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Several years ago, Fernet Branca, the inky Italian liqueur that's been around since 1845, became an obsession among San Francisco bartenders. Now, the bitter digestif, with its forceful notes of cinnamon, myrrh and mint, is "ubiquitous," points out Adam Schmidt, barman at cozy Greenpoint hangout Manhattan Inn. "But I think people are drawn to it for its unique flavor: nothing else tastes like Fernet Branca."
Its distinctive notes, often savored in shot form among industry folk, also works its magic in cocktails. For the Thunderdome, what Schmidt deems "a new spin on the Old-Fashioned," he combines Fernet Branca with spicy Rittenhouse rye and a rich maple syrup, finished off with a few dashes of Angostura bitters.
This soothing winter libation is exactly what you want to settle in with, listening to tunes played on the back room's hypnotic piano.
1 oz. Fernet Branca
1 oz. Rittenhouse Rye
¼ oz. maple syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
Build ingredients in glass; add fresh ice and stir. Garnish with orange peel.
Far out! The CEO and co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, Guy Laliberté, turned his passion for street performance and busking into one of the biggest international entertainment companies in the world. To top that, he then proceeded to fly into the really wild blue yonder, becoming the first private Canadian space explorer in September of 2009. During his eleven-day stay on the International Space Station -- via a Russian Soyuz spacecraft -- Laliberté shot hundreds of photos of the earth that became a beautiful book, Gaia, published last summer by Assouline. Perhaps most importantly, he has used the experience to raise awareness about the importance of water. He donates the proceeds from the book and from sales of his photographs to an organization called ONE DROP, a non-profit that "educates and implements site-specific safe water solutions." Starting tonight, December 11, at 6 p.m., you can see over 40 of his photographic prints, each a unique view of the earth from over 350 kilometers in space. The show is up until January 5 at Marlborough Gallery (40 West 57th Street). Here's a taste.
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Style assistant: Sebastian Pearlman
Cherie Lily is the kind of classic New York character who does a little bit of this, and a little bit of that. Lily is a fitness instructor, celebrity trainer, musician, nightlife fixture and apparel designer as well as rocker Andrew W.K.'s collaborator and wife. She is probably best known, however, for creating the genre Houserobics, her original blend of high-energy dance and workout music. Her new self-titled EP is out Jan. 29th. Here she writes about her recent trip to L.A. to meet the one and only Richard Simmons.
Being a diehard fitness enthusiast, Richard Simmons is my ultimate hero. So when I heard that anyone could take an exercise class with the fitness icon at his Los Angeles studio, Slimmons (and for only $12!), I jumped on a plane.
I didn't believe it myself until I went there and was so starstruck, I could barely breathe! Turns out, when Richard is not on TV or on the road, he's at his home base in L.A., getting people sweating. You can see him in all his glory (wearing his signature Dolfin-brand striped shorts and his Swarovski crystal tank tops) every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at Slimmons.
With glistening silver letters over its double doors, Richard's safe sweat haven is a place for all humanity to get fit and have fun doing it. Before Richard opened his studio nearly 40 years ago, there wasn't a place where all shapes and sizes were treated with love and compassion. Gyms were serious, unfriendly places where people dreaded going. Richard, however, is a comedic genius and keeps his legions of fitness followers motivated with his flamboyant hijinks.
As a fitness instructor teaching group classes for over 10 years, I can safely say that I've never witnessed a fitness experience like it. Richard's high-flying attitude is contagious. From the moment he walks into the room, he's on fire. Richard is a performer and Slimmons is his stage. He has members laughing out loud while they strut to his playlists with fabulous titles like "All Newies To Make You Dewey," a mix of new Top 40 hits including Psy's "Gangnam Style" and "Hummingbird Heartbeat" by Katy Perry. You never know what to expect from Richard. On any given day, you might find him in full costume for a special themed workout. One Saturday afternoon, Richard was dressed head-to-toe as a pink poodle; for Election Day, Richard taught class dressed as Sarah Palin. My face hurt from smiling so hard.
Without a microphone, Richard waltzes around the studio encouraging everyone to keep going, throwing out one-liners that make the class crack up. ("I don't care if you puke, just keep moving!" was one of my personal favorites.)
