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Things to Do on the Upper East Side This Week - February 10-February 17

February 10, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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You'll find the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madison Avenue, Central Park Zoo, and Seredipity 3 in the Upper East Side, along with a plethora of other activities, eateries, and landmarks. City Guide's list of things to do on the Upper East Side this week will keep you occupied and thoroughly entertained during your visit to this beloved NYC borough.

Russia: 18 Years of Putin - 92Y
February 10, 2019 - Upper East Side

Will Putin endure? That's the question NYU Professor Ralph Buultjens asks in his annual review of Russia. What are Putin's plans for 2019? How can a weak state be so disruptive? And what are the ramifications for Western democracy? He'll explore all these questions, and more.

Comedy for a Cause - Ryan's Daughter
February 10, 2019 - New York

The Undiscovered Works series is back at Ryan's Daughter, launching on Sunday, February 10 with Broadly Entertaining's Comedy for a Cause, presenting Shrill Society's Nasty Woman: A Card Game as a comedic improv performance with four of New York City's most exciting stand-up comics! Your ticket includes your first drink. Proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood NYC

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents The Glimmerglass Festival: Blue by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peter B Lewis Theater
February 11, 2019 - New York

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents The Glimmerglass Festival: Blue by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson February 11, 2019 Works & Process, the performing arts series at the Guggenheim, presents The Glimmerglass Festival: Blue by Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 7:30pm. Blue centers on the hopes and fears of a young black couple as they raise a son in 21st-century America. Prior to the world premiere, Glimmerglass Festival artistic and general director Francesca Zambello moderates a discussion with the work's creators, Jeanine Tesori and Tazewell Thompson, with members of the cast performing highlights from this new opera. TICKETS & VENUE $45, $40 Guggenheim Members and Friends of Works & Process Box Office (212) 423-3575 or worksandprocess.org Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York Lead funding for Works & Process is provided by The Florence Gould Foundation, The Christian Humann Foundation, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Evelyn Sharp Foundation, with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and New York City Department of Cult... (read more)

Film Screening: Robert Mapplethorpe, no. 61 from the series ART/new york - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 12, 2019 - New York

Directed by Paul Tschinkel, 79 minutes Courtesy Paul Tschinkel This documentary looks at the life and work of the world-renowned, controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, who died of AIDS in 1989. It explores his photography, his relationship to the art world of downtown New York, and the gay S&M club scene of the 1980s. His infamously explicit pictures of this gay, leather underground were considered groundbreaking and made him a cause célèbre. His portraits, flowers, erotic subjects, and artistic presentation elevated the photograph to the status of serious art, worthy of exhibition in galleries and museums.

Songs with Steve Ross: If We Only Have Love — French Songs from Piaf to Brel - 92Y
February 12, 2019 - Upper East Side

Long-time a Francophile, Singer/pianist Steve Ross celebrates the beautiful city of Paris. Featured will be songs by American writers such as Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Yip Harburg, Oscar Hmmerstein II, Jerome Kern, Jerry Herman and Irving Berlin ("April In Paris," "Harlen On My Mind," "The Last Time I Saw Paris," "Can-Can," "C'est Magnifique," "I Love Paris") — as well as those by French and Paris-based writers such as Charles Trenet and Jacques Brel ("La Mer," "Jackie"). Included will be a special Paris in Hollywood section featuring songs from Gigi, and Steve's pianistic tribute to the melodies made famous by the incomparable Edith Piaf.

Valeria Luiselli - 92Y
February 12, 2019 - Upper East Side

Valeria Luiselli's Lost Children Archive is an American road-trip novel that weaves the voices of a mother and her son with a collection of texts and images telling earlier tales of migration and displacement. "She is a writer of formidable talent, destined to be an important voice in Latin American letters," wrote Daniel Alarcón. "Her vision and language are precise, and the power of her intellect is in evidence on every page."

