The A-List


Compiled by Scott Stiffler




The Sheryl Bailey Trio will perform an early show featuring old and new compositions (March 12th, from 6-9 p.m.). Guitarist/composer Bailey lets loose on the jazz guitar; with Ron Oswonski on organ and drummer Ian Froman. Then, on March 14th from 9:30 p.m. to Midnight, a $10 cover charge gets you “Jazz Guitars Meet Hendrix.” Bailey is joined by fellow jazz guitarist Vic Juris, organist Brian Charette and drummer Anthony Pinciotti. They’ll pay homage to the great Jimi Hendrix. Both shows are at 55 Bar (55 Christopher Street). No cover. For more information, visit www.55bar.com and www.sherylbailey.com.



Want to do something genuinely Irish for St. Patrick’s Day (that doesn’t involve drinking or marching down Fifth Avenue)? Irish servant Bridget Murphy invites you for a back-stairs tour of the Merchant’s House Museum. See the fourth-floor servants’ quarters (usually off limits to visitors), and hear tales of the Irish women who lived and worked in the house during the 1850s. Then, sample Bridget’s famous green tea punch while tapping your feet to traditional harp and bagpipe music. March 17th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; tours begin every 15 minutes. At Merchant’s House Museum (29 East Fourth St., btw. Lafayette & Bowery). Reservations suggested. For tickets ($25), call 212-777-1089. Visit www.merchantshouse.org.



This “site-specific theater performance” celebrates the Hotel Chelsea and its former guests by putting the action in an actual room (#103!). The intimate happening, limited to 25 audience members, promises to blur the lines between fiction and reality by exploring stories surrounding the hotel’s famous guests. Bob Dylan and Arthur Miller were temporary residents. Dylan Thomas and Nancy Spungen checked in, then checked out (literally). “Room 103” strips away the rumors and legends to reveal private and pivotal events (which may or may not have occurred) within the walls of this notorious establishment. March 18th-20th and 25th-27th; at 7:00p.m. and 9:00 p.m. each night; in Room #103 at the Hotel Chelsea — or, as some say, the Chelsea Hotel. Either way, you’ll find it at 222 West 23rd St. (btw. 7th and 8th Avenues). For tickets ($18), call 800-838-3006. Visit www.103chelsea.com.



Want to acquaint your children with the police? Here’s one method that doesn’t involve juvenile delinquency or property damage — in fact, it’s designed to nip those doomsday scenarios in the bud. Sponsored by the Police Athletic League, “Cops & Kids” is a citywide program designed to foster positive relations between Manhattan youth (ages 14-17) and the NYPD. The spring session (March/April) features volleyball and soccer. The summertime edition (July) offers the chance to play softball. To sign up, call PAL’s Field Operations Department at 212-477-9450, ext. 389. For more information, visit www.palnyc.org.



Have you been burned by the 3-D disaster that is Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland?” Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company references the Lewis Carroll character in name only — then piles buckets of blood onto its own poor protagonist. When young Lewis Diaz accidentally resurrects the soul of brutally slain Alice, demons, monsters and killers sweep through a small town. Can Lewis and his new gal pal close the rift before the devil rises to totally ruin the senior prom? Qui Nguyen penned this slasher, and also choreographed the fight scenes. Director Robert Ross Parker keeps things moving at a brutal, bloody pace. March 21st through April 10th; at HERE (145 Sixth Ave. btw. Spring and Broome Streets; enter on Dominick St.). For a schedule, and to order tickets ($18), call 212-352-3101. Visit www.vampirecowboys.com.