Freak Out at Broadway’s “Side Show”

Modern television has dynasties made of waterfowl (or something like that) and affluent women attempting to live simple lives like everyone else (while camera crews follow them around). The early part of last century, however, had elephant men and bearded ladies. Carnival freak shows were arguably the forerunners of today’s reality TV, with all the drama one might expect to find. Catch a glimpse inside the world of the carnival’s darker side at “Side Show”, a play that’s recently re-opened on Broadway! It’s playing at the St. James Theater (246 W. 44th Street).

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A Cult Classic Returns to the Stage

“Side Show” has a fascinating past that’s almost as strange as the story it tells. It originally opened in 1997, wherein it promptly flopped like ice cream on the boardwalk. After 91 painful performances, the show closed its doors, and instantly became a cult classic in the theater world. This time, it’s gotten a full revision, with new costumes, new writing, and a new lease on its somewhat freakish life.

“Side Show” tells the tale of Violet and Daisy Hilton, conjoined twins who made their name as vaudeville sensations. They got their start in the darker side of show business as sideshow freaks, put on display by an exploitive carnival ringmaster. It doesn’t seem like life will ever get much better for the sisters. Not until they’re discovered by a talent scout for more reputable entertainment venues. Will the twins, who want radically different things in life, find happiness at last?

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A Freakishly Good Time

The show has glorious musical numbers, and lavish costuming that brings the worlds of the carnival and the vaudevillian era to life. Though it touches on serious issues, it’s not a serious production. Instead, it’s fun, and filled with musical numbers that will stick in your head.

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Wine and Dine at Pearl and Ash

Wine is often just a facet of the meal you’re eating (even if it can be a pretty important facet). You pick delicious food, then have a man or woman with a fancy French title come over and recommend a vintage to go with your eats. Usually, the wine goes with what you’re ordering, and not the other way around. Not always so, at Pearl and Ash (220 Bowery). They have an all-star wine director, and a menu that goes pretty darn well with the wines.

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99 Bottles of Wine on the Wall

It’s pretty hard to miss the impressive collection of wines Pearl and Ash has on display. The old campfire song about how many bottles are on the wall doesn’t give the collection enough credit. Even people who aren’t so sure about wine may discover they’ve converted to the love of the fermented grape after an evening at Pearl and Ash.

One of the restaurant’s operating partners is Patrick Cappiello, who also serves as the wine director. The man has a truly daunting list of wine-related credentials, but you’d never expect it from a man in a flannel shirt. He’s as surprising and eclectic as the wine list he’s curated.

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There’s Food, Too

Pearl and Ash will gladly serve you delicious food to go with your wines. Their menu is nearly as impressive as their wine list. You can find small plate dishes, like octopus with sunflower seeds and shiso, or pork meatballs with shiitake. Larger appetites will want to try out meals such as the venison sausage with celery root and kohlrabi, or the duck with Concord grape. For a real wine-and-supper experience, check out the Renegade Wine Dinner!

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At Seastreak, we’re connoisseurs of the ultimate ferry experience! From comfortable seats both inside and outside our luxurious watercraft, to the full-service bar, we’re committed to giving you the best ride money can buy.

 

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Take Part in a Holiday Tradition at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the biggest of big events this week in New York City. We aren’t talking about the spectacular shouting match between Uncle Herman and Aunt Betsy that happens over carving the turkey every year. We’re talking about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! It runs from 77th Street and Central Park West, to Macy’s Herald Square on 34th, starting at 9 AM on Thanksgiving Day!

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More Hot Air than 99 Red Balloons

The fun really starts the night before, from 3 PM to 10 PM. One of the main draws of the Thanksgiving Day Parade is the flotilla of giant balloons that are flown each year. How big? Several stories high big. Takes 90 or so people to hold the strings big. Filling them up takes hours and a lot of patience. It’s a fascinating process, and you can get a great view of it in the area surrounding the Museum of Natural History. Head to 79th and Columbus Avenue for the fun!

