Selected NYC Events (02/13) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet6 NYC Events>MONDAY/FEB.13, 2017

“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: “Notable NYC Events-Feb.”

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

Muldoon’s Picnic
Irish Arts Center, 553 W51st St./ 7:30PM, $40
“Okay, it’s not actually a picnic but a music-and-literature extravaganza.” —Time Out New York
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet and pop music lyricist Paul Muldoon returns for his sixth season of monthly words-and-music jamborees, joined by his house band Rogue Oliphant and a stunning lineup of world-class special guests from the across the spectrum of music and literature. Some of the most special and surprising moments in our season happen at the Picnic so book your tickets early for this “only in New York” experience.”

TONIGHT: Lisa Dwan, Actor
Bill Flanagan, Author and television executive
Damsel, Indie Neo Folk duo
Sō Percussion, New York City-based percussion quartet

Bill Flanagan’s articulate, insightful take on modern culture is alone worth the ticket.

5  OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

Erin Sullivan: With Love, Marilyn
Candida
Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show 
The American President, Part II
The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Futur

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Erin Sullivan: With Love, Marilyn
The Cutting Room, / 7PM, +9:30PM, $35-$50
On the eve of Valentine’s Day, Sullivan performs a solo musical tribute to 1950s romantic-comedy star and breathy blond silver-screen sexpot Marilyn Monroe. Songs including “I Wanna Be Loved By You” and “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” are woven into anecdotes about Monroe’s busy dating life.” (TONY)

Candida
Symphony Space,/ 7PM, $35
We could make it together.
This 1894 George Bernard Shaw love-triangle comedy is about an idealistic poet named Marchbanks who falls in love with Candida, the brilliant wife of the socialist Reverend James Morell. Project Shaw brings together a terrific cast for a rare reading of a key prefeminist (or postfeminist?) work.” (NYMag, J.G.)

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

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show (also Tuesday)
Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden; various times; $15–$100
As fun as they are, puppy cams and viral videos can’t compare with real-life specimens as a cuteness delivery system. Coo over more than 3,000 dogs representing hundreds of breeds and varieties at the 141th annual caninefest, where dogs are judged across seven divisions (hound, toy, nonsporting, herding, sporting, working and terrier). If you can’t score a ticket, you can still get your fix via online streaming during the day and TV coverage of the evening competitions.” (TONY)

The American President, Part II
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $44
“Continuing their riveting discussion from January 2016, celebrated presidential historians William E. Leuchtenburg and Douglas Brinkley return to reflect on the end of a tumultuous but dynamic 2016 campaign season, exploring how presidents, candidates, and elections have evolved from the time of Theodore Roosevelt to the present day.”

Author @ the Library:
The Genome Factor: What the Social Genomics Revolution Reveals about Ourselves, Our History, and the Future
with Dalton Conley, Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology at Princeton University.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture describes the astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect.”

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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 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 Vivaldi32 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
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)
“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, moma.org.” (Smith)

‘FRANCIS PICABIA: OUR HEADS ARE ROUND SO OUR THOUGHTS CAN CHANGE DIRECTION’ (through March 19).
“The restless career of one of the great provocateurs of early modernism finally gets its due from the Museum of Modern Art, healthfully perturbing that institution’s emphasis on linear progress and creative genius with radically shifting styles and tones. His lush, large-scale Cubist paintings; machine-based images; Dada anti-art and magazines; several returns to figuration; and final abstract styles are all present and give no quarter.” (Smith)

 ‘TONY OURSLER: IMPONDERABLE’ (through April 16)
“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.” (Johnson)

And a special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

FAST FORWARD: PAINTING FROM THE 1980S (thru May 14)

“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s presents a focused look at painting from this decade with works drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection.

In the 1980s, painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world against a backdrop of expansive change. An unprecedented number of galleries appeared on the scene, particularly in downtown New York. Groundbreaking exhibitions—that blurred distinctions between high and low art—were presented at alternative and artist-run spaces. New mediums, including video and installation art, were on the rise. Yet despite the growing popularity of photography and video, many artists actively embraced painting, freely exploring its bold physicality and unique capacity for expression and innovation.

The exhibition includes work by artists often identified with this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel—as well as by several lesser-known painters. These artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, and offered new interpretations of abstraction. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war. In the face of a media-saturated environment, artists in the 1980s recommitted to painting. Far from dead, painting came to represent an important intersection between new ways of seeing and a seemingly traditional way of making art.”

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 02/11 and 02/09.
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