Selected Events (06/26) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Top 10 – FRIDAY / JUNE 26, 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 Glasper Trio (also June 27)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St. / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20+$35
ROBERT-GLASPER-TRIO-566x377“The trio reimagines diverse material by the likes of Radiohead, Joni Mitchell, and Kendrick Lamar, keeping the focus on the leader’s impressively fluid technique while finding its own intuitive groove.” (NewYorker)

> Harold Mabern Trio (through June 28)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
a soulful hard-bop pianist with his longtime trio, should be good.

> Django Reinhardt Festival (also June 27)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. / 8:30PM +11PM,
“Dorado Schmitt, a French guitarist with the roguish charisma and pencil-thin mustache required of any Gypsy jazz paragon, is the inexorable star of this 16th annual Django Reinhardt Festival and tour, as in years past./“ (NYT-Chinen)

> Swan Lake (also June 27) – American Ballet Theatre 2015
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $25-$125
images“set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score, this romantic tale of love and forgiveness is often considered the world’s most beloved ballet.”
don’t forget to try the discount ticket window at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

> Harlem Renaissance Opera “Voodoo” by Harry Lawrence Freeman (also June 27)
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway @ 116th St. / 7PM, $25
Morningside Opera, Harlem Opera Theater, and The Harlem Chamber Players join forces to present a semi-staged concert production with seven principal singers, a full chorus, and 30-piece orchestra.

> Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
Orquesta SCC
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $17
Dance Floor Opens at 6/ Dance Lesson at 6:30/ Live Music at 8
AND Silent Disco at 10
“these native New Yorkers take up the Fania torch and show dancers why they are quickly being hailed as the new kings of salsa dura.“

> The Royal Ballet (through June 28)
DHK Theater (at Lincoln Center) / 6:30PM, $35-$150
“after a decade-long absence, the stellar company comes to town with three enticing programs that take a wide-ranging look at British ballet-makers through the ages.” (NewYorkMag-Rebecca Milzoff)

Elsewhere, but if you are a country fan this will be worth the detour:
> FarmBorough Country Music Festival (through June 28)
Randalls Island Park / 2PM, $225–$1,000.
“whatever your preferred country-music varietal, whether it’s slicked-up radio fare or no-nonsense old-school stuff, this fest has plenty to offer.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

> Alice: 150 Years of Wonderland
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
MLM_Calendar_Spring2015“get a curator’s insight into the opening day of a new exhibit celebrating the 150th birthday of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, complete with a rare sighting of Lewis Carroll’s original handwritten manuscript. Morgan Library & Museum.” (

Have time for only one event today? Do this: 

> Center for Italian Modern Art: Closing Weekend Fiesta (Friday and Saturday)
Center for Modern Italian Art, 421 Broome Street, near Crosby Street, 4th FL, SoHo,
11AM – 8PM, FREE, 646-370-3596,

“Guided tours of the closing Medardo Rosso/Cy Twombly exhibition, live jazz and a wine tasting highlight the free two-day “festa” at the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) in Soho.” (

CIMA.FESTA_.02To close out its exhibition of works by Medardo Rosso, the center is open for two days of free programming.
on Friday at 6PM, there will be a wine tasting, followed by a reception courtesy of Eataly. starting at 6:30 p.m., audiences can also take in a jazz concert.
on Saturday at 3PM, the center’s fellows will lead a guided visit of the Rosso show, and at 6 p.m. there will be a reception with free prosecco and finger foods.

The Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) is a non-profit organization located in SoHo that promotes Italian modern art through yearly exhibitions, fellowships and public programs. For the closing weekend of our Medardo Rosso/ Cy Twombly exhibition we will host a two day festa (“party” in Italian) including Italian music, drinks and finger food.

Friday, June 26
3-4pm: Guided visit of the Medardo Rosso/Cy Twombly installation led by CIMA Fellows
6pm-6:40pm: Wine tasting led by a special guest sommelier (15 spots available) courtesy of Eataly
6:45pm-8pm: Reception courtesy of Eataly
6:30-8pm: Jazz concert: Laura Campisi duo featuring Tim Clement

Saturday, June 27
11am-noon: Complimentary espresso courtesy of Lavazza
3-4pm: Guided visit of the Medardo Rosso/Cy Twombly installation led by CIMA Fellows
6-8pm: Reception with prosecco courtesy of Nino Franco Prosecco, presented by Terlato Wines, and finger food courtesy of Piada

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)

‘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’ (CLOSES 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 06/24 and 06/22.
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