Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, MAR. 02, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”
NYC Restaurant Week – Food & Drink (various times)
Captain Black Big Band – Jazz (7pm) (9pm)
The Breithaupt Brothers and Special Guests – Cabaret (7pm)
The Untold Stories of Broadway – SmartStuff/ Book Talk (6pm)
T Blues Band — Blues Music (10pm)
For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
NYC Restaurant Week (through Mar. 6)
The semi-annual dining extravaganza is back (actually it started Feb.16), with more than 300 area restaurants offering three courses for lunch at $25 and dinner at $38. Here are some suggestions to get you started on some fine dining:
The top 10 restaurants for NYC Restaurant Week Winter 2015
“With all of those choices, where do you start? We’ve nailed down 10 must-try restaurants, including nouveau Italian numbers, a Chinatown update and a Southern-comfort joint offering some of the best fried chicken in the city.” (TONY)
Captain Black Big Band, Conducted by Orrin Evans
“Orrin Evans, a Philly pianist who approaches the jazz tradition with both reverence and a deep inquisitiveness, leads his fine, large ensemble, which translates postbop fire to the big-band canvas. Witness Mother’s Touch, a bravura recent Posi-Tone set that divides its time between soulful reflection and high-wire dazzlement.” (TONY)
Smoke Jazz Club and Lounge, 2751 Broadway, btw 105th and 106th St.
7pm + 9pm / $9
The Breithaupt Brothers and Special Guests
“No composer had the chutzpah to write a tune called “Songs for Swingin’ Lovers”—until the Breithaupt Brothers. This team of songwriting siblings might be viewed as Canada’s male answer to New York’s Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, in that not only do they write high-quality original songs in a wide range of styles, but they have a knack for assembling first-rate casts of jazz and theater singers to perform them.
At their showcase last September at Joe’s Pub, fellow Canadian Paul Shaffer (yes, David Letterman ’s sidekick) stole the show, and this time there’s an even more celestial lineup, including the impeccable blues stylist Catherine Russell, the increasingly impressive interpreter Marissa Mulder, Matthew Saldivar from “Honeymoon in Vegas” and Steely Dan’s Carolyn Leonhart. “ (WSJ)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St.,
7PM / $25
The Untold Stories of Broadway
“The musical theater historian Jennifer Ashley Tepper discusses her book series “The Untold Stories of Broadway,” a look behind the curtain of some of the Great White Way’s most widely known shows. She will receive help from Broadway veterans like Baayork Lee of “A Chorus Line,” Jose Llana of “Here Lies Love” and Taylor Trensch of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” and “Matilda.” Ms. Tepper will sign books before the event, at 5:30 p.m.” (NYT)
NYPL for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Avenue, at 65th Street, Lincoln Center,
At 6 p.m. / FREE
T Blues Band
Comprised of rotating band leaders, the T Blues Band is a sound-shifting, blues machine. Tight knit groups of 4 musicians combine forces to generate the most powerful and authentic blues incarnations around. Sit back, and enjoy! It’s an experience you can’t find anywhere else but Terra Blues, one of the best Blues bars in New York.
Terra Blues, 149 Bleecker St., btw thompson street & laguardia place
10pm / $10 cover before 10 each night
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had a record 56 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)
Museum of Modern Art:
‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)
‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’(through April 5) Despite being predictable and market-oriented in its choice of 17 artists, this museum’s first painting survey in decades is well worth seeing. About half the artists are exceptional and the rest are represented by their best work. Based on the premise that all historical painting styles are equally available today, the exhibition has been smartly installed to juxtapose different approaches: figurative and abstract, digital and handmade, spare and opulent. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)
New-York Historical Society:
‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through April 19) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Cotter)
Rubin Museum of Art:
‘The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide’ (through April 13) This show presents 54 paintings that illustrate step-by-step instructions for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Delicately painted on 10-by-10-inch paper sheets, most of the pages depict a monk having fabulous visions in a verdant landscape. Thought to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron and executed by unidentified artists in a Chinese workshop sometime in the 18th century, it is a fascinating and remarkably thorough manual for seekers of higher consciousness. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000,rubinmuseum.org. (Johnson)
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/28 and 02/26.