Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (11/08)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, NOV. 08, 2014
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New Orleans to Harlem Jazz Weekend
“Admit it, doesn’t the name “New Orleans Jazz Orchestra” seem kind of redundant? Even without the word “jazz” in there, what else would you expect a New Orleans orchestra to play? The Crescent City continues to produce more outstanding jazzmen than any other locale in the world, a fact which is being celebrated at the Apollo this weekend with the induction of Louis Armstrong into the iconic theater’s Walk of Fame.

The ceremony will include a full-scale New Orleans-style street parade, complete with second line. Plus there is a formal concert with trumpeter Irvin Mayfield leading the NOJO plus guest headliner R&B superstar Aaron Neville (whose voice is diametrically opposed to Armstrong’s), and several jam sessions in the Apollo Music Cafe, featuring the virtuoso vibraphonist Stefon Harris and the irrepressible French Quarter party pianist Jon Batiste, all demonstrating that the spirit of the mighty Satchmo is alive and well.” (WSJ)
Apollo Theater, 253 West 125th St.,
212-531-5305 /
8pm / $30 to $80

“Because of health problems, Hutcherson, the groundbreaking improviser whose daring playing in the sixties helped liberate the vibraphone, will not be attending this well-deserved tribute. Two fine contemporary vibes men, Warren Wolf and Steve Nelson, will be on hand, though, along with such noted Hutcherson associates as the superb drummer Joe Chambers and the pianists Renee Rosnes and the too little heard Stanley Cowell.” (NewYorker)
Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St.
212-721-6500 /
7pm / $55-$75 /// 9:30pm / $45-$65

New York Comedy Festival: Maria Bamford
“This rare gem of a comedian is beloved within the comedy community for her heart-wrenchingly honest stand-up and precise, carefully constructed bits.” (Czajkowski-NYT)
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St.
At 9:45 p.m. / $44.50 to $54.50.
New York Comedy Festival: Bill Cosby
“At 77, Mr. Cosby continues to perform stand-up, and his clean-cut storytelling is dominated by tales of married and family life.” (Czajkowski-NYT)
Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall,
At 8 p.m. / $45 to $90.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 2 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

‘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 /

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 dated 11/06 and 11/04.
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