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'Naked' Polar Bear Cruise, Hesta Prynne and Dr. Sketchy: Your Guide to the Best Manhattan Weekend

By DNAinfo Staff on February 25, 2010 7:36pm  | Updated on February 25, 2010 5:22pm

Midtown West & Hell's Kitchen


'Naked' Polar Bear Cruise

Cold-water fanatics from the Coney Island Polar Bear Club and Circle Line tours join forces to raise funds for the Wildlife Conservation Society. Passengers who strip down to their speedos during the frosty boat trip to the Statue of Liberty get free passage or raise extra money for the cause.

When: Sat. (Feb. 27)

Time: 11:00a.m.

Cost: Free for participants, $20 for spectators

Location: 83 W. 42nd St., New York, NY 10036


East Village


Hesta Prynn at the Studio at Webster Hall

Hesta Prynn, former front woman of the sassy indie hip-hop trio Northern State, takes Webster Hall.

When: Sat. (Feb. 27)

Time: 8:00p.m.

The Coney Island Polar Bears will strip down to their skivvies this weekend on a cruise to raise money for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The Coney Island Polar Bears will strip down to their skivvies this weekend on a cruise to raise money for the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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Cost: Free

Location: 125 E 11th St., New York, New York 10003


 Lower East Side

Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

A collection of cabaret dancers, self-proclaimed circus freaks and strong men pose as models in a booze-fueled, impromptu art class in this rollicking interactive show. This week, contortionist queen Ekat is the special guest.

When: Sat. (Feb. 27)

Time: 4:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

Cost: $12, advance $10
Location: 167 Orchard St., New York, NY 10002


Upper East Side

Betty Buckley: For the Love of Broadway

Actress and singer Betty Buckley reunites with jazz pianist Kenny Werner to perform a set of her favorite Broadway standards.

When: Fri. & Sat. (Feb. 26 &27)

Time: 8:00p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

Cost: $40-$60

Location: 540 Park Ave., New York, NY 10065

West Village


Kendra Shank at 55 Bar

Head to bar 55 to hear Kendra Shank’ s crystal pure Jazz tone.

When: Fri. (Feb. 26)

Time: 6:00 p.m.

Cost: Free

Location: 55 Christopher St., New York, NY 10014


SoHo, TriBeCa and NoLita


Joseph Arthur + Jason Isbell

Joseph Arthur and Jason Isbell are joined- expect warm, southern-tinged, singer-songwriter stylings.

When: Fri. (Feb. 26)

Time: 10:00 p.m.

Cost: $15-$25

Location: 155 Varick St ., New York, NY 10013


Chelsea & Meatpacking District


Mark Curry at Gotham Comedy Club


Known for his sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Mark Curry, heads to the Gotham Comedy Club.

When:  Fri. & Sat. (Feb. 26 & 27)

Time:  Fri: 8:30p.m., 10:30p.m. and Sat: 8:00p.m., 10:00p.m. and 11:45 p.m.

Cost: $20-$25

Location: 208 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011


Kidz in the Hall + Izza Kizza + Donnis

Naledge and Double-O of Kidz in the Hall celebrate the release of their new album, Land of Make Believe.

When: Sun. (Feb. 28)

Time: 9:00p.m.

Cost: advance $15, day of show $17

Location: 431 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011


East Village


Avant Music Festival: Randy Gibson

The first-ever Avant Music Festival spotlights local artists, including group president and composer Randy Gibson, performing his piece Apparitions of the Four Pillars.

When: Sat. (Feb. 27)

Time: 8:00p.m.

Cost: $15, students $5

Location: 195 E. 3rd St., New York, NY 10009


Upper West Side


Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

Guest music director Cliff Korman leads the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra in an evening of samba, bossa nova and more Afro-Brazilian rhythms.

When: Fri. & Sat. (Feb. 26-28)

Time: 8:00p.m.

Cost: advance $35, day of show $40, seniors and students $20

Location: 2537 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Lower East Side

Paul Curreri + Andy Friedman + Annie Bacon

Blues singer Paul Curreri performs at the Living Room Sunday along with New Yorker cartoonist and singer Andy Friedman and feminist singer/songwriter Annie Bacon.

When: Sun. (Feb. 28)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $10

Location: 154 Ludlow St., New York, NY 10002


Midtown West & Hell’s Kitchen

Dick Gregory Celebrates Black History Month

Gregory, the ’60s comic and civil-rights activist credited for being one of the first African-American comics to play for both black and white audiences, performs his stand-up show on black history month this sunday at Carolines Comedy Club.

When: Sun. (Feb. 28)

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Cost: $31 plus two-drink minimum

Location: 1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019


Washington Heights and Inwood


Charles Evans and Neil Shah

The lounge at Hudson View Gardens brings you pianist Neil Shah and baritone saxophonist Charles Evans.

When: Sun. (Feb. 28)

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Cost: $12 suggested donation

Location: 116 Pinehurst Ave., New York, NY 10033