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Vivo in Vino
June 8, 2011, 9:12 am
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I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.

The good news is that I got tix for the next Vivo in Vino coming up in June featuring Brooklyn’s own Savoir Adore. The guys over at In Vino, my favorite neighborhood Italian resto, sporadically host an intimate wine salon featuring live music, musician Q&A, and 4 glasses of wine for $25. Past performers have included Bear Hands, Lenka, Franz Nicolay, and Holly Miranda.

In June, In Vino will play host to Savoir Adore, which began as a 48-hour challenge between best friends Paul Hammer and Deidre Muro. A cross between electro-pop and indie folk rock, Savoir Adore sounds a little like a cross between Vampire Weekend and She & Him. Listen for yourself.

The bad news is that Savoir Adore tickets are sold out. Sad face (for you).

But I’ve got some better news: the next Vivo in Vino has been scheduled for July 24 and it will feature NYC pop band Cookies.

Get your tix now (before these sell out, too)!

In Vino Wine Bar
215 E. 4th Street (Between Avenues A & B)
NY, NY 10009

Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm
$25 – Includes 4 Glasses Of Wine

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Popshop at Tammany Hall
April 1, 2011, 10:43 am
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On the first Thursday of every month, LES nightlife newcomer Tammany Hall hosts three floors of rotating musical guests, dancing, and general debauchery with its monthly Popshop party. Next Thursday, April 7th, Walk the Moon, Savoir Adore, and ANR will be playing live with Lightwaves rocking the DJ booth all night. Free after midnight.

THURSDAY, APRIL 7TH
Entire Venue

Popshop is back at Tammany Hall. This month, SXSW darlings Walk the Moon headline with help from Brooklyn indie poppers Savoir Adore and Miami psych kids ANR playing live. Lightwaves is back and will be spinning all night long. Like every past Popshop, this event is expected to sell out, so get your tickets NOW!
Doors are at 8pm. Advance Tickets are available here

If you show up early, you might even catch happy hour. $3 beers, $4 cocktails, $5 wines.

Drink-Dance-Listen: Tammany Hall (LES) 152 Orchard Street between Stanton and Rivington. (212) 982-7767. Follow Tammany Hall and Popshop on Twitter.



Obsessing over Sirens and Sealions
March 26, 2011, 7:21 pm
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Obsessing over Miami folk pop band Sirens and Sealions after stumbling across their show last night at Local 269 in LES. Listen here: http://ow.ly/4n45S. My fave is Tumbleweed – available for download on iTunes.



Christmas 2010 & Merry James-mas
December 25, 2010, 7:38 pm
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It’s December 25th, and it’s my first Christmas in the city. My brother is in town visiting since our parents are out of the country. As such, we’ve been attempting (and failing) at trying to experience a very New York City Christmas. Instead, we spent Christmas Eve eating Cuban food in the West Village, then drinking beers, playing pool/shuffleboard/Scrabble/listening to live jazz (Eddie Wyatt) at Fat Cat. Today, we went to go 92Y Tribeca for Chinese and a Movie – a Leslie Nielsen double header of Airplane and Naked Gun, complete with a Chinese food buffet. No one told me it was going to be vegetarian, and for that, I would dock the experience at least a bit. Still, Shirley, you can’t go wrong with the classics.

Tonight, we’re cooking at home before heading out to Merry James-mas! at Nublu (62 Ave C between 4th and 5th Sts; nublu.net; 10pm, $10) on Avenue C to celebrate and remember James Brown, who passed four years ago today. According to Time Out NY, every year since that sad day DJ Nickodemus (from Turntables on the Hudson) has hosted a James Brown Christmas tribute. Nickodemus will rework James Brown classics against the backdrop of timeless J.B. videos. The Pimps of Joytime will also perform live. Covers, classics, mashups, Funky People 45’s, The JB’s, videos & all things that’ll get you on the GOOD FOOT! In Funk We Trust! $10/ 21 & over.



$25 tickets to the Metropolitan Opera
October 18, 2010, 10:48 am
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I said METROPOLITAN OPERA and $25 tickets. While I have thoroughly enjoyed my $20 tickets to the NYC Opera, I’m giddy about these $25 tickets to the Met.

This Saturday, you can watch either Boris Godunov at noon or La Boheme at 8:30 pm if you win the lottery.

