New York City will never stop pushing boundaries. Amidst its bustling streets within its mere 468.9 geographic square miles, you’ll find the offices for the most prominent companies, renowned restaurants, and notorious nightclubs. It is verifiably the world’s headquarters, which makes it of paramount importance that the city always remain as the leading innovative visionary, keeping its citizens, as well as the world, on its toes.
When news first broke in early August that Skrillex would be playing Marquee New York for one night only, it was met with mixed reactions. While many die-hard fans of the GRAMMY nominated artist hustled and bustled with excitement, scrambling to their computers to purchase a ticket before the show’s inevitable sell-out, there were a few skeptics who questioned the idea, believing the venue to be an inappropriate choice due to size and atmosphere. While reasonable in their conflicted enthusiasm, this time, Skrillex proved the skeptics wrong, as his performance on September 4th at Marquee New York proved to be nothing short of tremendous.
The DIY Brooklyn music venue, Death By Audio has recently announced it is closely its doors November 22nd, 2014. A longtime staple of the Brooklyn music scene, the venue was started seven years ago by Edan Wilber and Matt Conboy and has held over 1000 acts every year since including the Dirty Projectors, Thee Oh Sees and Future Islands.
Wilber and Conboy recently wrote a letter to their supportive fan base which seemed to implicate rising costs in the Williamsburg area leading to a more expensive, and likely unaffordable lease.
Word on the street is that legendary Ibiza night club, SPACE is about to find a new home in New York City. Are you are ready? Because the rumors are true. Headed by nightlife industry vets Antonio Piacquadio, Carlo Seneca, Michael Geniton and Rob Toma, the grand opening is less than 2 weeks away! Doors will open to the clubs new locale in Hells Kitchen next Friday September 12th- the last weekend of New York Fashion Week 2014.
Ambitious. “Revolution in the Elbow of Ragnar Agnarsson Furniture Painter” is a curious rock musical, currently playing at the Minetta Lane Theater in Greenwich Village. Revolution is written by Icelandic brothers Ivar Pall Jonsson and Gunnlaugur Jonsson, and it attempts to cover multiple major themes, with humor that appears to fall somewhat flat on a largely American audience. The cast however, is top rate. The storyline portrays the human body (specifically Ragnar Agnarsson the furniture painter’s) as the universe, with the population highlighted in this play, residing in the elbow. God is referred to as Bob, because when the good people of Elbowville travel to Ragnar’s eye sockets, they behold visions of Robert Redford (Agnarsson’s favorite actor). The Prosperity Machine, the central component here, is an invention of Peter’s (the very talented, Marrick Smith) and addresses human nature and greed, by issuing easy loans reminiscent of the 2008 economic crash. These loans of course, cannot be sustained, so they ultimately lead to the town’s financial demise, and the revolution. Sex is covered as well, merely referred to as “the sexy thing,” and the theme of family, both adopted (in the form of a lovingly swaddled virus), and biological (Peter’s wife Brynja, played by Karli Dinardo, is pregnant throughout), is center front. Finally, tragically, death, as a suicide, brings this story full circle. It overwhelms! ...and we mustn't forget the lobsters! The people of Elbowville are fishermen...of lobsters from Ragnar’s lymphatic system. Lobster dialog and lobster costumes repeatedly materialize in this play. Looking further into lobster symbolism, we found that Surrealist, Salvador Dali, saw the claws of the lobster as representing danger. The Surrealist Art Movement during World War II viewed the lobster as a symbol of the dangers of war. Well, the show IS about a revolution.. The town of Elbowville is’t all seafood and sunshine - it is a city in turmoil, rife with corruption fueled by greedy mayor (The Producers' Cady Huffman), and the morally deficient Peter (Marrick Smith). Together they manage to financially run the town into the ground, all while Peter steals the love of his brother Stein (Brad Nacht), by putting his personal desires above the bond of a brother; family. Revolution in the Elbow’s set and effects are outstanding. The in-house band that accompanied the show’s musical numbers, the Revolution Cell Orchestra, rocked, with stadium quality acoustics. The acting was on point, but predictably so with this star-studded cast. Cady Huffman, specifically, was brilliant. The talent was apparent for all to see and hear, but the show was a lesson in excess, and proof that more times than not, less is indeed more. An overabundance of metaphors, loose connections and quirky symbolism, made it apparent that the script could have benefitted from some significant editing, but judge for yourself; it’s ripe for interpretation, and the tickets conveniently can be found here!
