Thursday, May 31, 2007

After a bite at Lombardi's, Jimmy, his friends Faith and Keith, and I head across the street to Rice to Riches, where I have never been.

The lights are all a bit too bright, the retro-art-deco-mod decor a bit too garish for the neighborhood, I think.

A bit pricey, but on the other hand the portions are quite large, but on the third hand it's, you know, pudding. That said, though, both the chocolate chip and the mascarpone with cherries do inspire more than a little awe at our table. The servers are generous with the free samples, and yes, I love the little bowls and spoons. Next time I'm taking a set home with me.

Olivia d'Abo, the Living Room, LES.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Friday, May 25, 2007

Where is it?

Answer to last time's "Where is it?" in the comments section.

Guesses in the comment section, please.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Fleet Week, apparently.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Friday, May 18, 2007

Congratulations to the cast, crew, and creators of Spring Awakening, which this week received 11 Tony nominations.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Duncan Sheik at The Concert Hall at the New York Society for Ethical Culture, Upper West Side, NYC, 5/16/07...

...with opener and accompanist Holly Brook, who I think is lovely.

(Due to the nature of the show (sit-down) and the constraints of the venue (sit-down), forgive the repetitiveness of some of these shots.)

I haven't really been keeping up with this tour, so I didn't know what to expect. What we got was a beautiful acoustic-based set with Duncan centerstage with his guitars accompanied only by Doug on drums, Holly Brook on piano and vocals, a string quartet (featuring Ben on cello), and a couple surprise guests... David Poe...

...and Lauren Pritchard, who if you do not LOVE, there's something, like, wrong with you.

The format of the show gave an atmosphere that was friendly and intimate, while at the same time intense and "big" when it needed to be ("The Dawn's Request", for example).

The Concert Hall (a converted church, apparently, with pew seating) was the perfect venue for this type of show. At least, from our seats in row D. Sound was good, audience appreciative.

Set list:

1) Lover from Hell
2) Fantastic Toys and Corduroys
3) Half-Life
4) For You
5) I Wouldn't Mind
6) Star Field on Red Lines (w/ David Poe, whose guitar wasn't plugged in)
7) White Limousine (w/ David Poe)
8) Memento (w/ David Poe)
9) Love's a Sinner (w/ David Poe - BEAUTIFUL)
10) Mama Who Bore Me (vocals: Holly Brook)
11) Touch Me (w/ Holly Brook, Lauren Pritchard)
12) Don't Do Sadness/Blue Wind (w/Lauren Pritchard)
13) Hey Casanova
14) Nothing Fades

15) The Dawn's Request
16) Such Reveries