Selected NYC Events (09/12) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > MONDAY / SEPT 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.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / Sept.”

Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

Hamilton and the Election of 1800
NYPL MainBldg. (Schwarzman Building), Wachenheim Trustees Room/ 6:30PM,
“Election season is on the mind – the election of 1800, that is. The two leading visions for the new nation came to a head and the results marked a shift in American history, as Alexander Hamilton’s Federalists went into decline and Thomas Jefferson’s Republicans began their rise. How did the United States arrive at this critical juncture? Join scholars Brian Murphy and Joanne Freeman for a look at how we got there, through an exploration of Hamilton’s vision and legacy, contributions and critics, and ultimately, rise and fall. The conversation will be moderated by Library’s very own Mark Boonshoft.”
Program is FREE, but advance registration is recommended. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Voices for the Voiceless: Stars for Foster Kids
Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W45th St./ 7PM, $49+
“Major Broadway and pop stars join forces to raise money for You Gotta Believe, a nonprofit that aims to find permanent homes for teens in foster care. Scheduled performers include Chita Rivera, Rosie Perez, Gloria Gaynor, Megan Hilty, Caroline Rhea, Alec Mapa, Alice Ripley, BD Wong, Charles Busch, Liz Callaway, Ann Hampton Callaway, Orfeh, Adrienne Warren, Anika Larsen, Keala Settle, Richard Kind, Tony Yazbeck and Roz Ryan—though not, alas, Sutton and Hunter Foster.” (TONY)

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

The Presidency: A Return to Dynasty?
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E7th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“This fall The Cooper Union Department of Public Programs offers a free, public ten-session course on the Constitution taught by Prof. Akhil Reed Amar of Yale Law School on Monday evenings, beginning Sept. 12 and ending Nov. 21. (There will be no class on Oct. 3 or Nov. 7.) Registration is requested.

The course will be based on Prof. Amar’s latest book, The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era (Basic Books; September 13, 2016). In it Prof. Amar, a constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades and provides a passionate handbook for thinking constitutionally about today’s headlines.”

Philharmonic Insights at the Atrium
Origins of a New World Voice: NYC in 1893
Atrium 360 David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM,FREE
“To launch the New York Philharmonic’s 175th anniversary season, we explore Czech composer Antonín Dvořák’s time in New York and the American influences on his most famous work: Symphony No. 9, From the New World, premiered by the New York Philharmonic in 1893. Professor Michael Beckerman, the Philharmonic’s Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence and the author of Dvořák and His World, is joined by a cast of historic characters to uncover the meaning and reception of African-American musical sources at the dawn of the Progressive Era and how they contributed to the development of an American musical voice.”

Bard Graduate Center, 18 W86th St./ 6:30PM, $25
“Bard Graduate Center hosts a talk with Irma Boom, who is widely considered the world’s pre-eminent bookmaker and whose diverse list of collaborators includes Bard, as well as luminaries like the architect Rem Koolhaas and the artist Olafur Eliasson. One of Ms. Boom’s most famous books is an innovative catalogue of the artist Sheila Hicks, whose work was shown at Bard in 2006. Now, Ms. Boom and Bard are back together with the catalogue “Artek and the Aaltos: Creating a Modern World,” made for the exhibition currently on view at the gallery. In this talk about how the book was made, Ms. Boom will speak with Nina Stritzler-Levine, the gallery’s director and the show’s curator.” (NYT-AroundTown)

A Tribute to Tony Bennett
with Mel Haber, a devoted music lover,
Mid-Manhattan Library, 6:30PM, FREE
“Frank Sinatra once said, “For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business.” Through video footage, this illustrated lecture traces the career of Tony Bennett from his first big hit, “Because of You,” recorded in 1951, to a recent TV appearance in 2014 in which he sings “How Do You Keep the Music Playing.” During this presentation, we hear Bennett sing such favorites as his signature song, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” as well as such gems as “All the Things You Are,” “Stranger in Paradise,” “The Shadow of Your Smile,” and “It Had to Be You.”


Bonus NYC Events – 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 for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):


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)

Morgan Library & Museum:
‘Rembrandt’s First Masterpiece’ (through Sept. 18)
“In 1629, after some years of apprenticeship, the young Rembrandt finished what many experts consider his first painting in his resolved and distinctive style. Titled “Judas Returning the Thirty Pieces of Silver,” it is certainly powerful in ways that his great work will be, with its operatic, Verdian largeness of gesture, its sense for light as both specific and cosmic, and its piercing, unembarrassable instinct for human emotion. Now in a British private collection, the picture is visiting New York for the first time, and has been surrounded at the Morgan Library with a wealth of the artist’s prints and drawings. 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, 212-685-0008,” (Cotter-NYT)

Jewish Museum:
‘Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist’ (through Sept. 18)
“Working primarily in South America, Roberto Burle Marx, the great Brazilian landscape architect, designed some of the modern world’s most distinctive parks and gardens, from an immense, jazzy tattoo of a promenade on the beachfront of Rio de Janeiro to rooftop plantings in Brasilia, a city carved from jungle. In the process, he became invested, heart and mind, in preserving the Amazonian paradise that surrounded him, fought to halt its devastation and turned his home near Rio into a sanctuary for one of the largest collections of tropical plants anywhere. To appreciate his art fully, you have to go to the gardens themselves, but a visit to the compact Jewish Museum show gives you a full sense of his protean work as designer, painter, sculptor and collector. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, 212-423-3200,” (Cotter-NYT)

 Solomon R Guggenheim Museum:
“The third and final of the Guggenheim Museum’s UBS Map Global Art Initiative group exhibitions feels a bit more of a piece than the others, though, like them, it gives the impression of being a museum’s attempt to get global fast by skimming from the top of the international market. It’s worth a visit to see some of the individual pieces, among them a two-part 2010 video by Zineb Sedira titled “Gardiennes d’Image” (“Image Keepers”), a filmed interview with Safia Kouaci, widow of Mohamed Kouaci (1929-96), who was, Ms. Sedira believes, the only Algerian photographer to thoroughly document the country’s war of independence from France. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500,” (Cotter)

‘ROZ CHAST: CARTOON MEMOIRS’ (through Oct. 16)
“This delightful, frequently laugh-out-loud exhibition presents more than 200 works by the brilliant, widely beloved visual humorist Roz Chast, including many images made for The New Yorker over the past four decades as well as some never before published. The anxieties, contradictions and pathos of middle class, metropolitan life have rarely been illustrated with such generous comic élan. Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street, 212-534-1672,” (Johnson)

“This show of 100 or so early photographs by Arbus (1923-71), many on view for the first time, has a terrific installation, with work hung on columnlike panels that suggest rows of doors receding into darkness. The pictures themselves, dating between 1956 and 1962, have a grainy, moody texture, and they reveal an Arbus who had already landed on some of her favored themes: childhood, negotiable gender, fringe culture and class. If the show as a whole is more powerful than most of its individual images, there are some wonderful things. And as a forecast of mature work to come — familiar examples are included in a separate gallery — it is utterly magnetic. 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, Manhattan, 212-535-0177,” (Cotter)

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

at the very least you will want to see this one:
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710,” (Cotter)

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 08/11 and 08/09.

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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