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Things to Do in Gramercy This Month - December 2017

December 2, 2017 - by CG Directory Editor
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Gramercy is one of Manhattan's smallest neighborhoods, but it's also one of the most beautiful. You'll find a nice selection of tasty eateries and independent shops in the area, as well as quite a few class New York City photo ops. City Guide will prepare you for your exploration of the area with this list of things to do in Gramercy this month.

Physically Bold Comedy Presents - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 02, 2017 - New York

Physically Bold Comedy Presents! is a fast-paced comedic variety hour starring the improv and video sketch talents of Physically Bold Comedy. Every month at the PIT Underground, Physically Bold plays host to some of New York's finest stand up comics, character performers and sketch teams, in addition to debuting their own latest work. Featuring diverse talents from all over the city, previous shows have featured Gary Richardson (Don't Think Twice and UCB's The Law Firm), Kenice Mobley (2 Dope Queens), Amanda Giobbi and Kelley Quinn (UCB, PowerHour), and Eric Feurer (UCB's Characters Welcome). Shows are monthly on Saturdays at 10:30 p.m. at the PIT Underground.

Leonard Bernstein Marathon - The Graduate Center, CUNY
December 02, 2017 - Manhattan, NYC

A monumental eight-hour concert featuring performances of Leonard Bernstein’s most beloved works and some hidden gems. World premieres of new works by contemporary composers who were influenced by Bernstein’s work will add a unique element to the day. Curated and hosted by New York Festival of Song’s Michael Barrett as part of the worldwide “Bernstein at 100” celebration. FREE; FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED. NO RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. JOIN US FOR ANY PART OF THE MARATHON.

The Early Show - New York Comedy Club
December 02, 2017 - New York

It's never too early for Comedy! Join us for the quintessential New York City Comedy experience. Our happy hour show presents a mix of citywide stars, club favorites, and fresh faces so you can kick off your evening with a lot of laughs!

Judah Friedlander, Lenny Marcus, Chuck Nice, Matt Richards - New York Comedy Club
December 02, 2017 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Featuring: Matt Richards Judah Friedlander Lenny Marcus Chuck Nice

Lenny Marcus, Chuck Nice, Leah Bonnema, Mike Cannon - New York Comedy Club
December 02, 2017 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Featuring: Mike Cannon Matt Richards Leah Bonnema Lenny Marcus Chuck Nice NO DISCOUNTS, COUPONS, PASSES OR VOUCHERS ACCEPTED FOR THIS SHOWTIME

Matt Richards, Mike Cannon, Leah Bonnema, Daniel Tirado - New York Comedy Club
December 02, 2017 - New York

Get the authentic NYC stand up comedy experience at New York Comedy Club! Enjoy a nightly showcase of the best comedians in the city, hot up-and-comers, plus hotshot celebrity drop ins, national and international touring comics and more surprises! Featuring: Matt Richards Michael Brigante Leah Bonnema Mike Cannon Rob Ryan Daniel Tirado

Rock to Rise - The Cutting Room
December 02, 2017 - New York

Rock to Rise Rock to Rise Rock to Rise featuring Jackie Greene, Luther Dickinson, Cody Dickinson, Alexander Nelson, Karina Rykman, Jon Shaw, DeShawn Alexander and more amazing artists to be announced. A fundraising concert for Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS). Each year, CUCS helps over 50,000 people rise from poverty, exit homelessness, and be healthy. It excels at developing affordable housing and providing programs that link housing, training, health and social services for low-income individuals and families.

Watson Adventures’ Midtown Holiday Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt - Paley Park
December 02, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique holiday scavenger hunt for adults! See the best of midtown’s holiday displays by visiting places associated with holiday movies, including Elf, Scrooged, Miracle on 34th Street, and Home Alone 2. Stops include Grand Central Terminal, the model train display in the Transit Museum Annex, window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, and the Rockefeller Center tree. Advance purchase is required.

Brilliant Corners: Danilo Perez Trio: Panamonk - Jazz Standard
December 02, 2017 - New York

The Panamanian GRAMMY Award–winning pianist and composer Danilo Pérez is among the most influential and dynamic musicians of our time, widely acclaimed both for his work with the Wayne Shorter band and his superb recordings as a leader. Released on Impulse! in 1996, Panamonk is an outstanding entry in the Pérez discography and (according to Scott Yanow at AllMusic) "one of the more interesting Thelonious Monk tribute albums of the 1990s. Pianist Danilo Pérez…has clearly learned from Monk's music, partic­ularly in his use of space and quirky dissonances. The trio performances range from respectful ballads and Latinized treatments of Monk tunes to originals that somehow fit logically into the mood of the set…The music overall is adventurous, rhythmic, and quite joyful." Accompanied by the exceptional rhythm team of bassist Ben Street and drummer Terri Lynne Carrington, this special engagement by Danilo Pérez closes our "Brilliant Corners" series – Jazz Standard's tribute to "the loneliest" Thelonious Monk in his centennial year. Danilo Perez - piano Ben Street - bass Terri Lynne Carrington - drums

Dion Flynn Works Well with Others - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 02, 2017 - New York

DION FLYNN is best known as Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has over 60 appearances as 14 different characters on both The Tonight Show & Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon. Cited by Oprah aMagazine as "one of our favorite creative thinkers..." Dion's solo improv has been described as: "Alternately maniacal and tender, vulnerable and ballsy, Dion Flynn looses his brand of liquid, synapse-rich comedy in an evening of interactive improv which takes the audience on a loopy, looping comic odyssey from which the ghosts of Orson Welles and Spalding Grey are never far. Flynn's mind is both shock and absorber, as spongy and receptive as the suspension in a New York taxicab: pretty soon, you're flying." — Tom Shone, Film Critic, Intelligent Life "Dion Flynn's solo theatrical improvisations are what it would be if Jackson Pollack and James Joyce did comedy." -An audience member named Nick, pressed for comment during a show by Dion. "Dion's solo performance at The PIT is an experience. He takes the audience on the same journey he is going through as he figures out his show/performance art piece/happening. And it's all in an empty space, armed with only a microphone, a... (read more)

North Coast - The Pit Underground
December 02, 2017 - New York City

With a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City, North Coast's explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show's improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer and World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as "mind-blowing" and "next level" by critics and audiences alike. Named one of the "Top Ten Best Comedy Shows" by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured on MTV, Vh1, in Slate's Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings. Currently, you can catch them performing every Saturday night.

Smokestack Brunch: Allegra Levy - Jazz Standard
December 02, 2017 - Manhattan

Jazz Standard's brunch series, "The Smokestack" continues, now on Saturdays! Offering a $35 all-inclusive ticket which includes a complete meal of Blue Smoke brunch & a cocktail. The menu celebrates the diverse culinary traditions of the American South with a range of soulful barbecue classics alongside revived family recipes and new favorites from Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois. Allegra Levy - vocals Kirk Knuffke - trumpet Carmen Staaf - piano Tim Norton - bass Richie Barshay - drums

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 02, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids 7 and up! Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Andrea Bell Wolff - Metropolitan Room
December 02, 2017 - New York

Andrea Bell Wolff Andrea Bell Wolff, the delightful singer-actress, has appeared in Broadway shows, on Las Vegas stages, on television; she was even the audience warm-up girl for the "Ed Sullivan Show" in the late 1960's! Miss Bell Wolff has been in real show biz for the past 50 (yes!) years, yet she looks and acts incredibly youthful – and sounds, it, too. While Andrea Bell Wolff stands at a diminutive 4'-11," she has a soaring professional career which began at age 17 and never stopped until she received the role of a lifetime—wife and mother. Her countless credits include her performing on stage, on television, and in Las Vegas – appearing in the renowned Bottoms up Revue at Caesars Palace. Her theatre credits include a record-setting number of performances as Ermengarde and Minnie Fay in Hello Dolly!, (Broadway and National Tours) where she worked with Carol Channing, Ethel Merman, Dorothy Lamour, Betty Grable and Phyllis Diller. Other credits include: The Imaginary Invalid with E.G. Marshall and Ruby Dee; and Grease, opposite Andrea McArdle. From appearing on the Ed Sullivan show with Your Fathers Mustache Band to fronting several rock bands, Andrea Bel Wolff proved... (read more)

Rory Scovel: Unrelated Tour - The Gramercy Theatre
December 02, 2017 - New York

Rory Scovel has been seen in the TBS series GROUND FLOOR, NBC's UNDATEABLE, MTV's ZACH STONE IS GONNA BE FAMOUS, and voiced a role in HBO's animated series THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TIM. Next year he will be seen in Demetri Martin's feature DEAN, as well as his new hour stand up special which will be available early 2015. Rory's stand up has been featured on Comedy Central, CONAN, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon as well as many of the best comedy festivals (Just For Laughs Montreal, Bridgetown, Bumbershoot and Bonnaroo).

Jaime Lozano Production - Metropolitan Room
December 02, 2017 - New York

JAIME LOZANO A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Jaime Lozano earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music and Composition from the School of Music at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, and was the recipient of a full TSOA academic scholarship while earning his Master of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. In addition, Jaime is the first Mexican to be accepted and graduate from the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program. Jaime's works have been produced at various important theatres such as Goodspeed Opera House, Juilliard School of Music, The Triad Theatre, Theatre for the New City, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Merkin Concert Hall, St. George Theatre, Soho Playhouse, Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre (Off Broadway), The Players, Town Hall, Minskoff Theatre (Broadway), Lucille Lortel Theatre (Off Broadway), as well as many other venues around the country and in Mexico. An accomplished musician, vocal coach, composer, arranger, orchestrator, musical producer and musical director, Jaime has staged well-known musicals such as Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Jekyll & Hyde and Th... (read more)

Movember: Steak N’ Shave at Arlo NoMad - Arlo NoMad
December 02, 2017 - New York

Come to the STEAK N' SHAVE at Arlo NoMad & Massoni: Famous for Healthy & Sexy Men! On Saturday, December 2 enjoy bottomless whisky, steak brunch, and a complimentary beard styling/shaving from Don Juan of Stackchips. Sport your best facial hair whether it be a mustache, goatee, beard, or whatever you've got goin' on come show us what you've got! *Portion of ticket sales will benefit charity. Additional donations accepted. 15% of all ticket purchases will be donated to the Movember Foundation. 15% of all ticket purchases will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Things to know: Cost is $60 per attendee in advance, and space is limited. Attendees for this event must be 21+ years of age. BYOB - bring your own beard (and any other facial hair for styling/shaving - mustache, goatee, etc...) Please arrive 15 minutes early to choose your seat.

The Lustre Kings - Hill Country
December 02, 2017 - NY

Mark Gamsjager and the Lustre Kings play roots rock and roll the right way. The powerhouse combo has wowed crowds from Manhattan's Rodeo Bar to Seattle's Tractor Tavern, and all points in-between; and they've done it with uncommon fervor, commitment and flair. The group draws from a deeper well than most roots rock acts, giving their music a breadth and depth while still keeping the bar hopping and the dance floor filled.

Off Top!: a Hip Hop Improv Mixer - The Pit Underground
December 02, 2017 - New York City

OFF TOP! is a Hip Hop improv mixer where Hip Hop improvisers from well-known teams do scenes with anyone willing to stretch that Hip Hop improv muscle. It's a fun supportive environment where scenes turn to a rap song. There's Improv, Beat Boxing, Freestyling, and a Rap Battle! It's open to everyone to enjoy or play! Hosted by Raymond Morency and Richie Alfson.

Scott Robinson Quartet - The Kitano New York
Through December 02, 2017 - New York

Scott Robinson - Sax Helen Sung - Piano Martin Wind - Bass Dennis Mackrel - Drums

Brunch With Santa - Bierhaus Nyc
December 03, 2017 - New York

TAGGED CHRISTMAS, SANTA, BRUNCH

10k Jam Jam - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 03, 2017 - New York

Love Improv but tired of those late night jam sessions? If you said, "YES! Dear God YES!" then come join us every Sunday at 5:30pm for the 10k JAM JAM! Hosted by a rotating team from the 10,000 Hours roster. 10,000 Hours designed was for improv students of all levels, to build their improv skills without breaking their budget.

10,000 Hours - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 03, 2017 - New York

ALL work and NO play? No Way! 10,000 Hours is a PIT program designed for improv students of all levels to get more practice to build their improv skills without breaking their budget. With the help of some of The PIT's most talented faculty, staff, and house team members volunteering their valuable time to coach, these ambitious students are ready to showcase their hard work. Support your improv community by checking out a fun and inspiring show full talented individuals.

Lost Rebel - New York Comedy Club
December 03, 2017 - New York

Lost Rebel is an original one man show/concert hybrid written and performed by Keith Tryfle Hudson. This autobiographical show tells the story of a young boy coming of age from 7-17. Dealing with devastating personal loss to the ever changing back drop of a ever changing world. In a era that was defined by MTV,Movies, and tv shows Hudsons music, poetry, art, and freestyles fit in perfectly between each monologue With charm, anger, dark humor, hurt and perspective. Lost Rebel pushes a often criticized and rarely understood artform to a new boundary.

Pluto Is Missing! a Not-So-Planetary Musical - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 03, 2017 - New York City

It's the year 2006 and big news has just hit the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified! From planet down to... dwarf planet? Or even just an asteroid?! Oh, brother. What's a celestial body to do? It'll take some interstellar friends (and a few down here on Earth) to figure it out. "Pluto Is Missing!" is a new musical for all ages (and planetoids) By Chris Mann & Emily Duncan.

Student Driver: Indie Road - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 03, 2017 - New York

Watch out! Student Driver: Indie Road is shaking up the PIT Underground! Come revel in the fun, supportive vibe as we celebrate New York City's indie-improv community and beyond! Each week, two kick-ass indie teams dominate the stage, followed by the fast-paced, down-and-dirty moves of host team, Student Driver. Catch future superstars in a new team debut and say you knew them when! Bow down to seasoned veterans flexing their improv might! Eat cake because it's somebody's birthday! Your place is here, your time is now!

The Muppet Christmas Carol - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 03, 2017 - New York

Director: Brian Henson (1992, 85 minutes) Gonzo the Great plays Charles Dickens, who narrates the story of a miser (Michael Caine) who is visited by three spirits and countless Muppets in this very merry adaptation of the book. Enjoy before or during the Winter Family Fair.

