Selected Events (04/25) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, APR. 25, 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.”   

Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave.
9 p.m., / $44–$52
carnegiehall.org. / (212) 460-0019

John Scofield & Taj Mahal Celebrate Muddy Waters
Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
8PM / $ need to call on this one
212-721-6500, jalc.org.

Wall to Wall Johnny Cash
Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.
4-11PM / General admission to Wall to Wall is FREE on a first come, first served basis.
212-864-1414 / symphonyspace.org.

Luci Tapahonso
National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan,
At 2 p.m. / FREE
212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu

Elsewhere, but these look very special, worth the short detour:
“Sakura Matsuri” (ONLY 2 DAYS / April 25-26.)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, at Eastern Parkway,
subway: #2,3 to Eastern Parkway
10AM – 6PM / $25
For more information, visit bbg.org / 718-623-7200.

Strike!
Gleason’s Gym, 77 Front Street, near Washington Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn,
8PM / $20
718-797-2872, gleasonsgym.net.

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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Brian Blade & the Fellowship Band
“Few jazz groups do pastoral with as much panache as ubiquitous session drummer Brian Blade and his longtime, yet sparsely recorded, combo. A Southern melancholy informed last year’s Landmarks, which includes a haunting version of “Shenandoah” and the tart travelogue “Ark.La.Tex.” Following the departure of guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, saxophonists Melvin Butler and Myron Walden, bassist Chris Thomas, and the felicitously named Jon Cowherd on piano fill out the subtle percussion powerhouse’s all-acoustic quintet.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)
Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, 881 Seventh Ave.
9 p.m., / $44–$52
carnegiehall.org. / (212) 460-0019

John Scofield & Taj Mahal Celebrate Muddy Waters
“John Scofield and Taj Mahal are both guitarists with a strong foothold in the blues, though neither abides by any genre-driven rules of style. They meet for the first time on common ground, celebrating one of the greatest blues men and a mutual hero.”
(Chinen-NYT)
Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway,
8PM / $ need to call on this one
212-721-6500, jalc.org.

Wall to Wall Johnny Cash
From Nashville to Brooklyn, and from bluegrass to blues – join us for this mini-marathon in celebration of Johnny Cash by a renowned collection of over two dozen bands and performers still paying tribute to him today.
Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.
4-11PM / General admission to Wall to Wall is FREE on a first come, first served basis.
212-864-1414 / symphonyspace.org.

Luci Tapahonso
“Luci Tapahonso is the Navajo nation’s first poet laureate and a professor of American literary studies at the University of New Mexico. She will discuss her life and career, as well as read selections from her body of work.” (NYT)
This is one of the finest public spaces in town, always worth a visit.
National Museum of the American Indian, 1 Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan,
At 2 p.m. / FREE
212-514-3700, nmai.si.edu

Elsewhere, but these look very special, worth the short detour:
“Sakura Matsuri” (ONLY 2 DAYS / April 25-26.)
“The Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s “Sakura Matsuri” (which is Japanese for “Cherry Blossom Festival”) welcomes in spring, with performances and activities under a glorious array of pink and white blossoms. There will be Kabuki dances, taiko drumming, samurai sword fighting, and Japanese standup comedy. New this year is Akim Funk Buddha’s Urban Tea Ceremony, a hip-hop reimagining of the traditional ritual. Other highlights include a “cosplay” fashion show (“cosplay” being a portmanteau of the words “costume” and “play”), a flower-hat dance parade, and workshops in origami, bonsai, and manga drawing.” (NewYorker)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 990 Washington Avenue, at Eastern Parkway,
subway: #2,3 to Eastern Parkway
10AM – 6PM / $25
For more information, visit bbg.org / 718-623-7200.

Strike!
“The International Street Cannibals and Gleason’s Gym present another round of Strike!, a performance series that combines boxing and chamber music to draw out the subtle kinship of these discipline-heavy pursuits. The musical program contains both contemporary music and classics, such as Bach’s Fugue in F sharp minor and Mozart’s Flute Quartet No. 4 in A.” (NYT)
Gleason’s Gym, 77 Front Street, near Washington Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn,
8PM / $20
718-797-2872, gleasonsgym.net.

BONUS MUSIC PICKS:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are a few of my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St. joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St. lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt. bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
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 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:
‘One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North’ (through Sept. 7)
“In the early 20th century, tens of thousands of African Americans left the rural South for the industrial North in search of jobs, homes and respect. Officially, this MoMA show is meant to mark the centennial of that immense population shift, though it also marks another anniversary: the first time in two decades that all 60 paintings in Jacob Lawrence’s great “Migration Series,” now divided between New York and Washington, D.C., have been shown together at the museum. Here they are surrounded by period photographs, books and fabulous music in a display as stimulating to the mind and the ear as it is to the eye. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Cotter)

American Folk Art Museum:
‘When the Curtain Never Comes Down’ (through July 5)
“A sprawling, cacophony of objects, audiotapes, photographs and films is here orchestrated into a curatorial marvel. Strange and wonderful in numerous ways, the show sheds new light on the performance aspects of much outsider art while reminding us how eccentricity is not only basic to creativity but to personal liberty and democracy itself. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org.” (Roberta Smith)

Museum of Arts and Design:
‘Richard Estes: Painting New York City’ (through Sept. 20)
“The core of this show is a selection of vivid, Photorealist paintings of urban subjects like glass and chrome storefronts, movie theater marquees, cars and trucks, subways, the Brooklyn Bridge, views from the Staten Island Ferry and idyllic images of Central Park made between 1965 and 2015. The exhibition also includes didactic sections about the craft and technique that go into Mr. Estes painting and prints, but that aspect doesn’t fully deliver what it promises. 2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan, 212-299-7777,madmuseum.org.”(Johnson). I LOVE THIS ONE.

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, mobia.org.”(Johnson)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/23 and 04/21.

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