Around and About

JAZZ—Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St., presents the following concerts, with sets at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. each night:
Mar. 23-26, Steven Kuhn birthday celebration, ($30 Thurs. and Sun., $35 Fri. and Sat.)
Mar. 27, Mingus Big Band, $25.
Mar. 28, MoBetta Tuesdays hosted by Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, $25.
Mar. 29, Camille Bertault (vocalist), Dan Tepfer (pianist), $25.
Mar. 30-Apr. 2, Chano Dominguez Flamenco Quartet, $30.
Apr. 3, Mingus Big Band, $25.
Apr. 4, MoBetta Tuesdays hosted by Maurice “Mobetta” Brown, $25.
Apr. 5, Chris Bergson Band, $25.
Apr. 6-9, Randy Weston African Rhythms Quintet with special guests ($30 Thurs. and Sun., $35 Fri. and Sat.)
For more information, visit 

ROCK & MORE—The Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit or call (212) 614-6932.
Mar. 23 at 7 p.m.., Drake White and the Big Fire (sold out).
Mar. 24 at 7 p.m., Fishbone, $25.
Mar. 26 at 6 p.m., Nat and Alex Wolff, $16-$50.
Mar. 31 at 7 p.m., Architects, $20.
Apr. 1 at 7 p.m., Architects (sold out).
Apr. 4 at 6 p.m., Dave Aspray, $45-$155.
Apr. 5 at 6:30 p.m., Men in Blazers, $61-62.
Apr. 7 at 7 p.m., Bowling for Soup, $22-$23.

ROCK & MORE—Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl., presents the following concerts:
For tickets, visit or call (212) 777-6800.
Mar. 23 at 7 p.m., Enter Shikari, $18.
Mar. 24 at 8 p.m., Yacht Rock Revue, $22.
Mar. 25 at 7 p.m., Trentemøller, $25.
Mar. 26 at 7 p.m., Sohn, $20.
Mar. 29 at 7 p.m., Bebe Rexha, $30-$116.
Mar. 30 at 7 p.m., The Menzingers (sold out).
Fri., Mar. 31 at 7 p.m. Hippo Campus with special guest Magic City Hippies, $16.
Fri., Mar. 31 at 11:30 p.m., Brüt, $39.
Sat., Apr. 1 at 7:30 p.m., New Found Glory (sold out).
Thurs., Apr. 6 at 7 p.m., Steel Panther, $25.
Fri., Apr. 7 at 7 p.m., The Lox, $25.

THIRD STREET MUSIC SCHOOL SERIES—LiveSOUNDS presents free performances by faculty and their guests most Fridays at Third Street Music School throughout the school year. Concerts take place Friday evenings at 7 p.m. at the Anna Maria Kellen Auditorium at 235 E. 11th St. between 2nd and 3rd Aves. Third Street and its auditorium are wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit

Mar. 24, chamber music by faculty.
Mar. 31, David Moreno, guitar, with Odd Morning Quartet.
Apr. 7, no concert due to annual auditions.

The Peoples’ Voice Café presents a reunion concert of political folk rock band Bev Grant & The Human Condition on Mar. 25.

FOLK/POLITICAL/SOCIAL CONCERT SERIES—The Peoples’ Voice Café, an alternative coffeehouse, organizes weekly concerts and events celebrating humanitarian issues and concerns. The cafe is run as a not-for-profit collective and concerts are held Saturdays from 8-10:30 p.m. at The Community Church of New York Unitarian Universalist, 40 E. 35th St. (between Madison and Park Aves. Wheelchair-accessible). Suggested donation: $18; $10 for PVC members; more if you choose; less if you can’t; no one turned away. For more information, call (212) 787-3903 or visit

Mar. 25, political folk rock band Bev Grant & The Human Condition reunion concert.
Apr. 1, Lavender Light Gospel Choir.

Apr. 8, the third annual Ray Korona Song Night. The band – Ivice, Barry Kornhauser, Ellen Davidson, Gina Tlamsa, and Sharon Abreu — augmented by Laura Liben and Chris Owens – will ­present a ­number of his songs. Interspersed will be guest performances by Steve Brant, Joel Cohen, Suzanne Cohen, Lydia Adams Davis, Lisa Garrison, Emma Graves, Sharleen Leahey, Adele Rolider, Ben Silver, Steve Suffet, Mercy Van Vlack, and Lindsey Wilson.

