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Hot Tickets: New York

February 24, 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 24 I Jack Dishel: Party of One  Jack Dishel is best known as a songwriter and musician, touring all over the world performing as Only Son and also playing lead guitar in The Moldy Peaches. This year he has literally exploded onto the comedy scene, doing a two month run of hour-long shows at the Sidewalk Cafe - without ever repeating material. It's sometimes hilarious, sometimes dark, but always interesting. Dishel has the unique ability to keep an audience engaged the entire time they're in a room. Whether speaking as one of his many characters or in his own voice, his ideas come through loud and clear. It's a fast hour. This show at the PIT marks a big step for Dishel - bringing the drunken night club insanity into a theater.  Let's see what happens

Saturday, February 25 I Evanescent in Concert  Last Licks Cafe in Huntington presents an evening with Folk/Blues duo Evanescent. Vocalist/Ukulelist Bliss Blood brought her band The Moonlighters to our stage last winter to rave reviews. We are proud to bring Bliss back with renown guitarist Al Street (Sugarman Three, Sweet Divines). They formed the band Evanescent to write original songs in the summer of 2010, and have since played numerous shows, released two albums and have had two songs featured in the NY indie film "Hello Lonesome." Their songs are erotic, sensual, stripped-down rhapsodies to longing, love, heartbreak, and secret desires, and tap into musical styles from across the sound spectrum, from flamenco to jazz to punk rock to North African music, anchored by Al Street's lyrical, virtuosic guitar, and Bliss Blood's dreamy, cinematic, and deeply amorous lyrics. Band member Bliss has been a vocalist and instrumentalist with many bands plays a variety of styles in New York City since 1995. Al Street is a master of style and of the guitar itself. He has played at the world's top festivals, and can be heard on the Major Motion Picture "American Gangster" soundtrack, as well as "Three Days of Rain" with Grammy winner Bob Belden. Al Street has traveled to Venezuela, Honduras, Peru and Syria as a U.S. Department of State Jazz Ambassador.

Saturday, February 25 I Sing Your Song  "Sing Your Song" is an up close look at a great American, Harry Belafonte. A patriot to the last and a champion for worldwide human rights, Belafonte is one of the truly heroic cultural and political figures of the past 60 years. Told from Harry's point of view, the film charts his life from a boy born in New York and raised in Jamaica, who returns to Harlem in his early teens where he discovers the American Negro Theater and the magic of performing. From there the film follows Belafonte's rise from the jazz and folk clubs of Greenwich Village and Harlem to his emergence as a star. However, even as a superstar, the life of a black man in 1960s America was far from easy and Belafonte was confronted with the same Jim Crow laws and prejudices that every other black man, woman and child in America was facing. Among other things, the film presents a brief look at the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of an insider, someone who despite his high profile, wasn't afraid to spend time in the trenches. From Harlem to Mississippi to Africa and South Central Los Angeles, Sing Your Song takes us on a journey through Harry Belafonte's life, work and most of all, his conscience, as it inspires us all to action!

Saturday, February 25 I UNHINGED - A Night of Queer Songwriters  Unhinged is a night featuring queer songwriters. New York City's best independent LGBTQ songwriters come together to perform their original works in an intimate acoustic format. The show features performances by Frightened Cellar, Jessica Kimple, Derek Bishop, Yasuhiko (Yaz) Fukuoka and Sammy Bravo.

Monday, February 27 I Knife Skills: Theory and Technique  The knife is your most important tool in the kitchen. Getting comfortable using your knives will make you faster and more efficient in the kitchen, your food look and taste better, and will make cooking at home more fun!  These are the tips and tricks that professional cooks learn in restaurant kitchen basements around the world.  Here is your chance to obtain these skills in a relaxed environment. In this hands-on class students will explore the knife techniques that form the basis of modern cooking. These are the cuts that inevitably come up in the preparation of a meal: peeling and dicing onions, shallots, and garlic; working with oblongs and cylinders: potatoes, carrots, etc.; dealing with unusual fruits and vegetables and how to approach herbs. In addition, instructors will cover topics such as knife maintenance, safety, honing, and sharpening, as well as the different types of knives and their uses.  Students are welcome to bring their own knives for discussion.

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

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