Selected Events (07/06) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Elite 8 – MONDAY / JULY 06, 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.”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

> Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (July 6–12)
Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza / 8PM, $45 (third tier)
“A raucous and unforgettable evening powered by a full orchestra and choir.”
—L.A. Weekly

> Momix
MOMIX2014Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave at West 19th St. / 7:30PM, $
“Moses Pendleton’s whimsical troupe, a hybrid of modern dance, circus and visual spectacle, celebrates its 35th anniversary with a nearly monthlong run of the new work “Alchemia.”

> Natalie Douglas in “Hello Dolly…The Music of Dolly Parton”
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 7PM, $30
a celebration of the beloved singer, actor, and songwriter.

> The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
4d3481_7d4ce7faa78d42729eabb2bb8f4a3d22.jpg_srz_p_450_442_75_22_0.50_1.20_0Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30Pm +10:30PM, $30
world class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.


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

> Seeing Into the Future: A Visionary New Space Telescope 
seeing-into-the-future_mediumHosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 1PM, free w museum admission
A series of presentations by noted researchers will be followed by a moderated discussion with host Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium.

> Rubin Museum of Art: Senior Mondays
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W 17 St. / 11AM-5PM, FREE (for seniors)
This intimate museum of art and artifacts from in and around the Himalayas is free to seniors the first Monday of every month.

> “I Am Charlie Wilson”
0000050549792Barnes and Noble TriBeCa, 97 Warren Street 2nd Floor / 6PM, FREE
Legendary soul and R&B singer Charlie Wilson appears at Barnes & Noble to discuss his memoir “I Am Charlie Wilson.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
> Dan Goleman in Conversation with Dan Harris
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $30
As the Dalai Lama celebrates his 80th birthday on July 6, join writer Dan Goleman as he discusses his new book, A Force for Good: The Dalai Lama’s Vision for Our World and distills the wisdom and teachings that can help all of us live more giving, psychologically healthy and loving lives.

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)

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).


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/04 and 07/02.

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