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I Heart Ice Sculpture at Brookfield Place

I Heart Ice Sculpture at Brookfield Place Credit: Arts Brookfield

Hot and Cool Valentine’s Day at Brookfield Place
Love is in the air this week with Valentine’s Day approaching, so grab your paramour and head on down to Brookfield Place Feb. 13-14, 2014  for a “Hot and Cool Valentine’s Day,” complete with FREE concert and an ice sculpture wonderland. Stroll through the I Heart Ice Sculpture wonderland of Valentine’s Day-themed ice carvings — you can view a live carving Feb. 13, 2014, evening 5-7 p.m. or Feb. 14, 2014, afternoon noon-1 p.m. — before settling down to take in “The Love Show” on Thursday evening, featuring Helga Davis and a collection of the city’s soulful singers performing tunes from the likes of Cole Porter, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers. Then round things out by holding hands as you take a “couples only” go around the rink (check the site for admission and rental fees; The Rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.). (The Love Show: Feb. 13, 2014, 7:30 p.m.; I Heart Ice Sculpture: Feb. 13, 2014,, 5-8 p.m., Feb. 14, 2014, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; FREE, Brookfield Place Winter Garden and Plaza, 220 Vesey St., 212-417-2414,

‘Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater’
Calling all musical theater fans! In his new book, “Nothing Like a Dame,” theater journalist Eddie Shapiro shines a light on the leading ladies of the Great White Way. Feb. 10, 2014, Shapiro will be talking with greats like Judy Kaye, Donna McKechnie, Debra Monk, Lillias White and Karen Ziemba about his new book, where he details his in-depth conversations with 20 leading women of Broadway, including Chita Rivera and Carol Channing, among many others who have spent the majority of their careers in theater. (Feb. 10, 2014, 7 p.m., FREE, Barnes & Nobles 86th & Lexington Ave., 150 E. 86th St., 212-369-2180,

Voices of Freedom — Black History Month: Jazz Duos
Take in a lunchtime jazz concert at Brookfield Place Feb. 12, 2014, in honor of Black History Month. The “Voices of Freedom” series showcases a pairing between a pianist and musician from the city’s jazz scene — this week’s pairing is George Cables on piano and Steve Turre on trombone. Let the pair’s smooth jazz stylings add a soothing soundtrack to your mid-day meal. (Feb. 12, 2014, 12:30 p.m., FREE, Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St., 212-417-7143,


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