January 31, 2013

Grand Central: 100 Years Grand

What: The Grand Central Centennial Comes to Life on February 1st. Celebrate Grand Central's 100th birthday all day with exhibits, special offers, performances, notable speakers, surprise entertainment, photo opportunities and more! Grand Central Terminal is one of the world's greatest landmarks, an architectural marvel that serves our neighbors, shoppers, diners, subway riders, customers, and visitors. Plan to spend extra time on February 1st, as Metro-North Railroad unveils a specially designed tribute to Grand Central Terminal and all that it does to make our daily lives grand. 

A dramatic, multi-media installation on Grand Central's century long lifespan will be the centerpiece of the Centennial celebration revealing how the iconic building, on the verge of changing the way New Yorkers travel over the next decade, shaped modern New York and determines its future. Presented by New York Transit Museum.

When: FEBRUARY 1, 2013 - MARCH 15, 2013

January 29, 2013

A Book Launch Event for "The Man in 3B," a Novel by Carl Weber

What: Meet Carl Weber, New York Times and Essence #1 bestselling author of over a dozen novels and short stories that connect with readers everywhere. Learn how he develops stories about seemingly ordinary people who have crazy things happen in their lives. His latest novel is a tale of drama, mystery, scandal, and intrigue set in Jamaica, Queens. Books will be available for sale and signing. Join us for some light refreshments, too!
When: Tuesday, January 29th - 6:00 pm
Where: Queens Library - Central Branch - 89-11 Merrick Boulevard (between Jamaica and Hillside Avenues)
Cost: Free

January 28, 2013

Eric Burdon

What: Eric Burdon has one of the most powerful and distinctive voices in rock and roll. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994, and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 Greatest Voices of All Time, Burdon’s music forged new territory while also topping the charts for more than five decades.
When: Tuesday, January 29th @6pm Performance & Autograph Signing
Where: J&R: 23 Park Row, 2nd Floor

Charlie Wilson

What: "Love, Charlie" releases January 29th. Get your copy autographed! Meet Charlie Wilson and celebrate his birthday with him as he signs autographs of his new CD "Love, Charlie".

Grammy-nominated RCA Records recording artist and R&B icon Charlie Wilson is preparing to celebrate his birthday with the release of his new, highly-anticipated album, Love, Charlie, on January 29, 2013. The first single, "My Love Is All I Have," is already a top ten hit on the Billboard Urban Adult Contemporary Chart.

When: Tuesday, January 29th @12:30 pm
Where: J&R: 23 Park Row, 2nd Floor

January 26, 2013

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – Superstorm Sandy Photography Exhibition

On October 29, 2012, Superstorm Sandy moved into the greater New York metropolitan area and altered the physical and psychological fabric of the region. As recovery efforts progress and the future of essential infrastructure, including waterfront repair, is considered, the Museum of the City of New York seeks contemporary photographs of the areas and people affected by the storm – photographs that portray the region before the storm, during the dramatic hours of the storm’s landfall, the immediate aftermath, and the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts of individuals, organizations, and government agencies – for consideration for inclusion in an exhibition at the Museum to open in April.
Deadline for entries is 12pm March 3, 2013. For full guidelines and to submit images, click here.

Urvashi, A Love Story

What: The Natraj Center for the Performing Arts, a not-for-profit organization, traces its origins to the renowned Natraj Cultural Group, which was founded in 1989 by a group of mothers led by Barbara Lemoine whose initial objective was to support a group of young dancers to perform innovative and creative dances. All Natraj teachers and senior performers have been classically trained by respected professionals in the Indian Classical Dance tradition, and their areas of expertise include Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Odissi, and folk dances, as well as the more popular Bollywood film and pop genres. Starring: Julia Devi Subrian as Urvashi; Neil Singh as Prince Pururava; and the Natraj Dancers. For additional information, call 718-468-1604.
When: Saturday, January 26th - 6:00 PM to 8:00 pm
Where: York College Performing Arts Center - 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard (between Liberty and Archer Avenues)
Cost: $25 (Children, $15)

January 25, 2013


What: This spare, haunting, deceptively slight film – marking the feature debut of French filmmaker Valerie Massadian – zeroes in on the behavior and existential state of its 4-year-old protagonist. Growing up in rural France, Nana lives in a seemingly idyllic environment, but Massadian increasingly complicates our notion of the child’s innocence. Opening with a matter-of-fact depiction of the butchering of a pig (Nana lives on her grandfather’s pig farm), the film gradually tightens its focus to convey the child’s perspective as she entertains herself in solitude.

