Selected Events (06/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Elite 8 > WEDNESDAY / JUNE 08, 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:

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Celebrate Brooklyn! (at the Prospect Park Bandshell)
Prospect Park West and 9th St. Park Slope, Brooklyn/ 8:15PM, FREE
“Ms. Jones and the Dap-Kings, the finest soul-funk revivalists in town, deliver a spectacle to rival James Brown on “The T.A.M.I. Show” each time they perform. After undergoing treatment for cancer, Ms. Jones has resumed blazing her way across stages to promote the group’s latest albums, “Give the People What They Want” and “It’s a Holiday Soul Party.” They return to Prospect Park Bandshell, a stage they’ve decimated before, to open the wonderful BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! festival.” (Anderson-NYT)

OK, so this isn’t Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is SJ and the Dap-Kings, worth any detour.

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)

Living Colour
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ 8PM, $35, $45
“This New York City band formed more than thirty years ago, releasing their début album, “Vivid,” in 1988. A decade after punk ruled the CBGB stage, these power rockers, infusing elements of funk and hip-hop, packed the club regularly, then had their moment in the mainstream sun when the video for “Cult of Personality” achieved high-profile rotation on MTV.

After a couple of personnel changes and a dip in popularity, the members split to pursue solo projects, but reunited in late 2000. They’ve toured Europe but haven’t played much here, so the appearance of these excellent musicians—the guitarist Vernon Reid, the vocalist Corey Glover, the drummer Will Calhoun, and the bassist Doug Wimbish—on successive Wednesdays and in an acoustic setting, should be relished.” (NewYorker)

Victoria Cook
54 Below, 254 W54th St. 9:30PM, $25
“Introducing Victoria Cook – come witness the birth of a star. Victoria Cook (Into The Woods, 44 West Entertainment) will take you on a journey through a woman’s heart and soul. Her unique, multi octave, soulful voice will soar through the American Songbook, with songs from Funny Girl and Evening Primrose, as well as tunes associated with Bette Midler and Minnie Riperton. Backed by the best in the business, Jessica Hendy(Aida), Max Chernin (Bright Star), and Blaine Krauss (Lion King) will join Victoria on stage.

In addition, Dylan Glatthorn (Republic, Alan Menken Award winner) will return to Feinstein’s/ 54 Below with ‘The Glatthorns’, a 7 piece brass band, and all new arrangements to bring life to songs you love and songs you will soon treasure. With this amount of talent on stage, Victoria Cook is certainly going to make her mark with this stunning debut concert.” (

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

One World Trade Center: Biography of the Building
Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place/ 6:30PM, FREE
(must RSVP to
“Best-selling Skyscrapers author Judith Dupré chronicles the rise of One World Trade Center from the building’s groundbreaking design and engineering, through the initial excavation to the final placement of the spire. For this first “authorized biography” of the emotion-charged and technically complex project, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey granted Dupré unprecedented access to the World Trade Center site, suppliers, and archives. Rich with hundreds of photographs, drawings, models, and plans, including a timeline of construction milestones and annotated 360-degree views from the One World Observatory, the book captures the hope, resiliency, and pride of those who built it.”

In Conversation: Lesley Blume with Gay Talese
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince St./ 8PM, FREE
“In the summer of 1925, Ernest Hemingway and a clique of companions traveled to Pamplona, Spain, for the town’s infamous running of the bulls. That trip’s series of drunken brawls, sexual rivalry, midnight betrayals and midday hangovers served as the material for The Sun Also Rises, Hemingway’s redefining work of modern literature.

Join Lesley Blume and bestselling author and journalist Gay Talese for a discussion of Blume’s Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises, a vivid exploration of the stories behind Hemingway’s masterpiece in the context of the restless 1920s of Paris and Spain. Blume and Talese discuss how Hemingway and the surrounding circle of friends who came to be known as the Lost Generation continue to influence how we think about youth, sex, love and excess.” (

An Evening with John Irving | Readings by Michael C. Hall
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway / 7:30PM, $30
“John Irving, the iconic author of The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules and most recently Avenue of Mysteries, hosts and curates an evening of his fiction, along with stories by authors he admires. With readings by Michael C. Hall (Dexter) and more.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Book Launch: 32 Yolks by Eric Ripert in Conversation with Adam Rapoport
powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St./ 7PM, FREE
“Before he earned his third Michelin star at his iconic restaurant, Le Bernardin, the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year, became a regular guest judge on Bravo’s Top Chef, even before he knew how to make a proper omelet, Eric Ripert was a young boy in the South of France who felt that his world had come to an end. At the age of five, his parents went through a bitter divorce. Eric moved away with his mother, whose new husband, Serge, quickly grew to resent Eric and seemed to delight in making him miserable.

The only place Eric felt at home was the kitchen, where his mother tried to cheer him up with lavish meals, and where his friend Jacques, a local chef, introduced Eric to caviar, chocolate mousse, and a future where his lifelong love of food could become something he shared with other people.This memoir is the story of a young chef coming of age, following Eric’s life from childhood through his early twenties, where he finds his home in the brutal, exacting kitchens of legendary chefs like Joel Robouchon.” (

PLUS, Lower Manhattan’s best restaurants at Dine Around Downtown, a festival at 28 Liberty Plaza, starts 11 a.m. Free admission. $3 to $7 per dish.

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.

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,; free. (Cotter-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)

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

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 06/06 and 06/04.

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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