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Martin Hayes - St. Patrick's Day


Forget the cloying confection of Celtic Woman or the puréed folk balladry of the High Kings, two Irish imports calculated to appease the pledge-drive hunger of U.S. public television stations. If you're seeking something genuinely special in your Irish musical diet this St. Patrick's Day, look no further than the fiddling of Martin Hayes.
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"For me, the genius of Irish traditional music is in the music. It endures in appeal because of melodic structure, which can be very powerful and even hypnotic."
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"I think a big problem in Irish music today is a disconnect with its dance origins," he said. "If I play a reel slowly, I'm still playing it with the syncopation of set dancing in Clare. Those set-dancer rhythms echo in my head. When I play gently and reflectively, it's not about eliminating the dance. It's about reducing its ratio to the melody."

"Fearlessness and Fidelity Mark This Irish Fiddler's Art," by Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal, March 13, 2008

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Posted March 16, 2008 12:47 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBack (0)


Relatives ... St. Patrick's Day

Relatives

2nd uncle is my late cousin Herbert Chew's father ... Angeline's father is my 5th uncle ... I saw him in Ipoh ... he was recuperating in the hospital from surgery ... luckily, he has a very good Indonesian maid to watch over him 24 hours ... Grace's father is my 9th uncle-in-law ... he is 91 years old ... frail in physical health but very alert in mental health ... he was able to carry-on a good conversation with me in English .... very remearkable, I assumed he was happy to see me again after 40 years ... Grace's mother was my mother's 9th sister (9th Auntie) ...

The Traditional Chinese Family & Lineage - David K. Jordan, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, UCSD

Erin-go-bragh

very wet and snowy day for the Irish ...

St. Patrick - The Catholic Encyclopedia at New Advent

Cathedral of Saint Patrick, on Fifth Avenue between 50th and 51st Streets

St. Patrick's Day in New York City - Newyorkology

2007 New York City Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Saint Patrick's Day - Wikipedia

St. Patrick's Day is so huge in New York City that it takes a whole month to celebrate it, so March is St. Patrick's month in New York. Keep checking this space to help you plan your St. Patrick's Day (& month) activities... - slainte, Murph

The Ultimate St. Patrick's Month Listings - March 2007 - MurphGuide

XM Green - Irish music this weekend on XM 200 (free online trial)

Posted March 17, 2007 07:47 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Ethnic , Holidays & Festivals , Notes to a Friend   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Happy Chinese New Year - Gung Hay Fat Choy!

The Chinese Year of the Pig / Boar starts February 18, 2007, and will be kicked off at 11 am with the Firecracker Ceremony at Chatham Square. The Lunar New Year Fireworks Spectacular, presented by the Chinatown Partnership, will start at 7:00 pm in Columbus Park in Chinatown (Mulberry Street between Worth and Bayard Streets).




Photo courtesy of Explore Chinatown


The 8th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, presented by the Better Chinatown Society, will take place on Sunday, February 25, 2007, starting at 1:00 pm. It will run from Mott and Hester Sreets, down Mott Street to East Broadway, then travel along Allen and Grand Street, and finish at Chrystie and Canal Streets. (pdf map here) Calendar here.






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Posted February 17, 2007 11:27 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Chinatown , Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

3rd Annual Tiger Beer Singapore Chili Crab Festival

The 3rd Annual Singapore Chili Crab Festival, Sunday, August 6th, 2006, DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn, 66 Water Street (between Dock and Main Streets), 12 - 6pm. (rain or shine) ... a sensational experience for all ages in DUMBO's summery outdoors ...

From Tiger Beer:

We will once again take over the Brooklyn waterfront and give it the vibrancy and excitement of a massive Singaporean Street fair.

In addition to chili crabs, other authentic Asian delectables will be available. Entertainment will include live band performances, souvenir vendors, children's street entertainment, massage therapy, traditional lion dancers, pedicab rides and kickboxers from Gleason’s Gym.

