Selected Events (06/18) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 > SATURDAY / JUNE 18, 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:

Duduka Da Fonseca Group featuring Anat Cohen
Kitano, 66 Park Ave @ 38th St./ 8PM +9:45PM, $32
Any chance to hear Anat Cohen, one of America’s great reed players, is a special treat not to be missed. Last night’s early set was sold out, maybe because Anat is backed by some awesome musicians, especially Helio Alves on piano.
“Tonight’s showcase of samba jazz features an outstanding small group of musicians, Duduka da Fonseca (of Trio da Paz), Helio Alves, and vocalist Maucha Adnet – each a native of Brazil – who share an expertise in this music, and each member is internationally recognized for expanding the worlds of jazz and Latin music.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Tom Harrell Quintet: 70th Birthday Celebration (thru June 19)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $40
Life hasn’t been easy for this respected trumpeter and composer, who has spent a long career dealing with the uncertainties of the jazz life, compounded by a diagnosed case of paranoid schizophrenia. The night of his birthday finds the tough and talented Harrell leading a quintet featuring familiar cohorts, including the saxophonist Wayne Escoffery.” (NewYorker)

American Ballet Theater (through July 2)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center /2PM +8PM, $20+
Swan Lake (LAST DAY) / Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky
“Among the great classics, Swan Lake remains the quintessential ballet, the one that defines the standards of the company, tests its dancers, and ennobles the spirit of the audience. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness is set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and features breathtaking choreography, visually magnificent sets evoking a Renaissance court, and the awe-inspiring lake of the swans.”

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
“This monthlong event rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. Highlights in the coming week include the world-beating tenor saxophonist Kamasi Washington, in a free concert on Saturday at Central Park SummerStage; the Rebirth Brass Band at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday and at the Blue Note on Monday; and the pianist Robert Glasper at the Blue Note, appearing first with his trio (Tuesday and Wednesday) and then in a duo with another leading pianist, Jason Moran (Thursday and June 24). A full schedule is at” (Chinen)

Vijay Iyer Trio (through June 19)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Mr. Iyer, a pianist-composer of penetrating insight and flexible attack, recently created a monthlong residency at the Met Breuer, performing in a succession of interdisciplinary settings. But his primary outlet is still this superbly slippery trio, with Stephan Crump on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums — a band conversant in multiple traditions, with a prevailing ethos of sturdy cohesion.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

21st Annual Summer Solstice Celebration
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave./ 4:30AM, $40
“Join Cathedral Artist-in-Residence Paul Winter for an epic sunrise concert as musicians and audience will share the experience of the journey from total darkness into the dawn of this longest day of the year. The full glory of sight and sound will come alive with the light of this first sunrise of the summer.”
OR if that’s bit early for you, try this:
Brilliant Walls of Light: Spotlight on Stained Glass
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Ave./ 10:30AM, $15
“Each window contains a unique style of stained glass drawn from the English, French, and German traditions. Explore the beautiful narrative and geometric windows by modern English and American firms and view the memorial to a stained glass artist. Ascend over 100 feet of spiral stairs for a closer look at windows dedicated to medical and communications achievements. Led by Senior Cathedral Guide John Simko.” (

Elsewhere, but this looks too mouthwatering and worth the detour:
“Little Big” BBQ with Battle of the Sides (daytime session)
and Ribs King of NYC Cookoff Competition (evening session)
Stuyvesant Cove Park (enter at 23rd and East River)/ starts 1PM, $45+
“Join some of the best meat chefs and pitmasters the city has to offer for cookoffs and BBQ (veggie options, too) on the Water! It may be one of the best days all summer to be on the water and celebrating the great American cookout. Our intimate version of a large BBQ event will feature two sessions (with evening VIP option) and VIP tents/tables for six.”

River to River Festival (through June 26)
“This annual event is something of a performance-inspired scavenger hunt around Lower Manhattan, both confusing and delighting unsuspecting passers-by. This week, the witty Dance Heginbotham weaves through a harbor-side business complex; the captivating Eiko Otake continues her multiyear project “A Body in Places” on Governors Island; Okwui Okpokwasili takes inspiration from Nigerian women in the 1920s; the hip-hop dancer Ephrat Asherie collaborates with her jazz pianist brother, Ehud; and Will Rawls, left, nods to Balkan folklore. At various times and locations.”(Schaefer-NYT)


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 06/16 and 06/14.

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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