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN—Lost Dog New Music Ensemble presents a concert of contemporary American music inspired by poetry on Fri., Apr. 14 at 8 p.m. at Dimenna Center for Classical Music, Benzaquen Hall 450 W. 37th St. The program will include New York and world premieres by Michael Hersch, James Ilgenfritz, and Robert Maggio, in a program. Ticket are $25, students and seniors, $20. Visit for more information.

DARK COMEDY—Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. at E. 10th St., and Squeaky Bicycle Productions present the new tragicomedy by W.M. Akers, “Dead Man’s Dinner,” from Mar. 23-Apr. 9. The piece is an absurdist adventure story set in a dystopian future. New York has been under siege for ten years and three women are struggling to survive in a frigid, rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper West Side. Olympia and her daughter Petra have spent years surviving any way they can. When Petra falls in love with Jackie, an injured soldier, their food supplies are stretched to the limit. Death creeps closer and each woman is torn between love and hunger. Hunger always wins. Performances run Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. Added performance Mon., Mar. 27 at 7 p.m. $18 general admission; box office (212) 254-1109 or visit

POLITICAL DRAMA—La MaMa’s Downstairs Theatre, 66 E. Fourth St., presents “Benghazi Bergen-Belsen” by Lahav Timor, the world premiere of a theatrical adaptation of the distinguished novel of the same name by Yossi Sucary, running Mar. 23 to April 9. The play is narrated in the voice of Silvana Hajaj, an ambitious young Jewish feminist from Benghazi, Libya. She has been is transported with her family to the Bergen-Belsen, Germany concentration camp. There, she meets Rebecca, a young Dutch Jew, and their encounter is layered with cultural and sexual tensions. As Silvana shares her memories of the journey from Benghazi and Tripoli through Italy to Germany and Bergen-Belsen, tensions between the two women culminate in a compelling experience, intricate and laden with lust, dreams, fears, and questions of femininity. Performances are Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. $25 general admission; $20 seniors & students. Ten $10 tickets will be available to every performance on a first-come, first-served basis (advance sale recommended). Call box office (646) 430-5374 or visit

DRAMA—Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St., presents “Crackskull Row” in the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theater, originally set to run through Mar. 13, has been extended to run through Mar. 26. Rasher Moorigan has a secret that only his mother knows. Tonight – for the first time in over thirty years – mother and son spend May Eve together in a wreck of a house down the backlanes of Dublin. Melding reality and myth, “Crackskull Row” is the story of an Irish family’s desperate actions and forbidden loves. Recommended for mature audiences. Tickets are $50. Performances are Wed. at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thurs. at 7 p.m., Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. Visit or call (212) 727-2737.

COMEDY—FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade will present a limited engagement of Lucie Pohl’s “Apohlcalypse Now!” on Mon., Mar. 27 at 8 p.m., and Tues., Mar. 28 at 7 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place between 1st Ave. and Ave. A). Expect bad language, bad decisions, a wedding, a break up, dead rats and wake up calls from Stephen Baldwin from the creator of smash hits “Hi, Hitler” and “Cry Me A Liver.” Pohl is a German-born-NYC-raised comedian, actor, writer, solo performer and producer. Tickets ($18) may be purchased in advance at

The Semitic Root presents “The Strangest,” a murder mystery experience set in French Algiers inspired by Albert Camus’ classic novel, The Stranger, running through Apr. 1. (Photo by Stephanie Keith)

MURDER MYSTERY BASED ON THE STRANGER—The Semitic Root presents “The Strangest,” a murder mystery experience set in French Algiers inspired by Albert Camus’ classic novel, The Stranger, running through Apr. 1 at Fourth Street Theatre, 83 E. 4th St. The Strangest presents an immersive theatrical experience in which they enter a traditional Arab storytelling café, where for centuries masters of the oral tradition wove tales of intrigue. The Strangest is an absurdist murder mystery loosely inspired by the unnamed Arab killed in Camus’ novel. Experience French Algiers on the brink of revolution, and witness three Arab brothers vie for the love of the same woman. Their bitter rivalry ends only when one is gunned down by a French stranger. Written by Betty Shamieh and directed by May Adrales. Performances are Tues., Wed., Sat. and Sun. at 7:30 p.m. except on Sat., Apr. 1 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $45 premium (includes a reserved seat and a signed program). To purchase, visit 