In French with English subtitles, 2011, 68 min, 35mm 

When: January 25 7:00 PM & 8:45 PM
Where: Anthology Film Archives: 32 Second Avenue New York, NY 10003

$10 General Admission
$8 Essential Cinema (free for members)
$8 Students, seniors, and children (12 & under)
$6 AFA Members
Tickets are available at Anthology's box office on the day of the show only. The box office opens 30 minutes before the first show of the day. There are no advance ticket sales. Reservations are available to Anthology members only.


What: Freeberg is a keen observer of environments where art and people co-exist. After photographing reception desks of Chelsea galleries in Sentry, and the booths of art dealers at international fairs in Art Fare, Freeberg takes us to Russia’s great art museums - the Hermitage and the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, and the Pushkin Museum and State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow - where retirement-aged women guard national treasures.

Considering photographs that investigate a viewing environment encourages a certain awareness of our own context and how we experience art. Guardians acknowledges the pride that these women feel in proximity to such masterpieces, asking us to tune into our own reactions. Freeberg slows down the hurried museumgoer by framing moments, inviting us to take a breath and pause – to notice the beauty not just in art, but also in the details we so often overlook.

When: January 24 - March 2, 2013
Artist talk with Clifford J. Levy: Saturday, January 26th, 2pm
Where: Andrea Meislin Gallery: 534 West 24th Street, New York, NY 1001

January 23, 2013

Red Bull Presents: Winter Jam NYC

What: Presented by the NYC Parks Department and the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), Winter Jam NYC is a free annual winter sports festival that encourages New Yorkers to get out and enjoy the outdoors in the colder months. Our partners at Gore Mountain will be blowing lots of fresh snow, so there will be plenty to go around!
When: Sat, Jan 26, 11AM - 3PM
Where: Central Park: Bandshell Area, 
Enter at 72nd Street

Cost: FREE
Featured Venues
•    Lake Placid Snow Field
•    Cross-Country Skiing
•    Snowshoeing
•    Red Bull MetroRail
An open rail jam for skiers and snowboarders. To register, please visit the Red Bull MetroRail  page.
•    Learn to Ride: Skiing and Snowboarding
•    Unreal Ice Lounge

Other Activities
•    Watch and Learn to Play Quidditch
•    Animal Tracking with the Urban Park Rangers
•    Pride of New York Winter Market
•    NY State Ski Resorts Info Booths
•    Live Entertainment

Equipment provided at no cost, or bring your own and enjoy the terrain.
Participants in cross–country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowboarding/skiing lessons must sign a waiver before participating in any of these activities. The waivers will be provided at the event. Participants under the age of 18 must have a legal guardian present to sign the waiver.
Doggie Snow Zone
A NEW area sponsored by Unleashed by Petco specifically for 4-legged New Yorkers!
•    Doggie Snow Park
An enclosed, off-leash area featuring agility equipment from Biscuits & Bath Dog Retreat
•    ‘Ask the Expert’ Booth
Featuring celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky, an expert nutritionist, and a canine behaviorist
•    Café area and Doggie Treat Bar
•    Adoptable Animals
•    Vendor Booths
•    Treat Bag Giv
eaway (while supplies last)
•    And more!
For more information, call (212) 360-1319.

January 18, 2013

Old-Time Jam Session

What:  Back by popular demand, the 'Old-Time' Tuesday night musical jams are back on at the Farmacy. Yes, finally you have an excuse to grab your fiddle, harmonica, banjo - or your washboard - and head on down to the Farm to play! The show is hosted by local musician, Alan Friend, and the jams are a wonderful opportunity to meet and play with local musicians. 
The shows are great for children too, as they know how to stomp their feet.
When: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm 
Where: Brooklyn Farmacy & Soda Fountain: 513 Henry St Brooklyn, NY 11231
Cost: Free

Levy's Eighth Annual Freeze Tag on Wall Street 2013!

