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Valentine's Day - February 2010

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Have some Wine & Chocolate Spend the Night with Friends & Us!
ayza Wine & Chocolate Bar
11 West 31st Street • (212) 714-2992 phone(212) 714-2996 fax
The proprietors are committed to providing an impeccable, first-class dining experience. The unique menu, coupled with a selection of over 90 fine wines and champagnes from all over the world, creates a truly remarkable experience. AYZA café, wine and chocolate bar, offers its patrons first-rate food and wines in an elegant, yet
comfortable Mediterranean Cuisine,
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Oscar Night America
Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall
March 7, 2010
A nationwide evening of Oscar-viewing fund-raising galas that, in 16 years, has raised nearly $27 million for dozens of local charities—is coming to New York City for the first time. And what better city is there to celebrate the year's biggest night in film? As the pivotal backdrop to dozens of Academy Award–winning movies—from The Apartment and West Side Story to Annie Hall and Midnight Cowboy, not to mention some of this year's favorites, such as Precious and Julie & Julia—New York City's iconic streets, neighborhoods and landmarks have been central to filmmaking since the early days of cinema. At Oscar Night® and the City—NYC's official Oscar Night America benefit—movie lovers can relish the unparalleled glamour and suspense of the Academy Awards in style at Lincoln Center's gloriously renovated Alice Tully Hall.Oscar Night America in NYC
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Annual Lunar New Year Festival
February 13 and 21
New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival
Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Grand and Chrystie Sts.), 11:30am–3pm, 917-660-2402, Blast off into the Year of the Tiger at the Better Chinatown Society's Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival, featuring 600,000 firecrackers as well as music and dance.

Experience Off Broadway On the House's 2-for-1 tickets
Explore the unparalleled diversity, excitement and experimentation that makes Off Broadway unique and electrifying. See 20-plus shows that range from dramatic explorations of such topics as World War II (Signs of Life), early gay activism (The Temperamentals) and national security (Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers) to playful productions, including Avenue Q, The Awesome 80s Prom and Naked Boys Singing! Plus, catch acclaimed stage and screen actors (John Lithgow, Nina Arianda and Wes Bentley, to name a few) as well as the latest productions from playwright Sam Shepard and director Ethan Hawke.
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banana Shpeel

Cirque du Soleil Banana Shpeel

Banana Shpeel is a roller-coaster mix of performance styles inspired by vaudeville that blends comedy with tap, hip hop, eccentric dance and slapstick, all linked by a hilarious narrative that ignites a succession of wacky adventures. This is not circus, or a musical or a variety show, or even vaudeville. It is Banana Shpeel!

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Ftes de Nol The Pond at Bryant Park
The Pond is open
The Pond ice skating rink returns as the centerpiece of Ftes de Nol, which also includes the fifth annual Holiday Shops at Bryant Park. Free admission public skating is the primary feature of the 170' x 100' rink, in addition to skating lessons, skating shows, special events and activities. Skaters of all levels are welcome. Whether you are looking to skate before going to the office, through the lunch hour, with friends at a party, with a date, or for a spin under the stars at a holiday party, 
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NOW Thru January 18, 2010@ Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center

Playing under its big blue tent in Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, If music be the food of love, Play On! So begins the Big Apple Circus 32nd season The music is a jazzy mix of classical, rock and soul; the food is popcorn and; young and old will love our all new show, Play On! -a symphony of astonishment and humor propelled by the best band in the land!

The 2010 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show
Monday, February 15, 2010
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/PT
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM ET/PT
Madison Square Garden
Seventh to Eighth Avenues and 31st to 33rd Streets

NYC Restaurant Week
Now - Through February 28
has grown tremendously. It has expanded to include both lunch and dinner offerings—three-course, prix-fixe meals for $24.07 and $35, respectively—and extended to two weeks (including Sundays for some restaurants) in both the summer and winter.
The NYC Restaurant Week Truck is here.
This winter, the NYC Restaurant Week Truck brings soup from 24 of the City's best restaurants to three lucky New York City street corners. And because NYC cares about more than just great food, $1 from every $6 NYC Restaurant Week Truck

South Street Seaport
Pier 17, Fulton & South Sts
South Street Seaport has changed dramatically since the Fulton Fish Market moved to Hunts Point in the Bronx in 2005. Today, Pier 17’s shopping and dining attracts visitors and Financial District professionals alike. Savor a Sedutto’s ice cream cone as you take in sweeping riverside views. Families will enjoy exhibits on the Seaport’s history by day, while adults can sip absinthe at the Spiegeltent by night.

