Selected Events (04/13) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, APR. 13, 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.”

Havana Film Festival  –  Film    (various times)

Michael Walzer in Conversation With Anne-Marie Slaughter
SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (6:30pm) 

Mary Bridget Davies  –  Pop/Rock   (8pm)

Todd Murray in “CROON: When a Whisper Became A Song” – Cabaret    (7pm)

Alice Smith –  Neo-Soul  (9pm)

‘Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868’  – SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (6:30pm) 

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

♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, 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:

Havana Film Festival (April 9 -17)
cropped-HFFNYbannerwebsite“The ongoing Havana Film Festival is showcasing more than 45 films from and about Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinos in the United States. The line-up includes a tribute to acclaimed Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez; a retrospective celebrating the presence of music in Cuban cinema; and other films from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and the United States. Though the Quad Cinema in Greenwich Village is the main venue, screenings will also take place at multiple venues throughout the city, including Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx. Individual tickets are $14, and festival passes are available from $50.” (
various locations and times –

Michael Walzer in Conversation With Anne-Marie Slaughter
Walzer-Slaughter_1“The political theorist Michael Walzer discusses his new book, “The Paradox of Liberation,” about national liberation movements in India, Israel and Algeria. He will be joined by Anne-Marie Slaughter, a professor emerita at Princeton University and former director of policy planning for the State Department — and, recently, the author of a widely read Atlantic magazine article, “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.” (NYT)
City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th St.
Elebash Recital Hall, the Graduate Center,
At 6:30 p.m./ FREE, Registration is required.

Mary Bridget Davies
The Star of Broadway’s, “A Night With Janis Joplin”,

1747Fresh from starring on Broadway’s A Night with Janis Joplin! Tony Award nominee Mary Bridget Davies has received numerous awards for her voice and band. Most recently her new album was nominated for a 2013 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist Debut.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W 42nd St. (btw 7/8ave)
8pm / $30

Todd Murray in “CROON: When a Whisper Became A Song”
89-atlgBefore the advent of the microphone, being heard in a public setting meant the performer not only had to sing well…but loudly. The art of song interpretation was limited by acoustics and the singer’s ability to belt. The introduction of electrified amplification brought about a new performance technique, a style so intimate you swore that Bing Crosby was sitting next to you. This new technique, at times thought to be scandalous, was called “crooning.”

Todd Murray is a respected international interpreter of The American Songbook. His deep, heartfelt baritone caresses the gorgeous melodies and lyrics of Rogers and Hart, Cole Porter, Burt Bacharach and Leonard Cohen with vocals reminiscent of Elvis Presley and Bing Crosby. Murray takes the audience from the time before the microphone through each decade since.

The show has been lauded from New York to LA, and his CD’s and song writing have garnered rave reviews. Rex Reed writes, “Todd Murray has all the spot-on ingredients: a throaty and mellow baritone, perfect diction, meticulous phrasing and great time. Matinee-idol looks don’t hurt either, but it’s his material that brings back the floating relaxed memories of the big-band era…a cabaret prince headed for the big cabaret throne.” Murray is supported by veteran New York City musicians Alex Rybeck on piano, Steve Doyle on bass, Sean Harkness on guitar, and Dan Gross on drums.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8th/9th ave)
7 pm / $30 (includes a drink if you sit at the bar, which are not bad seats)
(212) 581-3080 /

Elsewhere, but these two seem sure to be worth the detour:
Alice Smith
event-3720523“Neo-soul singer Alice Smith burst on the scene back in 2006, her four-octave range and songwriting acumen attracting a major label deal and plenty of buzz. But Ms. Smith was soon caught up in a major label reshuffling, getting lost in the process. She stepped away from the stage to focus on her family but returned with her long overdue follow-up, “She” in 2013. That album found her moving between acoustic ’70s folk, R&B, rock and reggae, with plenty of soul throughout. Her electric performance at Afro-Punk Festival last year proved that Ms. Smith hadn’t lost a bit of her power.” (WSJ)

“This soul singer is a beautiful talent: Her jazzy odes are passionately delivered and effortlessly inclusive, strapped to a Patti LaBelle-worthy belt that would shatter windowpanes were it not so controlled. “Ocean,” the biggest single from her album “She,” toys with folksy guitar before gliding into a peppy, delightful soul-pop refrain.” (NYT-Anderson)
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St., Lower East Side
this is my fave venue for pop/rock not on Manhattan’s WestSide
subway: B/D to Grand St.
9pm / $35
(212) 533-2111/ 800-745-3000,

‘Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868’
Book Cover_Headshot_Combined“Cokie Roberts, the journalist of NPR fame, discusses her latest book, “Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington 1848-1868,” about the Rosie the Riveter types of that era. The book continues Ms. Roberts’s exploration of the vital roles women play in history, such as in her other works “Founding Mothers” and “Ladies of Liberty.” (NYT)
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, near Clinton Street, Bklyn Heights
subway: easy – #2,3 express to Court St. (1st stop in bklyn)
At 6:30 p.m. / $10

♦ 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.

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:

107568‘Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949’ (through April 19) Overflowing with prints by Berenice Abbott, Andre Kertesz, Edward Weston and other luminaries from the first half of the 20th century, this exhibition would seem to be a straightforward look at photography’s past. But the show, packaged with a book, a symposium and an engrossing interactive website, is really a bold attempt to visualize the future of photography inside the museum as it reckons with the unwieldy, image-saturated culture outside the galleries. With works by Aleksandr Rodchenko, Ms. Abbott, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy that explore cities from unusual angles or abstract their infrastructure, the show’s largest section, “Dynamics of the City,” best encapsulates the Walther Collection’s distinctly urban, peripatetic take on Modernism. 212-708-9400, (Rosenberg)

Museum of Biblical Art:
timthumb‘Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces From Florence Cathedral’ (through June 14) This terrific 23-piece show features three major works by the early Renaissance sculptor Donatello (1386-1466), including the life-size statue of a bald prophet known as “lo Zuccone” or “Pumpkin Head,” which is widely considered the sculptor’s greatest work. Along with a half-dozen other works by or attributed to Donatello are sculptures by Nanni di Banco (circa 1386-1421), Donatello’s main competitor, including his monumental representation in marble of St. Luke. With the addition of a series of octagonal marble reliefs by Luca della Robbia and wooden models of the Florence Cathedral’s enormous dome attributed to its designer, Filippo Brunelleschi, the exhibition amounts to a tightly cropped snapshot of the birth of the Renaissance. 1865 Broadway, at 61st Street, 212-408-1500, (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
selma‘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’ (LAST DAY) 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 04/11 and 04/09.

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