Selected Events (12/03) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s SUPERB 6 > THURSDAY / DEC. 03, 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.
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Sinatra’s Century
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E7th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
sinatra-1947_565“The poet and critic David Lehman discusses his new book, Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World, a warmly celebratory collection of one hundred short reflections on the man, his music, and his larger-than-life story.

Lehman devotes each of these short pieces to one facet of the Sinatra story—from the singer’s origins on the streets of Hoboken, to his emergence as “The Voice” in the 1940s, to the wild ebb and flow of his career in the decades that followed. Sinatra’s Century includes Lehman’s personally inflected lists of unforgettable performances; accounts of how the competitive performer squared off against everyone from Bing Crosby to Marlon Brando; clear-eyed assessments of the faults and weaknesses that informed his life and work; and a full-throated appreciation of the singer’s art.

David Lehman is the author of books of cultural criticism including A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs (2009), The Last Avant-Garde: The Making of the New York School of Poets (1998).”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Lena Hall: The Villa Satori—Growing Up Haight Ashbury (thru Dec. 7)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $60-$70
“After belting her face off for years in Off Broadway theaters and downtown rock clubs, Hall hit the big time in 2014 with her Tony-winning turn as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In her latest solo show (her 54 Below debut) she looks back on her hippie childhood and shows off her astonishing vocal range in an eclectic selection of songs.” (TONY)

Fourplay: ‘Blue & Silver Holiday Celebration’ (through Dec. 6)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30 bar; $45 tables
“Fourplay, a gleaming standard-bearer for smooth jazz, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with an aptly titled new album, “Silver,” and a related tour. The band still features three of its accomplished charter members — the pianist Bob James, the bassist Nathan East and the drummer Harvey Mason — alongside the well-traveled guitarist Chuck Loeb.” (Chinen-NYT)

Pilobolus (through Dec. 6)
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place,
at Washington Square South/ 7PM, $
“A girl on the verge of womanhood falls asleep and wakes up in a surreal fantasy world. Nope, not “The Nutcracker” (though stay tuned). This is “Shadowland,” a new adventure from Pilobolus receiving its United States premiere. In collaboration with Steven Banks, a writer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the company delivers a mix of theatrical spectacle and physical inventiveness soaked in wonder. As per its title, “Shadowland” showcases two-dimensional silhouettes formed by creative contortions of the body.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Friday/Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.

Christian McBride Trio (through Dec. 6)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $30
“The bassist Christian McBride holds fast to a mood of generous bonhomie with his trio, which recently released a live album recorded in this room. The band features Christian Sands, a pianist of urgent effervescence, and Jerome Jennings, a crisply capable drummer (filling in for Ulysses Owens Jr.)’ (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Le Conversazioni: Films of My Life with David Remnick & Jhumpa Lahiri
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave./ 7PM, $20
“Celebrating the relationship between art, literature, and film, this program features two award winning writers David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, and Jhumpa Lahiri, author of The Namesake, discussing some of the films that have inspired their lives and work. Moderated by Antonio Monda, Artistic Director of Le Conversazioni festival. Presented in partnership with Dazzle Communication and CPW Conversations. Sponsored by Maserati, TIM, Faces by The Sartorialist, and Rai Radiotelevisione Italiana.

The exhibition Ernest Hemingway: Between Two Wars will open at 6pm for program attendees.” (

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.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., 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 – 237W42nd dSt., 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 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,” (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,” (Cotter-NYT)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 12/01 and 11/29.

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