Selected NYC Events (10/16) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“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:

OPEN HOUSE NEW YORK (all weekend)
(this is my favorite weekend event all year and the weather looks superb)
“Historic residential and commercial buildings will be opened to the public during this annual architecture-tour-and-talk series. Attendees will enjoy unparalleled access to more than two hundred and seventy-five sites across the city, along with informative lectures from the designers and developers who continue to shape civic life and build the New York of tomorrow. Highlights include the African Burial Ground National Monument, in Tribeca; the newly restored Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House, in the financial district; the rooftop farms of Brooklyn Grange; a trip to the top of Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine; the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage, in the Bronx; the Met Breuer, which opened last March, on the Upper East Side; and Kings Theatre, in Flatbush, which was restored and reopened in January, 2015.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BILL FRISELL (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The 2014 album “Guitar in the Space Age!” documented Frisell’s infatuation with the pop and country music of his impressionable youth. The record never quite achieved liftoff, but in performance this brilliant instrumentalist and his sharp quartet (with the pedal-steel guitarist Greg Leis) are determined to convey the exhilaration of first-love listening.” (NewYorker)

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

American Heiress: The Kidnapping, Crimes, and Trial of Patty Hearst
FEATURING: Jeffrey Toobin, David M. Rubenstein (moderator)
NY Historical Society /5PM, $38
“In the 1970s, Patty Hearst, the young heiress to the Hearst family fortune, was kidnapped by renegade leftist revolutionaries. Best-selling author Jeffrey Toobin recounts the controversial period during which Ms. Hearst became an ardent supporter of her captives’ cause and was prosecuted in one of the most ludicrous trials in American legal history.

Jeffrey Toobin is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst. David M. Rubenstein (moderator), an American philanthropist, is a co-founder and co-CEO of The Carlyle Group.”

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 sell out quickly. Among the options for the coming week is the edible schoolyard at P.S. 7 in East Harlem (Tuesday at noon). Other highlights include a tour of the Steinway piano factory in Astoria, Queens (Saturday at 1 p.m.). More information at archtober.org.” (NYT-AroundTown)

TODAY’S events includeSchermerhorn Row and the Counting House Life / 4:00pm
Come discover the treasures hidden inside Schermerhorn Row, one of the oldest warehouses of New York City, and home of the Seaport Museum. You will walk up three floors, usually closed to the public, view selected artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collection, and walk through the hidden hotels and saloon rooms made famous by New Yorker writer Joseph Mitchell’s story “Up in the Old Hotel.” Registration required.

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!”
TODAY’s movies include:  Maren Ade / 1:15PM
“An audacious twist on the screwball comedy, in which the twosome is an aging-hippie prankster father and his corporate-ladder-climbing daughter, Toni Erdmann delivers art and entertainment in equal measure and charmed just about everyone who saw it at the Cannes Film Festival this year.”

BONUS:

NEW YORK CITY WINE AND FOOD FESTIVAL (LAST DAY)
at various venues and times, $85-$300
“Just reading through the list of events at this year’s festival is sure to stir up an appetite. There will be dinners and tasting events with chefs, celebrities and stars of the Food Network and Cooking Channel, including Giada De Laurentiis, Anne Burrell, Mario Batali, Dominique Ansel, Neil Patrick Harris and Guy Fieri. The festival benefits No Kid Hungry and Food Bank For New York City.” (Newsday)

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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, 2017)
“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 10/14 and 10/12.
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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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