March 21, 2008 |
NEW YORK -- In his early 20s, Todd Haimes says, he wasn't cool enough even to attempt getting past the velvet rope into Studio 54, the disco-era playpen for the likes of Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Liza Minnelli and Halston. Now, five years after Haimes' nonprofit Roundabout Theatre Company paid $22.5 million for the Midtown Manhattan theater, he's selling naming rights to the house and pretty much anything inside you could stick a plaque on, including roughly 1,000 seats.
February 18, 1998 |
The Scene: Las Vegas on Sunday when the Rolling Stones and Elton John simultaneously performed club dates--Sir Elton opening the MGM Grand's $8-million Studio 54 disco; the Stones playing the Hard Rock's 1,400-seat space, the Joint. Being a mile apart just begins the distance between them. In October, the two sides exchanged barbed comments that ended with John comparing Keith Richards to an arthritic monkey.
January 11, 1998 |
In the late '50s, Rome was "Hollywood-on-the-Tiber." Glamorous, dissolute celebrities in dark glasses ruled its night life. Director Federico Fellini watched the city's grand debauchery and elegized it in "La Dolce Vita." One of his characters was a ruthless photographer named Paparazzo, the fictional counterpart of a shooter named Felice Quinto. Twenty years later, Quinto was still in the thick of the glitterati. By 1977, he was a New York wire-service freelancer.
January 23, 2006 |
Once, I loved circuit training, moving from machine to machine, inspecting and admiring the rippling muscles in the mirror -- they weren't my muscles, but I appreciated them anyway. Eventually I moved on to other forms of exercise, but I never got over my affection for those bright, shiny machines. So when I heard about the Sports Club/LA's "themed loop" circuit training classes, I was there.
March 8, 2009 |
Heavy metal studs, leather leggings, safety pins and sequins, oversized sweaters and boyfriend jackets, power shoulders and flashes of neon. During the shows at Milan Fashion Week, it wasn't a question of whether the 1980s would be referenced, but which part of the 1980s.
February 10, 2012 |
A self-indulgent pilgrimage to the shrine of '70s fabulousness, "Ultrasuede: In Search of Halston" assembles a fine assortment of archival material but falls far short of its stated goal. Halston, who died in 1990, is a compelling subject - a Midwesterner who became synonymous with Manhattan night life while changing the fashion industry - and his story helps to define an era. That story is trivialized in this glitter-deep overview of familiar Studio 54 terrain. The film combines two documentary subgenres: the fashion doc and the inquisitive-filmmaker-inserted-in-every-scene doc. The spotlight-hogging director is star-struck first-timer Whitney Sudler-Smith.