Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Marie, Lenny & Karen/SCAPIN/BLINK/Jim and Janice Case/The Wankies

Wednesday==>I hope everyone out there in the morass known as cyberspace had an “interesting” Tuesday because your favorite blogger here in The Big Apple, The Greatest City In The World, certainly did ... so ... let’s just cut to the chase and get started ...

As posted yesterday, around 2:30pm I met up with my friend Marie Taylor. Actually, she and her friend, Karen Rubin, came over to PHC so I could show them the terrific 41st floor views of my Hell’s Kitchen 'hood and also some of the paintings I did way back in the mid-70s.

The weather was good, so we then walked down 9th Avenue to 19th Street and then over to the David Zwirner Gallery for ...

A Mercantile Novel” by Oscar Murillo - “A candy making factory has been recreated inside the gallery, where tens of thousands of candies are being produced and given away for free to gallery visitors.”

We met up with Marie’s husband, Lenny Gordon, who warned us that we would probably be less than overwhelmed with the exhibit ... and ... dammit ... he was totally right.

From my basic research I had expected to see an operational candy factory, which wasn’t the case. The factory was off-limits and unseen. Instead there was basically an open space with free samples of only one candy, a chocolate-covered marshmallow (which, actually, was pretty good).

Needless-to-say, we didn’t spend much time there.

We did visit other installations at the Zwirner Gallery and then several other galleries in the same vicinity.

At around 4:30pm it was time to split. Marie, Lenny and Karen took a bus back to their Upper Westside ‘hood and I walked back to PHC via the Highline.

The time with them made the afternoon very worthwhile and interesting.

I was hot and sweaty when I got back to PHC. Showered, had my usual pre-theater snack, a fruit and cheese plate, and then it was time for my entertainment event, the Off Broadway show ...

SCAPIN, an outrageously hilarious new musical that knocks Moliere's classic for a loop as it ingeniously incorporates masks, improvisation, slapstick and the sublime songs of the late, great Rusty Magee==>A-

What an enjoyable evening. It is almost impossible for me to describe this event because it is so different and yet so very entertaining as it explodes with improvisation and slapstick comedy. I can’t remember when I laughed as much.

The cast is terrific, especially Josh Tobin as Scapin and Desi Domo as Silvestre.

The house was almost full and was very much into the show. There are several occasions of direct interaction between the cast and audience members. 

My only problem with this event is the fact that the seats in The Studio are without padding and they get very uncomfortable after about 45-minutes. 

Billi Pod says==>if you want a totally enjoyable evening with lots of laughs, then see this show.

The show just opened, is playing at The Studio @ The Theatre Row Complex on my West 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:15, with intermission, and only runs through June 8th.

Moving on ...

Billi Pod also has an interesting schedule for today ... first is an Off Broadway show ...

7:15==>BLINK - “Against the lonely backdrop of London the worlds of two shy individuals, Jonah and Sophie, collide and a charming, delicate and darkly funny love story unfolds before your eyes.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show, part of the Brits Off Broadway Festival, just opened, is playing at the 59E59 Theatre Complex on East 59th Street, one of my favorite venues, has a running time of 1:22, without intermission, and runs through June 29th.

After the show I am meeting former Judicial colleague Jim Case, of Clearwater, FL, and his wife Janice, at Joe Allen on Restaurant Row on West 46th Street.

Jim and Janice are in The City, briefly, following an anniversary celebration trip to Bermuda. Tonight they are seeing the well-reviewed drama A Raisin in the Sun, starring Denzel Washington.

Jim is also a Facebook friend. It has been a long long time since we had any face time, so we have a lot, and I mean, a lot of catching up to do.

We will close this posting out with some sports ...

Last night out at Yankee Stadium, The House That Greed and Ego Built, The Wankies (29-28) squandered another good outing from Hiroki Kuroda by losing 5-2 in extra innings to The Oakland Athletics (36-22). The bullpen imploded yet again and our bats remain limp.

The level of frustration in The Yankee Universe is typified by the following quote from an article in today’s NY Post ...

“By now even the most casual Yankees follower knows the Yankees couldn’t score in a Nevada brothel with Donald Trump’s money.”

Amen, bro ... Amen.

Tonight at 7:05pm will be the second game of the 3-game series. On the mound for The Wankies will be Vidal Nuno (1-2) vs. Jesse Chavez (4-3).

My loyal and faithful readers and followers, THIS TEAM SUCKS and there is no way to gloss over it. No, I don’t expect them to win every game, but I do expect them to be competitive.

As a partial season ticket subscriber since 1999 I can say that previous teams exuded the aura of ... “we ain’t out of it yet, we're gonna find a way to win.”

This team oozes ... “ain’t no way we can win this game, so let’s just go home.”

Oh, well ... 

In closing ... yesterday was the 6th consecutive day that your favorite blogger recorded at least 5-miles on his trusty WeightWatchers Pedometer, largely due to the excellent weather and his need to be out and about.

Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>5.13 miles (or, 11,216 steps)

Total mileage for 2014==>577.70 miles (average 3.75 miles per day)


Billi Pod
“Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.

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