City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

I have to make a confession; I am obsessed with Project Runway. Wednesday nights at 9 PM, everything in my house stops for that show. We even have rituals. All snacks are made before the show starts. All calls are either made during commercial breaks or after the show airs. Meg (my roomie), Diana (from downstairs) comes up with her dog Isa; we loaf about on the couch and watch the show. Root for our favs, boo the bad guys, and make snarky comments. Sometimes Meg, Sophie the wonder dog and I go downstairs to Diana’s to watch – just to break up the routine. After the most recent show, I am so mad at Austin. Normally, I adore him, and if anyone knows whose red lipstick he’s wearing, please tell me-I’d love it for myself. Back to the reason why he’s not in my good graces, instead of fighting for Vanessa’s honor, he just stood there in front of the firing squad and cried. If he adored her that much, instead of flinging himself onto the settee and wailing away after she was eliminated, he should have opened his mouth and said something. Argh. We’re now stuck with another week of Wendy. So unfair. When you think about it, Nora should have gotten kicked off for being such a misbehaving diva, and slowing poor Kevin down.

I am so glad that I got that off my chest. Let’s get back to talking about other fun things.

We women love clothing and items that are cute, fun, have personality and flair. There are times when it’s hard to find that stuff. Winter makes it doubly harder, because you’re thinking warmth most of the time instead of personality.

Well take a look at these mittens!

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Warmth and cuteness combined! Or take a look at this denim skirt. It would be great paired with a chunky sweater and boots for winter, or a tank and flip flops for summer

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Jannese Rojas is a Brooklyn based young designer. As with many designers, she couldn’t find clothes that she wanted to wear clubbing, so she started to make her own. Fast forward a few years later, and Jannese starts making fun clothes for her dog Buddha because she couldn’t find anything in the stores she liked. That led to her dog – clothing line and website anklebitersnyc.com (I wrote about that not too long ago). Jannese received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts. She became inspired by Tokyo street fashion (anyone here watch America’s Next Top Model?? If you did, you’ll know what I’m talking about). And she started designing clothing in that style. So the line Dollparts and Candy was born.

Shoiki Aoki’s Fruits book became her inspiration for many items, including this Bunny Girl cape and the eyelet ruffled top.

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The top was originally an 80’s striped blazer top. See, this is the secret to many of Jannese’s designs – quite a few of her pieces are de- and reconstructed vintage pieces. She also creates items that are brand new, without any vintage components. All are unique. Jannese doesn’t mass produce items. Each piece is individually crafted, and no two are alike. If you love it, buy it. Because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

Besides creating clothing, she alters new shoes with clever appliqués and embellishments. Her other accessories are 99% new except for recycled ties or knits.

Dollparts and Candy has a big following on LiveJournal.com and ebay. You can purchase her items either from her website http://www.dollpartsandcandy.com or try to win a dollpartsandcandy auction on ebay.com. A word of caution, her ebay auctions are for three days only, they get snapped up quickly.

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Jannese Rojas just might be the next Comme de Garcons or Betsey Johnson.

Winter is a great excuse to pamper your skin. The brisk weather almost forces you into cosseting code. The next time you’re thinking about getting a facial, think about going to Smooth Synergy, a cosmedical spa. What is a cosmedical spa? A cosmedical spa is a spa that offers dermatological and cosmetic treatments in once place. All treatments are dispensed by specialists. Besides facials, you can receive a wide variety of treatments. They do laser hair removal for all skin types, Botox, Restylane, Collagen treatments. And they provide microdermabrasion, peels, photorejuvenation, mesotherapthy and endermologie treatments.

Each treatment is customized for the client. They even have anti-aging facials and peels. These help reduce fine lines, dark spots and restore your skin’s natural glow.

