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Herb Alpert’s Spirit Totem Monuments at Dante Park, Lincoln Center

Herb Alpert Spirit Totems

Hey, remember back in January when I met music industry legend Herb Alpert? That was cool. In addition to his exhibit at ACA Galleries, Herb also has this public installation of three of his monumental, 16-foot Bronze Spirit Totem Statues installed at Dante Park, a triangular lot at the intersection of Broadway, Amsterdam and 65th Street, just in front of Lincoln Center.

Herb Alpert Spirit Totems Close Up

Hers a close up on one of the sculptures which I managed to crop most of the foot traffic out of.

Herb Alpert Spirit Totems Signage

Many passersby stopped to admire, pose with and photograph the sculptures, but I’d bet that most of them had no idea that Alpert is the talented artist behind this work, because the above identifying sign is mounted very high up on a pole, not really in the sight lines of a person just walking by on the street. Geoffrey and I just happened to recognize them as we walked to the 1 Train after checking out the Beatles Exhibit, because they looked just like the sculptures that we saw at his ACA Galleries exhibit earlier in the year.

The sculptures will be on display until April 15th, 2014.

Giant Orange Octopus

Giant Orange Octopus

Photographed by me on East 4th Street between Broadway and Lafayette!

Twinkies Return: July 15th, 2013!

Twinkies Return 7/5/13
Photographed By Gail at the Corner of 49th Street and 7th Avenue

If a Times Square Billboard Says It, It Must Be True!

Will Ryman’s Bird at the Flatiron Plaza

Will Ryman Bird 1
Photos By Gail

Bird (2012), is a 12-foot high, 12-foot wide, and 14-foot long sculpture, made with fifty-five hundred actual and fabricated nails in the shape of a bird. The work weighs five tons, and rests upon a nest of ninety thousand nails. Through this sculpture, Ryman changes the meaning of the nail, which is traditionally used to connect materials and build structures. By dramatically altering its scale and using it in excessive quantities, Ryman blurs the relationship between abstraction and realism. As the viewer rotates around the sculpture, Bird transitions from the shape of a bird to a nonrepresentational sculpture.

Bird will be on Display through April 21st, 2013
Flatiron Plaza  Intersection of 23rd Street, 5th Avenue and Broadway,  New York

Will Ryman Bird 2

Will Wyman Bird Rear View

Yes, It Exists: Pine Salt Toothpaste

Pine Salt Toothpaste
Mmm . . . Salty!

Photographed by me at Pearl River Mart on Broadway in NYC!

Shark Attack Store Window Display

Shark Attack Store Window Display Front
Photographed by Gailon Howard Street Between Broadway and Lafayette, NYC.

The Sign Out Front Said that they sold that Yoko Ono-Designed Menswear Line Inside, But They Were Lying!

Shark Attack Store Window Display Side

Must See Show: Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo

Yesterday, Geoffrey and I went to see the play Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and it was just fantastic. Starring Robin Williams in the title role, Bengal Tiger seems to be one of the most polarizing plays to hit Broadway in years. Just check out a few online audience reviews and you will see that it’s a show that people either love passionately or totally hate. The disparity between the five and the one star reviews might have something to do with the fact that it’s billed as a “Ferocious Comedy,” when it’s really more of heavy, existential political drama with a few good belly laughs here and there, mostly thanks to Williams’ really terrific performance.

It’s not a stretch to imagine that someone expecting to laugh their ass off at a talking tiger’s hilarious hi-jinx might tend to walk out at intermission when they discover this is really a heavily philosophical play about the horrors of war, on and off the battlefield. I guess I benefited from having no expectations, so I was able to go along for the journey to wherever the play took me – and it was a pretty wild ride.

The dialogue is highly engaging and the acting is excellent; not only by Robin Williams but by Brad Fleischer and Glenn Davis as two doomed Marines, Arian Moayed as their Arab translator (who is wrestling his own demons) and Hrach Titizian as the ghost of Uday Hussain, who honestly stole the show for me. What an excellent performance! I don’t want to get too detailed about the plot because I’m afraid of revealing events in a play that I think is best enjoyed when there is still an element discovery, but Popdose.com has a very accessible, non-spoiler review at This Link which manages to distill the plot in an intriguing fashion without giving too much away.

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is showing through July 3, 2011, (so you have just over one week to see it) at the Richard Rogers Theater, Located at 226 West 46th Street. We were able to get tickets for just $75 and you can likely find a bargain as well if you are willing to do a little Internet footwork.

Must See Show: The Pee-Wee Herman Show Opens on Broadway!

 

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It seems so funny to think that these days, Pee-wee Herman, a character made famous by the gifted actor Paul Ruebens, is a household name. Most people know Pee-wee from the wonderfully infamous Saturday morning ‘children’s’ program, Pee-wee’s Playhouse, but Pee-wee’s roots are a bit more ‘indie-based.’ Pee-wee’s vehicle for his eventual launch to international superstardom was The Pee-wee Herman Show, a 1981 stage play that became a wildly successful HBO special and thus spawned the entire Pee-wee Herman franchise, including films such as Pee-wee’s Big Adventure and, not long after, Pee-wee’s Playhouse.

In January and February of this year, Ruebens revived The Pee-Wee Herman Show for a successful run at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, and the play has now moved to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on West 43rd Street, where it will make its home until January 2, 2011. The Pee-wee Herman Show officially opens today (November 11th) but Geoffrey and I were fortunate to catch the last night of previews and we had a total blast.

The Pee-wee Herman Show on Broadway remains extremely faithful to the original script, so if you’ve seen the HBO special, no matter how long ago that was, most of the show will be familiar to you. Pee-wee still consorts with many of the same characters, with just a few new ones added and others retired. Lynne Marie Stewart reprises her role as Miss Yvonne, “the most beautiful woman in Puppetland,” and John Paragon also returns as Jambi, the Genie in a Box. The only significant change in casting, though many probably won’t notice, as the lines of dialogue are identical, is the substitution of Cowboy Curtis (who made his debut on the Saturday morning show) for Captain Karl, originally played by the late Phil Hartman, as Miss Yvonne’s love interest.

Some jokes have also been updated and fresh pop culture references added to bring everything a bit more up to date. For example, in this show Pee-wee struggles with having the Internet installed in the Playhouse for the first time, wears an “Abstinence ring” and makes friends with a talking, flying Sham Wow. Returning characters include Mailman Mike and puppet favorites like Pterri the pterodactyl – who is awesome – Chairy, Clockey the USA wall-map/clock, Randy, Globey and Conkey the Robot. We also get to see the claymation cartoon, “Penny” and the vintage “Mr. Bungle” 1950s educational film about good manners, which is just insane. Geoffrey and I loved every minute of the performance, but my favorite part was at the very end, when Jambi grants Pee-wee’s wish to fly. Seeing Pee-wee, “The luckiest boy in the world,” fly through the air over the stage was hilarious.

It’s also worth noting that the Playhouse set is so vibrant, so colorful, and there is so much to take in visually at all times that when the curtain first rose and the lights hit the stage, I literally could not hold back a squeal.

Tickets for The Pee-wee Herman Show are pricey but worth it. Definitely see it if you can!