Category: 80’s music


Singles Events Picks: Valentine’s Day Fun

February 9th, 2014 — 3:28pm

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the coupled up set. It’s an occasion for celebrating all the love in your life – and, if you’re single of course, getting out there and having some fun. Two NYC events are offering the chance to mingle on February 14th.

Singles Parties NYC is hosting what it’s calling “The Largest Valentine’s Singles Party.” Get your flirt on from 10pm-2am on Friday at popular 80’s nightclub Culture Club.

Get your flirt on 80s hotspot Culture Club (photo courtesy: CultureClub.com)

Get your flirt on 80s hotspot Culture Club (photo courtesy: CultureClub.com)

The venue has been reserved exclusively for the party, so everyone there will be unattached. Drink specials include $5 beer, wine and well drinks til midnight. Ladies, use promo code VDAYLADIES to pay only $10 for your ticket. Gents, use promo code VDAYGENTS to pay only $20 for your ticket. For more info and tickets, click here.

Looking for something more intimate and chic? Head on down to Bar 7even 5ive at Andaz Wall Street.

Bar 7even 5ive at Andaz Wall Street is playing Cupid

Bar 7even 5ive at Andaz Wall Street is playing Cupid

From 8 pm – midnight, the bar will have its very own “Cocktail Cupid” serving the night’s signature drink, The Wrecking Ball – comprised of strawberry simple syrup, Ketel One, fresh lime juice and champagne.

Guests that spot someone they like, can purchase The Wrecking Ball drink from the Cocktail Cupid, who will personally deliver it while discreetly pointing out who the admiring sender is. Connection Caddies will also be placed throughout the bar, filled with vintage valentines to fill out that the Cocktail Cupid can send with the drink.

To cap the night off, anyone who sends The Wrecking Ball to a crush will be automatically entered to win great prizes including a one-night stay at Andaz Wall Street with breakfast in bed, bar tab for the night to be on the house (up to $100) and a cooking lesson for two with the hotel’s Executive Chef, Victor Cruz.

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day? At the top of my February 14th to do list—making sure the people I love know how fortunate I feel to have them in my life.

Comment » | 80's music, singles events, singles parties, Valentine's Day

Celebrating The Big 4-0

January 22nd, 2014 — 4:01pm

There are some milestones in life you can’t help but celebrate with great fanfare and reflection. The big 4-0 is one of them—and it’s been a celebration even sweeter than I could have imagined.

The festivities began over a week ago, during a lively dinner with my fellow turning 40 galpal Bobbi and several of our friends. We enjoyed a delicious three-course meal and dancing at sprawling Meatpacking District hotspot Manon.

Birthday Girls: Bobbi and me

Birthday Girls: Bobbi and me

This past weekend, I continued the fun with family. My brothers and sisters-in-law came in from Dover and Boston respectively, joining my sister, aunt and cousins for a very special meal at Il Cantinori.

Best brothers in the world: (from left) Ray, me and Steve

Best brothers in the world: (from left) Ray, me and Steve

There’s good reason why Il Cantinori has such a storied reputation (and, natch, was the location for Carrie’s 35th birthday non-dinner on Sex And The City). We were well taken care of in a private room downstairs, which was beautifully adorned with flowers and candlelight. The ambience, food and service were all fantastic. But the best part for me was being surrounding by the people I love most.

There was something magical in the air that reminded me of the many happy family occasions we were so blessed to have when my parents were still with us. Though I will miss them forever, on this night my heart felt nothing but joy and gratitude.

After dinner, I joined my cousins at Le Poisson Rouge for 80’s cover band Jessie’s Girl’s first gig in their new home (the awesome Canal Room closed a few weeks ago, *sigh*).

Family Bonding: Me and my cousins (from left) Carla, Dana and Alexandra

Family Bonding: Me and my cousins (from left) Carla, Dana and Alexandra

As always, they rocked it out, this time with an assist from American Idol and “Rock of Ages” alum Constantine Maroulis.

Constantine wowed the crowd

Constantine wowed the crowd

Yesterday, my actual birthday, was quieter but equally wonderful. After a delightful lunch with good friend Vicky at Midtown bistro Gente, I pampered myself with a massage at Bliss 49. The evening was spent with my beloved cousin and soul sister Alexandra, enjoying dinner at Baraonda on the UES (yes, I can never get enough Italian food!) followed by drinks nearby at Bounce.

Happy Birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to me!

