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Et tu, Brute? Rebecca Charles goes for redemption
Thu Jun 28
Its a banner week for Rebecca Charles, the chef and restaurateur behind ten-year-old Pearl Oyster Bar. The celebrated arbiter of fish-shack lan has taken on former employee Ed McFarland. whose Pearl dopplegnger, Eds Lobster Bar, opened in March. McFarland isnt the only Charles protg to fly the coop. She famously exported Mary Redding, who would go on to open the first Pearl spin-off, Marys Fish Camp. But McFarlands betrayal, which according to Charles includes not only the co-opting of her New Englandinspired menu and decor, but also of a carefully guarded Caesar salad recipe, was grievous enough to call Charles to action. Claiming a violation of intellectual property, she filed suit against McFarland Tuesday morning. Theres no question that Eds, like Marys before it, is derivativethe long, cool marble bar, unobtrusive gray wainscoting and easy menu of fish-shack staples reek of Charless influence. But is it deserving of legal action? Theres certainly a precedent: In...
Fitness Face-Off: splits (sessions 17-19)
Thu Jun 28
While I've been a listless blogger of late, it's only because it's hot, not because I haven't been making many a pilgrimage to Re:AB. Last week was tough, emotionally and otherwise, despite a productive workout with Kate on Friday (I nearly maxed out the reformer while doing my Russian splits). I felt tight, which in turn caused me to seize up mentally, which in turn made me feel tighter. For whatever reason, it just hurt more than normal. After a weekend reprievethough I did practice my forward lunges (place your front knee directly above your ankle, extend your back leg and then sort of hang into the hip flexor)I felt remarkably refreshed for my workout with Brooke on Tuesday. We started with a bunch of front kicks (using a bar for support you kick as high as you can, swinging it through to the back), before working into flying ronde de jambes (flying, only because we were using momentum). We skipped the reformer completely, using the Cadillac as our mat (interesting fact:...
Jury duty, day two
Thu Jun 28
Greetings, my little Sno-Kones. Yesterday I'd whipped up a frothy blog post, but I couldn't post it because our website was being revamped, and so now you'll have to willingly suspend your disbelief, because I'm posting this from inside the confines of Time Out, seeing as I wasn't ever picked for a jury, but I wrote it from inside the jury factory. All righty then: Well, I'm back, my little legal eagles. Not back to the blog, though that's true, but back to 100 Centre Street where I'm currently sitting in the hall because the jury room is full and the jury lunch room is full and this building is like a giant monster that burps jurors into hall and then swallows them again. That was disgusting. This morning there was a lengthy roll call and everyone said "here" except one person said "right here" and one said "that's me." No one said "present" or "yo." I thought of asserting my funky uniqueness by answering in an unorthodox fashion, but decided against it. Actually, I didn't...
Ooh la la
Mon Jun 25
Every summer, the most sexually liberated city in North America gives itself over to comedy. (Women have always called a sense of humor a turn-on.) The 25th annual Just for Laughs festival takes place July 8--29 in Montreal; English-speaking shows run July 12--22. To celebrate a quarter century of funny, fest organizers have secured William Shatner, the Kids in the Hall, Lewis Black, Eddie Izzard, Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, Louis C.K. and Zach Galifianakis—to name a very small few. The festival has always been devoted to stand-up. But on the heels of last year's successful Flying Solo Series, which introduced one-person shows to the schedule, Just for Laughs will also launch a sketch and viral-video program, titled the Lineup. "The Lineup serves to highlight what is clearly the hottest thing right now with both consumers and the industry," says VP of Programming Maureen Taran, who conceived the showcase. "This young generation of kids are so smart and so tech savvy....
Two four six eight...how do you know your wife is straight?
Sun Jun 24
While I didn't hear any true protest chants at yesterday's 15th Annual New York City Dyke March, there was plenty of singing ("Oh, when the dykes go marching in..."), drumming (tribal-womyn style), joyous screeching (especially whenever one of those double-decker tour buses inched by) and frequent cries of "oh, shit!" (the typical response to an ex-girlfriend spotting). There were also some wonderfully supportive cheers from onlookers along the entire Fifth Avenue route, from 42nd Street to Washington Square Park. No, it's not as fierce and rebellious as it felt back in the early '90s, but it's still a fun, organic and beautiful event. Things were scary at first, though—thanks to a caravan of limos that pulled up in front of the NYPL (an official dyke meeting point), depositing a straight wedding party just 20 minutes before the official Dyke March start time. Talk about ironic. Not many women had gathered yet, and the lone lady with a sign ("Marriage Is a Civil Right") sprang to...