Selected Events (03/20) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > SUNDAY / MAR. 20, 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: 
Harold Mabern Trio
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $
“A soulful hard-bop pianist with acres of experience, Mr. Mabern devoted his most recent album, “Afro Blue,” to the support and celebration of singers. This weekend, to celebrate a deluxe vinyl release of the album, he revisits the premise with guests including the singer Kurt Elling (Friday); the drummer Jimmy Cobb (Saturday); and the tenor saxophonist George Coleman (Sunday).’ (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
In Transit The Musical In Concert
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM +9:30PM, $35-$45
“Join Feinstein’s/54 Below for a sneak peek performance of songs from In Transit! This groundbreaking and “optimism-oozing” new musical is a love song to NYC, written by Academy Award-winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Disney’s Frozen),James-Allen Ford, Russell Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth. Inspired by the vibrant rhythms of the subway – and performed by its incredible ensemble – In Transit follows the intertwining journeys of an aspiring actress, a street-savvy beatboxer, a down-on-his-luck investment banker, an obsessive marathon runner, and others as they find their way in New York City. Featuring mind-blowing vocal arrangements by Deke Sharon(Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off), prepare yourself for a belty blend of Broadway voices.” (

Ron Carter Quartet Featuring Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $
“The bassist Ron Carter, now in his late 70s and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, has come to project a professorial erudition along with his steady virtuosity. He’ll augment his quartet at the Blue Note this weekend with Mr. Scott, a slashing young New Orleans trumpeter who just finished his own three-day stint in the club.” (Chinen-NYT)

Paul Taylor’s American Modern Dance (through April 3)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 2PM, $10-$120
“The company’s three-week spring season offers 14 works from Mr. Taylor’s six-decade career plus two new creations: “Dilly Dilly” (premiering Tuesday) and “Sullivaniana” (premiering Wednesday). Notable this year is the inclusion of work that Mr. Taylor has commissioned for the first time from handpicked artistic heirs — Larry Keigwin and Doug Elkins. Wednesday’s gala introduces Mr. Keigwin’s contribution; Thursday brings Mr. Elkins’s. Honoring Mr. Taylor’s own forbearer, the company will perform a Martha Graham work — “Diversion of Angels” — for the first time.” (Schaeffer-NYT)
Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 p.m. (except Wednesday’s gala, which is at 6:30 p.m.), Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

Arturo O’Farrill Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 9PM +11PM, $30
“Grammy Award winning pianist, composer and educator Arturo O’Farrill — leader of the “first family of Afro-Cuban Jazz” (NY Times) — was born in Mexico and grew up in New York City.
The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the resident large format ensemble of the nonprofit Afro Latin Jazz Alliance (ALJA) founded by Arturo O’Farrill in 2007 and dedicated to preserving the music and heritage of big band Latin jazz.”

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

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Coffee and Tea Festival
Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St. Brooklyn / 12-5PM, $25
“More than sixty coffee and tea specialists will gather in Greenpoint to pour guests the perfect cup of caffeine. Seminars will include discussions about Turkish coffee, cold brew, and matcha. There’s a latte-art contest scheduled for Saturday, and food will be available for purchase throughout the weekend. Tickets start at $25 and include tastings, but additional fees apply for select seminars. Reserve your spot here.” (VillageVoice)

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 2016.  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)

‘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,”(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,” (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,” (Cotter-NYT)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 03/18 and 03/16.

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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