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Monday, February 13, 2006


This Week in Modern Fabulousity - February 14, 2005

An all-Valentine's Day edition, perfect for couples or for really bitter singles:

CROSS-DRESSING: Begin your Valentine's Day early with The Shakespeare Society's all-star evening of gender bending, Boys Will Be Girls. Academy Award nominee David Straithairn (Good Night, and Good Luck) leads a bill of performers who will be interpreting the Bard's work...for the opposite gender. Other performers include Tony Winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife), Michael Cumpsty (The Constant Wife), Hamish Linklater (The Play What I Wrote), and the all-female troupe The Queen's Company, who will perform scenes from their all-woman Taming of the Shrew.

MUSIC: As Shakespeare said in Twelfth Night, "if music be the food of love, play on." There's a bounty of concerts in Manhattan on Valentine's Day, and one is sure to seduce your intended. Oleta Adams plays at B.B. King's; Ute Lemper is in the middle of her run at the Cafe Carlyle; jazz chanteuse Rachel Ferrell showcases at the Blue Note; and for those of you with a dark streat, Diamanda Galas' "Valentine's Day Massacre" is at the Knitting Factory. Classical fans can enjoy The New York Festival of Song, while jazz buffs might prefer Cyrus Chestnut and Friends at Lincoln Center. When all else fails, there's the master of seduction, Tom Jones, live and in person at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square. It's not unusual to be loved by anyone.

DINNER: You can find millions of romantic candlelit experiences all over Manhattan, so I'll just recommend a different kind of experience: Lever House, with its storied history, slightly futuristic decor and oh-so-flashy website. Chef Dan Silverman (formerly of Union Square Cafe and Le Bernardin), a celebrated master of New American cuisine, is serving up a $85 prix fixe three-course menu that includes lobster tempura, rack of lamb, and black sea bass. If your groove bounces to a slightly different beat, this may be the perfect place to get your woo on.

POETRY: If you think some lovely poesy might be the key to your intended's heart, go buy a copy of Leaves of Grass. But if your sense of romance drifts towards naughty thoughts, hit the Bowery Poetry Club for the Second Annual Wife Of Bath Erotic Poetry Festival. Performers include Regie Cabico as Regent Rosy Rump, Seren Divine as Seren, Empress of Gorgeous, Tsaurah Litzky as Sultrena, Empress of Strumpets, Thad Rutkowki as Lord Thundertwig, Amy Shapiro as Queen Bella Kissed A Fella, Moonshine Shorey as the Wizard of Moonbeam, Hal Sirowitz as Sire Sweetkiss, and David Huberman as Earl of Codpiece. At only $6 a ticket, it's the perfect Valentine for those whose hearts are bigger than their paychecks.


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