The ‘Motorsport’ Video Has Us Thinking 2018 is the Year of Cardi & Nicki

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The video for “Motorsport,” a triple collaboration between Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, and Migos, is officially out. It shoes all three alongside very fancy cars in their NASCAR-meets-runway best.

We admit we really only needed Nicki and Cardi for this track – both women deliver incredible verses that scream the question: when will Nicki and Cardi surprise drop a mixtape together?

Nicki most recently jumped on a verse of Lil Uzi Vert’s “The Way Life Goes.” She also congratulated Cardi B on her number 1 hit “Bodak Yellow” back in September. Rumors circulate that the latter’s new album is finished and could be on its way very soon, even featuring a possible guest spot from Beyoncé. She’s also received two Grammy noms for “Bodak.”

Take a look at “Motorsport” below.

 

Scott Michael Foster Talks Mental Health & Musical Numbers on ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’

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Photo by the Riker Brothers

 

Writer, director, and actress Rachel Bloom has made waves with her quirky musical take on mental health, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. For three seasons, fans have watched her juggle life and love as she unravels at the seams, something all too relatable for the modern viewer. And this season, she’s developed a new love interest that’s only made things more complicated.

Nathaniel Plimpton III was introduced last season, having bought out the law firm where Rachel’s Rebecca works, while creating both professional and personal obstacles for the female antagonist. His dictator-like character has even been compared to Trump. Fitting, since he exudes a corporate sense of toxic masculinity that would make even the mildest feminist cringe.

Scott Michael Foster, the actor who plays Nathaniel, couldn’t be further from the new problematic love interest he portrays. Having originally caught our attention as Cappie, a charming slacker fraternity brother in the ABC Family (now Freeform) comedy Greek, it’s safe to say he falls somewhere between the two extremes. Also a musician, he exudes a charmingly level-headed personality that’s quite refreshing in the male-dominated Hollywood landscape.

We recently caught up with Foster about the new season, the role he originally auditioned for, and the show’s commitment to an important issue.

 

Congrats on becoming a regular. What’s it been like joining the cast?

It’s been great. Thank you. When I joined last season, it was sort of like, “Here’s five episodes, and let’s see how you do.” And I’m just really honored that they asked me back. It’s been a really fun, challenging ride, because it’s not like the projects I usually do. It’s really good to do something outside my comfort zone.

Is it true that you originally auditioned for a different role?

Yeah, I originally auditioned for the role of Greg in the pilot, when it was at Showtime. So, I was aware of the project when they asked me to come into it now.

So, would you say you’re more of a Josh, a Greg, or a Nathaniel?

That’s interesting. (laughs) I don’t know. I’m not really any, I suppose. I’m more of a Darryl.

 

I’m Pete Gardner for Halloween. #crazyexgirlfriend

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Good answer. So, how does it feel being part of such a feminist show when so much of Hollywood’s sexism and misogyny is coming to light?

I mean I’m just glad to be part of a show that gets it, you know? They talk about issues that are important, and it’s really great to be part of something that doesn’t just make crude comedy or comedy that doesn’t really have a message, especially with mental health this season. So, I’m glad they’re actually using their voice for good.
Being such a socially conscious show, is there a topic you hope it covers soon?
I haven’t really thought about that. Like I said, they do more with mental health because of the stigma with the word “crazy,” and they cover it really well without giving too much away. They really delve into Rebecca’s mental health and why she acts the way she acts. To say someone’s just crazy is really not fair or accurate. There’s more behind it. So, they really get into diagnosis and stuff like that. There’s a reason she acts that way, and there’s something she can do to get help, which I think is important.

Your character has a lot of toxic masculinity. Is it weird playing a role like that or do you kind of pick up on it from guys you know?

For some reason, I’ve been cast as the kind of corporate asshole before. So, I don’t know if I give that vibe when I audition for things, but I don’t have a problem playing it. I actually think it’s cool to look at that kind of person and make fun of the idiotic things that people like that actually do, you know? So, I like it. I think it’s fun to play a part like that.

What’s it like working with Rachel Bloom, as both your costar and the show’s creator?

I mean, she’s awesome. Not only is she the star of the show, but she helps write the episodes, she writes the music, she produces and edits it, and she has to sing and dance. I mean, that girl doesn’t stop. She literally works all day, every day, and on the weekend when we’re shooting. Even when we’re not shooting, she’s just always working. So, it’s an inspiration for me to see someone who works so hard at something she really cares about, and rightfully so. She’s laying the work for it. So, it’s been inspiring to be close to that.