During my massage, the therapist and I talked about turning 40. Now 45, she shared some of the wisdom and growth that has come to her in this decade. At the top of the list — feeling completely comfortable in her own skin. It’s a sentiment similar to what I’ve heard from many of the fabulous fortysomething women I’m so fortunate to know.

Nurturing that self-assuredness is one of my goals for this milestone year and decade. I feel like I’m beginning an exciting new chapter in my life. And I’m so thankful to have wonderful family and friends to share it with.

40 and fabulous indeed!

Comment » | 80's cover band, 80's music, family bonding, family reunion, Il Cantinori, Jessie's Girl, Le Poisson Rouge, Sex and The City, turning 40

Girls Night Out Double Header

January 16th, 2013 — 10:27pm

Friday, I enjoyed a girls night out with my good friend and fellow Ricky Martin fan Stacy.

Our evening began in the East Village, at cozy Singaporean bistro Masak. Our perky waitress (sporting mini-fork earrings) steered us toward some excellent cocktails. I savored a Singapore Sunrise while enjoying beet salad.

Beet salad at Masak: Yummmm

I’ve become a little obsessed with beets thanks to the most excellent chefs I’ve encountered through my day job at the Westin New York Grand Central. Healthy and heavenly, a perfect combination when you’re navigating New Year’s resolutions about getting back in shape, etc. etc.

I had less success with my entrée, a super spicy red snapper fish curry that had me reaching for both my cocktail and water glasses multiple times. Thankfully, a delicious cranberries and cream dessert confection more than soothed my palate.

Over dinner, Stacy and I dished about the end of Ricky’s run in Evita on Broadway and wildly colorful 80’s fashion trends. The latter was prompted by our second destination that night – 80’ s music Midtown nightspot Culture Club.

Stacy and me at Culture Club

It was packed but we didn’t mind (much) as we danced the night away. If there’s anything more fun than singing along with a crowd to classics like “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life,” I don’t know what it is. The DJ played a steady stream of 80’s hits by Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, A-ha, Kenny Loggins and many other chart toppers from that era.

I was reminded all over again how happy I am to an 80’s child. At the risk of sounding like an old fogey, I miss that decade’s exuberance and, by today’s standards, relative innocence. Based on the crowd at Culture Club, I’ve got plenty of company.

Comment » | 80's music, Girls Night Out

NYC Event Pick: We’ve Got You Covered Concert For Sandy Relief

November 28th, 2012 — 8:09pm

Longtime readers of this blog know I’m a huge fan of concerts at the Canal Room in SoHo. So I’m excited to tell you the club is hosting We’ve Got You Covered, a benefit concert for Sandy Relief with a rock star lineup of entertainment.

Next Wednesday December 5th, four of NYC’s best cover bands will perform at Canal Room – Elektric Company (70’s music), Jessie’s Girl (80’s), Bayside Tigers (90’s) and Party Rock (2K and today’s pop). All proceeds support All Hands Volunteers’ Hurricane Sandy relief programs.

Jessie's Girl puts on a totally awesome tribute to the 80's

I recently had the pleasure of seeing Jessie’s girl, a new iteration of Rubix Kube. It’s the same talented group of musicians, only fronted now by three new lead singers – each of whom bring the megawatt charisma and infectious energy needed to perform 80’s music. What’s also new is the guitarist and keyboard player take turns at the mike as well. In a word, awesome.

Every tribute band I’ve seen over the years at Canal Room has been fantastic. We’ve Got You Covered is a must-see show and a great deal besides – four bands for the price of one. Tickets are $20 and you can book online or pay at the door.

Comment » | 80's cover band, 80's music, Canal Room, concerts, NYC events, Rubix Kube

San Francisco: Girls Night Out

May 15th, 2011 — 4:33pm

Monday night, I headed over to Palomino’s – a lively happy hour spot near Embarcadero – to catch up with my friend and former PR colleague Kim.

Girls Night Out: Kim and me

It had been a couple of years since Kim and I had seen each other so we had plenty to catch up on. Over a few glasses of wine and a shared bruschetta sampler, we talked about her stint as a London resident, my dating hiatus and the varied charms of San Francisco.

One of the things that struck me many times during my visit is how friendly the locals are. Case in point – Fred, a bachelor Kim had met at a recent singles event who ended up sitting beside us at the bar.

