Selected NYC Events (02/01) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events>WEDNESDAY/FEB.01, 2017

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

Monty Alexander
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, $35
“Versatility defines the artistry of the pianist Alexander, and his sixty-year résumé confirms his uncanny ability to assert his voice in diverse settings. This mini retrospective offers just a sliver of his multifarious experiences, but each is choice: a glance at the 1969 album “That’s The Way It Is,” which featured a young Alexander alongside the co-leaders Milt Jackson and Ray Brown; a revisit to a stirring 1977 live date with Jackson and Dizzy Gillespie; and a loving reworking of the reggae sounds that originated during the pianist’s youth at Studio One, the legendary recording studio in Alexander’s native Jamaica.” (NewYorker)

The Count Basie Orchestra ft Dee Dee Bridgewater
Gotham, Religion, and the Fright of Modernity:
A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park:

NYC Restaurant Week reservations now open
Broadway Week and Attractions Week now open
Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at the Village Vanguard / 8:30, +10:30PM, $30
“For the trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, revelation emerges from a place of contemplative darkness. He makes music with a furrowed brow, and the occasional splash of abandon. At the Vanguard this week, Mr. Akinmusire, 34, will appear with a quartet, allowing himself a rare level of unfettered prominence. The band mates are all longstanding associates: Sam Harris on piano, Harish Raghavan on bass and Justin Brown on drums. Go, but be sure to clink those glasses quietly: The band will be using this weeklong run to record a live album.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Brooklyn Academy of Music / 7:30PM, $25
“The Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin unveils “Last Work” (2015), a dance for 18 that spotlights the choreographer’s movement language, Gaga, a silken, sensual approach that allows energy to flow nonstop through the body. For the duration of the piece, a dancer runs on a treadmill that is part of the set. Romanian lullabies are included in the score, as well as a composition by the German electronic music producer Grischa Lichtenberger. The engagement also coincides with the New York release of a documentary by Tomer Heymann that focuses on Mr. Naharin called “Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance.” Both are highly recommended.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

The Count Basie Orchestra ft Dee Dee Bridgewater (thru Feb.05)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM,10:30PM; bar $30, tables $45
“In the history of Jazz music, there is only one bandleader that has the distinction of having his orchestra still performing sold out concerts all over the world, with members personally chosen by him, for over 30 years after his passing. Pianist and bandleader William James Count Basie was and still is an American institution that personifies the grandeur and excellence of Jazz. The Count Basie Orchestra, today directed by Scotty Barnhart, has won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, won 18 Grammy Awards, performed for Kings, Queens, and other world Royalty, appeared in several movies, television shows, at every major jazz festival and major concert hall in the world.”

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

Gotham, Religion, and the Fright of Modernity: 1880–1960 | A Lecture and Q&A with Acclaimed Historian Jon Butler
Trinity Church, 74 Trinity Pl./ 6:30PM, FREE
“St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan abides as New York’s oldest building in continuous public use, and as a symbol of faith, endurance, and social good. As part of a year-long celebration of the Chapel’s 250th anniversary, Trinity Church Wall Street is hosting a series of lectures exploring the chapel’s place in the city’s history. On Wednesday, February 1st, Jon Butler, Howard R. Lamar Professor Emeritus of American Studies, History, and Religious Studies at Yale University, will present “Gotham, Religion, and the Fright of Modernity: 1880–1960.” The event will discuss how organized religion, including St. Paul’s Chapel, met the challenges of religion as New York became the world’s largest city by the 1920s.” (

Author @ the Library:
A History of Brooklyn Bridge Park: How a Community Reclaimed and Transformed New York City’s Waterfront, with Nancy Webster, executive director of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, and journalist David Shirley.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture recounts the grassroots, multivoiced, and contentious effort, beginning in the 1980s, to transform Brooklyn’s defunct piers into a beautiful urban oasis.”


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 14 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.

Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival
“There will be an ice castle and so much more at Bryant Park’s Winter Carnival
Rooftop igloos are pretty cool, but an ice castle is way cooler (pun intended). And guess what? You can scope out the frozen fortress at Bryant Park Winter Village’s upcoming Winter Carnival on January 27. Better yet, the formally weekend-only festival has been extended!

That’s right. This year’s nine-day, frosty celebration is jam-packed with entertainment including free curling lessons, a silent disco, a cozy sweater pup meet-up, an outdoor winter brew house and more. And, like last year, there’s an “Ice Ball” where folks can don their fanciest attire and waltz (or, er, try to) on the park’s ice-skating rink. For more of the very ~chill~ activities you can do while you’re there. see the Bryant Park Winter Village Guide.(TONY)

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 2017.  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 01/30 and 01/28.

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