Selected Events (01/03) + Ice Skating in NYCity

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, JAN. 03, 2015.
“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.”

“The Longest Variety Show Ever”  — Cabaret

Irabagon Festival  — Jazz

Chelsea New Year’s Weekend Gallery Tour  — SmartStuff/ Gallery Tour

Peter Bernstein Quartet — Jazz

Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano — Latin Music

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Jan.”, 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:


“The Longest Variety Show Ever”
05mayespan-1-articleLargeFeaturing a mind-boggling 265 individual acts, with over 20 emcees, and a battalion of musicians, technicians and designers, the “Longest Variety Show Ever” opens on Thursday, January 1st at 7:00 pm and runs – continuously to Sunday, January 4th at 7:00 pm. The show will span six categories: music; burlesque; comedy/spoken word; drag; theatre/opera; magic/puppetry. Broadcast legend Joe Franklin (Guinness Book of World Records Longest Continuous Talk Show Host) will serve as grand marshal for the show.

At 60 continuous hours of entertainment the Metropolitan Room’s bid to eclipse the Guinness World Record for longest variety show (currently standing at 12 hours and 8 minutes) is also poised to obliterate other records such as most performers in a single show.

Day passes for “The Longest Variety Show Ever” cost $25 per person, or $60 for a three-day pass. The club offers a complimentary beverage with each ticket purchased. There will be no food or beverage minimums throughout the marathon, except for the legendary Marilyn Maye, whose “By Request” (playing Friday & Saturday at 7:00 pm) requires a separate ticket purchase ($35 plus a two drink minimum). Ms. Maye is the grand doyenne of NY Cabaret and still an incredible performer. Her performance should not be missed.
For reservations call 212/206-0440 or to order online visit

Irabagon Festival (also Sunday)
“A smart young saxophonist who has successfully ducked in and out of the mainstream jazz tradition. On Saturday, Mr. Irabagon leads a different but equally expeditious trio, with Mary Halvorson on guitar and Nasheet Waits on drums. And Sunday’s offering will be an Irabagon quartet with the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the drummer Rudy Royston.” (Chinen-NYT)
at 9 and 10:30 p.m., Sunday at 8:30 p.m.,
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village,

Chelsea New Year’s Weekend Gallery Tour
Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea – the world’s center for contemporary art – and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion.

The tour takes place Sat. Jan. 3 at 1:00 PM. Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave. Nearest subways: C- or E-Train to 23rd St. Admission is $25. SPECIAL OFFER: use DISCOUNT code “chelsea47″ for $10-off admission! For more info, visit or call 212-946-1548.” (

Peter Bernstein Quartet“At 47 years old, Peter Bernstein is one of the most reliable guitarists on the New York scene. Hardly a week goes by where you don’t spot him in his long-familiar role as the point man in somebody’s rhythm section. For this rare opportunity to begin the New Year by leading a quartet of his own, he’s joined by three additional rhythm players who are, in turn, rarely seen as sidemen: pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Christian McBride and drummer Greg Hutchinson. Mr. Bernstein’s own playing is often described as “straight ahead,” which doesn’t begin to do justice to the wide variety of approaches he uses, from the lyrical ballads on his most recent album as a leader, “Solo Guitar—Live at Smalls” (2012), to the funky soul jazz he plays with organist Larry Goldings on the new “Ramshackle Serenade.” (WSJ)
Dizzy’s Club, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., 212-721-6500 /

Elsewhere, but sure looks good:
Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano (also Sunday)
NY-DJ653_JAZZ_GV_20150101222618“He plays the fender bass and sings. He’s 47 years old. He comes from the Republic of Cameroon on the east coast of Africa. Those are the only facts regarding the remarkable pan-cultural, multi-stylistic musician Richard Bona that are relatively clear-cut. His music represents virtually the entire breadth and scope of the African diaspora as it extends into the New World, through the U.S. as well as the Caribbean, Central and South America.

His two most recent projects alone, the 2013 album “Bonafied,” with its French overtones (”La Fille D’a Cote”) and the Havanese style of his current ensemble, Mandekan Cubano, cover a wide swath across the globe. Co-starring trumpeter Dennis Hernandez, trombonist Rey David, pianist Osmany Paredes and percussionists Luisito and Roberto Quintero.” (WSJ)
Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St.
At 7:30 and 10 p.m., with an 11:45 set on Saturday
212-576-2232 /

♦ 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 (
“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.

Lasker Rink
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
When: Year-round
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.

Standard Hotel
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 for the latest prices and times.

nycgo.comthe website of New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization, has lots of useful NYCity info. This fine site is worth checking out when you are planning your NYCity visit, anytime of the year.


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