Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lunch with Marty and Jackie - City Of - Abundance

Tuesday==>It snowed overnight and the sidewalks and crosswalks are a mess.

At 10:30am it is lightly snowing with a temperature of 18º, wind chill down to .

Rest assured ... your favorite blogger will remain in the warm and cozy confines of his apartment ... ain’t no way he is gonna voluntarily go out in this mess. Fortunately, his scheduled entertainment event for tonight (details below) is in The Theater Row Complex, which is only steps away from his apartment building.

So ... let’s move on ...

Had a great late lunch with Marty Kosarik aka Whatever and his cousin Jackie, who lives in West Virginia, at our favorite Ethiopian restaurant, Meske, on West 45th Street in my Hell’s Kitchen ‘hood.

Unfortunately, Dian Crystal aka My Lady wasn’t able to join us.

Marty and Jackie had to cancel their upcoming trip to Iceland due to unforeseen circumstances. Jackie will be in the Big Apple until Saturday and, hopefully, we will be able to meet up again so she can see the views of Manhattan from my 41st floor apartment.

Billi Pod says==>Marty and Jackie ... it was great being with you guys.

Now ...let’s move on to Billi Pod’s report card on last night’s Off Broadway show ...

CITY OF, a drama about four disparate Americans, lost and lonely, who journey to Paris in search of love. A mysterious symphony of speech and dreams unfold as their lives entangle in a web of paintings, opera, ghosts and absinthe==>C.

The convoluted story line of intertwining dreams and fantasies just didn’t work for me. 

Among the myriad of phantasmal characters are: a green fairy, a tenured professor disguised as a sewer rat, a talking gargoyle who is in a relationship with a pigeon, an array of ghosts ... you get the picture.

Now ... the cast does an exceptional job with the material given to them as they often narrate their own actions and sometimes speak in unison as a group with the other actors (that is pretty amazing).

The staging and lighting is excellent.

Billi Pod says==>if you are in the mood for something totally different, then see this show ... if not ... stay far far away.

This show has received mixed reviews, is playing at the Playwrights Horizons on West 42nd Street, immediately adjacent to my apartment building, has a running time of 1:35, without intermission, and runs through February 21st.

Billi Pod’s entertainment event for tonight is an Off Broadway show ...

7:30==>ABUNDANCE - “Two mail-order brides are lured to the plains of Wyoming by the promise of a new beginning and their adventure and friendship spans 25 years, unearthing along the way the dark underside of American mythology and the unbreakable bonds of female friendship.” (Off Broadway - complimentary ticket)

This show officially opens tonight, is playing at The Theatre Row Complex on my 42nd Street block, has a running time of 2:10, including intermission, and runs through March 28th.

Man ... do I feel antsy. It has stopped snowing so I think I will bundle up and head over to The Port Authority Bus Terminal for at least an hours worth of walking and wandering. Yeah ... I know I said I wouldn't go out ... but ... whatever ... so ... 


Yesterday’s Pedometer mileage==>3.25 miles (or, 7,103 steps)

Total mileage for 2015==>194.47 miles (average 4.14 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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