Thursday, October 5, 2017

Here’s a Delicious Reason to Visit Hawaii This Fall: The Hawaii Food and Wine Festival – Start Your Visit with the Lucky 7 Dinner in Maui

The seventh Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, which runs from October 20 - November 5, kicks off with a golf tournament on October 20 in Maui, followed by a Global Street Food event on October 21 and the festival’s piece de resistance, a seven-course gastronomic dinner with wine pairing the following evening. On Sunday, October 22, Hyatt Regency Maui hosts the dinner, dubbed the Lucky 7 and presented by Hawaiian Airlines, on the beautiful Halona Kai lawn with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

A group of six talented chefs from around the US will prepare a seven-course dinner with wine pairings. Expect delicious preparations from: New York City’s Chef Floyd Cardoz, from Paowalla; Gregory Grohowski from the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, Niki Nakayama n/naka in Los Angeles, Joachim Splichal from the Patina Restaurant Group also from Los Angeles, Jason Neroni from Rose Café and Restaurant in Venice Beach (California), Stephan Pyles from Dallas’s Flora Street Café, General admission for the Lucky 7 is $250 and includes dinner and reserved seating. VIP admission is $500 and includes a cocktail reception, dinner and reserved VIP seating. Festival attendees receive a special nightly room rate of $249 at the Hyatt Regency Maui (taxes and resort fee additional).For reservations, call 808-661-1234.

For the full schedule of events and tickets for the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, October 20 - November 5 on Maui, Hawaii Island and Oahu, visit

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Dale Chihuly Outdoor Exhibit Now through October 29 in the Bronx

Glass artist Dale Chihuly has taken over the New York Botanical Garden once again. With his new exhibit designed to complement the Botanical Garden’s landscape and architecture, Chihuly again shows his masterful use of color and material with glass sculptures intermingled among plants, near trees, and adjacent to buildings.

On exhibit outdoors through October 29, the myriad glass sculptures transform into neon spectacles at night. This is Dale Chihuly’s first outdoor exhibit in New York in a decade and one which you shouldn’t miss.  Twenty pieces including a greenish yellow tree ("Sol del Tierra"), tangles of colored neon ("Neon 206"), and red logs ("Red Logs") are scattered among the 250 acres of the gardens, looking perfectly in place against the foliage and flowers. Overhead, hanging chandeliers, a Chihuly signature, fascinate with their twists and curls.

Also displayed (indoors) are sketches from earlier in Chihuly’s career as well as some of his earlier art glass pieces.

For an artist as familiar as Dale Chihuly has become (his pieces are in hotels worldwide, in office buildings, and a permanent part of the NYBG collection), it’s a revelation to see these works sited outdoors, glass that’s impervious to the elements and makes a statement of color and design along the paths of green that fill the gardens.

Before the end of the month, the leaves will begin to turn, undoubtedly creating another feeling and expression of the art.  See the pieces now when everything is pure green, but definitely return by month’s end both to witness the change in environment and to bid a fond farewell to a beautiful exhibit. 

Dining Tip:  Enjoy a diverse and creative menu of paninis, pizzas, salads and desserts among the trees at the Pine Tree Café at the NYBG.  

New York Botanical Garden,, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY, 718-817-8700. Tickets start at $23 for adults and vary by day.  Closed on Monday except for Columbus Day.

All photos by Meryl Pearlstein

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Clockwork Orange: Alex and His Droogs Land Off-Broadway


If you remember seeing the 1971 Stanley Kubrick film A Clockwork Orange and might have possibly read Anthony Burgess’s chilling version of a dystopian society in England, this play should be on your must-view list. You’ll completely understand the plot and be enthralled by the energetic, theatrical treatment given it Off-Broadway at the New World Stages.  If you’re a newbie to the story, you might want to grab a copy of Burgess’s landmark book with its glossary in the back pages and read a bit to prepare you for the play. The experience is somewhat like seeing a Shakespearean play for the first time: it takes you a while to understand what’s being spoken and to follow the story line.

Little Alex and his band of delinquents are committing mayhem throughout England, responsible for a good deal of the “ultra-violence” so prevalent during this time period. In the movie, the establishing shots occur over a much longer time frame than in the play, making it easier to understand the underlying threat to society that this gang poses.  Here, the set-up is quick, and the ensuing events are also fairly quick. The general result is clear, but it will take some paying attention to follow.

Additionally, Burgess has created his own language for droogies Alex, Dim, Georgie and Billy Boy. It’s a mix of Russian and English, morphed into words that Alex frequently uses as verbs, nouns, and situational descriptors. That’s where having some familiarity with the book’s glossary is useful. I speak Russian and could figure out what the words meant, but they will sound like gibberish to most.

The comparisons between the movie and the show are notable, with some exceptions. This version, brought over by director Alexandra Spencer-Jones of London, is even more stylized than the movie (which was already visually arresting and somewhat surreal).  In another creative digression from the movie, the all-male cast takes turns playing various roles, including some female ones, cued by a piece of clothing or a pair of shoes, for instance. Again, concentration is needed to follow these changes and to understand the role of music in the storyline.  

Alex is played by a British actor, Jonno Davies, with a background in Shakespeare at London’s West End. Others in the cast hail from the US and include Broadway veterans Matt Doyle (The Book of Mormon, War Horse, Spring Awakening) and Jordon Bondurant (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Mamma Mia!) as two of Alex’s counterparts in crime. The ensemble is also the most physically fit group of performers that I’ve seen together on a stage, using striking choreography to tell significant parts of the tale.

Brush up on your Burgess and get a ticket for this limited-run show playing, through January 6, 2018. New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, 800-447-7400.

 (All photos by Caitlin McNaney)

Off-Broadway Dining Notes:  

Check out Chez Josephine, 414 West 42nd, a classic of Josephine Baker cool in the heart of the Off-Broadway theater area. 

Or Sushi Ichi Masa, 302 West 50th Street, a cozy, authentic sushi bar next to the theater.