“The Journey of the Noble Gnarble” & “Bedfellas.”

THE JOURNEY OF THE NOBLE GNARBLE: On Saturday, we celebrated the book of launch for “The Journey of the Noble Gnarble” by Daniel Errico, with illustrations by Tiffany Turrill, at Books of Wonder on West 18th in NYC. Books of Wonder is the oldest children’s bookstore in the city, with scores of old and rare treasures. Such a magical place! Jose Sepulveda and I sang a song from the musical adaptation of the “Noble Gnarble,” which is currently being spun by Denver Casado. It’s an adorable and uplifting tail tale of a little fish who longs to swim to the top of the ocean. Visit www.noblegnarble.com for more info.

BED FELLAS: I’ll be playing Amy Parker in a workshop of the new musical “Bedfellas,” by James Olmstead, Omri Schein & Andrew Smith. Also starring Ben Nordstrom, Mark Emerson Smith, Kristen Mengelkoch and Omri Schein.

Pearl Studios: 519 Eighth Ave. NYC. October 17th. 7:00pm.

LATEST ARTICLES: A Practical Accessory for Autumn Adventures for 24/Savvy & October’s What’s Worth Listening To for Feather Magazine.

Golden Corral Industrial with Josh Grisetti, Kristen Mengelkoch and David Brannen.

Hotchacha,          

“First Real Love” & “Flambe Dreams”

New Jersey the Song: Check out “All You Long For,” written by Matthew Hardy & Randy Klein, and sung by yours truly. Soon to be posted at www.NewJerseyTheSong.com. It’s the eleven o’clock number for the show we’ve been working on for a few years now. I think even West-coast folks’ll dig it!

About the showFlambé Dreams tells the story of a young man from Preston, Idaho who comes to New York City to pursue his dream of becoming a great Maitre D like his father who was killed in a freak flaming bananas foster accident.

The demos are done and available at www.FlambeDreams.com.

Here are a couple tunes from this crazy show…

First Real Love: We recently received the promo copies of “First Real Love.” It’s exciting to have a final product in hand after all of our hard work. So, now we’re taking the next step to find the project a home. I’m beyond thrilled to debut these original tunes.   

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Les Paul’s 96th Birthday (Global) – Jun 09, 2011

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Les Paul, the creator of the legendary Gibson guitar that bears his name, would have been 96 years old on June 09th, 2011. Les’ son Gene Paul did the mastering for my album. I ate up all his stories of Barbra, Bette and Aretha in the studio. I mean, the guy recorded Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Such a treat!

FUN FAMILY HISTORY: A very dear and thoughtful friend spotted this gem at the Strand Bookstore and kindly passed it along. My grandfather, John Marion Fox, is in the book along with my Aunt Ditty and others in the family tree of the Bennett sisters. The book is out of print. John Fox wrote an autobiography before he died that was never published. On my mom’s last trip to the city, we scoured out spots he used to frequent. Turns out, he lived only a few blocks from me! Funny how things come full circle.

On set of an Olive Garden commercial with Scott from wardrobe.

LATEST PUBLISHED ARTICLES:

Tirana Jewelry” (a great find at the Crest Hardware Show in Williamsburg) and Lavish Lipliners for Less (my personal favorites) and ONEXONE Charity Friendship Bracelet for Rock This Style, and Creative Cookin’ in the Summer Sun and Eco-Fab Coffee Table Gobbles Garbage to Create Art for 24/Savvy.

RECOMMENDATIONS:

GO: Midsummer Night’s Swing in NYC, Griffith Observatory in LA, “Little Shop of Horrors” at Cygnet Theatre in SD (running through Sep. 11th).

ALBUMS: Steve Marzullo’s “Show Some Beauty.” One of my absolute favorite composers finally has an album of his own! It’s marvelous!

Adieu, adieu to yieu and yieu,        

Another Architecture & Design Post

Last week, I covered the Parawall by designers Anne Lorenz and Hanna Emile Ernsting  in “Snazz Up Your Summer Sublet with Savvy Style” and the Hockenheim stool, by German designers at NjuStudio in “Sit in Style While Saving a Stack” for 24/Savvy.  It’s exciting to see such inventive designs for small spaces. Of course, the impractical designs are just as fun.

