Selected Events (05/13) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s TOP 10 – WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening,
primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.
We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”  (click on links for complete event info)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Kevin Dozier – A New York Romance
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St. / 9:30PM, $22.50
award-winning vocalist celebrates a life-long love affair with New York City

> Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos (through May 17)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th Street, 8:30PM +10:30PM,
“smart harmonic ideas and surprising bolts of lyricism..” The New York Times.

> NYC Ballet – All Robbins / The Goldberg Variations
New York City Ballet, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza W 63rd St. / 7:30PM,
considered a choreographic tour de force that pays homage to Bach’s epic score

> Cuban Salsa with Gerardo Contino Y Los Habaneras
Bryant Park, Fountain Terrace, (6th ave. btw 40th/42nd St.) / 6PM, FREE
weather should be good for this open-air dance party

> St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble – Tale of Five Cities
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. / 7:30PM, $48
your tour is guided by composers ranging from the Baroque to the present day

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Zephyr Teachout -“The Monopoly Moment: The New Anti-Trust Paradox.”
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St. / 6:30PM, FREE
a fighter for economic and political equality, hear Zephyr give ‘em hell.

> Books at Noon: Sally Mann
NYPL, Main Bldg, 42nd St @ 5th Ave., Astor Hall / 12PM, FREE
renowned photographer Sally Mann discusses her latest work, a memoir with photographs

> Bryant Park Public Tours
Bryant Park, 41st St. at Sixth Avenue / 11AM , FREE
learn about the bad old days and marvel at this park’s transformation.

> Intelligence Squared U.S.
Merkin Concert Hall, Kaufman Center,129 W. 67th St./ 6:45PM, reception starts 5:45PM
live Oxford-style debate presents the topic “Smart Technology Is Making Us Dumb.”

> Dissent: The History of an American Idea | Ralph Young + Claire Potter
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM,
dissent, from Anne Hutchinson to the modern day Tea Party.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> NYC Ballet – All Robbins / The Goldberg Variations
New York City Ballet, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza W 63rd St. / 7:30PM
goldberg-variations-thumbThe Goldberg Variations
Music by: Johann Sebastian Bach
Choreography by: Jerome Robbins
A testament to Robbins’ unceasing invention, The Goldberg Variations is a choreographic tour de force that pays homage to Bach’s epic score by unifying the traditions of classical and modern movements in one monumental ballet.

West Side Story Suite
Music by: Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Choreography by: Jerome Robbins; Co-choreographed by Peter Gennaro
With its crackling energy and heart-rending poignancy, West Side Story Suite hardly needs any introduction – this collection of dances and songs from the smash international musical never fails to fulfill.

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)
EVB_caro“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 05/11 and 05/09.

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