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I Love a Parade

On Thanksgiving Day, be sure to arrive early to get the perfect view! Believe it or not, but some people start camping out on the west side of Central Park West as early as 6 AM, near where the parade starts. From there, the route proceeds down to Columbus Circle, where it turns on Central Park South. Then it turns south onto 6th Avenue, which means a great view from 59th to 38th Streets.

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Be aware, there’s a restriction on viewing on 6th Avenue between 34th and 38th Streets, and at Macy’s Herald Square. That’s the area for the national television broadcast. Grab another spot and watch the balloons and performances!

On Thanksgiving, Seastreak’s ferry departs New Jersey’s Highlands Terminal at 7 AM! That gives you plenty of time to get a great place to watch the parade. We head back to New Jersey at 1 PM!

 

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Discover the Effects of Light and Season at the “Light Over Time” Exhibition

As the song says, seasons change with the scenery, but truly, the scenery changes just as much with the seasons. The angle of the sun shifts, to shine light down from a different angle, illuminating surfaces that had been in the dark before. Repeated sunny days fade vibrant colors into new hues. Cloud cover and falling snow dim the natural light, and turn brilliant spaces into moody places for thought. Light affects how the world shows itself to us, and the context in which we view it. The “Light Over Time” exhibition by Sam Falls illustrates this with a fascinating array of works that evoke the nature of light. You can see it now at the MetroTech Center Commons on Myrtle Avenue, in Brooklyn (between Flatbush Avenue and Jay Street)!

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You Light Up My Life (or My Art)

The “Light Over Time” exhibition is meant to change as time passes. Sculptures painted both with UV protective paint and without display how the work looked originally, and how the march of days affects them. Some pieces even have layers of paint, so that as one fades and wears away, another color shows itself.

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Interesting, Interactive Art

Visitors can experience this art firsthand through a handful of interactive pieces. Explore the multicolored maze to appreciate how the layered colors break through each other as the days go by. Push the wind chimes to reveal new colors on the chimes themselves. Or sit on one of the thermochromatic benches, and watch your body heat change the colors of the tiles. (This is far more interesting than sitting on the copy machine at work.)

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Whether the sky is the hazy shade of winter, or the forecast has let the sun shine in, Seastreak offers you the most luxurious ferry rides and the best customer service! Our modern ferries have both indoor and outdoor seating, so you’ll be comfortable no matter the weather.

 

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Have Off-the-Rails Fun at the Holiday Train Show

Trains are as much a part of New York life as our Seastreak ferries. New Yorkers are a people on the move, after all, and they’ve been riding the rails for decades. In all the time that locomotives have moved along tracks, the train has migrated into our holiday traditions, and become one of the symbols of Christmas. Celebrate the train’s place in our holiday celebrations by visiting the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens! It’s at 2900 Southern Boulevard in the Bronx, and the display runs until January 19.

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On Track for a Day of Fun

The New York Botanical Garden has created a miniature city amid the plants and greenery of the gardens in the Haupt Conservatory. A tiny New York nestles into the landscape, with more than 150 re-created buildings made out of bark, leaves, and other natural materials. Around these buildings run G-scale trains, chugging past the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge, and other landmarks on a quarter mile of track.

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Night Train in New York

While the train show has plenty of appeal for kids, there’s something special for adults, too. This season, after dark at the Botanical Garden, you can climb aboard for Bar Car Nights! Get a complimentary cocktail, and enjoy a nighttime view of the Holiday Train Show. Journey through a series of stops, which include ice carving demonstrations, and snacks like spiked hot chocolate and roasted chestnuts. There’s even jazz sets in the Pine Tree Café, and performances by the Cirque de Light.

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The trains in the Holiday Train Show go by tiny reproductions of our city’s best-known landmarks, but Seastreak ferries go by the real thing! Headed to Manhattan, or back out to New Jersey? Catch a ride with Seastreak.

