arts 07.28.05


Savion Glover, the tap dance kid himself, is back with a live jazz band this Friday night, 8pm and 10:30pm shows, at B. B. King's, 237 W. 42nd [7th/8th] 212.997.4144. $45 for the early show, $40 for the second.

Columbus Circle just cast off its perennial state of dejection and, surprise of surprises, turns out to be a beauty after all. Who knew? It's all because of the new fountain designed by Philadelphia's Olin Partnership, which prevailed, fortunately, in designing a contemporary fountain, rather than being forced to evoke 19th century New York. Arching jets of water, alluringly illuminated at night, beckon pedestrians. And, in fact, you can now sit right beneath Columbus, in the center of the circle, looking out at the fountains. A small, but refreshing wonder.

Hot and Bothered
That's what they're calling the sale of high-end lingerie and bathing suits at La Petite Coquette, 51 Univ [9th/10th] 212.473.2478. Up to 75% off now through the end of August.

Nightclub Portraits
At Cheim & Read, 547 W. 25th [10th/11th] 212.242.7727, "Nightclub Portraits, 1973" by William Eggleston, an especially rewarding black and white photography exhibit.

Wake Up, Sir! is a loony Wodehousian romp, by Jonathan Ames, an ideal summer read. Mr. Ames will be reading from the book on Friday, 7pm, at Barnes & Noble Astor Place, 4 Astor Pl. [Bway/Laf] 212.420.1322.
Duane Reade, Still the Worst Service in the City:
(From a reader)
"I arrive this morning at 9:10 at the DR around the corner from me on 7th Ave. to pick up a prescription. The night gate is still closed around the pharmacy. I check the sign: Pharmacy opens 8:30. A sullen man is moseying around behind the counters.

Me: I need to pick up a prescription.
Sullen Guy: The pharmacy opens at 8:30.
Me: I know it opens at 8:30. It's now ten after 9.
Sullen Guy: We open at 8:30.
Me: If you open at 8:30, why are you all locked up?
Sullen Guy: The pharmacists didn't show up today. We open at 8:30.

You'll notice the 's' at the end of 'pharmacist', which only adds insult to injury."

We left out an important sentence in our Pimm's Cup article: 'lemonade' in the British use, is 7Up or something similar, not American-style lemonade.


recent entries

What the World Needs

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

The Auberge of the Flowering Hearth

See all articles in ARTS

Get a daily dose of MUG
right in your Inbox.