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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.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
October 29, 2011 - Manhattan

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to

Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
October 29, 2011 -

Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart's timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Metropolitan Opera
October 29, 2011 -

Peter Mattei recreates his winning portrayal of the barber in Bartlett Sher's popular production, which propels the comic action right into the audience. Isabel Leonard sings her first Met Rosina, sharing the role with Diana Damrau, and Javier Camarena makes his Met debut as the Count.

The Fab Faux - Beacon Theatre
October 29, 2011 - New York

The Fab Faux, described by Rolling Stone as "the greatest Beatles cover band", return to The Beacon Theatre with the Hogshead Horns & The Creme Tangerine Strings performing Magical Mystery Tour in its entirety & other hits!

Budapest Festival Orchestra - Carnegie Hall
October 29, 2011 -

András Schiff completes the cycle of Bartók's three piano concertos that he began two nights before. These two concerts are a sort of reunion: Schiff was born in Budapest and attended school there with conductor Iván Fischer, and in 1997 they recorded Bartók's concertos together. Those performances were widely acclaimed, and you can hear them together again with the Budapest Festival Orchestra here at Carnegie Hall.

Necessary Weather - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through October 29, 2011 -

Necessary Weather is a silent study in movement and light, a miraculously immersive collaboration between two iconoclastic artists, both working beyond the usual boundaries of their fields: choreographer and dancer Dana Reitz and lighting designer Jennifer Tipton. Danced by Reitz along with the celebrated Sara Rudner, Necessary Weather finely weaves a subtle new medium of its own.

The Passion of Joan of Arc - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
October 29, 2011 -

In this rare screening, a powerful film is reimagined through a beautiful, plangent world of sound. A masterpiece of silent cinema that shaped generations of filmmaking, the 1928 French film The Passion of Joan of Arc chronicles Joan's trial, imprisonment, torture, and execution. Here, the film is paired with a U.S. premiere live performance of a new score composed and performed by Adrian Utley, of the trip-hop group Portishead, and Will Gregory, of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp, along with a choir, percussion, horns, and keyboards.

Masur Conducts Shostakovich and Schubert - New York Philharmonic
Through October 29, 2011 -

Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) - The Town Hall
October 29, 2011 -

Musician best known for being the lyricist, vocalist and guitarist of the band Neutral Milk Hotel.

CHRISS VARGAS presents Santeria | Halloween - Pacha NYC
October 29, 2011 - New York

Halloween Saturday October 29 Pacha NYC presents a Special Halloween Weekend Event


Conjure some black magic with some of the world’s top tribal house priests tonight. Local Pacha stars Chriss Vargas and Chris Moody join forces for a sacred ritual of dark drums and sexy sorcery.

GET TICKETS: Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St.

Halloween Show! PROJECT/OBJECT - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 29, 2011 - New York

IKE WILLIS & RAY WHITE! These amazing & unique voices were clearly favorites of Frank's, as he recorded & toured with one or both of them from 1976 till the last Zappa tour in 1988. Together - they created some of the most memorable performances of Zappa's music, & we will bring them to you on this tour, performing songs they are each known for, as well as songs from classic Zappa albums they recorded together.

One of Frank's greatest skills was -- his incredible sixth sense in identifying something magical in each of the musicians he hired. Recognizing this - Project/Object continues it's singular mission to present the music as it was recorded -but also to respect and develop the creative "LIVE" aspect that Zappa always pushed his band towards. With the support of the FANS, we choose to do this with the "Alumni"....the people who were there with Frank as the music was created, recorded and performed.

Rasputina - Highline Ballroom
October 29, 2011 -

Full dinner menu available / General Admission Seated Show / All Ages / First come, first seated / $10 min per person at tables

Seminal cello-driven trio Rasputina presents their seventh album, 'Sister Kinderhook'. Rasputina directress, Melora Creager recorded it whilst pregnant in the Hudson Valley just last summer. She and Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook, Fiona Apple, Air) mixed it in Los Angeles with a newborn in the studio.

This album finds Melora expressing a thematic fantasy of Colonial Federalism. Subject-wise, she also touches on feral children (Snow-Hen of Austerlitz), the Anti-rent Wars of 1844 (Calico Indians), and Early American portraiture (The 2 Miss Leavens), not to mention the theory that giants were indeed real, but killed each other off in a self-genocidal holocaust (A Holocaust of Giants).

Sister Kinderhook is a return to Rasputina's early, more organic sound. Melora produced and engineered the thing at her homestead in the country. Hudson, NY is home to many fabulous female artists that gained notoriety in the 1990's, including Melora, Melissa Auf Der Maur and M'Shell N'Degeocello.

