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Student Engagement is pleased to offer the Urban New York - Senior Spring Lottery program to all Seniors in Columbia College and SEAS who are slotted to graduate in the Spring 2016 semseter. 

Registration for the Spring Senior Lottery will open on Tuesday, February 16th at 5:00pm and will end on Tuesday, February 23rd and 12:00noon.

Students will receive notice as to their results (ticket winner, wait list, or non-winner) shortly following the close of the lottery.

Each student can only win one ticket throughout their time at Columbia University. If you win a ticket, regardless of whether or not you show up for the event, you will not be able to enter into future lotteries. However, you remain eligible to attend events through the stand-by process.

Didn't win a ticket? No worries. You can always show up to the meeting time and place of any of the exciting events listed below and try to win a stand-by ticket. Once registration for the Senior Lottery has completed, we will post all UrbanNY events ocurring this semester (both General and Senior Lotteries), so that those students wishing to try for a stand-by ticket will be able to have that information.  Review the Rules and Regulations for UrbanNY for more complete explanations of these processes.


Spring 2016 Senior Lottery Events 


Shear Madness (New World Stages)
Friday, March 4th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

The madness erupts at your not-so-typical New York hair salon, when suddenly the old lady upstairs gets mysteriously murdered and everyone’s dying to know WHODUNIT? The audience combs through the clues, questioning the suspects like a bona fide “SHEARLOCK HOLMES.” And the best part? It’s different every time you see it!


Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera House)
Saturday, March 5th @ 8:30pm
Meeting time: 7:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

The title character of Madama Butterfly—a young Japanese geisha who clings to the belief that her arrangement with a visiting American naval officer is a loving and permanent marriage—is one of the defining roles in opera. The story triggers ideas about cultural and sexual imperialism for people far removed from the opera house, and film, Broadway, and popular culture in general have riffed endlessly on it. The lyric beauty of Puccini’s score, especially the music for the thoroughly believable lead role, has made Butterfly timeless.


Escape the Room (107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor)
Thursday, March 24th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time:  6:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Escape the Room is a fun, interactive game taking place in New York City.  While it looks like any other ordinary room, it’s actually a mystery puzzle.  Find the hidden objects, figure out the clues and solve the puzzles to earn your freedom and “Escape the Room.”  You have 60 minutes, so be quick!


Lunch at Churrascaria Plataforma (Churrascaria Plataforma)
Saturday, March 26th @ 2:00pm
Meeting time: 1:00pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Enjoy a lunch at Churrascaria Plataforma, a Rodizio style restaurant uses the method of serving different cuts of meat that originated in the south of Brazil in the early 1800s. This authentic NYC rodizio style restaurant features an all you can eat fixed price with continuous table-side service.


Hamilton (Richard Rodgers Theatre)
Wednesday, March 30th @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:30pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

A rollicking historical epic, Hamilton traces the life and times of one of America's most important (and colorful) characters, Alexander Hamilton. In a life rich with drama and intrigue, Hamilton rose from his humble orphaned beginnings to play a major role in making America the country it is today. The Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winning Miranda (In the Heights) Lin Manuel Miranda, who wrote the book and lyrics and stars as the lead, takes a wholly fresh approach to his subject matter, incorporating samples of Notorious B.I.G into his score and casting ethnically diverse actors in the roles of the founding fathers.

Due to the intense popularity of this trip, all winners will be required to stop by 515 Lerner Hall and leave a $5 deposit no later than Friday, March 4th. The $5 deposit will be refunded once you have attended the show. Waitlisted students will be notified if and when tickets become available.

*Please note that there will be no day-of standby for this event.


Spaces by Wynton Marsalis (Rose Theater/Jazz at Lincoln Center)
Saturday, April 2nd @ 8:00pm
Meeting time: 6:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Composed with the concept of an “animal ballet” in mind, Wynton Marsalis’ Spaces will attempt to recapture the natural fascination we have with the sounds and movements of animals. Two extraordinary dance geniuses represent this connection in their work: Lil Buck, a groundbreaking young artist recently seen with Yo-Yo Ma, Madonna, and Cirque du Soleil; and Jared Grimes, a quadruple-threat tap dancer who in 2014 won the Astaire Award and choreographed on Broadway for After Midnight and Holler If Ya Hear Me. They join the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in the world-premiere of this visually captivating performance.


New York Mets vs. Philadelphia Phillies (CitiField)
Sunday, April 10th @ 1:10pm
Meeting time: 11:30am
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Come watch as the New York Mets take on the Philadelphia Phillies at Citifield!


Top of the Rock (Rockefeller Center)
Friday, April 15th @ 7:00pm
Meeting time: 5:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Top of the Rock Observation Deck is New York’s most breathtaking view! Watch the sunset over the Manhattan skyline from the top of this architectural gem. Indoor and outdoor viewing will provide a perfect way to celebrate the city you call home.


New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics (Yankee Stadium)
Thursday, April 21st @ 7:05pm
Meeting time: 5:45pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Come watch as the New York Yankees take on the Oakland Athletics at the Yankee Stadium!


Paramour – Cirque du Soleil (Lyric Theatre)
Thursday, April 28th @ 7:30pm
Meeting time: 6:15pm
Meeting location: Lerner Hall

Cirque du Soleil has dazzled audiences the world over, and now it’s finally coming to Broadway with its boldest, most heart-soaring spectacle ever. PARAMOUR spins the thrilling tale of a beautiful young actress forced to choose between love and art in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood. Featuring eye-popping acrobatics and sumptuous music and dance, PARAMOUR is a groundbreaking new event that will transport you to a sublime world of emotion and awe as it walks the exhilarating tightrope of the heart.


Special acknowledgment is given to Dr. Arnold I. Kisch, CC'54, and to his wife, Victoria L. J. Daubert, PhD, for fully endowing all opera tickets.

The Urban New York Program is sponsored by Columbia College, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Barnard College, and the Class of 1954 Urban New York Fund.

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