Selected Events (10/24) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s SWEET 6 > SATURDAY / OCT. 24, 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.
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis Plays Monk
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $30 – $100
“Few musicians have made such significant or unique contributions to the jazz lexicon as pianist-composer Thelonious Monk. Widely regarded as a genius composer of uncompromising creativity, his music is equally loved and feared by musicians for its wide intervals, angular melodies, and surprising rhythms, making it both difficult and rewarding to play.

Joining the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will be 12-year-old pianist Joey Alexander, a jaw-dropping young prodigy undaunted by the challenge. Alexander, who has already released his first album as a leader with Motéma and performed to great acclaim at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Rose Theater and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, represents the next generation of musicians in reverence of Monk. For two special nights at The Town Hall, the raw energy of this music–rearranged for big band by members of the JLCO–will be unforgettable.”

Friday’s concert was outstanding and memorable. Do whatever you can to get to Town Hall and young Joey Alexander is the real deal.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Okwui Okpokwasili (LAST DAY)
New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th St. / 7:30PM, $15
“Ms. Okpokwasili revives “Bronx Gothic,” an arresting solo about coming-of-age in the Bronx, haunted by the voices of her past (and present). Notes are passed and dreams recounted between the artist’s teenage self and her confidante; other messages are held in shuddering dances.” (Burke-NYT)

Josie Long: ‘Cara Josephine’ (through Oct. 25)
SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St./ 9PM, $25
“A gem of the British comedy scene, Ms. Long is a stand-up and storyteller who dwells in earnestness and optimism. “Cara Josephine,” perhaps the best-reviewed comedy show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is a sweet and very funny hour about relationships, love and family.” (Czajkowski-NYT)

José Limón Dance Company (through Oct. 25)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St./ $10 and up
In celebration of its 70th anniversary season, the José Limón Dance Foundation invites guest artists from the Royal Danish Ballet (performing The Unsung) and the Bavarian State Ballet (performing The Exiles), as well as students from all over the world, to perform with the Limón Dance Company in a magisterial retrospective of major works from the repertory.

Some $10 tickets are available, but those go quickly, and they need to be purchased over the phone (which incurs a $6 service charge) or in person at the box office.” (TONY)

Program D: Oct 23 & 24 at 8pm; Oct 25 at 2pm
Orfeo, performed by Limón Dance Company; Chaconne, performed by CoreoArte; Dances for Isadora, performed by Limón Dance Company; The Traitor, performed by Limón Dance Company

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. In addition, the festival showcases a different building each day.
Today’s Building of the Day:
Mariners Harbor Branch Library (Tour Time: 12PM, $10)
A’PT Architecture, 206 South Avenue, Staten Island
The design concept for the single-story building is an oyster shell cracked open, rough on the outside and mother-of-pearl on the inside, to honor the area’s rich maritime and oystering history.
Tour Guides: Anna Torriani, AIA and Lorenzo Pagnamenta, AIA, Founding Partners, A’PT Architecture
For all the other interesting events today check out the calendar at

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference and Expo (LAST DAY)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W34th St./
This massive show brings together roughly 21,000 photographers, filmmakers, students, teachers and photography fans. The schedule of events includes seminars, demonstrations and new technology on display. More information is at” (NYT/ST)

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. /, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St. /, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34 W22nd St. / 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 – 237 W42nd St. /, 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 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,” (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, (Cotter)


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 10/22 and 10/20.
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