Selected Events (01/07) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 07, 2015.
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Marilyn Maye: By Request  — Cabaret (7pm)

Presidential Leaders:
Ulysses S. Grant with John F. Marszalek & Douglas Brinkley 

SmartStuff/ Conversation (6:30pm)

Marcus Roberts — Jazz (7pm)

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour — Jazz (8pm)

Farran Smith Nehme — SmartStuff/ BookTalk (7pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Jan.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com

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Marilyn Maye: By Request (until Sat. Jan. 10)
05mayespan-1-articleLarge“Marilyn Maye’s stellar past includes a string of classy RCA albums in the ’60s and a nearly unequaled number of Tonight Show appearances, but this husky-voiced, earthy belter has never sounded better than she does now (at 87). Astonishingly active lately, she now returns to the Met Room with a set of tunes suggested by audience members when they buy their tickets. Billy Stritch leads the band.” (TONY)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
212-206-0440 / metropolitanroom.com

Presidential Leaders:
Ulysses S. Grant with John F. Marszalek & Douglas Brinkley
From Commanding General to the Presidency, Ulysses S. Grant’s battles did not end with Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. Two renowned historians explore the trials and triumphs of Grant as president, from his leadership of the Radical Republicans to his supervision of Reconstruction efforts to the Panic of 1873.

John F. Marszalek is Giles Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University and executive director and managing editor of the Ulysses S. Grant Association. Douglas Brinkley (moderator) is a Professor of History at Rice University, bestselling author, and presidential historian for CBS News.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
6:30pm / $20-$35

Marcus Roberts (through Jan. 11)
imgres“While raising money on Kickstarter for his latest project—recording a suite of music that he wrote some twenty years ago, called “Romance, Swing, and the Blues”—the pianist and composer declared that “all great jazz is modern jazz—whatever the age of the piece, we make it ‘modern’ (relevant to our own time in history) when we play it.” This multi-stylistic dictum informs his work with his new twelve-member band, the Modern Jazz Generation, which recently released a double album of the material.” (NewYorker)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway at 60th St.
at 7 and 9:30 p.m
212-258-9595 / jalc.org.

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour (through Jan. 11)
“Nearly 60 years old, the Monterey Jazz Festival claims to be the longest-running jazz fest on the entire planet—seems like plenty of cause to celebrate with a week at the Blue Note.” (TONY)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net.
8 PM & 10:30PM / at tables $35, at bar $20, plus $5 minimum.

Farran Smith Nehme
“This author, who new book, “Missing Reels,” follows a girl from small town to the fading glamour of New York City’s old movie houses, hosts a panel of film experts the Strand Book Store. Ms. Farran’s has invited, among others, James Wolcott of Vanity Fair and the New York Magazine critic Matt Zoller Seitz to take part.” (NYT)
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th St.
At 7 p.m.,
212-473-1452 / strandbooks.com.

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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
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ (through Feb. 10) A popular image of the elderly Matisse is of a serene, bespectacled pasha propped up in bed and surrounded by doves and flowers. But in the years around 1940, he must have felt he was living a nightmare. He and his wife of more than four decades separated. He underwent debilitating surgery for cancer. During World War II, he fled south to Nice, only to have that city threatened with bombardment. Through everything, he worked on. It is this Matisse — the invalid, insomniac, night-worker and waking dreamer — we meet in the marvelous, victory-lap show that has arrived in New York from London, trailing light, praise and lines around the block. 212-708-9400, moma.org; admission is by timed tickets. (Cotter)

‘Sturtevant: Double Trouble’ (through Feb. 22) Among the first things you see in MoMA’s taut, feisty retrospective of the American artist Elaine Sturtevant is work by far better known figures: Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp. In each case, however, the pieces are by Ms. Sturtevant herself, who spent much of a long career adopting and adapting the art and styles of others to create a body of work entirely her own, one which raises questions about the value of art, about the hows and whys of producing it, and about the degrees to which quasi-replication can be an exercise in flattery, parody, objectivity, originality and love. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Cotter)

New-York Historical Society:
Annie Leibovitz: ‘Pilgrimage’ (through Feb. 22) No living celebrities are portrayed in “Pilgrimage,” but lots of celebrated figures from the past are indirectly represented, from Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson to Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Smithson. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Leibovitz set out on a two-year journey that took her to about two dozen historic sites in the United States and Britain. Most of these were house museums dedicated to famous individuals, where she photographed the rooms they inhabited and objects they owned and used. Though often poetically atmospheric, these pictures are disappointingly less lively than her portraits of famous entertainers. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Johnson)

Skyscraper Museum:
TS84_IntroWall‘Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment’ (through Jan. 18) In this smart, pithy show, 20 architectural panels capture the essence of another show, the “Times Tower Site Competition” held by New York’s Municipal Art Society 30 years ago, when over 500 architects made proposals for the famous triangular site in Times Square. Philip Johnson and John Burgee were proposing a suave 4.2 million-square-foot ensemble of four skyscrapers that would help “clean up” the surrounding urban squalor, and they favored an open square at the center of their project. The Municipal Art Society protested the proposal by asking for alternatives to replace the Times Tower. The dispute proved a turning point in New York’s urban history and, more broadly, in American architectural history, as the postmodernism of the Johnson towers gave way to a highly eclectic, free-for-all postmodernism devoid of his mansards or triumphal arches. 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org. (Joseph Giovannini)

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