Fred graciously engaged us in conversation about single life in San Fran, expressing genuine curiosity about my Great Dating Blitz last year. As the three of us talked, I couldn’t help wishing SF had beat Miami as the popular choice for my final destination. It’s clearly a place where people know how to make you feel welcome and how to manage a healthy work-life balance. And when Kim asked me if I would ever consider moving out West, I found myself thinking….maybe.

Our hunky bartender Joe told us the place to be on Mondays in town is Trigger, a gay nightclub in the Castro district. Along with cheap cocktails ($2 vodka cranberry, anyone?) and a lively crowd, Monday is 80’s night. Kim and I danced up a storm.

At one point, I climbed up on stage to join a Janet Jackson impersonator shaking his thing to “Escapade.” He immediately stared at me with daggers and began stomping in my direction, so I knew there was only room for one diva and quickly returned to the floor.

It was well after 1am when we called in a night. I couldn’t help thinking how restorative a change of scenery never fails to be – and that, sometime in the not too distant future, it might be time to make that change a permanent one.

2 comments » | 80's music, Girls Night Out, The Great Dating Blitz, travel

An Action-Packed Saturday Night

March 15th, 2011 — 1:54pm

If age really is just a number, then there’s nothing like a night out with good friends to make you believe it. Last Saturday, I enjoyed a delightful reminder of that.

The action-packed evening began over dinner on NYC’s Upper West Side at beloved Italian bistro Gennaro’s. Joining me were twentysomething galpals Caroline and Mimma and their hilariously fun high school pal Chris. Over seafood risotto and the most scrumptious plate of hot and cold antipasto you can imagine, we talked about travel, beauty pageants (Chris is a pageant coach) and favorite 80’s movies.

All Smiles: Caroline and me at Niagara

Next, we headed down to Niagara, a lounge in the East Village, to put in an appearance at a former colleague’s birthday celebration. As I caught up with her and few other ex-co workers, I couldn’t help thinking how much has changed in my life since leaving my full time PR gig a year ago. I’ve experienced two life-changing trips, started a second blog and concentrated on my writing for the first time ever.

I feel like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be, a happy sentiment that continued when all of us walked over to Alphabet Lounge. We danced the night away to 80’s music and I felt thankful all over again to live in the world’s greatest city — and have the greatest friends to share it with.

Comment » | 80's movies, 80's music, East Village, Upper West Side

Ringing In The New Decade

January 1st, 2010 — 10:29pm

Last night, galpal Rachel and I headed down to NYC’s Financial District for Lost Girls bloggers/co-authors Amanda and Jen’s fabulous New Year’s Eve bash.

Party Time: Amanda and I celebrating New Year’s

True hostesses-with-the-mostess, Amanda and Jen served up a first-class menu of fun, food and cocktails to the friendly crowd of about 30 people. I now have a new appreciation for vanilla vodka mixed with cranberry, not to mention Amanda’s sinful four-layer dip (cream cheese, refried beans, salsa, and shredded cheddar — delish).

Rach and I chatted with M-Theory lead singer Courtney about her upcoming gigs and the promise of adventure that this particular new year seems to hold.

The fun really kicked into high gear when my friend Prince and his longtime buddies Eric and Chris showed up.

Good Times: Rachel, Eric, Prince, me and Chris

We shared plenty of laughs, good conversation and hugs all around at midnight.

Later, thanks to medley of Michael Jackson tunes, the ladies and I busted out a few 80’s moves — including, of course, the “Thriller” routine. Some things you just never forget.

A good friend of mine says how you ring in the new year (and with whom) dictates how the following 365 days are going to unfold. If that’s true, then I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store!

2 comments » | 80's music, celebrating 2010, M-Theory, Michael Jackson, New Year's Eve, The Lost Girls, Thriller

Ringing In The New Decade

January 1st, 2010 — 5:29pm

Last night, galpal Rachel and I headed down to NYC’s Financial District for Lost Girls bloggers/co-authors Amanda and Jen’s fabulous New Year’s Eve bash.

Party Time: Amanda and I celebrating New Year’s

True hostesses-with-the-mostess, Amanda and Jen served up a first-class menu of fun, food and cocktails to the friendly crowd of about 30 people. I now have a new appreciation for vanilla vodka mixed with cranberry, not to mention Amanda’s sinful four-layer dip (cream cheese, refried beans, salsa, and shredded cheddar — delish).

Rach and I chatted with M-Theory lead singer Courtney about her upcoming gigs and the promise of adventure that this particular new year seems to hold.

