February: the shortest month of the year, yet the one with the most to celebrate. First, it’s Black History Month, where recognition of the culture, history and those who gave so much and received so little should be given on a daily basis. We wait all year for Valentine’s Day to tell those we love how much we care. Presidents Day makes for a nice, long weekend to remember the forefathers of this country, only to be followed by Feb. 20, when we remember the passing of Malcolm X. Last but not least is Sadie Hawkins Day, which, even though it’s only celebrated every four years, when Leap Year comes around, is something to look forward to.
As the American Ballet Theatre embarks upon its 75th anniversary, a reception and screening of Ric Burns’ new documentary on the history of the dance company was held at Alice Tully Hall, bringing out supporters from near and far. Among those in the crowd was Star Jones, who looked fabulous in a white jumpsuit, as she posed for a photo op with prima ballerina Misty Copland and Susan Fales-Hill. Jones, however, missed having a photo with Valentino Carlotti. Star, my girl, you’re slipping. Also, there were Viqar Shariff and Kimberly Shariff—you know them, right?
Whether its surfboards at the beach or snowboards on the slopes, kids just want to have fun, and fun they had as the city shut down for Juno. It was nice to see city folks enjoying the snow—as long as our taxes don’t increase to make up for the millions of dollars in lost revenue, as the city was forced to sleep during its snow after shutting down. Better safe than sorry, but we’re New Yorkers, we’re tough.
Happy birthday to jazz pianist Barbara Carroll, who turned 90 and is still performing at Birdland; Brenda Dillon Cavette; Samuel Peabody; and Harriet DeLaney.
News just in, “The Wendy Williams Show” is hiring interns who want to gain experience in the television industry. Internships are for college credit in lieu of money. Candidates for the internship must be at least 18 years old and ideally pursuing careers in television production. Applicants must have good communication and organizational skills and a desire to learn more about television production. They may choose to work in either production, creative or wardrobe. Internships are available in the spring, summer and fall. For more details on how to apply for the program, visit www.findinternships.com/2015/01/the-wendy-williams-show-internship.html.
OK, so you were all set to boycott the Oscars when you heard that international singer-actress Rita Ora would perform “Grateful,” written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights,” which is nominated for Original Song. Don’t worry, you can stick to your guns, as Ora will appear in the upcoming release of “50 Shades of Grey.” I wish I could bring myself to sit down and read the book so I could see what all of the fuss is about. Somehow when I think of the color grey, I think boring, so I’m not so inclined.
Here is something else to do in February. The Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show and Sale is taking place Feb. 6 and 7, featuring vintage designs to die for—if you’re into vintage. Tickets are only $15. The event will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 125 W. 18th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues. Just in case you’re interested, the Vivian Tam winter sale is taking place Feb. 4 through Feb. 6 at 260 W 39th St. on the 11th floor, with 80 percent off regular prices. The Rue 58 by Wenlan Chia, SMITH, Rune NYC Co-Op sample sale will take place Feb 3 through Feb. 5, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at 545 Eighth Ave, Ste. 1710, 17th floor. Gee, you could spend the first week of February shopping. How much fun is that?
Not interested in shopping but you are interested in becoming a geek? Well, get your geek groove on and find out more athttp://blog.blacksgonegeek.org. I’m so geeky.
In the news, Dartmouth College is banning hard liquor from the campus in its attempts to cut down-and-out extreme behavior. I know Nicole Stent is glad to hear that, as she still has a wee one attending school there. As is alum Wallace Ford, who recently celebrated his birthday, sans the hard liquor I’m sure. Hurry to Staples on 125th Street, as they paid their dues and now have really cool R&B songs wafting through the air. Catch it while you can.
While we are speaking of all things February, let’s not forget the Chinese Lunar New Year. The Chinese year 4713 begins Feb. 19, 2015, which is rather late in the month. Traditionally, New Year festivities begin on the first new moon of the month, when the moon is at its darkest, and continue until the full moon, when moon is brightest. It is said that in China, people may take weeks off from work to prepare for and celebrate the New Year.
This is the year of the sheep. According to legend—of which there are many, but today I chose this one—“In ancient times, Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on Chinese New Year. Twelve came, and Buddha named a year after each one. He announced that the people born in each animal’s year would have some of that animal’s personality. Those born in sheep years are often artistic, charming, sensitive and sweet.” Is that you? To find out more about traditions, rituals and what kind of animal you are, read more on the Chinese New Year at www.infoplease.com/spot/chinesenewyear. Gung hay fat choy and keep the faith, baby!
Until next week … kisses.