Selected NYC Events (09/16) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super7 NYC Events > FRIDAY / SEPT 16, 2016

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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:

FEAST OF SAN GENNARO (through Sept. 25)
Mulberry Street, from Houston St. to Canal St.
“This annual festival, a tribute to the patron saint of Naples, returns to Little Italy for its 90th edition. Highlights include the traditional cannoli- and meatball-eating contests. (Tony Danza will host the meatball competition.)  Events at various times and locations; more information at sangennaro.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)

This is definitely not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide.
A special listing for those young German tourists who do old school camera selfies:
PSYCHIC TV
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N6th St. Bklyn,/ 8PM, $25
“The brainchild of the London singer and performance auteur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, this seminal nineteen-eighties outfit gradually progressed from anarchic post-punk to more palatable M.T.V.-era house and pop. But it never stopped experimenting with sounds and formats, including then-cutting-edge video art that blended live action, animation, and intricate scans, and a monthly series of live albums that earned it a spot in the “Guinness Book of World Records” for the most albums released in a year. The band has had dozens of members and collaborators; in August, the current lineup, PTV3, released “Alienist,” a spiky acid-house number with psychedelic guitar and downtrodden vocals about psychologists and cults.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Susan Werner’s Bull Durham & Other Bull
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $35+
“Susan Werner makes her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut, performing songs from the soon to be Broadway musical, Bull Durham, material from her new PBS special, The Hayseed Project, as well as songs from her many solo albums. Susan Werner composes skillful songs that effortlessly slide between folk, jazz, and pop, all delivered with sassy wit and classic Midwestern charm.”

“[Susan Werner is] a triply blessed artist who sings adroitly, plays the piano smartly and, best of all, writes songs of genuine distinction and high craft.” – Chicago Tribune

NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC (through Sept. 17)
David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $60+
Hometown pride is the theme of the Philharmonic’s coming season. It will also color this installment of the Art of the Score festival, with two landmark New York movies shown with live orchestral accompaniment. “West Side Story,” with music by the Philharmonic’s own Leonard Bernstein conducted by David Newman, will open the festivities on Tuesday, with screenings through Thursday. (Woody Allen’s “Manhattan,” with a typically omnivorous score conducted by Alan Gilbert, will follow on Sept. 16 and 17.)” (da Fonseca-Wollheim-NYT)

CYRUS CHESTNUT TRIO (thru Sept.18)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw 105th/106th Sts./
“Though cherubic in appearance, Chestnut—once a young lion of nineteen-nineties jazz—is now a seasoned veteran, and he remains a model of artless swing. His windy way with standards and bop workouts (as heard on his fine new album, “Natural Essence”) underscores a conviction that improvising is nothing if not spontaneously expressed joy.” (NewYorker)

DANCES PATRELLE (through Sunday)
Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, 68th St, btw Lexington/Park Ave. – $45
“For more than 25 years, Francis Patrelle has been telling classic stories through classical dance. His version of “Macbeth,” featuring a quilt of Tchaikovsky music, has been part of the company’s repertory for decades and returns this week with an intimate cast of strong dancers. Shakespeare’s tragedy about the price of political ambition has not been widely adapted for ballet, so this is a rare opportunity to see Lady Macbeth stomp around in toe shoes.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., also at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

THE COOKERS (also Saturday)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“A bold, questing spirit unites the musicians in this hard-bop collective, which just released a declaratory new album, “The Call of the Wild and Peaceful Heart.” This engagement will feature the band’s full personnel: the trumpeters Eddie Henderson and David Weiss, the saxophonists Billy Harper and Donald Harrison, the pianist George Cables, the bassist Cecil McBee and the drummer Billy Hart.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Today is all music and performing arts. More smart stuff tomorrow.

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

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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:

‘Dadaglobe Reconstructed’ (through Sept. 18)
“In 1920, the Romanian poet and gadfly Tristan Tzara made plans for a worldwide publication featuring the art of Dada, the convention-busting movement that arose from the senselessness of World War I. The anthology never materialized, but this sparky show, first seen at the Kunsthaus Zürich and accompanied by a landmark catalog, reassembles the drawings, reproductions and wacky head shots that Dadaists like Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp and Sophie Taeuber-Arp contributed for it. (There’s also fascinating correspondence and ephemera, plus photographs of knees-up parties; at one, Tzara appears in black tie with the word Dada scrawled across his forehead.) For the Dadaists, art wasn’t a matter of placing discrete objects in museums, but circulating ideas and images across new, international media networks. It is an aim as fresh today as it was a century ago. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Farago)

‘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:

‘Stuart Davis: In Full Swing’ (through Sept. 25)
“This restless, zestful Whitney exhibition leaves out the earliest phase of a great American modernist’s career but is still broad enough to be a survey while feeling sufficiently focused to qualify as a thematic study. As you move through the show, you move through time, and change over time is the thread the show follows. Beginning in the 1950s, you see Mr. Davis’s dense compositions, abstract with a realist core, start to untangle. His palette simplifies. His use of words, or script-like arabesques, grows. And more and more he looks to the past and brings it forward, revisiting, reusing and transforming motives from his own art, a pattern he likened to a jazz musician’s improvisations on favorite, unforgettable tunes. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Cotter)

‘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 09/14 and 09/12.
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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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