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Lie Sang Bong Takes on New York’s Fashion Week

“Make your mark in New York and you are a made man.”
-Mark Twain


New York City is a place where ideas come alive and dreams come true. Living and working in a densely populated city, people often wonder how they can stand out in the crowd. There may be infinite solutions, but maybe the key to success is fashion. Dressing well provides the confidence for people to do extraordinary things.

Lie Sang Bong recently debuted at New York’s Fashion Week with his Fall/Winter 2014 collection. The designer has been in the fashion scene for many years and has presented at Seoul and Paris Fashion Weeks. He is known worldwide as the “Korean McQueen” and has dressed a collection of famous celebrities including Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Rihanna, Juliette Binoche, Katerina Graham, Kelly Rowland and more.

Lie Sang Bong promotes fashion as an art form and has participated in exhibitions at galleries and museums throughout the world. Life is like a work of art and Lie Sang Bong’s “fashion is defined by the lifestyle and culture of the people who wear it.” The Designer’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection is expressed in a way that shows an understanding and appreciation of New Yorkers. Art is in the eye of the beholder and this collection pin points the beauty that is New York City.

“Inspired by powerful photographs of volcanic eruptions, lave surging into the sea, and Yellowstone National Park’s majestic Grand Prismatic Spring, the collection is a visual dialogue between the passion of emotion and structured restraint of practicality.”

The City of New York is filled with sightful architecture and diverse culture. The new collection presents coats, dresses, suits, and evening gowns with architectural silhouettes and feminine form. Like the architectural structures that have stood the test of time, it is important to have staple articles of clothing in your wardrobe. Lie Sang Bong’s use of colors such as reds, blues and neutrals exemplifies timeless fashion. These colors make a statement and reflects the bold and ambitious people of New York City.

The mixed materials used for this new collection is like New York City’s culture, a melting pot of diversity. Materials featured in the collection include cashmere, wool, silk, lace and fox fur. The trend of combining materials started to take flight last year and looks like it’s here to stay for this upcoming Fall/Winter season. Lie Sang Bong’s collection includes “a series of standout coats” and the one that I noticed the most was a red coat mixed with black material and shows a red colored houndstooth material. This coat is reminiscent of grunge style of the 80s and 90s mixed with the elegance of a New Yorker. In a city that never sleeps, it’s good to have fashion that can transform from day to night wear.


Lie Sang Bong’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection was a good execution of clothing made for and inspired by the people of New York. This collection will be available in August 2014 and what’s in store for the future will be interesting to see.

“If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”


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Cucina Di Pesce 25th Anniversary

Cucina Di Pesce 25th Anniversary

Cucina Di Pesce is celebrating 25 years of serving super comforting, home-style Italian fare to the denizens of the East Village.

Food ‘n’ Festivities. No BS. is stopping by this evening to capture our 25th Year Celebration. Last chance to enjoy our 1990s menu and prices!

Drop in to catch some fun and great food, most of all, the valuable history!

87 East 4th Street NYC 10003


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FAB Festival on September 22, 2012, Saturday on Fourth Art Block in New York City!

FAB Festival on September 22, 2012 in East Village

FAB Festival on September 22, 2012 in East Village

Saturday, September 22, 2012

In the heart of the East 4th Street Cultural District, experience the very best in Lower East Side arts & culture at the FAB! Festival. FABnyc brings together a wide selection of FREE performances by local artists, as well as diverse selection of performances and activities from FABnyc’s partners throughout New York City. With multiple indoor and outdoor stages showcasing dance, theater, & music, local artisans and gourmet food vendors, art installations, hands-on activities for families, as well as workshops for professionals and amateurs, all packed into one city block, the FAB! Festival presents new and exciting experiences for residents citywide.


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“It’s A Wonderful Life,” act-along at Metropolitan Playhouse in East Village on December 18, 2011

It’s A Wonderful Life
~ ActAlong ~

Every year, Metropolitan invites its friends and supporters to a reading of Frank Capra’s sentimental favorite,
“It’s A Wonderful Life.”

With sound and costume and holiday fare, it is our favorite way to ring in the season.

Better yet, you do the reading! Everyone who comes is welcome to draw lots for a part, and away we go. Feel free to watch the play as well.

George! Mary! Burt! Ernie! Mr. Potter! Clarence! YOU!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

3:30pm Holiday Cheer

4:00pm Parts Chosen and Reading Begins

Metropolitan Playhouse 220A East 4th Street, NYC 10003

$5 donation suggested.

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Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival at Theater for the New City presents “Little Red Riding Hood” in East Village from December 10-18, 2011

Theater for the New City Presents “Little Red Riding Hood”
1pm on Saturdays and Sundays between December 10, 2011 through December 18, 2011

Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at E. 10th St.) NYC 10003

Part of the Voice 4 Vision Puppet Festival

Length: 1 hr 00 mins
Admission: Adult for $10 and Children for $7
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
You choose your seats when you get to the theater.

Little Red is sent into the big woods to deliver a basket of goodies to her sick Grandmother, but is hounded by a hungry wolf who wants the basket for himself. Will Little Red be able to outsmart the wolf and save her Grandmother?

Great for ages 5-9 years!

Add A Puppet Making Workshop to your Theater Outing!

