|Eve at the NYPL|
|Eve & Christine|
Mixed in with Vday activities, of course, many explorations have been thoroughly enjoyed, especially with the glorious spring I am so grateful for. One of my favs from the Food Film Festival has been organizing Burger Week in NYC for 3 years. My Library Friend and I had fun at the Cinco de Mayo Burger Feast at The Bar Room. (She then came to my Sojourn for Monday music. She understands my love for it!)
The Food Bank of NYC very graciously
hosted a thank you event at Frames, a
cool bowling facility near Penn Station, for people who played at the Wine and
Food Festival last October. It was
wonderful to connect and really get to know one of my other event leads. She shared a lot and gave me great information
and food for thought on my next steps professionally.
|Seen while training!|
Mother’s Day weekend, celebrating my new job, and simply me, I treated myself to my all-time favorite “Les Miserables.” I don’t think I will ever tire of that show. My Ladies were together in Boston, doing a massive purge and clean of Katie’s home. So, I managed to keep myself busy, and celebrate my Motherhood for me. On Mother’s Day, I met a dear friend of my Landlady’s for a play, which unfortunately was simply awful. We left at intermission (something I’ve never done before) The day was salvaged by a lovely brunch at B-Bar & Grill on the Bowery. Ending the day with a perfect long walk, with some reading thrown in, through Central Park on a magnificent early evening was the perfect cap to a very nice Mother’s Day.
Kristi and I celebrated the next night by sharing a great dinner at The Writing Room, which is the sight of the infamous Elaine’s. FromWikipedia: “Established in 1963, Elaine's is famed both for the writers and other prominent New Yorkers such as Woody Allen, William J. Bratton, Mia Farrow, Clay Felker, Helen Frankenthaler, Joseph Heller, Norman Mailer, Peter Maas, Robert Motherwell, Chris Noth, George Plimpton, Mario Puzo, Sally Quinn, Mark Simone, Gay Talese, Tom Wolfe, and Sidney Zion, who had been regulars over the years, and for its late chain-smoking namesake and proprietress Elaine Kaufman, who ran the restaurant for over four decades. Visitors included Leonard Bernstein, Michael Caine, Kirk Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Mick Jagger, Willie Nelson, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Luciano Pavarotti, Elaine Stritch, Eli Wallach, and Willie Nelson, among others. The restaurant was noted for its Oscar night, where celebrities and visiting Hollywood stars congregated to watch the Academy Awards ceremony. The quirky owner, Elaine Kaufman, was known for not mincing her words, for booting less-favored customers to seat new arrivals, and for forbidding hamburgers in her establishment. She was once arrested after a physical altercation with a visiting Texan. Elaine also once had a cat fight with the actress Tara Tyson and then claimed that the thespian had set her ablaze with a lit cigarette.” We had a wonderful dinner in the back room that looks like a big library in a private home. When Kristi opened a book on the bookcase next to her about Strawberry Fields in Central Park, a postcard signed by Yoko Ono fell out! We then walked to Sojourn, for you guessed it, Monday night music with Keren and her Sugar Daddies.
|Fatted calf in the courtyard|
Although marred by torrential downpours, I feel like summer has begun as Rooftop Films just had a very successful opening weekend! Spending time at Industrial City, a major sponsor of Roof this summer, was fun and amazing to see the growth of the area since last summer. Not on a rooftop on opening night due to the rains, but the huge warehouse space is great. And, Saturday the “Secret Party Cove” was a real treat (filled with feral cats!). Once again spending great evenings with special people at really cool venues (getting a great upper body workout moving chairs..), the summer is unofficially off to a great start. Watch for Obvious Child, it was truly wonderful! "Uproarious and refreshingly honest" –Variety