WOTBA New York Cultural Events Calendar, with Events for Lincoln's Birthday and Valentine's Day: February 9 - February 15, 2009

DOGS. Monday, February 9 and Tuesday, February 10. The 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show: Madison Square Garden, Seventh Ave at 32nd St. 8 am–11pm. $20–$145. Also on TV but you miss the smell of pretty dogs. USA & CNBC.

ART. Open Mondays. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue (at 89th St.) Currently on: The Third Mind: American Artists Contemplate Asia, 1860–1989. Through April 19, 2009. guggenheim.org.

JAZZ. Tuesday, February 10, 2009. Cassandra Wilson at the Blue Note. Tuesday through Sunday at 8 and 10:30 p.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, West Village, (212) 475-8592, bluenote.net; cover, $40 to $55.

FILM. Documentary Fortnight at MoMA begins. through Feb. 25, Museum of Modern Art Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters, (212) 708-9400, moma.org; $10.

MUSIC. Wednesday, February 11. One Fine Day: A Tribute to Camilla Williams. 7 p.m. NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. 515 Malcolm X Boulevard. City Opera's first Madame Butterfly and a favorite singer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 88-year-old will speak about her life and career in this tribute. $10. See detailed listing at NYPL website.

WALKING. Thursday, February 12 is the 200th anniversary of the birthday of Abraham Lincoln, born February 12, 1809. To celebrate, consult this post on Walking Off the Big Apple. Walk up Broadway, stop in the Corner Cafe, the spot of Mathew Brady's long-gone photo gallery at the corner with Bleecker, and then give a career-making speech at Cooper Union.

LITERARY. Friday, February 13. 7 p.m. Adam Gopnik, discussion and book signing for his new book, Angels and Ages, a comparison of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, both born February 12, 1809. Barnes & Noble, 97 Warren St. at Greenwich St. Tribeca.

CHOCOLATE. Saturday, February 14. Let's all stimulate the NYC economy by buying chocolate in great quantities for Valentine's Day. See this WOTBA list of fine chocolate stores.

MUSIC. Saturday, February 14. La Lanterna di Vittorio is a romantic cafe with a downstairs known as The Bar Next Door. Some hot music is going there many nights of the week in addition to the dining and a fireplace. So cozy. Check out the Valentines Day special events as well as themes of the other nights at http://lalanternacaffe.com/

MUSIC. Sunday, February 15. 12 p.m. Allen Toussaint. Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. Tickets: adults $30, children 12 and under $15. http://www.joespub.com

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple. You can always walk off the chocolate. Btw, I enjoyed watching the Grammy Awards last night, noting to add Adele's song "Chasing Pavements" to my flâneur's song list.

Notes: I'm updating the sidebar of this website with more lists of back posts and walks. Check it out. I also have provided links to Tribeca Film Institute's Reframe website and to Metrotwin, a site that "twins" places in London and New York. I contribute posts on these good sites also.


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