Selected NYC Events (10/02) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Top 10 NYC Events > SUNDAY / OCT 02, 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 / Oct.”

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

Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas
Queens Museum, Flushing Meadow Park/ 2-5PM, $8
“Celebrate the launch of Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s long-awaited Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas, the culminating volume in a trilogy of atlases, which conveys innumerable unbound experiences of New York City through twenty-six imaginative maps and informative essays. Bringing together the insights of dozens of experts—from linguists to music historians, ethnographers, urbanists, and environmental journalists—amplified by cartographers, artists, and photographers, it explores all five boroughs of New York City and parts of nearby New Jersey. We are invited to travel through Manhattan’s playgrounds, from polyglot Queens to many-faceted Brooklyn, and from the resilient Bronx to the mystical kung fu hip-hop mecca of Staten Island.”
subway: #7 from times square (about 40 minutes)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Hello – An Adele Tribute featuring the Evergreen Experience
Cafe Wha?,115 MacDougal St./ 7:30PM, $15
“You should see this show because, DUH seeing an actual Adele show is too GD expensive! This one is $15! And instead of dealing with huge crowds at Madison Square Garden, get cozy at Greenwich Village’s Cafe Wha? – a legendary nightclub that helped start the careers of performers such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.

Taking the stage to celebrate Queen Adele are NYC performers Ashley Menard (Carnegie Hall, The Apollo), Elysse Yulo (The Femme Fends, How To Grow Up), and more!” (spoilednyc.com)

JOHN SCOFIELD (LAST DAY)
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)

HENRY THREADGILL’S ZOOID (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Threadgill recently won a well-deserved Pulitzer Prize for music, on the strength of his assuredly spiky 2015 album, “In for a Penny, In for a Pound.” He’ll be at the Village Vanguard this week with the same band featured on the album: Zooid, a blazingly intuitive chamber-improv unit with Liberty Ellman on guitar, Jose Davila on tuba, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Elliot Kavee on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

BONUS DANCE EVENTS:

FALL FOR DANCE (through Oct. 8)
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 8PM, all seats $15
“The best sampler platter of dance in town — and of the year, for that matter — continues with Program 3 on Friday and Saturday, featuring Compagnie Accrorap, a French troupe mixing street dance and acrobatics; the tapper Ayodele Casel in a solo dedicated to unsung female dancers; Hong Kong Ballet with a work by Jorma Elo; and Bangarra Dance Theater from Australia, telling stories of that country’s indigenous peoples (2:05). On Wednesday and Thursday, in Program 4, Jessica Lang presents a work inspired by architecture; Royal Ballet Flanders offers “Fall,” an ode to the season by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater presents the seminal solo “Cry”; and the Sarasota Ballet performs Frederick Ashton’s “Marguerite and Armand” (2:15).” (Schaefer-NYT)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Oct. 16)
NYS / DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ at various times, $
“City Ballet’s season continues with George Balanchine’s shimmering triptych “Jewels” (Friday, Saturday matinee, Sunday) and encores for new works by the company members Justin Peck, Lauren Lovette and Peter Walker, as well as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Accompanying them is Mr. Peck’s exhilarating “Everywhere We Go” from 2014 (Saturday evening and Wednesday). Tuesday and Thursday’s program honors American composers, with Jerome Robbins’s “Glass Pieces,” referring to Philip Glass; Peter Martins’s “Thou Swell,” a jazzy fling to Richard Rodgers; and Balanchine’s patriotic “Stars and Stripes,” to the music of John Philip Sousa.” (Schaefer-NYT)

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

Entertaining Science: Do Babies Get the Blues?
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St./ 6PM, $20
Roald Hoffman, Dave Soldier, hosts
Joseph Isler, scientist; Simona Premazzi, piano; Tessa Souter, jazz vocals

“What’s it like to be a baby? Thomas Nagel famously asked “What is it like to be a bat?”, pondering what consciousness, the subjective experience of the world, would be like in animals. It’s nearly as difficult to imagine the subjective life of a baby.

Columbia University’s Joseph Isler will discuss what’s known about the infant mind, and present tantalizing recent work in quantifying consciousness during infancy. Acclaimed jazz pianist Simona Premazzi, faculty member at downtown’s Church Street School for Music and Art, closes the show with beautiful jazz and blues inspired by lullabies and children’s songs from around the world.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
“Tours, talks, exhibitions — it’s difficult to keep track of all the events going on during New York’s annual monthlong celebration of architecture and design. Each day features a “building of the day,” with a tour. Make reservations early; coveted tours, like one of the Lowline underground-park site, are already sold out. You can still get into a tour of the New York State Pavilion, designed by Philip Johnson for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens (Thursday at noon). Other highlights for the coming week include daily architecture boat tours and “The Stories They Tell: Trees of Steel,” a lecture about the architectural history of the World Trade Center site (Monday at noon, National September 11 Memorial & Museum).” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY:
South Street Seaport Museum / 3-4PM
Hidden History of the South Street Seaport’s Architecture
Several buildings in the Seaport District are considered to be some the oldest standing structures in Manhattan. From rat pits to a warehouse built by one of the most famous American architects of the 19th century, the buildings of the Seaport have a big story to tell. This is the story of the rise of New York. Take a walk with us and discover the origins of New York’s greatness. Registration required.

ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN FILM FESTIVAL (LAST DAY)
Cinépolis Chelsea, 260 W23rd St./ various times, $
“This niche, but informative, festival began on Wednesday and continues through the weekend with a lineup that looks to architecture’s past — “Peter Behrens: A Pioneer in Architecture” (Friday at 9:15 p.m.) and “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future” (Sunday at 8:30 p.m.) — as well as the present, including a program that explores the homes of contemporary architects, “Where Architects Live” (Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.).”

Oktoberfest New York
Watermark (Pier 15 – 78 South St.)
“Oktoberfest New York aims to capture the spirit of a traditional Oktoberfest in Munich! Live music, German food and beer, face painting, games, and a view of the Brooklyn skyline…not too shabby folks!

Oh, and admission for this event is FREE! Now grab a stein and strap on that pair of lederhosen I KNOW you’ve got laying around.” (spoilednyc.com)

The 54th New York Film Festival (thru Oct.16)
Alice Tully Hall, various times
“Founded in 1963, as the auteur theory and European cinematic modernism were crashing upon the shores of American film culture, the New York Film Festival continues to introduce audiences to the most exciting, innovative and accomplished works of world cinema. Join us as North America’s second oldest film festival marks its 54th edition with 17 days of exciting world premieres, award winners from Cannes, Berlin and Venice, retrospective screenings, spotlights on emerging filmmakers, panels, galas and much more!”
09/30/2016 The 54th New York Film Festival
10/01/2016 Gimme Danger
10/13/2016 Pablo Larraín’s Jackie
10/15/2016 New York Film Festival Closing Night – Lost City of Z

Lincoln Center Autumn Crafts Festival (also Oct.08,09)
This festival in its 27th year, will be held rain or shine in Hearst Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. FREE ADMISSION. 280 juried craft displays, craft demonstrations, live entertainment, and delicious food! craftsatlincoln.org

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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 09/30 and 09/28.
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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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