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By New York Natives Staff

We’re going to…

The Model Citizen Benefit Match

What do you get when you mix one part high fashion, one part table tennis, and a generous portion of giving back? An unforgettable night. On Friday, December 12th, at 9pm, a $20 suggested donation (or $50 VIP donation if you’re feeling magnanimous) gets you in the door for The Greatest Ping Pong Show on Earth presents: The Model Citizen Benefit Match (yes, really). Models Kenza Fourati and Elana Drago, playing on behalf of The Model Alliance — a nonprofit labor group for models — and the global student empowerment organization Kids for Tomorrow, respectively, will square off in a winner (charity) take all, high stakes money match. And as if that wasn’t sweet enough, raffle prizes for the night include a Chanel handbag, Knicks tickets, spa packages, NBA Jerseys, and cycling classes.

Two beautiful women. Two great causes. One winner.



We’re watching…


Based on the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, Wild, a biographical drama starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern chronicles Cheryl Strayed’s powerful and moving 1,000+ mile trek for self-healing along the Pacific Crest Trail. The film is already enjoying critical acclaim, and in particular, praise for Witherspoon’s performance. Wild is shaping up to be a late addition to 2014’s list of can’t miss films.



We’re eating…

The American Retro Bar & Grill

Chili Cheese Tots. Pizza Tots. Tot-chos. Buffalo Tots. Tots, tots, and more tots…because who doesn’t love Tater Tots? The American Retro Bar & Grill in Hell’s Kitchen is your go-to spot for, among other tasty bites, a variety of these golden, bite-sized morsels of deliciousness. “Good drinks. Good food. Good people.” (….and tots) is the mantra there, and we can’t say we disagree. Make sure you try the top-notch Retro Burger — bacon, cheese, and Chipotle mayo on an English Muffin — with a side of tots, of course.

Image courtesy of The American Retro Bar & Grill

Image courtesy of The American Retro Bar & Grill



Staff Pick: I’m listening to…

Lost Love  by Minus the Bear

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Minus the Bear’s newest album, Lost Loves, is exactly what I’ve been waiting to hear since their 2007 release Planet of Ice. This full length takes 10 songs that were scrapped from their previous albums and gives them new life. It has all the elements that a Minus the Bear fan is looking for: catchy electronic grooves, soothing vocals, and heavy, syncopated drums. After some disappointments from their past two releases, it’s nice to hear 42 minutes of the band that scored the years of my high school life…if only I still had a car to drive around in and listen to this CD on repeat!





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