Selected NYC Events (02/21) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>TUESDAY/FEB.21, 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:

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through Feb. 26)
at NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“The company enters the homestretch of its winter season with a selection of works by Jerome Robbins, one of its founding choreographers. That program (Tuesday and Thursday) includes the bracing “Glass Pieces,” driven by the repetitive structures of its Philip Glass score; “Moves,” a ballet in silence; and “The Concert (or, The Perils of Everybody),” a comedy set at a piano recital. Wednesday brings a trio of Broadway-inspired ballets danced to the music of Richard Rodgers, including Balanchine’s “Slaughter on Tenth Avenue.” (NYT-SIOBHAN BURKE)

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

Picnic Cantata / Dinner at Eight
The First 100 Days: Economic Policy
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
We Can’t Rewind, We’ve Gone Too Far

Plus Continuing Events:
The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Picnic Cantata / Dinner at Eight
NY Festival of Song
at Merkin Concert Hall / 8PM, $40-$55
“A buffet of songs with food as a theme includes the premiere of Gabriel Kahane’s “Six Packets of Oatmeal,” a preview of William Bolcom’s “Dinner at Eight” (which has its full premiere at the Minnesota Opera in March), and a rare performance of Paul Bowles’s 1954 “Picnic Cantata.” Steven Blier and Michael Barrett are at the piano, guiding a quintet of singers.” (NYT-DAVID ALLEN)
* To purchase $20 Real Deal tickets: call the Merkin Box Office at 212.501.3330. Phone orders only.

RAVI COLTRANE (Feb. 21-26)
Jazz Standard, / 7:30PM, + 9:30PM, $
(Feb. 25, additional performance at 11:30 p.m.).
“Mr. Coltrane has a warbling sound that’s as thick as ink on the tenor and soprano saxophones. He’s a passionate, whole-body player, but his impulse is to obscure: His stippled, scattering tunes don’t give you a lot of melodies or rhythms to latch on to. Instead they immerse you in his disposition: poised, meditative, bold. Mr. Coltrane appears here with Adam Rogers on guitar, Dezron Douglas on bass and E. J. Strickland on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

The First 100 Days: Economic Policy
Moderated by Kathleen Hays with Paul Krugman
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave./ 6:30pm, FREE, reservation required
“The stock market surged soon after since President Trump’s election, but much remains uncertain about his economic plan. Will his proposed combination of tax cuts, spending cuts, and infrastructure investment produce long-term growth or a new recession? Kathleen Hays, host of Taking Stock on Bloomberg Radio, moderates a panel of experts from across the political spectrum to break down the unknowns and the realities of “Trumponomics.”

Author @ the Library:
Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea, and the Deep Origins of Consciousness
with Peter Godfrey-Smith, Professor of Philosophy at CUNY Graduate Center.
Mid-Manhattan Library / 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture combines science and philosophy with first-hand accounts of the remarkable intelligence of the octopus and explores how primitive organisms bobbing in the ocean began sending signals to each other and how these early forms of communication gave rise to the advanced nervous systems that permit cephalopods to change colors and human beings to speak.The authorshares from his underwater adventures and sheds new light on the octopus brain, the human brain, and the evolution of consciousness.”

Elsewhere, but this looks fascinating and worth the detour:

We Can’t Rewind, We’ve Gone Too Far
Kevin Smokler, Virginia Heffernan and Clive Thompson on Technology, Nostalgia and Culture
WORD, 126 Franklin St./ 7PM, FREE
“Join us for a panel on technology, nostalgia and culture with three leading writers in the field!”

And don’t forget this continuing event:

The Orchid Show
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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.,, 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 Vivaldi – 32 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):


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
“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, (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 this one:
“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,” (Cotter)

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).
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/19 and 02/17.

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