Selected Events (11/27) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SWEET 6 > FRIDAY / NOV. 27, 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:
My Morning Jacket
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $
“This band, which came out of Kentucky around the turn of the century, is one of the few rock groups that can sell out arenas, so four nights in the relatively intimate confines of the Beacon Theatre is a real gift. Since the beginning, Jim James, the leader and chief songwriter of the country-rock group, has broadened the style and the range of his compositions—making open-ended, free-floating pieces that give the quintet the opportunity to explore vistas that incorporate the symphonic and the psychedelic. At the core, though, is the power of the human voice, James’s main component of connectivity.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Wycliffe Gordon & Friends (also Nov. 28)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St/Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“Mr. Gordon, a trombonist, trumpeter, singer and one-man jubilation engine, settles in for a Thanksgiving-week engagement at his second home. He’ll be in good company, with the pianist Ehud Asherie, the bassist Yasushi Nakamura and the drummer Alvin Atkinson Jr.” (NYT-Chinen)

Jason Moran and the Bandwagon (thru Nov. 29)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, $30
The pianist Jason Moran may tip his hat to the jazz tradition—his latest album, “All Rise,” was a shape-shifting tribute to Fats Waller—but he generally stays focussed on the music’s genre-inclusive future. The Bandwagon trio, with the bassist Tarus Mateen and the drummer Nasheet Waits, can favor rhythmic interaction at the expense of reflection, but the group’s fervor is hard to deny or resist.” (NewYorker)

Ann Hampton Callaway: Feminine Persuasion (thru Nov. 28)
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 8PM, $60-$115
“A swinging fixture of the cabaret world, Ann Hampton Callaway has also branched into jazz and TV theme songs (The Nanny). She has a reassuringly mellow way with the standards, sung in a wry, coffee-voiced contralto. Her latest set is devoted to songs by women, including Carole King, Dorthy Fields, Billie Holiday and Peggy Lee.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Justice in Film: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West /7PM, FREE with pay-as-you-wish Friday admission
“Join us for the New-York Historical Society’s film series, featuring opening remarks by notable directors, writers, actors, and historians. This series explores how film has tackled social conflict, morality, and the perennial struggles between right and wrong that are waged from the highest levels of government to the smallest local communities.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Celebrate the holiday season with one of the most enduring films of all time. Jimmy Stewart stars as George Bailey, a man who finds meaning in his life on Christmas Eve. Directed by Frank Capra. Starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore.”

Barclays Center Classic (November 27 and 28)
Cincinnati, Tennessee, Nebraska and George Washington will come to Brooklyn for the fourth annual Barclays Center Classic.

Coming off a 20-win season, Cincinnati will take on a rising Nebraska squad expecting a boost from a deep recruiting class. Coach Rick Barnes brings his 604 career wins along for his first season at Tennessee, while George Washington is powered by a trio of four-year starters.
TIP-OFF TIMES:
November 27
6:30PM – Cincinnati vs. Nebraska
9:00PM – George Washington vs. Tennessee
November 28
12:00PM – Consolation Game
2:30PM – Championship Game

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 11/25 and 11/23.

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