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Dance, art galleries, museums, lectures -- you name it, there are plenty of things to do in NYC. From the New York City Ballet, to Alvin Ailey, from performances at the Metropolitan Opera, to live music at Madison Square Garden, New York has it all. Here is a selection of what's going on in New York this week.

AsianInNY 2013 Lunar New Year Celebration and Fashion Show - New York Law School
February 23, 2013 - New York

AsianInNY, New York’s premier online destination for multicultural networking and entertainment, will host its 2013 Lunar New Year celebration and eighth fashion show with Asian Real Estate Association of America, a nonprofit professional trade organization dedicated to promoting sustainable homeownership opportunities in Asian American communities, on February 23, 2013 from 6:00-10:00pm at New York Law School located in Manhattan at 185 West Broadway.

The Lunar New Year is a major cultural event that is celebrated with music, food, and good company in Asian communities around the world. Guests will ring in the Year of the Snake while enjoying an exciting line-up of comedy, music, fashion, dance, and food. MC for the event will be Phil Nee, considered the Godfather of Asian American comedians. A native New Yorker, Nee appeared recently on “The Colbert Report,” headlined the Hong Kong Comedy Festival, and just completed filming a role in the upcoming movie “Chinese Puzzle." Simon ‘Taiga’ Tai will be the DJ for the evening. When Taiga is not raising the roof at the hottest clubs in NYC, including Avenue, Marquee and Pacha, he can be found spinning events for the likes of LVMH, Dior and Tag Heuer, and for Vogue supermodels.

The evening's runway fashion show will feature new collections by outstanding Asian designers. This year the spotlight will fall on Joy Hu, a NYC-based Canadian designer whose couture custom dresses have been worn by Miss Universe Natalie Glebova, Miss Jamaica Chantal Zaky, singer Anjulie, TV personality Angelina Pivarnick, and Model Latina Champion Jessica Caban. 247Features, online shopping destination for designer clothing and merchandises, will re-introduce famous Asian American designers from previous fashion shows, including Way Zen, Janet Zheng, Ninh Nguyen, Angela Gao and Gilbert Chen. Kallisti by Xing Xu and Shan Shui Gallery by Wen Wen Lin will provide jewelry and accessories. Attendees can purchase all the featured items from the fashion shows with discounted rates on 247Features.com after the event. Additionally, a portion of the profits will be donated to charity.

Asian models will be sporting TC Charton Eyewear by designer Alexandra Peng Charton, the first North American line created expressly for Asians. Hair and makeup will be done by Charles Lam's hair salon and the beauty spa MessLook. A top international stylist for more than 20 years, Lam's clients include artists, singers, models and performers from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The evening's featured performers will include:

• KI-YO -Singer Singer Ki-Yo, known as Kiyotaka in Japan, was just 17 when he released his first single, “No No No.” It was immediately put into heavy rotation on 17 major radio stations in Japan – a record for a new artist. His third single, “The Only One," sold over 400,000 copies, and his debut album, “I’ll Be There," reached number seven on the Japan pop chart its first week. That same year, Ki-yo received the All Japan Request Award and the JFN Listener's Award. • Shoko Tamai – Dancer Ballerina Shoko Tamai has been dancing for 20 years. A graduate of the Central School of Ballet in London, she has toured with the UK Ballet Central and has danced with Graham and Cunningham, as well as the Dance Theater of Harlem. Tamai studied with Patricia Linton, Yoko Ichino, Aurora Bosch, Carole Gable, William Glassman, Sara Matthews, Elia Luyando Lopez, and Nathalia Barbara. She performs technique (contemporary), character dance, jazz, and musical. • United East Athletics Association – Lion Dance United East Athletics Association was founded in 1976 as a 501c3 non-profit organization, self-funded organization by a handful of sports enthusiasts to provide young immigrants and Chinatown youth with a sports program to help them develop physically and mentally, and to integrate into mainstream America.

• Takala Land – Dance Company Takala Land Dance Company is dedicated to spreading the joy of street dancing and the culture of the world it springs from. The company offers classes in popping and Bboying, hip-hop and jazz for girls, and hip-hop, funk and groove for boys. Takala Land has performed with Gary Chaw, Jane Zhang, Julie Su, Hacken Lee and Yumiko Cheng. • ‘Nuf Said – Live Band ‘Nuf Said is a performing/touring band based in NYC. Led by guitarist/composer Teriver Cheung and vocalist Ioana Vintu, the original soul/funk/R&B band has appeared internationally in concerts and festivals. The band's unique sound features strong soulful vocals combined with raw, high-energy hiphop and funk-influenced groove, and burning yet sophisticated jazz instrumental improvisation on stage. ‘Nuf Said Unplugged, an acoustic version of the band, features world-renowned percussionist Keita Ogawa. Ogawa has performed for music superstars such as Yo-Yo Ma and Christian McBride. Sponsors: AriZona Beverages, Bruce Cost Ginger Ale, Haruo Noro Salon, JOA Production, KOH COCONUT, L3 Advertising, Manhattan Portage, MessLook, Mika Japanese Cuisine and Bar, MusicDish China, New York Law School, Red Egg, Senator Eric Adams, Taiwan Tourism Bureau, TC Charton, Ty Ku, Well Luck Co., Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, 247Features.com.

