Entertainment

Birdland

“The jazz corner of the world” is how Charlie Parker described this club. Highlights:

Dec. 18-25: Freddy Cole Quartet

Dec. 26-31: The Birdland Big Band with vocalist Veronica Swift

Jan. 2-5: Kurt Elling

Jan. 7-12: Marcus Roberts

Jan. 15-19: Monty Alexander

Jan. 22-26: Ann Hampton Callaway: “The Linda Ronstadt Songbook”

Jan. 29-Feb. 2: John Pizzarelli Big Band

Feb.. 5-9: John Pizzarelli Trio

Birdland Theater

The new, 100-seat performance space below Birdland Jazz Club offers a varied entertainment program, including cabaret, jazz, dance, burlesque, comedy and performances by Broadway stars and limited-run Off-Broadway productions.

Highlights:

Dec. 11-15: Gunhild Carling, Sweden’s “Queen of Swing”

Dec. 19-20: Slim Gambill

Dec. 21-22: Jonathan Schwartz Presents Tierney Sutton and Kate McGarry

Blue Man Group

(1 hr 45 mins, no intermission)

Now in its 25th year (opening night was Nov. 17, 1991), the show features a trio of bald blue life-forms utilizing high-energy music, props, splatters of paint, comedy and pantomime as it stretches the limits of performance art.

Schedule: M-Tu 7 pm, W-F 8 pm, Sa-Su 2, 5 & 8 pm (schedule can vary)

Tickets: $59.55-$109.55 (prices subject to change)

 

Blue Note Jazz Club

The best and brightest jazz luminaries perform here. Highlights:

Dec. 10-Jan. 6: Chris Botti: 14th Annual Holiday Residency

Jan. 10-13: Jimmy Heath Big Band

Jan. 15-20: Eddie Palmieri

Jan. 24-27: Duke Ellington Orchestra

Jan. 31-Feb. 3: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Feb. 5-8: Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah

Feb. 12-17: Thundercat

Feb. 19-24: David Sanborn

Bowery Ballroom

Host to indie and alternative bands, this 575-capacity Beaux Arts theater has a subterranean bar and is known for its acoustics. Times/prices vary.

Broadway Plus VIP Services

Among the services offered are meet-and-greet packages for some of Broadway and Off-Broadway’s hit shows. Custom packages can be designed to include walk-on roles, performing workshops for all ages and behind-the-scenes tours. Log on to broadwayplus.com for further information and to make reservations.

BroadwayHD

The online, on-demand streaming service brings live theater—more than 200 recent as well as classic musicals, plays and comedies—and exclusive live-stream content to at-home or on-the-go audiences located in the United States (at this time). BroadwayHD is currently available on Amazon Channels, all compatible Amazon Video devices, and Android and iOS mobile devices. Access is via a monthly package, yearly subscription or on a per-show basis.

Brooklyn Boulders

See how high you can climb at Brooklyn Boulders, a rock climbing facility in Gowanus. Beginners and advanced climbers can use the 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and take fitness classes like yoga, acroyoga and capoeira. New climbers have the option of enrolling in introductory courses. Day passes are $28 and do not include equipment rental. 

Brooklyn Bowl

Bowling fans chill at this 23,000-square-foot space in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that features 16 lanes, 10 Brooklyn-brewed drafts, a comfort-food menu courtesy of Blue Ribbon restaurant and live musical acts nightly on a high-tech stage.

M-W 6 pm-midnight, Th-F 6 pm-2 am, Sa 11 am-2 am, Su 11 am-midnight

Prices vary

Brooklyn Steel

This 1,800-capacity concert hall opened in April 2017 with a brand new sound system and hosts live shows from both local and mainstream performing artists. Times/prices vary.

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