Selected Events (12/29) + MuseumSpecialExhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, DEC. 29, 2013

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Dec.”, (because the holiday season kicks into high gear in December)
and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦  For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular (last 2 days)

images This holiday institution has new numbers and updated classics, and tickets for  these final performances are on sale!
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave, at 50th St
At 2pm, 5pm, 8pm / $42.50-$57.50
212-247-4777 /
866-858-0007 /

The Birdland Jazz Party featuring vocalist Hilary Gardner
Birdland’s very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics! This quartet features John Hart (Guitar), Paul Gil (bass), Carmen Intorre (Drums) & Jon Davis (Piano), and tonight is joined by special guest vocalist Hillary Gardner! She is a NYCity treasure, and tonight, a holiday treat.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St
At 6:00 PM / $25

Jennifer Holliday
“Jennifer Holliday’s literally breathtaking performance of Dreamgirls‘ rafter-ripping Act I finale, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going,” fixed her instantly in the pantheon of Broadway divas. Her body may be slimmer now, but her voice remains a thing of rough majesty. This week she soars and growls at 54 Below.” (TONY mag)
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
At 7PM / $50-$85, $25 food or drink minimum
866-468-7619 /

Tracy Morgan
When the hilarious, unpredictable former 30 Rock star and author of the memoir I Am the New Black takes the stage, he rants about, among other things, sex, drugs and his love of porn. If you’re still unsure about what kind of show you’re in for, the Carolines website warns that he’s “for mature audiences only.”
Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway, (btw 49th and 50th St.)
At 7:30PM / $33 plus two-drink minimum
212-757-4100 /

Eric Alexander Quartet featuring Louis Hayes
To kickoff the third annual “Countdown: A John Coltrane Festival,” Saxophonist Eric Alexander leads a quartet featuring the legendary Louis Hayes. Louis Hayes, a drummer at the heart of straight-ahead jazz for the past 50 years, established his reputation in the 1950’s and 60’s during extended stints with Oscar Peterson, Horace Silver, and Cannonball Adderley.

His innate swing and effortless feel sometimes make it seem like he invented jazz drumming. He has worked with everyone from Dizzy and Newk to Ravi Shankar and, of course, Trane. As The New York Times reports, “You know the drummer Louis Hayes if you have a halfway decent jazz record collection.”
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St.
At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m./ $45 cover
(212) 864-6662,

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.

WHAT’S ON VIEW: Special Exhibitions @ 4 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide) 

‘Walker Evans: American Photographs’ (through Jan. 26, 2014)
American Modern: Hopper to O’Keefe (through Jan. 26, 2014)
America’s cultural landscape shifted rapidly in the early 20th century. American Modern at the Museum of Modern Art looks at this change via some of the iconic works produced between 1915 and 1950. Artists highlighted include George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Andrew Wyeth. In organizing the art thematically, American Modern will highlight the connections between the artists’ works.
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 /

‘The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution’ (through Feb. 23, 2014)
New-York Historical Society
, 170 Central Park West, at 77th St.
(212) 873-3400 /


New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Al Hirschfeld Exhibition
(through Jan. 4, 2014)
“The Line King’s Library,” a display of work by Al Hirschfeld, whose specialty was theatrical caricatures, includes rare works as well as those familiar to theatergoers and readers of various publications, including The New York Times. The exhibition also includes video interviews with Mr. Hirschfeld, who died in 2003 at 99, and works by some of his contemporaries.”
NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, at Lincoln Center
111 Amsterdam Ave and 65th St.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.,
until 8 on Mondays and Thursdays
(917) 275-6975,


The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya (ongoing)
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world — LEGO® bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya. This show was named ‘One of CNN’s Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions.’
Discovery Times Square, 226 West 44th St. (btw 7th/8th ave)
866.987.9692 /


WHAT’S ON VIEW: Top Photography Exhibitions
(NYCity / Manhattan’s WestSide)

  Museum of Modern Art
XL: 19NewAcquisitions in Photography (through Dec. 31)
Walker Evans: American Photographs (through Jan. 26, 2014)
New Photography 2013 (through Jan. 6, 2014)
11 West 53rd Street / 212-708-9400

  Metropolitan Museum of Art
Julia Margaret Cameron (through Jan. 5, 2014)
Everyday Ephiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 
(through January 26, 2014)
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) / 212-535-7710

  American Museum Natural History 
Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies          
(through May 31, 2014)
79th St. And Central Park West / (212) 313-7278 

   International Center Photography
Lewis Hine
The Future of America: Lewis Hine’s New Deal Photographs
JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History
Zoe Strauss: 10 Years
All these exhibitions run through Jan. 19, 2014
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street / 212-857-0000


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : … …” dated (12/23) and (12/27).


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