Selected Events (01/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, JAN. 09, 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.”

Birth of the American Orchestra  — Jazz   (8pm)

Neneh Cherry — Pop/Rock   (7pm)

4th Annual Maqam Fest — World Music   (6:45pm)

The Alexis P. Suter Band — Blues   (8pm)

‘The Partnership’ by Pamela Katz  — SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (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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Birth of the American Orchestra (also Sat. Jan. 10)
“The ever-mindful Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis salutes giants of the big-band tradition, from the illustrious—Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Benny Carter—to those deserving of greater recognition, such as the pre-swing-era arranger Bill Challis, the bebop pioneer Gil Fuller, and the Afro-Cuban jazz avatar Chico O’Farrill.” (NewYorker)
Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway/60th St.
212-721-6500, jalc.org
8PM /

Neneh Cherry
“A Swedish iconoclast who darts among punk, rap, funk and pop with impossible poise, Ms. Cherry is a galvanizing spirit and generous collaborator best known stateside for her 1988 hit “Buffalo Stance.” In 2012 she released an album with the Thing, a lithe jazz troupe that covered the music of her stepfather, Don Cherry; last year brought her first solo album in 16 years, the inspired “Blank Project,” which has an appearance by Robyn, her kindred spirit in wide-ranging Scandinavian electro-pop. She performs in New York for the first time in her nearly 35-year career.” (Stacey Anderson-NYT)
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea,
At 7 p.m./ $40
866-777-8932 / highlineballroom.com.

4th Annual Maqam Fest
Maqam Fest is an annual showcase presented by Center for Traditional Music and Dance and Alwan for the Arts featuring exceptional ensembles from New York and around the world that have a unique approach and perspective on maqam. Developed more than a thousand years ago, maqam is a complex system of musical modes and represents one of the great legacies of the Arab-Islamic world, pervading the musical cultures from the Maghreb (Northwest Africa) to Western China, and from the Balkans to the Sudan. This year’s 4th Annual Maqam Fest 2015 celebrates a line-up that pays special tribute to this tradition.
Alwan for the Arts, 16 Beaver Street, 4th Floor
6:45pm / $30

The Alexis P. Suter Band
Alexis P. Suter is a rising star on the roots, blues and soul scene. Her powerful bass/baritone voice, seasoned with raw emotion and a wide streak of attitude, has won the praise of greats from B.B. King to Levon Helm (The Band). “She is one of those wonderful spirits,” said Helm. “She’s got her arms around you. You can feel that.” “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady” raves B.B. King.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St.
8:00pm / $15
212-220-1459 /

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
‘The Partnership’ by Pamela Katz
“Ms. Katz will read from her recently released book, “The Partnership: Brecht, Weill, Three Women, and Germany on the Brink,” which details the collaboration between the playwright Bertolt Brecht and the composer Kurt Weill. Throughout the night, Brecht and Weill’s songs will be performed by Amy Burton and John Musto.” (NYT)
Barnes & Noble,150 East 86th Street, at Lexington Avenue,
7 p.m. / FREE
212-369-2180 / barnesandnoble.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 Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Frick Collection:
‘Masterpieces From the Scottish National Gallery’ (through Feb. 1)
“As it did last year with masterworks from the Mauritshuis, the Frick has welcomed 10 paintings from the Scottish National Gallery, in Edinburgh, home to a renowned collection of fine art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It’s a quieter sort of exhibition, exemplified by the under-the-radar entrance of Sargent’s “Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.” It’s also a rangier show, one that isn’t as identifiably Scottish as the Mauritshuis works were Dutch — even considering the commanding Sir Henry Raeburn portrait of a kilted Macdonell clan chief.” (Karen Rosenberg)

Guggenheim Museum:
‘V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life’ (through Feb. 11)
“Many Western abstract painters in the early 20th century were deeply influenced by Asian art and philosophy, though no one dismissed them as Orientalists. By contrast, if Asian artists showed signs of absorbing Western models, their work was disdained as derivative. When you visit this survey of work by Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924-2001), keep that paradox in mind just long enough to see how its biases operate. Then give yourself over to some of the most magnetic abstract painting of any kind in the city right now, by a South Asian Indian modernist who looked westward, eastward, homeward and inward to create an intensely personalized version of transculturalism, one that has given him mythic stature in his own country and pushed him to the top of the auction charts.” (Cotter)

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.

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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. ========================================================

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