Sparkle: An All-Star Holiday Concert – A benefit for The Actors Fund - Cutting Room
December 03, 2017 - New York

SPARKLE: AN ALL-STAR HOLIDAY CONCERT to benefit The Actors Fund The annual star-studded holiday event SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert returns to New York City on Sunday, December 3rd for its 6th consecutive year, once again benefiting the programs and services of The Actors Fund (www.actorsfund.org). This one night only extravaganza, produced and hosted by TV personality Scott Nevins (Bravo's The People's Couch), will take place at The Cutting Room at 7:30pm, featuring another high wattage, star power cast filled with some of today's hottest performers from the worlds of Broadway, Television, Film and the music industry! Seating is very limited for this exclusive event and tickets will sell out quickly. The all-star cast is lead by four TONY Award® Nominees; Constantine Maroulis (American Idol, Rock of Ages), Max von Essen (An American in Paris, Evita, Les Miserables), Saycon Sengbloh (ABC's Scandal, Eclipsed) and Charl Brown (Motown: the musical), plus Drama League Award® nominee Eden Espinosa (Brooklyn, Wicked), one of the stars of CBS' hit show Madam Secretary, and the Jersey Boys film, Erich Bergen, two-time Drama Desk Award® nominee, celebrity vocal impressionist an... (read more)

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
December 03, 2017 - Manhattan

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

Porter Carroll, Jr. - Metropolitan Room
December 03, 2017 - New York

Porter Carroll, Jr with Wali Ali & The Tambourine Band ~ The Evolution of Cabaret Porter Carroll, Jr. Singer, songwriter, drummer, percussionist and founder of Newban (later changing its name to Atlantic Starr), the Rhythm and Blues hit machine from the '70s and '80s. Musician: As drummer and one of four singers with Atlantic Starr, Porter Carroll, Jr. helped make the hits that made the group and its amazing vocals, tight production and energetic stage performances famous worldwide. Porter performed with his childhood friends and family until the mid eighties, contributing his musicianship to such popular tunes as Circles, When Love Calls, Send for Me, Am I Dreaming, Let's Get Closer, Touch a Four Leaf Clover and others. Today, renowned hip-hop/soul artists including Mary J. Blige, Keith Sweat, and Erykah Badu are remaking Atlantic Starr's hits. Porter was also the drummer on the disco classic This Time Baby for Jackie Moore. Solo Artist: Porter branched out on his own in the mid-1980s and produced a critically acclaimed album, Porter Carroll II, for Island Records, that set produced theme songs for Video Vibrations and Midnight Love on the BET cable TV network. ... (read more)

As You Will: Shakespearean Improv - The Pit Underground
December 03, 2017 - New York City

If there's one problem with the 884,647 words William Shakespeare wrote it's that they've all been performed already. What about the virtually infinite number of words he hasn't written... yet? The players of As You Will invite you to a show where we will bring to life all the plays and poetry the immortal bard would have written if he hadn't gone and died. Join us for a night of Shakespearean Improv! Huzzah!

Winter Family Fair - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 03, 2017 - New York

Join author Maria-Christina Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm for an informal talk and gallery conversation to learn how to explore paintings as a family.

Medieval Japan: People & Systems in the World of the Shogunate - Japan Society
Through December 03, 2017 - New York

North Korea's missile and nuclear program has intensified and reached new heights, and its ability to launch a missile capable of hitting the United States is advancing far more rapidly than predicted. With one of the most important holidays coming up on October 10th in North Korea, experts speculate the country will celebrate Party Foundation Day with another missile test. In October, the United States will be sending an aircraft carrier to the Korean Peninsula for a military drill with South Korea, which could further increase tension in the region. How should the United States, Japan, and other countries respond? Will China exert its economic influence over North Korea? Is there a possibility that the situation would further escalate? This program examines the latest developments, how the United States and its allies should respond to Pyongyang's missile launch, and the way forward on North Korea. Speaker: Robert L. Gallucci, Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University; former Chief U.S. Negotiator during North Korean Nuclear Crisis of 1994 Discussant: Tim Ferguson, Editor, Forbes Asia Agenda 8:00—8:30 ... (read more)

The Power Exchange - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 04, 2017 - New York

STAND-UP COMEDY $5 OPEN MIC 5 minutes 15 spots max. Sign up and feel the power! Hosted by John Field every Monday at 11pm.

Base Jam - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 04, 2017 - New York

Come to Base Jam: New York City's most fun improv jam with an awesome party vibe! This jam is not only ideal for those new to the stage, but also improv veterans. We welcome all to participate. Let's face it: Getting better at improv is about getting stage time and practicing in front of an audience. So leap first, then look for a place to land....or just keep flying! Hosted by Ray Munoz

Italian Playwrights Project. Co-presented with Umanism NY - The Segal Center
December 04, 2017 - New York

After the success of the first edition of the Italian Playwrights Project (IPP, 2015/16) and a special evening dedicated to the work of Stefano Massini (Teatro Piccolo, Milan) IPP, once again the Segal Center will collaborate with Valeria Orani and Umanism NY (www.unmanism.com). The initiative will bring some of the brightest, innovative, and most engaging playwrights from Italy to New York to develop their pieces through translation into English and public readings of the work. The Italian Playwrights Project plays an important role in introducing contemporary writing from Italy to the US. The project restarted an artistic dialogue between the two countries which has been sporadic over the last 30 years. Participants of 2015/16 IPP included Lucia Calamaro, Daria Deflorian & Antonio Tagliarini, Stefano Massini, Fausto Paravidino, and Michele Santeramo. For the first time US playwrights will also be presented in Rome, Italy on December 16th, 2017. Stay tuned for the final selection of the Italian playwrights by the Advisory Board. Supported by the Italian Cultural Institute of New York (Giorgio Van Straten, Director). The upcoming anthology of New Plays from Italy from the ... (read more)

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
December 04, 2017 - New York

The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band performs another month of "Mingus Mondays" dedicated to the music of legendary jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979). "Mingus' diverse repertoire includes everything from gospel hollers and church music to lush ballads, swinging dance tunes, bebop and the blues…The music is, like Mingus himself, earthy, passionate, soul-ful and intense – and at all times swinging." (NPR)

This is Your Night Richard Cameron - Metropolitan Room
December 04, 2017 - New York

HONOREE: RICHARD CAMERON This is Your Night!(TM) is based on a classic premise that is hosted by Metropolitan Room Managing Partner, Bernie Furshpan, and profiles a guest honoree who has contributed in some significant way to the NYC Entertainment Industry. It can include, but not limited to: photographers, writers, bloggers, press, promoters, management, publicists, directors, musical directors, producers, etc. The show presents a gift to the honorree, and includes a line-up of entertainment professionals who will share stories, song and comedy about their experiences and ends with a grand finale, a reunion.

Sfm's Indie Hour - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 04, 2017 - New York

Remember 2003 when you went to go see The Strokes and this fun, new band called Kings of Leon opened for them? I guess you could say you knew them when... Now welcoming to Super Free Monday, the SFM Indie Hour! Come see the hottest, freshest, indie improv teams around as they rev you up for your favorite house teams!

Gift Wrapping with Tenugui, the Essential Japanese Cloth - Japan Society
December 05, 2017 - New York

Just in time for the holiday season, join us to learn traditional tenugui gift wrapping with Ruri Kippenbrock, founder of tenugui retailer Wuhao New York. Derived from the words te, or "hand," and nugui, meaning "wipe," these charming cotton cloths are more than mere hand towels. Sturdy, beautiful, versatile and reusable, tenugui lend themselves to decorative as well as practical purposes. In this workshop, learn tenugui wrapping techniques for a variety of shapes, including boxes, bottles and round objects.

Winter Dreams - Saint Peter's Church
December 05, 2017 - New York

At the end of his life, Gérard Grisey, an iconic figure in modern music, turned his attention to the dark and mystical songs of Hugo Wolf. Argento performs Grisey's Wolf Songs along side the works of three New York composers.

Reading Dickens's Christmas Books - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 05, 2017 - New York

Jennifer Minnen

Bring It - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 05, 2017 - New York

Will Purpura hosts this stand up comedy open mic every Tuesday at 11pm. Sign up and you can be a part of the show! Each week, Will and his special guests will be joined by 10 additional acts whose names will be drawn from the golden bowl of destiny. Win "joke of the night" and you are guaranteed the first slot on the following Tuesday.

Duchess - Jazz Standard
December 05, 2017 - Manhattan

When the acclaimed New York singers Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou joined forces in the jazz vocal trio called Duchess, they became an immediate critical and audience favorite up and down the East Coast. Duchess's second Anzic Records CD, Laughing At Life, channels the 1930s inspi­ration of the virtuosic Boswell Sisters with sure–footed swing, sweet–toned harmony and ever–insouciant charm. Highlights include "Everybody Loves My Baby" with a guest appearance by Anat Cohen; Ellington's "Creole Love Call," featuring Wycliffe Gordon; and a distaff rewrite of a Ray Charles classic, "Hallelujah I Love Him So." Amy Cervini, Hillary Gardner, Melissa Stylianou – voices Michael Cabe – piano Matt Aronoff – bass Jared Schonig – drums

Heritage Ensemble - Baruch Performing Arts Center
December 05, 2017 - New York

Join The Heritage Ensemble at BPAC for A Not-So-Silent Night of holiday-themed jazz and Latin-jazz. The contemporary world music quintet performs original compositions and arrangements of traditional holiday melodies in various jazz, Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, and classical styles. Features Eugene Marlow (piano), Michael Hashim (saxophones), Bobby Sanabria (drums), Matthew Gonzalez (percussion), and Frank Wagner (bass).

An Evening with Liz Miele & Adrienne Iapalucci - New York Comedy Club
December 06, 2017 - New York

Two touring headliners for the price of one. Come see Adrienne Iapalucci and Liz Miele perform long sets! Hosted by Justin Herman

Kellye Gray Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 06, 2017 - New York

Kellye Gray - Vocals Frank Kimbrough - Piano Sam Bevan - Bass Mike Clark - Drums

Vinny Pastore's Holiday Jam - The Cutting Room
December 06, 2017 - New York

Vinny Pastore Vinny Pastore Features Vinny Pastore of "The Sopranos" fame, Eddie Denise, Al Orlo, The Baron, and Charlie Powers. With Special Guest Killer Joe and Tony "Bocci" Amato.

Joel Ross Good Vibes - Jazz Standard
December 06, 2017 - New York

"His style is so unique and developed that it changed my image of the vibraphone itself." (All About Jazz) "While Ross's sound is grounded in tradition, his rhythmic approach is very contemporary—intensely syncopated and excitingly abstract." (Kevin Laskey) "A bright young vibraphonist on his own rocket-like trajectory,...he's somebody I'll keep my eye on in the coming months." (The New York Times) Yes, everybody's talking about Joel Ross and his dynamic new approach to jazz vibraphone — especially since the release (in August '17) of his outstanding debut album GOOD VIBES. Joel has performed with jazz veterans like Herbie Hancock and Christian McBride as well as such gifted contemporaries as Ambrose Akinmusire and Gerald Clayton. Don't miss this rising star of modern music in his first appearance on our stage with an in-demand band — make your reservations now! Joel Ross – vibraphone Immanuel Wilkins – alto saxophone Aaron Parks – piano Harish Raghavan – bass Marcus Gilmore – drums

Awkward High Five Open Mic - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 06, 2017 - New York

Awkward High Five Open Mic Five dollar, Five minute comedy open mic, 12 spots max, list goes out at 10pm. Hosted by Max Halpert every Wednesday at 11pm. $5 for Citizens, $3 for PITizens

Hans Calmann and the American Market for Old Master Drawings, 1937–1973 - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 06, 2017 - New York

Jennifer Tonkovich

Recess - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 06, 2017 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

Western Caravan - Hill Country
December 06, 2017 - NY

The Western Caravan featuring Thirsty Dave was formed in 1995 by guitarist Whit Smith (now with Austin-based Hot Club Of Cowtown). This 8-piece Western Swing Orchestra has been serving up classic Country, Western Swing and Honky-Tonk standards as well as their own engaging originals to New York's connoisseurs and homesick Texans ever since.

The-Dream: the Young Legend of Love Tour - The Gramercy Theatre
December 06, 2017 - Manhattan

In 1998, he joined a singing group who featured on local legend Raheem's, "Most Beautiful Girl." Shortly after, the group disassembled and Terius Nash was reborn. By 2003, after sharpening his pen and being sought after locally in Atlanta, the Bankhead prodigy would land his first real record on then platinum group B2K, penning the R&B jam "Everything." This song marked the first time The Dream had been professionally compensated as a Songwriter and earned him his first publishing contract with Peer Music. While Dream saw moderate success in the early 2000's it was the one record given to the Barbadian princess in 2007 that to this day has been the pivotal record that changed sound and song for his generation. The song was "Umbrella," a record written along side music legend Tricky Stewart. "Umbrella" would go on to break domestic and international records while on its way to winning the first Grammy for Rihanna and also adding another Gold statue to Shawn "Jay Z" Carter's discography.

Adrienne Haan - Metropolitan Room
December 06, 2017 - New York

Sounds Of The Season – A Christmas Spectacular Adrienne Haan presents a joyful holiday show featuring America's most beloved Christmas songs combined with traditional European holiday carols. The program spreads a message of love, good will and peace through the beautiful sounds of Christmas classics. The diverse selection of repertoire, with lyrics and music that lives on through the generations, includes works from J.S. Bach to Irving Berlin. These treasured pieces are "forever" Christmas cards performed in English, German, French or Spanish by Ms. Haan with her unique personal flair. With Richard Danley on piano and Mike Campenni on drums

Menashe - Baruch Performing Arts Center
December 06, 2017 - New York

Filmmaker Joshua Z. Weinstein filmed his feature with Yiddish speaking nonprofessional actors in Brooklyn who are members of the Hasidic Jewish community, many of whom are reluctant to participate in such endeavors. The film focuses on the real man, Menashe Lustig and is a comedy loosely based on his life. Lustig is a store clerk in the film who is going against traditional norms in Hasidic society in trying to regain custody of his son following the death of his wife. Since Hasidic society does not permit household with children to lack a mother, his son is forced to reside in the home of his deceased wife’s family members until he remarries. Themes of family, tradition, and community are intertwined in this Yiddish language film.

Laugh and a Draft - The Pit Underground
December 07, 2017 - New York City

Laugh and a Draft is a comedy variety show hosted and produced by Jared Wilder featuring the best up and coming talent in New York blending stand up, improvisation, sketch comedy, and live performance all together like a live action version of The Muppet Show.

Megumi Yonezawa Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 07, 2017 - New York

Megumi Yonezawa - Piano Mike McGuirk - Bass Adam Nussbaum - Drums

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan Duo - Jazz Standard
December 07, 2017 - New York

n his New York Times review of Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan's Small Town (5.19.2017), Giovanni Russonello called the former "a giant of improvised music, whose smoldering, tube–amplified guitar sound never loses its air of positivist contemplation." As for bassist Morgan, some 30 years Frisell's junior, "his warm and serious bass tone can assimilate itself into almost any band, becoming the music's sturdy architecture without compromising his own blunt power." In 2005, Bill Frisell's Unspeakable won the GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Album; recorded live in New York, Small Town is his first album for ECM Records as a leader/co–leader since Lookout For Hope in 1988. "It's in the more naked, completely vulnerable environs of the duo—where the need for musical trust is, perhaps, at its most crucial—that the profound chemistry shared by these two thoroughly synchronized players becomes even clearer." (All About Jazz) Bill Frisell - guitar Thomas Morgan - bass

National Scandal - The Pit Underground
December 08, 2017 - New York City

National Scandal is a tight sketch comedy ensemble with a focus on collaborative writing straight from the groin. The team dissects society and politics in order to find its beautifully flawed human core. Like your scientist friend who gets too drunk at a dinner party, National Scandal is smart yet unpredictable. They're the dirty freaks you wouldn't mind introducing to your parents. Cast: Jenifer Bloodsworth Parker Denton Jonathan Desley Patrick Jones Sarah Nowak Meghan O'Malley Holden McNeely (director) Art: Jenifer Bloodsworth

Bragging Rights - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 08, 2017 - New York City

A group of comedians and actors that have been drafted into 2 separate teams go head to head for laughs where the audience will vote on which team was the funniest, thus earning Bragging Rights. It's like Fantasy Football, but for Comedy!