HOLOCAUST THEME—The Workshop Theater, 312 W. 36th St., 4 fl. East, presents “Through the Darkness” by Alan C. Breindel, running through Apr. 1. The play recounts the unimaginable journeys and true stories of four courageous men and women who left everything behind, including their loved ones, so that they might stay one step ahead of the Holocaust. They are composite characters that playwright Breindel built from interviews with Holocaust survivors. Three of the four characters managed to avoid the horrors of the concentration camps and remain free, even if freedom was no more than the right to die on their own terms. We meet these four characters as people in late middle age, living comfortably in America in the mid-1980s. When performed, the piece will have the veracity of real-life stories. Director is Leslie Kincaid Burby. Performances are Thurs. at 7 p.m., Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 3 p.m. $25 general admission, $18 students and seniors, $15 student groups. To purchase, visit or call (866) 811-4111.

POLITICAL/REVIVAL—The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. continues the celebration of its 50th anniversary season, in which it is remounting classic plays of the company’s past. From Apr. 5-22, the company will present two companion pieces, “Rosalee Pritchett” by Barbara and Carlton Molette and “The Perry’s Mission” by Clarence Young III, at Theatre 80 St. Marks, 80 St. Marks Pl. These one-acts, exploring themes of black struggle, were originally produced together in 1971 at St. Marks Playhouse, a half block from Theatre 80 St. Marks where this production will be staged.  Both plays will be directed by Allie Woods, a founding member of the company. The plays date from a year when the Vietnam War was raging, Black Power Politics was mobilizing disparate counterculture activists, and Black Panther chairman Bobby Seale was standing trial in New Haven for murder of a police informant.  In these inflammatory times, The Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. dedicated a season to plays emphasizing themes of black struggle. “Rosalee Pritchett” portrays the women of an upper-class black wives’ bridge club, one of whom is raped by lower-class white National Guard troops, in a devastating indictment of the black bourgeoisie.  In “The Perry’s Mission,” a male black militant challenges various people in a bar about their black identities and their conversation grows into fatal conflict. Performances are Wed.-Sat. at 7 p.m. Fri., Apr. 7 is opening night with reception; separate reception tickets are $25.  No shows on Easter, Apr. 16. Tickets: $25 general admission; $20 students, seniors and groups of 10 or more. Box office (866) 811-4111, Running time: two hours (with intermission).

DRAMA—Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St., presents “The Emperor Jones,” written by Eugene O’Neill, directed by Ciaran O’Reilly, running through Apr. 23. This play is the story of Brutus Jones, a despot who ascends the throne using lies, intimidation and the politics of fear. Following a prison break in the United States, Jones sets himself up as monarch of a Caribbean island. When the Natives rebel after years of exploitation, Jones’s mesmerizing journey into darkness becomes a terrifying psychological portrayal of power, fear, and madness. Performances are Wed. at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Thurs. at 7 p.m., Fri. at 8 p.m., Sat. at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sun. at 3 p.m. Tickets are $50-$70. For more information, visit or call (212) 727-2737.

MUSICAL—Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St, presents the world premiere of the musical “The Band’s Visit,” featuring Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”). An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. This play in adapted from a screenplay that received 36 major international awards. Director is David Cromer, with music and lyrics by David Yazbek. Tickets start at $75. For tickets or more information, visit 

MUSICAL COMEDY—The creators of “Bayside! The Musical” and “Full House! The Musical!”, Bob and Tobly Smith, present “90210: The Musical!” a parody of the 90s teen show, now playing at Theatre 80, 80 St. Marks Pl. This show invites viewers to relive the drama, the drinking and drugging and the sideburns. It answers the important questions: Can Brandon and Brenda be 90210 cool? Will Steve Sanders be eaten by a Sharknado? Who has resting Brenda face? Can Emily Valentine kick her crippling U4EA addiction in time to burn down the school? Will Tori Spelling graduate? The production is directed and choreographed by Donald Garverick. Tegan Miller is the musical director. Show contains partial nudity and may not be appropriate for people under 16. Performances will be held on Thurs. at 8 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. Tickets ($25.50-$35.50) are available by visiting 

COMEDY—Thirteenth Street Repertory Company, 50 W. 13th St. between Fifth and Sixth Aves., presents the return of “The Accidental Pervert,” a comedy that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy’s journey into manhood after discovering his dad’s X-rated video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. He subsequently develops an addiction to pornography that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife-to-be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. Performances are Fri. and Sat. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $49 and available by calling (212) 352-3101 or visit

