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I saw the revival of Jacques Brel is Alive, and Well and Living in Paris twice back in 2006. The music is great - even if I can’t fully understand the parts in French (thank you to my 6 years of French education). And the cast was phenomenal as well, including the vocal stylings of Robert Cuccioli, Rodney Hicks, Natascia Diaz, and Gay Marshall.
Jacques Brel Returns, offering a wide range of Brel’s music in a cabaret-style setting, is now being performed once a month at The Triad on West 72nd Street with different performers each month, and a different special guest each month as well. The cast last week included Robert Cuccioli, Micheline Van Hautem, Karen Kohler, Jean Brassard, and Ereni Sevasti, with special guest Natascia Diaz.
This two hour foray into the music of Jacques Brel was lovely and entertaining, especially being performed by such talented people. I must admit though that I think I discovered my threshhold for concerts in settings such as these are 90 minutes.
I would recommend that anyone with an appreciation for the music of Jacques Brel should check this out, or someone who just wants to experience something new.
While living on the Upper West Side for a year and a half, I’ve developed a list of my favorite Japanese, Thai, and Asian-Fusion restaurants. And surprise, surprise… They’re all stupidly cheap.
Sura: I’ve written about Sura before, but I can’t enough about it. They serve an $8 lunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays that includes three courses. I usually go for the Oriental salad, Pad Thai, and green tea ice cream (although the custard is tasty, too). This meal would cost close to $20 when it’s a week day, so if you’re in the neighborhood at the right time, stop in and I promise you won’t be disappointed. Broadway between 100th and 101st Street.
Matsu: I discovered this place after last years Webutante Ball with two native New Yorker’s that I met at the party. I’ve been back several times since and it’s never disappointed. Entrees are usually around $10 and the food is actually really good! 83rd Street and Columbus.
Ozen: My favorite place for delivery. I’ve only had the pad thai and chicken teriyaki from Ozen, and while the pad thai is amazing, the chicken teriyaki is awful. It’s dry as sandpaper. The pad thai is awesome but the portion they serve is enormous. To give you an idea: I had a plate full last night, a plate full today for lunch, and then two of my co-workers also had full plates for lunch today. If you only have $10 and you need to feed you and your three friends, this is the place for you.