Sacha Boutros Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 08, 2017 - New York

Sacha Boutros - Vocals John Di Martino - Piano Boris Kozlov - Bass Vince Cherico - Drums

Ancient and Contemporary Songs of Galicia, Spain: Mercedes Peón - The Graduate Center, CUNY
December 08, 2017 - Manhattan, NYC

A US debut! Mercedes Peón (from La Coruña, Galicia) is an outstanding singer, Galician bagpiper, and multi-percussionist, who has dedicated herself to recovering traditional music in her native Spain. Peón has pioneered the formation of various female groups, received many awards, and performed at festivals throughout the world. “She has the aesthetic audacity of Björk, the emotional depth of PJ Harvey, and more rhythms than Fatboy Slim” — El Mundo (Spain)

The Dessoff Choirs Performs a Trio of Holiday Concerts - St. Peter's Church
December 08, 2017 - New York

Hailed as “one of the great amateur choruses of our time (New York Today) for its “full-bodied sound and suppleness (The New York Times),” The Dessoff Choirs celebrates the holiday season with a trio of festive concerts. Now in its 93rd year, The Dessoff Choirs continues to wow audiences with its seasonal repertoire and contemporary arrangement of carols performed in some of New York City’s most beautiful churches. This season’s offerings include a sing-in of Handel’s Messiah (the quintessential classical music highpoint of the Christmas season), Bernstein’s Simchu na celebrating the start of Hanukkah, and works by New York City-based composers: Ola Gjeilo, Nancy Wertsch, Gregg Smith, and James Bassi—to name a few.

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan Duo - Jazz Standard
December 08, 2017 - New York

n his New York Times review of Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan's Small Town (5.19.2017), Giovanni Russonello called the former "a giant of improvised music, whose smoldering, tube–amplified guitar sound never loses its air of positivist contemplation." As for bassist Morgan, some 30 years Frisell's junior, "his warm and serious bass tone can assimilate itself into almost any band, becoming the music's sturdy architecture without compromising his own blunt power." In 2005, Bill Frisell's Unspeakable won the GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Album; recorded live in New York, Small Town is his first album for ECM Records as a leader/co–leader since Lookout For Hope in 1988. "It's in the more naked, completely vulnerable environs of the duo—where the need for musical trust is, perhaps, at its most crucial—that the profound chemistry shared by these two thoroughly synchronized players becomes even clearer." (All About Jazz) Bill Frisell - guitar Thomas Morgan - bass

A Christmas Carol - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 08, 2017 - New York

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst ? (1951, 86 minutes) This classic adaption of Charles Dickens's beloved novel follows the stingy businessman Ebenezer Scrooge (Alastair Sim) as he is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future in Victorian London. Scrooge is given one last chance to change his ways and learn the meaning of Christmas to save himself from the grim fate that befell his unfortunate business partner Jacob Marley (Michael Hordern).

Italian, Dutch, and Flemish Drawings in the Thaw Collection - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 08, 2017 - New York

Ilona van Tuinen, Annette and Oscar de la Renta Assistant Curator, Drawings and Prints & Marco Simone Bolzoni, Moore Curatorial Fellow, Drawings and Print

Paul Binder - Metropolitan Room
December 08, 2017 - New York

Paul Binder Musical Director Dennis Buck After a successful benefit performance of PAUL BINDER RISKS HIS LIFE here at the Metropolitan Room in 2016, Paul Binder will return with a new cabaret: THE TALL AND THE SHORT OF IT! B ............................................................................ PAUL BINDER — street juggler, talent booker for Merv Griffin, floor manager for Julia Child, Sesame Street regular, and founder of the Big Apple Circus—has lived and worked with the finest circus artists from around the globe. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Paul trained with the San Francisco Mime Troupe before travelling across Europe with Michael Christensen as street jugglers. He returned to New York with the dream to create a theatrically excellent, yet artistically intimate American circus, and in 1977, the Big Apple Circus was born. In July of 2009, Paul stepped out of the ring, but he continues to work with the Big Apple Circus as a senior advisor. The New York Landmarks Conservancy has designated him a "Living Landmark." Paul recently published his memoir Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion and Other Uncommon Tales from the Founder of the Big Apple Circus, with a fo... (read more)

Dorothy Bishop - Metropolitan Room
December 08, 2017 - New York

The Dozen Divas Show starring Dorothy Bishop Nominated by Broadway World for Best NYC Musical Comedy Cabaret Show 2013!!! "12 Divas wrapped up into one dynamite package! Dorothy lovingly sends up a fully costumed, vocally brilliant tribute to the worlds greatest singing icons from Cher to Adele. This show never disappoints!" Dorothy Bishop is a multi-character female vocalist who can serve you Cher, Madonna, Streisand, Dolly Parton, even Joan Rivers - all in one night! "Bishop has an incredible ability to get an audience going and can achieve one of the most difficult tasks as a performer… get full on participation from the crowd!" --NY POST The Vocal range of Barbra Streisand and Judy Garland to Stevie Nicks and Adele, The comedic chops of Madeline Kahn and Judy Tenuta, The glamour of Cher and Marlene Dietrich, the sex appeal and cheeky humor of Dolly Parton and Mae West. Dorothy Bishop is a hilarious Diva Impersonator Extraordinaire! Dorothy Bishop was a Nationally Televised Finalist on Americas Got Talent Season Four! She has performed her imposter show all over the world, in clubs, cruise ships and corporate events as well as appearances at Car... (read more)

Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 08, 2017 - New York

Declan Kiely, Director of Exhibitions, The New York Public Library, and exhibition curator

Ryche Chlanda and Flying Dreams - The Cutting Room
December 09, 2017 - New York

Called one of "the key trendsetters in the genre" – Ion Indie Magazine, Ryche Chlandra and Flying Dreams are officially releasing their initial eponymous LP via TransGlobal® and distributed by Sony's The Orchard. Their initial release is available for downloading through virtually every major digital outlet in the world. Guitarist/songwriter Ryche Chlandra (Fire Ballet, Renaissance, Nektar) recently commented he is "ecstatic that the album has such wide distribution". Bassist and co-producer Ron Bienstock (Another Pretty Face, The Suits, Blue East) added that The Orchard was "an obvious choice and home for the metro-based Flying Dreams". Ryche Chlandra and Flying Dreams LP (as well as the "Disconnected" single is available worldwide through Amazon, iTunes and all major digital outlets. Added bonus: a newly recorded track, entitled "Disconnected" featuring new bandmate and keyboard wiz, Kendall Scott (Project Object) and drummer Jay Dittarno (various Zappa bands amongst others), is being released simultaneously with the LP. Speaking of, the initial LP was mixed and mastered in part by Gordon Bahary (Electric Kingdom) and the resounding reviews echo that collaboration. For example,... (read more)

Watson Adventures’ Ho-Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt - Paley Park
December 09, 2017 - New York

Kids and adults discover the best of midtown’s lavish holiday displays on this seasonal scavenger hunt, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, Grand Central Terminal, the model train display in the Transit Museum Annex, and other festive highlights. You’ll also visit locations from famous holiday movies such as Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooged and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Gas Station Horror - The Pit Underground
December 09, 2017 - New York City

Gas Station Horror is a monthly, high-energy improv show that turns terrible horror movies into excellent comedy. Host J. W. Crump is joined by a talented group of horror-philes from the major comedy theaters in New York. After playing clips from low-rent horror movies, the improvisers take the stage to finish the scene in new and hilarious ways. Every show features movie fun-facts, brand-new clips, and a sponsored raffle where audience members have the chance to win free DVDs and other prizes. Most shows take place at the Peoples Improv Theater. Check out the Upcoming Shows section to find out when the next Gas Station Horror is premiering. GSH has been featured as a hot pick in the skint, Hy Reviews, The Blot, Time Out NY, and Horror Society, among many others! "GSH manages to be all of the things we want from a comedy show - slick, silly, welcoming, and hilarious from house open to post-show. J. W. Crump created a monster, and invites the whole city to come laugh at it." - Kevin Laibson, Former PIT Artistic Director Gas Station Horror is J. W. Crump, Sean Reidy, Connor McClure, B. J. Thorne, Josh Krebs, Kaitlin Fontana, Sam Jackel, Michelle Francesca Thomas, Keisha Zollar, T... (read more)

Janice Friedman Trio - The Kitano New York
December 09, 2017 - New York

Janice Friedman - Piano Bass - TBA Drums - TBA

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan Duo - Jazz Standard
December 09, 2017 - New York

n his New York Times review of Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan's Small Town (5.19.2017), Giovanni Russonello called the former "a giant of improvised music, whose smoldering, tube–amplified guitar sound never loses its air of positivist contemplation." As for bassist Morgan, some 30 years Frisell's junior, "his warm and serious bass tone can assimilate itself into almost any band, becoming the music's sturdy architecture without compromising his own blunt power." In 2005, Bill Frisell's Unspeakable won the GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Album; recorded live in New York, Small Town is his first album for ECM Records as a leader/co–leader since Lookout For Hope in 1988. "It's in the more naked, completely vulnerable environs of the duo—where the need for musical trust is, perhaps, at its most crucial—that the profound chemistry shared by these two thoroughly synchronized players becomes even clearer." (All About Jazz) Bill Frisell - guitar Thomas Morgan - bass

Smokestack Brunch: Alex Goodman - Jazz Standard
December 09, 2017 - New York

Jazz Standard's brunch series, "The Smokestack" continues, now on Saturdays! Offering a $35 all-inclusive ticket which includes a complete meal of Blue Smoke brunch & a cocktail. The menu celebrates the diverse culinary traditions of the American South with a range of soulful barbecue classics alongside revived family recipes and new favorites from Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois. This Canadian guitarist has been on our stage before working in Roxy Coss' group, but today we celebrate his first engagement as a leader at Jazz Standard. You may have seen him around town, but if you haven't, you could always trust the audience at the 2014 Montreux Guitar competition, where Alex took home 1st Place and the Audience Choice Award. Alex Goodman - guitar Matt Marantz - saxophone Eden Ladin - piano Rick Rosato - bass Jimmy Macbride - drums

Megg Farrell + Friends - Hill Country
December 09, 2017 - NY

Born in Manhattan, raised in New Jersey, matured in Paris, Asheville, and Brooklyn, Megg Farrell's music encapsulates all of her travels and experiences into one beautifully eclectic blend of honest simplicity and musical sophistication. When she was 16, she began singing blues music her father taught her and her own original tunes the East Village. At 18, she left New York for North Carolina and worked along the river learning folk traditions of the South. A few years later she moved to Paris to study jazz. Her music retained the stomp of the Southern influence and the blues of her childhood influences but added a new level of vocal and harmonic complexity. She now lives in Brooklyn where she has been professionally singing in the jazz world for four years. Her newest concoction Megg Farrell & Friends has brought her full circle back into her original music. She performs with musicians from the jazz word performing country numbers, blues, and her original folk. In 2016 she released her first full length album Fear Nothing which sprung this group into action. Fear Nothing is a mix of songs she has written throughout these years of growth, travel, romance, sorrow, and unabashed joie... (read more)

Sketching in the Gallery - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 09, 2017 - New York

Susan Stillman, Artist and Parsons The New School for Design faculty member Spend two hours sketching, drawing inspiration from works in the Morgan's current exhibitions. Professional artists and educators will be available to assist you. Open to artists of all levels. This program is limited to 12 people on a first come, first served basis. Stools, boards, a selection of pencils, and drawing paper will be provided. While personal sketchbooks are allowed, ink, paint, markers, charcoal, chalk, pastels, folding stools, and easels are not permitted in the galleries.

Dion Flynn Works Well with Others - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 09, 2017 - New York

DION FLYNN is best known as Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has over 60 appearances as 14 different characters on both The Tonight Show & Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon. Cited by Oprah aMagazine as "one of our favorite creative thinkers..." Dion's solo improv has been described as: "Alternately maniacal and tender, vulnerable and ballsy, Dion Flynn looses his brand of liquid, synapse-rich comedy in an evening of interactive improv which takes the audience on a loopy, looping comic odyssey from which the ghosts of Orson Welles and Spalding Grey are never far. Flynn's mind is both shock and absorber, as spongy and receptive as the suspension in a New York taxicab: pretty soon, you're flying." — Tom Shone, Film Critic, Intelligent Life "Dion Flynn's solo theatrical improvisations are what it would be if Jackson Pollack and James Joyce did comedy." -An audience member named Nick, pressed for comment during a show by Dion. "Dion's solo performance at The PIT is an experience. He takes the audience on the same journey he is going through as he figures out his show/performance art piece/happening. And it's all in an empty space, armed with only a microphone, a... (read more)

North Coast - The Pit Underground
December 09, 2017 - New York City

With a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City, North Coast's explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show's improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer and World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as "mind-blowing" and "next level" by critics and audiences alike. Named one of the "Top Ten Best Comedy Shows" by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured on MTV, Vh1, in Slate's Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings. Currently, you can catch them performing every Saturday night.

John Minnock - Metropolitan Room
December 09, 2017 - New York

"Every Day Blues" A new-breed vocalist who infuses diversity and modern interpretation into his jazz and blues show, John Minnock first gained popularity in Boston and is now a resident performer at the Metropolitan Room. He is the recipient of the "HotHouse Jazz 2016 Fans Decision Metropolitan Room Award", and recently released his debut album "Every Day Blues" (available at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and CDBaby). An audience favorite rapidly building a large New York following, John combines great originality, musicality and showmanship with clever wit and irreverent comedy, presenting a high-energy and entertaining evening of jazz, blues, funk and R&B. "Like the best Irish coffee, Minnock's voice is smooth and bold, with a good dose of Bushmills to give it a smoldering kick…stellar chops…creative phrasing; impressive scatting" (Kevin Scott Hall, Bistro Awards). A classically trained musician, John's vocalizing recalls the likes of Billy Eckstein, Lou Rawls, George Benson and B.B. King. He often branches out into jazz improvisation and scat singing, and brings a rich history of the music to every performance. His wide repertoire of song renditions spans classic artists ... (read more)

Hanjo - Japan Society
Through December 09, 2017 - New York

ased on a 14th-century noh play with the same title, Hanjo, by provocative Japanese author Yukio Mishima (1925-1970), is a timeless tale of love, loneliness and betrayal. New York's beloved SITI Company unveils Mishima's story as a bilingual triptych in which the actors rotate through each character role. The production weaves noh theater's elegance, expressiveness and economy, together with techniques of contemporary theater, to shed light on identity, gender, language, and ultimately the art of acting. Performed in English and Japanese. Director: Leon Ingulsrud Cast: Akiko Aizawa, Gian-Murray Gianino, Stephen Duff Webber, Christian Frederickson (viola) Scenic/Lighting Designer: Brian H Scott Costume Designer: Mariko Ohigashi Sound Designer/Original Composition: Christian Frederickson Production Stage Manager: Ellen Mezzera

Brunch With Santa - Bierhaus Nyc
December 10, 2017 - New York

TAGGED CHRISTMAS, SANTA, BRUNCH

10k Jam Jam - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 10, 2017 - New York

Love Improv but tired of those late night jam sessions? If you said, "YES! Dear God YES!" then come join us every Sunday at 5:30pm for the 10k JAM JAM! Hosted by a rotating team from the 10,000 Hours roster. 10,000 Hours designed was for improv students of all levels, to build their improv skills without breaking their budget.

Gary Austin's - the Classroom - The Pit Underground
December 10, 2017 - New York City

Gary Austin, the founder of the Groundlings, created this form called The Classroom. What's that? Think, the Learning Annex, with a twist. Created instantly on the spot with its roots in improvisational theatre, watch The Classroom break all the rules in this one of a kind show. The Featuring Cast of Gary Austin's The Classroom is Irene Carroll, Lulu French, Mark Hudson, Katie Lazarus, Catherine Santino, Mike Sause, Stephen Thornton, Scotty Watson, and Jared Wilder.

10,000 Hours - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 10, 2017 - New York

ALL work and NO play? No Way! 10,000 Hours is a PIT program designed for improv students of all levels to get more practice to build their improv skills without breaking their budget. With the help of some of The PIT's most talented faculty, staff, and house team members volunteering their valuable time to coach, these ambitious students are ready to showcase their hard work. Support your improv community by checking out a fun and inspiring show full talented individuals.

