Category: Music

Midsummer Night Salsa

Saturday, July 15th, 2006 | All Things, Music
Dancer
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Madonna art

Monday, July 10th, 2006 | All Things, Arts, Events, Friends, Music

After work, I stopped in at the W New York — Times Square Living Room for the new exhibit of Madonna art. Which is to say: paint embellished photographic canvases featuring Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone, the pop — not religious — icon.

Prominent New York-based photographer Steven Klein has been called the “anti-fashion fashion photographer.” Interesting side note: Klein was the photographer behind the infamous Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie “Domestic Bliss” feature photo spread in the July 2005 issue of W Magazine, which prompted Jennifer Aniston to remark of Pitt to Vanity Fair, “There’s a sensitivity chip that’s missing.” I’d say so.

Jean-Baptiste Mondino is a French fashion photographer and music video director. He directed Madonna’s “Open Your Heart,” “Justify My Love” and “Don’t Tell me” videos, among many others. Mondino and Klein’s photos covered the span of Madonna’s career… well, more accurately, her post True Blue-career. Not a lace glove cutoff or wedding dress in sight.

Madonna Bustier

Madonna Music

The champagne was free-flowing, as was the music: all Madonna, all the time (natch), with focus on The Immaculate Collection singles, mixed — ineptly, as my tunes-sensitive companion pointed out — by the resident DJ.

Beauty’s where you find it
Not just where you bump and grind it

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Main Squeeze

Saturday, July 8th, 2006 | All Things, Events, Music

SYB rose bright and early on Saturday morning to wait outside the Public Theatre for Shakespeare in the Park tickets so I could attend one of the last performances of Macbeth that night. A valiant — and generous — effort, but perhaps due to the recent run of sunny, low-humidity days or to some “final reminder” writeup in one of the dreaded city-centric blogs, by 7:30AM, the line was 250+(!) deep for the 1:00PM ticket distribution. Got his text message shortly after 10:00AM regretfully informing me that he missed the cutoff by about 10 spots.

Meryl Streep’s run in Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage begins August 8. Dare I try?

So after work that night, instead of watching Liev Schreiber perform (and instead of crashing D’s bachelor party), I strolled over to Riverside Park South to check out the tail end of the 1st Annual NYC Main Squeeze Accordion Festival on the newly opened Pier I at West 70th Street.

Good, goofy fun. As advertised, there was live accordion music and an accordion flea market. By 8:30PM the festival was winding down, but as the sun set in the west, the band musicians played on to a still lively crowd, several of whom were moved to their feet, dancing along the pier to “The Tennessee Waltz.”

View of West New York, New Jersey:

Jersey

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