Selected Events (12/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s FAB 5 > WEDNESDAY / DEC. 09, 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
David Sanborn (thru Dec.13)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $35, $55
“Even jazz purists who can’t abide Sanborn’s overtly commercial recordings have to admit that the alto saxophonist has a sound that’s one in a million: a gutsy, R. & B.-laden wail that can be identified from a single passionately blown note. His funky Electric Band features the keyboardist Ricky Peterson.” (NewYorker)

An Evening Inspired by ‘Steve McCurry: India’
Rubin Museum,150 W17th St./ 6PM, $15
“The Rubin Museum of Art celebrates its new Steve McCurry exhibition with the music of Acoustic Mandala Project, a Yoga Connections program led by the Now Yoga New York teacher Edward Jones and a “Himalayan Happy Hour” by Café Serai. Steve McCurry’s photographs of Indian life will be on display on the fifth floor.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
‘The Other Paris’
La Maison Française, NYU, 16 Washington Mews, at University Place / 7PM,
“The award-winning author Luc Sante will discuss his new book, “The Other Paris,” about the unsavory and passed-over elements of the often idealized French capital. The event is co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Person Place Thing: Andrew Ross Sorkin
JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St./ 7:30PM, $18
“Randy Cohen, a former writer of “The Ethicist” column in The New York Times Magazine, hosts this interview show in which a guest tells three stories. On Wednesday he sits down with The New York Times business columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin. Mr. Sorkin is also the author of the book “Too Big to Fail: How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System — and Themselves.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Homage to Dore Ashton
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E7th St./ 5PM, FREE
Celebrate the work of renowned art critic Dore Ashton through selected readings of her publications, short papers inspired by her writings and a new video by Alfredo Jaar.

One of the world’s most authoritative critics of modern and contemporary art, Dore Ashton is professor emeritus of art history at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. The recipient of many awards and recognitions including two Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships, Ashton has had a varied experience as art critic, author and teacher. She wrote and/or edited over thirty books on art including Noguchi East and West, About Rothko, American Art Since 1945 and Picasso on Art.

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 12/07 and 12/05.

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