Selected Events (09/22) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SWEET 6 > TUESDAY / SEPT. 22, 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
> Lalah Hathaway (also Wednesday)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W42nd St./ 8PM, $
“The huge-voiced daughter of Donny Hathaway has been recording for 25 years but only recently started racking up awards: She won Grammys the past two years for her work with the jazz-fusion acts Snarky Puppy and Robert Glasper.” (Chow-NYT)

> José James (through Sept. 27)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $
“This year marks the centennial of Billie Holiday, whose ignominious death in 1959, at the age of forty-four, deprived the world of an incomparable artist. Celebrating the legendary singer, as he did on his recent album “Yesterday I Had the Blues: The Music of Billie Holiday,” is the vocalist James, whose deliberate and understated manner confirms that Holiday is again speaking to a new generation of jazz singers.” (NewYorker)

> Josh Evans “Hope and Despair” CD Release
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W10th St./ 9:30PM,
“A trumpeter with a foothold in exploratory hard-bop, Mr. Evans has a new album, “Hope and Despair,” whose cast includes the tenor saxophonist Abraham Burton and the pianist David Bryant, two of his band mates here. Rashaan Carter is on bass, and Eric McPherson on drums. “ (Chinen-NYT)

> The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (through Sept. 30)
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St and Broadway, / At 7:30PM +9:30PM; $35
“This monthlong series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola explores a loose multigenerational theme. Highlights of the coming week include tonight’s veteran alto saxophonist Steve Wilson, leading a crew of sharp younger players.” (NYT-Chinen)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour. (+the Bowery Ballroom is a great music venue)
> Albert Hammond, Jr.
Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey St./8PM; $20
“Seven years lay stacked between Albert Hammond, Jr.’s new LP and 2008’s ¿Cómo Te Llama? and during this time the slick guitarist reunited with his band – garage rock revivalists the Strokes – and recorded two albums with consistent world touring.”(Silas Valentino, VillageVoice).

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

> From Animation to the Avant-garde in Disney and Eisenstein’s Hollywood
CUNY’S Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. / 6:30PM, FREE
what do the films of walt disney and sergei eisenstein have in common, and how did animation technology impact eisenstein? hollywood flatlands author esther leslie discusses.

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)

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 09/20 and 09/18.

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