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ARTIST MICHELLE-MARIE HEINEMANN HOSTS LUNCHEON FOR ELISABETH THIERIOT, PUBLISHER OF FSHN MAGAZINE

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Saturday, 8/16/2014 7:39 PM
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On a perfect August afternoon, 15 perfectly turned-out lovely ladies gathered at the equally perfect Carlyle Hotel for a luncheon. It takes something special to keep in town those who usually escape by Thursday nights in the summer, as well as bringing into town those who live elsewhere. In this case, it was a gathering hosted by artist Michelle-Marie Heinemann to honor her dear friend, Elisabeth Thieriot, publisher of “FSHN” Magazine. “I was thrilled she flew in from San Francisco, where she resides, for this luncheon!” Michelle-Marie enthused. Heinemann writes a column for the Art & Culture section of “FSHN”…which stands for Fashionable, Sexy, Haute & Naughty. “The column is a dream come true for me...because I write about what I love and know best.”

Michelle-Marie and Thieriot met through Heinemann’s BFF, Lauren Lawrence, a meeting that resulted in all laughing their way through a ... Read More


MICHELLE-MARIE HEINEMANN’S FIFTH ANNUAL BELLINI & BLOODY MARY HAT PARTY

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Thursday, 5/8/2014 12:58 PM
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Wednesday, May 07, 2014, was a perfect sunny Spring day. At 10:30AM, Bar Pleiades, in the Surrey Hotel began filling up with beautiful people in beautiful pastels topped by all sorts of fantastic combinations of woven straw, feathers, silk flowers, satin ribbons and the occasional sparkle of diamante. Everyone immediately helped themselves to one of the featured cocktails, covering the bar like a phalanx of tomato red and blush peach glass soldiers. Delicious! “They were made with a whole lotta love,” laughed Daryl, the Head Bartender! And they were imbibed with equal appreciation.

But, where was the woman of the hour, Michelle-Marie Heinemann? Someone reported that she was stuck in traffic somewhere. “I’ve NEVER known her to be late!” Another remarked. There was a great deal of murmured agreement. More people arrived, more drinks were served and the room was filled with happy ... Read More


CYBER BULLIES DEALT BEAT DOWN BY SOCIAL SWANS

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Tuesday, 3/4/2014 11:57 AM
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A very stylish line in the sand was drawn against Cyber Bullying, Cyber Stalking and Cyber Harassment on the afternoon of March 3, 2014 by UTTERLY GLOBAL’s Goodwill Ambassador, MICHELLE-MARIE HEINEMANN (wearing WALTER VAN BEIRENDONCK), along with her dear friends LAUREN LAWRENCE (wearing CAROLINA HERRERA) and CONSUELO VANDERBILT COSTIN (wearing ALICE+OLIVIA), at Ms. Lawrence’s lovely uptown home. Though the surroundings were white glove, those in attendance made it clear, both through speeches and conversation, that their gloves were off and there would be no backing down when it came to this means of abuse, so menacingly cloaked in the anonymity of the internet. . It’s common knowledge that a bully is, in reality, nothing more than a coward who hides behind some perceived or established might that empowers them, but that’s of little use to those being victimized, particularly if those victimized are young and don’t see the ... Read More


KINKY BOOTS KICKS ASS

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Tuesday, 4/9/2013 4:10 PM
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I KNEW that “Kinky Boots” was going to be THE show on Broadway this season. It seemed to have the same buzz about it as “Book of Mormon” and “Spamalot”… a coolness factor that rarely sets up shop on the Great White Way. That’s not to say that the revivals of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “Cat on a Hot Tim Roof” weren’t wonderful but, despite the performances/performers, we basically knew what we were getting there. And there’s always the chance that no matter how cool the elements are and how big the HYPE, something can just go TERRIBLY wrong (yes, I am talking about “Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark”) (omg).

The first I ever heard of “Kinky Boots” was the 1960s Brit song sung by Honor Blackman (AKA “Pussy Galore”) and Patrick MacNee, the stars of the TV series “The Avengers”. I was introduced ... Read More


SAM SHEPARD IS COOL

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Wednesday, 10/5/2011 9:08 PM
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Someone I know very well saw that I got invited to a screening for “Blackthorn”, a new movie starring Sam Shepard. Because this someone is an actor, he particularly loves Shepard. As is true of so many actors, he once starred in a production of “True West”. Shepard, like David Mamet (and Shakespeare, Ibsen, and the like) is one of those playwrights whose plays young actors cut their teeth on. This someone wanted to meet Shepard and have his picture taken with him for his Wall of Excellence. A PR person had told me that Shepard would be there, but I warned my friend that it would be unlikely that Shepard would take advantage of the chance to be on the Wall of Excellence since he has the rep for being a very un-showbizzy sort who avoids schmoozing and self-promotion. My friend was not deterred. ... Read More


“WOMEN, WAR & PEACE” POWER BREAKFAST

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Wednesday, 9/28/2011 12:15 PM
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I am so glad I went to the breakfast for “WOMEN, WAR & PEACE”, a series to be aired on five consecutive Tuesdays beginning October 11th on PBS.  Check-in was 7AM, which is usually when I go to bed, so I just stayed up all night.  I couldn’t take any chances because the UN was in session and EVERYONE was in town, so the security made any sort of travel to that area problematic.  Because the breakfast was at The Four Seasons restaurant, we were definitely in the area.

 Of course, as is the norm in NYC, if you give yourself enough time, you have no problems and arrive painfully early. The streets and subways were overflowing with security, but no one was zoning in on me for a pat-down or bag check.  I stood with all the photographers against the building next door, checking my cell to waste time.  When I ... Read More


MACHINE GUN PREACHER: GERARD FLEXES HIS ACTING MUSCLE

By Anita Sarko
Wednesday, 9/21/2011 6:24 PM
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It’s hard being beautiful…we’re always told. Though, for very good reason, we scoff at such a notion, when it comes to being taken seriously, well… Naturally, part of the reason beauties are dismissed is because it’s really difficult not to be petty when someone didn’t earn something that sets them apart from the pack…in a good way...bestowing attention and favors that those less blessed are never accorded. So, the gene pool giveth, and then the critics attempt to taketh away.

Beauty is often an easy target when dealing with movie actors. Whereas an “interesting” (nice word for unattractive) actor who has chops can create quite the lauded career by disappearing into character parts, those with dynamite looks often find it really difficult to hide their God-given glories. Because of that, they are usually relegated to just flashing their gorgeous grins and fluttering their fabulous eyes ... Read More


TAKE SHELTER

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 9/12/2011 8:47 PM
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If there have been two constants of late, they have been Jessica Chastain movies and rain. So, imagine my state of mind when I went to see ANOTHER Jessica Chastain release (I’ve seen at least three in the last month!) during ANOTHER downpour. And guess what the movie revolves around: A storm!