COZY: Isabel Gillies in Conversation with Mariska Hargitay - 92Y
February 12, 2019 - Upper East Side

In these increasingly difficult times, why is it important to identify what cozy means to you? To New York Times bestselling author Isabel Gillies (Happens Every Day, A Year and Six Seconds, Starry Night), "cozy" is more than the warmth of a fire on a chilly day—it comes from deep within us, is specific, unexpected, and can be named. She characterizes the themes that foster a cozy life—connection, control, and organization—in her new book COZY: The Art of Arranging Yourself in the World. Gilles talks with award-winning actress (and fellow Law & Order: SVU cast member) Mariska Hargitay, exploring the elements from which we make cozy happen anywhere, even in troubling circumstances. This fascinating talk is for anyone seeking to live a more authentic, manageable, and meaningful life.

The Archaeology of Colors Polychromy and Classical Chinese Bronze Art - Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
February 12, 2019 - New York

Allison Miller Researchers of Hellenistic art have long recognized that many statues that now appear as works of pure white marble were originally polychrome. In early Chinese art, in contrast, the hallowed works of China's classical antiquity—the bronzes—are generally believed to have been unpainted. After all, why would artisans paint over an expensive bronze surface? In recent years, however, many varieties of bronzes have been uncovered with colorful ornamentation including sacrificial vessels, figural sculptures, mirrors, lamps, weapons, and personal ornaments. Using this data, this talk will survey China's polychrome bronze tradition from the Shang to the Han (1600 BCE-220 CE), considering the diverse functions assumed by painted ornamentation and identifying two major transitions in polychrome bronze art in the 5th c. BCE and the mid-2nd century BCE. Special attention will be paid to technical aspects of painting craft in early China, particularly the development of new binding agents in the Western Han.

Course Correction: Toward an Effective and Sustainable China Policy - Asia Society
February 13, 2019 - New York

Two years into the Trump administration, the United States and the People's Republic of China find their bilateral relationship at a dangerous crossroads. As more stresses and strains beset their relationship, both sides are casting about for redefinitions of their national interest and new policy directions for attaining them.

Creating Community Impact - 92Y
February 13, 2019 - Upper East Side

Join Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide, one of the world's most recognized nonprofit organizations, known for leading workplace giving campaigns and for their expertise on community impact, for a discussion on what leaders can do to engage and motivate audiences to take action, join a cause, and be a part of philanthropy. Hear how he is working to inspire and empower the next generation to lead this change. Azure'D Metoyer, Chair of United Way LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) in Central Ohio, joins Brian in conversation to discuss how they have become a critical driving force in advocating for partnerships that can make a serious impact in local communities.

Bernard-Henri Lévy: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World - 92Y
February 13, 2019 - Upper East Side

Is America in the process of retreating from its traditional world leadership role? Bernard-Henri Lévy, one of the West's leading intellectuals, takes an informed and provocative look at the state of world politics today. How are Russia, China, Turkey, Iran, and Sunni radical Islamism taking steps to assert power and influence? And what are the ramifications of the steps they are taking to undermine the liberal values that have been a hallmark of Western civilization? Join him for a clear-eyed look at the world stage, as he talks about his important new book, The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World. Drawing upon lessons from history and the eternal touchstones of human culture, Lévy reveals the stakes facing the West as America retreats from its leadership role, a process that did not begin with Donald Trump's presidency and is not likely to end with him. The crisis is one whose roots can be found as far back as antiquity and whose resolution will require the West to find a new way forward if it—and its values—are to survive.

Interschool Orchestras of New York’s Women Composers Concert - Hewitt Theater at St. Jean
February 13, 2019 - New York

