1. Every man should consider giving up smoking if they have that habit, but at the same time every man should consider donning a smoking jacket at some point in his life. I love this jersey one from Etro with a cashmere lining. The perfect way to dress up or down according to one’s mood.
2. Valentino’s menswear collection can’t camouflage its innate chic no matter how much it relies on camouflage patterns in its recent ready-to-wear line. My favorite manifestation of it is in its assortment of sneakers.
3. And while we’re on the subject of shoes, take a look at Tom Ford’s own twist on the loafer with these Adney Twist ones. You can shop for them online at Neimanmarcus.com
4. Chita Rivera is celebrating her 80th birthday with a cabaret act that she’s bringing to San Francisco this Sunday for two performances at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm in the Venetian Room of the Fairmont Hotel. I’ll be there for the second show. Here she is half a century ago performing “I Got Plenty O’Nuttin'” from The Judy Garland Show on January 9, 1964. I love that she’s still at this fifty years later.
5. Caryl Churchill’s play “Love and Information” opens this week in New York at the Minetta Lane Theatre in a production presented by New York Theatre Workshop in association with Britain’s Royal Court Theatre. Keenly directed by James Macdonald, the cast of fifteen plays over a hundred characters in a series of scenes, some as short as a few words, that have the cumulative effect of life itself. Churchill has created the kind of dramatic structure that could be described as the old Laugh-In television show crossed with equal parts Beckett and Pinter. The acting ensemble is the best I’ve seen in years.
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