February 26, 2014

Sons of Abraham: Jews & Muslims

What: Rabbi Marc Schneier and Imam Shamsi Ali unite on our Barnes & Noble stage to discuss their new book, Sons of Abraham: A Candid Conversation about the Issues that Divide and Unite Jews and Muslims.
When: February 26th, 2014  |  7pm - 8:30pm
Where: Barnes & Noble: 2289 Broadway

Craft Beer Week At The Strand!

What: Love craft beer? Join us for a great evening as part of the New York City Brewer's Guild's Craft Beer Week! Together we'll be bringing you a special panel, moderated by Jeremy Cowan, founder of Shmaltz Brewing Company. Jeremy is the creator He'brew and Coney Island Craft Lager lines and author of Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah. Joining Jeremy will be New York Times contributor and All About Beer Magazine editor, John Holl, author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook. Also joining us for the evening, will be NYC beer expert and Time Out New York writer Joshua Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course, Giancarlo and Sarah Annese writers for Beer Union and the authors of Beer Lovers New York. Shmaltz Brewing will provide beer samples for the evening!

Buy a $15 Strand gift card in order to attend this event. All options admit one person. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.

When: February 26th, 2014  |  6:30pm - 8pm
Where: Strand Book Store Inc: 828 Broadway 3rd floor Rare Book Room

A Night Of Free Improv

What: The People's Improv Theatre provides a great setting for people to launch their careers in entertainment. Join them for 5 free shows during one night. No RSVP required, just get there early.
When: Wednesday Feb. 26th, 2014  |  7:30PM - 11:00PM
Where: The PIT: 123 East 24th Street

Jason Samuels Smith & Owen "Fiidla" Brown's Quartet

What: Emmy Award–winning tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith teams up with musicians of Owen “Fiidla” Brown’s quartet in a new work exploring the African American experience, from the dance and percussion on slave ships of the Middle Passage through the jazz, be-bop, and hip-hop eras. Set to score commissioned by the Charles and Joan Gross Family Foundation, the piece brings together Western and traditional African instruments in a multitude of musical styles, revealing points where history and art converge.
Jason Samuels Smith won an Emmy and American Choreography Award for his tribute to Gregory Hines and has performed as a special guest or contributed choreography for Black Nativity, Idlewild, So You Think You Can Dance, Bring in Da'Noise, Bring in Da'Funk on Broadway, and Psych.
When: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 7:30pm
Where: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Frieda and Roy Furman Stage

February 25, 2014

Elijah Wood (Grand Piano)

What: Elijah Wood will be on hand to discuss his new thriller Grand Piano, opening in theaters next month.
Now in his early 30s, Elijah Wood is one of few actors to have already appeared in a role that will live on well beyond his time as an actor. As Frodo in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Wood made his mark and secured a loyal legion of fans. Yet, over a career already approaching 100 onscreen credits, Elijah Wood has shown interest in a range of characters. In Grand Piano, Wood stars as a super talented pianist who has given up public performances due to stage fright. In this thriller, he returns to the stage after an absence only to learn that he’s in the sights of a sniper and one wrong note could kill him. The film opens in theaters next month.
When: Wednesday, February 26th, 2014  |  6:30PM - 8:00PM
Where: Film Society of Lincoln Center | 70 Lincoln Center Plz # 4
Note: Complimentary tickets will be distributed at the Film Center box office starting one hour prior to this event. There is a limit of one ticket per person.

February 24, 2014

Author Event: Jenifer Ringer

What: Come and meet Jenifer Ringer, author of the candid and inspirational new memoir, Dancing Through It: My Journey in the Ballet. She will be joined by Wendy Perron, author of Through the Eyes of a Dancer.
When: Monday February 24th, 2014 7PM
Where: Barnes & Noble: 82nd & Broadway 2289 Broadway, NY

February 20, 2014

Convergence: The Art of Advertising

What: The advent of digital and social media has created a new sort of audience. No longer content to be passive consumers of information or entertainment, the members of the “New Audience” expect to be active participants in their media. As a group, the New Audience doesn’t want to be told about a product via traditional advertising – the 30-second TV spot (because after all, who watches live TV!). This has led to a resurgence in Branded Entertainment, content that is supported by long form narrative and crafted to appeal to an audience that actively searches it out to engages with it.
Join our panel of creators and marketing pros to discuss the art and craft of making content that accomplishes the twin goals of promoting a brand’s message and creating experiences that appeal to modern consumers. 
When: Thursday Feb. 27th, 2014  |  7:30-9pm
Where: Lincoln Center - The Amphitheater

