Want to stay focused, happy, and productive? My advice is to not twitter too much, concentrate on lengthier tasks, ignore at least some of the articles on the terrible economy, think like a philosopher, take long walks and eat your vegetables. I learned this the hard way last week by not heeding my own advice.
• FILM. Monday, March 9. Announcement of the feature films in this year's Tribeca Film Festival, April 22-May 3. Here's the lineup from IndieWire. Also, an additional announcement is expected Wednesday.
• OFF-BROADWAY. Did you read Frank Rich's essay on Sunday? A must! See Some Things Don't Change in Grover's Corners. Get tickets to Our Town at the Barrow Street Theatre, 27 Barrow Street.
• MARCH MADNESS. Big East, baby! March 10 – March 14, 2009. Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza at 32nd St. Go Cards!
• EXERCISE AND MEDIEVALISM. Tuesday, March 10. 7:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. Fitness Walking Program in Fort Tryon Park. Year-round. Free but registration is required. What a great way to start the day. Then hang out for an hour until The Cloisters opens at 9:30 a.m. See NYC Parks site for more info.
• MISSING PLUTO. Tuesday, March 10. Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: From Planets to Plutoids – Our New Solar System. 7:30 p.m. LeFrak Theater, first floor (Enter at 77th St). American Museum of Natural History. $15 adults ($13.50 Members, students, seniors) Moderator Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, and his panel debate the system.
• MUSIC. Tuesday, March 10. Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 8pm Carnegie Hall 154 W 57th St. Pierre Boulez leads Stravinsky's Symphony in Three Movements and Four Studies for Orchestra, Elliott 's Carter's Réflexions (NY Premiere), and VARÈSE! -Ionisation and Amériques. For more on VARÈSE, see this item from WOTBA.
• MUSIC. Wednesday, March 11. Big R.E.M. Tribute at Carnegie Hall. 20 artists (Kimya Dawson, Jolie Holland, Patti Smith, Darius Rucker, the Feelies, Bob Mould, Guster, Vic Chesnutt and Elf Power, Dar Williams, Marshall Crenshaw, Ingrid Michaelson and others), each performing R.E.M. At 8 p.m., Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall, remtribute.com; $38 to $125.
• BOOKS. Thursday, March 12 . Brad Gooch, 7 p.m. Church of St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson St (at Grove St). Tickets: Free. Gooch reads from his new biography of author Flannery O’Connor. See more on Flannery's NYC days on WOTBA.
• MUSIC. Friday, March 13. Jerry Jeff Walker Band. 8pm. B.B. King Blues Club & Grill 237 W 42nd St. Also Saturday.
• MULTI-MEDIA. Sunday, March 15. Opening of The Danube Exodus: The Rippling Currents of the River—by Péter Forgács and The Labyrinth Project. The Jewish Museum. Link to page on museum site. 11:00 am - 5:45 pm.
Image: Where to stock up on chocolate and other candy before performances at City Center and Carnegie Hall. Myzels, 140 West 55 St.