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August 30, 2005

CBGB's Last Hoorah

cgbg_inside.jpgThe walls inside CBGB's are a veritable paper mache history of punk music. Bands like Blondie, The Ramones and The Talking Heads passed through the doors of CBGB's, rocked out on stage, and papered the walls with their posters. The tattered remains of those early posters is a legacy teetering on verge of oblivion: CBGB's is threatened with eviction.

In a nasty lawsuit with the Bowery Residents' Committee over back-rent, CBGB's has one day to get their act together. Their lease expires tomorrow, August 31st and they are scrambling to raise funds.

CGBG_outside.jpgHelp keep CBGB's rocking. Head to Washington Square Park tomorrow for CGBG Forever from 3-7pm to support this cultural icon and listen to bands like Blondie, Chesterfield Kings, Bouncing Souls, The Charms and Institute with Gavin Rossdale. Gothamist has full coverage.

Posted by EMC at 03:44 PM | Comments (2)

A Meeting of the Libidos: Louis XIV and Ike Reilly Assassination

LouisXIV.jpgNeo-punk band, Louis XIV, is not for the faint of heart - rather the filthy of heart and dirty of mind. On their album The Best Little Secrets are Kept, lead singer Jason Hill sings his way through a litany of women he would like to have sex with (chocolate girl, Asian girl, carrot girl, vanilla girl, Miss Little Smart Girl, tough girl etc.).

"It's no secret, best-kept or otherwise, that glammy hams Louis XIV are hornier than the entire Tijuana Brass Band... it's perhaps the most titillating sexist album cover since Smell The Glove" - Yahoo Music.

In spite of their overhauled irreverence, QLL is a big fan of Louis XIV; favorite songs include "Pledge of Allegiance" and "Louis XIV". Samples can be heard from the Louis XIV jukebox.

And whereas Louis XIV proudly boasts their supposed sexual prowess, the Ike Reilly Assassination takes a rather opposite approach. On the first song of their first major-label debut Ike Reilly Assassination front man, Ike Reilly, belts out about his inability to satisfy his lover.

Ike.jpgIke Reilly, a former cemetery worker and doorman, released a solo album in July 2001. Met with major praise from The New York Times, GQ and Rolling Stone, when the album did not bring in the expected profits, he was subsequently dropped from the label. Considering himself a modern day Willy Lomen, Ike Reilly revived his music career with the start of a new band, ironically dubbed, the Ike Reilly Assassination.

A meeting of the libidos is scheduled to take place this Thursday, September 1st, at Irving Plaza. Ike Reilly Assassination will open for Louis XIV. Perhaps Ike Reilly can get some between-the-sheets tips, from sex-crazed Jason Hill. Regardless of the exchanges, this concert is going to rock.

Tickets are still available on TicketMaster for a quarter-life price: $14.50

Posted by Jeremy at 10:13 AM

August 29, 2005

Campbell Apartment: Prohibition in Grand Central Terminal

Campbell Apt 1.jpg

Stashed into a corner of Grand Central Terminal, a Gatsby-worthy bar serves up sophistication and flair in old-fashioned cocktail glasses. In the 1920s, business tycoon John W. Campbell decided to mix business with pleasure. He purchased a corner room in Grand Central with gaping, 25-foot ceilings and transformed it to resemble a 13th Century Florentine Palace. During the daylight hours, Mr. Campbell built his empire in this stunning office space. After hours, fancy crowds poured in and liquor flowed freely.

Prohibition2.jpgCampbell Apartment today is just as spectacular as it was then. Painted ceilings, stunning windows and impeccable service evoke the glamour and sophistication of 1920s America. Classic cocktails reminisce these days past with names like "Flapper's Delight," "Robber Baron," and "Roaring Twenties." The signature cocktail, "Prohibition Punch" is pretty and pink, generous in a fancy brandy snifter. Watch out - Prohibition Punch is delicious but deadly.

Campbell_Apt_small2.jpgEarly on weeknights the apartment is jammed with commuters seeking a moment of respite before dashing to catch their trains. Friday and Saturday the commuters steer clear and local Manhattanites come to drink. Sundays from 6 to 9pm are Swing nights and feature a 13-piece swing orchestra. Dress code is strict and cocktails are pricey, but Campbell Apartment is a New York apartment you cannot afford to miss.

