City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

My two favorite four letter words are free and sale. They just bring a zing to my step and a smile to my lips! There’s some free stuff that I just have to pass on to you, I know you’re gonna love it.

MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) is re-opening Saturday, November 20th and admission that day is free! The refitted museum has almost doubled its size and there are new restaurants and cafes that were created and are operated by Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group. Danny Meyer also runs the fabulous Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café. There are skylights galore, fixed and variable galleries on the fourth and fifth floors and of course…Art! MoMA is located at 11 West 53rd Street, 212-708-9400 for more information visit moma.org

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Eat, drink, be merry and play with makeup! How bad is that? Alcone, the cosmetic company that has the most incredible products, is hosting an evening where you can learn all the secret beauty celebrity tricks of the trade. Make Up artists will demonstrate the Fabulosity of Alcone and give you terrific tricks for yourself. It’s all happening December 2nd at 366 Madison Ave, Suite 600 (Behrman Public Relations)

This is going to be a free, fun filled evening of make up, cocktails and food. To learn more about Alcone, please go to http://www.alconebeautyclub.com. You must call and reserve your spot by November 23rd. There are two party sessions; 6 PM – 7:30 PM and 8PM – 9:30PM. RSVP 1-800-490-6649

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There’s a new lingerie line in town and it’s going to make you and your sweetie swoon with its fabu scrumptiousness! Lavit Lingerie is the creation of the Baril sisters; Laura, Vivi, and Tina. They’re based in Beverly Hills, CA. The philosophy behind the line is to create elegant, stunning designs in vibrant colors and textures that will fit all women’s body types. They have merged comfort and sexiness, to delicious results! I mean, can you remember the last time you wore something sexy and kept scratching? Not a very sexy look. I looked through their catalog and each design was more impressive than the last. The line has everything from cotton, lace to appliqués and more in many types of fabrics. You’ll find bras, camisoles, night wear and panties of every style.

They have created a signature bra “The Ultimate Lift. ” It’s a revolutionary bra that has three individual pads to enhance your breasts and give perfect cleavage. The three panels are thin, so they create a natural feel. It’s designed to enhance all sizes and shapes. It has a back closure and adjustable straps.

You can take a look at their line at http://www.lavitlingerie.com. Right now the lingerie is sold out west at; The Pharmacy, 10072 Donner Pass Road, Truckee CA 96161 (530)582-1668; Underwear, 916 B. West 12th. St., Austin, TX 78703 (512) 478-1515; Allure 328 Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 87501,(505) 982-5747; Neroli, 7944 Girard Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037, (858) 456-9618 Don’t worry, they’re coming East and I’ll let you know when!

The Jewish Women’s Film Festival created by the National Council of Jewish Women is this Sunday, November 14th. There are three sessions starting at 10:30 AM. Each session only costs $10.00. Veronika’s Birthday is being shown during the second session, 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM. There’s a question and answer session after the showing with the director, Jessica Burstein .It’s a funny, unsettling view of a grandmother, a daughter and a granddaughter who continue their dysfunctional relationships over three generations. It’s scooped up many awards and has been shown in many film festivals. For trailer, pics and more information about the film http://www.ponytailproductions.com. The festival is being held at the Florence Gould Hall, French Institute Alliance Francaise, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY. For more information about the film festival go to http://www.ncjwny.org/film_festival.htm

More arty stuff…. Canstruction is going on at the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave (@23rd St) it’s the 12th annual design build competition where designers create sculptures out of cans of food. You can see the pieces from November 11 – November 24th, 9 AM – 5 PM More information go to http://www.canstruction.org.

Wednesday night I was lucky enough to be invited to the CD release party of Jobraith’s Lonely Planet Boy (attack Records). The party was held at Serena at the Chelsea Hotel. The Serena is a basement lounge/restaurant decorated in black, white and red. It’s posh and slightly subversive at the same time. All dim lights and art moderne furniture, and black lacquer furniture everywhere. Whenever I have an event to go to and can wrangle a plus one, I alternate between my friends Ivan and Diana. Both are good sports, willing to try anything and have excellent senses of humor. Among the places they’ve accompanied me have been parties and shows. I’ve dragged Ivan to a fashion show and Diana to a party at Cielo. The result of that party is Diana’s newest fav phrase, “That’s sooo second row.” We were talking to some people who work fashion shows there and now that’s all I hear.

Getting back to the party, besides listening to Jobraith’s albums there was a reunion of sorts of his original band, the producer of his first album and Wayne/Jane County. She held court in a corner.

There’s so much great music going on all over the city this weekend. Some shows you might want to check out are;

Your Code Name is Milo at the Mercury Lounge 8:30 PM Saturday, Nov. 13th
Virginia Coalition at Maxwell’s Saturday, Nov. 13th

Music of Renaissance Women Sat. Nov. 13th at 8 PM, Sunday Nov. 14th 3 PM at the St. James Chapel at St. John the Divine on 110th Street. EMNY’s women’s ensemble explores women composers from 1566 to 1700 More information go to http://www.stjohndivine.org/ce_musicalperformances.htm.

Benjamin, Legs Akimbo, Brooklyn – Queens Experiment, Louis the 15th at 169 Bar, 169 East Broadway (@ Essex & Canal Streets) starts at 9 PM 212-473-8866

Mark Mallman at the Mercury Lounge Sunday, Nov. 14th http://www.badmanrecordingco.com http://www.mallman.com.

I just got another holiday CD. It’s silly, extremely non-pc, twisted and hilarious. I’m talking about John Waters first ever holiday CD, A John Waters Christmas (New Line Cinema). Run don’t walk and get this release. It’s the antidote to all the saccharine crap that will bloat your ears. You’ve got Fat Daddy singing, “Fat Daddy” Tiny Tim doing his rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” doo wop by Stormy Weather. Other artists on the disc are Little Cindy, Roger Christian, Rita Faye Wilson, The Coctails and more.

The Fight Nothing New Since Rock N’ Roll (Repossession Records) I never knew nihilism could be so fun. This quartet out of Dudley, England has been compared to the Buzzcocks, Green Day, Rancid and Yellowcard. It’s not hype, they are that good. The band has tightly composed pop- punk tunes that have a universal appeal. They swagger, they pose and they play furiously. And well. Lead singer K8 (guitar/vocals) could out snarl Mick Jagger. She backed up ably and well by her band mates; Jack (drums), Scott (guitar), and Matt (bass). The CD is produced by Bill Stevenson (Descendents, Black Flag). The final result is polished, tight and as angry as a feral cat with a sick sense of humor. Just buy it.

SpongeBob Squarepants is a popular little guy. Halloween I saw too many SpongeBob costumes to count. He’s got a movie coming out in a few days and the soundtrack has just hit the stores. SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Music from the Movie and More (Sire Records). Let’s talk about his buddies on the disc; he got The Flaming Lips, “SpongeBob and Patrick Confront The Psychic Wall of Energy, ” Wilco’s “Just A Kid” Motorhead’s “You Better Swim, ” and Avril Lavigne’s “SpongeBob SquarePants Theme.” Other artists are; Electrocute, The Shins, Ween, and more. Go ahead tell the clerk it’s for your niece/nephew. Yeah, sure.

Originally published November 2004
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