WOTBA New York Cultural Events Calendar for February 2-8, 2009, With News of Staten Island Chuck's Forecast

Our metropolitan groundhog, Staten Island Chuck, did not see his shadow this morning. Happy happy joy joy. Spring must be around the corner (but the corner looks to be full of snow, according to this week's forecast). Punxsutawney Phil, on the other hand, sleepy from the Pittsburgh Steelers party, did see his shadow. Never mind. We only care about Chuck.

Please forgive me for not walking much lately. It's been terribly cold. Fortunately, we had a thaw yesterday, and I roamed around the Charlton-King-Vandam Historic District on Sunday afternoon. While there, looking for a new themed walk to explore, I saw the light. Flickr WOTBA has a sneak preview. Details forthcoming.

WALKING. Monday might make a lovely day to explore the winter light cast upon the city's buildings. Or visit Staten Island where this morning Mayor Bloomberg greeted NYC's own groundhog, Staten Island Chuck.

MUSIC. Monday, February 2. Juilliard Jazz Orchestra with Terence Blanchard. 8 pm. Peter Jay Sharp Theater at the Juilliard School, 55 W 65th St. Free.

MUSIC. February 5, 6, 7. Jane Monheit. 8:30 pm Thurs and 8 p.m. Fri. & Sat.. Feinstein's at Loews Regency, 540 Park Avenue (at 61st Street).

LITERARY. Wednesday, February 4. Affliction Night. Jayne Anne Phillips + Sarah Manguso , with musical guest Daniel Knox and members of the Broadway Cast of HAIR. 7 pm. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St.

ART. Thursday, February 5. Check out Peter Doig 10am–6pm. Opened January 17 and continues through March 14. GBE (Gavin Brown's Enterprise), 620 Greenwich St.

FILM. Friday, February 6. Film Forum's 1930s film festival Breadlines & Champagne begins with I'm No Angel and Selected Short Subjects. A four-week festival of Depression era, pre-code movies. Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street.

FILM. February 6 - 19, 2009. FADED GLORY: Oscar Micheaux and Black Pre-War Cinema. Walter Reade Theater, Film Society of Lincoln Center, W. 65th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue.

ART. Saturday, February 7. Connections. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 521 W 26th St. Through March 28, 2009. Historic and contemporary artists that speak on topics of race, ethnicity, identity and gender in America. Includes work by Romare Bearden, Carrie Mae Weems, Jacob Lawrence, Lorna Simpson, George Tooker, Gordon Parks, and many more.

MUSIC. Saturday, February 7. Also Feb. 4 & 6. Cleveland Orchestra 8pm. Carnegie Hall, 57th St. & Fifth Avenue. From the old joke, everyone knows the directions, but the N, Q, R, or W stops right there.

FOOD. More than 150 area restaurants are extending Restaurant Week through February 27. Lunch $24.07; Dinner $35.00 See Open Table for details.

Image: Vandam and Varick, February 1, afternoon, by Walking Off the Big Apple. The light...like something I've seen before, maybe in a painting. Yes, of course.


Pascale said…
I was just thinking about the weather groundhogs, how funny ! Plus I will be in town during restaurant week, this is great :)

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