Selected NYC Events (02/21) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>TUESDAY/FEB.21, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Feb. 26)
at NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The company enters the homestretch of its winter season with a selection of works by Jerome Robbins, one of its founding choreographers. That program (Tuesday and Thursday) includes the bracing “Glass Pieces,” driven by the repetitive structures of its Philip Glass score; “Moves,” a ballet in silence; and “The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody),” a comedy set at a piano recital. Wednesday brings a trio of Broadway-inspired ballets danced to the music of Richard Rodgers, including Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” (NYT-SIOBHAN BURKE)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Picnic Cantata / Dinner at Eight
RAVI COLTRANE
The First 100 Days: Economic Policy
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
We Can’t Rewind, We’ve Gone Too Far

Plus Continuing Events:
The Orchid Show
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Picnic Cantata / Dinner at Eight
NY Festival of Song
at Merkin Concert Hall / 8PM, $40-$55
“A buffet of songs with food as a theme includes the premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s “Six Packets of Oatmeal,” a preview of William Bolcom’s “Dinner at Eight” (which has its full premiere at the Minnesota Opera in March), and a rare performance of Paul Bowles’s 1954 “Picnic Cantata.” Steven Blier and Michael Barrett are at the piano, guiding a quintet of singers.” (NYT-DAVID ALLEN)
* To purchase $20 Real Deal tickets: call the Merkin Box Office at 212.501.3330. Phone orders only.

RAVI COLTRANE (Feb. 21-26)
Jazz Standard, / 7:30PM, + 9:30PM, $
(Feb. 25, additional performance at 11:30 p.m.).
“Mr. Coltrane has a warbling sound that’s as thick as ink on the tenor and soprano saxophones. He’s a passionate, whole-body player, but his impulse is to obscure: His stippled, scattering tunes don’t give you a lot of melodies or rhythms to latch on to. Instead they immerse you in his disposition: poised, meditative, bold. Mr. Coltrane appears here with Adam Rogers on guitar, Dezron Douglas on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The First 100 Days: Economic Policy
Moderated by Kathleen Hays with Paul Krugman
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave./ 6:30pm, FREE, reservation required
“The stock market surged soon after since President Trump’s election, but much remains uncertain about his economic plan. Will his proposed combination of tax cuts, spending cuts, and infrastructure investment produce long-term growth or a new recession? Kathleen Hays, host of Taking Stock on Bloomberg Radio, moderates a panel of experts from across the political spectrum to break down the unknowns and the realities of “Trumponomics.”

Author @ the Library:
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
with Peter Godfrey-Smith, Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture combines science and philosophy with first-hand accounts of the remarkable intelligence of the octopus and explores how primitive organisms bobbing in the ocean began sending signals to each other and how these early forms of communication gave rise to the advanced nervous systems that permit cephalopods to change colors and human beings to speak.The authorshares from his underwater adventures and sheds new light on the octopus brain, the human brain, and the evolution of consciousness.”

Elsewhere, but this looks fascinating and worth the detour:

We Can’t Rewind, We’ve Gone Too Far
Kevin Smokler, Virginia Heffernan and Clive Thompson on Technology, Nostalgia and Culture
WORD, 126 Franklin St./ 7PM, FREE
“Join us for a panel on technology, nostalgia and culture with three leading writers in the field!”

And don’t forget this continuing event:

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Morgan Library & Museum
‘I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU? THE LIFE AND POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON’ (through May 28).
“This is the second-largest gathering ever, anywhere, of prime Dickinson relics, and as such it comes with an aura the size of a city block. It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of America that truly can claim greatness. And the show has a mission, to give 21st-century audiences a fresh take on Dickinson. Gone is the white-gowned Puritan nun, and the Belle of Amherst, that infantilized charmer. At the Morgan we get a different Dickinson, a person among people: a member of a household, a village dweller, a citizen.” 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. (NYT-Holland Cotter)

and you should be sure to check out the special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

at the very least you will want to see this one:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/13 and 02/11.
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Selected NYC Events (02/20) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>MONDAY/FEB.20, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