AERIAL DISPLAYS—Daryl Roth Theatre, 103 E. 15th St., presents “Wayra Fuerza Bruta.” Set to a soundtrack that ebbs and flows from thumping club tunes to calm New World music, this kaleidoscopic show demolishes the fourth wall, extending the stage over audience members’ heads as suspended performers seem to walk on air or tumble up a Technicolor wall of cloth. The show does not use seats.  Audience members are on their feet during the 80-minute performance and may be asked to move and/or participate. The show uses strobe lights, loud noises, water, mist and fog. Performances run: Tues.-Thurs. At 8 p.m., Fri. and Sat. at 7 and 10 p.m. and Sun. at 7 p.m. Tickets are $79-$99. For more information, visit 

COMEDY/VARIETY—“No Name… & A Bag O’ Chips” comedy/variety show producer Eric Vetter presents a show at Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 E. 14th St. between Aves. A and B on Fri., Mar. 24 at 7 p.m. Lineup includes Justy Dodge (Comical Radio), Gabriel Pacheco (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival) and illusionist Lee Alan Barrett. No Name house band The Summer Replacements, including Carl (BabyFreak) Fortunato) and Fernando (Dr. Sandman) Morales Gonzalez, will also perform. No cover, no minimum. Performers subject to change. For more “No Name” information, contact (347) 885-3466 or

SHORT PLAYS/PLAY DEVELOPMENT—The Kraine Theater, 85 E. 4th St., presents an all-women lineup for “NY Madness,” on Sun., Mar. 26 at 7 p.m.. “NY Madness” is a raw and unpredictable show of short plays by an ensemble of playwrights presented fully staged with scripts in hand. Each night has a theme, which is given out a week before the event. It is a snapshot of where we are politically, culturally, and artistically. Writers this month include Sarah Bernstein (The Summer House at Forward Flux), Cesi Davidson (Sojourner’s Truth with Urban Stages), Monet Hurst-Mendoza (Veil’d at WP Theater’s Pipeline Festival and Rising Circle Theater Collective), Krista Knight (Primal Play with New Georges; Salamander Leviathan at Joe’s Pub/Ars Nova), Mariah MacCarthy (Baby Mama: One Woman’s Quest to Give Her Child to Gay People; Honors Students with EST/Youngblood; Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth Grade Glass of ’93 20-Year Reunion), Liz Morgan (Our Father at the 2017 Fire This Time Festival; Breaking & Entering in development at the Lark and National Black Theatre), Nandita Shenoy (Washer/Dryer with Ma-Yi Theater Company), Charly Evon Simpson (Hottentotted at Ars Nova’s 2016 ANT Fest; Scratching the Surface and who we let in with EST/Youngblood), and Crystal Skillman (Geek with Vampire Cowboys; King Kirby at The Brick; Cut with The Management, all NY Times Critics’ Picks). The curators this month are Illana Stein and Dina Vovsi. As a way to give back to women in need, bra and menstrual hygiene supplies will be collected at the performance and donated to homeless women and girls. Tickets ($10) may be purchased in advance at

BURLESQUE—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Stand Up and Take Your Clothes Off” on Sun., Apr. 2 at 8 p.m. at The Kraine theater, 85 E. 4th St. This is a fast paced, sexy show that each month features NYC’s funniest female comics and sassiest burlesque acts. Cover is $15 ($10 in advance online). For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit

STORYTELLING/CONCERT—Horse Trade Theater Group presents “The Adam Wade Show,” on Tues., Apr. 4 at 7 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A). The Adam Wade Show is a collection of humor-filled event with stories, music and video shorts. Cover is $10. A different featured guest starts off the show each month. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit

BURLESQUE & VARIETY—The Horse Trade Theater Group presents “Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret” on Wed., Apr. 5 at 9:30 p.m. at Under St. Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl. The show features comedy, music, burlesque, vaudeville and more hosted by Canadian import Jillian Thomas. Created and produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine. Admission is $15. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling (212) 868-4444 or visiting

OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents “Open Mic Mondays” every Monday at 8 p.m. except holidays. Hosted by Olivia Custodio, this weekly event is a boisterous free-for-all of poetry, hip hop, monologues, acoustic singer-songwriter performances and anything else that a person can do in five minutes on a stage; packed with young artists and their fans, this show is guaranteed to be more fun than whatever you normally do on a Monday night; no cover, one-drink minimum. For more information, call (212) 505-8183 or visit The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.

