Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, FEB. 07, 2015
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André Matos 5tet/Two Miles a Day — Jazz (7:30pm)
Chelsea ‘Best Exhibits’ Tour — Art Tour (3:45pm)
NYC Winter Wine Festival VI — Food & Drink (3-6pm) (8-11pm)
D’Angelo and the Vanguard — Pop / Rock (8 p.m.)
East Ville des Folies — Carnival + Food & Drink (2:30pm)
For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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André Matos 5tet/Two Miles a Day
“André Matos, a sensitive Portuguese guitarist, enlists some serious peers in his quintet: the saxophonist Tony Malaby, the pianist Jacob Sacks, the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Billy Mintz. They perform as part of the Sound It Out series, sharing the bill with Two Miles a Day, a collective featuring the same rhythm section, with Mat Maneri on viola.” (Chinen-NYT)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
At 7:30 p.m.,
Chelsea ‘Best Exhibits’ Tour
“Some blocks in West Chelsea are nothing but art galleries and apartments. Prioritizing all the neighborhood has to offer can be difficult; this tour narrows your options to seven shows. Among them are unique science-fiction projections of an all-female utopian society and sculptures that were granted a patent. The tour begins at 526 West 26th Street, at 3:45 p.m., 212-946-1548, nygallerytours.com.” (NYT)
NYC WINTER WINE FESTIVAL VI
Named by Thrillist as one of the “17 Things You Have to Do This Winter in New York City.”
Every year we turn the theater into a gargantuan vineyard. Wines from all over the world, delicious food and amazing music.
* Wine: 3 hours of tasting over 250 wines at our sampling tables
* Food: Selection of hors d’oeuvres, antipasto, pasta, cheese, and breads.
* Live Music: Contemporary jazz performance by Grammy nominated Special EFX – LIVE on stage.
* Program Guide: A comprehensive listing of wines on every table.
Wine Glass: Sip from a lovely wine glass, designed to enhance your tasting experience — yours to keep and take home after the event!
Best Buy Theatre, 1515 Broadway @ West 44th Street in Times Square
2 Sessions: 3-6pm and 8-11pm / $89
D’ANGELO and the Vanguard
“In 1991, a sixteen-year-old Virginia singer and songwriter named Michael Archer competed in Amateur Night at the Apollo with his band, Precise. The group won the competition three nights in a row, and Archer used the cash prize to purchase recording equipment. He then adopted his middle name, D’Angelo, for his début album, “Brown Sugar,” from 1995, and the rest is history. His follow-up album, “Voodoo,” came out in 2000, and after that he took an almost mythic break. Then, this past December, he released his long-awaited third record, “Black Messiah,” with only a few days’ notice. The album is of a piece with D’Angelo’s other work, incorporating layered vocals, organic-rhythm tracks, and an oblique but sharp political consciousness; it catapulted him back to the top of the critical heap.” (NewYorker)
Apollo Theatre, 253 W. 125th St.
8 p.m., $56–$226
Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
East Ville des Folies
“Classy boozehounds and carnival fans can indulge all their vices at this beer-and-whiskey festival. The merriment takes place, fittingly, at Webster Hall, the 128-year-old space that served as a speakeasy for Al Capone and his cronies during Prohibition. Bartenders will pour more than 90 whiskeys (including the Black Grouse, Highland Park and Speyburn) and beers (Smuttynose, Blue Point), while burlesque dancers, trapeze artists and circus acts dazzle tipsy revelers. While the evening is full-scale debauchery, its cause is noble: A portion of proceeds go to the Third Street Music School Settlement, to support arts instruction for low-income New York City students.” (TONY)
Webster Hall ,125 E 11th St., btw Third and Fourth Aves
2:30PM / $50
♦ 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 a record 56 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. This fine site is worth checking out when you are planning your NYCity visit, anytime of the year.