Selected Events (05/01) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, MAY. 01, 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.”   

Jane’s Walk NYC
200+ Free Walking Tours Celebrating New York City
The schedule is at mas.org/janeswalk.
At various times / FREE
212-935-3960, mas.org

Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday Celebration (also Sat. May 2)
Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, 7th Ave. at 33rd St.
8:00PM / $80 – $500
(212) 465-6741, 866-858-0008, thegarden.com.

Moroccan Court Music Series:
Alif Laila, Anubrata Chatterjee, and Shane Shanahan
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
6:00PM / FREE with pay-what-you-wish museum admission
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

The Bad Plus (through Sunday)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St., Greenwich Village
8:00PM + 10:30PM / $30, $45
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212-475-8592 / bluenote.net

Elsewhere, but they had me at “craft beer” – worth the detour:
Five Boro Craft Beer Fest
Studio Square, 35-44 37th St. Queens (btw 35th and 36th Aves)
7:00PM / $75–$85
fiveborocraftbeerfest.com

Bike Expo New York
Pier 36 at Basketball City, 299 South St . (btw Montgomery and Clinton Sts)
not Manhattan’s WestSide, but I like this Expo. subway: F to East Broadway
Friday 10-8PM; Saturday 9-6PM / FREE
212-233-5050 / bike.nyc/events/bike-expo-new-york

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 “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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Jane’s Walk NYC
200+ Free Walking Tours Celebrating New York City

On May 1-3, thousands of New Yorkers will go on 200+ free guided walks that celebrate New York City’s diverse neighborhoods. Part of an international movement, Jane’s Walk NYC gets thousands of New Yorkers out to our streets, to engage with the 8.5 million stories in our city.

The topics covered are endless! As the L.A. Times puts it, “learn about Central Park’s arches, Little Italy’s Mafia ties and a history of gay bars.” About.com has the run-down of why it’s named Jane’s Walk. And the Bowery Boys note that “you could literally fill your entire weekend with activities.”

Cancel all your other plans for May 1-3!
Some notes: Walks are rain or shine. There are no advance registrations – just show up! And, it’s the weekend, so be sure to check MTA.info for travel updates.
The schedule is at mas.org/janeswalk.
At various times / FREE
212-935-3960, mas.org

Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday Celebration (also Sat. May 2)
BN-ID457_nypop0_P_20150428180145“The guitarist’s history with Madison Square Garden sounds more like a professional athlete’s than a professional musician’s. He débuted there in November, 1968, when he and his Cream bandmates became the first rock group to play at the current arena. Over the years, Clapton has taken the stage at the Garden forty-five times. His latest return marks his seventieth birthday, and can be expected to draw on everything from his groundbreaking psychedelic rock of the late sixties to the arena rock of the seventies to the shiny pop of the eighties, as well as his love for the blues, which underpins it all.” (NewYorker)
Madison Square Garden, 4 Penn Plaza, 7th Ave. at 33rd St.
8:00PM / $80 – $500
(212) 465-6741, 866-858-0008, thegarden.com.

Moroccan Court Music Series:
Alif Laila, Anubrata Chatterjee, and Shane Shanahan

imgresAlif Laila, Anubrata Chatterjee, and Shane Shanahan will perform a fusion of melodies and rhythms that trace the cultural and musical heritage of a vast region from North Africa to India. In the Patti Cadby Birch Court, Laila will play ancient raga compositions on the sitar, while Chatterjee will join with the tala (rhythmic cycle) on tabla. On the riq (Arabic tambourine), tombak, and daf (Persian drums), Shanahan will add percussion to the melodies.

The raga compositions presented in the program will depict the cross-continental melodic themes of the region. Among many other influences, Middle Eastern and Persian music play a significant role in the development of the raga melodies. Through improvisation and variations in sound, rhythm, and melody, these three maestro musicians will express the energy of the raga and its deep roots throughout the region.
This event is part of MetFridays: New York’s Night Out.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St.
6:00PM / FREE with pay-what-you-wish museum admission
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

The Bad Plus (through Sunday)
“The new album by the Bad Plus, due out next month, will be a collaboration with the saxophonist Joshua Redman, a kindred spirit and a member of the same jazz generation. This weeklong run features just the original band lineup (Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, David King on drums), which can deliver a gut punch one moment and turn delicate as a snowflake in the next.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St., Greenwich Village
8:00PM + 10:30PM / $30, $45
$30 at the bar, with a $5 minimum. (sound is fine at these bar seats, vision decent)
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net

Elsewhere, but they had me at “craft beer” – worth the detour:
Five Boro Craft Beer Fest
image-2“Grab a two-ounce tasting glass and take to the taps for samples of more than 100 craft beers from 44 NYC brewers (Finback, Gin Hill) as live bands bellow in the background.

This all-you-can-drink tasting includes more than 100 event-exclusive small-batch beers by 33 New York area breweries, such as Gun Hill Brewing Co., Finback Brewery and Grimm Artisanal Ales, plus a performance by rock band Stolen Rhodes. Sip unlimited two-ounce pours, and pick the brains of craft brewers, then choose your favorite suds from the home-brew contest, and take home a commemorative tasting glass.” (TONY)
Studio Square, 35-44 37th St. Queens (btw 35th and 36th Aves)
7:00PM / $75–$85
fiveborocraftbeerfest.com

Bike Expo New York
“Two days before the TD Five Boro Bike Tour, one of the most prestigious cycling events in town, 60,000 cyclists and more than 100 exhibitors participate in a roaring workshop. Whether you want to get started with urban cycling, learn how to fix a flat tire, figure out how the basics of cycling or get the gear to prepare for a professional race, this expo is a one-stop shop. Sales, giveaways, demonstrations, talk shows, contests and entertainment will show you how much fun you can have on two wheels!” (TONY)
Pier 36 at Basketball City, 299 South St . (btw Montgomery and Clinton Sts)
not Manhattan’s WestSide, but I like this Expo. subway: F to East Broadway
Friday 10-8PM; Saturday 9-6PM / FREE
212-233-5050 / bike.nyc/events/bike-expo-new-york

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)
imgres“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)
images-1“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 04/29 and 04/27.

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