Good grief…

Nevertheless, “Take Shelter” is an extremely compelling and creepy apocalyptic-themed indie. It is definitely worth a viewing, even though I’ll be surprised if anyone actually checks it out. I’m not dissing the movie, by any means by saying that. The fault lies in the ridiculous cost of movie-going. Who can seriously blame people for mainly choosing visually stimulating superscope extravaganzas that don’t translate well to smaller screens? That said, “The Help” did beat the shit out of “Cowboys & Aliens”, which was, definitely, a much deserved anomaly. And guess who was ... Read More


WHEN SPINNING IS NOT ENOUGH: WELCOME TO SoulCycle’s SoulBands!

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 9/5/2011 5:06 PM
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There I was, actually choosing bikes in the FRONT ROWS of my spin classes at SoulCycle, when I decided that, maybe, I was ready for a new challenge. I was still sweating like a pig during every class and my body was still pleading for mercy somewhere around the middle of the second songs, but I guess I’m just more of a masochist than I care to believe…or more competitive. I’ve never felt competitive with others, but very much with myself. I mean, what’s the point of repetition if there’s something else, something MORE?

I decided to check out what are called SoulBands classes. That meant that I had to return to SoulCycle’s Tribeca location because the Union Square studio doesn’t have them. Though I love being only five minutes from Soul Union Square, it’s really just a 15 minute bike ride using the Waterfront Greenway ... Read More


SOUL CYCLE PUTS A NEW SPIN ON IT: UNION SQUARE EAST SETTLES IN

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Wednesday, 5/25/2011 9:46 AM
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Boy, was I happy when Soul Cycle opened up a branch in my neighborhood! Well, it’s relatively in my hood: I live on the Gramercy/Murray Hill border, an under-the-radar area nicknamed Curry Hill. I had been going to the TriBeCa facility, but this is a difference between 10 minutes and 45 minutes travel time for me. I ride my bike (unless the weather REALLY sucks), so this couldn’t have come at a better time. During the winter, zipping downtown on the Hudson River Park Greenway was a (frosty) breeze. However, as soon as the weather got better, the path gradually resembled Times Square during rush hour. It wasn’t so much the runners, skaters or skateboarders that were the pains-in-the-ass as much as those enjoying a nice Sunday stroll. Umm…earth to walkers…walk on your own damned turf. The whole experience began to remind ... Read More


PLEASE CONTRIBUTE TO MY RIDE TO BENEFIT OVARIAN CANCER RESEARCH

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Wednesday, 3/16/2011 10:36 AM
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Donation URL: http://www.ovariancycle.org/get_involved/donate/my_home_page.aspx?id=297

My Home Page: www.ovariancycle.org

In tribute to Genevieve Gorman

READY. SET. RIDE!

This is a fundraiser benefiting ovarian cancer research. I am participating because I am still alive to be able to help others. After battling this disease just last year, I would not be here if it wasn't for the amazing progress that has been made in understanding Ovarian Cancer, which still has only a 20% survival rate. This is the Great White of women's reproductive cancers. Let's kill the beast. We need to raise at least $600 before we can ride. Any and every donation, no matter how small, would be appreciated. I am riding in tribute to Genevieve Gorman, who is Alison Moore's aunt. She is presently in stage 4 of this horrid disease.

xxx ANITA


TRUE GRIT: A REVIEW

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Wednesday, 12/22/2010 1:33 PM
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This is one gorgeous movie. There is a scene where Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) and Mattie Ross (Hallee Steinfeld) are riding on their horses at night and the backdrop is just a black sky filled with stars and it takes your breath away. I swear I swooned.

“True Grit” is a classic Western. There are VERY bad guys, kind-of good guys (in comparison to the badder guys), tough gals, spirited horses, wide-open spaces, lots of dirt, lots of gunplay and a pot of beans. Little wonder they seemed to like to sleep outside considering all the beans they allegedly consumed.

Obviously, everyone was excited at the prospect of the Coen brothers reuniting with Bridges after the glorious results of their last outing, “The Big Lebowski” (for those of you who are movie-illiterate). Jeff is more in “Crazy Heart” codger than Dude mode here…so I guess the catch-phrase ... Read More


THE FIGHTER: A REVIEW

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Tuesday, 12/7/2010 10:35 AM
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Quite frankly, I was NOT excited to see this because I thought, “Here we go again…’The Wrestler’ was so huge that we’re now going to get all these failed-athlete-makes-comeback flicks.” The executive producer of “The Fighter” IS Darren Aronofsky, who produced and directed “The Wrestler”, so it seemed like he had discovered a winning genre, much like a lot of the Mafia-entrenched directors/producers form the 70s (you know who I mean).

This time, however, the director is David O. Russell (“I Heart Huckabees”, “Spanking the Monkey”, and lots more) who has reteamed with one of his “Three Kings” stars, Mark Wahlberg. (You didn’t think it would be George Clooney, did you? If you don’t know what I’m referring to, you get a D- for your knowledge of Hollywood gossip).

The beginning of the movie leads one to believe that this is, indeed, “The Wrestler II”, as we’re presented with ... Read More


DJ ANITA TRIES A DIFFERENT KIND OF SPINNING

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Thursday, 10/21/2010 2:03 PM
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“Spinning? What is that?” My Dutch Nephew (we made that title up in order to describe our relationship) Keenan Brill (yes, the infamous Dianne’s son) asked me. “Is it sexual?” I assured the suave Euro-teen it was not. We have a take-no-prisoners relationship that occasionally makes me pause, considering I literally used to bounce him on my knee. Now I come up to his knees.

When I briefly explained spinning to him, he next asked me why I wanted to act like a hamster. I retorted that it was better to behave like one than have one lost up my bum, Somehow I erased that message by mistake, so I told him I’d tell him all about it later. It didn’t matter: He’s too young to understand the Urban Myth reference.

“Later” was that night’s performance by Joey Arias and Joey’s post-performance birthday party. ... Read More


A MUST SEE

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Friday, 5/28/2010 11:49 AM
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My friend Jenny Lumet and I love to go to mindless movies. The last one we attended was “Hot Tub Time Machine”. We laughed our butts off.

Because it’s summer, we have a great selection to choose from. Tonight’s flick was “Iron Man 2”. We both agreed that Robert Downey, Jr. has gone from dissipated to hot and we wanted to bathe in his hotness.

