I recently saw Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike—the dark comedy that nabbed the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play of the Year. The story follows Vanya (David Hyde Pierce) and his two sisters: the self-doubting Sonia (Kristine Nielsen) and the movie star Masha (Sigourney Weaver) over the span of a few days spent at their childhood home in Pennsylvania.
One of the best things about summer in New York is the wide range of free outdoor activities. Prospect Park Bandshell is host to Celebrate Brooklyn!, a concert series that includes plenty of free shows by well-known musical acts. This year a variety of musicians from different genres—like bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles, ballet company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and hip-hop artist Shaggy —are all scheduled to perform.
On Saturday night, I saw Pippin—the Broadway show that recently won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. The originally production enjoyed a long run on the Great White Way in the 1970s. The musical follows the tale of a young prince on his journey to find purpose in his life and maps out the obstacles he faces along the way.
My ideal way to spend a summer day: walking on the beach at Coney Island, riding the Cyclone roller coaster and then heading to MCU Park to see the New York Mets’ farm team, the Brooklyn Cyclones, play a game of minor league baseball.
This weekend, hop over the East River to Randall’s Island for The Governor’s Ball Music Festival. Enjoy performances by a variety of acts—rapper Kanye West, legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses and Southern alternative group Kings of Leon are each set to headline a day of the three-day festival—and food from local restaurants and food trucks.
If you’re a fan of celebrities—or just want to escape the heat in the cool air conditioning of a tour bus—check out TMZ Tour NYC. This two-hour bus tour takes you through popular celebrity haunts in the Meatpacking District, TriBeCa and other Manhattan neighborhoods.
My boyfriend is a huge fan of the Late Show with David Letterman, so, for his birthday, he applied for tickets to a taping. He applied about a month in advance and a few weeks ago received a call from a CBS page confirming the tickets—if he could correctly answer a trivia question about the show.
A few weeks ago, I went to a one-woman comedy show at Magnet Theater. I headed to the small storefront venue in Chelsea to see Jolene Turner perform Doll Talk. The show is a very creative retelling of Turner’s journey from a thirtysomething-year-old server at the Mall of America’s American Girl Store café to using the job as her ticket to relocate to NYC and follow her dreams.
Usually on Friday nights, I’ll go home after work and watch Netflix on the couch or go to a nearby bar, but last Friday I ended up at Hunkomania, an all-male strip show for women. Although watching muscular men dance their clothes off to both classic and recent top 40 hits sounded entertaining, I was worried about the audience participation portion of the evening.
Remember that movie Showgirls? I’m almost certain you do. It had Saved By The Bell’s neurotic Jessie Spano—aka Elizabeth Berkley, Kyle MacLachlan of Twin Peaks fame and Gina Gershon—who always seems to play some sort of dead-eyed borderline psychopath.