What: Returning for the eighth year in a row, Freeze-Tag on Wall Street makes a stupendous return, post-Sandy. We're going to take it back to elementary school and play freeze-tag. Once again, our favorite schoolyard games in the heart of the Financial District will be re-enacted for all to join. Freeze-Tag, Blob-Tag, Wolf Sheep Rock, Red Rover and more will be taught to those who forgot their childhood, We'll see you on Wall Street!
When: Sunday, January 20, 2013 1pm - 3pm
Where: Wall Street: Corner of Wall Street and Broad Street New York
Cost: Free

January 17, 2013

ToC Pong Kick Off Event

What: Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC contacted us to help them raise awareness of an event they have next week and would like you all to come out and have fun with cocktails and table tennis.
When: Wednesday, January 23, 2013  |  6pm – 8pm
Where: SPiN NY
Cost: $60 per ticket purchased online, in advance.  $75 at the door

Pop-Up! The Magical World of Movable Books

What: International Print Center New York announces the presentation of Pop-Up! The Magical World of Movable Books — Selections from the Collection of Bernard S. Shapiro, an exhibition of children’s pop-up books. 
When: Opening Reception: January 17, 6-8pm  |  On View: January 18 - March 9, 2013
Where: IPCNY’s gallery at 508 West 26th Street, 5th floor

January 14, 2013

Dawn Richard

What: Goldenheart releases January 15th. Get your copy autographed! Singer/Songwriter Dawn Richard is a former member of multiplatinum recording group Danity Kane and Diddy's Dirty Money.
When: Tuesday, January 15th @6pm
Where: J&R: 23 Park Row, 2nd Floor

January 12, 2013

8th Annual Coffee & Tea Festival NYC

What: The event will offer two days of programming including classes/lectures/demos from well-known industry pros and pioneers. Chocolates and sweet treats will offer a wonderful compliment to the spectacular collection of coffees and teas. Come join us for a cup!
When: Saturday and Sunday March 23-24, 2012  | 11AM-5PM
Where: 69th Regiment Armory: 68 Lexington Ave, New York (between 25th & 26th streets)

January 10, 2013

Goodbye Chilly, Hello Sunny!

What: On January 16, Greater Fort Lauderdale will bring sunshine and warmth to winter weary New Yorkers with a takeover of the Rink at Rockefeller Center. The Goodbye Chilly. Hello Sunny event will take place for one day with the transformation of the Rink at Rockefeller Center into an island paradise featuring lavish tropical décor (lifeguard station, beach chairs) and free ice skating for the public for six hours.

The free Rockefeller Center “skating party” will feature bikini-clad ice dancers, street teams dispensing “warm hugs,” groovy summery beach skating music, swaying palm trees, beach umbrellas and warming stations to defrost between skating.

A colorful and telegenic “Beach-on-Wheels” beach mobile will be onsite and available for filming, live remotes and interviews. The Beach Mobile houses real white Greater Fort Lauderdale sand and live models wearing bathing suits playing with beach toys and beach balls.

When: Wed, Jan 16 at 9:00AM - 2:00PM 
Where: Rockefeller Center: Ge Building

January 9, 2013

Great Balls Of Fire!

What: The hilarious yet daring stunt show, KamiKaze Fireflies Performance, is a two-man circus extravaganza filled with juggling, stilt walking, and fire breathing. Whether you’re 6 or 60, these Californian acrobatic performers have crazy jokes and airborne turns guaranteed to make you giggle and gasp. Who says the West Coast is all bad?
When: January 12  |  11am and 2pm
Where: 2537 Broadway
Cost: [Ages 8+] Children $15 (members $13), adults $25 (members $21)

January 8, 2013

Curators’ Choice: Best Flicks of 2012

What: On Tuesday, January 8, the Museum of the Moving Image kicks off a seven-film series that will screen the best movies of 2012 as selected by Chief Curator David Schwartz and Assistant Film Curator Rachael Rakes. Opening night will feature The Deep Blue Sea, an adaptation of an English play by Terence Rattigan about a woman who leaves a passionless marriage to a wealthy lawyer for a torrid affair with an emotionally troubled Royal Air Force pilot. Rachel Weisz, who was recently honored by the New York Film Critics Circle as Best Actress for her role in this movie, will be on hand during the screening. The series will continue until late February with movies from Hungary, Brazil, Iran, Korea and other countries. Please click here for a full schedule.
When: Tuesday, January 8  |  7pm– 10pm
Where: Museum of the Moving Image: 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria
Cost: $12 adults/$9 seniors and students unless otherwise noted