ORCHESTRA NATIONAL DE LYON
at Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $12.50-$95
imagegen “Leonard Slatkin brings his French orchestra to town with a program heavy on, well, French composers. Ravel dominates, with the Suite No. 2 from “Daphnis et Chloé,” and Renée Fleming singing “Shéhérazade.” There’s also a Ravel arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Antar,” with Thomas Hampson as narrator, and the American debut of Guillaume Connesson’s “Celephaïs.” (NYT – DAVID ALLEN)

Any performance with Renée Fleming will always be my top event of the day – she’s just wonderful.

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven
THE MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE & BILL WITHERS, 
   FEAT. PAPA J. & MO’ SOUL
“The Lady and President Tramp: I Can’t Believe I’m The President”
An All-Female Cast Presents 1776
Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect

Plus Continuing Events:
The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Juilliard Jazz Ensembles: Louis Armstrong’s Hot Five and Hot Seven
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $25
“The Juilliard School has been a destination for world-class music education since it was founded, and these incredible young musicians will exemplify that legacy for this special performance. The Juilliard School Jazz Ensemble features some of the world’s most talented emerging jazz artists, many of whom are already professional musicians. No stranger to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, the ensemble has also performed at noted venues such as the Blue Note and Alice Tully Hall. These gifted young musicians are proof of jazz’s bright future.”

THE MUSIC OF MARVIN GAYE & BILL WITHERS,
FEAT. PAPA J. & MO’ SOUL
B.B. KING BLUES CLUB & GRILL / 8PM, $25
“A true musical icon, the late Marvin Gaye, known as the Prince of Motown, possessed a musical genius that enabled him to easily transition from creating upbeat pop to more socially conscious music, from upbeat funk to “satin-sheet soul.” His long string of hits includes “I Heard it Through the Grapevine,” “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You),” “What’s Going On,” “Let’s Get it On,” “Got to Give It Up” and “Sexual Healing.” Meanwhile, musical luminary Bill Withers is known for irresistible chart-toppers like “Lean on Me,” “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Just the Two of Us” and more. He has three Grammys and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Join Harlem-based Papa J. and Mo’ Soul as they pay homage to these two legends. Incorporating soul, funk and blues into their unique sound, the pair’s tribute to Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers is sure to work your groove.”

“The Lady and President Tramp: I Can’t Believe I’m The President,”
starring Donald J. Tramp and comedienne April Brucker,
Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W46th St./ 7PM, $10
The self-proclaimed President of the Uninformed States of America is coming to the Broadway Theater District on President’s Day. Donald J. Tramp is a ventriloquist’s dummy that bears a striking resemblance to the 45th U.S. President, complete with an orange quiff, squinty eyes and outrageous mouth.

The ventriloquist is April Brucker, a petite, Monroe-esque actress, comedienne and media personality who launched a YouTube video series for Mr. Tramp’s presidential campaign on April Fools’ Day 2016.

“From Jeff Dunham and Walter all the way back to Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, ventriloquists’ dummies have always gotten away with outrageous remarks,” says Ms. Brucker. “Now there’s going to be a President who makes professional dummies look like amateurs.”

“What? There’s another dummy that claims to be President,” says Mr. Tramp. “I’m the legitimate graduate of the Electoral College for Dummies.”

An All-Female Cast Presents 1776
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, +9:30PM, $ may have to wait list
“This President’s Day, come crack the glass ceiling with Feinstein’s/54 Below as we present an all-female cast singing Sherman Edward’s seminal piece, 1776. Enjoy this contemporary take on one of Broadway’s beloved classics, performed by some of New York’s finest leading ladies. America’s birth has never felt so fresh, or so feminine. The concert will serve as a benefit for DC based non-profit Running Start, which grew out of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee (WUFPAC), and financially supports young women running for office.”

