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The Olympics Come to An End

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Posted: February 24, 2014
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Yesterday, we bid adieu to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia. What a couple weeks of intrigue and competition. At times given the deep freeze of NYC, it was hard to watch sports in a clime even colder than we were. But, there were many memorable moments.
 
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(3) The opening ceremony. Sure the fifth ring failed to materialize, but if that is all you took from the the over-the-top, theatrical opening ceremony, then you weren’t watching the TV. Flamboyant, beautiful and moving. That’s what we got, a spectacularly produced event. Ok, there was the malfunction, but anyone who works in theater or live events can tell you that can happen. And, the Bermuda team wore Bermuda shorts. What an unforgettable moment.
 
(2) Johnny Weir’s Outfits. If you thought the Bermudans were brave for rocking shorts (I did), then Weir’s outfits were fierce. In fact, SB Nation tracked his wonderful ensembles. He and commentator partner Tara Lipinski coordinated their outfits, but no one can outshine Weir, a three-time U.S. figure skating national champion.
 
(1) Bob Costas. The venerable reporter and Olympic host went down for the count with an eye infection that spread from eye to both. Matt Lauer filled in and was fine. But, Bob was sorely missed when not in the booth. His love and reverence for sports is surpassed by none.
 
Good by Olympics. You were fun, but I’m glad to get some of my regular TV shows back.



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A Genius Idea

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Posted: February 20, 2014
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A friend recently posted on Twitter that a smart film executive would get a script for a Kevin Hart-Melissa McCarthy comedy stat. It’s a brilliant idea. Those two have struck box office gold in America, and seem to be beloved by the public. I’ve raved about Ms. McCarthy before. Now, it’s time to give Mr. Hart his due.
 
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I should first confess that my girlfriend LOVES him. Everything — his comedy albums, his films, his stunning grin and even his short stature. When Ride Along, Hart’s film with Ice Cube, broke the normal January doldrums at the box office, people in the industry and audiences alike took notice. And, it’s just been announced that a sequel is in the works. If your film passes the $100 million mark on a $25 million budget, you can expect that another film will be ordered.
 
His great work isn’t just confined to Ride Along. He stood tall (pun intended) opposite heavyweights Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin and Sylvester Stallone in Grudge Match. He stole every scene he was in–whether it was leaving his crappy car in the middle of the street when he learned he had gotten a financial sum or verbally sparring with Alan Arkin. If you watch the film, just forward to his scenes.
 
And, the more I think about it, I love the idea of Kevin Hart-Melissa McCarthy comedy. I’d pay $14 to see that.



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What to Watch This Presidents Day

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Posted: February 17, 2014
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Today we’re celebrating the February births of two great American Presidents–George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. What better way to honor their legacy than to watch an election-themed or political piece of entertainment? And, I don’t mean Robocop.
 
If you haven’t already binge-watched the second season of Netflix hit House of Cards, why not stay in and catch up on what devious adventures Francis and Claire Underwood (Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright) are up to? I still miss Corey Stoll (who doesn’t), but it’s worth spending 13 episodes with the Underwoods. I’m not sure they are what Washington and Lincoln had in mind as the future of American politics, but they make for a compelling series.
 
More in the mood for comedy? Why not revisit Alexander Payne’s 1999 cult hit Election? Sure, his lament Nebraska is nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award as well as a couple acting categories and screenplay. But, Election is a laugh-out-loud satire of a high school election that pits overeager Tracy Flick (a pitch perfect Reese Witherspoon) against a down-on-his-luck teacher (Matthew Broderick). He simply doesn’t want her to become the high school president. What makes this film hold up is that it exposes the underbelly of victory as well as frustrated desire. And it’s hilarious. If you get the chance, check this film out and be glad you never battled with Tracy Flick. The film’s preview is below.
 

 
Happy Presidents Day!



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Happy Valentine’s Day

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Posted: February 13, 2014
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We’re in the eye of the storm in New York. Another day, more snow thanks to Storm Pax. Who wants to leave their apartments? Even to celebrate Valentine’s Day? I sense this year people will stay in to binge watch House of Cards since it’s second season will be released on the holiday. Makes sense to me. But, if you do venture out, I have a few suggestions for you.
 
 
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(3) Robocop – The 1987 Hollywood classic has been remade with hunky Joel Kinnaman from The Killing. Nothing says romance quite like an action flick. The reviews have been solid for the new version. Why not hit the cineplex and enjoy some old fashioned fun?
 
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(2) The Chocolate Room — Another great reason to head over the bridge is this shop. There are two locations — Cobble Hill and a pop up shop in the North Slope. Either way you will not be disappointed. The chocolate is great, and you can get your fix in many ways — cupcakes, candy, and other delicious baked goods.
 
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(1) Art Bar — This adorable Greenwich Village bar has been a downtown staple for two decades. The drink prices are affordable, and best of all, given our current winter condition, the bar boasts a fireplace. Sit by it, warm up, enjoy your drink and a night out with your love.
 
May you be struck by Cupid’s arrow tomorrow!



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Fringe Applications Due on Valentine’s Day

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Posted: February 10, 2014
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As you may know, my show–Ted Greenberg’s The Complete Performer–got its start at the 2008 New York International Fringe Festival. I had a blast being a part of the large arts festival, and have been performing my brand of comedy ever since at Soho Playhouse. Every August, I return to the festival as a spectator and watch dozens of shows. I’m particularly fond of the one-person shows I’ve seen at the Fringe. I return year after year because I had a great time being a part of the festival and because I have a deep admiration for Elena Holy, the Producing Artistic Director, and Britt Lafield, Festival Administrator. That amazing staff of two pull off the impossible every summer–bringing nearly 200 shows to downtown venues for over 70,000 theatergoers to enjoy. It’s a Herculean effort.
 
