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Things to do this week in NYC Oct 23-Oct 30: Music

October 23, 2010 - by CG Directory Editor
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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Reggae, or the classics ? New York City venues feature music from all cultures. Whether you're catching an aria at Lincoln Center, or checking out a band at Central Park Summerstage, NYC has a gig you won't want to miss.

Brooklyn Omnibus - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 23, 2010 -

Stew, the Tony Award-winning creator and star of Broadway's Passing Strange, comes to BAM with a song cycle about the multicultural urban oasis and laboratory that is Brooklyn. With a rapper's ear for witty wordplay, a swaggering guitar, and vocal prowess to match, Stew, along with his band The Negro Problem and co-composer Heidi Rodewald, brings a raw, unvarnished lyricism to the diverse histories, personalities, street corners, and shops that give Brooklyn its palpable sense of place. Meditative lyrics, tinged with irreverence and vulnerability, perfectly capture the ambivalent identities of the borough in this rocking paean to the County of Kings.

The Foreign Exchange - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 23, 2010 -

Consisting of singer/songwriter Phonte and producer Nicolay, The Foreign Exchange came together via the online hip-hop community in 2002. After trading files through Instant Messenger for over a year, Nicolay and Phonte completed their debut album before they ever met each other in person. The album, "Connected," was released in 2004 to positive reviews, and was praised by legendary DJ's such as Jazzy Jeff, King Britt, and DJ Spinna for its inventive mix of hip-hop, R&B, and electronica.

Late Night with LB - New York City Opera Company
October 23, 2010 -

Leonard Bernstein loved to entertain guests in his home late into the night, dazzling them with his charismatic performances of a wide range of musical styles. Join us for a rare recital of Bernstein's most personal music in the intimate cabaret setting of the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse.

Musical Performance: Youssef Kassab feat. Zikrayat - Alwan for the Arts
October 23, 2010 -

Youssef Kassab, Vocals with ZIKRAYAT Sami Abu Shumays, Violin Tareq Abboushi, Buzuq Bridget Robbins, Nay Apostolos Sideris, Double Bass Johnny Farraj, Riqq Returning to Alwan after a two-year absence, esteemed vocal master Youssef Kassab, accompanied by Zikrayat, will again delight our audience with decades of artistic excellence in the vast repertoire of the lyric Tarab (classical Arab) tradition. Tickets: $20 available at the door or online here. (A surcharge applies; use printout as your ticket) $15 for students (with valid I.D.) and seniors available at the door only.

Salon Series - Helga Davis: Mephisto's Song - Apollo Theater
Through October 23, 2010 -

Celebrated New York-based vocalist Helga Davis, whose inter-disciplinary practice includes work with composers and choreographers alike, constantly uses her powerhouse vocals and penchant to cross freely and seamlessly between genres to push the envelope and explore music's unchartered terrains. With her piece "Mephisto's Song", Davis will present a stirring work-in-progress collaboration with composer Andrea Liberovici. The performance, a multi-media songbook adapted from Goethe's Faust, features Davis in a sonic/visual world created by Liberovici. The piece includes a recorded narration by Robert Wilson and a recorded cello improvisation by renowned cellist Jeffrey Zeigler (of Kronos Quartet). For more details, click here. Since 2006, the Salon Series has been bringing edgy, downtown artists uptown to the Apollo, providing them a space to stretch their creative boundaries and present works-in-progress in the intimate third-floor Soundstage where the audience is seated no more than ten feet from the performers. The Apollo Salon Series is made possible, in part, by generous support from MetLife Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. Tickets: $15.

Musica Sacra: 'Baroque Gems' - Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
October 23, 2010 -

The transcendant Musica Sacra Chorus and Chamber Orchestra, under renowned music director Kent Tritle, presents 'Baroque Gems'. The 8pm performance at Alice Tully Hall includes exquisite works by Bach, Charpentier and Carissimi.