Campbell Apartment
Grand Central Terminal
15 Vanderbilt Ave
Between 42nd St. and Vanderbuilt Ave

Posted by EMC at 02:23 PM

August 26, 2005

You've Got 2 Give 2 Get

rock.jpgGive 4 hours, Get 1 ticket! A new organization called Rock Corps has a new gimmick to get us to be a part of the youth movement to inspire social change in the community... and it may just work. Volunteering only 4 hours of your time will get you a ticket to an exclusive concert featuring Fat Joe, T.I., Paul Wall, Slim Thug, Young Jeezy, The Transplants and more to be announced at Radio City Music Hall in September. You can't buy a ticket, and the only way into Radio City Music Hall is by earning it! You've got to volunteer to be there in person, but the concert will be televised.

Posted by Shari at 11:21 PM

August 25, 2005

The Current Trend

small pic.jpgWhat is news worthy in America? According to The Google page called Zeitgeist (defined as the general intellectual, moral, and cultural climate of an era), this is a site that is regularly updated to reflect tidbits of information related to the search behavior of Google users (most of the world for that matter).

For the Week ending Aug 22, the top 3 gaining queries in America were: 1. Jude Law, 2. Skylar Deleon, 3. Courtney Love pregnant and Eva Longoria was number 15. A girl crush ladies?

Out of these Zeitgeist lists emerges a youth-focused network designed to bridge the gap between the Internet and television news called Current (backed by Al Gore). Current debuted this past August and derives content from the viewers (20%) and current trends searched via Google. Mostly, it is a loop of short subject features, from 15 seconds to five minutes. In an MTV/living blog like fashion,Current has been described by one as a tapas bar of ideas.

Although segments are repeated over and over, the news stories boast important and influential topics fit for the young and the restless surrounding such current issues in Gaza, Sudan, and other matters that will affect our generation now and in the future. Gore has been quick to say the network espouses no political agenda or ideology...I sense many (conservative) viewers will hardly find this statement to be the elephant in the room.

In other Google News...here is something new to chat about. Google launches an instant messaging program called Google Talk this week.

Posted by Shari at 09:00 PM

Get Dressed for a Good Cause...

met_gala_small.jpgDon't have enough black tie weddings? Is your formal dress or tuxedo gathering dust in the closet? Need some more tax deductions? The Metropolitan Foundation's annual black tie fund raiser is quickly approaching:

Event Chairmen Mr. John Moore, Miss Jennifer Bawden and Mr. John Nicholas Invite you to join New York's political, technology, sports, fashion and performing arts communities as they join together to fight breast cancer, promote environmental awareness and salute NYC's 9/11 heroes at a Gala evening at Central Park's Boathouse Friday, September 9, 2005.

Junior tickets start at $100 and includes an open bar and appetizers. There will be an after hours party at a yet to be named club, and let's not forget, it's for charity. Tickets can be purchased online.

Posted by Jeremy at 07:26 PM

3rd Annual Central Park Film Festival

FilmFestival_low.jpgThe 3rd Annual Central Park Film Festival is winding down, only 3 movies remain. The flicks are shown at Rumsey Playfield on East 72nd Street off Fifth Avenue at 8pm. While the picks aren't exactly what we consider film festival quality, but it's hard to pass up a free outdoor movie in Central Park. The 3 remaining movies are The Band Wagon with Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisseon on Thursday, The Muppets Take Manhattan with Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, and The Muppets gang on Friday and to close the season, Little Manhattan on Saturday with Josh Hutcherson, Bradley Whitford, Charlie Ray, and Cynthia Nixon. Check out QLL's Summer Movie Guide to see what else is playing.

Posted by Jeremy at 09:24 AM

August 23, 2005

Refugee Camp Comes to New York City

camp300.jpgDoctors Without Borders is bringing an outdoor exhibit to Manhattan and Brooklyn this September and October.

Around the world, approximately 33 million people have fled their homes due to war, insecurity and persecution. The MSF exhibit asks visitors to imagine they are among the millions of displaced people, from countries such as Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo and North Korea. Visitors are asked to imagine themselves in the situation of the displaced, asking questions such as, 'Will I be safe? What will I eat? How do I find water? Can I get medical care? And where will I live?'

Central Park, New York, NY
Cherry Hill at 72nd Street
September 22nd - 24th
9:30am - 6:30pm

Prospect Park, Brooklyn, NY
Long Meadow
near Grand Army Plaza
September 28th - October 2nd
9:30am - 6:30pm

Posted by Jeremy at 02:04 PM

Katz's Delicatessen: "The Best Sandwich on Earth"

katz_small2.jpgTheir slogan preaches truth. On a famished Sunday evening, QLL headed east on Houston to the corner of Ludlow where Katz's Delicatessen has sat since 1888. A door underneath the burning-out fluorescent sign opens into a cavernous space filled with hearty deli food and just a little bit of everyone.

