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  • Kick Up Your Heels At Radio City Music Hall's New York Spring Spectacular!

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    It’s nearly springtime in New York, and there’s no better way to usher in the season than with the dazzling Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall! This spring delivers a special treat for visitors young and old with a celebration of New York City itself.

    If you missed seeing the Rockettes during the Holiday Spectacular, now’s your chance to catch them in what is sure to become a spring performance tradition! The all new New York Spring Spectacular is an entertainment event you can’t miss—combining whimsical puppetry, dramatic staging and the Rockettes’ unique brand of high-stepping showmanship. The show centers on the surprising intersections among the lives of three New Yorkers. Always innovative and entertaining, the Rockettes deliver a fantastic performance you’ll remember for years to come.

    Tony Award winner Laura Benanti takes the stage as Jenna, a billionaire who buys a tour bus company with plans to transform it to a virtual experience. In an attempt to dissuade her from her plans, a tour guide takes Jenna on a fantastic tour of the city, where she encounters many of the New York City's icons as they come to life! Celebrity narrators include Whoopi Goldberg (The View, The Color Purple) and Bella Thorne (Shake It Up, My Own Worst Enemy). Derek Hough (Dancing with the Stars) co-stars. A few other famous New Yorkers involved with the show include Kelly Ripa, Michael Strahan, Donald Trump, and Martha Stewart.

    Director and choreographer Warren Carlyle joins forces with co-creative directors Diane Paulus and Randy Weiner and playwright Joshua Harmon to bring the New York Spring Spectacular to life! The show is perfect for kids and has a 90-minute run time so the little ones won’t get restless, so bring the whole family for a definitive New York City experience you can share!

    If you go:
    Radio City Music Hall
    1260 6th Avenue, Manhattan
    March 26–May 3, 2015
    Tickets start $59.50

    For more fun at Radio City Music Hall, check out the Stage Door Tour! And while you’re here, take the Rockefeller Center Tour!

  • From Classical To Pop, Spring In New York City Is Alive With Concerts!

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    New York City is home to some of the world’s premier music venues—from the symphony halls of Lincoln Center to the pop mega-events at Madison Square Garden. So if you’re planning on being in New York to kick off spring, here are ten exciting concert happenings that you won’t want to miss!

    Friday, March 13 and Sunday, March 15
    Meghan Trainor

    Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place (near Union Square), Manhattan
    7:00pm
    Meghan is “All About That Bass” as she brings her unique songwriting and performance style to New York. She’s the hot ticket right now so get your seats before they sell out!

    Friday, March 13
    The New York Philharmonic

    Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan
    7:30pm
    The New York Philharmonic presents an evening of Beethoven, Berlioz, and Ades. This is sure to be a sell out event, so get your tickets now.

    Friday and Saturday, March 13 & 14
    Keb Mo

    B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
    8:00pm
    Join Keb Mo for an evening of the blues. Drawing influences straight from the Delta, Keb Mo is a modern bluesman with a smooth rich style all his own.

    Saturday, March 14
    Diana Krall

    Beacon Theater, 75th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Join jazz songstress Diana Krall as she brings the standards to life! In the tradition of the great jazz vocal interpreters, Krall blends the best of torch, lounge, blues, and Broadway into her unique performances.

    Wednesday, March 18
    Pentatonix

    Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Grammy-winning Texas-based a capella group Pentatonix brings their one-of-a-kind vocal style to the big stage at Madison Square Garden!

    Thursday, March 19
    Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons

    Beacon Theater, 75th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    It may not still be “late December back in ’63,” but the sweet sounds of 1960s vocal group the Four Seasons return to the Beacon theater as Frankie and the boys reprise some of their greatest hits!

    Friday, March 20
    The New York Philharmonic

    Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, Manhattan
    11:00am
    Bring the family and enjoy a morning concert in Lincoln Center as Alan Gilbert conducts a program of Ravel and Strauss!

    Friday and Saturday, March 20 & 21
    Ariana Grande

    Madison Square Garden, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Pop diva Ariana Grande is one of the hottest vocalists in the nation now. Come see her high-energy performance onstage at MSG!

    Sunday, March 22
    Jefferson Starship

    B.B. King Blues Club and Grill
    8:00pm
    Anyone remember Woodstock? They were the Jefferson Airplane back then, and their still rocking! Take a trip through time with Paul Kantner and rock legends The Jefferson Starship!

