Category Archives: THEATER

Barry Goralnick’s Summer So Far

All at Sea: My partner, the composer-lyricist Keith Gordon, and I spent part of August in Truro and Provincetown on Cape Cod. Some of the time we were sailing on a yacht with one of my Harvard Architecture School friends, Marlene Newman, her husband Bill, and our friends Jim Bennette and David Cowan who own ACME Fine Art and Design in Boston.

Yachting off Cape Cod

Barry Goralnick spent part of August with friends sailing off Cape Cod.

On the Cape: Back on land, we had great dinners at three Provincetown restaurants: Victor’s, a fairly new addition to the P-town dining scene that features local and organic ingredients; Devon’s, which serves modern American cuisine and is housed in a one time fish market; and Front Street, an old favorite in the basement of a Victorian building.

Victor's Restaurant Provincetown

Victor’s is a relatively new addition to the Provincetown dining scene.

Devon's Provincetown

Located in a former fish market, Devon’s is full of Cape Cod charm.

Picture Perfect: We saw a terrific exhibition at the Provincetown Art Association and MuseumRobert Motherwell: Beside the Sea, which presented rare work created by the artist in his Provincetown studio during the summer of 1962 until his death in 1991.

Robert Motherwell Beside the Sea at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum

PAAM presented an exhibition of work by Robert Motherwell created in his Provincetown studio between 1962 and his death in 1991.

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Bruce Bierman’s Summer

Travel:  I’ll be going to Nantucket, Miami, and Palm Beach, all for work. The latter is one of summer’s best kept secrets—it’s cooler than New York, not at all crowded, and there’s no problem getting a table at any restaurant.  Later, we are going to England, principally to tour some of the great country houses and estates. And in September, it’s off to Paris for the 26th Biennale des Antiquares at the Grand Palais. This year designer Karl Lagerfeld has been invited to stage, decorate, and create the visuals for the Biennale. He will design a temporary world within the Grand Palais to serve as a backdrop for the thousands of objets d’art that will be presented at the show.

Pistache, West Palm Beach, Florida
The popular French bistro Pistache in West Palm Beach is a Bruce Bierman favorite where it’s easy to get reservations in summer. 

Dyrham Park, Gloucestershire, England

Bruce plans to tour some of the great English country houses later this summer. This is Dyrham Park, a grand late-17th-century Baroque house set in a beautiful Gloucestershire valley and surrounded by 272 acres of garden and rolling parkland with sweeping views of the countryside.

Karl Lagerfeld's poster for the Paris Biennale des Antiquares at the Grand Palais, September 14 to 23, 2012

Karl Lagerfeld’s poster for the 26th Biennale des Antiquares, which runs from September 14 through 23 in Paris.

Le Grand Palais, Paris

The Biennale takes place in the Grand Palais, where Karl Lagerfeld will design a temporary world as a backdrop for the thousands of objets d’art on display. 

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Dutch Treat: Laura Bohn in Amsterdam

Tulip fields, Holland

An aerial view of the spring tulip fields in Holland

The famous tulip festival draws many tourists to Amsterdam’s Keukenhof park each spring, but my husband and I spent last New Year’s in the Dutch city and found that, like Venice, it’s the perfect place for a winter vacation. We stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer, an extraordinary collection of 25 restored 17th and 18th century canal houses that have been converted into a single luxury hotel. It’s well located—we wanted to be on a canal—and is next door to the Anne Frank House, which we visited and found a very emotional experience.

Amsterdam is a great city to get lost in (which is easy to do—even the locals occasionally lose their way) and, essential map in hand, we walked endlessly, seeing the sights, browsing markets and shops, and stopping at charming cafes and restaurants. Major destinations included the Rijksmuseum, with its incomparable collection of Rembrandts, Vermeers, and Hals, among other Flemish masterpieces; the Van Gogh Museum, the main part of which was designed by Gerrit Rietveld; the floating flower market; and the notorious Red Light District.

Amsterdam has wonderful night life. We rang in the New Year at Boom Chicago, a terrific sketch and improvisational comedy troupe in the historic Leidseplein Theater. Founded almost 20 years ago by Americans (hence the name), it’s full of hip, young, talented performers (Seth Meyers and Jason Sudeikis are both alums). We stayed for an enjoyable dinner and dancing after the show. And we had a memorable meal at Le Pêcheur, a serene fish restaurant that several people had recommended.

Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

In Amsterdam, Laura and her husband stayed at the Hotel Pulitzer, which consists of 25 interconnected 17th and 18th century canal houses. 

Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam

The Pulitzer’s guest rooms, many overlooking the canal, are full of character.

Inside the Anne Frank House

A visit to the Anne Frank House, which is next door to the Hotel Pulitzer, was a moving emotional experience.

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