In the fifth season premiere of Mad Men, Jessica Paré as Megan Draper forced a roomful of jaws to drop with an unexpected performance of "Zou Bisou Bisou." The scene took place at Don Draper's apartment during his surprise birthday party; his young wife, Megan, turned the shock quotient up to 11 wh ... More >>
Crystal Pei acknowledges there's been a Nordic invasion in New York City, but she says most of those spots are of the same vein: "Everything Scandinavian here is minimalist Swedish and Danish," she explains.
Chat with Don Draper and co.
"They're called privates for a reason," the Mad Men star tells Rolling Stone, perturbed at the wave of gossip reports about the way his giant Hamm often seems to show through his pants. "When people feel the freedom to create Tumblr accounts about my cock, I feel like that wasn't part of the deal," ... More >>
There's a movie in development based on Sheila Weller's book Girls Like Us, about various female singer/songwriters who helped shape the modern sound. Taylor Swift has been cast as Joni Mitchell, and the hissing of the summer lawns will have to drown out anyone's reservations about that. And here' ... More >>
That's the thesis of The Wrap's Tim Molloy, who questioned some of the choices made in the envelopes--and in the telecast itself--last night. For example, Molloy thinks it was weird to pick Two And a Half Men's Jon Cryer as Best Actor in a Comedy over candidates like Don Cheadle, Alec Baldwin, and ... More >>
1 Abbie Fentress Swanson of WNYC has created a map of all the NY reference points in Mad Men, including food and drink spots like The Slipper Room, Keens Steakhouse, and Benihana. [WNYC] 2 The Unoffical Mad Men Cookbook has 70 well-researched recipes along with fun cultural commentary that referenc ... More >>
What to do when Mad Men isn't on
43 reasons to hide the remote
One way to get a really nice apartment is to be a fictional character. They seem to live way better than we do, even when they don't make any more money than we do. Publicist Ronn Torossian has noticed this amusing disparity, so he writes: Watching the season five premier of Mad Men, I felt compe ... More >>
On Rosie O'Donnell's show on OWN, Sandra Bernhard appeared. Must have been lesbian comic night. And Sandra said something to the effect that Whitney Houston's demise stemmed from an inability to accept her sexuality and the weirdness that resulted from that.
A new spot evokes the Jewish resort hotels of the past
Hmmmm, will flying to Mars for dinner make me seasick? There has always been an element of zaniness in the New York dining scene, ever since pretty girls started selling hot ears of buttered corn down on Delancey Street in the 19th Century - or maybe even before that, because a restaurant b ... More >>
Making the case for beer at breakfast: forget mimosas; start your day with a coffee beer or even a maple brew. [Wall Street Journal] A case of 1990 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Burgundy sold for $297,400 in Hong Kong, setting a world record for that vintage. [Bloomberg] President Obama is ... More >>
We're all anxiously awaiting the return of Mad Men in (gasp) 2012 and dealing with the show's long hiatus in our own ways. We, for instance, drink a martini every Sunday night in honor of Jon Hamm's stunning jaw line, while repeatedly rewatching last season's deliciously shocking finale (has ... More >>
My favorite Backstreet Boy, Kevin Richardson, got good reviews for stepping into Chicago on Broadway a few years ago, and now he's taken another career advance by going Indie-wood. He costars in the Steve Balderson-directed The Casserole Club, a Mad Men-era glimpse into the dark side of Cali ... More >>
It's a sad day for millionaire identical twin Olympians everywhere: Forbes reports a federal appeals court has ordered Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss to accept their $65 million settlement with Facebook. That means no more suing Mark Zuckerberg. This is the part of the post where we are legally ... More >>
theage.com.auPretty yes, but he's no PadmaBecause there can't be more than two weeks without a Top Chef show on the air, Season Three of Top Chef Masters premieres tonight on Bravo at 11 p.m. Nevertheless, this season is shaping up to look exciting.