In addition to voice and cello, Melora played banjo and harpsichord.

For the first time, Rasputina employs a male cellist. Daniel DeJesus came of age listening obsessively to Rasputina records, and can play and sing the entire catalog.

Melissa Bell was a local punk-rock teenager. Melora thought, "If I put her behind an eccentric kit that included a concert bass drum, a djembe and ankle bells, and if she played her simple but cool punk-rock beats, we might really have something." When the internet compared Melissa to a "Native American drum machine", Melora knew that experiment was successful.

Melora has maintained the Rasputina group for almost 20(0) years. Genres come and go and Rasputina often gets mistakenly lumped into passing fancies, but Rasputina manages to survive and defy categorization by maintaining a child-like delight in music-making alongside a clear & true integrity.

Since Rasputina's last full-length recording (2007's Oh Perilous World), Melora has released a number of limited edition short-works: Melora a la Basilica (live duets w/Daniel De Jesus), The Willow Tree Tryptich (3 ancient folk songs titled The Willow Tree), Ancient Cross-Dressing Songs (self-explanatory), and The Pregnant Concert (a full live show from September 2009).

Melora grew up in Kansas in a musical family which did play together as an ensemble, though certainly not publicly. At 18 she moved to NYC where she studied photography at Parsons School of Design. While there, she began playing the cello with drag performers and eventually the 4AD band, Ultra Vivid Scene. That exposure to the glamorous world of professional rock music led her to begin Rasputina. She thought it would be easy. Touring as Nirvana's cellist taught her lessons in avoidance of immense fame, which she has successfully practised since.

Rasputina made 2 albums for Columbia/Sony (Thanks for the Ether, How We Quite the Forest), 2 albums for Instinct Records (Cabin Fever!, Frustration Plantation) and one previous (Oh Perilous World) on her own Filthy Bonnet Recording Co. label.

Stooges Brass Band - North Mississippi Afterparty - Brookyln Bowl
Through October 29, 2011 - Brooklyn

Stooges Brass Band North Mississippi Allstars Afterparty @ Brooklyn Bowl Friday, October 28th

LATE SHOW - 11:30 PM Doors

Advance Tickets Available

New Orleans' "Best Contemporary Brass Band" and Red Bull Street King Champions, the Stooges Brass Band are heading back to Brooklyn! Check out this video of the Stooges Brass Band last time they were at the Brooklyn Bowl. After the North Mississippi Allstars show on October 28th, the Stooges Brass Band's high energy horns & hip-hop beats will take over Brooklyn Bowl, bringing you a late night party not to be missed!

Future Stars Recital: A Day of Culture at Carnegie Hall - Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall
October 30, 2011 - Manhattan

Future Stars Recital: A Day of Culture at Carnegie Hall -

The greatest singers from the East, embracing the West’s most demanding vocal art form – Opera! NTD Television’s 5th Annual Chinese International Vocal Competition and Future Stars Recital is bringing together the world’s finest Bel Canto singers of Chinese descent. The male and female winner of this year’s competition will receive $10,000 and earn a place on stage next to previous winners at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium this Sunday, October 30.

About New Tang Dynasty Television - Established in December 2001, New Tang Dynasty (NTD) Television is a nonprofit television broadcaster headquartered in Manhattan. NTD is committed to bringing viewers programs of the highest quality that not only entertain, but also meaningfully impact people's lives and the world around us. It is the only independent Chinese-language television that broadcasts uncensored programming into China. Beyond its television programming, NTD has distinguished itself as the largest Chinese culture event producer outside of China. Every year NTD organizes and sponsors a range of performances, competitions, and outreach programs to promote China's traditional arts and culture.

When: 2:30 pm, Sunday, October 30 -

Where: Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Avenue, Manhattan NY 10019.

Ticketing website:

Jonas Kaufmann Recital - Metropolitan Opera
October 30, 2011 -

The Met is proud to present the New York recital debut of one of opera's great new stars.

Beyond This Place - Brooklyn Academy of Music
October 30, 2011 -

The documentary Beyond This Place screens with live accompaniment by Sufjan Stevens and Raymond Raposa.

Sacred and ecstatic music from Morocco and Pakistan - Metropolitan Museum of Art
Through October 30, 2011 -

Discover the mysterious power of call-and-response Gnaoua trance music and the rich history of Sufi devotional music as Hassan Hakmoun, one of Morocco's leading musicians, and Pakistan's renowned Qawwali troupe, Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers, share the stage in this celebratory evening to inaugurate the Museum's new galleries. The two groups will come together for a rare joint finale. It's an evening of impassioned voices, driving choral refrains and syncopated rhythms you won't want to miss.

Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden Vocalist) - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 30, 2011 - New York

World-known for being the lead singer of british metal band Iron Maiden from 1994 to 1999. After that experience he built a solo careeer, recording 3 studio albums with "Blaze" and 2 with his self-titled band. He was also the lead singer of Wolfsbane from 1984 to 1994, and again from 2010. Blaze Bayley started his musical career as the lead vocalist of Tamworth heavy metal/hard rock band Wolfsbane, upon their formation in 1984. When Bruce Dickinson departed fellow English heavy metal band Iron Maiden in 1993, Bayley was chosen as his replacement in 1994 after hundreds of auditions. His departure from Wolfsbane led to their disbandment later on that year. After a bad motorcycle accident caused by losing control and clipping his knee on a catseye in the road, which put him out of action for a year, his first album with Maiden was The X Factor, released in 1995. Bayley went on to tour with the band in support of the album. Another Iron Maiden album with Bayley on vocals, Virtual XI was released in 1998.

In February 1999, when Iron Maiden announced that vocalist Bruce Dickinson was returning to the band, Bayley departed by mutual consent, and he remains on good terms with his former bandmates. After that experience he built a solo careeer, recording 3 studio albums with "Blaze" and 2 with his self-titled band.

In 2007, Wolfsbane reformed for a one-off performance, with Bayley again taking up vocal and frontman duties.

Dances of Vice & Shien Lee Creative Group Present: PhantasmaGorey 2011 An Edward Gorey Halloween Brunch Spectacular - Highline Ballroom
October 30, 2011 -

This Halloween Eve, Dances of Vice returns with another dazzling all-star cast in an ominous Edward Gorey Brunch Spectacular that promises to be most elegantly deranged. Featuring: MC MISS ASTRID True Weimar Fraulein BEAT CIRCUS Haunting Murder Ballads JOHANNA CONSTANTINE Mysterious Dark Muse CASSANDRA ROSEBEETLE The Twilight Enchantress MISS RUBY VALENTINE The Alabaster Beauty JENNIFER KOVACS Admonitory Aerial Ballet GIN MINSKY 1920s Tapping Sensation THE FLYING FOX The Voluptuous Vixen PUREVILE FASHION SHOW Macabre Fashions, Jewelry & Curiosities TICKETS: $20 Gen. Admission Advance $25 Gen. Admission Day Of Show $30 Reserved VIP Seating VIP RESERVED SEAT OPTIONS: VIP Side Wing Booths - Seat 6 Must Buy Entire Booth VIP Side Wing Tables - Seat 6 Must Buy Entire Table VIP Floor Seats In 1st 2 Rows All VIP Booths & Tables are first come, first seated Concert starts @ 1:00PM Doors open @ 12:00PM SPECIAL BRUNCH + DRINK MENU WILL BE AVAILABLE General Admission Seated Show First come, first seated $10 min per person at tables

PhantasmaGorey 2011 features the haunting murder ballads of Beat Circus, admonitory aerial ballet by the captivating Jennifer Kovacs, beguiling burlesque by Miss Ruby Valentine and The Flying Fox, the fleeting footsteps of mischievous tap maven Gin Minsky of the infamous Minsky Sisters, and a special appearance by international sensation Johanna Constantine, with the devastatingly villainous vamp Miss Astrid as your mistress of ceremonies!

PUREVILE! also returns with another Gorey-inspired funereal fashion show of jewelry and accoutrement!

DRESS CODE: Neglected Murderesses, Doubtful Guests, Gashlycrumb Tinies, Hapless Children, Gilded Bats, Anguishing Artists, Restless Widows, Lonesome Mourners, etc. Prizes will be awarded to the best Gorey costumes!

Nova Philharmonic Young Artists Festival - Merkin Concert Hall
October 30, 2011 - New York

The Nova Philharmonic launches their Young Artists Festival at the famed Merkin Concert Hall by performing some legendary concertos by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn and others. Aspiring young soloists will perform with one of Manhattan’s finest orchestras, led by visionary conductor Dong-hyun Kim, and the public will be able to glimpse into the future of classical music. This event is sponsored by the Korea Times and profits from ticket sales will be donated to a handicapped youth center in New York.

Brooklyn Rider - Carnegie Hall
October 31, 2011 -

Start a concert with a piece that Brooklyn Rider wrote as a group, end with Beethoven, and in between hear Philip Glass. It's this flair for the unexpected and the eclectic that has made this top-notch group one to watch. As indie tastemaker Pitchfork puts it, they are "poised to earn attention on their own terms—regardless of which composers they work with."

Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
October 31, 2011 -

Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart's timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

András Schiff - Carnegie Hall
October 31, 2011 -

In 1819, publisher Anton Diabelli asked for one variation on a waltz tune for an anthology by various composers; Beethoven wrote 33 and took four years. András Schiff brings his "engrossing … constantly surprising" approach (The New York Times) to bear on this challenging work as the finale of a recital that also includes a sonata by Bartók, the focus of Schiff's Perspectives residency this season at Carnegie Hall.

Tablaphilia - Metropolitan Museum of Art
October 31, 2011 -

A symphony for Indian tabla (drum) players and vocalists under the musical direction and conducting of tabla maestro and composer Samir Chatterjee. Tablaphilia interprets the four stages of life (asharamas) of Hindu philosophy — Bramhacharya, Garhastha, Banaprastha, and Sanyasa, through abstract drum-language.

DJ PAULY D: ATTACK of the ZOMBIE GUIDETTES! | Halloween Night @ Pacha - Pacha NYC
October 31, 2011 - New York

Halloween Monday October 31 Pacha NYC presents a Special Halloween Event .... Attack of the Zombie Guidettes from Beneath the Boardwalk! Featuring music by Pauly D More information on the Pacha float and Halloween Parade here: GET TICKETS:

Misfits - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 31, 2011 - New York

There isn't a more iconic name in the punk genre than Misfits. Hailed as an influence and covered by numerous successful and diverse artists ranging from Metallica to Guns N' Roses, the band has remained relevant throughout its illustrious 34-year career. Formed in April 1977 in Lodi, New Jersey, and named after Marilyn Monroe's last movie, the band mixes the sound of punk rock with horror elements - a mix that has stood the test of time and become the group's legacy.

Although the Misfits lineup has shifted over the course of its existence, the group has consistently released incredible, genre-defining albums, including Walk Among Us (1982), American Psycho (1997), and Famous Monsters (1999). Now, the punk rock legends return for the 2011 Devil's Rain Tour, supporting the first album of new material in over 10 years with an all new stage production. This show promises to be the band's most elaborate ever, featuring new costumes and props as well as a fresh set list of music that mixes new, classic, and surprise songs encompassing the band's entire catalog.

Siegfried - Metropolitan Opera
November 01, 2011 -

In part three of the Ring, Wagner's cosmic vision focuses on his hero's early conquests, while Robert Lepage's revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Gary Lehman sings the title role and Deborah Voigt's Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Festival Flamenco Gitano - Diego El Cigala - The Town Hall
November 01, 2011 -

Superstar Diego El Cigala is contemporary flamenco's most compelling voice. He has collaborated with many of the most important names in flamenco, and is also noted for his pioneering work in fusing flamenco with Latin American music forms such as bolero, Afro-Caribbean jazz, and tango. His collaborations with Latin jazz icons Jerry Gonzalez and Bebo Valdés are revered as breakthroughs in flamenco and Latin jazz. For this program, he will present the New York premiere of "Cigala & Tango."

16-Year-Old Pianist George Li Opens 51st Young Concert Artists Series - Merkin Hall
November 01, 2011 - New York

An extraordinary prodigy discovered in the Young Concert Artists International Auditions makes his debut opening the 51st Young Concert Artists Series at Merkin Hall on November 1. Many of the most famous musicians of today - including Emanuel Ax and Pinchas Zukerman also started their careers - like George Li - as members of Young Concert Artists. Tickets start at only $10 for an evening of music you will never forget.

$250 Opening Night Committee tickets Includes: preferred seating, a special acknowledgement in the program, a post-concert reception, and $150 tax-deduction

PROGRAM CZERNY: Variations on “La Ricordanza” by Pierre Rode SCHOENBERG: Sechs Kleine Stücke, Op. 19 BEETHOVEN: Sonata “Appassionata” Op. 57, No. 23 RAVEL: From Miroirs: Oiseuax Tristes, Alborada del gracioso LISZT: Concert Etudes: Waldesrauchen, Gnomenreigen LISZT: Consolation No. 3 LISZT: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

The Gong Show Live - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
November 01, 2011 - New York

Producer Leslie Gold, the New York City-based radio and TV host whose Radiochick Corporation holds the rights to stage Gong Show Live events in the US, said, "The original Gong Show's variety, humor, and surprise elements made it not just memorable, but set precedents. There'd be no General Larry Platt, no America's Got Talent, Big Brother, or the others without The Gong Show. Our show brings all of the fun and lunacy of the TV show to a theatrical stage production, and there's truly nothing like it."