We met at Ollie’s, the crazy Chinese restaurant that we are very suspicious of. We love that they never get the orders straight and, for some reason, the food arrives about 2 seconds after ordered. Tonight’s mishaps included my Moo Shu pancakes that went flying off to another table because we turned down the brown rice we hadn’t ordered. Luckily, I got them back before the woman they were set in front of dove in. Then the waiter delivered two Sprites when we had ordered Diet Cokes. ... Read More


RICKY GERVAIS SHOCKS THE GARDEN

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Thursday, 5/13/2010 2:03 PM
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The Modcousin really did it this time. He’s the biggest Ricky Gervais fan and was determined to catch his NYC show. Unfortunately, the price of tickets was rather steep, so it seemed a distant dream. He was bummed. Then, alas, Ricky pulled a fast one. He not only added another show at the Theater at Madison Square Garden (site of the original show), but also added two shows at Hunter. The Modcousin thinks it’s because Gervais lives near there. The Modcousin is such a FAN that he knows such details about Ricky. And yes, that makes me uncomfortable. And should make Ricky uncomfortable.

Anyway…

The point is that, because of the sudden glut of shows, many many scalpers were royally fucked. When the Modcousin sussed this out, he dragged me to the Garden, intent on getting a real bargain. And he ... Read More


NEXT FALL: A REVIEW

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Monday, 3/29/2010 1:14 PM
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In the latter half of the eighties, a very hip theatrical company named Naked Angels came to be. Some of the members were/are Rob Morrow, Gina Gershon, Fisher Stevens, Merrill Holtzman/Jack Merrill (he changed his name between then and now), Kristen Johnston, Matthew Broderick, Marisa Tomei, Joe Mantello, a mess o’ Parkers (Pippin, 
Sarah Jessica, Timothy Britten), Ron Rifkin, Lili Taylor, Nancy Travis, Jon Robin Baitz, Patrick Breen…

They garnered their first bit of infamy because another member of their troop was JFK, Jr., whose desire for a theatrical career was as well known as his mom Jackie’s aversion to it. Though Jackie won, John John fed his thwarted ambition by being the MC at the many Naked Angels benefits. In fact, the first time I ever saw Kennedy’s future Mrs. was at one of those splashy benefits, where she was planted on his lap during much of ... Read More


DANGEROUS RHYTHM: “THIS IS IT”: A REVIEW

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Wednesday, 10/28/2009 9:49 PM
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I had absolutely NO interest in seeing “This Is It”. For those of you who have had no contact with pop culture over the last few months, this is the film made from footage shot during the rehearsals for Michael Jackson’s proposed and controversial upcoming fifty-date residency in London.

I thought this would just be one of those interesting looks at how a show is put together, much like the very entertaining “Every Little Step”. “Every Little Step” showed the casting process involved in creating the latest version of “A Chorus Line”, interspersed with film and interviews from the original cast and show. As much as I enjoyed that documentary, I was so over the whole Michael Jackson death circus, I really had no tolerance for anything more. However, the darling Bryan Bantry asked if I’d like a couple of tickets and, being the whore that I am, ... Read More


HEARTS OF GOLD'S FALL GALA BENEFIT: "IT'S A LOVE THING!"

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Tuesday, 10/20/2009 10:55 PM
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HONORARY CHAIR:
Rhonda Ross

DATE:
Thursday, November 12, 2009

LOCATION:
Metropolitan Pavillion, 125 West 18th Street, NYC.

TIME:
6:00pm

TICKET PRICES:
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS: $250, $500, and $1,000

TABLES: Starting at $2,500.

AFTER-PARTY:
$50 (From 10:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Includes open bar and dancing)

CONTACT:
Email: info@heartsofgold.org
Phone: (212) 206-1461


ABOUT THIS EVENT:


Hearts of Gold, a not-for-profit organization that improves the lives of New York City's homeless mothers and their children, will present its 13th annual Fall Fundraising Gala, “It’s A Love Thing,” on Thursday, November 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street. The event will feature co-Mistresses of Ceremonies Soledad O’Brien, Anchor and Special Correspondent for CNN and Goodwill Ambassador for Hearts of Gold, along with “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit’s” Tamara Tunie, also an accomplished producer and director as well as a member of Hearts of Gold’s esteemed Advisory Board.

The family-friendly evening will include a cocktail reception and ... Read More


FASHION WEEK AND OTHER STUFF

By Anita Sarko
Tuesday, 9/22/2009 1:43 PM
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The only way to get through Fashion Week is by exercising careful selection and achieving balance. Do not go to everything you can go to and find other things to do.

When I first went to shows as a member of the audience (I had always been backstage before because I was running the music), I was obsessed. I wanted to go to every show and every after party.

When I had a column in “Paper” magazine, I really had to pack everything in so I could report on all that was hot and groovy. The weird thing was that the shows I really got the biggest kick out of were the Ladies Who Lunch shows: Oscar, Blass, Carolina… The workmanship was extraordinary. Without having to dazzle with a SHOW, they just made you swoon from sheer beauty. Sometimes things veered a bit into the Bar Mitzvah/Mother-of-the-Bride netherworlds, but it was still ... Read More


“9”: A REVIEW

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 9/7/2009 1:12 PM
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“9” is a darkly cute/ cutely dark post-apocalyptic animation film that is a sock puppet-ish take on “Transformers” with a very “Nightmare Before Christmas” feel (Tim Burton is one of the producers and Danny Elfman provides “themes”).

This good-vs.-evil tale is so engrossing and the action is so suspenseful, one might think this is one to take the kiddies to. If the kiddies in question are of a sensitive nature, this might be a bit much. Then again, we all survived that really twisted Disney fare, so who’s to know? Do out-of-control machines battling sock puppets…excuse me…”stitchpunks”… who are forced to lead an existence only Anne Frank could relate to equal a good thrill to the imagination or fodder for tots scared witless?

As for adults, I would recommend this highly. Voiced by Elijah Wood (as “9”), John C. Reilly, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau ... Read More


TAKING WOODSTOCK”: A REVIEW

By Anita Sarko
Tuesday, 9/1/2009 6:48 PM
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“Taking Woodstock” is a nice relaxing flick that is so laid back, it’s positively Zen. Capturing more the reality of the times than the myth, it gives the viewer the iconic festival from the viewpoint of what most of the attendees actually experienced. To fault this movie for not taking us into the action, either as up- close audience members, onstage performers or backstage movers and shakers is ridiculous. Considering the amount of people who showed up verses those who could actually see clearly what was going on onstage or backstage, why would anyone think that the majority had the chance to experience either?

Have you ever been to a giant festival? Imagine if that giant festival lost control of itself and had neither the room nor the facilities nor the provisions necessary to satisfy the attendees? Imagine if, finally, anarchy reined and the gates were ... Read More


"(UNTITLED)": A REVIEW

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 7/6/2009 1:17 PM
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I like Adam Goldberg’s work…if you’ll excuse the pun on one of his own creations. REALLY. I’ve liked him in movies, on “Entourage” and on talk shows. He does deep, tortured, brooding and menacing really well, but there’s also a sense of humor and intelligence about him.

