Biased and Bicoastal
I want to talk about delectable happenings: past, present and future. Dramatic elections, an event of our lifetime, summer reading, a terrific New York hotel tip and just being home with husband, dog and garden. No matter WHAT (so many cataclysmic “whats”), all is right with the world… it has to be!
London in New York
New York, New York – it’s a wonderful town! Especially when meeting one’s mate after his two-month sojourn to get travel tips for Lawrence and Lawrence. So all is right with the world. And all is right with the London NYC Hotel, on West 54th Street, just a few blocks from the Theatre District and Central Park. The Park is still a peaceful and fun oasis, and the theatre was sizzling! Thanks to our old pal and master casting director, Barry Moss, we were blessed with tickets for “Billy Elliot,” “Exit the King” and “God of Carnage.” All brilliant. Check the Tony nominations to see how lucky we are.
Our snazzy suite at the London NYC (a 2-year old hotel) had three rooms; sleek and contemporary. Fred and Ginger ambience. They could have danced in the very large living room with warm wooden floors and on the long wood and chrome desk, or snuggled on the nifty, semi-circular couch. Plus, a leather rocking chair! Beyond mirrored doors, the bedroom. All comforts plus an iPod dock radio, another flat screen TV and electrically operated draperies and sheers providing a super view of Manhattan with Central Park tucked in the background. The bath and closet area is huge, and the rain forest shower fixture seduced us to change our home shower fixture. It’s a spoil-you-rotten hotel to sleep in “the city that never sleeps,” plus a Gordon Ramsey restaurant.
I’m currently tittering at R.T. Jordon’s latest sinister, saucy and silly Polly Pepper mystery novel, “A Talent for Murder.” It seems Polly, the daring diva, has gotten involved with a reality talent show called “I’ll Do Anything to Become Famous” (including murder!). But, all in good fun. R.T. is a senior publicist with the Walt Disney Studios and, rumor has it, a Polly Pepper TV series is in the loom with some very fabulous performers in contention. The third novel is the charm?
Have you been charmed by “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan” and “Peony in Love?” Prepare yourself for “Shanghai Girls.” Author Lisa See, who I have adored her entire life, is celebrating “Shanghai Girls” publication with parties and readings all over the city. I’m going to Borders on June 1. Check Lisa See. Come to learn about this beautiful writer, and find an opportunity to attend her parties. I’d be going to the luncheon at the Malibu Performing Arts Center but I’ll be in Coronado at the Petco Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Gala. The Petco Foundation is a bountiful supporter of Actors and Others for Animals. So, will wonders ever cease?
Forever Plaid 20th Anniversary Special
Save the date! July 9th. A really huge happening, starring original (and local) “Plaid” performers, will take place at Club Nokia. I’ll be talking about this, and them, but I just want to be sure, if you are so inclined, that you know about this one-night-only, totally fun, red-carpet sing-along, movie, stage show, celeb-packed, musical production/party!
By now, I’m hoping votes are in to ratify the SAG contract with producers, and allow the movie business to carry on doing business. And, that the intelligent and dedicated AFTRA leadership team is voted in to continue leading AFTRA in a strong and unified direction.
Busy, busy! We’ll talk…