MurphGuide Weekly Newsletter: March 26, 2009


Parties & Events This Week:
1. Comedy Caliente at Comic Strip Live: Thu. March 26
2. Spring Fling at Loft 11: Thu. March 26
3. March Madness: Thu. March 26 through Sun. March 29
4. Facebook Party at The Big Easy: Fri. March 27
5. Gotham Girls Roller Derby at LIU Brooklyn: Sat. March 28
6. DJ Exacta Birthday Bash at Pacha: Sat. March 28
7. Salsa Party to Benefit Cabrini H.S. Sat. March 28
8. Live Music Spotlight: Johnny Logan at Galway Hooker: Mon. March 30

Special Interests:
1. March Madness
2. Spotlight Bar: Wicked Willy’s
3. Quick Links

Party Planning with
1. MurphGuide Party Planner

Upcoming Events:
1. Summer Share a Thon at Turtle Bay: Tue. March 31
2. Fundraiser for the Haley Family at Rathbone’s: Thu. April 2
3. Social Media for Social Change at Roger Smith Hotel: Fri. April 3
4. Tartan Day Parade and Post-Parade Party at Stout: Sat. April 4
5. I Love the 80s & 90s Party at Dewey’s Flatiron: Sat. April 4
6. FF Michael J Cawley Memorial Benefit at Mulcahy’s: Sat. April 4
7. Pat McGuire Band Returns to NY April 5, 9, 10, 11
8. Concern For Hunger Run: Saturday, April 18
9. Taste of Hope 2009 ACS Benefit at Metropolitan Pavillion: Tue. April 28
10. Save the Dates


Parties This Week:

Translation: This comedy is hot!
Thursday, March 26
Comedy Caliente is back
The first Comedy Caliente of the year
every last Thursday of the month going forward)
Breathtaking, hilarious Latin-American Comedy
NYC’s Best Latin-American Standup Comedy Show
Strong Humor and Strong Margaritas
Special guests include:
Mark Viera (Galavision’s “Que Loco”),
Ruperto Vanderpool (BET’s “Comicview”),
Angelo Lozado (Galavision’s “Comedy Picante”)
$25 admission.
Reservations required. Show will sell out
Call for reservations: 212-861-9386. (Must be 18+)
Seating 8pm, Showtime 8:30pm
Comic Strip Live
1568 Second Ave. (between 81st & 82nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 861-9386

NEW on Fridays – After Midnight College Comedy Night

featuring a drink special for college students.
Every week, every Friday, starting THIS Friday the 13th
Buy one, Get one FREE beers with valid college ID.
2 drink minimum still applies,
so that’s four drinks for the price of two
$25 admission. Reservations required. 212-861-9386.
Our friend Doug invites you to this fundraiser for a very worthy organization, Street Project.

Thursday, March 26
Street Project’s Annual Spring Fling
$75 in advance ($100 at the door)
includes open bar, hor d’oeuvres, and an auction.
Cocktail Attire
Loft Eleven
336 W. 37th St. (between 8th & 9th Ave.)
New York, NY

Proceeds to benefit Street Project
Street Project New York is a non-profit volunteer community service organization that cares about NY. They help their member, busy young NYC professionals, to volunteer in Manhattan and around the city by providing a variety of regular and flexible opportunities to give back to their community. They provide a vital link between volunteers and NYC causes.
March Madness continues with the two days of 3rd round action in the “Sweet Sixteen”.
March Madness: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament
Thursday March 26, 2009
7:07 pm Purdue #5 vs. Connecticut #1
7:27 pm Xavier #4 vs. Pittsburgh #1
9:37 pm Missouri #3 vs. Memphis #2
9:57 pm Villanova #3 vs. Duke #2

Friday March 27, 2009
7:07 pm Arizona #12 vs. Louisville #1
7:27 pm Syracuse #3 vs. Oklahoma #2
9:37 pm Kansas #3 vs. Michigan St. #2
9:57 pm Gonzaga #4 vs. North Carolina #1

The winners will play Saturday & Sunday in the “Elite Eight”,
with the winners of those games matching up in the “Final Four” on Saturday, April 4.
The championship game will be played on Monday, April 6.