It was because I like Goldberg so much that I went to see a screening of the movie “(Untitled)”. In addition, it didn’t hurt that Vinnie Jones was also featured: He’s always fun. Lately, I’ve been VERY selective about going to screenings because I’ve taken to seriously questioning whether the movie sounds like something I would want to give over that much time to. I wish I still had the fire in my gut to discover the small gem, but I’ve gone to enough screenings to know these small gems are very very few. In addition, the ... Read More


WEST SIDE STORY: A REVIEW

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Tuesday, 4/7/2009 11:00 AM
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SHORT VERSION: Yes, it’s totally worth it. Buy your tickets now.

LONG VERSION:

Nearly two years ago, I phoned Michael Musto and asked him if I could be his date when “West Side Story” had its Broadway revival. At the time, he laughed that I was putting in my request so early because he hadn’t even heard about a “WWS” revival. However, the more he thought about it, the more he agreed that it was a good idea. He could think of at least one other person who might be interested and might ask, so I had circumvented that sticky situation. He told me I had to keep reminding him because he had once promised someone they could come with him to a play and then forgot and took someone else. When the original person asked him when they were going, Musto was ... Read More


SIMPLY RED AT RADIO CITY

By Anita Sarko
Thursday, 3/19/2009 4:18 PM
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One problem with having been around so damned long (besides the aches and pains & club DJ terror dreams) is that there are many people one has a history with. When my dear husband, the Mod Cousin, told me that he wanted to attend the final performance of Simply Red, I immediately went into a rant about what a HUGE asshole Mick Hucknall was back when. The ginger one was roundly despised by anyone who worked at Palladium because he never failed to act like an entitled jackass whenever he would grace us with his presence. No one would have it. As often as he would push his way through the front door crowd and jump over the rope, that’s how often security ushered him back to the outside of the rope and left ... Read More


FRED ROTHBELL-MISTA RIP

By Anita Sarko
Friday, 3/6/2009 3:58 PM
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When I found a message on Facebook from Steve Lewis about the funeral for Fred Rothbell-Mista, I was STUNNED. I knew that Fred had the HIV virus, but he had been living with it for so long, I just assumed he could go on forever. Well, as they say, “The word ASSUME makes an ASS of U and ME.” It also made ME feel very very sad. I didn’t even know Fred had been in the hospital, let alone that he had entered a hospice. That’s the problem with knowing someone for decades: You tend to take their presence in your life for granted. Longtime friends have a tendency to float in and out of one’s life. You might not see each other for YEARS, but, when you do come together, you just carry on the conversation without any guilt trips. Those ... Read More


A SIGHTING IN SOHO: STOP THE PRESSES!!!!!!!

By Anita Sarko
Friday, 1/9/2009 11:50 AM
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Sometimes I forget that I live in a special city.  After a while, glamorous Manhattan just became HOME.  And what does one do at home?  You know…boring shit…like having to exchange a sweater that I somehow bought in the wrong size, despite having tried it on in the RIGHT size.  THAT was a drag…a mysterious drag, but still a drag.

Therefore, off I went back to Uniglo, hoping the cashmere sale was still on and hoping that they would still have that gorgeous purple turtleneck in the right size.  As I rounded the corner from the 6 train to Broadway, I was confronted by a scene out of a movie! Actually seeing a scene being shot for a movie is so commonplace in NYC, I've ceased asking the workers lounging around outside the trailers what's shooting.  I just quickly glance to see if someone famous is visible and either ... Read More


“RACHEL GETTING MARRIED” PREMIERE

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 1/3/2009 9:06 PM
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You know you’ve had a great time at an event when you’ve made a total jackass out of yourself TWICE, yet you still recall the night fondly. I first screwed up when I asked Eric Alger, the PMc Bookings Director, to ask Andrew Saffir if I could attend his Cinema Society after party for “Rachel Getting Married”. I’m in the movie, so, since this was the premiere, I thought it would be fun to see people I hadn’t seen in a year: The scenes I was in were filmed at the end of last September and October. I told Eric to tell Andrew I didn’t need to come to the screening because I had already seen a screening. Stupid me didn’t realize that early screenings for cast and crew and family and friends actually feature a film still in flux. After the screenings, the film appeared at both ... Read More


FASHION WEEK: BETSEY JOHNSON

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 1/3/2009 9:05 PM
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As usual, Betsey’s show was joyous. It’s always fun to see old friends there and Betsey and Chantal’s personalities permeate the atmosphere. You can’t feel depressed at a Betsey Johnson show. Well, you CAN, but it requires great conviction. Before one recent show, a temporary cap suddenly dislodged itself in my mouth, so I became cranky as hell. I was in such PAIN, I had to dislodge the rest of myself and scamper off to the dentist. I missed the entire presentation. (sob) I chatted with my old friend Nick Graham, the great genius behind Joe Boxer. He had just arrived that morning and was off to London. Nick provided one of the most unforgettable Fashion Week moments years ago when he staged his show, the final one of the week, in ICELAND. We all met in a private Icelandic Air lounge where the party had already started. ... Read More


FASHION WEEK: MARC!

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 1/3/2009 9:00 PM
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Happily, I live two minutes from the New York State Armory, which has always been (except for a VERY few times) the home of Marc’s shows. In fact, as I was peddling past the Armory late in the afternoon of the Monday show, I spied current SHE’S EVERYWHERE! SHE’S EVERYWHERE! It-model, Agyness Deyn…who looks like another of the funny-named spawn of the late infamous Brit mess Paula Yates… meandering about the side door. And many people were going in and out to many trucks. Showtime! I love living so near because I can just leave home right at showtime and, if the start time been held up (as it usually is), I can go back home until it is REALLY slated to go on. That’s a great option when the weather is poor and they won’t even let people in the front door. This time, I literally floated ... Read More


FASHION WEEK CONTINUES: VICTORIA SECRET’S SWEET SUITE

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 1/3/2009 8:58 PM
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God, am I glad I went to this! Thankfully, the sky had rained itself out by sun-up, so I climbed on my trusty pink Schwinn and peddled over to the Bryant Park Hotel on Sunday. I parked the bike and walked through Bryant Park, which was packed with people noshing and enjoying the fab weather. I passed a photographer from PMc past, who, though enjoying a beverage and basking in the sun, was bemoaning the lack of celebrities. Poor baby. Really poor baby since, just as I crossed the front of the entrance to the tents, ANNA was click-clacking down the steps to the street. The bob and glasses were in place and she was wearing a colorful yellow summery cotton full bell-ish skirt. This was topped with a white man’s shirt. Maybe it was Shelby’s. Got to the hotel and shocked the person with the list because ... Read More


