Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Can't Keep a Good Girl Down

So after weeks of speculation and questions on to whether or not the Roxy would ever re-open, I'm happy to report that it appears we are out of the red and the doors will open this Saturday, December 2 with Peter Rauhofer manning the turn-tables. So boys, get your dancing shoes out - it's time to celebrate in high style - let's keep this insitution alive and kicking. See you on the floor, dear readers.

Monday, November 27, 2006

Give Me a Beat

Friday night, I treated myself to something I haven't done in ages, hear live music by a real musician, namely Daniel Cartier. Playing the shit out of Joe's Pub, Daniel's set showed off his skills as an entertainer and musician (clever pop culture references, the use of common kitchen utensils as instruments, and a great banter with his audience.)

Having never been inside Joe's Pub, the space is beautiful and elegant and the acoustics are amazing.
Starting his set solo bathed in purple light and wearing his best Clockwork Orange assemble, Daniel's voice is so rich and soothing, you cannot help but be seduced. Daniel also spoke about how he hates to do self-promotion and he even blogged about it and as a fellow artist I can totally see where he is coming from.

Here is my attempt at a shameless Daniel Cartier promotion. So dear readers, if you haven't been exposed to Daniel's music, I suggest you purchase his latest album you and me are we which can be purchased directly from Daniel here. Enjoy the sweet sounds, I promise you'll be musically enlightened and you'll be supporting a talented musician.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Double Oh 7

So Casino Royale opens today and I'm glad to hear that the film is getting good reviews considering all the overblown hysteria that Daniel Craig received after being cast as super spy James Bond. I'm also glad to hear that others are coming around on his animal magnetism - the man is pure sex, just about time others noticed. I haven't seen a James Bond film since A View to a Kill and that was for Grace Jones (a perfect addition to the history of James Bond villians), but I firmly plan on seeing this film sometime over the weekend.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Beyond Their Control

So it appears the Roxy will once again remain dark on Saturday. No real word on whether or not John Blair has found a new location for his popular Saturday night party or if the dance institution will ever reopen. Is it me or does it appear that New York nightclubs (especially gay nights) are disappearing at an alarming rate?

Friday, November 10, 2006

Is the Dance Over?

Will the Roxy survive or will it be the next mega-club to close in the every changing urban landscape of Chelsea. Rumors of the clubs demise have been floating around for a long time, and while an attempt to close the venue comes as no surprise, as an institution, I for one hope the club remains open and thrives.

The cavernous space has been my home for dancing my ass off for the past five years - not to mention those members of the Roxy family that have been great -- Derek, Louis, and Sara, my favorite bathroom attendant who unfortunately died while waiting for the Saturday night boys who adored her at arrive (miss you!).

John Blair promises to find another Saturday venue if the Roxy closes its doors for good and one can't help but think they will destroy the building too quick and replace it with fancy over-priced condos if they cannot get out of the red. Something I hope we don't actually see for a few more years. Will we be saying goodbye to this dance institution, only time will tell... more to come soon I'm sure. Keep your dance cards open, boys!

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Parental Control

So it comes as no surprise the Kevin Federline fires back at Britney in court for sole custody of the couple's two children, as well as spousal support - his free ride is about to come to an end. "Kevin is prepared to go the distance in order to do what he feels is necessary to protect and safeguard the children and will not be intimidated or dissuaded from pursuit of those goals," said Michael Sands, spokesman for Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan.

Seems to me someone is desperately grasping at straws after the whimper his rap career launched off too. Funny how he would want sole custody of Britney's two sons as opposed to his less famous former girlfriend Shar Jackson's children. But then again, Shar is not a multi-millionaire. I hate men who use children as pawns and devices to hurt their former loved ones. Hopefully, he will fade into obscurity pretty quickly.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Let Them Eat Cake

So I finally got around to seeing Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette last night, while I cannot say that I'm gushing over the film - the visuals are truly inspiring. This candy-coated confection succeeds on so many levels; it's hard to be too negative about it. The cinematography and editing is sublime, the costumes are rich and ooze an extreme level of taste and refinement and Kirsten Dunst is once again spellbinding on screen.

I just didn’t love the film and had a hard time following the ties many of the characters had to one another (not really sure of Molly Shannon’s character’s relationship to the royal family – maybe on a second viewing.) Maybe, the film had too many characters and should have been reduced by a handful or so. I still believe Sofia is a talented director and will continue to bring visual treats to the screen for us to enjoy. Bon appetite!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Cover Girl

Look amazingly radiant on the cover of W Magazine, Cameron Diaz looks stunning with her new brunette locks. Having the pleasure of hearing Cameron speak first hand when she came to the School of Visual Arts, she's a real delight and always selects smart directors and isn't afriad to play with her own image to produce memorable characters. I look forward to seeing what she does next under Nancy Meyer's direction.

Friday, November 03, 2006

A Cheap Shot

So I'm a bit disappointed in Nate on last night's Survivor. While he's a fierce competitor and holds a large amount of strength for the Raro tribe - his anger and choice of words of over Brad choice of skipping out of the swimming portion of last nights reward challenge were uncalled for. After Raro lost the chance to fill their stomachs with peanut butter and bread, Nate choose to bitch and whine and call Brad a "Nancy Boy" - a cheap shot, in my books. Yes, Brad most likely made a huge mistake by choosing to play puzzle solver over swimming, but by attacking one's sexual orientation and playing into stereotypes is just not cool, I expect more from you Nate.

From what it seems from next week, Brad will continue to alienate himself further from his tribe and in the game, which I'm assuming will lead to his demise. And I hope, he at least causes some trouble and adds much needed drama to this season, before his torch is snuffed. Play on!