Check out
for suggestions on where to watch.
Our friend Brooks at The Big Easy are giving free beer to their friends on Facebook…

Friday, March 27
Monthly Facebook Fan Party
Sponsored by Coors Light

Free Coors Light all night
You must be a Facebook fan of The Big Easy
and you MUST RSVP to get free Coors Light

Coors Girls will be visiting as always and will be raffling off
Rangers Tickets and giving away other Coors Light swag all night

10pm – 4am
The Big Easy
1768 Second Ave. (between 92nd & 93rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 348-0879

Our friends at Gotham Girls Roller Derby kick off their season Saturday with a double header…

Gotham Girls Roller Derby
The Gotham Girls All Stars, reigning Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) National Champions, will take on the Boston Massacre, ranked #3 in the WFTDA Eastern Region. This is the Gotham Girls All-Star Team’s first bout since they took the #1 spot in the nation at the Northwest Knockdown National Tournament in November 2008.

The Wall Street Traitors, the Gotham Girls’ All-Boro team, will take on the Suburban Brawl, the All-Star team of the Westchester-based Suburbia Roller Derby.
The action kicks off on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at the Schwartz Athletic Center located at Long Island University in Brooklyn.

Favorites like Bonnie Thunders, Suzy Hotrod, and Sweet Sherry Pie will be leading the pack and reminding us all why Gotham’s skaters deserve their nickname, “the Beasts from the East!”

Tickets are on sale now for the entire home season – all at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Buy early to take advantage of the online discounted prices.

GGRD Season Opener:
Saturday, March 28th
Gotham Girls All Stars vs. The Boston Massacre
Wall Street Traitors vs. The Suburban Brawl

General Admission: $19.75 in advance, $23 at door
VIP: $29.75
(adv. only – incl. reserved front row seat, goodies, + more)

Doors: 6:30pm / Whistle: 7:30pm
Schwartz Athletic Center, Long Island University
1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY
More info available on the GGRD Hotline: (888) 830-2253

Full Gotham Girls Roller Derby 2009 Schedule

April 25 – Championship Rematch! Queens of Pain vs. Bronx Gridlock
May 16 – Brooklyn Bombshells vs. Manhattan Mayhem
June 13 – Manhattan Mayhem vs. Queens of Pain
July 11 – Bronx Gridlock vs. Brooklyn Bombshells
August 8 – Manhattan Mayhem vs. Bronx Gridlock
September 26 – Brooklyn Bombshells vs. Queens of Pain
October 17 – Post-season double-header (foes TBD)
November 21 – GGRD League Championship (foes TBD)

All bouts above are at Hunter College Sportsplex.
Lexington Ave at 68th St.
New York, NY
For nightclub fans, Pacha has a wild weekend planned…
Saturday, March 28

PachaNYC present…
DJ Exacta + Skin a GoGo

It’s Exacta’s Birthday Bash
featuring music by the birthday boy
along with special guest: Pirupa
free admission before 12 midnight on guestlist

7 Year Annniversary of Skin
An Ultra-Exclusive event
for exceptional women and select couples only.
Unescorted men not permitted.
VIP Tables & Info:
Upstairs in Pachita (3rd floor)

Doors open 10pm
Table Reservations 212.209.7500
618 W. 46th St. (between 11th & 12th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 209-7500
Our friend Matt invites you to this fundraiser which will help send NYC’s Cabrini H.S. kids to New Orleans to help with the continued rebuilding of homes…

Saturday, March 28
Salsa Party
Fundraiser to raise money to take 35 inner-city students to
rebuild the hearts and lives of the people of New Orleans.
This evening will celebrate Latin culture, food, music and dance.
$45 all inclusive
An authentic buffet to tantalize your tastes complimented by Sangria, Spanish vino and cerveza.
DJ and salsa dancing lessons provided, as well as, a silent auction for bidding.
Silent Auction
RSVP via
Mother Cabrini High School
701 Ft. Washington Ave.
New York, NY
More info at

Live Music Spotlight:

Eurovision song legend Johnny Logan makes a one-time only appearance in NY next Monday…
Celebrate the end of the St. Patrick’s Day season…

Monday, March 30
Johnny Logan at Galway Hooker
Europovision songwriting legend and International pop star Johnny Logan, direct from Ireland
In his only U.S. appearance
Ticket requests are available at

Galway Hooker Pub
7 E. 36th St. (between Fifth & Madison Ave.)
New York, NY
212) 725-2353

Although not as well known in the U.S., Johnny Logan is legendary in Europe. Read about him on wikipedia and check out his website:

Other News:

MurphGuide’s March Madness Listings

It’s madness I tell ya, madness!

