Archive for March 4th, 2011

March 4, 2011

Ancient Family (or My Big Fat Greek Yiayia)

If you are Greek and claim that these Kraft  commercials for Athenos humus–which are pure genius–are offensive, then you are crazier than your yiayia.

My dears, “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was not a comedy. It was a documentary.

Let’s just say that “Modern Family” isn’t exactly hip among the hip replacement crowd  in the Greek/Greek American community.

Not only did my paternal grandmother in Greece behave exactly this way but there are many, many Greek grandmothers in this country right now who behave even worse.

Just ask their children. Go ahead. ASK US!



March 4, 2011

“The Disposable Woman” by Anna Holmes

“Gold diggers,” “prostitutes” and “sluts” are just some of the epithets lobbed at the women Mr. Sheen has chosen to spend his time with. Andy Cohen, a senior executive at Bravo and a TV star in his own right, referred to the actor’s current companions, Natalie Kenly and Bree Olson, as “whores” on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program on Tuesday. Arianna Huffington sarcastically tweeted that Mr. Sheen’s girlfriends “symbolize modesty, loyalty and good taste.” Mr. Sheen’s own nickname for Ms. Kenly and Ms. Olson — “the goddesses” — is in its own way indicative of their perceived interchangeability and disposability.

It’s these sorts of explicit and implicit value judgments that underscore our contempt for women who are assumed to be trading on their sexuality. A woman’s active embrace of the fame monster or participation in the sex industry, we seem to say, means that she compromises her right not to be assaulted, let alone humiliated, insulted or degraded; it’s part of the deal. The promise of a modern Cinderella ending — attention, fame, the love and savings account of a rich man — is always the assumed goal.

Read the entire essay in the New York Times here.

March 4, 2011

Twyla Tharp brings her creative rebellion to Hubbard Street Dance Company with world premiere

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago Artistic Director Glenn Edgerton has announced the return of choreographic legend Twyla Tharp to launch the company’s 2011-12 season.  Hubbard Street has commissioned Tharp to create a new work for the company, which will debut during the company’s Fall Series engagement at the Harris Theater in Millennium Park, October 13-16, 2011.

“I had the great pleasure of working with Twyla back in the eighties as a dancer,” recalls Edgerton.  “Recently I reunited with her in the capacity of director and choreographer and it has been a fascinating reunion – she is fascinating.  Twyla had such a significant history with Hubbard Street and I felt it was important that our current dancers experience her with the motivation of looking forward.

I approached her with the idea of a project that would represent her rebellious nature, which in the sixties and the onset of her career is what brought her choreography to prominence. Consequently, we are embarking on a new creation by Twyla that demonstrates her wonderful sense of creative rebellion.”

“When Glenn and I met we discussed many ideas,” notes Tharp. “When he asked me for a new work, I thought to myself, ‘Great, I’ve always enjoyed the vitality of Hubbard Street dancers and I have a long-term relationship with the company.’ I look forward to working with the new dancers and creating, what I believe, will be a very special dance – one that will challenge me as well as them.”

Hubbard Street’s audiences last saw Tharp’s work performed in 1995 with the World Premiere of I Remember Clifford.  Other works once produced by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago were Fait Accompli in 1995, Nine Sinatra Songs in 1992, The Golden Section and Baker’s Dozen in 1991 and 2007, The Fugue and Sue’s Leg.

Tharp will be honored with  a Spotlight Award, presented to her by Hubbard Street Founder Lou Conte, for her creative vision and unique role in American choreography and her history with the company.

The Spotlight Awards will be given at Hubbard Street’s annual Spotlight Ball on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Avenue.

In the meantime you should check out the Spring Series which will feature two never-before-seen works from preeminent Israeli choreographers Ohad Naharin and Sharon Eyal from Tel Aviv’s Batsheva Dance Company.

For more information about HSDC’s 2011-12 season and subscriptions packages, call the Hubbard Street Ticket Office at 312-850-9744 or visit hubbardstreetdance.com

March 4, 2011

Ain’t got nothing but the blues

Image from GQ.com

With pants getting brighter for spring, remember that a blue  shirt is the great equalizer when it comes to toning down the look.


Air Colton Wingtip, $198, Cole Haan.com

American Apparel Slim Slack in midnight blue, $74

Jack Spade briefcase, $365

Ermenegildo Zegna Spring 2011. Image from GQ.com