Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (11/20)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 2014
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MUMMENSCHANZ, the Musicians of Silence
Mummenschanz returns with a magical show for both the young and the forever young-at-heart.

Since its three year run on Broadway, Swiss mark theater troupe Mummenschanz has pioneered a new form of visual theater that has since spawned multiple new genres reclaiming their legacy. Formed by founding members Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto and Bernie Schürch, Mummenschanz has since inspired generations of show­goers across five continents over four decades. The ‘stories’ told are unique in that they have no sound or music; the language of Mummenschanz is universal.

“Now the show is particularly vital to young audiences who’ve been raised on beeping gadgets and headphones, and rarely experience the extraordinary power of silence.” THE NEW YORK TIMES

By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle of that transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination.
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.
7 p.m. / $49 – $85
NOVEMBER 20-22, 24-25, 28-29 / 7:00
NOVEMBER 22-23, 28-30 / 3:00

EMEL MATHLOUTHI’S ARABIC TRIP-HOP
LIVE@365 – FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION:

Firebrand Tunisian singer, songwriter, and composer Emel Mathlouthi stands with the great divas of the Arab World but has also inherited the legacy of protest singers from the ’60s. She gained attention when her song “Kelmti Horra (My Word is Free)” was adopted by the Arab Spring revolutionaries on the streets of Tunis and soon became an anthem throughout the regions. Mathlouthi’s gorgeous, intricate sound moves between rock (she plays guitar and cites Joan Baez as an influence), trip-hop (she has collaborated with Tricky), and electronica, with a strong Arabic music connection. Her intimate songs express love, suffering, and longing for home, in a deeply confessional style verging on sacred Sufi music.

“It’s the astonishing range and sensuousness of Mathlouthi’s voice that is most compelling. There are swoops and growls reminiscent of Bjork, whom she cites as a major influence, and even traces of her goth past as she picks out minimal, reverberant lines on electric guitar which make you wonder if she’s also been listening to the xx.” – The Guardian
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
ROOM: 1201: Elebash Recital Hall
7:00 PM TO 8:30 PM / $25

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Sherry: The Wine World’s Best Kept Secret – Talk and Tasting
Too long a lonely outcast from the wine world, sherry has finally shed its stuffy, matronly image and today is making a comeback. Learn about its fascinating history, producers, pairings and myriad uses-in cocktails.

Talia Baiocchi is the editor-in-chief of Punch. Formerly, she was the wine editor for Eater, a columnist at Wine Spectator and editor of WineChap.com in the United States. She has written for The San Francisco Chronicle, Decanter, Bon Appétit and Wine & Spirits Magazine, among others.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave.
at 7:00 pm / $35
212-415-5500

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 next week.

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♦ 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.
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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 / metmuseum.org
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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 / guggenheim.org.

========================================================== 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 11/18 and 11/16.
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