Selected Events (05/01) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 > SUNDAY / MAY. 01, 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:

Dorrance Dance (last day)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 8PM, $
“Two years ago, Michelle Dorrance, the tap dance rock star, experimented with pairing tap and electronics in “ETM: The Initial Approach,” the title of which plays on the abbreviation for Electronic Dance Music. Now she’s back with “ETM: Double Down,” a new work that furthers the investigation. The work makes use of electronic tap boards, created by the dancer and musician Nicholas Van Young, that allow the company’s skilled dancers to be in rhythmic and sonic conversation with three live musicians.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Donald Harrison, Ron Carter and Billy Cobham Trio (through May 1)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“It’s one of those combinations of instrumental personalities which don’t quite make sense on paper yet are smashing successes onstage; this multigenerational trio brings together a New Orleans neo-bebopper with a funky streak (Harrison), a virtuosic percussionist who codified Fusion drumming (Cobham), and a bass superstar who has yet to be confounded by any genre (Carter). Whether waxing lyrical or swinging ferociously, these three bring out the best in one another.” (NewYorker)

Trio 3 (last day)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are patriarchs of avant-garde jazz, and are ready and willing, even at retirement age, to head first into the musical breach. Their continued commitment and ardent resolve, exhibited in more than two decades as an interactive trio with a brace of fine recordings, should be a model for contemporary players.” (NewYorker)

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

Greek Orthodox Easter Traditional Meal
Kellari Taverna, 19 W44th St./ 11:30AM to 4:30PM, $69, $35 for children 12 and under
“You’ve celebrated Easter, you’ve celebrated Passover, and now it’s time to embrace Greek Orthodox Easter. You can do so at Kellari Taverna, where they’ll be hosting a special celebration for the day. When you stop by, you’ll find a pig roasting on a spit outside. It kind of makes chocolate eggs and matzo pale in comparison. Once inside, you can enjoy a traditional four-course meal, including magiritsa, a traditional Easter soup, tsoureki bread, and seafood yiouvetsi. They also promise “easter eggs,” though they may not be the chocolate kind. I’m going to gamble that lamb shows up somewhere on that menu, as well.” (theObserver)

Laurie Anderson & Red Shirley
Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St., at Delancey St./ 6:30PM, $ “The musician Lou Reed, who died in 2013, sat down with his cousin, the activist and immigrant Shirley Novick, on the eve of her 100th birthday for a talk that would eventually become the 2010 documentary “Red Shirley.” The Tenement Museum will offer a screening of that film, followed by a talk with Reed’s widow, the musician and artist Laurie Anderson; Ralph Gibson, the documentary’s director and cinematographer; Tony Michels, a historian; and Merrill Weiner, Reed’s sister.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

PEN World Voices Festival (last day)
“This free annual literary event, which brings about 150 writers from 30 countries to venues spread throughout the New York City, is back with a focus on Mexico — stories about migration, border control and national identity. Speakers include authors like Salman Rushdie, Yuri Herrera and Jamaica Kincaid.”
The full schedule is at worldvoices.pen.org. (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour, if you have any interest in video games:
IndieCade East 2016 (last day)
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens.
“If the international festival of independent video games known as IndieCade is the Sundance of its field, this East Coast offshoot might be the Tribeca Film Festival. The independent gaming industry has grown into a vital incubator of new ideas—and the technologies with which to implement them—particularly with the advent of V.R. riling the field. The three-day event, held at the Museum of the Moving Image, features arcade stations with unreleased games, as well as talks and presentations that engage with the form critically and examine its changing place in the world, from the use of video games in schools and libraries to a retrospective of titles set in New York City.” (NewYorker)
subway: easy, quick ride on the R from Times Square to Steinway St.

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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’ (LAST DAY)
“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)

‘Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty’ (through July 24)
“Among the greats of late 19th-century French painting, Degas remained closest to tradition and its focus on the human body, which may explain why this large but thrillingly intimate show is his first solo at the Modern. It focuses his monotypes — the most seductive of all print mediums — and their modernizing effect on his art, revealing with exceptional clarity a radical merging of subject and process that brought new liveliness to depictions of the body and to art itself. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith)

Neue Galerie:
‘Munch and Expressionism’ (through June 13)
“There’s no question that Munch was a product of his Norwegian homeland. But this show makes him part of a larger history too. It argues that his art significantly shaped, and was shaped by, European culture of the early 20th century, when an atmospheric clash of liberationist yearning and doomsday fear charged the air like lightning and sparked reality-fracturing art styles, including German Expressionism. Along with “The Scream,” in the 1895 pastel version that sold at Sotheby’s a few years back, you’ll find wonderful paintings by Munch’s younger contemporaries Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann and Egon Schiele glowing like lamps against midnight-blue walls. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, neuegalerie.org.” (Cotter)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘Laura Poitras: Astro Noise’ (LAST DAY)
“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 04/29 and 04/27.
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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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