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

Today’s ELITE 8 > SATURDAY / OCT. 10, 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
NYC Ballet
DHK / NYState Theater, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue, at W64th St.
(through Oct. 18) Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
“Much of the week is a Balanchine love-fest, featuring a collection of his famous “Black and White” ballets (Oct. 10 matinee and evening), a taste of his Romantic side in “Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3” and “Liebeslieder Walzer” (Oct. 11), and a nod to commedia dell’arte in “Harlequinade,” which is paired with Jerome Robbins’s streetwise rumble, “N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Steely Dan (through October 17)
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway @ 74th St./ 8PM, $60-$220
“Though we haven’t seen a new release from the jazzy soft-rock legends since 2003, the Dan’s ability to draw massive crowds for an eight-night run at Beacon Theatre all these years later speaks to their grooving tunes’ eternal staying power. With so many viewing opportunities, you have no excuse to miss ‘em.” (TONY)

Karrin Allyson (LAST DAY)
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Allyson is a gently swinging singer whose peripatetic musical wanderings have found her flitting from France to Brazil and disparate jazz points between. Her album “Many a New Day: Karrin Allyson Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein” reimagines well-worn favorites associated with “South Pacific,” “The Sound of Music,” and “Oklahoma.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but any performance in this gloriously restored theater is worth the detour:
Yo La Tengo
Kings Theater, 1027 Flatbush Avenue, nr Tilden Ave, Bklyn / 8PM, $
“The conquering indie-rock troubadours of Hoboken, N.J., released their most recent studio album, “Stuff Like That There,” in August, which served as a chipper and unofficial sequel to their classic 1990 album “Fakebook.” The band recently celebrated its 30th anniversary together and perform acoustically at Kings Theater with the founding group guitarist Dave Schramm. With Nick Lowe.” (Anderson-NYT)

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

Lincoln Center Autumn Crafts Festival (also Oct. 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

New York Comic Con (10/08-10/11)
Javits Center, / 10AM, $40 (may need to stub hub this one)
“Last year’s glorious geek assembly brought in more than 151,000 visitors, beating San Diego Comic-Con and making NYCC the second-biggest event in the city. Wear a Batman T-shirt or a full cape-and-cowl at this packed pop culture mecca, where anyone can be a superhero.”

“It begins. The country’s biggest comics and sci-fi convention arrives for its 10th weekend of panels, cosplay, shopping and signings. Whether you’ve spent the past few months with a hot glue gun and a cape or you’re just down to get an autograph from your favorite artist, make sure you’re in line early for four full days of fan worship. “ (TONY)

New York Super Week (through Oct. 11)
“This festival is a sort of warm-up act and partner for New York Comic Con, which begins on Thursday, and will turn the city into a playground for fans of super heroes, vampires, zombies — typical Comic Con fare. There are dozens of events, from comedy shows and concerts to food tastings and lectures, planned covering a broad range of locations and topics. The lineup is at newyorksuperweek.com.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Zum Schneider (also Sunday)
“Oktoberfest officially ended on Sunday, but that isn’t stopping the bierhaus Zum Schneider from extending the party for an extra weekend. It has set up a sort of Munich on the East River, complete with Lederhosen-clad staff, strongman competitions, live music and liter steins. The beer tent opens Saturday and Sunday at noon, 24-20 F.D.R. Drive Service Road East, near 23rd Street, Stuyvesant Town, 212-598-1098, nyc.zumschneider.com.” (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 10/08 and 10/06.

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