Selected Events (05/07) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 > SATURDAY / MAY 07, 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.
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Have time for only one event today? Do This:

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)” (

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

New York City Ballet (through May 29)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $30+
“This week, City Ballet introduces two programs honoring its founding fathers: “All Balanchine” comprises “Ballo della Regina,” “Kammermusik No. 2” and “Vienna Waltzes” (Friday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday); “All Robbins” features “Dances at a Gathering” and “West Side Story Suite” (Wednesday). The weekend brings encores of recent premieres, including Justin Peck’s “The Most Incredible Thing” (Saturday matinee) and “Belles-Lettres,” which joins “American Rhapsody” by Christopher Wheeldon and “Mothership,” Nicholas Blanc’s choreographic debut for the company, on Saturday evening.” (NYT-Schaefer and Burke)

One for All (May 6-8)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway,(btw 105th/106th Sts.)/ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
Pledging allegiance to hard bop in all its durable glory, the members of this collective sextet, which includes the saxophonist Eric Alexander and the trombonist Steve Davis, have been together for nearly twenty years, fulfilling a need for slamming, unpretentious jazz which is in little danger of disappearing.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere but if you’re a Prince fan this is not a big detour:
Dance Music Sex Romance: A Prince Video Dance Party
Rough Trade NYC, 64 N9th St., Brooklyn / 9PM, $5
“In the post-Prince world, commemorative events and tribute concerts will continue unabated through spring, cementing the surreal with each drop of purple rain. There are few better ways to experience the Beautiful One than onscreen: as did Bowie’s, Prince’s pop reign coincided with the maturation, in the mid-eighties, of the music video: his use of the form in clips like “When Doves Cry” became pop-culture mythology. The v.j. and self-described music-video historian Stephan Pitalo brings his Music Video Time Machine party series to Rough Trade, spotlighting Prince’s funkiest looks and moves via stage-wide projection.” (NewYorker)
subway: L train to Bedford, 1st stop in Bklyn.

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

America’s Cup (also Sunday)
Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza / from 2PM to 3:30PM, FREE
“Sailing races for the America’s Cup—NYC’s biggest sailing event—will be held in New York City for the first time since 1920 in what promises to be one of the best things to do this spring. Watch six teams from the United States, Britain, France, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden compete in the preliminary event for the 35th America’s Cup next June in Bermuda. The races are free to watch from the shore, and will be taking place rain or shine.

The best place to watch the action will be around Battery Park City.
The Brookfield Place Waterfront Plaza will be the focal point of the race’s festivities with two giant screens giving fans a better view of what’s happening out in the water during the races. The Plaza will also be hosting an event village from 11am to 6pm on both days with live performances, merchandise booths, a champagne bar and more.” (TONY)

New York African Film Festival (May 4-10)
FilmSocietyLincolnCenter, 65th St (btw Broadway/Amsterdam) / various times & prices
“The drama, “Akounak Tedalat Taha Tazoughai,” is one of the highlights of the New York African Film Festival, whose 23rd edition opened Wednesday at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The festival is part of a monthlong focus on African cinema that continues May 13 to 15 at the Maysles Cinema in Harlem. On May 18, the Brooklyn Academy of Music opens the theatrical revival of Ousmane Sembène’s pioneering 1966 film “Black Girl.” The month closes with the companion “FilmAfrica” series, also at BAM.” (WSJ)

Their opening night film “Tanna,” set on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, was just wonderful and there was a well deserved full house.

Hardly Manhattan’s WestSide, it’s an island in the East River, but this is worth the detour:
“Frieze New York”  (May 5-8)
Randall’s Island Park / 11AM, $ various prices
The main attraction of the week, the fifth edition of Frieze New York, features more than 200 exhibitors from 31 countries in its dynamically designed white tent on Randall’s Island. Offering one of the best art fair presentations in contemporary art, Frieze mixes up its program with galleries showing blue chip artists, solo shows of 20th century artworks, sections for emerging art and special projects and talks, which make the visitors’ experience even more rewarding.

Standouts this year include Salon 94’s and David Zwirner’s female-focused booths; Matthew Marks Gallery’s show of sculpture; David Wojnarowicz’s multi-media installation from 1985 at P.P.O.W; and solo shows of Fred Wilson at Pace, William Kentridge at Marian Goodman and Melvin Edwards at Alexander Gray Associates, as well as a Frith Street’s presentation of works by Cornelia Parker, which coincides with her current rooftop project at the Met.” (the Observer)

BONUS: Let’s not forget one for this hometown boy:
“I Love the Bronx”  Bronx Week (May 6-15)
various locations and times; various prices
“Celebrate the Boogie Down with 11 days of fun activities. Take a trolley tour, paddle on the Bronx River, hear some stand-up and much more at this annual festival.” (TONY)

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:
‘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)

‘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,” (Smith)

‘From the Collection: 1960-1969’ (through March 2017)
“MoMA shakes up its sanctum sanctorum, installing half of its permanent collection galleries with works chosen by 17 curators from a single decade: the tumultuous 1960s. The limited time frame is balanced by unprecedented breadth and variety. As never before, the presentation mixes together objects and artworks from all six of the museum’s curatorial departments. The blend is alternately stimulating and bewildering, revelatory and infuriating: yet another symptom of the museum’s limited curatorial mind-set. 212-708-9400,” (Smith)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘Human Interest: Portraits From the Whitney’s Collection’ (through Feb. 12)
“A year ago, the Whitney inaugurated its new downtown home with a permanent collection showcase called “America Is Hard to See.” Its even more immediately engaging successor, devoted entirely to portraiture, is now on view and might well have been subtitled “Americans Are Strange to Look At,” which, in the 250 images here, we sure are: funny-strange, beautiful-strange, crazy-strange, dangerous-strange, inscrutable-strange. The work is arranged by theme and spread over two floors. There are magnetic images everywhere. 99 Gansevoort Street, 212-570-3600,” (Cotter)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 05/05 and 05/03.

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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