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RESTAURANT 101
Find the Light at Dans Le Noir ?

The highly anticipated opening of Dans Le Noir ? has finally come upon us New Yorkers. And let me tell you, it was quite the experience. For those of you who haven't heard of this unusual restaurant franchise, let me give you some background. This French restaurant has locations in London, Paris, and Barcelona and is anything but classic. At this eatery, you dine in the PITCH BLACK. Yes, that's right. You don't know where you are, you don't know what you are eating, and you must put your trust completely in the hands of your guides.

CULTURE CLUB
Noteworthy Shows to See Right Now

March: Debuting April 14th, this world premire of Sharyn Rothstein's tackles life's complications through Eva Perez and Michael Meltzer, two youths who couldn't be more different. The teens take on real and imaginary monsters in this funny and compelling theatrical journey. They meet as avatars in a fantasy realm in online game and form an unexpected friendship. The show is presented by Red Fern Theatre Company and will have a three-week residency at The Theater at the 14th St. Y from April 12-29th Thurs-Sat at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are available for purchase here for $20.

DAILY BITES
New Executive Chef at The Bedford

The Bedford is revamping its menu for the first time since opening in 2010! Along with the appointment of executive chef Jason Michael Giordano, formerly executive chef of Hotel Griffou, chef de cuisine at Mia Dona, and sous chef at Spice Market. Chef Giordano will start releasing new items on the menu, which will focus on contemporary American tavern cuisine.

Samplings from the new menu include bay scallops ceviche, pan roasted duck, and more. The restaurant will also incorporate green market ingredients in their dishes from purveyors such as Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, Meat Hook, and Mast Brothers Chocolate. Come March, the restaurant will also be serving up lunch and unveiling a new pub snack menu at the Back Bar at the Bedford. Don't miss the opportunity to be the first of your friends to check out the new menu!

RESTAURANT 101
Numero 28 Pizzeria Opens Location on UES

In addition, this new location will be the first with a full liquor license and will be serving up Italian cocktails like the Negroni and Americanos, as well as classics with an Italian twist: the Montenegroni (martini Rosso, Campari, Montenegro, orange juice) and the Bloody Mario (Roberto Cavalli vodka, tomato juice, olives, basil leaves, tabasco, black pepper, balsamic vinegar reduction). The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, as well as brunch on the weekends.

CULTURE CLUB
Showstoppers: An AEA Scholarship Fundraising Performance

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.

CULTURE CLUB
Democracy: Pick Your Own Shows

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.

DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Now Open: A Look Inside Contorno

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.

HOW-TO
Electrifying Cocktails at Electric Room

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!

IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Burlesque, Burlesque, Burlesque!

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.

HOW-TO
Happy Margarita Day!

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.