Selected Events (06/06) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6 > MONDAY / JUNE 06, 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:

Taste of Times Square
46th St.(btw Broadway and 10th Ave)/ 5-9PM, $2-$6 per item
“Most New Yorkers avoid Times Square at all costs. And while this approach certainly gets them where they’re going quicker and saves them from punching an Elmo in the face, they also inadvertently bypass many great restaurants. However, June 6th the restaurants will be taking it to the streets for the Taste of Times Square.

The annual food and music festival will feature over 50 area restaurants, live music and for the second year a beer garden serving up Heartland Brewery. The best part, aside from food, music and beer, is the cost. All items will range from two to six tickets and tickets are being sold individually for $1. I did the math and that means no food item will cost you more than six bucks, a steal by any measure, but certainly for Times Square.” (TONY)

The event will feature “street musicians” from the Hard Rock Cafe, a “Swing Tent” where The George Gee Swing Orchestra will perform, and a beer garden between Eighth and Ninth avenues serving brews from Heartland Brewery.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
“This monthlong fete will feature some of jazz’s biggest draws, alongside promising new talent and crossover fare. A grand kickoff at Central Park SummerStage on Saturday, at 5 p.m., gathers three dynamic elders: the pianist McCoy Tyner, the bassist Ron Carter and the drummer Roy Haynes, each with his own band. Other highlights in the coming week include Rosa Passos, a singer-songwriter from Bahia, Brazil, appearing Monday through Wednesday at the Blue Note Jazz Club, 131 West Third Street, in Manhattan; a 72nd-birthday tribute to the organist Al Kooper, at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, on Thursday; and the Cuban trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, at the Blue Note, from Thursday through June 12. A full schedule is at (Chinen-NYT)

Best of Broadway Sings
Highline Ballroom, / 8PM, $30
“Ever wondered how songs by Adele, Pink, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston might sound with 14-piece jazz band? Here’s a great chance to find out as Brandon Victor Dixon, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Alison Luff, Matt DeAngelis, Christina Sajous, Marty Thomas, Natalie Weiss and other major musical-theater talents perform highlights from the past year of the pop-oriented Broadway Sings concert series.” (TONY)

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

Open Roads: New Italian Cinema (through Jun 8)
Film Society at Lincoln Center; 12PM, $14
“The Film Society and Istituto Luce Cinecittà present their fifteenth annual showcase of Italy’s latest generation of filmmakers. Expect to see heart-wrenching indies and dazzling commercial hits among the selection, which includes nine North American premieres. Fans of movie history should include Viva Ingrid! on their list of must-sees—the film is about Ingrid Bergman and is directed by Roberto Rossellini’s grandson Alessandro.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but these two book talks look worth the detour:

Frank Deford in Conversation with Bob Costas
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7:30PM, $32
“Frank Deford is one of the most acclaimed and beloved voices in American sports journalism. Join him and legendary sportscaster Bob Costas as they discuss Deford’s new book, I’d Know That Voice Anywhere, which collects the very best commentaries on athletes and the world of sports from the past 36 years. Hear from these legends on the similarities between Babe Ruth and Winnie the Pooh, why football reminds Deford of Venice — and how the Olympics are just like Groundhog Day.” (

Chuck Klosterman: But What If We’re Wrong
BookCourt, 163 Court St., Brooklyn/ 8PM, FREE
“We live in a culture of casual certitude. This has always been the case, no matter how often that certainty has failed. Though no generation believes there’s nothing left to learn, every generation unconsciously assumes that what has already been defined and accepted is (probably) pretty close to how reality will be viewed in perpetuity. And then, of course, time passes. Ideas shift. Opinions invert. What once seemed reasonable eventually becomes absurd, replaced by modern perspectives that feel even more irrefutable and secure—until, of course, they don’t.”


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 Vivaldi32 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 06/04 and 06/02.

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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