Selected NYC Events (02/25) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events>SATURDAY/FEB.25, 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:

55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S./ 6PM, no cover
Duchess is on the last night of it’s 4 night run celebrating their new CD, “Laughing at Life”, There will be special guests, there will be kazoos, there will be swinging #girlongirlharmony. Don’t miss it! I need to say it again. Don’t miss it!

Opening night’s crowd burst 55 Bar at the seams, and their special guest was Anat Cohen, one of America’s great clarinet players. Fantastic!

“Three fine singers—Melissa Stylianou, Amy Cervini, and Hilary Gardner—join together in swinging harmony to whip up music that traffics in delight. Referencing vocal icons from Peggy Lee to the Boswell Sisters, this fresh-voiced triumvirate plays it straight from the heart, leaving any trace of camp or postmodern irony at the door. They have played way more upscale places, but Duchess seems to shine best in this basement joint.” (NewYorker)

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

Leslie Jones
The Music of Dexter Gordon: A Celebration
Cyrus Chestnut Quartet

Plus Continuing Events:
The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Ginny’s Supper Club / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $15
“The vocalist Michael Mwenso was born in Sierra Leone and developed his affinity for jazz while growing up in London. Onstage he is intense, prowling, ebullient; he referred to himself in an interview with NPR as “a human acoustic D.J.,” and he functions as convener and ringleader as much as singer. The Shakes are his rotating cast of musicians and associates, often including other vocalists and even tap dancers. The ensemble’s repertoire pulls from early jazz and classic funk, as well as more contemporary sounds.”

at Radio City Music Hall / 7:30PM, $62.50+
“In recent years Ms. Hill, the Grammy-winning singer, has earned a reputation for unpredictability by arriving hours late to some gigs while hitting the stage promptly at others. In a 2016 Facebook post, she described her difficulty “aligning my energy with the time, taking something that isn’t easily classified or contained, and trying to make it available for others.” One thing that is certain about a Ms. Lauryn Hill show: She delivers rousing sets, often including soul-stirring classics like “Fu-Gee-La,” “Ready or Not” and the Fugees’ cover of Roberta Flack’s “Killing Me Softly.” She has also sprinkled recent shows with terrific covers of songs by Sade, Bob Marley and Cy Grant. Should she decide to delay her arrival, it will be worth the wait.” (NYT-KEVIN O’DONNELL)

at Smalls / 10:30PM, $20
“Mr. Newsome plays the soprano saxophone, most of the time alone. After starting his career as a straight-ahead tenor saxophonist, he took a left turn — soaking up inspiration from the Arab world, sub-Saharan Africa and Japan, and focusing mostly on the solo soprano saxophone. But this weekend at Smalls, he appears in a quartet with three of the strongest voices in creative music: the pianist Angelica Sanchez, the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Gerald Cleaver.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Leslie Jones (Feb. 23 to 26)
Carolines, 1626 Broadway / 7:30PM, 10PM, $65.50,
“Whether you know and love this comedian from “Saturday Night Live” or follow her religiously on Twitter, don’t miss this opportunity to see the hilarious Leslie Jones in person.” (AMNY)

The Music of Dexter Gordon: A Celebration (thru Feb.26)
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $45
“Gordon enjoyed an unexpected late-career resurgence with his Oscar-nominated appearance in the 1986 film “Round Midnight,” but he first made his mark decades earlier, as the tenor saxophonist who best embodied Charlie Parker’s bebop message. Gordon’s music continued to evolve from there, with influential results, and this tribute will touch on various aspects of his illustrious catalogue, including work from his albums “Homecoming” and “Sophisticated Giant,” from the late nineteen-seventies. Leading the band—which includes the saxophonist Abraham Burton—on the first two nights will be Gordon’s confederate, the great hard-bop drummer Louis Hayes.” (NewYorker)

Cyrus Chestnut Quartet (last night)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Chestnut’s piano has a tactile quality that assures you you’ve picked the right spot for the night. Mixing high spirits and soulful, deeply satisfying improvisation touched by gospel music and by the blues, Chestnut is a trusted stylist who has judiciously balanced mainstream and modernist leanings since he arrived on the scene, in the late nineteen-eighties. Here, he plays with the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Lenny White, the same rhythm team that makes his recent album “Natural Essence” a treat; additional support comes in the form of the noteworthy vibraphonist Steve Nelson.” (NewYorker)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

HARKNESS DANCE FESTIVAL (Feb. 24 through March 25)
at the 92nd Street Y / 8PM, $25+
“This five-week festival celebrates its 23rd season with “Then, Now & Next,” a series highlighting several companies in classic and new works. New York Theater Ballet, a chamber group led by Diana Byer, who formed the group in 1978, is up first with the program “Legends and Visionaries,” scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 4 and 8 p.m. It spotlights two works by Martha Clarke, the pas de trois from “The Garden of Villandry” (1979) and “Nocturne” (1978), a portrait of an aging ballerina. The evening also includes three ballets by Antony Tudor: “Soirée Musicale” (1938), “Les Mains Gauches” (1951) and the pas de deux from “The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet” (1943). In keeping with the sensibilities of Mr. Tudor, a choreographer of supreme restraint, it’s subtle, not showy. And at 3 p.m. on Sunday, the festival dives into the world of George Balanchine with “Dance Talk: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine and the Rise of New York City Ballet.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
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 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)
“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)

“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 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.”

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 02/23 and 02/21.

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