 

Never a dull moment with this cast. #sagaftrafoundation #crazyexgirlfriend

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You already had experience in music, right?

Yeah, I was in a band for a number of years in LA. And I did musical theater in high school. So, I’ve been singing since I was about 12. Not very well, but I’ve been trying.

How does performing the musical numbers on the show compare?

Well, this is actually really great because we get a little bit of time with the song and then we go into the recording booth. They make us sound really good. (laughs) We go in and sing, and they doctor us and fix it. And it’s funny because we don’t have a whole lot of time to record. We go in, and sometimes we’ll do it in half an hour, recording the song. We just go do it a few times, and they’re like, “Great, we got it.” And then they edit it together. So, I’m very thankful for the talented editors.

Is there anything else you have coming up?

I basically funded and produced this short film that my friend wrote and directed and I starred in. Actually, Pete Gardner, who plays Darryl Whitefeather in the show, he’s actually part of it too. We just finished that up and sent that out. Hopefully it will get the sort of reaction we want, and we’ll be making our own content from here on in. So that was sort of my first foray into producing.

 

The mid-season finale of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend airs this Friday, 8/7c on the CW.

alexa BlackBook: Style Icon: Edgar Ramirez Fashions a Vivid Portrayal of Legendary Designer Gianni Versace for ‘American Crime Story’

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On the cover: Versace blazer, similar styles $2,650 at Farfetch.com; Turtleneck, $650 at Versace.com

 

A FEW months before fashion designer Gianni Versace was murdered on the steps of his Miami Beach villa by serial killer Andrew Cunanan, then-20-year-old Edgar Ramirez visited his parents in the sun-kissed party city. “If you walked on Ocean Drive, you could feel the vitality and the energy,” the Venezuelan actor tells Alexa of those freewheeling days in 1997. “It was exhilarating, it was exuberant.”

Ramirez, now 40, is revisiting that glamorous — and tragic — time. The actor plays the legendary Italian couturier on FX’s 10-episode The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, premiering on Jan. 17.

 

Shirt, $195 at ThomasPink.com

 

It’s a departure for the square-jawed screen star, who has become a Hollywood go-to for variations on masculine archetypes: a deadbeat ex-husband opposite Jennifer Lawrence in Joy; a CIA operative in Zero Dark Thirty and Panamanian boxing legend Roberto Durán at the center of Hands of Stone, a biopic also starring Robert De Niro and Usher.

While Ramirez transformed himself into fighting shape for Hands of Stone, dieting and training for hours a day in Panama City gyms, he went in the opposite direction for his fashion-designer role. The normally fit leading man packed on 20 pounds, the Italian way — by indulging in endless plates of pasta — and used prosthetics for the first time. Sporting a receding hairline, graying coiffure, three-day stubble and a generous physique, he bears an uncanny resemblance to the late designer.

Cutting the weight is proving less enjoyable. “Now is when the fun part is over,” he says with a slightly gloomy tone in his voice. “Because I gotta lose it.”

 

 

Jacket, $2,895 and pants, $750, 
both at Valentino, 693 Fifth Ave.; 
James Perse T-shirt, $60 at MrPorter.com

 

His preparation for the part also included speaking to close friends of Versace, whose private life stood in stark contrast to the glorious excess of his brand’s image. “[People] remember the lush exuberance of the clothes and the sex appeal and the sexuality and the models and the parties,” Ramirez says. “But on the real, personal side, he was not a party animal. He used to go to bed very early and get up very early as well. It was very interesting to discover that side of him.”

Ramirez gained a newfound respect for the refined artist during his preparation. “He was a very cultivated man. He used to say that in order to be a fashion designer, in order to be an artist in general, you have to be very cultivated, you have to be very well-informed,” he says. “He wanted to be a musician before he became a fashion designer, so he took inspiration from a lot of different sources. It was great for me to try to act for a mind like that.”

It’s not a stretch for Ramirez to embody worldly charm. His mother was an attorney and his father was a military officer, which means he spent much of his childhood traveling the world and speaks five languages fluently. If he takes a journalistic approach to researching his characters, there’s good reason: He studied to be a political reporter at university in Caracas before pursuing his love of the performing arts. In 2003, his matinee-idol good looks helped land him a role in Cosita Rica, a Venezuelan telenovela. His Hollywood breakthrough came with a role in the 2005 action flick, Domino, and since then he has forged a reputation for portraying swaggering macho characters with both intensity and intelligent nuance.