Pluto Is Missing! a Not-So-Planetary Musical - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 10, 2017 - New York City

It's the year 2006 and big news has just hit the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified! From planet down to... dwarf planet? Or even just an asteroid?! Oh, brother. What's a celestial body to do? It'll take some interstellar friends (and a few down here on Earth) to figure it out. "Pluto Is Missing!" is a new musical for all ages (and planetoids) By Chris Mann & Emily Duncan.

George London Foundation Recital - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 10, 2017 - New York

Pairs of stellar opera singers, many of whom were winners of a George London prize early in their careers, or recent George London Award recipients, perform in this annual series of recitals. A reception with the artists follows each recital. ?? Marjorie Owens, soprano Quinn Kelsey, baritone Myra Huang, piano? Marjorie Owens this past season appeared at the Semperoper Dresden as Dorotka in Schwanda, as Senta in The Flying Dutchman with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and the title role of Leonore with Washington Concert Opera.

Student Driver: Indie Road - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 10, 2017 - New York

Watch out! Student Driver: Indie Road is shaking up the PIT Underground! Come revel in the fun, supportive vibe as we celebrate New York City's indie-improv community and beyond! Each week, two kick-ass indie teams dominate the stage, followed by the fast-paced, down-and-dirty moves of host team, Student Driver. Catch future superstars in a new team debut and say you knew them when! Bow down to seasoned veterans flexing their improv might! Eat cake because it's somebody's birthday! Your place is here, your time is now!

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
December 10, 2017 - New York

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

Bill Frisell / Thomas Morgan Duo - Jazz Standard
December 10, 2017 - New York

In his New York Times review of Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan's Small Town (5.19.2017), Giovanni Russonello called the former "a giant of improvised music, whose smoldering, tube–amplified guitar sound never loses its air of positivist contemplation." As for bassist Morgan, some 30 years Frisell's junior, "his warm and serious bass tone can assimilate itself into almost any band, becoming the music's sturdy architecture without compromising his own blunt power." In 2005, Bill Frisell's Unspeakable won the GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Contemporary Jazz Album; recorded live in New York, Small Town is his first album for ECM Records as a leader/co–leader since Lookout For Hope in 1988. "It's in the more naked, completely vulnerable environs of the duo—where the need for musical trust is, perhaps, at its most crucial—that the profound chemistry shared by these two thoroughly synchronized players becomes even clearer." (All About Jazz) Bill Frisell - guitar Thomas Morgan - bass

Jim Dawson - Cutting Room
December 10, 2017 - New York

Jim Dawson Jim Dawson Jim's Holiday Celebration! From silly to serious. with Seth David Walter, Ritt Henn, and Marshal Rosenberg Jim's Bio: Jim's Dawson's musical style is Adult Contemporary/ Pop/ Folk/ Theater. His concert presentation, his immediate connection to his audience, his voice and songwriting, his compelling positive delivery of one-ness and togetherness, as well as his humor, continues to touch audiences all over the world.

Trent Armand Kendall + Brass Illusion's Reluctant Holiday Jam! - Cutting Room
December 10, 2017 - New York

Broadway's renaissance man, international headliner, and recording artist Trent Armand Kendall and the best horn band in the land, Brass ILLUSION, return to their New York City home (The Cutting Room ) with their brand new holiday concert. The eclectic playlist of bonafide hits from "then and now" is an exciting fusion of jazz, blues, rock and soul with the dynamic Brass ILLUSION twist that always brings audiences to their feet and leaves them dancing in the aisles! Say farewell to another year. Raise a glass, celebrate, and forget your worries while groovin' to Brass ILLUSION favorites and seasonal classics by Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway, Al Jarreau, Mariah Carey and many more; all delivered with Kendall's high energy, gritty, transformative vocals.

Teev Presents Hadag Nahash with Special Guest Hanan Ben Ari - The Gramercy Theatre
December 10, 2017 - New York

Cooming out of Jerusalem in 1996 HADAG NAHASH, became the biggest band Israel has to offer. Its music combines fresh Hip Hop, rock, reggae and funk sounds, and serves as a melting pot of tight grooves with Middle Eastern flavor. Their unique sound attracted many dedicated followers, as well as vast media reception. They've gained momentum year after year, and today are considered the best selling Hip Hop artist in Israel. Starting early on in their career, Hadag Nahash managed to walk the fine line between popularity to social agenda. Known for their fevering agenda, they've become the critics and social moral of the Israeli society. Their songs promote equality and civil rights, and create a soundtrack to the local struggle against racism and corruption.

Corinna Sowers-Adler - Metropolitan Room
December 10, 2017 - New York

María de Echevarría: Fields of Light and Color - Saint Peter's Church
Through December 10, 2017 - New York

Nature, once again, inspired the Argentinian painter María de Echevarría to create a set of abstract and semi-abstract landscapes, of which more than 20 are presented in this exhibit. "In all these paintings my aim is to convey my emotional response and artistic vision to the magnificent light and colors observed in fields, skies and water from dawn to sunset." María started painting in 1991. Since then, her art education has been the never-ending process that takes place mainly during the actual act of painting. There is also the study and direct observation of works by masters like Georgia O'Keeffe and Mark Rothko. She took classes at The Art Student League of New York and studied under the Peruvian painter Reynaldo Bisetti in New York. De Echevarría has shown her work extensively in and out of New York. Examples in New York are the one-artist exhibits at the United Nations Headquarters, the Living Room Gallery of Saint Peter's Church and the Consulate of Argentina. Galleries in SoHo and Chelsea have presented her work in individual and group shows as well.

Morgan Explorers: Family Drop-In Museum Experience - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 10, 2017 - New York

On the second Sunday of each month, families can enjoy a drop-in experience in Mr. Morgan's 1906 library. Discover art activities, handle touch objects, and get your questions answered by a Morgan educator. Learn more about the myths and stories on the famous ceilings, roll a sample cylinder seal, and get up close and personal with medieval bookmaking materials!

The Power Exchange - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 11, 2017 - New York

STAND-UP COMEDY $5 OPEN MIC 5 minutes 15 spots max. Sign up and feel the power! Hosted by John Field every Monday at 11pm.

Base Jam - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 11, 2017 - New York

Come to Base Jam: New York City's most fun improv jam with an awesome party vibe! This jam is not only ideal for those new to the stage, but also improv veterans. We welcome all to participate. Let's face it: Getting better at improv is about getting stage time and practicing in front of an audience. So leap first, then look for a place to land....or just keep flying! Hosted by Ray Munoz

Karen Malpede's Plays in Time - The Segal Center
December 11, 2017 - New York

Join us to celebrate the launch of Karen Malpede's new book, Plays in Time, honoring twenty-two years of Theater Three Collaborative. The afternoon will feature the premiere public reading of Malpede's new play, Other than We–a futuristic Climate-Fiction tragi-comedy for the Anthropocene age. The evening will present excerpted readings from the anthology Plays in Time published by Intellect, 2017. Readings will include The Beekeeper's Daughter, Prophecy, Another Life, and Extreme Whether by Theater Three Collaborative actors and contributors to the book: Kathleen Chalfant, Christen Clifford, Najla Said, and George Bartenieff. Followed by a discussion about Theater Three Collaborative's antiwar and ecojustice plays in the US and Europe with artists and scholars represented in the book. Panelists include theatre professors Marvin Carlson and Cindy Rosenthal, actor Kathleen Chalfant, and the theater's founders–George Bartenieff, and Karen Malpede, moderated by Frank Hentschker. There will be live music by Arthur Rosen. Karen Malpede, Photo by Ron Morrison Since their inception in 1995, Theater Three Collaborative has been creating, developing, and producing poetic, ch... (read more)

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
December 11, 2017 - New York

The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band performs another month of "Mingus Mondays" dedicated to the music of legendary jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979). "Mingus' diverse repertoire includes everything from gospel hollers and church music to lush ballads, swinging dance tunes, bebop and the blues…The music is, like Mingus himself, earthy, passionate, soul-ful and intense – and at all times swinging." (NPR)

Sammy Wilk & Derek Luh - The Gramercy Theatre
December 11, 2017 - New York

Age Restriction: All Ages. General Admission Only. Sam Wilkinson, better known as Sammy Wilk, is a musician, model, and social media influencer who shot to fame for his activities on social media platforms such as Vine, Twitter, and Instagram. What originally started as casual collaborations with his best buddies in 2014, has now become a full-fledged career for Sammy. With time, his fan base, followers, and viewers have increased, along with engagement on all of his social media platforms. At 24 years of age, Derek Luh has created a noteworthy buzz reinventing himself as a savvy lyricist by perfecting his signature flow. The young artist's future is bright and exciting as he gears up to release his latest project, marking the beginning of a new chapter in his life. In 2013, Derek first broke onto the scene with his debut mixtape, "L.A. Confidential", which featured the likes of Mark Battles, Lola Monroe, Dizzy Wright, and Jarron Benton.

Sfm's Indie Hour - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 11, 2017 - New York

Remember 2003 when you went to go see The Strokes and this fun, new band called Kings of Leon opened for them? I guess you could say you knew them when... Now welcoming to Super Free Monday, the SFM Indie Hour! Come see the hottest, freshest, indie improv teams around as they rev you up for your favorite house teams!

Impro-Vention - The Pit Underground
December 12, 2017 - New York City

Come see what happens when a group of friends gather for an intervention. Watch as grievances are aired out, relationships are pushed to the limit and friendships are destroyed! Oh, and did I mention that it's completely IMPROVISED? YOU will provide us with an intervention topic and witness the madness that ensues! C'mon, you know you've always wanted to be part of an intervention...

Rad Motel - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 12, 2017 - New York City

New York city's oldest sketch comedy group of the year, Rad Motel is a collection of dear friends who first performed together at Brown University. Today their credits include ClickHole, Funny or Die, College Humor, People, Vh1, SPIKE, AOL, CMT, The YES Network and many other basic cable channels. Come check in for new videos, live show information and free HBO. Enjoy your stay

Daddies Issues - The Pit Underground
December 12, 2017 - New York City

BRING ON THE ABANDONMENT ISSUES AND UNDYING DESIRE FOR APPROVAL FROM YOUR FATHER Daddies Issues is a father / daughter hosted two-prov show that explores the absurdities of relationships, generataional shifts and challanges social norms. LET'S GET WEIRD.

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet - Jazz Standard
December 12, 2017 - New York

All of us at Jazz Standard are proud and pleased to welcome back a true modern master of the jazz art, Joe Lovano, for his first appearance on our stage in several years. The saxophonist's latest release is Classic! Live At Newport – his 20th and final album for Blue Note Records – and this engagement will pair his golden horn with the wonderfully adept rhythm section of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Peter Slavov, and drummer Lamy Istrefi Jr. As a leader, Joe Lovano has released some 26 albums since 1985's Tones, Shapes & Colors (Soul Note) including his GRAMMY Award–winning 52nd Street Themes (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2000). As a sideman, he's worked with some of the best in the business including Steve Kuhn, Charlie Haden, and especially drummer Paul Motian with whom Lovano recorded seventeen albums from 1982–2006. "Lovano…fully justifies the growing view of him as an important, world–class jazz talent." (Los Angeles Times) "The tenor titan for our times!" (AllMusic) Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone Lawrence Fields – piano Peter Slavov – bass Lamy Istrefi Jr. – drums

Kiss on the Lips - The Pit Underground
December 12, 2017 - New York City

Kiss on the Lips is a sketch comedy group that performs monthly at the People's Improv Theater. They perform short and silly sketches, many of which contain music from the mid-2000s. Kiss on the Lips is Alex Guaglianone, Jonathan van Halem, and Garrett Verdone. They've opened for comedians like BJ Novak and Ben Kissel, among others.

Simply Unemployable - The Pit Underground
December 12, 2017 - New York City

Richie Moriarty and Matt Catanzano, the comedy duo from YouTube's Simply Unemployable, host "Simply Unemployable Live" at The PIT featuring a rotating cast of some of the funniest improvisers and stand-up comedians in New York. The show will include improv, stand-up, and other fun surprises!

What Town? the Musical - The Pit Underground
December 12, 2017 - New York City

In "What Town? The Musical" Katie Hammond and Daniel Tepper create an improvised musical on the spot, telling the story of a made up location provided by the audience. Katie Hammond and Daniel Tepper also play all of the characters in the town. It's hilarious. It's heartfelt. It's... What Town?

Curating Medieval Time - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 12, 2017 - New York

Treasures from the Vault: A Morgan Seminar Series Drawing upon the rich holdings of the Morgan's collections join curators and experts for an up close exploration of the Morgan's greatest treasures. Limited availability, advance registration required. Curating Medieval Time Roger S. Wieck, Melvin R. Seiden Curator and Department Head of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, will offer a sneak preview of a dozen manuscripts that will be included in his forthcoming exhibition, Now and Forever: The Art of Medieval Time (opening January 26, 2018). Mr. Wieck will talk about his selection of items, as well as the challenges and rewards of curation.

Bring It - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 12, 2017 - New York

Will Purpura hosts this stand up comedy open mic every Tuesday at 11pm. Sign up and you can be a part of the show! Each week, Will and his special guests will be joined by 10 additional acts whose names will be drawn from the golden bowl of destiny. Win "joke of the night" and you are guaranteed the first slot on the following Tuesday.

Power of Music Concert Series - Cutting Room
December 12, 2017 - New York

A transformational experience of live performances that explores and celebrates the healing force of music. Performances by Dina Fanai http://www.dinafanai.com Daniel's Music Foundation http://www.danielsmusic.org and other special guests.

Old School Sketch Show - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 12, 2017 - New York City

Come see an all-star cast of improvisers, sketch comedians and stand ups create a brand new show in only one week. After the show, watch improvised sketches based off of your suggestions, just like the Second City used to do!

Tinderella - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 12, 2017 - New York City

One-part stand-up comedy One-part dating game show One-part guess who? Tinderella is a monthly variety show that examines and pokes fun at the crazy era of modern digital romance. Bachelor/bachelorette stand-up comics perform for you, then participate in dating game show. Where they'll choose between three mystery contestants, the only information given comes from the contestant's REAL online mobile dating profile. How else does a performer find love in the crazy era of modern digital romance?

Cabaret Cares - Metropolitan Room
December 12, 2017 - New York

Cabaret Cares is the Award Winning benefit series that benefits Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit created by cabaret producer Joseph Macchia, Cabaret Cares is a ongoing monthly series that was created to benefit Help Is On The Way Today a non for profit organization that helps children,teens and youth living with HIV and AIDS. Once a month a new show is created and can feature Broadway show casts, up and coming talent and many of the New York Cabaret Community.

