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Go River to River | Excitement in Lower Manhattan This Summer

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Posted: June 27, 2013
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The River to River Festival is underway. This week marks its third week of presenting daring work of all stripes across Lower Manhattan. If you want to see visual art, experience dance and theatre or are looking for an artistic experience that isn’t exactly definable, look to River to River. It runs through July 14th on 28 sites.
 
River to River Festival
 
The 150 acts offer a diverse roster, making it hard to choose exactly what to see. This weekend, you can see Third Rail Projects (dance), Sekou Sundiata/Rhodessa Jones (theatre, spoken word), James Maddock (music), and Fluid: Construct (an installation). Later this weekend you can check out Two-Headed Calf & Yarn-Wire’s You, My Mother: a chamber opera in two parts. Don’t forget to RSVP for tickets.
 
It’s great to see downtown Manhattan alive and rocking with art for a month every summer. And it’s fun to take on an artist you’ve never seen before, and discover a whole new world of talent.
 
And, when you’re done with that, maybe you’ll check out the female buddy comedy The Heat. I’m curious to see how it is.



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New Place to Dine and Drink Pre-Show

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Posted: June 24, 2013
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I love it when new boites open in Soho and the West Village, especially when the are so close to the Soho Playhouse, where my long-running Off-Broadway comedy show plays every Saturday night at 11:00 pm. The latest addition to the neighborhood is Bar Ciccio Alimentari, open on Sixth Avenue in an underground spot that was formerly part of an antiques row. The place is charming and a perfect spot for a pre-show drink or dinner.
 
Bar Ciccio
 
The menu is so good it’s hard to choose what to have. You can’t go wrong with the salami or the mushroom polenta. Or try one of the mouth-watering pastas — ricotta and spinach ravioli, pappardelle wiht lamb ragu or spaghetti with clams. And wash that down with a glass of wine or beer. And, you’re only about 100 steps from Soho Playhouse. Two weeks ago, we had a huge group from the show go to Bar Ciccio Alimentari, and they raved about their experience.
 
Tell ’em Ted sent you.



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Bicycle Built for Two | Double the Fun This Summer

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Posted: June 20, 2013
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Start your summer off right with two-for-one tickets to my weekly comedy show, Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer, through Labor Day!
 
Mascot and I recently biked around the West Village on a bicycle built for two. What a fun way to experience the warm summer weather and keep in shape for the show, which is now in its 5th smash season at Soho Playhouse. Here’s a video of our really fun adventure.
 

 
In honor of summer and the fact that life is more fun when you have a partner in crime so to speak, I’m offering two-for-one tickets — only $20 for two people — to any performance between now and Labor Day. Join us Saturday nights at 10 pm. To take advantage of this offer, go to this web site and enter code summer13.
 
Ted and Mascot in Bicycle Built for 2
 
I look forward to seeing you at the show very soon.



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Second Place Again | Phil Mickelson at the US Open

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Posted: June 17, 2013
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Second place sounds pretty good. Until you’ve been there six times without clutching the trophy. Yesterday, golfer Phil Mickelson was one round away from finally lifting the US Open trophy. He headed into Sunday with the lead, but as he’d done five times before, he wound up being the runner-up (or the first loser). And, well, that sucks.
 
Sure, coming in second at the US Open, one of the four most important golf tournaments in the world, is a feat. And one that no one else has equaled. There’s gotta be a lot of pride on Mickelson’s part, but also a lot of regret. He’s come so close that he could taste, smell, feel and sense victory in every way, yet he’s never been the victor. Never hoisted the US Open trophy. And, no he must wonder if he will always be second place. At least at this tournament.
 
phil mickelson
 
Second place is fine in the lottery or in a contest at a fair or perhaps at a spelling bee. Oh, no, we all want first place. To be the one standing alone at the top. The one with all the glory. All the money. All the acclaim.
 
Please note Lefty wasn’t the only 2nd place contestant on Father’s Day. Mary Margaret McCord of Alabama was the first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant, losing the crown to Miss Connecticut Erin Brady and some of the spotlight to Miss Utah’s education answer guffaw.



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Summer in New York | Things to Do, Part II

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Posted: June 13, 2013
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Summer in New York can be divine — when the weather cooperates. Last week I raved about Shakespeare in the Park in Central Park as one of the best things to do in the Big Apple during the summer. About 30 blocks south of the action at the Delacorte Theatre is another fantastic classic summer activity — the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival. On Monday nights, thousands gather on the lawn of Bryant Park and watch films outdoors. It’s a classic New York thing to do.
 
