Selected Events (03/22) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

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Hozier + George Ezra
“Dublin singer-songwriter Hozier (real name Andrew Hozier-Byrne) has been making music for a number of years, but it was his gripping, blues-brushed 2013 tune “Take Me to Church” that ignited the Internet. Things are happening pretty fast for the young singer, who recently played some sold-out Irving Plaza shows. Catch him now and say you were there at the beginning (or close to it).” (TONY)
Hammerstein Ballroom (at the Manhattan Center)
311 W 34th St. (btw Eighth and Ninth Aves)
8:00 $48.65–$58.95

Macy’s Flower Show (through April 4)
“This two-week floral display titled “Art in Bloom” features ceiling-to-floor greenery, fresh blooms as well as free workshops including terrarium making and floral design.” (TONY)

“For two weeks, the clothing and accessories at Macy’s won’t be the only colorful items on display by the iconic department store. Outside in Broadway Plaza, beautifully bright floral arrangements will announce this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. Check macys.com for updates. Expect live music, kids’ activities and various “bouquets of the day” throughout the show.” (NYCGO)

“Martha Stewart will be on hand Sunday, hosting a cooking demonstration at 12 p.m. at Macy’s Herald Square (8th floor) to celebrate the opening of Macy’s annual flower show. You can also stop by and meet artist, designer and author (New York In Four Seasons) Michael Storrings at 12 p.m. 151 W. 34th St., Midtown. FREE.” (dnainfo.com)

Meredith Monk
Multi-hyphenate extraordinaire.
“Fifty years into her performing career, the ­singer-dancer-guru of a gentle avant-garde is composer-in-residence at Carnegie Hall. Though composing and performing are virtually indistinguishable for her, now she’s produced WEAVE, a piece of orchestral music that she will hear from a seat in the auditorium. Two days later, she’s back onstage, surrounded by a huge complement of friends and musicians.” (NYMag-J.D.)
Carnegie Hall, Zankel Hall, March 22.

“Composer Meredith Monk, an artist Björk has cited as a major influence, celebrates 50 years of artistic work in New York City with a Carnegie Hall residency. Her performances on Mar 22 and May 2 feature her own Vocal Ensemble as well as guests from the classic, jazz and DJ worlds to perform some of her most recent works as well as classics from the ’80s and ’90s that convey the mysterious vocal style she pioneered.” (TONY)
Zankel Hall, at Carnegie Hall
3:00pm / $17–$91

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
“Alvin Ailey’s dancers return to the Joyce after five years, with a program called “Hissy Fits; Breakthrough; Virtues.”
7:30 p.m./$10 and up (NYT/T)

“Ailey II, “the junior ensemble of Alvin Ailey American Dance
Theater, exhilarates…The dancers are tremendous,” says The New York Times. See for yourself when Ailey’s acclaimed second company returns to The Joyce Theater in NYC, March 17-22” http://www.alvinailey.org/ailey-ii-nyc-2015-season

Jefferson Starship Performs the Music of Jefferson Airplane
“We’re not sure how closely the band will hew to that promise during its nod to Airplane hitting the 50-year mark—you’re as likely to hear “Miracles” and “Ride the Tiger” as you are “Volunteers” and “Somebody to Love.” Regardless, nothing’s gonna stop them now.” For tickets, visit ticketmaster.com. (NYCGO)
at B.B. King Blues Club & Gril

Modern Jewish Cooking: Recipes and Customs for Today’s Kitchen
Author Leah Koenig in conversation with food writer Gabriella Gershenson.

This popular food columnist’s new book features innovative recipes that bring the tastiest Jewish dishes to today’s seasonal kitchen.

Koenig shares 175 recipes showcasing handmade, seasonal, vegetable-forward dishes. Classics of Jewish culinary culture—such as latkes, matzoh balls, challah, and hamantaschen—are updated with smart techniques and vibrant spices. Approachable recipes for everything from soups to sweets go beyond the traditional, incorporating regional influences from North Africa to Central Europe.
2:30pm / $15
Museum of Jewish Heritage,
36 Battery Place

BONUS JAZZ PICKS:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:
Greenwich Village:
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South — villagevanguard.com / 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. — bluenotejazz.com / 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. — 55bar.com / 212-929-9883
Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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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, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

‘Ennion: Master of Roman Glass’ (through April 13)
“Active sometime between A.D. 1 and A.D. 50, Ennion is the first known artisan to produce mold-blown glass: objects made by blowing bubbles of molten glass into patterned molds. His elegant cups, bowls, beakers, jugs and flasks decorated with geometric and botanical motifs were sought after by wealthy Romans and traded throughout the Mediterranean world. Today only about 50 to 55 Ennion pieces are known to have survived. This exhibition presents 22 of them, along with fragments of two others. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Johnson)

‘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, metmuseum.org. (Rosenberg)

Neue Galerie:
‘Egon Schiele: Portraits’ (through April 20)
“Of the approximately 125 items in this terrific show, there are only 11 oil paintings, which is a good thing. Except for a large picture of his wife, Edith, in a colorful striped dress, Schiele’s works on canvas are dark and turgid. But his drawings are nimble and nuanced. Working on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor and crayons, he portrayed himself and others with infectious avidity. There’s hardly a single sheet here that doesn’t warrant close looking for its virtuoso draftsmanship and psychological acuity. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, neuegalerie.org. “(Johnson)

Guggenheim Museum:
Guggenheim Museum: ‘On Kawara — Silence’ (through May 3)
The first retrospective of this Conceptual Art giant turns the museum’s spiral into a vortex suffused with the consciousness of time, life’s supreme ruler, in all its quotidian daily unfoldings, historical events and almost incomprehensible grandeur. The presentation of date paintings, “I Got Up” postcards and “I AM Still Alive” telegrams echoes Mr. Kawara’s exquisite sense of discipline and craft. This is an extraordinary tribute. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org. (Smith)

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, cooperhewitt.org. (Cotter)

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

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/20 and 03/18.

 

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