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Weekend Recommender: June 13-16

The ultimate craft beer event, The Office's Jenna Fischer on stage, and more.

June 13, 2013

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience offers samplings from 70 brewers
Sample more than 70 craft beers with food pairings at SAVOR

Mara Hoffman Sample Sale
June 13 and 14, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 15, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New York womenswear designer Mara Hoffman rings in summer with an all-out sample sale. From gorgeous bikinis to beautiful, lightweight dresses, everything is marked down to 50 to 70 percent off retail price. Credit cards accepted, so there's no reason not to splurge. 242 Elizabeth St., 212-505-3020

SAVOR: An American Craft Beer & Food Experience

June 14-15, 7:30-11 p.m.
Traditionally held in Washington, DC, the event comes to New York's Metropolitan Pavillion, offering tastings from more than 70 independent craft brewers paired with savory small plates. In addition to general admission, tickets can be purchased for tasting salons with favorite brewers. And with Father's Day weekend upon us, the timing couldn't be better. Tickets start at $170. 125-135 West 18th St.

Reasons to Be Happy at MCC Theater
June 13 and 14, 8 p.m. and June 15, 2 and 8 p.m.
Playwright and screenwriter Neil LaBute, whose dark, Tony-nominated comedy, Reasons to Be Pretty, hit Broadway a few years ago, returns with a just-opened sequel, Reasons to Be Happy. Produced by MCC Theater, where LaBute is playwright in residence, the comedy stars Josh Hamilton and The Office's Jenna Fischer. Tickets range from $69 to $89. Lucille Lortel Theater, 121 Christopher St., 212-352-3101



1,000-Foot Photo Project in Brooklyn Bridge Park

"The Fence" features the work of 40 photographers all summer long.

June 13, 2013

1,000 foot photography installation, The Fence, in Brooklyn Bridge Park
"The Fence" in Brooklyn Bridge Park

If you happen to be strolling through Brooklyn Bridge park one fine summer day and come upon a 1,000-foot long outdoor photographic installation, then you've stumbled upon "The Fence," like more than a million passersby did last year. Now in its second edition, the 15-week long public art exhibition features the work of 40 photographers, their images all relating to the theme of community, within categories like home, street, people, creatures, and play.

The show kicks off Thursday, June 13 with a launch event featuring live music, ice cream, and a guided tour of the massive fence that doubles as canvas for these fun, thought-provoking photographic works. The meeting point for the tour is 6 p.m. in the picnic area near Jane’s Carousel in Dumbo.

"The Fence" is the brainchild of United Photo Industries, a Brooklyn-based cooperative that aims to bring the international photography community together, and also to champion new directions of the art form.

Check out the fantastical, fable-inspired images of Amelia's World by Robin Schwartz; young girls competing in Texas rodeos in Ilona Szwarc's Rodeo Girls; and Don Hamerman's Found Baseballs, which documents abandoned baseballs and resonates with a sense of youth, loss, and joy. Still on the fence? These are just three of the 40 photographers who contributed to this cool summer project. Feast your eyes. 



Kicked Up Kale and Herb Cocktails

Fresh herbs and greens aren't just for dinner.

June 13, 2013

Milagro Tequila's Azoteas Verdes Margarita packs kale and bell pepper
Milagro's Azoteas Verdes Margarita packs kale and bell pepper

We've all heard of farm-fresh cuisine, but how about farm-fresh cocktails? Herbs and greens like kale and verbena leaves are all the rage in the cocktail world, explains Milagro Tequila ambassador Jaime Salas.

"Fresh herbs, herbs, and more herbs," Salas exclaims when asked to pinpoint this summer's singular, must-have cocktail ingredient. "From micro-greens to herb blossoms, herbs are this season's ingredient trend I see being used in most fresh cocktails. Whether they're being combined with fresh berries, fruits and vegetables, whole, or in syrups, the use of fresh herbs [has] caught on nationwide."

In addition to using fresh, seasonal ingredients, timing is also a factor in creating these green cocktails: "The fresher the better when it comes to fresh lime juice, for example. Citrus juice tends to oxidize quickly, so the closer you press your fresh juice prior to making your cocktails, the better," advises Salas.

Even the classic margarita can benefit from vegetables and leafy greens. Milagro's Azoteas Verdes Margarita recipe (made with Milagro Reposado, which is aged for six months in American oak barrels) features bell peppers, radish, and kale leaf. 