FASHION EEEK!!!!!!!! BEGINS FOR ME: PATRICIA FIELD

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 1/3/2009 8:57 PM
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“Oh, Anita’s going to write ALL about it!” I heard Patty McMelt say to somebody, as we assembled our rain gear while exiting the Edison Ballroom. Easy for HIM to say! Nevertheless, here I am tap-tapping away in the wee hours on the ol’ Mac (the desktop, not Patrick) in order to please Masser. (Sob) “It” referred to the spectacular spectacle we had just witnessed: “Destination Style”, Pat Field and David Dalrymple’s ROCKIN’ fashion show. It was a regular happening, a be-in, a celebration, a glorious attack on one’s senses, etc., etc. In fact, unlike 99% of Fashion Week offerings, it was FUN! What a brave new concept! Before I go any further, I would like to thank Loren and Christopher for saving my giant ass by seeing that that ass was seated after I was given a dreaded STANDING assignment. “I’d rather go home than stand.” I ... Read More


“HAMLET 2”: A REVIEW

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 1/3/2009 8:55 PM
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If you’re looking for the ultimate end-of-summer date movie, go see “Hamlet 2”.

I’ll assume that you’ve already seen “The Dark Knight”. And I hope you saw that on IMAX because, if you didn’t, you fucked up. The cinematographer (Wally Pfister) and director (Christopher Nolan) really knew how to exploit “The IMAX Experience”. The night I saw it, the entire audience audibly moaned, “Wow!” as soon as the opening shot completed its trippy course. It was honestly worth getting home at 4 AM afterwards. Now the big box office champ is “Tropic Thunder”, which I haven’t seen and, because it’s number one, I’ll wait a couple of weeks to fill that void.

So…if you’ve seen one and can’t get into the other, go see “Hamlet 2”. It’s adorable. The ending isn’t going to take you by surprise, but it’s a ... Read More


A PARTY FOR BRIAN ANTONI’S “SOUTH BEACH: THE NOVEL”

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 1/3/2009 8:54 PM
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I must admit that I inwardly groaned when Patty Mac suggested I might want to attend the party he was co-hosting for his dear friend Brian Antoni’s newest tome, South Beach: The Novel. My reluctance had NOTHING whatsoever to do with Brian, who I have always found to be a kind and lovely man. My problem was one that many of you will relate to: After a full day of work I am usually so tired I just want to sit on my big fat ass and drown in TV.

The day approached and I decided to be a good girl. I even brought a change of clothing to the PMc studio to get all gussied up in. My usual slovenly daytime costume is a thrift store sweater, a pair of Vans and old six-waist-sizes-too-large jeans that I’ve been told ... Read More


“TEETH” DOESN’T BITE

By Anita Sarko
Wednesday, 1/30/2008 3:57 PM
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I was steadfastly avoiding every screening I had been invited to to see “Teeth”. I was afraid it would either be some cheesy misogynistic nightmare or some overly earnest feminist dribble. I’m so tired of bad movies.

Besides, I’ve always considered January to be a vacation month and, if I can’t get away physically, I can certainly do it mentally. Nevertheless, I was getting kind of bored. Along came another “Teeth” screening. This one was at MOMA, so it possessed a special allure. In the end, the boredom over-rode the fear of bad movies and the luxury of total inactivity.

On the day of the screening, I almost cancelled because I had slept poorly the night before, it was raining and both of my knees ached as a result of two separate holiday mishaps. The idea of schlepping around ... Read More


I AM EXTRA

By Anita Sarko
Thursday, 1/10/2008 11:10 PM
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It’s been quite a while since I’ve written anything here, but I have some good excuses (as far as I’M concerned). First, Hollywood called (well, actually it was Stamford, Connecticut) and then London emailed. Too bad the modes of communication weren’t reversed so I could have sound tracked this with a nice Clash song. But, alas…

As much as I can tell you about the Hollywood adventure is this:

Sometime last year, my pal Jenny Lumet and I were both at the housewarming our old pal Lisa Edelstein (don’t you just LOVE “House”?) threw at her lovely new Manhattan apartment. Or, maybe it was a birthday party…I can’t remember, actually. I know I’ve been to Lisa’s new place twice and ONCE was for a housewarming. But, that’s not the point. The point is that Jenny ... Read More


Linda Stein

By Anita Sarko
Sunday, 11/4/2007 6:12 PM
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I have absolutely no idea how I met Linda Stein; she just seemed to appear in my life. Her appearances were infrequent, but always a joy. She was just a part of THE SCENE …in its most macro definition. Having arrived in NYC in 1979, I’ll assume that she and Danny Fields were no longer managing The Ramones at that time, so it couldn’t have been through hanging around THEM. I attended a lot of their shows, but it was at the behest of Arturo Vega, who was their artistic director & lighting director. I never recall Linda being part of those bus trips to gigs and, believe me, if Linda was ANYWHERE, you knew it. She was hardly a quiet mouse.

What I do know is that she was always a positive presence. She hired me to DJ her daughter Samantha’s ... Read More


JURY DUTY DIARIES

By Anita Sarko
Sunday, 8/26/2007 9:14 PM
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Everyone (living here legally) knows that sick feeling one gets when a certain white multi-layered cardboard “envelope” sporting a red slash above the addressee’s name appears in the mailbox. You know what it is even before you read the dreaded words “Important: Jury Summons Enclosed”. Argh!

Mine summoned me during a really busy time here at the PMc studio, so I immediately requested a postponement for August. Alas…along came August and along came my new summons. The gig was up. Nowadays, we are only allowed one extension and outright dismissal from one’s civic duty has gone the way of those cell phones that were the size of baby whales.

I still get misty-eyed over those halcyon days of yore. I was free and clear for YEARS because I had dragged my ass over to the County Clerk… ... Read More


“THE SIMPSONS” SCREENING AND THE “EL CANTANTE” AFTER PARTY: A NIGHT OUT WITH MUSTO

By Anita Sarko
Tuesday, 8/21/2007 8:33 PM
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My darling Musto invited me to accompany him to a screening and another movie’s after party. The screening was for “The Simpsons” and the after party was for “El Cantante”, which Musto had already seen. It all sounded great because I’m not enough of a “Simpsons” fan to have ever thought to pay to see the LONG version and, even though I’m a big Marc Anthony fan and would have wanted to see THAT movie (I’m also a fan of Hector Lavoe’s work, whose bio “El Cantante” is based upon), I was sure it would play well on TV some other time. Besides, I already knew the story of Lavoe’s messed-up life.

The party was slated for Cipriani 42nd St., so it was certain to be lavish and filled with food and drink. Of course, WHY it was at an ... Read More


I LOVE MY BIKE

By Anita Sarko
Thursday, 8/9/2007 12:29 PM
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This is a love story.

