Selected NYC Events (03/05) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events >SUNDAY/MAR.05, 2017

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

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

Dan Levinson
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia St./ 8:30PM, +10PM, $10
“Although we naturally associate the Gypsy jazz of the iconic Django Reinhardt with guitars and violins (as exemplified by the Quintette du Hot Club de France, which Reinhardt co-led with Stéphane Grappelli), the clarinet also found its place in his swirling and evocative music. Levinson, long a key figure on the traditional-jazz scene, takes an affectionate look at the Belgian titan’s durable legacy, supported by Koran Agan and Josh Kaye on guitars and Eduardo Belo on bass.” (NewYorker)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>MVP Jazz Quartet: “Remembering James Williams and Mulgrew Miller”
>>THE MUSIC OF EDITH PIAF
>>CRAIG TABORN
>>On Shakespeare with Ted Leinwand
>>Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past
>>Armory Show

Plus Continuing Events:
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

MVP Jazz Quartet: “Remembering James Williams and Mulgrew Miller”
Dizzy’s Club, Broadway at 60th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Williams and Miller were truly M.V.P. pianists who, although gifted with firm, individualistic instrumental voices, could fit into any given jazz situation. Unfortunately, both died too soon. A quartet of veteran players and peers celebrates their fortifying contributions: the pianist Donald Brown, the saxophonist Bobby Watson, the bassist Ray Drummond, and the drummer Marvin (Smitty) Smith.” (NewYorker)

THE MUSIC OF EDITH PIAF, FEAT. YAEL & GABRIEL
HIGHLINE BALLROOM, / 8:30PM, $22-$30
“Ransack the Louvre, scour every patisserie, interrogate every mime — you will not find anything more French than the music of Edith Piaf, whose quavering voice instantly summons images of a bygone, bohemian world of heartache and longing. So what better way to celebrate Sunday Brunch to honor France’s greatest star? Now Yael & Gabriel perform selections from Piaf’s incomparable repertoire, which includes “La Vie En Rose”, “Non, Je Ne Regrette” , “Hymne a L’amour” “Milord”,”La Foule”,”I’Accordeoniste” and ” Padam …Padam” and many more wonderful songs at the Highline Ballroom Yael Dray-Barel is a French/Israeli singer/songwriter influenced by rock and gypsy jazz, and her songs often incorporate the five languages she can speak. Gabriel Hermida is an Argentinian guitarist, infusing his compositions with the essence of classical tango, flamenco and contemporary jazz. Together, their styles create a uniquely exciting musical mix.”

CRAIG TABORN (LAST DAY)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM $30.
“Mr. Taborn, a masterly pianist, is celebrating this month’s release of “Daylight Ghosts,” his third album on ECM and his first with a quartet. It has a standard format — Chris Speed on saxophone and clarinet, Chris Lightcap on bass, and Dave King on drums — but a different kind of sound that cools and focuses your ear. Mr. Taborn is a kind of miniaturist, building small and powerful patterns; clearing space for Mr. Speed’s simple, threadlike saxophone; and letting force accumulate without clouding the picture. All the album’s musicians will join him for this string of twice-nightly performances.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

On Shakespeare with Ted Leinwand
92Y, Lexington Ave@ 92nd St./ 11AM, $42
“In “The Great William,” Ted Leinwand examines how seven writers — Coleridge, Keats, Woolf, Olson, Berryman, Ginsberg and Hughes — wrestled with Shakespeare.

“One of the smartest and most engaging studies to have crossed my desk in a very long time,” wrote James Shapiro. “It is also rich in archival discoveries, steeped in biographical insight and deeply knowledgeable about the ways in which great writers have read and responded to Shakespeare.”

Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past (also Mar.12)
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theatre/ 6PM, $14
“What does it take to keep Jazz Age music going strong in the 21st century? Two words: Vince Giordano – a bandleader, musician, historian, collector, and NYC institution. For nearly 40 years, Vince Giordano and The Nighthawks have brought the joyful syncopation of the 1920s and ‘30s to life with their virtuosity, vintage musical instruments, and more than 60,000 period band arrangements.

This joyful documentary offers an intimate portrait of Vince, taking us behind the scenes as he shares his passion for hot jazz with a new generation of music and swing-dance fans.

“If music is God’s gift to man, then Vince Giordano is one of the angels who delivers it. A terrific film about dedication, perseverance and staying true to one’s art. (And that music!)” – Terence Winter Creator, Boardwalk Empire”

Armory Show (LAST DAY)
Pier 94, W55th St., at 12th Ave./
“This week, one of the city’s biggest contemporary-art extravaganzas, the Armory Show, takes over two piers (92 and 94) on the Hudson River. (March 2-5; on March 1, MOMA kicks things off with a big party at the museum.) The fair has jazzed things up this year with multiple installations, most notably a large hanging chicken-shaped sculpture by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.” (NewYorker)

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)

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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 this one:
‘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)

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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 03/03 and 03/01.
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