InterSchool Orchestras (ISO) Women Composers Concert at Hewitt Theater at St. Jean, 150 East 76th Street, New York, NY 10021 will be on Wednesday February 13th at 6:30 PM. The ISO Symphony Orchestra will present a concert dedicated to three outstanding women composers. The program includes Michi for Solo Marimba by world renowned Japanese composer and percussionist Keiko Abe; Flute Concertino, Op. 107, by French romanticist Cecile Chaminade; and first movement of the grand Piano Concerto, Op. 45, by one of the most brilliant American composers and pianists, Amy Beach. ISO Student Musician, Isabel Guerrero, will be performing the Abe as a soloist. ISO Teaching Artist, Mary Barto, will be the flute soloist in the Chaminade. Soloist Mika Sasaki will also join the ISO Symphony Orchestra and perform in the Beach Piano Concerto. The Conductor of the ISO Symphony Orchestra is Petko Dmitrov. Composer Keiko Abe Born in 1937 in Tokyo, Keiko Abe is the author of more than 70 compositions for percussion, and her contribution to developing the marimba as a solo instrument is unmatched. Abe’s collaboration with the Yamaha Corporation in the 1960s resulted in expanding the marimba range to f... (read more)

Tap (Open Level) - 92 Street Y
February 13, 2019 - NY

We offer a blend of styles in our tap classes, ranging from the classic Broadway Tap moves of 42nd Street and Fred Astaire movies to the freestyle Rhythm Tap made popular by Savion Glover! Learn the basics and get your body moving in a safe, encouraging atmosphere. Spend six weeks learning basic tap vocabulary, class etiquette and proper warm-up techniques. Classes are ongoing. Start dancing today with class cards. Class cards can be purchased for all classes even after they have started or are closed.

Life According to Sam - Temple Emanu-El
February 13, 2019 - New York

Sam Berns was just two years old when his parents, both physicians, were told he had a rare rapid-aging disorder with no cure: Progeria. By the time he celebrated his bar mitzvah, he had reached the average age of death for children with this disease. While his parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns, engaged in a relentless pursuit of a treatment, Sam accepted his condition with humor and grace. fter the film, Drs. Leslie Gordon and Scott Berns will talk about their son and their continuing work toward a cure for Progeria and other debilitating diseases of aging with Sheila Nevins.

The Crazy Cries Of Love: John Kelly Sings Joni Mitchell - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 13, 2019 - New York

A valentine like no other: John Kelly pays loving homage to Joni Mitchell's music. Ms. Mitchell's greatest songs dwell on the subject of love—from the rush of longing, to vulnerability and loss—her remarkable songs are vivid interrogations of romantic relationships that transform the personal into the universal.

Modern Dance (Open Level) - 92 Street Y
February 14, 2019 - NY

Explore the body's relationship to breath, weight and space through standing and floor work and traveling combinations. Develop strength and movement flexibility. Move through space with longer, more complex combinations. Classes are ongoing. Start dancing today with class cards. Class cards can be purchased for all classes even after they have started or are closed.

Valentine’s Treats at Demarchelier - Demarchelier Restaurant
February 14, 2019 - New York

This Valentine’s Day, Demarchelier is serving a special Prix Fixe menu for you and your loved one at $48 per person. Appetizer, Salmon Pastrami or Terrine de Foie Gras; Main Course, Lamb Chops with String Beans and Tomato Provençal or Filet of Halibut with a Sorrel Sauce; Desert, Valentines Cake served with a complimentary choice of Prosecco, Chardonnay or Merlot. For reservations and more information, visit www.demarchelierrestaurant.com 212-249-6300

Valentine’s Dining at T-Bar Steak & Lounge - T-Bar Steak & Lounge
February 14, 2019 - New York

T-Bar Steak and Lounge is the popular spot for couples looking for a romantic dinner with outstanding cuisine in a casual yet elegant space. The restaurant’s charm is brought to life by a stylish, dark-wood accented dining room, frosted glass details and subtle back lighting. This Valentine’s Day under the watchful eye of Restauranteur Tony Fortuna, T-Bar will offer its regular a la carte menu, which features its signature prime beef steaks along with a mélange of grilled fish, chopped salads and pastas. Swoon over the decadent desert menu crafted by Executive Chef Ben Zwicker, which includes the famous Banana Parfait Mille Feuilles with coconut and caramel sauce. T-Bar Steak & Lounge 1278 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021 212-772-0404 • www.tbarnyc.com