Though my pink Schwinn Cruiser and I met each other by happenstance, Michael Musto was actually the matchmaker. Mikey has been riding his bike forever and has never tired of extolling the virtues of this form of transportation. Not only does it get him everywhere in much less time, for much less money and is far more reliable (even considering the occasional blown tire or vandalism) than walking, taxis, subways and busses, it didn’t hurt that he gave his year-round pedaling credit for his perky rock-hard posterior. The downside (all puns intended) was his forever expanding foot size, a never-ending horror that has him wearing flip-flops and socks year-round. This quasi-Oriental approach to footwear became a necessity because the $1000 special-ordered shoes he’s been forced to rely on always arrived too small because his feet had grown by the time it took to ... Read More


THE KOOKS/ILLINOIS: CONCERT REVIEW

By Anita Sarko
Tuesday, 6/5/2007 9:03 PM
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I was just presented with a quiz by a co-worker here at the PMc studio that was supposed to determine how much of a music snob I am.

"The Beatles or the Stones?" He asked.
"The Beatles." I responded.
"Michael Jackson or Prince?"
"Prince."
"I'm confused." He said.
"Why?"
"Because you strike me as a music snob and music snobs always say they prefer Prince, as you did, but also the Stones, NOT The Beatles."

Actually, his little quiz really did suss out what I am. Though I entered my Twenties as the worse type of music snob known to roam the earth (a college radio DJ on a highly regarded progressive station, WRAS in Atlanta), I exited as someone who had developed a sense of taste in ALL kinds of music. This was the result of having a commercial job at a Top 40 station and realizing that if I was to stop being miserable, ... Read More


DARIAN BRENNER EXPLAINS "PAPRIKA" TO US

By Anita Sarko
Friday, 6/1/2007 11:40 AM
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The first thing I thought when I finished watching Paprika was that it has concepts far too heavy for the average anime nerd to comprehend. Granted, the animation is beautiful whether you understand the hidden meanings or not, but if you're looking for a quick, mindless watch then stick to Pokemon on Saturday mornings. Paprika is a dream-world persona who can access the dreams of psychiatric patients to help them via an invention called the DC Mini. When three of the beta DC Minis are stolen it causes chaos within the circle of those who know of its existence, as the DC Minis have the potential to invade anyone's dreams. Of course, a crazy plot like this can only come from Japan, and could only be executed so beautifully by director Satoshi Kon. This movie has a lot of commentary on the dangers of technology becoming too advanced, ... Read More


IT'S THE PICTURES THAT GOT SMALL

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 5/21/2007 12:03 PM
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If the latest Academy Awards nominations have proven anything, it's that the latest group of voters care more about the product than the proceeds. Everyone (including myself) thought that "Dreamgirls" was a lock for, at the very least, a best picture nomination. Not only did it fulfill the promise of "Chicago" (lush musicals have returned from the dead!), but it was actually really good. What everyone (including myself) forgot was which pictures had won nominations in the Best Picture category for the last two years and, especially, which films won the big prize. To refresh your memories, the winners were "Million Dollar Baby" (2005) and "Crash" (2006). Clearly the Academy was going for acting chops because, quite frankly, I found both movies a bit ho-hum (sorry). That aside, it's interesting that even the other nominees for those years were, primarily, what use to be called, art house films.

I ... Read More


SURVIVING LAS VEGAS

By Anita Sarko
Tuesday, 3/13/2007 1:46 PM
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There was something poetic in WINNING a trip to Vegas… especially when I’d never won anything in my life EVER.

 

It all began when my old friend Paul Price invited the hubby & me to a little party Lucky Brand Jeans was throwing to announce their newest fragrance collaboration with Liz Claiborne, Lucky No.6.  Paul is a VP with the company and was being hospitable.  It’s so seldom that I get to see my old friend.  Therefore, I made certain to attend, even though it appeared to be a sales-related event, as opposed to an editorially driven one.  Sales events are for the business side of a ... Read More


INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL MUSTO

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 1/15/2007 7:35 PM
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Fans of the long-running "La Dolce Musto" column in the "Village Voice" are rejoicing: Michael has gathered together some of his favorites into a book La Dolce Musto: Writings by the World's Most Outrageous Columnist (Carroll & Graf)($15.95). Therefore, whenever you're jonesing for an injection of all that is so wrong it's right in the deeply superficial world of celebrities and nightlife and it's between the "Voice's" weekly Wednesday offerings, you can just reach for your bookshelf or nightstand or whatever the hell you have your reading material on in the toilet. Now, isn't that a splendid way to enter the New Year?

I invited Mustie over for a chat in honor of the occasion. Because we are so near and dear to each other, it was silly to even attempt a reasonable interview ("So, who were your influences?"). Instead, I tried to touch on topics I know he is ... Read More


REMEMBERING JAMES BROWN (KIND OF...)

By Anita Sarko
Friday, 12/29/2006 12:50 PM
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When I heard that James Brown had died, one thought came to mind: An interview I had conducted with Bootsy Collins some years ago that produced one of the most glorious moments in all my years of talking to celebrities for financial gain.

I was speaking to Bootsy of his early years. He began as a teen, touring with James Brown. Brown was quite the taskmaster and very much a micromanaging control freak when it came to what and how each of his musicians played. Bootsy was unhappy; he felt creatively stifled. A friend told him to seek out George Clinton the next time he passed through Detroit.

Bootsy followed the friend's advice. His first meeting with Clinton floored him because he couldn't believe what a total ... Read More


SCISSOR SISTERS CUT THE MUSTARD

By Anita Sarko
Thursday, 12/28/2006 3:11 PM
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In the spirit of honesty and full disclosure, I admit that my desire to see Scissor Sisters in concert was not based on love of their music.  In fact, I had dismissed them as nothing more than a clever and well-executed melding of Elton John and the Bee Gees.  No matter how often I listened to them, I heard either or both of those influences without any discernable additional embellishments (except for various other 70's era white soul boy falsettos making fleeting guest appearances). But, hey. if you're going to be a cover band, there's something to be said for not only doing it well, but doing it within the context of original material.  I mean I love Oasis, ... Read More


FASHION WEEK: SPRING 2007

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 10/2/2006 12:28 PM
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Well…didn’t Fashion Week end in a bang? No sooner did the last tall-drink-of-water stomp down the runway than the city announced that Bryant Park would be unavailable to the CFDA for the next batch of shows in February. Unless some brilliant mind finds a way for The Tents and the skating rink to co-exist in the same space, HOMELESS might be THE Look for Winter 2007. And, as far as the name of the bi-yearly event, it could be that Seventh on 6th will go the way of Bleecker Bob’s (which eventually resided on W. 4th Street).

