In honor of today (September 21st) being World Peace Day, we’d like to introduce you to Miami, Florida-based street artist and Peace Advocate Renda Writer and his one-man World Peace Mural Tour: which recently saw him creating two of his multicolored-text-based World Peace wall murals here in the New York area.
I’m going to go ahead and own the fact that on weeknights when I am at home, and also coherent, I’ll turn on TMZ and watch their low rent “news” on celebrity has-beens and wannabes that I’ve either never heard of before, or wish I hadn’t. I’m probably the least Star Struck blogger on the planet, but I consider TMZ to be my primary source of worthless celebrity pandering so that I can stay in the loop about what is “popular” – you know, for the kids. TMZ is also completely hilarious and boasts the least self-aware staff of any celebrity news program, so in that way it seems very down to earth and makes you feel like you’re hearing these crazy stories from people you know pretty well. That’s probably why the show is so popular.
Fans of the show will be excited to find out that TMZ, in association with On Location Tours, now has a daily, two-hour bus tour you can sign up for that will take you all around the city from midtown to the tip of the island and back again, and point out dozens of places where celebrities hangout, pass out, get wasted, film their shows, actually live, used to live, got beat up, or were deeply embarrassed about something or other. It’s pretty fun!
You’ll board your luxury, air-conditioned coach at the corner of 51st St. and Broadway, across the street from this diner:
Our awesome tour guide was Matt Chadwick, an extremely friendly and equally hilarious and knowledgeable young man who cracked jokes incessantly but also revealed fascinating information such as:
- Jim Carrey has an Art Studio on Perry Street
- Ed Burns is married to Christie Turlington
- Macy’s not only has the oldest working escalators in the country (I’ve seen them!) but also the largest collection of shoes under one roof
- Chris Brown beat up Drake at some club near the Holland Tunnel that I already forgot the name of, because I could care less about those two. Seriously who cares?
- Columbus Circle is the spot from which all distances to NYC are measured
What I enjoyed most about the tour was getting to see neighborhoods in Manhattan that I honestly never go to and driving down streets that I’ve never seen before in my life. And I’ve lived in Manhattan over 20 years! But, while I was on the TMZ Tour, I felt like I was visiting a foreign land, and it made me want to go to these neighborhoods on my own, and explore.
The entire time that the bus is cruising around and your tour guide, who will be Matt if you’re very lucky, is pointing out places where Lady Gaga used to do burlesque, the loft where Beyoncé and Jay Z live, the apartment above the now-closed Daffy’s (RIP) where Heath Ledger overdosed, and most recently, the park on lower 6th Ave. where Jonah Hill was recently spotted taking a photograph of a placenta (don’t ask), you will be entertained by hilarious and clever TMZ-produced video clips, that will further the action with additional graphics, interviews and explanations of what you’re seeing. It seems like the entire TMZ staff gets involved, so you will get to see all of your favorites, including Harvey Levin.
During our tour, Matt hosted a few rounds of fun trivia guessing games such as “Celebrity or Homeless Person?” and “The Finger or a Wave?” where the correct answer was awarded with a rare TMZ T-Shirt. So, Free Stuff! Matt really kept things rolling, and our driver was exceptionally skilled at taking very tight corners, and not killing anyone – because you know that pedestrians in New York City don’t stop crossing the street for anyone! The TMZ Tour is a fun way to spend two hours for locals who just want to get out of the house, and also a good thing to take your out-of-town friends to. Despite the fact that we saw no celebrities, I had a great time!
Where: 51st St & Broadway (exact location given upon purchase)
When: Weekdays & Sundays at 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM, Saturdays at 1:00 PM & 4:00 PM.
Cost: $49 + $3 ticket fee (Adult), $39 + $3 ticket fee (Children 11 & under)
Duration: Approximately 2 hours
Advance Ticket Purchase is Required so buy tickets at This Link!
On This Date, March 3rd in 1986: Metallica released its highly influential third album, Master of Puppets, considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time. This was the final Metallica album with original bassist Cliff Burton, who was killed when the group’s tour bus over-turned in southern Sweden while touring to promote the album.
Gang Of Four, one of the most radical and important groups of the last thirty years, are proud to announce a headlining tour of North America beginning February 4th in Toronto, ON. The band will tour in support of their upcoming album, Content, their first new material in 16 years. Set for a January 25th release on Yep Roc Records, Content is every bit as powerful and insightful as their classic work that has influenced many.
From creating one of music’s preeminent debut albums (1979’s Entertainment) to influencing a wide range of punk, post-punk and indie rock bands (R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand and hundreds more), Gang Of Four have triumphantly defined their place in rock ‘n roll and continue to influence a new generation of fans with their high energy, maximum impact sound.
February 4 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
February 5 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
February 7 Paradise Boston, MA
February 8 Webster Hall New York, NY
February 9 9:30 Club Washington, DC
February 11 Metro Chicago, IL
February 12 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
February 15 Venue Vancouver, BC
February 16 Showbox @ the Market Seattle, WA
February 17 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
February 19 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
February 20 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
February 21 Music Box Los Angeles, CA