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Things to do this week in NYC Jul 25-Aug 1: Music

Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Midsummer Night Swing - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through July 25, 2009 - Manhattan

Midsummer Night Swing, now in its 21st season, heats up Damrosch Park with the rhythms that keep New York dancing. This year brings out the very best of swing, salsa, soul, tango, rockabilly, and much more, showcasing some of the finest musicians and DJs from this country and abroad. For dance fanatics, enthusiastic beginners, and everyone in between, Midsummer Night Swing is the city's hot spot for three weeks in July. Visit website for scheduled performers.

World of Jazz II Concert 3 - Chelsea Art Museum
July 25, 2009 - New York

Lars Haake, World of Jazz, curator and alto saxophonist from Germany teams up with the beautiful, Italian Daniela Schaechter for a remarkable performance. Daniela is a jazz vocalist and pianist whose 'vocal palate satisfies the listeners craving for emotive-inspired swing' (jazzreview.com). http://larshaake.blogspot.com/ http://www.danielaschaechter.net/

Paul Zunno Solo Acoustic Concert - O'Neals' Lincoln Center
July 25, 2009 -

Following in the footsteps of Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman, Paul Zunno played lead guitar for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Wilson Pickett. His performances are a combination of 'stories behind the music' and a downright blow-the-roof-off-joint execution and technique as a guitarist. Zunno has truly earned his reputation as an outstanding live performer. His mix of soulful singing, guitar mastery and skillful songwriting have captivated and awed audiences for years. As a solo artist, Zunno has released three albums that incorporate a fusion of blues, rock and authentic roots music. His songs have been licensed for television and film -- most recently on FOX's So You Think You Can Dance. Paul Zunno's solo acoustic concert gives audiences an opportunity to see a world class talent in an intimate setting. - No Minimum - Pre-Fixe Menu, Full Menu and Drink Specials available - Seating begins 30 minutes before showtime

Lincoln Center Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through July 26, 2009 - Manhattan

Surround yourself with stunning theater, music, and dance at Lincoln Center Festival 2009. For three exciting weeks in July, artists from around the world share their stories on the human experience, ranging from tragic to enraged, from poignant to hopeful and joyful. This year's world-class theater features the return of visionary director Ariane Mnouchkine and her acting collective Le Théâtre du Soleil, who examine the threads that connect people universally in Les Éphémères. Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Teatri Uniti di Napoli perform Trilogia della villeggiatura, an uproarious satire on the Italian middle class starring and directed by Toni Servillo. Eclectic musical offerings come from this country and abroad. A New Orleans-style party heats up with A Tribute to Wardell Quezergue, joyfully celebrating the "Creole Beethoven" and the unsung heroes of American music. Justin Adams and Juldeh Camara flaunt their mastery of percussive Afro-Blues on a program with rising Malian star Issa Bagayogo. Two leading Berber singer-songwriters make U.S. debuts, Idir and the "Queen of Chaabi" Najat Aatabou, and Dennis Russell Davies and Maki Namekawa perform innovative works for two pianos. Internationally acclaimed dance companies bring their signature styles to this year's Festival. Emanuel Gat Dance investigates the relationship between movement and sound in the North American premiere of Silent Ballet on a program with Winter Variations, and Shen Wei Dance Arts explores the iconic choreographer's journey from China to America and back in the New York premiere of Re- (I, II, III). Two acclaimed theater companies arrive at the Festival from Russia with deeply moving works: the Chekhov International Theatre Festival presents Boris Godunov, an expose of corrupt Tsarist Russia, and the St. Petersburg-based Maly Drama Theatre follows a physicist with a moral dilemma in Life and Fate. Also hailing from Eastern Europe, Budapest's Katona Jozsef Theatre performs Ivanov, based on one of Chekhov's most compelling characters; Polish ensemble Narodowy Stary Teatr delves into the mind of an obsessed scientist in Kalkwerk; and Hungary's Bela Pinter and Company perform Peasant Opera, a hilarious dark musical comedy. Visit website for details.

