Selected Events (03/26) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > SATURDAY / MAR. 26, 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: 
Fred Hersch Trio (through Mar.27)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM + 10:30PM, $
“The articulate grace of Fred Hersch’s current piano trio, with the bassist John Hébert and the drummer Eric McPherson, found potent expression on “Floating,” one of the finest mainstream jazz albums of the last few years. There isn’t a more rewarding room in which to hear the group than the Village Vanguard, where it appears this week.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
A Benefit for The Drama Book Shop
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $45-55
“The Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop has been helping theatre artists for 99 years. Now, it needs their help, after a recent water pipe burst causing extensive damage to the shop and half of its inventory. Together, stars of stage and shop employees will gather for a night of stories and songs to celebrate and benefit the legendary Drama Book Shop. The evening will feature many of the all-star Broadway talent who frequent the shop on a daily basis.” (

The Cookers (through Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9, +10:30PM, $45
“This group revels in the edgier boundaries of modal hard bop, with peers of a certain age, including the saxophonist Billy Harper, the trumpeter Eddie Henderson, the pianist George Cables, the bassist Cecil McBee, and the drummer Billy Hart, playing alongside admiring younger confederates such as the trumpeter and arranger David Weiss and the alto saxophonist Donald Harrison.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos (through Sunday)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“The growing resurgence of large ensembles in contemporary jazz owes much to this farsighted Argentinian composer, arranger, and bandleader, who was ahead of the curve in the nineteen-nineties. Now based in upstate New York, Klein brings his bold eleven-piece unit to celebrate the release of a new album, “Los Guachos V,” which is thick with shifting time signatures, dense orchestration, and the delight of the new, in typical Klein fashion.” (NewYorker)

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

New Directors/New Films (thru Mar.27)
See the work of emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.
Tonight: try to find a ticket for “Neon Bull,” a movie that has won all sorts of festival awards this year. We’ll be there.

Celebrating its 45th edition in 2016, New Directors/New Films introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich history, New Directors has uncovered talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao–hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt.

Elsewhere, but a craft beer fest is always worth the detour:
NYC Craft Beer Festival 2016
Lexington Avenue Armory / 1PM, $55–$75
“Ring in spring at this two-day, 75-brewery bacchanal offering beer buffs unlimited samples of 150 rare and seasonal brews, ciders and meads from outfits like Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales, New York’s Radiant Pig and Massachusetts’ Bantam Cider. Geek out at seminars led by Sense Lab and others. Still thirsty? Spring for VIP tickets to get an extra hour of boozing. Balance your liquid intake with for-purchase snacks such as links from Rosamunde Sausage Grill and empanadas from Jessy’s Pastries.” (TONY)

And for you motorheads:
The New York International Auto Show (thru Apr.03)
at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 10AM-10PM, exc Sundays until 7PM, $16
This annual convention offers a peek at the newest 2016-7 models, motorcycles, concept vehicles and restored classic cars. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers will feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900.

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 03/24 and 03/22.

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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