Out and about in NYC

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Marge_Simpson, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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    I am going to try to see Twelfth Night. I've seen about a dozen of them , but it's one of my favorite Shakespeare comedies.
    ("Merry Wives" is my number one)
     
  2. reckless

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    I've probably seen Twelfth Night about the same number of times, including at least two RSC productions and an import from the Peter Hall Company a few years ago. My mom, who has a Masters in English Literature from Yale, probably has seen it even more times than me. We both thought Rylance's take on Olivia, which is to play her somewhat silly, was something we had never seen before, but could totally be squared with the text. Just the way he twists certain lines, like "What is your parentage?" makes you think you might be seeing the play the way Shakespeare originally intended. Yet in most productions, Olivia is mostly dour throughout. Plus, just the way Rylance moves around the stage, while exaggerated, is amazing.

    You really should try to see it. If you like the play, you will kick yourself for missing this production.
     
  3. Marge_Simpson

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    Will do!
     
  4. emason

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    Marge: Check out the all-female Julius Caesar at St. Ann's Warehouse in DUMBO. The run has just been extended for another week, and I'm going back for the second time.

    OT: I tried to reach you about dinner tomorrow night. Do you still want to do it or will you be too full of Hungarian pastries? If we don't connect for dinner (but I'm still up for it), you can find me somewhere in Row D of the Second Ring tomorrow night.
     
  5. GarrAarghHrumph

    GarrAarghHrumph I can kill you with my brain

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    Marge, if you still want to do the Hungarian pastry thing tomorrow, let me know. PM me here today, if you can.
     
  6. Marge_Simpson

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    Garr, I sent you a PM.
    Emason, I am still up for dinner and I will call you tomorrow afternoon.

    I once saw a great Twelfth Night that was set on the Lower East Side, Orsino was a jazz musician and Ilyria was the name of a nightclub. Olivia was sarcastic and a bit bitchy, and Malvolio was nuts from the start. The whole thing was really quite witty.

    I will see if I can manage JC, I have to check my schedule.
     
  7. emason

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    Marge, great. I'll talk to you tomorrow and I'll tell you more about the Julius Caesar when I see you.
     
  8. Marge_Simpson

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  9. reckless

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    For the Bellasco Twelfth Night, you might try to see about getting tickets to sit on stage. I believe the on-stage seats are being sold at discounted rates. There is a thread on broadwayworld.com with some post from audience members who sat in those seats and they say the experience is incredible. There may be some points where the view is slightly blocked by the railing, but they say that is made up for by being so close to the actors at other times.
     
  10. Marge_Simpson

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    I saw Richard II several years ago on the spur of the moment when I was in DC, and thought I was lucky to snag one of the on-stage tickets. Err, not. I'd never read it and didn't realize what a snooze it was. And I had to keep fidgeting in my seat to keep from nodding off; people probably thought I had fleas.
     
  11. SaSherka

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    Thanks for the heads up! I will try for Twelfth Night rush tickets next Saturday! Here's the thread http://www.broadwayworld.com/articl...RD-III-Onstage-and-Box-Seats-1015-27-20131011
     
  12. Marge_Simpson

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    I bought a ticket this morning, for Nov 22, although the on-stage seats were sold out. It looks like a fantastic show, judging from the clips on the website.
    After I placed the order I realized I'd already bought a ticket for Catching Fire on the same evening. If anyone wants it, you can have it: the 7 Pm show at the Regal in Union Square. Just send me your address and it's yours.
    I will have to buy a CF ticket for an earlier show, because I MUST see it on the opening day.
     
  13. Marge_Simpson

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    I can't eat pickles, but that doesn't look like the point of the festival. It looks like fun. Are you going?
     
  15. Marge_Simpson

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    Canstruction is on view until Nov 13. If you've never gone to see it, do, there are always tons of really creative creations. There is no admission fee, you are asked to donate a can of food instead. Info here:

    http://www.sdanyc.org/canstruction/
     
  16. Yehudi

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    Managed to snag a ticket for Cabaret with Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming
     
  17. Marge_Simpson

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    Go see Twelfth Night, everyone. It is amazing, the best production of this that I have seen. Rylace plays Olivia as a neurotic airhead, an interpretation I've never seen, and it is hysterically funny.
    I got there early so I could watch all the actors get into their costumes and makeup on stage, and it was fascinating.
    I'm almost tempted to see Richard III, even though it's not one of my favorites.
     
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  18. Marge_Simpson

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    The Bryant park tree lighting ceremony is this Tuesday; Johhny Weir will skate. Info here:

    http://wintervillage.org/plan-your-visit/event/3098

    On a quirkier note, did you know NYC has a museum of mathematics? Well, we do, and this Wednesday they have a special event: they will pythagorize the Flatiron building. I kid you not!
    Info here:
    https://in.momath.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=157

    Unsilent Night is on Dec 14, the meetup place is Washington Square Park. Info here:
    http://www.unsilentnight.com/schedule.html
    I did this last year; there was a huge crowd and it was almost hypnotic, being surrounded by all the music.
     
