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Things to Do on the Upper East Side This Week - February 17-February 24

February 17, 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.

A Complete Map of the World—the Eighteenth-Century Convergence of China and Europe - Asia Society
Through May 05, 2018 - New York

This small, focused exhibition uses one of the rare prints of Ma Junliang's map of the world Jingban tianwen quantu as a starting point to consider the interaction between China and Europe during the eighteenth century. The map offers viewers a Chinese perspective about power and the nature of the world with China at the center. The exhibition also includes Chinese eighteenth-century artworks that appropriate and reinterpret European images and techniques.

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

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 19, 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**

Film Screening: Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures - Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
February 19, 2019 - New York

Directed and produced by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, 109 minutes Courtesy the directors and HBO In 1989, on the floor of Congress, Senator Jesse Helms implored America to “look at the pictures.” He was denouncing the controversial art of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose photographs pushed social boundaries with their frank depictions of nudity, sexuality, and fetishism—and ignited a culture war that rages to this day.

James Mattern Eric Neumann Jared Freid Carrie Karavas Dean Obeidallah Michael Harrison - Comic Strip Live
February 19, 2019 - New York

James Mattern Eric Neumann Jared Freid Carrie Karavas Dean Obeidallah Michael Harrison

Mastering Speed: The Bronze Age of Mongolia - Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
February 19, 2019 - New York

Mastering Speed: The Bronze Age of Mongolia Ursula Brosseder, ISAW Visiting Research Scholar Ursula Brosseder received her PhD in 2001 from the Freie Universität in Berlin on the Early Iron Age in Europe. After a research stay with a fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Novosibirsk, Siberia, she shifted her research focus on Eurasian Archaeology and the Archaeology of Mongolia in particular where she has been conducting fieldwork since 2005. She is a specialist on Xiongnu Archaeology and their contacts and connectivity across the Eurasian steppes during the late Iron Age ("Silk Roads"). Her work has been supported by the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton where she was a member in the School for Historical Studies in 2013/2014.

Tap (Open Level) - 92 Street Y
February 20, 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.

Vic Henley Rob Haze Tom Van Horn Lenny Marcus JJ Ramirez Brian McFaddebn - Comic Strip Live
February 20, 2019 - New York

Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a New York City staple for NY comedy, nightlife, and entertainment! Since 1975, Comic Strip Live has been the home to some of the biggest names and greatest legends in comedy. Drawing crowds 7 nights a week, Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a right of passage for the young, fresh, up and coming Stand-Up Comics and the most iconic comedians in the biz. Enjoy scrumptious food favorites, and delicious mixed drinks and specialty brews as you laugh away each and every night.

Buried Seeds: An Evening with Chef Vikas Khanna - Asia Society
February 21, 2019 - New York

Discover the incredible life story of Vikas Khanna — known to many as "India's favorite chef" — through the documentary Buried Seeds (75 min), directed by Andrei Severny. The film follows Khanna's journey as a poor immigrant enduring overwhelming obstacles and pain to achieve his dreams and become a successful Michelin-starred chef. The screening is followed by a Q & A with Khanna and Severny.

Modern Dance (Open Level) - 92 Street Y
February 21, 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.

Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter Fans - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 22, 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**

Laurie Kilmartin Mike Britt Jason Salmon Kareem Green Brian McFadden - Comic Strip Live
February 22, 2019 - New York

Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a New York City staple for NY comedy, nightlife, and entertainment! Since 1975, Comic Strip Live has been the home to some of the biggest names and greatest legends in comedy. Drawing crowds 7 nights a week, Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a right of passage for the young, fresh, up and coming Stand-Up Comics and the most iconic comedians in the biz. Enjoy scrumptious food favorites, and delicious mixed drinks and specialty brews as you laugh away each and every night.

EmptyMet: Jewelry - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 23, 2019 - New York

This is your last chance for VIP access to The Met’s dazzling exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed before it closes on Sunday, February 24! For one day only—Saturday, February 23, at 9 a.m.—enjoy an exclusive early-morning viewing of the show that The Wall Street Journal calls “replete with artistry, history, and sheer luxury.” Docents will be in the galleries to answer your questions and help deepen your experience of this universal art form. General tickets include a free exhibition catalogue ($50 value). Members get in free and can purchase a catalogue with their Member discount.

EmptyMet: Jewelry - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 23, 2019 - New York

This is your last chance for VIP access to The Met’s dazzling exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed before it closes on Sunday, February 24! For one day only—Saturday, February 23, at 9 a.m.—enjoy an exclusive early-morning viewing of the show that The Wall Street Journal calls “replete with artistry, history, and sheer luxury.” Docents will be in the galleries to answer your questions and help deepen your experience of this universal art form. General tickets include a free exhibition catalogue ($50 value). Members get in free and can purchase a catalogue with their Member discount.