*Admission: The first 100 people to arrive will receive free raffle tickets (amazing items include bags, wallets, bottle water, t-shirts and more.) $15 online pre-event purchase* before Feb 10 midnight $20 online pre-event purchase* before Feb 22 midnight $25 at the door For tickets: http://www.asianinny.com/?p=26601

Purim Day! - The JCC In Manhattan
February 23, 2013 - New York

The JCC In Manhattan Announces: The 2012/2013 Season of R&R @ the JCC – February 23rd – Purim Day! WHO: Current Events Discussion Group: Schmooze on the News & Storytelling with Gia Pace; Hebrew Playgroup; PurimSpiel Shadow Puppet Show; Community Cinema: Norma Rae; Adventure Workshop with Rebeca Diaz; What’s Jewish Got To Do With Purim and Heroes? Lecture - Join Janet R. Kirchheimer, teaching fellow at CLAL to talk about Queen Esther and Mordechai and what Jewish wisdom says about heroes; Stony Brook University Vocalists A Capella Concert: and all the usual weekly R&R activities!!!

WHAT: R&R Saturdays are FREE at the JCC! Make your Shabbat afternoon special and share in our community. Workshops, Art, Yoga, Meditation, Food, Music, Study Sessions, film, creative art projects, Spa Experiences, Indoor & Outdoor play! There are programs for both children and adults. Guaranteed fun for the whole family! All are welcome. WHEN: Saturday February 23, 2013, 2:00pm-5:00pm (until March 23rd) WHERE: The JCC In Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Avenue @ 76th Street, New York, New York 10023 WHY: An amazing weekly opportunity to be together as a family and as a community. R&R is an incredible alternative to the typical New York Saturday and... IT'S ALL FREE! For more information: www.jccmanhattan.org/rr or join our Facebook page for updated information https://www.facebook.com/pages/RR-Shabbat-at-The-JCC-in-Manhattan/193553367387562

Welcoming Jeongwol Daeboreum Festival - "Blessings and Good Fortunes for a New Year" - Korean performing Arts Center
February 23, 2013 - New York

The Korean Performing Arts Center proudly presents the Korean Cultural Experience event on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Edison Ballroom in NYC. The event celebrates Jeongwol Daeboreum, a Korean celebration, which refers to the fifteenth day of the lunar calendar, as well as the first full moon of the lunar year. There are many traditions and customs associated with Jeongwol Daeboreum in Korea. Some of these traditional performances include "Ganggangsullae" and “Jishin Balpggi (Stepping on the Spirits of the Earth) which will be performed as part of a special event in Times Square. In particular, The audience will participate in a series of exciting cultural experience programs which include the cracking of the Bureom nut, playing a traditional board game (Yut Nori), making of a wish for the New Year, folk dancing together, receiving a fortune in Korean calligraphy, making a traditional knot, and also trying on traditional clothes. Through this celebration, we hope to drive out negative energy, and bless the audience with good fortune, hope, peace, and prosperity in the New Year.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Korean culture and arts through a traditional festival. This is a daytime Saturday program, so all family members are welcome to come together to enjoy the event. Also, this program is a fundraising event for KPAC educational programs. KPAC will continue to contribute our culture and be an educator of Korean traditional performing arts for the younger generations throughout the New York City area.

*Beverages will be available to purchase at the theater. Food will not be available. Ticket Information • Tickets - General Admission: $10 / Seniors & Students: $5 To purchase tickets, please visit: http://kpacfestival.eventbrite.com

Contact Information Korean Performing Arts Center (12 East 33rd St. 5th Fl. New York, NY 10016)

• Tel: 212.921.9344 / E-mail: events@kpacnyc.org For more information, please visit our Web site: http://ktpaa.org/us/705/

Sponsors for the Event

Korean Performing Arts Center receives support from New York State Council of the Arts, Korean Cultural Service New York, The Korean Channel, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Rutgers Korean Cultural Group Alumni Association, and Camp Friendship Korea.

Martha Graham Dance Company - Joyce Theater
Through March 03, 2013 - New York

Martha Graham Dance Company presents "Myth and Transformation" -- three compelling programs that explore how artists reinvent iconic stories to make forceful contemporary statements. Performances include a new production of Graham's erotic masterwork Phaedra, paired with The Show (Achilles Heels), a highly provocative interpretation of the Achilles legend created, choreographed, and directed by Richard Move, which was originally commissioned by the White Oak Dance Project. The work features an original score by Arto Lindsay with songs by Deborah Harry and Blondie and includes scenic art by Nicole Eisenman. An all-Graham program showcases three Greek-themed Graham masterworks: Cave of the Heart, The Errand into the Maze Project, and Night Journey. A third program features two premieres: the New York premiere of Doug Varone's Lamentation Variation, a haunting quartet set to Ravel, and the world premiere of From the Grammar of Dreams by Luca Veggetti with music by Kaija Saariaho.


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