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Things to do this week in NYC Nov 7-Nov 14: 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.

Monsters of Folk - Beacon Theatre
November 08, 2009 - New York

Monsters of Folk was born on the road five years ago when Yim Yames (My Morning Jacket's Jim James), Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis, and singer/songwriter M. Ward toured together and regularly sat in on each other's sets. Now armed with the eclectic and consistently striking songs that make up their debut album, the illustrious quartet will take the stage at the Beacon Theatre on November 8. The four members will be switching instruments and trading roles throughout each show, maintaining the freewheeling and highly collaborative spirit of their work together thus far.

Lars Frandsen, Guitar - Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
November 08, 2009 - Brooklyn

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, Yale University and the Eastman School of Music, Lars Frandsen performs a program of works from the classical guitar repertoire.

Dawn Drake & 'ZapOte' in Concert! - The Bitter End
Through November 08, 2009 -

Female-fronted Funk Latin Afro-beat band; original dance music simmering in a palate of serious Latin, African and Caribbean rhythms. Taking its name from a luscious fruit in Cuba also known as "mamey", "ZapOte" is an original Funk Latin Afro-Beat band lead by Dawn Drake, New York's female bassist/conguera/singer/songwriter and composer. Her original music takes the listener and dancer into a zone where House, Funk, Afro-beat, Samba, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Jazz are right at home. Her poetic lyrics spread messages of universal consciousness, delivered with heartfelt vocals, and are joined with the irresistible grooves of Latin percussion, funky bass, swinging horn lines and virtuosic improvisation.

Forever The Sickest Kids - Highline Ballroom
November 09, 2009 -

"The Cheap Date Tour" coincides nation-wide with the first release of the six-track album "FRIDAY" arriving on November 17, 2009, the first of three mini albums to be released in succession in 2010, the group's innovative approach to following up their successful Universal Motown album debut UNDERDOG ALMA MATER. Their 2008 debut album was released in a deluxe version in July 2009. The Dallas-based six-man group (Austin Bello, bass & vocals; Kyle Burns, drums; Jonathan Cook, vocals; Kent Garrison, keyboards; Marc Stewart, guitar and Caleb Turman, guitar & vocals) was formed in 2006, and within four months, had recorded an EP, Television Off, Party On, written many of the songs for their eventual full-length debut, and been booked for the indie stage of Warped Tour.

Ray LaMontagne - Beacon Theatre
Through November 10, 2009 - New York

Ray LaMontagne, a singer/songwriter whose voice has been likened to Van Morrison, brings his unique blend of earthy and soulful folk to the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 9 & 10 in support of his new album, Gossip in the Grain which has been lauded as his best album to date.

Ancient Paths, Modern Voices - Carnegie Hall
Through November 10, 2009 - Manhattan

China's diverse and vibrant culture will be on full display when Carnegie Hall hosts Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture. Performers -- many of whom are traveling outside China for the first time -- include pianist Lang Lang, who appears three times, including a festival-closing performance on Nov. 10th with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and conductor Long Yu; pipa player Wu Man; composer and conductor Tan Dun; Yo-Yo Ma; the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra; and many others. For more information, visit carnegiehall.org/chinafestival.

Sacred Music in a Sacred Space: Music of Handel, Howells & Purcell - Church of St. Ignatius Loyola
November 11, 2009 -

HANDEL: Coronation Anthem No. 1, Zadok the Priest HOWELLS: Antiphon HOWELLS: Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing PURCELL: Ode on St. Cecilia's Day (1692) Choir & Orchestra of St. Ignatius Loyola Kent Tritle, conductor Melissa Kelley, soprano Matthew Shaw, countertenor Michael Kelly, tenor Jesse Blumberg, baritone Charles Perry Sprawls, bass-baritone 7:00pm pre-concert organ recital by Nancianne Parrella, Associate Organist, Church of St. Ignatius Loyola Works of Purcell, Howells and Eben For additional information and tickets, visit www.smssconcerts.org or call 212-288-2520.

Sara Davis Buechner, 25th Anniversary of her New York recital debut - Merkin Concert Hall
November 11, 2009 - Manhattan

Sara Davis Buechner, the celebrated American pianist, will mark the 25th anniversary of her New York debut with an exciting recital. The program features music of Bach-Busoni, Mozart and Martinu, as well as rare works of Miklos Rozsa, Japanese composer Kouji Taku, and delightful foxtrot arrangements by Ms. Buechner herself.

Poe and Beethoven: A Gothic Musical Performance, by Outis - NYU School of Law, Furman Hall, Room 216
November 12, 2009 -

Join us for a magical and creative evening of Edgar A. Poe's poetry combined with Ludwig van Beethoven's music. Don't miss this opportunity to see two members of Outis, Jered Gallagher and Michael Miduski, perform live.

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.

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.

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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