New York: celebrities, cabaret and the catwalkBottom Highlights, Scene Out Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Social Chaos: Scene Out
If you’re planning to visit New York during the holidays, here are some attractions you won’t want to miss.
Madame Tussauds New York
Let’s face it, all of us have this fascination with celebrities that we wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to brush elbows with them. At Madame Tussauds guests can get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sports legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving times, events and moments that made the world talk about them.
Madame Tussauds New York first opened their doors in 2000. Today, the wax museum is bigger and better than ever, combining its diverse history with the relentless glamour, intrigue and infamy of 21st century celebrities. Some of the figures looked so realistic we were wondering why they weren’t getting out of our way.
The attraction continues to expand globally with established international branches in Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Hollywood, Amsterdam, Berlin, Blackpool, London, Vienna, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney – all with the same rich mix of interaction, authenticity and local appeal. Each one boasts a unique experience with different exhibits. For instance, we got to experience the Spirit of New York, an interactive exhibit celebrating New York’s greatest icons and unforgettable moments. Step in line with a Rockette, ring the bell at the Stock Exchange and take a seat on set with Kelly Ripa. We even got to pose in the Statue of Liberty’s crown. For more information, visit www.madametussauds.com/NewYork.
Overflowing with naughty jokes and bawdy banter, La Soirée is a saucy mix of cabaret, vaudeville and neo burlesque at the Union Square Theatre.
Denis Lock and Hamish McCann bring a witty hand-balancing act, in which they affect British gentlemen’s-club airs while performing impressive feats of strength and flexibility. McCann returns later for a slow, graceful pole dance. Stephen Williams dressed only in a tight pair of jeans makes bathing while using hanging straps into a splashy seat-wetter aerial act.
With the women, the sexiness leans more toward comedy. Ursula Martinez gets up to some hanky-panky in a magic-striptease number. You will ponder at the location she finds her handkerchief at the end of the act. Miss Behave performs outré sideshow tricks like the “tongue twister” which involves a long stemmed red rose. Jess Love entertained the audience with her perky hula-hoop routine.
Diva Meow Meow stops by and delivers numbers from the classic international repertoire.
While Mooky Cornish makes the crowd laugh uncontrollably with her mock acting scene assisted by a volunteer from the audience. Leather-clad, fake-mustached, oversexed juggler and Freddie Mercury enthusiast Mario the Queen of the Circus crowd-surfs and involves the audience in group songs. He walked over our chairs to find a scent that apparently reminds him of something he could not resist.
The line-up of performers will evolve in the coming months but we are sure that they will bring talent and shameless cheek that will draw the audience in. Even though there are differently priced sitting areas, each seat is still first-come-first-serve. Make sure to arrive early, sit up in front and don’t be afraid to get a little naughty. As their hashtag says this show is definitely impossible to resist.
Show runs through March 2014. For more information, visit www.la-soiree.com
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
We visited the Brooklyn Museum before heading to the airport to view the Jean Paul Gaultier’s exhibition. It is the only East Coast venue for the French couturier’s first international exhibition.
The multimedia exhibition is organized around seven themes tracing the influences on Gaultier’s development – from the streets of Paris to the cinema – since he emerged as a designer in the 1970s. It features approximately 140 haute couture and prêt-à-porter ensembles, from the designer’s earliest to his most recent collections, many of which are displayed on custom mannequins with interactive faces created by high-definition audiovisual projections. It was interesting and, we must admit, creepy at times seeing the mannequins’ faces move in a loop.
Accessories, sketches, stage costumes, excerpts from films, and documentation of runway shows, concerts and dance performances, as well as photographs by fashion photographers and contemporary artists who stepped into Gaultier’s world, explore how his avant-garde designs challenge societal, gender and aesthetic codes in unexpected ways.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 23, 2014. It’s located in the Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing and Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Gallery on the 5th floor of the museum. For more information, visit www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/jean_paul_gaultier
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