Time Out New York has compiled a list of the 100 best songs about New York City. Guess who’s No. 1: Frank Sinatra or Jay-Z?
JoyHog joins the celebration for legalization of gay marriage in New York state. Celebrities chimed in on Twitter. A sampling of the reaction:
Lady Gaga: The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice+equality. Rejoice NY, and propose. We did it!!!
Ricky Martin: Time to celebrate!!! Marriage Equality for NYers! Its about.love!
Lea Michele: Proud to be from New York!! Such a beautiful thing!! So thankful and happy!! #Equalityforall
Damon Lindelof: Okay, Bert and Ernie. What’s your excuse NOW? #WayToGo
Darren Criss: I sing it every night, but now it has better meaning: “New York- concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there’s nothing you can’t do.”
Rosie O’Donnell: happy gays r here again !!!!! #equalitymattersNY
Neil Patrick Harris: It PASSED! Marriage equality in NY!! Yes!! Progress!! Thank you everyone who worked so hard on this!! A historic night!
Ellen DeGeneres: I’m thrilled about the news from NY. Marriage equality! Every day we get a little closer. What an amazing feeling.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson: I’m 9 hours ahead in Italy right now so I just woke up to the good news in NY! In so glad progress is happening!!!!
Katy Perry: NEW YORK! I ? U! You’re OFFICIALLY the coolest place on the planet! #PRIDE #EQUALITYFORALL! #CELEBRATE!
Kathy Griffin: tonight we’re all New Yorkers! Straight & gay alike, let’s all celebrate marriage #equality. The right side of history!
Seth Myers: Based on scene outside of Stonewall right now, weddings just got a lot more fun. Great night for New York state.
Alyssa Milano: Way to go, New York. One people. One planet. One love.
Sad but apparently true. While I can’t say I was exactly sad when MTV cancelled TRL, I was at least hoping that they would continue taking advantage of their prime New York real estate lease. Apparently they didn’t even offer poor Alexa Chung the chance to do her show there.
For the last decade the studio has been iconic for the MTV brand. Who doesn’t remember exactly where they were when “MTV Live” first premiered or the first time they saw N’Sync shut down traffic in Times Square? No?
I can’t really blame them though. According to people that know more about the subject than me, the cost of the lease was $450 a square foot for the studio on-top-of $1,000 a square foot for the 1,624-square-foot space at street level. Totaling $11.6 million a year in rent.
Los Angeles State Park
On through 9 August
In New York, there are plenty of new and experimental performances going on every day of the year (especially this month during the Fringe). In Los Angeles, however, not so much. This circus takes place through Sunday in the midst of the city’s somewhat refurbished state park. There’s still a big dusty lot which prohibits anyone from driving above 5 miles per hour for fear of a $300 ticket, but there are also patches of grass, walkways, and a pretty terrific view of the downtown skyline as the sun sets behind those shimmery buildings.
The team behind Cirque Bezerk has taken full advantage. There’s a lounge where you can grab a drink or catch an aftershow. There are kiosks for kettle corn and sodas. And there’s even a few spots to do your freak-show inspired shopping before you saunter into the big top. So the event of this Cirque is pretty cool. The show itself, however, will certainly not rank on your list of all-time great experiences.
Much like Cirque du Soleil, there is a slim, imaginative story which serves primarily to sandwich the grand feats of acrobatics in each number. The tale here is about a woman who just could not handle her hum-drum life anymore and said goodbye to the realm of the living, ending up in hell. And if we are heading down the River Styx, then the loud, maniacal rants of the show’s Charon character are in good order, even if his turn in the role is less than convincing. This is the circus, after all…what do you expect?
Well, for one, you would expect to be able to hear the original music to which the entire thing is set, but unfortunately those lyrics in a tent just end up being unintelligible as they fight with the rest of the sound components (audience chit-chat included). What IS worth seeing in this “Cabaret”-cum-”Dante’s Inferno” is the moves that some of this cast pulls off. Much like watching Cirque du Soleil (or Nancy Kerrigan for that matter), you’re just waiting for someone to bust it. It didn’t happen when I saw the show last weekend, thankfully. There are some great talents (and bodies) in the cast, but I can’t name names since this isn’t the kind of thing where one gets a programme at the start of the show.
The real freaky stuff which involves torches and the like doesn’t happen until the finale, unfortunately. It’s not even teased properly throughout the two acts. Cirque Bezerk is on its way to being a cool, freaky circus event, but it’s still carving out it’s own identity. More fire, less of the Sam Mendes stage pictures, please.
Nipped and plucked from the FOX press release earlier this morning:
“Katee Sackhoff, Freddie Prinze Jr., Mykelti Williamson, John Boyd, Jennifer Westfeldt and Chris Diamantopoulos have joined the cast of 24 for the series’ eighth season. The Emmy Award-winning drama starring Kiefer Sutherland returns for its next astonishing day with a two-night, four-hour premiere beginning Sunday, Jan. 17 (9:00-11:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Season Eight will unfold in New York City amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations. In this new day, CTU has been upgraded and is run by MBA-schooled and razor-sharp head honcho BRIAN HASTINGS (Williamson, “Forrest Gump”). COLE ORTIZ (Prinze Jr.), an ex-Marine who wants to follow in JACK BAUER’s (Sutherland) footsteps, runs the division’s Field Operations. Expert data analyst DANA WALSH (Sackhoff, “Battlestar Galactica”) collaborates with systems analyst ARLO GLASS (Boyd, “The Notorious Bettie Page”) inside CTU. ROB WEISS (Diamantopoulos, “The Starter Wife”) serves as PRESIDENT ALLISON TAYLOR’s (Cherry Jones) new chief of staff, and MEREDITH REED (Westfeldt, “Grey’s Anatomy”) is an ambitious journalist with ties to the unfolding situation.”
Score one for the crumbling newspaper world. Bono will write an Op-Ed column for The New York Times. The paper announced that his first column will appear Sunday, for which he will also do a podcast. His column will appear occasionally.The Times said the column will cover a broad range of topics. Times editorial page editor, Andrew Rosenthal, said:
“Bono is an extraordinary man who thinks deeply about his art and the major issues confronting the world.”
It is likely that your coffee table will see more action this time of year than any other. Between the holiday napkins, egg nog, gingerbread people and all the rest, the coffee table is the hub of activity right about now. Here are some nice volumes to add weight, depth, color and art to your surface.