If you've been familiar with the Midtown dining scene at any point in the last 20 years, you probably already know about China Grill, restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow's crown jewel establishment. Situated right near the MoMa, China Grill is classy but unpretentious, and their high-quality yet approachable Asian-inspired fare has been delighting diners for twenty-six years. The fact that it's been around for so long, however, doesn't mean they've gone stale. This past Saturday, we stopped by for the first service of their newly introduced Dragon Brunch, and we were pleased to see that China Grill is continuing to innovate and mix it up while staying true to the heart of their culinary style.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art just received a modern art makeover after cosmetics mogul Leonard Lauder pledged to donate a collection of 78 cubist paintings to the famous museum. His collection has an estimated worth said to top one billion dollars.
This generous donation will certainly help alter the museum’s reputation. According to MET Director and CEO Thomas Campbell this donation will not only rival the MoMA’s modern art collection but it will also make The Metropolitan Museum one of the biggest hotspots for Cubist art in the world.
Geometry isn’t just for high school students anymore. Designers are showing spherical shapes, structured lines, and sharp angles in all aspects of fashion and interior decoration.
And we’re not just talking patterns. We uncovered 10 shapely pieces that you simply must check out. We promise you’ll love them—even math wasn’t really your thing.
Small Emile Tote Alexander Wang
Feeling musically starved? Need a concert fix? We've got you covered. Here are some incredible shows coming up in the next few weeks.
(p.s. If you got Kraftwerk Tickets, you suck.) (p.p.s. If there are any shows/artists you want us to add, comment below!)
Cloud Nothings/A Classic Education/Crinkles (Glasslands)
Last night, celebs, fashion elite, and select media guests attended the unveiling of the much anticipated Valentino virtual museum at MoMA. Joined by pals Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, Valentino Garavani introduced eager attendees to his 10,000 square meter virtual display. The virtual library contains over 5,000 images of dresses, drawings and photos. There's also 180 runway show videos and seven different themed gallery rooms. Each room contains a different them from Valentino's work; such as animal prints, all white, all red, embroidery and 'Very Valentino' which contains a timeline of his work from the '60s through the '00s.
Most New Yorkers claim they know the best pizza joint in town. But tell your fave hub to move on over because recently opened PizzArte will surely give it a run for its money.
Step into this modern Italian resto unlike any other. Forget the red checkered table cloths, forget the dim lighting and noisy children -- this hot new spot is not clinging on to the same ol' Italian restaurant theme. Instead, owners Bruno Cilio and Dario Cipollaro de l'Ero (first time restaraunteurs) opted to decorate with mod tables and lights and walls covered in great Italian artwork (perfect, since it's situated just footsteps away from the MoMA). The artists that are currently being displayed there are Lello Esposito, Luciano Scateni, Giuseppe Falconi and Francesco Manes, all of whom are from Naples. The artwork will rotate every four to six months.
Listen. We love culture as much as the next guy. The editors here at Joonbug enjoy rolling out of bed at noon on a Saturday (or one, or two) and heading to our favorite fine art institution. But we are not about to waste our hard-earned weekends on New York tourist traps. And as it turns out, staring at paintings is a favorite activity of the Times Square-loving, Ray's Famous Pizza-eating, crisp white tennis shoe-wearing museumgoers...so the MoMA and Guggenheim will have to wait. Rather than shelling out to bump shoulders with a stroller-toting family of four, consider some of these exhibits that have been happily forgotten by the fannypack crowd:
Bird Names & Bubbly Mommy Gun, two names that will be dripping from conversations of the in-crowd come prime time this Fall. They hail all the way from the creative gene pool of Athens, Georgia.
They will be making their North Eastern debut in New York City Saturday Oct. 1st (at Northern Spy Records Festival at Citi Field), Sunday Oct. 2nd (a special 3pm showcase at the PS1 Space at the MoMA), and for a live set on WFMU 91.1fm (Monday, Oct. 3rd at 11am) as part of their Atlantic coast "All-Stars of Fringe Pop" tour.
Bird Names tours in support of their fifth full-length, "Metabolism: a Salute to the Energy of the Sun" (Northern Spy Records, 2011), which has been noted as "a mind-blowing'. Formed in mid-2000s Chicago, art pop veterans Bird Names has produced a series of highly-recommended low fi albums and toured extensively. The "All-Stars of Fringe Pop Tour" marks the live debut of the extra heavy Bird Names Psychedelic Big Band. Which features a 6-piece band playing taut compositions, composed of three guitarists, two drummers, & a keyboardist.
We’re sad to say it, but this Saturday, September 3rd, is the last Warm Up Party 2011. Hosted by MoMa PS1, this outdoor event was established 14 years ago to bring different sights and sounds, to transport you to another world. While innovative music plays in the background there are performances and installations scattered around the courtyard. For this last party, DJ Justin Miller is coming to partake in the end of the summer madness, so be ready to dance the day away.
For those of you architecture savants, this year’s featured installation is not to be missed. Experimental is the word in this year’s winner of MoMA PS1's 12th annual Young Architects Program, Holding Pattern, by Interboro Partners. Also on display for your viewing pleasure, is cinematic trendsetter Ryan Trecartin’s “Any Ever” series.
You've already seen her at our Halloween party at Espace earlier this year. But now Kelly Killoren Bensimon is back and ready for more action at Gustavino's on New Year's Eve. Don't let her drama-instigating role on Housewives mislead you: Bensimon is more intelligent, funny, and eloquent than you think, and she's not stopping anytime soon. Love her or hate her, you better get used to her. Joonbug was thrilled to get a chance to speak with her and find out more about her family, her work, and her unrelenting quest for quality.