The admission is FREE to all with charges for food and beverages from 12 noon to 6 pm, outside Water Street Restaurant & Lounge at 66 Water Street (between Dock and Main Streets).

The location is accessible by the A & C trains to High Street; the F train to York Street; and the #2 train to Clark Street. By car, festival goers should take Old Fulton Street to Front Street to Main and Water streets.

Water Taxi service will be available to festival attendees. The service will be available from South Street Seaport to Fulton Landing from 12 Noon to 6 pm.

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Subway interactive map | schedules | HopStop: A train to High Street, F train to York Street, 1 or 2 train to Clark Street

Posted July 29, 2006 08:37 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

28th Annual Free Museum Mile - FREE

Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 13, 2006, from 5:45 - 9:00 pm - the 28th Annual Museum Mile Festival ... FREE

all the museums along Fifth Avenue will throw open their doors to the public for free, the Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic, there will be world music every few blocks, crayon drawing for children on the avenue, etc.

I will head to the Cooper-Hewitt for their show of Hudson River School paintings and the National Academy for the American Art contemporary show.

Participating Museums along Fifth Avenue

Post by Peter

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Posted June 11, 2006 10:07 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Art , Central Park , Holidays & Festivals , Museums , Museums and Art , The Best , Tips   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Summer on the Hudson - lots of free fun

FREE

Summer on the Hudson is gearing up for its 6th season of free cultural and recreational events in Riverside Park South. This summer we have a great line-up of world class musicians for Acoustic Sundays, river themed movies for Movies Under the Stars, special all-day events, including the 1st Annual Main Squeeze Accordion Festival on July 8th, plenty of activities and events for kids, including Mamapalooza on May 21st, plus, yoga, pilates and kayaking.

Summer on the Hudson

Saturday, June 10, 2006, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: The Rail Yard History of Riverside Park South, Riverside Park South - Pier I @ 70th Street

Saturday, July 8, 2006, 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm: 1st Annual NYC Main Squeeze Accordion Festival

Sunday, July 9, 2006, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm: Acoustic Sundays - Metropolitan Klezmer

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars - On the Waterfront

Wednesday, July 26, 2006, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm: Movies Under the Stars - The African Queen

AGINY Recommended

Posted May 9, 2006 09:57 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  AGINY Good Value , Holidays & Festivals , Music , Riverside Park , Sights & Sounds   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Happy Halloween

another haunted house in my zip-code ... East 74th Street, 10021 ...

haunted house on East 74th Street, 10021

Peter at haunted house


Posted October 31, 2005 11:17 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

"Instant Period Costumes"

A trade secret from professional costume designers: throw out your sewing kit. The way to make quick and dirty costumes is to scrounge for old clothes, cut them up creatively with your scissors, and then instantly reassemble the pieces using a hot glue gun. No measuring, no patterns, no threads.

"Instant Period Costumes," by Kevin Kelly, Cool Tools, October 29, 2005

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Posted October 29, 2005 01:13 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Haunted House

the white long ghost in front of the door at the most haunted house in my zip-code

the most haunted house in my zip-code


Oh yes, I was very spooked last Monday walking past this street from Sothebys! ... the most haunted house in my zip-code ... 332 East 69th Street, 10021 ... I saw the white long ghost in front of the door and my hair stood on ends! Meow!!!! ... did a double take to assure myself that it was not for real ... it's Halloween ... creepy, creepy spooky ghosts are all over this universe ... my two huge cats will protect me from all the flying ghosts ...

