Upcoming Events in New York City

Saturday January 14 will be a good day to be a gaming geek or a world music geek if you live in the New York City area. (If you happen to be both, you have five days to figure out how to be in two places at once.)

Nerdnyc.com is putting on Recess VII: This Is How We Roll, an all-day gaming extravaganza to be held at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center on 13th St. There will be plenty of board games and role-playing adventures to choose from, and all are welcome.

Saturday night is also the 21st annual edition of Goldenfest, an ethnic music festival sponsored by Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band and held at the Good Shepherd School in Inwood, on the northern tip of Manhattan. $30 gets you 10 hours of music (the party starts at 6 and winds down around 4 in the morning), plus all you can eat and drink. Goldenfest is wall-to-wall music on three levels, performed by the best amateur and semi-professional folk musicians in the Northeast. Most of the music is Balkan in nature, but the rest of Europe and the Middle East are also represented. In addition to Zlatne Uste, another certain highlight is Romashka, a Brooklyn-based gypsy party band who've put on great shows every time I've seen them.

(On the self-promotion front, I wrote a detailed review of the 2003 edition of Goldenfest. And if you wish to catch the New York Spelmanslag this year, make sure to arrive early.)

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