Puppies and Fashion

I finished my training and arrived in NYC just in time to attend the Pre-Westminster Fashion Show held at Hotel Pennsylvania Penn Top Ballroom to benefit Animal Welfare (AC&C of NYC). This event is the precursor to 136th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show being held at Madison Square Gardens on February 13th – 14th, and the hotel which is conveniently located right across the street from MSG hosts many of the events guests. A Venetian theme set the tone for the evening, as parents and pups arrived to the hotel dress in beautiful and fun costumes and masks.

Pups and Parents checked in, took photos, and mingled around the room. There were a number of vendors, free treats for pups, and free food for parents to check out while waiting for the fashion show to begin.

The runway show was fabulous – it was so fun to watch all the pups strut their stuff down the runway in their Venetian costumes!

When pups weren’t working the runway, they enjoyed treats and played with friends old and new. I was pretty impressed at how well behaved all of the dogs were.

I need a couple of clones. So many things are happening next week! I wish I could attend the Dog Show on Monday and Tuesday, but I to work and attend a few other events. I definitely enjoyed playing with the pups and seeing them on the runway. The Chief Tasting Officer, Snoball, of Spoil Me Rotten Dog Biscuits was one of my favs. She is so stinkin CUTE! Every time you walk up to her she smiles and runs to you even if she doesn’t know who you are.

Snoball!

Featured designers at the event

Ada Nieves

Kiki Hamman

Roberto Negrin

Anthony Rubio

Roni Goldberg (Pet Hats)

Anthony Rubio with Kimba and Bogie

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Good Luck to all the pups next week!

Facts on Westminster:

  • The Westminster Kennel Club was established in 1877, making it America’s oldest organization dedicated to the sport of purebred dogs.
  • First held in 1877, the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is America’s second-longest continuously held sporting event, behind only the Kentucky Derby..
  • Westminster pre-dates the invention of the light bulb and the automobile, the building of the Brooklyn Bridge and the Washington Monument, the invention of basketball and the establishment of the World Series.
  • Since Westminster held its first show 133 years ago, there have been 25 men elected president and 12 states have joined the Union. The dog show has outlasted three previous versions of Madison Square Garden, and is currently being staged in MSG IV.
  • The first telecast of Westminster was in 1948, three years before “I Love Lucy” premiered.
  • A portion of the proceeds from Westminster’s first show in 1877 was donated to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to establish a home for stray and disabled animals.
  • The Empire State Building first honored Westminster by lighting its tower in the Westminster colors of purple and gold in 2004 and will do so again in 2012.
  • There have been a total of 301,650 dogs entered in Westminster’s 134 shows through 2011

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A Hilarious Off-Off-Broadway Production!

Last weekend some friends and I had the pleasure of going to The Drilling Company Theater to watch the play, “Dog Park“, penned and directed as a comedy for dog lovers by Maura Kelley. It was an incredibly entertaining, witty, and green conscious Off- Off- Broadway theatrical production.

The story takes place in an Upper West Side dog park that is being closed due to an evil real estate tycoon’s commercialization project.  This colorful array of dog owners ranges from an out-of-work opera singer, a Maltese owner,  to a gay Frenchie owning couple.  They all not only fight back to ensure their dogs have a place to run and play, but are also advocates for green space. This play spoofs iconic figures and is filled with madcap physical comedy. It also demonstrates useful tactics that communities use to fight for their cause: petitions, “poop” protests, dog kidnappings and as well as an all night stakeout along the vein of “Occupy Dog Park”.

I’m a pretty detailed oriented person and I could see that nothing was overlooked. From the set design,  the props, Mrs. Tramp’s puppet (one of my favorites), to the casts wardrobe; everything was well thought out and helped to bring the script to life. I wish I could have made it to the cast party last night, but I’m glad I was able to make a trip up to NYC to see the show before it closed.

This cast of ten includes:

Willy Alvarez, *Walter Cline, Kali Katzman, *Zander Meisner, Kim St. Clair, Cem Uyanik, & Adam Zuniga….as the dog lovers. *Ken Bolander, Channing Brauer, and *Adam Le Bow … as the evil commercial enterprise.

* denotes members of Actors Equity Association.

The Amazing Cast! (Photo Credit: Ely Kay)

The show opened on January 25th and will continue until February 12th, so you still have time go and check it out! Click here for more info and to get your tickets.

Puppy Kisses! (Me, Anthony Rubio, and the cutest stars of the show)

Getting there is pretty easy. The Drilling Company Theater is located on the Upper West Side on 78th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam. The 1 train will drop you off at 79th street and you’ll only be a few steps away.

The Drilling Company Theater, 236 West 78th Street, NYC

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 3:00 PM

Tickets $18 general admission. Actors Equity Showcase.

Running time 85 minutes.

Dog Park (Photo Credit: Ely Kay)

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“Dog Park” a comedy for dog lovers

TheaterSmarts to present “Dog Park” a comedy for dog lovers.

Written & Directed by Maura Kelley

January 25 to February 12, 2012

The Drilling Company Theater, 236 West 78th Street, NYC

Presented by TheaterSmarts

Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM; Sundays at 3:00 PM

Tickets $18 general admission. Actors Equity Showcase.

Running time 85 minutes.

www.dogparkshow.com

Do you love dogs? Love comedy? Theater? Are you an advocate for green space?

Then Dog Park is just for you!

Dog Park takes place in an Upper West Side dog park that is being closed due to an evil real estate tycoon’s commercialization project.  This colorful array of dog owners that span from an out-of-work opera singing, Maltese owner to a gay Frenchie owning couple,  They all not only fight back to ensure their dogs have a place to run and play but also are advocates for green space. This play spoofs iconic figures and is filled with madcap physical comedy. It also demonstrates useful tactics that communities use to fight for their cause: petitions, “poop” protests, dog kidnappings and as well as an all night stakeout along the vein of “Occupy Dog Park”.

This cast of ten includes:

Willy Alvarez, *Walter Cline, Kali Katzman, *Zander Meisner, Kim St. Clair, Cem Uyanik, & Adam Zuniga….as the dog lovers. *Ken Bolander, Channing Brauer, and *Adam Le Bow … as the evil commercial enterprise.

* denotes members of Actors Equity Association.

Costumes design by Rachel Sole. Lighting design by Jeff Greenberg. Sound design by Tyler Easter. Set design by Maura Kelley and Dan Teachout. Stage management by Miguel Mediola & Kristine Schlachter.

I had an opprotunity to interview Maura and then met her at the Cocktail That Care event earlier this month. During the interview I found out that Maura is a playwright, director, artist, and a dog lover. The biggest influence in her life has been her mother, who is a constant support. She grew up with 4 pugs in Philadelphia and move to to New York City to pursue her career. Maura began her career as a performer (AEA) working in mostly musicals and comedies and performing regularly with Gotham City Improv doing improv & sketch comedy.

About 7 years ago decided to add a an adorable french bull dog, named Picasso to her family, who is part of the inspiration for her current play. She would take Picasso to dog parks, on doggy play dates, and to meet up groups. Through these experiences she was able to interact with other dogs lovers and hear their concerns. Check out more info on Maura and her work at www.maurakelley.net.

Being interviewed by Chance at Cocktails That Care

I’m planning to see a performance next Saturday night. To get your tickets to “Dog Park” click here.

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