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Theater Talks: August Wilson Effect
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Amidst a moment of vibrant reimaginings of August Wilson’s work, both on stage and screen, this conversation will contemplate the meaning of his work and legacy, explore the practice of contemporary practitioners of stage and screen craft, and imagine the future of the trajectory of black storytelling. Producer Kamilah Forbes, playwright Chisa Hutchinson, and writer, actor, and recording artist Carl Hancock Rux participate in a conversation moderated by Professor and Director of the August Wilson Society, Dr. Sandra G. Shannon.”

And don’t forget this continuing event:

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Summer 2017).
◊ Order before May.31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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Selected NYC Events (02/19) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events>SUNDAY/FEB.19, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 9PM +11PM, $30
imgres “Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill — leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (NY Times) — was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City. He played piano in Carla Bley’s Big Band from 1979 through 1983 and earned a reputation as a soloist in groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Turre, Freddy Cole, Lester Bowie, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Belafonte.

The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O’Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
Sondheim Unplugged
EXPANSIONS: THE DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP
Miguel Zenón
Balé Folclórico da Bahia
Elaine Race Massacre: A Dramatic Presentation in Music, Motion, and Verse
Continuing Events:
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
Huron Club, 17 Vandam St./ 5PM, $40
image-1 “English singer-actor Burke makes her U.S. debut in a “cabaret-play” set in the 1930s, featuring songs by Kurt Weill and others. The winning Charlie Alterman costars as her pianist.” (TONY)

“Developed for London’s historic Wilton’s Music Hall, and following sell-out performances in London and Edinburgh, Love for Sale is a 1930’s cabaret celebrating the music of Kurt Weill, Cole Porter and their contemporaries. Featuring OffWestEnd Award nominee Kelly Burke and Broadway musical director Charlie Alterman (Pippin, Next to Normal).
“A heartfelt, stylish show – as intelligent as it is decadent” The List

Sondheim Unplugged
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54th St./ 7PM, $35 – $70
“Back for Season7! A celebrated New York event since 2010, the BroadwayWorld and Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret’s most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only, delving into the musical world of Broadway’s master composer. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more.” (BroadwayWorld)

EXPANSIONS: THE DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP
at Smoke Jazz Club, 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $38
“An esteemed soprano saxophonist and N.E.A. Jazz Master, Mr. Liebman, 70, has recently been working with Expansions, a spry, protean quintet. It features three younger musicians — the entrancing pianist Bobby Avey, the multi-reedist Matt Vashlishan and the drummer Alex Ritz — and one longtime associate, the bassist Tony Marino. Last year the band released a live album, “Expansions Live,” full of murky and magnetic interplay. For this three-night run the group will focus on the repertoire of John Coltrane.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Miguel Zenón Quartet
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30Pm, +10:30PM, $30
“Típico,” Zenón’s new album, is a dedicatory project that celebrates the unity and invention of the alto saxophonist’s longtime quartet, now approaching its second decade as a fierce modernist ensemble. The leader’s lapel-grabbing playing may remain the focus, but his bandmates—the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Hans Glawischnig, and the drummer Henry Cole—having thoroughly absorbed Zenón’s integration of Latin musical sources and jazz, are invaluable contributors, each worthy of his obvious pride.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Balé Folclórico da Bahia
Concert Hall at Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Blvd W / 4PM, $25-$40
2017-02-19-bahia-slideshow-3 “Balé Folclórico da Bahia, the only professional folk dance company in Brazil, was formed in 1988 by Walson Botelho and Ninho Reis. Based in Salvador in the northern state of Bahia, and under the leadership of artistic director José Carlos Arandiba, the 32-member troupe of dancers, musicians, and singers performs a repertory that originates from Bahian folkloric dances of African origin and includes slave dances, capoeira, samba, and those that celebrate Carnival. The company highlights the region’s culture within a contemporary theatrical vision. Balé Folclórico da Bahia made its European debut in 1992 when it participated in Berlin’s Alexander Platz International Festival and drew an audience of 50,000. Its US debut tour was in 1995—96 and it has since performed in 88 US cities, earning rave reviews and playing to sold-out houses.”

