Today’s “FAB 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, DEC. 07, 2014
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Jane Monheit – Jazz
Dave Koz & Friends – Jazz
Handel’s Messiah and Organ Concerto – Classical Music
Nostalgia Trains & Buses – SpecialEvent/ Subways
Bill Nye “the Science Guy” – SmartStuff/ Book Talk
“If there’s one thing the recent work of Jane Monheit proves, it’s that maturing doesn’t mean losing freshness and immediacy. Now more than a decade into a scintillating career, the thrush might not be trying to invoke the nubile mermaid image she once projected, but she’s still performing with verve and impeccable instinct. She has always sung ballads with an understanding beyond her years, and that hasn’t changed one iota: Just when she seems to have lofted the final breathtaking note, she inevitably adds something astonishing.” (David Finkle,VillageVoice)
BIRDLAND, 315 West 44th St,
6 p.m. / $30
212-581-3080 / birdlandjazz.com
Dave Koz & Friends
“By all rights, smooth jazz should own the holiday season, and the saxophonist Dave Koz is better positioned than anyone to make it so. His expertly wrought holiday album, “The 25th of December,” features vocals by Johnny Mathis, Gloria Estefan, Eric Benét, Heather Headley, BeBe Winans, Richard Marx, Jonathan Butler and India.Arie. A related tour, touching down here, finds a place for Mr. Butler, Christopher Cross and the singer-songwriter Maysa.” (Chinen-NYT)
Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, at 44th St.,
888-929-7849 / bestbuytheater.com
7pm / $29.50 to $189.50.
Handel’s Messiah and Organ Concerto by First Church
Begin your holiday season by attending this annual favorite performance directed by organist and master of choristers Dr. William F. Entriken with soloists Ellen Goff Entriken, Cheryl Zilinyi, Sean Fallen and Andrew Martens.
Director Dr. Entriken will delight audiences with a masterful performance of Handel’s Concerto No. 13 in F, “The Cuckoo and the Nightingale.”
First Presbyterian Church Choir & Orchestra, 12 West 12th St. at Fifth Ave.
4:00 p.m. / FREE
Nostalgia Trains & Buses Return for the Holidays (Sundays thru 12/28)
Once again this holiday season, the MTA will offer nostalgia lovers the opportunity to the ride back into the past with rides on vintage buses and subway trains. There’s no better way to get around while doing your holiday shopping! Dating back to the early part of last century, the Nostalgia Train is made up of subway cars in service along the lettered lines between the early1930s to the mid-1970s. Equipped with ceiling fans, padded seats and incandescent light bulbs, the R/1 through R/9 cars served the IND and later some BMT lines. Customers will have the opportunity to hop on board as it operates along the Sixth Avenue M Subway Line.
Many New Yorkers bear fond memories of the trains. However, with the cars having been out of service for nearly 40 years, many more New Yorkers have never experienced the charm of wicker seats and ceiling fans.
The holiday “Nostalgia Train” will operate on Sundays only, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., on December 7, 14, 21, and 28.
Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
Bill Nye “the Science Guy”: Evolution and the Science of Creation
Emmy-award winning journalist Tom Foreman moderates the discussion on evolution and the science of creation.
Bill Nye is a mechanical engineer, science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society, who hosted the Emmy award-winning show “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” After a widely viewed debate in Kentucky with an avowed Bible literalist, Nye has written a primer on the fundamentals of evolution. Nye agrees that people everywhere must be free to believe whatever they wish, but we cannot deny our students a basic science education.
In the 21st century, we need to keep the United States competitive on the world stage, he says, and to insist that creationism has a place in the science classroom is harmful not only to our kids, but to the greater world as well. Join us for what’s sure to be a controversial and lively discussion.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue,
7:30PM / $30
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
Ice Skating in NYCity (nycgo.com)
Winter just isn’t winter without ice-skating in New York City. And though most of us can probably name two or three rinks off the top of our heads, we might be more than mildly surprised to find there are 15 venues open for public ice-skating this holiday season. The best known of the City’s rinks is without a doubt the Rink at Rockefeller Center—tracing figure eights while surrounded by the shops, restaurants and buildings of a NYC landmark provides the quintessential NYC skating experience—but plenty of other (frequently less crowded) options exist. Here are the ice rinks you want to head to in Manhattan:
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Where: Sixth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets
When: Late October to early March
Price: Free; skate rental $15–$19
If you already own skates, this is the most affordable spot in the City—it’s the only rink that offers free admission. Bryant Park also hosts annual holiday shops, a good destination if you want to cross some gifts off your list after your turn on the ice.
Trump Rink in Central Park
Where: Central Park, mid-park between 62nd and 63rd Streets
When: Late October to first week of April
Price: Adults $11.25 (Mon.–Thurs.), $18 (Fri.–Sun.); kids 11 and under $6; seniors $5 (Mon.–Thurs.), $9 (Fri.–Sun.); skate rental $8
Few rinks can match the ambience of Central Park’s Trump Rink, especially after a fresh snowfall. If you’re there at night, be sure to look up for some prime NYC stargazing.
Rink at Rockefeller Center
Where: Fifth Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets
When: Mid-October through April
Price: Adults $27–$30, kids 10 and under $15; skate rental $12
Millions of visitors plan trips to the City every year just to catch a glimpse of skaters taking a spin on the ice below the famous Christmas tree and gilded statue of Prometheus; others will wait in long lines to experience it for themselves.
Ice Rink at Riverbank State Park
Where: Henry Hudson Parkway between West 138th and West 145th Streets
When: November through March
Price: Adults $5, kids 11 and under $3; skate rental $6
Riverbank, in Hamilton Heights, is the only state park in Manhattan; it offers incredible river views across to New Jersey and gorgeous vistas of the George Washington Bridge.
Where: Central Park, northeast corner between 106th and 108th Streets
When: Late October to late March
Price: Adults $7.50, kids 12 and under $4; skate rental $6.50
Up in the northern reaches of the park, Lasker Rink is a bit less discovered than its sister skate center in the park (see “Trump Rink in Central Park” below)—and a much better deal.
See/Change Ice Rink
Where: Fulton and Front Streets, South Street Seaport
When: Late November to early March
Price: Adults $10, kids 5 and under free; skate rental $6
The seaport relaunched itself in 2013 after Superstorm Sandy with the opening of an outdoor ice rink. Bonus: November 28, opening night, coincides with a tree-lighting ceremony.
Sky Rink at Chelsea Piers
Where: Pier 61, West 23rd Street and Hudson River Park
Price: $10; skate rental $5
Want to skate downtown…in mid-July? The enormous rink at Chelsea Piers is the place to head, though it’s a reliable stop-off any time of year.
Where: 848 Washington St., between West 12th and West 13th Streets
When: Late November until early spring (weather dependent)
Price: Adults $12, kids $6; skate rental $3
One of the hipper—and more exclusive—hotels in the City has a ground-level rink available to the public. If you can’t find the info on the main website, check standardculture.com for the latest prices and times.
nycgo.com, the website of New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization, has lots of useful NYCity info for the holidays:
Best NYC Toy Stores,
2014 Holiday Events,
Holiday Gift Guide,
This fine site is worth checking out when you are planning your NYCity visit.