DELICIOUS DEBUTS
Tessa to Open Tomorrow Night + More Spring Openings


For foodies, this spring is bound to bear more than just warm weather.

Tessa, a well-designed Mediterranean joint, will be moving into a prime 1,750-square-foot space on the Upper West Side that has seen restaurants come and go over the years. Named after one of the owner’s daughters, it is to feature world class French and Italian flavors. The spot will be headed by Chef Cedric Tovar, who has spent time at both Bobo and Rosemary’s, both gems in the downtown culinary scene. Similar to other up-and-coming restaurants north of Lincoln Center, Tessa features modern design with equal attention to both form and function. The design showcases a ground level bar area and an upstairs dining room. Tessa opens this Thursday. It is located at 349 Amsterdam Avenue.

HAPPENINGS
Mariah Carey Headlines a Free Charity Concert for Sandy Relief

What does Mariah Carey, baseball, and one of New York's most prestigous artistic institutions have in common? Well, we can certainly guess what Mariah Carey and baseball may have in common. But on Saturday, July 13th, all three will be working together to help raise money for Sandy Relief at the 2013 MLB All-Star Charity Concert in Central Park.

Along with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, led by musical director Alan Gilbert, Carey will perform a free concert that will result in MLB donating $1 million to help victims still suffering from the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy. The concert starts at 7:30pm and requires a pre-ordered RSVP ticket which can be obtained at the MLB website starting today. Among the music that will be performed at this event, Mariah Carey, who's latest single "#Beautiful" has gone No.1 in 30 countries, has promised to perform a selection of classic songs, as well as music from her much anticipated new album The Art of Letting Go. The New York Philharmonic will also be playing two sets comprised of baseball and New York themed music including Randy Newman's suite from The Natural and a special world premiere of Mark Isham's suite from the Jackie Robinson film, 42.

IN THE HOUSE
Electric Daisy Carnival NYC

The Electric Daisy Carnival is set to hit New York City the weekend of May 17th! The three day EDM festival will transform Citi Field into an interactive dreamscape with innovative art installations, carnival rides, and the dramatic and unparalleled décor that Electric Daisy Carnival has become legendary for, and of course the world’s best and most sought after DJs!

Tickets for the 2 Day Regular Admission ($215 + fees) are now on sale, here.

Check out this year's recently released epic lineup below:

IN THE HOUSE
EDC New York Venue And Ticket Announcement

The long-awaited news about Electric Daisy Carnival New York has finally been spilled. Insomniac has announced that this year's festival will be returning to New York proper at Citi Field in Queens rather than returning to last year's location at New Jersey's MetLife Stadium. As of now, EDC NY is taking place over two days on May 17 and 18 but could potentially turn into three days as last year's was slated for two but quickly added another day after selling out within minutes.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 8th at 12pm EST. Two-day general admission tickets will start out at $159 with VIP tickets selling at $299 (before service fees) and a limited number of single-day tickets will be available at a later date. For more information visit here.

THE NAKED APPLE
The Naked Apple: Mets Game + Met Taye Diggs

I have had a really fun week! I went to the last Mets night game on Tuesday (say what you want about them this season, but I have faith next season will be their season!! ), they played the Cincinnati Reds. It's no secret that I have a major crush on David Wright. While I always see a lot of Athletes at the clubs, he is one I have never seen and am dying to meet out. I hear from my friends who work for the Mets, he's actually a really nice guy too. David, if you're reading this or if someone who knows David Wright is reading this, PLEASE contact me. I'm so obsessed with you, I want your game worn pants so I can sleep in them. I'm not creepy, I swear…

CULTURE CLUB
All Stars of Fringe Pop Tour

Bird Names & Bubbly Mommy Gun, two names that will be dripping from conversations of the in-crowd come prime time this Fall. They hail all the way from the creative gene pool of Athens, Georgia.

They will be making their North Eastern debut in New York City Saturday Oct. 1st (at Northern Spy Records Festival at Citi Field), Sunday Oct. 2nd (a special 3pm showcase at the PS1 Space at the MoMA), and for a live set on WFMU 91.1fm (Monday, Oct. 3rd at 11am) as part of their Atlantic coast "All-Stars of Fringe Pop" tour.

Bird Names tours in support of their fifth full-length, "Metabolism: a Salute to the Energy of the Sun" (Northern Spy Records, 2011), which has been noted as "a mind-blowing'. Formed in mid-2000s Chicago, art pop veterans Bird Names has produced a series of highly-recommended low fi albums and toured extensively. The "All-Stars of Fringe Pop Tour" marks the live debut of the extra heavy Bird Names Psychedelic Big Band. Which features a 6-piece band playing taut compositions, composed of three guitarists, two drummers, & a keyboardist.

CITI FIELD
Battle of the Ballpark Bistro: Citi Field vs. Yankee Stadium

With the argument of who has the better new ballpark- Citi Field or Yankee Stadium, comes another quarrel. Who has the better food?! There is nothing like going to a ball game and grabbing some great fare while you are at it. With the development of brand new stadiums for both the Mets and the Yankees comes brand new menus. Fans are no longer satisfied with the old time food of a hot dog or cheeseburger. They want something new, something better, especially if paying close to 15 bucks a person on top of the rising cost of ticket prices.