City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

There is a new line of body care and home collection that you just have to try for yourself. i-bella is a line that combines vitamins C and E and protects your skin from sun damage. The i-bella products contain the same fantastic fresh scent in all of their products. It’s the perfect winter perk-up. The fragrance is a combination of chamomile, essences of pear, pineapple, white peony and hyacinth. It soothes and lifts you at the same time. The other ingredients in the rejuvenating body lotion and rejuvenating hand lotion are aloe barbadensis leaf extract, cucumber fruit extract, sweet almond oil, chamomile, olive leaf extract, rosa canina extract and other goodies.

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My poor hands are so dry from the combination of cold outdoor and dry heat indoors, that the first time I squirted the hand lotion on my skin, it immediately soaked in. I couldn’t mush it around like I would normally do with lotion. Your skin drinks this moisturizing potion instantly. I was amazed. The body lotion is fantastic to use after stepping out of the shower. Spritz the linen spray on your bed and you’ll feel like you are in the tropics.

i-bella also has a moisturizing body wash that will help you face the day. You can purchase ibella at http://www.i-bella.com or http://www.gbsbeauty.com

As February gets closer and closer and we start thinking more about VDay, I came across a nifty contest that you might be interested in trying. Philanthropist Henri Zimand, in honor and loving memory of his wife, is sponsoring a love letter contest. He’ll be giving away over 100 free Central Park Horse and Carriage rides during the Valentine’s Day weekend, February 11 – 14th. The grand prize love letter writer wins a trip to Monte Carlo.

Zimand is offering this contest to promote the positive effect of love and support can have on the terminally ill. He lost his wife, Anda to breast cancer in 2003 and created a non-profit organization, Love, Anda in memory of his wife. The organization was created to spread love and positive survivorship in the face of cancer adversity. Mrs. Zimand, throughout her life and even during her fight with cancer, was characterized by her enormous love of life, her husband and her family.

The love letters will be judged on originality, expression of love and demonstration of passion. The deadline for the love letters is February 10th. Letters can either be faxed in to 213-624-0712 or emailed to loveletters@loveanda.com To find out more about Love, Anda, please go to http://www.loveanda.com

Saturday night you’ve got a few great reasons to dress up, kick up your heels and have a wonderful time on the town

The International Social Society is having a “Wine and Fondue Party, Saturday night from 8 PM- 12 AM. It’s happening at a location that will only be disclosed if you RSVP. Enjoy an evening of candlelight, delicious wines and communal pots of rich, creamy, smooth Swiss fondue. Dress is Smart-Casual, Crunchy Eli’s bread and Swedish meatballs will be served to accompany the fondue

What: International Social Society “Wine & Fondue Party
When: Saturday, January 29th, 8 PM – 12AM
Where: somewhere @ 77th and Lexington
RSVP: 917-446-4255 or intlsocials@yahoo.com
Cost: $20

EuroCircle is celebrating its sixth year anniversary with a Venetian Masquerade at the Williams Club this Saturday night. Dress is trendy and D’artagnan products will be sampled as well as Hor D’oeuvres.

What: EuroCircle’s Venetian Masquerade Ball with Eurocircle
When: Saturday, January 29th, 8:30 PM – 12:30 PM
Where: The Williams Club, 24 East 39th Street
RSVP: events@eurocircle.com or 212-721-6190
Cost: $50 – $70

The Australia Day Party is happening at The Tonic Bar. Celebrate with authentic Australian meat pies, Coopers and Tooheys-they’re new Aussie beers, Aussie music, Aussie Videos and Jacobs Creek Aussie wine. Hopefully there will be some Aussie (sigh) men and women too! Golfers will be able to enjoy watching the Australian Open there when it gets a bit later. A portion of the $10 cover will go to the Tsunami Relief fund. And yes, there’s more! You’ll be eligible for door prizes courtesy of Coopers Beer and NYC2012 (http://www.nyc2012.com) NYC2012 is the organization that hopes to bring the Olympics to the City.

What: Australian Day Party
When: Saturday, January 29th 9 PM – on
Where: The Tonic Bar, 7th Avenue between 48th and 49th streets
Cost: $10

Award winning Scottish composer Craig Armstrong will be performing two rare concerts in the United States on January 26th at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and February 1st at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, New York City. On both evenings Craig will be playing material from his latest Sanctuary release, “Piano Works”, his most compelling solo work to date.

Craig Armstrong is perhaps best known for his classical compositions and film scores. His many credits include the Baz Luhrmann hits “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge” (for which he received a Golden Globe). Recent soundtrack work includes composing the scores to the Golden Globe nominated ‘Ray’, Robert Redford’s ‘The Clearing’, Philip Noyce’s adaptation of the Graham Greene novel “The Quiet American”, Peter Mullan’s “The Magdalene Sisters”, and Richard Curtis’s “Love Actually”.

Film compositions aside Armstrong has also collaborated with pop artists such as Massive Attack, Madonna, U2, The Future Sound of London, and Bjork. Craig’s work with Massive Attack (he composed “Weatherstorm” and “Heat Miser” for their Protection album) led to Armstrong signing to their record label, Melankolic, releasing his first solo album, “The Space Between Us” (1998). The follow-up, “As If To Nothing” (2002), featured a series of collaborations with artists including Bono, Mogwai and Evan Dando.

The recent “Piano Works” sessions mark a radical departure for Armstrong, recorded mainly in a Parisian theatre, the album features solo piano versions of his film themes – including ‘Moulin Rouge’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’, tracks he composed for Massive Attack and entirely new pieces. During the recording of “Piano Works” Craig collaborated with the celebrated Berlin based lap-top poet and electronic artiste AGF on “Piano Works”, who added a contemporary electronic element to the pieces, AGF will be accompanying Craig at both performances. Prior to Craig’s performance at Sundance there will be a screening of the film ‘Piano Works’ which is an accompanying piece to the album. Filmed on 16mm in Paris – in the Eclair Studio’s home to the new wave French cinema movement – it’s a beautiful film directed by the British director David Barnard.

Armstrong’s live performances of “Piano Works” will showcase the most unforgettable compositions of his career, and will be a rare US sighting of an incredibly gifted artist not to be missed.

The “SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE” said, “Armstrong goes minimalist but achieves maximal effects on 19 tracks for solo piano. His compositions are autumnal, sparely ornamented, deeply emotional, but not sentimental, and Armstrong subjects his instrument to subtle electronic treatments, creating ambient ripples and shimmers akin to Harold Budd’s work with Brian Eno.”

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR – “Blessed with an angel’s touch on the keyboard….. Evoke(s) the understated beauty of Debussy and Satie, and yet sound as modern as this minute.”

What: Craig Armstrong
When: Tuesday, February 1, doors open 7 PM, performance 7:30 PM
Where: The Joan and Sanford I Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. 57th Street and & 7th Ave.,
website: http://www.carnegiehall.org

The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is Jan. 28 and 29. This year they’re featuring fashions from the “rock and roll” era. They have 80 dealers with glamorous clothing and sophisticated accessories. Show favorites include bias-cut velvet dresses, beaded cashmere sweaters, great furs, fur-trimmed coats and suits, silk lingerie, classic handbags, chiffons, lace and cottons. Keep your eyes open for designers looking for inspiration. Last year Donna Karan was seen!

What: Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show -women’s clothing & household accessories
When: Friday (1-8 PM) and Saturday (11AM- 6 PM), January 28-29,
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th St. Between 6th & 7th Ave
Cost: $20, or visit the website and pay $15
Contact: 518-434-4312
website: http://www.manhattanvintage.com

Originally published January 2005
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