Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (06/23)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-June”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Alan Broadbent
“Hidden in plain sight, the New Zealand-born pianist has been a linchpin of Charlie Haden’s Quartet West unit since the late eighties, as well as a Grammy-winning arranger whose tasteful charts have enlivened recordings by Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, and Paul McCartney. (And in “Heart’s Desire,” the touching ballad that he co-wrote with Dave Frishberg, Broadbent can also lay claim to a contemporary standard.) High-profile work aside, Broadbent’s exceptionally nimble and elegant playing best reveals itself in his own projects. He brings his trio to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for one night.” (NewYorker)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $30 cover, with a $10 minimum

Alan Cumming – “I Am Not a Cheese: I Do Not Have a Process,”
“Alan Cumming has professed to hate talking about acting, but that is exactly what the Library for the Performing Arts has asked the Tony Award-winning actor to do. Best known for roles spanning the Broadway stage (“Cabaret”), TV (“The Good Wife”) and film (“Goldeneye”), Cumming has also written a memoir “Not My Father’s Son,” in which he shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

In this New York Public Library for the Performing Arts talk titled, “I Am Not a Cheese: I Do Not Have a Process,” the Scottish-American actor will reveal the stories behind his most celebrated performances. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis with admission lines forming one hour prior to the show (5 p.m.) in the lobby at 111 Amsterdam Ave., Upper West Side.” (DNA Info)
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium. Showtime, 6 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series
An enchanting evening of favorite opera arias and duets featuring Metropolitan Opera stars. The Metropolitan Opera continues its summertime tradition of performing in the picturesque outdoor settings of various City parks. This year’s artists include soprano Amber Wagner, mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, tenor Russell Thomas and pianist Dan Saunders.

The performance dates and locations are as follows: June 23 in Central Park, June 25 at Brooklyn Bridge Park, July 1 at Crotona Park, July 3 at Clove Lakes Park, July 8 at Jackie Robinson Park and July 10 at Socrates Sculpture Park. (
Central Park SummerStage, Rumsey Playfield, Enter at 69th and 5th Ave.
At 8pm / FREE

Glenn Greenwald:
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Special guest Wallace Shawn introduces an evening with political journalist Greenwald, whose new book overviews the hot-topic issue of government surveillance. A book signing follows the discussion.
Carnegie Hall, 154 W 57th St. btw Sixth and Seventh Aves
212-247-7800 /
7:30pm / $12

Tegan and Sara
In Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career, they’ve made progressively influential material that has earned them a global following. The Canadian twins are back again, but this time they’re playing ’90s inspired music influenced by artists many of us have become increasingly nostalgic for this year as electronica seemingly devolves. Released in 2013, Heartthrob is the duo’s seventh studio album, filled with infectious singles like “I Was a Fool,” “Closer,” and “Now I’m All Messed Up”–modern pop/rock that makes you feel young and carefree, in the same vein as Ace of Base or “Baby Baby”-era Amy Grant.

Tegan and Sara will be supporting Katy Perry on her Prismatic World Tour in September, which will also mark the anniversary of their much-celebrated fourth album, So Jealous. In the meantime, they’ll be doing what they do best: bridging the pop and indie music worlds as they finish up their Let’s Make Things Physical tour with The Courtneys–a Vancouver-based slacker pop trio blowing up skirts with their flying nun-influenced punk/pop that also drifts back to the sound of the early ’90s.” (Erin Manning-VillageVoice)
Hammerstein Ballroom
8:00 p.m., / $39.50

Elsewhere, but worth a detour:
The Big Chill
“Take a break from summer’s rising temperatures at this cool-eats hangout. The family-style spread—prepared by Peck’s using ingredients from Whole Foods—includes open-faced gravlax sandwiches on Russian black bread and chicken liver terrine with verjus gelée and tart pickles, served alongside ice-cold cans of Summer Ale and EIPAs from Brooklyn Brewery.” (TONY)
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th St. btw Berry St and Wythe Ave
Subway: L to Bedford Ave
718-486-7422 /
631-537-4637 /
6:00pm / $40

♦ 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:

‘Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century’ (through July 27)
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 /


Guggenheim Museum: ‘Italian Futurism, 1909-1944: Reconstructing the Universe’ (through Sept. 1)
“This epic, beautifully designed exhibition may be one of the more thorough examinations of modernism’s most obnoxious and conflicted art movement that you are likely to see. Awash in the manifestoes that its members regularly fired off, it follows Futurism through to its end with the death of its founder, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, in 1944. It covers the Futurist obsessions with speed, war, machines and, finally, flight and the aerial views it made possible. And the show highlights relatively unknown figures like the delightful Fortunato Depero and Benedetta Cappa, Marinetti’s wife. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, (Smith-NYT)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 /

‘Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937’ (through June 30)
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th St.
212-628-6200 /

========================================================== 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 06/21 and 06/19.
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