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March  10

Party Time: To The Bus Or To The Bing?

Games_2 With the Sopranos season premiere less than 48 hours away, what better way to get into the Bada Bing party spirit than with a pilgrimage to the Satin Dolls strip club in Lodi -  the original inspiration for the  ol' Bada Bing (but you knew that).

“This is our biggest event of the year. It’s excessive!” a Dolls bartender told us.  Starting at  6 p.m. Sunday, Penthouse Pets are showing up with their tchotchkes (and what could those be?), and local radio and T.V. will be broadcasting live. So much for "what goes on in the bar, stays in the bar.” And if it matters, you’ll be among the first to watch the season premiere before the rest of the world (yes, they have their connections at HBO).

If that's not the way you want to fete the biggest New Jersey TV event of the year there's always a chauffered bus tour of Sopranoland. Tomorrow at 2 p.m., tour operator On Location will help you relive your favorite episodes, and recite the lines as you visit more than 40 locations where the series was shot. Stops include  the diner where Chris Moltisanti was shot, Satriales Pork Store, dinner at Puccini's restaurant in Jersey City, and yes, a stop at Satin Dolls, the night before it gets too crazy. Tickets, $89, must be purchased in advance. Go here for information and reservations, or call 212 683-3516.

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I'm tired of these guys already...come on, it's a friggin tv show.


Posted by: the Iceman(*8T*) | Mar 10, 2006 2:28:51 PM


Posted by: Anita | Mar 10, 2006 9:53:13 PM

Hey Ice: you gotta problem with dat?

Posted by: Miss Martta (8T) | Mar 10, 2006 10:05:13 PM

Not exactly linked to the hype surrounding the debut of the last season of the Sopranos, but perhaps in the spirit of illicit behavior, did anyone hear about an attempted check forgery that took place at the Glen Ridge branch of Bank of America yesterday afternoon? As I entered the branch to conduct my usual business, three uniformed police officers were in the process of escorting a young woman from the branch, in handcuffs. I overheard someone say the 17-year old looking suspect attempted to use a drivers license putting her somewhere around 35 years old, and that's what apparently tipped off the ever vigilant tellers to call the police. An unusual sighting on my afternoon jaunt to the bank, I must admit.

Posted by: Jay | Mar 10, 2006 11:15:41 PM

That kind of thing is always happening to me. I've been arrested several times by police, after suspicious tellers insist that I must be Brad Pitt inpersonating whoever the hell else I really am, other than a marsupial of course.

I don't think that made much more sense than the testimony Dominic the Sangria King.

Posted by: walleroo | Mar 11, 2006 12:25:37 AM

Iceman I watch 3 Sopranos episodes a night, I must say, it's not just a friggen tv show.

Posted by: katie | Mar 11, 2006 1:17:50 AM

Does anybody have change of a $20 in singles and a Russian phrasebook? It sounds like a go-go good time.

P.S. How is the state of New Jersey allowed to get away with a farce like go-go clubs? "It's not a strip club, it's just dancing." Please. Somebody's making money somehow. I think about this everytime the bus passes that go-go club in Bloomfield center.

Posted by: notteham | Mar 11, 2006 1:51:11 AM

My boyfriend said he delivered Tinga to that strip club once. mmm mmmmmm.

Posted by: katie | Mar 11, 2006 2:14:24 AM

Can't wait till tonight, I love the Sopranos.

Posted by: nobber | Mar 12, 2006 3:05:25 PM

Who is Tinga? Does she strip or pole dance?

Posted by: silly willie | Mar 12, 2006 4:00:21 PM

awesome ---

Posted by: cstarling | Mar 12, 2006 10:01:22 PM

Glad they are back...wow.

Posted by: Iceman | Mar 12, 2006 10:06:51 PM

Wow...awesome first episode...I am left speechless. Just. Wow. How do you top THAT?

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 12, 2006 10:25:49 PM

*Totally* unexpected -- haven't been that shocked since Janice shot Richie Aprile!!!

Posted by: beag96 | Mar 12, 2006 11:03:34 PM

So what did Uncle Junior say right before he ______ _______ (Can't spoil it for others). We couldn't figure it out. His character is amazing, especially without teeth.

And Tinga is the restaurant on Bellevue Ave. Or she's a stripper. You decide.

Posted by: katie | Mar 13, 2006 3:33:01 PM

"911 where's the emergency?".........

