Selected Events (07/18) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Elite 8 – SATURDAY / JULY 18, 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

> Marcus Strickland’s Twi-Life (through Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St. / 7,9, 10:30PM, $,
“Mr. Strickland is a tenor and soprano saxophonist of postbop assurance, but Twi-Life represents an outlet for the millennial soul music in which he also traverses.” (NYT-Chinen)

> Henry Threadgill’s Zooid 
Village Vanguard, 178 7th St S @ 11th St./ 8:30PM, 10:30PM; $30 plus one drink
“a superb composer, saxophonist and flautist, Threadgill is a true master musician. With Zooid, he teams up with several other jazz instrumentalists to bring the funk to the Village Vanguard.” (TONY)

> Larry Coryell and the Eleventh House (through July 19)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St. / 8PM +10:30PM, $
“The Eleventh House, led by the trailblazing jazz-rock guitarist Larry Coryell, was one of the gleaming muscle cars of fusion’s first wave. This reunion will feature Mr. Coryell and two other charter members, the trumpeter Randy Brecker and the drummer Alphonse Mouzon.” (NYT- Chinen)

> 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.”

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
> Sunset Summer Salsa featuring Ola Fresca; dance instruction by Rodney Lopez
FDR Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island / 4-7PM, FREE
Rodney Lopez will host free salsa, Cuban and Timba lessons. Ola Fresca will perform Latin, Cuban and salsa music.
if you haven’t trammed over to the new Four Freedoms park, you should, it is a spectacular location.

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

> Bryant Park Shakespeare – Romeo and Juliet (July17-Aug02)
Bryant Park Stage, 42nd St. (btw 5/6 ave)  / today 6:30PM, FREE
presented by The Drilling Company with performances on Fridays and Saturdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm. and Sundays from 2:00 – 4:00pm.
“In The Drilling Company’s production for Bryant Park Shakespeare the play will be set in a modern city which is divided by wealth and class. Directed by David Marantz, it aims to send a clear message about the violence that can result from social division and corporate greed.” (BroadwayWorld)

Elsewhere, but this looks like fun:
Nostalgia Rides
NY Transit Museum, downtown Brooklyn/ 11AM, $50 R/T
The New York Transit Museum will also be kicking off its summer of Nostalgia Rides with a journey to Coney Island on vintage Independent Subway System (IND) R 1-9 cars and Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT) D-Type Triplex cars.

images“Join us on the ever popular, boardwalk-bound Coney Island Nostalgia Train! Ride the 1930s R1/9 cars of the Independent Subway System above and below ground for a two-hour jaunt. Then visit Coney Island’s beach-side amusement park, take a dip in the ocean, or stay on the train for additional rides.”

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> The City of Water Day Festival
Governor’s Island, Colonel Row / 10AM-4PM, FREE
“City of Water Day is a free, family-oriented, celebration of the world-class potential of the New York andNew Jersey waterfront, and is the region’s biggest harbor festival. Highlights of City of Water Day activities include free boat tours; the riotous Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; free rowing, kayaking, and paddle-boarding; and the Waterfront Activity Fair.” Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance –
and the weatherman says it should clear up by noon today.

Here’s what MommyPoppins, a great site for info on activities to enjoy with children, says about City of Water Day:
pioneer.cropped“If you’re not able to go on a boat tour, there are plenty of other FREE activities that don’t require advance reservations. Go kayaking or rowing, try a sailing lesson, or cheer on the competitors in the Cardboard Kayak Race. For landlubbers, there are Waterfront Activity Fairs on Governors Island and in Maxwell Place Park filled with all kinds of things to do, live entertainment and giveaways—in years past, my daughter examined aquatic creatures under a microscope and learned about urban water management. Bonus, there’s a FREE ferry (no reservations required) between the two main locations, so you can enjoy the fun on both banks (though I’ll admit, we’ve always been so busy on Governors Island we’ve never made it over to New Jersey).”

image-1“Anyone who’s spent time in landlocked parts of the country will tell you that a city without water is like…erm, a city without water. The Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance celebrates NYC’s best accessory at Governors Island and Hoboken’s Maxwell Place Park, offering activities that remind us just how good we have it. Get gratis access to a plethora of water-going vessels, including canoes, kayaks and rowboats; or fish, bike or kick back with food and music on dry land. Sign up early to nab a spot on a narrated boat tour of the harbor. Locations vary; visit for details.” (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 their 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).

Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘America Is Hard to See’ (through Sept. 27)
“With high ceilings, soft pine-plank floors and light-flooded windows and terraces, the galleries of the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum in the meatpacking district are as airy as 19th-century sailmakers’ lofts. Art feels at home in them, and the work in the museum’s top-to-bottom inaugural exhibition is homegrown. Culled from the permanent collection, it mixes bookmarked favorites by Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe and Jasper Johns with objects and artists that the Whitney had all but forgotten or just brought in. As a vision of a larger America, the show is far from comprehensive; as a musing on the history of a particular New York institution over nearly a century, it is very fine, smartly detailed and superbly presented. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600,” (Cotter)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/16 and 07/14.

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