To find out more about Smooth Synergy, give them a call at 212-362-3050

What: Smooth Synergy – cosmedical spa
Where: 686 Lexington Ave
Contact: 212-362-3050
website: http://smoothsynergy.com

Christian Marclay will be premiering his new work “Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix)” at the Paula Cooper Gallery Saturday, January 8th and goes through February 5th. In this video installation he projects a special brew of Fluxus-inspired montage, stemming from his time as an artist-in-residence at the Walker Art Center, on several screens. Dredging through archival materials and artifacts from a motley group of Fluxus artists, Marclay plays with the musical possibilities of wooden toys, puzzles, postcards, and other ephemera by such luminaries as Yoko Ono, Nam June Paik, and Joseph Beuys. Where Fluxus confounded audiences by stretching disciplinary boundaries, Marclay, the sonic archaeologist, succeeds by orchestrating their complexity. After the opening night, the hours will be 10 AM – 6 PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

What: Christian Marclay “Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix)”
Where: Paula Cooper Gallery, Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 W 21st St.
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Cost: Free
Contact: 212.255.1105

Chiara Civello who has recorded with James Taylor and Tony Bennett will be performing at The Living Room Monday, January 10th at 10 PM and again on Monday, January 24th at 9 PM.

Chiara was born in Rome and won a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. While studying, she began writing songs. Burt Bachrach heard one of hers and he invited her to collaborate with him. The song “Trouble” is on her debut album, “Last Quarter Moon” (Verve Records) which will be released Tuesday, February 1st. Other songs on the album include Susanne Vega’s “Caramel” and her version of Rosa Passos and Fernando de Olivera’s “Outono” as well as her original songs. Chiara sings in English, Italian and Portuguese on the album.

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For a romantic and jazzy night of music, check Chiara Civello out at The Living Room. As one of her fans Cyndi Lauper says, “It really doesn’t matter
what she’s singing about, because her voice just captivates you.”

Who: Chiara Civello
When: 1/10 @ 10 PM, 1/24 @ 9 PM
Where: The Living Room, 154 Ludlow Street (between Stanton & Rivington)
Phone: 212-533-7235
Website: http://www.livingroomnyc.com
Chiara’s Website: http://www.chiaracivello.com

I once before mentioned the group Freecycle New York City here in this column. They’re part of a group that’s sweeping the country. Instead of tossing out no longer loved items, members of Free Cycle post messages and who ever emails back first, gets it. People have given away washers and dryers, living room sets, clothing, books and more. You can post a wanted, if you’re looking for an item as well. Here’s why I’m mentioning them again, on January 29th they’re having their second FreeCycle Free Freemeet. Just come on down to the 6th Street Community Center in the East Village between the hours of 10AM – 6 PM and go home with free clothing, electronics or what ever any one decides to donate. This is one massive “cleaned out your closet” event. Now the event organizers are looking for a charity or charities that would be willing to pick up the goods that were not taken by the end of the day and could use them for their organization. If you are a member of a charity, know someone who works for a charity and would like these items, send an email to Christina at freecycle_nyc@yahoo.com. If you’ve cleaned out your closets and would like to donate items to the event, send her an email too. To find out more or to participate in FreeCyle, here’s their URL: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/freecyclenewyorkcity/

WHAT: FreeCycle’s Freemeet
When: Saturday, January 29th
Where: 6th Street Community Center in the East Village
Time: 10 AM- 6 PM
Cost: Free of course!

Julia Migenes will be performing her one woman show, “Diva on the Verge” this Monday, January 10 at 8 PM and Thursday, January 13 at 8 PM at the Florence Gould Hall. Julia is a soprano who just starred in the world-premiere of the opera “Angels in America,” and she delighted audiences in the title role of the film Carmen directed by Francesco Rosi. .

“Diva” is the story of a girl from the Lower East Side who was born into a family made up of a passionate mixture of Greek and Irish-Puerto Rican descent, and who went on to scale the heights of the opera world. “Diva” is sure to hit a high-note of laughter with those who both love and hate opera. The Financial Times said, “Billed for non-opera goers who might be on the brink of giving opera
a try.”

What: “Diva on the Verge” starring Julia Migenes
Where: Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, (between Park & Mad)
When: 1/10 8 & 10 PM, and 1/13 8 PM
Cost: $35
To buy at the box office: In Person: Tues – Fri 11am-7pm / Sat 11am-3pm
Fax Your reservation: 212- 355-6189
Ticketmaster (service fees apply) Phone: 212-307-4100
Online: http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/945911

Originally published January 2005
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