Azoteas Verdes Margarita

2 parts Milagro Reposado
1 part fresh lime juice
3/4 part agave nectar
2 green bell peppers
1 d'Avignon radish
1/5 kale leaf

Muddle all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake well. Strain over fresh ice in a rocks glass. Kale leaf garnish.



Dispatch: Fashion, Film, and Champagne

Jeffrey Slonim reports from the CFDA Fashion Awards, a Pedro Almodóvar premiere, and a Perrier-Jouet fête.

June 12, 2013

Blanca Suarez, Carlos Areces, Pedro Almodóvar, and Miguel Angel Silvestre at the premiere of I'm So Excited

The NSA likely already knows all of this, but if the rest of you weren’t listening in, director Pedro Almodóvar mentioned, at the premiere of his new film I’m So Excited!, that in Spanish, the phrase “I’m so excited” has an additional connotation: “horny.” Back to that debut momentarily.

Monday, June 3: Dispatches was merely excited to attend the CFDA Fashion Awards last Monday at Alice Tully Hall. Sofia Vergara wore a curvy green gown with a nearly 400-carat emerald choker by Lorraine Schwartz. “It chose me,” she told Dispatches. “I went in with this dress and I said, ‘Do I look like a giant asparagus?’ And they said, ‘No, ‘it’s fantastic,’ and they put this on me. It makes me feel like a Christmas tree.”  

>>PHOTOS: CFDA Fashion Awards Red Carpet Arrivals

Dispatches' big moment took place on the way to the winner’s circle backstage. Security kindly asked us to stand with our backs to the wall. And in walked a tall gent with a giant bow-tie, Oscar de la Renta, and a woman with honey blonde highlights and teardrop earrings, Hillary Rodham Clinton. She said that when she first encountered de la Renta, he noticed she was wearing him, and that he asked her to do a spin. Yep, he asked the former first lady for a 360 scan.

>>PHOTOS: CFDA Awards Afterparty

Dispatches asked Andy Cohen, who hosted the event, if Diane von Furstenberg had asked him to not say his buzz word, “mazel.” He nodded yes. “I ran into her at cocktail party,” he answered. "And she said, ‘Well, it’s a really cold room.’ And I said, ‘Oh, no, if you’re saying this!’ And Anna Wintour told me the same thing, that it’s a ‘really tough room.’” Tough room or not, Cohen did a great job as host. Mazel!

Tuesday, June 4: The Gordon Parks Foundation honored Swizz Beatz and Peter Beard at The Plaza Hotel. Beatz noted that he and wife Alicia Keys own images by Parks. “Gordon was a friend of mine,” mentioned the distinguished Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates—who did the PBS special Finding Your Roots, about DNA and genealogy—on his way to the ballroom. “I admired him very much,” said Gates. “We just hit it off; he had so much style.” Also styling, was wildlife photographer and author Beard, who arrived with his beautiful wife Najma and daughter Zara. Meanwhile, Entourage star Debi Mazar had her handsome husband Gabriele Corcos in tow. Together they host Extra Virgin on the Cooking Channel.   

Sienna Miller at the Just Like a Woman premiere; Ali Larter and Hayes MacArthur at Perrier-Jouet's spring fête

Wednesday, June 5: The next night, Sienna Miller debuted her latest film, Just Like A Woman, at the Crosby Street Hotel. It's about two women in unhappy marriages who hit the road together—shades of Thelma and Louise. “It was wonderful,” said Miller of the journey from Chicago to Sante Fe. “Driving across the Mississippi felt like a moment.” Miller self-deprecated about her coif that night. “I didn’t have time to have my hair done,” she said. “I just threw it up in a ponytail, and my baby threw some yogurt in it as we were leaving the house. I wiped the yogurt out with a wet wipe.” 

Also Wednesday, on the roof of Hôtel Americano, I caught up with Ali Larter at Perrier-Jouet's spring fête. Champagne was everywhere and the bottom of the pool was decorated with the brand's logo. “Great place,” said Larter, a reed-thin blonde, who gave me a smooch and called me ‘Michael.’ Her husband, Hayes MacArthur, a 6’4 hunk, lounged nearby.

Thursday, June 6: At the Cinema Society and Girard Perregaux screening of I'm So Excited!, Almodóvar spoke about his hot new Spanish star Miguel Angel Silvestre, who apparently used to be a stripper. Only, Almodóvar amusingly pronounced it “striper,” asking Silvestre, “When was the last time you striped?” The answer? "Last night."

