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Monday, May 08, 2006


This Week in Modern Fabulousity - May 8, 2006

FOOD: Taste of the Nation 2006
May 10 - 7:30pm - Metropolitan Pavillion - 125 West 18th Street
Fifty-plus chefs from NYC's best restaurants -- including ModFab favorites Aix, Aquavit, Butter, Blue Smoke and Tribeca Grill -- offer up unique tastings and dishes to support a bevy of organizations working to eliminate hunger. Yummy on all counts.

TELEVISION: Kathy Griffin: Strong Black Woman
May 9 - 9:00pm - Bravo
Griffin's celebrity shakedowns are a love-her or hate-her touchstone for almost everyone. So if you don't like people who talk smack about other people, you should skip it. If you want to hear her thoughts on Paula Abdul's crack addiction and Dakota Fanning's scary-ass stare, set your TiVo now.

ART: Richard Serra: Rolled and Forged
Now through August 11 - Gagosian Gallery - 555 West 24th Street
Five new sculptures by the preeminent explorer of weight and volume. Which may not seem like much, but it's utterly fascinating work both visually and theoretically.

DANCE: Max Pollak, Rie Fukuzawa, Kristin Hapke, and Samar Haddad King
May 11-13 - Joyce Soho - 155 Mercer Street
Four acclaimed, emerging choreographers (include Rumbatap's Max Pollak, pictured) tackle "life, history, and follies of the heart." And at the unbelievable price of $15 per ticket, it's easily the best deal in town.

DVD: The Tennessee Williams Film Collection
Available Now
Chopped and emasculated, the plays of Tennessee Williams had a rough trek to Hollywood in the mid-20th century. Perhaps the greatest indication of their genius, however, is how powerful they remain even in their compromised forms. This new boxed set includes big hits like A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and The Night of the Iguana alongside lesser-seen treats Sweet Bird of Youth, Baby Doll, and The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone. Guess we'll have to wait for the next boxed set for Glass Menagerie and Suddenly, Last Summer.

MUSIC: The Collegiate Chorale: Berlioz, Bernstein, and Bartok
May 12 - Carnegie Hall - 57th Street and 7th Avenue
You couldn't pick a more perfect evening of choral music for the classical music novice (like ModFab): Berlioz's beautiful "Te Deum", Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Six Children's Choruses by Bela Bartok. Performed with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

Opens May 10 - Richard Rodgers Theatre - 226 West 46th Street
Is Disney's $15 million (and counting) musical adaptation overwhelmed by its own technology, or merely an escapist's dream? One way or another, we all find out this week as the theatre season officially comes to a close.
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