NYC Service takes an innovative approach to empowering New York City's diverse, dynamic and talented residents to contribute to civic service efforts. Building on the City's lauded tradition of volunteerism and social entrepreneurship, the project's mission is to help people in each of the five boroughs discover what they can give to their neighborhood and neighbors. By emphasizing the fact that "everybody's got something to offer," the initiative addresses the unique nature of social service and urges all New Yorkers to devote themselves to volunteering.

The High Line is now open! We hope you'll visit us in the coming days and weeks. Before you come to the High Line, there are a few things you should know:
Gansevoort Street/14th Street /16th Street (elevator access)/18th Street/20th Street
Dogs, bicycles, and rollerblades are not permitted.

Madison Square Park
Historic Madison Square Park is the vibrant center of Manhattan's Flatiron District offering flourishing gardens, lush lawns and cultural programs for all ages. Located on 6.2 acres between 23rd and 26th streets and Fifth and Madison avenues, the park has become an oasis for those who live and work nearby.

An experience in history and scenery that culminates with unparalleled views of New York City from the newly renovated Observation Deck on the 70th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, in the heart of midtown Manhattan at Rockefeller Center. The view itself is unique and astonishing, unobstructed for 360 degrees and stretching for miles in every direction. It includes a panorama of Central Park and the northern half of Manhattan that can't be found anywhere else. New York's other landmarks are visible as well, including the Chrysler Building, Times Square, the Hudson River, the East River, the Brooklyn Bridge, and the Statue of Liberty. It is, quite simply, the most spectacular view in NYC.

TADA!   Youth Theater
15 West 28th Street (Between Broadway and 5th) (212) 252-1619
TADA! is a multi-faceted and multi-cultural organization that emphasizes diversity in all areas of its operations. We offer a subsidized ticket program for mainstage shows; arts education in a wide variety of schools in low-income communities in all five boroughs; maintain a free training/youth development program for NYC kids ages 8-18, and offer teens the opportunity to critique, perform in and be audience members for a playwriting contest and reading series. The children we serve, the programs we develop, our audience members and our staff fully represent the diversity and vitality of New York City.

Events in Central Park New York City 2010
Central Park is a large public, urban park in the heart of New York City and is host to approximately twenty-five million visitors each year. Central Park has been a National Historic Landmark since 1963. The park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and architect Calvert Vaux. While much of the park looks natural, it is in fact almost entirely landscaped. It contains several natural-looking lakes and ponds, extensive walking tracks, two ice-skating rinks (one of which is a swimming pool in July and August), the Central Park Zoo, the Central Park Conservatory Garden, a wildlife sanctuary, a large area of natural woods, a reservoir with an encircling running track, and the outdoor Delacorte Theater which hosts the "Shakespeare in the Park" summer festivals. 85% of the park's operating budget comes from private sources via the Central Park Conservancy, which manages the park pursuant to a contract with New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
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around town
6:30pm: 'poems + pints' kicks off the year as poets read their work and favorites in historic fraunces tavern >>
7pm: aziz ansari ('parks and recreation') stops by the soho apple store to discuss his comedy special, 'intimate moments for a sensual evening.' free >>
7pm: jeffrey jackson discusses his book 'paris under water: how the city of light survived the great flood of 1910' @ idlewild, free >>
7pm (+ 2/11): the lost fingers = ac/dc, technotronic in django-style manouche jazz. the living room, free >>
7pm: tami stronach's 'live body broadcast' at galapagos features neta pulvermacher, tara o'con, more. $10 >>
7:30pm: learn all about technology for good and evil (like things that go boom!) at tonight's adult education series installment. union hall, $5 >>
8pm: the 'lost' season premiere @ the bell house's main space is sold out, but the front room will be busting with the comedy of sara schaefer, kim armstrong, kristen schaal and others. >>
8pm: (doors @ 6pm): brooklyn bowl hosts a lost premiere party with $2 brooklyn brewery lost (smoke) monster ale, trivia, prizes! >>
9pm: brooklyn's beautiful balkan a cappella quartet black sea hotel enchants @ pete's candy store, free >>

