Selected Events (11/03) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SWEET 6 > TUESDAY / NOV. 03, 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:
Luc Sante “The Other Paris
The New York Public Library, 5th Ave, 42nd St. / 7PM
Admission is free but seats must be reserved.
“Luc Sante discusses The Other Paris, his new book on the hidden past and seamy underside of Paris, with Ian Buruma. Drawing on testimony from a great range of witnesses—Balzac and Hugo to assorted boulevardiers, rabble-rousers, and tramps—and illustrated with more than three hundred images, Sante’s book reveals pre-Haussmann Paris as it was lived and experienced by the forgotten poor.”

“Mr. Sante, a writer and critic, discusses his new book, “The Other Paris.” As the title suggests, it’s an unconventional look at the City of Light — its history of artists, homeless people and all-around outcasts who are becoming increasingly rare.” (NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Stanley Clarke (through Nov. 15, no monday)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8 +10:30PM, $30-$45
“The bass virtuoso Stanley Clarke has a peppy recent album, “Up,” that makes a show of his breadth, ranging from chamber miniatures to fusion odysseys. He’ll begin a two-week residency at the Blue Note with his regular touring band, before branching out into some all-star configurations.” (NYT-Chinen)

John Zorn (thru Nov 8)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
A veteran downtown figure whose recent activities have been guiding him around the city to stages big and small, John Zorn takes up residence in maybe the most storied New York music venue of all. For the six-night series “John Zorn at the Vanguard,” the electrifying composer and wily improviser will lead different lineups through aspects of his eclectic musical output.

The first stint on Nov. 3-4 is devoted to Electric Masada, an energetic ensemble—with Mr. Zorn on saxophone with seven others including Marc Ribot on guitar and Joey Baron on drums—devoted to a songbook composed around the notion of combining Jewish music and the peculiar scales of Ornette Coleman. Nights to follow focus on four other incarnations, highlighted by a quartet performance on Nov. 7 with Wadada Leo Smith, Bill Laswell and Milford Graves.” (WSJ)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
11th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition
November 4 – November 28, 2015
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White St./ winners announced tonight – opening reception 6-8PM
This competition presents the winning images of photographers from across the United States. The images submitted for this competition utilized a wide range of alternative methods, including ambrotype, cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, platinum/palladium, photogravure, salt print, tintype, and wet-plate collodion, among others.

Author @ the Library:
1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR
Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny
Mid-Manhattan Library, 5th Ave and 40th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
This lecture is the tale of spell-binding leaders versus bland businessmen and out-of-touch upper-class elites and of two nations inching to safety but lurching toward disaster. It is 1932’s nightmare–with lessons for today. With David Pietrusza, a notable historian and best selling author, who has written or edited over three dozen books.

TED Talks Live: War & Peace (also November 4)
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 7:30PM; $100
“Join Girls’ Adam Driver, glam-rock superstar Rufus Wainwright and many more talented acts as they take on the consequences and possible outcomes of contemporary war through performance, discussion and readings.”

“The blockbuster lecture series has recruited actor Adam Driver, singer Rufus Wainwright, journalist Sebastian Junger and other memorable voices to speak, perform and meditate on war, with discussions on possible futures of peace and their experiences in conflict.”(TONY).  Speakers will share ideas in quick, powerful talks—18 minutes or less, TED’s signature format.

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)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/01 and 10/30.

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