Selected Events (03/06) + Armory Arts Week

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > SUNDAY / MAR. 06, 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:
Flamenco Festival New York 2016 (through March 19)
“The 13th iteration of this festival celebrating all things flamenco brings a bright lineup of music and dance to locations throughout the city. Venerable troupes like Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía make an appearance, as do dynamic stars like Farruquito. Under the banner “Beyond Flamenco” are artists who have roots in flamenco or take inspiration from it but mix in other styles — like Nino de los Reyes, who stirs in jazz and modern dance. At various times and places,” (Schaefer-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Worldwide Play-In Weekend
Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway (btw 26/25 St.) / FREE
Different chamber music ensembles performing each hour (on the hour) in our Salon, from noon to 4:00pm.
“The Associated Chamber Music Players prompt musicians around the world to host their own “play-in,” big or small, in the comfort of their homes or in a shared public space; the sum of these scattered private gatherings will be an indefinite performance unstageable at any one venue. Rizzoli Bookstore, serving as a local hub, has invited several chamber-music ensembles to play in its salon. The event also launches an ongoing music series presented by Rizzoli in collaboration with the A.C.M.P. that will feature a monthly showcase of live music meant to brighten bookshelf perusals.” (NewYorker)

Ivan Neville:Piano Sessions
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The son of a vocal legend (Aaron Neville) and a noted support player for Keith Richards and Bonnie Raitt, among others, the keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Ivan Neville is a formidable talent in his own right. At the helm of a lean trio, Neville will offer a panoramic overview of his various musical obsessions that should include a tasty helping of fancy New Orleans piano tickling.” (NewYorker)

Alessandra Ferri and Herman Cornejo
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 2PM, $10+
“After a brief retirement, the Italian prima ballerina Alessandra Ferri has been in top form, dancing in contemporary work. She partners often with Herman Cornejo, a current principal dancer with American Ballet Theater, where Ms. Ferri danced for more than 20 years. In “Trio ConcertDance,” the pair is joined by the concert pianist Bruce Levingston in a program of duets featuring choreographic contributions by Angelin Preljocaj, Russell Maliphant, Stanton Welch, Fang-Yi Sheu and Demis Volpi.” (NYT- Brian Schaefer)

Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“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)

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

Elsewhere, but this annual feast of ideas is not to be missed:
Seven Days of Genius (through Thursday)
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ at various times, $
“This series of events, exhibitions and workshops highlights how leading thinkers and creators make a positive impact on the world. The programs include a panel discussion about industries of the future featuring the innovation and policy expert Alec Ross, retired Gen. David Petraeus, the neurobiologist Dr. Cori Bargmann and Jared Cohen, the founder and director of Google Ideas; a workshop on the science of cooking presented by the former White House pastry chef Bill Yosses; and an interactive exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci’s workshop. Further information and tickets are available at” (NYT-SpareTimes)
2:30PM / The Genius of Miles Davis
5:00PM / Genius, Innovation and How to Win in Business
7:30PM / Alec Ross, David Petraeus, Cori Bargmann and Jared Cohen |
Industries of the Future

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
Today’s Gospel Brunch at B.B. King’s is pretty special.
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 it’s  just on the day of performance.

Armory Week
Pier 94, W55th St. at Twelfth Ave
“It’s Armory Week in New York, so named after the giant international art fair—the Armory Show—that’s held yearly in gallery spaces filling two West Side Piers (92 and 94). In addition to the usual modern, postwar, and contemporary fare, the current edition (March 3-6) includes a section meant to introduce collectors to the contemporary African art scene.” (NewYorker)

Other associated events:
Art Fair: “The Art Show” at the Park Avenue Armory
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. @67thSt./ 12-5PM, $25
“The Armory Arts Week kicks off with The Art Show, the the grand daddy of them all. Organized by the Art Dealers Association of America and held at the historical Park Avenue Armory for the past 28 years, the stylish fair presents modern and contemporary art from 72 of the prestigious group’s 120 national members. Tuesday night’s preview gala—a lively affair that gives collectors first crack at the most coveted art of the moment—benefits the Henry Street Settlement, the city’s oldest social services agency.” (theObserver)

Art Fair: Spring/Break Art Show
Spring/Break Art Show, 421 Eighth Ave. (btw34/32St.)/ 12PM, $15
“A renegade art fair occupying two abandoned floors above the city’s main post office in Hell’s Kitchen, the Spring/Break Art Show presents a wide variety of work from emerging art galleries, publishers and do-it-yourself artists. Featuring more than 100 curators and 800 artists, the fair is a creative free-for-all event that’s unlike any of the other more serious art fairs in the city this week. With a theme of “CopyPaste,” expect this year’s show—the fifth edition since the fair got its start in an old school house in Nolita in 2012—to be chock full of appropriation art in a fascinating assortment of shapes, styles and substance.” (theObserver)

Head over to the Observer for a good wrap up of everything happening in the NY Art world right now.

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 03/04 and 03/02.

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 Bus Time info available on their mobile website.

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