Selected Events (12/29) + Holiday Markets in NYC 2014

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, DEC. 29, 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.”

Nuevo Jazz Latino All-Stars  — Jazz

Twelfth Night Festival — SpecialEvent/ Holiday Music

D’Ambrose Boyd & David Pearl Present Singers SpacePop/Rock

Nutcracker Rouge — SpecialEvent/ Holiday Ballet

Patti Smith at Webster Hall — 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:


Nuevo Jazz Latino All-Stars (through December 30th)
“For their special New Year’s week celebration, it’s a Cuban holiday with the Nuevo Jazz Latino All-Stars.

The group features Pedrito Martinez, Yosvany Terry, Mike Rodriguez, Elio Villafranca, Dafnis Prieto, and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra bassist Carlos Henriquez, all successful leaders and award-winners in their own right. This unique ensemble originally debuted during Jazz at Lincoln Center’s 2013-14 season for a nearly sold out two-night run in The Appel Room. An unusual opportunity that paid dividends, the group was tasked with composing new original pieces specifically for this ensemble. As a result, each piece of music was written for the individual talents of each fellow band member, and after rave reviews, we’re treating audiences to this super-group up close and personal in the club.” (
DIZZY’S CLUB, 33 West 60th St.
shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm.
Online reservations for these performances are not currently available.
Please call (212) 258-9595 to inquire about reserving your seat.

Twelfth Night Festival (December 26, 2014, to January 6, 2015)
Trinity Wall Street hosts New York City’s Annual Festival of Early Music with daily performances at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan.
The Gotham Early Music Scene will be joined by the Americas Society in “The Bishop’s Band,” an exploration of the music and dancing of 18th-century Peru and Bolivia. The directors Tom Zajac and Nell Snaidas will lead the performers — including the violinist Robert Mealy, the lutenist and guitarist Grant Herreid, the percussionist Danny Mallon, and the dancer Carlos Fittante — in selections from “Codex Trujillo del Perú,” the Moxos Archives and other works.
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall Street
6pm / $25-$60 /

D’Ambrose Boyd & David Pearl Present Singers Space
Come to Singers Space at Bar Thalia, hosted by D’Ambrose Boyd with David Pearl at the piano. Where New York’s finest professional and aspiring singers come to sing their favorites and hear their peers perform before an intimate audience. Bar Thalia offers cocktails, wine & beer, soups, salads, wraps and desserts. There’s no cover and no minimum.

Each Monday night a guest vocalist stars in the Feature Spot, an extended 20-minute showcase for their talents. Before and after the Feature Spot, other performers sing their current favorites during the open mic spots. D’Ambrose presides over the fun and fabulous music. David provides solid, sensitive accompaniment and sprinkles solo piano gems throughout the evening. It’s a classy way for singers and listeners to enjoy a great variety of songs and song stylists. Singers Space at Bar Thalia.

Nutcracker Rouge
RED HOT If ballet ever merged with burlesque, the result might be something like Nutcracker Rouge. This strictly-for-grownups version—by Company XIV, which loves to mash up music, Baroque dance and texts and acrobatics—has Marie (not so much a little girl as a nubile young thing) embarking on a discovery of the sweet things in life—and we’re not talking candy canes. The classically trained dancers pose, pirouette and gyrate to the Tchaikovsky’s greatest hits, as well as Madonna’s (we said it was a mash-up, didn’t we?). If you like your hot chocolate with a little spice, this is for you. Through Jan. 4.”

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Patti Smith at Webster Hall (also Dec 30)
“The living legend—singer-songwriter, poet, artist, memoirist, the list goes on—plays her usual holiday shows at this East Village concert hall. For tickets, visit” (

♦ 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.

Holiday markets in NYC

New York has a wealth of holiday markets and craft fairs that you can browse if the big department stores with their holiday windows aren’t your bag. Now that Christmas is past most have closed up shop, but there are still a couple open for your after Christmas shopping, including my favorite at Bryant Park.

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Not only is there free ice-skating on Bryant Park’s 17,000-square-foot outdoor rink, but also 127 holiday shops, including 27 new kiosks and 26 eateries. New offerings such as eco-friendly clothing and accessories from Angelrox ($10–$250) and organic hair- and skin-care products from Surya Brasil (starting at $15) are up for grabs. And after you shop and skate, warm up at spacious rinkside restaurant Celsius. FYI: The vendors are only there until Jan 4, but If you want to practice your lutzes and axels with ample spinning room, try visiting during off-peak hours (open through March 1). FYI: On Tuesday, Dec 2, come for the tree, but stay for the grand lighting ceremony at 6pm, including performances on and off the ice.
Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park Sixth Ave, between 40th and 42nd Sts
Until Sun Jan 4


Jingle holiday pop-up
Accessories designer Jill Schwartz curated this 6,000-square-foot shop inside Chelsea Market, featuring local and international goods perfect for gift-giving. Inside, you’ll find stylish wares by Izola and vibrant living sculptures (starting at $60) from Twig Terrariums. Plus, this pop-up has enough holiday spirit to cheer up even scroogiest New Yorker.
Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Ave, at 16th St
Tue Dec 16 – Mon Dec 29

These listings and much more useful holiday info, including a holiday gift guide, can be found at TONY magazine’s Christmas in NewYork Guide.

For a virtual tour of  holiday department store windows, try the slideshows at the NYT and Refinery 29.

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