    Saturday, March 27
    Bob’s Burgers Concert

    Beacon Theater, 75th Street and Broadway, Manhattan
    8:00pm
    Yes, you read that right. The quirky hit animated series Bob’s Burgers comes to life on stage at the Beacon Theater. Plus stand-up and Q&A with comedians John Roberts, H. Jon Benjamin, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman, and Dan Mintz.

    For more information about Lincoln Center or to take the Lincoln Center Tour, click the links!

  • Discover The Best Doughnut Shops In New York City!

    Sometimes you need a sweet bite and only a doughnut will satisfy that craving. Fortunately New York City is home to some of the finest doughnut makers anywhere. From crullers to cronuts, you’re sure to find the doughnut to fit your taste in New York. To make your search easier, here are 6 of the best doughnut shops New York City has to offer!

    The Donut Pub

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    203 West 14th Street, Manhattan
    Since the 1960s The Doughnut Pub has been a favorite among New York’s many doughnut lovers, serving up traditional doughnuts at affordable prices. And when you visit, be sure to try the chocolate dippers!

    Orwasher’s

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    308 East 78th Street, Manhattan
    Located in the Upper East Side’s Yorkville neighborhood, Orwasher’s specializes in the lost art of the perfect jelly doughnut. Filled with preserves from Beth’s Farm Kitchen, these tasty gems are worth the trip uptown!

    606 R&D

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    606 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn
    Located in the Prospect Heights neighborhood, 606 R&D was founded by former City Bakery alumni and retains all the charm of a neighborhood pastry shop. If you need a sweet, drop by for their cinnamon-dredged mini-doughnuts—you’ll be glad you did!

    Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop

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    727 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn
    Located in Greenpoint and run by a talented husband-and-wife team of doughnut makers, Peter Pan is the doughnut shop dreams are made of—from their uniforms (complete with pointy green hats) to their string-tied pastry boxes. And the doughnuts and cream-filled buns are a superb way to put a smile on your face.

    Doughnut Plant

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    379 Grand Street, Manhattan
    What started in the 1990s as a cottage business—with the owner biking his creations to various cafés each morning—has now become an established leader in the gourmet doughnut community. From cake rings and churros to jelly-filled squares and chocolate-glazed doughnuts, the Doughnut Plant has a unique flavor to suit every taste!

    Dough

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    305 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn
    Nestled in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, Dough is a gem of hand-dipped doughnut delight. Their ample yet light doughnuts almost melt on the tongue and are adorned with everything from traditional glaze to orange slices. And while you munch, you can even watch as the doughnuts are hand-rolled, dipped, fried, and dressed. Dough is a must for the doughnut lover!

    For great meals and desserts check these fine New York City dining spots. And for more sweets and treats, check out these New York favorites.

  • Delight Your Taste buds At The Village Voice's 8th Annual Choice Eats Food Tasting Event!

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    Discover the true taste of New York City! Each year, the Village Voice sponsors the Choice Eats Tasting Festival, featuring cuisine from dozens of the finest restaurants in the city, carefully chosen by the Voice staff. This year’s celebration promises to be a delight for the taste buds, featuring over 50 restaurants

    Come and sample delicacies from restaurants praised by the Village Voice reviewers, and experience complimentary wine and craft beer pairings that bring out the flavors of each dish. The Voice’s food critics have explored every facet of New York City’s culinary gems and have assembled their most delectable choices from across the five boroughs. From established eateries to some of the city’s best-kept secrets, you’re sure to find a flavor to delight your palate.

    The variety of cuisines represented at the event is truly stunning, with offerings that reflect the culinary traditions of more than 35 cultures, including Vietnamese, Italian, Uzbekistani, Brazilian, Cambodian, Russian, Tunisian, Greek, and Cajun/Creole. As one of the premier food events in the city, Choice Eats is unique in its ability to unearth the hidden gems from the vast array of restaurant in the city.

    This year’s event includes 2 Duck Goose, Delaware & Hudson, Edie & the Wolf, Egg, Genuine, Gloria’s Caribbean Cuisine, King Me, Kuma Inn, Little Neck, Max, NoMad, Pickle Shack, The Queens Kickshaw, Rubirosa, Spicy Pot, Veselka, Xe May Sandwixh Shop, and many more!

    This year’s charitable partner is, Slow Food, a nonprofit member-supported organization founded in 1989 to counter America’s fast-food culture. Slow Food NYC is the New York City chapter of Slow Food and celebrates endangered local food traditions while emphasizing the importance of the food we eat, its source, its preparation, its taste, and the ways in which our food choices reverberate globally. Slow Food NYC is organized and run by volunteers, and draws its talent, expertise, and ambition from its members and friends around the city.

