Category: Sex and The City


That Championship Season: Starry But Uneven

March 24th, 2011 — 6:25am

Tuesday night, my friend Sara and I headed down to the Theater District to see That Championship Season.

The cast of That Championship Season (photo courtesy: Stage-rush.com)

The revival of Jason Miller’s Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama features a blockbuster cast — Brian Cox, Jim Gaffigan, Chris Noth (a.k.a Mr. Big), Jason Patric (son of playwright Miller) and Kiefer Sutherland.

Cox leads the ensemble as coach and host of an annual gathering celebrating the group’s high school football championship years ago. After a somewhat slow first act, the drama kicks into high gear as long-buried secrets and resentments are revealed. Patric shines as a drunk who doesn’t hold anything back and Noth fully inhabits the part of cocky womanizer, but venerable Cox is the show’s true star — especially during a lengthy monologue toward the end. Still, much of the 1972-born story feels dated, especially in the characters’ anti-Semitic, racist barbs.

After the show, I joined dozens of other theatergoers to catch a glimpse of the stars, most of whom were gracious about signing autographs and posing for pictures.

Jason Patric and me after the show

Noth, in keeping with what I’ve observed of him on many other occasions, said he had no time to pose and raced through the crowd like he wanted to be somewhere else.

Chris Noth couldn’t wait to wave goodbye

He’s as handsome as ever in person, but as far this fan is concerned, he could use a little more of his Sex And The City altar ego’s charm.

| Broadway reviews, Chris Noth, Sex and The City

Sponsored Post: Making The Choice To Splurge

December 21st, 2010 — 5:33pm

(photo courtesy: Diamond.com)

One of my best friends recently splurged on a new piece of jewelry for herself. The occasion — a going away present to commemorate her fantastic new job and move to London. She made a conscious choice to do something special for herself. I couldn’t help thinking how as women, we could stand to do more of that, instead of waiting for Prince Charming to buy us baubles.

That’s why I was excited to hear about Single Gal In The City advertiser Diamond.com’s makeover for 2011. Just in time for the New Year, Diamond.com is unveiling a new website that features a design-your-own-pendant-or-ring section and gift ideas under $300. The online destination will be the first of its kind — appealing to women as primary purchasers.

And why shouldn‘t we buy our own diamonds? We work hard, we’re staying single longer and have every reason to enjoy a little ice that has nothing to do with relationship status.

In the first Sex And The City movie, Samantha wanted to buy a diamond butterfly ring at auction. When boyfriend Smith outbid her and then gave it to her, she lamented to Carrie & co. that it was something she had wanted to do for herself. Because there’s value in being a little extravagant — for no reason other to be good to yourself.

Here’s to doing more of that in 2011!

| Sex and The City, Sex and The City movie

Singles Event Pick: Learning Annex Class

November 20th, 2010 — 7:40pm

Remember that Sex And The City episode where Carrie Bradshaw taught a disastrous class about meeting men at the Learning Annex? Thankfully, the LA has put together what sounds like a more effective workshop for women  — How Not To Stay Single.

Scheduled for Tuesday, November 23rd at 6:45pm, the three-hour class will feature  NYC dating expert / master matchmaker Terri Sloane and Style Guru David Groshen of Face Station. Terri and David will cover a variety of topics ranging from how to get out of dead-end relationships to what men are thinking on the first date and how to know if he‘s worth your time

Terri Sloane, M.S., has helped successful New Yorkers find romance through her exclusive matchmaking and dating coaching company, Introductions by TS. David Groshen, owner of Face Station Salon in New York City has appeared on the TLC network’s Faking It and has been a frequent hair stylist on Ambush Makeover.

Tickets are $44.95. Click here to register online or call 1-800-872-6639.

| Carrie Bradshaw, dating advice, matchmakers, Sex and The City

SJP And Hoda At The Y

October 31st, 2010 — 1:57pm

Earlier this week, I headed over to NYC’s 92nd Street Y to see Sarah Jessica Parker in conversation with public radio show host Leonard Lopate.

