Summer weekends seem to be dwindling to a close,as Labor Day,the unofficial official end to the summer creeps up on us fast.
A few great new,and old New York things to do.
One of the reasons I love New York so much,is that there is a vibrant community of artists,visual,musical and just all around great people.Rarely does a day go by when you can’t find something going on that interests you or might interest you.
My top three picks for things to do this weekend,two involve music,well actually all three do,even if one does in a somewhat round about way.
Friday : At the Triad Theatre ,Wade Preston : Piano,Microphone,Audience. In Wade’s own words :
“Wade Preston’s PIANO, MICROPHONE, AUDIENCE! 70 – 80 minute solo performance $20 at door plus two drink minimum, no food. Reservations can be made at www.triadnyc.com or over the phone, (212) 362-2590.
Expect to hear not just some Billy Joel, but the ongoing unexpected variety of all kinds of music, as well as some very serious boogie piano. This is my debut at the Triad, so if you can, please, come on down!”
Wade was part of the musical Movin’ Out -he WAS the Piano Man.He is fabulous-for more on him check out www.wadepreston.com and here’s a recent clip from a show he did a month ago in Chelsea.
(full disclosure this is a performer that I know,and whose talent I especially respect as a result of my what seems like far away training as a classical pianist)
If you are a jazz lover and you have NOT been to one of Marjorie Eliot’s parlor concerts -you MUST go. A quiet Sunday afternoon of Jazz,a return to old musical traditions of hosting concerts and recitals at home-in an age where many things are over produced/staged-its a delight. A remarkable woman,and story-she started doing this concerts,as a way to deal with the grief of losing a son,on a Sunday over a decade ago. She has these concerts every Sunday afternoon between 4-6PM more info at : http://www.harlemonestop.com/organization.php?id=84 .BUT once a year,she co-hosts an outdoor concert at the Morris-Jumel Mansion,which is across the street from her home on Edgecomb Avenue.The concert is from 2P-6P.Head up there for the concert on Saturday ,or any Sunday ,and explore some of what Harlem has to offer along the way-well worth the trip !
ALSO on Saturday- the third and final “Summer Streets”,where Park Avenue is closed to vehicular traffic from 72nd Street down to Brooklyn Bridge-hop on your bike,or just wander down or up the Avenue,for a different,but uniquely New York experience (including dumpster pools !)
Have a fabulous weekend !!!!