Category Archives: Events

The Dandy and His Pen

“Dandy Always.” “My Dandy Darling.” These are some of the quotes from my friend Patrick McDonald of New York. I first met Patrick in Fire Island and we became friends instantly. After seeing him at so many parties and, being afraid of those large cocktail rings and ascots, I found out he was a wonderful and friendly person . I ran to his book signing at Bergdorf Goodman. “Four Famous Dandies- Paper Dolls” is the title of this wonderful book about the men of exceptional studied style. Beau Brummell and Oscar Wilde are among the four. This is not matchy-matchy but taste at it highest level.

OH NO, BONO!

$21,000 photographs by Anton Corbijn….. I’ll take two! Talk about a splurge galore! I was recently at the opening at the Stellan Holm Gallery in NYC of Anton Corbijn’s “Inwards and Onwards” show. As I walked in the room I was so excited to see these large size visions (57″x57″) on the walls. Anton is known for his grainy photos of musicians and artists. This show included Bruce Springsteen, Kate Moss, Iggy Pop, Alexander McQueen among others. Anton is also a film director and has been a visual director for U2 since 1983. Bono arrived and I told him and Anton about my “U2 and Peter” photo I own from the last show (no, it was not as large or even close to this price). We had a great conversation and talked about our memories of 1983. I then kindly asked for this wonderful photo op, and Bono said sure and to “keep staying young.”

HISTORY BUFFS AND ROCK AND ROLLERS APPLY

This new Broadway show returns! It started last year “off Broadway” and has now landed on the big stage . I recently saw this show and really enjoyed the history lesson about our past president Andrew Jackson. The Silver Fox must have been absent from that lesson in elementary school. I learned what a rebel he was and the pairing of this lesson to rock music is a new and creative concept. I give this show a big plus for the creativity of the concept and also for the content. Who doesn’t have a fantasy of a president who likes to moves his hips?

HORROR DRAG-Dina Martina

Anyone heading to P-Town this summer? You must go see Dina Martina perform. She lives in P-town for the summer and her shows are nightly. Last year I was greeted by her on the street giving out flyers for the show. I was like what type of crap is this?? Little did I know that this was cheerful and dark at the same time. She gives you gifts, but full of blood and poop. I have never heard such #$*&$*% up versions of rock classics from the 70’s. Chicago…Billy Joel…Alice Cooper… to Oasis’s “Wonderwall”! Don’t expect La Cage here! This is creative, funny and charming. I was lucky to catch her sold out shows in New York in June. She is my darling!!

HOME- DEPECHE MODE

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Depeche Mode made New York’s Madison Square Garden their home last week for two evenings. I was lucky to attend this concert. This group I have been following since 1982. They are still as emotional as ever and have paved the way for so many bands.  The most touching moment was the song- HOME:

Here is a song from the wrong side of town
Where Im bound to the ground by the loneliest sound
And it pounds from within and is pinning me down

Here is a page from the emptiest stage
A cage or the heaviest cross ever made
A gauge of the deadliest trap ever laid

And I thank you for bringing me here
For showing me home
For singing these tears
Finally Ive found that I belong here

The heat and the sickliest sweet smelling sheets
That cling to the backs of my knees and my feet
Well Im drowning in time to a desperate beat

And I thank you for bringing me here
For showing me home
For singing these tears
Finally Ive found that I belong

Feels like home
I should have known
From my first breath

God send the only true friend I call mine
Pretend that Ill make amends the next time
Befriend the glorious end of the line

And I thank you for bringing me here
For showing me home
For singing these tears
Finally Ive found that I belong here

JOHN TO JONI , JONI TO JOHN…….

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What a night… Does everyone know what “channeling ” means? Well, this was a great example. On a wonderful summer night I went down to Battery Park to see this very talented performer John Kelly sing from the Joni Mitchell songbook. Woodstock this was not!!  FYI, Joni was not at Woodstock anyway. John was dressed in full 70’s hippie garb and he sang almost the entire “Court and Spark” album. His version of Joni’s music is not only a tribute, but also a beautiful rendition of her wonderful songwriting and magical voice.  His passion for his idol was “channeled” loud and clear.

THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT…

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to the opening for a wonderful exhibit at the wonderful F.I.T museum. I recently went to see the Isabel Toledo 25 -year retrospective. Now America knows who she is…from the famous “yellow dress” that Michelle Obama wore. As I walked around it was more like a fashion insider retrospective. I saw lots of old friends, new friends and fashion’s famous players. Joey Arias was there! One of my favorite characters. I couldn’t keep my eyes off the people. What about Isabel’s beautiful clothes? I think I will return  to the show in the daylight when they leave.. My eyes will then be able to focus.