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"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
Jimmy Johnson
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Aaaaand ACTION!
You’re at Kahve having a warming cup of mint tea. It’s October, and there’s a chill in the air, but it’s still pleasant enough to sit outside and watch the world.

Ah, 10th Ave – it never disappoints. The dog walkers pass by … the occasional pup stopping to sniff and say hi.

There’s dollar for a coffee guy (it's almost poetic). 

A neighbor. A friend. That Broadway actor you saw in that thing with what’s her name … damn, you’re going to have to google that when you get home.

A crazy dude. Dancing. 

And those kids filming something or other.

They approach. They need a couple of extras … people drinking coffee in the background. “Would you mind …?” They ask.

Sure, you say. You’ve got nothing better to do. Then you promptly forget about it.

Three months later, you’re invited to a screening of something billed as “a Bravo-inspired satirical digital series.” With a nod to Real Housewives, A Sip With Vodka follows the adventures of a Russian woman who arrives in Hell’s Kitchen to start her search for a husband.

It’s a comedy, obviously. 

And, by pure coincidence, it just happens to be THAT thing … the thing at Kahve. My thing.

If you look closely … try not to blink … you’ll see my screen debut. 
BEST LIFE CALENDAR

TODAY
New York Times Travel Show
Talks, book signings, cultural stagings, an LGBTQ arena, deals, tastings, and seminars … your next adventure starts right here (and it keeps going all weekend). Find out more.

Broadway Con
Some of W42ST’s favorite people – including Mo Brady, Michael Kushner, and Shakina Nayfack (plus lots of other people we’d love to be our best friends, if only they would remove that restrainer order) – will be on hand to meet, greet, and perform at this annual fan favorite. It’s on all weekend too, and you can find out more here.

The Foundation
A brand new “bold and provocative” sketch comedy show comes to Fridays at Upright Citizens Brigade. Find out more.

TOMORROW
Lunar new year
Happy new Year of the Rat. Which is basically every year in New York City. Find out where you can party all week (and here's a gif of a rat living its best damn life).

Garden for an Unknown Lover
A photo diary project at 10 Times Square by Israeli artist Boaz Aharonovitch, which promises a touch of springtime in the height of the NY winter. Find out more.

New York Wine Fest
Anyone still doing Dry January? Nope? Didn't think so. Get wet here. 

SUNDAY
Central Park workout

Wake up, sleepy head! This 9am workout –  a combination of hill and strength training – is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. And it’s free (there’s also the promise of swag). Find out more. 

Out of Place
Brooklyn Museum takes a feminist look at its collection, featuring works that have traditionally been considered “out of place” in major museums because of the artist’s identity or their unorthodox approach. Find out more.

Gospel brunch
And you don’t even have to schlep all the way up to Harlem – the Harlem Gospel Choir comes to you, for this all-you-can-eat shindig. Find out more

Silent disco
Dance like no one’s watching, switching between tunes from the top 40/EDM, 80s and 90s hits, and Motown/golden oldies. This is free, it’s at Bryant Park, and it’s a whole lot of fun. Find out more.

MONDAY
Legally Bound

Broadway couple Andy Karl and Orfeh met while doing Saturday Night Fever, and went on to work together on Legally Blonde and Pretty Woman. They return to 54 Below to perform a mix of pop, rock, rhythm and blues, and show tunes. Find out more.

Vodka Stinger
Vodka Stinger and The Martha Rayes mark their five-year anniversary with a new show, The Bitch is Back, celebrating their 5-year anniversary as nightclub superstars. Expect songs by Cher, Bette Midler, and Ethel Merman, plus the world premiere of the Trashy Ladies Medley. Find out more

West Side Story
The Guggenheim presents a peek behind the scenes of Ivo van Hove’s new musical, with a moderated discussion with the director and choreographer, and performances from the cast. Find out more.

WEDNESDAY
The Great Love Debate

If you can’t wait for February’s W42ST to demystify love, sex, and relationships in the modern world, this live discussion at the City Vineyard will have to do. Find out more.

Knitting in igloos
Yes, you did read that right. Cozy up in Bryant Park’s igloos, and make a scarf you can keep. Or, even better, donate to the park’s Found But Not Lost initiative. It’s free, and all materials are provided. Find out more.

Andre de Shields
The Tony Award-winning star of Hadestown (and Hell’s Kitchen neighbor) is an Old Dawg, New Tricks … performing his very special brand of cabaret at the Appel Room. Find out the meaning of the word legend here.

Politics Primer
Damn, US politics can be confusing! This is a (free) chance to join neighbors and learn the ins-and-outs of New York City, State, and national politics. There’s no excuses, friends! Find out more.

THURSDAY
Wait no longer

February's W42ST is out now. It's the Sex and Relationships issue. Pick up one in any of these handy dandy places, and keep this bad boy away from the kids.

The Mockingbird Project
Aaron Sorkin joins cast members of the current Broadway production of To Kill a Mockingbird, examining today's criminal justice system with a panel that includes member of the Exonerated 5, Kevin Richardson. Find out more. 

Glenn Close and Ted Nash
Jazz saxophonist Ted Nash is joined by his friend (and legendary actor) Glenn Close as he presents the world premiere of his latest work, Transformation. There’s a free pre-concert discussion about the music and artists, $10 Hot Seats are available for purchase in person (and there’s a second performance on Feb 1). Find out more.

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