The process is as follows:

Weekend Rush Ticket Drawing Process

  • Monday: From 10:00 am – 11:59 pm ET, select from the available performance(s) listed for the following weekend.
  • Tuesday: Drawing is held. Winners’ names, as well as those on the wait list, will be posted here at noon.  At that time, winners may begin purchasing the tickets online, by calling 212-362-6000, or by visiting the Met Opera Box Office.  Winners will also be contacted via email.
  • Wednesday: Tickets must be purchased by 5:00 pm ET or the tickets will be forfeited and released to those on the wait list.  Wait list tickets may be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis by calling 212-362-6000, online, or by visiting the Met Opera Box Office.
  • Thursday:  Wait list tickets must be purchased by 5:00 pm ET or the tickets will be forfeited and released for sale at the regular price.

If you select more than one performance, you are eligible to win all from a single entry form. Do not enter more than once per week. Winners are eligible to purchase up to two tickets per performance.  Specific seat locations are random and non-negotiable.

Click here to enter the lottery, and good luck!

Note: These discounted tickets were made available by a generous gift from Met Board member Agnes Varis and her husband Karl Leichtman, and they’re also making weekday tickets available. 150 orchestra seats are available to the general public for each regular Monday through Thursday performance for only $20 (excluding galas, special events, and opening nights of new productions). You can purchase Varis Rush Tickets at the Met box office beginning two hours before curtain, subject to availability. I’ll be queued up outside the box office on November 6th so I can see the only Varis Rush ticket performance of Carmen, my all-time favorite opera.



Hobby: celebrating spare-time recreational pursuits
October 17, 2010, 6:39 pm
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Hobby is a gathering organized by the good folks over at Harvest where four folks are invited to talk each month about what they do when they’re not actually working. Each speaker talks about his or her hobby for 5 minutes before a 5 minute Q&A session. My friend Mike, who spoke about poker and decision-making, suggested that Harvest get in touch with me to see if I might like to talk about this here blog. Crazy though it may be, they actually decided to give it a shot and they’re giving me a microphone (gasp!) and a remote control (double gasp!!) so I can talk about cooking and eating and shopping and other stuff I like, all with the aid of a not-so-fancy Powerpoint presentation I dreamt up today.

This Tuesday, October 19 at 7 pm in Chinatown/SoHo, you can come and see people talk about jazz, paragliding, and living in New York City on the cheap. The bios for this month’s speakers:

  • Leo Ferguson is a native New Yorker, a recent driving school graduate and really likes french fries. He had an afro before it was cool and wants you all to know it, and no, he’s not Malcolm Gladwell. By day he does fancy-pants digital imaging and print stuff for big horrible companies and by night he is a musician, a composer and a lover. His music has been called “adequate” by important people who know about that kind of thing, and he’ll be discussing jazz.
  • James Bradley started paragliding in 2003. He progressed rapidly to have an advanced rating, a commercial tandem certification, and can tell you what “cloud suck” is, and where you can get it. When not flying, James can usually be found trying to cram two hundred pounds of gliders and gear into the closets of a Manhattan apartment.
  • Melody Han (that’s me!) thinks that people care about what she eats, and amazingly enough, some people actually do. Since moving to NYC in 2007, Melody has been eating her way through the city and other parts of the world (as cheaply as possible), trying her hand at cooking in her tiny LES kitchen, and dreaming of the day when she might have enough counterspace to own a standing mixer. Her eat.shop.love.NYC. posts have been featured in NBC New York’s Around Town | Food & Drink blog and The Gothamist. She always has a camera, if only to perpetuate stereotypes.
  • Abel Horwitz has come to New York City pursuing a childhood dream. So far he has cut an album with Jay-Z, dated Natalie Portman, and is delighted to find out how affordable New York City is (not one of these things is true). He will do his very best to explain that you (yes, you!) can travel the world for cheap. Abel likes exploring the city, meeting new people, eating great meals and spending time with his best friend, Jay-Z.

RSVP on the Harvest Hobby website! Tickets are free, and there are 7 left at the moment. If they run out, you should still be able to come. There will be wine (I think), a boozy Halloween punch I’m concocting, cookies in creepy shapes, and cool people to meet. You might have an awesome time.

Be there: Tuesday, October 19th @7 pm sharp – Harvest HQ (Chinatown/SoHo) 187 Lafayette Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10013 View map



Wonder Girls
October 4, 2010, 9:10 pm
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K-pop sensations the Wonder Girls are in Cannes this week to promote their new documentary at MIPCOM. They performed at the KOCCA party on opening night and while the sound was crappy, ya just gotta love that feelgood, upbeat vibe. Check out Wonder Girls – Nobody on YouTube to see what I’m talking about!