Bryant Park Film Festival
 
First up this season is a very charming comedy from the 80s: Tootsie. Dustin Hoffman plays an out-of-work actor who pretends to be a woman to win and perform the role of a lifetime: a grand soap opera dame. There are, of course, a myriad of complications. And fantastic performances by Teri Garr, Jessica Lange, Bill Murray and Hoffman. Sydney Pollack directed this gem of a movie. Prepare to laugh, have a delicious picnic and enjoy Tootsie this Monday night, June 17th. The lawn opens at 5:00 pm, and the screening begins once it’s dark enough outside.
 
The film festival continues through August 19th with an eclectic slate of films: the drama Norma Rae, Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Invasion of the Body Snatchers and more. For a full list and more information about the HBO Bryant Park Summer Film Festival, visit the website.



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The Tonys Rock It Out

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Posted: June 10, 2013
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Last night was the biggest night for American theater as the Tony Awards took center stage. What a breathtaking night. Neil Patrick Harris — star of stage and screen — hosted the star-studded evening, which featured appearances by Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderick, Jake Gyllenhaal and Cyndi Lauper. The latter even took home an award for Outstanding Score for the musical Kinky Boots.
 
Performances from the nominated musicals were eye-popping, especially the circus act-inspired Pippin and the tap dancing kids of A Christmas Story, which will return to the Great White Way in December. And Kinky Boots, which took home the Tony for Best Musical, also looks like a lot of fun. Inspired by the film of the same name, the musical follows a struggling boot factory as it begins making boots for drag queens and saves itself from closure. With music by Cyndi Lauper, it also sounds amazing.
 
And if you’re a fan of the 80s, you’ll never forget Ms. Lauper’s riveting performance (video below) of her hit song True Colors as theater greats who passed away in the previous year were remembered. Absolutely stunning.
 

 
Congrats to the great Cicely Tyson on her Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her turn in The Trip to Bountiful, the same role that won Geraldine Page an Oscar in 1985. What a great win for her.
 
And back to Neil Patrick Harris. He was funny, charming, delightful. And the finale with Audra McDonald was fantastic. Obviously hosting an awards show for the fourth time is the charm.
 



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Summer in New York

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Posted: June 6, 2013
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Nothing says summer like a stroll through Central Park, the 843 acre mega park in the heart of Manhattan. The park bustles with joggers, cyclists, picnics, rollerskaters, walkers, tourists, New Yorkers and of course, theater. For over 50 years, downtown’s Public Theater comes uptown to present two productions in Shakespeare in the Park. Now, the shows aren’t always by the Bard, though this year they are. And the tickets are free. To obtain them, you must wait in a long line — longer still when megastars like Meryl Streep and Al Pacino grace the stage at the Delacorte Theatre.
 

 
This summer’s Shakespeare in the Park is already under way. Comedy of Errors continues through June 30th and stars Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Hamish Linklater and Heidi Schreck. The second show, which runs late July through mid-August, is a musical adaptation of Love’s Labours Lost by the creative team behind the brilliant Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, a Public Theater hit from a couple years ago that eventually moved to Broadway. You can listen to a few of the songs at the Shakespeare in the Park website.
 
The first week of each run is always the best to try to get tickets, but you can often still get in on a rainy evening when there are a bunch of no-shows. If you’re visiting New York for the first time or a longtime member of the Big Apple, there’s no better way to kick off your summer than going to Shakespeare in the Park.



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RIP Jean Stapleton

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Posted: June 3, 2013
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“Oh Archie.” Those simple two words turned into a symphony when given to actress Jean Stapleton. Her warbly voice made the three syllable phrase sound like a paragraph. She breathed life into Edith Bunker, the wife of the very challenging Archie Bunker (Carroll O’Connor) in the groundbreaking comedy All in the Family. Stapleton, who passed away at age 90 on Friday, had a long and storied career that spanned 60 years. But, she will be most remembered for Edith, her off-key singing and her exasperation at her husband’s backward views.
 
Her career began Off-Broadway in 1941. She appeared in many Broadway musicals, including Damn Yankees and Funny Girl. She appeared on some of TV’s legendary shows — Car 54 Where Are You?, Dr. Kildare, Dennis the Menace, The Muppet Show and more recently Everybody Loves Raymond. Her film credits include Michael and You’ve Got Mail.
 
Here’s an example of her great work on All in the Family. Edith’s Accident episode from the early 1970s.
 

 
Those were (certainly) the days. RIP Jean Stapleton. You were a comic gem.



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