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Call it serendipity: Two West Coast artists, Ken Price and Llyn Foulkes, receive their first solo New York museum retrospectives this month. Both have flown under the New York radar. Until now. They couldn’t be more different. Price brings a smile to the face; Foulkes whacks you in the solar plexus.

What are three things NYC is not known for? 1. downhill skiing, 2. desert storms, 3. barbecue. Geography and climate being what they are, the first two aren’t likely to change soon. But the third one—well, that’s a different story.

New York City can appear overwhelming at first. All these crazy tall buildings, it's rare to get a peek into what's really going on inside. Unless of course, that is, you've gained VIP access. On a Style Room tour with fashion industry professional Karen Parker O'Brien, you can experience the fashion world just as a buyer from Bergdorf's would.

There is a certain expectation in a visit to the American Museum of Natural History. Somewhere along the line, no matter what the exhibit is at this glorious museum, you know you are going to run into skulls, or bones, or some fossilized remains of an ancient creature/human. It is of course what defines this museum, devoted to human and animal cultural artifacts.

Everyone harbors a touch of Peeping Tom deep within. Whenever you steal a glance at that distracted yet desirable subway rider across the platform or gaze out from the hotel balcony onto the gallery of illuminated NYC windows, open and glowing like portals into strangers' personal lives (this is your cue to rise from your seat and go close the blinds), that's Tom rearing his big, fat head.

1. Reasons to Be Happy is a play by Neil LaBute, who does double duty and also directs the world-premiere production at the Lucille Lortel Theatre.

When you visit Wise Men, you may be surprised to find that the intimate East Village bar and restaurant is a well-kept secret set behind a facade featuring a full-blown vintage photograph of five Chinese women. In fact, Wise Men is full of pleasant surprises. Once you locate the place, which is at once obscure and obvious, subtly marked but with a striking storefront, you'll enter the windowless room to find a welcoming, intoxicating glowy-red ambiance not unlike what you may imagine a late-night Hong Kong hot spot to look and feel like.

I’ve been a Roundabout Theatre Company subscriber for nearly two decades now, and the joys of membership are many. One is getting a guaranteed seat to shows that often become the hottest tickets in town (as when Harry Connick Jr. made his Broadway debut in The Pajama Game).

Sometimes, a woman simply needs to defrizz. And so that was my thinking when I recently walked into the Sahag workshop on Madison Avenue on a warm, muggy day. The aim: have a keratin express treatment and walk back out, sleek, shiny and fearless of of any future humidity.

Sometimes you want a quaint, placid and serene dining experience, allowing you time to calmly and quietly re-nourish and recollect. Other times, you want some action. Sea, a flashy Thai restaurant off Williamsburg's bumping Bedford Ave., is for those latter moments.


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