In addition to the talent acts, Gong Show Live's entertainment quotient is augmented by its host, comedian Ray Ellin; three judges - Chuck Nice, Leslie Gold ("The Radiochick"), and Ken Dashow - known from their work in standup comedy, TV, and radio; and the four-piece Gong Show Ten Orchestra, led by veteran drummer Sandy Gennaro (Cyndi Lauper, Bo Diddley, Joan Jett). Gong Show Live even has its own updated versions of two of the original TV show's most popular performers, "Gene Gene the Dancing Machine" and "The Unknown Comic."

More than 350 talent auditions were screened for the premier of Gong Show Live, staged at B.B. King's last August. Press response includes: "Packed with shock value" (Good Day New York, WNYW-TV Fox 5); "Chuck Barris would be proud" (NBC; "Jaw-droppingly hilarious" (Valerie Smaldone, WOR-AM); "Truly frightening" (Verizon FiOS1 News); "A huge success" (Nora Nolan,; and "The Gong Show is back and better than ever" (Josh Estrin, Pop Culture Examiner).

Nabucco - Metropolitan Opera
November 02, 2011 -

Verdi's rousing biblical drama stars Zeljko Lucic and Maria Guleghina in the leading roles, with the Met's fine chorus delivering the famous "Va, pensiero."

Feist - Brooklyn Academy of Music
November 02, 2011 -

For nearly a decade, Leslie Feist did not stop moving. Her 2004 Juno award-winning album, Let It Die, led right into 2007's The Reminder, which earned her four Grammy nominations, six Junos, the Shortlist Music Prize, and the opportunity to teach Muppets to count on Sesame Street. She made her Saturday Night Live debut and toured the world. She covered an album with Beck, recorded with Wilco, and watched Stephen Colbert shimmy in a sequined "1234" jumpsuit, and made a documentary about her visual collaborators on The Reminder. And then, finally, after the seventh year, Feist rested.

When Feist was ready to make music again, she had very different ideas about how to shatter the quiet. She wrote the album over three autumn months in 2010 in a tiny garage behind her house, after a year away from the spotlight. While the lyrics she has crafted often have an affectingly melancholic undercurrent, the arrangements, in which Feist ups her reputation as a guitarist, unfailingly lift the ear out of melancholy and into inspiration. In January 2011, her longtime collaborators Chilly Gonzales and Mocky arrived in Toronto and arranged the 12 songs that would become her fourth studio album, Metals.

Metals' songs range from low rumbling and moody ambiences to brutal and intense, as if it were sonically mapping the fog rolling in and the resulting cracking of thunder. Ultimately, the aesthetic has a deliberate patience, elemental wildness, and natural beauty that echoes Feist's newfound observations on time. "I read a National Geographic article about soil and modern farming," she says. "The point is for food to grow, the point isn't for it to grow all at once and never grow again. Soil does its job, but unless you let it rest it can't regenerate its own minerals and do the same thing again. You just have to let it lay there under the sun, dry out, get rained on, and be still a little while." That she did. And now she's back.

The Moth - Raise the Roof - The Town Hall
November 02, 2011 -

Hosted by Garrison Keillor.

The Peabody Award-winning Moth ("brilliant, and quietly addictive" – The London Guardian) live at Town Hall for the first time.

November 02, 2011 - New York

The celebrated and successful "Guitar Masters" tour comes to B.B. Kings this fall featuring headliner Andy McKee who will be joined by Stephen Bennett and Antoine Dufour to give fans another chance to see three of the most popular, talented, innovative and musically rich acoustic guitar players and composers in contemporary music coming together to perform and interact on stage.

The trek is sure to be another unforgettable musical experience for concert-goers that unites guitar virtuosos known their awesome skills, technique, gift for song composition and melody and drawing out the full musicality of the solo acoustic guitar to near-orchestral dimensions. Creative sparks, one-time only stunning improvisations and mutual inspiration are sure to abound as they come together at the end of every show to offer a value-added concert bill that appeals to fans of many musical styles as well as guitar aficionados.

Don Giovanni - Metropolitan Opera
November 03, 2011 -

Mariusz Kwiecien brings his youthful and sensual interpretation of Mozart's timeless anti-hero to the Met for the first time, under the direction of Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage and with Fabio Luisi conducting. A troupe of refined Mozartians appears in this new production, including Marina Rebeka, Barbara Frittoli, Isabel Leonard, Matthew Polenzani, Ramón Vargas, and John Relyea. Gerald Finley steps into the title role later in the season, and Andrew Davis also conducts.

Desdemona - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through November 03, 2011 -

The quiet emotional climax of Shakespeare's Othello comes late in act four, as Desdemona recalls the heart-rending song her African nurse, Barbary, sang as she died. In this intimate and profound new work, Desdemona and Barbary meet again in the afterlife. Nobel Prize–winning novelist Toni Morrison and renowned director Peter Sellars have collaborated in this project with Malian singer-songwriter Rokia Traoré.