EmptyMet: Jewelry - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 23, 2019 - New York

This is your last chance for VIP access to The Met’s dazzling exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed before it closes on Sunday, February 24! For one day only—Saturday, February 23, at 9 a.m.—enjoy an exclusive early-morning viewing of the show that The Wall Street Journal calls “replete with artistry, history, and sheer luxury.” Docents will be in the galleries to answer your questions and help deepen your experience of this universal art form. General tickets include a free exhibition catalogue ($50 value). Members get in free and can purchase a catalogue with their Member discount.

EmptyMet: Jewelry - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 23, 2019 - New York

This is your last chance for VIP access to The Met’s dazzling exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed before it closes on Sunday, February 24! For one day only—Saturday, February 23, at 9 a.m.—enjoy an exclusive early-morning viewing of the show that The Wall Street Journal calls “replete with artistry, history, and sheer luxury.” Docents will be in the galleries to answer your questions and help deepen your experience of this universal art form. General tickets include a free exhibition catalogue ($50 value). Members get in free and can purchase a catalogue with their Member discount.

Modern Dance (Open Level) - 92 Street Y
February 23, 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.

2019 Youth Ski Trip - The Brick Church
February 23, 2019 - New York

2019 Youth Ski Trip

Girls on the Run February Fitness Series - Barre - The Brick Church
February 23, 2019 - New York

Work out for a cause with the Girls on the Run NYC February Fitness Series. Every Saturday morning (9 am) Girls on the Run is hosting unique, challenging, and fun fitness classes at Athleta Flatiron, located at 126 Fifth Avenue off 18th Street. Saturday, February 23rd at 9 am: Barre with Joanna Stone. Classes are $35 each, representing one pair of shoes for a girl in the program. Each class includes a discount to future Athleta classes, an in-store credit for 30% off purchases, and after workout food and refreshment! (Participants must be 18+).

EmptyMet: Jewelry - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
February 23, 2019 - New York

This is your last chance for VIP access to The Met’s dazzling exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed before it closes on Sunday, February 24! For one day only—Saturday, February 23, at 9 a.m.—enjoy an exclusive early-morning viewing of the show that The Wall Street Journal calls “replete with artistry, history, and sheer luxury.” Docents will be in the galleries to answer your questions and help deepen your experience of this universal art form. General tickets include a free exhibition catalogue ($50 value). Members get in free and can purchase a catalogue with their Member discount.

Tap (Open Level) - 92 Street Y
February 23, 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.

Watson Adventures’ Murder at the Met Scavenger Hunt - Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 23, 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.

Celia Berk with pianist Sean Gough - The Beach Cafe
February 23, 2019 - New York

Bistro, BroadwayWorld, MAC and Margaret Whiting Award winner Celia Berk returns to the Beach Cafe on Saturday, February 23rd with a special preview of her new collaboration with pianist Sean Gough. Together, they have created a program of songs about love, including the kinds of hidden gems by great songwriters that have become Celia's trademark. Celia has released two critically acclaimed albums, garnered awards for her two solo cabaret shows at the Metropolitan Room, and made memorable appearances at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and The Town Hall.

Intersections: Celebrating 20 Years of Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company - 92nd Street Y
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Intersections, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company’s 20th Anniversary New York season and newest dance, marks a continuum of two decades of innovative dance production without pause. The Company is known for its playful virtuosity, accessibility and charisma. “A troupe I’d follow anywhere” (The Village Voice), a “troupe of fabulous dancers” (Backstage) that “can’t help but smile” (The New Yorker). “The dancers are flawless and picture perfect too” (Show Business). The celebratory season brings back favorite dancers and dances. With a trademark blend of humor, musicality and inventiveness, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company provokes and entertains. This milestone season celebrates twenty years of superlative dance performed by a diverse cast of exemplary longtime Company dancers including Stacy Martorana, Christian von Howard, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Derek Crescenti, Oren Barnoy, Vanessa Martinez de Banos, Lauren Kravitz, and the dancer who’s been with the Company the longest, Daniel Gwirtzman. Sifting through twenty years of repertory Daniel, the Company’s choreographer, has culled classic dances and crafted these alongside a premiere, Intersections, into a program-length dance in the s... (read more)

Intersections: Celebrating 20 Years of Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company - 92nd Street Y
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Intersections, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company’s 20th Anniversary New York season and newest dance, marks a continuum of two decades of innovative dance production without pause. The Company is known for its playful virtuosity, accessibility and charisma. “A troupe I’d follow anywhere” (The Village Voice), a “troupe of fabulous dancers” (Backstage) that “can’t help but smile” (The New Yorker). “The dancers are flawless and picture perfect too” (Show Business). The celebratory season brings back favorite dancers and dances. With a trademark blend of humor, musicality and inventiveness, Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company provokes and entertains. This milestone season celebrates twenty years of superlative dance performed by a diverse cast of exemplary longtime Company dancers including Stacy Martorana, Christian von Howard, Jason Garcia Ignacio, Derek Crescenti, Oren Barnoy, Vanessa Martinez de Banos, Lauren Kravitz, and the dancer who’s been with the Company the longest, Daniel Gwirtzman. Sifting through twenty years of repertory Daniel, the Company’s choreographer, has culled classic dances and crafted these alongside a premiere, Intersections, into a program-length dance in the s... (read more)

