Friday, February 14
Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra JATA: Colombia & Peru
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
8 p.m., $20
Explores jazz as expressed by some of today's leading artists and composers from those countries now living in the United States. For over centuries, dissimilar cultures from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and other regions of the world have melded with the indigenous traditions of South America. The result, particularly in terms of music, is the presence of a wealth of diverse styles - many of them distinct hybrids that exist nowhere else.
Harlem River Valley Recreation Area
207th Street under the #1 train El
Walk over University Ave. Bridge and south along the Harlem River. Walk north over the George Washington Bridge into High Bridge Park. Bring Lunch. Hike leader: Cy Adler; firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, February 15
Gustafer Yellowgold's Valentine Ball
11 a.m., $15+
Don't miss this creative combination of catchy original songs performed by a live band, accompanying beautifully animated on-screen illustrations of a sun creature and his earthly friends.
Walking Tour of Harlem's Mount Morris Park
Meeting location announced to ticket holders
12:30-2:30 p.m., $25
walking tour through a Harlem enclave of gilded age brownstones. Special highlights include a visit to former New York Times publisher Arthur Hays Sulzberger's one time home AND an interior tour of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church, built as Temple Israel, completed in 1907 and designed by Arnold Bruner, NY's first native born Jewish architect.
The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St
8 p.m., $35+
Kidjo is acclaimed for her uplifting and dynamic music, a blend of tribal and pop rhythms of her West African heritage with zouk, rumba, jazz, and Latin, sung in English, French, Fon and Yorùbá. An agent of inspiration and change, Kidjo is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a tireless champion for women's health and girls' education in Africa.
Sunday, February 16
Presidents in Residence: February School Vacation Week
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West at 77 Street
10 ? 6 p.m., Free with museum admission
Families explore, learn, and compete together in these presidential family programs. Can you find George Washington's camp bed? Search for presidential clues on the whole-museum scavenger hunt. Create an election slogan to print onto your own election button. And take part in the family Abraham Lincoln quiz, with questions for children, teens, and adults. (Was he the first president to have a beard? What was the name of the theater where Lincoln was shot?). Prizes for participation and for winning. Ages 4 and up.
Monday, February 17
The History of Chocolate with American Heritage Chocolate
12-4 p.m., Free with museum admission
Chocolate was not always sold as a candy bar! See, smell, and taste colonial hot chocolate-watch as American Heritage Chocolate educators grinds cocoa beans, add spices like red pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon, and heat up hot chocolate to taste. Don't forget to get your own to bring home!
Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
12 p.m., Free
Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the U.K. at the newly-named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts and tears of New York area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers-at the time a television record. And just like that Beatlemania was upon us.
Tuesday, February 18
Arts on Screen - Jonathan Miller
2:30 p.m., Free
Selections from the 31st Montreal International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA). Series presented in collaboration with MUSE Film and Television and with the support of the Quebec Delegation in New York.
Wednesday, February 19
Perry Bard SVA Talk
136 West 21st Street, Room 418F
7 p.m., Free
Artist Perry Bard will discuss her work. The MFA Fine Arts Department reflects the diversity of New York's many art worlds. Together, the faculty and students form a community of established and emerging artists from many backgrounds who work across disciplines and modes of practice.
Food stamp applications for older adults
255 West End Avenue
10-3 p.m., Free
Nobody should go hungry in NYC. Alexis Greene, from the Council of Senior Centers and Services, will be at the Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center to help food stamp applicants.
Thursday, February 20
Life is a Cabaret
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza
6 p.m., Free
A performance of songs, performed by Carli Miller, Marcy Richardson, and Frank Basile, presented by Harwood Management Vocal Artists.