In this issue: Calgary, Dallas, Basel, San Francisco…
Star Trek geeks will want to be beamed up to Canada before the end of August to see the “Shatner Show” at Uppercase Gallery and Bookstore. On display are renderings of actor William Shatner by 70 — count ’em — 70 artists who’ve realized the famous Captain Kirk-Boston Legal-Priceline mug in sketches, silkscreens, and sculptures. If you can’t make it up there, you can view and purchase the art on the gallery’s Web site. Funny, he looks less bloated off the TV screen. #204, 100-7th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta; 403/283-5318. (photo, right)
Stay: Ritz-Carlton opens in Dallas
Everything’s bigger in Texas — the hair, the cars, the sky, and now the new 218-room Ritz-Carlton Dallas, set to open August 15. The spacious rooms are outfitted with oversize tubs and the requisite Frette linens, and there’s a 12,000-square-foot spa (try the Margarita Salt Glow body scrub treatment). The R-C stole Dallas superstar chef Dean Fearing from the Mansion on Turtle Creek to helm the hotel’s restaurant. Doubles from $329.
Eat: Paris’ hottest stew
A “counter” revolution has begun in Paris at the new Les Cocottes de Christian Constant restaurant in the 7th arrondissement. You’ll slide up to the long bar to devour the signature cocottes — individual casseroles with fillings like creamed peas and chorizo or fennel and shrimp. For dessert, do try the dark chocolate tart — a divine, gooey slice of heaven. 135 rue St. Dominique; dinner for two $45.
See: Herzog, Gober, de Meuron in Basel
Have some old newspapers lying around? Any cat litter? What about a bag of doughnuts? Congratulations! You too can be an artist! That’s exactly what’s on display through October 14 at the sprawling new Herzog and de Meuron-designed Schaulager Museum in Basel, Switzerland. Artist Robert Gober takes everyday items (and lots of plaster human body parts) and combines them in ways that make a commentary on our times. It’s all that and a bag of chips, in our book. (photo, right)
Drink: In Frisco, H marks the spot
The trend of unmarked bars just won’t stop. The newest of the genre — Harlot — is in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. Look for the black sign with the letter “H,” step inside and discover well-heeled 30-somethings mingling on faux alligator sofas and ottomans in the cavernous 2,600-square-foot space. Painted black brick walls and stag horn chandeliers complete the look, but beg the question: Why are they hiding all of this? 46 Minna Street; 415/777-1077.
Shop: High-end hang ten in Soho
It’s California dreaming in New York’s West Village since the recent opening of Golden State dreamboat-clothier James Perse’s first men’s store on Bleecker Street. The cotton button-downs, drawstring khakis, and super soft long-sleeve T-shirts are totally, like, made for high-end hanging ten. Check out the dark wood dressing room doors, which are slatted like a pool house. Peeking not allowed. 361 Bleecker St.
Photo credits: (1) Courtesy of the Shatner Show; (2) Robert Gober, Melted Rifle, 2006
Plaster, paint, cast plastic, beeswax, walnut, lead. 27 1/8 x 23 x 15 3/4 inches. Emanuel Hoffmann Foundation, on permanent loan to the Ã–ffentliche Kunstsammlung Basel. ©Robert Gober; photo by Andrew Rogers.