Selected Events (11/11) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s ELITE 8 > WEDNESDAY / NOV. 11, 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.)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Kyle Abraham (through Nov. 15)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $
“Music is a generous muse for Mr. Abraham, who creates evocative contemporary work from sounds that span decades. He’s had a long and interesting dialogue with jazz, a recent highlight of which is “The Gettin’,” set to music by the Grammy winner Robert Glasper and inspired by Max Roach’s protest album “We Insist!” That work returns on a program that also includes “Absent Matter,” created with the jazz drummer Otis Brown III, and “The Quiet Dance,” a short quintet accompanied by jazz piano, played live.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Band
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, $40
“Sanchez, carrying on the tradition of his mentor and fellow master conguero, Mongo Santamaria, helms a tight outfit that exuberantly blends Latin, jazz, and R. & B., all in the name of a danceable groove. Slick as the surface sometimes gets, the excitement that Sanchez can generate with the mere snap of a drumhead is undeniable.” (NewYorker)

Margaret Cho
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM; $39.50–$59.50
“The brassy comic will hopefully cover everything salacious and shocking in her latest stand-up set for the New York Comedy Festival, including her past as a dominatrix, the slate of Republican presidential hopefuls and, of course, her mother.

The talented multi-hyphenate (actor-author-activist-musician-comic-etc.) Cho comes back to New York with her latest stand-up hour, There’s No “I” in Team, But There’s a “Cho” in Psycho. Her uproarious, politically- and socially-charged material never shies away from prickly topics, like race or sexuality, and she certainly won’t hold back her thoughts—or her message of equality—this time.” (TONY)

Stanley Clarke (through Nov. 15)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8 +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Although Jaco Pastorius deservedly gets the glory for revolutionizing the electric bass in the late seventies, Stanley Clarke had already been turning heads since the start of the decade with his extraordinary playing on both the acoustic and amplified versions of the instrument. For the first half of a two-week engagement, the super-bassist leads his own band, manned by younger players thoroughly versed in Clarke’s fusion visions.” (NewYorker)

Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 8PM, $18
“Sudan-born multi-instrumentalist Ahmed Gallab has toured with Caribou, Of Montreal and Yeasayer, and specializes in hooky extravaganzas, anthemic choruses and Afrobeat flourishes. We can attest Sinkane’s live sets are soul-rocking, body-moving and not to be missed.” (TONY)

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)

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)

Elsewhere, but this looks so much worth the detour that I’ll be there:
Brooklyn: A Personal Memoir by Truman Capote
The powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St., nr Water St./ 7PM,FREE
“Saucy and sardonic Weeds star Mary Louise Parker will be reading from the combined collection of written and photographic love letters to 1950s Brooklyn. Experience Truman Capote’s unique descriptive style combined with the stunning visual aid of David Attie.

For a few years in the 1950s, Truman Capote called Brooklyn Heights home and captured the neighborhood’s unusual charmed and faded gentility in his essay “Brooklyn Heights: A Memoir.” Now, see photographer David Attie’s accompanying photos of the neighborhood matched with Capote’s text. At this special book launch Attie’s son, television writer Eli Attie, introduces the book and actress Mary Louise Parker reads.” (TONY)

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 11/09 and 11/07.
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