Selected Events (01/10) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

 Today’s SWEET 6 > SUNDAY / JAN. 10, 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
George Cables Trio (last day)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $
It can take decades for a journeyman musician to evolve into, and subsequently be regarded as, a near-master: consider the case of the estimable pianist Cables. He’s joined here by the same compatriots—Essiet Essiet, on bass, and Victor Lewis, on drums—who were heard on his most recent album, the celebratory “In Good Company.” (NewYorker)

Marilyn Maye: By Request (last day)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St./ 7PM, $45
C08CEFFA-0850-0C59-E8956E15771BF9CE“Marilyn Maye’s stellar past includes a string of classy RCA albums in the ’60s and a nearly unequaled number of Tonight Show appearances, but this husky-voiced, earthy belter has never sounded better than she does now (at 87). Astonishingly active lately, she now returns to the Met Room with a set of tunes suggested by audience members when they buy their tickets.” (TONY)
This grand olde dame puts on a wonderful show. She’s 87, better see her now.

Chris Botti (last day)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8 +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Botti, whose adult-pop savvy and controlled but brooding trumpet sound have made him a global superstar, descends on the Blue Note every year around this time for an extended stay. This year, his 11th, the engagement began in mid-December and will stretch into the new year, with the usual array of unannounced guests.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
‘A Tribute to Lou Reed with Jolie Holland and Sinkane’
Manhattan Inn, 632 Manhattan Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn/ 8:30PM, $12
“Last month, Greenpoint piano bar Manhattan Inn enlisted Brooklyn indie band TEEN to curate a great Joni Mitchell tribute show, with Jen Goma, Jen Wasser, and more covering the folk singer’s classics. So while their Tribute to Lou Reed on Saturday evening isn’t exactly a novel one, the formula for the evening has been proven and should be just as fun. This time around, there’s an entirely new line-up that features Sinkane, Mirah, Invisible Familiars, Your 33 Black Angels, Pencil, Cassandra Jenkins with Sam Owens, and Jolie Holland performing the late Velvet Underground frontman’s work. With acclaimed solo records like Berlin and Transformer also to his credit, it will be interesting to see which songs these seasoned musicians choose to cover.” (Lindsey Rhoades, Village Voice)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
A Cassoulet Salon and Cassoulet Cookoff 
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East Seventh St./ Sunday, 12 p.m., $30
“To celebrate the 8th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off, Jimmy Carbone is extending the festivities celebrating the hearty French stew to include an entire weekend’s worth of activities. On Saturday, a cassoulet discussion featuring panelists such as vintage cookbook specialist Bonnie Slotnick and author Cathy Erway will take place, with time for questions and samples afterwards. On Sunday, home and professional chefs compete for the love of the crowd. Attendees can sample over ten different cassoulet styles in a walk-around event. Tickets for Saturday’s event are $10 each (your first American beer/wine/cider is included in the ticket price). Sunday’s $30 ticket includes one free American beer or cider and all the cassoulet you can eat.” (VillageVoice)

The New York Times Travel Show
Javits Center, 655 W34th St./ Sat 11AM-5PM, $20
“This annual event incorporates talks, exhibitions, performances and food demonstrations — all under the roof the cavernous Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Prospective travelers can peruse the various vendor booths for onsite-deals and displays of the cutting edge in travel. More information is at At various times.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Bonus-This week’s fave and FREE NYCity App: 
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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)

‘Andrea del Sarto’s ‘Borgherini Holy Family’’ (through Jan. 10)
“This fascinating gem of a show runs concurrently with the larger exhibition “Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action” at the Frick Collection and adds important layers to it. It both places the Renaissance artist within the political context of his time, and it draws on modern imaging technology to reveal his method for transforming and recycling images. 212-535-7710,” (Cotter)

‘Ancient Egypt Transformed: The Middle Kingdom’ (through Jan. 24)
“Ancient Egypt is box office gold: Do a show, and people will come. Why? Mummies, Hollywood and Queen Nefertiti contribute to its allure. Also, we tend to identify with Egyptians of thousands of years ago. In art, they look exotic, but not out of reach. They drank beer, collected cats and wore flip-flops. They yearned to stay young and to live forever, with loved ones nearby and snack food piled high. Who can’t relate to that? Few institutions have done a better job at illuminating Egyptian art than the Met. And it returns to the subject in an exhibition low on King Tut bling and high on complicated beauty, about a broad swath of history (circa 2030 to 1650 B.C.) that has never had a comprehensive museum showcase till now. 212-535-7710,” (Cotter)

Jewish Museum:
‘The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film’ (through Feb. 7) “Revolutions sell utopias; that’s their job. Art, if it behaves itself and sticks to the right script, can be an important part of the promotional package. That’s the basic tale told by this exhibition of photographs and vintage films of the 1920s and ’30s, but with a question added: What happens to art when the script is drastically revised? Russia was an experiment in progress in the heady years following the 1917 revolution, and avant-garde art, free-spirited by definition, was officially embraced. When Joseph Stalin came to power art became government-dictated propaganda and its makers, often under threat, towed the line. Remarkably, the show presents a dozen films — some familiar, some not — full-length, on a rotating schedule of four a day, in a small viewing theater built into one of the Jewish Museum’s galleries. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, 212-423-3200,” (Cotter)

Frick Collection:
‘Andrea del Sarto: The Renaissance Workshop in Action’ (through Jan. 10)
“The big-guns highlights of the Frick show, this first major American exhibition devoted to the Renaissance artist Andrea del Sarto, (1486-1530) are three spectacular paintings, including “Portrait of a Young Man” from London and “St. John the Baptist” from the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. But the substance lies an array of 45 drawings, mostly in red chalk, in which we can follow del Sarto as he feels his way into compositions and molds figures into life with an angel’s hand, a scientist’s eye, and a striver’s drive for perfection. 1 East 70th Street, Manhattan, 212-288-0700,” (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 12/27 and 12/25.
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