Selected NYC Events (09/18) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > SUNDAY / SEPT 18, 2016

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

BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL
Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St. + other locations/ 10AM-6PM,
This week is a bookworm’s dream come true, with “Bookend” events leading up to the festival on Sunday. The impressive slate of writers includes Jacqueline Woodson (pictured), Salman Rushdie, Phil Klay, Margaret Atwood and Joyce Carol Oates.” (NewsdayWeekend)

“The weeklong celebration of the written word culminates with the flagship, fourteen-stage Brooklyn Book Festival on Sunday, September 18th. Panel discussions and readings fill the day and 300 authors—including authors from nearly 20 countries — read, discuss and sign their books. 300 authors of beloved works of fiction (Margaret Atwood, Salman Rushdie, Libba Bray, Stephanie Danler, Nicole Dennis-Benn, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoss, Gayle Forman, Jacqueline Woodson, Angela Flournoy, Esmeralda Santiago Karin Slaughter), non-fiction (Thomas Frank, Ed Jong, Jessica Valenti, Ralph Nader, Bruce Schneier, A.O. Scott, Hua Hsu, Rebecca Traister, Margo Jefferson, Pete Hamill, Helen Garner), graphics (Faith Erin Hicks, Phoebe Gloeckner, Chester Brown, Marjorie Liu), poetry (Yusef Kumunyakaa, Ocean Vuong, and Monica Youn) and young adult authors (Cecily von Ziegesar, George O’Connor, Marina Budhos, Daniel José Older, Libba Bray, Jesse Andrews, Anna Breslaw) participate in panels, readings and other creative performances of their work.

Outdoors at the Festival’s famed Literary Marketplace, more than 200 booksellers and publishers create a vibrant literary celebration with books and literary magazines from all over the country. On Festival Day the center of the literary universe is truly Brooklyn!”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

CYRUS CHESTNUT TRIO (LAST DAY)
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)

Broadway at the W
W New York Times Square, 1567 Broadway (at 47th Street)/ 7PM, FREE
“Ongoing concert series featuring Broadway stars performing in an intimate space, the Living Room. Performers will entertain with a wide range of music, everything from covers of pop hits to their own original songs. The Living Room will serve special cocktails, such as Wanted Dead or Alive, with Avua Prata cachaca rum, lime, sugar, and simple syrup. The next concert will feature cast members from the musical “Something Rotten”

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

NEW YORK COFFEE FESTIVAL
69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Ave./ $25
“Wake up and smell the coffee — literally — at this three-day festival. Check out latte art demonstrations, visit the Espresso Martini Bar for coffee cocktails, watch performances by finalists in the Coffee Music Project, get some sustenance at the Street Food Market and more. Half the ticket proceeds go toward bringing clean water to coffee-producing countries.” (Newsday Weekend)

Medieval Festival
Fort Tryon Park, Upper Manhattan/ 11:30AM-6PM, FREE
“Couldn’t make it to the Renaissance Fair this year? Or wish you could go again? From 11:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., Fort Tryon Park in Manhattan will be transformed into a medieval market town.

Experience authentic music, minstrels, magic, dance, jugglers, and jesters. Of course, you’ll also definitely be able to score a huge turkey leg and some mead from the vendors attending. Before the festival ends, you’ll also witness a thrilling joust between four knights on horseback. You don’t have to dress up in medieval garb but isn’t that half the fun? (spoilednyc.com)

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)

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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, most 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
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
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 Vivaldi – 32 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
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’ (LAST DAY)
“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, themorgan.org.” (Cotter-NYT)

Jewish Museum:
‘Roberto Burle Marx: Brazilian Modernist’ (LAST DAY)
“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, thejewishmuseum.org.” (Cotter-NYT)

 Solomon R Guggenheim Museum:
‘BUT A STORM IS BLOWING FROM PARADISE: CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA’ (through Oct. 5)
“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, guggenheim.org.” (Cotter)

MUSEUM OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK:
‘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, mcny.org.” (Johnson)

MET BREUER:
‘DIANE ARBUS: IN THE BEGINNING’ (through Nov. 27)
“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, metmuseum.org.” (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:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“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, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

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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).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 09/16 and 09/14.
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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 Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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