Category: The Set NYC


Singles Event Pick: The Set NYC’s Heat

June 9th, 2010 — 8:14pm

Redwine: One of the featured artists at Heat

Longtime readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of The Set NYC, a monthly performing arts showcase featuring rising stars. Which is why I was excited to hear about The Set’s upcoming fashion show and after party, Heat.

Scheduled for Saturday July 10th, the event kicks off at 8pm at Amnesia nightclub in Chelsea and include comedic and dance performances. Also taking to the stage — silky smooth R&B singer Redwine, one of my favorite artists from The Set.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door. For more info, click here.

1 comment » | Amnesia nightclub, Chelsea, singles events, The Set, The Set NYC

Singles Event Pick: The Set’s Holiday Bash

December 7th, 2009 — 10:30pm

TheSet NYC, Time Out New York’s monthly variety show, is celebrating the season with Holiday Bash 2009.

The Sullivan Room: TheSet’s holiday bash will take place at this West Village hotspot

Set for Friday, December 18, 2009, the soiree will take place from 9 to 11pm at the famous Sullivan Room in NYC’s West Village.

Mingle with artists, enjoy catered food and drink specials (2 for 1 from 9-10pm), and bring business cards for networking. Music provided by DJ Adam Childs and an after party will follow.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending TheSet more than once and it’s always a fun night out.

Admission to the Holiday Bash is free. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

1 comment » | singles events, Sullivan Room, The Set NYC, Time Out New York, West Village

Singles Event Pick: The Set’s Holiday Bash

December 7th, 2009 — 5:30pm

TheSet NYC, Time Out New York’s monthly variety show, is celebrating the season with Holiday Bash 2009.

The Sullivan Room: TheSet’s holiday bash will take place at this West Village hotspot

Set for Friday, December 18, 2009, the soiree will take place from 9 to 11pm at the famous Sullivan Room in NYC’s West Village.

Mingle with artists, enjoy catered food and drink specials (2 for 1 from 9-10pm), and bring business cards for networking. Music provided by DJ Adam Childs and an after party will follow.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending TheSet more than once and it’s always a fun night out.

Admission to the Holiday Bash is free. For more information and to RSVP, click here.

1 comment » | singles events, Sullivan Room, The Set NYC, Time Out New York, West Village

An Encore Visit To The Set

March 28th, 2009 — 9:46pm

Wednesday night, I paid my second visit to The Set, Time Out New York ’s free monthly performing arts showcase of rising stars.

It was standing room only at New World Stage’s downstairs lounge, but I managed to snare a seat at the bar, thanks to show producer Pim. I also caught up with singer/songwriter Red Wine, who knocked my socks off at February’s show.

Singer Red Wine and me at The Set NYC

“I knew something good was going to happen today,” he said when I approached him. I predicted he’ll win a Grammy someday and he promised to thank me if he does.

Red Wine sang his irresistible cover of Ne Yo’s “Closer” before doing double duty as host for the evening. First up — veteran Aussie singer Anna Fiszman and guitarist Marc Landesberg.

Musical duo Anna and Marc: my favorite performers of the night

Their jazzy take on Ray Charles’ “Unchain My Heart” brought down the house and was, for me, the best performance of the night. Anna’s soulful voice is heaven sent.

Next up was young comedienne Liz Miele, who did an amusing riff about being an angry New Yorker unmoved by dogs or babies. Swedish dance trio Frida, Moncef and Ronja had the crowd applauding with their energetic, fresh take on hip hop.

Frida, Moncef and Ronja put their own spin on hip hop

Adorable magician Nick Ignazzi involved members of the audience in his act, which included being tied up, revealing he’s the Guinness Book record holder for most tic tac toe wins (32) and, of course, doing a card trick.

Young singer Melanie Fontana closed out The Set with a stirring rendition of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and an original ballad, “Water,” that I can’t wait to download.

After the show, I told duo Anna and Marc how much I loved their performance. Anna’s from Melbourne, one of my favorite cities Down Under, and she’s as engaging offstage as she is on.

Getting to know musical duo Anna and Marc

You can catch Anna and Marc on April 11th at the Central Park Bandshell and then that night at Made With Love, a coffeehouse in Jersey City.

For more information about all of The Set’s stars, visit the show’s website.

Coming up…a swanky magazine shindig in Times Square and celeb spotting at GLAAD’s Media Awards.

4 comments » | Central Park, Jersey City, New World Stages, rising stars, The Set NYC, Time Out New York

An Encore Visit To The Set

March 28th, 2009 — 4:46pm

Wednesday night, I paid my second visit to The Set, Time Out New York ’s free monthly performing arts showcase of rising stars.

It was standing room only at New World Stage’s downstairs lounge, but I managed to snare a seat at the bar, thanks to show producer Pim. I also caught up with singer/songwriter Red Wine, who knocked my socks off at February’s show.

