Jazz pioneer Louis Armstrong would have celebrated his 111th birthday last week were he still alive. Luckily, his music lives on and Resorts World Casino decided to throw a bash in his honor. The casino recently unveiled an art exhibit in their Fifth Avenue Atrium comprised of iconic photos of the musician from all around the world.
The small opening event hosted the media along with the Louis Armstrong House Quartet, who serenaded event attendees with classic Armstrong tunes. The exhibit will be featured in the atrium permanently, with classic Louis tunes playing for a week. “Though Armstrong was born in New Orleans, it was Queens, he chose to call home,” said Michael Speller, Resorts World Casino president.
Greg Cummins, founder of Logan Zane, a handmade leather goods company in New York City, chats with Joonbug about his line. The company, founded in 2010, draws inspiration from the art deco period, using quality materials, and made right here in America. Cummins created the collection out of his own necessity for a quality bag. He created The Remsen, a camouflage leather backpack, and within weeks of sporting it, people began to notice. Thus began Logan Zane. This company sets itself apart from the rest with its simple sophistication. Unlike some other designer brands, Logan Zane's classic design can withstand the test of time--both with durability and style. See what Greg has to say about Logan Zane.
Actress, model, philanthropist, and international celebrity Pamela Anderson has conquered just about everything she has set her mind to. Since her breakout role in Baywatch, she has achieved an iconic status that few ever reach. Her latest endeavor is both fun to play and cause worthy; a new virtual Facebook app called BamPoker. Founders Elton Pereira and Jeremy Nichele wanted to introduce an interactive gaming experience that is both casual and fun to play. The Facebook App allows the online community to duel it out in Texas Hold 'em, with no money involved, using online virtual chips. Best of all, players will also have the chance to play or chat with Pamela herself! BamPoker has partnered with non-profit Free the Children and playing the game will help support the organization. Pamela chats with Joonbug about how she got involved in this online gaming experience, her upcoming return to Dancing with the Stars: All Stars, and her philanthropic background.
Shark Week is officially back in session...which means it's time to get your snorkels ready, your fins on, and raise your glasses because you can finally party like it's Shark Week again! Check out some of these fintastic 'tails, jawsome bites, and bloody fun parties.
MexiBBQ in Astoria will be offering shark-inspired specials all week long, from Sunday through Thursday. Delicious dishes include Taces de Tiburon (shark tacos, $9) made with grilled shark, fresh avocado, and guajillo orange salsa. You can also try their Great 'Witte' Beer Flight for $9, which includes a range of refreshing summer craft brews. You can enjoy all this while watching Shark Week at the bar.
West Village restaurant Barrio 47 is not just your run-of-the-mill eatery. Enter into the dimly lit, exposed brick restaurant and choose from a seat at the bar, a private table, or a communal table and get ready to feast like a king. The Mediterranean cuisine has a Spanish, French, and Italian influence served up by Chef Miguel A. Rosado from the outstanding red wood fire brick oven for all to see. Brothers Alex and Roman Volland head up this eight month old Village staple, who have had plenty of experience in the food world. Growing up in Paris, the brothers come from a family of foodies (their mother owned a restaurant), and have embarked on numerous projects at bars and restaurants around NYC. It is clear that they brought their old hat experience to Barrio 47, where the atmosphere it top notch, with food and drinks to match.
Fall can be hectic, but there's a great way to escape. Take in a show at 59E59 Theaters! They recently announced their 2012 fall schedule of performances so check out what's going on below and purchase your tickets here.
Wednesday, September 5 – Sunday, September 30
FLY ME TO THE MOON, written and directed by Marie Jones
With Tara Lynne O’Neill and Katie Tumelty
Produced by Green Shoot Productions
Francis and Loretta are community care workers. Together they care for Davy, a lonely old man whose greatest loves are Frank Sinatra and the races. When Davy dies on the day his horse finally comes in, his two carers are faced with a moral dilemma that threatens to tear their lives - and their friendship - apart. This hilarious new dark comedy from Northern Ireland’s premiere playwright Marie Jones (Stones In His Pockets) is the timely tale of two women struggling in today’s tough economic climate and just how far they will go to make ends meet.
Cathy Hobbs, Emmy award winning TV personality and founder of Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes, gives us some useful tips on how to amp up your home in time for Shark Week. If you are hosting a Shark Week party then it is a necessity to make your home as shark-centric as possible (and we don't mean biting all your furniture). Cathy suggests using sea or nautical decor to achieve that sharky vibe.
In honor of National Rice Pudding Day, you should without a doubt check out some of the best rice pudding dishes around the city. Rice pudding has been around for thousands of years, so why not have a whole day to celebrate it!? Originally, rice pudding was used by ancient Middle Easterners medicinally, but now we know the best way to use rice pudding is to eat it. Enjoy!
Costanera Cocina Peruana, located in Montclair, NJ, serves patrons a delicious Peruvian rice pudding. The Combinado Clasico ($5) is a parfait of vanilla and Arborio rice pudding with golden raisins, Peruvian purple corn pudding, pineapples, apricots, and papaya.
Come one, come all, to the First Annual Evian Wood Racquet Cup. The West Side Tennis Club will play host to this fun-filled day of retro tennis-themed celebrations in honor of Evian's 25+ years of being the official water of the US Open. The event will take place on August 18th from 12-5pm and is open to the public. Come drink unlimited Evian, enjoy a curated wood racquet tennis tournament, listen to live music from the Hungry March Band, and test your skills the courts open for public play and table tennis games.
The Kitano Hotel has introduced its newest venture, Jazz at Kitano, an enjoyable supper club located in a historic townhouse next to the hotel. The venue, which has received top reviews by The Wall Street Journal, features nightly jazz performances along with Pan-Asian cuisine.
Delectable dishes such as the famous Pupu Platter and assorted sashimi, pastas, and meats are all available for hungry patrons, along with a selection of specialty cocktails.
Seductively named 'tails include Between the Sheets (Bacardi dark, brandy, Cointreau, lemon juice) and the Millionaire (Meyer's Jamaican rum, apricot brandy, sloe gin, lime juice), but you can also order up your standard Negroni and a draught beer. Whether you are interested in a jazzy dinner during the week or a Sunday brunch, Jazz at Kitano caters to every schedule...just look at all their options above!
Check out the full schedule and more information here.