Zach Attack!

Originally posted on Unisex Comedy:

Zach Garner   performs in Unisex shows sometimes, and he’s very funny. As you will see in this video, he is also crazy. Here’s Zach’s latest invention, Darby Ferarri: rail slider.

Darby Ferrari is recognized as a virtuoso rail slider since the age of 3 when he went down backwards on the banister in his home. His consistency and effortless style of rail sliding led Darby from his hometown of West New York, NJ to East New York, NY. His passion for rail sliding and doing the Dew with his friends led to his breakout Green Light Studio video in 2014. With help from Mountain Dew, Darby will be competing in the big international rail slide competition in Orlando, Florida this year.”

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Social Fix has launched

Good news, everyone! Brooklyn Exposed has relaunched as Social Fix. Here’s what you need to know:

“You might always be out and about or you may be looking for a reason to leave your couch, but let’s face it, planning your social calendar can be a hassle. That’s where Social Fix comes in… our team of Concierges have done all of the legwork so now you can get your fix and get informed on where to take in the scene, style, sound and sips of your ‘hood. Our roundups, previews, business and event listings bring you a comprehensive and interactive platform (yep, you can like and save events).

Get addicted to our listings of concerts, food tastings, book launches, art openings, sales, openings/closings and so much more.  We’ll even tell you where the best spots are to take a date, hang out with the family or group of friends and where to kick it solo, regardless of your budget.”

My Social Fix Concierge profile, list of articles and roundups, and favorite events can all be found here on the new website.

Neil’s Heavy Lentil Soup

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Once in every lifetime, comes a soup like this…

Neil was the sad hippie on the cult BBC sitcom The Young Ones. Often the butt of jokes and subject to general abuse by his housemates, Rik, Vyvyan and Mike,  Neil’s responsibility was to cook for everybody, and he had one specialty: lentils.  I’ve decided to take Neil’s signature dish and update it for a modern audience. It’s very simple, but very “heavy.”

This recipe is vegetarian, because “I don’t abuse my body in the world I live in.” It makes a good amount of soup, around 8 servings, which can feed all of the members of Madness.

Neil’s Vegetable Rights & Peace Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1lb  bag lentils
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium potato, chopped
  • 5 tsp olive oil
  • 1bay leaf
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 quart vegetable broth (no MSG)
  • 2 ½  cups water
  • lemon juice

Sort and rinse the lentils and set aside. In a large pot, saute the onion, celery, carrot and potato in the olive oil for about 2 minutes. Add the vegetable stock, 1 cup water and then the lentils. Stir thoroughly. Add the bayleaf. Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat. Cover and let simmer for about an hour and a half, stirring every 20 min or so. Add the other 1 ½ cup water as needed. Soup is ready when lentils & vegetables are tender and smushy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Remove the bayleaf, and sprinkle with lemon juice before serving.

After cooking, you can put the soup in a food processor or blender to make it smooth and fancy. Laziness usually prevents me from doing this, but it is a nice touch.

While the soup simmers feel free to play the guitar, smash plates or go on University Challenge. Or, just watch an episode of The Young Ones:

And here’s really great interview with Ben Elton and Rik Mayall about the creation of the series.

Brooklyn Theater Roundup

I put together my first monthly theater guide for Brooklyn Exposed, listing live performances happening in the borough this February through March.  There’s a festival of new works, two musicals celebrating Black History Month, a Valentine’s Day Cabaret, a futuristic dating show a few well-known classics.

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This is going to be a regular gig, so if you are a producer/actor/director and you have a performance or festival happening in the future, please reach out and let me know! I’m on the lookout for repertory productions, new works, experimental, comedy…you get the idea.

New Review

I’ve been writing indie theater reviews for Brooklyn Exposed for almost two years – I guess time flies when you’re watching new and innovative performances. I recently had the opportunity to review the experimental dance/theater piece, Actress Fury, at The Bushwick Starr. It was a lot of fun, parts of it reminded me of Patty Duke freaking out in The Valley of the Dolls. It was my first review of 2014, and I’m looking forward to seeing more super crazy theater this year.

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Highlights from 2013 include Nosferatu at BAM, The Hotel Colors at The Bushwick Starr, The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Julius Caesarand NIGHTMARES at The Brick Theater.

I’m currently putting together a theater guide for Brooklyn Exposed, so if you are working on a show this season, please get in touch!