Selected Events (02/17) + Ice Skating in NYCity

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 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.”  

Brazilian Night w/ Irene Walsh  —  Brazilian Music   (7pm)

Matt Zoller Seitz discusses The Grand Budapest Hotel —  
SmartStuff/ Book & Film Talk   (7pm)   

“Funky Fat Tuesday”  —  R & B   (8pm)   

Times Square at a Tipping Point? —  SmartStuff/ Architecture Talk   (6:30pm) 

Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 – 2013  
SmartStuff/ Illustrated Lecture   (6:30pm)     

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, 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:

Brazilian Night w/ Irene Walsh (Last Night @ Caffe Vivaldi)
Irene Walsh on vocals
Cesar Garabini on 7-string guitar
Fernando Saci on percussion

searchThe Brazilian music series at Caffe Vivaldi has featured both traditional and experimental Brazilian music by the top artists in NYC. For 16 months this has been a wonderful opportunity to enjoy all forms of Brazilian music. The show has been curated by Irene Walsh, producer/director at Split Rock Films. Every show is completely unique and Irene sings at least one set of classic samba at every show. Many shows are filmed and will be posted on the YouTube channel for Split Rock Film.

Caffe Vivaldi is a special, old time music club in Greenwich Village and even though it looks like we’ll have to go elsewhere to hear Irene, this club should still be on your radar for some fine music every night.
Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St, (near Bleecker St and 7th Ave),
7PM to 10PM / $10 suggested donation for the benefit of the artists.

Matt Zoller Seitz discusses
“The West Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel”
cover00_listingNew York Magazine’s Matt Zoller Seitz leads an awesome, dynamic discussion on the production and making of visionary filmmaker Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel in support of Matt’s gorgeous new book, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Joining Matt for the night’s conversation are two experts on the film: Randall Poster, who was the music supervisor for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Moonrise Kingdom, Spring Breakers, The Wolf of Wall Street, and many other critically acclaimed films; and Montreal Gazette and film critic Olivia Collette, whose essay on the music of The Grand Budapest Hotel is featured in the book.
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th Street.
The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
7pm / Buy a copy of The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person.

“Funky Fat Tuesday”
Celebration with George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
image“George Clinton keeps it eccentric from his often colorful hair to his platform boots. For a lively Fat Tuesday, join the funky R&B innovator as he hosts a Mardi Gras celebration with his groovy band.” (TONY)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St. (btw 7/8ave)
8pm / $39.50

Times Square at a Tipping Point?
8309645312_f415f677f5_b“Government actions in the 1980s and 90s designed to control rampant crime in Times Square, foster the westward expansion of the midtown office district, protect the theater industry, preserve historic theaters, and return 42nd Street as a popular entertainment area have been a success. The bright lights of Broadway were saved from threats of dimming, and even banishment, first by civic groups who organized protests, such as the Municipal Art Society, and then by revised zoning regulations that mandated minimum areas of signage and outlined urban design guidelines. Collectively, these civic and government actions succeeded in articulating and codifying Times Square’s unique, historical sense of place.

As an economic engine for the city and an unparalleled magnet for tourists, Times Square’s turnaround in the past decades is phenomenal. The reduced vehicular traffic and new pedestrian plazas allow almost enough ground space for the 360,000 visitors a day to the world’s #1 tourist ticker. But other forces threaten its future: mega-signs, high rents, corporate homogeneity, and errant Elmos. This program of experts on Times Square past and present will consider pressing questions about its future.” (
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm / $10

Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 – 2013,
with Brian Rose, photographer.
This illustrated lecture tells the story of almost unprecedented urban transformation, from wasteland to epicenter of art and fashion.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th Ave, at 40th St.
6:30 p.m. / FREE

♦ 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 (
“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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