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet - Jazz Standard
December 13, 2017 - New York

All of us at Jazz Standard are proud and pleased to welcome back a true modern master of the jazz art, Joe Lovano, for his first appearance on our stage in several years. The saxophonist's latest release is Classic! Live At Newport – his 20th and final album for Blue Note Records – and this engagement will pair his golden horn with the wonderfully adept rhythm section of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Peter Slavov, and drummer Lamy Istrefi Jr. As a leader, Joe Lovano has released some 26 albums since 1985's Tones, Shapes & Colors (Soul Note) including his GRAMMY Award–winning 52nd Street Themes (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2000). As a sideman, he's worked with some of the best in the business including Steve Kuhn, Charlie Haden, and especially drummer Paul Motian with whom Lovano recorded seventeen albums from 1982–2006. "Lovano…fully justifies the growing view of him as an important, world–class jazz talent." (Los Angeles Times) "The tenor titan for our times!" (AllMusic) Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone Lawrence Fields – piano Peter Slavov – bass Lamy Istrefi Jr. – drums

Gil Spitzer Sextet - The Kitano New York
December 13, 2017 - New York

CD /Release "Speak Sweet" Gil Spitzer - Alto Sax Harry Allen - Tenor Sax Julian Shore - Piano Paul Bollenback - Guitar Nilson Matta - Bass Mauricio Zottarelli - Drums

June Millington - An evening of music and readings from her book 'Land of a Thousand Bridges ~ Island Girl in a Rock 'n Roll World' - The Cutting Room
December 13, 2017 - New York

June Millington, known especially as the guitarist in the band Fanny, will read from her book "Land of a Thousand Bridges ~ Island Girl in a Rock 'n Roll World" and play live with drummer Lee Madeloni. Musically, June's arc began with ukelele in the Philippines with her sister Jean (they are Filipina-American), continuing with their high school band in Sacramento in the 60's; and into Hollywoood with the band Fanny, recording four albums from 1969-1973 with Richard Perry and Todd Rundgren (one at the Beatles Apple Studio in London). June co-founded and currently teaches at IMA - the Institute for the Musical Arts - outside of Northampton, MA: the 5 colleges area. IMA is a non-profit institute for women and girls in music whose goal is to PLAY IT FORWARD in every way they can to future generations. With four Rock 'n Roll Girl's Camps each summer at "The Magical Queendom", one of them a Recording Camp, IMA is an ongoing success story that has built itself from the ground up since 1987. All profits from "Land of a Thousand Bridges" and this performance go to support IMA's programming.

Awkward High Five Open Mic - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 13, 2017 - New York

Awkward High Five Open Mic Five dollar, Five minute comedy open mic, 12 spots max, list goes out at 10pm. Hosted by Max Halpert every Wednesday at 11pm. $5 for Citizens, $3 for PITizens

Le Conversazioni: Films of My Life - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 13, 2017 - New York

Emma Cline & Erica Jong ?In celebration of the relationship between art, literature, and film, join Emma Cline, author of The Girls, and Erica Jong author of Fear of Flying, in a conversation on the films that have inspired their lives and work. Moderated by Antonio Monda, Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni festival. The exhibition Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas will be open at 6 pm for program attendees.

Recess - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 13, 2017 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet - Jazz Standard
December 14, 2017 - New York

All of us at Jazz Standard are proud and pleased to welcome back a true modern master of the jazz art, Joe Lovano, for his first appearance on our stage in several years. The saxophonist's latest release is Classic! Live At Newport – his 20th and final album for Blue Note Records – and this engagement will pair his golden horn with the wonderfully adept rhythm section of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Peter Slavov, and drummer Lamy Istrefi Jr. As a leader, Joe Lovano has released some 26 albums since 1985's Tones, Shapes & Colors (Soul Note) including his GRAMMY Award–winning 52nd Street Themes (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2000). As a sideman, he's worked with some of the best in the business including Steve Kuhn, Charlie Haden, and especially drummer Paul Motian with whom Lovano recorded seventeen albums from 1982–2006. "Lovano…fully justifies the growing view of him as an important, world–class jazz talent." (Los Angeles Times) "The tenor titan for our times!" (AllMusic) Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone Lawrence Fields – piano Peter Slavov – bass Lamy Istrefi Jr. – drums

Carl Bartlett Jr. Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 14, 2017 - New York

CD Release Event "Promise!" Carl Bartlett Jr - Sax Yoichi Uzeki - Piano Marcus McLaurine - Bass Sylvia Cuenca - Drums Charles Bartlett - Special Guest - Trumpet

Sunny Sweeney - Hill Country
December 14, 2017 - NY

Nashville, TN - Critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Sunny Sweeney will release her fourth album Trophy on March 10th via Thirty Tigers. Trophy, featuring the young troubadour's most serious set of songs, offers a new side of Sunny Sweeney. Rootsy and real, Trophy showcases Sweeney's maturation as a songwriter and as an artistgrowing into her own. Trophy is the follow-up to Provoked (2014), which offered a glimpse into where Sweeney was headed. Billboard, Rolling Stone Country, No Depression, The Washington Post and Elle are just a handful of the outlets that supported Sweeney's direction. NPR's All Things Considered said, "Sunny Sweeney has all the right stuff for country stardom - a Texas pedigree, a heart-melting voice, stunning looks and the ability to seem both tough and vulnerable". On Concrete, her 2011 major label release, Sweeney became the first female artist to reach the Top 10 on the country radio charts in over a decade. Sweeney has never been afraid to write about personal experiences, her unapologetic honesty and revealing vulnerability shows her as an artist who is equally as tough as she is tender. On Trophy it's clear that she's in a positive place, howeve... (read more)

Seafood Mayhem - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 15, 2017 - New York City

Put your fins, claws, and tentacles together for Seafood Mayhem: A deliciously battered and fried sketch show!

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet - Jazz Standard
December 15, 2017 - New York

All of us at Jazz Standard are proud and pleased to welcome back a true modern master of the jazz art, Joe Lovano, for his first appearance on our stage in several years. The saxophonist's latest release is Classic! Live At Newport – his 20th and final album for Blue Note Records – and this engagement will pair his golden horn with the wonderfully adept rhythm section of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Peter Slavov, and drummer Lamy Istrefi Jr. As a leader, Joe Lovano has released some 26 albums since 1985's Tones, Shapes & Colors (Soul Note) including his GRAMMY Award–winning 52nd Street Themes (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2000). As a sideman, he's worked with some of the best in the business including Steve Kuhn, Charlie Haden, and especially drummer Paul Motian with whom Lovano recorded seventeen albums from 1982–2006. "Lovano…fully justifies the growing view of him as an important, world–class jazz talent." (Los Angeles Times) "The tenor titan for our times!" (AllMusic) Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone Lawrence Fields – piano Peter Slavov – bass Lamy Istrefi Jr. – drums

Everyone's Carol - The Morgan Library & Museum
December 15, 2017 - New York

Join us for this bespoke, stripped down, everyman's version of Dickens's classic text about one last opportunity to make the wrong right. Over the past six years, thousands of people have seen and been part of the work, from London to New York City. This semi-staged production focuses on the original text and is told in a timeless manner. Actor Austin Pendleton's portrayal as a surprisingly pensive Scrooge will haunt you! With Jim Graseck, busker violinist. Created by Laurie Strickland and Jamie Bullins, produced by Grayce Productions. Appropriate for ages 10 and up. ??

Scott Siegel Presents - Metropolitan Room
December 15, 2017 - New York

Architecture of Time: Enoura Observatory, Where Consciousness & Memory Originate - Japan Society
December 15, 2017 - New York

oin exhibition artist Hiroshi Sugimoto for this introduction to Enoura Observatory, the headquarters of his Odawara Art Foundation, which received Japan Society grants in 2011 and 2014 and opened to the public this October. Over the past decade, Enoura Observatory has become a major focus of Sugimoto's practice. The campus includes capacious gallery and astronomical observation spaces, a tearoom and an outdoor Roman-inspired stone amphitheater with a glass stage. Sugimoto will also discuss his other recent architectural projects and their connection to his photographic practice and exhibitions, including Gates of Paradise. Followed by a book signing and reception with the artist. This lecture is the third in a three-part series organized in conjunction with Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise.

Watson Adventures’ Secrets of Grand Central Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Station
December 16, 2017 - New York

Discover hidden history, cool places, little-known passageways, and surprising sights in the amazing landmark terminal. You'll search for mysterious markings in the constellation ceiling, times for "ghost" trains in the former arrivals room, the gourmet extravaganza of the Grand Central Market, the architectural wonder of the Whispering Gallery, the delightful exhibits in the Transit Museum Annex, the dazzling art deco lobby of the Chrysler Building, surprising murals and carvings in the Graybar Passage, the snack heaven that is the Dining Concourse, hidden art, and more. A smartphone is required for each team to participate on this hunt. Advance ticket purchase required.

Ugly Sweater Contest - Bierhaus Nyc
December 16, 2017 - New York

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet - Jazz Standard
December 16, 2017 - New York

All of us at Jazz Standard are proud and pleased to welcome back a true modern master of the jazz art, Joe Lovano, for his first appearance on our stage in several years. The saxophonist's latest release is Classic! Live At Newport – his 20th and final album for Blue Note Records – and this engagement will pair his golden horn with the wonderfully adept rhythm section of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Peter Slavov, and drummer Lamy Istrefi Jr. As a leader, Joe Lovano has released some 26 albums since 1985's Tones, Shapes & Colors (Soul Note) including his GRAMMY Award–winning 52nd Street Themes (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2000). As a sideman, he's worked with some of the best in the business including Steve Kuhn, Charlie Haden, and especially drummer Paul Motian with whom Lovano recorded seventeen albums from 1982–2006. "Lovano…fully justifies the growing view of him as an important, world–class jazz talent." (Los Angeles Times) "The tenor titan for our times!" (AllMusic) Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone Lawrence Fields – piano Peter Slavov – bass Lamy Istrefi Jr. – drums

Smokestack Brunch: Kelly Green Trio - Jazz Standard
December 16, 2017 - New York

Jazz Standard's brunch series, "The Smokestack" continues, now on Saturdays! Offering a $35 all-inclusive ticket which includes a complete meal of Blue Smoke brunch & a cocktail. The menu celebrates the diverse culinary traditions of the American South with a range of soulful barbecue classics alongside revived family recipes and new favorites from Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois. Today we welcome vocalist and pianist Kelly Green for the record release of her recent album "Life Rearranged". "Kelly Green is one of the most talented and spirited people I know. Everything about her is joyous and swingin'!". - Christian McBride Kelly Green - piano and vocals TBA - bass Evan Hyde - drums

Dominick Pupa - The Cutting Room
December 16, 2017 - New York

Dominick Pupa returns to The Cutting Room to perform his annual holiday show, "Dom We Now Our Gay Apparel!" It's the all-new 2017 version of Dominick's hilarious take on the best and worst of the year in pop culture, along with holiday song parodies that guarantee you will never hear the Christmas classics quite the same way again.

Samantha Fish - Cutting Room
December 16, 2017 - New York

Whether one leans towards the blues, opts for Americana or ignites some special fervour by playing with a garage band, there's a common bond that suggests a reverence for the roots. Looking back towards an earlier template — no matter what the genre — proves the point that appreciating what came before can be a stepping stone for what comes next. Samantha Fish knows that all too well, and it's been evidenced in the music she's made her entire career. While she's well known as a purveyor of blues, having been lauded by such legends as Buddy Guy, the Royal Southern Brotherhood and Luther Dickinson, her real love is simply raw, scrappy rock and roll. "I grew up on it," she insists. "Working with Luther on my last album further instilled that spirit in me. It made me realize just how much that basic, unfettered sound means to me, and how well it ties into soul music, R&B, country and so many other forms of music that are essential even today." It's little wonder that when it came time to record her new album, Chills & Fever (released March 17, 2017), Fish set her sights on Detroit, the home of soul, Motown, legendary R&B as well as the much edgier rock-n-roll of Iggy Pop, Jack Whit... (read more)

Dion Flynn Works Well with Others - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 16, 2017 - New York

DION FLYNN is best known as Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has over 60 appearances as 14 different characters on both The Tonight Show & Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon. Cited by Oprah aMagazine as "one of our favorite creative thinkers..." Dion's solo improv has been described as: "Alternately maniacal and tender, vulnerable and ballsy, Dion Flynn looses his brand of liquid, synapse-rich comedy in an evening of interactive improv which takes the audience on a loopy, looping comic odyssey from which the ghosts of Orson Welles and Spalding Grey are never far. Flynn's mind is both shock and absorber, as spongy and receptive as the suspension in a New York taxicab: pretty soon, you're flying." — Tom Shone, Film Critic, Intelligent Life "Dion Flynn's solo theatrical improvisations are what it would be if Jackson Pollack and James Joyce did comedy." -An audience member named Nick, pressed for comment during a show by Dion. "Dion's solo performance at The PIT is an experience. He takes the audience on the same journey he is going through as he figures out his show/performance art piece/happening. And it's all in an empty space, armed with only a microphone, a... (read more)

North Coast - The Pit Underground
December 16, 2017 - New York City

With a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City, North Coast's explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show's improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer and World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as "mind-blowing" and "next level" by critics and audiences alike. Named one of the "Top Ten Best Comedy Shows" by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured on MTV, Vh1, in Slate's Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings. Currently, you can catch them performing every Saturday night.

Passport - The Pit Underground
December 16, 2017 - New York City

First improv show with a truly polyglot team. Show embraces different countries & cultures opening it up to interesting scenes. Language & unique characters adds to variety of traditional improv shows.

Bridge & Tunnel - The Pit Underground
December 16, 2017 - New York City

Bridge & Tunnel is a New York City-based sketch group. Performing together since 2012, Bridge & Tunnel hosts a monthly weekend show at The Peoples Improv Theater. They were official selections in the New York City Sketch Festival (2013, 2014, 2015), Boston Comedy Arts Festival (2014), and Montreal Sketchfest (2014, 2015, 2016) where, in 2014, they took home the "Best Newcomer" and "Yelp's Audience Choice" awards. In 2016, they performed two headlining shows at Montreal Sketchiest. Our members include writers/contributors to Saturday Night Live, The Onion, Huffington Post, Mad Magazine, Funny Or Die, Someecards, Splitsider, The Loom, The New Yorker and The Best Show with Tom Scharpling. Performers have also appeared on Hulu's Difficult People, Adult Swim, The Chris Gethard Show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Triumph The Insult Comic Dog's Election Special 2016, IFC.com, Above Average, and A Very Lady Gaga Thanksgiving. The troupe features Kristen Bartlett, Shira Danan, Will Gallagher, Jason Gore, Danielle Grace, Eliza Kingsbury, Adam Maid, & Jesse VandenBergh.

Up and Vanished Live - Gramercy Theatre
Through December 16, 2017 - New York

Experience the hit podcast Up and Vanished in it's first ever live tour! Host, Payne Lindsey, will reveal never before seen footage and exclusive audio from his 2 year investigation into the disappearance of Tara Grinstead; revisiting the untold stories of season 1, and revealing new evidence and theories on the case. Plus, a live audience Q&A with Lindsey and other Up and Vanished contributors!

Ken Peplowski/Frank Kimbrough Duo - The Kitano New York
Through December 16, 2017 - New York

Ken Peplowski - Sax/Clt. Frank Kimbrough - Piano

The Uncle Function Christmas (NOT Holiday) Spectacular! - The Pit
Through December 16, 2017 - New York City

Uncle Function, one of New York City’s premier sketch comedy troupes, will introduce a series of brand new sketches at their upcoming special edition comedy show The Uncle Function Christmas (NOT Holiday) Spectacular! at The Peoples Improv Theater - 123 East 24th St., Manhattan . After a successful show last holiday season, the Uncles will have THREE performances; Saturday, December 9th at 9:30pm, Thursday December 14th at 9:00PM and Saturday December 16th at 8:00PM. Tickets are $10 and are available for purchase at: https://thepit-nyc.com. Your favorite Uncles take on the likes of Rudolph, A Christmas Carol, The Little Drummer Boy and more in their uproarious new Holiday-- oops, sorry -- Christmas show. Guests are encouraged to wear their most beautiful Christmas sweaters- because ugly sweaters already have plenty parties in their honor and enough is enough! The Uncles are partnering with the Toys-For-Tots Foundation, and encourage all attendees to please bring a small toy or monetary donation that will be given to less fortunate children in the New York area. Uncle Function has been hailed as "one of the smartest, silliest, and most seductively satisfying shows ar... (read more)

Winter Journey: Prohibition, Sirens and Burlesque Brunch! - The Cutting Room
December 17, 2017 - New York

Hyper, holiday, and energetic, Revel Rouge presents "Winter Journey: Prohibition, Sirens and Burlesque Brunch!" Come follow the journey of Boudoir LeFleur into a magical world where you will meet classic characters you know and love....and each beloved character like you've never seen them before. This vivid brunch will feature: Snow Queen Sasha Lazard Siren Dina Fanai Snowman Hank Stampfl Misfit Toy Taradise Bizub and Snowflake Cassandra Estelle Expect the show to elevate off the stage into your lap. Sing along to familiar Holiday songs, classic show tunes and today's hit music. "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow", "Oh Holy Night", "Jingle Bells", "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and more. After all, what good is sitting alone in your room?

