crazy and making snarky comments. What’s the word on fall’s designs? Bright colors, tons of green everywhere in every hue, and poufy skirts. POUFY SKIRTS??! Are they nuts? No one can wear a pouf well unless they’re seven feet tall and weigh six pounds. Can anyone tell me why a normal sized woman wants to look larger around the waist and hips? Please, they’re going to sell you the idea that if you wear a tight-fitting or close to the body top above the pouf, you’ll look slim and adorable. No, you won’t, you’ll look like a tacky lampshade from the 50′s.

It’s enough to make you want to sew. I did try once, but I kept breaking all the machines in Home EC. My teacher almost had a meltdown over that. Do you think she even tossed the thought around her brain about letting me near a stove? This is why I do take-a-way really well.

If Project Runway or Fashion Week has given you the creative urge, check out Sheila Walker Studio. They have fun workshops or labs, (three hours $125) and you can create your own string bikini, make your own rock star tees or learn “survival sewing.” There are six-week workshops or labs where you can focus on creating your own wardrobe. If you’re all thumbs, don’t despair! They also have private instruction. Sheila Walker Studio, 106 Duane St., 2nd Fl. (Church St. & Broadway) TriBeCa, 212-732-8955, http://www.sheilawalkerstudio.com

Kanvas is hosting a wine tasting class featuring California wines this Wednesday, February 9. You’ve won’t get swoofy, because they are serving Hor d’oeuvres.
What: California Wine Tasting Party @ Kanvas
When: Wednesday, February 9, 6 PM – 9PM
Where: Kanvas, 219 9th Avenue @ 23rd Street
RSVP: 212-727-2616
Cost: $35 in advance, $40 at the door

Have you ever wondered what goes in the restaurant’s kitchen? You can find out by enjoying a Kitchen Dinner at the Waldorf. Your meal starts off with champagne and Hors d’oeuvres. You’ll meet and mingle with Chef Doherty and his staff. A five course meal, with a separate wine for each course follows the meet and greet. The dinners are conducted February 9th, 18th, March 11th, and 30th. The cost is $150 per person (tax and tip not included). This is more than an amazing meal, it’s an incredible event. For more information, please call 212-872-1275

If you prefer sushi, then you’ll love “Sip Sake, Make Maki” at Sushi Samba. Executive Chef Koji Kagawa and sommelier Paul Tanguay will host a sake tasting, followed by a do-it, then eat-it yourself sushi session. The event is held the last Monday of each month. You’ll be sipping and cutting on the rooftop of the restaurant.

What: Sip Sake Eat Make @ Sushi Samba 7
When: February 28th, March 28, 7- 9 PM
Where: Sushi Samba 7, 87 Seventh Avenue South
RSVP: 212-691-7885 (space is limited)
Cost: $60 per person
Website: http://www.sushisamba.com

Don’t forget that Jean-Claude and Christo’s The Gates will be unfurling in Central Park, Wednesday, February 12, weather permitting. This event has been over 26 years in the making. The Gates consists of 7,500 saffron-colored vinyl gates (each 16 feet in height and hung with saffron fabric panels) placed at 12-foot intervals over 23 miles of pedestrian walkways that lace the Park. It will end on the 27th, so do get a chance to view it before it becomes part of the park and city’s history. For a bird’s eye view, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is opening the Roof Garden to visitors during the duration of the exhibit. For more details on The Gates visit http://www.christojeanneclaude.net and http://www.metmuseum.org.

Chinatown Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony is this Wednesday. Gung hoy fat choy! The first pyrotechnics display happens at noon at Mott St. and Bayard at noon. The second starts at 2pm at Market St. and E. Broadway. From 11am-5pm at both locations, stages will feature all-day cultural performances by singers and dancers. Animal-themed dance troupes will march in main streets. Free! 212-619-4785 http://www.explorechinatown.com/

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Cupid’s helpers at Bacchus Wines offer you the opportunity to sample a fabulous selection of champagne, cava, prosecco and sparkling wine. And what Valentine’s fete would be complete without chocolate? Godiva Chocolatier will serve up some delicious sweets. Each participant will receive a free beautiful Riedel Crystal Vinum Extreme Champagne flute valued at $30.