Green Day - Madison Square Garden
Through July 28, 2009 - Manhattan

Green Day brings their 2009 tour to Madison Square Garden, joined by special guest Kaiser Chiefs.

Steely Dan - Beacon Theatre
Through August 01, 2009 -

Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Walter Becker and Donald Fagen bring their 2009 U.S. Tour to the Beacon Theatre for four nights of special setlist engagements. The first three performances will be "Classic Album (Plus)" Nights where three landmark albums will be performed in their entirety along with selected additional favorites each night. July 28 - Aja; July 29 - Gaucho; July 31 - The Royal Scam. The fourth night is an Internet Request Night where the setlist will be determined by internet votes from ticket-holders for the show. August 1 - "Takin' It to the Seats"

World of Jazz II Concert4 - Chelsea Art Museum
August 01, 2009 - New York

Exceptional pianist and composer from Luxembourg, Michael Reis delights the audience with rhythmic suspense. http://www.myspace.com/michelreis, http://www.michelreis.com/

Stars of Tomorrow - Hudson River Park
Through August 18, 2009 - New York

Enjoy music from Bach to Bebop as students from both the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and Mannes College The New School for Music perform. Tuesdays, June 2nd – August 18th

Sunset on the Hudson - Hudson River Park
Through August 21, 2009 - New York

Enjoy the gorgeous sunset and mellow sounds of New York's acclaimed Guitar Man David Ippolito while relaxing on this spectacular grass covered pier that stretches 900 feet into the majestic Hudson River. Fridays, June 5th – August 21st

Mostly Mozart Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through August 22, 2009 - Manhattan

The 43rd season of the Mostly Mozart Festival includes concerts, pre-concert recitals, late-night performances, films, and lectures. Renee and Robert Belfer Music Director Louis Langree will conduct ten concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and the music of Mozart will be featured in 17 programs this summer, along with 14 by his beloved contemporary, Haydn, whose death 200 years ago will be highlighted during the Festival. The four-week Mostly Mozart Festival will also offer five premieres by composers John Adams and Alberto Grau; choreographer Mark Morris, and film-maker Bruno Monsaingeon. The Festival will feature debuts by nine artists—conductor Robin Ticciati makes his highly-anticipated US debut; pianist Claire-Marie Le Guay and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin make their NY debuts; pianist Yevgeny Sudbin makes his NY orchestral debut; and pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Nicholas Angelich and Stefan Vladar, mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill, and acclaimed clarinetist Michael Collins make their Mostly Mozart debuts. The Festival will unfold at five venues on the Lincoln Center campus, including a return to the newly transformed and highly acclaimed Alice Tully Hall. Visit website for tickets and more information.

Summer Swing Series/Joe Battaglia - Edison Ballroom
Through August 29, 2009 -

Swing this summer with Joe Battaglia and The New York Big Band on Saturday's through August. $45 after 9:45 PM includes dancing, hors d'oeuvres, and open bar. Earlier dinner seating available at 7:00, call for details or visit: http:/www.edisonballroom.com Tickets: telecharge.com

The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong: 'In the Cause of Happiness' - Jazz at Lincoln Center
Through September 26, 2009 -

This exhibition features large-scale images of collages created by Armstrong from clips of photographs, news stories, postcards, letters, telegrams and other materials that Armstrong artfully affixed to the boxes of his vast private collection of audio tapes. Tues.-Sun., 10am-4pm & 6-11pm; Mon., 6-11pm. Free.

Reconfiguring the Body in American Art, 1820–2009 - National Academy of Design Museum and School of Fine Arts
Through November 15, 2009 -

An exhibition that examines the critical role the human figure has played in the Nation's art for the past 189 years. Transcending chronological, stylistic, and generational boundaries the exhibition will present 160 works drawn from the National Academy's important and wide ranging collection of American art, as well as an intriguing selection of works by contemporary artists who are carrying on the figurative tradition in new and adventurous ways.

Midsummer Night's Dream Midnight Cruise - Paddle Wheel Queen
Through August 02, 2209 -

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