Selected Events (07/24) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Elite 8+ > FRIDAY / JULY 24, 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
> ‘Tribute to Portishead’
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St, near Thompson St. / 8PM, $
“The English trip-hop band Portishead’s entrancing, organic dark grooves are still the gold standard of elegant dance music. In this third annual tribute to the group, a full crop of vocalists parry through Portisheads’s sinuous tunes” (NYT)

> 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)

> Dorrance Dance – Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“The innovative tap group Dorrance Dance performs “The Blues Project Revisited,” its soul-stirring collaboration with the astonishing folk/blues musician Toshi Reagon and her band, BIGLovely.” (TONY)

> Jenny Scheinman (through July 26)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM+10:30PM, $30
“violinist Scheinman returns to her downtown roots as an instrumental improviser, finding pathos in a hybridized style drawing from Appalachian fiddle, klezmer, and the avant-garde that has helped redefine the role of the violin in the jazz diaspora.” (VillageVoice)

> “Cymbeline” / Shakespeare in the Park (through August 23)
Central Park, Delacorte Theater / 8PM, FREE
a fairytale tucked within a tragedy. Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe in the Bard’s romance where cross-dressing and fake deaths move the plot. this is one tough ticket
– if you qualify, try the new line for seniors 65-plus at the Delacorte Theater.
– take your chances with the online ticket lottery (click here to learn how)
– or try the new ticket lottery at the Public Theater near Astor Place (instructions here).

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

> NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 (through Aug 14)
Various locations and times; $25 for lunch, $38 for dinner
Today marks the start of the summer edition of the “week” (actually three weeks) of prix-fixe three course meals at many of the city’s best restaurants. Mangia!

ELSEWHERE, but this looks worth the detour:
> “The Fence” in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Begin at Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park / FREE
a 1,250-foot outdoor photo installation, this exhibit features work from 40 professional photographers from around the world. a unique site-specific exhibition aimed at fostering conversations and exploring new thematic directions in photography. best of all, it is in Bklyn Bridge Park, NYCity’s newest park and a small gem.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Dancenoise (through Sunday)
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street,
“This audacious duo, also known as Annie Iobst and Lucy Sexton, rose to downtown fame in the 1980s with their smart, wild, routinely gruesome brew of dance, comedy and performance art. The Whitney Museum of American Art, which is currently hosting the exhibition “Dancenoise: Don’t Look Back,” is a far cry from the East Village nightclubs where the two women started out, but they’re taking measures to recreate that scene. The exhibition includes a retrospective installation (Friday and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.); a new performance (Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m.); and a film screening (Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m.). 212-570-3600,”
(Siobhan Burke- NYT)

“Unruly East Village performance art of the nineteen-eighties and early nineties comes to the Whitney Museum in the form of DANCENOISE, the comic duo of Anne Iobst and Lucy Sexton. Their series, titled “Don’t Look Back,” begins on July 22, with a variety show like the ones Iobst and Sexton used to host at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut. The rest of the week mixes films and re-creations of earlier DANCENOISE shows, with their helter-skelter pandemonium and pop-culture commentary, at once violent and friendly, and some new material, too.” (NewYorker)

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 07/22 and 07/20.

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