Selected NYC Events (02/03) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events>FRIDAY/FEB.03, 2017

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

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

David Berkman (thru Feb.05)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, btw105th/106th Sts./ 7,9,10:30PM, $38
For both this engagement and his current album, “Old Friends and New Friends,” the long-respected pianist, composer, and author David Berkman doesn’t stint on the woodwind power: joining him are three of today’s most engaging saxophone stylists, Adam Kolker, Dayna Stephens, and Billy Drewes, who, between them, will be playing seven different wind instruments. The sets will sample work from the album and newly minted originals.” (NewYorker)

5  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY

MARY WILSON
AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUARTET
Monty Alexander
THE 45TH ANNUAL DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL
Christine Ha + David Linden | How Does a Blind Cook Cook?

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

MARY WILSON
You’ll hear a symphony when the former member of The Supremes breaks into some of the hits from her Motown days, including “Stop in the Name of Love,” “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” and “Baby Love.” Though she’s best known for her music, Wilson in recent years has focused on humanitarian efforts and served as a Goodwill Ambassador.
WHEN | WHERE Friday, Feb. 3, at 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W. 42nd St.
INFO $49.50-$89.50; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com (DANIEL BUBBEO, Newsday)

AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE QUARTET (thru Feb.05)
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)

Monty Alexander (thru Feb.04)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $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)

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

THE 45TH ANNUAL DANCE ON CAMERA FESTIVAL (Feb.03-07)
“Dance On Camera Festival Remains The Longest-Running Dance Film Festival In The World, Providing A Platform For Choreographic Storytelling And Creative Expression, And Intimate Access To Innovative Media Artists And Their Cinematic Works. Each February In New York City, The Festival Presents Feature-Length Documentary And Narrative Films, Inventive Short Films, Filmmaker Panels And Special Events, Cutting Edge Media And Art Installations, As Well As Engaging Community And Student Programs.”

Christine Ha + David Linden | How Does a Blind Cook Cook?
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 7PM, $25
“How to cook by touch: Christine Ha, the season three winner of MasterChef and the show’s first blind contestant, joins neuroscientist David Linden to discuss perception beyond the visual. Linden breaks down the science of Ha’s extraordinary palate to understand how we perceive touch, taste, and smell.”

PLUS 

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 nycgo.com/restaurantweek.

Broadway Week and Attractions Week now open
Day 16 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)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all 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
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
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 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):

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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)

Morgan Library & Museum
‘I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU? THE LIFE AND POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON’ (through May 28).
“This is the second-largest gathering ever, anywhere, of prime Dickinson relics, and as such it comes with an aura the size of a city block. It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of America that truly can claim greatness. And the show has a mission, to give 21st-century audiences a fresh take on Dickinson. Gone is the white-gowned Puritan nun, and the Belle of Amherst, that infantilized charmer. At the Morgan we get a different Dickinson, a person among people: a member of a household, a village dweller, a citizen.” 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. (NYT-Holland 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)

‘MAX BECKMANN IN NEW YORK’ (through Feb. 20).
“In the last two years of his life, the great German Expressionist Max Beckmann lived in New York. This terrific exhibition gathers paintings that he created during his time here as well as paintings now owned by museums and private collectors in New York, regardless of when they were made. If this sounds like a recipe for mishmash, it’s not: There’s not a single dud among the 39 works in the show. Including portraits, still lifes, cityscapes and several of his most ambitious allegorical visions, it will warm the hearts of Beckmann’s fans and serve as an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with his vigorously humane art. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org” (Ken Johnson)

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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 02/01 and 01/30.
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