Selected NYC Events (09/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY / SEPT 28, 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:

JOHN SCOFIELD (through Oct. 2)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“For his latest project, “Country for Old Men,” the guitarist didn’t exactly run down to Nashville and start cutting duets with the likes of Kenny Chesney. What he did do was transform some favorite country songs into jazz excursions for a crack ensemble featuring longtime collaborators, including the celebrated electric bassist Steve Swallow and the keyboardist Larry Goldings. The result is a clever genre mashup; it’s not every day that you hear Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” transformed into a stirring jazz-waltz jam.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

FALL FOR DANCE (through Oct. 8)
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 8PM, $
“The best sampler platter of dance in town — and all year, for that matter. Program 1 on Monday and Tuesday features the fierce action heroes of Streb Extreme Action in a newly commissioned work; a take on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” by the South African choreographer Dada Masilo; members of American Ballet Theater in Frederick Ashton’s “Monotones II”; and the flamenco master Farruquito (1:42). Program 2 on Wednesday and Thursday includes the veteran British modernist Richard Alston’s company; the fanciful Aszure Barton & Artists; a tango-tinged duet by Arthur Pita for the adventurous ballet favorites Wendy Whelan and Edward Watson; and the winning Brazilian troupe Grupo Corpo (2:12).” (Schaefer-NYT)

RON CARTER’S GREAT BIG BAND (through Oct. 1)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Ron Carter’s Great Big Band,” released five years ago, was somehow the first big band album to this eminent bassist’s name. Mr. Carter reconvenes the band, featuring a strong lineup of players, at Birdland next week.” (Chinen-NYT)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Oct. 16)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ various times, $
“This week, City Ballet highlights George Balanchine’s connection to Viennese composers, from Mozart to Webern, featuring the grand “Vienna Waltzes” (Friday and Saturday evenings, Sunday matinee). The company also honors his inspired and fruitful relationship with the composer Igor Stravinsky with a quintet of works in the famously spartan black-and-white aesthetic (Saturday and Thursday).

Tuesday brings an encore of the season’s new works by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa and the company members Justin Peck, Lauren Lovette and Peter Walker. Wednesday introduces the shimmering full-length “Jewels” to the season.” (Schaefer-NYT)

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

Architecture’s Odd Couple: Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Hugh Howard, historian, writer, and lecturer.
“This illustrated lecture traces the historical threads connecting the two men and offers the audience a distinct perspective on the era they so enlivened with their designs.”

The Iconography of Magic
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave./ 11AM, $30
“The ancient Near East—encompassing ancient Iraq, Syria, and Iran—is where so many of humankind’s greatest achievements originated over 5,000 years ago: settlements and cities, accounting and writing, law codes and literary epics, scientific systems and empires. Delve into the history and culture of this intensely relevant region of the world.”
Tickets to this event include Museum admission.

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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:

‘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:

‘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 09/26 and 09/24.
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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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