For an Additional charge of $3.00 per child you can make your own puppet before the show. Add the workshop to your show ticket. Space is limited to 15 children with a parent or guardian.

Available only on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 PM-12:45 PM

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DJ Rekha presents “Bollywood Disco Xmas” with Rajstar and DJ Rekha at Le Poisson Rouge on Christmas Day at 10pm

DJ Rekha presents Bollywood Disco Xmas!

Doors Open: 10:00 PM (Happy Hour from 10pm-11pm)

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street NYC Tel)212-505-FISH

DJ Rekha presents the return of…

Bollywood Disco – retro filmi classics, eclectic disco grooves. DJ Rekha digs through her digital and actual crates, spinning a range of filmi songs from retro tunes to the latest dance floor hits and everything in between.

Bol•ly•wood, n. [Humorous blend of the names of Bombay and Hollywood.]

1. The Indian film industry, based in Bombay; Bombay regarded as the base of this industry.

Bollywood is shorthand for the Hindi-language film industry centered in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India. It is the world’s largest, yearly churning out hundreds of 3-hour musical epics that also drive South Asia’s pop music industry. To the current generation of South Asian club-goers, Bollywood is synonymous with the 1970s golden age of masala films. This decade produced blockbusters like Don and Sholay (which still holds the record for most-viewed film ever made) not to mention “some of the fattest funk tunes that ever pimp-rolled their way down Music Street, Bombay.”

Recently, Bollywood has lit up the cultural radar of the west, resulting in extensive press coverage, references in films like Moulin Rouge and Ghost World, and the nomination of Lagaan for best foreign film Oscar. Not surprisingly, classic Bollywood soundtracks from the 70s have been the focus of no less than 5 compilations in the past few years. (However, with the exception of Outcaste Records comp Bollywood Funk, these have been mostly compiled by and for outsiders to South Asian culture and often provide an uneven view of the genre.) Even the cutting edge of hiphop production has been shaped by the retro Bollywood sound, as producers like Dan the Automator, DJ Shadow, Timbaland and DJ Quik dip into Bollywood’s back-catalog to widen their production palette.

Dis•co n. pl. dis•cos 1. A discotheque.

2. Popular dance music, especially of the late 1970s, characterized by strong repetitive bass rhythms.

In NY the rise of interest in Bollywood coincides with a general resurgence in the sounds of the city’s own musical golden age: the progressive disco associated with legendary clubs like the Loft, the Paradise Garage and Studio 54. In addition to the numerous compilations & re-releases focusing on the producers and DJs of this era, the Garage ethos has inspired a new generation of happenings at clubs like Spa & APT, as well as a new generation of electronic musicians.

Raj “RajStar” Makhija is a freelance music producer, composer, sound engineer, writer and musician based out of New York and Mumbai with a fresh sound described as Timbaland meets AR Rahman. RajStar was always involved with music growing up in New Jersey around a musical family as his mother sang in a traditional Indian style and his father played Tabla, an Indian percussion instrument. In addition to this, playing bass guitar and guitar in and out of school bands (i.e. marching band, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, out of school jazz programs, etc.) gave him a unique blend of musical sensibilities. He became interested in recording and composing music in the 7th grade when he bought himself a 4-track cassette recorder and began making songs. Later, Raj worked his way into some local studios and became well versed in high end recording techniques, then pursued an audio engineering degree at SAE Institute in New York. He interned at Water Music Studios in Hoboken NJ and after some time he was able to land an internship at the world-famous New York division of Quad Studios (www.quadstudios.com). Raj and his brother formed their production company, RVM Sounds (www.rvmsounds.com), and their record label/artist management company, Soul Tap Records (www.soultaprecords.com). At Quad RajStar was able to climb the ladder quickly and after assisting some of the best engineers in the business he began freelance engineering at some of the most respected studios in New York (Sony, Right Track Recording, later known as Legacy, Hit Factory, etc.). He was fortunate to work with many of the biggest names in the American and International markets including Musiq Soulchild, Nona Hendryx, Chamillionaire, Missy Elliott, Pandit Jasraj, and Eddie Gomez, to name a few. Through Soul Tap Records Raj and his brother managed, produced, and developed artists and were able to help push the envelope of what South Asians could do in the American mainstream, namely finishing in the top of Doritos’ Crash The Superbowl contest taking with him Nivla, P. Oberoi, and DJ Sharad. This allowed his single (Produced by RajStar & Bobby Konders) “Be Easy (Koi Naa)” to be released on Interscope Records. Raj also won 1st place by popular vote and judge’s vote after competing against almost 2000 people worldwide in the official John Legend remix contest hosted by Indaba Music. RajStar has also been a guest speaker at New York University as well as SAE Institute
DJ Rekha
New York City based, DJ Rekha, is a recognized leader of the community, a renowned music producer, DJ personality, curator, educator and activist. Called the “Ambassador of Bhangra” by the New York Times and named one of the most influential South Asians by Newsweek, Rekha is among the first DJs to merge classic Bhangra and Bollywood sounds into the language of contemporary electronic dance music. Since establishing herself on the club scene with her inaugural event, Basement Bhangra at SOBs nightclub in 1997, Rekha has produced some of the longest running and most successful parties in New York including Bollywood Disco, Mutiny, and Beat Bazaar.

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