Selected Events (10/04) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SUPER 6 > SUNDAY / OCT. 04, 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
> Batsheva Ensemble
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 2PM +7:30PM, $10 +
Batsheva2“The work of the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, one of today’s great dance makers, is eerie and unsettling and often achingly beautiful. But he doesn’t get enough credit for being funny, too. In “Decadance,” performed by the junior wing of his Batsheva Dance Company (don’t lower expectations: they’re spectacular), Mr. Naharin stitches a quilt of excerpts from two decades of work. It captures his light and dark sides, as well as his humor.” (Schaefer, NYT)

> Stanley Cowell Quartet
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“A pianist of deep authority and resolute purpose — less widely heard now than he was in the 1970s but still a force — Mr. Cowell recently made a much-talked-about club appearance in New York, on the heels of a new solo album, “Juneteenth.” He appears with his quartet, featuring the alto saxophonist Bruce Williams, the bassist Jay Anderson and the drummer Victor Lewis.” (Chinen-NYT)

Ravi Coltrane Quartet (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“With a sense of searching suggestive of his father, Ravi Coltrane has maintained the legacy of jazz guided by serious and even avowedly spiritual ambitions. His saxophone-playing can be visceral and fiery at times, with equal capacity to fall back and luxuriate in gentle tones. His band, too, shares an affinity for music that ranges from the cerebral to the absorbing and back again.” (WSJ)

Elsewhere, but this sure looks like fun:
> The 11th annual NY Gypsy Festival
Pace University Schimmel Center / 7:30PM, $19
tonight:Brass Showdown at Pace University
Frank London’s Klezmer Brass Allstars feat. Eleanor Reissa
Slavic Soul Party
Hungry March Band
Underground Horns
Expect four wildly diverse brass bands to blow as hard, fast and original as they can. Watch these horns go head to head and give it their all to claim a spot as best brass band. Plus guest dancers.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Lincoln Center Autumn Crafts Festival (also Oct. 10-11.)
This festival in its 26th year, will feature 250 displays in Hearst Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. craftsatlincoln.org

The New Yorker Festival (LAST DAY)
At various times and locations
“Few festivals try to capture the zeitgeist as comprehensively as this three-day series of talks, screenings and events; even fewer succeed this much. While a few of the festival’s programs have sold out, at time of press, there was still space at some noteworthy events,including conversations with Jeffrey Tambor, star of Amazon’s “Transparent” and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” “American Ultra”).” 
(NYT)

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., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St. joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., 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 – 237W42nd dSt. 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 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, moma.org.” (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, moma.org.” (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, nyhistory.org.” (Cotter-NYT)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/02 and 09/30.

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