Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (09/27)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events –SATURDAY, SEPT. 27, 2014
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Museum Day Live!
In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free.
Here are just a few of the NYCity museums participating today:
…The Morgan Library & Museum
…Museum of American Finance
…Museum of Arts and Design
…Jewish Museum
…Fraunces Tavern Museum

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.
To receive your free Museum Day Live! ticket you first register for an account and once registered, you can request a ticket to one participating venue.

Strange & Beautiful: A Celebration of the Music of John Lurie, The Lounge Lizards and Marvin Pontiac
“The culmination of several days of tributes to John Lurie — a saxophonist, composer, bandleader, actor and painter still synonymous with an era of downtown culture — this concert has been organized around several of his enduring musical guises. It will feature a heavy lineup of his contemporaries and heirs, notably the saxophonist and composer John Zorn, the guitarist Marc Ribot, the pianist John Medeski, the cellist Jane Scarpantoni, and Flea, of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.” (NYT-Chinen)
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 6th ave/ bway)
At 8 p.m./ $30 to $40.

New York Burlesque Festival (through Sunday)
Celebrating over a Decade of Glitter and Glamour in Gotham

The 12th annual New York Burlesque Festival, features 100 international performers at six manhattan and brooklyn venues. The festival continues with events on Saturday at B.B. King ‘s that include a show at 7:30 p.m. ($35 and $70 at the door) and an after party at 11pm-2am @ Lucille’s Bar w/ DJ Bill Coleman (Next door to BB King’s and free for all Saturday ticket holders).

On Sunday at 8 p.m., an awards show is planned at the Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea; $30 and $45 at the door.
B.B. King Blue’s Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St. (btw 7/8 Ave)
More details:

Marcus Roberts: Piano Masters of Melody
“Few keyboard stylists are as obsessed with the breadth of jazz history as the pianist Roberts, who can channel the spirits of Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, and Nat King Cole as deftly as he can those of post-bop players. He’s joined by the eleven-piece band Modern Jazz Generation, a fully fleshed-out unit that includes the drummer Jason Marsalis.” (NewYorker)
the Appel Room, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
At 7 and 9:30 p.m. / $55 and $75.

Global Citizen Festival with No Doubt and Sting,  Alicia Keys, and others

The largest free music festival returns to Central Park this summer. There will be over 48,000 free tickets distributed among the fans. In order to get these tickets, you’ll have to earn them by completing actions on the Global Citizen Festival website. These actions are fun, educational, and easy.

Topping the bill are Jay Z, No Doubt with Sting, Carrie Underwood, the Root and Fun. Best of all, Alicia Keys, one of last year’s headliners, will also appear as a separate guest performer. The performances will also be streamed live. At 2 p.m.,

Great Lawn, Central Park, midpark, from 79th to 85th Street,

212-772-0210 /


Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Photoville (through Sept. 28)
Photography and Beer at NYCity’s newest waterfront park –
now that’s a fine doubleheader on a sunny day like today.
“Drop-bys are definitely encouraged at this photographic village, held inside and outside 63 shipping containers at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Joralemon Street and the East River, Fulton Ferry. Presented by United Photo Industries, this is the third year of this free event, which also features panel discussions, workshops and other activities, some interactive.

In a highlight event on Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m., Tyler Stableford will discuss his photos documenting farmers, ranchers, beekeepers and others across the country; a reception will precede the talk at 5 p.m.
Photoville hours: Saturday, noon to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 8 p.m.
A beer garden is on site, Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Joralemon Street
More information is available at 718-215-9075 or
It’s a view of the world from the shores of the East River.” (Anne Mancuso-NYT)


Highbridge Reunion Bar-B-Que
If you have fond memories of growing up in the Bronx back in the day – the 1950’s, and 1960’s – then you don’t want to miss this reunion. This was the era before “The Bronx is Burning”, and there wasn’t a better place to grow up.

Highbridge – the bridge and the neighborhood.
As Manhattan’s population increased in the early 1800’s, serious problems with the water supply of wells and cisterns threatened to halt the city’s growth. The Great Fire of 1835 destroyed much of Lower Manhattan, and demonstrated once and for all, the need for an improved water supply.

1024px-high_bridge_new_york_city_1900The Croton River in northern Westchester was the nearest source of sufficient clean water and a great Aqueduct project was begun in 1837, and completed in 1848.

The Croton Aqueduct ran 41 miles into NYCity and had to cross the Harlem River to reach Manhattan. To celebrate this great engineering marvel, essential to allow Manhattan to grow into the world’s premier city, a majestic bridge was built to carry the Aqueduct high across the river.

The Highbridge was designed in the style of a Roman Aqueduct, with 15 stone masonry arches spanning the Harlem River. Now the oldest bridge into Manhattan, the Highbridge is 35 years older than that upstart Brooklyn Bridge, and after restoration should be open to pedestrians again in 2015.

The bridge was constructed mainly by Irish immigrants who settled nearby, in a neighborhood named after the bridge. This Highbridge neighborhood in the far west Bronx is also famous as the home of Yankee Stadium, so we like to think of Derek Jeter as one of our homeboys (we’ll miss him and Bob Sheppard).

The center of life in Highbridge was the local parish, Sacred Heart, and back in the day we were city champs in basketball – the city game. Now we just talk a good game.

1pm / Kennelly’s Grille House, 962 S Rte 9W, Congers, NY
This is pretty far from Manhattan’s WestSide,
but sometimes you just have to make the journey, to get back to where you started.

♦ 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:
‘The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy’ (through Oct. 26)
‘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 /

‘Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face’ (through Oct. 26)
Scipione_Pulzone_Jacopo_Boncompagni_1574_2000The 400th anniversary celebration of El Greco’s death begins with a stunning clarification of the youthful greatness of his portrait “Vincenzo Anastagi” — a Frick Collection stalwart — that also teaches much about radicalism, fame and painting. This is done simply by pairing it with the obsessively detailed “Jacopo Boncompagni,” a rarely seen portrait by Scipione Pulzone, the now-forgotten artist of the moment in 1570s Rome, where both works were made. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St. (btw 5th/Madison)

Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.
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 09/25 and 09/23.
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