A tribute to Miss Hollowayer, Hathaway
Not a zombiePop culture point man Chuck Klosterman (Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs) pens an essay on zombies for the front page of the Arts section in the New York Times today, leading with the scintillating idea that "there are at least 2.4 million cable-ready Americans who might prefer watching ... More >>
Chet knows coolThe real outrage about this new Camel cigarette promotion isn't that R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. is trying to peddle cancer to would-be hipsters using images like the Williamsburg Bridge. This is directly in line with the industry's goal of creating nicotine addicts out of adoles ... More >>
Václav Havel's 1965 play gets a rare NYC staging
AdAge has a fascinating little piece on what TV shows you watch and how that relates to the brands you like, based on information from "psychographic" (eek) "ad targeter" Mindset Media. The data was self-reported by about 25,000 TV viewers across 70-plus shows, most of which ended up attract ... More >>
Dear Single Ladies, Halloween is a time to show your true inner beauty, your wisdom and intelligence, your creativity and strength of character. Remember, leaving something to the imagination is always preferred to letting it all hang out. Desperation smells a lot like fake tanner and cheap ... More >>
The fourth season of Mad Men ends this Sunday, and while the show really doesn't really have much do with food (its occasional references to canned ham and historic New York references excepted), it's certainly enhanced our appreciation and revulsion for the way food was advertised during that era ... More >>
Its a mad, mad, mad, mad finale party.
Back in early April we stumbled upon a Philadelphia Inquirer trend piece all a-drool over the latest meme in man-style: the "Retrosexual." According to the piece, such a fellow, largely inspired by Don Draper, trounced about with a trilby atop his pomaded 'do, clad in a three-piece suit, ciga ... More >>
Officials are moving forward with plans to replace the dated bar cars on Metro-North Railroad's Connecticut trains with new cars that look more like a sit-down pubs on wheels. [Wall Street Journal] VinPerfect, a new type of screw cap that regulates air into the wine bottle, joins the synthet ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Food for Life Whole Foods Bowery Tuesday, August 10, 7 p.m. The Cancer Project is hosting this free demonstration and tasting, featuring plant-based dishes that cou ... More >>
Incidentally, this guy is owed money by BlackBook, too. Probably.It's been an interesting week or two for freelance writers! Our editor-in-chief, Tony Ortega, dished some excellent advice on how not to pitch him! Meanwhile, writer Richard Morgan wrote for The Awl about what it's been like to ... More >>
If you don't watch Mad Men, well, here are your excuses. And if you do watch Mad Men, then you know that lead character Don Draper's living in Manhattan full-time these days. But where?
A toast to all the winners.Tales of the Cocktail, the annual convention for what has come to be known as mixology, culminated in the Spirited Awards ceremony held at The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans on Saturday night. The theme was Mad Men, which meant that bartenders and spirits industry f ... More >>
We will never own one of these. Whee, the 62nd Annual (Primetime!) Emmys have been announced. There aren't that many surprises: As usual, HBO rocks, as does Mad Men, True Blood, 30 Rock, Glee, Neil Patrick Harris, and Tina Fey. Losties may get another chance to see the objects of their affect ... More >>
Lorenzana shows one of her many pairs of Uggs on her Facebook page.If you've watched a TV or seen a paper or glanced at a computer this week, there's no way you haven't heard about the hot-hot-hot lady banker who may have been too hot to bank. The whirlwind of responses to Elizabeth Dwoskin's ... More >>
The Rubin Museum's gone mad
Theatermakers battle for glory
It's January all right! I'm talking about January Jones--no, not the person of that name who appears on Mad Men, but the January Jones who was a busty Vegas lounge singer with fleshy parts and an urge to shake them in swimwear while singing "Up a Lazy River" as if she'd just swallowed a whole mess o ... More >>
photo via Street Carnage I would like to continue believing, for all eternity, that Don Draper rarely smiles, only orders Old Fashioneds, only consorts with comedians if he's hoteling their wives, and has never thumbed an iPhone. And then Jon Hamm showed up to the Knitting Factory on Monday night f ... More >>
First the MTA put Sunday "nostalgia trains" from the 30s through the 70s on the V line for the holiday season. Now, the Post reports, they're giving us vintage buses from the 60s and 70s. They've been fitted with MetroCard readers, but presumably you can open the windows. We doubt they'll let you sm ... More >>
Fast Company has a delightful rant by legendary adman and art director George Lois which starts as a dismissive review of "Mad Men" ("There's nothing wrong with 'Mad Men' if it's supposedly a series on a bunch of phonies screwing their secretaries and having three-martini lunches and not giving a sh ... More >>
It's Queens native Gene Simmons' Birthday! Celebrate with EV Grieve. Charlie Rangel gets a standing ovation at the National Democratic Convention.... 's New York Delegation Breakfast, per the Albany Times-Union. Good news, Greenpoint! Anthony Weiner and Nydia Velazquez announce that the EPA "has c ... More >>
amNY's Urbanite does a nice rundown of 60s-New York-specific references in the most recent episode of "Mad Men." Among the details Urbanite lists: mention of the BMT (no one says that, or IRT or IND either, when referring to subway lines anymore, though they apparently did when Hair was on Broadwa ... More >>