Spotlight Bar: Wicked Willy’s

Wicked Willy’s is a hot new bar on Bleecker Street.

Every weekend you can rock out with the best local & touring bands until 11pm
and then get down all night to some of the hottest DJ’s in New York City.

What sets Wicked Willy’s apart from other bars in the neighborhood are the drink prices.
At Happy Hour, the entire bar is half off until 9pm., 7 days a week.
Sports fans can enjoy games on a ten foot movie screen and 9 plasma flats screens.

There is always something going on at Wicked Willy’s:
– Every Day Happy Hour: 1/2 price drinks 4pm – 9pm
– Live Music on Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays
– Karaoke on Tuesdays & Thursdays. Get a free drink if you are brave enough to sing.
– Beer Pong Tournament Every Monday with $7 pitchers. Compete for a $50 bar tab.
– Beer Pong & Flip Cup available every night

Wicked Willy’s
149 Bleecker St. (bet. Thompson & LaGuardia Pl.)
New York, NY
(212) 254-8592

call Adam or Andy for private parties

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Joe Hurley’s Irish Rock Revue: Saturday, March 14 & Tuesday, March 17

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Hoboken Bar Network: Hoboken`s premier on-line bar guide


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Our friend Aaron runs a website especially for people in Hamptons & Fire Island share houses. He is hosting his annual Summer Share-a-Thon on Tuesday, and he invites the MurphGuide readers…
Tuesday, March 31 presents…
2009 Summer Share-a-Thon
Find a share house in the Hamptons or Fire Island
Couples / singles / all ages welcome
More details at:
Turtle Bay
987 Second Ave. (between 52nd & 53rd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 223-4224

Our friend Ray Greiche is hosting a fundraiser for friends in need, the Haley family…
Thursday, April 2
Fundraiser for The Haley Family
$40 open bar
Live music from Ray
1702 Second Ave. (88th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 369-7361

To learn more about the Haley’s and their challenge, visit
You may have heard a lot about social media lately (Facebook, youtube, twitter, etc.)
Here is a very worthwhile use of social media…
Friday, April 3
Social Media for Social Change
Gathering social media professionals, technologists, friends and family and otherwise talented people, Social Media for Social Change was born of the idea that the social media community can get together for one night, to support one cause.
Proceeds will benefit City Harvest

Purchase tickets Online:

$45 per person (Groups of 2 or more: $35 each)
Tickets will be $50 at the door (if available)
Price includes:
Open bar from 7-8:30pm
Free signature cocktail all night
Live performances from Marissa Lerer and Walt Ribeiro
* A whole bunch of awesome auction prizes available for bid
* Awesome raffle giveaways and prizes
* Meet a bunch of people you didn`t know before (in real life anyway)
* And of course, the good karma of helping a New Yorker in need
Roger Smith Hotel
501 Lexington Ave. (47th St.)
New York, NY
Our friend Ed Collins tells us about this excellent annual event.
Tartan Week starts next week, and culminates with…
Tartan Day Parade & Post-Parade Party
Saturday, April 4
The Post-parade party is again at Stout, with live music by
Mac Talla Mor playing upstairs and Scocha playing downstairs.
Belhaven is serving creamy pints for two hours.
Tennants and Brooklyn Brewery will be supplying their best lagers to slake your thirst post parade.

