Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tweet of the Night

"Who doesn't love Costco?! Growing up in Tx it was Sam's Club...u always find fun things you never knew you needed before-haha...."

-Shannon Elizabeth Tweets

Thursday, May 20, 2010

I SPY NY: Olsen Twins, Rebecca Romijn and More

I spy in NY...

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen making an appearance at the Free Arts NYC 12th Annual Art Auction at Saatchi & Saatchi Friday (top photo), Rebecca Romijn and husband Jerry O'Connell on their way to promote the new Huggies Jeans Diaper on CBS' The Early Show Thursday (middle photo), David Byrne hanging out at Stephen Petronio's Art for SPC auction Tuesday (bottom photo), and Top Chef Season One's Dave Martin and Andrea Beaman hosting a Leake & Watts "Chop for Charity" cook-off at Hudson Terrace Tuesday.

Tweet of the Day

"Look Ma, no hands!"

-Jared Leto Tweets

Janelle Monae Celebrates ArchAndroid Release with Free Show

To celebrate the release of her fantastic LP The ArchAndroid (Suites II and III of IV) Tuesday, Janelle Monae hit New York's Highline Ballroom for a free concert presented by Giant Step.

The set featured an extravagant light show and a slew of head-to-toe masked backup dancers - while Monae alternated between old jams ("Sincerely Jane," "Smile") and new ("Faster," the Big-Boi styled "Tightrope").

Watch a snippet of our favorite performance of the night, "Smile," below.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Hayes Cover "I'll Never Love Again" in Central Park


'Tis the day of duets!

Earlier we showed you a duet between Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott and singer-songwriter Dave Barnes, and now we bring you a duet of Gleeful proportions: Will and Grace's Sean Hayes singing "I'll Never Fall in Love Again" with Glee's Kristin Chenoweth!

The two teamed up at Creative Alternatives of New York's annual gala at the Central Park Boathouse Monday, which auctioned off items to benefit children and adults affected by mental health problems and trauma. CANY offers support to those folks through the art of theatre - how original and amazing!

Glee's Matthew Morrison was also in attendance Monday night, along with Katie Finneran, Cady Huffman and Dick Latessa.

Check out their Hayes/Chenoweth's spectacular performance, above.

Tweet of the Night

"I forgot to recap w u guys.I know I'm too old for this,but gossip girl was great last pm.I'm devastated for chuck.I realize I'm a loser."

-Bethenny Frankel Tweets

Zac Posen Debuts Impeccable Flatiron Condo

"I'm very meticulous," Zac Posen told Poison Ivy as we wandered through the Posen-designed, Morris Adjmi-constructed boutique condominium building 16 w 21 in New York's Flatiron neighborhood last Tuesday.

It only takes me a few seconds to realize Posen's not kidding.

The 14-story building - which features nine full-floor units, a garden duplex and a three-level penthouse - offers tenants custom White Oak flooring, Posen-inspired ornamental fixtures, Siberian and Venetian White marble bathrooms, kitchens with stainless steel counters and Sub-Zero refrigerators (third photo), sound and thermal-insulated windows, and Bosch washer/dryers.

Posen and I are walking through the three-bedroom model unit he adorned with fabulous ornate plates (second photo), custom bright blue cabinets and drawers in the kitchen (third photo), and a mirrored dressing lair (fifth photo, gown sold separately.)

Listing price? $4.6 million.

Someone's going to be a very, very happy runway model!

If you're interested in learning more, please visit the 16 w 21 website.

Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott Duets with Dave Barnes in New York


Lady Antebellum's Hillary Scott jumped onstage with opening act Dave Barnes at her New York concert at Nokia Theatre last Monday - and the two totally blew us away with a belt-tastic rendition of "On a Night Like This."

Get in the studio and hit record, you crazy kids!!

Check out a snippet of their performance, above.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

I SPY NY: Lindsay Lohan, Julia Stiles and More

I spy in NY...

