I hope you are all snuggled up with your loved ones for the Holidays.
December 25th, 2012
December 23rd, 2012
December 22nd, 2012
On Monday, I went to James LaForce’s Christmas party. I’ve missed it the last few years and had forgotten how fun they are.
This year it was staged at 5 Beeckman Place which is an abandoned building, 10 floors high.
I was impressed from the minute I walked in. He had some balls to throw a party in such a massive (but gorgeous) abandoned building! It brought me back to the “old NY” in the 80′s, when the streets were still dangerous and there was a real underground.
Now grown up, the same cast of characters were all at the party, Lady Kier from Dee Lite (remember the song, Groove Is In The Heart?!) was the MC with Billy Beyond.
The space was spectacular in its old metal detail and Venetian like interiors.
James had staged little Xmas ghoul vignettes around the party and a there was a runway that you could Vogue on if you felt like it.
December 21st, 2012
December 20th, 2012
Last week, with the news of the horrific shooting in Connecticut, I went through a string of emotions.
At first, I was horrified and saddened for the families and children of those who were affected. Next, I had a weird recognition of the fact that I am getting used to hearing about mass school shootings. And then, after 2 days, I was sickened from the extent of news coverage. It seemed that where ever I was, there was a minute to minute coverage of every detail.
I started to feel my rage boil at the manipulative and bottom feeding nature of the news industry.
To me, there seems to be a profiteering from the news channels, using any drama that they feel the public is freaked out by. At the same time, I have to wonder, do other people think it’s sickening to have 24 hour coverage for days on something like this? Doesn’t it seem wrong on so many levels? It drives me crazy watching news casters acting like specialists who care, when really (it feels like to me) they are sensationalizing for ratings.
I was talking about it with my boyfriend and he said it’s hard to know what comes first, “the chicken or the egg”. Are people wanting this kind of coverage so the news delivers it, or, is the news delivering it and we accept it?
I can’t believe I’m the only one troubled by it. I also can’t believe that it can’t be changed in the future if enough people talk about it.
December 19th, 2012
This last Sunday I woke up and it was dreary and cold. I was hoping to squeeze some gift shopping and Holiday cheer in but the weather was terrible.
Fortunately, I had tickets to see The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center. I hadn’t seen it for 6 years and was reminded that it embodied the “Ye Old Christmas” I love.
Because it was a matinee, it was full of young girls who were living their fantasies of being a ballerina. Some were dressed up in their best outfits and some, well, were in matching sweats (a sign of the times). I was sandwiched in between them all.
The ballet started and I was instantly enchanted and sucked in. The production is meticulous and all members of the cast are perfectionists. The costumes, choreography, music and stage are all perfect. It made me appreciate the amount of team work and diligence that goes into something like this, to have everything be so timed and also visually stunning.
After watching for 15 minutes, I felt that I had time traveled somewhere between 1900 and a childhood dream. I wanted to stay in it for longer than it lasted but, beggars can’t be choosers! Plus, I was happy with what I had experienced.
December 18th, 2012
December 14th, 2012
December 13th, 2012