Selected Events (05/25) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s TOP 10 – MONDAY, MAY 25, 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
> Life and Remembrance: Memorial Day Concert
Avery Fisher Hall, at Lincoln Center, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza / 7PM, $100
stirring choral-orchestral concert; 10 talented vocal ensembles from around the nation.
the Patriot Brass Ensemble will play the Armed Service Medley, and other patriotic tunes.

> Annual Free Memorial Day Concert
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave. at 112th St. / 8PM,
FREE, tickets will be given out starting 6PM.
includes beethoven’s egmont overture and shostakovich’s symphony no. 10.

> Captain Black Big Band – Conducted by Orrin Evans
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway (btw 105/106 St.) / 7PM, 9PM, $9
a big band (a very big band) with attitude. plays funky blues, avant-garde, even swing.

> An Evening With Steve Ross
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 7PM, $30+$40
excerpts from American songbook shows he’s performed over his long career.

> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25
the witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.

> Justin Vivian Bond: Love is Crazy!
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. / 9:30PM, $25
“obsession, sex, romance and all their queer and mysterious complications.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
University Place, from East 13th Street to West Third Street, / 12-6PM, FREE
oil paintings, watercolors, crafts and jewelry. once Pollock and de Kooning were here.

> Fleet Week New York
– U.S. Navy Flyover
Pier 86 | Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum / 11AM
A missing man formation aerial salute comprised of FA-18 Super Hornets based out of Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va. will be performed in conjunction with the Intrepid Memorial Day Commemoration at Pier 86.
– General Public Visitation – USS San Antonio, USCGC Spencer
Pier 92 / 8AM – 5PM, FREE
Ship tours will be held aboard U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard ships. Lines may be capped at 3 p.m. to allow guests to finish their tours.

> The Highline Park Sunset Tour
Meet at 122 Greenwich Ave. (btw 13/14 St.) / 6-8PM, FREE, resv. required 646-450-6831.
breathtaking sunsets this time of year.

Elsewhere, but the weather is nice and this looks worth the detour:
> Memorial Day Weekend at Green-Wood Cemetery
Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn /11AM-6PM, FREE
an honor march at 11AM., and the annual Memorial Day concert at 2:30PM.
The concert’s program includes compositions by some of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, like Fred Ebb and Leonard Bernstein.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
University Place, from East 13th Street to West Third Street, / 12-6PM, FREE

images-1Now in its 84th year, the Outdoor Art Exhibit will hold its annual spring show. The show features exciting new and veteran exhibitors in all categories of fine arts and fine crafts, both traditional and contemporary. Oils and watercolors, pastels and acrylics, graphics, photography and sculpture make up the fine arts group. The crafts include such specialties as jewelry, ceramics, wood, fiber and. mixed media. Each exhibit consists of an individual artist or artisan showing their own original work.

This twice-a-year exhibit happens every Memorial Day Weekend and the weekend that follows and every Labor Day Weekend and the weekend that follows that.

The event showcases fine artists and craft artisans from around the New York metropolitan area, the nation and the world. Attendees come from all over and are a cosmopolitan mix, including art lovers, tourists, faculty and students from the area’s many schools and professionals such as interior designers.

The show is a sidewalk show, not a street fair, and has its venue on University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street. The southern end of the show encompasses Schwartz Plaza, (aka Bobkin Lane), between NYU’s Shimkin Hall and Bobst Library.

Fine Arts / Graphics • Mixed Media • Oils & Acrylic • Watercolor
Photography • Sculpture • Crafts
Jewelry • Metal Work •Ceramics
Glass Mixed Media • Fiber • Wood
Exhibit Hours: Noon – 6 p.m. every show day
(212) 982-6255 /

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 05/23 and 05/21.

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