About last night: I will never understand what thought process occurs (or maybe ‘thought process’ right there is the wrong phrase) to allow someone to think that basic house rules or basic manners don’t apply to them.
One note: we were in the Meatpacking District, which seemed to have lent itself to carry a certain even worse class of audience than usual, at least around us, who thought they were in some sort of interactive club. The people to our left came in late, kept yelling out to the cast going by, banging on the table, starting clapping rhythms, and talking all the way through. The people to our left talked constantly, kept telling the parties on either side of them to move down to make way for their precious selves, and (now famously) got on their phones.
I had asked during intermission if an announcement could be made or anything to be done about the bad manners of the table to our left, not realizing the woman to our right would be the eventual straw-that-broke-the-camel. You know, after intermission, I was so frustrated by the hideousness of the theater guests around me that I asked K to directly ask her to turn her phone off (she was like, Googling something! in the middle of the show!).
He asked her to turn it off, saying it was distracting. She said, “Well, don’t look at it then.” And that’s another thing: when someone near you is behaving abominably, we often don’t say anything because we don’t know if they’re going to be dicks about it, thus furthering the distraction in a movie theater or play. Often people are just obliviously rude, and will put the phone away or stop talking. But this woman was consciously and maliciously rude. K then pointed out that a cast member had asked us all to turn our phones off at the beginning of the play. She said “Mind your own business.”
So he threw her phone away from her.
Would I have done that? No, but I would have wanted to. Because what else is the next step there? There was no way to get a theater manager — the cast uses the whole room for the stage, so no ushers or managers were on hand. Soooo then what? Basically you sit there, allowing yourself to be bullied, not watching the play, feeling angry and frustrated that the person next to you is a cretin of the first order.
I’ve seen this kind of behavior get worse and worse over the last few years as the idea of being separated from your phone for a few hours becomes less and less bearable in the popular culture. More to the point, everything I read is all about how addicted to our phones we are which allows for more whining about ever turning it off during a play or having it off the table during dinner or whatever.
Like I’ve said before, I’m lucky enough that I don’t pay for theater tickets, I go as the guest of a press critic. But if I paid the amount that theaters charge nowadays for tickets and this kind of nonsense was going on??? God, I would be even more furious at these people for ruining the experience.
Long story short: K is the hero Gotham needs.
Mayor Bloomberg performed with the casts of “Rock of Ages,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” “Phantom of the Opera” and ”Annie” at the 2013 Inner Circle charity dinner this weekend.
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Also, what is this.
According to a message sent out to email subscribers, NYC’s (arguably) best comedy club will be opening a second location just around the corner.
In the announcement seeking audience members for the second location’s soft opening, Owner Noam Dworman wrote to fans:
The Comedy Cellar will be opening a new room!
Join us this Friday and Saturday night (3/1 and 3/2) NO COVER for the soft opening of our NEW ROOM right around the corner from the original Comedy Cellar.
It`s a larger and more comfortable version of the Comedy Cellar. It`s a great room, and we feel it will become the most important room in the country. Same brick walls, same Comedy Cellar stage, same lighting, same amazing atmosphere - we think you`ll be hard-pressed to remember you`re in a different location.
The room is at 130 W 3rd Street off 6th Avenue. Directly across from the Blue Note
It’s unclear if the original will be up and moving to this location, but at this time it seems like there will be two rooms.
Colin Quinn, Tom Papa and Keith Robinson will be a part of the new location’s soft opening shows this weekend.
I used to live on Roosevelt Island so I just wanted to chime in here and say 1) it’s sad how easily they were able to make it look like East Berlin but 2) it’s even more sad that it looks better as East Berlin.
Poor Statue of Liberty [Click for full gallery]
If the apocalypse is indeed happening, make sure to avoid the Statue of Liberty. That shit is always going down. Here’s proof: in chronological order, a list of disaster movies (and television miniseries) featuring Statue of Liberty getting destroyed (..so many from 2008):
Found an important safety poster in the Late Night offices.
White Chicks. 6’x6’ at Krause Gallery NYC.
Stark & Recreation. For NYC Comedy Fest and Vandalog. Mulberry & Grand, NYC.
Photo Credit: Rhiannon Platt
Behold the official poster art for New York Comic Con! Drawn by Steve McNiven with colors by Justin Ponsor, New Yorkers will begin seeing this amazing poster featuring Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Hulk in comic shops around the tri-state area as well as on the MTA and LIRR railroads.
New York Comic Con takes place October 11-14, 2012 at the Javits Center in NYC and we’ll be there in a major way! And don’t worry if you can’t make it to NYC for the convention—we’ll bring the action to you with live video, photos, liveblogs, news and much more! More details in the coming weeks!
Head to newyorkcomiccon.com for more information on NYCC!
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Ludlow & Orchard. NYC
And here it is, New Yorkers.
Crazy 4 Cult is coming to NYC. Outstanding image is by Jason Edmiston. Something else you should know: There’s somewhere near 200 artists in the show.
More on this later, but mark your calendars. August 9th. NYC.