Check out some of my favorite new featured designs from across the globe at Pinterest:

 

More recent articles include “Savvy Clues for Buying Shoes” based on my experience as a shoe model in NYC, and a little more love for Mario Badescu in Rock This Style‘s “Mario Badescu Might Be the Best Goo.”

Cheers,        

Chelsea Music Festival

The CHELSEA MUSIC FESTIVAL this year was a great success! Quite the celebration of visual, audible and edible art. I had the pleasure of coordinating receptions for each of the concerts, combining my passion for producing and event planning with my love for music. We had an impressive list of sponsors including Steinway & Sons, Fujifilm and BMW, providing five cars for us to use during the festival. Not too shabby.

Our pre-festival “friendraiser” was catered by Great Performances in The Tiffany Room at the majestic Armory on Park Avenue, with a few preview performances.

An excerpt from thearmoryonpark.org: The Armory was built by New York State’s prestigious Seventh Regiment of the National Guard, the first volunteer militia to respond to President Lincoln’s call for troops in 1861. Members of what was known as the “Silk Stocking” Regiment included New York’s most prominent Gilded Age Families including the Vanderbilts, Van Rensselaers, Roosevelts, Stewarts, Livingstons and Harrimans. Built as both a military facility and a social club, the reception rooms on the first floor and the Company Rooms on the second floor were designed by the most prominent designers and artists of the day including Louis Comfort Tiffany, Stanford White, Herter Brothers and Pottier & Stymus. The Armory’s 55,000 square foot drill hall, reminiscent of the original Grand Central Depot and the great train sheds of Europe, remains one of the largest unobstructed spaces of its kind in New York. A marvel of engineering in its time, it was designed by Regiment veteran and architect Charles W. Clinton, later a partner of Clinton & Russell, architects of the Apthorp Apartments and the famed, now demolished, Astor Hotel.

The Armory’s current exhibition is Ryoji Ikeda‘s the transfinite.

Our kick-off party was held at the General Theological Seminary with performances at the chapel. Radeberger Brewery, another of our sponsors, provided specialty German beer in theme.

Opening night, “Liszt I: The Protagonist” at the Chelsea Art Museum featured Liszt, Beethoven, Balliet, Bach and Schubert. Chef Danielle Rehfeld prepared an assortment of Hungarian Hors d’oevres de pelerinage.

The Leo Baeck Institute, Center for Jewish History, hosted “Mahler and Radical Departures,” a night of Mahler, Schoenberg,Kagel and Korngold.  Between the Bread catered the event.

Excerpt from LBI.orgThe Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to studying the history of German-speaking Jewry from its origins to its tragic destruction by the Nazis and to preserving its culture. Dating back almost 2000 years, when Jews first settled along the Rhine, the Jewish communities of Germany, Austria, and other German-speaking areas of Europe had a history marked by individual as well as collective accomplishments in communal organization and welfare, commerce, industry and politics, the arts and sciences, and in literature, philosophy and theology. To appreciate the impact of German-speaking Jewry in modern times, one need only recall such names as Martin Buber, Albert Einstein, and Franz Kafka.

Liszt II: The Organist” took place at St. Paul’s Church, where they house a beautiful organ to play Liszt and Balliett.

Liszt III: The Melodist” and “Liszt Remix” (World Premiere) were both at The Chelsea Art Museum, where we also held the closing concert “Voyager,” catered by Seasonal Restaurant.

ARTICLES: Check out my latest blurbs, “Ten Savvy Time Saving Tips” for 24/Savvy, and an upcoming excerpt on fashion tycoon Ulcay Gulsen‘s new clothing line, Supertrash, for Rock This Style.

P.S. The Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition at the Met is absolutely stunning! One of the most exquisite exhibitions I have ever seen. Not to be missed!!!

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Places: Armory, Reunion Surf Bar, Chelsea Art Museum, The Highline & Chelsea Market.

Websites:  Girl+BooksUntapped Cities.

Albums: Marc Broussard‘s new self titled album.

Events: Crest Hardware ShowAmerican Craft Show at Lincoln Center.