Mars Sweet ReTREAT - Mars Sweet ReTREAT
Through February 14, 2019 - New York

Mars Wrigley Confectionery is bringing its Sweet ReTREAT to NYC for a second year with the Sweet ReTREAT: Refresh Lounge. Hosted again on Valentine’s Day – February 13th and 14th – we’re giving Sweet ReTREAT a refreshed focus on Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s market-leading gum and mint portfolio. We’re still offering our treat-yourself salon, but this year it’s inspired by the flavors of Extra, Orbit, Altoids, Lifesavers, Big Red and more. And of course, you’ll be treated to your favorite chocolates. In fact, we’re breaking out some of our latest flavor innovations like Dove Raspberry Rosé and Bourbon Vanilla. The salon is located at 111 Grand St. in Soho, NYC, and will be open to consumers on February 13th and 14th from 12:00PM ET to 8:00PM ET. Plenty of gum and mints, plus our classic treats like M&M’S and Skittles, will be free for the taking. Consumers will be able to book a spa “TREATment” at www.marssweetretreat.com starting at 8:00AM ET on January 30th.

Shababa Fridays - 92nd Street Y
February 15, 2019 - New York

Children, parents, grandparents, and nannies are all a part of our Shababa Friday family. Join us for this playful and soulful experience of singing, dancing, jumping, and celebrating as a community!

The Horszowski Trio - 92Y
February 15, 2019 - Upper East Side

The Horszowski Trio makes its 92Y debut with two touchstones of the trio repertoire and a rare performance of a modern American work. Robert Schumann's hyper-romantic piano trio retains its ability to leave audiences breathless even over 150 years after its composition, and The Horszowski Trio brings into sharp relief Schumann's progression from gloom to ineffable joy before entering a very different sound-world: that of the great American composer Charles Wuorinen, whose piano trio is based on small, complex rhythmic gestures thrown between instruments. The anxious energy of Schumann's trio can be found in Wuorinen's; moments of tender writing for the strings are punctuated by jolts from the piano. Finally, the trio performs Shostakovich's Piano Trio No. 2 — a work by turns plangent and lyrical before finding its restive conclusion in a final movement inspired by Schubert's second piano trio.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 16, 2019 - New York

Join us on a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for kids ages 10 and up! Young wizards will enjoy a trip to the Metropolitan Museum, in search of art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books. You'll track down serpents, Dumbledore look-alikes, and figures as scary as any Death Eater. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Advance purchase is required. Price includes museum admission. **Additional Dates: February 16; February 19; February 22**

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 16, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt at the Metropolitan Museum! A murdered curator has left behind a cryptic trail of clues connected with secrets in works of art. As your team gathers answers about the art, you begin to piece together a sordid tale revolving around the museum’s planned purchase of a rare painting by Leonardo Da Vinci. The murder victim knew too much—and now it’s your turn to discover what drove someone to commit murder. To find out, you’ll have to crack a secret code to figure out who dunnit. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Watson Adventures’ Naked at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 16, 2019 - New York

Join Watson Adventures on a unique scavenger hunt for adults and go on a sultry search for nudity in art at the Metropolitan Museum. You’ll scrutinize paintings, sculptures, period rooms, sultry sirens, a literally bronzed Adonis, an incontinent Cupid, a randy reveler and more. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 16, 2019 - New York

Join us on a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt for kids ages 10 and up! Young wizards will enjoy a trip to the Metropolitan Museum, in search of art that echoes characters and enchanted objects in the Harry Potter books. You'll track down serpents, Dumbledore look-alikes, and figures as scary as any Death Eater. The hunt is not an addition to or variation on Harry’s adventures, but instead references to the books will provide a surprising bridge to many strange and wonderful works of art. Kids must be accompanied by an adult, but all-adult teams can compete separately. Advance purchase is required. Price includes museum admission. **Additional Dates: February 16; February 19; February 22**

