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Things to do this week in NYC Nov 14-Nov 21: 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.

Rob Thomas - Beacon Theatre
Through November 14, 2009 - New York

The former matchbox 20 frontman performs.

Metallica - Madison Square Garden
Through November 15, 2009 -

Following their recent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the hard-rock heavy-weights return to Madison Square Garden.

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.

Neko Case - Beacon Theatre
November 16, 2009 - New York

The pop-rock singer performs.

The Brass Ensemble - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
November 18, 2009 - Brooklyn

5pm. $5.

Esther - New York City Opera
Through November 19, 2009 -

Weisgall's dynamic Esther has its first revival since its electrifying world premiere in 1993 at New York City Opera. Based on the inspirational tale of the brave heroine who rescued her people from near-destruction, Esther earned countless curtain calls and rave reviews for its vocal fireworks, hard-hitting drama, and striking visuals by revolutionary designer Jerome Sirlin.

Oscar Perez Nuevo Comienzo - Fat Cat
November 19, 2009 -

Sets 8:30, 10 and 11:30. Oscar Perez Nuevo Comienzo featuring Oscar Perez - Piano; Stacy Dillard - Saxophone; Greg Glassman - Trumpet; Anthony Perez - Bass; Jerome Jennings - Drums; Emiliano Valerio - Percussion; Charenee Wade - Voice.

El Septeto Nacional Ignacio Pineiro - S.O.B's
November 19, 2009 -

Founded by Havana-born bassist and vocalist Ignacio Piniero in 1927, Septeto Nacional has played an important role in Cuba's music scene for more than seven decades. Pioneers of Son, a rhythmic blend of African and Cuban music that evolved into Salsa, the Mambo, and Latin jazz, the group was the first Son band to incorporate trumpet as a lead instrument. The group gained global recognition with their performance at the World Exposition in Seville in 1928. Septeto also hold the honor of being the first band to mention "salsa" in a song. The group returns to the U.S. after more than a decade; this is a historic event Where: S.O.B.'s, 204 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014 When:Thursday November 19th at 8pm & 10:30pm (2 Shows) Ticket info: $22 Advance/ $25 Day Of; Available on Ticketweb and the S.O.B.’s Box Office ( 212)243-4940. Press Contact: Kozza Babumba; Kozza@sobs.com

Paul Zunno Solo Acoustic Concert - New York City Center Studios
November 20, 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. Paul Zunno's solo acoustic concert gives audiences an opportunity to see a world class talent in an intimate setting. More Info and Tix: www.zunno.com

Kepler - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
Through November 21, 2009 -

Regarded as one of the most important composers of our time, minimalist pioneer Philip Glass continues to enthrall audiences around the world with his ever-evolving operas, orchestral works, and film scores. With Kepler, Glass pushes into the sonic and celestial beyond in a concert version of his opera about Johannes Kepler (1571-1630), a founding father of modern science who discovered the laws of planetary motion. Spacious, elemental, and imbued with wonder, Glass' hypnotic score becomes the sound of the cosmos as we witness Kepler struggling to reconcile scientific discovery with the divine. Celebrated conductor Dennis Russell Davies and Bruckner Orchestra Linz support a stellar cast and 42-member chorus drawn from the Upper Austrian State Theatre, Linz, in this illuminating portrait of science at the dawn of our modern age.

Don Giovanni - New York City Opera
Through November 22, 2009 -

This gripping opera is reimagined in a thrilling new production by forward-looking director Christopher Alden that underlines New York City Opera's dedication to creating visionary productions of classic repertoire.

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through January 15, 2010 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve. Classes held at: Flamenco Latino Studio 244 W 54th Street, 4th floor (between B-way and 8th Ave.) NY,NY 10019 www.flamencolatino.com

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