‣ The sound of spring 2012 could turn out to be Radio Music Society, the new album from jazz (and pop) singer (and bassist) Esperanza Spalding dropping 3/20. You can hear the album streamed and catch her live on 4/21 at Webster Hall.
‣ In Fire and Ice with Mike Daisey, the monologist curates Selected Shorts at Symphony Space, Wednesday, March 28th, 7pm, including a story of his own. $27, $15 for 30 and under.
‣ Tonight, 8pm, Match Game '12, a fundraiser for 826NYC at the Highline Ballroom. Game show fun with a gang that includes Seth Meyers, Kristen Schaal, and Wyatt Cenac. $25.
event ‣ A new artist dinner series kicks off March 22nd, 7:30pm, at Baang + Burne Contemporary, 78 2nd Ave. [4th/5th]. You get to take in photographer Kris Graves' Icelandic landscapes and executive chef Patricia Clark's four-course meal—$45 + drink, tax, tip. Will your eyes be bigger than your stomach? RSVP.
music ‣ In a million years, we wouldn't have thought to put legendary guitaristBill Frisell together with folk singer-songwriterSam Amidon but we're psyched that they did. Hear the results at Le Poisson Rouge on March 21st, 6:30 and 10pm, $30 in advance. [Photo: Monica Frisell]
theater ‣ His father was a glovemaker. From modest beginnings, how did Shakespeare become Shakespeare? The new one-person play Being Shakespeare, by noted scholar Jonathan Bate, stars the one-off Simon Callow and runs at BAM's Harvey Theater from April 4th -14th.
art/film ‣ Mary Ellen Carroll's movie Federal is screened on Saturday, March 24th, 9am, at the Museum of Moving Image. Seems there was something we wanted to tell you about it… Oh, right: the running time is 24 hours. But you can spend as much or as little time as you like looking at the two-screen epic capturing the north and south facades of Charles Luckman's L.A. Federal Building for a single day in 2003. Within, the CIA, the FBI, and the State Department, and, for once, you get to keep an eye on them. At 3rd Streaming, 10 Greene [Grand/Canal] 646.370.3877, a related exhibition of Carroll's work starting March 23rd: Federal, State, County and City (The Deferment of Impatience and Motor Responses to Being in California with Laura 'Riding' Jackson, Florence Knoll, Kruder and Dorfmeister, José Feliciano and Gertrude Stein) which, as titles go, has a long running-time itself.
out of town ‣ The house always wins but you can do well on your lodging with this deal snagging you a room for $79 (50% off, Sundays-Thursdays) at the Foxwoods MGM Grand in Mashantucket, Connecticut. (A story from this coming Sunday's Times magazine on Foxwoods.)
crowdsourcing ‣ You could argue that any iconic photo has a story. This one, Men on a Beam, the world's best-known lunch break, has always begged the question, "What the…?" Charlie Ebbets was belatedly identified as the photographer, and his daughter wants to tell the story of that image and of her father in the Kickstarter project Charles C. Ebbets: The Untold Story of an icon of Photography. Pledges of $10 or more to fund publication of a book that they'd like to release in time for the 80th anniversary of the photo's creation.