Having grown up in New York, I’ve seen as many musicals in my life as a real “theater person” has (despite the fact that my acting experience ends at playing Snow White in a day camp musical in 6th grade. No comment.) But the most outstanding by far is shockingly not playing on Broadway – it’s actually at Lincoln Center instead. The revival of South Pacific is an absolute must-see for any New York native or visitor.
Matthew Morrison and Li Jun Li in the original revival. Image courtesy of time.com
When the show first opened, the New York Times described the romance between Nellie (Kelli O’Hara) and Emile (Paulo Szot) as “unabashed and unquestioning.” There is no other show that invites you to dive headfirst emotionally into the characters’ love, to personally involve yourself in their passions and sorrows as they flare. Set amongst the lush scenery of (obviously) the South Pacific, you feel the same heat of the atmosphere, the same impulse to live as the characters do. While watching South Pacific, you fall in love – it feels just as real as anything you’d experience yourself.
My best friend and I have come up with a phrase to classify these instants of uncontainable emotion – heart-swelling moments. They’re the moments you can’t describe, but always remember. The entire two hours of South Pacific will undeniably cause countless of these.
Kelli O’Hara and Paulo Szot are returning for the last few weeks of the show – get tickets while you still can! (No word yet on whether Glee’s Matthew Morrison will as well – I’m crossing my fingers.)
Images courtesy of thehighline.org
A picture speaks 1000 words – and the High Line really doesn’t really need any words to go along with it. An old elevated railway track that was converted into a public park filled with wildflower, the High Line has breathtaking views in all directions, especially of the Hudson River. You can walk along it or sit on benches that face the water amongst wildflower fields.
Go out for a nice weekend brunch in the meatpacking district (nearby ideas: Pastis, Spice Market, Paradou, Fig & Olive, Bagatelle) and afterwards walk over to 14th and the river for access. Plus when you get too hot, there’s fantastic shopping right underneath you (from Scoop to Diane von Furstenberg to the Chelsea Market, there’s something for everyone!).
Get more information about this urban oasis here.
There’s a reason New Yorkers like to escape to the Hamptons on summer weekends – with cute towns full of great restaurants and shops, beautiful houses and a soothing ocean breeze, there’s nothing like being at the very tip of the continent. The most important reason, however, is the beach (go figure). Coopers Beach in Southampton is consistently ranked the best, or at the very least in the top 10, beach in America.
Pack your bags with do the right thing smoothing body lotion SPF 15 ($12), rio bikini ($42) and getaway beach hat ($16). It’s nice not to be surrounded by concrete skyscrapers and a million people when the temperatures reach 90 – hit the beach instead!
I’m not sure if it’s been made clear by the number of French street style photos I post, but I have une petite obsession with Paris. That’s why I was ecstatic to see in the New York Times this morning that in honor of Bastille Day on July 14th, NYC is having a large festival! (I’m glad others share my affinity for French culture.)
From left: images courtesy of image.examiner.com; pix.alaporte.net
Basically a free outdoor block party, Bastille Day on 60th Street is full of French games, art, activities, food, music and more. It’s been around for 10 years as a huge celebration of the France-USA relationship. And it doesn’t cost a single euro/dollar – it’s 100% free! To add a bit more class, there are free wine and cheese tastings at the French Institute Alliance Française. With live performers – cancan dancers included – and French food in the gorgeous sunshine, I will most definitely be there!
The festival is on Sunday July 11th from 12-6 pm on 60th street from 5th avenue to Lexington. Get more information here.
In the exhibit Andy Warhol: The Last Decade, the Brooklyn Museum showcases Warhol’s most experimental art during the last 10 years of his life (1977-1987). He tried out many new styles and produced more large-scale paintings than he ever had before in his long 40-year career, such as The Last Supper series (an updated version of the classic painting with motorcycles and bright modern logos). Warhol was pop culture icon whose work always pushed the boundaries, especially in the wild 80s. Don’t miss out on this show!
Images courtesy of brooklynmuseum.org
The exhibit runs until September 12 at the Brooklyn Museum; get more information here.
Image courtesy of bam.org
Be in downtown Brooklyn at some point this weekend – you don’t want to miss the 6th annual Afro-Punk festival! Afro-punk is an innovative cultural movement that recalls the early days of hip-hop, the vibrant spirit of NYC in the 80s – and from Friday to Sunday, you can get a taste of the past with the combination of music, film, fashion, art and skate. Some highlights: Mos Def, P.O.S., Bad Brains, 24-7 Spyz, and more.
The festival is being held in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park, June 25, 26, 27. Get more information here!
In my personal opinion, no museum in the world measures up to The Met (with the exception of the Louvre – but it’s a super close call.) Art, photography, a sculpture garden on the roof, even a little tranquil Japanese garden with a fountain nestled on the second floor – where else has all of this combined?
This summer, while reading the New York Times in Chicago, one particular exhibit caught my eye in the arts section: American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity – at, where else, the Met Costume Institute, home of the institute’s annual star-studded spring gala. The exhibit highlights modern American style from 1890 to 1940, creating a timeline based on archetypes such as The Heiress (1890s), The Bohemian (1900s), The Patriot and the Suffragist (1910s), The Flapper (1920s), and The American Woman (1890s-2010). These styles of the past have paved the way for a current style to emerge, the way women dress today. The official video ends with a montage of Michelle Obama dancing with her husband at the Inaguration Ball – the symbol of classic American fashion for the years to come.
From left: Franklin Simon & Co. military uniform circa 1916-1918, Jeanne Lanvin gown circa fall/winter 1933, courtesy of metmuseum.org; Photo of the collection, courtesy of flickr.com
The exhibit runs from May 5 to August 15 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Get more information and see the exhibit video here.