Selected Events (04/19) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, APR. 19, 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.”   

The 5th Annual Big Cheesy  – Food & Drink (11am-6pm)

Ballet Hispanico –  Dance   (2pm)   (7:30pm)

Tribeca Film Festival  –  Special Event-Film Festival    (various times) 

Samba Jazz and the Music of Jobim  – Jazz     (7:30pm)     (9:30pm)  

Brooklyn Folk Festival Folk Music     (2pm-11pm)   

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:

Ballet Hispanico (through April 26)
imgres“This ardent company returns to the Joyce Theater with works by Spanish and Latin American choreographers, spanning four programs. The lineup includes a world premiere by the Mexican choreographer Miguel Mancillas and the New York premiere of Rosie Herrera’s “Show Girl,” a look at Latina identity through the lens of Cuban cabaret.

The troupe revives some of its pithiest choreography with Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s flirtatious “El Beso,” from last year, and Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s popular “Sombrerísimo,” for six men in bowler hats.” (Siobhan Burke-NYT)

Sunday at 2 and 7:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.; Thursday and April 24 at 8 p.m.; April 25 at 2 and 8 p.m.; April 26 at 2 p.m.;
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea,

The 5th Annual Big Cheesy – the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Showdown
IMG_2986Try the city’s best grilled cheeses from contenders like Artisanal, Depanneur Brooklyn, Le Maison de Croque Monsieur and many more! Wash them down with two Goose Island beers.

In honor of grilled cheese month, the Big Cheesy takes place in one-hour time slots over the course of two delicious days, April 18 and 19, from 11am to 6pm. – $30.
Vote for your favorite, with some proceeds going to the Food Bank of New York.
They are all good, and it’s tough to pick one as best. My tip: try to get your grilled cheese when it’s hot off the grill.
at Openhouse, 201 Mulberry St. in NoLita.;

Tribeca Film Festival (April 15-26)
The Tribeca Film Festival provides a platform for innovative filmmakers of all stripes to present their latest work. This year’s program includes blockbusters, documentaries, foreign films and shorts and free outdoor screenings. Also on offer are a huge variety of panel discussions and lectures. The first official documentary sanctioned by Kurt Cobain’s estate, “Montage of Heck” will be screened, as will Katie Holmes’ documentary on Nadia Comaneci. A Monty Python reunion will take place in honor of the 40th anniversary of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” (

“Robert DeNiro’s little-alternative-festival-that-could has grown into a juggernaut of hundreds of films, talks, industry schmoozes and whatnot that’s spread over two jam-packed weekends. Two years ago it showcased the premiere of Senior Planet fave “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me.” There’s even more in store this year.” (

Visit the festival site; there are tons of worthy options.
Various venues.
Various Times / $10 matinee, $18 evening/weekend, $35 Tribeca Talk

Samba Jazz and the Music of Jobim
duduka_maucha_helio_DSC_2470_byfstewart__crop_767_431_0_0_0_90___3217“Duduka Da Fonseca, a drummer, and Helio Alves, a pianist, have carved out a strong niche together, often working under the banner of Samba Jazz. This week they are paying tribute to Antônio Carlos Jobim, with another regular partner, the vocalist Maucha Adnet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.,

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour:
Brooklyn Folk Festival (LAST DAY)
The seventh annual Brooklyn Folk Festival takes place at St. Ann’s Church this year, offering an array of globe-straddling talent. This isn’t just an Americana fest, though there’ll be plenty of that; you’ll also hear traditional Balkan, Middle Eastern and Guinean stylings.

Today’s headliners include weirdo-folk duo Jeffrey Lewis & Peter Stampfel, Bruce Molsky’s old time fiddle, banjo and guitar, and the Hoodoo Honeydrippers, a country blues duet.
St. Ann’s Church, 157 Montague St. (btw Clinton and Henry Sts.) Brooklyn Heights,
2pm – 11pm / $20–$25

♦ 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’ (LAST DAY) 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’ (LAST DAY) 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)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/17 and 04/15.

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