Before the listings, a bit of news. File this item under "something to keep in mind later." News reports indicate that the planned streetscaping of Broadway from Herald Square to Times Square may force the Macy's Thanksgiving Day route to take a different route from its historic path this coming fall. (See NYT article, "Change the Parade Route? Can They Even Do That?"). Like Sixth Avenue or something. In related New York pedestrian news, MTA has authorized its "Doomsday Budget," allowing for rate hikes on subways and buses. Add in the news of the general decline of the automobile industry, well, the result may be that we'll be walking more. This is good for WOTBA. Strolling is in your future.
• HOW THE WEST WAS OTHERED. Monday, March 30. Into the Sunset: Photography's Image of the American West. Museum of Modern Art. I plan to see the new photography exhibit at MoMA soon, although as a westerner myself (Texas) and a student of photography of the West, I will probably get riled up about the representations. Maybe not. Expect a review. Through June 8.
• FREE FAMOUS JAZZ SINGER LUNCH. Tuesday, March 31. Diana Krall gives a free concert at 1 p.m. at the Winter Garden at the World Financial Center in celebration of her new album, Quiet Nights. I can't find ANY excuse not to go this, unless someone was putting on an Olympics for the unemployed in the East Village. Serious. Did I mention the 32-piece orchestra? Maybe Elvis will be lurking in the corner. (ed. note: See review of concert here.)
• FREE VARESE MUSIC LATER. Tuesday, March 31. 8 p.m. Juilliard Percussion Ensemble. Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) 1941 Broadway, at 65th St. Daniel Druckman conducts Varèse’s Ionisation. Learn more about the crazy sounds coming from Varèse’s Village basement.
• FAX MACHINE TOSS. 2009. Tuesday, March 31. Unemployment Olympics! Tompkins Square Park, East Village, baseball diamond at 10th and A. 1:30 p.m. Games: Fax machine toss, "You're Fired!" race, and Pin the Blame on the Bosses. Only those unemployed are eligible for the competition. See child-like website for more information. Uh-oh. Same time as the Diana Krall concert, and this looks promising.
• FOOLS. Wednesday, April 1. Don't believe anything anyone tells you today.
• GOURDS MUSIC. Wednesday, April 1. 7:30 p.m. The Gourds, Super Satellite, Ethan Azarian. Mercury Lounge, 217 E. Houston St. Adv. tickets $15, otherwise $17.
• PSYCHEDELIC VISIONARY ARCHITECTURE PAINTINGS OF OUR DREAMS AND DISCONTENT. Thursday, April 2. Paintings by Michael van den Besselaar. Nostalgic About The Future. April 2, 2009- May 9, 2009. Reception: April 2, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm., Black & White Gallery, 636 W 28th St.
• WELSH-BORN SINGER-SONGWRITING IN CHELSEA. Judith Owen: Mopping Up Karma. Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. Thursday-Saturday 9:45 p.m. $25 plus two-drinks. "Shine" is a nice song.
• SLACKER AUSTIN MOVIE. Friday, April 3. Film Society of Lincoln Center's Series: New Directors/New Films 2009. Fri Apr 3: 6:15 (at MoMA). Also Sunday, April 5 at 4 p.m.(at FSLC) Bob Byington's Harmony and Me, screening with short, It’s All in the Fingers by Kei Ishikawa, Poland/Japan, 2009. I have tickets already. I know Bob from my Austin dayz.
• TELL ME HOW YOU'RE FEELING TV. Sunday, April 5. In Treatment returns for a new season of sexy repressed feelings on HBO.
Image: Macy's, near Herald Square, with daffodils, from April 2008.