 

Canali blazer, $1,429 at Farfetch.com; 
Sandro turtleneck, $345 at 
Bloomingdale’s, 1000 Third Ave.

 

The opportunity to share an unseen side of Versace is part of what drew him to this new project, in addition to working with American Crime Story executive producer Ryan Murphy.
While there is plenty of romantic passion in American Crime Story, it’s also a familial drama. The central relationship is between Gianni and his sister Donatella, played by a cigarette-smoking Penélope Cruz in tight dresses and a platinum wig. In the 20 years since her brother’s heartbreaking death, Donatella has taken over the brand’s creative direction and built it into a global luxury powerhouse, but here we get a glimpse at their early behind-the-scenes partnership, which could be — shall we say — lively.

Ramirez says that both he and Cruz, who is Spanish, understand the fiery temperament. “We can relate to volatile but strong and beautiful family relationships,” he continues with a laugh. “That’s a world I understand. Like when someone from another culture asks about you and your family, ‘Are you fighting?’ And you’re like, ‘No, this is how we talk!’”

Ramirez treasures the strong bonds he formed on set with his fellow actors. “Penélope and Ricky [Martin, who plays Gianni’s partner Antonio D’Amico] and I became good friends and it was great, there was a lot of compassion for each other,” he says. “It was really beautiful. Penélope is very family-oriented, there was a very great connection between us.”

 

Tallia Orange jacket, $375 at Macys.com; 
Shirt & Cufflinks, $195 & $225 at ThomasPink.com; Pants, $895 at DSquared2, 166 Spring St.; “Papal” derbies, 
$1,395 at ChristianLouboutin.com

 

While Ramirez loved the flashy Versace wardrobe, off-camera he favors low-key, timeless pieces that look stylish, never trendy; so much so that GQ magazine dubbed him “the king of good taste” earlier this year. “I love design in general,” says the star, who cuts a slick figure on the red carpet in narrow suits and classic tuxes. “I love architecture and, of course, fashion. There’s nothing random about how we dress or how we project [ourselves].”

When asked what he does during his time off, Ramirez falters because, well, he can’t remember the last time he had any. But, for an actor, that’s a good thing. “There are no off days,” he says with a laugh. “It’s great to be working and doing what you’re passionate about. I don’t take that for granted at all.” He had just touched down in Los Angeles from Miami, where he presented at the Latin Grammy Awards. The following day, he’ll head to Argentina to film the thriller La Quietud, all while promoting American Crime Story.

On Dec. 22, Netflix fantasy crime drama Bright opens, with Ramirez playing a blue-haired elf, alongside Will Smith’s human LAPD officer and Joel Edgerton’s orc cop. He’s also slated to appear again with Robert De Niro in an as-of-yet untitled flick directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz of Hands of Stone fame.

 

 

Tallia Orange blazer, $375 at Macys; Todd Snyder turtleneck, $278 at Bloomingdale’s, 1000 3rd Ave.; Balmain jeans, $1,290 at Neiman Marcus

 

Suddenly, Ramirez remembers what he likes to do with his free time — although with a schedule so jam-packed, maybe it should be obvious. “When I have a day off, I sleep,” he says. “I love to hibernate.”

Still, he insists that his off-duty time isn’t that different from anyone else’s. “I try to relax. It depends where I am and what activities are available. Exercise, work out, try to catch an art exhibition, whatever is available. Nothing out of the ordinary, honestly,” he says. “What we do is extraordinary, but that doesn’t make you an extraordinary person.”

 

Photos by Williams & Hirakawa, Fashion Editor: Serena French, Stylist: Anahita Moussavian, Grooming: Barbara Guillaume at 
Forward Artists using Oribe, Tailor: Erik Gavrilov for Sew Ponies

Collapsing Scenery Does Art Basel + BlackBook Premiere of New ‘Years of Lead (Are Back Again)’ Video

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This past spring, BlackBook had Collapsing Scenery’s “Straight World Problems” on serious repeat. So we were obviously thrilled at the chance to premiere the LA post-punk-provocateurs‘ thought-provoking new video for “Years of Lead (Are Back Again)”.

The grim, dystopian narrative is surely perfect for these perilous, hair-trigger times (as we write this, violent protests have broken out in the Middle East and Turkey over Trump’s Jerusalem announcement.) In it, a group of friends in are set upon by inexplicable horrors within the shelter of a bleakly lit home, against the scornful lyric, “You really think you’ll find Utopia / Somewhere outside your fevered mind.”

