City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

If the cold is getting you down, you need to rev up your muscles and sweat a little. Wednesday nights the Star Club has swing dancing complete with a big band; Joe Battaglia and his 18-piece NY Big Band. Grab your partner and do the Lindy!

What: Swing Dancing @ The Star Club
When: Every Wednesday night, 8PM – 11:30 PM
Where: 246 Columbus Avenue, between 71st & 72nd Streets
Contact: 212-579-4040, http://www.nybigband.com

Two of George Bernard Shaw’s comedies; “How He Lied to her Husband, ” and “Overruled, ” will be presented as staged readings by Break A Leg Productions, Thursday at the Mid-Manhattan Library at 6:30 PM.

What: George Bernard Shaw’s “How He Lied to her Husband, ” & “Overruled, ” readings
When: Thursday, 1/20 6:30 PM
Where: Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Avenue @ 40th Street
Contact: 212-340-0833
Cost: free

I love the city, always have and always will. Heck, I was born across the street from Gracie Mansion. Yet there are times when I just want to leave for a day, and see something exotic like, oh I don’t know, maybe a lawn?

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And there are times when you’ve found something amazing like a Art Deco Vanity table at the 23rd Street Flea Market, and you’re wondering how to get it home quickly. Grab a Zipcar instead of a cab.

What’s a Zipcar?

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Zipcars can be found here in New York City, Boston and Washington DC. You can rent a car by the hour instead of the day. Taking some friends out to lunch outside of Manhattan, going to the airport, or snagging a fabulous bureau? Use a zipcar. Rates start at $8,00 an hour and that includes insurance, gas, maintenance, and oh my gosh – designated parking. Need the car for a day? Rates start at $59.00

There’s a $25.00 application fee, a $100 refundable deposit, and they have monthly rental plans starting at $50.00. You can rent a BMW or Volvo to impress a client, a MINI Cooper to scope out the boys, or you can change into any of the other 20 models just like you switch shoes.

To learn more about Zipcars, apply for membership or just look at the pretty cars, go to their website, http://www.zipcar.com

One of the pleasures of winter is snuggling in bed. You have the best excuse, “it’s cold out there” and snuggling is even better when the sheets make you wiggle in delight.

Smart Bargains is having a sheet sale that is just going to make getting out of bed even harder. A Frette Demetra Foglie Arredo Duvet Set that goes for $1500.00, and was selling on Smart Bargains for $899.99, is now on sale for $699.98

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340 thread count goose down comforters orig, $149.99 now $99.00, 300 thread count cotton sheet sets were $149.99 now $28.88. And there are other goodies like Prada shoes starting at $269.99, and DVD players are starting at $39.99. http://www.smartbargains.com

Grip N Grin is hosting a “Networking for Tsunami Relief” happy hour at Metro Loft, from 6:30 PM – 9 PM. Dress is smart casual, and the $10 donation to Direct Relief International includes one free drink ticket. For more information about Direct Relief International, visit their website http://www.directrelief.org

What: Grip N Grin presents Networking for Tsunami Relief
When: Tonight, 6:30 PM – 9 PM
Where: Metro Loft, 305 E. 53rd Street @ Second Avenue
RSVP: Julia@gripngrin.com

W Magazine named Dr. Norman Leaf as one of the best plastic surgeons around. Normally he spends his time in Beverly Hills, but he’ll be at Bergdorf Goodman this Friday – all afternoon. Why? Because he is offering free plastic surgery consultations (normally $250) and you can enjoy a free facial with Dr. Leaf’s line of skin care, Leaf & Rusher. Visit the beauty level of Bergdorf Goodman and learn about the skincare line, try the products and chat with the good doctor about possible surgery. RSVP as soon as you can, space is limited.

What: Complimentary facial and plastic surgery consultation with Dr. Norman Leaf
When: Friday, January 21, 12PM – 6 PM
Where: Bergdorf Goodman, 754 5th Avenue, Beauty Level
RSVP: 212-872-2664

Free music happens almost every night of the week at the Luna Lounge. The long-time staple of the Lower East Side brings you bands and artists that are on the verge and you pay nada! They’ve also got a comfy lounge up front where you can sit, fashion watch and check out boys playing pool. Here’s this week’s line up: Wednesday January 19th 8:30pm The Lost Tricks 9:30pm Bad Teenage Moustache, Thursday January 20th 8:30pm Katy Mae (For fans of The Jayhawks, R.E.M., My Morning Jacket, and the Who.

http://www.katymaemusic.com) 9:30pm Karwreck (For fans of Pavement, Stereolab, and Radiohead. http://www.karwreck.com) 10:30pm Kilsy, Friday January 21st 8:30pm Benny Girl 9:30pm The Great Shakes (For fans of MC5, The Stooges, and Johnny Thunders. http://www.nogreatshakes.com 10:30pm The Picture (For fans of The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Stone Roses, and My Bloody Valentine. http://thepictureonline.com), Saturday January 22nd 8:30pm Chancer, 9:30pm Boobytrap 10:30pm Red Red Black, Sunday January 23rd 7:30pm Mancino 8:30pm Die Romantik

What: Live Music- Various
Where: Luna Lounge, 171 Ludlow Street
Contact: 212-260-2323

Originally published January 2005
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