Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (04/30)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, APR. 30, 2014.

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Gary Bartz
“It’s safe to say that Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and the other bebop pioneers who used the original iteration of Minton’s to work out the kinks in their new music would not recognize the upscale veneer of the freshly rejuvenated spot. The saxophonist Bartz, who is seventy-three, is too young to have played at the club in its heyday, but his excitable blowing—honed with the likes of Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner—has more than its share of high-style bebop clinging to it. His quartet includes the consistently undervalued drummer Greg Bandy.” (NewYorker)
Minton’s, 206 West 118th Street, Harlem,
At 8 and 10 p.m.,
$30 cover at tables, with a two-drink minimum
$20 cover at the bar, with a one-drink minimum

“Books at Noon with Michael Cunningham”
The New York Public Library’s weekly series in Astor Hall (the soaring space just inside the main entry) featuring a writer in conversation with a member of the library’s staff, continues with Michael Cunningham.
Novelist Michael Cunningham, author of the new title The Snow Queen, reads for 30 minutes before answering questions
New York Public Library, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.

Paul Muldoon & Wayside Shrines
“Four years ago, the rock-and-roll veteran Chris Harford, who so favors musical evolution that one of his backing groups is called Band of Changes and features a perpetually rotating cast of players, began a collaboration with the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Muldoon—the poetry editor for this magazine, a lyricist for the late Warren Zevon, and a part-time guitarist. Harford seized on the title of one of Muldoon’s poems for their new band’s name.

The group, which includes the singer Ila Couch, the bassist Nigel Smith, the keyboardist Noriko Manabe, and the drummer Ray Kubian, released “Word on the Street,” an album and a book of poems by Muldoon, last year. At Joe’s Pub, they appear in the company of the fiddler Julie Myers for an evening of verse and music.” (NewYorker)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.

Conversation with Laurie Anderson
“Ms. Anderson will be among the panelists in a discussion about time and its representation in the visual and performance arts. Those also participating include Melanie Holcomb, curator in the Department of Medieval Art and the Cloisters; the author Rebecca Stead (“When You Reach Me”); and SeungJung Kim, an art historian at the University of Toronto. Part of a museum conversation series titled Spark.” (NYT)
Metropolitan Museum of Art,
At 6 p.m. / $30.

DNA and the Search for Elusive Creatures
“Is Bigfoot real? New York University’s biological anthropologist Todd Disotell is the person to ask. Disotell runs NYU’s Molecular Primatology Laboratory and has consulted on several Sasquatch-seeking TV shows (10 Million Dollar Bigfoot Bounty and Joe Rogan Questions Everything, though not Finding Bigfoot, sadly). His talk is part of NYU’s Science on the Square series, and will be held at the NYU Center for Genomics and Systems Biology (CGSB) auditorium, 12 Waverly St at Mercer St.” (TONY)
New York University, 70 Washington Sq South, at La Guardia Pl.
At 4:30PM / FREE

Bonus Pick – Just in Case
Sopranos, First and Last: An Evening with David Chase
David Chase was the creator and showrunner of The Sopranos, and his vision for the series is reflected in all 86 of its episodes. The show had a remarkable team of directors, writers, cast, and crew. Chase directed just two episodes himself: the pilot and the finale. Airing on HBO on January 10, 1999, the first episode introduced James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, the New Jersey mobster, family man, and self-proclaimed “waste management consultant.” The final episode, “Made in America” aired eight years later, on June 10, 2007, with a stunning and widely discussed ending. The Wall Street Journal critic Dorothy Rabinowitz recently called The Sopranos “a dramatic enterprise unequaled in television history, and by most of what Hollywood offers today.”

Indeed, the series was a richly detailed and panoramic allegory of contemporary America, a reinvention of the crime drama, and perhaps the series that inspired the current renaissance of quality television. Here is a special opportunity to see the first and last episodes of The Sopranos on the big screen, in their entirety, followed by a candid and intimate conversation with David Chase.
Museum of Moving Image
at 7:00 p.m.
Unfortunately, this event is sold out, listed here for standby or video simulcast options.
Tickets for the video simulcast are available here. Tickets may become available on a first-come, first-served basis through a standby line. Visit the Museum’s admission desk after 10:30 a.m. on April 30 to secure a position in the standby line.
Tickets: $30 public / $18 Museum members


♦ 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 04/28 and 04/26.
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