Selected Events (05/21) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 7 > SATURDAY / MAY 21, 2016

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(click on links for more complete event info.)

Have time for only one event today? Pick one of these Food Fests:

“Harlem EatUP!
Harlem (Multiple Locations)
Friday through Sunday
Marcus Samuelsson and J.J. Johnson have brought together a top-notch lineup of chefs for this incredible Harlem food festival, which includes both grand tastings and seated dinners. Participating restaurants include Mountain Bird, Melba’s, Blujeen, and more. Some of this weekend’s events are free, but others require tickets ($80 and up). Check out the full roster of activities here.

Taste Of Tribeca 2016
334 Greenwich Street
Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Triangle Below Canal’s top restaurants are teaming up for the 22nd annual Taste of Tribeca. This year’s lineup features neighborhood fixtures like Bubby’s, Bouley, and the Odeon. General admission — which includes a tasting card good for six tastes of any dishes — starts at $45 in advance and $55 on the day of the event. Reserve yours here.

Essex Street Market Block Party
Essex Street Market (120 Essex Street)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Essex Street Market is celebrating its 76th birthday with a block party bash. Pushcarts, grills, and picnic tables will line Essex Street, along with grub from Saxelby Cheesemongers and Arancini Bros. Restaurants like Pies ‘n’ Thighs, the Fat Radish, and Ice & Vice will also showcase a selection of bites, including a special ice cream flavor modeled after the market itself. The event also includes free tours about the building’s history and future renovations planned for Essex Street Market.”
All this info from the Village Voice.

here is one more (from edible)
Sunday: Sycamore in Ditmas Park is hosting its 7th Annual Crawfish Boil this Sunday. You get a bucket of crawfish, a delicious side, and a pint of beer from Threes Brewing.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Eddie Palmieri’s ‘Harlem River Drive’ Revisited
Richard Rodgers Amphitheater,
Marcus Garvey Park, Madison Avenue and 122nd St./ 3PM,
“Harlem River Drive,” released in 1971, was an ill-fated crossover attempt by Eddie Palmieri, the great Nuyorican bandleader. A viscous haze of socially conscious funk and Afro-Latin groove — with a cast including the singer Jimmy Norman, the baritone saxophonist Ronnie Cuber and the guitarist Cornell Dupree — it has since become an object of cult obsession. This weekend Mr. Palmieri presides over a 45th-anniversary tribute to the album, presented by the Red Bull Music Academy.” (Chinen-NYT)

‘Jazz and Spirit’
Apollo Theater, 253 W125th St./ 8PM, $
“Arturo O’Farrill and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform several new pieces in this concert — notably a commission designed to feature the African-American scholar and activist Cornel West in full oratorical splendor. But in addition to “The Cornel West Concerto,” the program will include two other recent provocations by Mr. O’Farrill: “A Still Small Voice,” a choral piece that suggests a moral response to the recent banking crisis, and “Trump, Untrump,” whose subject is glaringly obvious.” (Chinen-NYT)

The Ray Charles Songbook (also May 21)
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $40-$130
“A taste for ballads drenched in the blues links Diane Schuur with another sightless singer, the iconic Ray Charles. Paying homage to the innovative genius, Schuur will acknowledge Charles’s eclectic bent—his uncanny ability to turn everything from American Songbook standards to country music into a genre that we can classify only as Ray Charles music.” (NewYorker)

“Tonight, Kenny Rampton honors his former bandleader by presenting the most authentic Ray Charles experience possible. The band is full of Ray Charles alumni, the set lists are faithful recreations of actual Ray Charles sets, and the charts are transcribed from the original tour music. In addition, get this, heart-stopping vocals by The Raelettes–Charles’ historic group of female singers.”

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)

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

Vulture Festival (also Sunday)
‘New York magazine’s entertainment website, Vulture, hosts this annual celebration of all things binge-worthy in the world of pop culture. Many of the 30-plus offerings — which include talks, screenings and tours — are sold out, but standby tickets are available 15 minutes before each event. Among the highlights are a conversation with David Schwimmer of AMC’s coming drama “Feed the Beast” (7 p.m. on Saturday at Milk Studios, 450 West 15th Street) and a singalong of the musical “Rent” with Broadway stars (10:30 a.m. on Sunday, also at Milk Studios). Free events include screenings and talks with the casts of the new shows “You Me Her” (1 p.m. on Saturday, Roxy Hotel, 2 Avenue of the Americas) and “Kingdom” (5 p.m. on Saturday, also at the Roxy). More information at” (NYT-AroundTown)

Elsewhere, but this just may be worth a very long detour:
Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival,
Factory Floor at Industry City; 2pm and 7pm; $69 per three-hour session
“At this vernal drinking extravaganza, fill up a souvenir wine glass with limitless samples of more than 200 wines from locales both near (Brooklyn Winery) and far (Australia, South Africa). Your ticket is good for three hours of nonstop sipping set to the sounds of a live jazz performance from local outfit the Blue Vipers. To complement the vino, snack on gratis hors d’oeuvres (cheese, crudités), with more grub for purchase at the new Supper Section stocked with borough eats like subs, sandwiches and pastries.” (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 Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Onassis Cultural Center
‘Gods and Mortals at Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus’ (through June 18)
“It’s easy to spot first-time visitors to the Onassis Cultural Center. They’re the people shaking their heads in disbelief at the art treasures they’ve come across, for free, in basement galleries in a Fifth Avenue high-rise next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral. And the center’s current show truly is a wonder and a gift: a trove of ancient artifacts, excavated over some four decades, from a city that once flourished on the lower slopes of Mount Olympus in northern Greece. The exhibition includes marble sculptures and mosaics from the city’s temples, baths and cemeteries in an installation filled with the sounds of birds that inhabit the site today. Magical. , 645 Fifth Avenue, at 51st Street, Manhattan, 212-486-4448,; free. (Cotter-NYT)

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,” (Smith-NYT)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘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,” (Cotter-NYT)

‘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,” (Smith-NYT)

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,”(Cotter-NYT)

 Solomon R Guggenheim Museum;
“Moholy-Nagy: Future Present,”  (through Sept. 7)
“A key innovator in the fields of kinetic sculpture and cameraless photography, Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) was one of the giants of 20th-century modernism, who pioneered the use of ephemeral materials like plastics. The Hungarian-born artist was an instructor at the legendary Bauhaus in Germany before he eventually moved to Chicago to continue his teaching. This retrospective is his first in 50 years.” (TONY)

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).
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/19 and 05/17.

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 Bus Time info available on their mobile website.

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