Selected NYC Events (01/20) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Jan.”

The Apocalypse is upon us.
Today that crude and rude man, woefully ignorant of world affairs, host of a mediocre reality show; a bully and buffoon who never cared about anyone but himself, and who, BTW, lost the popular vote by 3 million votes, will somehow be inaugurated president.
God help us!

If the thought of watching the inaugural makes you sick to your stomach, Time Out New York has put together some good alternative activities. Please go to the Tab above:  “Anti-Inaugural Activities”

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

at Rose Theater, Jazz@Lincoln Center / 8PM, $
“Mr. Marsalis and his ever-inventive quartet released an album last year with the singer Kurt Elling titled “Upward Spiral.” The elegant, playful album shows the high-profile pair operating in their wheelhouse, exploring standards by the Gershwins and Sonny Rollins; it was unsurprisingly nominated for a Grammy for best jazz vocal album. The group will appear here during a global tour.” (NYT-Chow)

Ola Fresca, a Trombone-Driven Power Salsa Octet
2017 Focus! Festival Opening Night: Music of Latin America
The Return of the Great American Protest Song
Noche Flamenca: Antigona
Alejandro Escovedo

NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
Broadway Week and Attractions Week now open


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Ola Fresca, a Trombone-Driven Power Salsa Octet
Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium / 7:30PM, FREE
but better get there early, no later than 7 PM for a seat.
“With Cuban soul and a swinging, fearless tropical sound, this trombone-driven power salsa octet presides over our signature Latin dance party. At the helm is Cuban-American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer Jose Conde, who conjures “a state of harmonic coexistence across conventions” (Time Out New York) spiking Cuban son with New Orleans funk, Nigerian Afrobeat, James Brown rhythms, Haitian compas, New York City boogaloo, and jam-band flights.”

2017 Focus! Festival Opening Night: Music of Latin America
Juilliard School, Peter Jay Sharp Theater, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza/ 7:30PM, FREE, tickets required –
Alejandro García Caturla (Cuba): Primera Suite Cubana (1931)
Alejandro Iglesias Rossi (Argentina): Amoxtli Yoalli Ehecatl (Book of the Prophetic Theophanies in the Order of the Earth) for ensemble and prerecorded indigenous sounds (2016, world premiere, composed for N.J.E.)
Alejandro Castaños (Mexico): Détours (2015, first performance outside Mexico)
Alberto Villalpando (Bolivia): Mística No. 5 (1976, U.S. premiere)
Roberto Sierra (Puerto Rico/U.S.): Concierto Virtual (2016, world premiere, composed for N.J.E.)

The Return of the Great American Protest Song
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St./ 7PM, $24
“Can’t make it down to Washington to protest Trump on Inauguration Day? Mark the occasion instead at this show devoted to disestablishmentarian music, ranging from Broadway musicals to Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs and U2. Performers include Chuck Cooper, Brian Charles Rooney, Maxine Linehan, Douglas Ladnier, Ashton Corey and Michael Romeo Ruocco.” (TONY)

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE (also thru Jan.22)
at the Village Vanguard, / 8 and 10PM, $30.
“Mr. McBride, the bassist, bandleader and composer, holds fast to a mood of generous bonhomie with his trio, which recently released a live album recorded in this room. That group, now with Christian Sands on piano and Jerome Jennings on drums, performs the first week of his engagement, Jan. 10 through 15. From Jan. 17 through 22, Mr. McBride will lead a groove-minded quartet, informally called New Jawn McBride, featuring the trumpeter Josh Evans, the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the drummer Nasheet Waits.” (NYT-Chinen)

Noche Flamenca: Antigona (through Jan. 28)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 W86th St./ 8PM, $25-$60
“Traditional Spanish dance and ancient Greek theater are an unlikely but well-suited pair in Noche Flamenca’s sharp production “Antigona,” based on Sophocles’s famous tragedy. The dance lights a fire under the play while discovering in itself a knack for narrative drama. In the title role, the powerhouse Soledad Barrio is both fierce and fragile. The century-old church where the performance takes place is filled with striking sets, darkly amorous music played by a live band and a ferocious Greek chorus of dancers.” (NYT-Schaefer)

My Take: Noche Flamenca is Spain’s most successful touring company and its greatest exponent of the art of flamenco. Soledad Barrio is a goddess of dance and brings so much passion to her role as Antigona. Two wonderful Spanish guitarists and two vocalists do not get the credit they deserve. Every piece of this performance is outstanding. Go See It!

Alejandro Escovedo (also Jan.21)
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ 8PM, $35-$50 (tough ticket , may need to wait list this one)
“Late-blooming roots-rock auteur Alejandro Escovedo, who spent the ’70s and ’80s playing punk and hard-edged country-rock with Rank and File, the Nuns and True Believers, is making some of the darkest, most personally charged music of his career. Here, the Austin songsmith plays behind his newest LP, last year’s Burn Something Beautiful.” (TONY)


NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
From Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, have your pick from 375 participating restaurants, with a three-course prix fixe lunch or dinner; lunches are $29, and dinners are $42, not including beverages, gratuities and taxes, a great deal for some of the city’s most popular spots…

This year there are 32 new restaurants participating, joining the array of restaurants that span 41 neighborhoods and four boroughs.
To see the full list, go to

Broadway Week and Attractions Week now open
Day 3 of Broadway Week and Attractions Week, through Feb. 5, where you can receive deals like two-for-one tickets at performances and cultural events around the city.

Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz 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
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St.,, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St.,
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 60 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 12, 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)
 ‘TONY OURSLER: IMPONDERABLE’ (through April 16, 2017)
“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,” (Johnson)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
“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)

“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)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 01/18 and 01/16.

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