Selected Events (09/30) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s SUPER 6 > WEDNESDAY / SEPT. 30, 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
Posi-Tone Records 20th Anniversary Celebration 
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W10th St./7:30 +10:30PM, $20
“Posi-Tone, a New York label focused on the postbop mainstream, celebrates a special occasion with sets by a couple of bands on its roster: the Tom Tallitsch Quintet, led by Mr. Tallitsch on tenor saxophone, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.; and the Brian Charette Quintet, led from the organ by Mr. Charette, beginning at 10:30 p.m. Among the guests are some of the label’s other artists, like the guitarist Ed Cherry and the trombonists Michael Dease and Steve Davis.” (Chinen-NYT)

Trio 3 (thru Thursday)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Although a guest pianist has often been woven into the fabric of this exploratory ensemble, here the saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille, illustrious veterans all, go it alone. The air of authenticity that pervades the group’s fervent improvisations is unmistakable—each man was there, decades ago, when post-bop morphed into free jazz, helping to make the new music happen.” (NewYorker)

> The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (LAST DAY)
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St and Broadway, / 9:30PM; $35
“This month long series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola has explored a loose multi-generational theme. Tonight Joe Saylor, who regularly plays with many of the most gifted and promising young jazz musicians, brings eight of those musicians back for a second performance of his smash hit Crescent City Samba. This unique musical experience celebrates the intersections of New Orleans music and the music of Brazil, blending Samba, Choro, and other Brazilian rhythms with the music that America birthed in the early 20th century. This upbeat music and vibrant group of musicians never fails to get audiences grooving with them” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this sure looks like fun:
> The 11th annual NY Gypsy Festival (thru October 4)
Metropolitan Museum / 7PM, $65 (includes Museum admission)
tonight: Memoria Antigua: Flamenco
“Fiery and primal, flamenco conjures the most passionate of emotions. Straight from the heart of the dance form’s birthplace, award-winning dancer/choreographers Patricia Ibáñez and Abel Harana perform Memoria Antigua (“Ancient Memory”). Exploring the vivid and seductive music and dance from Andalusia and the far-reaching corners of Spain through authentic and rarely performed flamenco styles, Memoria Antigua is steeped in mystery and rich in cultural relevance.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Being Nixon: A Man Divided
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West / 6:30PM, $38
“Both maudlin and Machiavellian, Richard Nixon transcended his origins as a shy outcast in Washington society to become a leader capable of great bravery and extraordinary deviousness. Award-winning author Evan Thomas peels back the layers on the nation’s 37th president, delivering a fascinating portrait of one of American history’s most infamous, paradoxical and enigmatic politicians.”

> Erica Jong – “Fear of Dying,”
NYPL, Main Building, 42nd St & 5th Ave / 12PM, FREE
Ms. Jong — the poet, novelist and essayist perhaps best known for her novel “Fear of Flying” — has returned with a spiritual follow-up, “Fear of Dying.” She’ll discuss the books as part of the New York Public Library’s Books at Noon series, which include a Q. and A. with Ms. Jong and a book signing.” (NYT)

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)

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 09/28 and 09/26.
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