Selected Events (06/14) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 > TUESDAY / JUNE 14, 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:

Ethan Iverson Quintet (thru June 19)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“As a member of the Bad Plus, the pianist and composer Iverson keeps his eye trained to the future; as an obsessive jazz fan, he reveres his elders, seizing any chance to play with honored musicians. Here he tangles with the great tenor saxophonist Houston Person, a soulful stylist who, in old-school form, can grease a blues song or offer a warm-bath ballad.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Marissa Mulder: Marilyn in Fragments
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)

Mario Pavone
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St./ 8PM +9:30PM, $10
“Few jazz musicians are blessed with an artistic resurgence after the age of seventy, but the bassist and composer Pavone, who is seventy-five, has recently been enjoying a renaissance as an incisive post-bop bandleader. His ensemble finds room for distinctive younger improvisers, including the saxophonist Tony Malaby and the trumpeter Dave Ballou.” (NewYorker)

American Ballet Theater (through July 2)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / $
“This weekend brings three more performances of “The Golden Cockerel,” Alexei Ratmansky’s sumptuous update of a popular comedic ballet by Michel Fokine for the Ballets Russes. Mr. Ratmansky tells the story of a magical rooster in czarist Russia with a heavy dose of mime and folk dance. Beginning Monday, it’s “Swan Lake” time as Ballet Theater’s stellar women take turns in the iconic dual role of the virtuous swan queen, Odette, and her devious doppelgänger, Odile.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn,/ 8PM, $25
“Unlike other cherished bands with a small output and a dense, you-had-to-be-there history, this legendary British funk group is still touring and recording, refusing to let its story fossilize. It’s a fearlessness that’s easy to trace back to the group’s origins. Nine self-taught Caribbean-born Londoners developed a singular, complicated take on funk, calypso, rock, jazz, and several other sounds gestating in their city’s streets and clubs—they called it “nyah-rock.”

Innovative but directionless, the band stopped performing in 1975, until residual checks from deep-house and rap records sampling their old limited presses began trickling in two decades later. They’ve had a sinuous career since then, peppered with tours and near-hits, and in 2015 they released an all-new album, “A Simple Act of Faith,” to the fevered praise of funk archivists. The biggest payoff may come after the gig, when digging through their back catalogue.” (NewYorker)

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

TODAY: Museum Mile Festival (see below)

Modern Forms: Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave./ 1PM, FREE w museum admission
“Join Jay A. Clarke, Manton Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, The Clark, as she addresses the liberation of drawing in the first half of the twentieth century as the medium’s function shifted from preparatory to independent. Practitioners such as Matisse, Picasso, and Pollock embraced elements of chance, radical spatial construction, and the subconscious in their graphic production. Clarke will consider how the very practice of drawing encouraged artists to grapple with changing modern forms as they worked in line, wash, and collage.”

John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life
New York Public Library—Main Building, 476 Fifth Ave./ 6PM, FREE
“What should a television look like? How should a radio dial feel to the touch? This program will discuss industrial designer John Vassos’s contribution to the design of radio and television when they were new. In John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life, Danielle Shapiro is the first to examine the life and work of John Vassos (1898-1985), a Greek émigré and an important industrial designer and Art Deco illustrator who shaped the look and feel of modern technology as Radio Corporation of America’s key consultant designer through the rise of radio and television and into the computer era. More than a half century before the iPod, Vassos recognized the significance of design to make machines user friendly including RCA’s first mass produced television set which had its spectacular premier at the 1939/1940 New York World’s Fair.”


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.

TODAY: Museum Mile Festival
Museum Mile, Fifth Ave between 82nd and 105th Sts./ 6-9PM, FREE
This festival is back for its 38th year, which turns Fifth Avenue into the city’s largest block party. Live music and entertainment flood the streets while museums open their doors to the public at no charge. This year’s participants include Museum of the City of New York, the Jewish Museum, Cooper Hewitt, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Neue Galerie New York and more.

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)

 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)

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)

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 06/12 and 06/10.

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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