January 7, 2013

From The Land Before Time

What: All the way from Sydney, Australia, the life-like dinosaur puppet show of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo animates relics reminiscent of “Jurassic Park” characters onstage. The impressively convincing puppets take three to six months to construct and are sure to excite and educate any little paleontologist at the New Victory Theater. Audiences can meet the dinosaurs after the show, so be sure to bring the camera!
When: January 18-27 
Where: The New Victory Theater: 209 West 42nd Street New York, NY, 10036
Cost: From $14 (members $9)

January 5, 2013

Get Dolled Up

What: The time has come for American Girl’s big annual bash, the Girl of the Year 2013 Celebration, featuring the exclusive new character Saige. This star of the hour promotes change through art and imagination, and NYC girls can come out with their dolls to enjoy crafts, a Saige-themed table, and a dinner in the American Girl Cafeteria in her honor. Reservations required. [Ages 8+]
When: January 11 & 28  |  7:30pm
Where: 609 Fifth Avenue  |  212-371-2220
Cost: $33

A Need For Speed

What: Engines will be roaring at the Javitz Convention Center when the International Motorcycle Show comes to NYC. In addition to the hundreds of sports bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, and more, the show boasts kid-specific programming like pedal-less bicycles for obstacle courses, motorcycles for climbing and photographs, as well as a Wall of Death stunt show.
When: January 18-20
Where: 655 West 34th Street
Cost: Free for 5 & under, from $8 for 5+

January 4, 2013

Do The Mambo

What: Get ready for a fantastically cultural and musical experience at Carnegie Hall Family Concert, Mambo Mania. Along with an 18-piece orchestra, Puerto Rican percussionist Eguie Castrillo, and singer Gilberto Santa Rosa will encourage the whole family to dance to the sweet sounds of the Caribbean.
When: January 20  |  2pm
Where: Carnegie Hall 57th Street and Seventh Avenue
Cost: $9 - $20

Indians in the Caribbean: A Photographic Exhibition

What: A new exhibition of arts, culture and nation building (1900-1950) presents East Indians emergence into the life of arts and culture, scholarship and commerce, politics and civics in countries like Guyana, Suriname and Caribbean Islands, including Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. 

Curated by Custodian/Cultural Historian Karna Singh, the photographs are part of The Heritage Collection of Dr. Jung Bahadur Singh and Mrs. Alice Bhagwandai Singh, administered by The Rajkumari Center. Produced by Pritha Singh and Darrel Sukhdeo. 

When: The exhibit will run through March 16, 2013 from 5-8 pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays (closed Sundays and Mondays). Special guided tours for schools and groups are available. 
Where: The Rajkumari Cultural Center: 125-01 101st Avenue, Richmond Hill
Cost: FREE

Yee-Haw, Cowboy!

What: Get ready to be lassoed in and “heel-toe” dance your way through 92Y’s Family Country Dance with live traditional American music. The dance card will include circle, line, square, and reel dancing. And in case you build up an appetite, everyone can bring a dish for the vegetarian potluck supper. Don’t forget your cowboy boots!
When: January 5  |  5:30-8:30pm
Where: 92Y: Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Cost: Children free, adults $15

January 3, 2013

Single Malt Saturdays

What: Get down with the brown stuff as the Brandy LIbrary attempts to educate you on all things with only one malt. Blenders, cellar masters, distillers and owners come in and offer free samples of their wares and tips on how to enjoy them. 
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m.
Where: Brandy Library: 25 Moore St, Downtown 

Classic Simpsons Trivia

What: Does your cat's breath smell like cat food? Do you know where Springfield is located? Head over to Berry Park for Classic Simpsons Trivia and prove your Springfield knowledge. All questions are from episodes from the '90s only, and prizes and bragging rights are on the line. More info here. 
When: Thursday, Jan. 3, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Berry Park: 4 Berry St., Williamsburg