Richard interacts with each person in the room, making everyone feel warm and fuzzy inside. After class, fans line up to share a moment with the legendary fitness master. Richard takes photos and speaks to anyone and everyone. My trip to L.A. was well worth it.
Amanda Seyfried admitted she was drunk during her appearance on the Late Show last night and had a frank, mostly charming but slightly strange discussion with David Letterman about having stage fright and calming her nerves with booze before doing talk shows. [CBS]
Here's Retta being the best on Conan Monday night. This is so, so good. [TeamCoco]
Ahhhhhhh! The ones in the foreground with missing eyes are the worst. [RatsOff]
How to kiss, according to a 1942 article in Life magazine. The story includes steamy tips like "boy and girl should stand close together but not hold each other too tightly." Get a room! [Jezebel via TheMarySue]
If one were looking for unicorn hooded towels for adults that come with rainbow manes, one would buy them at this Etsy shop. Burn upon reading. [LaughingSquid]
In honor of Haunkkah, NPR's The Salt introduces us to the Latke Double Down (brisket sandwiched between two latkes). That actually sounds kind of delicious, no?
IKEA Monkey X Ruined Spanish Fresco Monkey Jesus = art. (P.S. Poor IKEA monkey! We hope he's doing OK in his new home at an animal sanctuary.) [Reddit]
Here's a girl performing the Stanley Steemer jingle in a variety of genres. We're more partial to the rich harmonies of the Empire carpets jingle, but that's just us. Guess this is still pretty impressive. [Vulture]
In sum, Beyonce. [PenisPolice]
Here comes Zilla Claus. [Megret]
When Prince Rama asked their fans to submit videos of themselves dancing to their new single "So Destroyed"...well, they did. And after a little editing by Rama sister Nimai, this is the result. We're loving the girl with the swinging-rope contraption hanging on the wall of her living room. WTF? Our neighbor complains about our stationary exercise bicycle. Anyway, the band is still on tour -- they just opened for the Chromatics down in Miami for Art Basel -- and they'll be back in NYC later in December. The track is from their latest album, Top Ten Hits of the End of the World. The end of the world, by the way, is not today 12/12/12. You've still got nine more days to party.
We're loving Karlie Kloss's lewk in the new cover story for M le Monde! She can work those short pompadour hairstyles to death. Also, someone buy us that pink coat. [via Fashion Gone Rogue]
File this under "things that were inevitable": according to Bloomberg, Chinese shoppers have beaten out American shoppers as the biggest consumers of luxury goods, making up a whopping 25% percent of global luxury sales. [via Fashionista]
The big fashion Musical Chairs game of 2012 continues: a source told Fashionista that Kate Lamphear, formerly at Elle, will be heading to a new mag called The Editorialist. [via The Cut]
A mustachioed Will Ferrell will be on the cover of the newest issue of Port Magazine! There's also going to be a feature which includes the story of his SNL audition. Get excited. [via Selectism]
The new Spring/Summer Louis Vuitton campaign is an ode to checks and its unforgettable runway! [via Fashion Copious]
Brooklyn Fox, the popular Williamsburg lingerie store right off of Bedford Ave., now has an online shop! [via Press Release]
Nike and Cole Haan have partnered up again! The Holiday LunarGrand Collection will be available in Hong Kong and select stores on December 13th. [via HypeBeast]
After her accidental upskirt picture was posted on the web, Anne Hathaway remained exceptionally demure about the whole thing. The Post overheard her talking about trying to find the comedy in the incident, and when asked about it on the Today show, she was incisive and professional: "I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment, and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I'm sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies the sexuality of unwilling participants. Which brings us back to Les Mis..." We're clapping in our seats! [via The Cut]
Bare, now playing at New World Stages, has everything a high school sex romp rom-com needs to succeed: a slutty girl with a mysterious past, a hilariously perky student, a teacher who turns out to be a great cabaret performer in a drug-induced song and dance number staring the Virgin Mary... Thing is, it's actually about a secret gay romance and turns into a tragic drama instead. Find out above if we left feeling bi-curious for this revival!