Schola Cantorum de Venezuela - Lux Aeterna - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
November 03, 2011 -

María Guinand's Caracas choir combines passion and robust skill in a wide range of choral music not often heard in New York. Here they perform a syncretistic program of spiritual music from Spanish-language cultures throughout history, ranging from Renaissance Spanish motets to the villancicos and cantigas that crossed the Atlantic with the conquistadors in the 1500s, to contemporary South American works.

Koyaanisqatsi live - New York Philharmonic
Through November 03, 2011 -

Lose yourself in Philip Glass's powerful music for the 1982 Godfrey Reggio film Koyaanisqatsi: A Life Out Of Balance, performed live by the Philharmonic and the Philip Glass Ensemble, as the landmark film is projected on a huge screen above the Avery Fisher Hall stage.

The Actress Season Two Premiere - 92Y Tribeca
November 03, 2011 - Brooklyn

Join Ann Carr as she hosts the season two premiere of her warmly received dark comedy "The Actress." Ann will be joined by special guests recounting their own agonizing and hilarious struggles in the rat race, with the wonderful music of Alana Amram providing the soundtrack to these tales of woe.

CHIMAIRA - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
November 03, 2011 - New York

Hailing from Cleveland, OH, the rock outfit Chimaira mixes hardcore, metal, and electronics to create a distinctive sound that has won the band legions of fans. Starting out opening for bands like Soulfly, Spineshank, and Snapcase, the band eventually released its debut full-length album, Pass Out Existence, on the Roadrunner imprint in 2001. Subsequent albums on the label included The Impossibility of Reason (2003) and a 2005 eponymous release. Although internal problems, label changes, and membership shifts created tumult for the band in the ensuing years, the group still managed to release Resurrection in 2007 and The Infection in 2009. Now, after traveling a road fraught with adversity, Chimaira advances its trademarked brand of heavy metal with its latest monster, The Age of Hell (2011). With this album, the eclipse of what you thought you knew about contemporary metal has begun. There is a new definition announced by distorted yet familiar faces. With this album, Chimaira will take you through The Age of Hell. Let's hope you are prepared.

Satyagraha - Metropolitan Opera
November 04, 2011 -

The Met's visually extravagant production is back for an encore engagement. Richard Croft once again is Gandhi in Philip Glass's unforgettable opera, which the Washington Post calls "a profound and beautiful work of theater."

Compañia Flamenca José Porcel - Gypsy Fire - Metropolitan Museum of Art
November 04, 2011 -

Founded in Madrid, Spain, this company of 24 dancers, a vocal soloist, and live musicians Is considered one of the premier dance troupes keeping the tradition of flamenco alive in an explosion of rhythms, colors, and emotions.

The Compañia Flamenca José Porcel performs the purest and the oldest part of flamenco from Andalusia— the music, song, and dance of the gypsy (Roma) art form. It is an intimate and deep-felt song that recounts the sorrows and hopes of the Gypsies as a people.

The Compañia Flamenca José Porcel returns to the U.S. and Canada in the 2011-2012 season with this thrilling new program Gypsy Fire.

Tim Minchin - The Town Hall
November 04, 2011 -

Tim Minchin is an Australian musician, composer, songwriter, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever-growing audiences since starting out in South Melbourne's Butterfly Club in 2005. He won the Directors' Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his break-out show Darkside, and followed this later the same year with one of the most successful debut acts ever at the Edinburgh Fringe – winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer.

PAUL OAKENFOLD: This is Planet Perfecto - Pacha NYC
November 04, 2011 - New York

Friday November 4 Pacha NYC presents ...

PAUL OAKENFOLD This is Planet Perfecto Tour


Doors 10pm Table Reservations 212.209.7500

Pacha NYC 618 W.46th St.

Air Supply - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
November 04, 2011 - New York

Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock met on May 12, 1975, the first day of rehearsals for "Jesus Christ Superstar" in Sydney, Australia; they became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. After the shows' performances at 10:30, they would play pizza parlors, coffee bars and night clubs with just one guitar and two voices. They quickly gained a reputation for great harmonies and for original songs that Graham was constantly writing. They made a demo on a cassette of two songs, "Love and Other Bruises" and "If You Knew Me" and took it to every record company in Sydney. Everyone turned it down but one -- CBS Records -- who admired their unique style. They made a single in one afternoon and it shot to number one on the national charts. Air Supply was born! That same year, they opened for Rod Stewart across Australia and then throughout the U.S. and Canada playing all of the famous huge venues before Rod would take the stage. They found new fans, but did not break the U.S. market.

