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A WATCHUNG COMMUNICATIONS, INC. PUBLICATION The Westfield Leader and THE TIMES of Scotch Plains - Fanwood Thursday, July 29, 1999 Page 19


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By Michael S. Goldberger


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THE CROSSROADS IN GARWOOD will welcome Delayed Green to the stage this evening, July 29. Skydog, an Allman Brothers Tribute, will perform on Friday, July 30. Tapping the Grey Sky, a Grateful Dead Tribute

will take the stage on Saturday, July 31.Brian Bellew will play on Thursday, August 5. For more information, please call (908) 2325666.

The Tim Gillis Band will perform on Wednesday, August 4, at 7: 30 p. m. in Echo Lake Park. Jazz music will played by the Gordon James Band

August 4 at 7: 30 p. m. at Memorial Park in Berkeley Heights. Golden Oldies will perform on Tuesday, August 3, at 7: 15 at the gazebo in Cranford. Thunder Rose will take the stage on Thursday, July 29, at 7: 30 p. m. on the Village Green in Scotch

Cycle Three of the Children’s Mini Art Camp will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, August 3, 4, and 5 from 10 to 3: 15 p. m. at the Watchung Arts Center.

HAROLD’S NEW YORK DELI 3050 Woodbridge Avenue, Edison, (732) 6619100

Plains. Don Huff will perform this evening at Friberger Park in Union at 8 p. m. The Rahway Valley Jerseyaires will host a concert tonight at Mindowaskin Park in Westfield at 8 p. m.

THE W ATCHUNG A RTS C ENTER will hold a concert, Folk Series: Two Harps, Two Voices, Folk Sounds of Harper’s Bizarre on Saturday, July 31, at 8 p. m.

Weird Al Yankovic will appear at Waterloo Village in Stanhope on Sunday, August 1, at 7 p. m. The Indigo Girls will perform on Friday, August 6, at 8 p. m.


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The Italian’s have a word for it – “Abundanza.” The Jews have a word for it – “Heimisha.” The Americans have a phrase for it – “Oh My God!”

The above are some of the responses by new patrons of Harold’s New York Deli in Edison when they view for the first time the creations of this great restaurant.

Harold Jaffe, the current proprietor of this restaurant, and more than 20 other past owners have all maintained the same name of Harold’s New York Deli. Mr. Jaffe is one of the most inviting, courteous and caring hosts that I have ever experienced.

The restaurant is run like a welloiled machine, efficiently and artistically.

Upon entering the main dining room, we were met by a wonderful hostess who directed us to a table and our waitress was introduced to us at once.

The room is spotless and clean. Beautiful wood, brass and memorabilia of New York City ornament the establishment. The entire left wall contains a spacious, clinically clean kitchen which produces all of the menu delights.

As diners look on, it is intriguing to see the reactions of the patrons as they witness the creations coming out of the kitchen.

A Corned Beef Sandwich on Rye would be either six or nine ounces of meat and stands seven inches tall, jampacked with the most succulent corned beef and accompanied by the best deli mustard. The same compliments can be said about the Brisket and Pastrami, Turkey and Tongue, but I am getting ahead of myself!

The first inquiry is: “Would you like something to drink? Dr. Brown Celray, Cream, Tonic, etc.?”

You are then invited to the pickle bar — an eightfoot bar of various types of pickled halves, done and done well. Young, pickled peppers, pickled green tomatoes and the most delicious cold, fresh sauerkraut and health salad are featured. You are invited to take extra slices of bread.

The menu is extremely extensive. You can have a breakfast of the most

delicious cheese blitzes with sour cream matzo brie, astronomical in size and enough for four people. Other choices include omelets, pancakes and waffles – a treat that challenges you to clean your plate.

Dinners include an exquisite presentation of various varieties of beef and chicken, equally enormous and tasty.

You must experience Harold’s bowl of Matzo Ball Soup. It combines three matzo balls that are light and fluffy, each the size of baseballs and a wonderful essence of chicken broth. I would be remiss if I did not mention the chocolate egg cream which is a New York specialty and a challenge to the server who brings it to the table.

During my visit to Harold’s, I did not see anyone leaving the restaurant without the proverbial “doggie bag.” While the prices of the fare are not cheap, you must remember that it is enough for two or three meals.

Harold’s is run effectively and efficiently. There are no delays no matter how busy they are. The wait staff is friendly and serviceoriented.

Now, let’s discuss desserts! For myself, I could start with dessert and never get any further on the menu. There is an array of cakes, some as high as 12 inches tall and there is an eclair which is one foot long, bread pudding, exquisite baked apples and ice cream.

