City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

It’s a brand new year. We can accomplish anything and everything we have ever wanted to this year. We can be our own heroes and heroines. Whatever we’ll do, we’ll be fabulous.

If you’ve decided that you want to volunteer this year, have you thought about fostering an animal? New York City Animal Care and Control is always on the lookout for foster homes for kittens, their moms, and abandoned puppies. You’d foster them while they get their strength back. Then they’re returned to the shelter to be adopted. If you’d like more information, please go to the website;
http://www.nycacc.org/get_involved/foster.htm

If you’ve decided that you want to know more about art and meet people then you should check out ArtDate. It’s run by Natasha Schlesinger, an independent art historian and consultant. She provides guided tours for singles and couples in various museums throughout the city. Here’s an opportunity to learn more about art and make more friends. To find out more about ArtDate and the various tours and classes, log onto http://www.artdateny.com

If you’ve been thinking about expanding your creative horizons, check out the University of Pennsylvania’s PENNSound. It’s an ongoing project that’s committed to creating new audio recordings and preserving existing ones. Listen to poetry; check out their featured authors reading everything from Chaucer to contemporary fiction. They even have videos. Culture is just a click away, http://www.writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/

If you’ve decided to go out more, head over to Mickey’s Blue Room, Tuesday, January 4th. You’ll catch Mad Juana; one of New York’s hardest working underground bands. Their show starts at 10:30, but if you’re there by 10 PM, you’ll catch an acoustic set from Ricky Bacchus. Oh, yeah. No cover!

Mickey’s Blue Room
171 Avenue C (between 10th&11th)

Or head on over to the Delancey, it’s one of the LES coolest clubs. There are three levels of fun, and a rooftop garden. While you’re there, watch Diamond Nights conquer the city during their month long residency. “Morgan Phalen’s got a voice richer than chocolate cake.” – Earlash. Another critic compared the band to a chilled out version of Marc Bolan/T. Rex. Their residency starts January 6th and ends the 27th.

Diamond Nights @ The Delancey
168 Delancey Street
212-254-9920
http://www.thedelancey.com

If you went a little wild (money-wise) over the holidays, you’ll be happy to know there’s never a cover at the Luna Lounge. You can catch up and coming bands six nights a week. This week’s schedule is; Tuesday January 4th
7:30pm Nozumi Phoenix 8:30pm Mere 10:30pm Monterose Wednesday January 5th8:30pm Swiss Auto Club 9:30pm Cassady Thursday January 6th 8:30pm Almost Violet 9:30pm Mainline 10:30pm Electric Ladybugs (For fans of Blind Faith, Pavement, The Turtles and Radiohead. http://www.electricladybugs.com) Friday January 7th 8:30pm Bryan Master 9:30pm Bodhi 10:30pm Six Gun Republic (For fans of psychobilly, rockabilly, and Reverend Horton Heat. http://www.sixgunrepublic.com) 11:30pm Pinktricity Saturday January 8th 7:30pm Music For Girls 8:30pm The Vitamen (For fans of The Modern Lovers, The Beach Boys & Pavement. http://www.thevitamen.com) 9:30pm Dirt Bike Annie (For fans of Pixies, Weezer, and Rocket from the Crypt. http://www.dirtbikeannie.com)Sunday January 9th 7:30pm The States 8:30pm Acid Canyon

Luna Lounge
171 Ludlow Street
212-260-2323
http://www.lunalounge.com

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If you promised yourself that you were going to take better care of your color treated hair, just start your treatment right with Curlisto Colorective Shampoo and CràƒÆ’à†’àƒâ€šà‚¨me. The shampoo and conditioner were created by world renowned hairstylist Christo. They contain a unique color enhancing formula that helps to preserve color treated hair. While it was formulated for curly, wavy hair, its gentle conditioners will benefit any hair type.

There are five shades; Smart Blonde (for platinum to honey), Bloody Mary (light brown to copper red), Merlot (for deep red to medium brown), Chocolat (for brunette shades from cinnamon to cocoa) and Double Espresso (for dark brown to black hair). If you feel that your shade isn’t captured in this spectrum, Christo will create a custom Colorective for your hair. You can purchase Colorective at Christo Fifth Avenue, 574 5th Avenue, by phone 1-800-811-CURL or http://www.curlisto.com

If you promised yourself that all that tatty icky lingerie was never going to darken your home again; take a look at Donna L’Oren and her Gold Label collection of scrumptious lingerie. Each piece is perfect blend of wear ability, sexiness and sophistication. There’s lot of wonderful details, lace, ribbon, or fishnet trim, bows, embroidery that’s brings to mind old fashioned quality, a piquant mix of patterns and solids and above all, excellent fit.

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The collections are created to enhance a woman’s curves not constrict them.

You can find Donna L’Oren lingerie nationwide at Filene’s, Foley’s, Belks, Robinson-May department stores. To find a store near you, click on the store locator at http://www.donnaloren.com or you can purchase the lingerie at http://www.figleaves.com

If you promised yourself that you’d cook more, but realized that you don’t know any recipes, don’t despair. Lisa’s Cooking Cache has dozens of recipes that you can print out for free. There’s everything from Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers to Beef Tenderloin with Herb Cheese Filling and Red Wine Sauce. http://www.cookingcache.com

If you promised yourself, that this was your year to save money; here are some fabulous sales.

Porthault’s linens are reduced by 30 to 60 percent ($25 to $1,500).
When: 1/10-1/15 (10AM-6PM).
Where: 18 E. 69th St., nr. Madison Ave., 212-688-1660.

Pratesi’s cashmere robes, slippers (now $112), linens, and more are 20 to 50 percent off.
When: 1/10-1/31 (Mon.-Sat. 10AM-6PM).
Where: 829 Madison Ave., at 69th St., 212-288-2315.

Lingerie on Lex has Aubade, La Perla, Lise Charmel, and others on sale for 30 to 75 percent off.
When: Through 1/30 (Mon.-Fri. 10AM-7PM; Sat. 11AM-6PM; Sun. Noon-5PM).
Where: 831 Lexington Ave., nr. 63rd St., 212-755-3312.

Mylo Dweck Maternity warehouse sale, everything’s 70
percent off. Brands include Seven and Blue Cult jeans and cords, Chaiken
pants and tops, Diane von Furstenberg wrap dresses and tops, Cadeau, Velvet
Teese, Japanese Weekend, Olian and much more. Try ons are permitted.
When: 1/3 – 1/5 (Mon-Tues. 9 AM, Wed. 9 AM – 4 PM)
Where: 609 Fifth Ave.(corner of 49 Street)14th floor, 917.402.7847

If you want to exercise, learn something new, and have fun, then go to the
New York/New Year Antiques & Fine Art Festival has jewelry, fine art, Chinese pottery, and more from the turn of the past century through the fifties. Admission is $12. It’s being held at the Seventh Regiment Armory, January 7th and 8th.

New York/New Year Antiques & Fine Art Festival
1/7 – 1/8
Seventh Regiment Armory,
(Park Ave. at 67th St.)
212-691-7297

Originally published January 2005
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