Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (07/23)

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

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Our Time: KT Sullivan & Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim
(Wednesdays through Aug. 13)
“From the 1976 “Side By Side By Sondheim” to the 80th birthday spectacular “Sondheim on Sondheim,” the Sondheim revue has become nearly as much of a venerable tradition as the composer’s full-scale “book” shows. The advantage to doing 20-plus songs by Mr. Sondheim is that they frequently seem like the work of a wide range of songwriters, from the Cole Porter-styled “Uptown/Downtown” to such Viennese-y waltzes as “Remember.”

Ms. Sullivan continues to excel, in the latter, at exploring simultaneous multiple layers of both sentiment and sardonic humor. For his part, Mr. Harnar is as adroit as ever in tightrope-like feats of lyric acrobatics (as he verbally crosscuts between four separate songs in a “marriage” medley), but, now, more than ever before, he attains the upper brackets of tenderness and vulnerability.” (WSJ)
The Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W. 42nd St., just west of 9th Ave.
6PM / $30 +$15 food/beverage minimum per person
(212) 695-6909

‘Hommy: A Latin Opera’
“Larry Harlow was an original mastermind of Fania Records, a storied New York salsa label for which he produced more than 200 albums and, in 1973, wrote perhaps the only salsa opera to borrow its premise from the Who. “Hommy,” like “Tommy,” tells the story of a deaf and blind hero, though wizardry for percussion takes the place of pinball in Mr. Harlow’s imagining.

The piece had its premiere to much fanfare at Carnegie Hall and is being resuscitated for the first time here, with a 60-piece choir and orchestra, plus an updated cast including the niece of the late salsa great Celia Cruz. “Hommy” is a presentation of the series Lincoln Center Out of Doors.” (WSJ)
Lincoln Center, Damrosch Park Bandshell, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
7:30pm / FREE
(212) 875-5456

Sarah McLachlan

sarah-mclachlan-600“This Canadian singer-songwriter, Lilith Fair founder and ASPCA supporter (it’s a hardened individual who doesn’t tear up to her ASPCA commercials) returned this spring with “Shine On.” While her 2010 effort, “Laws of Illusion,” focused on the sorrow surrounding her divorce, “Shine On” deals with the death of her father.

“Even in mourning,” Jon Pareles wrote in his review of “Shine On” in The New York Times, “Ms. McLachlan is determinedly reassuring.” And longtime fans will be reassured to know that “Ms. McLachlan hasn’t changed her sound,” Mr. Pareles wrote. “Her voice whispers breathily, swells right up to the verge of tearfulness and then gracefully backs away, ever sympathetic and ever poised.” (Nicole Herrington-NYT)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St.
8 p.m. / $46 to $116.

¡Arriba! Dance Parties at the High Line. Arriba
Grab your friends and bring your dancing shoes – evenings of live Latin music and dancing are returning to the High Line this summer!

Friends of the High Line is pleased to partner with HAI and Hudson Guild to host some of New York City’s best Latin bands at the High Line, transforming the park into an open-air dance floor at sunset. Part of High Line Live! – a performance series at the High Line – ¡Arriba! nights in June, July, and August feature different live acts bringing their own energy, musical style, and flavor to our community dance parties.

Tonight, Sonido Costeño transcends salsa by bringing together guaracha, merengue, bachata, and American jazz influences – a harmonious blend that is sure to bring listeners to their feet.
HighLine, 14th Street Passage, On the High Line at West 14th Street
7pm / FREE and open to visitors of all ages. No RSVP required.

Enjoy dinner and dessert after dancing under the stars. On the High Line between West 15th and West 16th Streets you will find tacos, gelato, ice pops, and more seasonal treats from our food vendors, as well as Terroir at The Porch, a full-service, open-air café serving beer, wine, and small plates with sweeping views of the Hudson River.
Learn more.

Richie Sambora
“New Jersey native and famously mullet-ed Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora has been a hair-metal mainstay for more than 30 years. His success, as well as the band’s, was not only the result of his co-writing with frontman Jon Bon Jovi, but also his game-changing axe skills and solos.

On the occasion of the great electric guitar innovator Les Paul’s birthday, Sambora plays at the club where Paul performed regularly until his death in 2009. Over the course of two nights and three performances, Sambora will celebrate Les Paul, the electric guitar, and rock ‘n’ roll’s history. If you miss these performances live, Wednesday’s pair will be taped for the public access performance series Front and Center, but for the same reason Paul invented the solid-body electric guitar, this performance is better experienced live and very loud.” (Brittany Spanos, VillageVoice)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St
212-582-2121 /
8:00 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $85-$215

“Word for Word Author”
Piper Kerman, whose memoir “Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison,” was developed into the Netflix series, will talk with Emily Nussbaum, television critic for The New Yorker, about the book and the second season of the show as part of the Bryant Park Reading Room series.

The Bryant Park Reading Room, 1065 Avenue of the Americas,

located on the 42nd St. side of the park – under the trees – between the back of the NYPL on 5th Avenue & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas. In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check for the indoor location.
12:30PM / FREE
212-768-4242 /

♦ 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)
Charles James: Beyond Fashion’ (through Aug. 10)
One of the Costume Institute’s most ravishing exhibitions argues for this American fashion designer as a great modern artist — a sculptor-architect with a keen but discreet appreciation of women and their bodies. Aided by the latest digital wizardry, the insuperably forward-looking garments, especially the ball gowns, do most of the talking. Their innovations in shape, draping, seam placement, texture and color coalesce into breathtakingly gorgeous couture and an important show. 212-535-7710, (Smith-NYT)
‘Out of Character: Decoding Chinese Calligraphy’ (through Aug. 17)
Chinese calligraphy can seem daunting to viewers who are unfamiliar with the characters of this ancient art form. Some, stymied by the language barrier, tend to think about the physical act of the brushwork in the more familiar terms of dance or choreography, or to see the characters as abstract shapes. This smart and accessible show suggests a third option: appreciating calligraphy as a social art, and even an early social network. The emphasis comes partly from the collector Jerry Yang, a co-founder of Yahoo, who, with his wife, Akiko Yamazaki, has lent the works for the exhibition. 212-535-7710, (Rosenberg-NYT)
The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection’ (through Sept. 7)
‘Garry Winogrand’ (through Sept. 21)
Mr. Winogrand, who died at 56 in 1984, was the photographer laureate of urban and suburban middle-class life in the United States from the late 1950s through the ’70s and beyond. This ample retrospective focuses on his prime years, when he recorded a newly prosperous America while strolling Manhattan’s avenues and then followed it as it waded into increasingly troubled political waters. The result is a remarkable panorama of an era, with some terrific pictures, and some that Winogrand, who left a mountain of unprocessed film behind, never edited or printed. 212-535-7710, (Cotter-NYT)
‘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 /

‘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 Sept. 1)
“This show — one of the first in decades in an American museum to address, on a fairly large scale, the Nazi demonizing of art — tells a complicated story. The basic facts of the narrative, which centers on Hitler’s grand plan to purify German culture of Modernist, Bolshevist and Jewish influence, are well known, and it culminated in the infamous 1937 “Degenerate Art” exhibition in Munich. The Neue Galerie sets examples of art from that show beside Nazi-approved work; addresses the persecutions of artists in Dresden; and touches on the suppression of the Bauhaus. There are gripping paintings and sculptures as well as complex and haunting personalities every step of the way. And in the end the links between aesthetics and disaster are clear.”  (Cotter-NYT)
Neue Galerie, 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street,
========================================================== 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 07/21 and 07/19.
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