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Elaine Race Massacre: A Dramatic Presentation in Music, Motion, and Verse
Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Pl./ 2PM, FREE
“No one knows who fired the first shot in Elaine, Arkansas in 1919, triggering one of the deadliest race riots in United States history. That stark moment was a turning point for American civil liberties, propelling changes to our criminal justice system and paving the way for the Civil Rights movement.

Actors will read selections from J. Chester Johnson’s beautiful poetic rendering about one of the worst genocides in American history, with accompanying dance by Trinity’s Movement Choir and a multimedia presentation.”

And don’t forget these continuing events:

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (Feb.14-26)
at the Joyce Theater175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 2PM, +7:30PM, $56-$76
imgres“With classic works by Martha Graham and pieces by four contemporary choreographers — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Annie-B Parson, Pontus Lidberg and Nacho Duato — the Graham company hosts a two-week season with the theme “Sacred/Profane.” The runs includes premieres by Mr. Cherkaoui, who takes on Sufi mysticism, and Ms. Parson, who is inspired by Graham’s “Punch and the Judy,” a comic work from 1941. Promisingly, there is text by the witty Will Eno.

But the real attraction comes in the Graham masterworks, especially “Primitive Mysteries” (1931), an all-female dance divided into three sections that explores the virgin myths of the American Southwest. There are also sections from the haunting “Dark Meadow” (1946) and Act II from “Clytemnestra” (1958), as well as some lighter fare, including the always lovely “Diversion of Angels” (1948) and the comic work “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘FROM THE COLLECTION: 1960-1969’ (through March 12)
“MoMA shakes up its sanctum sanctorum, installing half of its permanent collection galleries with works chosen by 17 curators from a single decade: the tumultuous 1960s. The limited time frame is balanced by unprecedented breadth and variety. As never before, the presentation mixes together objects and artworks from all six of the museum’s curatorial departments. The blend is alternately stimulating and bewildering, revelatory and infuriating: yet another symptom of the museum’s limited curatorial mind-set. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith)

‘FRANCIS PICABIA: OUR HEADS ARE ROUND SO OUR THOUGHTS CAN CHANGE DIRECTION’ (through March 19).
“The restless career of one of the great provocateurs of early modernism finally gets its due from the Museum of Modern Art, healthfully perturbing that institution’s emphasis on linear progress and creative genius with radically shifting styles and tones. His lush, large-scale Cubist paintings; machine-based images; Dada anti-art and magazines; several returns to figuration; and final abstract styles are all present and give no quarter.” (Smith)

 ‘TONY OURSLER: IMPONDERABLE’ (through April 16)
“This small exhibition is centered on a 90-minute film in which episodes from the history of spiritualist frauds and hoaxes are re-enacted by people in fanciful costumes while mystic flames, smoke and ectoplasmic phenomena come and go. At certain moments during “Imponderable,” you feel breezes wafting over you and hear loud thumping under the theater’s risers. The crudeness of these effects is part of the generally comical spirit. It’s all about the confusion between illusion and reality to which human beings seem to be congenitally susceptible.” (Johnson)

And a special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

FAST FORWARD: PAINTING FROM THE 1980S (thru May 14)

“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s presents a focused look at painting from this decade with works drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection.

In the 1980s, painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world against a backdrop of expansive change. An unprecedented number of galleries appeared on the scene, particularly in downtown New York. Groundbreaking exhibitions—that blurred distinctions between high and low art—were presented at alternative and artist-run spaces. New mediums, including video and installation art, were on the rise. Yet despite the growing popularity of photography and video, many artists actively embraced painting, freely exploring its bold physicality and unique capacity for expression and innovation.

The exhibition includes work by artists often identified with this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel—as well as by several lesser-known painters. These artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, and offered new interpretations of abstraction. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war. In the face of a media-saturated environment, artists in the 1980s recommitted to painting. Far from dead, painting came to represent an important intersection between new ways of seeing and a seemingly traditional way of making art.”