What: Bacchus WineTastings
When: Wednesday, February 9, at 6pm. 7:30pm, and 9pm.
Where: Bacchus Wines, 2056 Broadway, between 70th and 71 street
RSVP: 212-875-1200
Website: http://www.bacchusnyc.com/
Cost: $40 per person’

The New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble presents a delicious night of drinking songs. The audience will be able to sip cocktails while enjoying drinking songs including: Bizet’s “Toreador Song” Kurt Weill’s “The Alabama Song” and Monty Python’s “The Philosopher’s Drinking Song.”

What: The New York Metro Vocal Arts Ensemble Concert
When: Wednesday, February 9, 7 PM
Where: Danny’s Skylight Room, 346 W. 46th Street
RSVP: Call 212-265-8130 or 212-265-8133 for reservations.
Cost: Tickets are $15 with a $10 food and drink minimum.

Some yummy sales to keep your closet full:

Chuckies’ footwear and handbags from Jimmy Choo, Giuseppe Zanotti, and D&G is reduced by 65 percent.
When: 2/15-2/28 (Mon.-Fri. 10:45am-7:45pm; Sat. 10:45am-7:30pm; Sun. 12:30-7pm).
Where: 1073 Third Ave., nr. 63rd St., 212-593-9898.

Johnson’s clothing and accessories are marked down by 10 to 75 percent.
When: 2/14-3/1 (Mon.-Fri. 1-7pm; Sat. 12:30-8pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 179 Orchard St., nr. Houston St., 646-602-8668.

At Joel Name, Chanel, Gucci, and Prada eyewear is discounted by 20 to 50 percent.
When: 2/12-2/26 (call for store hours).
Where: 65 W. Houston St., at Wooster St., 212-777-5888; 448 W. Broadway, at Prince St., 212-260-1701.

Find Outlet’s semi-annual warehouse sale features Imitation of Christ (pants are $48 to $63), Paul & Joe, Samantha Treacy, and other hip labels.
When: 2/10-2/13 (noon-7pm).
Where: 361 W. 17th St., nr. Ninth Ave., 212-243-3177.

La Petits Chapelais’s French kids’ designs start at $1 for hats and run to $39 for dresses.
When: 2/10-2/12 (11am-7pm).
Where: 142 Sullivan St., nr. Houston St., 212-505-1927.

Morgenthal Frederics is slashing prices on eyewear – Oliver Peoples, Paul Smith, and the house label are from $50.
When: 2/14-2/20 (Mon.-Fri. 10am-7pm; Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 399 W. Broadway, at Spring St., 212-966-0099.

Nicole Miller is closing her SOHO shop. 50% to 90% off sportswear, cocktail gowns, and evening apparel.
When: Through 2/14 (Mon.-Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 134 Prince St., near Wooster St., 212-343-1362.

Pleats Please Issey Miyake is taking half off select merchandise; belted trench coats were $555, but are now $278 at the sale.
When: Through 2/13 (Mon.-Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 128 Wooster St., near Prince St., 212-226-3600.

Ghost is having a huuuuge sale, to 70 percent off.
When: Through 3/1 (Mon.-Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 28 Bond St., near Bowery, 646-602-2891.

Big Drop 50 to 80 percent off Rebecca Taylor, Development, Ya-Ya, and others (from $19).
When: Through 2/12 (Mon.-Sat. 11am-8pm; Sun. noon-7pm).
Where: 1325 Third Ave., nr. 75th St. 212-472-3200.

Valcucine’s contemporary, Italianate kitchens (now $30,000) and furniture (now $1,200) are on sale.
When: Through 3/1 (Mon.-Fri. 11am-6:30pm; Sat. 11am-7pm).
Where: 66 Crosby St., nr. Spring St., 212-253-5969.

Gym Source treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, and more for up to half off.
When: Through 2/28 (Mon.-Fri. 9am-6pm; Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. noon-5pm).
Where: 40 E. 52nd St., nr. Madison Ave., 212-688-4222.

Liora Manné’s colorful home and fashion accessories are up to 50 percent off.
When: 2/7-2/13 (Mon.-Sat. 11am-7pm; Sun. noon-6pm).
Where: 91 Grand St., nr. Greene St., 212-965-0302.

Ocean View Optical’s frames from Alain Mikli, Calvin Klein, Theo, and others are discounted by 50 to 75 percent.
When: Through 2/12 (Mon.-Fri. 11am-7pm; Sat. and Sun. noon-5pm).
Where: 40 Union Square East, nr. 16th St., 212-477-9515.

Originally published February 2005
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