Selected Events (05/13) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 > FRIDAY / MAY 13, 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:
13th Season Finale
Metro Chamber Orchestra: Pops !
featuring Jennifer Sheehan, Eru Matsumoto
Brooklyn Music School, 126 Saint Felix St./ 8PM, $45
“Jennifer joins Maestro Phillip Nuzzo and the Metro Chamber Orchestra, as guest vocalist for the Orchestra’s season finale!

Her concerts have been hailed by the New York Times as an “exhilarating journey, enthralling!” Ms. Sheehan, in her short career, has risen to the top of the cabaret world usually reserved for those well beyond her years. In a departure from the normal classical repertoire the Metro Chamber Orchestra will feature Ms. Sheehan in selections from the Great American Songbook with works by composers Kern, Porter, Rogers and Berlin.”
Not Manhattan’s WestSide, but Jennifer is very special and always worth a detour.
subway: #2,3 express to Atlantic Ave/Barclays Center, short walk to venue.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ute Lemper’s The 9 Secrets
Symphony Space, Broadway @ 95th St./ $ see below
“Grammy-nominated and internationally acclaimed performer Ute Lemper presents The 9 Secrets, a brand-new song cycle composed in collaboration with the novelist Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist). Go on an inspiring journey through exotic landscapes of songs with six musicians from six countries, framed by evocative time-warp scenery from Oscar-winning German filmmaker Volker Schloendorff.” (
Special savings for Thought Gallery readers: all tickets 30% off with code TG30 (original price: $40-$60; discount price: $28-$42).

Red Bull Music Academy Festival – Mark Pritchard (through Sunday)
Red Bull Studios, 220 West 18th St./ 12PM-7PM
“The terribly undersung electronic auteur Mr. Pritchard has composed subtle, gorgeous soundscapes for over two decades, blending house, breakbeat and classical forms with ease. They’ve enamored some remarkable collaborators in his native England; “Beautiful People,” his recent single with Thom Yorke (off Mr. Pritchard’s new album, “Under the Sun,” due out on Friday), is a fine entry point to his dense catalogue. He pairs with the visual artist Jonathan Zawada for a new immersive audiovisual installation.” (Anderson-NYT)

Miles Davis: Sorcerer at 90
Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th St./
“The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will also dive in deep for a celebration of what would have been the ninetieth birthday of Miles Davis, presenting a panoply of refashioned Davis work drawn from recordings stretching from “Birth of the Cool” (1949-50) to the 1968 proto-fusion album “Miles in the Sky.” The musical directors will be the trumpeter Marcus Printup and the drummer Ali Jackson.” (NewYorker)

BossaBrasil: Leny Andrade with Roni Ben-Hur Trio (through May 14)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St/./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Ms. Andrade, from Rio de Janeiro, specializes in the assertive buoyancy of samba jazz, singing in a deep cry over crisp accompaniment. Headlining this year’s BossaBrasil festival, she works with a trio led by the guitarist Roni Ben-Hur, drawing partly from their recent album together, “Alegria De Viver.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Elsewhere but if you’re a bike guy, this is going to be worth the detour:
NYC Bike Expo
69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave./ 11AM, FREE
“Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a rookie, the nation’s largest consumer cycling expo will get your wheels turning with a range of workshops covering everything from fixing a flat tire to road racing. More than 100 companies show off their wares, including NYC brands such as the stylish reflective-clothing label Vespertine and bike rental company Spinlister.”

Free Hummus for International Hummus Day
All Nanoosh Locations – Friday, 3PM – 6PM
“In celebration of International Hummus Day, all Nanoosh locations in New York City will give away free hummus — for three hours. Each location will have a “pop-up bar,” where guests can taste different kinds of hummus like green tahini, shakshuka, and hot sauce.” (VillageVoice)

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 05/11 and 05/09.

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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