Dead Accounts, now playing at The Music Box, has a lot to recommend it: the formidable comedic timing of Jayne Houdyshell, the frenetic energy of Norbert Leo Butz, and the star power of Katie Holmes -- not to mention the fact that the playwright Theresa Rebeck has been on a role recently, what with Seminar and Smash. With all this talent, is Dead Accounts a million dollar idea or was that not enough to keep it from being dead on arrival?
David Mamet's The Anarchist, now playing at The Golden Theatre, centers around a convict named Kathy (played by the legendary Patti LuPone) who, after thirty five years of incarceration for a politically motivated murder, attempts to persuade Anne (played by the accomplished Debrah Winger) to exonerate her. Does the Anarchist behave well enough to be released or should we lock it up and throw away the key?
Sad to hear that the Gershwin Hotel (7 East 27th Street) will soon be changing management companies. On the other hand, we're happy to report that there's a "last big party bash" on Saturday night, December 15th, starting around 8 p.m. and the theme is "Christmas With Andy." The party is in honor of the Met's "Regarding Warhol" exhibit and two books: Thank You Andy Warhol by Catherine Johnson and Andy Warhol's New York by Thomas Kiedrowski. Look for a Billy Name photo exhibit curated by Dagon James, Warhol films, Campbell's Soup ornaments and music from DJ Tennessee ("disco-era Studio 54 music") and DJ De Flame. Plus "Andy Santa will be serving Christmas cocktails." The best news? Admission is free
When Brooklyn-based Kuwaiti musician Fatima Al Qadiri began recording her new EP, Desert Strike, the artist turned to an unlikely source of inspiration: an early '90s video game. That game (whose title she borrowed for her EP and which is based on Desert Storm) was in many ways a virtual-reality counterpoint to Al Qadiri's experiences growing up in Kuwait during the Iraqi occupation and the eventual U.S. liberation. Al Qadiri refers to those experiences in her music by merging a video game's surreality with the reality of warfare, combining spacey synths and ethereal chanting with jarring gunshots and the pinging sound of bullet casings falling to the ground. Here, we talk to the artist about growing up in Kuwait, recording the new EP and why she never liked playing the Desert Strike video game as a kid.
Tell me about your background and growing up in Kuwait.
My father did his graduate degree in History in Russia and immediately got hired and was made an ambassador at a very young age -- not that many young men could speak important languages -- or strategic languages, let's put it this way. [He was the ambassador] to Zaire first but Zaire was so dangerous. Then he became ambassador to Senegal, where I was born but then we moved back to Kuwait. He resigned from the foreign ministry and went from being very right-wing to being very left-wing. He was an activist. [He and my mother] were leading members of the Kuwaiti resistance and we moved around from house to house.
What do you remember of that period?
It wasn't safe to stay in one house for very long because the Iraqi military was constantly going through houses to see if there were any inhabitants and if there were, you were basically at their will. Some of the [Iraqi soldiers] were teenagers with machine guns. They were recruited against their will in Iraq and it was just a really crazy situation. The thing with war and occupation is that it's not black and white, it's a human disaster for everybody.
[Once] my mom pretended to be pregnant, wearing an abaya -- the black cover -- but under her fake belly was a newsletter that [my parents] had printed and were decimating. All of their actions were punishable by death and they wouldn't have just killed them, they would've killed the entire family. They put our lives at risk. Thank god nothing happened and that we survived.
When did you start becoming interested in music?
When I was five, I remember my conservative grandmother told me that if I heard music that was not religious music, I should cover my ears and say "God forgive me," over and over again. And I remember doing it. [But] my parents loved the radio and my father has a huge record collection. I owe a lot of my musical taste to his taste in music because he collected records like Grace Jones records, and records by this French disco producer Cerrone whose productions are orchestrally unbelievable.That was one of my earliest memories of hearing [my dad] play it over and over again.
When did you start making your own music?
I started making music when I was nine, immediately after the liberation of Kuwait. I started making music on this little keyboard and then the keyboards just got bigger from there and the recording techniques got more sophisticated.
What kind of music were you making when you were that age?
The [songs] were really dismal, wretched, depressing sounds and melodies. I was just so taken aback by the apocalypse that I had seen -- seeing your country burn to a crisp is something that can only be experienced [first-hand].
