Selected Events (09/12) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 6 > SATURDAY / SEPT. 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
>Sophie B. Hawkins
Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St. / 8:30PM, $
The sweetly yearning soft-pop singer behind the 1990s hits “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” and “As I Lay Me Down,” as well as a former Roxy Music collaborator, Ms. Hawkins is a slyly influential purveyor of pop ear worms. She’ll play material from her latest album, “The Crossing.” (NYT-Anderson)

>The Gipsy Kings
Beacon Theatre / 8PM, $77.50–$127.50
“Remember that super-catchy Spanish cover of “Hotel California” that got stuck in your head for days the last time you watched The Big Lebowski? That was these guys. There’s a decent chance they’ll play it at the Beacon—but even if they don’t, the Gipsy Kings are always known to put on one hell of a show.” (TONY)

>Arturo O’Farrill and the Boss Level Sextet
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)

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

>Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (also Sept 13)
“In 1931, New York artists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning propped up a few of their paintings on the sidewalk near Washington Square Park and called it a show. A lot has changed since then: Now, more than 100 artists and artisans—including painters, sculptors, jewelers and glassblowers—exhibit their wares at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.”

Our show is a sidewalk show, not a street fair, and has its venue on University Place, starting at East 13th Street and continuing south along the east side of Washington Square Park to West 3rd Street.” 12-6 PM / FREE

Vendy Awards
Governors Island / 12:30pm; $100–$145
“Brace yourself for what Mario Batali calls “The Oscars of street food.” At this event, 25 street food vendors compete in categories like Rookie of the Year, Best Dessert and the People’s Choice; your ticket lets you try each and every one of ’em (assuming you have the stomach capacity), and then you vote for your favorites. There’s also all-you-can drink beer from Brooklyn Brewery, wine from Santa Cristina, live music—and the usual amazing views of Manhattan.” (TONY)

Or, if that’s too much money for your stomach, there is always:

>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.

TODAY’S TOP EVENT
Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:
U.S. TENNIS OPEN (Day 13)

The U.S. Open continues play today (12PM) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens. This is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point. (about 45 min. from Times Square)

Oh My! No Serena slam this year.
After two weeks of hard fought matches in the heat and humidity, the last women standing are two Italian ladies who no one, absolutely no one, expected to get this far. They have played each other 9 times over the years and have been pretty evenly matched. This should be fun. Predictions per Matt Cronin –  USOpen.org:

FLAVIA PENNETTA (26) VS. ROBERTA VINCI
Who would have thought that Flavia Pennetta would have smoked the world No. 2 Simona Halep, and then Roberta Vinci would stun No. 1 Serena Williams? As they said in their press conferences, both played about as well as they ever had.

Vinci is 32 years old and Pennetta is 33 years old; they have known each other forever, playing each other as teenagers, being part of the fabulous Italian Fed Cup effort (four titles starting in 2006). Plus, these friends have had to go at each other, too, with Pennetta leading their head-to-head matchup, 5-4. Interestingly, they have only played twice on the hard courts.

Pennetta is faster, hits harder off both wings and has gone deeper at the majors. If Vinci is playing as well as she can, move the ball around and frustrate the intense Pennetta, she can win the match, but in reality, it’s Flavia’s time. She has been close before at the US Open, but this time, she will finally raise the trophy. Pennetta will win in three sets.

Bonus – Music Venues:
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. / citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St. / joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34 W22nd St. / metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St. / lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St. / beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237 W42nd St. / bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. / caffevivaldi.com, 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.

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♦ 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.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

‘Warriors and Mothers: Epic Mbembe Art’ (through Sept. 16)
If a dozen masterpiece Renaissance sculptures, done in an unknown and wildly unorthodox style, suddenly turned up in the Italian countryside, the find would make the news. You’ll encounter the equivalent of such a discovery in this show of spectacular weatherworn, wood-carved figures, some dating to before the 17th century, that were made by the Mbembe in southeastern Nigeria and taken to Paris by an African dealer in the early 1970s. They caused a sensation among collectors and scholars at the time, and you can see why. But the effort to find more of them proved fruitless. The examples at the Met, which include the original dozen, represent all the fully intact stand-alone Mbembe figures known to exist. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Cotter)

‘Navigating the West: George Caleb Bingham and the River’ (through Sept. 20)
This moving tribute to the 19th-century painter who depicted the hardscrabble life along the Mississippi and Missouri Rivers as spacious idylls of serenity and even timelessness, presents 16 of his 17 river paintings known to exist, among nearly all the exacting studies of men at rest that preceded them. The human dimension of the figures is joined to the golden light and space of the setting by the geometric solidity of the boats and their wonderful details. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Smith)

‘Discovering Japanese Art: American Collectors and the Met’ (through Sept. 27) Highlighting contributions to the Met’s Japanese art holdings by American collectors from the 1880s to the present, this gorgeous show presents more than 200 superb paintings, drawings, prints, scrolls, folding screens, ceramics, lacquer ware and works in other mediums and genres, mostly dating from the fourth century to the late 19th. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Johnson)

Guggenheim Museum:
Kandinsky Gallery (through spring 2016)
“A pioneer of abstract art and eminent aesthetic theorist, Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) broke new ground in painting during the first decades of the twentieth century. His seminal treatise Über das Geistige in der Kunst (On the Spiritual in Art), published in Munich in December 1911, lays out his program for developing an art independent from observations of the external world. In this and other texts, as well as his work, Kandinsky advanced abstraction’s potential to be free from nature, a quality of music that he admired. The development of a new subject matter based solely on the artist’s “inner necessity” would occupy him for the rest of his life.”

The Guggenheim collection now contains more than 150 works by this single artist, making it the largest collection of Kandinsky works in the United States.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (continuing):
rendering-3The stately doors of the 1902 Andrew Carnegie mansion, home to the Cooper Hewitt, are open again after an overhaul and expansion of the premises. Historic house and modern museum have always made an awkward fit, a standoff between preservation and innovation, and the problem remains, but the renovation has brought a wide-open new gallery space, a cafe and a raft of be-your-own-designer digital enhancements. Best of all, more of the museum’s vast permanent collection is now on view, including an Op Art weaving, miniature spiral staircases, ballistic face masks and a dainty enameled 18th-century version of a Swiss knife. Like design itself, this institution is built on tumult and friction, and you feel it. 2 East 91st Street, at Fifth Avenue, 212-849-8400, cooperhewitt.org. (Cotter)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015). ========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 09/10 and 09/08.

 

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