Selected Events (05/31) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s TOP 10 – SUNDAY, MAY 31, 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
> Hidden Treasures: Songs of Larry Kerchner
Birdland, 315 W44th St. (btw 8/9 ave.) / 6PM, $25
a wide range of performers join in celebrating the Kirchner songbook.

> Mary Stallings
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St. / 7PM, 9PM, 10:30PM, $45
“A jazz singer of soulful instinct and deep experience, Ms. Stallings’ fine new album “Feelin’ Good,” frames her voice against seasoned accompanists.” (Chinen – NYT)

> Wendy Whelan: Restless Creature 
Joyce Theater, Chelsea, / 2pm. $10–$100.
described by The New York Times as “America’s greatest contemporary ballerina.”

> Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland, 315 W44th St. (btw 8/9 ave.) / 9PM + 11PM, $30
Arturo is dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.

> Betty Buckley:Dark Blue-Eyed Blues
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. / 7PM + 9PM, $25-$75
has been called “The Voice of Broadway,” and sold out her engagement last fall.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> World Science Festival (May 27–31)
various locations and times, check the website:
more than 50 events, spread over five days and the city’s five boroughs.

> Vulture Festival (a New York Magazine event)
various times & locations, but most events are at Milk Studios, 450 W15th St.
talks, screenings, performances. the full lineup is at

Outdoor Fest (May 29 – Jun 07)
various locations and times. better get this in before the rains come.
ten-day lineup of activities, classes and a range of outdoor activities.
“outdoor yoga, fishing, walks, nature-film screenings, trivia, bouldering, surfing and, naturally, beer drinking—can’t miss that.” (TONY)

> 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.

> Book Con
Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., / 11AM-5PM, $30
this is comic con for book nerds. an oxymoron? “fuses storytelling and pop culture.”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:


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 05/29 and 05/27.

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