Mon Sep 17
Move over, Garfield. Paddington Bear, British author Michael Bond’s brainchild, is stepping onto the big screen with his pea coat and marmalade-filled suitcase in tow, The New York Times reported today. Warner Brothers has bought the rights to 11 of the adorably disheveled hero’s adventures, and the resulting film will incorporate live action with computer animation. A producer of the ‘Harry Potter’ films, David Heyman, will produce; we’re already guessing that this just might be the next British import to break the bank in American multiplexes. “Paddington himself was unavailable for comment, but it’s understood that he’s making the most of his leisure time before work on the film begins because undoubtedly, once it does, his paws don’t touch the ground,” announced the official web site of the now-cosmopolitan bear.
Weekend Quick Picks!
Fri Sep 14
Eat your way through Little Italy at the 80th Annual Feast of San Gennaro. A huge collection of food stands–several serving zeppoles, natch–keeps everyone happy, while kids will flip for the cannoli-eating contest. There are also souvenir stands and carnival booths, so you can bring home an Italia soccer jersey and a giant stuffed animal–just what you need in your apartment. Plenty of of live musical entertainment as well as parades and several religious processions keeps parents happy, too. All ages.Today 11:30am-11:30pm; tomorrow 11:30am-11:30pm; Sun 16 11:30am-11:30pm; Mon 17 11:30am-11:30pm; Tue 18 11:30am-11:30pm; Wed 19 11:30am-11:30pm; Thu 20 11:30am-11:30pm. Little Italy, Mulberry St (212-226-6427, sangennaro.org). Subway: J, N, Q, R, 6 to Canal St. FREE. Once upon a time, the Lower East Side was famous more for its pickles and knishes than its current sometimes-egregious population. This weekend, the pickles are back for the Seventh Annual NYC International...
Fri Sep 14
Have a fashionable enfant at home? Then stop by the new Bleecker Street branch of Bonpoint, a French children’s clothing shop. At Monday’s grand opening party, a balloon artist will keep your kid occupied while you scour the racks for très chic blazers, dresses, and scarves. Bonus: The store will donate 10 percent of all opening day sales to Free Arts NYC, a nonprofit organization that gives children in need the opportunity to express themselves creatively. If you plan on being one of the first to catch a glimpse of Bonpoint’s new digs, be sure to RSVP to 646-747-3018 or email@example.com. Mon 17 4–6pm. 392 Bleecker St at Perry St (646-747-3018, bonpoint.com). Subway: 1 to Christopher St. FREE
Snow White in the Big Apple
Wed Sep 12
In case your latest attempt to catch Wicked on Broadway was met by three months of sold-out shows, you might want to check out an on-stage re-imagining of another classic fairy tale: Snow White. The musical, titled Ebony Black, did a three-show run at the South Street Seaport in May, and is now returning for three more shows as part of the otherwise adult-themed Bad Plays Festival (“Bad” indicates rebellious and off-the wall rather than low in quality). The premise is as follows: Iceola, an upper-class Hamptons dweller, orders a daughter from the Home Shopping Network. She requests that her adopted child’s skin be white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony. But to Iceola’s dismay, the girl has hair white as snow, cheeks red as blood, and (the horror!) skin black as ebony. Like Snow White, Ebony eventually escapes her evil stepmother and embarks on a musical journey—this time through the artsy East Village. Ebony too gets kissed by a handsome prince (in this...
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