Selected Events (10/30) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s SUPER 7 > FRIDAY / OCT. 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 more complete event info.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Oran Etkin’s Re-imagining Benny Goodman
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30+9:30PM, $
“On his new album, “What’s New? Re-imagining Benny Goodman,” Mr. Etkin, a Israeli clarinetist with a lightsome disposition, pays a contemporary homage to the artist known in his day as the King of Swing. As on the album, Mr. Etkin appears here with the vibraphonist Steve Nelson, the pianist Sullivan Fortner and the drummer Matt Wilson.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Gary Clark Jr.
Terminal 5, 610 W56th St./ 8PM, $
“This much-vaunted blues singer-guitarist has been called “the next Hendrix” for several years, though none of his axes sport scorch marks yet. In 2014, he shone on the concert disc “Gary Clark Jr. Live,” which features a cover of Hendrix’s “Third Stone From the Sun,” and he recently topped the Billboard Blues charts with the sultry studio album “The Story of Sonny Boy Slim.” (Anderson-NYT)

New Orleans Jazz Weekend and Masquerade (also Saturday)
Apollo Theater, 253 W125th St./ 10PM,
“Costumes play an important role in the cultural life of New Orleans, a point that underpins this year’s Halloween festivities at the Apollo Theater. The trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, who has embraced the role of an ambassador for his hometown, performs at least twice over the weekend, starting Friday at 10 p.m. in the Apollo Music Cafe, with guest singers that include Camille Thurman and Jazzmeia Horn. On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in the main theater, Mr. Mayfield will lead the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra with the singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, as on their new album, “Dee Dee’s Feathers.” (The attire is “masquerade chic.”) And the after-party, in the Apollo Music Cafe on Saturday at 10 p.m., will feature Brass-a-Holics, a high-octane New Orleans brass band, with a strong possibility of the headliners dropping in.” (Chinen-NYT)

MarchFourth! A SteamFunk Rock-n-Roll Circus Party
Electronica/Dance | Americana/Roots | Jazz
The Cutting Room, 444E32nd St. / 6:30PM, $20-$35
“Aside from their marching band themed costumes, and multi member drum and brass corp, M4 is far from a “marching band” in any traditional sense (though this group of about 20 has been known to parade down Main Street before taking the stage). The show will take you on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the gypsy camps of eastern Europe and through the deepest grooves of American funk, rock, and jazz then boiling it all together in cinematic fashion with high-stepping stilt-acrobatics and dazzling dancers.”

The Heath Brothers (through Nov. 1)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30+10:30PM, $
“Although Percy Heath—the bass-playing sibling of the Heath Brothers Band, who died in 2005—is missed, his siblings, the drummer Albert (Tootie) and the saxophonist Jimmy, have kept their collective ensemble a viable and valued entity. With David Wong, on bass, and Jeb Patton, on piano, this venerable quintet offers up refined hard bop, enlivened by Jimmy’s sturdy compositions and polished playing from all involved.” (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. One of the highlights –  the festival showcases a different building each day.
Today’s Building of the Day:
Chilewich Store (Tour Time: 10AM, $10)
de-spec, 23 East 20th Street,
Tour Guides: Farnaz Mansuri and Tom Shea, Principals, de-spec
“Farnaz Mansuri, Founder and Principal Designer at De-Spec, describes the process and concept for the store: “For me, a project is always about how to capture the spirit of a brand in and through their products in time and space, and here for Chilewich through the 3D matrix of colors, textures, threads and shapes, we defined both the problem and the solution.”
>>>For all the other interesting events today check out the calendar at

America’s Museum: Art and History of the Metropolitan
“Art history doctoral candidates lead this tour of one of the country’s most popular, prestigious museums. Highlights include classic artworks, as well as anecdotes from New York’s cultural history — and the story of the museum’s only benefactor to have been eaten by cannibals. At 11 a.m., meeting in front of the Duke Semans Mansion, 1009 Fifth Avenue, at E82nd Street” BigOnion walking Tours. (NYT)

and don’t forget, the Village Halloween Parade celebrates its 42nd year.
starts 7PM, 6th Ave from Spring St. straight up to 16th St., FREE

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 10/28 and 10/26.
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