February 19, 2014

Meet Matthew McConaughey

What: Matthew McConaughey will be on hand to discuss Dallas Buyers Club, which is nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture. McConaughey is an Oscar nominee for his performance as real-life AIDS activist Ron Woodroof in Dallas Buyers Club. An imperfect man fighting for survival during an uncertain time in America, Ron’s self-interest is galvanized into something much more.
Note: Complimentary tickets will be distributed at the Film Center box office starting one hour prior to this event. There is a limit of one ticket per person.
When: Friday Feb. 21st, 2014  |  5:30-6:30pm
Where: Lincoln Center: Film Center Amphitheater

February 18, 2014

Ask Me Another GUEST: Nathan Sawaya

What: Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! host Peter Sagal walk into a bar... No, it's not the start of a joke. It's the essence of Ask Me Another, a rambunctious hour that blends brainteasers and local pub trivia night with comedy and music. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites in-studio guests and listeners alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones, and enjoy witty banter and guitar riffs from house musician Jonathan Coulton.

For an hour, listeners can play along as Eisenberg puts questions to a rotating band of puzzle gurus, audience members and special mystery guests, who then takes a turn in the contestant's chair facing trivia games written especially for him or her. What you'll hear resembles the casual intimacy of game night at a friend's house: one where scores are forgotten in favor of hilarious gaffes.

GUEST: Nathan Sawaya
Nathan Sawaya, is a New York-based artist who builds custom three-dimensional sculptures and large-scale mosaics from popular everyday items and is best known for his work with standard LEGO toy bricks.
When: Tuesday Feb. 18th, 2014  |  6:30pm
Where: The Bell House
Cost: $15 adv / $20 door  |  21 +

Broadway Legend - Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

What: Elaine Stritch will be on hand to discuss the new documentary about her life and career. At 89 years young, the legendary Elaine Stritch is now back in Michigan near where she was born. In Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, Chiemi Karasawa captures the humor and intensity of this iconic American artist as she hits the road with her show for one last time. The new documentary, a hit at film festivals last year, opens in theaters later this month. 
When: Tuesday Feb. 18th, 2014  |  6:30-7:30pm
Where: Film Society of Lincoln Center: The Amphitheater - 70 Lincoln Center Plz # 4
Note: Complimentary tickets will be distributed at the Film Center box office starting one hour prior to this event. There is a limit of one ticket per person.

February 17, 2014

Free Movie: The Notebook

What: February is Valentines Month which means some great love movies complement the 2 for 1 drinks and free popcorn at Huckleberry Bar. Up this week, The Notebook, a story of when a poor and passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman and gives her a sense of freedom. They soon are separated by their social differences.
When: Monday Feb. 17th  |  9-11pm
Where: Huckleberry Bar: 588 Grand Street

February 16, 2014

Japanese Restaurant Week!

What: Japanese Restaurant Week from brings together various Manhattan restaurants in celebrating the regional cuisines of Japan. Following this year’s theme of honoring the centennial of Tokyo Station, many of the participating restaurants will create dishes that allow diners to take a journey back in time to that era. Japanese Restaurant Week will coincide with Japan Week 2014, a three-day event to be held at Grand Central Terminal that aims to attract foodies and tourists alike to Japan by promoting the diverse array of regional foods that Japan has to offer.
When: February 17th – March 16th, 2014
Where: NYC

February 14, 2014


What: "Couple skate kick off". Disco tunes provided by: Rok one & special guests.
Dress code:Get Creative (purely suggestive)
Guys: Knee High Tube Socks, Neon Tanktops, Headbands, Wristbands, ‘Fros and Flattops…
Ladies: Thighs of Steel on Two Inch Wheels, with Striped Short Shorts to seal the deal
When: Sunday February 16th, 2014  |  8pm-1am  |  21+
Where: Brooklyn Night Bazaar: 165 banker st, @ Norman, Brooklyn NY 11222
Cost: $10 admission, with RSVP. To RSVP visit:www.downandderby.org
$5 Skate Rental
Skates are limited so get there EARLY, or bring your own.