Mark Knight | Toolroom Knights - Pacha NYC
October 23, 2010 -

Saturday October 23 Pacha NYC presents... TOOLROOM KNIGHTS NYC with a special 8 HOUR SET by MARK KNIGHT along with EXACTA! Venerable U.K. label/institution Toolroom pays a visit to Pacha tonight, with head honcho Mark Knight on the decks. Knight just released “Toolroom Knights 3.0,” his latest installment in the coveted compilation series. It’s a sexy blend of ethnic drums, faithful house, minimal electro, and big-room progressive – which is just the kind of magical concoction we’re expecting at Pacha! Local favorite Exacta opens. GET TICKETS:

Oscar Penas Band - Zora Art Space
October 23, 2010 -

Part of the flourishing music scene in New York and leader of critically acclaimed Oscar Penas Group, the jazz guitarist performs a cross pollination of folkloric genre and rhythm, raw and sensational.

Paul Brady + Maura O'Connell - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 24, 2010 -

Born and raised in Strabane, Northern Ireland, on the border with the Irish Republic, he was passionate about a wide variety of music from an early age. Paul began his musical career in his mid-teens in summer jobs playing piano and guitar. On moving to Dublin in 1965 he joined a succession of R n B / Soul cover bands before being swept up in the resurgent interest in Irish traditional music. This began a whirlwind trad journey for Paul that saw him join The Johnstons recording seven albums spanning periods in Ireland, London and New York before returning to Dublin in 1974 to join Planxty. From 76 to 78 he played as a duo with Andy Irvine, a relationship which produced "Andy Irvine and Paul Brady", an album loved at the time and still sought after in CD form today. The next few years saw him establish his popularity and reputation as one of Ireland's best interpreters of traditional songs. After an acclaimed solo folk album Welcome Here Kind Stranger (1978) which won the Melody maker Folk Album of the year, he decided it was time to move on and write his own material. Paul's original and personal approach to song writing was evident from the beginning with the release in 1981 of Hard Station, now accepted as a classic of Irish rock. The albums which followed, True For You (1983), Back To The Centre (1985), Primitive Dance (1987), Trick Or Treat (1991) and Spirits Colliding (1995) collectively established Paul as the pre-eminent Irish singer-songwriter of his generation.

The Mac Gollehon Quartet - Zora Art Space
October 24, 2010 -

Mac Gollehon's distinctive music personality takes his extensive experience with musicians across genre, including David Bowie, Duran Duran, Blondie and Hector Lavoe, and developed his style as a genre bender. His performances have been known for being explosively memorable and sometimes truly groundbreaking.

Eric Burdon & the Animals - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 25, 2010 -

One of the seminal figures of the 1960s British Invasion during his tenure with The Animals and in the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame, legendary singer Eric Burdon has charted with 25 Top 40 hits including classics like: "HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN" "IT'S MY LIFE" "DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD" "WE GOTTA GET OUT OF THIS PLACE" "SPILL THE WINE" Eric Burdon's life has been a musical journey matched by few other performers in rock music history. He has gone from the driving force of the grittiest British Invasion band, to pioneering the San Francisco psychedelic rock scene, to fronting WAR - the biggest funk band of the 1970's, to cutting an LP with an early influence, jazz-blues great Jimmy Witherspoon, to coming full-circle and reuniting his original band, The Animals, for a series of projects and a world-wide tour, to forming a new group of Animals and releasing a series of live CD�s and a recent DVD concert.

antTunes - Ars Nova Theater
October 25, 2010 -

Phenomenal new musical theater, featuring selections from (if you have to) Close Your Eyes, Music by Julia Meinwald, Lyrics by Gordon Leary; Seperate: Battle Songs of Youth, Music by Kyle Ewalt and Michael I. Walker

The Opera Orchestra of NY Presents: La Navarraise and Cavalleria Rusticana - Carnegie Hall
October 25, 2010 -

