Aug 8 2009, 5:36pm
---> Official Radio City Information Post (updated 10/05 for sightseeing activities, 20% off coupon on NYC attracitons & other items)
Welcome to everyone going, or thinking of going, to the Radio City FOTR concert!
The purpose of this post is to provide one place to go for general Radio City information and updates, (since the original discussion thread is far too big now to be able to easily find all the pertinent information). The information below is up-to-date as the date of this post (August 8). Future updates (after general clean-up this weekend) will be in red font for at least a few days, and the “Current as of” date will change.
In addition to this post, be sure to check the official concert site for updates too, and continue general discussion in the sticky thread deej started. I guarantee this post will go through several revisions in the next few days as I find more things to add, so check it often and be sure to PM me with any ideas and recommendations.
Official Concert Site & News
Offical Site: www.theradiocitylotrconcert.com
Official site Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/...otrconcert/848340526
Official site Twitter: http://twitter.com/RadioCityLOTR
Official site Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/...adiocitylotrconcerts
TORn Homepage: http://www.theonering.net/torwp/
TORn Twitter: https://twitter.com/theoneringnet
Recap of Weekend Activities (updated 10/05/09 for Saturday sightseeing update & various other items)
A general agenda of events appears below. Exact times will be added as plans are firmed up.
Thursday, October 8
6:00 p.m. - New York Comic Con Radio City reception and 1-yr countdown party to NYCC 2011. Free bowling and more! Bowlmor Lanes, 110 University Place.
11:30 p.m. - Beecake concert, Joe's Pub, $25 (425 Lafayette St., NY, NY). Purchase online, or call (212) 967-7555.
Friday, October 9
Doug Adams book signing of his new book: "The Music of the Lord of the Rings Movies." (book not ready yet - no signing this weekend)
7:30 p.m. - FOTR Concert for Friday concert-goers with special appearances by Howard Shore and Billy Boyd (lucky Friday night concert-goers)!
7:00 - 10:00 - TORn & friends gathering/mixer. Three hours with all-you-can-eat appetizers and top-shelf open bar throughout. Trivia and more! Connolly's Pub, 121 W. 45th St. (1/2 S. of the Park Central hotel).
Advanced tickets accepted until tomorrow (Tues, 10/6 only): Adults - $52, Children under 16 - $19; At the door tickets (cash only): Adults - $57, children under 16 - $24
Send Paypal payments to RCMHmixer@gmail.com. Be sure to include a message regarding who, and how many, you're paying for. To pay by check, PM Altaira to make arrangements.
10:30 - ?? TORn & Avari (alumni) reunion - Connolly's, after the mixer.
Saturday, October 10
(daytime) - Sightseeing together. Three 'casually organized' options:
Ground Zero - (time TBA, so far 'noonish')
Circle Line boat tour (afternoon after Ground Zero moot)
Top of the Rock, Central Park tour with Altaira and BG and (free) licensed NYC tour guide (meet at Park Central hotel lobby at 10:00 a.m. or Top of the Rock main entrance (on 50th St. between 5th & 6th ave.) at 10:30 a.m. Top of the Rock is $21.00 for adults, Children 6-12 $14.00, Seniors $19.00.
Central Park is free. We'll probably get there around noon and catch lunch around 1:00.
If you'd like to skip Top of the Rock and meet us in Central Park, PM Altaira for her cell no. or email her at altaira @ theonering . net
7:30 p.m. - FOTR Concert for Saturday concert-goers
11:59 p.m. - Beecake concert, Joe's Pub, $25 (425 Lafayette St., NY, NY). Purchase online now, or call (212) 967-7555.
Sunday, October 11
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Speakers & Presentations (TORn Hobbit update, David Salo, Colleen Doran, our own greendragon with Corey Olsen, the premier of Elizabeth Cotnoir's Journey's End and Doug Adams and Howard Shore discuss the upcoming book) - Angel Orensantz Foundation, 172 Norfolk St.
