TGIF: So Much To Do, So Much To See

Okay, okay, okay! I have so much to talk about and so little time today. First of all I won’t be talking about Halloween until next week except to say Monday’s article is about BangOn’s big event. BangOn was awarded Best Promoter at last nights Paper Magazine Awards ceremony at Marquee. I congratulated Paper Honcho David Herskovitz and said hello to old friends and had a grand ol’ time. Earlier I visited Play, the new bar/space at the Museum of Sex. I loved, loved, loved it and will talk to you later about that. I had dinner before the awards at Bottino at 246 10th Avenue with party planner Danielle DeGregory, model and super nice guy Anthony Gomez, and my lovely Amanda. The talk was all about the awards show and Francois-Xavier Lalanne’s Sheep station across the street. It’s beyond hot. After all the delaying we whisked into Marquee just in time to catch Chelsea Handler’s opening monologue. We ol’ pros know these things run late. Next year Paper will be 30, which is like 300 in magazine years. The crowd at the event showed thatPaper is still crazy after all these years. Congrats!

Earlier in the day I shot over to Jeffery West at 19 Christopher Street. Sailor Jerry Rum had arranged for me to pick up a pair of shoes from this seriously hot shop. I was like a kid in a candy store, or Amanda in a shoe store, as they let me pick anything I wanted. OMG! I took the aubergine wingtips. I just had to. The shoes were then tattooed with Sailor Jerry flash by British artist Aasen Stephenson. We sat outside in the beautiful day as pedestrians walking by didn’t know what to make of Aasen’s more than pedestrian efforts with his tattoo gun on my new shoes. Photog Jenny Adams effort alerted them that there was something to see. Sailor Jerry always amazes me. This time they really blew me away.


Tonight I wish I could attend the House of Waris for Forevermark event at the Explorers Club 46 East 70th Street. I can’t find my passport and I might get stopped at the downtown/uptown border. Waris is so cool. If you don’t know the name you will know the face from movies and commercials. He is a dapper man about town. His jewelry and his art are breathtaking, and the list of celebrities and bold face names slated to attend have me thinking of sneaking uptown.

On to a success story of another type: New York is still the stuff that dreams are made of, and nightlife is often the facilitator of these dreams. Young, talented people take jobs in the clubs, bars and restaurants to free their days to audition, study and pursue careers that they could not attain if not for night money. Claudia Ramirez (main image) is not a starving artist by any means. She is a face I’ve seen around nightlife in various capacities, making a living while she travels from a to z. When she invited me to the opening reception for the Maritime Film Festival and told me about the wonderful things she was doing and the places she might want to go, I was happy. The festival is this Saturday starting at noon, and going on and on as there is so much to see and hear. I caught up with Claudia the Maritime Film Festival Event Coordinator and asked her to tell me all about it.

Tell me about the Maritime Film Festival.

The Maritime Film Festival is a project I co-created with my partners Andrew Poneros (PORK) & Tim Regan. I’m the event producer. We’re sailors and artists living in and sailing all over New York. We made a short film on the water earlier this year and in trying to figure out where to show it, realized we were surrounded by a really robust boating scene here in NYC, and met a lot of other artists and filmmakers who had nautically themed work, or lived really offbeat urban aquatic lifestyles. When we got to know the brilliant people from Dustin Yellin’s Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook, I realized we had found the perfect venue to celebrate art inspired by the sea. The line up of artists is so solid. SWOON, Duke Riley, Chico MacMurtrie, and many more will have selected works up as an exhibit in tandem with the screenings, plus a lot of other fun stuff like food by Prime Meats, drinks from a ton of awesome sponsors, a bonfire & DJs. It’s this Saturday Oct. 19th at 4PM @ 159 Pioneer Street in Brooklyn. There’s even a free water taxi that leaves from Pier 11 every 40 minutes so you can cruise by the Statue of Liberty and be delivered over to Red Hook.

Where are you from? Tell me about your nightlife jobs that helped you thrive in New York as you vied for bigger things.

I grew up in Queens, and I went to high school on Long Island.  I’ve been playing music my whole life but I studied political science at George Washington U in DC with the intention of maybe going into law, which I quickly realized I hated, and continued in pursuit of the arts. Growing up, my family had a condo in Montauk, where we spent time during the summers and coincidentally where I’ve been living and working seasonally the past two years. Me and my boyfriend sail out east and live on our 40-foot sailboat, the Alma, there (it’s a Morgan 40 yacht for the boat nerds). I’ve been doing wine sales and private events at this great restaurant and bar in a marina called Moby Dick’s. Since I’m a musician, I worked at record labels and recording studios for a while, but a lot of people associate me with nightlife in terms of work, probably because I was doing the door at downtown hot spots like Le Baron and Hotel Chantelle. I met tons of people in the same industry that way, and I’ve been thriving mainly on my work as an event producer as of late. Some of my closest friends in NYC are bar owners and restaurateurs, and I think watching them open up wildly successful establishments was inspiring for me, especially since I’m younger. I see myself continuing to merge my love of nightlife, food and beverage with the arts, film and music for a long time.


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