August 4, 2014
This is a very special event and a limited time offer — I’m selling all the original collaged table tops from the East Village Life Cafe. Wouldn’t you love to have one?
Oh the memories . . . .
If you don’t get one, they might just go to Museum of the City of New York instead. This is your chance.
I’ll be in the Bushwick area early September. The tables will be available for about a week while I’m there. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know which one you want and to make arrangements.
Each is unique. They would make wonderful table tops; they would make better wall art.
Most if not all of the tables are shown here. There are about twenty of them; 17 measure about 30″ x 30″ and 3 measure about 24″ x 24″. The stands are not included.
Come to think of it, I believe there are only two 24″ tables — I donated one to Adelphi University. It’s on display in the lobby of the AU PAC (Adelphi University Performing Arts Center) along with the Jonathan Larson Bench and a collaged wall panel from Life Cafe as well as a stage panel from the original stage production of RENT at the Nederlander Theater that I also donated.
I’m selling them for a little more than I paid the artists to make them. They used actual pages from vintage Life Magazines from the 40s, 50s and 60s. The large tops are $125 and the small $100 and include the dried up bubble gum on the bottoms, a real piece of New York City history.That’s a bargain and your luck as I must sell them quickly.
They were produced around 1996/1997 by two artists. One was David Chambard, a French painter, who I met in his studio/home in the Woodstock area. Last I heard he’s living and selling his art in Paris. Unfortunately, I don’t recall the second artist’s name. If you remember him, please let me know. He also had one or two art shows at Life Cafe.
Did you meet your significant other at Life Cafe? Maybe this was the table at which you sat when your life changed for the better.
These are the tables of legend, the ones upon which Jonathan Larson envisaged his cast of East Village characters dancing while singing La Vie Boheme.
These are the tables actually danced upon in real life by hordes of RENT fans from around the world at special RENT events at Life Cafe.
I met 4 lead members from the Japanese cast of RENT at these tables when they came to see a Broadway performance.
During a second visit by the entire Japanese cast, all 20+ of them sang La Vie Boheme in English, then again in Japanese to the astonishment and delight of all our customers during a busy brunch.
That was a tear jerking, stunning moment for me. Oh, the memories.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Think about it.
But not for too long.
You can also leave me a comment below. But it’s better to email me at email@example.com.
So many lives passed across these tables at Life Cafe.
Lovers, poets, the lonely, dreamers, thinkers, actors with and without parts to play.
The coffees, the beers, the losers and the leaders. All lives at Life passed across here.
If tables could talk, imagine what you could hear. Imagine what conversations you might have.
I’ll be in Bushwick the first week of September. Email me your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll respond immediately. If you’re not in New York City and need a table top shipped, I’ll attempt to make those arrangements and there will be additional handling and shipping costs.