But, the undisputed king of the hill is Harold’s Sugar Free Cheesecake. I could write a poem about this desert. It is creamy, excellently flavored and about five inches tall. Harold tells me that it bakes between five and six hours. Cheesecake makers move aside. The king has arrived.

The eating experience at Harold’s is a social event. People sitting next to each other see the dishes presented and freely comment about how great and unusual they are, making for a real family type atmosphere that makes everyone happy and makes your tummy very happy. And when it comes to the food at Harold’s, like potato chips, you cannot eat just one. What a great habit!

Eyes Wide Shut

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“It was long and it was weird.” Thus informed a teenaged young lady when anxious friends in the theater lobby sought her analysis of Eyes Wide Shut. She is to be congratulated for her astuteness and brevity. And for the bulk of moviegoers, her analysis should prove sufficient.

But out of fairness for cineastes and film buffsintraining who have eagerly anticipated Stanley Kubrick’s last and posthumously released film, further edification is in order.

Concerning length, Eyes Wide Shut’s

cabalistic exploration into marriage, sex and the myriad of furies that can be unleashed when those household ingredients are combined doesn’t take a second more than two hours and 25 minutes to make its fascinating case.

And insofar as what kind of “weird” Eyes Wide Shut exudes, the correct answer is, all kinds of weird. Considering the vast range of subject matter Mr. Kubrick has explored over the years to vend his philosophy, it is ironic that his most violent work finds its inspiration right in the conjugal bed.

Upon first blush, the surreal effort seems to contain a bit much in the way of pop intellectualism, even appearing sophomoric in parts. But afterward, an insidious force rears its head, an unavoidable need to mull the effort; haunting images stir uneasily in your psyche, demanding an explanation, soliciting you to speculate this movie’s revelations.

And even if you still choose to dismiss the multitextured moods and messages of

Eyes Wide Shut as a second coming of The Emperor’s New Clothes, there’s no denying Kubrick’s eloquent command of the filmmaker’s palette.

Icy blue tones envelop New York street scenes and filter indoors like a floating veil of magic vapor to provide a cold, near antiseptic counterpoint to what is traditionally cloaked in seething reds and yellows. The director cleverly insinuates his ardor, wrapping his treatise on the war between the sexes in an elaborately metaphorical dreamscape.

His highstyled combatants are Dr. and Mrs. William Harford, upper middleclass participants in New York City’s good life. Both beautiful Alice and upstanding Dr. Bill, played with notable verve by reallife marrieds Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, probably never gave much thought to what they believed was a perfect marriage. But a conversation between the two as they prepare for a night out ominously suggests that there may be room for doubt.

When they attend a posh Christmas party given by Victor Ziegler, a slightly shady swell portrayed with poignant mystery by Sydney Pollack, a Pandora’s box of marital skepticism is ripped opened.

At said soiree, statuesque Alice dances with an aging Don Juan from Hungary who makes no secret of his amorous intentions. Learning that Alice is wed, the selfstyled playboy sets the tone for the movie’s central quandary when he opines, “One of the charms of marriage is that it makes deception necessary.”

Meanwhile, the good doctor flirts with two clinging models. But nothing comes of the dueling dalliances, and the Harfords eventually repair home to make love. Everything seems fine.

On the next night, allowing enough time for their insecurities to fall into place with the certain solemnity of tumblers in a lock, the Harfords play that curious little game of marital vanity known as, Who Were You Talking To At The Party And Do You Want Them More Than Me?

In the ensuing conversation, Alice comes painfully clean. Too clean. Unnecessarily clean. It seems she once lusted in her heart, for a naval officer at a hotel where they were vacationing eight years ago. Though nothing happened, she assures that she would have given up everything for just one night with the handsome stranger. In the same sultry breath, she assures Bill that she loved him very much then, just as she loves him and their 7yearold daughter now.

This changes everything, or at least it seems it should.

On a minirampage to assert her sexual identity, Alice further informs that she views Bill’s implicit trust as complacence; rage of all rages, she will not be taken for granted. Attention must be paid to her restlessness. She offers neither ultimatum nor solution. His world torn asunder by the caustic

glimpse into Alice’s libidinous fantasies, the doctor is visibly shaken, dwarfed by the frightening power of his wife’s surprisingly antagonistic divulgence.

Nonplused and dazed, the wounded doctor’s instinctive reaction is revenge: He’ll show her. What’s good for the goose and all that. But maybe, just maybe, the prominent physician has finally found an excuse to investigate his own sexual disquietude.

It is at this juncture of Mr. Kubrick’s film, based on Arthur Schnitzler’s 1926

Traumnovelle (Dream Story), when the spirits of Freud, Darwin and Hesse coalesce to launch Dr. Harford on his sexual odyssey. Recalling the quirky, nightmarish tone of Martin Scorsese’s After Hours

(1985), he descends to the sexually charged streets and alleys of Manhattan.

