Selected Events (12/09) + Holiday Windows in NYCity 2014

Today’s “FAB 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, DEC. 09, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

When the United States Spoke French – SmartStuff/ Book Talk

Ben Watt solo  – Folk Music

Manhattan School of Music Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra  – Jazz

Pop-Up Concerts: Mivos Quartet  – Music

Vegetarian Sichuan Cuisine class – Food & Drink

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When the United States Spoke French: François Furstenberg and Anka Muhlstein
The biographer and essayist Anka Mulhstein talks with the historian François Furstenberg about his recent book, When the United States Spoke French: Five Refugees Who Shaped a Nation, an account of the early years of the American republic through the eyes of five distinguished Frenchmen seeking refuge from their own Revolution.

François Furstenberg, the author of In the Name of the Father: Washington’s Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation, is a professor of History at Johns Hopkins University, specializing in intellectual history and political culture in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 2013, he was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
NYPL/ Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers
Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, Room 225,
7PM / FREE
212-930-0084

Ben Watt solo (electric and acoustic)
After twenty years with Tracey Thorn in the best-selling alternative duo Everything But The Girl, and ten as as international DJ and label boss of acclaimed electronic label Buzzin’ Fly, this year saw Ben Watt return to his earliest folk-jazz roots with his first solo album for thirty-one years. Entitled ‘Hendra’, it follows his 1983 cult classic ‘North Marine Drive’, and claimed the award for ‘Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album’ at the recent AIM (Association of Independent Music) Awards 2014 in London fending off albums by Anna Calvi and Blood Orange.

Decorated with an array of four and five-star reviews on release, it features collaborations with former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and producer Ewan Pearson. This year has seen him tour with different sized line-ups but tonight he plays solo acoustic and electric. Expect songs from ‘Hendra’ plus old gems, wild cards and stories behind the music.
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker St
8:00pm / $25
212-505-3474

Manhattan School of Music Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra
“Led by the knowledgeable drummer and composer Bobby Sanabria, the Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra takes a scholarly but rhythmically robust approach to Latin-jazz repertory in performance as on a fine recent album, “Qué Viva Harlem!” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
212-258-9595, jalc.org
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $35 cover, with a $10 minimum

Pop-Up Concerts: Mivos Quartet
Bring a friend, grab a drink, and join some of today’s most interesting performers onstage at Miller Theatre on select Tuesday evenings.

“One of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” (The Chicago Reader) makes their Miller debut with imaginative works from three composers from across the globe. The evening includes New York guitarist and composer Patrick Higgins’ darkly dramatic Aletheia and twelve “microludes” from Romanian-born composer György Kurtág – passionate, serene, and haunting in turns – that demonstrate the breadth of this young quartet’s talent.
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway
6PM / FREE / 212-854-7799
All concerts start at 6 p.m. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis,
and doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Vegetarian Sichuan Cuisine class
“Chefs looking to expand their vegetarian repertoire — and anyone looking for a DIY alternative to a Chinatown dinner date — should check out Brooklyn Brainery’s Vegetarian Sichuan Cuisine class. In this 2-hour tutorial, cook/blogger Diana Kuan will guide students on a foodie adventure highlighting the basic elements of Chinese cuisine and culminating in the sampling of a meal of vegetarian dan dan noodles, kung pao sweet potatoes, and Sichuan cucumber salad.” (dnainfo.com)
Brooklyn Brainery, 190 Underhill Avenue, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. / $42. Tickets are limited

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♦ 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.
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Holiday Windows in New York City 2014

Do me a favor, arrange your day so that you check out these windows after dark. They are so much more impressive at night.

Barneys holiday windows
This year, the Madison Avenue shop incorporates video, light installations and more forward-thinking concepts into its holiday displays. The theme is “A New York Holiday,” and elements include an interactive scene with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a “floating city” created with 3-D mapping and light projections.
Barneys New York 660 Madison Ave, at 61st St.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Bergdorf Goodman holiday windows
Bergdorf Goodman was inspired by ice this year: The shop’s holiday windows all present variations on the theme “Holidays on Ice,” with displays devoted to Halloween (with a masquerade party), Valentine’s Day and even Arbor Day. (Ice-skating trees? One can hope.)
Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, at 58th St.
Until Wed Jan 7

Bloomingdale’s holiday windows
This year’s holiday windows at Bloomie’s puts the famous brown shopping bags into different shopping scenes around the world—everywhere from China and France to Great Britain and Italy (and, of course, Bloomingdale’s right here in New York City).
Bloomingdale’s 1000 Third Ave, at 59th St,
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Henri Bendel holiday windows
Henri Bendel has partnered with the estate of Al Hirschfeld to create window displays inspired by the celebrated cartoonist’s work. In one window, you’ll see 3-D depictions of celebs like Sarah Jessica Parker, Liza Minnelli and Woody Allen; in the store itself, Bendel’s giant tree becomes a playhouse for a model of Charlie Chaplin.
Henri Bendel 712 Fifth Ave, at 56th St.
Wed Dec 3 – Wed Dec 31

Lord & Taylor holiday windows
Children from NYC schools and Women in Need shelters were asked to create drawings based on the theme “What Is Christmas Made Of?” Those works, 125 of which are featured here, inspired the scenes in this year’s display.
Lord & Taylor 424 Fifth Ave, between 38th and 39th Sts.
Thu Dec 4 – Thu Jan 1

Macy’s holiday windows
Boasting a “Dream…and Believe” theme, Macy’s 2013 holiday windows depict a young boy’s journey through a magical dreamland. The six windows on the Broadway side of the store—Dream, Giving & Sharing, Joy, Beauty, Magic and Believe—use technology and LED lights to tell the story. Visiting families can also view the classic “Yes, Virginia…” windows on the 34th street side of the store.
Macy’s Herald Square 151 W 34th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves.
Wed Dec 10 – Wed Dec 31

Saks Fifth Avenue holiday windows
This year, Saks debuted a new Snowflake Spectacular, a 3-D light show that plays out across the department store’s exterior each evening. The dazzling display is just one element of the shop’s holiday celebration: Window displays tell the story of the Saks Yeti, and also include an interactive window where visitors can display their own Yeti name (visit saks.com/snow for more details).
Saks Fifth Avenue 611 Fifth Ave, at 49th St.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

Tiffany & Co. holiday windows
Behind the windows into which Holly Golightly once gazed so admiringly, Tiffany’s conjures an image of a yuppie wintertime fantasia: the Upper East Side on Christmas Eve. The miniature brownstone scenes are replete with tiny chandeliers and garlands, and those well-known baby-blue boxes are strewn beneath the trees.
Tiffany & Co. 727 Fifth Ave, between 56th and 57th Sts.
Thu Dec 4 – Wed Dec 31

This comprehensive description and much more useful holiday info, including a holiday windows slide show, can be found at TONY magazine’s Christmas in NewYork Guide.

For more holiday windows photos, try the slideshows at the NYT and Refinery 29.

For “The Definitive Guide to New York City’s 2014 Holiday Window Displays” try the NewYorkObserver

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