Michel Richard made a splashy debut last week when he popped open the doors to Villard Michel Richard (455 Madison Avenue, 212-891-8100), the new fine dining shrine he installed in the former Gilt space at the New York Palace hotel.
Here are the 10 best shows around the city this week, in no particular order.
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Dial M for Murder Returns in 3D
The dungeon-black walls of the hip Ace Hotel's underground room, appropriately called Liberty Hall, are relieved by vintage speakers stacked floor-to-ceiling like a rock wall. The decorative recycling of defunct gear, lit with candles like a sanctuary, made a righteous backdrop for a reading of lett ... More >>
A welcome tribute to the '50s' other great Hollywood Kelly
The filmmaker gets his close-up after 40 years of Troma (more or less)
Just when you think they're done, they're back!
As you may have heard, Nicole Kidman is negotiating to play Princess Grace Kelly in the movie Grace of Monaco. The film, directed by the guy who did La Vie en Rose, will be set in 1962, during a period when the movie-star-turned-princess tried to save Monaco from a potential catastrophe.
Dear Ladies of the Red Carpet: Where's the shock of the swan dress or the pizzazz of the goth showgirl of yesteryear? Come on, ladies, this is the Oscars, and it's 2012! Why are so many of you million dollar actresses playing the Grace Kelly card? We are fully aware that all of you can't pull off ... More >>
The bands playing between 7 and 7:30 p.m. tonight. (Also that probably isn't the real Grace Kelly.)Today marks the dawning of the CMJ Music Marathon, an annual see and be seen event for bands and "music tastemakers" and other people who want to try and cram as big of a fraction of the 1,000-p ... More >>
Last chance to catch Elliott Erwitt's famous photos
WikipediaYou can call him Al. OMGEEZE ANOTHER ROYAL WEDDING. Okay, so this one isn't quite as engrossing as the Kate and Wills hoopla in April, but there are reasons to get excited about the upcoming nuptials of Prince Albert II and South African former Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock. The ... More >>
On this latest wave of mediocre movies (and the classics that put them to shame)
Did Liz Taylor really deserve that Oscar for Butterfield 8 or was it all about the tracheotomy? How about such surprise winners as Grace Kelly, Judy Holliday, and Richard Dreyfuss? Did the people who decided Dubya won Ohio in 2004 get their early training by tallying these Oscar categories? ... More >>
Now that the tea parties are settled, we can return to traditional conservative concerns -- sloppy dressers, and Going Galt. George Will today decries the common herd's taste for denim (did you know that even "Silicon Valley billionaires" wear it?), TV programming that "frequently features childli ... More >>
Yes, Carly Simon won an Oscar, but not for Costume Design. Photo by Alan Light. The Oscars are tomorrow night, and an alleged leak of the winners is making it more interesting than usual. The Academy has denounced the list as a "complete fraud." If so, it should be exposed tomorrow, though the ev ... More >>
He breaks the Mouldyes, we went there
With Hitchcock in its rear window, bland voyeur thriller does its best not to perturb(ia) you
MOMI gets all dolled up for fashion film fest
Lee the people: Filmmaker goes looking for her fellow GLs
I have a dream I'm throwing this yellow rice all over the place
Jackie's former couturier is still designing at 91
These five words we swear to you: They only wanted a Pepsi
Dial E for Experiment: Hitch crafts a master's maze in his sole foray into 3-D filmmaking
Deconstructing the Gap, J. Crew, and Banana Republic
Woman of Action
Russell Harding on Blacks, the Poor, and the Clintons
Don't Want Your Money, Don't Want None of Your Time
Art and Fashion at the Anchorage
Christopher Reeve Makes Hitchcock Uplifting