Open 24 hours with no waiting, the film auteur’s Sin City is a labyrinthine bazaar of licentious attractions, tendered by a class of scum who have made a living exploiting humankind’s dark side ever since Eve talked Adam into biting the apple.

Having dropped through the rabbit hole of sexual lure and foreboding, Dr. Harford is the Rrated version of Alice in Wonderland. And no sooner than you can say Marquis De Sade, he is seduced, mystified and horrified.

The stops on the doctor’s sojourn include the seedy apartment of a prostitute (later diagnosed with AIDs), a wonderfully strange interlude at a Kafkaesque costume shop in preparation for an orgy he crashes, and then the infamous, much mediatouted orgy itself. Talk about your house calls.

At said Bacchanalian event, illadvisedly entered via a password he wheedles from an old med school chumturnedlounge lizard, it’s obvious that the doc is in over his head. Somber and threatening, the event more resembles a gathering of Devil worshippers, replete with ceremonial rites and allusion to human sacrifice. Here, evil obviously lurks.

Epitomizing the film by their decided lack of sensuality, the convocation’s masked participants look like so many gyrating widgets in a multipaneled scene from a Hieronymus Bosch painting: passionless, perfunctory, and purposeless — the alienation of sex.

Bad enough it isn’t much fun, Dr. Harford is found out by his hooded hosts. Yipes. Will there be hell to pay, literally?

While Kubrick’s disturbing rummage through the catacombs of subconscious desire is certainly a cut above the usual coffee table film, we won’t know for about 10 years if his rebiting of the forbidden fruit is a masterpiece — when and if it proves prophetic.

Suffice it to note, though, that really good movies tell us more about ourselves than anything else, and doubtless Eyes Wide Shut will be causing a lot of introspection at the Bijou.

* * * * * Eyes Wide Shut, rated R, is a Warner Brothers release directed by Stanley Kubrick and stars Nicole Kidman, Tom Cruise, and Sydney Pollack. Running time: 145 minutes.

Cheri Rogosky for The Westfield Leader and The Times

COOKING WITH CLASS…Classic Thyme Kitchen Shoppe & Cooking School held a demonstration class entitled, “Who Would Have Thought to Do That?” on July 15 with food guru Arthur Schwartz of Food Talk Radio WOR-AM. Pictured, with Mr. Schwartz, is store owner Shelia Turteltaub. Not pictured is owner David P. Martone.

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WESTFIELD – The Westfield Symphony Orchestra (WSO) will perform a free concert, “Tango in the Park,” on Saturday, July 31, at 7: 30 p. m. at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside.

David Wroe, WSO Music Director and Conductor, will lead the ensemble with a variety of music including “La Cumparista” from the movie Some Like It Hot, “Blue Tango” and “Tango Concierto for Bandoneon and Orchest r a.” LatinAmerican favorites

“Copacobana,” “Tequila!” and

“Brazil” will also be featured.

The concert will feature Spanish works

such as “Habanera,” “Seguedille” and “Toreodor’s Dance” from the opera,

Carmen. The concert will also include selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.

“Tango in the Park” is the first of three concerts funded by a $100,000 grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders for the Westfield Symphony Orchestra, which is the county’s official resident orchestra.

In October, the WSO will perform a Halloween concert for 1,000 school children at the Union County Arts Center (UCAC).

The WSO will also help the county celebrate the millennium with a concert

featuring the music of the 20 th century. Around the beginning of the year, the orchestra will start a countrywide “caravan” tour, visit nursing homes, senior citizen centers and schools.

The Freeholder Board named the WSO as its official resident orchestra in May, designating the UCAC in Rahway as its official place of residence in the county.

“David Wroe and the Westfield Symphony Orchestra will help us bring the beauty and enlightenment of orchestral music to all people of Union County, including many who aren’t able to attend performances of live music,” said Freeholder Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari of Linden. “Designation as our official orchestra of residence helps us open new doors of culture and creativity for residents of all ages.”

Union County is the only county in New Jersey and is one of only a few in the United States to have officially designated a resident orchestra.

Freeholder Mary Ruotolo of Westfield brought the resolution to officially designate the WSO to the Freeholder Board.

“We are proud to begin this collaboration with Union County, which will allow the Westfield Symphony Orchestra to bring the finest, professionally performed classical and lightclassical music to new and diverse audiences,” said Maestro Wroe. “We are looking forward to seeing many new faces at ‘Tango in the Park’ for this enjoyable, lively music.”

