Selected Events (01/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

 Today’s SWEET 6 > THURSDAY / JAN. 28, 2016

“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:
Ben Vereen (thru Jan.30)
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $60-80
“The multitalented actor, singer, and dancer perfected his craft with such masters as Bob Fosse, with whom he worked on “Sweet Charity,” “Pippin,” and the film “All That Jazz.” A Tony Award-winner, Vereen is old school in the best sense: he’s out to give it his all, and he won’t leave the stage until he’s done just that.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Mack Avenue SuperBand (through Jan. 30)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30 and 11PM, $35-45
“This all-star unit, convened by the Mack Avenue label and led by the bassist Christian McBride, favors a hale, sure-footed strain of post-bop. With Gary Burton on vibraphone, Sean Jones on trumpet and Tia Fuller on saxophones, the group celebrates the release of a soulful album, “Live from the Detroit Jazz Festival — 2015.” (Chinen-NYT)

Ralph Alessi Quartet (through Jan. 31)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 + 10:30PM, $30
“The trumpeter Ralph Alessi has done strong, scintillating work in an acoustic quartet format in recent years, and his new album — “Quiver,” due out on ECM next month — keeps that momentum going. He’ll make his debut as a bandleader at the Village Vanguard with the same group, featuring Gary Versace on piano, Drew Gress on bass and Nasheet Waits on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Billy Childs’s ‘Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro’
Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th St./ 7:30Pm +9:30PM, $30
“On his inventive yet respectful 2014 album, “Map to the Treasure—Reimagining Laura Nyro,” the pianist Childs renews the glorious work of one of the greatest, if still too often neglected, titans of the singer-songwriter era. The project was an all-star affair; here, Childs’s vision is made solid with support by the Parker String Quartet and the singers Becca Stevens and Alicia Olatuja.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Elsewhere, but these look worth the detour:
The New York City Beer Renaissance
with Martin Johnson, renowned cheese buyer and the proprietor of the Joy of Cheese.
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM – 8:30PM, $45
“There’s never been a better time to be a beer drinker in New York City, as more than a dozen new breweries have opened in the last three years. Come sample some of their brews and discover some mostly locally made cheeses for pairing.” (

Winter Antiques Show (thru Jan.31)
Park Ave. Armory, 643 park Ave at 66th St./ today 1-7:30PM, $25
As it does every year, the Winter Antiques Show fills the cavernous Park Avenue Armory with the wares of seventy or so blue-chip dealers, offering everything from antiquities to Hudson River paintings, Flemish landscapes to modernist furnishings. Not everything is for sale: the show also includes an exhibition of items from the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford.” (NewYorker)

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.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
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 58 million visitors last year and was 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.

This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 

Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
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. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.


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)

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)

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 01/26 and 01/24.


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