4 TV Shows to Start Now

I am a lover of a good TV show. Here are 4 of my favorites and ones you should start ASAP!

If you love fantasy: start watching Game of Thrones.
The 4th season just finished airing and I am totally hooked.
My Rating: 4/5
Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 8.56.47 PM If you love crime, drugs, and appreciate good acting: start watching Breaking Bad.
Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are phenomenal actors.
My Rating: 5/5. The best show ever. It is so easy to appreciate its greatness.
Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 8.53.57 PM If you like to laugh: start watching Arrested Development.
This is such funny show. It’s the type of show I can turn off for 3 months and then come back to it and still find it enjoyable.
My Rating: 3/5
Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 8.59.32 PM If you like scary movies: start watching American Horror Story.
I started this show 3 weeks ago, and I am already 2 seasons deep. Each season has a different story, but uses the same actors/actresses. It is so entertaining and super creepy!
My Rating: 4/5
Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 8.55.46 PM
Unless you’ve seen all 4 of these, I believe you have some TV shows to go watch. For now, let me know which is your favorite by taking the poll below.


Summer Art Events NYC

Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt: Met Roof Garden- open until November 2nd, 2014.

13030011 13030014 13030016 13030017 13030012

Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney- open until October 19, 2014.

Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 11.51.22 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 11.51.05 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 11.51.29 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-05 at 11.51.14 PM

Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery- open until August 15, 2014.

13030020 13030022 13030018 13030023 13030024

All photos belong to The Basis NYC.

Firefly Music Festival 2014: An Overview

I just returned home from the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. I attended 2 out of the 4 days of the festival and it was a blast! Here’s my Firefly 2014 rundown =

Who I Saw:

| My favorite performer of the weekend was, without question, the Arctic Monkeys. They have been my favorite band for as long as I can remember and yet again they put on an insane show. I pushed my way up to the front during Iron & Wine, so I was nice and close when Alex Turner took the stage at 6:45pm. They played all my favorites, old hits and a lot of songs off their latest album, AM. It was magical.

| If anyone ever offers you tickets to a Girl Talk concert, don’t hesitate and TAKE THEM. Initially, I was pretty indifferent about seeing them, but from the moment Girl Talk took the stage at 12:15am I never wanted to leave. The whole crowd was a party. There were blow up animals crowd-surfing through the crowd, and giant machines blowing toilet paper into the pit. He blended mashup on top of mashup for a totally fun environment. The crowd was just there to have a good time and to get down and dance!

| Imagine Dragons put on a great show. I was standing pretty far back, but had a really good view of the area. They ended with “Radioactive,” and brought the Cage The Elephant’s lead singer on stage to help out with the chorus.

| Foo Fighters were awesome! No one else was performing at the same time as them, so the whole festival turned up for the show.

The Food:

The food at the festival was surprisingly great. There was so much variety in choices; they had everything from kale smoothies and salads, to burrito bowls and stir fry noodles.

Things To Pass The Time:

| Firefly had one of the coolest Silent Disco’s i’ve ever seen. Silent Disco’s have been at nearly every music festival I’ve ever been to, but this one was different. It was in the middle of the woods, pretty secluded from all of the stages. So many people were rocking out in silence; it was crazy!

| The Hammock Hangout: I spent a solid 2 hours one day rocking back and forth on hammocks at the festival. They have a giant area that is filled with hundreds of hammocks. It is so peaceful and a wonderful addition to the festival.

Overall, Firefly was great and I can’t wait to return in the future!

A Whole New World: Chloe’s Frozen Fruit

“3 ingredients: fruit, water, and a touch of organic cane sugar. Dairy, fat, and gluten free. ”

This is the Chloe’s Soft Serve promise. Sounds too good to be true, right?
For the past few weeks, Chloe’s has been my go-to dessert spot in NYC. Located in Union Square (and the Hampton’s), Chloe’s Soft Serve is the perfect snack.  Definitely a MUST-TRY this summer season.

My Order: Mango with chocolate chips.

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 12.25.13 AM

James Franco // Palo Alto

Palo Alto is a series of short stories by James Franco about his growing up as a teenager in his hometown. Recently, he combined with newcomer Gia Coppola to turn the book into a film. I got to go to a screening of the movie the other night, where following the film, James Franco himself did a Q&A.

The movie started at 9:50 and was playing at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Around 11:45, James Franco came in and answered some of the audiences questions. He covered questions ranging from “How did you hometown of Palo Alto help to shape your life,” to “Why did you choose Gia to direct the film?” With each question, James gave a nice lengthy answer that made it very clear he loves to hear himself talk. Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 12.50.23 AM Overall, the movie was pretty good. The movie’s plot seemed a tad forced, which was understandable since it was based off of short stories that then had to come together to make 1 cohesive film. The shots were nice, but the plot was pretty average; There were the rebels that don’t fit in, the creepy teachers, the weak girls, the asshole guys. Palo Alto is a movie about high school kids stumbling into their own adulthood and all the mistakes they make along the way.
Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 12.50.11 AMTo find a theatre playing Palo Alto near you, click here.


A Brief Introduction to Sprinkles Ice Cream

Sprinkles Cupcakes has been in a long-time competition with other hot NYC cupcake spots: Buttercup, Magnolia, Baked By Melissa. Recently, Sprinkles opened up there ice-cream stand inside their 62nd street store, and since then, they have skyrocketed.

Open til the wee hours of the night, you can stumble in to Sprinkles Ice Cream and create your very own concoction complete with cookies and cupcakes.
My favorite is the Ice Cream Sundae: 2 scoops of ice cream sandwiched between a Sprinkles cupcake of your choice.

Here’s what I ordered:

Marshmallow cupcake with cookie dough and salted caramel ice cream:

Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 12.16.41 AM S’mores cupcake with cookie dough ice cream:Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 12.17.19 AM