The fun really kicked into high gear when my friend Prince and his longtime buddies Eric and Chris showed up.

Good Times: Rachel, Eric, Prince, me and Chris

We shared plenty of laughs, good conversation and hugs all around at midnight.

Later, thanks to medley of Michael Jackson tunes, the ladies and I busted out a few 80’s moves — including, of course, the “Thriller” routine. Some things you just never forget.

A good friend of mine says how you ring in the new year (and with whom) dictates how the following 365 days are going to unfold. If that’s true, then I can’t wait to see what 2010 has in store!

2 comments » | 80's music, celebrating 2010, M-Theory, Michael Jackson, New Year's Eve, The Lost Girls, Thriller

Outrageous Online Dating Tales: Part One

March 1st, 2009 — 4:36pm

Friday night, I went out on a date with Howard, a 40-year-old lawyer I met on Match.com.

We met for drinks at the swanky Royalton Hotel in Midtown. With soft lighting and fireplaces, the cozy chic ambiance was perfect. Even better, 80’s music played for most of the evening — providing the perfect icebreaker as Howard and I compared favorite tunes from the era of leg warmers and jelly bracelets.

NYC’s Royalton Hotel: Cozy chic ambiance and a nostalgic musical groove

Conversation and witty repartee flowed freely — until Howard made a few unintentional missteps, namely talking about other women he’s dated and going off on a lengthy tangent about his experiences with speed dating and Match.com.

Howard told me the average number of times he’s gone out with women from speed dating (3-4) and his theory that Match.com makes it difficult for people to truly connect. Why? Because, he said, it’s so easy to go home right after a great date, and logon to the “panoply” of other available women so that your date becomes a “distant memory.”

I told him if a date was so easily forgettable, then there wasn’t real chemistry in the first place. I also pointedly added that if we had met through any way other than the Internet, chances are this unromantic line of conversation wouldn’t have come up.

I let Howard chew on that while I went to the bathroom. By the time I returned, he apologized for his gaffe and said I’d taught him something about what’s not appropriate to talk about on a first date.

Howard’s not the first Internet guy I’ve gone out with to bring up online dating and other women during a first date. Whatever happened to the pretense of romance?

On the plus side, at least he spoke nearly as much about his desire to settle down. Unlike another Match.com guy, whose invitation by email for drinks said–

“How do you feel about starting things off as friends with benefits?”

Thanks but no thanks.

6 comments » | 80's music, first dates, friends with benefits, hotel bars, Match.com, Midtown NYC, online dating, Royalton Hotel

Outrageous Online Dating Tales: Part One

March 1st, 2009 — 11:36am

Friday night, I went out on a date with Howard, a 40-year-old lawyer I met on Match.com.

We met for drinks at the swanky Royalton Hotel in Midtown. With soft lighting and fireplaces, the cozy chic ambiance was perfect. Even better, 80’s music played for most of the evening — providing the perfect icebreaker as Howard and I compared favorite tunes from the era of leg warmers and jelly bracelets.

NYC’s Royalton Hotel: Cozy chic ambiance and a nostalgic musical groove

Conversation and witty repartee flowed freely — until Howard made a few unintentional missteps, namely talking about other women he’s dated and going off on a lengthy tangent about his experiences with speed dating and Match.com.

Howard told me the average number of times he’s gone out with women from speed dating (3-4) and his theory that Match.com makes it difficult for people to truly connect. Why? Because, he said, it’s so easy to go home right after a great date, and logon to the “panoply” of other available women so that your date becomes a “distant memory.”

I told him if a date was so easily forgettable, then there wasn’t real chemistry in the first place. I also pointedly added that if we had met through any way other than the Internet, chances are this unromantic line of conversation wouldn’t have come up.

I let Howard chew on that while I went to the bathroom. By the time I returned, he apologized for his gaffe and said I’d taught him something about what’s not appropriate to talk about on a first date.

Howard’s not the first Internet guy I’ve gone out with to bring up online dating and other women during a first date. Whatever happened to the pretense of romance?

On the plus side, at least he spoke nearly as much about his desire to settle down. Unlike another Match.com guy, whose invitation by email for drinks said–

“How do you feel about starting things off as friends with benefits?”

Thanks but no thanks.

6 comments » | 80's music, first dates, friends with benefits, hotel bars, Match.com, Midtown NYC, online dating, Royalton Hotel

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