Thursday, June 30, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
- This Guy's In Love With You - Herb Alpert
- The Horse - Cliff Nobles and Co.
- MacArthurPark- Richard Harris
- Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Express
- Look Of Love - Sergio Mendes
- Mony Mony - Tommy James & The Shondells
- Angel Of The Morning - Merilee Rush and the Turnabouts
- Think - Aretha Franklin
- Here Comes The Judge - Shorty Long
- Reach Out Of The Darkness - Friend And Lover
- Jumpin Jack Flash - Rolling Stones
- Mrs. Robinson - Simon And Garfunkel
- Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekela
- Licking Stick-Licking Stick - James Brown
- Lady Willpower - Gary Puckett and the Union Gap
- I Love You – People
- Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me - Tiny Tim
- Indian Lake – Cowsills
- Stoned Soul Picnic - 5th Dimension
- I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) – Temptations
- How'd We Ever Get This Way - Andy Kim
- She's A Heartbreaker - Gene Pitney
- Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
- Good The Bad And The Ugly - Hugo Montenegro
- (You Keep Me) Hangin On - Joe Simon
- Choo Choo Train - Box Tops
- Beautiful Morning – Rascals
- Tighten Up - Archie Bell & The Drells
- DW Washburn – Monkees
- Never Give You Up - Jerry Butler
- Man Without Love - Engelbert Humperdinck
- Yester Love - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
- Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
- Sky Pilot - Eric Burdon & The Animals
- Like To Get To Know You - Spanky And Our Gang
- Pictures Of Matchstick Men - Status Quo
- Hurdy Gurdy Man – Donovan
- Master Jack - Four Jacks And A Jill
- Time For Living – Association
- Face It Girl It's Over - Nancy Wilson
Monday, June 27, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Last night, The Losers Lounge paid tribute to Prince at Joe's Pub in the East Village. A terrific show with the usual suspects treating the sold-out crowd to a non-stop Prince lovefest. Nut jobs need not apply, no short supply last night starting with Michael Cerveris, Nick Danger & Tammy Faye. Cerveris, the Tony Award winning actor brought his stage outfit directly from the asylum costume party. He brought his own purple rain tucked away in a plant sprayer that he showered everyone in reach with including the band. Joe McGinty & The Kustard Kings closed the show with "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man." A good time was had by all.
Four more Losers Lounge Prince shows at Joe's Pub. Two tonight, two tomorrow.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Last night, I attended an event at 42nd Street & Fifth Avenue. A great spot to view the Chrysler Building. I also photographed it a few days ago on a gray day. Some pictures below.
The event I attended: We Are Booming created by Ann Fry is a project committed to changing the conversation about aging. The topic attracts me. I consider myself in the bottom of the sixth inning with three more ahead and I'm pulling for extra innings. We Are Booming presses folks to consider giving something back before you exit. In my home, I'm surrounded by my Dad, Mom & brother's art. For that, I'm blessed. They are always with me, and inspire me to do the same with whatever I do best. I'm working on it. I believe in karma, I believe the love you give comes right back to you. One of my greatest gifts was having all four grandparents until I was 10, and they lived literally around the block and two blocks away. I saw them every day, and I loved their stories, I loved their generation and those slight and huge differences in ways they grew up versus how my parents grew up, I soaked their memories up.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
The Manhattan sky is magical the week of the Summer Solstice. The setting sun suspends in the air hitting clouds with strange light like no other time of the year. It reminds me of the sky's description in The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury. Look up tonight and over the next few days, you're in for a treat. Pictures below are Upper Eastside (camera) and Astor Place (cell phone, camera battery died). I tie the solstice to the end of school and "Don't Worry Baby," to the beginning of summer.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
June 14th being Flag Day, Nicholas Zaharakos proved he’s as “American as Spinach Pie,” with a story about his Greek born father's ingenuity securing a well balanced meal under surveillance. Nicole Ferraro nominated her grandmother as the woman most likely to get you out of the supermarket with a full cart of stuff, most of your money still in your wallet, and a package of frozen chicken cutlets slid inside your raincoat. Don Piper & Edward Rogers sung of the city’s forgotten souls, isolation and the redemptive pleasure of connecting with friends in the neighborhood. Francesca Rizzo’s yarn let it be known that she holds the international record for dating coincidence and that her mother’s strength is not picking out puppies. Thomas Pryor told a cautionary tale for the kids out there about “Murder by Dusting.”
The place was packed with friends, fans, and the entire 4th grade from St. Stephen of
Thank you, Nicole, Don, Edward, Francesca & Nicholas for a great show. Thank you, Steve & Tiffany for keeping the customers satisfied. Angelo & Robin, thank you for letting us play in your sandbox. Barbara Aliprantis, thank you, for letting me hold your curating candle.
Carrying on a fourteen year old tradition, storytelling is alive and well at Cornelia Street Cafe on the second Tuesday of each month. Our next, “City Stories: Stoops to Nuts,” storytelling show is July 12th at 6pm at the Cafe.
