Oct 26, 2012

Truffle Dinner

Halfway through this week’s Truffle Dinner at Corkbuzz, the sommelier’s table was a chaotic jumble of half consumed bottles of Nebbiolo, along with a few extras, but still awaiting the Pedro Ximen...
Oct 19, 2012

Spanish Wine Dinner

At the Spanish Wine Dinner at Corkbuzz on Tuesday night, the labels alone were pretty intriguing, including one printed in Braille from a winery that uses blind persons, with their heightened taste bu...
Oct 19, 2012

Paul Auster

New York has a lot of national centers and institutes whose programming I follow, but FIAF (French Institute Alliance Français) may have the most interesting and provocative. I say that as someone wh...
Aug 5, 2012

The Things of Life

I was attracted to the THE THINGS OF LIFE, the Claude Sautet series at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, as he is one of those directors whose work I do not know well but which is of evident quality...
Jun 18, 2012

Summer of Reisling

Since attending the SUMMER OF REISLING dinner at Corkbuzz on Monday evening I have stood corrected on the subject of Rieslings, which I have always regarded as a light, non-serious white, and usually ...
Jun 14, 2012

Spaghetti Western Festival

A Spaghetti Western Festival at Film Forum? I am SO in. I started with THE BIG GUNDOWN, which I had never seen, and that contains the memorable line: “In America being quick on the draw is more ...
Apr 29, 2012

Pisco Portón

That, in the photo, is pisco in a specially designed pisco glass and how you sniff the pisco in advance of swushing it about in your mouth to adjudge its subtleties. It was a very informative talk tha...
Sep 25, 2011

White Box Project

I went through the Black and White Gallery in Williamsburg (manifestly in its white phase) beyond the white curtains into the white and off-white cinderblock courtyard to watch, hear, feel and partici...
Jul 13, 2009

Lincoln Center Festival

Two from this year’s LINCOLN CENTER FESTIVAL: I saw Les Éphémères in two parts on Saturday and Sunday at Park Avenue Armory. There’s a lot I could write about it (of the French genius f...