I don't know why I took my camera with me because I never took any photos. When I go to NYC I have so much fun taking in everything - the sights, sounds, smells and feel of the city - that I don't bother photographing just the sights.
While in New York I always like to see a film that may or may not eventually make it to Charleston, and if it does make it it will be months from now. On Friday Briar and I saw Easy Virtue, a film adaptation of one of Noel Coward's early, lesser-known plays. It's a lightweight film that won't win any awards but it's fun to watch and a great way to park your brain in neutral for 90 minutes. Jessica Biel (yes, Jessica Biel) does better than you might expect as the femme fatale. If you are a Colin Firth fan, and who isn't, you need to see Easy Virtue if you get the chance.
After the movie Briar and I had lunch at Ramen Setagaya's newest location on University Place, a couple of blocks below Union Square. More about restaurants and what we ate in a later post.
After lunch Briar and I walked around the Village and Chelsea. In Washington Square we saw a crew filming a scene for Step Up 3-D. It was lost on me since I've never seen Step Up or Step Up 2 but Briar went all tingly when she saw that they were filming a scene with Adam Sevani, one of the dancers from Step Up 2. A short way away the coreographer was working with dancers for an upcoming scene. (Briar will have to leave a comment and tell you his name.)
From Washington Square we wandered up 8th Avenue in Chelsea and had our second celebrity sighting. When we stopped to look at the puppies in a pet shop window Patricia Clarkson stopped to look at them with us.
The highlight of the weekend, as planned, was to see The Norman Conquests trilogy. I am possibly the biggest Alan Ayckbourn fan in the US. I've seen his plays in London, New York, and Charleston. I've read most of his plays that I haven't been able to see. As with restaurants, I'll fill you in on my Ayckbourn addiction in a later post.