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W42ST Daily 7/27/2020
I spot my friend Johnny sitting outside a barber on 9th Ave, so sidle up, smiling, and stand in front of him, waiting for him to spot me. He can’t, of course, tell that I’m smiling – I’m wearing a mask and sunglasses, so probably look a bit random. But, for the purposes of painting this picture, there’s a huge grin on my face.
He glances up from his phone, sensing a presence looming in front of him, and looks at me blankly. He is also wearing a mask, but I can tell it’s a blank look because he clearly has no idea who I am.
And nor should he. It’s not Johnny. And it’s at least the third time this week that I’ve mistaken someone on the street for someone I know. Damn masks! Can we just all agree to wear these in future? Thanks in advance.
NEW YORK STORIES
George Georgiou has been having the same order at UT47 for a while now – the #18 with extra avocado never fails to give him the mid-afternoon boost he needs. Korean owner and “food developer” (she refuses to call herself a chef) Mi-Young Yu tells him about her background in fine art and interior design, and how she discovered vegan and gluten-free cooking. This is her story.
Hell’s Kitchen should be way ahead of this trend. Because it looks like dogs are able to sniff out coronavirus with just a few days of training. I’m hoping that deeply invasive nose swab could soon be switched for a cuddle with a labradoodle.
DO THESE THINGS
A NOT-BORING WORKOUT
This series of podcasts doesn’t just tell you how to hold a pose … while you’re in doing it, the hosts will attempt to inform and entertain you (sometimes both) on topics ranging from UFOs to politics. Check out past episodes that include “How To Not Be A Karen While Getting Michelle Obama’s Arms” and “UFOs Are Real And So Is Cellulite.”
SEE BROADWAY’S NEW STARS
Broadway Cares’ NextGen Spotlight happens tonight, directed by Jelani Remy, shining a spotlight on the next generation of movers and shakers on Broadway and beyond. It’s free – get your tickets here.
HAVE A PAJAMA PARTY
Jim Caruso’s Pajama Cast Party tonight features Olivier Award-winning Lesli Margherita, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton, and soul singer CJ Emmons. It’s free to see (but donations are welcome).
SEE HARRY CONNICK JR
The crooner will be in conversation tomorrow night, talking about his career, his Catholic faith, and the tragic personal losses of two dear friends to COVID-19. Sign up for the link here.
HAVE AN ARTS LUNCH
The Signature Theatre is giving over its Instagram channel to an arts lunch with Nikiya Mathis on Thursday. The Antonyo Award-winning actress and hair and wig designer will take over IG Live with some special guests. Find out more.
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