Games, Gamers, Game-Makers and Gaming Exhibits Will Play in Astoria all Weekend

What: There are games. There are long-running, high-tech, state-of-the-art games. And then there’s IndieCade East! On Friday, the Museum of the Moving Image will kick off a three-day extravaganza featuring all kinds of video pursuits and the independent creators who make them. Attendees will enjoy talks, panels, workshops, exhibits and games curated from IndieCade’s designers, thinkers and players. Included in the fun will be the highly popular IndieCade Show and Tell, an eSports tournament and a new spin on IndieCade’s Night Games event. Throughout the weekend, the museum will also present The Game-Making Game, a workshop for children ages 8 and older (materials fee applies).
When: February 14th (10:30 am to 6:30 pm), February 15th (10:30 am to 7 pm and 7 pm to 10 pm) and February 16th (10:30 am to 6:30 pm).
Where: IndieCade East, Museum of the Moving Image: 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria
Cost: On February 14th, passes are $45 ($35 discounted). On February 15th passes (including access to Night Games) are $55 ($45 discounted). On February 16th passes are $45 ($35 discounted). Admission for children (ages 3–12) is $10 per day.

February 13, 2014

Okamoto Valentines Day Ice Festival

What: Renowned artisans from Okamoto Studio transform ordinary blocks of ice into fantastic and beautiful Valentine’s Day themed sculptures. Enjoy live carving, wander through the installation, and join in the fun by taking your picture with a sculpture and sharing it on social media!

Thursday, February 13th  |  Exhibition Hours: 5-8pm  |  Ice Carving: 5-7pm
Friday, February 14th  |  Exhibition Hours: 8am-6pm  |  Ice Carving: 12-1pm

Where: BrookfieldPlace Waterfront Plaza: 220 Vesey Street

February 12, 2014

Missed Connections Valentines Party

What: This Valentine’s Day join the Missed Connections program, a love in transit party for all would-be romantics! Come spin Craigslist postings about those “lost subway love matches” into poetry and music. Art, local Brooklyn tastings, valentine-making, a photo booth, and perhaps the future love of your life, awaits you.
When: Fri. Feb. 14th, 2014  |  6:30PM - 8:30PM
Where: New YorkTransit Museum

The Strand Book Sale

February 11, 2014

City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection

What: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection, the first exhibition of the treasure trove of  1970s and ’80s graffiti art amassed by artist and pioneering collector Martin Wong, who donated the entire collection to the City Museum in 1994. The exhibition features seminal paintings and “black book” sketches by DAZE (Chris Ellis), DONDI (Donald White), FUTURA 2000 (Leonard McGurr), Keith Haring, LADY PINK (Sandra Fabara), LEE (Lee QuiƱones), RAMMELLZEE, SHARP (Aaron Goodstone), ZEPHYR (Andrew Witten), and many more New York graffiti artists, as well as photographs by Charlie Ahearn, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, and others that show the era’s graffiti-covered subways and buildings. 
When: Now thru Sunday, August 24th, 2014.
Where: The Museum of The City of New York 

February 10, 2014

Taste the Museum: The History of Chocolate

What: Go back in time to the origins of chocolate in 1900BC Mesoamerica with the American Museum of Natural History. Stimulate your senses through taste, sight, and smell through stations which include hands-on cooking techniques, chocolate tastings provided by the delicious Mast Brothers Chocolate, and touch base with the roots of chocolate through Mayan and Aztec artifacts.
When: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014, 7:30pm
Where: American Museum of Natural History
Cost: $40

Free Open Bar In Meatpacking

What: An award-winning songwriter, producer, and DJ, Oscar G is one of dance music’s brightest and most enduring stars. Join him for a rare performance in NYC - that also comes with a free open bar! Open Bar runs from 10pm-11pm.
When: Thursday, February 13th, 2014 at 10PM - 3AM
Where: Cielo: 18 Little w 12th St

Thrillist and Journelle Present An Exclusive Valentine's Day Shopping Event

What: You’re invited to a V-Day lingerie-shopping party at Journelle in SoHo. You’ll get complimentary whiskey, passed food, and runway-model ogling. Bonus: Thrillist readers get 15% off orders over $150. Second Bonus: tweet this RSVP and you’re entered to win a $200 gift card to spend on classy unmentionables for your lady friend. 
When: Wednesday Feb. 12th, 2014  |  7pm - 9pm
Where: Journelle SoHo: 125 Mercer St (between Prince and Spring St)

