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Hobbits Invade Manhattan this Weekend

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This weekend is guaranteed to have something for everyone. Fashionistas can head over to the fabulous Vintage Clothing Show, comedy fans can see the improv show, The Next Hit Musical, and there is something for music fans playing everyday. But, really, this weekend belongs to Lord of the Rings fans with an event happening on all three days. If you have never been fortunate enough to see a movie at Radio City Music Hall, be sure to see The Fellowship of the Ring this Friday or Saturday on Radio City’s massive HD screen. The score will be played by a live orchestra, and it will be an experience you will never forget. We promise.

Friday, October 9

JRR Tolkien Original Manuscripts

Fordham’s Gerald M. Quinn Library; 113West 60th Street

The exhibit marks the first time that the literary manuscripts have been exhibited in New York City. Forty select items will be on display, including drawings and sketches, calendars of Middle-earth, linguistic notes about the author’s invented languages, Hobbit family genealogies, detailed time schemes and other plot notes, and examples of Tolkien’s finest calligraphy.


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Howard Shore’s Complete Score Performed Live to Film at Radio City Music Hall; 7:00pm

Howard Shore’s music for Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy won three Academy Awards, four Grammys, and three Golden Globes. Now, the music for the first film in the set is coming to New York’s Radio City Music Hall and will accompany the film on the great screen.

The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ludwig Wicki will welcome vocalist Kaitlyn Lusk with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and The Collegiate Chorale. The musicians and singers perform the film music live, set to the film’s images projected on a massive high-def screen (above). For tickets visit the Radio City Music Hall website or call Ticketmaster: (212) 307 4111.Howard Shore and Billy Boyd will be in attendance!


Manhattan Vintage Clothing and Antique Textile Show and Sale

movieFriday, October 9th – 1:00 PM TO 8:00 PM; Saturday, October 10th – 11:00 AM TO 6:00 PM; Metropolitan Pavilion ?125 West 18th Street. Admission $ 20.00.

If you love the craftsmanship of the past but still want to look trendy and fashion forward, the Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show has something for you. Some of the country’s best vintage shops come together under one roof to show off their best vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories. And it’s all for sale.

Bryant Park Fall Festival: Jazz at Lincoln Center

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.

Jazz at Lincoln Center, the world leader of jazz performance, education, and broadcast events for audiences of all ages, presents the Chris Byars Quartet, and the Dan Nimmer Trio, featuring the pianist from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.  Each concert begins at 6:00 p.m. and ends at approximately 7:30 p.m. The Festival stage is located in front of the Bryant Monument on the Upper Terrace where there are hundreds of chairs available. Seating opens on the Upper Terrace at 5:00 p.m. Tables, chairs, and picnics are also welcome on the Lawn. Bryant Park is located at 42nd Street at 6th Avenue. Call (212) 768-4242 for more information.


Amanda Blank and Devlin Darko at the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History

W 81st St between Central Park West and Columbus Ave; 9:00 pm; Admission $25

Amanda Blank is a Philadelphia performer whose well-styled debut album, I Love You, arrives next month on Downtown Records. Blank looks back fondly to the ’80s, with spare beats and a voice befitting her surname. Opening the set are Baltimore DJs Chris Devlin and Ronnie Darko.


Broadway’s Next Big Musical; at The Triad

158 W 72nd St between Columbus Ave and Broadway; 8pm

Improv comedians eschew the same old song and dance in favor of a brand-new song and dance, devised on the spot from audience suggestions. Admission is $15 plus two-drink minimum.


John Lennon: The New York City Years at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Annex NYC

76Mercer St (between Broome and Spring Sts)

An exhibit of John Lennon’s life in New York City—from artist to father. Many of the artifacts are from Yoko Ono’s personal collection and are on view for the first time ever. Tickets are required. Call 646-786-6680 for more information or visit www.rockannex.com.


“The Man Who Planted Trees” by Puppet State Theatre Company

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.