John Lloyd Young - Cafe Carlyle
Through February 23, 2019 - New York

Tony-Award winner John Lloyd Young returns to Café Carlyle with an all-new show, February 19 – March 2. At this residency, he'll perform an expertly curated set of rock and pop classics and originals that cut deep. From the raw emotionality of Roy Orbison to the retro cool of 007, Young will bring the iconic room alive with a timelessness, mystery and warmth that hearkens back while heralding into the future. Stephen Holden of The New York Times has written that Young "has a disciplined one-in-a-million high tenor shading into falsetto that he can direct through the stratosphere." John Lloyd Young originated the role of Frankie Valli in Broadway's Tony Award-winning Best Musical and international hit, Jersey Boys. By also starring in Clint Eastwood's film adaptation of the show, Mr. Young joined a select few actors in the entertainment industry that took their Tony-winning stage role to the big screen. He sings lead vocals on the Grammy-winning platinum Original Broadway cast album as well as the Jersey Boys movie album. As Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, Young became the only American actor in history to win all four major leading actor honors in a Broadway debut: the Tony, Drama De... (read more)

Family Morning - Neue Galerie New York
February 24, 2019 - New York

Join us for an in-depth look at the portrait and story of Adele Bloch-Bauer. Educator Linda Winston will lead families through the Klimt Gallery and a special drawings installation by Viennese schoolchildren. The discussion is followed by a hands-on art activity in Café Fledermaus. For children age 6+ and adults must be accompanying a child.

Welcome to the World of Dance: Celebrating 20 Years of Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company - 92Y
February 24, 2019 - Upper East Side

Daniel Gwirtzman Dance Company, renown as a family-friendly performing and teaching company, now celebrating its twentieth anniversary, offers the newest installation of its hit interactive kids show series "Welcome To The World of Dance," which The New York Times called "a delightful introduction...explaining what contemporary choreography is all about." A narrated primer of how to view and speak about dance, Gwirtzman and Company present a range of acclaimed dances from the Company's diverse, accessible, and entertaining repertory.

The Queen's Six - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
February 24, 2019 - New York

"This music is in the blood of these singers" —Gramophone This captivating male vocal sextet is named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I. Based at Windsor Castle, they sing together every day, for services and both private and state occasions, frequently before members of the royal family. Now you can enjoy the royal treatment as they perform everything from early chant, to vivid Renaissance polyphony, to racy madrigals.

DF Sweedler Mike Mancusi Tom Ryan Sue Costello Jared Freid Vic Henley - Comic Strip Live
February 24, 2019 - New York

Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a New York City staple for NY comedy, nightlife, and entertainment! Since 1975, Comic Strip Live has been the home to some of the biggest names and greatest legends in comedy. Drawing crowds 7 nights a week, Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a right of passage for the young, fresh, up and coming Stand-Up Comics and the most iconic comedians in the biz. Enjoy scrumptious food favorites, and delicious mixed drinks and specialty brews as you laugh away each and every night.

Am Late Night at The Strip - Comic Strip Live
February 24, 2019 - New York

Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a New York City staple for NY comedy, nightlife, and entertainment! Since 1975, Comic Strip Live has been the home to some of the biggest names and greatest legends in comedy. Drawing crowds 7 nights a week, Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a right of passage for the young, fresh, up and coming Stand-Up Comics and the most iconic comedians in the biz. Enjoy scrumptious food favorites, and delicious mixed drinks and specialty brews as you laugh away each and every night.

Am Late Night at The Strip - Comic Strip Live
February 24, 2019 - New York

Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a New York City staple for NY comedy, nightlife, and entertainment! Since 1975, Comic Strip Live has been the home to some of the biggest names and greatest legends in comedy. Drawing crowds 7 nights a week, Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a right of passage for the young, fresh, up and coming Stand-Up Comics and the most iconic comedians in the biz. Enjoy scrumptious food favorites, and delicious mixed drinks and specialty brews as you laugh away each and every night.

PM DF Sweedler Mike Mancusi Tom Ryan Sue Costello Jared Freid Vic Henley - Comic Strip Live
February 24, 2019 - New York

Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a New York City staple for NY comedy, nightlife, and entertainment! Since 1975, Comic Strip Live has been the home to some of the biggest names and greatest legends in comedy. Drawing crowds 7 nights a week, Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a right of passage for the young, fresh, up and coming Stand-Up Comics and the most iconic comedians in the biz. Enjoy scrumptious food favorites, and delicious mixed drinks and specialty brews as you laugh away each and every night.

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.

Mike Britt Laurie Kilmartin Chris Roach Kareem Green Brian McFadden - Comic Strip Live
Through February 24, 2019 - New York

Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a New York City staple for NY comedy, nightlife, and entertainment! Since 1975, Comic Strip Live has been the home to some of the biggest names and greatest legends in comedy. Drawing crowds 7 nights a week, Comic Strip Live Comedy Club is a right of passage for the young, fresh, up and coming Stand-Up Comics and the most iconic comedians in the biz. Enjoy scrumptious food favorites, and delicious mixed drinks and specialty brews as you laugh away each and every night.

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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