Seen & Heard: Elton John

••• “The world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s documentary The Union will open the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival […]. A performance by the film’s subject—Elton John—will follow the free, outdoor screening to kick off the Festival’s 10th edition and thank the New York City community for its ongoing support. The Union will premiere on Wednesday, April 20 at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. […] The Union is an unprecedented and personal look at the creative life of Elton John and the remarkable collaborative album with Leon Russell, produced by T-Bone Burnett.” Well, it’s better than Shrek 5. Though you could just watch a smaller version on DVD.

••• About that Borders “liquidation” sale: As commenter Philip Maher pointed out, “They’re offering 20% to 40% off the merchandise, and that means 20% off anything worth looking at.” I stopped by today, hoping there was something interesting happening, and from what I could tell the sale is 20% off everything except magazines, which are 40% off. If anyone notices that the store is taking the sale up a few notches, let me know.

••• TriBeCafe announced a “late night happy hour” from 10 p.m. to midnight, to go with its normal happy hour from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

••• I got excited when I saw this email from Albert Trummer: “I am pleased to announce that Theater Bar, my new experiment in mixology and entertainment, is opening to the public. […] A new Twitter page (@TheaterBarNYC) has been created so you can follow our hourly countdown until the curtain goes up at Theater Bar, I will be posting sneak previews of the new cocktails as well.” Then I went to the Twitter page: It’s opening in “733 hours,” a.k.a. one month.

••• From Crewcuts: “Citibabes & crewcuts will be launching a special monthly reading hour for children in the neighborhood at crewcuts. The first Wednesday of each month, there will be a story time at the new crewcuts store in Tribeca from 11 a.m.–12 p.m. It starts March 9 with a St. Patrick’s Day theme.” Free green beer!

••• James at the Downtown Alliance posted this on the group’s blog: “In a tribute to famed British street artist Banky, yarn artist Agata Oleksiak has installed five versions of a Banksy design—a girl being carried away by balloons. Oleksiak, also known as Olek, has placed the tributes around the city in surprise locations. Yesterday, my colleague Nick found one just blocks from our office.” Olek was the one who knit a sweater for the Wall Street bull.


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