Selected Events (05/19) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6 > THURSDAY / MAY 19, 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:

Cuba Festival: Irene Rodríguez Compañía (thru May 22)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave. @ 19th St./ 8PM, $35, $60
IreneRodriguez5 “The Joyce continues its dedication to promoting the best of Cuban dance in this festival focusing on the return of audience favorite Malpaso Dance Company and the New York debuts of two other skilled and stylish companies.

Irene Rodríguez, one of the most prominent figures in Cuban dance, has created a company rooted in classical Spanish Flamenco that has been presented on prestigious stages throughout Cuba. Merging the dramatic arts, contemporary dance, national rhythms, and anything else that unites both the tradition and modernity of the Cuban character, the company leaves a “trail of triumph and applause” (Granma, Cuba) whenever it performs.”

“Irene Rodríguez Compañía combines Spanish flamenco with contemporary dance and Cuban rhythms for infectious performances that honor both tradition and modernity. ‘ (Schaefer-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Bill Stewart Quartet (through May 22)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South,/ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $
“Bill Stewart is a drummer of deep creative resources, and a composer drawn to crooked logic and low-key surprise. His engaging new album, “Space Squid,” spotlights the same longtime band joining him at the Village Vanguard next week, with the tenor and soprano saxophonist Seamus Blake, the pianist Bill Carrothers and the bassist Ben Street.”(Chinen-NYT)

Murray, Allen & Carrington Power Trio (through May 21)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Perfection” is the assured new debut album by this all-star trio, with David Murray on tenor saxophone and bass clarinet, Geri Allen on piano and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums. Stout in its purpose, ringing with expedition, it’s a statement of tribute to the avant-garde hero Ornette Coleman, but also a straightforward celebration of the bonds between these players.” (Chinen-NYT)

Joey Ramone Birthday Bash
Webster Hall, 125 E11th St./ 7PM, looks like a tough ticket*
“Forty years ago, four high-school friends from Forest Hills, Queens, came up with the revolutionary idea to reduce rock and roll to three chords and play them loud, sloppy, and blindingly fast, in black leather Perfecto jackets. They called their band the Ramones, after the fake name that Paul McCartney used to check in to hotels incognito. Joey Ramone would have been sixty-five this year, and to celebrate his birthday a handful of old friends are gathering in the East Village to play live Ramones karaoke.

The band is pure punk-rock royalty, a supergroup made up of members of Blondie, the Dead Boys, the Minutemen, and the Bullys; one by one, Joey’s old friends from the Cramps, D Generation, the Independents, and the Dictators will get onstage to raise a glass to punk rock’s original antihero.” (NewYorker)

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

An Evening of Irish History in New York
American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, $25
“American and Irish academics recall New York City and Ireland’s shared history. An Evening of New York and Irish History with Matt Guterl, Chair of American and African Studies at Brown University (Roger Casement’s Ghost in Harlem) and Ruan O’Donnell, University of Limerick (America and the 1916 Rising).”

Harlem EatUp (May 19-22)
“The Harlem EatUp! food festival is back for its second year on May 19th to 22nd featuring 38 chefs and over a dozen participating restaurants. Don’t miss your chance to celebrate the spirit of Harlem with four days of food, culture, music and art!

Dine In dinners – Harlem restaurants pair up with acclaimed chefs from across the country to collaborate on multi-course menus showcasing the unique feel of Harlem’s landscape.
The Stroll – Two days of fun in Morningside Park where you can sample delicious dishes at The Taste, shop local at The Market and catch cooking demos at The EatUp! Main Stage.

For more information, visit”

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:

‘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 05/17 and 05/15.

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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