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Jun 30, 2008

Japanese fashion High Heels chase the Foot-Binding Tradition

Japanese women are enjoying new heights in footwear (sorry).

Despite warnings from her Chinese Great-Grandmother, a Japanese Shoe designer is encouraging Japanese Fashion Victims to embrace those childhood ballet classes on point shoes and gain a few inches.
Some Japanese Fashionistas are boycotting the new designs saying that they are too ridiculous to be taken seriously..

Sponsor:Capezio Dance Shoes
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Eddie Izzard at Radio City Music Hall, last night in New York City in "Stripped"

The thing about a Live Eddie Izzard Show is: you have to concentrate....
If you drift off for a second, you lose his super-unpredictable train of thought and strain to catch up what the truck he's talking about. But when you are on the train, it's hilarious.

If you don't already know enough about this street-trained-English comic/actor, take a look at his

Radio City Music Hall is HUGE... and controlling a crowd that big looked easy for Izzard, because it IS easy for him. He's a natural. It's like having a cup of tea for him...
I remember watching him in Edinburgh in the late 80's on his 6 foot Unicycle, escaping from a locked straight-jacket, while chatting with the audience. His street shows would sometimes last a couple of hours, which didn't make sense financially, but Eddie wasn't in it for the money. He just loves entertaining people.

Having a chat with his Dad after the show at the Penthouse of the Dream Hotel, Mr Izzard Sr. said that "Eddie has always been an entertainer".

Eddie was recently given an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sheffield, where he was given the boot before being able to complete his studies in the 80's.
Needless to say Eddie's Dad is very proud, even through a 15 year bout of cross-dressing: Hair by Devachan (Read the Toimes article).

Eddie, a really lovely bloke, friendly and polite, and a pretty decent juggler (given time to warm up), encourages America to vote for Obama, and hopes that Americans will soon be able to travel without sewing Canadian flags to their luggage.

Here's a quick look at Covent Garden, where Eddie could be found about 20 years ago...
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'Where the Hell is Matt' world travel dance video heading for 4 million Youtube views

Matt thinks Americans need to travel abroad more.
Watch this film, it has something simple yet..... well, watch it.

This 30 something-year-old made so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

One day in Hanoi, his friend said "Hey, why don't you stand over there and do that dance. I'll record it" - a particular dance Matt does. Someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone else, and so on. Now Matt is quasi-famous.

Stride Gum asked Matt if he'd re-do the film while taking another trip around the world to make a new video. Matt asked if they'd be paying for it. They said yes.... that was the 2006 trip....

Eventually in 2007 Matt went back to Stride with another idea. He traveled the world one more time and invited the people who'd emailed him over the last year, to come out and dance too.

The Stride people thought that sounded like yet another very good idea, so they let him do it.

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Jun 24, 2008

'The Bar Room Menu' at the Museum of Modern Art's "The Modern"

New York Restaurant Review by Irving Waters
The Policy is: "The Customer comes first" at Danny Meyer's restaurants. It's not just a saying, they really believe it, and if you go there for a drink or a meal, you will feel the difference. (He is responsible also for the Union Square Cafe, Gramercy Tavern, the Shake Shack....)

The Modern is situated 3 doors East of MOMA. It gets busy at the usual hours, it's quite full by 5:30, so arrive early... or late.
Sit at the bar and try the Warm Veal and Goat Cheese Terrine with watercress, which is beautifully prepared and presented. If you like sushi, try their Arctic Char Tartare with basil and trout caviar. These are on the "Bar Room Menu". Prices are in the 'munching with a drink range': the Warm Veal and Goat Cheese Terrine with watercress which was delicious was $14.

At The Modern, specialty cocktails have been well thought out by master mixologist: Ehren Ashkenazi, so be adventurous.
Try the MoDERN MaRTINI: Cilantro-Infused Tanqueray & Fresh Lime Juice.
Location: 9 East 53rd street

Dining Room Reservations are accepted up to 28 days in advance and can be made by calling 212.333.1220 or by visiting

Bar Room Reservations are also accepted up to 28 days in advance by calling 212.333.1220 or visiting

Additionally, the Bar Room welcomes guests on a walk-in, first-come-first-served basis.


Jun 18, 2008

Kathleen Turner, helps "New York's Frailest": Meals on Wheels.

Kathleen Turner is pleading to New Yorkers for money to help She is on the board of Citymeals-on-Wheels , a fine organization which raises private funds to ensure no homebound elderly New Yorker will ever go a day without food or human company. Last year 3 million nutritious meals were delivered to 18,000 frail aged in every borough of New York City. In addition, 1,511 volunteers collectively spent 40,357 hours visiting and delivering meals to New York’s frailest.

One hundred percent of all public donations go to the preparation and delivery of meals.

70% of their recipients over 80, and with corporate cutbacks they are about to hit the nasty red line where they have to tell old people that "they may only get two meals this week...."

New York City doesn't have the resources to cover what Meals on Wheels covers, which is where we have to step in.

Please donate here, $36 buys 6 meals for a nice little old lady. Go on.


Jun 16, 2008

New York Chamber music ensemble: MAYA breaks through art barriers in Live Concert

"MAYA" a New York based ensemble made up of flute harp and percussion mashed together the skills of visual artist: Kevork Mourad with the live music processing of Eve Beglarian, to perform this fascinating live performance piece, during a concert of modern works, in a packed June concert.

This group is really worth seeing.

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Jun 6, 2008

Phillip Seymour Hoffman buys Manhattan apartment for well over $4 million

The Real Estalker reports that Phillip Seymour Hoffman has gone to contract to purchase a lofty apartment on Jane Street in the West Village which carried an asking price of $4,400,000.

BUYER: Phillip Seymour Hoffman
LOCATION: Jane Street, NY
PRICE: $4,400,000
SIZE: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms
DESCRIPTION: One of a kind three bedroom, 2.5 bath apartment in the best location in the West Village. High ceiling, beautiful wood floor, authentic doors from Provence, and a wood burning fireplace. The living room is one of the largest single spaces in the West Village.
The bathrooms are finished to perfection, and the entire apartment is a quintessential West Village oasis

We think he's earned it, don't you?

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