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"Grand Central Centennial Quilts"

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Last spring, American Patchwork & Quilting magazine teamed up with local store the City Quilter to host a national contest for blankets inspired by the 100-year-old terminal. The grand prize, first- and second- place winners, and 27 finalists in this display draw from the building’s design

  1. New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex Grand Central Terminal, E 42nd St, between Lexington and Vanderbilt Aves
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sun Jul 6
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Nas

  • Price band: 3/4
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The Tribeca Film Festival kicks off at Beacon Theatre with a screening of Time Is Illmatic, a new documentary about Queens hip-hop star Nas's seminal debut. But that's not all—the iconic rapper will take the stage after the screening to perform Illmatic in its entirety.

  1. Beacon Theatre 2124 Broadway, at 74th St
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Lucie Arnaz: Spring Is Here

  • Price band: 3/4
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Showbiz scion and occasional Broadway broad Lucie Arnaz (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) makes her Café Carlyle debut with a verdant collection of standards.

  1. Café Carlyle (in the Carlyle Hotel) 35 E 76th St, at Madison Ave
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sat Apr 19
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Lonnie Holley

  • Price band: 1/4
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Visionary Alabama folk artist and arrestingly lucid songsmith Lonnie Holley brings his timeless, transporting tunes to town for a trio of gigs.

  1. Studio Museum in Harlem 144 W 125th St, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd (Seventh Ave) and Malcolm X Blvd (Lenox Ave), 10027
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sat Apr 19
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Holly Golightly

  • Price band: 2/4
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English roots-punk doyenne Holly Golightly is a favorite of Jack White (she appeared on Elephant) and shares his appreciation for dirty, earthy recordings. All Her Fault, her latest LP with the Brokeoffs—really just one guy named Lawyer Dave—delivers plenty of her patented twangy sonics and

  1. Mercury Lounge 217 E Houston St, between Essex and Ludlow Sts, 10002
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Mon Apr 21
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The Del McCoury Band

  • Price band: 3/4
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A prominent foil to the great Bill Monroe, guitarist-banjoist Del McCoury is a crucial figure in traditional bluegrass. His most recent albums have featured all the fast and furious hee-haw stomp he's been known for since the '60s—and let us not overlook his half-whined croon. McCoury might be a

  1. City Winery 155 Varick St, at Vandam St
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Thu Apr 17
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FKA Twigs

  • Price band: 2/4
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When considering London singer-songwriter FKA Twigs (real name: Tahlia Barnett), one word immediately comes to mind: spellbinding. Whether it’s her creeping, sensual songs; the subtly discomfiting visuals accompanying them; or the languid, undulating onstage motion of the doe-eyed artist, a

  1. The Westway 75 Clarkson St, between Washington and West Sts
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Thu Apr 17
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William Tyler + Trummors

  • Price band: 1/4
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Nashville's William Tyler plays rambling guitar instrumentals that come off as both rustic and mystical. Last year, Tyler issued his first Merge LP, Impossible Truth, which reconciled the spheres of John Fahey and Bill Frisell; here, he's gigging behind a new 12-inch EP, Lost Colony.

  1. Union Pool 484 Union Ave, at Meeker Ave, 11211
  2. Wed Apr 16
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Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway: Sibling Revelry

  • Price band: 3/4
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Liz and Ann Hampton Callaway—the former a sunny-voiced Broadway belter, the latter a duskier-toned swinger—reprise their popular sisterly set.

  1. 54 Below 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10019
  2. Wed Apr 16 - Sat Apr 19
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Riverside

  • Price band: 2/4
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Jazz can make you do lots of things: think, marvel, want to improve on your instrument. But it can also make you feel good, and that’s what Riverside—the quartet of trumpeter Dave Douglas, tenor saxophonist Chet Doxas, electric-bassist Steve Swallow and Chet’s brother Jim on

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Wed Apr 16
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