POETRY SLAM—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Wednesday Night Slam Open. Jive Poetic hosts this energetic event, the cafe’s proving ground for emerging poets and experienced artists who want to try out new work. Anyone can sign up for a performance slot, but only one winner per week will advance to the Friday Night Poetry Slam; $7 event takes place every Wednesday at 9 p.m., except for the first Wednesday of the month. To order tickets, visit For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.

OPEN MIC—“The Open Mic Downstairs” runs every Tuesday at 9 p.m. at Under St. Marks (94 St. Marks Pl. between First Ave. and Ave. A). Dan Ricker, Kaitlyn O’Connor and Mike Milazzo have taken the reins with spoken word artists, musicians, comedians and other creative folks invited to put their two cents in. Cover is $3. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit

POETRY SLAM & OPEN MIC—The Nuyorican Poets Cafe 236 E. Third St., between Aves. B and C, presents its Friday Night Poetry Slam each week at 10 p.m. Host Mahogany Browne curates the most popular and longest-running slam poetry series in New York City. Nationally renowned poets and rising stars compete for a slot on the cafe’s Slam Team. $10 regular admission, $20 for a limited number of reserved seats. A free open mic follows each Friday Night Poetry Slam. To order tickets, visit For more information, call (212) 505-8183. The cafe is wheelchair accessible, but calling ahead of time is recommended so staff can accommodate wheelchair users.

MUSICAL—FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade presents “Ferdinand” at The Kraine Theater (85 E. 4th St. between 2nd Ave. and Bowery). Inspired by the classic children’s tale about the biggest and strongest bull who wouldn’t fight but just wanted to smell the flowers, “Ferdinand: is the heartwarming story of Tom, a single dad who just wants to raise his son with love and empathy in a world determined to make him fight. Tickets ($15) may be purchased in advance at 

BOOK READINGS & ACTIVITIES—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th Street, presents story time on most Saturdays. The stories are as follows. For more information call (212) 253-0810 or visit

Sat., Mar. 25 at 11 a.m., kids will be invited to create their own Little Golden Book in celebration of the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Book and classic titles such as the Monster at the End of This Book (Sesame Street edition) will be read.

Sat., Apr. 1 at 11 a.m., story time will celebrate the release of the new Beauty and the Beast movie and kids will be invited to sing songs from the film’s soundtrack.

BOOK READINGS—The Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents story time on most Saturdays and Sundays. All children must be accompanied by a parent for the duration of their visit.

For more information, visit or call (212) 473-1452.

CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 422—Scout Pack 422 is part of the Greater NY Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by The Epiphany R.C. Church at 373 Second Ave. off of 21st St. Meetings are held in the Parish Hall. Cub Scouts meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m., Boy Scouts meet on Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Parents and new scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, call Maureen Riley at (917) 837-3311.

CUB/BOY SCOUTS PACK 414—Scout Troop 414 is part of the Greater New York Councils and the Big Apple District and is sponsored by the Immaculate Conception Church, 414 E. 14th St. Meetings are held in the school auditorium every Tuesday evening from 6:30-8 p.m. Parents and new Scouts are invited to meetings. For more information, visit 

MEMOIR—Author and journalist Sarah Wildman will be the featured speaker at the 14th annual Helene Spring Library Event at East End Temple, 245 E. 17th St., on Sun., Mar. 26 at 1 p.m. Wildman will discuss her memoir, Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind. She explores the story behind her grandfather’s escape from Vienna in 1938, months before Hitler’s takeover of Austria and his subsequent immigration to America, where he opens his own clinic and becomes a successful doctor in a small Massachusetts city. This is the story that Sarah had heard all her life, until after his death she found a photograph of a beautiful young woman in her grandparents’ attic. She presents the photo to her grandmother and asks who the woman is. Her grandmother, with no intention of further explanation, tells Sarah that the woman is “your grandfather’s true love.” Her name was Valy Scheftel, and she had corresponded with Sarah’s grandfather for years after his immigration. Armed with this newfound information, Wildman delves into solving this mystery. Wildman has reported for the New York Times, Slate, and The New Yorker, and currently writes for Vox. A reception with book sale and signing will follow her presentation.

Actress and singer Katey Sagal will be at the Union Square Barnes & Noble on Thurs., Mar. 30 at 7 p.m. in promotion of her memoir Grace Notes.

