"Peaceful" corporate zombies took to Wall Street yesterday for the on-going Occupy Wall Street protest. Activists dressed as "money-eating" zombie banksters represented what one protester called "a metaphor and symbol of corporate greed." Five arrests were made including two zombies. One thing is certain, these protesters are perhaps a little more media savvy than we realized. Between the big Radiohead hoax and zombies, they sure know how to hit on what's popular and get attention.
For all of Manhattan's diversity, the nightlife often involves a similar experience. Head to a bar or club, listen to music, drink, talk to friends, and get rejected by girls I try and talk to (j/k I don't get rejected). Occasionally us nightlife folk crave a change up or two for a night out. Enter Susan Sarandon. She helped bring the Ping-Pong club/bar called 'SPiN New York' to NYC a few years ago and has been a staple in the city ever since. First she helped clear Nuke's head to get him to the majors and steal Crash's heart in Bull Durham, and now this. Truly an amazing woman.
You probably haven't noticed that I've been away for a couple of weeks, but I'm back and here to remind you that YES it has been THAT long!
Lots to catch up on, and I will be catching up, but I can't do that without telling you all about this past Halloween weekend.
Before I do that and before I forget, this week you are going to get two articles from me, today and one on Friday, which will be a very special feature of British singer/songwriter David McAlmont who hits New York this weekend to play some amazing live shows.
The red carpet was out, the lights were flashing, and the celebs were all pulling up in their SUVs to the Ziegfield Theatre on Wednesday for the premiere of the HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack.
Cast members including Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, and John Goodman were all in attendence. The biggest surprise of the night was when a car pulled up and out came Dr. Death himself, Dr. Jack Kevorkian, whom the movie is based upon.
For those of you who may not know the background of the story, Jack Kevorkian was a right-to-die activist who aided in the suicides of at least 130 terminal-ill patients. Throughout his lifetime, he has been in and out of jail for his services that were not found illegal in the state of Michigan until 1998 where he publicly aired his assistance of injecting a patient representing voluntary euthanasia. Kevorkian wanted to challenge prosecutors attemping to show that he will not be stopped. However, Dr. Death as he was publicly named, spent 8 1/2 years in jail for second-degree homicide. He was released in 2007 and began to speak out again about his practices.
Even though it doesn’t really make up for the many plays closing this winter, a bevy of Hollywood heavyweights will hit the stage this spring. Producers may see star power as their only remaining option to draw in dwindling crowds. Susan Sarandon and Geoffrey Rush will star in Ionesco’s “Exit the King” opening March 26 at the Barrymore Theatre. New York goodfella James Gandolfini will make his Broadway debut in “God of Carnage” with Marcia Gay Harden, Jeff Daniels and Hope Davis in supporting roles.
“God of Carnage” opens March 22 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. “Impressions,” a new play by Michael Jacobs, will begin a limited run on March 12 with Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen at the helm. If you’re absolutely desperate for some celebrity action, head to Roundabout’s American Airlines Theatre to catch “Weeds” star Mary-Louise Parker in “Hedda Gabler.” The show is in previews right now and officially opens on the 25th. Broadway virgin Will Ferrell will begin his one-man show, “You’re Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush,” next Tuesday on Inauguration Day. Every actor slated to appear has won or been nominated for multiple Oscars, Emmys, and Golden Globes. If this group doesn’t bring in business for panicking producers, we don’t know what will.