Selected Events (03/20) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, MAR. 20, 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.”

Macaron Day   Food &  Drink   (various times)   

Ernani   —   Opera  (7:30pm)  

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan   —   Jazz   (8:30pm)    (10:30pm)

New York Spring Spectacular   —   Special Event    (7:30pm)

RuPaul  —  SmartStuff/ Conversation    (7pm)   

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

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, 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:

Macaron Day
imgres“Like an Easter-egg hunt, Macaron Day, on the first day of spring, is an occasion for collecting colorful surprises. While painted eggs are pretty, they’re still eggs; macarons, those photogenic French sandwich cookies in pastel hues, are far tastier. Chic macaron shops have been popping up around the city like daffodils, and this event gives you a chance to try some of their products for free. Macaron Day also raises money for charity: the sixteen participating pâtisseries (in twenty-eight locations) are donating a share of the day’s proceeds to City Harvest, the food-rescue organization.” (NewYorker)
Various locations

Opera – Ernani
Singing in 16th-century Spain.
Great Performances at the Met: Ernani Great Performances at the“Ronald Reagan was president the last time Plácido Domingo sang and James Levine conducted Verdi’s tale of romantic rebels. Now the indestructible tenorissimo’s voice has dipped into baritone range; he leaves it to Francesco Meli to star opposite the phenomenal Angela Meade, while he sings the ruthless king, Don Carlo.” (Justin Davidson, NYMag)
Metropolitan Opera House, 30 Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave. @ 63rd St.
subway: #1 to 66th St./Lincoln Center; exit S end of platform, walk S
7:30pm / $25-$360
212.362.6000 /;

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan (through Mar 22)
search“Frisell is a guitarist whose minimalist aesthetic colors each carefully chosen note he plays, and he can coat a room in mysterious yet strangely warming tones. At the Village Vanguard this week, he’s joined by a sympathetic partner, the bassist Morgan, a familiar figure from recent Frisell ensembles, in a duo format that harks back to Frisell’s very first recording as a leader, “In Line,” from 1983.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St.
8:30 pm and 10:30 pm / $30; 8:30 show has limited tickets

New York Spring Spectacular (through May 3)
image-2“This Spectacular celebrates New York in spring through Broadway numbers, puppetry and, of course, high kicks—look out for celebrity cameos (as puppets and people) as the iconic Rockettes guide you on a virtual tour through NYC’s landmarks.” (TONY)

This is the first time for the Rockettes outside the holiday season, should be a treat.
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave. at 50th St.
7:30 / $46–$130
866-858-0007 /

2cde05c1-df1c-4b4b-94cc-ed9cfbcd165b“This mononymous cultural figure joins Paul Holdengräber of the New York Public Library as part of its Live From the NYPL series. The host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will, as the show’s name suggests, discuss all things drag, though the evening’s talk will be open to a variety of topics.” (NYT)
New York Public Library, Main Building (with the Lions), 5th Ave. and 42nd St.
7pm / $25, $15 seniors
917-275-6975 /

♦ 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 03/18 and 03/16.

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