Back in Australia they had to start again and made a record called "Life Support". On this record were some treasures of songs, including "Lost in Love" which went top 10 in Australia and somehow found its way to music industry executive Clive Davis in New York.

Clive immediately signed Air Supply to Arista Records and in 1980, "Lost in Love" became the fastest selling single in the world, leaping to the top of all of the charts. Now Air Supply were on their way. The second single was "All Out of Love," and that went up the charts even quicker. Seven top-five singles later, Air Supply at that time had equaled The Beatles' run of consecutive top five singles. The albums "Lost in Love", "The One That You Love", "Now & Forever", and "The Greatest Hits" sold in excess of 20 million copies. "Lost in Love" was named Song of the Year in 1980, and, with the other singles, sold over 10 million copies. The trademark sound of Russell Hitchcock's soaring tenor voice and Graham Russell's simple yet majestic songs created a unique sound that would forever be known as Air Supply.

However, it is the live shows that always hold audiences captive around the world. They were the first Western group to tour China, Taiwan, and countless other countries that before would not allow pop music across their borders. In 1983 they recorded "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" by Jim Steinman which solidified the group as a permanent force in modern music. This song was released on "The Greatest Hits" album which soared past 7 million copies. "Lost in Love", "All Out of Love", "The One That You Love", "Sweet Dreams", and "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" have each achieved multi-million plays on the radio.

In 1986 the group's music was still playing endlessly on radio. That same year, Graham was married to actress Jodi Varble from Rochelle, Illinois, who also was his leading lady in the video for "Making Love Out Of Nothing At All." Air Supply began to tour with lavish productions in places that no one had been before. In South America and Asia they became a part of everyone's life. In 1988, Air Supply was asked to participate in Australia's bicentennial celebration and to play for HRH Prince Charles and HRH Princess Diana, where they learned both were already ardent fans. This engagement would be one of their most treasured moments in their career.

In 1989, they recorded "The Earth Is" album selling over a million copies outside of the U.S. This album was followed by "The Vanishing Race" CD and, with the singles "Goodbye" and "It's Never Too Late", again saw multi-platinum success. The following albums, "News from Nowhere", "Yours Truly", and "Across the Concrete Sky" all gave their second greatest hits album multi-platinum status as they traveled the world each and every year. In 2000, a new production company was founded to be devoted to Air Supply's entire future product, called A Nice Pear, which gave them complete creative control. In July 2005, their live DVD, "It Was 30 Years Ago Today" celebrated 30 years of success around the world and in that same month, Air Supply smashed attendance records when, in Cuba, at one show they played to 175,000 people. Also 2005 saw the release of "The Singer and the Song", an acoustic album of many of their big hits which received critical acclaim.

Now in 2010, the world is waiting for the brand new studio CD, "Mumbo Jumbo". This 14-track concept CD will be release on the Oddson label with the first single being released in March. Complete with a concept short story, "Mumbo Jumbo" will be a unique release. The album will be available to all Airheads and also at the live shows in March, but will not be released worldwide until April.

Music and Musica -Joao Kouyoumdjian - BEA - Brazilian Endowment for the Arts
November 04, 2011 - New York

Classical guitar concert featuring Brazilian traditional music and new music.

BURGUNDIAN RENAISSANCE: Sacred & Salacious Polyphony - Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
November 05, 2011 - New York

EARLY MUSIC NEW YORK’S chapel concerts within NYC’s great gothic Cathedral, are the ideal setting for masterful motets and saucy chansons by Josquin Desprez and his late 15th-century contemporaries. The epitome of Renaissance polyphony, interwoven chant and secular melodies are spun into rich tapestries of unsurpassed aural beauty. EM/NY’s chamber singers are joined by dueling lute virtuosi.

The Rewind Show - Highline Ballroom
November 05, 2011 - Manhattan

Every Saturday night, the Highline combiniesg the live music of the 80's Rock & Roll era along with the best DJ's spinning the present hits. 21 & over. Doors at 10:30pm, show at 11pm. $20. RSVP to

Nabucco - Metropolitan Opera
November 05, 2011 -

Verdi's rousing biblical drama stars Zeljko Lucic and Maria Guleghina in the leading roles, with the Met's fine chorus delivering the famous "Va, pensiero."

Siegfried - Metropolitan Opera
November 05, 2011 -

In part three of the Ring, Wagner's cosmic vision focuses on his hero's early conquests, while Robert Lepage's revolutionary stage machine transforms itself from bewitched forest to mountaintop love nest. Gary Lehman sings the title role and Deborah Voigt's Brünnhilde is his prize. Bryn Terfel is the Wanderer. Fabio Luisi conducts.

