Today’s “FAB 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, DEC. 26, 2014.
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A Darlene Love Christmas — Pop/Rock
Ken Peplowski Quartet — Jazz
Queen of the Night— Interactive Performance
Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente — Latin Jazz
Willie Nile – Pop/Rock
For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “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.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
A Darlene Love Christmas (also Saturday and next Friday)
“The singer of the timeless “He’s a Rebel” has a few seasonal tricks in her bag. For one, she’s sung “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” on Letterman come holiday time for nearly 30 years—which she did for the last time on December 19. And yes, she’s the voice of SNL’s comedic song “Christmastime for the Jews.” (nycgo.com)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St.
800-745-3000 / bbkingblues.com
8pm / $50.
Ken Peplowski Quartet (also Saturday)
“Ken Peplowski, a virtuoso clarinetist and charismatic tenor saxophonist with a gift for buoyant swing, leads a crisp quartet with Ehud Asherie on piano, Martin Wind on bass and Matt Wilson on drums.”(Chinen-NYT)
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 West 10th Street, West Village,
10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m./ $20 cover.
Queen of the Night
Ongoing (with a special show for New Year’s Eve)
“Queen of the Night” (based loosely on “The Magic Flute”) is a close relative of “Sleep No More” (an updated “Macbeth”) in that both are audience-immersive entertainments taking place allegedly in hotels. Though where “Sleep” is primarily a theatrical narrative, “Queen of the Night” is a nightclub entertainment driven by sheer spectacle: an intimate, interactive extravaganza in which amazing feats of acrobatics, juggling, aerial skill, magic and comedy transpire all around you.
The audience is continually participating from the moment you walk past the masked, nearly naked woman in the glass case next to the door. Your eyes increasingly take in more than they ever thought that they would see, and your threshold with regards to what is humanly possible is continually expanding.” (WSJ)
Diamond Horseshoe, Paramount Hotel, 235 W. 46th St.
Paquito D’Rivera and Trio Corrente (through Sunday)
“This year’s Grammy winner for best Latin jazz album was “Song for Maura,” by Mr. D’Rivera, the masterly Cuban clarinetist and saxophonist, and Trio Corrente, an adaptable young group from São Paulo, Brazil. That collaboration repeats here this weekend, presumably with no shortage of ebullience.” (Chinen-NYT)
Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st Street,
at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $35 and $50 cover, with a $15 minimum.
“Buffalo-born, NYC-bred singer-songwriter Willie Nile has spent the last decade producing some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. His latest, American Ride, dropped in June 2013.” (nycgo.com)
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea,
7:30PM / $25 – $50
212-414-5994 / highlineballroom.com
♦ 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.