German songstress meets Italian Art-NYC,

Last weekend was a highlight for lovers of  club music and art, both in NYC.

At Joe’s Pub there was the international song stylist Ute Lemper who sang the works of Charles Bukowsky a/k/a The Bukowsky Project. She’s better known for her interpretation of Kurt Weill’s and Bertolt Brecht’s THE THREE PENNY OPERA, but held court just as well. She paints, writes, and has acted on the stage here in the U.S., in London, Vienna, and Berlin. Born in Munster, Germany, she now lives in New York with her young family.

Ute is well known at the Carlisle Hotel on Madison and 76th where she became a huge success these last three years. So her appearance last week at Joe’s Pub was a gift.It was a packed house the night we were there.Her dark moods, somber soliloquy, hushed tones and vibrant awakenings from her litany of songs measured well with all who attended. She was very well received. If Ute comes back don’t miss her. She’s worth the price of admission.

At the Park Avenue Armory at Park and 66th there’s LEONARDO’S LAST SUPPER and Paolo Veronese’s WEDDING AT CANA, not to be missed.Under the direction of film director Peter Greenaway, it’s part of a 10 part program to present the best of the great art of the last 500 years.

The program at the Armory is sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities together with the Italian Trade Commission in the U.S., with support from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council of New York, the Robert Lehman Foundation and the NYS Council on the Arts.

Housed in the Armory’s 55,000 sq.’ drill hall, this multi-media extravaganza is one of the highlights of the holiday season. It runs to January 6. In a series of rooms you’ll react to DaVinci’s portrayal of Christ at the Last Supper esconced with the Twelve Apostles at his side,a vivid presentation, and a direct representation of the original masterpiece that hangs in the Refectory of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan. The other, Veronese’s Wedding In Cana offers 126 characters in traditional dress. Both scenes from their original are displayed on huge lead screens as you walk through the hall. It’s truly an incredible experience for the whole family. To get you started Peter Greenaway introduces the event one-hour before the opening of the halls to acquaint you with his enormous project. Check it out. For more info you can call their ticket office at: 212-933-5812 or

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply:



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