And it was those experiences that inspired you to make Desert Strike? Did you play the video game as a kid?
I absolutely hated that game. I never played it. I only watched the introduction over and over again because the introduction was so disturbing. It was based on the conflict. They don't mention Kuwait, they don't mention Iraq, they gave Saddam a slightly different face -- call him 'The Leader.' It's all so vague the language.
I don't believe that the game was made for children. There was no soundtrack. It was just the sound of evil, high-pitched chopper blades [going] at an incessant frequency. And bombs. And just going around from a birds-eye view in a helicopter bombing things. I believe it was the first commercial and contemporary game that was really designed for the military. There have been many since then.
What made you decide to revisit the game now?
It took me a long, long time to become sophisticated enough to write music using music software because I've always just played music on the piano or keyboard and recorded it on audio cassette. I come from a completely different background than these young producers these days that have been on the Internet all their life. It's taken me eleven years to get to the skill level that I am today but [I'm] by no means done improving. There's so much more need for improvement.
Did you always want to produce a record inspired by the game?
I felt [the sound of the game] was the sound that best represented how I felt at the time. I've always wanted to make a work about that period of my life because it was the most surreal, the most sci-fi [experiences] and it's definitely given me a buffet of psychological problems. You don't go through that unharmed or unscathed. It's something that's haunted me my entire life and I needed to make a mature work about it. I didn't have the skill level at 25, I didn't have the skill level at 28, I had the skill level [to do it] at 31.
Last October, I started writing the material for the record right before the launch of the previous record, Genre-Specific Xperience, so I started working on it then. It took about a year and I finished it in September. I'm a slow worker but I'm not in a rush. I never made music to achieve anything but to heal myself.
Can you expand on that?
A lot of the conditions that I've made my records under have been [times] of extreme depression.
Was that the case for this one?
Yeah. [My depression has] been around since after the liberation of Kuwait. This is why I'm really going back to my roots. This is the genesis of my career as a musician, going back to that time. I suffer from bouts of manic depression and that is when I write a lot of music, usually. [The music is] all a soundtrack for the apocalypse or living past the apocalypse. I always feel like I narrowly escaped it, [like] I should have died. Saddam was pretty close to fulfilling his plans to extinguish the Kuwaiti population. Part A [of his plan] was to capture all of the men and boys and take them to prisons in Iraq. They were almost finished doing that. My father was taken -- he was a POW. It was crazy because my mom and my sister were visiting someone and I had gone next door. It was just me and my dad in the house and I went down four doors to my neighbor's house to play the video game Castlevania because I was so addicted to the soundtrack and that was when the Iraqi soldiers came and took my dad. That game spared me from seeing my father being dragged out of the house and taken to a prison camp. I just came back and he was gone. I can't even play video games anymore -- I avoid them at all cost. I associate them with deep manic depression.
It must have been difficult to revisit those memories while working on the album.
It was really, really hard. It's annoying for me when a commentator says, "Oh, she's made another conceptual record." This is so far from conceptual. This is deeply personal -- this is a naked record and an autobiographical sentiment. [It's] deeply sentimental and has nothing to do with concept. If I was able to write a memoir, this would be it.
Desert Strike is out now via Fade to Mind
Not only is actor Bobby Cannavale currently sharing a Broadway stage with his idol Al Pacino in the revival of Glengarry Glen Ross, he's apparently sharing his time offstage with Bridesmaids' actress, Rose Byrne. We spotted them canoodling at the the premiere of the third season of Portlandia on Monday night, and couldn't help but think, "Damn, he gets around with some of the coolest ladies in the biz." Not that the talented, totally hot Cannavale is a hard sell but, still, we're impressed. Here's a guide to a few other actresses that Cannavale has dated, and what they're up to now. (You can just send our award overnight express, Pulitzer committee. Thanks.)
Cannavale was married to Jenny Lumet, granddaughter of Lena Horne and daughter of Sidney Lumet from 1994-2003. They have a teenage son named Jake who starred alongside his dad in Nurse Jackie this year. Lumet went on to write Rachel Getting Married in 2008.