JOHN OATES—Strand Bookstore presents musician John Oates at SubCulture, 45 Bleecker St., on Tues., Mar. 28 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. His songs, made along with musical teammate Daryl Hall, have topped the charts for decades, making him part of the most successful pop duo in the world. Now he’s written it all down: his successes, his failures, and everything that’s happened so far in his journey through the music industry. Oates will be joined in conversation by Doug Glanville, ESPN analyst, author and former Major League Baseball player. Oates will discuss his career, perform a few songs, and answer questions from the audience. After, he’ll sign books and pose for photos with fans. Please note that no memorabilia will be signed, only copies of Change of Seasons which are included with each ticket purchase, $33 including book. To order, visit

KATEY SAGAL—Barnes & Noble, 33 E. 17th St., presents Katey Sagal on Thurs., Mar. 30 at 7 p.m. in promotion of Grace Notes, a memoir told in essays. Sagal, an actress as well as a singer/songwriter, writes about the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 28 to getting her big break as Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children and more. For more information, call (212) 253-0810 or visit

FINANCIAL GUIDANCE—The following free informational events will take place at the Science, Industry & Business Library, 188 Madison Ave. at 34th St.

Mar. 25 at noon. “A Guide to Managing Finances for Non US-Citizens.” If you are living in the US on a working visa, have or are considering getting a green card, are married to a foreign national or considering a change of citizenship status the information presented by Shannon McNulty Esq. of the  Financial Planning Association of NY could prove invaluable.

Mar. 29 at 3 p.m. “Variable Annuities: the Pros and Cons.” VAs are complex, expensive financial products that are not suitable for everyone. M. Michael Martin, CFP of the Financial Planning Association of NY, explains these vehicles, so you can consider all your options whether you’re considering buying an annuity, or already own one.

For more information, visit

Strand Books presents the speaker panel “Reproductive Rights and the Politics of Women’s Health in the Era of Trump” on Mon., Mar. 27. (Pictured) Featured speaker Alencia Johnson, director of Constituency Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America

WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS UNDER TRUMP ADMINISTRATION—Strand Books, 828 Broadway at 12th St., presents the speaker panel “Reproductive Rights and the Politics of Women’s Health in the Era of Trump on  on Mon., Mar. 27 from 7-8 p.m. Speakers are:

Dr. Anne Davis, Medical Director of Physicians for Reproductive Choice, an associate professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University Medical Center. Her research include new hormonal contraceptives, how women use contraceptives, and contraception in women with medical problems.

Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director at the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, the only national reproductive justice organization that specifically works to advance reproductive health, rights and justice for the 28 million Latinas in the United States.

Alencia Johnson, director of Constituency Communications at Planned Parenthood Federation of America focuses on campaigns engaging communities of color and new audiences. She served as the African American booking coordinator for Obama for America in Chicago, IL.

Sybil Shainwald, who specializes in women’s health litigation and has written and lectured extensively on the erosion of women’s reproductive rights. Admission is a $15 gift card to the store. For more information, call (212) 473-1452 or visit

NAC MEMBERS’ ART—The National Arts Club’s Grand Gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents the “118th Annual Exhibiting Members Exhibition,” running through Mar. 23. In 1906 The National Arts Club celebrated its new headquarters on Gramercy Park with an exhibition of American paintings belonging to member and collector William T. Evans. A successful businessman and renowned collector, Evans was instrumental in creating the Artist Life Membership Program and establishing the Exhibiting Artist Members Exhibition. For more information, visit or call (212) 475-3424.

ANATOMIC DRAWINGS—School of Visual Arts presents “The Big Twin Drawing Show,” an exhibition featuring work by students in BFA Fine Arts faculty member Andrew Gerndt’s Human Anatomy and Foundation Drawing courses. Curated by Gerndt, “The Big Twin Drawing Show” is on view from Mar. 31- Apr. 9, at the SVA Flatiron Gallery Project Space, 133/141 W. 21st St. The more than 100 drawings on view from Gerndt’s Human Anatomy course include detailed anatomical renderings, such as skeletal and muscular studies, and nude figure studies. Combining mediums such as pencil, ink and watercolor, the more than 120 student works on view from Gerndt’s Foundation Drawing course exhibit a range of modes of representation, from realistic to abstract. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-9 p.m. 

