Thursday, April 15, 2010

Dinner and a Show: Shake Shack and Natalie Merchant Edition

Before a concert, my sweetheart and I usually just go someplace casual. Our pick this time: Shake Shack, Upper West Side location.

Okay, it was a vegetarian good life day. A portobello burger with muenster and cheddar cheese and Shake Sauce, $6.75, a side of fries to share, $2.75, and an Arnold Palmer (half iced tea, half lemonade), $2.25. None of it healthy, but we eat this food very infrequently.

I admit it: I ate this! Their frozen custard flavor of the day, chocolate hazelnut, $3.50.

We took a seat by the window, people- and dog-watched, in view of the American Museum of Natural History.

A closer look.

Theodore Roosevelt, our 26th president.

Vintage subway lamps.

A stroll through Central Park.

It's hard to believe you are in a city of eight million.

The air was perfumed with the scents of spring.

The fountain on the Bethesda Terrace wasn't running yet.

Bow Bridge.

I couldn't help but think of Hedwig, Harry Potter's cherished owl.

The Boathouse Restaurant. The only dining we've done in Central Park is on picnic blankets.

I love the time of evening when the sun is setting.

Showtime! The performance was at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.

A magical evening of music from Leave Your Sleep. It is an absolute celebration of poetry, childhood, remembering the past and the power of the word. Certain books, films and albums always just stay with you. I think this will be one of those albums for me.

She discusses a song writing workshop in London, in which she asked the children for their observations to certain songs. She remarked, "Isn't that amazing? You've been to China, Romania, a prairie in the West in America and you haven't left your seat." That is a testament to the virtual travel (often time travel) you can experience through the arts.

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