Nevertheless, if The Tramp becomes all the rage next season, that IS in keeping with fashion’s pattern of going for the opposite from what was dictated the season before. "I wonder what he’ll show?" Peter Davis asked Mickey Boardman and myself as he plopped into place just before the lights went down at Kai ... Read More


WHAT I DID ON MY SUMMER VACATION

By Anita Sarko
Saturday, 9/9/2006 3:35 PM
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Or, rather, WHAT summer vacation? Or, perhaps, what I DIDN'T do on my summer vacation? Like…VACATION?

I have not had a summer vacation since the summer after my first year (and last year) of law school. That was quite a while ago. When I fell into deejaying and, later, writing for magazines, I was stuck in businesses that never allowed for seasonal breaks. When writing for magazines, the summer months are spent writing for Fall issues, which are very important. When deejaying, neither the clubs nor the parties stopped just because the weather suddenly got sultry. In fact, if I could take a break, it was normally in January; nothing goes on in this town in January. I would just stay home and watch TV or go to the movies, but I would tell everyone I was going to Miami. Unfortunately, Miami ... Read More


MOOMIA

By Anita Sarko
Tuesday, 5/23/2006 1:00 PM
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There's a new place to drink Downtown and, boy, is it terrific. It's at 157 Lafayette Street at Grand. The lounge's name is Moomia, which is Russian for "Mummy". Why a bar whose theme is Egyptian would have a name that is the Russian translation of a well-known Egyptian word is probably because of its owner, Andrei Lazarev. Now, this begs us to ask why a Russian guy would create an Egyptian bar. Andrei's response to this inquiry had something to do with a book he read as a young boy in Russia. It was a book about two brothers in Egypt and Andrei loved the pictures. So, BOT! (that's Russian for voila), a Russian Egyptian bar was born!

Anyway…

Lazarev knows the bar business, believe me. He was formerly the head bartender at the infamous Café Tabac and owned this amazing bar/restaurant ... Read More


THE 20th ANNUAL MAC AWARDS

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 5/8/2006 12:47 PM
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Notice: This awards show is not affiliated with the famed makeup line of the same name.

Then again…

We ARE dealing with the Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs, so, yes, the greasepaint is ROARING. Heck, there is even a category devoted to "Impersonation" (girlfriend). This year it was between a Judy Garland (Tommy Femia’s "Judy Garland Live"), a Liza (Rick Skye’s "A Slice of Minnelli") and a generalist (Jimmy James’ "Divas Are Forever!")(By the way, I LOVE Jimmy James). "Liza" won. And, in 2003, Liza was the face of MAC (the cosmetic line). Coincidence?

(Cue scary music) (Cue Laugh Track)

I really enjoyed this year’s event far more than last year’s. Except for last year’s Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree, the totally flawless Keely Smith, and the always-funny Mario Cantone (whom most of you know as THE GAY GUY on "Sex and the City"), ... Read More


CHEERS THEN: Reviews of Richard Ashcroft/ Ben Sherman Soho/ Editors

By Anita Sarko
Wednesday, 4/5/2006 3:41 PM
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Thursday, March 30th began on a very very good note…literally. We had gone to a Richard Ashcroft concert at Webster Hall the night before and, unlike the previous time we saw him (at Bowery Ballroom), the man was on fire.

Not that he wasn't excellent at the Bowery. Quite frankly, I couldn't understand why the audience seemed so impatient with his performance, even if it was entirely acoustic. Being the ancient bat that I am, I've seen most of the greats in Rock and the best of the lot could slay you with the least. No less a sonic force than Led Zeppelin were at their most stunning when it was just Page & Plant strumming and singing during a mini mid-concert set. Nevertheless, Ashcroft's audience was having none of his moody introspective self-indulgence. By all appearances, however, he really didn’t seem ... Read More


DAVE & BUSTER’S

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 4/3/2006 4:22 PM
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This was a truly suburban experience brought to the epicenter of Manhattan: Times Square. In other words, Dave & Buster’s is the type of place that one would retire to after a long day at Home Depot or Dress Barn. It is comprised of an astonishing 31,500 square feet of space, arrived at by a long escalator ride. There are various rooms devoted to different sizes of parties and corporate gatherings. The largest bar is quite the showstopper, though we’re confused by how the poor bartenders are expected to get to the REALLY top shelf bottles. Maybe they’ll have one of those snazzy sliding ladders one sees in galleries and high-end bookstores? Nevertheless, this could be a fun addition to a day or night at the movie theaters ensconced in the same building. And we would never disregard its value for ... Read More


NEW YORK FASHION WEEK: FALL 2006

By Anita Sarko
Sunday, 2/19/2006 11:22 PM
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I remember how exhilarating Fashion Week used to be for me. I would actually get anxious until my favorite shows’ invitations arrived and I was given a seat. Come to think of it, I didn’t even care if I got a seat. I was just so happy to go and watch.

"Watch" was the operative word. I had been doing the music for shows and fashion parties since the early Eighties. I had worked in both New York and Paris for American, French, Italian and British designers. The experiences had MOSTLY been positive and I was lucky to have seen the true genius behind the usually frivolous and superficial impressions most of fashion radiates. The only problem had been that I had never seen a show from the front. If you worked the shows, you could only see what was going on ... Read More


"WHY WE FIGHT": A REVIEW/ A SCREENING

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 1/30/2006 3:49 PM
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"Why We Fight" is a documentary about the American War Machine. Therefore, instead of enlightened jousting between Doctors Phil and Joyce Brothers, the smart and talented Eugene Jarecki has rounded up such usual suspects as Bob Woodward-doppelganger William Kristol, rabble-rouser Gore Vidal, Arizona's Sen. John McCain and the coolly sensible Barbara Eisenhower. The voice of the Everyman is represented by a former police officer who lost a son in the Trade Towers, a disillusioned former Lt. Col. who was stationed at the Pentagon, an explosives expert, two stealth fighter pilots and a hayseed Army Recruit. The counter-play and conflicting/conflicted opinions delivered by those cloaked in cool elegant intellectualism and those dealing from a deck of raw visceral emotion is riveting.

Happily, the title's implied question is examined rather than answered. Though editing naturally creates a point of view, there is more than ... Read More


IT REALLY COULD BE A HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE !

By Anita Sarko
Wednesday, 12/28/2005 7:17 PM
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We know how it is…you hope that, perhaps, SOMEONE from your vast (?) circle of friends (?) might decide to open their spacious loft to their nearest and dearest the last night of the year and you’d be set.  And if that friend lived within walking distance…considering it’s assured that the hardest night to get around NYC will bring some sort of inclimate weather conditions… what a fabulous way to bring in the new year!