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 02/17 and 02/15.
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Selected NYC Events (02/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>SATURDAY/FEB.18, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

EXPANSIONS: THE DAVE LIEBMAN GROUP (also Sunday)
at Smoke Jazz Club, 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $38
“An esteemed soprano saxophonist and N.E.A. Jazz Master, Mr. Liebman, 70, has recently been working with Expansions, a spry, protean quintet. It features three younger musicians — the entrancing pianist Bobby Avey, the multi-reedist Matt Vashlishan and the drummer Alex Ritz — and one longtime associate, the bassist Tony Marino. Last year the band released a live album, “Expansions Live,” full of murky and magnetic interplay. For this three-night run the group will focus on the repertoire of John Coltrane.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Miguel Zenón
Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
Roe v. Wade: Four Decades Later
The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Miguel Zenón
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30Pm, +10:30PM, $30
“Típico,” Zenón’s new album, is a dedicatory project that celebrates the unity and invention of the alto saxophonist’s longtime quartet, now approaching its second decade as a fierce modernist ensemble. The leader’s lapel-grabbing playing may remain the focus, but his bandmates—the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Hans Glawischnig, and the drummer Henry Cole—having thoroughly absorbed Zenón’s integration of Latin musical sources and jazz, are invaluable contributors, each worthy of his obvious pride.” (NewYorker)

Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
A Valentine’s Celebration: “Nothing But Love Songs”
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“With the Grammy® nominated, “Harlem On My Mind,” vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great American songbook. “One of the outstanding singers of our time,” (Wall Street Journal) and her sextet bolster her reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of early-20th century American music. The daughter of pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray and long-time Louis Armstrong band leader and arranger Luis Russell, Catherine Russell has ”a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden.” (NPR) In addition to her own acclaimed recordings, Russell has been prominently featured providing period music on the soundtracks to HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and other film and television productions.”

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (Feb.14-26)
at the Joyce Theater175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 8PM, $56-$76
imgres“With classic works by Martha Graham and pieces by four contemporary choreographers — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Annie-B Parson, Pontus Lidberg and Nacho Duato — the Graham company hosts a two-week season with the theme “Sacred/Profane.” The runs includes premieres by Mr. Cherkaoui, who takes on Sufi mysticism, and Ms. Parson, who is inspired by Graham’s “Punch and the Judy,” a comic work from 1941. Promisingly, there is text by the witty Will Eno.

But the real attraction comes in the Graham masterworks, especially “Primitive Mysteries” (1931), an all-female dance divided into three sections that explores the virgin myths of the American Southwest. There are also sections from the haunting “Dark Meadow” (1946) and Act II from “Clytemnestra” (1958), as well as some lighter fare, including the always lovely “Diversion of Angels” (1948) and the comic work “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Roe v. Wade: Four Decades Later
New-York Historical Society / 9AM, $48
“Celebrated journalist Linda Greenhouse, Yale Law School dean Robert Post and NYU School of Law professor Kenji Yoshino examine the landmark case and discuss why, over forty years later, it remains a source of heated debate. Show up at 9am for a continental breakfast; the program begins at 9:30am.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this annual show is worth the detour:

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected NYC Events (02/17) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>FRIDAY/FEB.17, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Miguel Zenón
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30Pm, +10:30PM, $30
“Típico,” Zenón’s new album, is a dedicatory project that celebrates the unity and invention of the alto saxophonist’s longtime quartet, now approaching its second decade as a fierce modernist ensemble. The leader’s lapel-grabbing playing may remain the focus, but his bandmates—the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Hans Glawischnig, and the drummer Henry Cole—having thoroughly absorbed Zenón’s integration of Latin musical sources and jazz, are invaluable contributors, each worthy of his obvious pride.” (NewYorker)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Birdland Big Band
Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
Privacy and the Profit Motive

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Birdland Big Band
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 5:15PM, $30
“Rob Middleton and Glenn Drewes conduct Birdland’s resident jazz band, which weds swing-era glitz with a funky modern beat. The popular group tears up a myriad of classic and original tunes of the jazz, funk and Latin varieties.” (TONY)