SJP and Leonard Lopate

During the 75-minute chat, SJP talked about her childhood, balancing work and family and, of course, Sex And The City. When Lopate asked how she manages to juggle her personal and professional lives, she said (to thunderous applause)–

“I’m a woman. If you want something done, ask a busy woman to do it.”

To keep work from encroaching on family time, SJP told the crowd she and hubby Matthew Broderick rarely run lines together. Which meant, during the SATC years, she was often learning the next day’s script on her way home.

SJP was casually chic in a sleeveless grey dress, fitted black shirt and black patent heels

Speaking of SATC, SJP admitted she was reluctant to do to the show at first, because she didn’t want to commit to a long-term series.

“I did think maybe nobody will watch it and…that will be good,” she said. “ But from the second episodes, I never looked back. It was such a unique experience to play that kind of character for so long. I think I miss that.”

When it came to shoot SATC’s finale, SJP wanted to be surprised so she didn’t the read the last scene’s script until five minutes before shooting it. Lopate asked if she had a hand in Carrie choosing Big.

“No,” she said. “But there was no choice to be made. It was the choice.”

Of her passion for doing varied work as both an actor/producer and entrepreneur, SJP admitted part of it stems from not going to college.

“I already regretted it. That’s why I love to learn, and New York is a city filled with lessons every day.”

After SJP, I managed to catch the tail end of Hoda Kotb’s book signing. I’m happy to report the popular Today Show anchor is both friendly and beautiful in person.

Hoda and me at her book signing

She chatted amiably with everyone, gladly posing for photos and hugging at least one fan who was overcome by meeting her. A true class act.

Coming up…rethinking NYC’s lopsided male-female ratio and the answer to a popular question about my European Dating Blitz.

| 92nd Street Y, Sarah Jessica Parker, SATC, Sex and The City

Rome: Day Two

September 30th, 2010 — 5:00pm

Friday the 17th, I woke up to find a text message from G saying he’d booked us tickets for The Vatican.

After a quick breakfast at our hotel, we grabbed a cab into town — and experienced our first taste of crazy Italian driving when our driver collided head on a with motorcyclist coming from another direction. Amazingly, the cyclist walked away without any serious injuries.

When In Rome: Me at St. Peter's Basilica

We were only a few blocks from Vatican City, so we walked the rest of the way. My first sun-drenched glimpse of St. Peter’s Basilica, much like it did on my initial visit to Rome sixteen years ago, left me more than a little awestruck. I thought of my late and adored parents, and how grateful I am they gave me an appreciation for art and history in all its spendors.

Our three-hour plus tour took us through the Vatican Museums and, of course, Michelangelo’s masterpieces in the Sistine Chapel. G had never been to the Vatican before, so it was doubly special experiencing it through his eyes as well.

Once the tour ended, we paused for a panini before strolling hand in hand along a nearby bridge. A perfect afternoon.

For dinner, G and I went to Rome’s popular Trastevere district, where we settled into an outdoor table overlooking a square buzzing with performers and other activity.

G opened up about a recent cancer scare, admitting that was why he didn’t hesitate to join me in Rome for the weekend, and we both became a little emotional. The conversation then turned to US foreign policy and G’s dim view of how international travelers to America are treated. All of a sudden, he brought up 9/11 and said–

“At least it taught America that it’s not Superman.”

I immediately got up from the table and went to the bathroom, furious and upset at G’s remark. When I returned, an argument ensued.

“I think your behavior right now was quite rude,” he said.

“My behavior? Well, I think it’s quite rude to say what you said about 9/11.”

G proceeded to get very angry, saying I had misinterpreted his comment, that he couldn’t believe I would think he felt 9/11 was a good thing. And then he persisted in criticizing US political actions past and present, telling me–
“Why are you taking it personally? I’m not talking about you, I’m talking about your country.”

