Archive for August, 2011

Off-Off-Broadway at the 13th Street Repertory Theater

Roy Sadler | August 29, 2011 in Theater | Comments (0)

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Founder Edith O'Hara

Are you ready for something really different, and uniquely New York? Try the 13th Street Repertory Company, located at 50 West 13th Street between Fifth and the Avenue of the Americas. At this bastion of contemporary theater new artists are welcome to come and find their individual voices.

The company performs as many as seven shows each week, including theater for children in addition to its trademark “New Works Reading” series.

Especially enduring has been the play “Line,” written by Israel Horovitz and first performed at the 13th Street Repertory 32 years ago. The show is still performed weekly, making “Line” the longest running off-off-Broadway play in history.

For more information follow the link to the 13th Street Repertory Theater’s web site, or call (212) 675-6677.


Fashion’s Night Out Returns for Third Season

Roy Sadler | August 22, 2011 in Fashion | Comments (0)

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What would New York be without the fashion industry, and what would the fashion industry be without shoppers? This is the question that Fashion’s Night Out answers. All the crucial elements of the fashion industry take part, including the planets of designers, models, fashion editors, and other interested celebrities, all revolving around the great shining sun of shoppers.

Inaugurated in 2009 as a way to restore buyer’s confidence, boost the economy of an industry that had been in the doldrums, celebrate fashion and to put the fun back in shopping for fashion, Fashion’s Night Out, or FNO, is returning with a vengeance this September 8th.

FNO is the opening gambit of the entire fashion season, and it is quite an event. From 6pm to 11pm shoppers will flock to their favorite fashion outlets, drinking champagn, shopping till they drop, and enjoying other fashion related exclusive events.

Check-out the official website of Fashion’s Night Out for a complete list of events and help planning your special evening.


Zabar’s Lobster Salad Lacklobster?

Roy Sadler | August 14, 2011 in Restaurants | Comments (0)

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Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering a lobster salad, getting your order, eating it and not even noticing that the main ingredient – the lobster – was amiss.  Well, apparently that has been the case at Zabar’s for the last decade and a half, the grocery located on the Upper West Side.  The crazy part of this is, is that according to a recent article in The New York Times, “apparently no one noticed.”

It was only when a reporter from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Doug McCash, made a stop at Zabar’s that the omission was noted and some days later a blog in the West Side Rag was written entitled with the question, “Zabar’s Committing Lobster Salad Fraud?”  But this wasn’t enough to phase the 83-year old president and co-owner, Saul Zabar.  He insisted that “selling lobsterless lobster salad, was not dishonest, getting pedantic in his comment, “if you go to Wikipedia, you will find crawfish [that was in the salad] in many parts of the country is referred to as lobster.”  He then went on to read out loud the beginning of the Wikipedia entry for crawfish:  “crayfish, crawfish, or crawdads — members of the superfamilies Astacoidea and Parastacoidea — are freshwater crustaceans resembling small lobsters, to which they are related.” Thus, he argued that one could term a product whereby the main ingredient was crawfish, a lobster salad.

Still, the reality is that when one is ordering a lobster salad, they have in mind the Maine lobster.  Indeed, Mr. Zabar did admit that a lot of his customers – while noting the tastiness of the salad – said that it was not a lobster salad.

So, let this be a warning for all those in New York who frequent Zabar’s.  Next time you go and order a lobster salad, ask for a list of ingredients before footing the bill for a lobsterless lobster salad.


First Divorcee?

Roy Sadler | August 7, 2011 in Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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Could America Soon Have a First Divorcee Instead of a First Lady?

It seems that big time TV entertainer Roseanne Barr wants to run for President. On her recent appearance on the Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, she announced her intentions. But she won’t be doing this as part of a political party. She claimed, “I’m not for either party because they both suck and they’re both a bunch of criminals. So I made up my own party. It’s the Green Tea Party.”
Roseanne seems to be more of a funny gal than a political gal though given her reality show Roseanne’s Nuts which doesn’t exactly put her in the serious light for being considered a first lady. Well, she feels that she wants to participate in “the debates, because I want to represent the taxpayer. In fact, I’m choosing the taxpayers as my vice president.”

But if she is indeed this serious, she will have to start thinking about how she can get more viewers as when her show started last month there were 1.5m viewers. However her latest episode, according to an article in The Daily News, had only 785,000.