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Last night, I went to the newly opened Times Square location of the Jekyll & Hyde Club—a themed restaurant based on the 19th-century Robert Louis Stevenson novel, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. I am familiar with the spooky story and was always curious about the restaurant—having walked past the old location several times, where actors stand outside wearing Victorian garb and engaging passersby.

The American Repertory Theater’s 40th anniversary production of Roger O. Hirson and Stephen Schwartz’s Pippin returns to Broadway this spring. The original award-winning production was directed by legendary song and dance man Bob Fosse and features several notable show tunes, including “Corner of the Sky” and “I Guess I’ll Miss The Man.”

When I first saw the description of Peter and the Starcatcher, self-described on the show’s website as “a grownup’s prequel to Peter Pan,” I wasn’t sure what to expect. From the first scene of the Off-Broadway comedy, however, I realized this meant dialogue delivered at lightning speed and full of jokes about everything from squid poop to Ayn Rand.

To me, the mark of a good musical is one that transports its audience to the time and place of the characters. I have seen a few musicals that have accomplished this task, with The Lion Kingtopping the list. I first saw this long-running show as a traveling production in Cleveland and a few years later on the Great White Way.

Ever wanted to try your hand at indoor bocce ball, sing karaoke on stage or see semi-famous musicians and comedians in a tiny, little basement venue under a bar? Head to Union Hall where you can do all three, maybe even on the same night.

The 20th Original GLBT Expo heads to NYC’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center this weekend (Sat., March 9th & Sun., March 10th). The two-day event will be chock-full of activities, including an appearance by entertainer Amanda Lepore, Q&A with Project Runway Season 4 contestant and activist Jack Mackenroth, performance by singer Jade Starling and much more.

Last night, I saw the hilarious new musical Hands on a Hardbody, which follows 10 contestants competing to keep their hands on a truck from their local Nissan dealership. Set in Texas, the truck takes center stage literally, but also in each of the characters’ minds as the American Dream.

A few weeks ago, a friend was in town visiting from California and wanted a nice, casual place to have a few drinks with friends. She opted for VU Rooftop Bar in Manhattan’s Koreatown—or K-Town, as locals know it. This intimate space—with no dress code or cover charge—is perched on the 14th floor of LaQuinta Manhattan Hotel and offers great views of the nearby Empire State Building.

The other night, I saw Broadway’s new comedy ANN, the story of former Texas governor Ann Richards. Starring veteran actor of stage and screen Holland Taylor, who also wrote the play, the one-woman show was set up as if Richards were delivering a speech at a college commencement ceremony.

Considering the large space requirements needed for a bowling alley, it’s surprising how many there are in New York. Midtown has a handful, Chelsea Piers has an alley in its spacious sports complex and even Greenpoint, Brooklyn has two bowling facilities, including my favorite: The Gutter.

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