“My role is a guy on his way to Mexico to celebrate his honeymoon,” Silvestre told Dispatches at the DeLeón Tequila-sponsored event. “He has been partying his whole wedding and he has something inside of him that can make the people more happy and free, and he takes it out and they serve it.” He’s speaking of a drug his character has lodged in an orifice. The plane is going down and they serve the illicit substance. Let the inflight action begin. Fun flick. 


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Gilligan's Pops Up; Payard Does High Tea

Plus: Lobster specials at L'Ecole, Mixology Mondays at Melibea, and more food and drink news.

June 11, 2013

Gilligan's at Soho Grand (image via)

Gilligan's Pops Up at Soho Grand: The team behind Montauk pop-up Moby Dick's has opened a tropical-inspired outdoor eatery serving local seafood (think crudo and grilled whole fish), delicious pizzas, and frozen watermelon margaritas in the Yard at Soho Grand. Open through September, the pop-up will operate daily from 4 p.m. into the wee hours, with added brunch service on weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 310 W. Broadway, 212-965-3000

Fourchu Lobster Specials at L’Ecole: Fourchu lobsters have been dubbed the “Rolls-Royce” of crustaceans and are only in season for a short window of time. At L’Ecole, the International Culinary Center’s restaurant, the sweet tasting lobsters will be featured on the menu in classic lobster rolls, steamed, and in various daily specials through August. 462 Broadway, 212-219-3300

Mixology Mondays at Melibea: Resident mixologist Raphael Reyes is slinging specialty $7 cocktails paired with complimentary canapés every Monday night from 6 to 9 p.m. At this week's kick-off event, Goldbar's Tim Cooper, also the brand ambassador for Spring 44 Gin, joined Reyes behind the bar. Upcoming sessions will also feature guest bartenders to be announced. 2 Bank St., 212-463-0090

Andaz Wall Street Biergarten: Happy hour no longer has to be just you and friends meeting up for drinks. During “Bark Hour,” every Wednesday between 5 and 8 p.m. through early October, Andaz Wall Street Biergarten offers dog owners a two-for-one drink special while Fido snacks on natural, locally-made treats from The Salty Paw, a pet boutique located nearby. 75 Wall St., 212-590-123

High Tea at Payard: François Payard recently introduced a high tea service on Fridays and Saturdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at his flagship Payard location on the Upper East Side. The $24 prix fixe features tea sandwiches, scones, small pastries, and a pot of Kusmi tea. For a decadent touch, a glass of prosecco is an extra $6. 1293 Third Ave., 212-717-5252

Late-Night Menu at Rouge et Blanc: Soaring temperatures in the summer results in many diners wanting to eat lighter and sometimes even later in the cooler evening hours. Starting June 14, Rouge et Blanc will serve a late-night bar menu and summer cocktails from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., Thursdays through Saturdays. Chef Macks Collins’ menu offers French-Vietnamese small dishes while owner and sommelier Thomas Cregan presents soju and fruit based cocktails. 48 MacDougal St., 212-260-5757



Father's Day Gift Recommender

Dads just want to feel hip again. So help them out with these fun, stylish gifts.

June 11, 2013


Matthew Rolston Releases 'Talking Heads'

The subjects of the celebrity photographer's latest book are both creepy and entrancing.

June 10, 2013

Simon Doonan and Matthew Rolston at the launch party for Talking Heads, The Vent Haven Portraits

A photography book and upcoming exhibition by noted celebrity photographer and filmmaker Matthew Rolston exposes the power and humanity of a very unusual subject: ventriloquist dummies. Using techniques developed throughout his career, an inspired Rolston photographed more than 100 dummies to create an intriguing series of head shots that reflect traditional, gimmick-free portraiture. The result of this project is the book Talking Heads, The Vent Haven Portraits ($75, Pointed Leaf Press). "This is as close as I can come to making a painting with a camera," said Rolston. 

Dedicated to ventriloquism, Kentucky's The Vent Haven Museum, and its more than 750 dummies, provided Rolston's casting list. "I'm known for my work with entertainers, and after seeing images of the figures at Vent Haven, I couldn’t wait to ‘meet’ them. I love faces, and this was without a doubt one of the greatest casting calls I’ve ever seen, and with some of the most fascinating hair, makeup, and wardrobe of all time," said Rolston. 

