Celebrities make the scene, starting at Café Hon

As I write this, I could swear I hear celebrity TV chef Gordon Ramsay's voice bellowing down 36th Street from Café Hon, 1002 W. 36th St. The host of Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" is in town with a crew to give the longstanding Hampden eatery a going over for an upcoming episode.

I admit, I generally don't watch the show. My tastes run more toward "Top Chef" and "No Reservations," but I am looking forward to this installment airing. Mostly, I'm curious if Café Hon owner Denise Whiting will be the first subject of the show to make the host break down instead of vice versa.


And yesterday I got a call from a very excited Debbie Stoll from Kiss N' Make-Up, 827 W. 36th St., who was freaked out in a total fangirl sort of way. All she could say was, "Buster is in my store! Buster is in my store!" Eventually, I was able to figure out that she was referring to Tony Hale, who played Buster on the beloved sitcom "Arrested Development". He's in town filming the upcoming HBO show "Veep."

Here are some other star-studded events to keep an eye out for …

On Nov. 10, author "Rev. Jen" will venture out from Manhattan's Lower East Side to come to Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, at 7 p.m, to read from and discuss her new book, "Elf Girl," a collection of fun and irreverent true stories of her meteoric rise from art school misfit to neighborhood celebrity and all-around good-time gal.

Nov. 19 is the next installment of the acclaimed 510 Reading Series at Minás Gallery And Boutique, 815 W. 36th St. Hosted by Michael Kimball and Jen Michalski, this evening's readings will by Joshua Mohr, Stephanie Barber, Ben Loory and Mike Young.

On Nov. 22, Jeffrey Lewis and The Junkyard will play The Golden West Café, 1105 W. 36th St.), with The Creepers, starting at 10 p.m..

And if, like me, you're having a hard time believing it's already November, The Miracle on 34th Street is getting ready to start up again, so that should come as a wakeup call. Although its website, appears to have not been updated since last year (at the time of this writing), the light display traditionally kicks off the Saturday after Thanksgiving, so that means this year the lights would be on starng Saturday, Nov. 26.

And finally, if you want to keep up on information and actions regarding the uncertain future of the Roosevelt Park Recreation Center, 1121 W. 36th St., there is a group on Facebook called "Save the Roosevelt Recreation Center!"

Just search and join.