cel-ray.jpgCollege students fork their way through round potato knishes. LES hipsters sip Dr. Brown Cel-Ray soda and families with children plough their way through generous sandwiches heaping with tasty meat. Table set up is reminiscent of a high school cafeteria. Wait service is offered only at those tables snug against the wall. If you want your food fast we recommend heading to the deli line. But if you are in no rush, the waiters are true old timers, in a blue coats and plastic gloves.

pickles.jpgA plate of homemade sour pickles and pickled tomatoes started the meal. We ordered a Rueben Reuben.jpgand a corned beef sandwich, a round potato knish and a chocolate egg cream. As the sandwiches arrived, our jaws dropped. Never before had we seen such massive, mouthwatering sandwiches. Barely able to make it through half, we left laughing and satisfied, already planning our next trip back.

Katz's Delicatessen
205 East Houston Street
New York, NY 10022


Posted by EMC at 02:04 PM | Comments (2)

August 22, 2005

Dog Daze


As we enter the period of the summer when the Dog Star rises and sets with the sun, most of New York City slows to a crawl. The sultry summer weather causes a forced state of lethargy and general slacker attitude.

Speaking of the slacker attitude, the greatest slacker movie of all time will be shown on Pier 54 (Hudson River and 14th Street) on Wednesday August 24th at 8:30pm. Dazed and Confused is the story of a bunch of kids on the last day of school of 1976, hazing, hookups, pranks, drinking and marijuana. It's a night they would never forget.....if only they could remember it.

Posted by Jeremy at 02:03 PM | Comments (1)

August 17, 2005

Free Ciara Show in Bryant Park

In the continuing free Good Morning America concert series, Ciara will be performing live in Bryant Park this Friday from 7:00am - 9:00am. We suggest you arrive early as these shows tend to be nuts.

cciara.jpgDubbed the "First Lady of Crunk & B" by the producer who should know, Lil Jon, singer Ciara burst onto the scene with the never-gonna-get-it single "Goodies," the breathy "answer song" to Petey Pablo's "Freek-a-Leek." She was born in Austin, TX, but with her father in the Army, Ciara spent time living in Germany, New York, California, Arizona, and Nevada before landing in Atlanta. In her early teens, she got a piece of paper out and wrote down her life's goal, to become a professional singer. She joined a girl group, worked on her songwriting, left the group, landed a publishing deal, and found a "music soul mate" when she met producer Jazze Pha. With help from Pha, Garrett, and Lil Jon, Ciara released her self-titled debut in September the same year.

The last Good Morning America concert featured Jessica Simpson, check out the photos on Flickr.


Avril Lavigne performs on August 26, see the full schedule.

Posted by Jeremy at 02:03 PM

August 16, 2005

HOWL! Festival of East Village Arts

howlLogo.gifRemember the East Village back before cultural gentrification and sanitization when it was a mecca of cool? The third edition of the HOWL! festival presents 200 events all over the 'hood, including crowd-pleasing drag extravaganza Wigstock and theatre sub-fest Way the F*ck Off Broadway. The festival peppers its art offerings with countercultural gusto, including a marathon reading of Allen Ginsberg's namesake poem and the presence of Ms. Harry herself to shake things up for old time's sake. The festival also includes numerous free and G rated events.

Sunday 8/21 - Sunday 8/28 - Full Schedule

Posted by Jeremy at 02:02 PM

August 11, 2005

Yankee Cheeses at Murray's Cheese

Cheese3.jpgQLL is crazy about cheese and while this summer's picks have focused mainly on varieties from La Mancha region of Spain - Campo de Montalban, Manchego - we are not country biased. It is for this reason that QLL wholly supports the American Cheese Society in their endeavors to raise awareness of and build markets for artisanal Yankee cheeses.

Annually, in what could be the most delicious event of the year, droves of cheese lovers from across the continent saturate a chosen city for the American Cheese Society conference. Expert judges taste, touch and observe. "Best of Show" is the top award, but awards are also bestowed for such categories as blue mold cheeses,Blue.jpgfetas, fresh mozzarellas, goat, sheep and cow's milk, fresh unripened as well as soft-ripened cheeses. Our mouths are already watering.

This year's conference has come and gone, but West Village cheese shop, Murray's Cheese offers New Yorkers another shot. Diane Stemple served as a judge in the conference. Tonight she will join Murray's Cheese manager Sarah Zaborowski and affineur Sasha Davies to teach a class on their experiences at the conference. Register online to eat, drink and be merry while expanding your palette.

August 11, 2005 6:30-8:00pm
"American Cheese Society Winners 2005"

Murray's Cheese
254 Bleecker Street
Between 6th and 7th Avenues

Posted by EMC at 02:01 PM

August 08, 2005

August and the Arts

20 venues. 16 days. 1300 performances.

