Selected Events (05/03) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 > TUESDAY / MAY 03, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do This:

Not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, but I get hungry just thinking about this:
Queens Taste 2016
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,/ 6PM to 9PM, $125
“The borough’s premier food and networking event. World class chefs — specializing in a wide array of diverse cuisines — will offer mouth-watering appetizers, entrées, desserts, artisan products, and beverages sumptuous enough to please even the pickiest palate. Attendees — mostly Queens residents and business executives — will enjoy everything from the famous Ottomanelli hamburger to Caribbean/Chinese fusion from The Nest in Richmond Hill to mixed drinks from LIC hotspot SquareWine & Spirits, and sweet treats from Rudy’s Bakery in Ridgewood.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Michael Longoria: Broadway Brick by Brick
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $30
“Best known for his Broadway star turn as Franki Valli in Jersey Boys, Longoria applies soaring vocals to John McDaniels’s arrangements of showtune standards, including big ballads (“Corner of the Sky,” “Over the Rainbow”) and a Latin music–inflected take on “The Sound of Music.” (TONY)

The Skivvies
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $35+
“This “musically thrilling” undie-rock, comedy-pop duo don’t just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments.

Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a Little, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, with living room videos that displayed their powerful harmonies as well as their powerful abs. Those clips led to live shows that The Wall Street Journal called “smart, sophisticated…ingenious.”

Ann Hampton Callaway Presents “But Beautiful” (thru May 7)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Ann Hampton Callaway – the “…superbly intelligent, singularly creative pop-jazz stylist who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Streisand, Ronstadt, Shirley Horn, and Dianne Reeves.” (JazzTimes) – returns to Birdland with “But Beautiful,” a collection of romantic jazz standards. The singer/songwriter puts her unique stamp on classics by Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Cy Coleman, Johnny Mandel and more. Accompanied by Ted Rosenthal (piano) Martin Wind (bass) Tim Horner (drums). “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” (New York Times)” (broadwayworld.com)

Battleground by Ryan McNamara (thru May 4)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.(at 89th St.)/ 7:30PM, $40
“Dance meets architecture in a Works & Process performance. The Guggenheim Museum‘s Peter B. Lewis Theater will be transformed into three zones where dance squads battle it out over consecutive nights. There will also be discussions and a post-performance reception with the artists.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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

Seymour Hersh and Chris Hedges
NYPL, Main Building, 5th ave & 42nd St./ 7PM, $25, may be a tough ticket.
“Last year, Mr. Hersh, an award-winning journalist known for his exposés of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and torture at Abu Ghraib prison, published an investigation that challenged the popular narrative about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The audacious article, which appeared in the London Review of Books, was met with backlash and skepticism. In this talk, Mr. Hersh speaks with Mr. Hedges, a former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, about the history and aftermath of his reporting.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

The Best Online Editors Panel
The New School, 66 W. 12th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Join literary matchmaker Susan Shapiro in conversation with editors of top online magazines and newspaper sections to discuss how to publish your writing online.

With Katherine Goldstein, Vanity Fair, Nicholas Thompson, NewYorker.com, Kera Bolonik, Dame, Peter Catapano, New York Times, Kai Wright, The Nation, and Rob Spillman, Tin House.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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)

Frick Collection:
‘Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture’ (through June 5)
“A rare exhibition devoted exclusively to the artist’s portraiture, which helped give the genre a new prominence. With their fluid brushwork and relaxed elegance, his subjects exude a sense of modern life and ease, despite the extravagant dress. The drawings are breathtaking. 1 East 70th Street, Manhattan, 212-288-0700, frick.org.” (Smith)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France’ (through May 15)
“This outstanding late-17th-century painter finally receives a ravishing survey. A prodigy and portraitist to Marie Antoinette and her court, Vigée Le Brun orchestrated an equally successful career among the royals of Italy, Prussia and especially Russia after the French Revolution. Her best efforts are distinguished by exquisite technique (ears sometimes excepted), inventive colors and immensely sympathetic portrayals of men and women alike. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

‘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)

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)

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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 05/01 and 04/29.
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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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