Brunch With Santa - Bierhaus Nyc
December 17, 2017 - New York

TAGGED CHRISTMAS, SANTA, BRUNCH

The North Woods Tour - Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
December 17, 2017 - Manhattan

The North Woods is the largest of the Park's three woodlands, offering people and wildlife a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City. Join us for this tour around tumbling waterfalls, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools, led by Central Park Conservancy guides. Highlights include Harlem Meer, Huddlestone Arch, the Loch, Glenspan Arch, several cascades, and the Pool.

Bucket of Fun - The Pit Underground
December 17, 2017 - New York City

Come join us as we turn all of your lonely aunt's favorite game shows into less lonely improv games. See two teams you've maybe heard of battle for, um, supremacy and most importantly...the Bucket of Fun.

10k Jam Jam - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 17, 2017 - New York

Love Improv but tired of those late night jam sessions? If you said, "YES! Dear God YES!" then come join us every Sunday at 5:30pm for the 10k JAM JAM! Hosted by a rotating team from the 10,000 Hours roster. 10,000 Hours designed was for improv students of all levels, to build their improv skills without breaking their budget.

Jazz for Kids - Jazz Standard
December 17, 2017 - New York

The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is a performance driven program that gives talented and dedicated young jazz musicians the opportunity to perform regularly in one of New York City's leading jazz clubs often with guest artists from the New York scene. The visiting guests give a workshop to the band members in addition to providing the experience of playing with the top musicians on the scene. On Sundays during the school year, the students rehearse and workshop in the room before opening the doors at 1:00pm and giving a concert that is free and open to the public at 2:00pm.

Joe Lovano Classic Quartet - Jazz Standard
December 17, 2017 - New York

All of us at Jazz Standard are proud and pleased to welcome back a true modern master of the jazz art, Joe Lovano, for his first appearance on our stage in several years. The saxophonist's latest release is Classic! Live At Newport – his 20th and final album for Blue Note Records – and this engagement will pair his golden horn with the wonderfully adept rhythm section of pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Peter Slavov, and drummer Lamy Istrefi Jr. As a leader, Joe Lovano has released some 26 albums since 1985's Tones, Shapes & Colors (Soul Note) including his GRAMMY Award–winning 52nd Street Themes (Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album, 2000). As a sideman, he's worked with some of the best in the business including Steve Kuhn, Charlie Haden, and especially drummer Paul Motian with whom Lovano recorded seventeen albums from 1982–2006. "Lovano…fully justifies the growing view of him as an important, world–class jazz talent." (Los Angeles Times) "The tenor titan for our times!" (AllMusic) Joe Lovano – tenor saxophone Lawrence Fields – piano Peter Slavov – bass Lamy Istrefi Jr. – drums

10,000 Hours - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 17, 2017 - New York

ALL work and NO play? No Way! 10,000 Hours is a PIT program designed for improv students of all levels to get more practice to build their improv skills without breaking their budget. With the help of some of The PIT's most talented faculty, staff, and house team members volunteering their valuable time to coach, these ambitious students are ready to showcase their hard work. Support your improv community by checking out a fun and inspiring show full talented individuals.

Pluto Is Missing! a Not-So-Planetary Musical - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 17, 2017 - New York City

It's the year 2006 and big news has just hit the Milky Way: Pluto has been reclassified! From planet down to... dwarf planet? Or even just an asteroid?! Oh, brother. What's a celestial body to do? It'll take some interstellar friends (and a few down here on Earth) to figure it out. "Pluto Is Missing!" is a new musical for all ages (and planetoids) By Chris Mann & Emily Duncan.

Student Driver: Indie Road - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 17, 2017 - New York

Watch out! Student Driver: Indie Road is shaking up the PIT Underground! Come revel in the fun, supportive vibe as we celebrate New York City's indie-improv community and beyond! Each week, two kick-ass indie teams dominate the stage, followed by the fast-paced, down-and-dirty moves of host team, Student Driver. Catch future superstars in a new team debut and say you knew them when! Bow down to seasoned veterans flexing their improv might! Eat cake because it's somebody's birthday! Your place is here, your time is now!

Eighteen Visions - The Gramercy Theatre
December 17, 2017 - New York

Age Restriction: 16+ Unless Accompanied by a Guardian Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event. OLD WOUNDS Taking a cue from venerable East Coast punk-metal/post-hardcore outfits like Deadguy, Turmoil, and Disembodied, New Jersey-based metallic hardcore trio Old Wounds formed in 2010. After issuing a pair of independent EPs, the band released their debut studio long-player, From Where We Came Is Where We'll Rest, via Glory Kid Ltd in 2013. Tourniquet was formed in Los Angeles in 1990. Eight full length albums, two EP's, one acoustic album, one "Best of" album, and six videos later, the members of Tourniquet remain committed to communicating the message of the Gospel through music. Tourniquet has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including HM magazine's Favorite Band, two CCM magazine #1 Rock Singles, many #1 Metal Singles, and six Dove Award nominations.

Lauren White & The Quinn Johnson Trio - Metropolitan Room
December 17, 2017 - New York

Lauren White & the Quinn Johnson Trio "Experiment: Inspired by the Recordings of Irene Kral" Lauren is a popular Los Angeles vocallist, who has performed extensively in venues throughout the city such as Catalina Jazz Club, Upstairs At Vitello's, Feinstein's At The Cinegrill and the Legendary Cinegrill at The Hollywood Roosevelt. "Experiment" is the second collaboration for Lauren with Quinn Johnson producing. Their previous cd, "Meant To Be", is highly regarded for it's adventurous spirit and exquisite arrangements and received considerable airplay. Quinn Johnson is the longtime Musical Director for Steve Tyrell and frequently appears in the Clare Fischer Band, playing the Claire Fischer parts in their various incarnations, for which they won a recent Latin Grammy for best album.

The Mad Ones - 59E59 Theaters
Through December 17, 2017 - New York

Prospect Theater Company presents THE MAD ONES by Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk directed by Stephen Brackett Mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved...Samantha Brown balances on the edge of her future, car keys in hand. As she sits in the driver's seat, she faces a choice: will she follow in her mother's footsteps, or take the dare of her impetuous best friend and chart a new path? This contemporary and compelling score from one of NYC's most exciting new songwriting teams immerses audiences in the complex inner life of a young woman on the brink of change. When every choice feels like life and death, how do you turn the key?

The Power Exchange - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 18, 2017 - New York

STAND-UP COMEDY $5 OPEN MIC 5 minutes 15 spots max. Sign up and feel the power! Hosted by John Field every Monday at 11pm.

Base Jam - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 18, 2017 - New York

Come to Base Jam: New York City's most fun improv jam with an awesome party vibe! This jam is not only ideal for those new to the stage, but also improv veterans. We welcome all to participate. Let's face it: Getting better at improv is about getting stage time and practicing in front of an audience. So leap first, then look for a place to land....or just keep flying! Hosted by Ray Munoz

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
December 18, 2017 - New York

The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band performs another month of "Mingus Mondays" dedicated to the music of legendary jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979). "Mingus' diverse repertoire includes everything from gospel hollers and church music to lush ballads, swinging dance tunes, bebop and the blues…The music is, like Mingus himself, earthy, passionate, soul-ful and intense – and at all times swinging." (NPR)

Celebrating the Life and Work of Trisha Brown† - The Segal Center
December 18, 2017 - New York

FREE + Open to public. First come, first served. Join us for a day celebrating the life and work of Trisha Brown† (1936-2017). "One of the most acclaimed and influential choreographers and dancers of her time, Trisha Brown's groundbreaking work forever changed the landscape of art. A student of Anna Halprin, Brown participated in the choreographic composition workshops taught by Robert Dunn–from which Judson Dance Theater was born–greatly contributing to the fervent of interdisciplinary creativity that defined 1960s New York. Expanding the physical behaviors that qualified as dance, she discovered the extraordinary in the everyday, and brought tasks, rulegames, natural movement and improvisation into the making of choreography. With the founding of the Trisha Brown Dance Company in 1970, Brown set off on her own distinctive path of artistic investigation and ceaseless experimentation, which extended for forty years. The creator of over 100 choreographies, six operas, and a graphic artist, whose drawings have earned recognition in numerous museum exhibitions and collections, Brown's earliest works took impetus from the cityscape of downtown SoHo, where she was a pioneerin... (read more)

The Bev Leslies - The Cutting Room
December 18, 2017 - New York

A little bit naughty A little bit nice The Bevs shake it up This Yuletide night! THE BEV LESLIES ELAINE CASWELL -VOCAL BETTE SUSSMAN - VOCAL & KEYS SHAWN PELTON - DRUMS JOHN PUTNAM - GUITAR PAUL SOCOLOW- BASS THE FALALALALA HORNS: CLARK GAYTON - TROMBONE AARON HEICK- SAX SPECIAL GUESTS: JONNY ROSCH -HARMONICA & VOCALS NEAL COOMER - VOCALS

The Slaughter Before Christmas W/ Shadow of Intent and More - The Gramercy Theatre
December 18, 2017 - New York

Show Info: One Tree Holiday: Tyler Hilton & Kate Voegele Support: Leslie Dinicola, Corey Balsamo Special Offers: Pre-show VIP Ticke4t includes a special acoustic performance from Tyler and Kate, as well as a Meet & Greet / Photo Opportunity, and Early Entry into the venue. GA Standing and Seating available. All ages. Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event.

Sfm's Indie Hour - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 18, 2017 - New York

Remember 2003 when you went to go see The Strokes and this fun, new band called Kings of Leon opened for them? I guess you could say you knew them when... Now welcoming to Super Free Monday, the SFM Indie Hour! Come see the hottest, freshest, indie improv teams around as they rev you up for your favorite house teams!

Northern Forts Tour - Central Park, Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
December 19, 2017 - Manhattan

Did you know that the north end of Central Park has a rich history that includes the British having been stationed here during the American Revolution, and American troops stationed there during the War of 1812? Recent archaeological and historical investigations in the area have revealed even more information about how the "Fort Landscape" was used in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, before this area was part of Central Park. This season, join our guides and learn the history of this part of the Park, get insight into the studies in the area, and appreciate the recent restorations undertaken by the Conservancy. Highlights of this tour include McGowan's Pass, Fort Clinton, Nutter's Battery, and the Harlem Meer.

Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O Featuring Nels Cline - Jazz Standard
December 19, 2017 - New York

Universally recognized for his melodic percussive style and his gifts as a composer and bandleader, drummer Matt Wilson is one of today's most celebrated jazz artists. Perhaps the most surprising and purely entertaining of his many projects (as both leader and sideman) is Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree–O, with bassist Paul Sikivie and multi–reeds whiz Jeff Lederer. Now in its fifth year, Wilson's annual humorous and swinging Christmas celebration at Jazz Standard is always something to behold. As Nate Chinen noted in The New York Times, Wilson's Christmas Tree-O "represents some­thing more than a side project or a symptom of sea­sonal opportunism. It has its own gait and style." A medium–tempo shuffle on "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing?" Check. A klezmerized version of the Hanukkah song "Eight Candles?" Check. A mash–up of "Angels We Have Heard on High" with Albert Ayler's anthemic "Angels?" Check. The Tree–O's very special guest this week is Nels Cline, named by Rolling Stone as one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Best–known for his role in the acclaimed rock band Wilco, Nels has appeared as a guest or featured player on more than 200 albums while leading various groups ... (read more)

Bring It - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 19, 2017 - New York

Will Purpura hosts this stand up comedy open mic every Tuesday at 11pm. Sign up and you can be a part of the show! Each week, Will and his special guests will be joined by 10 additional acts whose names will be drawn from the golden bowl of destiny. Win "joke of the night" and you are guaranteed the first slot on the following Tuesday.

Nihongo Chat + J-Culture - Japan Society
December 19, 2017 - New York

Join Japanese-language students and native Japanese speakers at this informal gathering to practice Japanese and English! Anyone with some Japanese and English language experience is welcome to attend. For 30 minutes during our October 27th meeting, special guest Yasuko Otsue will present a moribana styled Ikebana design. Ikebana began as a religious offering at Buddhist altars, and has since evolved as an art fit for the contemporary era. The free-form moribana style relies on design principles suitable for beginners. After the presentation, the regular Nihongo Chat program will resume.

Chanukah with Elli the King of Broadway - Metropolitan Room
Through December 19, 2017 - New York

Elli the King of Broadway & Friends celebrate Chanukah at the Metropolitan Room 5th Annual "Chanukah at the Metropolitan Room with Elli the King of Broadway & Friends" The theme is, of course, Chanukah the Festival of Light and Freedom! There will be Music, Song, Comedy, Menorah Lighting, Latkes, Sufganiot, Dreidels, Chanukah Gelt & MORE! Fun for all! Featuring: Elli Thekingofbroadway and an all-star Broadway cast! with Music by "The Drey-dels"

Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree-O Featuring Nels Cline - Jazz Standard
December 20, 2017 - New York

Universally recognized for his melodic percussive style and his gifts as a composer and bandleader, drummer Matt Wilson is one of today's most celebrated jazz artists. Perhaps the most surprising and purely entertaining of his many projects (as both leader and sideman) is Matt Wilson's Christmas Tree–O, with bassist Paul Sikivie and multi–reeds whiz Jeff Lederer. Now in its fifth year, Wilson's annual humorous and swinging Christmas celebration at Jazz Standard is always something to behold. As Nate Chinen noted in The New York Times, Wilson's Christmas Tree-O "represents some­thing more than a side project or a symptom of sea­sonal opportunism. It has its own gait and style." A medium–tempo shuffle on "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing?" Check. A klezmerized version of the Hanukkah song "Eight Candles?" Check. A mash–up of "Angels We Have Heard on High" with Albert Ayler's anthemic "Angels?" Check. The Tree–O's very special guest this week is Nels Cline, named by Rolling Stone as one of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time." Best–known for his role in the acclaimed rock band Wilco, Nels has appeared as a guest or featured player on more than 200 albums while leading various groups ... (read more)

Deanna Kirk Trio - The Kitano New York
December 20, 2017 - New York

Deanna Kirk - Vocals TBA - Piano TBA - Bass

Marah - Hill Country
December 20, 2017 - NY

Rock 'n roll's favorite sons, Marah, return to Hill Country with their Christmas Spectacular - and we could not be more thrilled! Formed in South Philly in the 1990s, local Rock N Roll favorite Marah is known is known for their intense live performances, classic rock production style and association with authors Nick Hornby and Sarah Vowell and musicians Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle. In 2015 the band reunited after years of albums, fan filled shows and then some time off at a critically acclaimed show at Philly's Underground Arts. "Marah pick up the manic energy and unspoken hostilities simmering just below the surface of city life, and channel them into music that's full of grand, Whitman-esque wonder and gnarly Lou Reed detail." - Tom Moon, Rolling Stone

Awkward High Five Open Mic - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 20, 2017 - New York

Awkward High Five Open Mic Five dollar, Five minute comedy open mic, 12 spots max, list goes out at 10pm. Hosted by Max Halpert every Wednesday at 11pm. $5 for Citizens, $3 for PITizens

Recess - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 20, 2017 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Jazz Standard
December 21, 2017 - New York

Now here's a truly special holiday gift: The Jazz Standard debut of the soul–stirring Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a thirteen–strong New York collective of musicians and vocalists without peer for on–stage excitement and musical precision. Now in its fifteenth year under the direction of pianist/leader Oscar Hernández, the SHO has collected two GRAMMY Awards – the first in 2002 for Across 110th Street as Best Salsa/Merengue Album, the second in 2007 for Viva La Tradición as Best Tropical Latin Album. The group's latest CD, the self–titled Spanish Harlem Orchestra, features special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano on its gorgeous closing track "You And The Night And The Music." "The music that the orchestra's members helped create merges ferocious Afro–Caribbean rhythms, arrangements that rev up hard–riffing horns and modern jazz harmonies, vocals that can be suavely romantic or flamboyantly improvisatory, and lyrics that encompass both the pleasures of the dance floor and the pride and aspirations of the barrio." (The New York Times)

M J Territo Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 21, 2017 - New York

CD "Ladies Day" M J Territo - Vocals Linda Presgrave - Piano Iris Ornig - Bass Barbara Merjan - Drums

Michael Patrick Dominick The Lionfish - Cutting Room
December 21, 2017 - New York

Michael Patrick Dominick Join Michael Patrick Dominick and his friends for an evening of swingin' holiday hits as well as other big band and Broadway classics, all while helping to make wishes come true for local children with critical illnesses. Backed by The Lionfish – a multi-faceted jazz and rock band from Fairfield Connecticut, and joined by special musical guests from New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Swingin' In The Season is a holiday variety show full of music and inspirational stories. All admission proceeds benefit local Make-A-Wish chapters, whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit wish.org.

