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Bountiful Bourbon

Mason Dixon gets us in the mood for the Kentucky Derby—and not a moment too soon.

May 20, 2010

The race doesn’t run till May 1, but it’s never too early for Kentucky Derby prep. Thankfully, Mason Dixon—known for housing the largest selection of bourbon in Manhattan (it was the first joint to bring Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka to the island)—is helping the cause with a pre-Derby bourbon-tasting party on March 24 (9 PM–midnight). Pairing up with the Kentucky-based bourbon distillery Buffalo Trace, Mason Dixon will offer free bourbon tastings, mint juleps and a chance to win Derby tickets and an all-expenses-paid trip to Buffalo Trace for a VIP distillery tour. Post time couldn’t come any quicker…. 133 Essex St., 212-260-410


Green Go-Getter

The Go Green Expo is saving the ozone layer one sustainable step at a time.

May 18, 2010

After hearing so much about the deterioration of the ozone layer, one event is here to help: the Go Green Expo, back for the third consecutive year (March 9 to 21) has more than 200 company booths showcasing green products and services and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. From interactive seminars to a green Kids Zone, this gathering motivates even the youngest of crowds to go green. For those interested in learning about how to live a greener life, environmentally conscious celebrities like Mariel Hemingway, Matthew Modine and Ed Begley Jr. will address topics throughout the exhibition. Special guest Robin Wilson—an eco-friendly interior designer from New York, known for working on President Bill Clinton’s Harlem office and Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s home—will also speak. If you don’t come out of this one inspired to live a more sustainable lifestyle, we’re not sure what would get the job done. Pier 92 and Pier 94, 12th Ave. at W. 55th St., 646-778-3211



Life Is a Cabaret

And singer Lea Salonga proves it at Café Carlyle.

May 17, 2010

Lights, cabaret, action! Tony and Olivier Award-winning singer and actress Lea Salonga, best known for her lead role in Miss Saigon, will hit the scene at Café Carlyle March 9–27. “I’m very excited. This is my first cabaret appearance and I’m looking forward to it,” says Salonga. The show, titled The Journey So Far, will not only comprise songs that have been part of her career—such as Filipino tunes and songs she has performed on Broadway—but also pieces you’ve never heard her sing before. And it’s intertwined with personal stories. “Everything that’s in the show has something directly or indirectly to do with my life,” she explains. Her singing will be accompanied by a superb quartet, which is bound to have fans singing long after the show ends. “I think it’s going to be fun for the audiences that are going to come and watch,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll have fun on this journey.” 35 E. 76th St., 212-744-1600



Go Into the 'Light

A new shopping destination blends all of the good things that city shopping can offer.

May 16, 2010

Nightclub-turned-mini mall Limelight Marketplace opens this month in the Flatiron District, hosting three floors of 80 boutique shops, like Cosme Proud and J. Sisters, and foodie destinations, like Mari’s New York. Destined to be a favorite among urban shoppers—no glow sticks required. 656 Sixth Ave., 212-226-7585


Masters at the Met

The Met debuts Attila with the help of a legendary conductor—and Miuccia Prada.

May 15, 2010

FROM LEFT: Ildar Abdrazakof as Attila; Abdrazakof and Russell Thomas as Uldino

Throughout his career, Riccardo Muti has had more than a few invitations to conduct at the Metropolitan Opera. But it wasn’t until Verdi’s Attila (through March 27) that he finally accepted. Perhaps it was the lure of working with a dream team that includes Miuccia Prada (costumes) and Pritzker Prize-winning architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron (set design) that swayed him. Whatever the reason, the Met—and its audiences—is luckier for it. Having held some of the most prestigious musical posts in the world, music director of La Scala and chief conductor of London’s Philharmonia Orchestra among them, Muti is a specialist in Verdi operas—particularly Attila. Well-known for the line, “You can have the universe, but leave Italy to me,” sung by the Roman general Ezio, Attila is set in the mid-fifth century with the Huns blowing through the crumbling Roman empire. Herzog describes the set for the Hun camp as “a forest that you know from imagination… a forest from fairy tales like Hansel and Gretel.” He goes on to describe the set’s mood as “a vision based on destruction and nature” that stays true to Verdi’s descriptions. As for Prada’s contribution, the costumes don’t disappoint. With no shortage of leather (trenches, fringe, helmets spiked with feather mohawks), a color wheel consisting mostly of black and brown, and studded accents throughout, there’s a bit of biker in these Prada Huns. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza, 212-362-6000



Valentine’s Day Specials

Three tempting offers—all in the name of love.

February 10, 2009

The Ice Rink at Rockefeller Center

Feb. 8 to 11: Book a cut and color appointment for yourself and a friend at Ouidad’s flagship salon and you’ll both receive a free hair treatment ($175 value). Options range from a luxe Mediterranean bay leaf hair and scalp treatment to a protective sun shield application. 37 W 57th St., 4th floor, 212-888-3288

Feb. 12 and 14: Book the Package 14 ($1400 per night) special at Duane Street Hotel where all good things come in fourteens. After indulging in a 14-course tasting menu on the hotel’s rooftop, couples retire to an executive king room where a menu of 14 sexy amenities (from champagne to role-playing dice) awaits. 212-964-4600

Feb. 14: Enjoy a three-course dinner ($59, each), complete with chocolate fondue for two, at the Rock Center Café. Then make your way downstairs for a romantic loop around the ice rink ($25, per couple). 212-332-7620


Everything's Frosted at Bendels

A special Valentines Day pop-up brings cupcakes to Bendels.

February 03, 2008

Follow your sweet tooth to Henri Bendel (February 8 to 14) for a special Valentines Day pop-up shop featuring sinfully delicious cupcakes from Everything Frosted. Check out the menu, including seven special one-day-only flavors, and plan your visit. 

Bendelicious (strawberry shortcake), red velvet, vanilla, jasmine tea, green tea, black sesame, chocolate, cookies and cream

Tuesday, Feb. 8: Chocolate hazelnut
Wednesday, Feb. 9: Coconut
Thursday, Feb. 10: White chocolate macadamia
Friday, Feb. 11: Mocha
Saturday, Feb. 12: Pistachio
Sunday, Feb. 13: Peanut butter and jelly
Monday, Feb. 14: Pink Champagne

712 Fith Avenue, 212-247-1100

—Kaitlin Clark

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