Kelly Burke: Love for Sale
Huron Club, 17 Vandam St./ 5PM, $40
“English singer-actor Burke makes her U.S. debut in a “cabaret-play” set in the 1930s, featuring songs by Kurt Weill and others. The winning Charlie Alterman costars as her pianist.” (TONY)

Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
A Valentine’s Celebration: “Nothing But Love Songs”
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“With the Grammy® nominated, “Harlem On My Mind,” vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great American songbook. “One of the outstanding singers of our time,” (Wall Street Journal) and her sextet bolster her reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of early-20th century American music. The daughter of pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray and long-time Louis Armstrong band leader and arranger Luis Russell, Catherine Russell has ”a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden.” (NPR) In addition to her own acclaimed recordings, Russell has been prominently featured providing period music on the soundtracks to HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and other film and television productions.”

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (Feb.14-26)
at the Joyce Theater175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 8PM, $56-$76
imgres“With classic works by Martha Graham and pieces by four contemporary choreographers — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Annie-B Parson, Pontus Lidberg and Nacho Duato — the Graham company hosts a two-week season with the theme “Sacred/Profane.” The runs includes premieres by Mr. Cherkaoui, who takes on Sufi mysticism, and Ms. Parson, who is inspired by Graham’s “Punch and the Judy,” a comic work from 1941. Promisingly, there is text by the witty Will Eno.

But the real attraction comes in the Graham masterworks, especially “Primitive Mysteries” (1931), an all-female dance divided into three sections that explores the virgin myths of the American Southwest. There are also sections from the haunting “Dark Meadow” (1946) and Act II from “Clytemnestra” (1958), as well as some lighter fare, including the always lovely “Diversion of Angels” (1948) and the comic work “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Privacy and the Profit Motive:
“If You’re Not Doing Anything Wrong Then You Should Have Nothing to Hide.”
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM, $20, includes wine
Big data collection by the government (dating to the 1790 census), the work of privacy advocates, and the weakness of American privacy law are just a few of the topics on a night that examines the trope, “If you’re not doing anything wrong then you should have nothing to hide.” (ThoughtGalleryn.org).

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

==================================================================================
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

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For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better to plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 02/15 and 02/13.
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Selected Events (02/16) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>THURSDAY/FEB.16, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Works & Process Rotunda Project:
Michelle Dorrance with Nicholas Van Young
Guggenheim Museum / at 6:30 pm, 8 pm, and 9:30 pm, $40
“The tap dancer Michelle Dorrance’s dynamic performances are as notable for her quicksilver steps as for the way she seems to transform into a live percussion instrument. Here, Dorrance will be joined by dancer Van Young, members of her ­company Dorrance Dance, and musicians to ­create a “performative soundscape.” (NY mag)

“In 2017, Works & Process launches a new initiative, commissioning site-specific residencies and performances for the iconic Guggenheim rotunda. The first Works & Process Rotunda Project features MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance, one of the most sought-after tap dancers of her generation, working in collaboration with Bessie Award winner Nicholas Van Young. Dorrance and Van Young lead a large cast of dancers and musicians from her company, Dorrance Dance, using dance and percussion to create a performative soundscape incorporating the rotunda as a musical instrument.
This 30-minute performance will be viewed from the ramps and requires audience members to stand for the duration of the program.”
Walk-up tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors will open 15 minutes before each performance.

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Laura Mvula
Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY
The Golden Age of the Venetian Republic
The Women Who Made New York

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Laura Mvula
The Appel Room (Rose Hall-Jazz @ Lincoln Center) / 8:30PM, $40+
“With a Mercury Prize nomination and MOBO win, Laura Mvula is a creative leader of the U.K.’s current soul revival. Critics love her, but perhaps her brightest endorsement came from Prince, who listened to her 2013 debut album, Sing to the Moon, before shows and was an outspoken fan. With effortless originality, a molasses-rich voice that contains echoes of Nina Simone, delight for digital effects, and “an eye on transcendence” (NPR), Mvula invites listeners into a glowing, poetic world. A stay in New York last winter unlocked the ideas for her “visionary” second album (Pitchfork), The Dreaming Room, and she returns this February to conjure an evening of magic with the twinkling Manhattan skyline as a backdrop.”

Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
A Valentine’s Celebration: “Nothing But Love Songs”
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“With the Grammy® nominated, “Harlem On My Mind,” vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great American songbook. “One of the outstanding singers of our time,” (Wall Street Journal) and her sextet bolster her reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of early-20th century American music. The daughter of pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray and long-time Louis Armstrong band leader and arranger Luis Russell, Catherine Russell has ”a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden.” (NPR) In addition to her own acclaimed recordings, Russell has been prominently featured providing period music on the soundtracks to HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and other film and television productions.”

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (Feb.14-26)
at the Joyce Theater175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 8PM, $56-$76
imgres“With classic works by Martha Graham and pieces by four contemporary choreographers — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Annie-B Parson, Pontus Lidberg and Nacho Duato — the Graham company hosts a two-week season with the theme “Sacred/Profane.” The runs includes premieres by Mr. Cherkaoui, who takes on Sufi mysticism, and Ms. Parson, who is inspired by Graham’s “Punch and the Judy,” a comic work from 1941. Promisingly, there is text by the witty Will Eno.

But the real attraction comes in the Graham masterworks, especially “Primitive Mysteries” (1931), an all-female dance divided into three sections that explores the virgin myths of the American Southwest. There are also sections from the haunting “Dark Meadow” (1946) and Act II from “Clytemnestra” (1958), as well as some lighter fare, including the always lovely “Diversion of Angels” (1948) and the comic work “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Golden Age of the Venetian Republic
>’Venice and the Ottoman Empire”
with Alessandro Barbero
>”Freedom of Thought in Renaissance Venice”
with Edward Muir Jr.
Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Ave. / 6PM, FREE
“In talks that explore La Serenissima’s social, cultural, and political history, bestselling Italian historian and novelist Alessandro Barbero views Venice’s relationship with the Ottoman Empire through the lens of the epic Battle of Lepanto in 1571, while Edward Muir Jr. examines the remarkably free exchange of ideas that flourished in Venice—some of them incendiary.”

The Women Who Made New York
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Julie Scelfo comes to the Mid-Manhattan Library in support of her new book, The Women Who Made New York, speaking about the icons, mythmakers, and editrixes who helped turn NYC in a world capital.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest”, Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox (40s, 50s, R&B, and soul). On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected NYC Events (02/15) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events>WEDNESDAY/FEB.15, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

MARTHA GRAHAM DANCE COMPANY (Feb.14-26)
at the Joyce Theater175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7PM, $56-$76
imgres “With classic works by Martha Graham and pieces by four contemporary choreographers — Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Annie-B Parson, Pontus Lidberg and Nacho Duato — the Graham company hosts a two-week season with the theme “Sacred/Profane.” The runs includes premieres by Mr. Cherkaoui, who takes on Sufi mysticism, and Ms. Parson, who is inspired by Graham’s “Punch and the Judy,” a comic work from 1941. Promisingly, there is text by the witty Will Eno.

But the real attraction comes in the Graham masterworks, especially “Primitive Mysteries” (1931), an all-female dance divided into three sections that explores the virgin myths of the American Southwest. There are also sections from the haunting “Dark Meadow” (1946) and Act II from “Clytemnestra” (1958), as well as some lighter fare, including the always lovely “Diversion of Angels” (1948) and the comic work “Maple Leaf Rag” (1990).” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Keith Jarrett
Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
Liz Callaway: The Story Goes On
Jazz 101: New Orleans and The Great Migration
The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves, Our History, and the Future
Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine

You saw these here recently and they continue today:
New York City Ballet – The Sleeping Beauty 

