Selected NYC Events (01/26) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Elite8 NYC Events>THURSDAY/JAN.26, 2017

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

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

Nellie McKay: A Girl Named Bill
Feinstein’s/54 Below, / 7PM, $55-$65
“Fearless singer-songwriter McKay is always guaranteed to flabber your gast with her witty, unwieldy and beguiling performances. Her themed sets are especially bonkers (in a wonderful way); this one, first performed in 2014, employs original songs and a wide range of covers to explore the life of jazz bandleader Billy Tipton, who was discovered at his death to have been born female.” (TONY)

Paulina Olowska
Butler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9
Forro in the Dark
New York/Los Angeles, Photographs: 1967-2015
Faculty Research Talk: The Brain Is a Time Machine
Lunar New Year
New York Boat Show

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Paulina Olowska (thru Jan.28)
at the Kitchen, 512 W19th St./ 8PM, $20
At Nearly 100, Painting That Can Inspire Fresh Motion
“In her new work “Slavic Goddesses — A Wreath of Ceremonies,” Ms. Olowska, a Polish artist, teams up with Katy Pyle, an American choreographer who smartly interrogates the gender codes of classical ballet. Invoking Slavic and pagan folklore, Ms. Olowska draws from the little-known work of Zofia Stryjenska, whose 1918 series of paintings, “Bozki Slowianskie” (“Slavic Deities”), provides the inspiration for the evening’s fantastical costumes and visual landscape. Ms. Pyle’s choreography, which reimagines folk steps integral to ballet — and considers how they’ve been appropriated over time — will be danced by members of her company, Ballez. “ (NYT-SIOBHAN BURKE)

Butler, Bernstein, and the Hot 9
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./
“The stylistically omnivorous brass man Steven Bernstein has a soft spot for early jazz, so his fertile hookup with the New Orleans pianist and singer Henry Butler, a virtuosic performer who honors tradition while remaining unbound to it, always delivers big fun. The fruits of their collaboration—fortified by the spirited Hot 9 unit—were first heard on “Viper’s Drag,” from 2014, a recording that gave a joyous dusting-off to formative material from Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and others.” (NewYorker)

Forro in the Dark
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE,
but get there early to get a seat.
“Rural party music of Northeastern Brazil meets jazz, psychedelia, and folk in one of the most exciting bands to come out of NYC’s East Village Nublu scene.”

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

New York/Los Angeles, Photographs: 1967-2015
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Lloyd Ziff, photographer, art director and award-winning designer.
“This illustrated lecture features the exciting collection of new images of America’s two most interesting cities taken over some 40 years, captured in black and white and color photography.”

Faculty Research Talk: The Brain Is a Time Machine
Barnard College, 3009 Broadway, James Room, 4th Floor Barnard Hall/ 6:15PM, FREE
A lecture with Peter D. Balsam
“All thought and behavior is organized in time. Everything we do—from picking up a glass of water to the daily rhythms of eating and sleeping—relies on timed signals from the body and brain that convey information about the right time to do it. The mechanisms of our brains allow us to organize the temporal structure of our actions and physiology on scales ranging from milliseconds to days. Like the air we breathe, we are not often aware of time, but it is the infrastructure for all our everyday functions. When these mechanisms become disordered or fail to offer temporal information to guide our behavior, it can contribute to the symptoms of psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorders, and substance abuse. Professor Balsam’s recent work focuses on how anticipation underlies motivated action, research that can be harnessed to suggest new treatment strategies.” (

Lunar New Year
Various locations. Jan. 26-31
imgres “There are several ways to celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year, and most involve lavish displays of fireworks. Red and gold, the traditional shades of good luck, burst over the Hudson River and color the Empire State Building on Jan. 26; in Sara D. Roosevelt Park, on Jan. 28, more than six hundred thousand firecrackers will be set off to ward away evil spirits. The park will also host lion dances (distinct from the more famous dragon dance in its use of just two performers), decorations giveaways, craft venders, and food booths. Organizers suggest that the more dumplings attendees eat, the more money they’ll earn that year, an easy enough proposition. The New York Philharmonic welcomes the Year of the Rooster with a concert and gala at Lincoln Center on Jan. 31.” (NewYorker)

New York Boat Show (thru Jan.29)
Javits Center, 655 W34th St./ 12PM TH+FR; 10AM SA +SU, $16
“If your life, your love and your lady is the sea, then you’ll be more than satisfied by this five-day nautical convention, which features a vast variety of yachts, sailboats and more. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to sharpen your boating skills with interactive workshops, test the waters on land through a boating simulator and more.” (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 8 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 01/24 and 01/22.


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