Staying in the city two weekends ago was a lot of fun. On Friday night I saw Casa Valentina on Broadway. I thought it was going to be a hit or miss, but I figured it was worth checking out, especially since it was written by Harvey Fierstein (he wrote Tony Award winning show, Kinky Boots). Casa Valentina takes place in the 1960s in the Catskills at a hotel where men would stay and dress up as women on the weekend. The show had a lot of good one-liners and I laughed quite a bit. I was only planning on staying for the first half of the show, but I was enjoying it so I ended up staying for the whole thing. Casa Valentina touched on a lot of important struggles and stereotypes that transvestites face. I’m glad I saw it.
On Saturday night Kevin and I went to the Miley Cyrus concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. I surprisingly won tickets through a ticket giveaway contest with VEVO. I have Miley’s new album and I actually really like her new music, plus I’ve been wanting to check out the Barclays Center, so I was pretty excited for the concert. Miley put on a great show, and I was thoroughly entertained. I was also entertained from people watching before the show. We didn’t even watch the opening acts (Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira) because after ordering food I wanted to just sit and eat it while observing what everyone was wearing. Not gonna lie, it was the first time (like ever) that I felt a little old while watching all the young girls, who were probably still in high school, dressed in crop tops and ripped leggings bouncing around being obnoxiously loud with their friends.
Anyhow, regardless of what any critics might say about Miley’s oversexualized performance which included a lot of twerking, crotch grabbing, and expletives, no one can deny that she actually has a good voice. Kevin’s favorite part of the show was when she sang Lana Del Rey’s “”Summertime Sadness”” and Coldplay’s “”The Scientist.”” While I like her Bangerz album, I’m looking forward to her future, more mature work that showcases her strong vocals more. Lastly, the Barclays Center is really nice and it’s actually super easy to get to from my apartment in Gramercy, so I’m going to start looking out for more events there that I want to attend.
Overall, it was a great weekend. I’m lucky that I got to see a Broadway show and go to a concert all in the same weekend. It was a very “”New York”” kind of weekend. Love this city. Cheers!