Rockefeller Center 7–9pm.
48th to 52nd Sts between Fifth and Sixth Aves.
It's the night everyone's been waiting for—or dreading, if you don't like crowds—the 79-foot-high tree will be lit tonight. Midtown will be congested and cold, but it doesn't get any more Christmasy than this. Enjoy!
Today, New York City Council members will officially name the corner of Bowery and Bleecker St "Joey Ramone Place." Legs McNeil and John Holstrom have been tapped to open the ceremony and unveiling, with additional remarks by Tommy and Marky Ramone, Steven Van Zandt and Jim Jarmusch, among others. A reception inside CBGB follows.
it's funny how it takes a holiday for a lot of people to open up and express their thanks and good fortune. i started the day by going to bed at 4:00 am only to wake up at 9:00 am to get ready to meet my little sister and her friend les. we spent the morning delivering food for citymeals-on-wheels. assigned the kosher route, we ended up delivering meals to elderly jewish folk in my chelsea neighborhood. everyone we visited was at least two to three times my age. most were women but there were a few men. all were darling and delicate! i absolutely love old people! they have nothing to prove and are so witty and wise. it was sad to see them all alone but i was happy to share a little time, smiles, and some warm greetings. volunteering once a year is just not enough. in my younger days, i used to volunteer on a weekly basis. i hope that in 2004 when my schedule's more routine, i can big sister a little girl on a regular basis.
last night we had the most marvelous dinner. welcoming friends without local family to thanksgiving dinner has been a tradition we started since moving to new york. my parents were in attendance for the last few (more family lives in new york these days than washington, dc) but this year they were on a cruise in the carribean celebrating 35 years of marriage.
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Come be a part of the audience for the second season of DAVE's groundbreaking wacky MEGA-hit show, CHAPPELLE 's SHOW on COMEDY CENTRAL. See the veteran stand-up and star of "Half Baked", "The Nutty Professor," and "Con Air," performing great new original material live !!!! THESE ARE ALL NEW SHOWS BEING FILMED FOR THE SECOND SEASON. JOIN US FOR THE UNIQUE IN-STUDIO DAVE CHAPPELLE EXPERIENCE!
Show 1: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2003 (6:45 PM)
Show 2: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5th, 2003 ( 9:15 PM)
Show 3: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2003 (6:45 PM)
Show 4: SATURDAY, DECEMBER 6th, 2003 (9:15 PM)
Show 5: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 2003 (6:45PM)
Show 6: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11TH, 2003 (9:15PM)
Show 7: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH, 2003 (6:45PM)
Show 8: FRIDAY, DECEMBER 12TH, 2003 (9:15PM)
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Chappelle's Show Your full name The number of tickets requested (max. of 2 per request) The show/or shows you would like to attend (The more flexible you are the more likely it will be that we will have tickets for you. If you are free for any of the shows put "ANY Shows" in your rsvp.) Your phone number (s) Example: Chappelle's Show/Bill Cosby/2 tickets/ Any Shows/ (718) 555-1212
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WE ARE SEEKING GRAHAM NORTON FANS, FANS OF THE SHOW AND ANYONE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN SEEING WHAT HAS BEEN CALLED THE FUNNIEST AND BEST TALK SHOW ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE TELEVISION. FEEL FREE TO PASS THIS INVITATION ON TO ANYONE (FRIENDS, FAMILY, CO-WORKERS) WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN ATTENDING. If you didn't get a chance to see Graham's Stand-up show at the Cornet Theater in September, you won't want to miss seeing him this time.
THE SHOWS ARE TAPING LIVE IN LOS ANGELES DECEMBER 14th - 20th, 2003. TICKETS ARE FREE!!
BRITISH COMEDY TALK SHOW WHIZ, GRAHAM NORTON BRINGS HIS INIMITABLE STYLE ACROSS THE POND AND TO THE LEFT COAST FOR A SHORT LOS ANGELES RUN OF HIS AWARD-WINNING TALK SHOW "V GRAHAM NORTON" (SEEN NIGHTLY ON BBC AMERICA).
