Selected Events (05/25) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 > WEDNESDAY / MAY 25, 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:

Cyndi Lauper + Boy George (also May 26)
Beacon Theatre, Broadway (btw 74/75 St)/ 7:30PM, $75+
tonight’s first show looks sold out, try a ticket for tomorrow’s 2nd show.
“If new-wave icon Cyndi Lauper has demonstrated anything over the course of her three-decade career, it’s that the girl just wants to have fun—even after scooping up a Tony Award for Best Musical with Kinky Boots. For this ’80s flashback show, she teams up with polymathic DJ, fashion-label head and theater producer, Boy George, who’s grown a huskier croon and a matured perspective since his Culture Club days.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Matthew Morrison
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $90
“The multitalented Morrison performs a new set of standards and favorites from his past productions, including Hairspray, South Pacific, Finding Neverland and—of course—Glee, on which he played singing-club director Will Schuester.” (TONY)

Javon Jackson
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“On the recently released album “We’ll Be Together Again,” the tenor saxophonist Jackson—one third of a taut coöperative unit with Ron Carter and Billy Drummond—affirms the improvisational smarts that he’s honed since his trial by fire in Art Blakey’s hard-bop boot camp, back in the late eighties. Here he leads a quartet that includes Jeremy Manasia on piano.” (NewYorker)

American Ballet Theater (through July 2)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,
“Alexei Ratmansky, the company’s artist in residence, pays homage to the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich with a trio of one-act ballets set to his music (Friday, Saturday evening and Monday). Another triple bill of Mr. Ratmansky’s work, to music by Bernstein, Scarlatti and Stravinsky, is on display at Saturday’s matinee. Beginning Tuesday, the company presents Frederick Ashton’s cheerful, farm fresh “La Fille Mal Gardée,” complete with clogs, maypoles and dancing hens.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)
Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., with additional performances at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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

One World Trade Center | Judith Dupré and Special Guests |
New York Public Library—Main Building, 476 Fifth Ave./ 6PM, FREE
“Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how One WTC was planned, designed, built and funded by those who were intimately involved in this controversial, unprecedented building project. Judith Dupré moderates what promises to be a lively discussion between architects Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; structural engineers WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff; master planner Studio Libeskind; the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, owners of the site and other special guests.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

The Greatest Beer Run Ever Told
The American Irish Historical Society / 6:30PM, $10
“In 1968, three lifelong friends from New York City were serving during the deadliest period of the Vietnam War. Far from home and facing incredible danger, they were surprised to find a familiar face in the world’s most unlikely place: Chickie Donohue.

Donohue was no soldier, but the Inwood neighborhood legend wouldn’t let that stop him from seeing his friends. So, he hitched a ride into Vietnam and snuck into a war zone to bring his friends a small comfort from home: a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon!

Somehow, Chickie survived his adventure to the front lines, and his friends all lived to tell the tale. “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” is a short documentary that recounts Chickie’s wild story, with the help of his friends Bobby Pappas, Tommy Collins, and Ricky Duggan.”

Pint of Science NYC Festival (May 23-25)
Various times (7-10PM) and locations.
“Enjoy science (and a drink or two) at Pint of Science NYC Festival events across four boroughs. At Alewife in Queens, researcher James McInerny talks about how machine learning forces us to consider the creativity of computers while entrepreneur Mike Battaglia talks about technology, seeing differently, and potentially saving the world. The movies love science, at least as far as coping with zombie outbreaks goes. Hear from experts in physical science, anthropology, and psychology as they look at the principles behind some favorite films at Videology in Brooklyn.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

PLUS: Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour.
Florence Fabricant and Sara Moulton: Dining Out, Eating In, Living Well
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $32
“Searching for the city’s best new restaurants and bars? Longing for a quiet night of delicious home cooking? You’ve come to the right place.

Get the lowdown on New York’s hottest eateries — and how to turn your own kitchen into one of them — with The New York Times‘ Florence Fabricant and TV host/author Sara Moulton, as they join 92Y food historian Francine Segan. And if you appreciate a good drink with your meal, we’ll also discuss some hot bar openings and how to pair your wine with your food at home too!”

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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 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, moma.org.” (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, moma.org.” (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, whitney.org.” (Cotter)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 05/23 and 05/21.
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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 Train and Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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