Selected Events (03/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

Anat Cohen Quartet —  Jazz   (7:30pm)   (10pm)

54 Sings Mack & Mabel —  Cabaret   (7pm)   (9:30pm)

Albert (Tootie) Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street Jazz  (8:30pm) (10:30pm)   

ASSSSCAT 3000   —   Comedy   (9:30pm)     

From Book to Broadway: —  SmartStuff/ Panel Discussion   (8pm)

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:

Anat Cohen Quartet
imgres“Anat Cohen, a clarinetist and tenor saxophonist of irresistible rhythmic aplomb, has a new album, “Luminosa,” that covers some of her key interests, notably the music of Brazilian composers like Milton Nascimento. She draws from the album here, with an adaptable rhythm section of Jason Lindner on piano, Joe Martin on bass and Daniel Freedman on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

This joint is not exactly on Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Anat Cohen. I have said this before, I’ll say it again. Anat is one of NYC’s Jazz treasures and she is playing tonight at a classic NYCity Jazz Club. Tonight’s special guest is Gilad Hekselman. You just gotta go.
Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St. (btw Park/Lexington ave)
subway: #6 to 28th St.; walk 1 block S to 27th St., 1/2 block E to club
At 7:30 and 10 p.m. / $30
212-576-2232 /

54 Sings Mack & Mabel
“Jerry Herman’s beloved cult musical about the early motion-picture biz gets a fresh airing. The swell roster of vocalists includes Brent Barrett, Carole J. Bufford, Beth Leavel, Sean McDermott, Molly Pope, Brian Charles Rooney, Kelli Rabke, Lee Roy Reams, Emily Skinner and Donna Vivino.” (TONY)
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
7pm + 9:30pm / $40–$80, plus $25 minimum
646-476-3551 /

Albert (Tootie) Heath, Ethan Iverson, Ben Street
imgres-1“The seventy-nine-year-old drummer has developed a terrific, knockabout familiarity with the pianist Ethan Iverson (of the Bad Plus) and the bassist Ben Street, two musicians nearly half his age. The trio’s winning effect is apparent on their new album, ”Philadelphia Beat.” Its mix of bebop classics and more far-reaching choices, including the disco hit “I Will Survive” and an adaptation of a Bach chorale prelude, points to the delightfully off-kilter sensibility that unites them.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $30
212-255-4037 /

“This wildly popular show, hosted by Leo Allen, is known for always featuring the city’s best up-and-coming comedians. But it’s the surprise special guests—Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and David Cross have appeared—who keep audiences hooked.”

“One of the city’s most popular comedy nights sees NYC’s long-form improv royalty (think folks from Saturday Night Live and some adored Upright Citizens Brigade regulars) play pickup-game­–style in this famous long-running show.” (TONY)
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W 26th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
7:30pm/ $10; 9:30/ FREE – limited number of tickets are distributed at 8:15pm
(212) 366-9176 /

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
From Book to Broadway:
A Conversation with Wolf Hall’s Hilary Mantel and Director Jeremy Herrin

g_030815_mantel_herrin_bergen“Dame Hilary Mantel is the two-time winner of the Man Booker Prize for her best-selling novels, Wolf Hall, and its sequel, Bring Up the Bodies—an unprecedented achievement.

The Royal Shakespeare Company recently adapted Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the stage to colossal critical acclaim, which opens on Broadway in April. There is also a BBC/Masterpiece six-part adaption of the novels, which will be broadcast on PBS in 2015.

The author of fourteen books, Mantel is currently at work on the third installment of the Thomas Cromwell Trilogy, The Mirror & the Light.
Candice Bergen will moderate the conversation.” (
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
at 8:00 pm / $43

♦ 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 WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to 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, (Johnson)

‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’(through April 5) Despite being predictable and market-oriented in its choice of 17 artists, this museum’s first painting survey in decades is well worth seeing. About half the artists are exceptional and the rest are represented by their best work. Based on the premise that all historical painting styles are equally available today, the exhibition has been smartly installed to juxtapose different approaches: figurative and abstract, digital and handmade, spare and opulent. 212-708-9400, (Smith)

New-York Historical Society:
‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through April 19) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, (Cotter)

Rubin Museum of Art:
‘The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide’ (through April 13) This show presents 54 paintings that illustrate step-by-step instructions for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Delicately painted on 10-by-10-inch paper sheets, most of the pages depict a monk having fabulous visions in a verdant landscape. Thought to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron and executed by unidentified artists in a Chinese workshop sometime in the 18th century, it is a fascinating and remarkably thorough manual for seekers of higher consciousness. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000, (Johnson)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/04 and 03/06.

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