Video director Nina Ljeti explains, “The concept for the video came from an idea I had of what would happen if the cast of Friends had to face the Apocalypse. The track itself is extremely dynamic, and this is always an invitation for me as director to have fun and go wild with the material. We took it pretty far with this one, and had a blast staying up all night to make it.”

The video’s release coincides with duo’s weeklong Florida residency, including a pair of gigs at this year’s Art Basel Miami.

 

12.7 ‘Fan Club’ Pop Up Party- Miami Art Basel
12.8 ‘Space 1785’- Vero Beach, FL
12.9 ‘Metropolitan Indian Records’ Showcase- Miami Art Basel

 

BLACKBOOK PREMIERE: Swedish Songstress Clara Mae’s ‘I’m Not Her’ (KillaGraham Remix)

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She’s co-written tracks for David Guetta and Tiesto. But it was her guest vocal on 2016’s “Taped Up Heart” (which she also co-wrote) by Norwegian production duo KREAM, that first garnered Clara Mae global acclaim – as it racked up more than 80 million streams worldwide.

Now signed to Big Beat, the young Swedish songstress is ready to break out on her own. She released a debut single and video, “I’m Not Her,” last month – a stunning meditation on romantic uncertainty. And BlackBook premieres here the first remix, by US producer KillaGraham (who has also worked with Drake and Kid Cudi).

Rather than choosing – as so many remixers do – to totally deconstruct the tune, he instead plays with the atmospherics, infusing it with a bit more melodrama…without at all diminishing its visceral impact.

“KillaGraham did an amazing job with this remix,” Clara Mae enthuses. “He put a darker, cinematic spin on the track. I love that it’s not the traditional remix you would expect for this song.”

And KillaGraham himself adds, “The moment I first heard Clara’s voice I immediately fell in love with it – and just knew had to work with her on a project. I was excited when I was chosen to be the first to remix ‘I’m Not Her’ and happy about how it turned out.”

Expect to hear much more from Clara Mae in the coming months.

 

 

alexa BlackBook: Alison Mosshart, Don Lemon, Matthew Modine, Nia Vardalos, Leslie Odom Jr. & More Tell Us Their Christmas Wish Lists

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WISH LIST: ALISON MOSSHART

The musician, artist and sometime-model serves as lead vocalist for indie-rock band the Kills, as well as for Jack White’s supergroup, the Dead Weather.

 

Maria Tash 18-k rose-gold diamond earring, $975 at Net-A-Porter.com

 

“Maria Tash earrings are 
all beautiful, tiny 
and shiny.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: DON LEMON
New York-based journalist Lemon — who’s won both an Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting — currently anchors the primetime cable news show CNN Tonight.

 

Ali: A Life by Jonathan Eig, $30 at Amazon.com

 

“As a kid, I saw Ali as this iconic figure — this black man who would have people hanging on his every word. 
But I didn’t get just how huge a figure he was until 
I was an adult. Everyone thinks taking a knee is a 
big deal, but think about being Muslim and saying 
you’re not going to fight in a war — jeopardizing 
your career. That took real courage.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: MATTHEW MODINE
“Scientists estimate that by 2050 there will be more tons of plastic in the ocean than fish,” says Modine, who appears on Stranger Things, streaming now on Netflix. “We have to be responsible consumers. Gifts like this will make your friends eco-warriors and demonstrate how you are hip, cool and a part of the solution.”

 

Bee’s Wrap (three pack), $20 at PatagoniaProvisions.com

 

“These food wraps are the perfect solution for eliminating plastic wrap. The anti-bacterial properties of the beeswax and jojoba oil help to keep food fresh and allow you to use the wrap again and again.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: NIA VARDALOS
Vardalos is now working on a play called Tiny Beautiful Things in New York. “As holiday shopping season approaches, I’ve eyeballed many corneapopping tiny beautiful things,” she says. “While many of us can’t exactly splurge on fanciful items, we can always drop loud and obvious hints!”

 

“Royal Strass” Swarovski-crystal adorned pumps, $3,995 at ChristianLouboutin.com

 

“If you’re like me and never want disco to die, then we can wear these redbottomed glittery shoes to every office meeting, to every rave and then to church the next day.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: LESLIE ODOM JR.

Odom Jr., who won the Best Actor Tony for his scene-stealing performance as Aaron Burr in Broadway’s Hamilton, now appears on the big screen in Murder on the Orient Express.

