Selected Events (10/16) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s ELITE 8 > FRIDAY / OCT. 16, 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.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
The New York Cabaret Convention (LAST NIGHT)
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 6PM; $27–$102
The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 26th annual cabaret festival brings together some of cabaret’s most popular artists to celebrate the Great American Songbook (over 4 nights.) Tonight’s show:

2015_SCREENS-_FRIDAYWHAT I DID FOR/TAKE A CHANCE ON/LOVE: THE MUSIC OF VERNON DUKE AND MARVIN HAMLISCH is hosted by Klea Blackhurst and features Matt Baker, Raissa Katona Bennett, Broadway by the Year Chorus, Alexis Cole, Shana Farr, Liam Forde, Eric Yves Garcia, Eric Michael Gillett, Eva Kantor, Valerie Lemon, Heather MacRae, Nancy McCall, Tammy McCann, Marieann Meringolo, Shawn Ryan, and Carol Woods.

The Town Hall is a wonderful venue, the cheap seats in the lower balcony are just fine and for only $27 you get 2.5 hours of great music.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Mary Lynn Rajskub (through Oct.18)
Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway (btw 49/50 St)/ 7:30 + 10:00PM, $38-$109
“Though best known as Chloe on 24, make no mistake: Rajskub is a goofball. She’s been described onstage as “cheerfully vulgar” while reflecting the tone of her roots (HBO comedies Mr. Show and The Larry Sanders Show).” (TONY)

Alan Broadbent and Putter Smith
Mezzrow, 163 West 10th St. / 9:30 +11PM, $20
“The elegant mainstream pianist Broadbent was a trusted associate of the late bassist and bandleader Charlie Haden; Smith, another close friend of Haden’s, was the bassist in Broadbent’s lyrical trios of the eighties and nineties. (Dig up the overlooked 1997 album “Personal Standards.”) An intimate duet setting is sure to generate plenty of melodic radiance.” (NewYorker)

Film Concerts Live! presents Back to the Future
Radio City Music Hall / 8PM, $48.88–$118.88
Relive 1985 (and, technically, 1955) at this 30th anniversary celebration of the time-travel classic. Watch the McFlys find their…densities while the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra resurrects Alan Silvestri’s epic action score live.” (TONY)

Jane Monheit (through Oct. 17)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30 +11PM, $
“When she arrived on the scene 15 years ago, Ms. Monheit was praised and criticized for her fealty to the style of Ella Fitzgerald, her chief jazz-vocal influence. A lot has happened for Ms. Monheit since, as an artist and a person, and it seems likely she’ll bring an unforced maturity, along with a deep reserve of affection, to this tribute, titled “The Songbook Sessions: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald.” (NYT-Chinen)

John Scofield-Joe Lovano Quartet (through Oct. 18)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8 +10:30PM, $20=$35
“Reviving one of the great partnerships of the early nineties, the guitarist Scofield reunites with the saxophonist Lovano. As heard on the new album “Past Present”—where these two leading stylists are joined by their early bandmate the drummer Bill Stewart, and by the bassist Larry Grenadier—Scofield and Lovano prove that time can’t diminish the most durable musical bonds.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Archtober (Oct. 01-31)
This month offers a prime opportunity to honor the beauty of the NYCity skyline with Archtober, a festival of tours, talks and exhibitions exploring the city’s architecture. The festival showcases a different building each day.

Today’s featured site is the Goethe-Institut New York (tour at 12PM.)
Since March 2015 the Goethe-Institut New York has been located at 30 Irving Place, one block from Union Square. The Goethe-Institut’s new home is in an existing office building built in 1912 by Central Realty Company after plans of Harry B. Mulliken (student of Flatiron-Building-Architect Daniel Burnham) and Edgar J. Moeller.

For all other events check out their calendar at

Architecture and Design Film Festival (through Oct. 18)
Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas 9, 260 W23rd St./ various times
“The lineup for this festival may seem niche, but the subject matter affects out daily lives: housing, preservation, the environment. Highlights include a virtual reality lounge, and a Rizzoli pop-up bookstore.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
Tonight’s screenings:
6:45 P12 Drawing on Life
7:00 P3 Concrete Love – The Böhm Family
7:30 C3 Design With Impact
8:00 P9 Strange and Familiar:Architecture on Fogo Island
9:30 P8 Henning Larsen – Light and Space
9:45 P2 Talking To My Father

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 10/14 and 10/12.


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