Meet Henry "The Fonz" Winkler

What: Many of us grew up with Henry "The Fonz" Winkler from his time on Happy Days. Join him for a heartwarming discussion and book launch on a charter who has to make it through life with his learning disabilities - just like The Fonz did from an early age!
When: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014  |  6:00PM - 7:30PM
Where: Barnes & Noble Tribeca: 97 Warren Street, New York

February 9, 2014

Meet The Designer: Manolo Blahnik

What: Join Manolo Blahnik, fashion designer and founder of the couture shoe label by the same name. Known for his devotion to the beauty and power of the high heel, Blahnik talks with Kinvara Balfour about his career and how he started in shoe design.
When: Monday, February 10th, 2014  |  5:00PM - 6:00PM
Where: Apple Store SoHo: 103 Prince Street

February 8, 2014

Pre-Valentine’s Day Market

What: Astoria Market invites you to join us for a day of fun and shopping at our Pre-Valentine’s Day Market. This should be a great day for some Valentine’s Day shopping and enjoying the world famous food and drink at the beer garden. Check out their menu here.
So, please come by and check out the fabulous vendors that will be featuring their unique handcrafted wares. You’re sure to find amazing Valentine’s Day gifts such as art, jewelry, body care, handbags, makeup, clothing, chocolates and more. Plus, sample some delectable goodies!
When: Sunday, February 9th  |  12pm - 6pm
Where: Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden: 29-19 24th Avenue, Astoria Queens

Warm up with the Coffee & Tea Festival NYC!

What: Join more than 60 exhibitors from around the globe as they pour tastings of their finest coffees and teas and introduce you to new and award-winning products – the 2014 lineup will surpass all years past and include more coffee, as requested! This international extravaganza celebrating all things coffee and tea will offer two days of programs from well-known industry pros and pioneers, pairings, tastings, and more! The 25,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall will also feature some of the most delectable sweet and savory foods to compliment the spectacular collection of coffees and teas. 
Plus, the first 1,500 attendees to walk through the doors each day will be handed a free gift bag with samples from top brands to take home!
When: Saturday, March 22nd, 2014: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Sunday, March 23rd, 2014: 11:00AM - 5:00PM
Where: 69th Regiment Armory: 68 Lexington Avenue (between 25th - 26th)

February 7, 2014

Lifestyle Health & Wellness Expo

What: Join us for the first annual Lifestyle Health and Wellness Expo - a fun and free event to help make this year your best ever! Plus: enter to win a trip to the iHeartRadio Country Festival in Austin, TX!
Scheduled Appearances by:

  • Skeery Jones
  • Cindy Vero
  • Bob Bronson
  • Angela Yee
  • Mark Simone
  • Maria Milito
When: Saturday, February 8th | 12pm - 5pm
Where: Skylight One Hanson: 1 Hanson Pl Brooklyn, NY 11243

Flushing Lunar New Year Parade

What: The parade is the highlight of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Flushing. Look for dragon dancers, steel drummers, and fireworks. The Chinese performers in the parade usually end the procession with a celebration at the Queens Crossing Mall, where there's more cultural activities. There will be traditional cultural performances and festival booths.
When: February 8th, 2014, 10 a.m.
Where: Begins, Union St and 37th Ave and usually ends at Main St and 39th Ave., Queens

Lunar New Year Festival at The MET

What: May art bring you good fortune! Celebrate a new year and mark the Year of the Horse with traditions from across Asia. Enjoy performances, interactive gallery activities—including several related to the exhibition Silla: Korea's Golden Kingdom—and art-making workshops for all ages!
Sesame Street Puppeteers Featuring Alan Muraoka
Ink Painting and Calligraphy with the Museum of Chinese in America
Opening Festivities: Chinese Center on Long Island Lion Troupe
Sensory Stations and Gallery Hunt
Crown Making
& More on Website
When: Saturday, February 8th, 2014  |   12pm – 5pm
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

2014 Brooklyn Meatball Takedown

What: With the cookies from his last battle barely crumbled, Matt Timms returns with his most well-rounded idea yet, the meatball takedown. A chance for mild-mannered amateur cooks to go balls out, this edible mash-up lets attendees sample the goods and vote for their favorite.
When: Sunday, February 9th   |   2pm – 4pm
Where: The Bell House: 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York, NY
Cost: $15 |  21+


What: Coffee Fest has been serving the specialty coffee and gourmet tea industries since 1992. Viewed by most as the best trade show in America and around the world specifically for those involved with retailing coffee, tea and related products. Coffee Fest continues to evolve and stay at the forefront of emerging trends.
When: March 7th, 2014 - March 10th, 2014
Where: Javits Center

