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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. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Jul 6
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New York's Alright 2014

  • Price band: 1/4
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The folks behind crucial hardcore blog I Could Die Tomorrow curate a four-day multivenue blowout, featuring fast and furious punk from all over the U.S., as well as bands from Sweden, Japan and Canada. No starry names here—just pure underground goodness. For the full rundown, including info on

  1. The Wick 260 Meserole St, between Bushwick Pl and Waterbury St, 11206
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Apr 20
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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. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Apr 19
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Playing for Jim Hall

  • Price band: 2/4
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Magisterial guitarist Jim Hall, who died in December, had virtually no peers when it came to mixing improvisational finesse, harmonic sophistication and abundant heart. No imitation at these tribute gigs, then; just a number of friends and collaborators paying their respects by being themselves.

  1. Blue Note 131 W 3rd St, at Sixth Ave
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Apr 20
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Lucian Ban with Mat Maneri and Tony Malaby

  • Price band: 2/4
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Progressive-jazz mainstays Lucian Ban (piano) and Mat Maneri (viola)—heard on a spare yet impassioned 2013 duo release, Transylvanian Concert—resume their collaboration here, as part of a bill that also features duets between Ban and saxist Tony Malaby, and performances with all three musicians.

  1. Greenwich House Music School 46 Barrow St, between Bedford and Bleecker Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Dr. Lonnie Smith

  • Price band: 2/4
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Dr. Lonnie Smith was one of Blue Note Records’ premier organists in the ’60s; he recently updated his repertoire with songs by Beck, but never departed from soulful versions of classic tunes. The beturbaned guru of grind hits the bandstand with a trio and special guest Lionel Loueke on Apr 17

  1. Jazz Standard 116 E 27th St, between Park Ave South and Lexington Ave
  2. Fri Apr 18 - Sun Apr 20
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Wesley Stace's Cabinet of Wonders

  • Price band: 2/4
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Part variety show and part concert, Cabinet of Wonders features ironic folkster Wesley Stace (formerly John Wesley Harding) and his handpicked posse of literary nerds, musicians, comedians and ventriloquists. Tonight's lineup includes Nicole Atkins, Emily Flake, Stephen Kellogg, Chip Kidd and Chris

  1. City Winery 155 Varick St, at Vandam St
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Sun Ra Arkestra

  • Price band: 2/4
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Current Arkestra leader Marshall Allen brings his ever-swingin', space-travelin' ensemble to the East Village.

  1. Drom 85 Ave A, between 5th and 6th Sts
  2. Fri Apr 18
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Tycho + Gardens & Villa

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Scott Hansen crafts lush sonic landscapes under the name Tycho—originally a solo project, but evolving into a trio—joining electronic elements with more organic instrumentation to create atmospheric, leaves-rustling-in-the-sunny-winter-afternoons-of-your-mind pop, as heard on the recent,

  1. Webster Hall 125 E 11th St, between Third and Fourth Aves
  2. Fri Apr 18
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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. Fri Apr 18 - Sat Apr 19
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