Selected Events (02/25) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s Fab 5+ > THURSDAY / FEB. 25, 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:
Pacific Northwest Ballet
New York City Center, 131 W55th St. / 7:30PM; $35–$125
“The Seattle company, led by Peter Boal, returns to New York with a pair of programs. The first (February 24, 25) presents three works by George Balanchine, including Square Dance (1957). The second (February 26, 27) comprises David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin, William Forsythe’s The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude and Crystal Pite’s Emergence.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet (through Feb. 28)
Village Vanguard, 178 7thAve. S. at 11th St./ 8:30 + 10:30PM, $30
“The title of his 2014 album, “The Imagined Savior Is Far Easier to Paint,” is still open to interpretation, but the effect of Akinmusire’s trumpet is immediate and unambiguous. His stirring playing will be on display in a stripped-down quartet setting—joining Akinmusire are the pianist Sam Harris, the guitarist Harish Raghavan, and the drummer Justin Brown.” (NewYorker)

Joyce, Dori Caymmi, Trio da Paz (through Feb. 27)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30 + 11PM, $40
“Billed as “A Rare Appearance of Brazilian Greats,” this engagement features the singer-songwriters Dori Caymmi and Joyce Moreno — backed by the samba-jazz cooperative Trio da Paz, consisting of Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
New York City Beer Week (Feb.19 – 28)
HopHeads Rejoice! It may be the heart of winter but there is a silver lining. The annual ten day celebration of craft beer throughout New York City will have events including festivals, tastings, menu pairings, and beer dinners.

For the astounding list of upcoming events for this year’s Beer Week head over to  newyorkcitybrewersguild.com/beer-week/2016-beer-week/ .
Oh My! How to choose, they all look so enticing.
Please drop us a line in the comment section to let us know how your event turned out.

“Black Baseball, Black Business”
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E11th St./ 7PM, FREE, RSVP required
Meet Roberta J. Newman and Joel Nathan Rosen, the authors of “Black Baseball, Black Business,” at the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse in Greenwich Village. I love the monthly talks here, surrounded by a bunch of serious and knowledgeable baseball fans. Only thing better right now – being in FL for spring training.

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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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:

‘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:

‘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 02/23 and 02/21.
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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 Train and Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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