Selected Events (12/11) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s SWEET 6 > FRIDAY / DEC. 11, 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:
Joanna Newsom
Apollo Theater, 253 W125th St./ 8PM, $
“One of the best classically-influenced pop composers of her generation, Ms. Newsom is often infantilized with such cloying descriptors as “elfin” and “twee.” But her lilting fourth studio album, “Divers,” reasserts her as a powerhouse musician with intricacies and intimacy in finely calibrated balance. The arrangements – which include a guest collaboration with Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors – particularly reach new baroque heights.” (Anderson-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
‘Dearly Beloved: The Music of Prince’ (also Saturday)
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave, at 135th St./ 7:30PM; talk at 6PM, $40
I just love this repurposed space (formerly a Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse) to listen to live music, and I was born only 5 blocks N on Convent Ave.
“Ben Williams, the Grammy- and Thelonious Monk Competition-winning jazz musician, pays tribute to Prince with a concert made up of new arrangements and compositions. Joining him onstage are guests from the worlds of funk, classical music, dance and more: the singers Goapele, Frank McComb and Christie Dashiell; the choreographer and tap dancer Jason Samuels Smith; the poet and vocalist W. Ellington Felton; and additional performers to be announced. Saturday’s performance will be preceded by a free talk in which Mr. Williams shares his creative process for reworking the songs of Prince as well as other artists.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

‘Z100’s Jingle Ball 2015 With the Weeknd and Calvin Harris’
Madison Square Garden, / 7:30PM, $
“The cool kids from the pop class of 2015 storm Madison Square Garden’s stage for truncated spectacles. Expect sinuous moves from the Weeknd, the clarion-voiced Canadian electro-R&B singer behind “Can’t Feel My Face,” and Mr. Harris, the globe-trotting D.J., to foster a frenzied pop dance party. There will also be splashy sets from Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas and more.” (Anderson-NYT)

Holiday Swing (through Sunday)
Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“This upbeat celebration of holiday classics, a recent tradition at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, will feature three charismatic vocalists — Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade — backed by a band that includes the pianist Chris Pattishall, the trumpeter Alphonso Horne, and the drummers Joe Saylor and Jamison Ross.” (Chinen-NYT)

Mariah Carey (through Dec. 18)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $59.50-$255
“Some jovial clubs around the city have been blasting Ms. Carey’s yuletide hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” since early November. Time for the rest of New York to join in for the whimsical, endlessly melismatic singer’s eight-night run at the Beacon Theater, the second time in two years that she’s hosted a seasonal residency in New York.” (Anderson-NYT)

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
Patrick Watson
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Place, at 15th St./ 8PM, $
“When their gorgeous 2006 album, “Close to Paradise,” won the prestigious Polaris Music Prize in Canada, Mr. Watson and his namesake band found themselves victors over Arcade Fire and Feist. These chamber-pop specters bested that effort with the dissonant experimentations of “Adventures in Your Own Backyard,” and they explore bucolic acoustic- and electro-folk pathways on their shimmering latest album, “Love Songs for Robots.” (Anderson-NYT)

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 12/09 and 12/07.
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