New York socialite and businesswoman, Tracy Stern, has traveled the world to find the best tea to create Tea & Co. The new line of aromatic teas debuted last Thursday for an invite-only exclusive tea party held in the beautiful Christofle boutique in the shops of Bal Harbour. The private event was sprinkled with sterling silver which complimented the tea beautifully. Our hostess also endeared the intimate crowd with a brief history on the 'tea party' as well as give us a wonderful tutorial on how to properly host any occasion with a dash of New York Style.
“Don’t think a one night stand only lasts one night.” As powerful as those words are, we wish they were our own. However, they were strung together to create the memorable tagline for one of New York’s newest off-Broadway plays, Phoenix. Starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, the show recently made its big debut and we were there to capture the range of reactions as viewers, actors, and crew members filed into the exclusive, jam packed after party held at The Leonora.
The consensus on the performances was that they were nothing short of amazing. Everybody raved about the chemistry, and the relevance of the play. Montego Glover of the hit show Smash told us, “it’s a very modern take on relationships, it’s actually a very current take on relationships.”
The Intern Queen, Lauren Bergen, hit NYC for the 4th time since 2011 just this past week. The CEO and founder of www.InternQueen.com - an archive of great internship opportunities nationwide—she also authored the National Best-Seller, All Work No Pay: Finding an Internship, Building Your Resume, Making Connections, and Gaining Job Experience, as well as Welcome to the Real World, which was released April 2014.
A young entrepreneur with much talent, she has created a mecca for students to take the first step in the real world. She is an expert in what she does, and she does it very professionally and enthusiastically. Wednesday, July 30th was a night of networking and fun for summer interns in the Big Apple, as they were honored for completing their summer assignments.
Ready to fest with the best? MATTE Projects-The Production House Redefining New York City’s Creative Vision is bringing back the Full Moon Fest for the fourth year in a row. Not only is the fest successfully returning to NYC, it's returning to one of New York's best music venues, Governor's Island.
The founders of the festival, The founders, Max Pollack, Brett Kincaid, and Matt Rowean explained to us that the journey to getting the fest to Governors Island was "A natural evolution [into a music festival]. We started at Beekman Beergarden and the event grew from 1,000 to 2,500 in year two. Then for year three we wanted to take it to the next level, and the same owners of Beekman run the events at Governors so it was a nice transition."
The night started up with a steady trickle of people coming in as the doors were opened. DJ Jakub Alexander had the crowd up & moving in no time as he worked his way through a unified set of imaginative house & trance cuts blurring the line between DJ Shadow & Black Box. He capped of his set with a sprawling remix of "Tropical Sound" by DJ Gregory as the house started filling to the brim.
Diplo devotees can flock to the Mad Decent Mecca of south Florida to see the musical misfit in all his glory. The Florida native is heading back to his swampy stomping grounds on Saturday to take over the decks with Tony G at Adore Nightclub, South Beach’s newest hotspot. Nestled within the Boulan Hotel, Adore’s 12,000 square foot space can contain even the rowdiest of the Major Lazer twerk team. Scoop up your tickets here.
1. The Ace Hotel Bar (20 W 29th St.)
Hotel bars can be swanky, classy, or elegant, but rarely cool. The Ace Hotel Bar pulls off that feat handily, with comfy communal couches, a great menu of cocktails and small bites, and of course the ability to get Stumptown coffee delivered right to your seat.
2. The NoMad Library Bar (811 7th Ave.)
The NoMad Library Bar isn't just one of the best hotel bars in the city -- it's one of the best bars in the city, full stop. They serve tasty, if overpriced, upscale pub food and have a cute library-themed decor. But the real star is their cocktail menu. Their bartenders are all Death & Co. expats and their concoctions are amongst the best in the city.