Selected Events (05/15) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 6 > SUNDAY / MAY 15, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do This:

Miles & ‘Trane Festival (LAST DAY)
The Timeless John Coltrane @ 9:30PM, $40
The Iconic Miles Davis @ 7:30PM, $40
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St. and Broadway /
Jazz at Lincoln Center celebrates the overlapping legacies of Miles Davis and John Coltrane with this weekend festival, which takes over all three performance spaces at Frederick P. Rose Hall.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Broadway Sings Whitney Houston
Highline Ballroom, 431 W16th St./ 8:30PM, $35
“More than a dozen Broadway vocalists perform new arangements of Houston classics, backed by piano man Joshua Stephen Kartes and a jazz orchestra, in an encore of the concert series’ sold-out April show. Singers include Lilli Cooper, Amber Iman, Marcus Paul James, Jason Gotay, Corey Mach, Joaquina Kalukango and Saycon Sengbloh.” (TONY)

Steve Coleman & Five Elements (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“Last year, on the heels of a superlative album titled “Synovial Joints,” the intrepid alto saxophonist and composer Steve Coleman made his proper debut at the Village Vanguard. Next week he returns with his flagship, Five Elements, a sharply intuitive unit that includes the trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, the guitarist Miles Okazaki the electric bassist Anthony Tidd and the drummer Sean Rickman.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but if you like Cajun music, this is way worth the detour:

Bayou n’ Brooklyn Music Festival (May 13-15)
Jalopy Theatre, 315 Columbia St./ 12PM – 1AM, $35
“The Louisiana spirit descends on King’s County for a three-day festival of Creole and Cajun food, music, and entertainment. The sixth annual Bayou N’ Brooklyn Music Festival gathers top talent, both local and Louisiana-native, for workshops, dance lessons, and a jambalaya supper. On Friday, Blake Miller and Courtney Granger perform; on Saturday, a community jam and open stage invites the best local players; and Sunday closes out the fest with the C’est Bon Cajun Dance Band and the Dirty Water Dogs.” (NewYorker)

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

Ninth Avenue International Food Festival
Ninth Avenue, between 42nd and 57th St./ 10AM-6PM
“This annual event showcases the neighborhood offerings on Ninth Avenue in Clinton — a strip filled with restaurants, markets and bars. Nearly 50 of them, including fixtures like Rudy’s Bar and Grill and 5 Napkin Burger, move from storefronts to the street as its car traffic is replaced by hungry pedestrians. Even the cosmetics retailer Kiehl’s will make an appearance. The full list of participants is at ninthavenuefoodfestival.com/merchants.”
(NYT-SpareTimes)

The NY Cake Show
Marriott Marquis / 1PM, $20+
This weekend, you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Master bakers, pastry professionals, cake designers and other culinary artists are coming together for the New York Cake Show.

The event includes cake classes, live demonstrations with top talents in the world of sugar, and a showcase sure to make your mouth water. The sweet spot of the weekend, the cake competition, features wedding cakes, sculptured cakes, novelty and all-occasion cakes and, of course, the high-heel shoe display.

A couple of ground rules: The cakes must somehow reflect the theme of New York City, and cake glitter, also known as “disco dust,” is forbidden.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

BONUS: Let’s not forget one for this hometown boy:

“I Love the Bronx”  Bronx Week (LAST DAY)
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)

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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’ (LAST DAY)
“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 05/13 and 05/11.
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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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