Posts Tagged ‘Madison Square Garden’

Pequot Museum, James Taylor and Carole King Troubadours, In the Heights

July 6, 2011

Historical Recreation Figure and Canoe at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Foxwoods

Soon into this same late spring early summer season of 2010 this blogger finally made it to the Mashantucket Pequot Indian museum on the Foxwoods compound in Ledyard Conneticut ostensibly made possible by casino revenues.  Though he had been visiting the resort casino for years since its earliest days of being opened by an aging Frank Sinatra after having dreams of a casino in Greenwich and loved to right verse about its gamblers the museum had not been opened right away and was open for a few years before he finally visited. One had to take a bus from the compound a shuttle which he did and then paid the admission. Though when he made it downstairs with not much time to go to see it all a lady asked ” can I help you” ? like he was a shoplifter and when he produced a ticket he extracted an explanation as per her ridiculous behavior.

Soon during the listless days of summer set aside for doing things while flying high on jet fuel energy this blogger went over to see ‘In the Heights” the 2008 Tony award winner for best musical set in the nieghberhood just to the south of his own (Inwood), Washington Heights.   Written by Lin Manuel Miranda and hailed as 21st century Dominican answer to West Side Story with the George Washington Bridge the GW as its backdrop in a scene of step streets and a whole new battery of music including merengue and rapand at the time starring Corbin Bleu.

Next this blogger went on a company outing on the Clipper city.  It was a delightful late afternoon gathering and came with a drink and an extra for lending support with helping with the sails.

Aboard the Clipper City

Next this blogger watched the 2010 tony awards (partially hosted by Liza Minelli) live on a big screen in times square and an event hosted out in the public arena by Constantine the singer who was a runner up on American idol and at the time starring in rock of ages the arena rock review than on Broadway.

Constantine Hosting the 2010 Tony Awards Times Square Simulcast

Next I always wanted to see Carole King and missed her at the Today show when she played outside on a comeback tour so now thought the tickets were quite expensive I decided to see her with James Taylor at Madison Square Garden on their Troubadours tour.  I had seen Taylor at the obama pre inauguration concert as mentioned in a earlier post sing shower the people you love with love.  So they sang together alone then together again.  I really wanted to hear king Sing the din’t we have a moment song from a league of their which she did not  but rest assured the concert was magical how astounding to see two people who love each other so much and manifest for all to see in the round which was what the stage was. Turns out my cousin was there in much closer seats in the special vip supper club like area.  I t was wonderful.

james Taylor in Concert with Carole King at Madison Square Garden

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ACDC, Tarry Lodge Redone Batalized, and Cindy Sherman @ Metro Pictures

November 15, 2008

There have been three highlights since the last post first seeing ACDC live at Madison Square Garden , second going to Mario Batali and Joe Bastiniach’s new Tarry Lodge in Portchester, New York, and third briefly attending Cindy Sherman’s first opening sine 2004 with the painter and tour guide Michael Zwack.

ACDC was amazing!  Tour Guide Ron Whitacker told me that they were playing on my days off and I planned parking my car taking the subway down and got a ticket while waiting on the standby line when someone offering a single plus the service charge sold it to me.  They opened with “Rock and Roll Train” which I thought was Runaway train and blasted on through to “Highway to Hell” with all the illuminated red devil’s horns flashing while Angus (Young made the devils horns signs afterwards).  The band was on and the cannon salute ‘For Those about to Rock” was astounding).  That night I got my ya-yas out.

A couple of nights affterwards I joined my mother and another tour guide for dinner at the Tarry Lodge (which is a redone version of the old Tarry Lodge {in Portchester , New York just before the crossing over the Byram River which brings one into Greenwhich, Conneticut} the buillding for which was there for over a hundred years and in the last incarnation was a family pizza joint which offered a full menu).  It had gone high scale offering pizza but a full tratorria’s selection .   The walls were glowing dark lemon yellow and I had raw tuna salad, octopus with baby potatos,  squid ink pasta with lobster, one glass of red wine, and grapefruit sorbet with panacotta for dessert.  My mother is just like the one in the movie with Ben Stiller by the  Farrelly Brothers”Along Came Polly” where the mother must try to humiliate the son she never fails to find some way to show that she is the dominant force in the world and that she has the power to destroy at will and she will (the only way to defeat her is to use her own treachery against her by having as little feeling as she feigns to possess).

Next having thought I had missed the Cindy Sherman opening at Metro Pictures the night of Dinner with Momzo this itinerant blogger phoned the famous Metro Pictures (a great name like David Reed’s Moving Pictures Yes! Non?) and found it was that night.  I got back from a Brooklyn tour (which becomes a Times Square Express like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly) and getting back saw Cindy Sherman/Robert Longo Buffalo compatriot painter and tour guide Michael Zwack(he is in an exhibition upcoming at the Metropolitan) and said it was now( lets cab it over there). He agreed to go and once there we ran into artnet editor Walter Robinson and looked at the work of an older Ms. Sheman posed for what seemed to be portraits of aristocratic women in elegant abounds perhaps one being Isabella Stweart Gardener the other perhaps a countess or the Queen of Hearts from Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”.  Perhaps one scene was at the Cloisters? Perhaps the lapdog in another was real? Perhaps it was not?  Then we walked away as other friends of Zwack showed as well as John Waters in an iridescent Blue sports Jacket with black trim and a much younger man   ( though not quite a boy) at his side.  Then walking around to put his coat behind the gallery desk was the current Cindy Sheman boyfreind David Byrne of the Talking Heads with spiked white hair and a long black coat.  Mr. Zwack introduced me to Cindy and I was quite pleased at meeting the pretty woman with the nice blonde hair. Earlier we had run into Joe Franklin as we walked out of the front door of the bus terminal. We cabbed it back to Times Square and I made it back to hold sway on the eight fifteen night tour.

ps.  When i came to the part of the tour where I do the spoken word version of “It ain’t no party it ain’t no disco it ain’t no fooling around its’ not the Mudd Club” and then I say changing the lyrics “its’ C.B.G.B’s”… “I aint got time for that now” I mentioned of course I had just run into those words’ first ennuciator.   Of course now C.B.G.B’s is a John Vavartos store which you can go into and perhaps peruse some of the original posters and memrobilia which they keep alive within for effect.