Singer Red Wine and me at The Set NYC

“I knew something good was going to happen today,” he said when I approached him. I predicted he’ll win a Grammy someday and he promised to thank me if he does.

Red Wine sang his irresistible cover of Ne Yo’s “Closer” before doing double duty as host for the evening. First up — veteran Aussie singer Anna Fiszman and guitarist Marc Landesberg.

Musical duo Anna and Marc: my favorite performers of the night

Their jazzy take on Ray Charles’ “Unchain My Heart” brought down the house and was, for me, the best performance of the night. Anna’s soulful voice is heaven sent.

Next up was young comedienne Liz Miele, who did an amusing riff about being an angry New Yorker unmoved by dogs or babies. Swedish dance trio Frida, Moncef and Ronja had the crowd applauding with their energetic, fresh take on hip hop.

Frida, Moncef and Ronja put their own spin on hip hop

Adorable magician Nick Ignazzi involved members of the audience in his act, which included being tied up, revealing he’s the Guinness Book record holder for most tic tac toe wins (32) and, of course, doing a card trick.

Young singer Melanie Fontana closed out The Set with a stirring rendition of Rihanna’s “Umbrella” and an original ballad, “Water,” that I can’t wait to download.

After the show, I told duo Anna and Marc how much I loved their performance. Anna’s from Melbourne, one of my favorite cities Down Under, and she’s as engaging offstage as she is on.

Getting to know musical duo Anna and Marc

You can catch Anna and Marc on April 11th at the Central Park Bandshell and then that night at Made With Love, a coffeehouse in Jersey City.

For more information about all of The Set’s stars, visit the show’s website.

Coming up…a swanky magazine shindig in Times Square and celeb spotting at GLAAD’s Media Awards.

4 comments » | Central Park, Jersey City, New World Stages, rising stars, The Set NYC, Time Out New York

ZogSports: Co-Ed Fun For A Good Cause

March 26th, 2009 — 9:36pm

Tuesday night, I headed up to a high school in Harlem for my first night of volleyball as part of ZogSports.

Zog is a charity-focused co-ed social sports club for young professionals in NYC. The best part, in addition to schmoozing for worthy causes, is all sports leagues offer both competitive and (extremely) casual divisions. Since I was probably still in high school the last time I picked up a volleyball, this made hitting the court a much less terrifying proposition.

I was happy to find that, like pretty much everything else, athletic competition matures considerably once you’re well out of your teens. Everyone at Monday’s pre-season scrimmage series was friendly and eager to cheer each other on. I never knew what a great icebreaker playing sports could be.

Most of my teammates – two couples, two fellow single gals and one hunky guy — gave me kudos for my (unexpected) knack for serving. Now I just need to work on, well, everything else.

Afterward, I walked over to the subway with teammates Carrie and Dawn. We all admitted our ulterior motive for signing up with Zog, and shared our frustration about being outnumbered by couples. Still, as Carrie reminded us, we have post-game happy hours to look forward when the spring season officially kicks off next week. Sign me up.

Coming up…drinks with an old flame and an encore visit to The Set NYC.

Comment » | charitable events, co-ed sports, Harlem, old flames, The Set NYC, volleyball, Zog Sports

ZogSports: Co-Ed Fun For A Good Cause

March 26th, 2009 — 4:36pm

Tuesday night, I headed up to a high school in Harlem for my first night of volleyball as part of ZogSports.

Zog is a charity-focused co-ed social sports club for young professionals in NYC. The best part, in addition to schmoozing for worthy causes, is all sports leagues offer both competitive and (extremely) casual divisions. Since I was probably still in high school the last time I picked up a volleyball, this made hitting the court a much less terrifying proposition.

I was happy to find that, like pretty much everything else, athletic competition matures considerably once you’re well out of your teens. Everyone at Monday’s pre-season scrimmage series was friendly and eager to cheer each other on. I never knew what a great icebreaker playing sports could be.

Most of my teammates – two couples, two fellow single gals and one hunky guy — gave me kudos for my (unexpected) knack for serving. Now I just need to work on, well, everything else.

Afterward, I walked over to the subway with teammates Carrie and Dawn. We all admitted our ulterior motive for signing up with Zog, and shared our frustration about being outnumbered by couples. Still, as Carrie reminded us, we have post-game happy hours to look forward when the spring season officially kicks off next week. Sign me up.

Coming up…drinks with an old flame and an encore visit to The Set NYC.

Comment » | charitable events, co-ed sports, Harlem, old flames, The Set NYC, volleyball, Zog Sports

Front Row At The Set

March 4th, 2009 — 1:11am

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending The Set NYC – Time Out New York’s monthly showcase of up and coming stars in the performing arts.