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Keith Jarrett
Carnegie Hall, 7th Ave. at 57th St./ 8PM, $ limited availability; call 212-247-7800
“The celebrated Keith Jarrett trio, with the bassist Gary Peacock and the drummer Jack DeJohnette, is officially a thing of the past. Going it alone, with a recent concentration on condensed improvisations and standard readings, the pianist is achieving a new peak of resourcefulness and beauty. Although he has his laudable competitors—Brad Mehldau and Fred Hersch among them—no one can really touch Jarrett when it’s just the man and his instrument on a stage. The ECM solo recordings, as fine as they are, are merely a simulacrum of the routinely elating live experience.’ (NewYorker)

Catherine Russell and Her Sextet
A Valentine’s Celebration: “Nothing But Love Songs”
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“With the Grammy® nominated, “Harlem On My Mind,” vocalist Catherine Russell journeys to the blue heart of the great American songbook. “One of the outstanding singers of our time,” (Wall Street Journal) and her sextet bolster her reputation as one of the foremost interpreters of early-20th century American music. The daughter of pioneering jazz musician Carline Ray and long-time Louis Armstrong band leader and arranger Luis Russell, Catherine Russell has ”a voice that wails like a horn and whispers like a snake in the Garden of Eden.” (NPR) In addition to her own acclaimed recordings, Russell has been prominently featured providing period music on the soundtracks to HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” and other film and television productions.”

Liz Callaway: The Story Goes On—The Songs of Maltby & Shire
The Appel Room (Rose Hall-Jazz @ Lincoln Center) / 8:30PM, $100
“The sunny Callaway—whose gleaming Broadway belt has brightened such shows as Cats, Baby and Miss Saigon—returns to the American Songbook Series with a set devoted to the urbane songs of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire (Closer Than Ever).” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Jazz 101: New Orleans and The Great Migration
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Time Warner Center, 5th Floor/ 6:30PM, $35
“Join us for an interactive and lively introduction to the nation’s greatest art form lead by Seton Hawkins, Director of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Hawkins, producer, manager, publicist, radio DJ, and advocate in Jazz for more than a decade will help you to develop your ears to hear the many details and intricacies that make this music so endlessly fascinating, and guide you through the history and development of the styles.

We say that Jazz was born in New Orleans, but why? What was special about that city, and the people in it? During this class, we will explore the cultural make-up, the unique diversity, and the interplay of cultures you find in New Orleans. We’ll also listen to some of the earliest musical styles to come out of there, and we’ll give you insight into what the very earliest forms of Jazz might have sounded like. As we move along, we’ll get into the era of recordings, and hear some of the first jazz records, and trace the development of Jazz’s solos and structures.”

The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals About Ourselves, Our History, and the Future
Book Culture, 536 W. 112th St./ 7:30PM, FREE
“For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But the nature-nurture wars are over. In the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before. The Genome Factor describes the latest astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect.”

Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“With Sarah Lohman, who works with museums and galleries around the country to create public programs focused on food.

This illustrated lecture offers a fascinating look at our past and uses long-forgotten recipes to explain how eight flavors changed how Americans eat.”

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Morgan Library & Museum
‘I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU? THE LIFE AND POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON’ (through May 28).
“This is the second-largest gathering ever, anywhere, of prime Dickinson relics, and as such it comes with an aura the size of a city block. It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of America that truly can claim greatness. And the show has a mission, to give 21st-century audiences a fresh take on Dickinson. Gone is the white-gowned Puritan nun, and the Belle of Amherst, that infantilized charmer. At the Morgan we get a different Dickinson, a person among people: a member of a household, a village dweller, a citizen.” 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. (NYT-Holland Cotter)

and you should be sure to check out the special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

at the very least you will want to see these two:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

‘MAX BECKMANN IN NEW YORK’ (through Feb. 20).
“In the last two years of his life, the great German Expressionist Max Beckmann lived in New York. This terrific exhibition gathers paintings that he created during his time here as well as paintings now owned by museums and private collectors in New York, regardless of when they were made. If this sounds like a recipe for mishmash, it’s not: There’s not a single dud among the 39 works in the show. Including portraits, still lifes, cityscapes and several of his most ambitious allegorical visions, it will warm the hearts of Beckmann’s fans and serve as an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with his vigorously humane art. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org” (Ken Johnson)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/13 and 02/11.
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