Lerve,        

Spring, Singin’ & Savvy…

This past month has been busy and exciting. I’m absolutely thrilled that my album is almost completely mixed and will be  mastered sometime in the next couple weeks. I’m bursting to share it. Soon… Soon…

Merton of the Movies

As for theatre, Donald Brenner and Doug Katsaros have written a fantastic little musical, “Merton of the Movies,” based on the novel, turned radio play. We held a casual reading last November and performed the first staged reading at the Richmond Shepard Theatre on April 27th with dear chums Josh Grisetti, Erik Liberman, Martin Van Treuren and many funny folks. It’s always extra exciting to be working with old friends and this is a fun piece for me since I get to play a whole slew of silly broads.

Speaking of comedy, LIVE FROM HEAVEN: Richard M. Nixon’s Mandatory Fun-Time Concert at UCB Theatre was a hoot! Funny-man Lee Rubenstein wrote and directed. I played Pat Nixon opposite writer, Aaron Glaser as Mr. President.

I was honored to take part in the Sing for Hope concert at the Leiderkranz Club, in conjunction with Opera for Humanity, benefitting the Ronald McDonald House of NYC. Amy Shoremount-Obra put together a beautiful night of opera and musical theatre.  Adam Monley and I sang “All I Ask of You” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Amy Decker Gibbs, Eve Gigliotti,  Rebecca Nash, Patrick Blackwell, Michael Corvino, Jennifer Tiller, Julia Mintzer and accompanists Carol Wong and Carmine Aufiero all gave wonderful performances.

Set your DVR! I’m playing Amy Sawyer, the sneaky gal hiding important documents from the FBI, on USA Network’s “White Collar,” set to air in June. The show is great and I’m excited to be a part of it! Episodes are also available online at  www.usanetwork.com/series/whitecollar/

Had a blast recording Denver Casado‘s latest project “Musicville,” written with Betina Hershey. This new show teaches children about music through a fantasy tale and is packaged with the previous “Monsterville.” I also have a new animation reel, engineered by the talented Nina Negri. She just recently opened her new studio on the Upper West Side.

I’ve become a contributing columnist for a fabulous online magazine, 24Savvy. Check out my latest articles on “Spring Beauty Cleaning,” and why “Mario Badescu Might Be the Best Goo!www.24Savvy.com.

Cheshire Fox has a new logo! Thanks to Norahead at 99Designs, we have a fantastic trademark emblem to represent all creative projects developed through Cheshire Fox Productions. I’m hoping to get started on some shorts very soon. We  held a reading to examine the possibilities and, as always, they are endless! New projects will be posted at www.CheshireFox.com.

The gals and I at Moxie Street Picture Shows are hustling to produce Elizabeth Meriwether’s “Mistakes Madeleine Made” in Los Angeles, May 11- June 4th. It’s going to be quite a ride, so if you’re on the West Coast, be sure to catch the show at:

The Lounge Theatre     6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, Ca.


RECOMMENDATIONS:

Books: “The History of Love” by Nicole Krauss, “The Loved One” by Evelyn Waugh.

Albums: Train- “Save Me, San Francisco,” Linkin Park- “A Thousand Suns.”

Places: B&H, Stumpton, Zabar’s, Dylan’s Candy Bar, MoMA.

Websites: Boston’s Big Picture, Astronomy Pic of the Day, Bakerella, CraftGawker.

Cheerio,        

Architecture and Design

Growing up with a mother who worked in interior design conditioned me to take interest in the art of home decor. She taught me the principals of Feng Shui before it was popular in western culture, made coffee tables out of old doors, and painted or sculpted every work of art in our home. She has greatly influenced my taste in art and always encouraged a second look from another perspective. When I was on tour in Chicago, she came to visit and show me around the town where she grew up. As we walked around downtown, she pointed out each extraordinary building, naming it’s architect, when it was built, and what kinds of columns held the structures together. So much history.

I’ve always dreamed about designing my own home. As a child, I would spend time in the classroom doodling images of the house I would one day build. Of course, a trampoline in the bedroom is no longer a priority (remember “Big”?), but a treehouse would be lovely! Of course, there’s no true need for any of these things, but I’m a firm believer that, if you’re going to build something, it might as well be beautiful. Why not use your imagination? So many possibilities…

View beautiful bedrooms, super sexy bathrooms, artistic libraries, kitchens, indoor slides and gardens at Pinterest. Ah, to have a flower, herb and fruit garden!

BEAUTIFUL BEDROOMS:

I wasn’t kidding about the treehouse…

Favorite artist: http://www.pamelafoxlinton.com

Enjoy,