All Smiles At The Set: Enjoying some divine sangria with fellow audience member Shannon

Held in an intimate, trendy lounge at off-Broadway theater New World Stages, The Set features a rotating cast of comedians and musicians, and even magicians, contortionists and poets.

Before the lights went down, I chatted with handsome, charismatic co-host and St. Louis native Kai Raziq about his experiences living abroad in Italy. Producer Pim Shih told me he was an aspiring comedian himself when he joined forces with a veteran entertainment producer to launch The Set.

Kai Raziq and Scout Durwood share hosting duties at The Set

Kai and comedian Scout Durwood kept the 90-minute show moving with their hilarious banter and amped up introductions of the evening’s six performers. Up first, singer/songwriter J. Cabrera, delivering R&B with a dash of Justin Timberlake’s vocal and sartorial stylings.

Imagine That: J. Cabrera sang this original tune, worth downloading at MySpace.com

Shifting musical gears, Washington Heights native Rachel (a.k.a Rachel’s Last Resort) did a medley of folk rock post-breakup tunes, including a wry little ditty about what she would do if she were actress Scarlett Johansson.

Soulful rapper/poet GoodBrother managed to do the impossible, getting me to enjoy rap with his heartfelt ode to W.O.M.A.N — or, as he sings it, “Wonderful, Outstanding, Mature, Aware, Necessary.”

W.O.M.A.N: Rapper GoodBrother spelled out his appreciation in a lyrical rap

It was the next two performers, though, that stood out from the talented crowd. Detroit native singer/songwriter Redwine — who later told me he could feel my energy — was absolutely mesmerizing. His silky smooth tones had the entire audience applauding, especially during his spot on version of Ne-Yo’s “Closer.”

Bring Down The House: That’s what Redwine’s performance did
The applause were infused with laughter during Brooklyn comedian Evon Campbell’s hilarious monologue, taking aim at everything from appropriate laundromat attire to how much luckier singers are when it comes to attracting the ladies.
And now for the punch line — admission to The Set is free. Recession or not, entertainment in the Big Apple doesn’t get any better than this. I can’t wait for next month’s show.

1 comment » | Closer, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, New World Stages, Off Broadway, Scarlett Johansson, The Set NYC, Time Out New York, up and coming stars, variety shows

Front Row At The Set

March 3rd, 2009 — 8:11pm

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending The Set NYC – Time Out New York’s monthly showcase of up and coming stars in the performing arts.

All Smiles At The Set: Enjoying some divine sangria with fellow audience member Shannon

Held in an intimate, trendy lounge at off-Broadway theater New World Stages, The Set features a rotating cast of comedians and musicians, and even magicians, contortionists and poets.

Before the lights went down, I chatted with handsome, charismatic co-host and St. Louis native Kai Raziq about his experiences living abroad in Italy. Producer Pim Shih told me he was an aspiring comedian himself when he joined forces with a veteran entertainment producer to launch The Set.

Kai Raziq and Scout Durwood share hosting duties at The Set

Kai and comedian Scout Durwood kept the 90-minute show moving with their hilarious banter and amped up introductions of the evening’s six performers. Up first, singer/songwriter J. Cabrera, delivering R&B with a dash of Justin Timberlake’s vocal and sartorial stylings.

Imagine That: J. Cabrera sang this original tune, worth downloading at MySpace.com

Shifting musical gears, Washington Heights native Rachel (a.k.a Rachel’s Last Resort) did a medley of folk rock post-breakup tunes, including a wry little ditty about what she would do if she were actress Scarlett Johansson.

Soulful rapper/poet GoodBrother managed to do the impossible, getting me to enjoy rap with his heartfelt ode to W.O.M.A.N — or, as he sings it, “Wonderful, Outstanding, Mature, Aware, Necessary.”

W.O.M.A.N: Rapper GoodBrother spelled out his appreciation in a lyrical rap

It was the next two performers, though, that stood out from the talented crowd. Detroit native singer/songwriter Redwine — who later told me he could feel my energy — was absolutely mesmerizing. His silky smooth tones had the entire audience applauding, especially during his spot on version of Ne-Yo’s “Closer.”

Bring Down The House: That’s what Redwine’s performance did
The applause were infused with laughter during Brooklyn comedian Evon Campbell’s hilarious monologue, taking aim at everything from appropriate laundromat attire to how much luckier singers are when it comes to attracting the ladies.
And now for the punch line — admission to The Set is free. Recession or not, entertainment in the Big Apple doesn’t get any better than this. I can’t wait for next month’s show.

1 comment » | Closer, Justin Timberlake, Ne-Yo, New World Stages, Off Broadway, Scarlett Johansson, The Set NYC, Time Out New York, up and coming stars, variety shows

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