 

Get Out movie poster, $20 at 
Amazon.com

 

“I want a limited-edition Get Out poster framed — and signed by Jordan Peele, please — for my office. I haven’t gone to the theater to see a movie three times in 
… ever. I was entertained and inspired more than I can say. “

 

 

 

WISH LIST: AERIN LAUDER
Lauder is the image director for her family’s Estée Lauder brand, while also running her own popular beauty and home lifestyle company, AERIN.

 

Aspen Style, 
$85 at Assouline.com

 

“This book is high on my wish list. Not only because Aspen is such a special place to me, but also because the cover is so beautiful and will look amazing on any coffee table.”

 

 

 

WISH LIST: ELIZA COUPE
Actress Eliza Coupe, best known for her roles on Happy Endings, Scrubs and The Mindy Project, just returned to screens on the new Hulu series Future Man, directed by Seth Rogen.

 

Luxe gym bag, 
$165 at SweatyBetty.com

 

“I work out like a maniac and go through gym clothes and gym bags like crazy — Sweaty Betty makes the best workout gear!”

 

Illustrations by John Kenzie

Blondie and Joan Jett Team Up For Politically-Charged ‘Doom Or Destiny’ Video

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Today Blondie have released the music video for “Doom Or Destiny,” the opening track off of their new album Pollinator. The video casts Debbie Harry and special guest Joan Jett as news anchors in a wild alternate reality, where the President is a saggy puppet and the weather seems to indicate the imminent apocalypse. Or wait, that might actually just be our reality?

It’s a highly satirical commentary on the current political, social, and environmental turmoil, which seems to be reaching a breaking point. The song is written by Harry and Blondie’s Chris Stein, and the video directed by longtime collaborator Rob Roth.

Debbie says of the video:

“We wanted to comment on the bizarre state of media and news in the current political ‘idiocracy’ we are watching play out in real time and create our own news channel that dealt with current issues such as the environmental collapse, fossil fuels, bee population decline, global warming, sexism, patriarchy, Trump and Russia, feminism, consumerism, the marketing of war and more.”

The video is aware and funny, only heightened by the appearance of Jett. She explained in a statement: “Blondie – Debbie, Chris, Clem and everybody – have been my friends for more decades than I care to admit. They have their own style and were pioneers of the modern age of punk and rock. I am so proud to have been invited to contribute to ‘Doom or Destiny,’ I love the music and I love the message.”

Take a look below.

 

10 Events You Can’t Miss at Art Basel Miami

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While the holidays are certainly on everyone’s minds, Miami Beach is gearing up for a different kind of celebration. Art Basel kicks off this week, drawing influencers, fashionistas, and art power players to the beach-cum-cultural hotspot.

With a weekend full of a-lister parties and events, it’s important to have a plan of attack. Here’s how to do it right.

 

Patricia Field Art/Fashion
Friday, December 1- Sunday, December 31
White Dot Gallery

New York fashion icon Patricia Field brings her own brand of style to Art Basel once again – and the Art/Fashion exhibit and pop-up shop actually takes place all month long. There’s also an opening night party on Thursday, December 7, and a runway show on Saturday, December 9, both invite-only. Find more info here.

 

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series 2017
Tuesday, December 5- Saturday, December 9
Scope Miami Beach

For the eighth year Bombay Sapphire celebrates some of the art scene’s most promising undiscovered talents with this series, on display at Scope. If you can get on the list, the finale party is Friday, December 8 at the Villa Casa Casuarina (formerly the Versace mansion), hosted by Issa Rae of HBO’s Insecure. Find more info here.

 

NADA x PAOM
Thursday, December 7- Sunday, December 10
Ice Palace Studios

This limited line features the work of three artists of the New Art Dealers Alliance, printed on clothing and other products. Proceeds go to Pérez Art Museum Miami and the NADA International Gallery Prize. An opening preview takes place Thursday, December 7, by invite only. Find more info here.

 

Bareback Follies
Thursday, December 7
7:30pm
El Tucán

The mother of New York nightlife, Susanne Bartsch, brings her iconic brand of downtown decadence to Art Basel. With performances by Amanda Lepore, Joey Arias, Leonid The Magnificent, and more, it’s an event to behold. Find more info here.

 

Andy Warhol: The Impossible Collection
Thursday, December 7
11pm
W South Beach

Assouline and Sotheby’s celebrate this new book of Andy Warhol’s work. The Factory party takes place at the Surf Lodge pop-up in the W Hotel. This event is by invite only.

