Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball whose recent exploits include Bun B's Rap Coloring and Activity Book. In his column, he writes about his life and times. Among many other things, my twin six-year-old sons think I am Manu Ginobili when the Spurs play basketba ... More >>
Look back at New York's club era
Greenwood ParkBirthdays are hard. Of course it's about you. But really, it's about everyone else, especially if you're stepping up to plan the party yourself: whom to invite, whom not to invite, how to congratulate yourself for being born without feeling too self-important, whether to celebrate the ... More >>
It all started with a phone call. Shortly after Adam Gold's restaurant -- Syracuse's Funk-N-Waffles, a casual joint that offers exactly what it promises in both music and eats -- was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, he got a call from the show's host, Guy Fieri. Fieri ... More >>
No, she wasn't being rude. According to promoter Daniel Nardicio, "Last Wednesday, during Liza and Alan Cumming's show, one of Liza's band members went into cardiac arrest on stage, didn't know it, and continued to play till the end.
Pass the whiskey for the man in black
Celebrate six years of Trouble & Bass
While performing with Liza Minnelli in Cherry Grove the other night, The Good Wife's Alan Cumming proved he has a very good husband. He told the crowd about the time he innocently hung out with pop star Mika and found that paparazzi swarmed the car they were in, obviously up to no good.
TR Warszawa present Festen (The Celebration)
Depending on your life outlook, having a birthday on February 29 is either really cool (yay for uniqueness) or really sucky (too bad you can only celebrate on your actual birthday once every four years). Well, if your birthday happens to be today, Leap Day, many New York City restaurants and bars ar ... More >>
Barack Obama wants you to help his FLOTUS -- First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, that is -- celebrate her 48th birthday today, sending out an e-mail last week that encouraged campaign supporters to sign a card. (He's just a really thoughtful husband and father and stuff, being the pres ... More >>
Glam rock and rockabilly collide
Just in case any more happened to be needed. I recently discovered Helen Hayes's memoir, in which the grande dame talks about becoming an unlikely friend of Joan Crawford starting in the '30s, possibly because Helen didn't pose a threat to Joan's movie allure.
This Saturday, October 8, at District 36, legendary DJ Junior Vasquez celebrates his 62nd birthday, a perfect chance for me to hit up the honorary Latino with some highly danceable questions about how he's kept flourishing after all these years and how the club scene has changed. His answers:
Raise a glass to Johnny Cash
via search engine landBirthdays on the Internet usually include numerous Facebook wallposts, IMs, and emails from people you typically never talk to. But this year you can make sure you get a greeting from someone you talk to every day. You don't even have to return the favor and wish them an ... More >>
Photo via the Rap-UpThough Michael Jackson's 52nd birthday would've fallen on this past Sunday, his music was pretty much the official soundtrack for the whole weekend in Prospect Park, blasting out of vendor trucks and ballfields, picnics and stereo-mounted bikes--pretty much everything with ... More >>
Remember Steven Slater's impostor, the chubby blond man who fooled Page Six (who corrected today) and a whole boatload of partying gay guys? He's apologized for his actions! We obtained an email from "I'm-Not-Slater" to Daniel Nardicio, the Playgirl VP whose birthday he showed up at.
Get down for the King of Pop
We caught our neighbor — people who work for him, anyway — putting up a fresh sign on his garage door yesterday in Fort Greene. Our neighbor, Spike Lee (who, thanks to a block profile this weekend in the Times, everyone now knows is our neighbor), is finally going to host his birthday pa ... More >>
The birthday boy in his birthday suit. Did you know that Anthony Bourdain turned 54 today? Neither did we, but a co-worker thoughtfully informed us of this fact. As of late, Bourdain seems to have pretty much everything a man could want in life: a successful career, an adored wife and daughte ... More >>
The pint-sized sit-com star hosted my birthday party at the Times Square club kid hangout Club USA sometime in the '90s, and he was utterly delightful. Here's Catherine McGann's amazing photo capturing the sight of Gary and I, fronted by Brit wit Quentin Crisp, Oscar nominated actress Sylvi ... More >>
NYC celebrates MJ's birthday in a big way
This one pretty much can't miss. Jackson, who is set to be buried on his birthday out in Glendale, California, will get a NYC birthday send-off as well--Spike Lee is throwing a block party in his honor at Fort Greene Park. From 12pm-5pm, DJ Spinna will play Jackson jams exclusively, which is ... More >>
A progressive hero celebrates the 9-0 with a few friends
Lights, cameras, amateurs!
Joey Ramone lives