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Hot Tickets: New York

February 17, 2012 9:00 AM

Here are this week's Hot Tickets in the New York area. Check back every Friday at noon, EST for stellar events that fit the interests of locals and tourists alike.

TONIGHT! Friday, February 17 I CJ CHENIER & THE RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND  CJ Chenier, son of the late Clifton Chenier ~ "King of Zydeco" ~ is a living legacy, having joined his father's Red Hot Louisiana Band in 1978, then leading it before Clifton's passing in 1987. Long since dubbed "the crown prince of Zydeco," this is one prince that has more than earned his title. His commanding personality & strong voice combine with his great accordion playing to kindle the dancing spirit of zydeco wherever he performs. Zydeco does not only survive, it spawns new life in those who venture to experience Chenier's shows. This is the Town Crier Cafe's annual Mardi Gras celebration. Creole dishes will be available.

TONIGHT! Friday, February 17 I EPIC WIN Burlesque presents... The Spoken Nerd: Geeky Stories by Dorky People  EPIC WIN Burlesque presents an evening of story tellers sharing true tales from real nerds! "The Spoken Nerd" is a celebration of the great and noble art form of story telling, but from a very geeky point-of-view. Each show has a theme and each invited guest story teller shares a true and personal story based on that theme. Sometimes the stories are funny, sometimes they're not. Sometimes the stories are serious, sometimes they're not. However, they are always explorations of the human condition immersed in tons of pop-culture. Both theatrical and intimate "The Spoken Nerd" strives to give a voice to the comic book/gamer/sci fi/science dork in all of us. But more than than just stories, every show will have non-story artists! Magicians, practical science demonstrations, sideshow artists, string theory lectures, jugglers and Nerd Core Hip Hop will share the stage from time to time. And all of this will come together in an epic nerd stew of awesome.

Saturday, February 18 I Ma Sarap Underground Dinner Series - Event #3  The Ma Sarap Underground Dinner Series presents - "Getting Modieval On Your Ass" - celebrating the 16th century adoption of Leap Year.  Warm-ups begins at 7 pm courtesy of a scrumptious cocktail hour hosted by the lovely Sari S. Survive. That, and you'll face five inventive courses where featured chefs (The Almost Brothers) add modern twists to dishes inspired by the carnal feasts that were emblematic of the Ancient Roman era. Sorry, omnivores need only apply.

Sunday, February 19 I MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. - An Historical Tribute  YTI's Intimate Realities Drama Company Presents "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.- A Historical Tribute From Montgomery to Memphis" featuring the speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Narration written and directed by Paul Kwame Johnson. This exciting cast portrays Dr. King's journey as the leader of the Civil Rights Movement in America from 1955 until the time of his death in 1968. What makes this performance so unique is that it is performed by youth who were all born between 25 and 30 years after his death and yet who have an incredible grasp of Dr. King's life. It is also performed by seniors who lived through the civil rights period. This marvelous intergenerational show is a powerful and moving portrait of Dr. King's life featuring speeches known and speeches less widely known by the general public along with moving songs of the civil rights movement. Ideal for all ages.

Tuesday, February 21 I The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque - One Year Anniversary Show!  The Pink Room: David Lynch Burlesque proudly presents - "Lost Highway Burlesque." In 2011, Franny Fluffer took the burlesque world by storm with David Lynch Burlesque, a tribute and satire of the works of this award-winning director, artist and musician. After a year of exploring many Lynchian themes including "Blue Velvet," "Wild at Heart," "Mulholland Drive" and "Fire Walk With Me," The Pink Room Burlesque celebrates it's one year anniversary with "Lost Highway Burlesque." The Pink Room's specialty cocktails will be served all night and "Lost Highway" will be played on the screens in the front lounge.

Know of any other events happening in the New York area this week? Post them in the comments section.

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