Situated in Greenwich Village, the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is one of the city’s most prominent cultural beacons. Since its inception in 2003, this center has hosted a plethora of cultural and performing arts events for the viewing pleasure of Manhattan urbanites. The establishment is lauded for its comfortable seating, well-tuned acoustics, and excellent view of the stage. The Skirball Center is also celebrated for its proactive involvement in the local community, scouting out local talent and helping them to hone their skills on stage. The main theater lobby has hosted many a social event in tandem with theatrical openings, visiting troupes, and seasonal holidays.
Baba Restaurant is a multi-award-winning sushi restaurant that offers exciting food and a cozy but energetic atmosphere. The winner of the 2012 and 2008 Worcester's Best Chef People's Choice, Best Asian Chef 2010, and other distinguished awards, Baba is “raising sushi to an art form.” Chef Wilson Wang even won 2nd place in the Iron Chef Judges’ Choice competition. All the hoopla is about the food served at Baba’s. Here’s one more bragging point: Baba won 9th place among 600 Asian Restaurants! It’s well-advised to call and make a reservation because the word is out about the amazing food served at Baba Sushi.
Classical favorites and the premiere of modern compositions fly from the fingers of acclaimed pianist Jenny Q Chai, who scooped first prize for solo contemporary piano at last year’s Keys to the Future festival. At Carnegie Hall, she'll revisit the Ligeti étude that carried her to victory in a performance the New York Times acclaimed for its “rich tone and rhythmic clarity.”
The majestic opera house of The Hammerstein erupts in an aural fireworks and visual bombast as beloved indie dance-punk duo Matt and Kim rings in the New Year with a exhilarating set of high-energy party anthems. With Kim’s frenetic drum pounding and Matt’s propulsive keyboarding, the continually skyrocketing DIY architects of pop have scored a devoted following and their own line of sneakers with hits such as the gold single “Daylight” and the MTV Breakthrough Award–winning track “Lessons Learned,” which taught countless people not to leave mayonnaise in the sun. With a brisk sound that sends hip-hop through art school and makes twee pop do pushups, along with dazzling lights and costume changes, Matt and Kim’s athletic set starts the New Year off better than coffee brewed in a disco ball. Starting the show, fellow party instigators Super Mash Bros. blend the hits of the ‘90s with modern rap anthems into sonic smoothies, and psychedelic electronic magicians Body Language get crowds moving with bundles of boogie-inducing dynamite.