When I walked into the Curry Hill restaurant Haldi several weeks ago at dinner time I was surprised and a little giddy that the person who greeted me and my guests was Hemant Mathur. Hemant and his business partners own six Indian restaurants in NYC, and I had serendipitously picked the right one, the spot where Hemant was overseeing the new menu. In addition to earning a Michelin star at two previous spots in his career, Devi and Tulsi, I have been lucky to eat Hemant’s food when he was in the kitchens previously at Ama and Tamarind.
What better to do but ask him to order for us, which I did. I am not certain what part of the meal I relished most, the seamless flow of one enticing and varied dish to another all based on three distinct culinary traditions of Kolkata-Bengali, Marwari, and Jewish, or the exclamations of pure happiness coming from my dining partners who had rarely, if ever, experienced this type of attention to tradition and modern preparation in an Indian meal.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EMMYLOU!!
We are 25 minutes from a two-hour show that has one hour and fifty-five minutes worth of music in it over seventeen songs. Lots of grungy, gritty rock and roll from well-known and unknown musicians. The G Man
this week we go deep into extended, improvised performances by the kings of genre: the red hot chili peppers, neil young, the grateful dead, umphrey's mcgee, and buckethead. (sorry if you were expecting nostalgic elevator music; this won't be it.)
one of the more interesting tracks is an out-take from an album released 40 years ago, featuring shri chimnoy disciples and cajones-bursting guitarists, carlos santana & john mclaughlin [pictured]. i'll play an ecstatic unreleased version of john coltrane's jam, "a love supreme."
also fun for its locality is umphrey's mcgee's live track recorded at their 2004 concert in iowa city.
(See playlist link below). After awesome opening set featuring acoustic blues legend John Hammond, DJ Andy Bargerstock lays down another LIVE 100% never before played on Fringe Toast program including first-hour tracks by Sohn (photo left of UK electronic ambient musician based in Vienna), Swedish House Mafia (Sweden), Beth Lodge-Rigal (US), Marina Belica (photo right), and Fat Freddy's Drop (New Zealand). Oh, you don't want to miss this one.
Second-hour chill zone will sweep you into the ether with international electro-chill bands including M86 & Susie Q, Magic Sound Fabric, Glen Hansard, Mogwai, and Harry Manx.
The finest music you never hear... unless you are tuned into Fringe Toast. Click here for the epic playlist. Invite friends to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com. Discover why so many listen to Fringe Toast avidly.
Anola Pickett makes history intriguing for kids of all ages. She's repeated the 2011 success of her juvenile historical novel Wasatch Summer, set in Utah in 1889, with a great page-turner, Whisper Island, set in 1913 in North Carolina's Outer Banks. Cedar Fort, Inc., published both books and will release a new, World War I era novel by Anola later this year.
Abandoned by her mother, Whisper Island's protagonist Primmy longs to someday join the U.S. Life-Saving Service like her dad and older brother, but until 1919 this precursor to the U.S. Coast Guard accepted only men.
With an exquisite eye for detail and a deep understanding of human nature, Anola uses all the skills and knowledge she developed as an urban language arts teacher and avid world traveler to pump life into days gone by. Adults, too, enjoy reading her books! Tune in to The Studio with Cheryl this week to learn Anola's techniques for making her travels pay off.
Isn't it rich? Join us for week 2 of the music of the ever-versatile, always terrific Stephen Sondheim.
Only at the Wildflowers Cafe.
Only on KRUU-FM.