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For years Woody played his clarinet every Monday night at Michael’s. Missed the Academy Awards when “Annie Hall” won Best Picture because he was there instead.

How I pined to go when I was a teenager. But I never made it.  It was such a New York thing.

Anyone ever see him play there?

[Picture by François-Marie Banier]


1 Yankee Mama   ~  May 23, 2011 4:01 pm

Monday nights, like clockwork. I went a bunch of times in the '80s. Jolly good fun. A very NY experience.

Does he still play there?

2 Alex Belth   ~  May 23, 2011 4:19 pm

Is Michael's even around anymore? Hey, you see Elaine's is closing this week?

3 Sliced Bread   ~  May 23, 2011 4:54 pm

never saw Woody at Michael's, but I used to go to Elaine's in the mid-90's when I lived and worked on the Upper East.
It was a fascinating place for a NY kid in his late 20s. A couple of older Runyon-esque gents that I rolled with back then were acquaintances of Elaine's, and I sat at her table more than a couple late nights, watching her hold court, devouring a large plate of scrambled eggs and stack of rye toast. She was fun. A real NY character.
I felt like a big shot, sipping gin & tonics at her place. Smoking cigars outside. Met a few celebs and big shots. We sat with Dabney Coleman a couple times. Listening to him was a riot. It was a great people-watching, and eavesdropping joint.

4 Alex Belth   ~  May 23, 2011 5:21 pm

3) Sweet memory. I've always heard Dabney was a dickhead. Nice to hear a good story about him.

5 Sliced Bread   ~  May 23, 2011 5:58 pm

3) I imagine he has an intense side, but he was pretty chilled the few times I sat with him. He definitley had the gift of gabney. Adept at late-night saloon bullshitting. I don't remember any of his specific stories, but he was genuinely funny. Polite and engaging with people who wanted to talk about 9 to 5, too. A lot of people came up to him wanting to hear about that movie set.

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