Monthly Archives: December 2008
I need to apologize for not writing. You are on my mind daily, but the twists and turns of life have gotten in the way these past several weeks. Below are the few events and subjects I hope to share with you soon besides a new “My Cats Tail” photo and some new “Daily Cracks In Sidewalks” photo’s.
I went to a fabulous screening of “The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button.” After the screening Spike Jonz interviewed David Fincher the director. The movie is great and I highly recommend it!
I also went to the Neil Young, Wilco, Everest concert at Madison Square Garden this past week. It was really special and a great show. It started at 8pm and Neil didn’t get off the stage until 12:30am.
Tonight is the “Bev Leslies” at The Bubble Lounge in TriBeCa in NYC. The band comprises some of the best studio musicians in the city including singer Elaine Caswell (has played with about everyone), singer keyboard player Bette Sussman (Bette Midler’s arranger), Shawn Pelton (drummer for SNL), and a host of other great players. So expect some reports soon.
In the meantime I hope you are all well and I wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!
Saturday night I had a pleasant surprise. I was taken to an elementary school in Greenwich Village, led up some stairs to the school’s gymnasium, seated at a table looking up at a stage that had “Moonwork” painted in bold letters, and told I was now in on a well kept comedy club secret. By the end of the evening I had to agree, and their next show is January 10th so now you’re in on this secret too.
The cost is $20 a person and it is my understanding that you have to be on an email list to find out about these performances. Held at the Children’s Aid Society also known as The Phil Coltoff Center on Sullivan Street near Bleaker and W.3rd, this past Saturday’s line up included Andres Dubouchet, Tom Shillue, Hannibal Buress, Rachel Feinstein, Ethan Lipton & his Orchestra, and John Oliver (from The Daily Show.) If you’re more up on comics and clubs you might be familiar with some of these acts. Being a late night TV freak, I was only familiar with John Oliver whom I adore.
Set in the gymnasium with round tables for 4, candles, and this time of year, as it was close to Christmas, Hershey Kisses and candy canes on the tables as well; they also had beer and soft drinks available for sale in the back. I would say in all there were maybe 100 people in the audience.
This portion of Moonwork’s mission is called “Evenings of Original Works,” of which they hold 15 per year and encourage performers to showcase their original work. Besides the likes of John Oliver and Tom Shillue, they have in the past featured performers such as Janeane Garofalo, and Drama Desk and Obie Award winners. It’s a good mix of high caliber talent. They also have within the Moonwork organization an annual Shakespeare production, and a Kids Outreach Program that is tied to Shakespeare. It’s here that they hope to instill and unlock a child’s love of learning and bring theater to kids.
Our Saturday evening at Moonwork was more than entertaining and well worth the $20 admission fee. All of the acts were quite good in their own right with John Oliver being an added holiday treat. The entire experience was positive. If you live in NYC or have friends who do, I encourage you to check this organization out and if you can, attend their next “Evening of Original Work” in January. I’ve included their website below to help you find out more about them. Simply cut and paste the link into your browser.