Maestro Alberto Veronesi debuts with a star-studded double bill of Massenet's La Navarraise and Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana, featuring celebrated tenor Roberto Alagna as "Araquil" in La Navarraise and as "Turridu" in Cavalleria rusticana; renowned mezzo-soprano Elena Garania, as "Anita" in La Navarraise, and acclaimed soprano Maria Guleghina appearing as "Santuzza" in Cavalleria rusticana. Mezzo-soprano Mignon Dunn makes a rare appearance in the role of "Mamma Lucia." To purchase tickets please go to:

The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 26, 2010 -

The Tubes will go down in the rock history books as one of the most exciting, in-your-face tight-knit group of musicians who epitomised the hilarity of popular American culture by making it into a the ultimate rock n roll extravaganza. Their live shows involved mock bondage rituals, simulated sex, 12-foot high rock stars by the name of Quay Lude singing "White Punks On Dope", exploding televisions, chainsaws and an array of semi-clad dancers. Some say they were about 15 years ahead of Madonna, and light years ahead of the politically correct. In the tradition of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, the Tubes were one of the first bands to write and perform songs in a head-on theatrical onslaught. They simply didn't entertain, they shocked audiences into submission. The Tubes were one of the pioneers of the rock video years before MTV became a household name, and used the medium in their early performances. The band tapped into the American zeitgeist and ridiculed its materialistic values, superficial advertising methods, took a poke at religious fundamentalists and often questioned sexual taboos. They took popular culture by the scruff of the neck, turned it upside down, and made it into entertainment.

The uniVERSE Project - Ars Nova Theater
October 26, 2010 -

Rap, dance, and storytelling blend into a personal narrative mixtape in this virtuosic performance from theatrical dynamo Clifton Duncan Created and Performed by Clifton Duncan; Directed by Ethan McSweeny

Joe Budden & Friends - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 26, 2010 -

Doors @ 10PM, Show 11PM. $20 Adv, $25 Day. VIP tickets avaible @ $100 each and include a meet and greet, autographed Poster, CD, and a T-Shirt. Standing Room Only - All Ages. Winner of the 2003 Vibe Next Award, Joe Budden has released consecutively the legendary and still unrivaled Mood Musik 2: Can It Get Any Worse? (2005), the critically acclaimed Mood Musik 3: For Better or For Worse (2007) and Mood Musik 3: The Album (2008). One of the most consistent artists to date, his matchless lyrical artistry continues to garner him worldwide respect and success in such places as Europe, Africa and Asia. Known as a purist, an intelligent artist, and a non-conformist, Joe Budden is a verbal straight shooter always keeping his musical storytelling honest and true to life; placing him in an elite league with other hip-hop artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Kanye West, Common and Jay-Z. In the tradition of Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart, the Tubes were one of the first bands to write and perform songs in a head-on theatrical onslaught. They simply didn't entertain, they shocked audiences into submission. The Tubes were one of the pioneers of the rock video years before MTV became a household name, and used the medium in their early performances. The band tapped into the American zeitgeist and ridiculed its materialistic values, superficial advertising methods, took a poke at religious fundamentalists and often questioned sexual taboos. They took popular culture by the scruff of the neck, turned it upside down, and made it into entertainment.

Women's Jazz Collective Series - Zora Art Space
October 26, 2010 -

Zora Space presents a night of women jazz musicians with latin and classical influence from a diverse international background and in New York.. Line-up: Lucy Blanco on vocal, Andrea Brachfeld on flute, Kim Garey on drums, Noriko Ueda on bass and Chiemi Nakai on piano.

America's Got Talent Live - Beacon Theatre
October 27, 2010 -

Many of the show's favorite entertainers will take the stage at the Beacon Theatre on Wednesday, October 27 for America's Got Talent Live. America's Got Talent Live, the hit television variety show is launching its first ever tour with the country's most dynamic and diverse entertainers. The tour will be hosted by Jerry Springer and features the Season 5 winner as well as other dynamic finalists and fan favorites from the hit TV series.