And so I came to appreciate one of the greatest differences between Germans (and, to a great extent, many Europeans) and Americans. Whatever our nation’s shortcomings might be, we adore our country and are not shy about saying so. I also happened to have a mother who was deeply patriotic — and who adored being a New Yorker, as I do.

After G made his remark about 9/11, I couldn’t help thinking about that “Sex And The City” episode where Carrie is chatting with a sailor and he bashes NYC. She says goodnight immediately, musing–

“If you…only get one great love, maybe New York was mine. And I can’t have nobody talking sh*t about my boyfriend.”

Miss Bradshaw, I know exactly what you mean.

| Carrie Bradshaw, Rome, Sex and The City, The European Dating Blitz

London: Day Three Part Two

September 3rd, 2010 — 1:22pm

Last Thursday, I met up with London single gal N, 33, at All Bar One in Holburn.

Single Gals On The Town: N and me at All Bar One

Like other local bachelorettes, N told me casual dating is something of an anomaly in London.

“It’s not like Sex And The City with regards to multiple dating and having a different guy every night of the week,” she said. “Here, if you meet someone and you like them and there’s a connection, you keep dating them.”

Another difference — London guys, unlike their New York counterparts, won’t stop you on the street to give you a compliment.

“You don’t tend to meet a guy in everyday situations here,” N said.

N raved about popular British dating expert Matthew Hussey’s Get The Guy seminar. Hussey asks the question of why women have stopped selecting men, citing the example of eras gone by when ladies would drop their handkerchief and make men think they made the first move.

N admits she’s never been in love or had a long-term relationship, and that she’s only now ready for that to happen. She also realizes being proactive is a big part of being single.

“Why do we put more effort into finding a job or finding a home?” she mused. “Because we think it’s going to be like a romantic comedy where you’re just going to bump into him. But it’s not like that in real life.”

N is discovering there’s a lot to be said for dating outside of your comfort zone. After years of going out with younger guys, she recently connected with a 40-year-old bachelor online. They’ve been out half a dozen times.

“I’m gobsmacked,” she said with a smile.

I can’t wait to hear how this romance develops.

Coming up…girls night out in Paris with an American expat blogger and dates with two French bachelors!

| dating in your thirties, London, online dating, Sex and The City, The European Dating Blitz

SGITC Reader Perk: SATC Hotspots Tour

June 30th, 2010 — 10:20pm

Readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of On Location Tours’ “Sex And The City” Hotspots Tour. Which is why I’m excited to announce that OLT is giving away a pair of tickets to one lucky Single Gal In the City follower!

You can follow in the fab four’s footsteps with the SATC Hotspots Tour

I’ve had the pleasure of doing the SATC Hotspots Tour twice and loved it both times. It covers some of the most memorable locations from the series and both movies — including, of course, Carrie Bradshaw’s stoop.

To enter the contest, email me your favorite SATC moment at SingleGalInTheCity@gmail.com. All entries must be received by Friday July 16th.

| On Location Tours, SATC, Sex and The City, Sex and The City Tour, Single Gal In The City

Girls Day Out: Gina La Fornarina

May 29th, 2010 — 12:06pm

Thursday afternoon, I met up with my dear friend Rachel for a late lunch at wine bar Gina La Fornarina’s Upper East Side location.

Gina La Fornarina: The charming wine bar and trattoria has UES and UWS locations (photo courtesy: Gemelli S/Yelp.com)

Gina La Fornarina offers warm and friendly service in a sleek, modern setting.

Rach and I hadn’t seen each other since before I left for my Great Dating Blitz, so we had plenty to catch up on. We talked about how failed relationships tend to produce great stories, the tricky question of who pays on first dates and our current summer travel plans (Rach’s hometown of Sydney for her, road trip to Atlantic City for me).

To cap off the day, we went back to Rach’s apartment and watched a few classic episodes of “Sex And The City.”

