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Daily 5: Paul Simon and Sting at MSG, the Armory, Japan Week at Grand Central, More

Don’t miss out! picks the five best things to do in New York City each and every day. Read on for March 6’s best events, from Paul Simon and Sting at Madison Square Garden to Japan Week at Grand Central Terminal.


Paul Simon, left, and Sting

Paul Simon, left, (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images) and Sting (Photo: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for LACMA) perform together tonight at Madison Square Garden

1. MUSIC: Paul Simon and Sting at Madison Square Garden

From the New Wave of the 1980s to the indie rock of today, Sting and Paul Simon’s combined impact on the last few decades of music has been huge, and they’re both still going. See the two old friends rock out together at this, the final of three New York shows on their collaborative North American tour. Your dad will approve!

DETAILS: 8pm; $50-$225; 4 Pennsylvania Plaza;

2. THEATER: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Musical Thriller at Avery Fisher Hall

Fans of Sondheim, the macabre, and meat pies of dubious origin will be pleased to know that the New York Philharmonic is staging a new production of Sweeney Todd starring Emma Thompson as Mrs. Lovett and baritone Bryn Terfel as the infamously bloodthirsty barber. It might not have Johnny Depp in it, but it’ll still probably be better than the Tim Burton version.

DETAILS: 7:30pm; $75-$265; 10 Lincoln Center Plaza;

3. ART: The Armory Show at Piers 92 and 94

Anyone interested in what the international art scene is up these days to will want to check out the Armory Show, a super-important yearly art fair that serves as both industry conference and educational program. Some of this year’s highlights include Venus Drawn Out, a collection of underestimated female artists of the 20th century, and Focus: China, a sampling of China’s brightest contemporary minds. There are also many related happenings going on under the auspices of Armory Arts Week across the city.

DETAILS: 12pm-7pm; Piers 92 and 94 (12th Ave. and 55th St.); $20-$75;

4. FESTIVAL: Japan Week 2014 at Grand Central Terminal

Learn all about the Land of the Rising Sun at this festival of Japanese culture organized by the Japan Tourism Agency through March 8. With food and sake samples, art and technology exhibits, and traditional dance performances, you can get a taste of Japan without ever leaving Grand Central Station. It’s timed to coincide with Japanese Restaurant Week, which is actually more like a month, but who could complain about that when there’s cheap sushi involved?

DETAILS: 11am-11pm; free; 89 E 42nd St. (Vanderbilt Hall);

5. PARTY: Select All: A Queer Mixer at The Bell House

Make new friends, do some networking, or find someone to flirt with at this low-key after-work mixer for people from all across the LGBT spectrum. To avoid misunderstandings, there will be an optional color coded bracelet system, with red meaning you’re there for purely platonic purposes, yellow meaning you’re looking for love, and green meaning you’re open to some casual sexy-times. Old school!

DETAILS: 7:30pm-11pm; $5; 149 7th St., Brooklyn;

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