    If you go:
    Choice Eats Tasting Event
    Metropolitan Pavilion
    125 West 18th Street, Manhattan
    Friday, March 13th, 2015
    6–10pm
    Adults age 21 years and over only.

    Want even more delicious dining options? Check out the 5 Best Restaurants in Little Italy. Or for dinner with a view, explore New York City’s Top Rooftop Restaurants!

  • Unique Facts about the American Museum of Natural History

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    The American Museum of Natural History was founded in 1869, and is located across from Central Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. It is one of the largest museums in the world, and contains over thirty-two million specimens of human cultural artifacts, minerals, fossils, human, animal, rocks, meteorites, and plants. The collection is so huge, only a small part of the collection can be displayed at one time. Along with exhibits the museum offers a research library, sponsored field exhibitions for scientists, educational outreach to public school students, and graduate programs. With such a big museum, it’s always a good idea to know what to be sure to see while you’re there.

    • The Hayden Planetarium

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    The original Hayden planetarium was demolished in the late 1990’s and the new one opened in 2000. The Hayden Planetarium Sphere houses two theaters. In the bottom resides, “The Big Bang Theater” which shows a four-minute program about the start of the universe. The Star Theater takes up the top half of the sphere. It uses very high resolution, full dome video to present “space shows about various subjects within astrophysics. The Hayden Planetarium hosts many public presentations and courses to the general public and scientists alike.

    • The Willamette Meteorite

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    This massive meteorite is on display in the museum and is sure to dazzle the kids. As the largest meteor to be found in North America, it weighs 32,000 pounds. It is believed to have hit the earth in Canada or Montana and was deposited in Washington State by ice sheets during the ice age. The local Native American tribes knew the location of the meteor for generations but it was made public knowledge in 1902. The meteor is ten feet tall, six and half feet wide, and four and a quarter feet deep.

    • The Dodo Skeleton

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    The extinction of the Dodo is a cautionary tale for us two legged animals. While humans didn’t hunt the Dodo to extension, but we contributed to the destruction of their food source and habitat, as well as introduced non-native predator species. The Dodo was native to an island off African and after the Dutch colonized the island, the Dodos disappeared in less than a century. The Dodo was a flightless, round bird and has been depicted in my colors by drawings made while they were still alive. The museum has a model of the skeleton of the Dodo on display at the Hall of Biodiversity.

    • The Blue Whale Model

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    The life-sized model Blue Whale is one of the most exciting features of the museum exciting for both adults and children alike. It weighs in at 21,000 pounds, is 94 feet long, and is constructed out of fiberglass. It is the biggest creature to live currently inhabit our world. The Blue Whale was almost hunted to extinction but whaling bans worldwide have seen whale population grow in recent years.

  • Enjoy An Evening Of Wit And Whimsy...At Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night"

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    Considered by many to be William Shakespeare’s best comedy, Twelfth Night is packed with all the ingredients for delight and intrigue—from love and courtship, to mistaken identity and humor. The story centers on twins Viola and Sebastian, who find themselves the survivors of a shipwreck and now separated in a strange new land. Believing Sebastian lost, Viola falls in love with Duke Orsino, and to be near him disguises herself as a man. The Bard has seen to it that there’s enough music and merriment to go around, plus a bit of swashbuckling adventure and gender-role intrigue. Don’t miss the final weekend of this production!

    About the Theater Project
    The Theatre Project is a New York-based theatre company that explores modern and experimental works within new play development, while its sister organization, TP&co, specializes in classic theatre pieces. Both organizations share the values of a top-quality approach, fine detail, and artist-driven collaboration. These values are critical to the development of “Shakespeare Off-Broadway,” a series of productions of the Bard’s most popular works.

    About The Players Theater
    The Players Theatre is a 199-seat theatre built in 1907. The structure was converted to its current use as a theater in the 1950s and has remained has been one of the gems of Greenwich Village. The theatre is home to the renowned Cafe Wha?, a Village staple since the 1960s. The theatre has been home to several noteworthy and popular long-run productions, including An Evening with Quentin Crisp, Charles Bush’s Psycho Beach Party, Teller and Todd Robbins‘ Play Dead and Ruthless.

    If you go:
    Twelfth Night
    Final weekend: March 6 and 7, 2015
    The Players Theatre
    115 Macdougal Street
    New York, NY 10012

    Looking for more things to do in Greenwich Village? Try a walking tour or check out one of the Village’s many pubs!