The Watch Plays Genesis - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 27, 2010 -

The Watch are an early-Genesis tribute band who also record their own material. Billed as The Blue Show - the Foxtrot album - they start with acoustic-based songs and build the tension as they add more powerful numbers. Exactly the way Genesis themselves used to do it around 1970/71. These guys really knew their subject, with singer Simone Rossetti sounding exactly like Peter Gabriel. As they moved into the powerful numbers such as Time Table and Can Utility and the Coastliners, you could feel the atmosphere build. By the time we got Musical Box and In the Cage, the band were feeding off a rapturous reception. Guitarist Giorgio Gabriel (his real name!) managed a beautiful rendition of Steve Hackett's classical solo piece Horizons, made all the more captivating by playing it on 12-string. Performing everything from Foxtrot could only mean one thing – the highlight of the evening would be Supper's Ready. It was flawless: absolutely stunning. Tears flowed. Like most of the audience I've seen all the Genesis tribute bands of the last few years, including the technically brilliant but slightly soulless Musical Box. No-one outwith Genesis themselves has played this song better. I would dare to say they were the best tribute band, Genesis or otherwise, I've ever seen.

Delilah Dix: Showin' My Business - Ars Nova Theater
October 27, 2010 -

Delilah Dix is back from her triumphant European fleabag cabaret tour! In her brand new show, America's drunkest export will delight you with salty tales of her life in show business, the business of show, and showing her business. Created and Performed by Amy Albert; Original Music by Cody Owen Stine; Directed by Peter Michael Marino

October 27, 2010 -

Each Amateur Night begins with a pre-show jam fest with DJ Jess who knows how to get the party started! The comedian Capone is the host of the evening, which features live music by Ray Chew and the Crew. Keep a lookout for C.P. Lacey, the Apollo's Executioner, who sweeps bad talent right off the stage! This special evening of Amateur Night at the Apollo is the season finale! The best contestants of the year battle it out for the title of SUPER TOP DOG and the grand prize of $10,000 in cash. Now YOU decide who will be the next Apollo legend. This week's contestants include Justice Michael, Ayanna Whitter-Johnson, Clark King, Danyelle Page, Nathan Foley, Darryl Jordan and Lianah Santa Ana. Tickets: $20, $30, $40.

Styx - Beacon Theatre
October 28, 2010 -

Styx will take the stage at the Beacon Theatre on Thursday, October 28 to perform their albums THE GRAND ILLUSION and PIECES OF EIGHT in their entirety.

Average White Band - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 28, 2010 -

A bunch of white boys from Scotland playing deep house 70's funk was and is anything but average. The bands self-titled debut topped the American pop charts with the instrumental "Pick Up the Pieces," which was also later nominated for a Grammy. "Person To Person", "Cut the Cake", "Schoolboy Crush", "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", "Cloudy", "Queen of My Soul", and "Let's Go 'Round Again" became some of the band's most well-known tunes from their mid-late '70's heyday. In the '90's, AWB's timeless grooves have been sampled by some of the biggest names in the hip-hop, rap, and acid jazz worlds, confirming without a doubt the strong impression the band has made on a new generation. Young bands such as Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies cite AWB as a major influence.

An Evening with Christine Brewer - New York City Opera Company
October 28, 2010 -

New York City Opera Orchestra. George Manahan, conductor. Christine Brewer, soprano. One of the world's most sought-after sopranos, Christine Brewer brings her consummate artistry to a special concert featuring excerpts from Wagner's "Tristan und Isolde", Puccini's "Turandot", and a selection of popular American songs by Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern.

Deep Time - Zora Art Space
October 28, 2010 -

Not to be missed: Hip hop drum legend and four-year music director to Johnny Legend Swiss Chris co-leads cutting edge Soul Sonic trio, featuring Groove Collective woodwind maestro Jay Rodriguez and bassist extraordinaire Derek Nievergelt, unleashing their new project at Kick It Live @ Zora Space.