coming up
2/3 7pm: evolutionary psychologist david m. buss discusses the science behind love and sex at a special valentine's day edition of scicafé. amnh's rose center, free >>
2/4: new museum of sex exhibit explores the life, history and struggle of the condom. $14.50 >>
2/4 6-9pm: the soup and bread cookbook party is a free dinner event to raise money for the new york city coalition against hunger. bell house front room, donations encouraged >>
2/4 9:30pm: 'entertainist' chilly gonzales brings his futuristic cabaret to joe's pub w. special guest sia, $15 >>
5/19: tickets for joey ramone's birthday party @ irving plaza are on sale, and they always sell out. get to it! $25
around town today
thru 2/28: the 18th annual city bakery hot chocolate festival features a different flavor every day this month. being served this week: lemon, chili pepper, chinese cinnamon, espresso, ginger, banana peel, caramel >>
6-9pm: learn about volunteer opportunities abroad from 20+ organizations at the global volunteering fair, barnard college, free >>
6:30pm: author mary norman woods discusses new york's women photographers of the 1890s-1940s (berenice abbot, louise dahl-wolfe, helen levitt, more). nypl mid manhattan, free >>
8pm: 'tap dancing bears, kung fu juggling, trained rats, clown bands' + more: bindlestiff's open variety stage show @ galapagos, $5 >>
8pm: the coney island circus sideshow presents the premiere of the girlie freakshow, feat. angelica, serpenina, kryssy kocktail and bearded lady jennifer miller. b.b. king's, $12 >>
9pm: mercury bar east offers hosts free movie night mondays with open bar 9-10pm. tonight: 'pulp fiction' (1994). >>
9pm: until 2.0 comes out at the end of this year, we'll satisfy ourselves with the original 'tron' (1982) at huckleberry bar, free >>

coming up
2/2 7pm: aziz ansari ('parks and recreation') stops by the soho apple store to discuss his comedy special, 'intimate moments for a sensual evening.' free >>
2/4 8pm: the hirsute and admirers thereof have plenty to celebrate at the 2010 beard ball. proceeds from drink specials and raffles benefit matchless, $5. >>
2/6 11am-4pm: play in the snow (made specially for this event), learn how to ski and snowboard at central park's winter jam. free. >>
2/6 12-5pm: trade your unwanted art books at moma's art book swap. free >>
4/9 8pm: tickets for florence and the machine's performance at terminal 5 will sell out. get them now. $25 >>

