Selected NYC Events (10/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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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:

The Jazz Age: Untamed Elegance
JALC Orchestra
Rose Theatre, 60th St. at Broadway/ 8PM, $22.50+
“The so-called Jazz Age of the nineteen-twenties and early thirties—predating the iconic Swing Era—saw the untrammelled music of New Orleans co-existing with the straightened sounds of popular dance bands, a confluence that will be examined by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, under the direction, for this event, of the clarinettist Victor Goines. In addition to emblematic work by Armstrong, Ellington, and Gershwin, the evening will also feature an idiomatically inspired Goines opus, “Untamed Elegance.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

STEELY DAN (also Oct.29)
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $60+
“During their most prolific period, in the 1970s, Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, the founders of Steely Dan, shunned performing live to focus on making records. But in recent years, the duo’s studio output has slowed and they have embraced live shows instead. For this week’s run of performances at the Beacon Theater, part of an October residency, Mr. Becker and Mr. Fagen — backed by some of the best session players around — will give full-album performances of “Gaucho” (1980), on Saturday, and “Aja” (1977), on Wednesday. On Tuesday, they will perform a set of greatest hits, with a guest appearance by Rickie Lee Jones.” (O’Donnell – NYT)

NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ at various times, $
“Ballet Theater’s fall season concludes with three more performances of Jessica Lang’s newly commissioned work “Her Notes” to the music of Fanny Mendelssohn, Felix’s talented but stifled sister, paired with Frederick Ashton’s delicate “Monotones I and II” and George Balanchine’s “Prodigal Son” (Friday and Saturday afternoon). On Saturday evening, Balanchine is swapped for Benjamin Millepied’s Greek-inspired “Daphnis and Chloe” which is then subsequently joined on Sunday by Ashton’s intimate midcentury study in pure classicism, “Symphonic Variations.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Blue Note, 131 W 3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $
“Mr. Corea recently turned 75, and decided to celebrate with a big gesture: an eight-week club engagement, with a highlight reel of bands. This weekend he closes out a stretch with For Miles, an all-star, multi-era tribute to Miles Davis.
Next Wednesday and Thursday he revisits the music from his 1981 album “Three Quartets,” leading a band with Ben Solomon on saxophones, Eddie Gomez on bass and Steve Gadd on drums.
For a full schedule, visit” (Chinen-NYT)

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

Halloween Extravaganza and Procession of the Ghouls
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine/ 7PM, +10PM; $25
“Take in a screening of the German expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, accompanied by creepy tunes played on the cathedral’s great organ. But the nightmare’s not over once the credits roll—the movie will be followed by Ralph Lee and the Mettawee River Theatre Company’s annual procession of the ghouls, in which demons and witches infiltrate the church in a ghostly parade down the aisles.” (TONY)

ARCHTOBER (through Oct. 31)
TODAY’S events include:
AIANY/Classic Harbor Line / 10AM, +1:45PM, $
Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour
“The “Around Manhattan” tour narration, provided by members of the American Institute of Architects’ NYC chapter, is general enough for visitors yet detailed enough for the locals. On this 2.75-hour cruise, you will circumnavigate the island of Manhattan (passing under all 18 bridges) while taking in monuments, architecture, parks and infrastructure.”

“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 final options is the Battery’s redesign by Quennell Rothschild & Partners (Sunday at noon). Other highlights include “Pumpkitecture!,” an architecture-minded pumpkin-carving competition that welcomes puns like “Marcel Booeuer” (6 p.m. on Friday, at the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village). More information at“ (NYT-AroundTown)

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“Spend a week flitting about Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Hudson Valley sipping on dozens of hard ciders from makers including Original Sin, Eve’s Cidery, Foggy Ridge Cider, Steampunk Cider and more. The cider celebration includes tastings, dinners and classes (like a cider and cheese pairing class), as well as centerpiece events like the Lower East Cider Fest on Sunday and the Cider Revival on Monday.”

WHEN | WHERE Friday, Oct. 21, to Sunday, Oct. 30, at various venues including the Lower East Cider Fest on Orchard Street between Houston and Delancey streets INFO Free-$250; (Newsday)


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.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 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.

♦ 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):


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,” (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,” (Cotter)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 10/26 and 10/24.

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.

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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