Selected Events (05/27) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 > FRIDAY / MAY 27, 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:

Eddie Henderson Quintet (through Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $
“The well-traveled trumpeter Eddie Henderson has a compelling recent album, “Collective Portrait,” that builds on his accomplishments in the frontier era of jazz-funk. He’ll celebrate the 90th birthday of Miles Davis at this performance, with partners including the saxophonist Eric Alexander and the drummer (and Davis alumnus) Jimmy Cobb.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Return of ‘Saturn Returns’
Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway,/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $25
“Saturn Returns was a short-lived project of the alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, 15 years ago. This reunion, part of the Jazz Gallery’s 20th Anniversary Series, will once again feature him alongside the pianist James Hurt, the guitarist David Gilmore, the bassist Anthony Tidd and the drummer Gene Lake.” (Chinen-NYT)

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)

CONTINUES: New York City Ballet (LAST PERFORMANCE Sunday)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center,
“City Ballet closes out its spring season with four more performances of Balanchine’s joyful “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” based on Shakespeare’s fanciful topsy-turvy romance and set to Felix Mendelssohn’s bewitching score. Though some characters are fairies and others mere mortals, everyone manages to look wonderfully otherworldly.”(Schaefer-NYT)
Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.,

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

Fleet Week (through Tuesday)
“This annual docking of military ships began Wednesday with its parade and the arrival of about 4,500 Marines, sailors and members of the Coast Guard. Among the events across all five boroughs of New York are band and drill team performances, search-and-rescue demonstrations and daily public tours of the docked ships. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum presents a big-band battle and swing dance on the flight deck of the Intrepid (Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan; 21+). And at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, the museum hosts its annual commemoration, which includes a wreath-laying and the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag. Additional holiday and Fleet Week events are at fleetweeknewyork.com.” (NYT/AroundTown)

No Country for Old Men: 21st Century Irish Writers Liz Nugent & Danielle McLaughlin on Transformations Personal & Public
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts , 40 Lincoln Center Plaza / 7PM, FREE
“Ireland is a microcosm of our planet’s social and political upheavals from World War One to the present—religion, gender, sexuality, tribe, class, national and transitional and transnational identity. From colony to Celtic tiger, writers have chronicled and critiqued the conventional wisdoms, inner and outer, that characterize the nation and the state of Ireland, continually poised between the old and the new. Join this wide ranging conversation, hosted by publishing icon Richard Nash, with the next generation of Irish writers including Liz Nugent and Danielle McLaughlin, sorting out what it means to be Irish, to be a writer.”

Milstein Science Series | Beneath the Ice: Immersion Dome Installation CLOSING
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., Milstein Hall of Ocean Life / 10AM-5:45PM – Free with Museum admission
“Take a deep dive into Antarctic waters to explore a hidden world beneath the ice. Once thought to be low in species diversity, the Antarctic is now known to be home to a rich variety of life. This immersive dome experience showcases a surprising and visually stunning array of marine life that flourishes on, around, and underneath the Antarctic ice.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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
These are 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, onassisusa.org; 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, frick.org.” (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, neuegalerie.org.”(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)

and you should check out that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

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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 05/25 and 05/23.
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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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