sales, deals, freebies
7am-6pm (thru 2/2): belgian chocolate purveyor leonidas is giving out free coffee and chocolate at their renovated store at 3 hanover square (via email) >>
reminder: save 45% on tickets to see 'time stands still,' starring eric bogosian, brain d'arcy james, laura linney and alicia silverstone. valid thru 2/14. $38-58 with code 'ssman36' (reg $57-111) >>
groupon alert! get a spa manicure and total indulgence pedicure at jeniette day spa for $30 (reg $60) >>
get $20 worth of credit at for $10 (deal is on groupon san diego site, but is valid nationwide) >>
now on hulu: 'st. elmo's fire', 'what's eating gilbert grape', 'like water for chocolate'
details are trickling in about the 6th annual idiotarod shopping cart race... >>
thru 2/4: preview the vintage posters up for auction (winter sports, tourism, hunting, more) at swann auction galleries (via newyorkology) >>
6pm: bangin’ bhangra + brass put a ny spin on an indian wedding processional band. red baraat celebrate their cd release party @ lpr, $12 adv ($15 door) >>
7pm: seattle-based kate tucker caps off her new york visit with a stop at the living room, free (1 drink min) >>
7pm: launch party and signing for new vertigo comic 'joe the barbarian' with artist sean murphy. bergen st comics, free >>
8pm: field music play a makeup of their re-sceduled 12/3 show at the bell house. with the spinto band  and the mugs. $12 >>
8pm: diehard celebrates lead singer liz schroete's birthday with a special 90's alt-rock cover show (think replacements, oasis, green day, etc.... not alice in chains, candlebox, silverchair) at union hall, $8 >>
8pm: boston post-punkers mission of burma are still going strong! catch 'em tonight at bowery ballroom, $20 ($30 2-day pass) >>
9pm: enjoy free two boots pizza while you watch circus acts and bands (including javelin) @ the house of yes. $10 >>
midnight: director's print of the uncut version of sam rami's classic 'the evil dead'@ landmark sunshine, $9.99 >>
12:10am: 'danny's not here, mrs. torrance' 'the shining' screens @ ifc, $12.50 >>

3pm: mozart’s requiem may not have been written entirely by the master, but it's still awesome. the bcco tackle it at brooklyn heights's church of st. ann and the holy trinity. $10 >>
7-10pm: 23 composers play their own works in a 3-hour marathon concert (with breaks... phew!) @ drom, $10 >>
8pm: the hasidic hendrix? the sephardic santana? you decide as israeli rocker yosi piamenta presents a tribute to jimi hendrix @ southpaw, $12 advance, $20 door. >>
8pm: lady gaga will wear something outrageous, taylor swift will have kanye blockers, mary j. blige and andrea bocelli will sing 'bridge over troubled water' to raise money for haiti, and the person with the most correct picks wins a bottle of bubbly at huckleberry bar's grammy awards screening. free >>
8pm: more cover bands at brooklyn bowl! schism (tool), facelift (alice in chains), battle of los angeles (rage against the machine), rat salad (black sabbath). $10 >>
9pm: honky-tonk harmonies reign as the sweetback sisters perform at jalopy. $12 >>
9-11pm (sundays): get a free margherita pizza with purchase of 2 glasses of wine or beer at west village wine bar pasita >>

+ all weekend
ends 1/31: rude mechanicals theater company's 'rough sketch' = comedy about the cutthroat world of animated g-rated entertainment. 59 e. 59th, $18 >>
thru 2/7: restaurant week continues >>
there's a new kid on the block: the central park zoo welcomes a newborn mini-nubian goat. cute! $10 >>

around town today (friday)
thru 2/2: the films in the dance on camera festival cover everything from cambodia to new york to classic disney animation. walter reade theater, $11 >>
thru 2/6: bam's sounds like brooklyn music festival takes over 15 venues with 60+ bands hailing from bed-stuy to brighton beach. free-$25. >>
6:30pm: former snl director tom schiller learned from buckminster fuller, charles eames and henry miller. tonight he shows some of his classic and new work @ nyu's tisch itp (721 b'way, 4th floor), free >>
7pm: electro-harmonious dream rockers asobi seksu perform at lpr, $15 >>
7pm: built by meanred hosts amanda blank's first ny headlining gig @ santos party house, $14 (show is 18+) >>
8pm (+ 1/30): boston post-punkers mission of burma are still going strong! catch 'em tonight and tomorrow at bowery ballroom, $20 ($30 2-day pass) >>
8pm (+1/31 3pm): mozart’s requiem may not have been written entirely by the master, but it's still awesome. the bcco tackle it at park slope's old first reform church. $10 >>
8-11pm: ukes gone wild! one night. four strings. no limits. dozens of hot strummers swarm as the ukulele cabaret takes over banjo jim's. free (1 drink min) >>
9pm: cover band blowout at brooklyn bowl: dangerous (all-metal tribute to michael jackson), plus all-female judas priestess and cheap trick or treat. $5 >>
10pm: get dolled up for a film-noir inspired evening of crime jazz, burlesque and dancing at dances of vice's 'kriminaltango.' galapagos, $15 >>
11pm: swing goth = rockabilly swing danncing with a goth twist. discuss. don hills, $8 >>
midnight (+1/30): director's print of the uncut version of sam rami's classic 'the evil dead' @ landmark sunshine, $9.99 >>
12:10am (+ 1/30): 'danny's not here, mrs. torrance' 'the shining' screens @ ifc, $12.50 >>