The New York International Fringe Festival attracts more than 200 theatre and dance companies from across the globe, all conspiring to create what the New York Times calls "the scrappiest, most inclusive festival in the city..."

Political satire, parody, drama and sexy skits are the backbone behind North America's largest multi-arts festival. Running from August 12th though the 28th, FringeNYC is a production of The Present Company.


Info available online or by phone 212.279.4488

Posted by EMC at 02:01 PM

New York Magazine Names The 50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers


In a shocking twist that should take exactly nobody by surprise, 4 of New York Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful New Yorkers are staffers at Union Square's Coffee Shop. Every NYC resident knows (as does any college kid who ever shacked up at NYU Dorms for the summer) that the Coffee Shop waitresses are hotties, although the wait staff lost a bit of its street cred when the coat-check girl/waitress Naima Naima.jpgwent commercial and won America's Next Top Model this spring. The magazine's four beauties were nominated by Coffee Shop owner Carolyn Benitez, because "she was once a model herself and knows what it's like to have to make money to put your book together," so the whole thing reeks a bit of self-promotion. But bitterness aside, there is now official confirmation that Coffee Shop is a haven to all the aspiring pretty people in New York City. Well, them, and that buddha-looking waiter with only a small tuft of hair.

Check out these beauties, plus 46 others.

Posted by at 02:00 PM

August 05, 2005

Momofuku: All Around Favorite

Apparently, QLL does not stand alone in its raving support of East Village noodle bar, Momofuku. In their September issue, Food and Wine magazine lists Momofuku Noodle Bar as one of The Best New Asian Restaurants!

Momofuku.jpgThat Momofuku's excellent cuisine should draw so much attention comes as no surprise. After working for Craft, one of New York's finer restaurants, chef David Chang is familiar with New Yorkers' likes and dislikes. Rich flavors of Berkshire black pork, perfectly chewy roasted rice cakes flavored with onions and sweet Korean chili sauce and a beautiful oak bar overlooking the kitcen set Momofuku apart from other restaurants in the area.

Food-Momofuku.jpgWith noodle dishes and appetizers somewhere in the $4-$15 range and the priciest item on the menu an amazing, $49 bottle of Kamoizumi Junmai Daiginjo sake, Momofuku is priced right for quarter life living.

Momofuku Noodle Bar
163 First Avenue

Posted by EMC at 02:00 PM | Comments (1)

August 03, 2005

Free Jessica Simpson Concert in Bryant Park

Against our better judgment we bring you this late breaking news:

jessica_smaller.jpgJessica Simpson Americas latest Britney poster girl will be performing a free concert in Bryant Park for Good Morning America on Friday, August 5th from 7:00am - 9:00am. If you are willing to be seen at a Jessica Simpson performance we suggest you arrive early to avoid the screaming hordes of teeny boppers sporting the latest Jessica fad, Daisy Dukes.

Posted by Jeremy at 01:59 PM | Comments (4)

American Idol For The Theatre: Strawberry One-Act Festival

strawberry.gifThe Strawberry One-Act Festival could easily be regarded as an American Idol knockoff: a theatre competition in which audiences and judges cast votes to declare a winning play. But the annual event has been around for ten years - long before Mr. Cowell and company interrupted our lives. Forty playwrights compete for the chance to have a full-length play produced, and in the process, theatre lovers get to discover fresh talent - and the occasional rotten tomato - from all over the country. Title simplicity prevails in A Play About a Guitar and A Play About a Mouse, while Post Inferno and Hell for Dummies are set for a Dante-themed showdown. Via flavorpill

The Strawberry One-Act Festival
Fri 8-5 - Sun 8-14 (Mon-Fri: 7 & 9pm / Sat-Sun: 3, 5, 7 & 9pm)
Producers Club II
616 9th Ave

Posted by Jeremy at 01:59 PM

August 01, 2005

Alcohol Abuse Now Even Easier!

bottles.jpgBeing social in New York tends to revolve around some sort of alcoholic beverage. Whether you fancy a martini, whiskey or cold can of Coors it is pretty easy to drink yourself into the poor house.

A couple of guys in Williamsburg realized this and made it their mission to bring cheap / free booze to the masses by starting myopenbar.com.

Having realized the dire need for a centralized and coherent source of open bar listings (because paying rent and shelling out 7 bucks on a Brooklyn Lager just wasn't working out), we took it upon ourselves to give you, our esteemed reader, this free service at our own, though insignificant, expense.

Posted by Jeremy at 01:58 PM