Today’s “FAB 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, DEC. 22, 2014.
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Mariah Carey — Pop/Rock
Liz Callaway — Cabaret
“From a Nickel to a Token” — SmartStuff/ Lecture
Gary Bartz Quartet — Jazz
Los Lobos — Pop/Rock
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♦ “9 Notable Events-Dec.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
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“After failing to hit some crucial notes during a performance of her seasonal staple, “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, Ms. Carey took to Twitter to apologize to her fans. This pop star will have ample time to make amends — and show if she still has the chops to flaunt her multi-octave range — during her six-night holiday residency at the Beacon Theater.” (Anderson-NYT)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St.
800-745-3000 / beacontheatre.com
8PM / $59.50 to $250.
Liz Callaway (through Dec. 27)
Broadway favorite Liz Callaway returns to 54 Below this holiday season in Celebrate! This festive evening will feature songs from her Christmas album Merry and Bright as well as personal favorites by Stephen Sondheim, Richard Rodgers, Ahrens and Flaherty and more. To add to the fun, Liz will be joined by her son Nicholas Callaway Foster and Ann Hampton Callaway* (*12-22 & 24 only).
54 Below, 254 West 54th St.
7PM / $45 – $65, minimum $25
646-476-3551 / 54below.com.
“From a Nickel to a Token”
“In 1935, Mayor Fiorello La Guardia pronounced streetcars “as dead as sailing ships” as he ushered in the modern era of mass transit in the city for better or worse: buses over trolleys, the demolition of elevated lines, and the unification of the subway system.
Tonight a historian, Andrew J. Sparberg, author of “From a Nickel to a Token,” will give an illustrated lecture on the midcentury history of the transit system.” (NYT)
This illustrated lecture chronicles the fascinating microhistory of New York’s transit system and examines 20 specific events between 1940 and 1968, book-ended by subway unification and the creation of the MTA.
6:30pm / FREE
Gary Bartz Quartet
“A soulful alto and soprano saxophonist whose career has taken him through postbop, jazz-funk and free jazz, Gary Bartz, 73, has continued to draw connections in his music. Appearing as part of Smoke’s annual John Coltrane Festival (which should give you some idea of the repertory focus), he leads his current quartet, with Barney McCall on piano, James King on bass and Greg Bandy on drums.’ (Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
7, 9 and 10:30 p.m. / $40 cover.
More than three decades have passed since Los Lobos released their debut album, Just Another Band from East L.A. Since then they’ve repeatedly disproven that title—Los Lobos isn’t “just another” anything, but rather a band that has consistently evolved artistically while never losing sight of their humble roots.
A rare example of longevity in a volatile music world that stresses style over substance, Los Lobos’ lineup has remained uninterrupted since 1984, when saxophonist/keyboardist Steve Berlin joined original members Pérez, Hidalgo, Rosas and Lozano, each of whom had been there since the beginning in 1973.
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
212-608-0555 / citywinery.com
8PM / $50 to $65.
♦ 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, anytime of the year.