Selected Events (01/14) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s SWEET 6+ THURSDAY / JAN. 14, 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:
Circus Now (thru Jan.16)
N.Y.U. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts. 566 LaGuardia Pl./ 8PM, $35-$59
“Nine award-winning, innovative companies gather to reimagine the circus once again. More than fifty entertainers, acrobats, and aerialists will push traditional boundaries at “Circus Now: International Contemporary Circus Exposure 2016,” a three-night celebration of the centuries-old art. Acts from France, Sweden, Canada, and beyond perform ceiling-scraping stunts that add new layers to classic circus tricks. The Finnish aerialist Ilona Jantti says her tightrope routine, performed against a multi-colored video projection that serves as her dance partner, seems “more dangerous than it is.” “Circus Now” has extended its stay in New York by popular demand for this second showing.’ (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Pierre Kwenders
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,/ 7:30PM, FREE
“Hip hop, soul, Congolese rumba, and electropop unite in the beat-driven songs of this Kinshasa-born, Montréal-based musician. A spokesman for modern Africa, Pierre Kwenders was named one of Radio-Canada’s Révélations and collaborated with an eclectic array of artists on his critically acclaimed EP Le Dernier Empereur Bantou, including Jacobus (Radio Radio), Baloji, The Posterz, Nom de Plume, and Poirier.”
my advice: seating is limited, better get there by 7PM

Kurt Elling “Passion World” (through Jan.16)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“Starting in Chicago, Kurt Elling — “The standout male vocalist of our time,” (New York Times) — recorded several of his early albums, earned the first of many GRAMMY® nominations and catapulted onto the national stage before moving to Manhattan in 2008. Elling’s recent CD release, “Passion World,” is a tour-de-force program of love songs from around the world. Performing each song in its native tongue, Elling tells rich stories about musical history on a grand multicultural tour of exotic places and cultures.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
New York Historical Society, / 6:30PM; $34
“With a big-screen debut just months away and seemingly endless merchandising for fans of all ages and genders, Wonder Woman may be more relevant now than ever. But what brought this feminist powerhouse into comic book pages in 1941? New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore reads from her historical account of how William Moulton Marston, inventor of the lie detector, designed an icon for the ages based on the women he shared his life with, Olive Byrne and Elizabeth Holloway Marston.” (TONY)

Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age,
NYPL, Mid-Manhattan Library, 5th Ave@ 40th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
with Edward T. O’Donnell, associate professor of history at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and author of “Ship Ablaze.”
“This illustrated lecture is a social biography of the great reformer, Brooklyn resident Henry George, whose activism in the 1880s inspired a vibrant working class movement and helped to shape 20th century progressive thinking. It examines both the rise of Henry George and his influence on the era, but also the wider context of Gilded Age America and the social turmoil and bitter debates over how best to control an industrial system that produced unprecedented progress and wealth, but also unprecedented levels of poverty, suffering, and alienation.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival (thru Jan.17)
Village East Theatre, 189 2nd Ave./ various times and prices
“This fest is dedicated to flicks inspired by the pioneering sci-fi writer, who authored iconic works like The Man In the High Castle and Do Androids Dream of Anatomic Sheep? Check out shorts and feature films that deal with time travel, artificial intelligence, morality and beyond at this packed fan fest, which features a panel discussion on Amazon’s new The Man In the High Castle series and screenings of films including Sympathy For the Devil: The True Story of the Process Church of the Final Judgment.“ (TONY)

SPECIAL EVENT, A MUST SEE:
Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 23)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ $25-$60
Mondays through Saturdays at 8PM
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

a personal note:
Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding. Go See It!

Bonus-This week’s fave and FREE NYCity App: 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station.

Bonus – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:
City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
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)

‘Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954’ (through May 1)
“The first exhibition devoted to the Modern’s unsurpassed Pollock holding gives a dazzling account of the evolution of his signature poured paintings. Its 58 works on canvas and paper also attest to the Modern’s laserlike focus on accounting fully for the achievements of artists it deems great. 212-708-9400, moma.org.’ (Smith-NYT)

‘Take an Object’ (through Feb. 28)
“Installed next to the Modern’s Jackson Pollock exhibition, this show of 37 works from 1954 to the 1970s reflects how the finality of the Abstract Expressionist’s drip paintings deflected many artists from the medium toward found objects and a greater worldliness. Its title is from a famous notebook entry by Jasper Johns. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith-NYT)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘Frank Stella: A Retrospective’ (through Feb. 7)
“This grand, high-spirited, slightly overstuffed exhibition pays overdue tribute to a prominent American artist whose 60-year odyssey through and beyond painting began in this city. It further anoints the Whitney’s new building: The show could never have been pulled off at its old uptown address. And its ingenious installation — alternately dazzling, oppressive and nuts — resounds with stimulating clashes of color, style and process that bring a new unity to his contentious achievement. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Smith-NYT)

‘Collected by Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner’ (through March 6)
“Two of New York’s most dedicated explorers of new art set an important example by refusing the auction or private-museum route and giving almost all of their large collection to a museum. Their generous gift both signifies and adds to the Whitney’s growing stature, especially going forward, as it is integrated into the museum’s rich holdings. This first sampling is quite rewarding. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Smith-NYT)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 01/12 and 01/10.

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