Selected Events (06/02) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s TOP 10 – TUESDAY, JUNE 02, 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
> Blue Note Jazz Festival – Robert Cray Band
B.B. King’s Blues Club, 237 W42nd St. / 8PM, $55
this 5 time Grammy winner is one of the best blues guitarists around.

> Maria Schneider Orchestra (June 2-6)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. / 8:30PM +11PM,
this fine large ensemble celebrates the release of their latest album, first in eight years.

> Terell Stafford Quintet (June 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. South / 8:30PM +10:30PM,
“Stafford’s new album, “Brotherlee Love,” is a tribute to Lee Morgan, the feistiest trumpeter of the hard-bop era, and it reveals a virile edge to his playing.” (NewYorker)

> 7th Annual Hudson Square Music and Wine Festival (Tuesdays until Aug 25)
Pete Molinari (Full Band) w/ Julia Haltigan
City Winery on Varick St.

> Museum of Modern Art’s After-Party in the Garden, With the Weeknd
Museum of Modern Art, ccc / 9PM,
Canadian R&B singer was on the “Fifty Shades of Grey” soundtrack.

> Aaron Goldberg Trio
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM,
“The pianist Aaron Goldberg has a strong recent album, “The Now,” that captures his balance of modern-jazz refinement and sophisticated-pop lyricism.’ (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> John Palfrey: Bibliotech: Why Libraries Matter More than Ever in the Age of Google
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 5th ave (btw 40/39 St.) / 6:30PM, FREE
how do we find info online and what is the role of libraries to teach us theses skills.

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)

> Dick Cavett: “Brief Encounters: Conversations, Magic Moments and Assorted Hijinks.”
Irish Arts Center, 553 W51st St. / 7:30PM, $12
reflecting on Hollywood, culture and the absurdities of everyday life.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
> The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos – Secret Science Club.
Bell House, 149 7th St. (Bklyn. of all places)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos – Secret Science Club.
Bell House, 149 7th St., nr 2nd Ave. Gowanus, Bklyn.
subway: F train to 9th St./ walk E 1 blk to 2nd Ave.; N 2 blks to 7th St.

17-atmd1Theoretical physicist, best-selling author and Star Trek writer Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a spin through the history of science and human progress—from the invention of stone tools to theories of quantum physics. It’s going to be epic! (
Here’s what Stephen Hawking has to say about this: “Mlodinow never fails to make science both accessible and entertaining.”

Leonard Mlodinow’s previous books include Subliminal (winner of the PEN/E.O. Wilson Award), The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra) and Feynman’s Rainbow. (Did we mention that he wrote for MacGyver and Star Trek: The Next Generation?) Dr. Mlodinow received his Ph.D. in theoretical physics from the UC Berkeley, was an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the Max Planck Institute, and was on the faculty of the California Institute of Technology. His latest book is The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos.

Before & After
–Sip our improbable cocktail of the night, the Quantum Theory
–Groove to out-of-this-world tunes
–Snag a signed copy of Leonard Mlodinow’s new book, The Upright Thinkers
–Stick around for the cosmic Q&A!
all this info from ThoughtGallery a really fine site for NYCity event info. Check It Out.

Bonus – Music Venues:
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 – 34 W22nd St. / 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 – 237 W42nd St. /, 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 Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710,” (Smith)

Uklanski_DIGITAL_Poster‘Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklanski Selects From The Met Collection’ (through June 14) Complementing the survey of his photographs, the artist has orchestrated 80 works from the museum’s holdings — along with a few of his own — into a mesmerizing display meditating on sex and death. Consisting mostly of photographs, it is bolstered by paintings by Dali and Cranach sculptures from several cultures and several surprises. Scratch any artist of note, even a post-modern one, and you often find a connoisseur. 212-535-7710, (Smith)

‘Fatal Attraction: Piotr Uklanski Photographs’ (through Aug. 16)
A small but succinct survey of the multimedia bad-boy artist’s polymorphous relationship to photography shows him constantly changing scale, film and printing methods while exploring the medium’s ability to startle, seduce and become generic. He appropriates, imitates and pays homage as he goes, regularly invoking his Polish roots. Don’t miss the large photo-banners in the museum’s Great Hall or the massive fiber-sculpture monument to the eye and to insatiable looking. 212-535-7710, (Smith)

Neue Galerie:
‘Egon Schiele: Portraits’ (through Sept. 07)
zakovsek_1“Of the approximately 125 items in this terrific show, there are only 11 oil paintings, which is a good thing. Except for a large picture of his wife, Edith, in a colorful striped dress, Schiele’s works on canvas are dark and turgid. But his drawings are nimble and nuanced. Working on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor and crayons, he portrayed himself and others with infectious avidity. There’s hardly a single sheet here that doesn’t warrant close looking for its virtuoso draftsmanship and psychological acuity. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, “(Johnson)

Guggenheim Museum:
Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
ex_Kandinsky_Landscape-near-Murnau-with-Locomotive_490Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.

El Museo del Barrio:
‘Under the Mexican Sky: Gabriel Figueroa, Art and Film’ (through June 27)
Painting with light is one way to define the cinematographer’s task, and it describes the art of Gabriel Figueroa (1907-1997), who worked with some of the leading international film directors of his time and was a national hero in his native Mexico, the supreme painter-in-light of Mexicanidad. How do you put this particular kind of art across in a museum — art that is as much about time as it is about material, as much about flux as it is about fixity? This show, which mixes Figueroa film clips with paintings and prints by some of Mexico’s greatest artists and in the process utterly transforms El Museo’s interior spaces, gives an enthralling answer. 1230 Fifth Avenue, at 104th Street, East Harlem, 212-831-7272, (Cotter)

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (continuing):
rendering-3The stately doors of the 1902 Andrew Carnegie mansion, home to the Cooper Hewitt, are open again after an overhaul and expansion of the premises. Historic house and modern museum have always made an awkward fit, a standoff between preservation and innovation, and the problem remains, but the renovation has brought a wide-open new gallery space, a cafe and a raft of be-your-own-designer digital enhancements. Best of all, more of the museum’s vast permanent collection is now on view, including an Op Art weaving, miniature spiral staircases, ballistic face masks and a dainty enameled 18th-century version of a Swiss knife. Like design itself, this institution is built on tumult and friction, and you feel it. 2 East 91st Street, at Fifth Avenue, 212-849-8400, (Cotter)


Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015). ========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/31 and 05/29.
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