DOG THEMED ART—Pratzon Art Restoration and Mascot Studio present “Dog Show,” an exhibition showcasing dog-inspired art, photographs and prints by 12 artists. The works will be on view through Mar. 31 by appointment from Tues. to Sat. from 1-7 p.m. at 122 W. 26th St., Suite 1007. It will be Mascot owner Peter McCaffrey’s 18th “Dog Show,” but the first to take place at Pratzon studio, where the two businesses combined spaces last summer. Pratzon Restoration is owned by Stuyvesant Town resident Jill Pratzon. McCaffrey was formerly based out of the East Village.

GROUP SHOW—Lyons Wier Gallery, 542 W. 24th St., presents the group exhibition “Luminance,” running through Apr. 1, featuring new works by a dozen artists. Featured artists include Anthony Adcock, Michael Boroniec, Chris Cosnowski, Michelle Doll, Jae Yong Kim, David Lyle, Cobi Moules, James Austin Murray, Fahamu Pecou, James Riceck, Kerry Simmons and Cayce Zavaglia. Hours: Tues.-Sat. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (212) 242-6220 or visit

The National Arts Club presents Salvatore Catalano’s “Saints & Sinners,” a collection of works inspired by street crime and gangsters, on view through Apr. 1.

GANGSTER-INSPIRED ART—The National Arts Club’s Grand Gallery, 15 Gramercy Park South, presents Salvatore Catalano’s “Saints & Sinners,” a collection of works inspired by street crime and gangsters, on view through Apr. 1.  Catalano grew up in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn in the 50s and 60s, the son of Sicilian immigrant parents. The theme, “Saints & Sinners” came naturally to him. The two outstanding influences in his life were the church and the streets. In church he learned about Heaven and Hell and the lives of the saints. In the streets, he heard stories of gangsters and organized crime. These portraits are of people, good and evil and in-between. Catalano is an artist and an associate professor in The School of Art & Design at F.I.T.

MIDCENTURY PARIS FASHION—Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at W. 27th St., Special Exhibitions Gallery, presents “Paris Refashioned, 1957-1968, running through Apr. 15. “Paris Refashioned” examines the shift from the unassailable dominance of haute couture to the newfound influence of ready-to-wear. In 1957, twenty-one-year-old Yves Saint Laurent was made creative director of the esteemed couture house of Christian Dior. His first solo collection for Dior included his A-line “trapeze” dresses, ushering in an unmistakable shift toward more relaxed and ultimately more youthful designs — and with it, dramatic changes to the couture fashion industry. By 1963, a group of young French ready-to-wear designers known as the stylistes had begun to make an impact on fashion both in their home country and abroad. Their of-the-minute fashions, which were favored by style arbiters such as Brigitte Bardot, presented an unexpected challenge to the more staid, costly, and labor-intensive creations of the couturiers. By 1968, some of the best-known couturiers — including Saint Laurent, Pierre Cardin, and André Courrèges — were presenting ready-to-wear lines in addition to their couture creations. This exhibition is accompanied by a book of the same title, to be published by Yale University Press in the spring. For more information, visit

FASHION (BLACK DESIGNERS)—Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Seventh Ave. at W. 27th St., presents “Black Fashion Designers,” an exhibit examining the impact made by designers of African descent on the world of fashion, running through May 17. Drawing exclusively from The Museum at FIT’s permanent collection, the exhibition features approximately 75 fashion objects that illustrate the individual styles of more than 60 designers, placing them within a wider fashion context. Objects date from the 1950s to the present, including mid-century evening gowns by Anne Lowe and the jovial, yet controversial, work of Patrick Kelly from the 1980s. Contemporary pieces include Lagos-based designer Maki Oh’s spring 2013 dress, which reconceptualizes Nigerian traditions, and pieces from the latest runways of established designers, such as Tracy Reese, and emerging talents, such as Charles Harbison. The exhibition addresses the influence of black fashion models as well, by highlighting milestone events, such as “The Ebony Fashion Fair.” For more information, visit

PLAY READING  GROUP—The Stein Senior Center, 204 E. 23rd St., has launched a play reading group, led by Nancy Finn and Carmine Bracale. All are invited to group meetings on the first and third Fridays of each month from 10 a.m.-noon. Participants will be looking at plays from Shakespeare to modern. Scripts with large print will be supplied. No experience with the plays necessary. A contribution is requested.