February 6, 2014

National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend

What: Girl Scouts of the USA will mark the start of cookie season with an event in New York City.The world’s largest girl-led business, the nearly $800-million cookie program aims to teach girls five essential life skills: goal setting, decision making, money management, business ethics, & people skills.
When: Friday, February 7th, 2014 from 8am - 7pm
Where: Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal

Athena Film Festival

What: Now in its fourth year, the Athena Film Festival — a celebration of women and leadership — is an engaging weekend of feature films, documentaries and shorts that highlight women’s leadership in real life and the fictional world. The four-day festival, which includes conversations with directors and Hollywood stars and workshops for filmmakers, has quickly established itself as one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind.
When: Feb. 6th – 9th, 2014
Where: NYC

Brooklyn Flea Mini Record Fair

What: Happening this weekend at the Flea's Williamsburg indoor outpost, the vinyl-paved oasis features over ten vendors including DFA, Captured Tracks and Mexican Summer and a slew of DJs providing a backing track. Expect a variety of special items for sale and plenty of crates to dig through.
When: February 8th– 9th  |  10am – 6pm

Paper Jam Small Press Festival

What: Get high on zines at this small press festival hosted by Silent Barn. A twice-annual event, Paper Jam brings together a variety of local up-and-coming small press artists for a day-long event that lets you browse, schmooze and rock out to music after the sun sets. Among the exhibitors you'll find Paper Rocket Mini Comics, Alabaster, Leah Wishnia and KATBUS & Comics Workbook. As for the bands, scheduled to perform are Celestial Shore, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Aye Aye Rabbit and more. The Paper Jam festivities before the bands take to the stage are free, but if you stick around for the evening's entertainment there is a minimal fee.
When: Saturday, February 8th, 1pm
Where: Silent Barn: 603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

GLOW NYC at Le Poisson Rouge – Body Paint PARTY!

What: Riverside Parties is extremely pleased to announce GLOW NYC: a new line of events focused on combining big name DJ bookings and incredible visual arts by some of New Yorks most talented street artists. The concept will be launching it’s grand opening event at (le) poisson rouge in Greenwich Village.
DJs from the greater New York area will be spinning EDM, Moombahton, Twerk, Top40, Classics and much, much more.
When: February 28th, 2014 @ 10:00 pm
Where: The Gallery at Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker Street New York, NY 10012
FREE ADMISSION until 12am with RSVP to riversideparties@gmail.com
*$5 Admission till Midnight // $10 Admission after*

February 4, 2014

Harlem in the Himalayas

What: Kavita Shah, a visionary young singer who incorporates elements of Indian, Brazilian, and Malian music into her jazz-based repertoire, is joined by Benin-born jazz guitarist/vocalist (and producer of her upcoming album), Lionel Loueke.
When: Friday February 28th, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Rubin Museum of Art: 150 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011
Cost: $18.00 in advance / $20.00 day of  |  Member Price: $16.20

February 3, 2014

Free Popcorn at Pop Karma!

What: TableHoppingNY has a deal this week for free gourmet popcorn at Pop Karma. Choose from a variety of artisan flavors like Salt & Vinegar, Mediterranean, Porcini Cheddar and Kyoto Mix.
  1. First, click here
  2. Enter your name and email to receive your mobile coupon
  3. Head over to Pop Karma with your mobile coupon
  4. Tap the “Use Now” button in front of the merchant
  5. Enjoy your popcorn!
When: valid until February 9th
Where: Pop Karma: 95 Orchard Street New York

2 - for - 1 Off Broadway Tickets!

What: Get you Off Broadway fix with discount tickets to popular shows!
When: February 17th - March 2nd, 2014
Where: NYC

Anna Wintour Kicks Off Fashion Week

What: Anna Wintour, Conde Nast artistic director and editor in chief of Vogue, has had a long and storied career in fashion. Don’t miss the chance to hear from one of the world’s most fascinating, powerful, and influential women in conversation with Kinvara Balfour as she discusses her journey.
When: Wednesday, February 5th, 2014  |  7:00PM - 8:00PM
Where: Apple Store SoHo: 103 Prince St

February 2, 2014

Almost time for...

It's Groundhog Day!

If Candlemas be fair & bright, 
Winter has another flight. 
If Candlemas brings clouds & rain, 
Winter will not come again.