Terpsichorean Tuesdays: Cups

I was late to the Pitch Perfect party, but I’ve rightly come to be humbled by it’s brilliance, which is only enhanced by the fact that it spawned the video above.  These Broadway vets just absolutely murder this combo. I love the lilting, MGM-style of choreography jumbled up with a silly pop reference. Just gorgeous and funny and altogether well done. This is a case for the existence of Broadway.

And Kirstin Tucker kills it during the credits.


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How to Survive a New York City Winter (Like a Lady)

Plush Tights - An NYC Essential

You guys, it is COLD today. Our heat finally came on (no more nighttime freeze!), so I must confess I’m not totally hating it. Bring on the coziness and hibernation!  This Onion piece springs to mind.

While I do not actually, literally plan to stay under a blanket for the next 5 months, it is true that from November-March it is basically guaranteed that my legs will be swathed in stretchy black fabric of some kind.  Real pants are always a problem (either exposed feel or stuffing pant legs into boots like sausage…booo), so I am solidly in the tights-or-leggings-at-all-times camp. But, dang it can get cold.

But my-oh-my let me tell you about my favorite discovery: Plush Fleece lined tights.

Seriously, these have saved my life. They are super toasty and don’t add bulk and allow you to keep wearing cute, light dresses under old-man sweaters (as I am wont to do).  They look right with v. casual sweater dresses or sparkly, fancy ones.  Basically I’ll be living in mine until spring thaw.

Look into them.  You won’t be sorry.

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Terpsichorean Tuesdays: The Girl Hunt Ballet

Cyd Charisse and Fred Astaire in The Bandwagon

We had some friends over last weekend and somehow the ultra-brilliant The Band Wagon came up. When they left I basically shoved it into their hands and forced them to borrow it. And I’d force you too. If you haven’t seen it, implore you to do so.

Here’s the last number, The Girl Hunt Ballet, which is part of the show within the movie. I’m so crazy about the movement that leads us into this scene and of the crowd in the bar. It’s so usual but totally conveys the frenetic, excitable, drunken, quasi-violet vibe of a typical New York speak.

And then there’s Cyd ‘Beautiful Dynamite‘ Charisse and Fred matching her step for step – really impressive synchronization.

I saw an interview with Cyd Charisse once and she said her husband could always tell who she’d worked with that day on the MGM set: if she came home covered it bruises it was Gene Kelly. If not, it was the gentle and agile Fred Astaire.

Enjoy, and here’s more Terp Tuesdays if you fancy.

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Normal Day, by Mary Jean Irion

Normal day

Here’s a gorgeous little poem for a beautiful, sunny Monday.

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return.

This perfect gem of a poem just makes my heart sing.

Here’s to living and loving the normal days.

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Terpsichorean Tuesdays: The Tony Awards Opening Number

Terpsichorean Tuesday: The Tony Awards opening number

You guys.  While not without its hiccups, The Tony telecast melted my little icy heart this year. Especially the opening number. I have it on good authority that this number was choreographed by one of my favorite Broadway choreographers, Rob Ashford. This is no surprise to me – it’s dripping with the trademark Ashfordian lilt and pizzaz, all scrappiness and glamour and big dreams.

Neil is so impressive and present through all of this. Sounds great, looks fab, and lands every joke.

And let me tell you that even salty, jaded me got choked up during the ‘we were that kid part.’ (I was that kid! This was my seminal Tony number that I learned along with the VHS recording I taped off of TV. I was totally obsessed, and I still remember all the choreo.)

Watch this and smile and remember there are still lots of things to love and Broadway…

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Terpsichorean Tuesdays: The New York In June Edition

How About You?

You guys, it’s one of those beautiful days. One of those New-York-in-June days that make it seem like anything is possible.

For Terp Tuesday today, I’m actually going to feature a bit of my own choreography that was inspired by this very feeling, set to Francis Albert Sinatra’s How About You?. This is from a little show I did of all my own work a few years ago. I adore theses dancers.