In one of them, Carrie talks about letting go of the past so you can become who you’re meant to be now. Her words had great resonance for me, as I continue to feel the impact of what I learned from my blitz — most importantly that it’s never too late to shake up your life and reinvent yourself. And there’s no better place to do it than in the Big Apple.

| Carrie Bradshaw, Sex and The City, The Great Dating Blitz, Upper East Side, wine bars

SATC Hotspots Tour: Take Two

May 27th, 2010 — 11:40am

Last night, I celebrated today’s opening of “Sex And The City 2” by climbing aboard On Location Tours SATC Hotspots Tour (see blog sidebar link for Single Gal In The City reader discount).

All Aboard: On Location Tours’ Meagan and me

The three-hour journey, now includes locations from both the series and the movies, kicks off at Pulitzer Fountain in front of The Plaza. Among the additions since I last did it in 2006 — Buddakan, site of Carrie and Big’s rehearsal dinner, and jeweler Alexis Bittar, who co-designed baubles with Patricia Field featured in SATC 2.

As we made our way through Midtown, the West Village and SoHo, I was excited to find myself sitting next to freelance writer Carrie Seim.

Carrie interviewed me in March by email for her about leaving New York to find love. A part-time LA resident, she told me she has no problem meeting men when she visits the Big Apple. There really is something about changing your zip code to spice up your love life.

Much to my great delight, Carrie introduced me to dating expert and author Julie Spira. We talked about the ups and downs of long-distance relationships, and about Andrea Syrtash’s smart new book, He’s Just Not Your Type (And That’s A Good Thing).

Also joining in the fun, wedding gown designer Matthew Christopher. He had us laughing when he said a few Norweigan tourists complained that the tour wasn’t what she had expected.

“I told her, ‘Honey, don’t build it up, just let it happen.’ ”

Good advice when it comes to dating too.

| Buddakan, On Location Tours, Patricia Field, SATC, SATC 2, Sex and The City, Sex and The City Tour

Looking Back As You Go Forward

February 2nd, 2010 — 11:01pm

When you find yourself on the verge of a new direction, life has a way of reminding you of the journey it took to get there. Lately, I’ve enjoyed a few unexpected strolls down memory lane.

Junior’s Restaurant: Lunch at this Times Square eatery with an old friend kicked off my week of reminiscing (photo courtesy: chowtimes.com)

It began last week, during a delightful lunch with my former Fox News colleague Frankie. Though Frankie and I hadn’t seen each other since I left Fox nine years ago, we picked up right where we left off, reminiscing about the hilarious stunts we pulled in the name of TV production (including one involving “Star Wars” costumes). He asked me if I wanted to come back, and I was grateful to be reminded that some doors never truly close.

A few days later, I was at a deli on my lunch break when I ran into former “Days of Our Lives” actor Matthew Ashford. Having grown up watching Days, I was genuinely excited to see Matthew again (our last encounter was during the ’04 Daytime Emmys) and to hear about his new gig – playing one of the dads in a national tour of “Mamma Mia.”

As we talked about the shifting TV landscape and uncertain future of daytime dramas, I thought about how soaps were to my teenage years what “Sex And The City” has been to my thirties. It’s surprising and sad to think of the genre eventually being no more.

Speaking of surprises, the third one of the week happened at home when I was going through boxes of childhood mementos. Turns out one of the boxes was mislabeled, so I was floored to open it and find a collection of dolls that I assumed were lost in a move years ago. What a welcome flashback.

Yes, there’s definitely something to be said for the occasional backward glance. In the course of just a few days, I reconnected with three very different periods of my past – all of which have contributed to the woman I am today. As I take stock of where I’ve been, I feel even readier to embrace what comes next.

| crossroads in life, Days of Our Lives, Fox News Channel, looking back, Mamma Mia, Matthew Ashford, Sex and The City, soap opera stars, workplace friends

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