The Singers Forum is presenting Showstoppers, a one night only event benefiting the Singers Forum Actors Equity Scholarship Program on March 5th at 7pm at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. The performance will be hosted by Eric Michael Gillett and will celebrate the many successes of the scholarship program during this past year. The program offers heavily subsidized vocal technique lessons to members of the Actors Equity Association. Its goal is to provide affordable vocal technique to those who often need it the most and can least afford it. Since its inception, it has grown from providing twelve scholarships to now sixty, with an all-Broadway veterans instructor staff.
Is this election year bringing you down? Are you fed up with politics and government? Forget your woes with policies because The Brick is doing a social experiment and it's all about democracy.
According to The Brick, from February 9-July 1, 2012 they will be hosting a voting platform where YOU will get to vote on which shows will be participating in their annual Summer Theme Festival Series.
In an election year, it is important for all U.S. citizens to do their patriotic duty. For that reason, The Brick is extending its annual Summer Theme Festival Series with Democracy, an experiment in civic curation that asks audiences to vote for the shows that will participate in our traditional June festival. From there, they will compete with each other during a runoff election cycle in June to determine the title of President of The Brick.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Koreatown lies a hidden Italian gem tucked away inside of the new boutique Holiday Inn on West 31st St. This hidden gem is called Contorno and it boasts an amazing wine selection straight from Italy (and other international selections). First time owner and restauranteur, Andrew Impagliazzo, opened up this joint to mimic his Italian style family dinners with Italian tapas style dishes paired with fine wine. Enjoy treats from Chef David Buico, who was brought on board the Impagliazzo family train to create dishes on par with the family's vision. He uses ingredients only from small local purveyors and avoids heavy sauces and cheeses. Also working at this sure-to-be new hotspot is veteran sommelier and general manager Marta Cisneros, who has trained the staff on how to pair wines with the chef's dishes.
The Electric Room at the Dream Downtown was a major hit during New York Fashion Week, with high class after parties for noted designers such as Prabal Gurung, Ally Hilfiger's NAHM, and Time Weiland. Nur Khan's venue also hosted concerts by Guns N' Roses and The Kills. Celebrities and socialites alike flock to this downtown haven, including big name Olivia Palermo, Kellan Lutz, David Arquette, Nicky Hilton, Rose McGowan and more. What brought the celebs out to play besides the concerts and fashion forward events? The booze!
March is a month of fun here in New York City...so get your fill by taking in some of the best burlesque shows around! Two tantalizing performances in the month of March are listed below so read up and snatch up some tickets fast, 'cause these are sure to sell out in no time!
Gotham Burlesque is putting on a show not to be missed - with stars like Harvest Moon and Helen Pontani, this sexy star-studded performance is sure to be a doozy. Mark your calendars for March 3rd at 10pm if you want a night to remember. Also performing will be the sword-swallower Fredini, tango duo Medianoche & Ariel Rios, striptease Madame Rosebud, Tansy, and Pinkie Special. The sultry evening will be hosted by the blonde bombshell *BOB* and will also feature Dangrrr Doll. Tickets are $45 for premium seating and $35 for general seating and can be purchased here.
Today is National Margarita Day (it should really be a whole week) and in celebration, Spice Market's signature Ginger Margarita will be half price! Grab your friends and split a $24 pitcher and pair it with tasty bites such as spiced chicken samosas or peekytoe crab dumplings.
Fret not if you can't make it out of the house (or worse, the office!)! Spice Market is generously sharing with you its sumptuous recipe for their ginger marg.
Last week, Sweet & Vicious hosted the hotest party of New York Social Media Week-- Obliterati. Attendees came from around the world to attend this bash that was sponsored by Splash.FM. DJ Frankenmack held down the fort spinning beats all night. But back to Splash.FM. What is it, you ask? Only the new invite-only social music discovery platform.
This Saturday the 25th, from 3-6pm, The Tangled Vine Wine Bar & Kitchen is hosting Wine Tasting for a Cause, a fundraiser that will support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Partake in an afternoon tour of more than 20 organic, sustainable, and biodynamic European wines, along with passed Mediterranean bites such as crab croquetas, arancini rice balls and chickpea fritters. There will also be a cheese and charcuterie station. This walking tasting event features tables dedicated to French, Italian, and Spanish wines (tres magnifique). Gift certificates to The Tangled Vine and other NYC restaurants, as well as wine glass sets and other items will also be auctioned off during the event. Tickets are a minimum donation of $50 and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Reservations can be made by calling 646-863-3896.
La Nacional: Although this place may look a little dumpy on the outside, it's what's on your plate that really matters here. The tapas here are the most authentic I've tasted since living in Spain (no joke), and they even carry the elusive tinto de verano ($6). Spaniards - you know what I'm talking about (red wine w/ sparkling lemonade for those who don't). Order up a bunch of small plates or splurge on paella...either way, you'll go home happy.
Luzzo's: Venture into the cozy confines of chef Michele Iuliano's first of three NYC restaurants for some divine snacking. His Neapolitan pizza is deliciously light and won't leave you three sizes bigger post-meal. The joint is small, but gives off a warm vibe as if you were in a small, friendly Italian village. You know this place is the bee's knees when a long time customer thought the food was so good he had to become a part-owner (true story!).
This Sunday, from 11am to 4pm, special guest Chef Ron Eyester, of Atlanta's Rosebud, will be joining forces with Lowcountry's new chef Oliver Gift. They will be offering up an a la carte menu of classic dishes from Rosebud, as well as some special plates developed by both chefs. The guest brunch special will be celebrating the spirit of the lowcountry region with the West Village restaurant, known for its SoCo food and high-quality bourbons.