Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (04/24)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, APR. 24, 2014.

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

Poetry and the Creative Mind Gala
“This star-studded annual happening lures poesyphobic New Yorkers with celebrity readers and relatively affordable seats. Big-name proponents of verse, including Meryl Streep, Tina Fey, Patrick Stewart and Esperanza Spalding, tout their favorite poems, in an evening that supports the worthy Academy of American Poets and helps anchor National Poetry Month.” (TONY)
Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center), 1941 Broadway, at 65th St
6:30pm / $45–$75
212-875-5050 /

Jill Sobule
“Before Katy Perry, Ms. Sobule wrote a far more sincere “I Kissed a Girl.” It would be impossible to confuse the two anyway: Ms. Sobule’s perspicacious, character-driven folk compositions about politics and social stigmas could not be a farther cry from whipped-cream bustiers and blithe pop ditties. She celebrates the release of her new album, “Dottie’s Charms,” with this City Winery gig. “ (Anderson-NYT)
City Winery, 155 Varick St., near Spring St.
At 8 p.m., / $18 to $25.

Jeff Koons on Sculpture
Internationally recognized American artist Jeff Koons will share his impressions about the importance of the small-scale bronze tradition, using examples from the special exhibition Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection.
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St.,
at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm / Free,
but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis; reservations are not accepted.

‘Ladies and Gentlemen…the Beatles!’ (through May 10)
Fifty years ago The Beatles came to America. On Friday, February 7, 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr arrived from the U.K. at the newly-named John F. Kennedy International Airport. With cameras flashing and reporters jostling, they were whisked into Manhattan amid the screams, shouts and tears of New York area teens, braving the cold for a mere glimpse of the band. Then, that Sunday, the veritable king of the television variety show, Ed Sullivan, introduced them to a captivated American audience of more than 73 million viewers—at the time a television record. And just like that Beatlemania was upon us.

Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles! brings us back to the early ‘60s when rock & roll was re-energized—some say saved—by four lads from Liverpool. The exhibition covers the period from early 1964 through mid-1966—the years Beatlemania ran rampant in America. During this time the band affected nearly every aspect of pop culture, including fashion, art, advertising, media, and, of course, music. On display are many Beatles-related pop culture artifacts from the period, as well as correspondence, instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth in which visitors can leave their own impressions of The Beatles.
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: 111 Amsterdam Avenue, at 65th Street, Lincoln Center,
Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m., / FREE

Carla Bruni
“Even as she returns to her music career, Ms. Bruni, the former first lady of France, continues to further international relations. She joked in a cute video ad for her fourth album, “Little French Songs,” that her lyrics are “not French, not English — it’s a mix of both and it’s called Frenglish.” The album’s delicate folk-pop ballads make a case for seeing her at Town Hall, no passport required.” (Anderson-NYT)
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, Manhattan,
At 7:30 p.m. / $59.50 to $99.50.

♦  Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.


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

‘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 04/20 and 04/22.
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