Lindsay Lohan reportedly causing trouble at 1 Oak Thursday night (top photo), Julia Stiles kicking back at ZYNC by American Express' concert featuring The National at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Saturday (middle photo), Gossip Girl's Penn Badgley and Matthew Settle hanging out at the Jonathan Adler for 7 For All Mankind launch at 7 For All Mankind Wednesday (bottom photo), Questlove spinning in honor of Stevie Wonder's 60th birthday at Brooklyn Bowl Thursday, and Vera Wang hosting a "20 years, 11 dresses" bridal event at Bloomingdales 59th St. Wednesday.

Tweet of the Day

"@georgelopez showed everyone a picture of me when I was a baby and had big fat chorizo arms. Thanks George!"

-Mario Lopez Tweets 

(Editor's note: We're happy to see this is no longer a problem for Mario.)

Sting Recruits Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for Today Show Concert

We must say, we were surprised at how flawlessly Sting performed on the morning following his infamous, raging Rainforest Benefit!!

The 58-year-old rock maven kicked off NBC's Today Show concert series around 8:30 Friday morning - entertaining the early crowd with a four-song performance that included "Roxanne," "Next to You," "Englishman in New York," and "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic."

The Police frontman had a nice back-up band too - none other than the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra!

If this is an foreshadowing of how the rest of the summer will go, we're in for a good one!

Video: Drive A Play "Take a Side" in Mosh Pit


Any frontman can sing a song, but how often do you see one singing while smack-dab in the middle of a mosh pit??

Drive A singer Bruno Mascolo seemed to have no problem with the task... Check out the band's performance of "Take a Side" last Sunday while opening for HIM at the legendary Irving Plaza in New York.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Quote of the Night

"I like to shoot people that are attractive. And interesting. And yeah, of course, celebrities. If Courtney Love shows up to a party, I better get that [shot]."

-Patrick McMullan told Poison Ivy Tuesday at the Zac Posen condo party

Betsey Johnson Rocks "Gloria" with Patti Smith at American Folk Art Museum Benefit


It's a great night to be a New Yorker!!

Patti Smith gave an earth-shattering performance at the American Folk Art Museum benefit at Espace Friday night, which celebrated the work of writer/artist Henry Darger.

"Everyone tonight is a volunteer and we're so very grateful," Smith said, before playing a powerful set that featured daughter Jesse Smith on piano, and included songs "Redondo Beach," "My Blakean Year," "We Three," "Because the Night," and a special version of "Gloria" that featured a cameo by designer Betsey Johnson!

Check out the hilarity when Betsey joins in for a dance - and back-up vocal - above (at the 00:21 mark).

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Ronnie James Dio Dead at 67

Ronnie James Dio - best-known as the vocalist in bands Black Sabbath, Heaven and Hell, Rainbow, and Dio - died Sunday, according to a statement on his official website from wife Wendy Dio:
Today my heart is broken, Ronnie passed away at 7:45am 16th May. Many, many friends and family were able to say their private good-byes before he peacefully passed away. Ronnie knew how much he was loved by all. We so appreciate the love and support that you have all given us. Please give us a few days of privacy to deal with this terrible loss. Please know he loved you all and his music will live on forever.
Dio had been battling what appeared to be a worsening stomach cancer, recently canceling a summer tour with Heaven and Hell.

We'll never forget the amazing performance Dio gave when we saw him back in August at Madison Square Garden's WaMu Theatre. Our sincerest condolences to his friends, family and fans.

Tweet of the Day

"It wouldn't be a bad idea to mend a friendship today and be the bigger person to make it right. I'm gonna do just that on this Sunday."

-Fred Durst Tweets

An Inside Look at Tom Petty's Mojo

There are fifteen songs on Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' forthcoming June 15 release Mojo - their first record in eight years - but the 59-year-old rock legend is nervous about some of them.

"The challenge is getting people to hear the record," Petty told Poison Ivy at an intimate listening party at Germano Studios in New York's Soho neighborhood Thursday night.

"Radio stations don't play [entire] records," Petty elaborated.

There may be a lapse in the radio format, but after hearing Mojo in its entirety - on Germano's fantastic 5.1 Surround Sound system - we'd like to advise them to make an exception.

