NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide (04/29)

Selected Events – April 29, 2013

Duke Ellington Birthday Celebration
“A birthday party and show are among the events commemorating the 114th anniversary of the birth date of Duke Ellington; the actual date is April 29.

Join host MERCEDES ELLINGTON and The Duke Ellington Center for the Arts in celebrating “Uncle Edward’s” 114th birthday, featuring the dynamic multi Grammy nominated Bobby Sanabria & Sexteto Ibiano. Plus singers Rosemary Loar, Marion Cowings, Antoinette Montague, Erick  and T. Oliver Reid; renowned Jazz-Blues pianist Eli Yamin; and dancers galore.

Enjoy wine, soft drinks and light refreshments, and birthday cake and a champagne salute to the Duke. Then be prepared to win a raffle of dinner for up to four people at the world-famous Friars Club with Mercedes Ellington.

Sponsored by the Duke Ellington Center for the Arts an organization to promote the music and legacy of the jazz great. thedukeellingtoncenter.org.” — (ANNE MANCUSO, NYT)

Dance Times Square Ballroom,
156 West 44th Street, 3rd Floor
from 7 p.m. / $45
Thedukeellingtoncenter.org
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Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts a combination open-mic, networking event and party in which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting.

Birdland – 315 West 44th St (Btw 8th/9th ave)
9:30 pm / $20
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Black Art Jazz Collective
“Though its name suggests a link to the Black Arts Movement, spearheaded by the poet Amiri Baraka, this ensemble is bound by less contentious aims. The group upholds a vision of jazz derived partly from the racial heritage of its all-star roster: the trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, the tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, the trombonist James Burton, the pianist Xavier Davis, the bassist Dwayne Burno and the drummer Johnathan Blake.“— (NATE CHINEN, NYT)

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Broadway, at West 60th Street
at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $35 cover, with a $10 minimum
(212) 258-9595 / jalc.org
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Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change. ==========================================================

SPECIAL EXHIBITIONS @ 3 MUSEUMS:
(Museum Mile & other Fifth Avenue area Museums)

“Impressionism, Fashion and Modernity” (through May 27)
Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘James Nares: Street’ (through May 27)
“African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde” (through Sept. 2)
Metropolitan Museum of Art: ‘Photography and the American Civil War’ (through Sept. 2)
Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Ave,@ 82nd street
(212) 535-7710 / metmuseum.org

“Gutai: Splendid Playground” (through May 8)
“No Country: Contemporary Art for South and Southeast Asia” (through May 22)
 “The Hugo Boss Prize 2012: Danh Vo’” (through May 27)
Guggenheim Museum: 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street
(212) 423-3500 / guggenheim.org.

“Degas, Miss La La and the Cirque Fernando” (through May 12)
Morgan Library & Museum: 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th st
(212) 685-0008 / themorgan.org.

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