We announced our new fall season yesterday, and tickets to Amy Poehler and Seth Meyers SOLD OUT pretty quickly. But not all hope is lost! We’ll be giving away two tickets in an upcoming sweepstakes on our Facebook page. Make sure you LIKE our Facebook page to get the updates!
In addition to our readings, we also announced our fall Talks today. Perhaps you’re interested in Amy Poehler being interviewed by Seth Meyers about her new book, Yes Please, on its release date in October?
One of sports’ most (in)famous curses in history was born decades ago when former National Hockey League player and executive, Red Dutton, had a disagreement with Madison Square Garden’s management and decreed that the New York Rangers would never win another Stanley Cup in his lifetime.
The Rangers not only experienced a Cup drought for more than 50 years, but the team also couldn’t win a final after Dutton’s death in 1987—that is until 1994.
The Rangers’ Core Four of Mark Messier, Brian Leetch, Adam Graves and Mike Richter are the players credited with leading the team to its ‘94 Cinderella season, and – with thanks to Steiner Sports – will visit 92Y for a 20-year championship anniversary get-together this Friday, June 13. And if that’s not enough hockey for you, a hypothetical game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals involving the current Rangers team is scheduled for later that night.
Chris Stein & Debbie Harry
5 Things We Learned About Blondie Last Night
Punk rock legends Debbie Harry and Chris Stein joined Rolling Stone’s Anthony DeCurtis at 92Y on May 28 to discuss their 40 years as Blondie. The rock duo reflected on what has changed in music since “Heart of Glass” and “One Way Or Another” hit the airwaves and what they’d like to do next. Here are 5 things we learned:
- Harry never listens to their classic records.
- Stein was greatly influenced by West Side Story. “People in the later generations don’t get what a huge deal West Side Story was,” Stein said. “It was like unto the Beatles. The girls in the theater would be sobbing when Tony was killed at the end. It was a huge cultural event. It brought everything up to this other level.”
- Harry took on her strong female persona because she was “tired of women being the underdog in relationships. I wanted revenge!”
- Spending sprees on fancy cars and jets? Who needs ‘em! When they became successful, Stein only wanted to spend his money on more instruments.
- Blondie wants an ABBA collaboration! Stein and Harry would love Benny Anderson and Björn Olvaeus to produce their next album. Although Harry adds, “Too bad they’re Swedish.”
5 Things We Learned About Bill & Willie Geist Last Night
Beloved newsmen Bill & Willie Geist have teamed up for a father-son chronicle of their relationship, Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees… and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have. After Bill (CBS Sunday Morning) went public with his struggle with Parkinson’s Disease, Willie (NBC’s Today Show, Morning Joe) suggested they document their unique bond for their family’s future generations. The guys charmed the 92Y crowd on May 27 with their heartwarming and zany stories of growing up Geist. Here are 5 things we learned.
- Bill waited 10 years to tell his children he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
- Willie’s rock ‘n’ roll-loving Uncle Herb got him high on prescription drugs on the way to a Rolling Stones concert in Atlantic City. The high cushioned the blow of finding out the show was cancelled once they arrived.
- Bill never talked extensively about his service in Vietnam until it was time to write the book. When Willie read the chapter, he said it was a side of his dad he never knew before.
- Willie literally takes his young son to a police station when he misbehaves. The officers at New York’s 20th Precinct like to play along and intimidate him with jail time.
- Bill says Robert De Niro was a terrible interview. The Oscar winner apparently never completed a sentence when talking with Bill.
5 Things We Learned About Sarah Jessica Parker
Style icon Sarah Jessica Parker took to our stage on May 15 to discuss films, fashion and fragrances. In conversation with Jonathan Tisch, the actress reflected on her humble beginnings, how she came to embody Carrie Bradshaw, and whether a third Sex and the City movie is on the horizon. Here are 5 things we learned:
- Parker and her family were one of the first families to live on Roosevelt Island.
- She always thought of her Square Pegs character, Patty Greene, as a young version of Carrie Bradshaw.
- A third Sex and the City movie is not in the works, but there is a story. “There has been absolutely no substantive conversation about a third movie ever. There is a third story, but whether we tell it has never been discussed.”
- As a young girl, SJP kept a list of fragrance names for the day when she would have her own. The first name she wrote down, Lovely, became the name of her first fragrance.
- She’s sorry Manhattan is so damn expensive. Parker, whose identify has become synonymous with NYC, voiced her concern that young people looking to come to the city to chase their dreams (like she did), will be dissuaded by the high cost of living.
How do you get young women to embrace the word feminism?
“Send them to a dictionary,” Gloria Steinem said Tuesday at 92Y for MAKERS: The Women Who Make America. “No, seriously,” she continued, “because it has been demonized by Rush Limbaugh and company.” Watch the clip above.
Reblogging this video from last year since there’s been a lot of reaction to Shailene Woodley on Why She’s Not a Feminist. What are your thoughts?
"Illmatic was a new beginning of rap."
Nas’ documentary, celebrating his critically acclaimed debut album, Illmatic, opened the Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday night. It seems like everyone is talking about it. Photos from the event here.
We’ve got more Nas in this hour long video from his talk last year, when he sat down with Rolling Stones Anthony DeCurtis for a wide-ranging conversation about his life and career.
"How can you lose when you doing you?" he said at the time.
We’d like to think John Turturro and Dr. Ruth are having an out-of-context conversation about a woman who’s going to have more babies, but they’re probably talking about his new movie Fading Gigolo, which he screened here last night. Either way, we are obsessed.