Selected NYC Events (11/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Annual NYC Events / Nov.”

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

Kristin Chenoweth: My Love Letter to Broadway
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W46th St./ 8PM, $47+
“Petite powerhouse Kristin Chenoweth (On the Twentieth Century) returns to the Great White Way with a concert to celebrate the release of her latest album, The Art of Elegance. Like the new CD, the song list should be dominated by American standards by Rodgers & Hart, the Gershwins and others.” (TONY)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY

Harold Mabern Trio
Tierney Sutton
The Women Who Made New York
REINER STACH AND SHELLEY FRISCH
Alexander Garvin & Paul Goldberger: The Dynamic City
bonus: SHALL WE TANGO NYC

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Harold Mabern Trio (through Nov. 13)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“You can take the man out of Memphis, but the bluesy refinement and soulful phrasing that the veteran stylist Mabern soaked up from such resident masters as Phineas Newborn, Jr., has cohered to his pianistic DNA. Mabern, a New York fixture for nearly sixty years, will churn up the room with assistance from two trusted associates, the bassist John Webber and the drummer Joe Farnsworth.” (NewYorker)

Tierney Sutton (Nov. 8-12)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
The vocalist took on Joni Mitchell with her 2013 musical mash note “After Blue,” and recently she put a personal spin on the work of Gordon Sumner, with her latest album “The Sting Variations.” “Roxanne” didn’t make the cut, but Sutton did refashion soundtrack-of-a-generation hits like “Message in a Bottle” and “Fields of Gold.” (NewYorker)

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

The Women Who Made New York
Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Hillary Clinton’s historic run for the presidency of the United States offers an excellent opportunity to celebrate the women politicians who helped pave the way. Join Julie Scelfo, author of The Women Who Made New York, as she discusses three political trailblazers: Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman in the US Congress, Bella Abzug, the second Jewish woman elected to Congress, and Geraldine Ferraro, the first woman from a major party to run for vice president. Liz Abzug, Bella’s daughter, and Donna Zaccaro, Geraldine’s daughter, join the conversation.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

REINER STACH AND SHELLEY FRISCH
Graduate Center, Elebash Theater, City University of New York, 365 Fifth Avenue, at 34th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
In this event (hosted by the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the Graduate Center, CUNY), the German author Reiner Stach discusses his latest book: the third and final volume of his intimate biography of Franz Kafka’s life, “Kafka: The Early Years.” (The earlier volumes, “Kafka: The Decisive Years” and “Kafka: The Years of Insight,” are not necessarily in chronological order.) He will be joined in conversation by Ms. Frisch, his translator whose work on these books have won multiple awards.” (NYT-AroundTown)

Alexander Garvin & Paul Goldberger: The Dynamic City
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $29
“Urban planner Alexander Garvin and architecture critic Paul Goldberger get together to look at the interplay between public space and private citizen, as they examine great urban centers and their ability to both challenge and inspire.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

And for you tango fans, here’s a special bonus:
SHALL WE TANGO NYC
“Unleash your inner dancer for a week and a half of tango events. You can watch concerts featuring an all-female troupe, and other ensembles and professionals, often with live music; participate in seminars open to all levels (and no partner required); and learn about the history and evolution of the tango at an “illustrated history” presentation. Pictured: Gabriel Misse and Carla Espinoza, from Buenos Aires.”
WHEN | WHERE Thursday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 13, at various venues including the Dardo Galletto Studios, 151 W. 46th St. INFO Free-$40 (shows), $20-$500 (classes and seminars); shallwetango.com. (STAV ZIV, 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)
 ‘TONY OURSLER: IMPONDERABLE’ (through April. 16)
“This small exhibition is centered on a 90-minute film in which episodes from the history of spiritualist frauds and hoaxes are re-enacted by people in fanciful costumes while mystic flames, smoke and ectoplasmic phenomena come and go. At certain moments during “Imponderable,” you feel breezes wafting over you and hear loud thumping under the theater’s risers. The crudeness of these effects is part of the generally comical spirit. It’s all about the confusion between illusion and reality to which human beings seem to be congenitally susceptible. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Johnson)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘CARMEN HERRERA: LINES OF SIGHT’ (through Jan.02, 2017)
“At 101, the artist Carmen Herrera is finally getting the show the art world should have given her half a century ago: a solo exhibition at a major museum in New York, where she has lived and worked since 1954. This compact but ravishing exhibition of about 50 works focuses on the pivotal period of 1948-78 — years in which Ms. Herrera developed her signature geometric abstractions, pared-down paintings of just two colors but seemingly infinite spatial complications. Although it’s not the full retrospective Ms. Herrera deserves, the Whitney’s show presents her as an artist of formidable discipline, consistency and clarity of purpose, and a key player in postwar art history. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Rosenberg)
‘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)

“DREAMLANDS: IMMERSIVE CINEMA AND ART’, 1905-2016′ (thru Feb.05, 2017)
“The Whitney’s new exhibit offers visitors a chance to explore more than a century of experimentation in cinema, mostly by American artists. See works that question and play with elements such as color, touch, music, spectacle, light and darkness, animation and dimension. There will be a film series in addition to the 18,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to the show.” (Newsday)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 11/07 and 11/05.
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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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