Posted by: cstarling | Mar 19, 2006 9:04:03 PM

And, the show just continues to amaze me.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 19, 2006 10:01:59 PM

the show has jumped the shark...tonite was awful...I will go back to watching desperate housewives and let the GF fill me in...seriously, how bad was the writing and the story line tonite? did david chase give up on the show...geez, it was awful...i'd rather listen to mazie rant about dick cheney

Posted by: Iceman | Mar 19, 2006 10:23:46 PM

I have to agree with you, Ice. Tonight may have been the worst episode ever.

Although I know I'll keep watching. . .

Anybody watching "Big Love"? Rather amusing.

Posted by: latebloomer | Mar 19, 2006 11:02:05 PM

"Big Love" is a most bizarre show but somehow, I am drawn to watching it.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Mar 19, 2006 11:03:53 PM

big love ticks me off so much and yes I find myself compelled to watch-

as for for the second episode-if you recall there was a monologue delivered (in the opener) about the ancient egyptians which ends while Edie Falco wakes from her dream about Adriana-----then resumes after the credits roll at the end.----REMAINS-. I find this all very interesting and think Chase is rather brillant thus far.

Posted by: cstarling | Mar 20, 2006 6:26:28 AM

I don't remember that. But, anyway, what do the ancient Egyptians have to do with anything else that is happening?

Posted by: latebloomer | Mar 20, 2006 7:56:08 AM

The music takes center stage in those first moments, and aficionados will recognize the background tune as "Seven Souls," William S. Burroughs' spoken-word piece set to music.

The setup is as slick and cool to look at as you would expect from the best show on television. But connect the narration and moody, ambient melody to the images, and the sequence takes on a whole new meaning. Burroughs' monologue on the soul's personas is derived from the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead, a map of the afterlife -- and in this context, maybe, the map to the story's outcome.

Or maybe the writers are toying with us. It's tantalizingly -here is

The ancient Egyptians postulated seven souls.

Top soul, and the first to leave at the moment of death, is Ren the Secret name. This corresponds to my Director. He directs the film of your life from conception to death. The Secret Name is the title of your film. When you die, that's where Ren came in.

Second soul, and second one off the sinking ship, is Sekem: Energy, Power. Light. The Director gives the orders, Sekem presses the right buttons.

Number three is Khu, the Guardian Angel. He, she or it is third man out...depicted as flying away across a full moon, a bird with luminous wings and head of light. sort of thing you might see on a screen in an Indian restaurant in Panama. The Khu is responsible for the subject and can be injured in his defense - but not permanently, since the first three souls are eternal. They go back to Heaven for another vessel. The four remaining souls must take their chances with the subject in the land of the dead.

Number four is Ba, the Heart, often treacherous. This is a hawk's body with your face on it, shrunk down to the size of a fist. Many a hero has been brought down, like Samson, by a perfidious Ba.

Number five is Ka, the double, most closely associated with the subject. The Ka, which usually reaches adolescence at the time of bodily death, is the only reliable guide through the Land of the Dead to the Western Lands.

Number six is Khaibit, the Shadow, Memory, your whole past conditioning from this and other lives.

Number seven is Sekhu, the Remains.

- William Burroughs, The Western Lands

Posted by: cstarling | Mar 20, 2006 8:04:13 PM

the show still was slow and boring...it doesn't have to be heavy deep and real...it just has to be interesting. tony as a salesman doesn't cut it.

Posted by: Iceman | Mar 20, 2006 8:42:21 PM

not every episode has to be--it's like a tapestry being created before our eyes-the first episode was filled with action -now we had to digest it-now we will see where the players go----Tony may not be of superior IQ but he is "deep and complex" in his own way-and his loss of "identity" has significance.

He may be a mobster but he is a modern day "everyman"--filled with ambiguity, passion, guilt, longing. His evil is apparent however--- HE knows that he is LOST-both literally and figuritively---and now what will become of him--will he die as Mckinney or return as Tony Soprano.

Anyway enjoy Desperate Housewives, Ice,...a show I have absolutely no desire to watch and never have so I can't compare...The only 2 other series that struck me as vaguely real and dark that I enjoyed was the first season of HBO's The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street.....and way back when Dark Shadows-lol-

Posted by: cstarling | Mar 20, 2006 9:29:47 PM

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