 

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Visit Hamilton’s, a Diner Right Out of the 40s

Remember a gentler, friendlier time, when people waved with all their fingers instead of just the middle one, and fizzy drinks were a treat to be savored? These days, you’d might as well ask if folks remember the Paleolithic Age. We live in a one-finger era when sodas come out of aluminum cans, but we can step back to when the most common jerks were soda jerks! Check out Hamilton’s, at 51 Bank Street. It’s a delicious homage to the 40s!

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What Does It Look Like? Chopped Liver?

It’s only appropriate that this little gem of a restaurant-shaped remembrance is tucked away in a historical building. The décor looks like it could have come from a time traveler’s furniture sale, with fancy soda counter stools, cozy tables, and shiny chrome installations. What’s behind that counter is what makes this place worth a visit.

The food is reminiscent of diners from decades ago. Order tuna salad by the scoop, depending how hungry you are. (Or get a scoop of chopped liver, and enjoy the ensuing watercooler conversations. “What’d I have for lunch? A scoop of chopped liver, you?”) Want something warmer? The hot platters and burgers will do the trick.

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Fizzy Drinks Done Right

The sodas, however, are the real treat. You can get the fresh, carbonated drinks, phosphates, and lactarts that it’s so hard to find anymore. If you’ve never experienced fizzy beverages made right there in front of you, you are missing out. It may spoil you for soda that comes out of a can. Hamilton’s also has cream sodas, milkshakes, and malts. You’ll want to head back to try them all.

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Seastreak is dedicated to recalling the days of smiling faces and pleasant customer service! Our comfortable catamarans may have the most modern features, but our hard-working crew are all about old fashioned service.

 

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Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Stephen King fans, this one is definitely for you, and you’re not going to want to miss out on your chance to see Mr. King show off his playwright abilities. What’s better than a play by Stephen King? A play by Stephen King that features music by John Mellencamp. It’s “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” and it’s playing at the Beacon Theater (2124 Broadway). Grab your tickets fast! This is a one night only engagement on November 24.

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Southern Gothic in the Big Apple

The play is a little, belated piece of Halloween come to haunt the Ghosts of Christmas Impending, as the city’s stages fill up with holiday pageantry. The titular Ghost Brothers haunt their family cabin in the woods, lingering after a tragedy that occurred 40 years ago. It’s a Southern Gothic morality tale told in Stephen King’s inimitable style.

While the play originally toured as a more traditional production in 2012, this run of performances has been slightly retooled. It’s now closer to a theatrical concert, with much of the first run’s staging and costumes stripped out to allow John Mellencamp’s music to shine through. The soundtrack is heavy on blues and roots music, and the songs heavily explore the emotions and inner workings of the characters on stage.

The King and the Cougar

“Ghost Brothers of Darkland County” is Stephen King’s inaugural play. Most people know him for his prolific novel writing career, which has spanned decades and genres from horror to fantasy. John Mellencamp has had a prestigious musical career, and his unique style brings great depth to this production.

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When you’re looking for the most comfortable way to get to Manhattan, whether you’re doing some holiday shopping or taking in a show, Seastreak is the way to go. Our luxurious, modern catamarans will get you where you’re headed, no matter the season.

 

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Get Your Christmas Shopping Wrapped Up at the Grand Central Holiday Fair

If you’ve got delicate sensibilities, you might want to look away, because we’re going to use the worst C-word we know. Then we’re going to follow it up with the S-word. Ready? Christmas shopping. There’s too few weekends to finish it, at least for most of us procrastinators, so it’s time to get a move on. When gift cards feel too lame, and you’re tired of wrapping up boring gifts to cram under the Christmas tree, you need to find items with a little pizzazz. The Grand Central Holiday Fair has your solution! It’s on now, from November 17 to December 24, in Grand Central Station (89 E. 42nd Street)!

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Shop ‘Til You Drop

The Grand Central Holiday Fair has been bringing you the most unique and exciting gifts to give your family and friends for 15 years! This year, it’s taking up the entire Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Station with 76 vendors. You’ll find something for everyone on your holiday gift list at this shopapalooza. Most conveniently, it’s open every day until Christmas Eve (except Thanksgiving, because hey, a vendor’s got to eat).

