Selected Events (11/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SUPER 6 > MONDAY / NOV. 09, 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:
The Anti-Anti-Hero Debate
Housing Works, 126 Crosby St./ 7PM, FREE, please RSVP right away
“Does the anti-hero have a future in film, TV and books? From Tony Soprano to Tony Stark, from Sex in the City to Gone Girl, we live in a golden age of antiheroes—on the big screen, in books, and on TV. But has the antihero run its course—and if so, what could possibly replace it? Will we ever want to watch just-plain-heros again? A discussion/debate with New York Times film critic A.O. Scott, New Yorker TV critic Emily Nussbaum, award-winning author Megan Abbott, and Adam Sternbergh, editor at New York magazine and the author of Shovel Ready and Near Enemy.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Buddy Guy (also Tuesday)
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W42nd St./ 8PM, $
“This Chess Records session player who became a Chicago blues pioneer counts Jimi Hendrix and Keith Richards among his stylistic pupils. He traversed several decades of his role in music history in “When I Left Home: My Story,” an autobiography released in 2012, and remains a vivacious stage presence with his six strings. With Tom Hambridge.” (Anderson-NYT)

‘Lulu’
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7PM, $
“The South African artist and director William Kentridge takes on Berg’s psychologically riveting portrait of this iconic femme fatale in a production that promises to be as chilling as his production of Shostakovich’s “Nose” was zany. The acclaimed soprano Marlis Petersen offers what she says is her last Lulu in a strong cast that also includes Susan Graham, Daniel Brenna and Johan Reuter. Lothar Koenigs conducts.” (Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Cider Week NYC (November 6–15)
Various locations
“The spiked apple spirit is making its seasonal comeback in the city, and this weeklong, 20-event festival is designed to help you discover your favorite. From a Lechon-cider brunch at Jimmy’s No. 43 to a nose-to-tail hog dinner at Delaware and Hudson, there’ll be plenty of booze—and grub to soak it all up.” (TONY)

Festival Albertine (LAST DAY)
Albertine, 972 Fifth Avenue, at 79th St./ at various times, FREE
“Albertine, the French- and English-language bookstore inside the Payne Whitney mansion, experimented last year with hosting a festival about the French-American exchange of books and ideas; there’s still more conversation to be had.  All events will be streamed at livestream.com/frenchembassy.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Canstruction (through Nov. 16)
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St., at West St.,
“You don’t need to wear chef’s whites to turn food into art. Each year, teams of architects, engineers and designers build large-scale sculptures out of canned food for this competition and food drive. Twenty-six entries will be displayed and judged in categories such as Best Use of Labels, Most Cans and People’s Choice; favorites from last year’s contest, including a replica Jefferson Memorial made of tuna fish. Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable tinned grub to donate to City Harvest; the last effort helped feed 90,000 hungry New Yorkers.” (TONY)

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)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/07 and 11/05.

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