Selected NYC Events (02/27) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events>MONDAY/FEB.27, 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:

Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of the 1920s
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $52-$62
“Scott Siegel’s valuable concert series opens another time capsule. This edition returns us to a decade of songs by the likes of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, the Gershwins and Rodgers and Hart. The starry cast includes Carolee Carmello, Mary Testa, Robert Cuccioli, Beth Malone and Jill Paice.” (TONY)

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

>>“In C”
>>LaChanze: Feeling Good
>> Love for Sale: The History of Sex in Musicals
>> Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx From the 1930s to the 1960s

Plus Continuing Events:
>>The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“In C” – Big-band Minimalism.
(Le) Poisson Rouge, m/ 7:30PM, $25
“Terry Riley’s 1964 salvo In C remains one of contemporary classical’s most striking pieces, filled with conflict, joy, and a whole lot of polyrhythm. For their annual birthday concert, Darmstadt ­Essential Repertoire revisits the work with 34 ­musicians, including avant-metal drummer Greg Fox.” (NewYork Magazine)

at Webster Hall125 E11th St./ 8PM, $30
“The psychedelic-rock band Os Mutantes was a pivotal force behind the rise of tropicália music — a genre also pioneered by the revered songwriters Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil that arose partly in response to Brazil’s 1964 coup d’état. Os Mutantes went on hiatus in the late 1970s, but the group’s cool blend of bossa nova, samba and rock ’n’ roll had far-reaching influence on musicians like Beck, Kurt Cobain and David Byrne. After ending a decades-long break in 2006, Sérgio Dias, one of the band’s founding members, is returning to the United States with a revamped lineup for a limited run of shows. In concert, the group delivers a joyous, party-starting tour of its many albums, including the seminal late-1960s releases “Os Mutantes” and “Mutantes.” (NYT-KEVIN O’DONNELL)

LaChanze: Feeling Good
Highline Ballroom, 431 W16th St./ 8PM, $40
“The single-named, multitalented LaChanze is widely beloved in the Broadway world for her performances in musicals including Once on This Island, The Color Purple and the current If/Then. At the Highline Ballroom, she shares her radiance in a cozier setting.” (TONY)

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

Love for Sale: The History of Sex in Musicals
The Greene Space, 44 Charlton St./ 7PM, $20
“In the beginning, the Broadway musical had one thing on its mind: sex.
The chorus girls were leggy, the comedians were blue, and the songwriters were happy hedonists like Cole Porter, whose 1930 musical “The New Yorkers” featured songs so scandalous that they were banned on the radio. For decades after that, sex sold on Broadway, from the eroticized choreography of Bob Fosse to the nudie musicals that reigned supreme in the 1970s. Host Jack Viertel looks at 100 years of life upon the wicked stage.

Join us tonight for conversation and performances as The Greene Space teams up with New York City Center to present another season of Encores! Unscripted — our series exploring how musicals have reflected and shaped American life.”

Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx From the 1930s to the 1960s
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Bob Gumbs, an artist, publisher, and author, and Mark Naison, Professor of History and African American Studies at Fordham University.

“This illustrated lecture tells the personal stories of seventeen African-American men and women who lived in the South Bronx before the social and economic decline of the area that began in the late 1960s.”

And don’t forget these continuing events:

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, 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 02/25 and 02/23.

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