Color was conspicuously absent from my Riverside Park garden. And one of the cardinal rules of tending a plot, set out by the gardening guru Gertrude Jekyll in her 1914 Colour Schemes for the Flower Garden, held that perennials should be massed to achieve continuous “drifts” (her brilliant coinage) of color throughout the growing season. Read More
Frenemies, those acquaintances who exchange pleasantries to your face then spit insults behind your back, can be quite vicious. Especially when they’re writers. Old Acquaintance, written by John Van Druten in 1940 and in revival at the Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre, is an early World War II–era comedic study of the very contemporary Read More
Extreme gardening: Anyone who is serious about her plot has endured it. A friend whose garden includes an iris- and lily-bordered pond spends hours knee-deep in muck pulling the interconnected roots of cattails (“you can’t hire someone to do it”). Clearing brush, always oddly satisfying to me (although I remain nonplussed that only Republican Presidents Read More
For Tony Award–winning tap dancer Savion Glover, words don’t mean a thing: He talks with his feet. A rumble of clicketyclacks, a staccato of flip-flaps and a string of stomp-stomps with his metal-toed shoes …. With these, Mr. Glover will reveal his soul on the Joyce Theater stage beginning June 19.
We sent our General Interest Culture Reporter, Gillian Reagan, and her mom (!), to a Saturday matinee at the Atlantic Theater Company on West 20th Street. They caught an early performance of the new musical 10 Million Miles, which opens tomorrow. Here is her report:
In 10 Million Miles, Molly and Duane set Read More
If you’ve resisted going to the opera in New York—too expensive? not sure it’s your thing?—now you’ve got no excuse. On Tuesday, June 12, the Metropolitan Opera will open its season of “Met in the Parks”—a series of free performances in green spaces from Brooklyn to the Bronx—with Giacomo Puccini’s La Bohème. As part of Read More
It’s frustrating when people who consider themselves experienced cooks say, “It couldn’t be easier!” Most of the time, of course, it could. Timing, confidence and instinct are as important as a sharp knife to cooking well, and you can’t get those from a book.
However, I have to agree with the Read More
In the gardening world, the summer doldrums are brought on by two things: weeding and watering. They usually set in around July 4, but this year they came early. After transplanting dozens of greenhouse-nurtured annuals, I held my breath and waited for rain. When it stayed hot and dry, I looked at the wilting leaves Read More
When London called, Joe Strummer made it his job to listen. As the lead singer of the Clash, Strummer, who died in 2002 at the age of 50, turned the city’s breathless cries into a siren song of the apocalypse. Spilling over with nuclear fury and dank despair, Strummer’s voice was hard to ignore and, Read More
Yes, it’s called the Greenmarket, but this is partly P.R.—after all, Fleshmarket doesn’t carry the same gentle, pastoral ring. Still, as we enter June, there are at least a half-dozen stands in Union Square alone whose wares shade distinctly toward the blood-red end of the spectrum. Even a dedicated saladitarian must, at times, hunt down Read More