Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014.
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Neil Gaiman: The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains
“The beloved novelist and comic-book writer returns to NYC with a multimedia presentation sure to wow. Accompanied by the FourPlay String Quartet and projections from illustrator Eddie Campbell, Gaiman will read a novella about “family, the otherworld and a search for hidden treasure.” (TONY)
Carnegie Hall, Perelman Stage, 881 Seventh Ave. at 57th St
8:00pm / $39–$129
212-247-7800 / carnegiehall.org
The 16th annual Del Close Marathon
‘Improvisational comedy legend Del Close was a huge influence over a generation of funny people, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Mike Myers and John Belushi. The 16th annual Del Close Marathon is a celebration of his work, presented annually by the Upright Citizen’s Brigade since his death in 1999. Catch hundreds of performers at eight different venues doing improv around the clock, for 56 nonstop hours. $30 (cash only) for a weekend wristband pass or $20 per ticket for premium shows. Wristbands go on sale today at 12 p.m. at UCBT Chelsea, 307 West 26th St. (between 8th and 9th Aves.) and 30 minutes before the first show at all other venues.” (DNA Info)
From 5.30 p.m. Friday until 8:40 p.m. Sunday.
Blue Note Jazz Festival: Chrisette Michele
“This Grammy-winning R&B singer-songwriter has a sublimely raspy tone that doesn’t conjure heartbreak so much as decimation. She found new buoyancy, however, on her last album, “Better,” which included the distorted, futuristic-sounding standout track, “Can the Cool Be Loved,” with Bilal.” (Anderson-NYT)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St.
At 7:30 p.m. / $40.
Nolafunk Crawfish & Music Festival
“Finally, the Big Easy meets the Big Apple at the NolaFunk Crawfish & Music Fest. There’ll be so much New Orleans in New York that you’ll be tempted to give up your cushy job in midtown and join a roving horn band. While you may not go that far, you’re certainly welcome to venture over to Governors Island and stuff your face with two pounds of fresh crawfish (included in the $55 ticket package.) Then, tear the metaphorical roof off the hypothetical mother with the Rebirth Brass Band–a legendary New Orleans group that has flown in direct from NOLA to play the festival. Their presence alone is worth the price of admission, but add several other funk and soul bands…plus an epic amount of shellfish? Count us in.” (TONY)
Governors Beach Club, Governors Island
4:00pm / $55
governorsbeachclub.com / 212-896-4600 / nolafunk.com
Jeremy Pelt Quintet (also Saturday)
“Face Forward, Jeremy” is the most recent album by Jeremy Pelt, and more evidence of his determined vision as a trumpeter-bandleader. He appears here with a rhythm section featuring two accomplished drummers — Victor Lewis and Billy Drummond — along with the pianist Simona Premazzi and the bassist Ben Alison.” (Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m. / $38 cover.
Elsewhere, but worth a detour:
“Kings County’s first-ever food-and-drink trade show welcomes more than 100 local exhibitors, including People’s Pops, Liddabit Sweets and Better Off Spread, plus veterans like Jacques Torres Chocolate. The borough’s three wineries–Red Hook Winery, Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery–will offer sips of their best pours. At the food court, refuel with Red Wagon’s bahn mi sandwiches, and coffee and cannoli from Villabate Alba bakery.” (TONY)
630 Flushing Ave., btw Marcy and Tompkins Aves
Subway: G to Flushing Ave
630flushing.com / brooklyneats.com
10:00am / $10
♦ 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 @ 2 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)
‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 / moma.org.
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 / http://www.discoverytsx.com