Selected Events (02/01) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s FAB 5 > MONDAY / FEB. 01, 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:
Jessica Vosk: You Asked for It
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater,/ 9:30PM, $20
“After bursting onto the cabaret scene in a sold-out show that BroadwayWorld called “a powerhouse of a show” last February, Jessica Vosk makes her solo Joe’s Pub debut with her brand-new show: You Asked For It.” (Joe’sPub)

“On her night off from balancing on high stilts as the nightmarish Fruma-Sarah in Broadway’s exquisite Fiddler on the Roof, musical-theater riser Jessica Volk comes down to earth in her solo Joe’s Pub debut, a showcase for her considerable musical-comedy skills.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
McCoy Tyner Trio with Gary Bartz (also Feb.15)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM,$30-$45
“The rumble of Mr. Tyner’s pianism has quieted a bit over the years, but he can still be a compelling stylist, especially in conjunction with Mr. Bartz, an incisive saxophonist and longtime ally.” (Chinen-NYT)

Linda Lavin: My First Farewell Concert
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $35-$45
“Singer-actor extraordinaire Linda Lavin, currently on Broadway in Our Mother’s Brief Affair but perhaps still best known to general audiences as the title character of the sitcom Alice, gets back to her musical-theater roots, with Billy Stritch at the piano and a guest appearance by Aaron Weinstein on violin. Lavin has few peers as a performer, so this should be a treat.” (TONY)

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

The Land Where Water Runs Uphill
The Explorers Club, 6 E. 70th St./ 6PM, $20
“The Gamburtsev Mountains (near the Southern Pole of Inaccessibility in Antarctica) were only discovered in 1958 and represent the last unknown mountain range on Earth. Ice expert Robin Bell has been there, and she’ll share her many discoveries, including water that doesn’t behave as every textbook suggests it should.” (

Elsewhere, but Garrison Keillor is always worth the detour:
Garrison Keillor’s Ode to New York
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $41
“Listeners of the radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” may think of its host, Mr. Keillor, as the voice of small-town Middle America. But, as he has said, he feels most at home in New York, where he lived in the late 1980s and early ’90s. As he prepares to say goodbye to his radio program, Mr. Keillor shares his favorite poems, songs and stories associated with the city and his personal history.” (NYT-SpareTimes)


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 Train and Bus Time info available on their mobile website.


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,” (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,’ (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,” (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,” (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,” (Smith-NYT)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 01/30 and 01/28.

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