Guster - Beacon Theatre
October 29, 2010 -

Following two sold out shows last November, Guster returns to the Beacon Theatre on Friday, October 29. The band's newest album Easy Wonderful is scheduled for release this fall on October 5.

The Toasters + The Pietasters - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 29, 2010 -

The Toasters, are "Ska Pioneers" (Billboard magazine) and boldly go where no ska band has gone before. Having been compared to the Ramones, due to their longevity and adherence to core principles, the Toasters are held to be one of most influential ska bands out there. Their lean, mean ska machine has galvanized audiences and musicians alike with their embrace of the Jamaica-born pop music style that overwhelmed England in the 1960's, migrated to America in the early 1980s, and went global in the 1990s. The hallmark Toasters sound sits at the nexus of Reggae, Jazz, Punk and Soul and is the musical equivalent of a brass knuckle-duster.

The Harmonious Pimps of Harmony's Last Show - Ars Nova Theater
October 29, 2010 -

On the evening of their final show, the absurdly famous masters of hip-hocapella will showcase their careers, their lives, and their really sexy futures. Fans expected to attend: 68 billion. Created by Daniel Hartley & Adam Lerman; Directed by Lauren Keating; Performed by Jon Bass, Keelay Gipson, Daniel Hartley, Adam Lerman, Joel Perez, Josh Segarra & Dominic Spillane

2010 New York Sanjo Festival and Symposium - CUNY Graduate Center
Through October 29, 2010 -

The Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism proudly announces the 2010 New York Sanjo Festival in collaboration with the Gugak FM Broadcasting System and the Ph.D./DMA Program in Music-CUNY Graduate Center under the direction of Professor Stephen Blum and Dr. Ju- Yong Ha. The festival consists of a symposium and concerts with the world’s leading Asian and Korean music scholars and Korea’s foremost sanjo and sinawi masters.

Boris - Believe in Halloween - Pacha NYC
October 29, 2010 -

Friday October 29 Pacha NYC presents... BELIEVE HALLOWEEN with BORIS! What’s scarier than Halloween? A Halloween without Boris. The local legend kicks off Hallow’s weekend right with his monstrous beats and haunted rhythms. Plus Elect*rik in the basement with Rik Santiago & guests. GET TICKETS:

Persephone - Brooklyn Academy of Music
Through October 30, 2010 -

In Greek mythology, Persephone, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, was a fetching young woman whose beauty set Hades' dark heart ablaze. He had to have her, and so he did, spiriting her into the depths of the Underworld. In collaboration with composer Ben Neill, singer/actor Mimi Goese, and Tony Award-winning playwright Warren Leight (Side Man) -- and featuring Julia Stiles (Bourne films, Oleanna on Broadway) in the title role -- Ridge Theater (Lightning at our feet, 2008 Next Wave) reimagines the myth as a spectacular 19th-century theatrical tableau. Infused with rock and electronica, as well as evocative visuals, this work creates a fantastic mythical landscape that paves the way for Persephone to find her way home, only to return her to the Underworld forevermore.

The Whispers - B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
October 30, 2010 -

The Whispers, began their legendary and timeless career in 1963, producing a string of hits over the last four decades. The Whispers emerged as the leading romantic singers of their generation, racking up one gold album after another and charting numerous R&B hits. The Whispers are arguably the most celebrated R&B balladeers of their generation and still make women swoon with their silky yet forceful tenors of twins Walter and Scotty. In the new millennium The Whispers still perform around the world to thousands of loyal fans. The Whispers have not made any personnel changes and still consists of Walter Scott, Wallace Scott, Nicholas Caldwell, and Leaveil Degree. The Whispers are one of only a few old school groups that can boast of having over 40 years in the industry with a worldwide fan base, maintaining their vocal dominance and original members.