The Slaughter Before Christmas W/ Shadow of Intent and More - The Gramercy Theatre
December 21, 2017 - New York

Shadow Of Intent, Necropia, Muerta, Sentinals & more TBA! General Admission Only. Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event.

Cabaret's Greatest Hits - Metropolitan Room
December 21, 2017 - New York

Stephen Hanks Presents New York Cabaret's Greatest Hits

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Jazz Standard
December 22, 2017 - New York

Now here's a truly special holiday gift: The Jazz Standard debut of the soul–stirring Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a thirteen–strong New York collective of musicians and vocalists without peer for on–stage excitement and musical precision. Now in its fifteenth year under the direction of pianist/leader Oscar Hernández, the SHO has collected two GRAMMY Awards – the first in 2002 for Across 110th Street as Best Salsa/Merengue Album, the second in 2007 for Viva La Tradición as Best Tropical Latin Album. The group's latest CD, the self–titled Spanish Harlem Orchestra, features special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano on its gorgeous closing track "You And The Night And The Music." "The music that the orchestra's members helped create merges ferocious Afro–Caribbean rhythms, arrangements that rev up hard–riffing horns and modern jazz harmonies, vocals that can be suavely romantic or flamboyantly improvisatory, and lyrics that encompass both the pleasures of the dance floor and the pride and aspirations of the barrio." (The New York Times)

Jon Gordon Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 22, 2017 - New York

"Birthday Bash" Jon Gordon - Sax Frank Kimbrough - Piano Matt Clohesy - Bass Quincy Davis - Drums

2017 Echo Music Festival - Come Party with Us - The Gramercy Theatre
December 22, 2017 - New York

Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event

Awkward Family Dinner - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 23, 2017 - New York City

Awkward Family Dinner brings the audience to witness dinner at a new and hilarious family function each month. From Grandma's funeral to Thanksgiving Dinner with REAL FOOD. Each month we welcome an all-new cast of New York's top character comedians every month, promising you a completely different family in a completely different location and it's totally improvised!

Spanish Harlem Orchestra - Jazz Standard
December 23, 2017 - New York

Now here's a truly special holiday gift: The Jazz Standard debut of the soul–stirring Spanish Harlem Orchestra, a thirteen–strong New York collective of musicians and vocalists without peer for on–stage excitement and musical precision. Now in its fifteenth year under the direction of pianist/leader Oscar Hernández, the SHO has collected two GRAMMY Awards – the first in 2002 for Across 110th Street as Best Salsa/Merengue Album, the second in 2007 for Viva La Tradición as Best Tropical Latin Album. The group's latest CD, the self–titled Spanish Harlem Orchestra, features special guests Chick Corea and Joe Lovano on its gorgeous closing track "You And The Night And The Music." "The music that the orchestra's members helped create merges ferocious Afro–Caribbean rhythms, arrangements that rev up hard–riffing horns and modern jazz harmonies, vocals that can be suavely romantic or flamboyantly improvisatory, and lyrics that encompass both the pleasures of the dance floor and the pride and aspirations of the barrio." (The New York Times)

Smokestack Brunch: Gabrielle Stravelli Holiday Brunch - Jazz Standard
December 23, 2017 - New York

Jazz Standard's brunch series, "The Smokestack" continues, now on Saturdays! Offering a $35 all-inclusive ticket which includes a complete meal of Blue Smoke brunch & a cocktail. The menu celebrates the diverse culinary traditions of the American South with a range of soulful barbecue classics alongside revived family recipes and new favorites from Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois. Come and join us for a special holiday edition of The Smokestack. Featuring Jazz Standard brunch favorite Gabrielle Stravelli, this show will feature some swinging songs from The Great American Songbook along with swinging interpretations of classic holiday material. Don't miss it!

Ronny Whyte Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 23, 2017 - New York

Ronny Whyte - Vocals/Piano Sean Harkness - Guitar Boots Maleson- Bass David Silliman - Drums

Watson Adventures’ Midtown Holiday Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt - Paley Park
December 23, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique holiday scavenger hunt for adults! See the best of midtown’s holiday displays by visiting places associated with holiday movies, including Elf, Scrooged, Miracle on 34th Street, and Home Alone 2. Stops include Grand Central Terminal, the model train display in the Transit Museum Annex, window displays at Saks Fifth Avenue and Bergdorf Goodman, and the Rockefeller Center tree. Advance purchase is required.

Sean Altman's Jewmongous - Cutting Room
December 23, 2017 - New York

Rockapella star Sean Altman's unkosher comedy song concert JEWMONGOUS is "tuneful and sharply witty" (Los Angeles Times), "relentlessly clever" (Chicago Tribune) and "bawdy with a wicked modern streak" (Washington Post), with "hilarious pleasures" (The New Yorker) that combine "the tunefulness of the Beatles and the spot-on wit of Tom Lehrer" (Boston Globe). Altman is a former, founding member of Rockapella and led that pioneering vocal group through its heyday years on the Emmy-winning PBS-TV series, Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?, for which Altman wrote the famous theme song. His classic Passover song "They Tried To Kill Us (We Survived, Let's Eat)" has been featured on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Altman has performed for U.S. Presidents at the White House, he has shared concert stages with Billy Joel, Steve Miller, Whoopi Goldberg, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Jay Leno, Joey Ramone and Moby, and he has recorded with artists as diverse as Steve Miller, XTC, John Cale, Richie Havens and They Might Be Giants. Guest performers on this tour: Cynthia Kaplan & Michael Hunter. PRUDISH PARENTAL ADVISORY: JEWMONGOUS welcomes all faiths and creeds but is not appropriate ... (read more)

Dion Flynn Works Well with Others - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 23, 2017 - New York

DION FLYNN is best known as Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has over 60 appearances as 14 different characters on both The Tonight Show & Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon. Cited by Oprah aMagazine as "one of our favorite creative thinkers..." Dion's solo improv has been described as: "Alternately maniacal and tender, vulnerable and ballsy, Dion Flynn looses his brand of liquid, synapse-rich comedy in an evening of interactive improv which takes the audience on a loopy, looping comic odyssey from which the ghosts of Orson Welles and Spalding Grey are never far. Flynn's mind is both shock and absorber, as spongy and receptive as the suspension in a New York taxicab: pretty soon, you're flying." — Tom Shone, Film Critic, Intelligent Life "Dion Flynn's solo theatrical improvisations are what it would be if Jackson Pollack and James Joyce did comedy." -An audience member named Nick, pressed for comment during a show by Dion. "Dion's solo performance at The PIT is an experience. He takes the audience on the same journey he is going through as he figures out his show/performance art piece/happening. And it's all in an empty space, armed with only a microphone, a... (read more)

North Coast - The Pit Underground
December 23, 2017 - New York City

With a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City, North Coast's explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show's improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer and World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as "mind-blowing" and "next level" by critics and audiences alike. Named one of the "Top Ten Best Comedy Shows" by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured on MTV, Vh1, in Slate's Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings. Currently, you can catch them performing every Saturday night.

Digitour Winter - The Gramercy Theatre
December 23, 2017 - New York

General Admission Only. Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event.

Watson Adventures’ Ho-Ho Holiday Midtown Family Scavenger Hunt - Paley Park
December 24, 2017 - New York

Kids and adults discover the best of midtown’s lavish holiday displays on this seasonal scavenger hunt, including the windows along Fifth Avenue, the Rockefeller Center tree, Grand Central Terminal, the model train display in the Transit Museum Annex, and other festive highlights. You’ll also visit locations from famous holiday movies such as Elf, Miracle on 34th Street, Scrooged and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Student Driver: Indie Road - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 24, 2017 - New York

Watch out! Student Driver: Indie Road is shaking up the PIT Underground! Come revel in the fun, supportive vibe as we celebrate New York City's indie-improv community and beyond! Each week, two kick-ass indie teams dominate the stage, followed by the fast-paced, down-and-dirty moves of host team, Student Driver. Catch future superstars in a new team debut and say you knew them when! Bow down to seasoned veterans flexing their improv might! Eat cake because it's somebody's birthday! Your place is here, your time is now!

The Power Exchange - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 25, 2017 - New York

STAND-UP COMEDY $5 OPEN MIC 5 minutes 15 spots max. Sign up and feel the power! Hosted by John Field every Monday at 11pm.

Sfm's Indie Hour - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 25, 2017 - New York

Remember 2003 when you went to go see The Strokes and this fun, new band called Kings of Leon opened for them? I guess you could say you knew them when... Now welcoming to Super Free Monday, the SFM Indie Hour! Come see the hottest, freshest, indie improv teams around as they rev you up for your favorite house teams!

Raul MidóN Band - Jazz Standard
December 26, 2017 - New York

As one of modern music's most distinctive and searching voices, Raul Midón will need no introduction to many Jazz Standard listeners. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released eight albums as a leader, including the acclaimed studio productions Don't Hesitate (Mack Avenue/Artistry, 2014), Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009), A World Within A World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and State Of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005); in March 2017, Mack Avenue/Artistry Music issued his latest CD, Bad Ass and Blind. The album's star–studded supporting cast includes New Zealand–born bassist Richard Hammond, a touring and recording veteran who's worked with Angelique Kidjo and Joan Osborn, among others. Today, Hammond is a key player in the band assembled for the smash Broadway musical Hamilton – as is drummer Andres Forero, a gifted multi-instrumentalist whose credits range from Dizzy Gillespie and Paquito D'Rivera to Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. One great guitarist/vocalist meetS two GRAMMY and TONY Award winners in a true 21st Century super–group – don't miss it! Raul Midón - guitar and vocals Richard Hammond - bass Andres Forero - drums

Bring It - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 26, 2017 - New York

Will Purpura hosts this stand up comedy open mic every Tuesday at 11pm. Sign up and you can be a part of the show! Each week, Will and his special guests will be joined by 10 additional acts whose names will be drawn from the golden bowl of destiny. Win "joke of the night" and you are guaranteed the first slot on the following Tuesday.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 26, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids 7 and up! Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Ayako Shirasaki Trio - The Kitano New York
December 27, 2017 - New York

Ayako Shirasaki - Piano Noriko Ueda - Bass Paul Wells Drums

Raul MidóN Band - Jazz Standard
December 27, 2017 - New York

As one of modern music's most distinctive and searching voices, Raul Midón will need no introduction to many Jazz Standard listeners. The New Mexico native, blind since birth, has released eight albums as a leader, including the acclaimed studio productions Don't Hesitate (Mack Avenue/Artistry, 2014), Synthesis (Decca/Universal, 2009), A World Within A World (Manhattan/EMI, 2007) and State Of Mind (Manhattan/EMI, 2005); in March 2017, Mack Avenue/Artistry Music issued his latest CD, Bad Ass and Blind. The album's star–studded supporting cast includes New Zealand–born bassist Richard Hammond, a touring and recording veteran who's worked with Angelique Kidjo and Joan Osborn, among others. Today, Hammond is a key player in the band assembled for the smash Broadway musical Hamilton – as is drummer Andres Forero, a gifted multi-instrumentalist whose credits range from Dizzy Gillespie and Paquito D'Rivera to Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys. One great guitarist/vocalist meetS two GRAMMY and TONY Award winners in a true 21st Century super–group – don't miss it! Raul Midón - guitar and vocals Richard Hammond - bass Andres Forero - drums

Awkward High Five Open Mic - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 27, 2017 - New York

Awkward High Five Open Mic Five dollar, Five minute comedy open mic, 12 spots max, list goes out at 10pm. Hosted by Max Halpert every Wednesday at 11pm. $5 for Citizens, $3 for PITizens

Recess - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 27, 2017 - New York

Come play at RECESS. A weekly open jam where master improvisers from the PIT's Super Free Monday and Wednesday shows, students taking PIT classes, and YOU (the public, the curious, at any or no skill levels) come together to perform scenes, play, polish skills, watch the fun and have a great ol' time. And it's FREE! Hosted by Gregory Levine.

Chip White Dedications Sextet - The Kitano New York
December 28, 2017 - New York

Chip White - Drums Patience Higgins - Sax Eli Asher - Tpt. Sam Burtis - Trombone Mike Cochrane - Piano Matthew Parrish - Bass

René Marie: Bringing in the Swing - Jazz Standard
December 28, 2017 - New York

In a span of two decades, eleven recordings, and countless stage performances, René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in the jazz vocal tradition forged by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of the past, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it's more than just music. It's an exploration of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. This has never been more evident than on René Marie's latest album, Sound of Red – the singer's first album comprised entirely of original material, recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Jazz Vocal category (her second nomination). There will be no better way to ring in the New Year than with René Marie and her trio – only at Jazz Standard! Music Charge: $35 Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12/31 @ 7:30 p.m. $135 (includes three course meal) 12/31 @ 10:30 p.m. $195 (includes three course meal and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight) *... (read more)

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 28, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids 7 and up! Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Stephanie Nakasian Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 29, 2017 - New York

Stephanie Nakasian - Vocals Frank Kimbrough - Piano Dean Johnson - Bass Jeff Hirshfield - Drums

René Marie: Bringing in the Swing - Jazz Standard
December 29, 2017 - New York

In a span of two decades, eleven recordings, and countless stage performances, René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in the jazz vocal tradition forged by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of the past, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it's more than just music. It's an exploration of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. This has never been more evident than on René Marie's latest album, Sound of Red – the singer's first album comprised entirely of original material, recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Jazz Vocal category (her second nomination). There will be no better way to ring in the New Year than with René Marie and her trio – only at Jazz Standard! Music Charge: $35 Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12/31 @ 7:30 p.m. $135 (includes three course meal) 12/31 @ 10:30 p.m. $195 (includes three course meal and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight) *... (read more)

Dead Sessions - The Cutting Room
December 29, 2017 - New York

The music of The Grateful Dead transcends time, age and space. Their high energy, soul touching jams and family like environment was a core part of the counter-culture experience. Over the past 19 years Dead Sessions has grown to become one of the favorite Grateful Dead experiences in the Northeast. Playing since 1998, the collective is known for their authentic but unique renditions of Grateful Dead classics, thick with spiritual connectivity and heartfelt jams that make the most jaded Deadhead rejoice. Dead Sessions is composed of a rotating cast of musicians throughout the country, but the roots of origin are easily traced to the Green Mountain State. With an unmasked joy that pours off the stage and blurs any boundaries with their audience, the Sessions are beloved from both the casual fan to the dedicated Terrapin warrior. https://deadsessions.com

Hayley Jane & The Primates - Party of Five: A Tribute to the 90's - Cutting Room
December 29, 2017 - New York

Hayley Jane And The Primates will be hosting a special Phish Pre-Party called "Party Of Five - Tribute To The 90's". The band will be performing their original music while also mixing in classic hits from the 90's era.