The fun starts at 4:30pm
133 West 33rd St. (between Sixth & Seventh Ave.)
New York, NY

MurphGuide party tip:
This event will sell out, so purchase tickets in advance or you will be shut out.
Check website for purchase
Our friend Lou Smith (aka DLJ) returns to Dewey’s for his popular series of parties.
As always, reduced admission for MurphGuide readers (you)…
Saturday, April 4
I Love the 80s & 90s Party
Drink specials
DLJ spins all your favorite 80s & 90s
2 floors, 2 bars, 2 decades of music, 1 awesome time
Perfect for celebrating birthdays,
bachelor/ette parties, or special occasions

$10 w/ RSVP, $15 w/o
RSVP for reduced admission

Doors open 9pm
Dewey’s Flatiron
210 Fifth Ave. (between 25th & 26th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 696-BEER

The 8th Annual Benefit honoring a New York City hero….
Saturday, April 4
F.F. Michael J. Cawley Fundraiser
To benefit the F.F. Michael J. Cawley Memorial Foundation
Suggested donation: $25 at the door
includes live music, hot buffet, drink specials
Lots of great raffle prizes
Live & Silent auctions
More info at:
3pm – 8pm
Mulcahy’s Pub
3232 Railroad Ave.
Wantagh, NY

more info. at:
We have been looking forward to this announcement for quite a while…
Pat McGuire Band Returns to NY for 4 Shows in April
We are very happy to hear that The Pat McGuire Band is returning to NY for 4 shows in April.
Since moving to Ireland a few years ago, many New Yorkers have been hoping for more opportunities to see and hear Pat live.
He has added a few new players to his line up for a spring “Tour de Boroughs” under the name Pat McGuire and The Bastable Cakes.

Pat is joined by Pat McGuire Band veteran Brian O’Neill (keyboards, vox) and newcomers Paul Clarke (drums, vox, guitar) and James Carroll (bass). They will be performing new material along with some of the old favorites.

Sunday, April 5
Showtime: TBA
The Long Beach Inn
943 W. Beech St.
Long Beach, NY
516 432-9220
Thursday, April 9
Showtime: 9pm
The Wicked Monk
8415 5th Ave.
Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 921-0601
Friday, April 10
Showtime: 11pm
Fiddlers Elbow
3718 E. Tremont Ave.
Bronx, New York
718 863-3990
Saturday, April 11
Showtime: 10:30pm
6 W. 33rd St. (between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
212 967-7792

More info at:
Hear some of the new songs on at:

Please join us at this fun event for an excellent cause…
Saturday, April 18
Concern for Hunger 4-Mile Run Run/Walk
$25 per person ($20 if on a team)
Join the MurphGuide Team
Upon registering, click on Join an existing team (

Day of race registration 8 – 9pm
race start time: 9:30pm
Central Park Ball Fields
Starting line:
102nd Street Transverse (102nd St. and East Drive)
(Enter Park at E. 97th & Fifth Ave.)
New York, NY

Sign Up for the MurphGuide team here:
Some of New York’s top restaurants and chefs working together to fight cancer at this top notch event…
Tuesday, April 28
The American Cancer Society Presents
Taste of Hope 2009
A culinary, wine and spirits tasting event featuring over 40 of New York’s hottest and most popular restaurants and vendors, all set within a fun cocktail party atmosphere

* NYC’s hottest restaurant & chefs will offer tastings of their most inventive and delicious dishes.
* Demonstrations by NYC’s top chef’s
* Unlimited Open Bar throughout the whole event
* Specialty Wine & liquor tasting
* A chance to win exciting raffle and silent auction prizes.
* Exclusive VIP lounge & gift bag for VIP ticket holders only.
* Featuring DJ Scott Sheehy & Live Music by The Island Boys Steel Pan Calypso Band
* Amazing gift bag for all attendees, valued at over $100

Event Tickets: $150 in advance, $175 at the door
(restaurant tasting, open bar and gift bag)
VIP Tickets: $250, advance sales only
(admission one hour early, chef demonstration with wine pairings, special restaurant tasting, open bar, VIP gift bag, exclusive cognac tasting, VIP lounge area. )

Taste of Hope will assist the American Cancer Society
in raising funds to reach our 2015 goal of saving 5 million lives
by reducing cancer mortality by 50% and cancer incidence by 25%

6:30pm – VIP admission
7:30pm – General Admission
the Metropolitan Pavilion
125 W. 18th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave.)
New York, NY

for more info. contact Caitlin Boyle: 212-237-3886

Save the Dates:
Save the dates for the following upcoming events.
More details to follow in future newsletters

Saturday, April 25: Scavenger Hunt of Historical Village Taverns
Tuesday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo
Wednesday, June 10: Annual Kruise for Kids Benefit
Thursday, August 20: MurphGuide Annual Summer Cruise

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