Joe Bonamassa - Beacon Theatre
Through November 05, 2011 - New York

A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play, "This kid's potential is unbelievable. He's one of a kind." Bonamassa's recording career began in the early '90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger's son Waylon and Miles Davis' son Erin. His solo debut was in 2000 with the Tom Dowd-produced A New Day Yesterday.

Bonamassa averages 200 shows every year, almost always playing to sold-out and ever-larger houses, and with each gig, he comes more into his own as a virtuoso and a vocalist. As he heads back to the road in support of his new album, Bonamassa remains infinitely passionate about playing live, connecting with his audiences and making new fans along the way like Slash, who recently said, "Just saw Joe Bonamassa on Jools Holland again. He's definitely my new favorite guitarist."

Spectral Scriabin - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through November 05, 2011 -

ALL-SCRIABIN PROGRAM - Vers la flamme, poème; Quatre préludes; Feuillet d'album in F-sharp major; Désir; Caresse dansée; Rêverie; Danse languide; Nuances; Fragilité; Valse in A-flat major; Feuillet d'album; Poème fantasque; Masque; Etrangeté, Poème languide, Poème ailé; Sonata No. 4 in F-sharp major.

"Like sun after heavy rain," Russian composer Alexander Scriabin instructed that one passage should be played. Scriabin was fascinated by the relationship between music and light, assigning colors to particular musical keys. For this performance by Georgian pianist Eteri Andjaparidze, Jennifer Tipton has merged Scriabin's mystical music with her own intricate, colorful lighting design to create a spellbindingly unusual experience of sound and sight.

Juilliard Orchestra- Matthias - Alice Tully Hall
November 05, 2011 - New York

Conductor Matthias Pintscher, one of the most sought-after German composers of his generation, leads the Juilliard Orchestra on Saturday, November 5 at 8 PM in Alice Tully Hall. He will conduct Ravel’s “Rapsodie espagnole,” Hindemith’s Kammermusik No. 5, Debussy’s “La mer,” and his own composition, “Osiris (2008).” Limited, FREE tickets will be available beginning October 21 at the Janet and Leonard Kramer Box Office at Juilliard. For further information, call (212)769-7406 or go to

Jeffrey Osborne - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
November 05, 2011 - New York

Jeffrey Osborne began his professional singing career in 1969 with a popular funk and soul group called Love Men Ltd. The band moved to Los Angeles in 1970 and changed its name to L.T.D. Osborne was originally brought on as the drummer and eventually became the lead vocalist. After more than ten years with the band, he decided to pursue a solo career, which produced such Top 40 hits as "Don't You Get So Mad," "Stay With Me Tonight," and "Love Power," which he performed with Dionne Warwick.

Born in Providence, RI, Jeffrey Osborne was the youngest of 12 children and was constantly bombarded with music as he was growing up. He had five brothers and six sisters, some of whom went on to have music careers. His father, Clarence "Legs" Osborne, was a popular trumpeter who played with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington, and died when Jeffrey was only 13. His mother, Wanita, is ancestored by a Pequot Indian sachem. His oldest brother, Clay Osborne, is a singer and pianist, and Billy, another brother, is a songwriter and producer in Los Angeles. But Osborne's father had the greatest influence on his musical career; Clarence "Legs" Osborne turned down many top band offers during his career to be with his family. It was only after receiving his mother's encouragement that Jeffrey left for Los Angeles to play with L.T.D. At the age of 15, he sat in with the O'Jays when the drummer was too tired to play, and went on to play with them for two weeks. It was at a Providence nightclub that fate brought him together with the band Love Men Ltd. in 1969. Osborne's solo career has brought him five gold and platinum albums, including Stay With Me Tonight and Only Human. He also recorded an album of duets with popular singer James Ingram, and scored an international hit with "On the Wings of Love" in 1982. Osborne's touring and recording continue to keep him busy much of the time, but he also devotes some of his time to charity work.

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies - American Museum of Natural History
Through June 24, 2012 - Upper West Side

Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies, an exhibition of more than 20 sets of striking large-format prints, showcases advanced imaging technologies used by scientists at the American Museum of Natural History and reveals once-hidden, intricate details of both natural phenomena and cultural artifacts. The exhibition features images that were created in pursuit of scientific knowledge but also resulted in visually arresting art. It explores how such imaging technologies -- including infrared photography, scanning electron microscopy, and computed tomography (CT) -- make it possible to examine and analyze a range of specimens at levels of detail previously unimaginable, advancing science and providing new insights into the visual splendor of the universe.


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