Selected Events (09/10) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 6 > THURSDAY / SEPT. 10, 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.
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
>Marissa Mulder: The Songs of Tom Waits
54 Below, 254W54th St / 9:30PM, $30; $40
“The winsomely natural Melissa Mulder is one of the cabaret world’s biggest breakout successes of the past five years. In this acclaimed show, she leaps into the divey songs of Tom Waits, from hits like “Downtown Train” to more obscure songs like “Alice.” (TONY)

>Arturo O’Farrill and the Boss Level Sextet (through Sept. 12)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Mr. O’Farrill is best known as the pianist and composer behind the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, which released an impressive album, “Cuba: The Conversation Continues,” a couple of weeks ago. This sextet, lighter on its feet but no less serious in purpose, features both of his reputable young sons — Adam on trumpet, Zack on drums — with the saxophonist Livio Almeida, the guitarist Travis Reuter and the bassist Bam Bam Rodriguez.” (Chinen-NYT)

>Ann Hampton Callaway w/ Chrissi Poland
City Winery, 155 Varick St / 8PM, $30-$45
One of the leading champions of the great American Songbook, Ann has made her mark as a singer, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. Tonight she sings her early original songs from when she lived in the neighborhood.

>Bill Charlap Trio (through Sept. 20)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $
“The pianist Bill Charlap has become one of our era’s most trusted docents of the American songbook — hear his handiwork all over Tony Bennett’s “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” due out in a few weeks — and he brings the full breadth of his erudition to any engagement by his trio. Featuring Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington (no relation) on drums, it’s a group with almost 20 years of working history, and many hours logged in this room.”
(Nate Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
>Feast of San Gennaro (through Sep 20)
Little Italy / 11:30AM-11PM (12AM on fri/sat)
“Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won’t feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances.’ (TONY)
Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:

The U.S. Open continues play today (11AM) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens and runs through Sept. 13. This is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. Everyone is looking for the Serena slam this year.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point. (about 45 min. from Times Square)

Today’s day session of the U.S. Open, dubbed “Doubles on Us” by the USTA, is FREE!

Tonight is the women’s Final Four, pitting the top two seeds against two tough and talented Italians (predictions per Matt Cronin –
Vinci never stops trying, which is why the Italian has played 20 tournaments this season, rarely taking a rest, changing her tactics and thinking about exactly how she will get better. The benefit of being a veteran is that you are smarter and more effective. Serena, however, is a substantially better competitor, which is partly why she has won 21 majors and Vinci has none. Serena has beaten every player, on every surface, and even though Vinci sports a wicked slice, that rarely bothers Serena.

If Vinci can get into the rallies, she could mix it up and disturb her, but Serena can eliminate Vinci with big serves and returns. There is a little that she can do. Serena will win in two easy sets and reach the final.
The Romanian Halep was truly gutsy knocking off the former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, going for her shots deep into the third set. The Italian Pennetta went to the wall against Petra Kvitova, rallying to win in three sets. The two faster players won, tripping up the stronger competitors, and now Halep and Pennetta will go at each other, toe to toe, to see who can advance to their first US Open final.

Pennetta has a lot more experience than Halep, and she knows time is ticking. She will not go quietly into the night, and without a doubt, they will have a ton of long rallies. But deep in the third set, Pennetta won’t hit as hard as she can, while Halep will pull off a number of amazing angles. And with that, Halep will reach the US Open final for the first time.

Today’s tips: 
Today’s day session of the U.S. Open, dubbed “Doubles on Us” by the USTA, is FREE!
The only main draw matches today will be the women’s semifinals on Ashe Stadium at night. During the day an array of doubles matches, including the men’s and women’s semifinals, will be played on the outside courts. Action will also include the junior boys and girls competition, the wheelchair competition and the intercollegiate invitational.

Once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open’s outer grounds courts, the Grandstand court, or even Louis Armstrong stadium. Courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Unfortunately, this is the last year for the Grandstand court, which is being replaced by a larger, less intimate court. It will be sorely missed. Make sure to find your way over there to see some matches while you can.

The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports

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:
 ‘Gilbert & George: The Early Years’ (through Sept. 27)
Soon after Gilbert Proesch and George Passmore met as students at St. Martin’s School of Art in London in 1967, they determined that everything they made or did in art and life would be sculpture and that their partnership as Gilbert & George itself would be a living sculpture. This delightful show of small- and large-scale works, mostly on paper and dating from 1969 to 1975, reveals the duo starting out in their 20s in a disarmingly playful spirit of self-invention.” (Johnson)

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 09/08 and 09/06.

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