Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (03/31) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, MAR. 31, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Mar”, 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.

The Music of Paul Simon
“There’s always something remarkable at all of Michael Dorf’s celebrity-stocked benefits for music-education programs at Carnegie Hall. So while you nod in appreciation at the thought of Angelique Kidjo, Bettye LaVette, Bob Mould, Josh Ritter and Richard Marx paying their respects to the pint-size bard from Flushing, chew on this: Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) and Bob Forrest (Thelonious Monster, Celebrity Rehab) are appearing together.” (TONY)
Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall,
At 8 p.m. / $48 to $160

Tenement Talks: Gary Shteyngart / Little Failure
“Award-winning author Gary Shteyngart appears tonight to discuss his new memoir, Little Failure, with friend and Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Suketu Mehta. Shteyngart, a Russian born immigrant, stays true to his sharp wit as he shares his hilarious, yet heartrending experiences of transitioning to life in America. Join Shteyngart as he reflects on his feeble attempts to overcome culture clashes and language barriers, as well as reminisces about his first love. If you enjoyed Super Sad True Love Story and Absurdistan, this memoir is sure to be your newest literary obsession.” (Flavorpill)
The Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard Street,
At 6:30PM / FREE
(212) 431-0233 /
Definitely not the WestSide, but it is GaryS and he is definitely worth the trip.
Subway: #1-2-3 to 14th St.; transfer to F train / 4 stops to Delancey/Essex
Walk W 2 blks to museum on Orchard St.

Enter the Dragon
Acclaimed as the first Chinese martial arts movie to be produced by a major Hollywood studio and one of the most beloved Kung Fu films of all time, “Enter the Dragon” catapulted Bruce Lee to international superstardom. Shot in 1973 and released six days after Lee’s untimely death, “Enter the Dragon” follows Lee as a martial arts expert turned undercover operative who is tasked with infiltrating a dangerous drug that is cloaked as a martial arts competition. Fast-paced and action-packed, “Enter the Dragon” iconically captured Bruce Lee as the martial arts phenomenon we celebrate today.
Signature Theater Company, 480 W 42nd St.
7:00 pm / $13

Aruán Ortiz Quartet
“The ambitious young Cuban pianist Aruán Ortiz draws from “Orbiting,” a memorable album from 2012, with several adaptable partners: Rez Abbasi on guitar, Sean Conly on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. “ (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $30 cover, with a $10 minimum

‘Madama Butterfly’  (Through May 9.)
“This revival of the Metropolitan Opera’s potent, gorgeously colored production of Puccini’s masterwork features the Met debut of the South African soprano Amanda Echalaz as the betrayed Cio-Cio-San. The youthful cast features another debutant, the baritone Scott Hendricks, as Sharpless, as well as the talented tenor Bryan Hymel as the callous Pinkerton and the mezzo-soprano Elizabeth DeShong as the loyal Suzuki.” (Woolfe – NYT)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,
At 7:30 p.m. / $27 to $445
(212) 362-6000,

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


What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

‘Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China’ (through April 6)
‘The American West in Bronze, 1850-1925’ (ends April 13)
‘Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris’ (through May 4)
William Kentridge: ‘The Refusal of Time’ (through May 11)
The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection’(through Sept. 7)
‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 /


‘Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes From the Hill Collection’ (through June 15)
“This sensational, beautifully presented show of 33 late-15th- to early-18th-century bronzes reflects a taste for historically important, big-statement examples in exceptional condition. They vividly reflect the Renaissance’s new interest in antiquity and the human form while encouraging concentration on emotional expression, refined details (great hair!), struggling or relaxed figures and varied patinas. Works by the reigning geniuses Giambologna, Susini and the lesser-known Piamontini dominate, further enlivened by a handful of old master and late-20th-century paintings from the Hill collection.”
(Roberta Smith-NYT)
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St.


‘Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video’ (through May 14)
“Kandinsky in Paris, 1934–1944“ (through Apr. 23, 2014)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 /

========================================================== Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 03/23 and 03/21.
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