Certainly, Talking Heads has a lot to say about identity, eccentricity, celebrity, and ironically, humanity—topics with which Rolston is well acquainted. After all, he was discovered by Andy Warhol and began his career taking photographs for Warhol's Interview magazine. Since then, Rolston has shot for Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and Vanity Fair, among others. He's also a music video director, having worked with the likes of Madonna, Janet Jackson, Christina Aguilera, and Beyoncé. Talking Heads, the Vent Haven Portraits is available now at Homer. 56 University Place, 212-744-7705



Baccarat Opens on Madison Avenue

Get lost in the French luxury brand's glittering new house of crystal.

June 10, 2013

The dining room at Baccarat Madison Avenue

A pink crystal chandelier by Philippe Starck is among the glamourous highlights of Baccarat's just-opened New York flagship boutique. Timed to the brand's 250th birthday and designed by famed architect Rafael de Cárdenas, the shop is truly an immersive crystal experience. Shoppers are invited to interact with the space and its sparkle from the moment they enter its grand, two-story façade and entryway, with diamond-cut etched glass, Nordic black granite floor, and of course, glittering chandeliers.

The Starck chandelier, however, is hung in the store's jewelry bar. And beyond that there's a sunken lounge with tufted grey suede walls; a lighting room with lamps, sconces, and chandeliers; and a dining room featuring a giant stainless steel table with a mirrored top, upon which Baccarat's stemware and barware are on parade. Finally, if you truly want to dive into the opulent Baccarat lifestyle, you'll soon be able to experience Baccarat Hotel & Residences New York (a joint venture between Starwood Capital Group and Tribeca Associates), which is set to open in 2014. 635 Madison Ave. 212-826-4100 


What We're Reading

The joys of life in The Plaza penthouse, Carrie Bradshaw's 30 craziest outfits...

June 07, 2013

The Plaza penthouse, yours for $59 million (image via

As of yesterday, the penthouse at The Plaza is back on the market for a cool $59 million. The fully furnished, sun-splashed aerie has three levels, four bedrooms, a formal dining room for 12, and a 22-foot terrace. [Curbed New York]  

Yesterday also marked the 15th anniversary of the premiere of Sex and the City, which portrayed (and perhaps forever changed) the lives of 30-something single girls in Manhattan. Here, Buzzfeed rounds up 30 of Carrie Bradshaw's most out-there outfits. [Buzzfeed]

As weather warms, Brooklyn surfers hop the Rockabus (aka the "hipster jitney") and head to the Rockaways, undaunted by post-Sandy jitters, writes Sheila Marikar in The New York Times Fashion & Style section. [The New York Times

Speaking of the beach: wondering about all these new-fangled sunscreen ingredients? Fear not, New York magazine's The Cut has elicited the expertise of a real life dermatologist to demystify your SPF. [New York Magazine

From Houdini's legendary sleights of hand to the magic performed in the new film Now You See Me (starring Jesse Eisenberg), magic as storytelling is quite a phenomenon. Fast Company's Susan Carlin interviews David Kwong, the magician who taught the film's cast. [Fast Company]



Weekend Recommender: June 6-9

Soaked at Mondrian, reality TV on stage, and Mississippi in the Park.

June 06, 2013

Cocktails, fresh pressed juice, and lemonade hold court at Soaked at Mondrian 

Soaked at Mondrian
Thursday, June 6 to Sunday, June 9 
With a lemonade stand, David's Tea, gorgeous landscaping, and panoramic city views, the Mondrian hotel rooftop celebrates summer on its 2,500-square-foot rooftop lounge. Cocktails feature fresh, organic ingredients, while juice bar The Squeeze has designed five custom juice blends for the occasion. Meanwhile, the lemonade stand offers both alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. Reservations required. 150 Lafayette St., 212-389-0000

34th Annual Mississippi Picnic in the Park
June 8, 12 p.m.6 p.m.
You know how it's spelled, but do you know how it tastes? Mississippi's annual Central Park picnic shares the Southern state's food, music, and culture with the New York public. Mississippi chef Patrick Heim will tantalize with tastings and demos of the art of southern cuisine, with dishes like fried green tomatoes, Bloody Mary oyster shooters, and fried oyster tacos with tartare slaw and cocktail aioli. This event is free and open to the public. Central Park at the Fifth Ave. and 72nd St. entrance

Good Television at Atlantic Theater Company
Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8 
Reality television hits the theater stage in Good Television, which just opened at Atlantic Theater's Stage 2. The plot of actor-turned-playwright Rod McLachlan's new play goes behind-the-scenes, so to speak, of producing a reality TV show episode called Rehabilitation (think Intervention). Tickets are $45. 330 W. 16th St., 212-279-4200


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