Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (06/29)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, JUNE 29, 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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Jon Batiste and Stay Human + Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
“Pianist and melodica master Batiste, whose family helped inspire HBO’s Treme, leads Stay Human (alto sax, tuba, drums), which updates New Orleans’s Preservation Hall sound with sophisticated smarts and the sort of grit that would lead to an EP recorded in the New York subway. The awesome Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight brothers whose music contains R&B grooves, heavy-metal DNA, and their father’s experience in Sun Ra’s Arkestra.” (Richard Gehr-VillageVoice)
Central Park, Rumsey Playfield
3:00 p.m. / FREE

Shades of Jazz: Keith Jarrett’s Music
“For the better part of his career, Jarrett has focussed on interpreting standards with his trio and spinning spontaneous improvisations in his solo recitals, and the quality of his earlier compositions has often been overlooked. Championing Jarrett as a tunesmith, this intriguing project brings together the saxophonist Greg Osby, the bassist Ben Allison, and the drummer Matt Wilson, as well as two keyboardists: Dan Tepfer, on the acoustic piano, and James Weidman, on the electric piano, an instrument that Jarrett—an outspoken jazz Luddite—hasn’t laid a finger on in forty years.” (NewYorker)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St.
212-582-2121 /
at 8:30 & 10:30PM / $30

“Fronteras: New and Old Sounds from Latin America and the Caribbean,”
The 1950s funky big-band indie mambo and cumbia sound of Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta is led by keyboardist, guitarist and vocalist Sergio Mendoza (Devotchka and Calexico), and features the rich baritone of Mexican vocalist Salvador Duran (who dueted with Willie Nelson on “Señor” in the Bob Dylan biopic I’m Not There).

The King of Colombian vallenato and cumbia music, Beto Jamaica, makes his New York debut performing ecstatic accordion-fronted dance party music from the Caribbean coast. Since earning his “Rey” title at the prestigious Leyenda Vallenata Festival, Beto has become one of Colombia’s most beloved artists and contemporary musicians.
River to River Festival
The Uplands, South Street Seaport , Fulton St.
At 1:30-5pm / FREE

Sam Newsome & Ethan Iverson
“Sam Newsome has brought a rare level of mastery and sonic imagination to the soprano saxophone. Few would dare to record the instrument wholly unaccompanied, as he’s done since 2008 on Monk Abstractions, Blue Soliloquy and The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 1 (all self-released).

For sheer depth of knowledge and improvisational daring, it’s hard to think of a better duo match than pianist Ethan Iverson — co-leader of The Bad Plus, must-read blogger and critic, like Newsome one of Monk’s most creative present-day disciples.” (VillageVoice)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village
At 8 p.m. / $15

Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Gala
Over 25 fabulous dancers and musicians will join Anahid Sofian Dance Company in a rousing retrospective of signature works from the Near and Middle East in celebration of the Company’s 35th Anniversary.

The program will present both traditional dances and those inspired by cultures of Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Persia, Armenia, Greece and Uzbekistan, as well as numerous renditions of Danse Orientale. The program is a dazzling blend of different styles, both old and new, traditional and theatrical.
MMAC, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, 248 West 60th St.
At 3PM / $40
212-787-1178 /

Elsewhere, but worth the detour (esp. for the Armstrong Eternity band):

The Louis Armstrong International Music Festival
“At the 1964-65 World’s Fair, the date of June 30 was named in Louis Armstrong’s honor. The 50th anniversary of that proclamation will be celebrated at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, with live music, dancing and food reflecting the cultural diversity of Queens.

Centered at the Unisphere, the festival will feature performances by Albita; the Jon Faddis Quartet; Junoon, a popular Sufi rock band; and David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band (GD:these guys are good). Inside the nearby Queens Museum, a concert by the jazz singer Catherine Russell will open “Ambassador Satchmo at the World’s Fair — Celebrating 50 Years,” an exhibition of rare photographs of Armstrong at the fair (on view through Oct. 6).” (NYT)
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Unisphere
From 1 to 7 p.m. / FREE

♦ 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 06/27 and 06/25.
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