Oct. 5 - Nov. 19 (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Oct 9, 10, 11) - “The Beginnings of a Masterpiece: Original Manuscripts from The Fellowship of the Ring ” exhibit at Fordham University's Lincoln Center campus. Registration is now open! Follow this link to marquette.edu to sign up! Note: so far it seems TORnsibs are converging on mid-day (11-Noon) shows on Friday and Saturday. FYI, Matt Blessing, curator of the Tolkien archives at Marquette, will be guiding tours on Sat and Sun. Friday tours will be self-guided).
Per the announcement posted on TORn's Home Page:
“The Beginnings of a Masterpiece” is free and open to the public on October 9-11, with small group tours at the top of the each hour between 9:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m. Group size will be limited to 10 individuals. Special access rules apply for off-campus guests after October 11th. Please visit Fordham Libraries website at www.library.fordham.edu after September 15th to learn more about viewing the exhibit. The Quinn Library is located on the first floor of the Lowenstein Building at 113 West 60th Street.
Ongoing: Partnering with TORn and CAMI, New York Comic Con (NYCC) will be hosting several contests and giveaways before and during the weekend. Visit this link to learn more!
Concert & Tickets (current as of 8/8/09)
There will be two concerts: one on Friday night, October 9, and one on Saturday night, October 10 (most of the board members are going to the Saturday night concert – see “Attendees” below)
Concert: October 9 & 10, 7:30 p.m., Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10020, NY, NY
Tickets: Ticket prices are $54.00 US to $150.00 US (plus a 'convenience charge of about $11.00) depending on where you sit. Tickets are still available for both nights. Tickets can be purchased on the Radio City Website or by calling 212-307-7171. The automated phone site will try to pre-select tickets for you too. If you don't answer the automated questions, you'll finally get to a live person, so persevere.
General Seating Chart: http://www.radiocity.com/seating/index.html
Detailed Seating Chart: http://www.radiocity.com/...al/radio_seating.pdf (also see "attendees" below)
Accommodations (updated 9/13/09 for the fact that the special concert rate at the Park Central is now sold out)
“Official” Radio City Hotel: The Park Central Hotel, 870 7th Ave, New York, NY, NY
Attendees: (updated 10/04/09)
Special Radio City Concert rates: (Note: these rates are now sold out). Visit sites like Travelocity, Orbitz, Expedia, hotels.com, etc. to research other options. Hint: once you've found Mid-town Manhattan hotels, sort by price, paying attention to 'star rankings' (i.e., a one star-rated hotel is probably cheap for a reason).
Single/Double occupancy:$179 (about $208 w/tax)
Three adults to a room: $204 (about $237 w/tax)
Four adults to a room: $229 (about $266 w/tax)
Roomates: If you're interested in sharing a room with someone, there's a sub-thread here on the Moots board to help find like-minded Hobbits.
Several people have been keeping informal lists of message board attendees. PM them if you'd like to be added! The links will be updated as their updates occur:
Smeagirl/Girllum has been keeping a list of attendees
Grammaboodawg has been 'mapping' the seating location of anyone who lets her know where they're sitting (updated 10/04/09)
In addition, there are a number of TORn message board alumni, at least 10 members of Barliman's Chatroom and around 10 other TORn staffers and/or folks who are Howard Shore/Doug Adams fans who don't frequent the message boards.
Other Information and Links: (current as of 8/8/09)
Doug Adams' blog: http://themusicofthelordoftheringsfilms.blogspot.com/
From a recent entry: "once you plant your flag in Middle-earth, it's always your home. It claims you.." Doug is a kindred spirit, a wonderful person and has been an honored guest at ORC conventions. Doug's book has gone to press and will be available soon. Plus, he'll be doing at least one book signing the weekend of the concerts!
Other Activities related to the Radio City Concert:
Transportation to/from local airports: (please refer to Magpie's thread here)
20% off coupon for NYC attractions
Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.
"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower
"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase
(This post was edited by Altaira on Oct 6 2009, 11:31am)