Salon Series - Apollo Theater
Through October 30, 2010 -

Running Oct. 8th through Oct. 30th, 2010, the Apollo Theater's latest edition in their Salon Series, an innovative series featuring new works by emerging and established artists. New works-in-progress scheduled for the intimate Apollo Theater Soundstage include (visit website to purchase tickets): Friday, October 8th and Saturday, October 9th at 7:30pm - Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber - Burnt Sugar Freaks the James Brown Songbook (An Opera in Progress). Friday, October 15th and Saturday, October 16th at 7:30pm - Gordon Voidwell - Who Killed Andy Warhol?/Who Shot Biggie Smalls? Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd at 7:30pm - Helga Davis - Mephisto's Song. Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th at 7:30pm - William D. Caballero - Speak! So the World Will Listen: Uganda. The 2010 Apollo Salon Series is made possible, in part, by generous support from MetLife Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. The Apollo's annual programming is made possible by lead support from: The Coca-Cola Company, the Edward and Leslye Phillips Family Foundation, the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bloomberg, and the Neuberger Berman Foundation.

Salon Series - William Caballero: Speak! So the World Will Listen - Apollo Theater
Through October 30, 2010 -

MTV Movie Award nominated documentary filmmaker, music video director, and composer William D. Caballero's current project, "Speak! So the World Will Listen: Uganda", is a multimedia experience that blends projected visuals and live music with audio testimony focusing on the culture, traditions, and strife facing Uganda today. Pulling from a wide library of personally recorded interviews and footage, these stories are weaved in a culturally sensitive artistic medium, and are combined with a unique symphonic score performed by a string and woodwind ensemble that blends Ugandan rhythms with western classical music. Visuals and music composed by William D. Caballero. Since 2006, the Salon Series has been bringing edgy, downtown artists uptown to the Apollo, providing them a space to stretch their creative boundaries and present works-in-progress in the intimate third-floor Soundstage where the audience is seated no more than ten feet from the performers. The Apollo Salon Series is made possible, in part, by generous support from MetLife Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the New York State Council on the Arts. Tickets: $15.

Jonathan Peters Halloween Ball - Pacha NYC
October 30, 2010 -

Saturday October 30 Pacha NYC presents... JONATHAN PETERS' HALLOWEEN BALL! After an epic classics set at Roseland, Jonathan Peters returns triumphantly to Pacha for a Halloween bash you won’t soon forget. You know how he does it: Costumes, shows, and dancers, from the gory to the gorgeous, joining you in the chant and on the dancefloor as JP weaves a musical dreamscape. Costumes, makeup and creativity are strongly encouraged, because remember -- you’re part of the show too. GET TICKETS:

Thomas Piercy - Zora Art Space
October 30, 2010 -

Critically acclaimed, Thomas Piercy’s repertoire has included orchestra, concerto, solo recital and chamber music appearances throughout the world. He will bring an evoking fare of classical and jazz-inspired program.

White Light Festival - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Through November 18, 2010 -

Fall 2010 sees the introduction of a new annual celebration courtesy of Lincoln Center: the White Light Festival. Intended to highlight "music's unique emotional power to evoke the transcendent in us," it presents 10 U.S. and New York premieres and debuts by artists and companies from 15 countries. Visit website for schedule and more info.

A Quiet Place - New York City Opera Company
Through November 21, 2010 -

Leonard Bernstein's final stage work receives its long-awaited New York premiere. "A Quiet Place" was originally written as a sequel to his "Trouble in Tahiti", which perfectly captured the jazzy heartbeat of 20th-century America. That popular one-act satire is incorporated as a flashback when the estranged family reunites at a funeral after 20 years. The eloquent libretto by Stephen Wadsworth reveals a moving parable of alienation, strife, and reconciliation in a dysfunctional middle-class family.

Live Jazz at Gallagher's Steak House - Gallagher's Steak House
Through December 23, 2010 -

Live jazz returns to New York City’s iconic Gallagher’s Steak House every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night beginning Thursday, September 23, and through the remainder of 2010. The Jazz ensembles are comprised of young musicians including 19-year-old Rhys Tivey. Gallagher’s has added a special jazz menu featuring light evening fare on those nights, which is available from 9 p.m. to midnight. There is a two-drink minimum required for those not dining. Reservations: 212-245-5336, mention JAZZ to be seated accordingly.