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  19. The Accordion

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    Mr. Accordion and I will be in NYC Dec 26-30! Thanks for all your suggestions and comments!
     
  20. BigB08822

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    My husband and I are contemplating coming the same time, The Accordion. Just have to decide whether the price is too steep at the moment.
     
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    :cheer: :cheer:
     
  22. Marge_Simpson

    Marge_Simpson Well-Known Member

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    On the recommendation of Artemis (in the other NYC thread) I had lunch at the Himalaya Café in the East Village (East 1st and 1st Ave) The food is excellent! I'd never tried Tibetan food before, but I will definitely go back.
    On the recommendation of a coworker, I had dessert at Spot, on St Mark's Place. Apparently their most popular item is the chocolate green tea cake, so I tried that. Yum, yum. Info here:

    http://www.spotdessertbar.com/

    Earlier, I'd been prowling around Orchard Street on the LES, checking out some of the art galleries. The flying house photos at the Guepin Gallery caught my eye - I was enraptured and had visions of buying one. Until I asked how much they were and was informed that they started at $4000. I guess my face must have hit the floor when I heard that, so the guy I was speaking to told me the artist is publishing a book soon with the same photos in it.
    Anyway, you can have a look here:
    http://www.murielguepingallery.com/exhibitions/

    I really wanted the Caravan photo :mad:
     
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  23. BigB08822

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    Marge, if you have any suggestions of fun things to do during the week of Christmas (25th-30th or so) please let us know. We are seriously considering coming and will make our final decisions by this weekend.
     
  24. Marge_Simpson

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    What sort of things? Free stuff, dance, museums.....?
    Ok, go see Alvin Ailey at City Center:
    http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=7466

    For something less expensive, go see MOMIX at the Joyce Theater:

    http://www.joyce.org/performance/momix/#.Upw4TZoo5hg

    And get tickets for Twelfth Night:
    https://www.telecharge.com/ScheduleAndPricing.aspx?ProductId=9768

    If you like Vermeer, etc, there is a wonderful exhibit on at the Frick Museum:


    http://www.frick.org/exhibitions

    There is a great exhibit on at the NY Historical Society:

    http://www.nyhistory.org/

    If you like photography, check out what's on view at the International Photography Center. This is right near Bryant park, and you can go ice skating there (or just watch) and browse at the holiday shops that are set up there now.

    http://www.icp.org/museum/exhibitions/current

    Take a pizza making class! ( I did this 2 years ago and had a blast)

    http://www.zerve.com/PizzaaCasa/calendar

    Take a graffiti tour! I am not making this up. I did the Banksy tour several years ago and enjoyed it, although I see they don't offer that anymore. The classics tour is in Manhattan, but the Williamsburg one looks pretty cool. (Will put that on my bucket list...)
    I wouldn't venture out to Bushwick just for a walking tour. Info here:

    http://www.grafftours.com/tourscheduledecember.aspx
     
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  25. BigB08822

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    It is official, NYC here we come! Dec 23-27! We got a great deal on Expedia, flights and hotel for under $1500. I am a little nervous as we have one layover and there is only 30 minutes to spare but hopefully we aren't the only ones making that connection and they will hold the flight for us if they know we are landed (I am also worried about luggage but I will make sure to pack a few changes of clothes in a backpack in case the luggage is behind, they typically will deliver lost luggage to your hotel, right?). I have also heard horror stories about hotels not having your reservation through Expedia but I plan on calling them MULTIPLE times and getting confirmation on our room. lol

    So, in other words, I am a nervous wreck about the flight and hotel but super excited to be in NYC for Christmas!!
     
  26. Marge_Simpson

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    Excellent! We need to do a meetup!
     
  27. Marge_Simpson

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    My foodie friend has made a reservation for us at a place called L'ecole....has anyone ever eaten there?
    http://lecolenyc.com/

    Yesterday I was walking down 55th St towards City Center, and saw about 100 teenage girls hanging around a building near the corner, despite the cold and rain. Which could only mean some celebrity was about to emerge, but who? Having a nosy nature, I approached the group to find out. A squealy teenager informed me that One Direction was inside. I had no idea what she was talking about but pretended I did and said, "Oh, cool, I hope you get a good photo" (When I got home I googled One Direction to see what she was talking about, of course) A few seconds later a car pulled out of the garage, obviously containing One Direction, and I had to cover my ears, the shrieking was so loud.

    Yesterday I accompanied Matryeshka to the Dutch Masters exhibit at the Frick, it is glorious and everyone should go see it.
    The line was very long, though, even with the lousy weather. And I shouldn't admit this, but I became a member on the spot, just to circumvent the line. Oh, well, I will just have to go back several more times to make my investment pay off!
     
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  28. BigB08822

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    Will you be in town that week? We are trying to figure out what nights we want to do what!
     
  29. Marge_Simpson

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    Yes, I'll be around. I work evenings, but am off on the 25th (may go to my brother's place, not sure yet) and also on the 27th.
     
  30. BigB08822

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    My husband is determined, and I mean DETERMINED, to eat at a nice restaurant WITH A VIEW on Christmas Eve. He is driving me absolutely crazy. Can you recommend a place, Marge?