Selected Events (03/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s Fab 5+ > TUESDAY / MAR. 08, 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:
‘The History of the World in 100 Performances’
Rubinstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, Broadway, btw 62/63 St./ 7:30PM, FREE
“This installment in the ongoing series focuses on Judy Garland’s 1961 performance at Carnegie Hall. Adam Gopnik, a columnist and cultural commentator for The New Yorker — with the help of WNYC’s Jonathan Schwartz and the actress and singer Melissa Errico — leads a multimedia exploration of the show, which is widely considered one of the greatest in showbiz history.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Marcus Roberts Trio (through March 12)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $
“Like many of us these days, the pianist Roberts has politics on his mind, though as a composer, this dexterous, historically minded player can handily translate his thoughts into instrumental music. His nonpartisan song cycle—“Race For The White House”—paints tonal portraits of favored candidates, and is sure to be a highlight of this dectet performance.” (NewYorker)

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, flamencofestival.org/eng/.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Fifth Annual N.Y. Drinks N.Y. Grand Tasting
Altman Building 18th St. (btw 7/6 ave in Chelsea) / 6PM, $45
Sip New York wines at “NY Drinks NY” which celebrates New York wine during a month-long promotion in March, organized by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.

Elsewhere, but this annual feast of ideas is not to be missed:
Seven Days of Genius (through Friday)
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 92y.org/Genius.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
Today:
7:00PM / Dr. Martin Chalfie: GFP – Lighting Up Life
8:15PM / Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind

+ Tuesday’s FREE events
These events did not quite make the cut for today’s Fab 5
but they are worthy, and they are FREE.
>9/11 Memorial Museum; FREE, 5-8PM, (line closes 6PM)
>Talk: actress Sally Field discusses her new film “Hello, My Name Is Doris”; @Apple Store, 103 Prince St./ 6PM, reservations required
>Concert: ensemble ACJW performs works by Villa-Lobos, Shostakovich, Golijov; @Juilliard School, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Paul Hall / 7:30PM, tickets required.
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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)

‘Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective’ (through May 15)
“The Belgian poet Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) supported himself for 40 years as a bookseller before deciding on a new career as an artist. In 1964, he turned some unsold poetry books into a sculpture, and instantly had a debut solo show. Four years later, he appointed himself director of a fictional art museum — his own. Now comes a belated and woozily perplexing first New York survey of one of Europe’s most influential 20th-century trickster-artist-poets, along with a complementary showcase, “Marcel Broodthaers: Ecriture,” at Michael Werner Gallery on the Upper East Side. 212-708-9400, moma.org.”(Cotter-NYT)

Museum of Arts and Design:
Ebony G. Patterson: ‘Dead Treez’ (through April 3)
“Born in Kingston, Jamaica, this young artist focuses her attention on the island’s dance hall culture in a smashing solo show. The centerpiece is a set of monumental tapestries, laid flat on the floor like carpets, their embroidered surfaces sparkling with sequins and dense with sewn-on objects that partially obscure images of urban murder victims. The theme of beauty disguising danger extends to a smaller adjoining installation in which the artist has inserted jewelry from the museum’s permanent collection in vitrines filled with carnivorous-looking fake tropical flowers. 2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan, 212-299-7777, madmuseum.org.” (Cotter-NYT)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘Laura Poitras: Astro Noise’ (through May 1)
“An engrossing first solo museum show by an artist-activist known for films documenting the United States government’s post-Sept. 11 “war on terror,” notably the Oscar-winning “Citizenfour.” Here she pursues her forensic mediation on global surveillance with a suite of dimly lit installations made up of photographs, videos and texts that take us from ground zero to Baghdad, Washington and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that conclude with a chilling little real-time surprise. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Cotter-NYT)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 03/06 and 03/04.
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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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