Selected Events (02/25) + Ice Skating in NYCity

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25, 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.”  

Steps Ahead 35th Anniversary Celebration   —  Jazz    (8:30pm)   (11pm)

Selected Shorts: Martin Amis and Jeffrey Eugenides   —  
SmartStuff/ Readings    (7:30pm)    

Robert Christgau in Conversation With Rob Sheffield   —  
SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (7pm)

Kate Pierson   —  Rock /Pop   (8pm) 

Julia Holter  —  Experimental Music   (7:30pm)   

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:

Steps Ahead 35th Anniversary Celebration (through Feb. 28)
images-1“Steps Ahead, a leading fusion outfit of the 1980s, has always stood for advanced interplay, following the lead of its members. This anniversary run features the vibraphonist Mike Mainieri, the pianist Eliane Elias and the drummer Peter Erskine — all heard on the album “Steps Ahead,” from 1983 — as well as Marc Johnson on bass and George Garzone on saxophones.” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 Ave.)
At 8:30 and 11 p.m. /

Selected Shorts: Martin Amis and Jeffrey Eugenides
“Symphony Space’s flagship reading series, Selected Shorts, continues its 30th-anniversary season with Martin Amis, author of Money and London Fields, and Jeffrey Eugenides, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Middlesex and The Marriage Plot, who present readings of their short fiction and talk about their work.” (TONY)
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St
7:30pm / $29, 30 and under $15

Robert Christgau in Conversation With Rob Sheffield 
0062238795.zoom.1.thumbnail“Mr. Christgau, the self-proclaimed “Dean of American Rock Critics,” discusses his memoir, “Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man.” The book recounts his adventures in music criticism over the past 50 years, like his time at Woodstock. He will be joined by Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone.” (NYT)

Rob Sheffield has become a cultural sensation of his own—with books like Turn Around Bright Eyes and Love Is a Mixtape, Rob has carved out his place in the world of music criticism. Don’t miss this exclusive evening with the scribe to some of twentieth century music and culture’s most legendary moments!
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th Street,
7pm / The event will be located in the Strand’s 3rd floor Rare Book Room
Buy a copy of Going into the City or a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event.

Kate Pierson
“After more than 35 years as a B-52, postpunk belter Kate Pierson has finally recorded a solo album, Guitars and Microphones, featuring collaborations with the Strokes’ Nick Valensi and pop genius Sia Furler. Her still-golden pipes should fill City Winery quite nicely.” (TONY)
City Winery, 155 Varick St.,at Vandam St.
8pm / $20-$25

Julia Holter
Julia-holter“In keeping with its vision to make unlikely bedfellows out of sonically disparate musicians, Ecstatic Music Festival pairs Julia Holter with Spektral Quartet to flesh out experimental Brooklyn composer Alex Temple’s newly expanded “Behind the Wallpaper.” Over several movements, the piece explores loneliness, a sense of displacement, and altered perception, much like Holter’s 2013 LP, Loud City Song.

Holter will also be performing orchestral versions of her own material with the quartet, which promise to be nothing short of hypnotic. You can snag advance tickets to the show for $25, but for two or more Ecstatic shows the price drops to $20, with the additional option of a $150 Festival Pass. All ages are welcome to attend.” (Lindsey Rhoades, VillageVoice)
Merkin Concert Hall,129 West 67th St.
7:30 p.m./ $20–$25

♦ 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
imgresWhere: 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., 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.

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