Selected Events (03/02) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s Fab 5+ > WEDNESDAY / MAR. 02, 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:
Jackson Browne (also Mar.3)
The Town Hall, 13 W43rd St./ 8PM, $55-$75
“Eloquent, philosophizing old soul Jackson Browne brings his tunes to Brooklyn. The bleeding-heart singer-songwriter’s last release was his 2014 studio album, Standing in the Breach, so expect to hear from that, as well his ’70s hits like “The Pretender” and “Running on Empty.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret (through March 6)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $
“Ms. Melford, a pianist-composer of restless imagination and rigorous execution, will make her debut as a leader at the Village Vanguard next week, with the same ensemble that appears on “Snowy Egret,” a standout album from last year. Its ranks consist of improvisers with a keen ear for textural interplay: Ron Miles on cornet, Liberty Ellman on acoustic guitar, Stomu Takeishi on the acoustic bass guitar and Tyshawn Sorey on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Molly Ringwald (March 1-5)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8PM, $35-$50
“The characters she inhabited in the beloved John Hughes teen flicks of the eighties displayed so much fortitude and pluck that it’s hard not to imagine that Molly Ringwald didn’t call on her inner Brat Packer when, in middle age, it came time to reinvent herself as a jazz-inflected vocalist. Her 2013 album, “Except Sometimes,” revealed her taste for superior composers (Sondheim, Loesser, Carmichael) and even found space for a revised “Don’t You (Forget About Me).” (NewYorker)

Bedtime Story and A Pound on Demand: Two One-Act Plays by Sean O’Casey
Presented by Break A Leg Productions.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave. at 40th St./ 6:30PM,
FREE; registration required
“BEDTIME STORY- A respectable Catholic bachelor invites “a gay lass” back to his room in a Dublin boarding house. Terrified that his landlady and a fellow lodger may discover his indiscretion, he tries to get the girl quietly out of the house in the middle of the night. A POUND ON DEMAND- An inebriated customer and his layabout companion attempt to withdraw money from the local post office with hilarious results.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
James Beard’s Classic All-American Eats:
Recipes and Stories from Our Best-Loved Local Restaurants​
The James Beard House, 167 West 12th St./ 12PM, FREE
To RSVP, please call reservations manager Colleen Vincent at 212.627.2308
“Beard on Books is an ongoing monthly literary series featuring readings and discussions with some of the food world’s most celebrated authors.
Acqua Panna and S.Pellegrino waters, Lavazza Coffee, tea from Tea Forté, and Valrhona Chocolate will be served. Sweets provided by Sarabeth’s. Guests are also welcome to bring a brown-bag lunch.”
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.

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,’ (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,” (Smith-NYT)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 02/29 and 02/27.

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.


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