ART HISTORY CLASS–The Stein Center, 204 E. 23rd St., offers an art history class every Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Participants enjoy examples of visual arts, including painting, sculpture and architecture from around the world. Awesomely beautiful and culturally important art works are projected on a large screen accompanied by bold face printed text and spoken comments by leader Judy Collischan, Ph.D. Discussion, participation and interaction are encouraged. No experience with art or its history is necessary. A modest contribution is requested, and all are welcome to attend.

FILM SCREENINGS—The Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St., screens films every Thursday at 2 p.m. To contact the branch for more information, call (212) 679-2645. 

TOURS OF CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY—Center for Jewish History, 15 W. 16th St., offers free tours (exclusive of the YUM galleries) on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. Tours last approximately 1 1/2 hours and include the exhibitions of the American Jewish Historical Society, the American Sephardi Federation, the Leo Baeck Institute and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, as well as the Reading Room, Genealogy Institute and other public spaces. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be scheduled by calling (917) 606-8226.

UNION SQUARE WALKING TOURS—The Union Square Partnership presents free, weekly walking tours of Union Square. The 90-minute tour explores the social and political history of the neighborhood through discussions of the people, history, architecture and forces that have shaped this community. You’ll hear how Union Square got its name, see where the legendary Tiffany & Co. once stood and learn how to read the clock (yes, it’s a clock!) on “The Metronome” sculpture and so much more! The tour begins at the Abraham Lincoln statue by the 16th St. transverse in Union Square Park, Sat. at 2 p.m. Look for the guide holding a Union Square: Crossroads of New York sign. Reservations required for groups. For more information, call (212) 517-1826 or visit

FLATIRON WALKING TOURS—The Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID) provides free, year-round historic walking tours of the district, led by local historian professional guides. The tours take place every Sunday starting at 11 a.m., and meet at the southwest corner of Madison Square Park (in front of the William Seward statue) at 23rd Street and Broadway. No advance registration is required. The walking tour highlights some of the city’s most notable landmarks, including: the New York Life Insurance Building, the MetLife Clock Tower, the Appellate Courthouse and the Flatiron Building. Historians leading tours are: Miriam Berman, author of Madison Square: The Park and Its Celebrated Landmarks; Mike Kaback and Fred Cookinham. For more information, visit

POETRY WORKSHOP (NEW LOCATION)—The Epiphany Poets group now meets at the Muhlenberg Public Library at 209 West 23rd Street, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. from 2-4 p.m. The group had previously been meeting every third Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. at Epiphany Library, 228 E. 23rd St. All are welcome to participate. It is a workshop so each person brings a poem — bring 12 or 13 copies to hand to each person and then discuss each work. The group is helpful and collegial. If there is time, a second poem by those who have brought one can be discussed.

DOWNTOWN MAFIA WALKING TOUR—NYC Gangster Tours presents “The Rise and Fall of the American Mafia Walking Tour” Fridays and Saturdays at 6 p.m. Not for the faint of heart, this premium tour goes from the East Village down to Little Italy and tells the tale of the arrival of a secret sect of Sicilian criminals in the late 19th century, the growth and Americanization of this criminal empire in the 20s and 30s and the slow decline throughout the late 20th century from the rise of the drug trade. This tour stops outside the tenements, cafes, restaurants, social clubs, funeral homes and even alleyways where it all happened. Tours start in front of Lanza’s restaurant, 168 First Ave., near E. 10th St. Fri. and Sat. at 6 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Cost is $35. For more information, call 855-NYGANGS or visit

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  1. Was there a bird walk today? When I arrived at 8.03 there was no one there (20St. at the entrance of Stuyvesant Cove), so I left. Is there a contact for the walk leader so that we may confirm each time?

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  13. Hello !
    Hope you are having a great day. My name is Debbie from Creative Dream Entertainment. I am a big participant of the Summer in the Square Event . This week at Summer in the Square, our special guest will be BATMAN!!! Can you please be so kind as to add onto the list Creative Dream Entertainment as one of the Summer in the Square vendors?
    Creative Dream Entertainment at Summer in the Square , Thursday, July 30th from 1pm-4pm near the Big Yellow Tent ! Arts & Crafts included!!! Can you please also add we will be at the event for the next two Thursday’s with a special Princess Guest for each week.
    Will keep you updated for the last 2 weeks of the event who will be appearing.

    Thank you, please confirm received,

    Have a wonderful evening,
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