Selected Events (03/14) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s Fab 5+ > MONDAY / MAR. 14, 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 Ladies Who Sing Sondheim
Alice Tully Hall (at Lincoln Center) / 7:30PM, $50-$125
“Frequent Sondheim stager John Doyle directs this benefit for Classic Stage Company, where he will take over as artistic director in July. Among the dames at emotional sea will be Victoria Clark, Cynthia Erivo, Joaquina Kalukango, Judy Kuhn, Marin Mazzie and Alexandra Silber.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Maxine Linehan: One—The Songs of U2
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $30-$50
Maxine Linehan returns to Birdland for the premiere of her new show, “One – The Songs of U2,” as a part of the Broadway at Birdland series. Joined by guest vocalists Brian Charles Rooney (The Threepenny Opera, I Am Harvey Milk) and Tony® Award nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful, Jersey Boys), this highly anticipated performance includes U2 hit classics like “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Beautiful Day,” “Where the Streets Have No Name,” and of course the quintessential “One.”

“Bono she didn’t! Poised and incisive Irish-born singer-actor Linehan gets close to the Edge in a new set devoted to the music of U2. Proceeds benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.” (TONY)

Jim Black Trio
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St./ 10PM, $
“Mr. Black is widely known as a drummer of convulsive intensity and a bandleader rooted in the protocols of noise-rock. But in this group, with the probing Austrian pianist Elias Stemeseder and the intuitive American bassist Thomas Morgan, he spins a deeply sonorous variation on the acoustic piano trio tradition. “The Constant” is the band’s third album, which will provide the bulk of the material here.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Mark Murphy Memorial Celebration
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue, at 54th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Mr. Murphy, who died last October at 83, was a jazz singer of mercurial gifts, expansive both in his style and in the influence he left. He will be celebrated, and no doubt emulated, in this memorial concert, whose long list of celebrants includes the pianist Alan Broadbent and the singers Annie Ross, Sheila Jordan, Kurt Elling, Giacomo Gates, Jay Clayton, Tessa Souter and Roz Corral.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Michael Pollan and Alex Gibney
Directors Guild of America Theater, 110 W57th St./ 6:30PM, SoldOut,
BUT this event will be available on a live webcast. Send your e-mail to register.
“Take a pinch of Michael Pollan (food journalist and author), add some Alex Gibney (director of the new Netflix documentary Cooked, based on Pollan’s book), stir in some Sam Sifton (The New York Times’ Food Editor)—and you have the makings of a tasty TimesTalk indeed. Director’s Guild of America.

From roasting over fire in Western Australia to fermenting in Peru, embark on a journey through world cultures and cuisines with best–selling author and advocate Michael Pollan and Oscar–winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, joined by Sam Sifton, New York Times Food editor and the founding editor of NYT Cooking. Discover the ideas behind the new Netflix original documentary series “Cooked,” from Pollan and Gibney and a cast of all–star filmmakers who travel the world to investigate the primal human need to cook, issuing a clarion call to reclaim lost traditions and restore balance to our lives.”
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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 2016.  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 03/12 and 03/10.
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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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