  • Energize, Explore And Experience At The Pulse New York Contemporary Art Fair

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    Art lovers, start your spring off right with one of the most exciting showcases of contemporary visual arts in the world!

    Since 2005, the PULSE Contemporary Art Fair has served as the premiere satellite fair for the discovery and acquisition of leading-edge contemporary art. The fair’s goal is to cultivate a supportive environment for its international community of galleries and to provide a forum for their growth and expansion in the contemporary art market. From its inception, PULSE has presented thoughtfully curated exhibitions and continuously evolving programming that reflect the fair’s commitment to creating a dynamic experience for each and every visitor.

    The four-day fair showcases over 50 exhibitors from galleries in New York, Paris, Milan, London, Tokyo, Lima and elsewhere around the world—as well as over 80 established and emerging visual artists. The fair also includes roundtable discussions where noted curators and artists share their experience and opinions.

    On Friday, March 6th at 2pm, join a spirited discussion of the role and future of public art, with Brandi Reddick (curator of Miami-Dade Art), Carolyn Travis (Executive Director of Tourism of Bal Harbour), and moderator Claire Breukel (Chief Curator of MARTE Contemporary at the Museum of Art of El Salvador and the curator of Unscripted Bal Harbour.)

    On Saturday, March 7th , be sure to attend the fair’s “10x10” roundtable featuring ten curators, each with ten minutes to answer audience questions pertaining to the art world and its future. Participants include Rocio Aranda-Alvarado (Curator, El Museo del Barrio), Lindsay Howard (digital scholar and independent curator), Matthew Israel (Artsy Curator at Large and Director Emeritus for the Art Genome Project), Rebecca Jampol (Director of Solo(s) House), Nicholas O’Brien (Independent net-based researcher and cultural producer), Julie Solovyeva (Soho House New York Programming Manager), Jasmine Wahi (independent curator and activist), Dexter Wimberly (Curator and Co-Director of Strategic Planning, Independent Curators International), Ryan Wong (Program Director at Asian American Writers’ Workshop), and Billy Zhao (Curator and Special Projects Associate at the Marina Abramovic Institute).

    Come and experience the ever-changing and always exciting world of contemporary visual art at PULSE!

    If you go:
    PULSE New York Contemporary Art Fair
    March 5–8, 2015
    The Metropolitan Pavilion
    125 west 18th Street, Manhattan

    Public Hours:
    Thursday, March 5 1pm–6pm
    Friday, March 6 11am–8pm
    Saturday, March 7 11am–8pm
    Sunday, March 8 11am–5pm

    Admission:
    MultiPass (4-day entery) $40
    General (single day) $25
    Students & Seniors $15

    Want more modern and contemporary art? Be sure to visit the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art!

  • Celebrate The Art Of Ballet And Flamenco With Sara Baras

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    Few dancers are able to achieve mastery in two such diverse and disciplined forms as ballet and flamenco, so it is a special treat when one such artist visits the New York stage. Reigning flamenco queen and ballet dancer Sara Baras is one such artist.

    Born in Spain, Baras has built a career in dance that has spanned 20 years and has brought her to the stage to delight of audiences across the globe. Baras learned the art of the dance from a young age, taught by her mother Concha Baras, who ran a dance school. Baras’ talent was soon evident, and by age 17 she joined the dance company of noted guitarist Manuel Morao. By age 22, she had earned several prestigious awards, including the honor of Mejor Intérprete Femenina de Danza (Best Female Spanish Dance Performer). In 1997 Baras founded her own dance company and has toured extensively as a solo artist.

    Now you have the opportunity to experience Baras at her best, with a company of 15 performers on the stage of the New York City Center. The performance, titled Voces, Suite Flamenca, represents a delight for the senses that embraces the passion, spirit, and drama of flamenco and ballet.

    Voces, Suite Flamenca is an exemplary showcase for Baras’s talent and style and pays tribute to flamenco featuring influences of the greatest artists that have inspired her, such as Paco de Lucia, Camarón de la Isla, Antonio Gades, Enrique Morente, Moraíto, and Carmen Amaya. Voces, Suite Flamenca is a large-scale show—at once entertaining, colorful, and vibrant—building to a spectacular finale.

