Selected Events (11/15) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SUPER 7 > SUNDAY / NOV. 15, 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
K-Pop Bash
S.O.B.’S, 71 Varick St./ 6Pm, $40
“This August, Korean pop starlet HyunA released the video for “Because I’m the Best (Roll Deep),” a blitzing stream of neon lights and taut flesh that shocked fans who were accustomed to more innocent displays from K-Pop stars.

The clip is a testament to the shrinking distance between K-Pop and the American art that it mirrors with fun-house whimsy—the genre has enjoyed rabid stateside audience in recent years. The Queens studio I Love Dance is billing its K-Pop Bash as “the first K-Pop Club Party in NYC,” though it’ll offer more than a dance floor. There will be games, talent contests, choreography lessons, costumes, giveaways, and more, at the historic venue known for giving global sounds a local home.” (NewYorker)

New York’s Funniest Stand-up Competition Finals
hosted by Michael Che
Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Broadway/ 4PM, $22
“The search is on for New York’s funniest comedians and comedic performers! Launched in 2008 as part of the annual New York Comedy Festival, the “New York’s Funniest” competition is open to any and all performers who think that have what it takes to be called “New York’s Funniest.”

20 performers will perform in the two semi-final rounds on Tuesday, October 20. 10 performers from the semi-final rounds will be selected to advance and perform in the final round, which will be held on November 15.”

Daisy Eagan & Jordan Kai Burnett: Rejected Bond Girls
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM; $25–$65 plus $25 dollar minimum
“If you’ve been belting out Nancy Sinatra’s “You Only Live Twice” and Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” since you saw Spectre, then indulge your musical Bond needs at this tribute night to the songs of 007 that features a host of Broadway powerhouses.” (TONY)

Steve Coleman and Five Elements at the Vanguard (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30+10:30PM, $30
“The alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman has long been an indefatigable outlier in jazz, engaged in esoteric but vital work on the margins. Early in his career, he was a regular at the Village Vanguard, as a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra — but this will be his overdue debut as a bandleader.

On Saturday he leads his flagship band, Five Elements, which includes the trumpeter Mr. Finlayson and the guitarist Miles Okazaki.” (Chinen-NYT)

Stanley Clarke (LAST DAY)
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)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
The People vs. Moses
Temple Emanu-El. 1 E65thSt./ 10AM, $35
“Before Moses rehabbed his reputation, he committed murder—killing an Egyptian who was smiting a Hebrew slave. A rabbi, a federal judge, and two legal celebrities (Alan Dershowitz and Dan Abrams) come together for a combination of Biblical scholarship and courtroom drama. The audience will become the jury in rendering a verdict on the charge of murder.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Renegade Craft Fair
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W18th St./ 11AM-6PM, FREE
“Get your hands on locally and internationally made jewelry and threads from boutiques like 3rd Season, Abacus Row and btw Ceramics at this vast pop-up marketplace with more than 225 makers. While you shop, enjoy the musical stylings of Sugartown Industries’ DJs. Order from food vendors including Three Jerks Jerky, Kimchi Smoke and Puffs of Doom, stop by the Martha Stewart Living booth for customized totes and hit the Magbooth for a commemorative holiday photo.” (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 11/13 and 11/11.

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