Selected Events (09/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SUPER 6 > MONDAY / SEPT. 28, 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
> Festival of New Trumpet Music (thru Sept 29)
Various locations
“Now in its twelfth year, this festival keeps its focus tight, but daring instrumentalists and composers often enliven the event.
tonight: the second night of a series called “Visionaries,” featuring avant-garde upstarts like Jaimie Branch (NewYorker)
(Sunday/Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Downtown Music Gallery, 13 Monroe St.)”

> 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 pianist Andy Milne with his group Dapp Theory, presenting a new hourlong suite, “The Seasons of Being” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this sure looks like fun:
> The 11th annual NY Gypsy Festival (thru October 4)
DROM, 85 Avenue A (btw 5th/6th St) / 8PM, $20
tonight: Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga Present Music from the Polish Borderlands

“Karolina Cicha and Bart Palyga draw on the full range of traditional music, but rather than an archival compilation, they project a compact whole, speaking the language of contemporary music. This language is built on the innovative style of the two performers, their charisma, and their experience in musical expression from folk, ancient and rock music projects.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Goddess of Love Incarnate: The Life of Stripteuse Lili St. Cyr.
Barnes & Noble, 2289 Broadway, 82nd & Broadway / 7PM, FREE
“Author Leslie Zemeckis restores Lili St. Cyr, the highest paid stripteaser in America, to her rightful place in history. Goddess of Love Incarnate reveals that behind the glamour stood a complicated woman, much loved and little understood.”

> Putinism Abroad: Challenges in Russian Foreign and Security Policy
1501 International Affairs Building / 6:15PM, FREE
School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street
Please join the Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies and the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies for a panel discussion featuring Kimberly Marten, Rajan Menon, Jack Snyder, and Greg Whisler, moderated by Austin Long.

> Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It
NY Public Library – Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Jennifer Michael Hecht, a historian of science and culture and a poet.
“This illustrated lecture channels the author’s grief for two friends lost to suicide into a search for history’s most persuasive arguments against the irretrievable act.”

Let’s not forget. Today is National Drink a Beer Day, aka the Best Holiday Ever.

“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” — Benjamin Franklin

“He was a wise man who invented beer.” — Plato

“Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.” — Henry Lawson

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:
‘Picasso Sculpture’ (through Feb. 7)
“Nearly a work of art in its own right, this magnificent show redefines Picasso’s achievement with the first full view here in 50 years of his astoundingly varied forays into sculpture. His materials, not his female loves, become the muses, and are different each time out. The basic plotline: After introducing sculptural abstraction and space, he spent about 50 years counting the ways that the figure was far from finished. 212-708-9400,” (Smith-NYT)

Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960-1980’ (through Jan. 3) “Visiting this big, spirited group show is like walking into a party of intriguing strangers. For every person you recognize, there are 10 you don’t know. One topic everyone’s talking about, at different intensities, is the anti-institutional politics that swept Europe and the Americas in the 1960s, and almost everyone speaks the language of Conceptualism. A product of an in-house research initiative called Contemporary and Modern Art Perspectives, or C-MAP, intended to expand MoMA’s narrow Paris-New York view of modernism, the show is very much the beginning rather than the end of a learning curve. But with curators exploring material new to them — just steps ahead of their audience — the show has a refreshing buzz of surprise as it takes the museum in a realistic new directions. 212-708-9400,” (Cotter-NYT)

New-York Historical Society:
Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through Oct. 25)
“See photo highlight. Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: covering what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free and clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400,” (Cotter-NYT)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 09/26 and 09/24.

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