More than half a year and a thousand tears have passed since the city put the kibosh on the glorious late-night party mess that was the Jane Ballroom. This week the debauchery begins again, in a far smaller, more restrained form. Or so they've told the neighbors.
Things to do for May 06, 2010
The Jane Ballroom, Harvey Keitel and Tina Fey
The weekend is ballroom dancing with a girl named Jane.
Adriana Lima, Hugh Jackman, Harvey Keitel. Together in a Meatpacking District gym. Judging boxers on their jump-roping abilities and their swagger. You could make something like that up. But today you don't have to.
Once upon a time, all blue jeans were made by hand and dyed with natural indigo. In the 21st century, that's a rare breed of jeans—but not yet extinct. Find them, along with raincoats and cashmere cardigans, for a steep 75% discount.
Sultry cabaret is not just for smoky rooms at midnight anymore. The newest addition to the city's raucous Saturday afternoon brunch party scene includes a pair of stage shows that are on fire, literally. One nubile belly dancer has to spin fast enough that her flaming dress doesn't fry her hips. Lucky for her, she jumps out of the dress halfway into her act.
Gelato on a Stick
There might be an excess of licking in the West Village this summer. The culprit: a new form of popsicle-ized gelato called the PopBar, sold at a new shop dedicated to popsicles. Eat them plain or dipped in nuts, biscotti or brownies. Even if you don't eat them at all, be prepared to buy them for friends in sundresses.
SNL Art Exhibit
Fan the flames of your Tina Fey lust by staring at her pictures for hours on end. It's okay. It's art. The entire John Varvatos store will be transformed Tuesday into a gallery for the work of Mary Ellen Matthews, who's been shooting photography on the SNL set since 2000. Consider this your once-in-a-lifetime chance to see John McCain and Mick Jagger hanging in the same room.
Should you, like Michael Crichton, find yourself simultaneously topping the charts in film (Jurassic Park), TV (ER) and book sales (Disclosure), you might invest the proceeds in Warhol, Koons and perhaps a Picasso or three. Crichton's collection is up for auction Tuesday night at Christie's. His Picassos are expected to go for upwards of $7 million. His samples of dinosaur DNA could fetch twice as much.