Mojo opens in true heartland fashion - with scattered chords and shout-outs ("That's impressive!" Petty offers before track one even begins). Check out a track listing, along with Poison Ivy's take on each song, below.

1. "Jefferson Jericho Blues" - A wailing guitar tremors through this fast-paced blues anthem that Petty will perform on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Petty has found a seat directly across from me in the dimly lit recording studio. He has on a suede navy jacket and a pair of barely penetrable sunglasses. Beside him are his wife, Dana York, manager, Tony Dimitriades, and several band and crew members.

2. "First Flash Of Freedom" - Here's the single. Not the song you'd pick out out of a lineup, with its ethereal tone and flighty flashbacks: "We felt so much more than our hearts could explain." Petty is bobbing his head.

3. "Running Man’s Bible" - A nomadic, mid-tempo highway track with a somber quality: "I don't speak of the times I've nearly died," Petty sings.

4. "The Trip To Pirate’s Cove" - Keeping on the somber, melodramatic theme, here's a tune about a lost love. "She was a part of my heart/now she's just a line in my face." Petty takes a big sip of whiskey.

5. "Candy" - A playful, child-like song you want to sing along to. Sample lyric: "I sure like that candy/I don't go for them turnip greens... I don't drink Coca Cola. But I sure like an old moonshine." Petty's laughing. A blunt is lit.

6. "No Reason To Cry" - A heartfelt love ballad. Petty gets up and is walking around the room.

7. "I Should Have Known It" - Here's a bat-out-of-hell, Zeppelin-esque rager we'll be singing for weeks: "And now it's over/now you see/that's the last time you gonna hurt me."

8. "U.S. 41" - Rootsy, traintrack ballad that could have easily soundtracked There Will Be Blood. Petty looks somber. Big inhale.

9. "Takin' My Time" - The opening drum line on this song is no different than "Bad to the Bone." For a minute you even think he's going to cover it. "When I was a little boy/honey my fuse was lit/yes it was." Sex track.

10. "Let Yourself Go" - "When time's are hard and you start feeling lone, let yourself go." Here's a memorable, tambourine-encrusted, lounge-y song.

11. "Don’t Pull Me Over" - This is the first time Petty smiles in the entire two-hour session. It's a Bob Marley-inspired Bohemian jam about marijuana reform. Petty grins for a few seconds before the cryptic melody begins. "Don't pull me over, Mr. Policeman. What I've got to do won't hurt anymore. Don't pull me over... Should be legalized."

12. "Lover’s Touch" - "She's got the lover's touch." Not the strongest wolf in the pack.

13. "High In The Morning" - Here's a wise Petty talking to what seems like a younger, less wise Petty: "Boy that power belongs to the devil. Leave it alone... It hurts my heart/to see a young man fall/hurts me to the bone. To see him high in the morning/and by the evening, see him gone."

14. "Something Good Coming" - Slow, optimistic track, and Petty wants to explain himself. "I'm an honest man," he pleads. "I know so well the look on your face."

15. "Good Enough" - Petty seals the deal with the love story about a girl that rarely hears no. "If she marries into money/she's still gonna miss me. And that's gonna have to be good enough."

A wild applause erupts following the session, and Petty thanks us with a fist pump.

"Shit yeah I'm happy," he says, when I ask if he's pleased with the finished product.

Ray Romano Performs for Ovarian Cancer

It's a great night to be a New Yorker!!

Ray Romano returned to his hometown Friday for a special "Ray of Hope" stand-up in support of ovarian cancer research at the School of Visual Arts.

"I have sex on average every three months," Romano candidly told the crowd.

"Whenever my wife and I have sex, I know I have to put in my quarterly taxes. They're due. Oral sex? I renew my driver's license."

Romano became involved with the cause through his cousin Linda John, a survivor of ovarian cancer, who teamed up with fellow survivor/event emcee Valerie Smaldone to plan the night.

Jon Manfrellotti also hit the stage for a hilarious routine (middle photo), while singers Orfeh (bottom photo) and Craig Schulman belted out songs for the cheering audience.

Please visit the Sass Foundation website to make your contribution toward ovarian cancer research today.

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