Selected Events (11/17) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s SUPER 6 > TUESDAY / NOV. 17, 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:
Dominick Farinacci: ‘Short Stories’
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway/ 7:30 +9:30PM, $35
“A trumpeter of abundant poise, Mr. Farinacci draws from a new album, “Short Stories,” with partners including the vocalist Gregory Generet, the pianist Orrin Evans and the drummer Quincy Phillips.” (NYT-Chinen)
My Rule: When you have a chance to hear Gregory Generet, don’t miss that chance!

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Cecil Taylor: From the Five Spot to the World
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave, at 135th St./ 7:30PM, $
“At 86, the pianist Cecil Taylor is a matchless eminence in the jazz avant-garde, and a figure of increasingly rare public exposure. This gala concert, a benefit for Harlem Stage, will feature the pianists Jason Moran and Geri Allen, two of his many grateful heirs, with generous interpolations of poetry and dance. It also promises some form of performance by Mr. Taylor, whose most recent appearance in this setting, in 2012, was an illuminating triumph.” (Chinen-NYT)
This is a great venue, but looks sold out; may have to stub hub this one. Moral of the story: keep your eyes peeled on the programming at the GateHouse.

‘A Love Supreme’ (also Nov. 18)
Lincoln Center—Alice Tully Hall, 1941 Broadway
Few albums are as exalted as John Coltrane’s “A Love Supreme,” which plays as both a celebration and a dirge. Composed at a time of upheaval and peace—in a suburban house in Dix Hills, Long Island—the album’s four movements (“Acknowledgement,” “Resolution,” “Pursuance” and “Psalm”) follow the lines of a religious epiphany, and its resounding power has come to stand in for the full weight of spiritual jazz.

Here, as part of the musically searching “White Light Festival,” Wynton Marsalis will lead the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in tribute to an album that will be revived in a special big-band arrangement for the occasion of its 50th anniversary.” (WSJ)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
War of the Encyclopaedists
National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St./ 7PM, FREE
The joint debut novel by poet Christopher Robinson and Army lawyer and veteran Gavin Kovite that has been described as “a brilliant portrait of America in the early years of the Iraq War.” Dr. Elizabeth Samet, author of “Soldier’s Heart” and professor of English at the United States Military Academy, talks to the authors about co-writing a novel, the disconnect between soldiers and civilians, and more. A book signing will follow the program.” (

The Hirschfeld Century: Portrait of an Artist and His Age
NYPL Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“With David Leopold, Hirschfeld authority, who, as archivist to the artist, worked side by side with him and has spent more than twenty years documenting the artist’s extraordinary output.

This illustrated lecture brings together the artist’s extraordinary eighty-two-year career, revealed in hundreds of his iconic black-and-white and color drawings, illustrations, and photographs—his influences, his techniques, his evolution from his earliest works to his last drawings.”

‘100 Monologues’
The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South, at Irving Place/ 8PM, $
“This benefit for Performance Space 122 features two nights of selections from Eric Bogosian’s series of monologues, directed by Jo Bonney. The guests actors include Gaby Hoffmann (Amazon’s “Transparent”), Matthew Maher (the play “The Flick”) and Dylan Baker (CBS’s “The Good Wife”); Mr. Bogosian will also perform each night. Videos of the monologues will be posted online following the event.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

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 11/15 and 11/13.
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