Selected Events (02/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, FEB. 08, 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.”

T. Oliver Reid, ‘Drop Me Off in Harlem’   Cabaret   (7pm)

Wayne Escoffery Quartet —  Jazz   (8:30pm)   (10:30pm)

Sunday’s on Broadway  Dance   (8pm)   

Athena Film Festival     Film   (various)   

Alternative Guitar Summit   Pop/ Rock    (7:30pm) 

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, 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:

T. Oliver Reid, ‘Drop Me Off in Harlem’
imagesSinger and Broadway star T. Oliver Reid leads what he describes as “a club hopping journey through the swanky clubs and low down joints of 1934 Harlem,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf, and more. In this new show, Reid performs each number with the unmistakable dramatic flair of a musical theater veteran, and he also provides an overview of the clubs, musicians, and social context of the music. Funny, informative, and a consummate showman, Reid will transport you back to the heyday of iconic venues like the Cotton Club. “In 1934, on a Saturday night in New York City, if you were boozin’ and jazzin’, you were doing it in Harlem.” 80 years later, we’re doing it right here at Metropolitan Room.

“There is no place you will ever see / Like this dusky town-within-a-town.” Seen (but not heard enough) in Broadway’s “After Midnight,” the remarkably versatile bari-tenor T. Oliver Reid shows how African-American music of the interwar years wasn’t just one single style, but a polyglot of styles—jazz, show music, gospel, blues—and he does justice to the cumulative legacies of all of these genres at once.” (WSJ)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
7pm / $25
212-206-0440 /

Wayne Escoffery Quartet (last day)
Wayne-Escoffery-Quintet-Live-at-Firehouse-12-600“Wayne Escoffery, a tenor saxophonist with an engaging and assertive style, brings an appealingly bullish rhythm section with him to this weeklong Village Vanguard engagement: David Kikoski on piano, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Ralph Peterson on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., / $35


Sunday’s on Broadway
“Cathy Weis launches the winter season of her ongoing series, featuring film screenings, performances, readings and more. Tonight: screening of Leonide Massine’s Choreartium, choreographed for the Ballets Russes and performed by Bayerisches Staatsballett.” (TONY)
WeisAcres, 537 Broadway, btw Prince and Spring Sts, no. 3
8pm / FREE

Athena Film Festival (last day)
“Here’s an event that screams that girls truly do “Run the World,” with media to back it up. The Barnard College fest, which focuses on strong women both behind and in front of the camera, features critically acclaimed films (Dear White People, Obvious Child), a ceremony celebrating Jodie Foster’s career, and shorts and talks with filmmakers and professors including a sit-down with dancer-choreographer Twyla Tharp covering the concept of moving images in technology.” (TONY)
Various locations and times on the Barnard College campus,
3009 Broadway, at 117th Street, Morningside Heights,
212-854-1264 / for details.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Alternative Guitar Summit (last day)
w/ Anders Nilsson & Aaron Dugan; Marco Capelli & James Ilgenfritz; Ava Mendoza

“Wandering through previous editions of the Alternative Guitar Summit could make your head whirl. Diversity is expected in experimental music, but the wealth of action coming from the various configs of string players at this event is marvelous in its range. This year’s fifth annual gathering, taking place at both Shapeshifter Lab and Rockwood Music Hall, expands further, taking founder/curator Joel Harrison’s vision to a place where four nights of creative music focused on a single instrument will sound distinct at every turn.

Its breadth might be summarized by a bill that finds Lee Ranaldo, of Sonic Youth fame, performing an opening solo set for Adam Rudolph’s Go, a nine-member guitar orchestra. Textural contrast and compositional rigor will be present and accounted for, as will thrust — this stuff has a tendency to be explosive. Don’t miss the series of duets that kick off the program, and there’s even reason to believe that the master classes that dot the landscape might tickle non-players, too.” (Jim Macnie, VillageVoice)
7:30 p.m. / $15
Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St.

♦ 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 a record 56 million visitors last year and quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

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)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection’ (through Feb. 16)
This no-strings-attached gift of 81 Cubist works more than lives up to expectations. Concentrating on the four horsemen of the Cubist apocalypse (Braque, Gris, Léger and Picasso), it outlines the style’s heady transformation of art while giving the museum a foundation in modernism commensurate with its holdings in other eras. It’s a stunning show and thrilling event. 212-535-7710, (Smith)

‘Madame Cézanne’ (through March 15)
Cézanne’s paintings of his wife, Hortense Fiquet, have long stonewalled would-be psychologists, offering few indications of intimacy or interior life. (The poet Rainer Maria Rilke, enthusing over “Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair,” focused on the work’s color scheme and called the chair “a personality in its own right.”) But assembled at the Met, and supported by more tender and informal graphite sketches, these portraits are more forthcoming. They suggest that numbing familiarity was actually, for Cézanne, a form of intimacy; that he could connect with portrait subjects only when they were as reliable a presence in his life as Mont Sainte-Victoire. 212-535-7710, (Rosenberg)

‘Thomas Hart Benton’s “America Today” Mural Rediscovered’ (through April 19)
The prickly American Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton had his share of detractors. But even they would probably acknowledge that his early mural “America Today” is the best of its kind, a raucous, cartwheeling, wide-angle look at 1920s America that set the standard for the Works Progress Administration’s mural program and has remained a New York City treasure. Now installed at the Met in a reconstruction of its original setting (a boardroom at the New School for Social Research), it captivates with period details (from the cut of a flapper gown to the mechanics of a blast furnace) and timely signs of socioeconomic and environmental distress (exhausted coal miners and hands reaching for coffee and bread). 212-535-7710, (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)
ex_Kandinsky_Landscape-near-Murnau-with-Locomotive_490Early 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.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (continuing):
The stately doors of the 1902 Andrew Carnegie mansion, home to the Cooper Hewitt, are open again after an overhaul and expansion of the premises. Historic house and modern museum have always made an awkward fit, a standoff between preservation and innovation, and the problem remains, but the renovation has brought a wide-open new gallery space, a cafe and a raft of be-your-own-designer digital enhancements. Best of all, more of the museum’s vast permanent collection is now on view, including an Op Art weaving, miniature spiral staircases, ballistic face masks and a dainty enameled 18th-century version of a Swiss knife. Like design itself, this institution is built on tumult and friction, and you feel it. 2 East 91st Street, at Fifth Avenue, 212-849-8400, (Cotter)


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 02/06 and 02/04.
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