The Weekend Ahead Sizzzzzzles

Wondering what to do this coming weekend? Well, not me. Starting with a few fun activities around town, I’ll then move on to a great new Bollywood film and end up at a Speakeasy. Yes, exactly what I meant to write. Stay tuned for my highlights of the weekend, and week ahead.

The highly anticipated “Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi” is out this Friday. Directed by Aditya Chopra, starring Shah Rukh Khan and newcomer Anushka Sharma, the film promises to be at the very least a lavish, bigger than life entertainment courtesy of Yash Raj Films, and at most, the hit of the Christmas season.

For a synopsis, I’ll let the Yash Raj people say it best: “Have you ever stopped to think if the most ordinary, uninteresting, unobtrusive man you might see on the road or around you might have a love story to tell? Maybe not! How can an ordinary man have a breathtaking, goose flesh igniting, awe inspiring love story of all things to tell? But guess what – love does not differentiate between the ordinary and exceptional, the uninteresting and interesting, the unattractive and attractive. Because love knows no distinction. It can happen to anyone and once it does it engulfs us into it completely and gives us those miraculous experiences that only love can yield. This is what happened to Surinder Sahni (Shahrukh Khan) - a simple, clean hearted, honest man working for Punjab Power, leading a humdrum life, when he meets his total opposite and finds love in the flamboyant, fun-loving, vivacious – Taani (Anushka Sharma) for whom the whole world is her canvas and she paints her own life with the colours of rainbow all until unforeseen circumstances changes it all and brings them together. What follows is a journey filled with laughter, tears, joy, pain, music, dance and a lot of love. A journey that makes us believe that there is an extraordinary love story in every ordinary jodi.” 

The film will play at the AMC Loews Village 7 Cinema on Third Avenue and 11th Street, but check Fandango for the venue nearest you. And for some great and unusual factoids about the film check out TheBollywoodFan.com.

After the movie, I’ll probably go to the barely opened and already scorching hot 67 Orange Street. A modern day Speakeasy, opened this Wednesday in fashionable Harlem and inspired by Almack’s Dance Hall, which in the 1840s happened to be one of the first black-owned bars in the city. The food on their menu sounds divine and the drinks are mixed by the great Kali Irwin of Le Poisson Rouge fame. If you don’t trust me, just check out their preview review on NY Mag. And don’t order a Mojito there, but do try out something with Pisco – the new cool spirit – like the Cherry Pisco Sweet.

Alright, so what to do with all the extra time this weekend? I have one word for you: SHOP! Duh… I mean, it’s close to Christmas and New Year’s and I know you have it in you to buy something fun for your friends and something great for yourself! First stop: Rebecca Taylor‘s fabulous shop in Nolita. And to accessorize your romantic, bohemian look with some sexy footwear, check out fabulously chic twins Shane and Shawn, who own their own footwear company named, you guessed it, Shane & Shawn. Their shop is just a hop, skip and a jump away from Ms. Taylor’s, but oh so different. And when it comes to fashion my motto is: “Vive la Difference!” More to come, now my fingers are aching from overuse. N-joy your weekend!

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