Selected Events (05/31) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6 > TUESDAY / MAY 31, 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:

The Opposition of Mars
Museum Natural History, Hayden Planetarium, Central Park West and 79th St./ 7PM,  $15
“About every other year, Mars shines brightly in the night sky — making it easily visible to the naked eye — during “opposition,” when Mars and the sun are on opposite sides of the Earth. Steven Beyer and Joe Rao, of the American Museum of Natural History Hayden Planetarium, will discuss this and other recent Mars discoveries in a talk for the museum’s Astronomy Live series.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Marissa Mulder: Marilyn in Fragments (also Jun.06, 14)
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe / 7PM, $20
“As comfortable singing Tom Waits as she is singing Noël Coward, the winsomely natural Mulder is one of the cabaret world’s biggest breakout successes of the past five years. Her new set is devoted to the fractured image of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe.” (TONY)

Scofield, Mehldau, Guiliana (through June 5)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $40, $55
“The guitarist Scofield is no one’s idea of a jazz purist—thankfully. Here he mixes it up with the piano titan Mehldau and the widely admired drummer Guiliana, who was recently heard on David Bowie’s “Blackstar.” The omnivorously eclectic trouble these three get into will be worth the price of admission.” (NewYorker)

Bill Charlap Trio (through June 4)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“On his unerringly tasteful new album, “Notes From New York,” Mr. Charlap, a pianist, leads his longtime trio in a springtime stroll through the American songbook. It’s what he does best, and a good representation of what will happen in this weeklong run, with Mr. Charlap joined as usual by the bassist Peter Washington and the drummer Kenny Washington (no relation).” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Gods and Mortals at Olympus
Onassis Cultural Center NY at Olympic Tower / 10AM, FREE
“Get a glimpse into the ancient Greek city of Dion at the Onassis Cultural Center NY’s latest exhibition, “Gods and Mortals: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus.” The collection features artifacts—the result of more than 40 years of excavation—that have never before been seen in the U.S., including astonishingly well-preserved statues and mosaics. You’ll also find contemporary artwork, plus videos and photos of the archaological site and its environment.” (TONY)

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)

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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 Vivaldi32 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 05/29 and 05/27.
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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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