Month: July 2017

TueNight 10: Robin Gelfenbien

First off, Robin is HILARIOUS. At our April TueNight Live event she shared her tale about quitting her therapist and we were all in stitches (and cancelling our shrink appointments). Her own live storytelling series, Yum’s the Word, features storytelling from the likes of Tim Gunn, Joy Behar, Aasif Mandvi as well as homemade ice cream cakes (Next show July 26th in NYC). The show has been lauded by the New York Times, Time Out and was named one of the “5 Best Storytelling Series in NYC” by CBS. These days she’s queuing up a Yum’s the Word podcast (the Tim Gunn episodes are absolutely hilarious) and writing a screenplay about the year she spent behind the windshield of the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. Yes, a Weinermobile. Her favorite month is July as it’s National Ice Cream Month and National Hot Dog Month. 1. On the nightstand: Tara Clancy’s The Clancys of Queens, a red currant candle, Aveda’s hand and foot lotion and a picture of my niece and me. 2. Can’t stop/won’t stop: Wordplay and puns. It’s a blessing and a curse… mostly a blessing. I love calling myself a “Cone-oisseur.” 3. Jam of …

TueNight 10: Diane Kane

Diana Kane opened her eponymously named boutique on 5th Avenue in Park Slope in 2002, and women from the neighborhood and beyond have been flocking to it ever since. She supports sustainably sourced fashion, along with small designer collections, handmade in this country. She champions artistry and local production over more established, outsourced, brands. About a year and a half ago she created a “Feminist” t-shirt and it went viral. The t shirt was optioned (in silver) by Samantha Bee (someone gave her one and she loves it) and a percentage of those sales have been going to Distributing Dignity, a non profit who gives products women need (bras, feminine hygiene products, etc) to the women who need them. 1. On the nightstand: My nightstand looks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa because buying books is my guilty pleasure and my addiction. I’m currently reading “Hunger,” by Roxane Gay whom I adore (she’s on my fantasy BFF list) and “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why,” by Amanda Ripley. That one is grim reading, but it’s fascinating psychologically. It’s speaking …

TueNight Live: Glowing on a Brooklyn Rooftop [PHOTOS]

Could there be a more beautiful night? On June 27 we took our latest event, GLOW, to the rooftop of the co-working space and sponsor Industrious Brooklyn. The sky was, indeed, glowing. All photos are by the wonderful Kalya O’Donoghue. Hosts Karen and Margit mingle with friend (and TueNight contributor) Lauren Young. Over 80 people joined us! Our biggest crowd yet.  Margit introduced our esteemed batch of beautiful storytellers. Carolyn Edgar kicked things off with her poignant (and very relatable) essay bemoaning the difficulty of pleasing both her kids and herself at the same time. Amy Silverstein ducked in between TV interviews to read from her moving, beautiful new book The Glory Was I Had Such Friends. We were rapt… Then Alice brought down the house, as she does, with her narration of a very non-romantic night of edible ingestion. We took a pause to eat some of the delicious food provided by Brooklyn locals R & D foods and Alta Calidad. We gave ourselves a little “glow” from BeautyCounter. And of course we drank rosé. Duh. Copies of Amy, Alice and Stephanie’s books were available …