Posted October 28, 2005 06:30 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

3rd Annual West Side County Fair - Sunday, September 18, 2005

Third Annual West Side County Fair ... Sunday, September 18, 2005, 2:00 - 6:00 pm, Riverside Park, 62nd to 72nd Street

Summer on the Hudson @ Riverside Park South presents the 3rd Annual West Side County Fair. Celebrate the change of season at Riverside Park South. Enjoy carnival rides like the Ferris Wheel and the Pirate Ship, the Moonbounce and the Bungee Run for the kids, funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy and country cooking. There will be pony rides, a petting zoo, strolling performers, a face painter, games, music and dancing. Some of the featured bands will be The Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band, The Muskrat Dixieland Trio, The Maybelles and many more. Vendors offering everything from soap and jewelry to pies and cider will be selling their wares. There is so much to see and do, we hope you will join us! And it's all free (except for food and vendor purchases). Weather permitting. For more information about this and other Riverside Park South events, please call 212-408-0219

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Posted September 16, 2005 04:22 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Festival of San Gennaro - September 15-25, 2005

The 78th Annual Feast of San Gennaro, New York City's oldest, biggest and best street festival, will be celebrated starting Thursday, September 15, and continuing for 11 days through Sunday, September 25, 2005.


The Feast runs along Mulberry Street, between Canal Street (on south) and Houston Street (on north). It takes place east to west on Grand Street, between Mott and Baxter Street, and east to west on Hester Street, between Mott and Baxter Streets.

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Posted September 15, 2005 08:04 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

If you're in town Labor Day weekend ...

If you're in the Big Apple over Labor Day weekend, here are some sites to check for things to do ...

Posted September 2, 2005 09:00 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

The New Yorker Festival - September 23-25, 2005

The New Yorker Festival returns for its sixth year, from September 23rd through September 25th, in a celebratory weekend of public discourse on arts and ideas. The three-day schedule of events encompasses readings, musical performances, interviews, debates, and excursions around New York City.

Ticket on sale August 25th.

More info

Posted August 22, 2005 11:35 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

6th Annual Blues BBQ & Fireworks Festival - August 28

The 6th Annual Blues BBQ & Fireworks Festival will take place at Pier 54 on August 28, from 2 - 9 pm ... music ... food ... fireworks ... sponsored by Hudson River Park

Featuring Kenny Neal & Billy Branch, Corey Harris, Guitar Shorty, Candye Kane and Hubert Sumlin. While you enjoy the music, amazing local BBQ restaurants sell their specialties, followed by a spectacular fireworks display. Enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of this premier Hudson River Park event.

Pier 54 is located on West Side Highway at approximately 13th Street

Subway map | interactive map | schedules | HopStop: A, C, and E trains, 14th Street station; L train, 8th Avenue station

Posted August 11, 2005 11:18 AM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (2)

2nd Annual Singapore Chili Crab Festival

The 2nd Annual Singapore Chili Crab Festival, Sunday, August 7th, 2005, DUMBO (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass), Brooklyn, 66 Water Street (between Dock and Main Streets), 12 - 6pm. (rain or shine) ... a sensational experience for all ages in DUMBO's summery outdoors ...

enjoy Singapore chili crabs and other specialities prepared by The Global Culinary Society of the Culinary Institute of America ... free admission (you pay for food and beverages) ...

limited free transportation from South Street Seaport by NY Water Taxi ... or take a leisurely stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge ... the walkway feeds into Washington Street, then walk north toward the East River on Washington Street to the Festival ... www.tigerbeer.us/newyork or www.waterstreetrestaurant.com

From Tiger Beer

In addition to chili crabs, other Southeast Asian flavors including Beef Rendang, deep fried Beef Wontons, and Singapore Satay (bite-sized skewered meat) will be available. Entertainment will include live band performances, souvenir vendors, children's street entertainment and petting zoo, caricaturists, face painters, massage therapy, traditional lion dancers, East-West horoscope readings by Madame Tiger and kickboxers from Gleason’s Gym.

Subway interactive map | schedules | HopStop: A train to High Street, F train to York Street, 1 or 2 train to Clark Street

Posted July 30, 2005 03:37 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Brooklyn , Ethnic , Holidays & Festivals , Restaurants , Seafood , Tips   ·  Comments (1)   ·  TrackBacks (0)

Independence Day 2005

Macy's 4th of July fireworks
Enjoy!

Posted July 3, 2005 09:16 PM  ·  Permalink   ·  Holidays & Festivals , July 4th   ·  Comments (0)   ·  TrackBacks (0)