Cassondra James - Metropolitan Room
December 29, 2017 - New York

Cassondra James The holiday season is one filled with thoughts of home. For some, these thoughts include the warmth of friends and family; for others, the disappointment and loneliness of loss. In this, her own musical "homecoming", Cassondra reflects on the complexity of home and belonging, all while merging together the diversity of her musical homes - jazz, pop, gospel, r&b, classical, folk, and funk. Born in the little town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Cassondra James (Kellam) has performed across the US and Europe with artists such as Cory Henry, Christina Aguilera, Kim Burrell, Tituss Burgess, Laura Izibor, Gladys Knight, Brandy, and Wynton Marsalis. When she is not traveling, you can hear her performing jazz, funk, the blues, r&b, gospel, and even classical music in venues around the New York metropolitan area. She is currently working on an EP to be released in 2017, and is cast in the upcoming Broadway reading of Once on This Island. In addition to these musical accomplishments, she also holds a Master's degree in theological studies from Drew University, and is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, where she i... (read more)

Ceg Presents a Phish After-Party with Marcus King Band with Special Guests - The Gramercy Theatre
Through December 29, 2017 - New York

General Admission Only. Age Restriction: All Ages Accessible accommodations should purchase a General Admission ticket and will be taken care of at the venue day of event. Young songwriter Marcus King's debut album, Soul Insight, out now via Evil Teen Records, displays his stunning command of rock, blues, psychedelia, funk, soul and improvisation — all with a distinctly Southern musical accent. It also brings the 19-year-old a step closer to his musical destiny.

Watson Adventures’ Escape From Grand Central Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Station
December 30, 2017 - New York

Congratulations: You’ve been poisoned! That’s the bad news at the start of this scavenger hunt in Grand Central Station. The good news is that the evil genius who did this is giving you two hours to come up with the combination to a box that contains the antidote. To find it, you’ll have to follow a trail of clues to answer tricky questions, tackle sneaky puzzles and ultimately crack the secret code that will unlock the box. Does your team have what it takes to unlock the box and escape Grand Central? Your life may depend on it. A smartphone is required for each team to participate on this hunt. Advance ticket purchase required.

Marlene Verplanck Quartet - The Kitano New York
December 30, 2017 - New York

Marlene VerPlanck - Vocals Don Braden - Sax Alan Farnham - Piano Jay Leonhart - Bass

René Marie: Bringing in the Swing - Jazz Standard
December 30, 2017 - New York

In a span of two decades, eleven recordings, and countless stage performances, René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in the jazz vocal tradition forged by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of the past, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it's more than just music. It's an exploration of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. This has never been more evident than on René Marie's latest album, Sound of Red – the singer's first album comprised entirely of original material, recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Jazz Vocal category (her second nomination). There will be no better way to ring in the New Year than with René Marie and her trio – only at Jazz Standard! Music Charge: $35 Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12/31 @ 7:30 p.m. $135 (includes three course meal) 12/31 @ 10:30 p.m. $195 (includes three course meal and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight) *... (read more)

Jazz is PHSH - The Cutting Room
December 30, 2017 - New York

JAZZ IS PHSH is an instrumental tribute to Phish inspired by the popular tribute to The Grateful Dead, "Jazz is Dead". JAZZ IS PHSH is a collective of prominent musicians from the Jazz and Jam scenes that have come together in their appreciation of Phish music to reimagine Phish in an instrumental, jazz fusion setting! The arrangements and performances of the band are built around their upcoming album which will feature many amazing musicians including Dennis Chambers (Santana, Miles Davis, Parliament Funkadelic), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Giant Country Horns, Cosmic Crewe), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio Band), Grant Green Jr. (Groove Masters), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), & many more! Founded in 2015 by The Chase Brothers, Adam Chase and Matthew Chase, JAZZ IS PHSH has quickly become a world renown tribute to Phish, attracting some of the most influential musicians in the jazz and jam scenes to take part in this collective approach to paying tribute to one of the most important and influential bands in Rock and Roll history. With the music of Ph... (read more)

A Family Affair: The Music of Sly & the Family Stone - The Cutting Room
December 30, 2017 - New York

A Family Affair "A Family Affair" features Adam Chase (James Brown Dance Party) Matthew Chase (Jazz Is Phsh) Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band) Jeff Cressman (Santana, Sheila E., Stevie Wonder) Sandy Cressman (Homenagem Brasileira, Orquesta Candela) Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy) Maurice "Mobetta" Brown (Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots) Felix Pastorius (The Mu'tet) Jamar Woods (The Fritz) Sly and the Family Stone was an American band from San Francisco. Active from 1966 to 1983, the band was pivotal in the development of funk, soul, rock, and psychedelic music.

Dion Flynn Works Well with Others - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 30, 2017 - New York

DION FLYNN is best known as Barack Obama on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has over 60 appearances as 14 different characters on both The Tonight Show & Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon. Cited by Oprah aMagazine as "one of our favorite creative thinkers..." Dion's solo improv has been described as: "Alternately maniacal and tender, vulnerable and ballsy, Dion Flynn looses his brand of liquid, synapse-rich comedy in an evening of interactive improv which takes the audience on a loopy, looping comic odyssey from which the ghosts of Orson Welles and Spalding Grey are never far. Flynn's mind is both shock and absorber, as spongy and receptive as the suspension in a New York taxicab: pretty soon, you're flying." — Tom Shone, Film Critic, Intelligent Life "Dion Flynn's solo theatrical improvisations are what it would be if Jackson Pollack and James Joyce did comedy." -An audience member named Nick, pressed for comment during a show by Dion. "Dion's solo performance at The PIT is an experience. He takes the audience on the same journey he is going through as he figures out his show/performance art piece/happening. And it's all in an empty space, armed with only a microphone, a... (read more)

North Coast - The Pit Underground
December 30, 2017 - New York City

With a cast of improv comedy veterans in New York City, North Coast's explosive performances have been packing comedy venues, universities, and festivals nationwide since 2009. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show's improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer and World Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as "mind-blowing" and "next level" by critics and audiences alike. Named one of the "Top Ten Best Comedy Shows" by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured on MTV, Vh1, in Slate's Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings. Currently, you can catch them performing every Saturday night.

Watson Adventures’ Grand Central Scramble Family Scavenger Hunt - Grand Central Terminal
December 30, 2017 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and kids 7 and up! Kids and adults work together to uncover the secrets of this amazing train station. To win, you’ll have to go nuts in the Whispering Gallery, learn a secret about the stars in the “sky”, find TV celebs in the food court, stand on fish under an upside-down tree in the Grand Central Market, learn the arrival time of a “ghost” train and think like Willy Wonka in the Transit Museum Gallery. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Advance purchase is required.

Tinderella - The Pit (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 30, 2017 - New York City

One-part stand-up comedy One-part dating game show One-part guess who? Tinderella is a monthly variety show that examines and pokes fun at the crazy era of modern digital romance. Bachelor/bachelorette stand-up comics perform for you, then participate in dating game show. Where they'll choose between three mystery contestants, the only information given comes from the contestant's REAL online mobile dating profile. How else does a performer find love in the crazy era of modern digital romance?

Sammy Adams - The Gramercy Theatre
December 30, 2017 - New York

Preferred Access Ticket Includes Front of the Line Access, a Guaranteed Seat, and a Show Poster VIP Meet & Greet Ticket Includes: -1 General Admission ticket - Priority Early Entry Into Venue -1 Meet and Greet with Sammy (includes one photo on your personal camera or phone) -1 Exclusive Tour Poster & VIP Laminate Boston's Sammy Adams caused quite a stir in 2010 when his debut album topped the online hip-hop charts the week of its release. Samuel Adams Wisner was a senior at Trinity College in Hartford when he decided to inject some attitude into Asher Roth's hit "I Love College." With the results posted online under the name Sam Adams, his answer song, "I Hate College," made the rapper an Internet star in 2009.

New Year's Eve Open Bar - Bierhaus Nyc
December 31, 2017 - New York

TAGGED NYE, NEW YEARS EVE

New Year's Eve Gala - The Kitano New York
December 31, 2017 - New York

Brazil - New York Samba & Jazz Connection Fabiana Masili - Vocals Julian Shore - Piano Paul Bollenback -Guitar Nilson Matta - Bass Vincent Cherico - Drums Cover $145 - $40 Food/Beverage Minimum Party Favors & Champagne Toast

New Year's Eve with René Marie: Bringing in the Swing - Jazz Standard
December 31, 2017 - New York

In a span of two decades, eleven recordings, and countless stage performances, René Marie has cemented her reputation as not only a singer but also a composer, arranger, theatrical performer and teacher. Guided and tempered by powerful life lessons and rooted in the jazz vocal tradition forged by Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and other leading ladies of the past, she borrows various elements of folk, R&B and even classical and country to create a captivating hybrid style. Her body of work is musical, but it's more than just music. It's an exploration of the human experience, and an affirmation of the power of the human spirit. This has never been more evident than on René Marie's latest album, Sound of Red – the singer's first album comprised entirely of original material, recently nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Jazz Vocal category (her second nomination). There will be no better way to ring in the New Year than with René Marie and her trio – only at Jazz Standard! Music Charge: $35 Thursday, Friday, Saturday 12/31 @ 7:30 p.m. $135 (includes three course meal) 12/31 @ 10:30 p.m. $195 (includes three course meal and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight) *... (read more)

Student Driver: Indie Road - The PIT (Peoples Improv Theater)
December 31, 2017 - New York

Watch out! Student Driver: Indie Road is shaking up the PIT Underground! Come revel in the fun, supportive vibe as we celebrate New York City's indie-improv community and beyond! Each week, two kick-ass indie teams dominate the stage, followed by the fast-paced, down-and-dirty moves of host team, Student Driver. Catch future superstars in a new team debut and say you knew them when! Bow down to seasoned veterans flexing their improv might! Eat cake because it's somebody's birthday! Your place is here, your time is now!

Ceg & Nolafunk Pres. Nye W/ James Brown Dance Party - The Gramercy Theatre
December 31, 2017 - New York

The Funkiest All-Star Tribute In Show Business Feat. Multiple Members of The James Brown Band, The Roots, Kool & the Gang and more Plus special guests The Fritz The James Brown Dance Party is a rotating All-Star cast of musicians that keeps the amazing music of James Brown alive and well by combining the old school players that shared the stage with James Brown with more contemporary musicians. Led by The Chase Brothers, The James Brown Dance Party has included members of The James Brown Band, Bootsy Collins Band, The JB's, Snarky Puppy, Vulfpeck, Trombone Shorty, Trey Anastasio Band, Turkuaz, Galactic, Lettuce, SNL Band, Victor Wooten Band, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Sly And The Family Stone, Meghan Trainer Band, Jazz Is PHSH, and more!

New Year's Eve Open Bar - Bierhaus Nyc
January 01, 2018 - New York

TAGGED NYE, NEW YEARS EVE

Mingus Big Band - Jazz Standard
January 01, 2018 - New York

The GRAMMY Award–winning Mingus Big Band performs another month of "Mingus Mondays" dedicated to the music of legendary jazz bassist, composer, and bandleader Charles Mingus (1922–1979). "Mingus' diverse repertoire includes everything from gospel hollers and church music to lush ballads, swinging dance tunes, bebop and the blues…The music is, like Mingus himself, earthy, passionate, soulful and intense – and at all times swinging." (NPR)

Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

This exhibition highlights more than 150 master drawings from the Thaw Collection, one of the world's finest private collections containing over 400 sheets. Assembled over the last fifty years, and made a promised gift to the Morgan in 1975, the collection has now been given in full to the museum by Life Trustee Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare. Drawn to Greatness focuses on pivotal artists and key moments in the history of draftsmanship. Works by major masters from the Renaissance to the modern era will be on view, including Mantegna, Rubens, Rembrandt, Canaletto, Piranesi, Watteau, Fragonard, Goya, Ingres, Turner, Daumier, Redon, Degas, Cézanne, Gauguin, van Gogh, Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock.

Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasures - Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 07, 2018 - New York

Treasure bindings—book covers encrusted with gold, silver, and gemstones—were a luxury in the Middle Ages. Few survive, and some of the finest examples are in the Morgan's distinguished collection. Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings presents these masterpieces in context for the first time. The treasure bindings on view include star sapphires, diamonds, emeralds, pearls, and garnets, alongside illuminated manuscripts and printed books that depict two-dimensional representations of these precious materials. Among the exhibition highlights will be the ninth-century Lindau Gospels, one of the two finest Carolingian jeweled bindings in the world, and the thirteenth-century Berthold Sacramentary, the most luxurious German manuscript of its time. In these and other examples, we learn that the application of gemstones and precious metals served to venerate the texts inside and embellish church services, as well as reflect the status and wealth of the patrons who commissioned them. Images of "imagined" gems are also featured on the pages of manuscripts and printed books presented, including three examples of Venetian books, hand-painted by Girolamo da Cremona. The artis... (read more)

Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 14, 2018 - New York

Highlight Tours of the Morgan's permanent collection run Tuesday through Sunday at 12:30 pm. Tours of select exhibitions are listed below. All schedules are subject to change. All gallery tours are free with museum admission; no tickets or reservations are necessary. Tours last approximately one hour and meet at the Benefactor's Wall across from the coat check area.

Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through January 14, 2018 - New York

During his life, Charles Dickens (1812–1870) acquired the kind of celebrity accorded only to international film stars today. That status was secured with the publication of A Christmas Carol, one of the most beloved holiday stories of all time—and one of the Morgan's greatest literary manuscripts. Its immediate success in 1843 led to four equally popular Christmas novellas in as many years. Catapulting the author out of his study and onto the reading circuit in 1853, its universal popularity also had major consequences for Dickens. Charles Dickens and the Spirit of Christmas assembles, for the first time, all five manuscripts of Dickens's Christmas books—A Christmas Carol (1843), The Chimes (1844), The Cricket on the Hearth (1845), The Battle of Life (1846), and The Haunted Man (1848)—to explore the genesis, composition, publication, and reception of A Christmas Carol, and its impact on Dickens's life. This exhibition explores the personal and socio-political sources of inspiration for A Christmas Carol, Dickens's method of composition, and the motivations behind writing one of the most famous, enduring, and widely adapted stories in all of literature. This exhibition marks ... (read more)

Views of Rome and Naples: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection - The Morgan Library & Museum
Through March 18, 2018 - New York

During the second half of the eighteenth-century, a journey to Italy was considered an essential component in the education of young artists and noblemen from Northern Europe. Although Venice and Florence were requisite stops on the journey, artists tended to make their longest stay in Rome, and they generally also spent time in Naples. Both cities offered celebrated archeological sites and a taste of the unspoiled rural life of the campagna. Working outdoors, artists recorded their observations of these natural and man-made wonders in small-scale studies, mostly executed with oil paint on paper. In these oils, painters captured the grandiosity of Rome's classical ruins and the sublime natural beauty of Naples, with its famous view of Mount Vesuvius. Artists from France, Belgium, Germany, Norway, and Sweden are featured in this selection. Views of Rome and Naples is the fifth exhibition in a series drawn from the collection of oil sketches acquired by Morgan Trustee Eugene V. Thaw and his wife, Clare. Mr. Thaw is also an honorary trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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