Selected Events (02/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > TUESDAY / FEB. 09, 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:
“Funky Fat Tuesday”
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W42nd St./ 8PM; $45–$75
“George Clinton keeps it eccentric from his often colorful hair to his platform boots. For a lively Fat Tuesday, join the funky R&B innovator as he hosts a Mardi Gras celebration with his groovy band.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Evan Christopher and Ehud Asherie
Mezzrow, 163 W10th St./ 9:30PM, $20 (only a few seats left)
“Lovingly cradled by the clarinettist Christopher and the pianist Asherie, New Orleans anthems and prewar standards instantly lose their patina of age and shine anew. An unencumbered duo setting will highlight the beauty of Christopher’s tone and the power of Asherie’s mighty left hand.” (NewYorker)

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers (through Wednesday)
Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $30, $45
“The tradition of New Orleans-bred trumpeter-entertainers has a robust representative in Mr. Ruffins, who’ll spend his Mardi Gras week here, with his ebullient working band.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but hey, it’s the Beach Boys, always worth a detour:
The Beach Boys
Kings Theatre, Bklyn / 8PM, $65
“Expect Asser Levy to be crowded with moms, dads, kids, most of Animal Collective and so on, to see the Beach Boys run through their summer hits—though it’s worth pointing out that after touring with Brian Wilson for its 50th anniversary in 2012, the group is back to a Wilson-less lineup. Nonetheless, it’s a respectable showing of core fellas, led by founding member Mike Love and longtime player Bruce Johnston.” (TONY)

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

Fantastic Art China: International Creative Festival (LAST DAY)
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)

Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival
with Stephen Petrus, an Andrew W. Mellon Research Fellow
Mid-Manhattan Library, 5th Ave & 40th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture explores New York’s central role in fueling the nationwide craze for folk music in post-war America. It shows that the city’s artistic, political, and commercial assets helped to shape a breeding ground for the folk music revival, one of the great cultural phenomena of the twentieth century.”

and 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)

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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 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.
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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.

OpenTable
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.

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
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, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

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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).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/07 and 02/05.

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