CAUSE OF THE WEEK
Let's "Feed the Need" in New York City

It’s that time of year: you’re probably feeling bloated, you can’t get that favorite pair of skinny jeans to button, and are already setting a date in the new year to kick-start a workout program and cut back on what you’re eating. And living in a city bursting with endless culinary options perched on every city block, boasting some of the world’s most famous chefs, it’s a shame to think of the number of our neighbors whose chronically short food supply has only decreased. Approximately 2.6 million people throughout the five boroughs, nearly half of whom work, have difficulty affording enough food for their families and have to rely regularly on food pantries.

DO-GOODERS
Swedish House Mafia To Throw Black Tie Rave

There's no bigger force to be reckoned with than Swedish House Mafia. Announcing their final run as a trio with their most extensive outing ever, "One Last Tour," the Swedes have now announced they will be giving back to the victims of Hurricane Sandy and play a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 28 before they play New York's Madison Square Garden on March 1 and Barclays Center on March 2-4. Their final shows will be the grand finale as they open Ultra Music Festival in Miami on March 15 and close out the festival on March 24...one last time.

But, this isn't your typical rave. Steve Angello, Axwell, and Sebastian Ingrosso are throwing a Black Tie Rave with plans to donate 100% of the proceeds to The Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and The Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.

BREAKING BAND
New Song From Oceanics

Not only do Oceanics have a cool name and come from a cool place (Queensland, Australia) but this brit-pop quartet have a pretty cool sound as well, and we’ve got their single “The City” to prove it.

For fans of Rooney and The Strokes, Oceanics’ “The City” is an explosion of airy melodies and catchy guitar hooks... just what the doctor ordered to aid this cold weather. One listen to the track and it’ll have listeners imagining they are dancing in the sunshine on a beach.

Tastemakers Nylon and MTV Iggy are already on this Aussie band’s train, and once their album drops in March 2013, there’s a good chance everyone else will be too.

Check out and download Oceanics’ “The City” here!

THE BEAT
Madeon joins Born This Way Ball Tour

The18-year-old prodigy Madeon has just sparked attention with the announcement that he will be joining Lady Gaga on her "Born This Way Ball" tour.

Starting in January, the tour will kick off in Vancouver with the French DJ/producer accompanying Mother Monster on 17 of the North American dates as the main supporting act. The young talent has quickly risen to high ranks as a progressive house producer with hits like "Finale" and a new single, "The City," set to be released on Oct. 8th.

According to Gaga's website, the tour will also feature ZEDD as a supporting act. The German DJ/producer has gained immense notable talk in the EDM world for his smash hit, "Spectrum," which has received a slew of remixes. ZEDD is set to go on the last eight tour dates.

For more tour date information visit www.ladygaga.com.

CULINARY OCCASIONS
Inside the 2nd Annual Varli Food Festival

During last Thursday’s second annual Varli Food Festival, 2,000 guests came to eat the finest Indian foods, drink Indian wines and beers, and, as one renowned and witty Indian chef mentioned, take an Indian cab home. The festival truly embraced the generosity of the Indian community, donating over 5,000 dollars to The Food Bank for New York City, and showed to unfamiliar guests just how complex and layered Indian cuisine actually is. It is NOT simply curry and chicken tikka masala with rice. Just as French cuisine cannot be lumped into a category as simply phrased as European food, Indian cuisine cannot be summed up into a single term because it is so regionally dynamic. Varli Magazine achieved their mission of “significantly rais[ing] awareness and appreciation for Indian cuisine around the world” by showing those new to the world of Indian cuisine the different blends of spices and cooking techniques used to create such diverse and flavorful dishes.

STEPHANIE PRATT
New Yorkers Beware: Pratt Attack May Soon Occur

Say it isn't so! Stephanie Pratt, now formerly of The Hills, may be moving The City to stretch her fifteen minutes of fame.


Now that she's come to the sad realization that her life- err- The Hills is over, "Stephanie has been talking about moving to New York for The City," a source said.

“There would be a lot of drama there because her ex-best friend, Roxy Olin, is a regular on the show — and there’s bad blood because Roxy just dropped Stephanie for Whitney Port.”

Hmm...I'm beyond skeptical. Maybe this is a follow-up for her handbag line? In any case, I'm sure New York will give Stephanie a big, warm welcome...won't you New York?

REALITY TV
The City: Review

Last night’s episode of The City had some “real” life drama to it. While the worlds of Whitney and Roxy and Erin and Olivia rarely mesh there was one thread that brought these two storylines together last night: an education in proper note taking. Apparently, both Olivia and Roxy had to be told to grab a pencil or a pen and write down what their bosses were saying to them. A foreign concept, we guess, to young, over-privileged reality stars who are working in high-pressured jobs that you might want to grab a pencil or pen and jot this down. Ah, to be young, rich and stupid.

ALMOST FAMOUS
The City Review

It's fashion week in New York and Kelly Cutrone wants to make sure her girls Whitney and Roxy are on their A game. Kelly tells Whitney it's important that she goes to as many shows as she can - unless she has crappy seats then don't go. Whitney being the non-industry buff that she is thinks that logic is silly. It is silly but it's also probably how the fashion industry operates. So listen to Mama Kelly for once will ya, Whit. Speaking of Kelly, she's giving Roxy a chance to help run one of her fashion shows. Roxy is all about it. She really wants the opportunity to prove herself to Kelly. Kelly isn't entirely on board but she says okay. If Roxy messes up she tells her she'll fire her. Joe over at Elle could take some tips from Kelly on how to deal with lax employees.