Tony Middleton - Sunday Jazz Brunch - The Garden Café at The Kitano New York Hotel
Through December 31, 2010 -

The legendary Tony Middleton launched The Garden Café’s Sunday Jazz brunch on Sunday, June 6, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Joining Mr. Middleton will be a rotating trio of some of Jazz music’s most prominent musicians. Mr. Middleton will perform every Sunday at the Garden Café located on East 38th Street off Park Avenue at the Kitano New York Hotel beginning at 11:00 a.m. An extensive brunch buffet featuring breakfast and lunch items will be available along with cocktails, wines and locally brewed beer. Cocktails are limited to Bloody Mary, Mimosa and the special Aperol Spritz made with the Italian aperitif Aperol and Spanish Cava, a sparkling wine. The price of the buffet is $29.00 per person, plus 8.875% tax and includes one cocktail per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the Garden Café directly at (212) 885-7123.

Flamenco Show on Saturday Nights - Meson Asturias
Through June 15, 2011 -

See Aurora Reyes and Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino at Meson Asturias restaurant on Saturday nights! Flamenco singing and dancing with LIVE music- great for the whole family. Shows at 9PM and 11PM. #7 to 82nd St. (at Roosevelt), or E, F, R to Roosevelt Ave. (at 74th). For reservations: 718-446-9154. NO COVER.

Private Lessons in Flamenco Guitar - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Study Flamenco guitar with Basilio Georges of Flamenco Latino, whether you're a beginner or an experienced player looking for a great teacher! His classes focus on strengthening your playing by achieving the correct right and left hand techniques, and increase your understanding of Flamenco within the context of dance and singing accompaniment. With over 30 years of professional experience, Basilio offers an incredible mix of traditional and modern styles and techniques, and is also able to work with written music or tablature. Fluent in Spanish, he has lived and worked in Spain and accompanied many well known artists throughout his career. To learn more, visit A single one-hour class is $70. A 4-pack is $200 ($50/hour), paid in advance. If you do a trial lesson at $70, but decide to continue studying, you may upgrade to a 4-pack; however, you must pay a the prorated balance of $130 within one week of the trial lesson. Open time slots include weekday and weekend afternoons and some evening time. Also, Group Guitar classes in cante accompaniment now available for intermediate level guitarists. Tues. 8-9:30. $20 for single class, 4-pack for $70. You must interview by phone or in person, and reserve space in class. Lessons are held at Flamenco Latino Studio, 244 W 54th Street, 4th fl. Call Basilio at 212-399-8519

Flamenco Guitar Group Classes - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

FLAMENCO GUITAR GROUP CLASSES on Wednesday nights at Flamenco Latino Studio with Basilio Georges. Level 2-Beginner (Spanish guitar facility and/or some flamenco background required. Audition may be necessary.), Wed. 7-8:30 pm -Technique, technique, technique -Basic compas patterns in various toques -Basic letra accompaniment, chords, in some toques -Learn to use falsetas you already have, and play them in rhythm. Level 1-Introductory/Basic Beginner (Some knowledge of chords very helpful), Wed. 8:30-10 pm. -Slow-paced class -Essential hand positions -Basic Technique -Basic Flamenco forms. Price $70 for 4-pack, $20 individually. Credits can also be applied to Mon. Cante class, 8:30-9:45 pm. Credit cards accepted. Email or call Basilio at 212-399-8519 to reserve.

Flamenco Singing Group Class - Flamenco Latino Studio
Through June 15, 2011 -

Flamenco Latino offers a group Cante Class with Alfonso Cid (mixed students). Work on forms such as tangos, sevillanas, fandangos, alegrias, bulerias. Will include review of both Manuel Gago material and Alfonso Cid material. Mondays, 8:30-9:45 pm, new 4-pack of classes for $70.00! (ONLY $17.50/class!) Call 212-399-8519 to reserve.

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