Isaac Mizrahi - Cafe Carlyle
Through February 16, 2019 - New York

Isaac Mizrahi returns to Café Carlyle with an all-new show, Isaac Mizrahi: Queen Size, February 5 – 16. His previous two residencies in the room were sellouts, receiving widespread critical acclaim. Mizrahi will perform classics by Leonard Bernstein, Cat Stevens, Jimmy Webb, John Kander, Cole Porter, James Taylor and Jerome Kern. Once again, he'll be joined by his band of (handsome, thin, single) (maybe not single) jazz musicians, led by Ben Waltzer. Mizrahi will tell all-new hilarious stories and share life observations. Additionally, he'll have a fresh new stock of swag items to re-gift to audience members. No topics will be off-limits: politics, sex, prescription drugs, millennials. In a review of his Café debut, The New York Times noted "he is determined to challenge the cultural status quo and help blaze a path into a more liberated… his Café Carlyle engagement is a big deal." Vogue called his previous Café residency, "the hottest ticket at New York Fashion Week."

Washington's Birthday Ball - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum & Garden
February 17, 2019 - New York

Celebrate the birthday of our Nation's First President in true 19th-century fashion. Costumed dancers will perform and teach traditional country dances. Festivities include toasts to George Washington and historic refreshments. $15 Adults, $10 Members and Children Under 12 For tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4043528

February Romance Tours: Courtship in the 19th Century - Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden
Through February 24, 2019 - New York

Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4pm. February 2 to February 24 Grab someone you cherish and visit us for a special Romance-themed Tour. Held on weekends in February, this special tour explores the surprising myths and mores of 19th-century mating rituals of young lovers who arrived for a day of fun on the banks of the East River. Learn the secret language of fans, intimate letter writing, and romantic hideouts for couples in the early part of the new Republic. Free with admission. Reservations requested; call 212-838-6878. Saturdays and Sundays, 11am to 4pm.

Michelle Tabnick - The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peter B Lewis Theater
Through April 29, 2019 - New York

Works & Process, the Performing Arts Series at the Guggenheim, Announces Spring 2019 Season Highlights: New commissions by Caleb Teicher and Conrad Tao, and by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung Behind-the-scenes views of new commissions by Houston Ballet and Washington Ballet First looks at theatrical productions Be More Chill, Downstate, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, Octet,and The Secret Life of Bees Previews of Glimmerglass Festival's Blue and Santa Fe Opera's The Thirteenth Child New productions in conjunction with exhibitions Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future and Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now Artist receptions in the rotunda following evening performances "An exceptional opportunity to understand something of the creative process." -The New York Times Works & Process at the Guggenheim is pleased to announce its spring 2019 season. Since 1984 the performing arts series has championed new works and offered audiences unprecedented access to leading creators. Programs explore the artistic process through stimulating discussions and riveting performance highlights. Each 70-minute program takes place in the intimate Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Peter B. ... (read more)

CMX CINEMAS LAUNCHES ITS FIRST NEW YORK CITY LOCATION, CMX CINÉBISTRO NEW YORK 62ND - CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd
Through October 18, 2019 - new york

CMX Cinemas, the eighth largest movie theater chain in the U.S. with 36 theaters across America, will open its first New York City outpost, CMX CinéBistro New York 62nd, on October 18. The new location will bring CMX’s signature VIP movie-going experience to the heart of the Upper East Side, complete with world-class, in-theater dining and luxurious reclining love seats, all within a distinctively intimate setting. CMX renovated the six-story existing theater to complement the neighborhood and provide the community with a unique and intimate theater experience they can enjoy with their family and friends. Maintaining the integrity of the building’s original structure, the newly enhanced theater reflects a modern and minimalist design, featuring rich textures and bold fixtures that embody the spirit and passion of New York. “It is with great pleasure that we open our first theater in New York City, a location that is poised to become a literal icon and flagship for CMX Cinemas with its city-inspired sophistication,” said Jose Leonardo Marti, CEO of CMX Cinemas. “New York’s newest one-stop-destination for entertainment, CMX CinéBistro’s intimate environment affords moviegoers ... (read more)

Kidville Upper East Drop Off Pajama Party - Kidville Upper East
Through August 11, 8017 - New York

Join us for a three-hour drop off pajama party at Kidville Upper East. Includes free play, dinner, arts and crafts, story time, dance time, movie time, The SMART Playbook leadership building curriculum and so much more!

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