Selected Events (06/12) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Elite 8 > SUNDAY / JUNE 12, 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:

Brian Wilson
McCarren Park, Bedford Ave. and N12th St./ gates open 5PM, Brian Wilson 8:15PM, $35.
“It would be nice.
The Beach Boys’ classic album Pet Sounds just turned 50, so Brian Wilson and his touring band (which includes original Beach Boy Al Jardine) are playing it in its entirety at Williamsburg’s Northside Festival. Come decide if ballads like “God Only Knows” still hold up.” (NYMagazine) Rising garage-pop band Hinds opens the show, followed by producer, composer and former Vampire Weekend member ROSTAM.

Not Manhattans Westside, but this is Brooklyn’s Westside, and worth the detour.
subway: easy ride across on the L to Bedford St. (1st stop in Bklyn)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Terell Stafford Quintet (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM $30
“On his most recent album, “Brotherlee Love,” Terell Stafford pays homage to one of his clear trumpet influences, Lee Morgan. The album features an irreproachable hard-bop crew, including the saxophonist Tim Warfield Jr., the pianist Bruce Barth and the bassist Peter Washington, who rejoin him here; Billy Williams completes the band on drums.”(Chinen-NYT)

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (thru June 19)
NYS/DHK Theater, LincolnCenter/ 3PM +7:30PM, $50+
Contemporary meets classic.
“This season, five programs cover oodles of new and classic works. Robert Battle’s The Hunt, inspired by his martial-arts background, is a fierce showcase for the company’s awe-inspiring male dancers, and the return of Alvin Ailey’s iconic solo Cry (starring Linda Celeste Sims), dedicated in 1971 to “black women everywhere,” feels especially timely.”(Rebecca Milzoff-NY Mag)

Chelsea Music Festival (through Thursday)
“The Chelsea Music Festival, seems more inventive than ever this summer. It’s hard to detail the varied offerings, which bring together the performing, culinary and visual arts under the theme of “Gravity 350,” honoring the anniversary of Isaac Newton’s discovery. The gala opening reception, “The Elements of Gravity,” has culinary delicacies followed by a concert of Saint-Saens, Elgar, Rebel and the festival’s composer in residence, Michael Gandolfi. There will be late-night jazz programs, chamber music, family concerts and much more. Check the website for details. (It runs through June 18.)”
(Anthony Tommasini-NYT)

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

Big Apple Barbecue
Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue at 23rd St./ 11AM-6PM, $
“The country’s top pit masters will meet up in Madison Square Park this weekend for the annual Big Apple Barbecue party. This year’s lineup includes a new entrant (Dallas’s Hutchins BBQ) along with returning favorites like Sam Jones of North Carolina’s Skylight Inn and Billy Durney of Red Hook’s Hometown Bar-B-Que. VIP ticket packages start at $275 and allow guests to skip the line at all barbecue stands.” (VillageVoice)

Food Loves Tech expo
The Waterfront, 269 11th Ave./ 12PM-7PM, $50
“Food Loves Tech is a first-of-its-kind innovation expo. Arranged as a series of large-scale exhibits, Food Loves Tech (FLT) will link multiple immersive installations, technology tastings, leadership panels and dining experiences to explore and celebrate the future of food through technology

Bringing together food tech innovators, start-ups and thought-leaders with food aficionados and enthusiasts alike, FLT aims to invigorate the conversation, and ultimately, change the way we think about food in the future.” (edible)

Jazz Age Lawn Party
Governors Island, various times and prices
“Slap on your spats and practice the Charleston because the Jazz Age Lawn party is returning to Governor’s Island. Sip on Prohibition-era cocktails like a classic St-Germain with mineral water and a twist or a glass of bubbly and none of the back-alley hooch of the day. Food vendors will be on hand to keep your Lindy Hop hoppin’.” (TONY)

American Crafts Festival
Lincoln Center, 65th St at Columbus Ave./ 10AM-7PM, FREE
“Lincoln Center plays host to 380 jury-selected craft vendors from across the country at this nifty fair. Find glasswork and handmade leather pieces you never knew you needed, and indulge in some one-of-a-kind new threads from regional designers with special weekend-only rates. If you’re not looking to spend your rent check redecorating your apartment in one go, then head to demonstrations on weaving, spindling and enjoy live music.” (TONY)

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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 06/10 and 06/08.
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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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