Boycott Le Poisson Rouge in NYC For Horrible Customer Service

Posted by The G on August 11, 2011 under G Reviews | 6 Comments to Read

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Zoot Woman

After attending countless shows at Le Poisson Rouge in New York City, August 10, 2011 will be my last time at that venue until their current manager Brett Tabisel and his security staff are fired.  It pains me to have to write this, but I refuse to stay quiet when I have a bad experience – and readers, I implore you to do the same.  The world has gotten as bad as it has become because for too long, people have kept quiet about the injustices done to them.  People are finally starting to speak up and change is in the air!

Super-producer Stuart Price is in a band called Zoot Woman and when it was announced they’d be doing a show at New York’s Le Poisson Rouge, I decided to go and check them out.  Everything you read about Zoot Woman on the net, from Le Poisson Rouge’s website (of which I have screen shots) to Wikipedia mentions Stuart Price being in the band.  Perhaps the crowd was a little smarter than I and on the night of August 10, 2011 – Le Poisson Rouge was the most empty I’ve ever seen.  When Zoot Woman took the stage, Stuart Price was nowhere to be seen.


After waiting through a few songs, I saw no sign of Stuart and my friend and I decided to go ask for our money back.  We asked to speak to the manager of Le Poisson Rouge – Brett Tabisel.  A gaggle of security guards who were just standing around kept telling us that the manager was too busy to speak with us and that we’d have to tell them our issue instead.  We tried explaining about the misrepresentation to TWO different security guards but they had no clue what we were talking about and refused to do anything.

Well over 15 minutes later, Le Poisson Rouge’s manager Brett Tabisel emerged and for the 3rd time we explained the story.  I simply said, I am a frequent customer and I want a refund.  He told me there is no mention of Stuart Price on the website, which is not true (see the link above)!  I then advised that I will be more than happy to write about this negative experience and name him in the story.  He rolled his eyes with the “yeah right” look.  Brett Tabisel told us he needed to check on something and scurried away.  The security guards advised us Brett would not be coming back and we should go back inside and enjoy the show or leave! The irony is that the tickets for the concert were only $15.  It’s not like we were asking for our time back that we obviously wasted at a misrepesented event.  No apology was offered either by any member of the staff!


That’s how Le Poisson Rouge treats frequent customers?  HOW DARE THEY?!

Nearly shaking, I asked the security guards for their names and at this point they asked me to leave the venue!  I was writing something down on a piece of paper and the guard forcefully grabbed the pen and paper out of my hand.  I thought I was about to be assulted and I am sure if I would have stayed for another 30 seconds I would have been.  Just for asking for my money back?!  WHAT!?!?!? 

Readers, I am asking you to boycott Le Poisson Rouge until Brett Tabisel and his security team are fired.  They will not get away with this.  First of all, would you feel safe at a venue when the security guards want to kick you out for rightfully complaining?

I encourage you to contact Le Poisson Rouge on Twitter or Brett Tabisel’s personal Twitter account and let them know that this behavior will NOT BE TOLERATED.

I absolutely plan on telling as many bands as I can about this experience so their management will book them at one of the many other venues in New York who treats their patrons right.  As this website has a huge international following, the $15 dollars each that my friend and I will not be getting back will be more than accounted for in Google when people look for reviews of the venue.

Please spread the word.

You can see what Brett Tabisel looks like after the jump so you can steer clear of this guy when you are out and about.

UPDATE:  I received an email from the venue, not with an apology, but instead with a note saying I should do my homework before attending shows.  What is the big deal with saying “I’m sorry” or “Sorry you’ve had a bad experience.”  Really unbelievable.

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Le Salon D’ Art Gallery in NYC presents “Clipped”

Posted by The G on July 8, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Various Artists.


Clipped. Now showing at Le Salon D'Art in New York through July 31, 2011.

New York!  Make sure you head over to Le Salon D’Art (located at 90 Stanton Street) to see “Clipped – Appropriated Material From The Streets of New York.”  This summer group show features the work of 6 artists: Andrew Matsumoto, Michael Serafino, Jeremy Penn, Flip Skip, Ari Lankin and Borbay.   Materials, words, and images are clipped from their original context and reborn in new situations. The end result enables the viewer to slip into an infinite realm of the past, the present, and the future.


The exhibit runs until July 31, 2011.  A special reception for the artists will be held on July 14, 2011 from 7 -10 PM so mark your calendar!

Ari Lankin

Ari Lankin

See you there!


Save the Date LA: Live Painting at Lab Art with Mar!, X and Cyrcle.

Posted by The G on June 13, 2011 under Street Art | Comments are off for this article

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Live Painting At Lab Art in LA on June 23, 2011 featuring X, Mar and Cyrcle.

Los Angeles.  Save the date.  June 23, 2011 is going to be a great night in every way.  Lab Art, the largest gallery of street art in the US is hosting an event featuring live painting by 3 of the hottest arists on the LA street scene.  X, Mar! and Cyrcle will be painting live while DJ S.Co spins music.  Border Grill food trucks will be parked outside and the event will feature an open bar.  If you’ve never been to Lab Art before, you are in for a real treat.  The space is enormous, the art is fantastic and everyone at the gallery is super cool.  Drink responsibly and have fun!

Lab Art is located at 217 South La Brea in Los Angeles.


Save The Date NYC: Ronald McDonald House Benefit

Posted by The G on March 21, 2011 under GNN | 2 Comments to Read

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New York!  Want to win some great prizes and help out an amazing cause?  Read on to find out how you can win a big screen TV, Broadway show packages and even a signed guitar from Sting!

The Ronald McDonald House of New York, which is a “home away from home” for children with cancer and their families from all around the world. It is designed to offer a comfortable, convenient place to live while children undergo therapy at 12 major hospitals in New York City.  The “House” is able to accommodate up to 84 families a day.

Raffle tickets for the House to raise financial support for the children’s activities are now on sale. Please tell your friends and relatives about this wonderful event and please show your support as generously as most of you did last year.

A list of prizes, raffle ticket and event information can be seen after the jump.

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Want to Meet David Byrne?

Posted by The G on April 12, 2010 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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David Byrne - Appearing at MOMA on April 13, 2010.

David Byrne from the Talking Heads will be at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on April 13, 2010 to sign copies of his latest CD “Here Lies Love,” a 2-CD oddessy that was composed with DJ Fatboy Slim and is about former Phillipines first lady Imelda Marcos.  Byrne will not be signing other memorabilia, so if you want to get that stuff signed, be sneaky!  Read more about the event here.

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