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.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Friday, May 18, 2007
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...
...like 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.
1) Lover from Hell
2) Fantastic Toys and Corduroys
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