Everyone take a deep breath and smile and think about potato chips, moonlight, and motor trips.


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Marion & Mondrian

Marion & Mondrain

Though I am a bit of a clothes horse (specifically, dress horse), fashion posts are not my forte. However, I happen to find Marion Cotillard to be the most beautiful lady on Earth and I cannot BELIEVE how stunning she and this Mondrian-esque Dior gown looked at Cannes. Attention must be paid.

Pretty classically Mondrian, eh?

Marion & Mondrian

I’m obsessed with this dress – just look how the back falls. That slash of pink. Could there be a more perfect light-as-air, springy yet still formidable Cannes gown?  I think not. Ravishing!

Incidentally, my celebrity doppelganger (I know, in my dreams…I jest, I jest) doesn’t look so bad either in Liz Taylor’s jewels and Versace. Classic. Damn.

Jessica. Classic.

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Seaside Recipes


You guys, can you believe it’s almost Memorial Day? I’m having a tough time wrapping my head around it, but I’m so excited. We’re going to be heading down to the illustrious Delmarva peninsula for the weekend, per usual, and I have nothing but seaside summers on my mind.

I haven’t been cooking too much lately, or, rather, I should say that because of my Dietbeting/plant-based eating, I haven’t been cooking to much that is very interesting lately (I think I might turn into a salmon filet or a spear of roasted asparagus, but I’m not complaining). I’m ready to turn that around though, as I always look forward to scavenging little seafood shops and farmers markets in seaside towns, cooking up a storm, and eating outside with a gentle sea breeze. We usually go to the beach with a pack of buddies and I love cooking and eating big, festive meals together with still-salty skin. That is my idea of relaxing.

Here are a few of my favorite things to make, but I’m hoping to get a few more tips for inspiration!

  • Mussels. Gah. Mussels and french fries and french bread would certainly be my last meal. If you’re in Delmarva, I highly recommend shanghaiing a friend into going to get Thrasher’s French Fries and timing it so they get back the second the mussels are done, while the fries are still super hot. (You MUST get an extra large so said friend doesn’t eat them all on the way home.) I love this classic Contess recipe for Mussels in White Wine, this spicy version, and I’m very intrigued by these dipped in saffron mayo.  How could you go wrong?
    Mussels in White Wine
    I’ve got to admit, I make some mean mussels. YUM. And they are preposterously easy.
  • I love the ladies of Big Girls, Small Kitchen. I’ve made their Summer Scallops with Sweet Corn and Tomato Succotash for groups of friends at the beach two years running, and everyone is always totally impressed. It’s deceptively simple and INSANELY delicious, all briny and sweet and spicy and crunchy. For me, scallops are a bit of a splurge, but hey, we’re on vacation, right?
    Summer Scallops with Sweet Corn and Tomato Succotash
    Absolutely mouthwatering photo by BGSK.
  • Under the heading of Let’s Throw Together Dinner for 10 People in 20 Minutes, it doesn’t get any easier or more summery than the Contess’s Lemon Linguine with Roasted Shrimp. Always a crowd pleaser. Last year I did it with this Grilled Peach Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella and Arugula and everyone lost their minds.
    Lemon Linguine with Roasted Shrimp
    Photo by Food Network.
    Seaside Recipes: Grilled Peach Salad with Buffalo Mozzarella and Arugula
    Photo via Farmhouse Table. Unspeakably good.
  • HAM. Ok, not a recipe and not totally obvious beach food, but my dad started doing this and quite honestly, there’s nothing better than having a big ol’ Harry & David ham in the fridge when you’re spending a week at the beach. For breakfast with eggs or for back-from-the-beach snacking, it will feed everyone and people become obsessed with it and with pronouncing it like this:

    We always have one. HAIM.

Enough from me! What do you love to cook by the shore that I can steal this weekend?  

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