 

David LaChapelle Book Signing
Friday, December 8
6-10pm
Taschen

Known for photographing the likes of Amanda Lepore, Naomi Campbell, Björk, and many of today’s biggest names, the iconic fashion photographer will be present to sign two new books. Both feature his surreal, fairytale-like fashion photography. Find more info here.

 

Look Alive Fest
Friday, December 8
8pm
Churchill’s Pub

This night of experimental music and performances is sure to be an experience to remember. The sixth annual event celebrates artists with a focus on deconstruction of popular music. Find more info here.

 

Catwalk: A Night of Vogue
Friday, December 8
11pm-4am
7450 Ocean Terrace

With a live performance by CupcakKe, this promises a night of voguing in classic ball fashion. Nic Nac Mizrahi hosts with DJs MikeQ, Quest?onmarc, Gooddroid and Bonnie Beats. Find more info here.

 

Little Dreams Foundation Benefit Gala
Saturday, December 9
8pm
Fillmore Miami Beach

Founded by Phil Collins, this foundation has sought to foster the development of young artists, with and without disabilities. The third annual gala and concert features performances by Collins, Laura Pausini, KT Turnstall, Pitingo and Fifty Eight Hundred. Find more info here.

 

Sounds by Paris Hilton
Saturday, December 9
11pm
Wall Lounge

Everyone’s favorite socialite and social media sweetheart returns for her annual Art Basel event. Paris will DJ at Wall Lounge, with general admission starting at $150 and VIP tables starting at $800. Find more info here.

Sunrise Ruffalo’s Upstate Adventure

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Something happened this summer on the Western edge of the Catskills: the once thriving river towns that got rich in the 19th century on logging and the bordellos that served the lumberjacks have stirred back to life, thanks to an influx of New Yorkers looking for an escape plan in these testing times. Having lost their Main Street businesses to Walmart and Dollar General, a tangle of towns along Route 97 from Port Jervis are emerging as prime destinations, thanks to a mix of ambitious new restaurants, specialist boutique stores, and a wealth of river activities that bring the corridor to life in summer.

From Narrowsburg’s excellent The Laundrette with its inventive wood-fired pizzas and salads (think Brussels sprouts with a yuzu jalapeno aioli) and newly-opened Narrowsburg Proper (44 Main Street), a foodie’s emporium of gourmet imports from Europe as well as local farmers and bakers, to oenophile Robin Mailey’s new tapas-style wine store and bar in Callicoon (the soft opening is this weekend), the region is showing a flair for entrepreneurs priced out of New York or jaded by Hudson Valley’s twee vibe. The growing buzz is a credit to pioneers like The Heron restaurant (40 Main Street, Narrowsburg), River Gallery (8 Main Street, Narrowsburg) and clothing boutique Mayer Wasner (57 Main Street, Narrowsburg). They saw the potential before others, and toughed it out through leaner years.

A few weeks ago, the designer Sunrise Ruffalo – wife of Mark – brought her impeccable eye for design and art to a newly-vacant space next to Mayer Wasner, opening Sunny’s Pop just in time for the holiday season. One of several stores in the town specializing in home goods and décor (also check out The Nest, The Mildred Complex(ity) and The Velvet Maple, as well as Dyberry Weaver, which specializes in gorgeous hand-woven and dyed rugs), Ruffalo’s spare, clean aesthetic results in some excellent gift ideas for the Holidays. We invited her to choose her five top gift items:

 

Concrete Candle Shrine: $70

“Simple design, yet highly attractive in its use of materials and shape. The copper base exaggerates the candle’s flame to add extra flare.”


 

Maple Peg w/ Leather Strap Wall Hooks, available in tan/natural maple or black/black: $34-$40

“Made of beautiful maple wood, and completely functional in any space for anyone at any age.”


 

Handcrafted Ceramic Coffee Pour-Over, available in charcoal or white: $135

“Supporting local artists in the Catskills, and a new twist on drip-coffee makes the perfect gift for these chilly months.”


 

Small Nylon Tote w/ Adjustable Strap, available in coyote brown or black: $88

“This unisex tote is designed for all of your needs with an adjustable strap, storage pouch, and waterproof material. This tote is ready to conquer any city street or country scape.”


 

Hand-Carved and Spun Porcelain Cups, available in a variety of colors: $40

“Delicately carved cups in hand-mixed glazes ensure a one-of-a-kind cup every time.”