Selected Events (05/19) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s TOP 10 – TUESDAY, MAY 19, 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
> Diane Schur (through May 23)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 8:30PM+11PM, $45
the pop-jazz belter Diane Schuur makes her debut at Birdland.

> ‘Sweet and Lowdown Reunion’
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7:15PM, $35
listen to the band from the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s seminal vintage jazz film

> The Navy Band Northeast Pops Ensemble
Bryant Park, 6th ave (btw 40/42 St.) / 12:30-1:30PM, FREE
have lunch with popular standards, jazz and patriotic favorites.

> Othello / American Ballet Theatre
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $20-$220
“Lar Lubovitch’s gripping take on the Shakespearean tragedy, a riveting revival” (NYMag)

> Mozart, Liebermann, & Tchaikovsky
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Alice Tully Hall, 70 Lincoln Square
“close the season with a stunning program” / 7:30PM, $30.
pre-concert discussion with composer Lowell Liebermann at 6:30PM.

> Music Under New York Annual Tryouts
Vanderbilt Hall inside Grand Central / 9AM-3:30PM, FREE
listen to buskers. who do you think should get the prime underground spots

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Live From the NYPL: Bitcoin
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, / 7PM, $25
a chance to understand this new technology, although I’m old fashioned-show me the cash

> Multiple Visions, The Crazy Machine
El Museo del Barrio, Heckscher Building, 1230 Fifth Ave. / 7PM, FREE with RSVP
a celebration of the iconography of legendary Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa.

> NY Indie Spirits Expo
Penn Club of New York, 30 W. 44 St., / 2 sessions: 5-7PM, 7-9PM, $50.
sample products from dozens of small, independent, family owned distillers.
my advice – afterwards, leave the driving to the train conductor or cabbie

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
> Robert M. Gates in Conversation with Charlie Rose
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7:30PM, $45
former US secretary of defense discusses his memoir, “Duty”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> ‘Sweet and Lowdown Reunion’
Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7:15PM, $35

2015PostcardAprilGraphicSymSpaceThe Sidney Bechet Society presents the band from the soundtrack of Woody Allen’s seminal vintage jazz film, the Oscar nominated “Sweet and Lowdown”. These allstar musicians unite once again to recreate the film’s classic swinging 1930’s jazz score, live on stage!
Howard Alden & Bucky Pizzarelli – guitars
Ken Peplowski – clarinet & sax
Byron Stripling – trumpet & vocals
Kelly Friesen – bass
Ted Sommer – drums
These are some very fine, experienced musicians. A rare opportunity to see them together.

HOT TIP – Tomorrow Wednesday, May 20
Jennifer Sheehan at 54 Below / Wed May 20, 9:30PM, $35
Here’s what the NYT had to say about Ms. Sheehan:
“If the quirky world of New York cabaret were a high school class, Jennifer Sheehan would qualify for valedictorian, prom queen and the person most likely to succeed.”

“The program, which began with “Stairway to the Stars” and ended with an a cappella rendition of “Star Dust,” is a wonder of craftsmanship that took the audience on an exhilarating journey into the unknown with Carl Sagan serving as a conceptual space captain….Enthralling is the word.”

Here’s what I have to say: A Star is Born – just go, then thank me.

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.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt., 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 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.

♦ 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:
‘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,” (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,” (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,”(Johnson).

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)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/17 and 05/15.

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