On Hiatus

Since I have been spending less and less time in New York City, trading it for often quite different environs, New Dork City is on hiatus for the time being. Hopefully, we’ll get picked up in a future season.

In the meantime, check out my new blog, featuring my musings as I shun reality and take of on a thousand and one adventures:  www.escapefromreallife.com


First of all, apologies for not having written for a while. The city’s events just done dried up!

Yeah, right; like that would ever happen. Rather, numerous cumbersome obligations tied up my typing fingers for a bit. But I’m back, and have I got a good one for you!

The Tribeca Film Festival winds down this weekend, but there are still plenty of marvelous motion pictures to wrap your mind around. One of which just so happens to be directed by one of my best friends, burgeoning director Engi Wassef. Marina of the Zabbaleen weaves the tale of a precocious and super-aware little girl growing up in the world’s largest recycling community right in the heart of Cairo, Egypt. The story follows Marina and her family’s hardships and hopes amidst the trash heaps. With an enchanting score both mournful and beautiful and an effective juxtapose of jarring and inspirational imagery, Marina opens the audience to a world unlike any other.

Marina of the Zabbaleen plays tonight, May 1, at 6:45. Rush tickets available. Click here for showtimes and to buy tickets.

Attention, New York massive! Take up your glowsticks, brush off those UFOs and dance to the … silence?

Beginning at precisely 6:17pm this evening, b boys, pop n’ lockers and your Uncle Joe are all invited to don their iPod headphones and boogie down in Union Square during the Silent Rave. These toe-tapping public spectacles have spread across Europe and now across the pond. What’s best about the concept is that there appears to be no pedantic message other than for lots of people to get off their butts and have a good time together. So rave it up, kiddies!

Silent Rave takes place tonight, April 18th, from 6:15-11pm in Union Square. Free. Bring your own music and headphones and pack a carefree spirit.

It’s freakin’ gorgeous out! In honor of the first day of outdoor drinking weather, here’s a quick list of the city’s beer gardens. Bottoms up!

Where but NYC could you be invited to a “Drive In” with no expectation that you will actually drive to the event? As a part of the always much anticipated Tribeca Film Festival, moviegoers are invited to park their tuckuses at he World Financial Center for three outdoor screenings of the family-friendly variety. This year, the best of the bunch is Thriller Night, a screening of Michael Jackson’s epic video and a behind-the-scenes look into just how the musical masterpiece was made. So pull up a lawn chair and veg out under the stars.

Tribeca Film Festival Drive-In takes place Thursday, April 24th through Saturday April 26th. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with programs beginning at 7:30 and screenings at 8. Free.

Don’t ignore the white elephant in the room! Or the LED princess wands. Or the feather headdress. Or the … wait, where am I? No, Dorothy, you’re not in Kansas anymore … thank GOD!

You’re at one of THE parties of the year. The Bizarre Bazaar, a schmorgasboard of camaraderie, calamity and candor conceived by a few of the most twisted and creative minds I’ve ever encountered. Stumble your way to Porch next Saturday, April 12. Take a deep breath and pray it will be your last … no, your first, as you become a part of one of the most interesting birthday shindigs I’ve been witness to.

For the noobs, this is the annual Dancing Rams birthday party, in honor of “Aries Gone Wild” Wendy and Nora, and it is a do-not-miss event, introducing you to some of the weirdest traditions that make you go “hmmm.” And then “ooo.” Then “OH YEAH … YAY!”

Curious? You should be.

Grab a wig, a boa (feather or constrictor) and come.on.down.

Bizarre Bazaar takes place Saturday, April 12th from 2pm to 10pm at Porch, 115 Ave C (Between 7th & 8th). 212.475.1515.

Weekend plans in peril? Comic-Con to the rescue! This Friday, April 18th through Sunday 20, the Javits Center geeks out with gaggles of fanatics lustily thumbing limited edition copies of their favorite picture pages. This year, living legend Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Hulk, to name a few, will receive a special comics legend award. But never mind the manga, Batman; the best thing about Comic-Con is the rabid fans donning their favorite hero or heroine’s capes, caps and codpieces. But sheath that sword, oh powerful one! From the Web site:

If you’re bringing, buying, or selling something that could maim, damage, or cause serious bodily harm, we’re going to take issue. Please read our Costume Weapon Policy and Weapon Sales Policy before attending or exhibiting at New York Comic Con with a weapon.

In addition to the comic book chaos, catch concerts, lectures and even play some video games. Special thanks to my pal Leks for the heads up on such a geektastic occasion!

Comic-Con runs Friday, April 18 from 3:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Saturday, April 19 from 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM and Sunday, April 20 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Buy tickets online through Thursday to get a discount. Online tickets: weekend passes are $45, Friday passes are $30, Saturday passes are $35, and Sunday passes are $30. On site tickets: weekend passes are $65, Friday passes are $40, Saturday passes are $45, and Sunday passes are $40.