    If you go:
    Iberian Suite: Voces, Suite Flamenca

    130 West 56th Street (near 7th Ave), Manhattan
    Sara Baras at the New York City Center
    March 4–7, 2015
    Tickets begin at $25

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  • Pop Music Icons Shine At The 25th Annual Tibet House Benefit Concert At Carnegie Hall

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    Each year, around the time of the Tibetan New Year, a stunning array of music stars gathers for a unique performance at Carnegie Hall. The event, curated by composer and classical music giant Philip Glass, brings together stars known to millions for a concert to benefit Tibet House U.S. in New York City.

    Since 1959, Tibet’s civil authorities and its spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, have been forced by the Chinese government to live in exile. Tibet’s rich cultural history, as well as its cultural future were placed in peril. The history of Tibet House in the United States dates to 1991, when, at the Dalai Lama’s request, Tibet House was formed as a cultural haven to ensure the survival of Tibetan civilization and culture. For the past 25 years, an annual concert has helped to raise funds for this important cultural venue.

    For audiences, the concert represents not only a celebration of Tibetan culture, but a chance to see and hear some of their favorite performers on the Carnegie Hall stage. This year’s stars include 80’s music icons Debbie Harry, Laurie Anderson, and Patti Smith. Other performers on the line-up include event curator Philip Glass, as well as Tenzin Choegyal, The Flaming Lips, Ashley Isaac with Maybelle Chisholm McQueen, Sturgill Simpson, the Scorchio Quartet, Jesse Paris Smith, Ira Glass, and the Monks of the Drepung Gomang Monastery.

    Debbie Harry burst onto the rock stage in the 1970s as lead vocalist with the band Blondie and has remained a dynamic performer and an influence on pop culture for over three decades. She also has over 30 film and TV credits on her acting resumé.

    Laurie Anderson defies classification—she is at once an accomplished musician, a cutting-edge multimedia performance artist, and an author of pros and poetry. Her contributions to the arts have earned Anderson the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize in 2007 and the Pratt Institute’s Honorary Legends Award in 2011.

    Patti Smith gained fame as a recording artist in the early 1980s and has since become a noted poet, memoirist, and activist. She is a tireless performer, traveling the world in support of musical, literary, and artistic projects as well as critical human rights causes.

    Concert tickets may be purchased online or at the Carnegie Hall box office. Benefit package tickets include concert seating and admittance to an exclusive pre-show dinner party.

    Come celebrate Tibetan culture with an evening of music!

    If you go:
    Annual Tibet House U.S. Benefit Concert
    Carnegie Hall
    March 5th, 2015
    881 7th Avenue (at 57th Street), Manhattan

    Check these links to learn more about Carnegie Hall and The Tibet Center.

  • Enjoy A Night At The Opera With A Unique Production Of Semele By George Frideric Handel!

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    East meets west in this delightful and imaginative interpretation of Semele, George Frideric Handel’s operatic adaptation based in Greek mythology. Making his debut as director, Chinese artist Zhang Huan transforms a restored 17-ton temple into an altar, palace, crematory, and heaven for this stunning production. Semele is a must-see for opera fans!

    About the Canadian Opera Company
    Founded in 1950 as the Royal Conservatory Opera Company, the company became the Canadian Opera Association in 1960, and subsequently the Canadian Opera Company in 1977. Johannes Debus has been the Company’s Music Director since 2009, and Sandra Horst is the current chorus master. For over a half century the Company has held the honor of being the largest of its kind in Canada and the third largest producer of opera in North America. When not touring, the Company’s home is the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto. The New York performances are conducted by Christopher Moulds. Soprano Jane Archibald stars in the title role of Semele.

    About G.F. Handel
    George Frideric Handel was born in Germany in 1685, but by 1712 had relocated to London, where he became a naturalized British citizen and spent much of his creative career. A contemporary of composers J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti, Handel is regarded as a giant of the Baroque era and remains celebrated for his operas, oratorios, and organ concertos.

    About Semele
    Composed in 1743, Handel’s Semele is rooted in classical myth, based on the story of Semele, mother of Dionysus. The tale surrounds Semele, daughter of Cadmus, King of Thebes, and her arranged marriage to Athamas. Semele is secretly in love with the god Jupiter and seeks a way out of the marriage. Betrayal, lust, jealousy, and vengeance characterize the drama, which was first presented in 1744 as an oratorio. Today it is among Handel’s most beloved operas.

    If you go:
    Semele by Handel
    Canadian Opera Company

    Peter Jay Sharp Theater
    416 West 42nd Street (at 9th Avenue), Manhattan
    March 4, 6, and 10 at 7:30pm
    March 8 at 3:00pm
    Admission: Tickets begin at $35

    Click the link to learn more about Lincoln Center!