All photos on this page were taken by Danielle Samantha Marks, except for the sidewalk shot taken by Thomas Pryor.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Sister Adrianne trying to come up with a "fun but educational" class trip has decided to take her Saint Stephen of Hungary's 4th grade to Cornelia Street Cafe tonight to see the "City Stories: Stoops to Nuts" storytelling show.
Mister Varga will drive the kids down on the school bus and Mrs. Otis and Mrs. Varga have volunteered as chaperones. All students bringing their 4th grade report cards showing a 90 average get in free, all others pay $7 with one free Mission soda or adult drink if you sport facial hair.
Sister Adrianne picked a winner. It's a great show with terrific tellers and songsmiths including Nicole Ferraro, Don Piper, Francesca Rizzo, Edward Rogers & Nicholas Zaharakos. Tommy Pryor will host the show then immediately return to his seat on the bus for the trip back to the school or suffer Sister Adrianne's consequences.
Tonight: City Stories: Stoops to Nuts @ Cornelia Street Cafe @ 6pm
Located at 29 Cornelia Street (between Bleecker & West 4th Street, just west of 6th Avenue).
ps don't forget today is Flag Day!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
39 years ago tonight, 208 seniors graduated LaSalle Academy at the Seaman's Institute in Chelsea. Thanks to Patrick Cullinan's photography, below are a few black & white pictures of the event. For me June 12, 1972 carried additional significance because my parents had not seen each other in over two years. Forced to be in the same space for the first time they took photos with me. After the ceremony and the picture taking, they talked in the back and my father approached me and told me they were going to dinner. I had mixed feelings.
406, our class, was known as Gully's Guppies. We were in a constant state of possibly having us asses kicked by the other five freshman classes. We loved every minute of it and welcomed the insults. The nickname was a tribute to Brother James Anthony Gully a man we all loved, a great teacher.
Gully's Guppies broke up during a teacher's coup that transferred several students in the middle of our sophmore year. The class of 1972 co-mingled well, fights were infrequent. We shared a common love for school sports & music and shared an intense curiousity for the world exploding and expanding right outside the doors of 44 East 2nd Street, LaSalle Academy, our school in the East Village.
I absolutely, positively, you bet, should've failed Geometry at LaSalle in June 1970 and spent my 16th summer in a hot 2nd Street classroom exploring my corollaries. My teacher, Patrick Cullinan, recognized the astronomical odds against me going to Cooper Union, and let me slide. Thank you, cool Pat, the summer of 1970 was a keeper.
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Peter Wolf is sensational. The J Geils Band is one of the top live acts ever & Peter solo blows me away. Bruce Springsteen, Garland Jeffreys, John Hiatt & Peter send me home with a shit-ass grin every time I see them perform. Each one, inspiring in countless ways.
My favorite J Geils memory: In 1979, my friends and I struck gold in Central Park. A group of us played rugby for St. John’s, we were good friends with one of John Scher’s bouncers at the summer Doctor Pepper concerts in Central Park’ skating rink space. Tony rucked for the Long Island Rugby Club. The deal: we met Tony at the VIP gate and as each of us shook his hand; he palmed the five dollar bill we each gave him. This was simultaneous with the entrance of the general admission crowd giving us access to the third row in the orchestra right behind the press and special guests. Unfortunately, this routine was cut short when Tony relocated in fall 1980. But for two years we had boss seats for all concerts.
J Geils was our band. They played Central Park the summer of 79. When we vamooshed a cocktail hour inside an apartment before the parents came home, “I’m Looking For A Love,” was our go out song from the Lp “The Morning After.” Important element for beginning a solid evening.
It rained weakly for an hour before the J Geils show. Since it was a sprinkle they let us in at the normal time. In the third row, we used our shirts to dry the rain off the seats. As I turned to sit down over the Plaza Hotel I saw a breath taking cloud racing towards us and a minute later it dumped buckets of rain. So intense, I laughed and let it run over me. A stream from my head to my chest to my lap to my feet. My Converse sneakers were squeaking, my tee-shirt and shorts were attached to me like suction cups. After a “It’s never going to stop,” ten minutes suddenly the sun burst through and pushed the cloud away. It was over but there was three inches of water under our seats.Canceled I thought.” We sat there waiting for them to tell us to leave.
Two minutes later, Peter Wolf came out on stage looked us over and the less than half filled place and started laughing then the band joined him. He looked down at us then out at the audience and directed us to do the canoe, and his arms went back and forth like he was traveling upstream without a paddle but thought he had one. So we did the same thing and Stephen Jo Bladd banged the drums and the band went into “Ain’t Nothing But A House Party.” They played for two hours and forty minutes. We did The Canoe. Life is good.
I have no J Geils button from that year but I do have The Cars & Southside Johnny buttons below. Here's Evelyn Champagne King for nothing. 1978 was pretty good too.