Selected Events (07/12) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Elite 8 – SUNDAY / JULY 12, 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

> Vision Festival
Matthew Shipp Trio (7:30PM); Telepathic Orchestra (10PM)
Historic Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square S / 6-11PM, $40, $25 seniors
since 1996, the Vision Festival has been a home for exploratory and adventurous jazz.
thrilling pianist Shipp and baritone saxophonist Bluiett leading his fellow saxophonists and the Telepathic Orchestra make a formidable close to the festival.

> Eddie Palmieri Septet
Blue Note, 131 West Third St. / 8PM +10:30PM,
“Mr. Palmieri, a tirelessly charismatic pianist, one of the great bandleaders in salsa and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, leads one of his regular ensembles, stocked with players like the trumpeter Jonathan Powell, the alto saxophonist Louis Fouché and the conguero Little Johnny Rivero.” (NYT-Chinen)

> Cesária Évora Orchestra / Mayra Andrade / Dino D’Santiago / DJ Lefty
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-Park at 69th St. / 2-7PM, FREE

> The Cast of Phantom Sings Andrew Lloyd Webber
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. / 6PM, $25-$35

> Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton (LAST DAY!)
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 (through Aug 1)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave at West 19th St. / 7:30PM, $10+
“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.”

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

> DruidShakespeare: The History Plays
Gerald W. Lynch Theater (at John Jay College) / 7PM, $45–$175.
“Ireland’s estimable Druid Theatre Company returns to Lincoln Center Festival to present all four plays of Shakespeare’s Henriad in rep, tracking the English throne from the fall of Richard II to the rise of Henry V.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, a real treat for bridge lovers, and enjoy the iconic ferry ride to Staten Island:
> ‘Bascove / Bridges: Transporting the Metropolis’ (closes TODAY!)
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Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston, Staten Island, / 1-5PM (Thu-Sun), admission by donation.

celebrates the magnificent bridges of New York City with 32 paintings & drawings.
actually, this off the beaten track museum’s permanent collection is also very worthy.


Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Bastille Day Celebration on 60th Street / 12PM – 5PM, FREE (tastings vary in price)
60th Street (btw Fifth/Lexington ave)
Celebrate the storming of the Bastille and France’s Independence Day (July 14) at the French Institute Alliance Française‘s street fair. Can-can dancers, musicians, and chefs will take over three blocks. Enjoy French delicacies and treats from vendors and a wide array of children’s activities.


“The Bastille Day on 60th Street festival, celebrating the French Independence Day on July 14, will return with performances by French-American electro-swing band Gingoa, singer Benjamin Swax, plus wine, beer, chocolate and champagne tastings.

More than 40,000 people attended last year’s Bastille Day celebration, according to the French Institute Alliance Française, which is hosting the fete.

New activities this year include the New York City debut of Martinique’s Arpège Choir of 150 students and musicians and free screenings of award-winning French films. Cooking classes for kids will also be offered at the French Institute at 22 E. 60th St.

The festival is free and open to the public but tastings range in price. A detailed listing of the events and ticket prices can also be found on the festival’s website ( The festival will go on rain or shine.” (

“Indulge your inner Francophile during this celebration of French national pride. Held on three avenue blocks closed to traffic, the fest boasts tasty treats like crêpes and cheeses, Macaron Café macarons ($2) and baked goods from patisserie Financier, as well as sets by accordion players and other musicians, cultural dances like the cancan, and kiddie-friendly activities such as face painting.” (TONY)

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 07/10 and 07/08.

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