The show is sure to be wildly entertaining and chock full of wacky celebrity guests plus his usual audience participation antics. If past guests Harvey Keitel, Dennis Hopper, Goldie Hawn, Debby Harry, Lee Majors and Liza Minnelli are anything to go by then the fun has just begun. BBC NEWS calls him a cult figure saying "The combination of his fizzy, unrelenting, upbeat personality with top-notch guests who do things they would never do on any other chat show has contributed to V Graham Norton's success." This success has been noticed by the public and television industry alike, Mr. Norton has received the BAFTA (BRITISH EMMY/OSCAR) two years running -- 1999 and 2000-- for Best Entertainment performance.
"...His exceedingly camp style gives him the license to be exceedingly rude without being offensive, and his quick wit, put-downs and one-liners have made him a cult icon." (THE GUARDIAN, UK)
If you live in the LOS ANGELES AREA, we want you to join the audience for these special "V GRAHAM NORTON" US shows. The shows will be taping in LA from SUNDAY DECEMBER 14TH through SATURDAY DECEMBER 20TH each night at 6:45 pm. (There will be no show on Dec. 19th.) Don't miss this opportunity to see Graham Norton in his element.
If you want to attend, please email us at grahamnorton@XXXXX.com with the following information in both the subject line and the body of your email:
1. GRAHAM IN LA
.2. your full name
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SHOW 1 - SUNDAY, DECEMBER 14th, 2003 - 6:45 PM
SHOW 2 - MONDAY, DECEMBER 15th, 2003 - 6:45 PM
SHOW 3 - TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16TH, 2003 - 6:45 PM
SHOW 4 - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2003 - 6:45 PM
SHOW 5 - THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18TH, 2003 - 6:45 PM
SHOW 6 - SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20TH, 2003 - 6:45 PM
(please note if you are flexible about which show you can attend you are more likely to get tickets)
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Please do not send multiple emails. We will respond to requests while ticket supplies last and we will confirm all tickets as quickly as we can within two/three days.
michelle, fellow funny woman and smoking bandit has posted up pictures from her recent visit to new york. included are a few snapshots of silvio's birthday bash at APT. check it. our canadian neighbors are great, eh?!
X-girl presents Take Me with You! a collection of hand-embroidered winter accessories created by Good Wife. For this show, she crafted hats, scarfs, and other warm accessories, combining harmonic color threads and delicate simple drawings in her pieces.
Opening reception: Tue, Nov. 25th, 8-10pm @ X-girl NYC store
Address: 265 Lafayette.(bet. Prince st.and Spring)
dudes, all you technophiles (my friends)...are your ipod batteries dying after about 18 months? apparently, others are having this problem. check out apple's dirty little secret. here's slabco steve's solution: buy your ipod through best buy or a match store and purchase the extended warranty (guarantees everything for those of you that have dropped your electronics in the toilet, you know who you are) and everytime your battery dies, you can upgrade to the newest model without having to pay much if anything. people, work the system!
i'll never be able to change the world by discovering some incredible cure or writing a beautiful ballad. but i suppose, i want to leave an impression on everyone. verbal, confidant and extroverted, i can be your worst american nightmare or your greatest personal coach.
in trying to figure out why people connect with others, i have briefly discussed with justin, aka the blogfather what he may think it is. justin has been writing about his life on the internet since the early 90s. blogging was justin before it was a part of our lexicon. and justin has made friends all over because he shares his life openly. we haven't had a chance to finish our conversation yet but i think openness might be the key.
from my observations, we have similar characteristics but very different backgrounds. everytime i have had the pleasure of playing with justin, i am introduced to another bunch of incredibles. at the re:play book launch and at silvio's birthday dinner, justin introduced us to several game peeps, writers, a performance artist, and a feminist. friends from a previous introduction included thoughtful and amazing thinkers. justin, the master of ceremonies made sure to move from one end of the table to the other helping conversation flow (it's all about flow these days).
at the end of the night justin thanked us again and again for our hospitality and for welcoming his friends. i thought, au contraire mon frere.
what is your net worth? is your life rich? to be continued...
i have spent a lot of my time recently thinking about who i am. why do i connect the lives of others? why do i facilitate life changes for friends who need a little push? why even help? and what do i want out of it?
