Selected Events (03/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > MONDAY / MAR. 28, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do This:
Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of the 1950s
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $50-60
“Scott Siegel’s invaluable concert series opens another time capsule, this edition returning us to the decade that bequeathed us West Side Story, Gypsy, The Music Man and My Fair Lady, among many other winners. The starry cast includes Karen Akers, John Cariani, Jill Paice, Josh Gisetti and nightclub eminence Marilyn Maye.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Broadway Rocks No Doubt
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM +9:30PM, $30-$45
“Come join some of your favorite Broadway performers as well as fresh new talent you are sure to love as they throw you a crazy evening celebrating No Doubt and Gwen Stefani and their incredible music in ways you’ve never heard before. Broadway Rocks No Doubt is a night you don’t want to miss, covering their chart-topping hits from early days through to their current hits as well as Gwen’s successful solo journey. You are sure to hear all of your favorites in brand new arrangements and orchestrations performed from a fresh perspective by singers you will love.”

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 and two new creations: “Dilly Dilly” and “Sullivaniana.” Notable this year is the inclusion of work that Mr. Taylor has commissioned for the first time from handpicked artistic heirs: Larry Keigwin, whose “Rush Hour” is on Sunday’s program, and Doug Elkins, whose “Weight of Smoke” is on Tuesday’s. Honoring Mr. Taylor’s own forebear, the company will perform a Martha Graham work — “Diversion of Angels” — on Wednesday. (Schaeffer-NYT)
Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m.

“Piano Men”
Starring Brad Simmons, Eric Yves Garcia & Matt Baker
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $30
“Three of New York’s finest Piano Men take the stage together, each bringing down the house in their own charismatic and in imitable style! “Piano Men” was created and premiered in 2015 at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center by Director and Producer, John McDaniel.”

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

Camus: A Stranger in the City
Columbia University, 116th St. & Broadway, 7PM, FREE, RSVP required
“Actor/poet Viggo Mortensen reads “The Human Crisis” 70 years to the day after Albert Camus delivered the speech, and in the exact same place. It turns out the crisis Camus invoked, an indifference to torture and other violence, may still hold some relevance seven decades later. The reading will be in English and followed by a roundtable conversation, as part of the citywide celebration “Camus: A Stranger in the City.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Strand Ovation Series: Fun Home
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, at 12th St./ 7PM, entry with book, album purchase or $15 strand gift card.
“Fun Home” the book (Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir) is having its 10th birthday, and the playwright-composer team who brought it to Broadway are coming to the Strand to celebrate. Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori will talk about the work, which casts a spotlight on a nontraditional family and explores the spectrum of sexuality.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

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.

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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 Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Guggenheim Museum:

‘Peter Fischli David Weiss: How to Work Better’ (through April 27)
“Presenting more than 300 sculptures, photographs and videos, this marvelously entertaining exhibition demonstrates the power of creative play to invigorate hearts and minds. It includes photographs of doll-scale tableaus made mainly of processed meats; films starring the artists as Rat and Bear in frowzy costumes; more than 160 small, comical clay sculptures representing a harebrained history of the world; and myriad trompe l’oeil sculptures of ordinary objects. Most importantly, there’s the team’s classic movie “The Way Things Go” (1987), the landmark film documenting an apparently continuous series of chain reactions of a Rube Goldberg-type construction. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org.” (Ken Johnson)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Wordplay: Matthias Buchinger’s Drawings from Collection of Ricky Jay’ (thru April 11)
“A draftsman, calligrapher, magician and musician, Matthias Buchinger (1674–1739) traveled all over Northern Europe to entertain kings and aristocrats as well as hoi polloi with feats of physical dexterity. He was especially noted for elaborate drawings featuring biblical passages written in letters too small to be read by ordinary naked eyes. This he managed despite having been born without hands or legs: His arms ended at the elbows and his lower extremities were truncated at the upper thighs. Sixteen of his amazing works are featured in this exhibition. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Johnson)

‘A New Look at a Van Eyck Masterpiece’ (through April 24)
“This small show of Flemish art, highly specialized yet not inaccessible, is the latest in an impressive sequence of laser-focused examinations of the Met’s holdings of late medieval and Renaissance painting. A crystalline Crucifixion attributed to van Eyck, and a jam-packed Last Judgment painted by him and his studio, now hang as a diptych — but technical analysis of the frames suggests they were probably side panels for a central painting now lost. Alongside the Met’s van Eycks is a recently resurfaced drawing of the Crucifixion, lent by Rotterdam’s Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, whose wizened Virgin and writhing thieves rhyme with the painted version. Did van Eyck draw it? Whether he did or not, the drawing grounds these divinely impeccable paintings in the real world of brushes and pencils. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Jason Farago)

‘Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection’ (continuing)
“This lavish roll out of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation last spring. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the collection is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. Some pieces on view now will be rotated out and replaced in February, making this an exhibition to visit at least twice. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
“One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/26 and 03/24.
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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 Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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