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The Goods

There’s plenty of wearables available, from stylish neckties at Tiecoon to fancy chapeaus at Swan and Stone Millinery. Kids of all ages will look forward to toys from Toytoise! Got an art collector to buy for? Check out Skendzic Photo’s booth for some gorgeous and unique pictures. Scent lovers will adore gifts from The Soap and Paper Factory (which may or may not sell paper, but has beautiful, handmade soaps and candles).

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Holiday shoppers will love Seastreak! We’re an easy choice to make, unlike the perennial debate about whether to get Uncle Lester a tie or a beer hat. Enjoy your holiday outings with a ride on a luxurious catamaran!

 

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The Seastreak Family

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Discover Delectable Sustainable Cuisine at Amali

Broccoli gets a bad rap. At least one President has famously dissed the maligned member of the cabbage family, and it ends up resigned to the edges of children’s dinner plates all across the country. It is a flower no one will give in a bouquet, or wear on a lapel. Only an exceptional restaurant can turn this outcast vegetable into a table favorite. Amali, at 115 E. 60th Street, is one such restaurant. It can turn the humble broccoli into a dish you’ll want to eat again and again!

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Food For Thought

Amali touts itself as an establishment that takes pride in serving sustainable Mediterranean cuisine. The menu celebrates the Mediterranean way of life, drawing its inspiration from the traditional dishes of vegetables, cheeses, grains, and fish. They emphasize that sustainability in everything, from the ingredients they use to the decoration and practices in the restaurant.

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The chefs here create dishes that draw on the bounty of the current season. Seafood comes from local fishermen, and is handpicked by the restaurant staff. Local ingredients come together to make delicious foods that are at once deceptively simple and fascinatingly complex. Take, for example, the broccoli. It’s roasted to perfection, and mingled with pistachios and bread crumbs for crunch. You’ll actually want to eat your vegetables at Amali.

Delicious, Responsible Cuisine

There’s more to Amali than the greens. You can order fresh, grass-fed beef served with potato confit and grilled scallion relish, with caramelized onions to go with it. Or why not try the surprisingly tasty chicken under a brick? It comes with grilled broccoli rabe, capers, and parmesan. (You don’t have to eat the brick.)

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Seastreak will not make you eat your vegetables. Instead, we’ll provide you with a full-service bar, some snacks, and the most comfortable ride on the East River you can find!

 

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The Mysteries of the Mind Come Alive at “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”

Mysteries fill the world around us, but sometimes, the greatest mysteries are inside the human heart and mind. For people who view the world differently because of things like autism, even the simplest parts of life become inscrutable obstacles, and the complexities of human actions? Those can be the hardest things to understand. “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” takes us on one autistic young man’s journey to understand his family and the world around him. It’s playing right now at the Ethel Barrymore Theater on Broadway! (243 W. 47th Street)

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A Journey into a Unique View

Christopher Boone is a young man with a talent for mathematics, and Asperger syndrome. When he finds the neighbor’s dog dead, it inspires him to try to find the dog’s true killer. As he does, he learns more about the mysteries within his own family, which change his life forever. The production takes the audience through Christopher’s search in an elaborately staged production which gives viewers an inside look into how a person with social differences takes in the world around them.

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When the National Theatre of London staged this production, it broke records in London’s West End. It won an unbelievable seven Olivier Awards (those are England’s version of the Tony Awards), and was the first play ever to win so many. Broadway’s production stars Alexander Sharp, who makes his Broadway debut in this unforgettable play.

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Elaborately Staged Show

The staging of this play truly makes it special. The immersive sets create insights into how Christopher takes in information about the world around him. Special lighting effects and talented direction create an experience that will linger long after the curtain falls.

There’s no mystery surrounding the great trips you’ll have when you choose Seastreak! Luxurious watercraft and old-fashioned customer service come together to give you an experience you’ll want to repeat.

 

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