Selected Events (02/07) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s SWEET 6+ > SUNDAY / FEB. 07, 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:
(Definitely not Manhattan’s WestSide, but this looks worth the big detour.)
Fleischerei: A Musical Tribute to the Fleischer Brothers, Betty Boop, and Popeye. with live music by Gary Lucas and Sarah Stiles.
Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35th ave./ 2PM, $15
“Renowned guitarist Gary Lucas (of Captain Beefheart fame) and Broadway star Sarah Stiles (Tony nominee for Hand to God) present a delightful and loving tribute to the swinging soundtracks of New York animation genius Max Fleischer and his surreal Betty Boop and Popeye cartoons of the 1930s.

The event is in conjunction with the release of Lucas’s album Fleischerei, a musical melting-pot of jazz, Tin Pan Alley torch songs, raucous vaudeville turns, and Dixieland, with a touch of Klezmer. In addition to a live vocal-and-guitar performance, there will be screenings of six great Fleischer cartoons, almost all in 35mm prints from the UCLA Film & TV Archive: Ain’t She Sweet, Koko’s Earth Control, Swing You Sinners!, Snow White, Betty Boop for President, and Popeye the Sailor.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
“This Is Cabaret” Ann Hampton Callaway
with Special Guests Marilyn Maye & Kurt Elling
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 6PM, $30
“Recasting cabaret as an emotionally engaging experience rather than a place, host Ann Hampton Callaway celebrates intimate performances and heartfelt songs from a variety of genres: jazz, Broadway, folk, singer-songwriter, the blues, and more!
“For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms.
Callaway.”* –Stephen Holden, The New York Times*

Marilyn Maye is a highly praised singer, actress, director, arranger,
educator, a Grammy nominated recording artist and a musical treasure. Her entire life has been committed to the art of song and performance.”

New York City Ballet (through Feb. 28)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 3PM, $60+
Ballo della Regina
Kammermusik No. 2
Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3
“This is the week to catch the much buzzed-about new work by Justin Peck, City Ballet’s prolific resident choreographer. His first crack at a story ballet, “The Most Incredible Thing” features visual design by the Canadian artist Marcel Dzama and a score by Bryce Dessner of the National. It shares a program on Saturday night, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday with recent works by Robert Binet, Troy Schumacher and Myles Thatcher, as well as Christopher Wheeldon’s 2010 “Estancia,” revived in honor of the composer Alberto Ginastera’s centennial. Balanchine repertory, on Friday, Saturday afternoon and Sunday, rounds out the week.” (Burke-NYT)

Dada Masilo
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ Friday 8PM, $
“Ms. Masilo’s “Swan Lake” is populated by a rowdy wedge of swans who have some fun with Tchaikovsky’s sacred score, which also integrates bits of Steve Reich, African drumming and call and response. Ms. Masilo trades docility and romance for brash political theater: She bravely and buoyantly uses this ballet classic to address gender and homophobia in her native South Africa, which has one of the highest rates of AIDS in the world.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: 50th Anniversary (through Feb. 8)
Village Vanguard,178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, 8:30PM +10:30PM, $
“Almost exactly half a century ago, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis began their Monday-night big band residency at the Village Vanguard, establishing what became a hallowed tradition. “All My Yesterdays,” an album due out next month, documents the band’s inaugural performance. Here, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, a direct outgrowth of the Jones-Lewis band, hunkers down for a weeklong engagement, playing music from across the historical spectrum.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Fantastic Art China: International Creative Festival (through Tuesday)
Javits Center North, 11th Avenue, between 39th and 40th Streets
Saturday through Monday from 10AM to 6PM; on Tuesday to 3PM
“Works from established and emerging artists at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts are on view in this exhibition tied to Lunar New Year celebrations in New York. The 72,000-square-foot exhibition space will also host live performances that showcase contemporary Chinese Art.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

How about some hot chocolate?
City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival (thru Feb.28)
City Bakery, 3 W18th St./ opens 7:30AM, $
“Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February.” (TONY)


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’ (LAST DAY!)
“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’ (last day!)
“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 02/05 and 02/03.

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