sales, deals, freebies
11am-2pm (thru 2/5): the restaurant week truck serves up $6 soup ($1 goes to the haiti relief fund) from '21' club (roasted winter squash and carrot bisque) and chez josephine (jean-claude's lobster bisque) >>
thru 1/31: thechoosybeggar clues us in on some sales we dig: 60% off vince and 70% off buckler
trade school = 30 days of classes with specialized teachers in exchange for bartering items and services >>
groupon alert! get a month of of yoga classes at bikram yoga for $59 ($180 value) >>
brokelyn price checks park slope car services >>

Hidden Hotspots
After the day’s work is done, bring the crew to Southside, an underground (literally) bar and lounge for drinks. For a bit of speakeasy glamour, head over to Please Don’t Tell, in the East Village, a clandestine bar accessed through a vintage phone booth, or to Apothéke, an unmarked bar tucked away on a small street in Chinatown (look for the Gold Flower Restaurant sign). Later in the evening, for more of a party scene, stop by Chelsea’s Cain Luxe

Arts Scene
Venture into one of the City’s museums and theaters, which have some wonderful and rarely exhibited art on display. The Jewish Museum, highlighting artwork created for the avant-garde stage. Be sure to visit two different and compelling visions of the United States at a couple of photography exhibits: the Whitney Museum of American Art presents William Eggleston’s work, covering the period from 1961 to 2008, and the Alice Austen House. Or for a trip back in time, stop by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Museum of Arts and Design moves to Columbus Circle—doubling its current exhibition space and boasting sweeping views of Central Park. Meanwhile, a childhood favorite makes an appearance at the Morgan Library & Museum with. These memories of yesteryear make way for another look into the past this one dating back to the 8th century when is on view at the Rubin Museum of Art. Hitting closer to home, Drawn by New York: Six Centuries of Watercolors and Drawings at the New-York Historical Society, highlights the museum's extensive collection. And at the Museum of Modern Art

New American cuisine. Parlor Steakhouse, serving classic cuts and raw bar specialties on the Upper East Side. In Brooklyn, meanwhile, James blends European influences and seasonal American fare for a menu that’s got the right mix of the standard (herb-crusted halibut, dry-aged shell steak) and the unexpected (fava bean ravioli, ricotta cheesecake beignets). Plus, be sure to grab a bite at some of New York’s newest restaurants, including Red Egg, whose Chinese-Latin fusion menu mixes dim sum with Peruvian specialties, and SoHo’s Via dei Mille, which serves small plates of rustic Italian fare.


•  Southside
•  Please Don’t Tell
•  Apothéke
•  Cain Luxe
•  Body
•  Public Assembly
•  Hudson River Café
•  Make My Cake
•  Nectar Wine Bar
•  Allure Day Spa
•  Lucky Strike
•  Pranna
•  BEast
•  Bryant Park
•  Union Square
•  Grand Central Terminal
•  Whitney Museum of American Art
•  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
•  230 Fifth
•  Bowery Wine Company
•  Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
•  the Grocery
•  Danal

•  Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
•  Ailey and Ellington
•  Kitano’s Bar Lounge
•  Street Art Street Life
•  Black List Project
•   Central Park Zoo
•  Meet at the Apartment
•  The Metropolitan Museum of Art
•  American Museum of Natural History
•  South Street Seaport
•  Lefferts Historic House
•  Red Egg
•  Peanut Butter & Co.
•  Peninsula New York
•  Pronovias
•  Skyline Princess
•  Sports Museum of America
•  Jan & Äya
•  Merchant House Museum
•  Pampas Argentinas

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