Union County Goes Country With The Tim Gillis Band MOUNTAINSIDE – The Tim Gillis Band will return to Echo Lake Park on Wednesday, August 4, at 7: 30 p. m. to perform at Union County’s free Summer Arts Festival.

The evening will be sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders along with the ScheringPlough Corporation.

“This ninepiece band is immensely talented,” said Board of Chosen Freeholder Chairman Nicholas P. Scutari. “Their combination of pedal steel, fiddle, guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals will definitely have the audience dancing and singing along.”

“Union County is especially pleased that a longtime supporter, the ScheringPlough Corporation, is again able to join us in sponsoring one of the most popular country music groups in the region,” added County Manager Michael J. Lapolla. “It is ScheringPlough’s support that enables us to provide such high quality entertainment.”

The Tim Gillis Band, led by Tim Gillis himself, boasts innumerable accomplishments, including winning the Marlboro Country Music Talent Search for the Northeast. The band has not only performed throughout the United States, but has also taken its music to Europe, Canada and the Caribbean.

The band has produced “TGB, The Nashville Edition,” “TGB Live” and “TGB Rocks the Granite.” They have performed on the QE2 luxury cruise

ship and have opened for Alabama, The Charlie Daniels Band, Patty Loveless, The Oak Ridge Boys and others.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic baskets and lawn chairs. There will also be a refreshment stand available at 6: 30 p. m. The rain site for the concert will be Cranford High School in Cranford. Rain information will be available at (908) 5274900 after 3 p. m.

For more information, please call the Union County Division of Parks and Recreation at (908) 5274900.

Philip Vinegra to Show Winning Artwork At Swain Galleries

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SCOTCH PLAINS – The Thunder Rose Band will perform on the Village Green in Scotch Plains on Thursday, July 29, from 7: 30 to 9 p. m.

The band has performed as the opening act for Vince Gill, Johnny Cash, The Marshall Tucker Band and Suzy Boguss and was named Country “Band of the Year” in 1996.

This concert will be sponsored by the Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee. Caffrey Tree Service will provide free birch beer. Please bring lawn chairs and blankets.

An art raffle will also be conducted at the concert. Tickets for Moses’ “Indian Summer,” a pencil signed lithograph will be on sale for $5 a ticket or $10 for three tickets. The winner will be selected at the end of the concert.

In the event of rain, the concert will be moved to the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School auditorium. For more information, please call (908) 3226700.

WESTFIELD – Philip Vinegra of Westfield, one of 18 artists to be awarded by du Cret School of Art in Plainfield, will exhibit his artwork through Saturday, August 7, at Swain Galleries in Plainfield.

Mr. Vinegra garnered an award in the colored pencil category of the school’s Student Fine Arts Show.

The exhibit will be held from Tuesdays to Fridays from 9: 30 a. m. to 5: 30 p. m. and Saturdays from 9: 30 a. m. to 4 p. m. The gallery is located on Watchung Avenue in Plainfield. For more information, please call (908) 7561707.

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NEW PROVIDENCE – The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will host the 1999 Teen Arts Touring Exhibit at C. R. Bard, Inc., 730 Central Avenue in the Murray Hill section of New Providence from Thursday, August 5, to Thursday, August 26.

The exhibit consists of 37 pieces of art selected from the 513 visual art works shown at the 1999 Union County Teen Arts Festival held in March at Union County College. The annual event is sponsored by the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, Department of Economic Devel opment.

The tour will travel to sites throughout the county through March 2000. Katrina Blasi of Mountainside, Edward Saridaki of Scotch Plains and Christopher Orosz of Westfield will all display their artwork during the exhibit.

The event is open to the public. For assistive services or more information, please contact the Union County Division of Cultural and Heritage Affairs, 633 Pearl Street, Elizabeth, 07202, (908) 5582550; Relay Service Users, (800) 8527899.

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SCOTCH PLAINS – The Scotch Plains Cultural Arts Committee will offer two performances on Thursday, August 5, in the Village Green.

Guitar Bob will take the stage from 7 to 7: 45 p. m., singing songs from “Bob’s Songs from the Kooky Jar.”

Carnaby Street, a British Invasion group, will play from 8 to 9: 30 p. m., performing selections from U. S. and British bands of the 60s.

The concerts are free. The Scotch Plains Volunteer Firefighters Asso ciation will provide free birch beer.

The Cultural Arts Committee will raffle a framed Disney “Lady & The Tramp” limited edition sericel. Tickets will be on sale for $5 each or three tickets for $10.

The concert will be moved to the Scotch PlainsFanwood High School auditorium in the event of rain.

For more information, please call the Recreation Office at (908) 3226700.

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