Selected NYC Events (11/11) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

“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 / Nov.”

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

Katie Rose Clarke
Feinstein’s/54 Below, mm / 9:30PM, $35-$45
katieroseclarke “One of musical theater’s brightest rising stars, Katie Rose Clarke has been seen on Broadway as Wicked’s bubbly Galinda, Allegiance’s lovable Hannah and The Light in the Piazza’s disturbed Clara. (Her excellent performance in the latter was recorded for PBS.) Now she shares some of the songs that shaped her musical sensibility in a benefit concert for Art House Astoria.” (TONY)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY

Seu Jorge
Natalia Osipova & Artists
Chick Corea 75th Birthday Celebration
Harold Mabern Trio
ONE STEP BEYOND
bonus: SHALL WE TANGO NYC

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Seu Jorge (also Saturday)
Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $
(better try for tickets to Saturday show – tonight looks sold out)
This favela legend opened ears far and wide to the sounds of Brazilian pop, reviving samba in the process. Jorge has shared a musical kinship with David Bowie for more than a decade, since his moving Portuguese covers of Bowie hits graced Wes Anderson’s 2004 movie, “The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou,” in which he played a singing sailor. Those recordings had significant cultural impact, adding newfound depth to Bowie’s catalogue and sparking interest in acoustic Brazilian music in the U.S. As part of its “Masters of Brazilian Music” series, the World Music Institute taps Jorge for a tribute to Bowie.” (NewYorker)

Natalia Osipova & Artists
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 8PM, $
“Like Wendy Whelan, the Russian ballerina Natalia Osipova is a restless creature, probing the limits of classical ballet. This triple bill of commissioned works is her second independent project to come to New York. Her partner is Sergei Polunin, ballet’s current enfant terrible, who, a few years back, walked away from a career at the Royal Ballet to pursue his dream of becoming a movie star. This program includes works by Arthur Pita, Russell Maliphant, and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. The most curious may be Pita’s period piece “Run Mary Run,” in which the two dancers play a young couple experiencing love, drugs, and heartbreak, all to the sixties pop of the Shangri-Las.” (NewYorker)

Chick Corea 75th Birthday Celebration
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, 10:30PM, $85
Four decades on from practically founding electric-jazz, Corea continues to innovate with his distinctive blend of fusionista technical flash and subtle introspection. He celebrates his 75th birthday this year with a two-month stay at Blue Note, winding through a number of different combo and duet configurations, with such key players as electric bass wunderkin Victor Wooten, studio drumming icon Steve Gadd and saxophone nobility Ravi Coltrane. In the grand finale (12/8), Corea teams up with groundbreaking guitarist John McLaughlin for what the two call “Return to Forever meets Mahavishnu Orchestra”—a hybrid of the two’s quintessential chops-forward, dizzyingly notey fusion groups.” (TONY)

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)

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

ONE STEP BEYOND
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th St./ 9PM, $30
“The monthly party returns to the celestial Rose Center for Earth and Space with wine, beer and live D.J. sets. Visitors can also take a break from the dance floor with a trip up the Cosmic Pathway to the Hayden Big Bang Theater — where they can take a virtual tour of the universe with none other than the actor Liam Neeson.” (NYT-AroundTown)

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, most 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
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
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 Vivaldi – 32 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
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM:
‘AGNES MARTIN’ (through Jan. 11, 2017)
Agnes Martin was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1912, lived in New York City in the 1950s and ’60s, and spent the rest of her life in New Mexico, where she died in 2004. More than 100 of her paintings and drawings now float up the ramps of the Guggenheim Museum’s rotunda in the most out-of-this-world-beautiful show in this space in years. Her art is about faint colors and subliminal lines; to see it requires sustained looking and some moving around: Stand back, then move up close. By the time you reach the final painting, high up under the museum’s great skylight, you’ve been through a rich life, and had a spirit-lifting, body-lightening lesson in what abstraction can be and can do. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, guggenheim.org. (Cotter)

MET BREUER:
‘DIANE ARBUS: IN THE BEGINNING’ (through Nov. 27)
“This show of 100 or so early photographs by Arbus (1923-71), many on view for the first time, has a terrific installation, with work hung on columnlike panels that suggest rows of doors receding into darkness. The pictures themselves, dating between 1956 and 1962, have a grainy, moody texture, and they reveal an Arbus who had already landed on some of her favored themes: childhood, negotiable gender, fringe culture and class. If the show as a whole is more powerful than most of its individual images, there are some wonderful things. And as a forecast of mature work to come — familiar examples are included in a separate gallery — it is utterly magnetic. 945 Madison Avenue, at 75th Street, Manhattan, 212-535-0177, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM:
‘HANS MEMLING: PORTRAITURE, PIETY AND A REUNITED ALTARPIECE’ (through January 2017)
“When it comes to jewels, there are Taylor-Burton rocks and discreetly cut heirloom stones. With museum shows, it’s the same. This one, at the Morgan Library, is a minute but invaluable gem. Set in a 20-by-20-by-20-foot gallery known as the Cube, it reunites, for the first time in the United States, dispersed sections of an altarpiece by the 15th-century German-born, Flanders-based Memling and adds some of his exquisite portrait paintings. 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, 212-685-0008, themorgan.org.” (Cotter)

and you should be sure to check out the special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

at the very least you will want to see these two:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

‘JERUSALEM 1000–1400: EVERY PEOPLE UNDER HEAVEN’ (through Jan. 8, 2017)
“Three major faiths — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — have called Jerusalem their own, and its varying histories as a sacred space, a theater of conflict and a cosmopolitan cultural emporium are reflected in this exhibition modeled along classic Met epic lines: 200 fascinating objects from 60 international collections, with a time frame in the past and context in the present (in the form of short videos in each gallery). If much of the art is small, the effect is not. We see a city otherworldly and monumental, but also one of appetites, personalities and ethnic tensions as real today as they ever were. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/09 and 11/07.
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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 Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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