my parents lost country and loved ones due to war. two days before saigon fell, dad sent us to america via guam on a hunch. the day before the country was lost, bill, an american intelligence officer who loved and respected my father gave my dad notice that the country had fallen under communist regime and nobody knew it yet (everyone else was still being lied to). bill saved my dad by giving him information that not too many people were privvy to. my father barely escaped.
thanks to tivo, i just watched last week's episode of 20/20. i watched in horror, a story about women who were getting surgery on their feet, to get this...shorten their toes so that they could fit more comfortably into high heel shoes. my favorite quote from the show: "Nobody could get along wearing sneakers the rest of your life." what do i think about this? girls, get fucking real! yes, it's nice and appropriate to wear heels when deemed socially necessary (weddings? museum openings? strip clubs?) but if your feet are telling you, give me a break, listen up! your callouses are talking!
shoes are beautiful little objects of desire, hell, manolo blahnik is famous only for his sexy shoe sculptures but did you know that when you wear heels over 2" tall, you are putting three times your weight on the ball of your feet? i think having eight years of formal dance training, i know what it's like to destroy your toes. i have seen it all: nails hanging by a sliver of skin, missing toenails, and if you're lucky, all your toenails but some blackened for life (that's right, they grow back black).
while our economy suffers, we turn to the uber rich for cheap entertainment. check it: mtv's rich girls and cribs, paris hilton and nicole richie's upcoming reality tv show, the simple life, and jamie johnson (of johnson & johnson)'s hbo documentary, born rich. all these shows have one thing in common: lifestyles of the rich and richer. why we pay attention is part, day dreaming and part love-to-hate. everyone is jumping on the rich bandwagon.
last week, we were in talks with a production company for a big cable network show on rich kids and their fabulous lives. the network had originally pitched us the show as wanting to profile us and our company as something cool (we were told video games is cool now). after some initial email swapping and phone conferences, the story was tweaked a bit. it wasn't so much about us being cool anymore but we were being "fitted" for a show about young rich kids and their fabulous lives. the email stated, "need a video...this is more about you and less about the company...want you onboard...profile of you and silvio as young, hip cool cats who lead an interesting life so the work [profile] is definitely a b-story. can we interview you guys wednesday at 12 pm?" others involved included a getty and a club scenester who's opened up some hip watering holes. i argued that we did not live fabulous lives and that we were broke ass...nowhere nearly as wealthy as our suggested match show companions. we were flattered by the attention and hell, i even started thinking about my on-air outfit, but the voice inside said, "cool it."
nervous about the cutting room floor, i started to think, if we do this show, we're going to look like assholes no matter what (i.e. everyone but redman on cribs has come across as a jerk). believe me, i am very fond of making fun of the people from these shows even though i love to watch them. i thought, i'm going to end up making fun of myself on tv. red flags were raised and we conferenced with family in the "industry". they answered with "now is not the right time." so we heed the advice of industry veterans and loved ones, i think we're to keep our eye on the prize. i told the producer to come back to us when they do a special on kids doing interesting things. he couldn't believe we'd pass on this tv opportunity. regarding opportunities, there's always a next time. you can always recreate them.
what's the next big cool thing when being rich is a bitch? paris hilton knows a thing or two about this. and if i've learned anything from watching all this rich television programming, it's that, you seem to trade your financial security for a whole lot of other crazy problems like not knowing what to do with your life because you don't really have to do anything. i'm perfectly happy with being cash poor, loved richly and filled with dreams that never end.
in the last 48 hours i have talked to three different sets of friends located in three different parts of the united states about starting a print magazine. they are all hoping to start a nice glossy title, with beautiful visuals and smart content. peeps were picking my brain 'cause i've had the awesome opportunity of working from start to success at pre lost in translation, japan is cool title, tokion magazine for 4 years. i am still the video game editor at tokion but past responsibilities under the guise of operations manager included: distribution, circulation, day-to-day ops, financial management, reviews, pr and hustler of culture.
friend A is starting a magazine right here in new york city. it's a food magazine for people like us (if you're reading this, you're included). in her own words, "It's a younger market (18 - 35) food(ie) magazine. A hipper Saveur or Gourmet...and mostly, to make food fun for young people who think its a pain in the ass to cook or decipher a wine list or even know more about what they're eating...we want it to be good looking, non-pretentious, funny, and highly readable."