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The Man Who Planted Trees, by Scotland’s award-winning Puppet State Theatre Company, has been performed more than 800 times worldwide and is internationally lauded for having “the best dog puppet ever!” Presented as part of The New Victory Scottish Festival, The Man Who Planted Trees will run at The Duke on 42nd Street Theater from October 9 through October 11.

Based on the short story written in the 1950s by French novelist Jean Giono, The Man Who Planted Trees tells the tale of Dog, his quick-witted chum Jean, and a thoughtful shepherd who plants a forest, acorn by acorn, transforming a barren wasteland. Jean Giono said of his 1953 fable, “I wrote this story to make people love trees, or more precisely to make people love planting trees. Of all my stories this is one of the ones of which I am most proud.”

Using humor, unique staging techniques, and a storytelling structure that typifies the best of Scottish theater for young audiences; The Man Who Planted Trees has a strong, contemporary environmental message. “It’s more than a puppet show,” says Puppet State Theatre Company Artistic Director, Richard Medrington, “there’s storytelling and smells of the forest and the scent of lavender. It’s not what most people think a puppet show should be like.”

To purchase tickets for this show please contact The New Victory Theater or visit their box office (209 West 42nd Street), open Sunday and Monday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday through Saturday from 12 noon-7 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 for Members and $25 for non-Members. Call (646) 223-3010 for more information.


Christopher Columbus Block Party

Murray St between Broadway and Church St.


Saturday, October 10


The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Howard Shore’s Complete Score Performed Live to Film at Radio City Music Hall; 7:00pm

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Howard Shore’s music for Peter Jackson on The Lord of the Rings trilogy won three Academy Awards, four Grammys, and three Golden Globes. Now, the music for the first film in the set is coming to New York’s Radio City Music Hall and will accompany the film on the great screen.

The 21st Century Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Ludwig Wicki will welcome vocalist Kaitlyn Lusk with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and The Collegiate Chorale. The musicians and singers perform the film music live, set to the film’s images projected on a massive high-def screen (above). For tickets visit the Radio City Music Hall website or call Ticketmaster: (212) 307 4111. Howard Shore will be in attendance!


Billy Boyd with BEECAKE at Joe’s Pub; 11:59p.m.

beecakeActor and musician, Billy Boyd, who starred in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy as Peregrin “Pippin” Took and contributed to the soundtrack with his original song Steward of Gondor, embarks on a tour of the U.S. East Coast with his band Beecake October 6—11 in support of their new album Soul Swimming. Hear them in their New York debut! Fellowship of the Rings at Radio City ends at 10:50 pm so there is ample time to attend. For tickets, visit Joe’s Pub or call (212) 967-7555.

Monk at 92

World Financial Center Winter Garden; 5pm

Characterized by his improvisational style and elaborate compositions, Thelonious Monk was a herald of bebop and one of the most prolific innovators of jazz. This mini-marathon, part of an annual series which counts down to Monk’s 100th birthday, features several illustrious master pianists including Randy Weston, Armen Donelian, Elio Villafranca, Christopher O’Riley, Geri Allen and very special guest, South Africa’s Zim Ngqawana Quartet.


Madison Square Park Music; 3pm

In the last concert of the season, Tao Rodriquez-Seeger Band / Lindsay Mac will perform at this outdoor venue. Madison Square Park is at 23rd Street and Madison Avenue.


The Metropolitan Opera: The Met: Live in HD; 1pm

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The Metropolitan Opera brings the vitality of its live performances to a theater near you with The Met: Live in HD. The series, now in its fourth season, features nine live performances over the course of seven months. It kicks off with Tosca, Puccini’s classic tale of the thorny relationships between an opera singer, a police chief and a painter. Soprano Karita Mattila, recently seen in last season’s Live in HD presentation of Salome, sings the title role for the first time outside her native Finland. Luc Bondy, acclaimed for his imaginative theater and opera productions, directs. The cast also includes Marcelo Álvarez as Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as Scarpia. Joseph Colaneri conducts.