Alas…

Nothing. Of course the transit strike didn’t exactly make planning a big party a priority or even semi-intelligent.  And then you got all caught up with last minute shopping and baking (Oh!  The strike is over!  Whoops!) and everyone was so damned tired from schlepping back and forth from work, so as not to lose too many wages and it was enough to just get Christmas back ... Read More


The Fat Sarkowski

By Anita Sarko
Thursday, 12/22/2005 4:15 PM
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Sometimes you get invited to things that seem so incongruous, you just HAVE to go. That may sound strange to those who think going out night after night is a wondrous dream, but I got over that a long time ago: There's nothing like being a nightclub DJ and writing a social column to rid you of any illusions/delusions concerning Night Life.  Go ahead, love it, boogie all you want, then take 2 aspirins (or a shot of penicillin) and call me in the morning (just not the wee hours anymore).

Nevertheless, I had to take the bait when dear Patty Mac forwarded an invite to me for a cookbook publication party, hosted by, of all people… the Coen brothers?  The book, Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's “The Kitchen Sisters”, is based on a National Public Radio (NPR) series ... Read More


“THE WEEK” AND THE CONFERENCE BOARD PRESENT - WOMEN IN POWER: VIEWS FROM THE TOP

By Anita Sarko
Sunday, 8/7/2005 9:15 PM
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"Just shoot me NOW." Ace Patrick McMullan photographer/ printmeister Nick Papananias dryly muttered under his breath to me. I felt his pain. I had to get up at 7AM to get to the Four Seasons Restaurant for the 8:30AM start-time of the giant Power Chick Chin-wag I knew/hoped would be worth the snooze sacrifice. Poor Nick lives god-knows where, so he had to arise at 6AM…poor dear.

I recall the long-ago beginnings of this event. It began back in the mid 1990’s when P.R. genius Jonathan Marder promoted Harry Evans (then head of Random House) holding court on a small stage in the middle of the restaurant at Barney’s as four people nattered on about some author. That too began at 8:30AM. The people on stage were very "Politically Incorrect" eclectic and smart, as were the majority of the audience members. Not only were we given ... Read More


LIFE AFTER “FRIENDS”: TWO FILM REVIEWS

By Anita Sarko
Friday, 7/8/2005 11:08 AM
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"NOVEMBER"

Besides "schandenfreude" and "15 minutes", there is one more expression that has exceeded its …ummm…15 minutes: The incessant practice of referencing the Japanese film "Rashomen" when describing another film. Well… here we go again!

Which is actually the very essence of "Rashomen".

In case your brain has been asleep for more than you-know-how-long, "Rashomen" told the same story over and over (and over and over) from different points of view: Think of a circle-jerk "Groundhog Day", or, perhaps, the Old and New Testaments.

Adhering to the "Rashomen" formula, from the very beginning of "November" you're exposed to the plotline that runs throughout the film. A photographer's boyfriend is killed during a robbery in a convenience store while she waits in the car. After the murder, she continues teaching at a local college, visits her therapist and meets her mom for lunch. Already obviously ... Read More


SAINT RALPH: A MOVIE REVIEW

By Anita Sarko
Wednesday, 6/29/2005 6:47 PM
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Normally, whenever I hear the terms "feel-good" or "coming-of-age" in relation to a movie, I run for the hills.

Speaking of which:

This feel-good coming-of-age movie is about a wannabe (another red flag) long distance runner (oy). And yes, there are the requisite slo-mo shots and the dramatic sound track that every running movie has. While we're on the subject of movie clichés, how about adding in a rigid old priest (is there any other kind?), an enlightened young priest (is there any other kind?), a dying mom (way more poignant than a dying dad) and a sassy nurse (is there any other kind?).

All of this conspires "BEGS" to tug at your heartstrings, suck you right in and leave you tottering on the edge of your seat, mopping away the tears with various parts of your shirt.

Or, maybe that was just me? I ... Read More


BATMAN BEGINS

By Anita Sarko
Wednesday, 6/15/2005 9:00 AM
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The first time I ever took LSD, I didn’t know I had taken it. A "well-intentioned" friend thought it would be hilarious to dose some beers my boyfriend and I were drinking.

We were all on a beach in Miami, the day after our first year Law exams. What could possibly take the edge off all those horrible weeks spent cramming and sleepless and stressed-out than a lovely day, sipping beers, sunning and swimming?

Suddenly, the sky darkened, the winds intensified and the waves rose up and began furiously crashing on the shore. Overhead, seagulls were frantically whipping about and shrieking. En mass, everyone lying on the beach also began shrieking, as they grabbed at their belongings and stampeded away from the shore.

My boyfriend and I just stood there, frozen by a shared terror. "This is IT?" I asked him rhetorically. "This ... Read More


YOU WON'T BELIEVE WHO HAS TWO WONDERFUL MOVIES COMING OUT…

By Anita Sarko
Friday, 5/27/2005 12:42 PM
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Or maybe you will?

I mean, who am I to assume that you're not the biggest Glenn Close fan in the world?

I'm not.  Despite, obviously, having the highest level of acting chops, I've always found Close's performances mannered and her face - especially the eyes - just plain spooky.  When I found out about her sordid past as a member of the Jesus Freak cult “Up With People”, I wasn't surprised.  If you think those reasons are rather simplistic and/or downright ridiculous, naturally you're entitled to YOUR opinion.  In no way am I (Pun alert!  Pun alert!) close-minded.

That's not to say that I haven't liked some of her movies; the woman has been in so many, the law of percentages had to work, occasionally, in her favor. I've liked her in  “Dangerous Liasons”, “101 Dalmatians” and “Mars Attacks!”.  Except for the first ... Read More


“LAYER CAKE”: a review/ a screening

By Anita Sarko
Monday, 5/9/2005 12:10 PM
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Oh, are you lot going to be hearing about THIS movie! That’s because there are three (3!) elements of intense curiosity factored in: The director; the star; and the love interest. It’s enough to make the inner Yenta in all of us plotz.

We will begin with the director. His name is Matthew Vaughn. Vaughn has been best known, until now, for being _ of two extremely flash relationships. The first is that he’s married to Claudia Schiffer and the babydaddy to her two tots. Of course, he DID follow David Copperfield in her affections but we won’t go into that…

The second partnership Vaughn is famous for is as the other principal in Ska Films with Guy Ritchie. Vaughn produced all of Ritchie’s films and was Ritchie’s best man when Ritchie married You-Know-Who.

Speaking of which…

Considering that their last production was "Swept ... Read More


Whoops!

By Anita Sarko
Wednesday, 5/4/2005 6:04 PM
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Sometimes you just get caught up in living, not in the reporting thereof.

 

The most GLARING no-show from “Subtitles” past was any mention - in words - of our fearless leader’s annual St. Patrick’s Day party.

 

I know, I know… May is here and NOW the old(e) Cow is finally going to give a play-by-play about some event that happened in the middle of March.  Oh, just shut up!  I mean, if this was one of those big slick fancy monthly magazines, it would be ... Read More


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