Selected Events (01/14) + Ice Skating in NYCity

Today’s “Fab 5″+1 / Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 14, 2015.
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Open Rehearsal – Verdi’s Requiem   —  Classical Music   (9:45am)

‘One Thousand Things Worth Knowing’: An Evening with Paul Muldoon   —  SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (7pm)

Royal Danish Ballet: Principals and Soloists     Ballet   (7:30pm)

PITCH: Talks on Baseball — SmartStuff/ Sports Talk   (7:30pm) 

ABC Trivia: Hosted by HuffPost, Electric Literature, and Bomb   —  
SmartStuff/ Trivia   (7pm)

The Mariinsky Ballet  —  Ballet   (7:30pm)

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:

Open Rehearsal – Verdi’s Requiem
New York PhilharmonicAn Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the New York Philharmonic at work, and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians. Alan Gilbert leads the Philharmonic, the New York Choral Artists, and a quartet for the ages (Angela Meade, Lilli Paasikivi, Brandon Jovanovich, and Eric Owens) in our first performances of this powerful and deeply moving masterpiece in nine years, January 15–17.

Tickets are $20 each and can be ordered online, by phone, by mail, by fax, or in person at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office. Open Rehearsals begin at 9:45 AM (except where noted) in Avery Fisher Hall, and end at approximately 12:30 PM (sometimes extending to 1 PM, at the discretion of the conductor). Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall

‘One Thousand Things Worth Knowing’: An Evening with Paul Muldoon
imgresJoin Pulitzer Prize winning poet Paul Muldoon for a celebration of his vividly crafted new collection, ONE THOUSAND THINGS WORTH KNOWING. Muldoon, Nick Laird writes, is “the most formally ambitious and technically innovative of modern poets” and this new work—multifarious, reeling—is one thousand times worth reading.

Paul Muldoon, the NewYorker’s poetry editor, is the author of eleven previous books of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize–winning Moy Sand and Gravel (FSG, 2002). He is the Howard G. B. Clark University Professor at Princeton.
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St. (btw Lafayette and Mulberry Streets)
7Pm / FREE
212-274-1160 /

Royal Danish Ballet: Principals and Soloists (until Sun. Jan. 18)
imgres-1“Under the direction of artistic director Ulrik Birkkjær, principals and soloists perform works by August Bournonville, the 19th-century Royal Danish Ballet choreographer and ballet master. The pieces are A Folktale (pas de sept), The Flower Festival in Genzano (pas de deux), Jockey Dance from Siberia to Moscow, La Sylphide, Act II, Le Conservatoire (pas de trois) and Napoli, Act III.” (TONY)
Joyce Theater,175 Eighth 19th St.
7:30pm./ $10–$75
212-242-0800 /

PITCH: Talks on Baseball
“From the dark of winter, pitchers and catchers seems a long way off. Diehard fans can fill one of the empty evenings in the wait for spring training with PITCH: Talks On Baseball, the new speaker series which will make its first U.S. stop at B.B. King’s. In on the conversation are:
Pete Abraham, Red Sox beat writer for the Boston Globe, acting as moderator.
Adam Rubin, ESPN
Matthew Cerrone, MetsBlog
Sweeny Murti, WFAN
Joel Sherman, New York Post
Tyler Kepner, The New York Times
Jay Jaffe, Sports Illustrated
Buster Olney, ESPN” (
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St.
at 7:30 pm / $25 / 212-997-4144

ABC Trivia: Hosted by HuffPost, Electric Literature, and Bomb
Huffington Post Arts and Books editors are teaming up with Electric Literature and BOMB Magazine to host a night of trivia at Housing Works in NYC.

Get ready for 1.5 hours of arts, books and culture revelry. There will be prizes. There will be a cash bar. And there will impeccable trivia emceeing, courtesy of our special guest and bestselling author Jacob Tomsky.

The night will consist of three rounds of trivia, plus a reading from Heads in Beds mastermind Tomsky. Show up before 7:15pm on January 14 to register your team. Teams should have a max. of 6 people — feel free to show up alone and join forces with other trivia nerds too.
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St.

Elsewhere, but sure looks worth the detour:
The Mariinsky Ballet (thru Sun. Jan 25)
It is the beating heart of Russian culture: St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Theatre, a bastion of arts excellence that has endured regime changes and revolutions for over two centuries. As a cultivator of innovation and talent, it is unparalleled. Balanchine studied there, as did Baryshnikov, Nijinsky, and Nureyev. Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakov premiered operas there. And Mahler, Berlioz and Rachmaninoff all conducted on its stages.

Today, under the leadership of artistic director Valery Gergiev, the Mariinsky—which comprises an orchestra, chorus, ballet and opera company—remains at the forefront of the international scene. In this two-week residency, the renowned theater comes to BAM with a diverse program that bridges its incomparable legacy with its present-day status in the vanguard of the performing arts.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave. (btw St. Felix St. and Ashland Place)
(718) 636-4100
subway: 2, 3, to Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center
♦ 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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