*well, i saw her today at the reception
a glass of wine in her hand
i knew she was gonna meet her connection
at her feet was her footloose man
you can’t always get what you want
but if you try sometimes, you just might find
you get what you need
2013’s headlines are among the most volatile of any year: markets rebounded (and fell flat and receded and rebounded again), the government shutdown (!), obamacare, celebrity brats acted out and got arrested, someone fell in love, someone else broke up, children were born and elders passed (RIP lou reed). somewhere, an artist rendered the sublime and someone else wept for the beauty of it. but profundity isn’t realized in the universal, it’s understood individually, specifically, as our lives unfold one detail at a time. our feature, what i learned, is a very particular review of the year. long island’s notables chime in on their experiences with anecdotes as wide-ranging as their areas of expertise.
however, one interview in this issue stands out for different reasons. natalie portman has grown up in the public eye since her initial turn as a precocious teen in léon: the professional. we watched her evolve through a stunning assortment of roles, morphing with each one and proving she has the agility (and chops) rarely seen in actors, let alone those so young. still, we haven’t seen very much of her off the screen—part of her mystique has been her ability to sidestep the pitfalls of most tabloid-riddled stars. in her interview with elaine lipworth, portman is candid about her work, motherhood and her connection to her jewish heritage. the fun house mirror of celebrity clearly hasn’t warped this star.
this edition is also a double issue, bridging the best of long island from december through january. to keep you busy, especially after the holiday melee subsides, our arts and music coverage is chock full of the people and events to see and hear. rabble-rousers are hanging at huntington’s heckscher museum of art, local musicians johnnie lee jordan and bill janovitz are making good with new albums and appearances (both on the small screen and off), the inimitable reggie watts is amping the voltage on his social satire at irving plaza and on IFC. and tennessee williams returns to the stage.
when it comes time to celebrate, our welcome 2014 is a collection of venues and party ideas for embracing the festivities on new year’s eve. we’ve curated the island’s foremost events, as well as some worthy ones beyond our shores, and a few pulse people even snuck in their personal favorites. in our fashion pages, party girl is a capture of evening wear for the big night. beyond the ball dropping, we have the editorial sports enthusiasts will love. the super bowl is coming to metlife and a few NFL luminaries lent us their meditations on the events to come. and our peter bronski reviews a few of the northeast’s best mountains for learning to snowboard. the sport shed its reputation for being the exclusive domain of snow guerrillas long ago, this is the season to try it first hand.
when heading out for holiday shopping, our annual gift finder will be the only list you need to check. it is a compass to all things naughty and nice. best of all, it’s a chance to get off the computer and out into the world—where the spirit of the holidays really lives. shopping local is a vital part of that and all of our featured items can be found at island-based retailers. while you’re out, you just might run into a few old friends, too.
*you can’t always get what you want
but if you try sometimes you just might find
you get what you need…oh baby!…
*you can’t always get what you want, the rolling stones