Bobby was 33 when he started dating actress Annabella Sciorra, who was 11 years his senior. He dumped her for his 22-year-old co-star Alison Pill in the Broadway play Mauritius (see below). Ironically he ended up starring alongside Sciorra his next time out on Broadway in The Motherfucker with the Hat, four years later. This week, Sciorra starred in a Rockaway benefit at the Cherry Lane Theater for Hurricane Sandy victims.
As we mentioned above, a very young Alison Pill fell for Cannavale while co-starring with him in the play Mauritius, but it wasn't until after they broke up that Pill's career really took off. She's since been a regular presence on Broadway and currently stars in Aaron Sorkin's HBO hit, The Newsroom. And her love life doesn't seem so bad either. She recently tweeted a topless photo of herself to new boyfriend Jay Baruchel.
OK, this is a huge stretch, but we once spotted Cannavale smoking with Tony-winning actress Nina Arianda, a former Paper Beautiful Person and star of the upcoming Janis Joplin biopic, Janis, outside of a theater-related event, and, hey, they'd be cute together! Just putting that out there. (That's Smash's Will Chase in the middle of the handsome pair.)
And finally... it looks like Rose Byrne will be Cannavale's date to this year's Tony Awards. But first, .she's starring in the British newlywed comedy I Give it a Year, out in February.
We asked 11 of our most stylish friends and Instagram lovers to snap (and filter) their favorite gifts they found for this season. Happy Holidays!
Martha Violante, Accessories Addict
Peter Davis, WASP Gone Wild
Petra Collins, Old-School Youngster
Shirley Kurata, Eccentric Mrs. Magoo
Mickey Boardman, Cruelty-Free Clown
Kim Hastreiter, Cuckoo Crazy Collector
Michelle Violy Harper, Bergdorf-a-Holic
Luigi Tadini, High Quality Cuteness
Andrew Mukamal, Fashion Addict
Jen Brill, Coolest Girl In Town
We cannot get enough of the Downton Abbey cast's appearance on The View. For starters, Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) has some real chemistry with Barbara Walters and shows off his secret juggling skills. Also, we want to be friends with Thomas IRL -- he seems so nice! (And, for more IRL-ness, check out "Downton Abbey Stars On-Screen vs. Off-Screen.") [via The View]
In today's Headlines You Couldn't Make Up Even If You Wanted To: "Maneater: Hall bitten by Oates." Yep, a man named Oates bit another man named Hall somewhere in Ohio. [via Uproxx]
Heads up, we just found the holiday gift for that gamer in your life: a pixelated-looking Minecraft pickaxe bottle opener. [via The Daily What]
Love this device that prevents that douche sitting in front of you on the airplane from putting his chair all the way back. [via Evan Roth]
Ikea Munkë. [via Adult Swim; Thanks Alex!]
Okay, the Perth meteorologist has set the weather humor bar pretty high. Your move, Al Roker. [via The Clearly Dope]
You look mah-velous! [via Rrrick]
Nothing like some wavy vibez courtesy of Bubba Sparxx. [via It's Poonanji Marsha]
This Nicki tree is giving us nightmares. [via Paris Hilton Sex Slave]
In case you missed it, Kanye West wore a Givenchy leather skirt to play last night's mega 12/12/12 concert for Hurricane Sandy relief but Jared Leto won the night. [via Twitter]
Rachel Zoe's clothing line seems to not be doing so well: Selfridges dropped the line, Saks no longer carries it in-store, and most other department stores have drastically downsized the amount of clothes they carry from the collection. [via Buzzfeed Shift]
Love the pliable "planks" made from Fendi's luxe leather and suede that Maartin de Ceulaer used to adorn his furniture. [via Dezeen]
Fresh off the heels of a well-reviewed Pre-Fall presentation, the Proenza Schouler boys have some more good news: they'll be opening a second store in SoHo! [via WWD]
This Tumblr-made Ikea Monkey x Marc Jacobs "ad" is perfect. [Fashionista]
Cheap Monday just released a new glow in the dark collection, which features luminescent jeans, shoes, t-shirts and wallets. [via Fashion Beans]
Disney is clearly on the minds of fashion folk everywhere: Chopard and Harrod's are collaborating on a line of jewelry inspired by the Disney princesses, available until the end of December. [via High Snobette]