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And, their work for the 2014 edition is getting underway. You have until Valentine’s Day-February 14th to submit an application to be a part of this year’s festival. Details are on the FringeNYC website. If you’ve got a show that you’re developing or have already created, consider applying to the festival. It’s a great way to present your work to an engaging and engaged audience. And it’s fun to be part of a festival that truly supports artists.



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Mother Nature Smack Down

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Posted: February 6, 2014
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What is going on this winter? This week alone, NYC expects three snowstorms. And so far, two of them have been pretty miserable–producing the wet, slushy, icy snow that makes commuting hell. Seriously. There were articles dedicated to “NYers Battle Rapidly Expanding Slush Puddles” on Gothamist and “The Newest Olympic Event for New Yorkers: Puddle Jumping Through the Slush” from the New York Daily News. These may seem silly, but if you’ve ever tried to cross the street through one of the lakes of brown, snowy water, you feel like you’ve taken your life or at least your dry feet in your hands. Do you jump over the water? How deep is it? Are your snowboots up to the task?
 
To make matters worse, there’s been a news story floating around that New York City will be blanketed by snow this weekend– over two and a half feet of the white stuff. That prediction strikes fear in the heart of anyone performing a show. Audiences do not like to trek out in a big storm. Even though we’re in an era when every storm has a name, it seems that this prediction is false. Thank goodness. I cannot even imagine what the slush puddles would be in the Big Apple received 30 inches of snow. According to Slate, the misinformation comes from an old article, and not some new-fangled meteorology center. I, like the rest of you, breathe a sigh of relief.
 
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I know we’ve got a lot of winter still left ahead of us. Even Punxsutawney Phil and Staten Island Chuck–groundhogs with such knowledge–predicted six more weeks of winter on Groundhog Day. But, it would be nice to avoid 30 inches of snow any time we can.
 
Stay warm and dry New Yorkers. We’re in this together. Six more weeks. We can make it.



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New York Is in Mourning

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Posted: February 3, 2014
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On the day the big game came to town, sad news circulated before tipoff. One of New York’s favorite sons–actor and director Philip Seymour Hoffman–passed away in his Greenwich Village apartment. Looking at my Facebook feed, it’s clear that everyone in the Big Apple was touched by his great career. Whether you saw him on stage in True West, Death of a Salesman, The Seagull and so many more, you were mesmerized by his intense passion and sensitivity.
 
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Of course, who didn’t love his award-winning film work as well? He was stunning in Capote as the great writer–so stunning that he took home the Academy Award for the performance. He was unforgettable in Boogie Nights. Heartbreaking too. And he was the best part of Along Came Polly. And who could forget his brilliant work in Synecdoche, NY? Thank goodness we don’t have to. We can watch these performances over and over again. And behold a fantastic talent–a man, an artist we are grateful for.
 
Rest in Peace Mr. Philip Seymour Hoffman. You will be sorely missed. Sending solace to your family in this tough time.



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The Game Goes On

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Posted: January 30, 2014
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New York City and much of the rest of the country has been in a deep freeze. And it’s just hitting me now that the hometown Super Bowl is just a few days away. As Seahawks fans and Broncos supporters pour into the stadium and enjoy the halftime show by pint-size Bruno Mars, my thoughts will be on my beloved Giants and the team’s miserable season. I know Gang Green fans will equally be misty eyed. Where did it all go wrong? Why is the wrong Manning brother competing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy?
 
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I’d love nothing more than being at the Super Bowl cheering on my home team, rooting them to victory. I’m grateful that Eli has taken us to the promised land twice in his career. No one saw that coming in his early days (and granted Jets fans have a lot more to be upset about). But, Super Bowls in cold climes happen infrequently, and I had high hopes that the Giants would pull it together until they lost six games in a row.
 
So, I’ll watch the game from the comfort of my toasty apartment (glad it’s warm, but wish it didn’t feel like a sauna in my building), rock out to Bruno Mars and root for a competitive game. I don’t care whether Seattle or Denver takes the trophy because my cold, cold heart remains with the G Men.



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Returning to Soho Playhouse

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Posted: January 27, 2014
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A big, hearty welcome back to Soho Playhouse to Simon Lovell. His show Simon Lovell’s Strange and Unusual Hobbies returns this weekend–February 1st. We’re glad to see him back. His show predates our six seasons, and if you’re a fan of the con, you must see Simon perform. It’s a rare opportunity to see someone at the top of his craft work.
 
The show has card tricks, magic, sleight of hand and more. The only thing is it’s for adults only. No kids. Trust me on this one.
 
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6pm on Saturday marks Simon’s return after a few month absence. The Soho Playhouse has not be the same without him. For more information, visit Soho Playhouse’s website.



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Saluting Our Neighbor–City Winery

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Posted: January 23, 2014
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Our neighbor –City Winery– is changing up its programming a bit. We’ve enjoyed seeing concerts there for years or dining in The Barrel Room or attending a wine tasting like the wines of Argentina. And we’re excited that the company has expanded to Chicago and will have new outposts in Nashville and Napa this year. City Winery is cool.
 
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I received its latest newsletter and noticed something. City Winery will host comedian Paula Poundstone on March 21st–a Friday night comedy show. And in February, the place will set the stage for the House of SpeakEasy presentation of ‘This Is Not A Man’, which is billed as “a literary cabaret featuring Steve Coogan, Jeff McDaniel, Tom Reiss, Anton Sword, and Dana Vachon.” These lively events break the boundaries of music, and seem like a perfect fit for City Winery’s intimate performance space.
 
I look forward to seeing you around the corner from Soho Playhouse, where I perform every Saturday at 10pm. Let’s raise a glass and have some fun at City Winery.



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