By Polly Guerin
All the lions stood in line, making it just in time to catch some city culture before the exhibitions end!!! Novelists discussed the weather, while painters and musicians shyly promoted their ambitions but curious George was all the rage, while pedestrians took it in. Here’s the scoop!!!
BUSKIN & BATTEAU, singer-songwriter-soloists are back on the road again conjuring up a wide range of emotions ranging from lighthearted amusement to a gentle sense of loss expressed in their beautiful ballad, “Never Cry Wolf.” Versatile, funny, the B&B twosome are breathing new life into the genre of folk-pop and what a crowd-pleasing performance it is. Hear them tonight, Feb. 22, at The Metropolitan Room, 34 W. 22nd Street, 7 pm and come away transfixed and enthralled by their distinctive wit. 212.206.0440. Contact: www.buskinandbatteau.com.
American designer Tommy Hilfiger is launching a few initiatives. In addition to hosting the opening night’s “After Party” at his Fifth Avenue flagship store for the 2010 WHITNEY MUSEUM BIENNIAL, which opens to the public Feb. 25 Hilfiger has collaborated with artist Ari Marcopoulos and Whitney director, Adam D. Weinberg on a limited edition tote sold at the Whitney and the Hilfiger Fifth Avenue store for $98. Half the proceeds of the sales of the totes go back into the museum. The first 1,000 visitors on Feb. 27th will also be able to enter the Biennial FREE, courtesy of Hilfiger. www.whitneymuseum.org.
JAZZ GREATS, SPORTS STARS, POLITICIANS: The Historic District Council presents Addisleigh Park, the suburban community that was home to numerous major African-Americans including James Brown, Roy Campanella, W.E. B. DuBois, Count Basie, Lena Horne, Jackie Robinson and Ella Fitzgerald (to name a few). The event Tuesday, March 2nd is FREE and open to the public. Come and learn firsthand more about this historic neighborhood and storied past. HDC, 232 East 11th St. Reservations required. Contact: Kristen Moorish at 212.614.9107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE NEW YORKER marks its 85th anniversary with a special double issue on the newsstands, featuring four different covers from four New York artists. Each version is a play on the magazine’s icon, Eustace Tilley, with one cover, for example, showing a male model who comes to pose for the now famous character. Many of the old covers will be going on the road for a three-city Conde Nast tour starting at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, the Rome Cavalieri and Trianon Palace in Versailles. FREE exhibit. For the dates in New York contact: www.waldorfastoria.org.
JANE AUSTEN’S hitting the road come March 14 when the exhibit at the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City, “JANE AUSTEN’S LIFE AND LEGACY IN NEW YORK CITY,” after a run decent run sadly comes to a close. Providing a close-up portrait of Austen, the exhibition achieves tangible intimacy with manuscripts and personal letters, plus a specially commissioned film of interview with contemporary authors commenting on Austen’s work and influence. Not to be missed, the exhibition reveals Austen’s characteristically sharp observations and irrepressible wit and explores why she and her writing continue to enthrall and inspire us nearly 200 years after her death. www.themorganmuseum.org.
Ta Ta darlings, I’m off to see Jane and then there’s Tommy and Count Basie to sneak peak too. Fan mail welcome: email@example.com. And don’t forget to make a comment at any one of my Blogs: amazing artdecodivas and awakenyoursleepingbeauty. Both at Blogspot.com.