For tickets go to http://www.ncm.com/Fathom/Opera/MetLive09_10Series.aspx


Inwood Astronomy Programs

7:30 p.m.10:00 p.m.

stargazing_460x2851 Every Wednesday and Saturday during 2009 (weather permitting), Northern Manhattan Parks and the Inwood Astronomy Project will offer free star and planet gazing in Inwood Hill and Fort Tryon Parks.

Telescopes will be available for your use or bring your own. For more information and weather updates, visit the Inwood Astronomy Project. These free, family-friendly events aim to spread the joys of the evening sky, and help you to learn more about the nature of our Solar System and current happenings in Astronomy.

Astronomy programs are clear-sky dependent. Call the Inwood Astronomy Project Hotline for updates at (917) 529-2359. Please check times because schedules will change as the season progresses and days get shorter. Limited accessibility due to some lawn areas and steep paths.

Meet at the park entrance at Payson and Beak Streets. Leaders wait about 15 minutes for people before walking up. Attention latecomers: They will mark the path with white chalk every 20-30 feet along the way so you can find the group.


Avenue of the Americas Family Expo

Sixth Ave between 42nd and 56th Sts. 10am–6pm.


Broadway Street Festival

Broadway between 110th and 116th Sts. 10am–6pm.


3rd Avenue Bronx Fall Festival

Third Ave between 149th and 156th Sts. 11am–6pm.


West 4th Street Festival

W 4th St between Sixth Ave and University Pl and Sixth Ave. 11am–6pm.


Sunday, October 11


Behind the Music of the Lord of the Rings Films 10:00a.m. to 2:00p.m.

For all Lord of the Rings fans who went to Radio City Music Hall but still haven’t had enough, there will be quizzes, contests and giveaways. Also see the premiere of Elizabeth Cotnoir’s Journey’s End (with intro). David Salo will speak about the choral texts from LOTR. Howard Shore and Doug Adams will discuss the music.

This Free event takes place at the Angel Orensanz Foundation, 172 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002-1602. Call?(212) 529-7194 for more information.


Autumn Tai Chi

11:15 a.m.12:30 p.m.

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The Fort Tryon Park Trust and the Parks Department are sponsoring a free Autumn Tai Chi Program. Each class will stand-alone but if you attend multiple classes you will get more movement and a greater understanding of the art. Dress in comfortable layers.

Instructor Robert Mahoney has studied tai chi and other martial arts at The American Center for Chinese Studies (Kungfu.org) for 14 years. He is a scientist by trade and works in Cancer Research. Robert, who is volunteering his time, says, “I have recently moved to Inwood and have fallen in love with Northern Manhattan. I would enjoy the opportunity to share what I have learned about this beautiful art to the people of Northern Manhattan.

Meet on Linden Terrace in Fort Tryon Park. Enter the park from Margaret Corbin Circle at the southern entrance to the park where Cabrini Boulevard and Fort Washington Avenue converge.


Eighth Avenue Autumn Festival

Eighth Ave between 42nd and 57th Sts. 10am–6pm.


Broadway Festival

Broadway between 86th to 90th Streets


Symphony Space Broadway Festival

Broadway between 90th to 96th Streets


Monday October 12


65th Annual Columbus Day Parade; 11:30 to 3pm

Fifth Ave from 44th St to 79th St (columbuscitizensfd.org).

marchersOn October 12, Fifth Avenue will be transformed during the Columbus Day Parade, the world’s largest celebration of Italian-American culture, with 35,000 marchers, over 100 bands, floats and contingents and nearly one million spectators. The parade celebrates the spirit of exploration and courage that inspired Christopher Columbus’s 1492 expedition and the important contributions Italian-Americans have made to the United States. Over a dozen high school bands, as well as virtuosi professional groups from the United States and Italy, will make the march up Fifth Avenue and fill the canyons of midtown with joyous, heart-pounding music. Traditional folk groups will perform centuries-old dances, and cutting-edge designs will be brought to the parade route in displays of the vibrant culture that is Italy today.

Columbus Day Festival

Broadway between Liberty Street and Battery Place, Whitehall Street between Stone and Water Streets

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