Selected NYC Events (03/11) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAR.11, 2017

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

Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $30+
“Bright young stars Pretty Yende and Stephen Costello are opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Director Bartlett Sher’s “brilliant and inspired new production … is a revelation” (Huffington Post), and has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the sumptuous score.”

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

>>Celtic Appalachian Celebration
>> Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone Duets
>>Linda Eder
>>ROY HAYNES 92nd-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
>>Flamenco Festival 2017
>>New York Antiquarian Book Fair
>>Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour

Plus Continuing Events:
>>Asia Week New York
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Irish Arts Center Presents
Celtic Appalachian Celebration
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space/ 8PM,$60
Featuring Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and The Green Fields of America
Billy McComiskey (button accordion), Liz Hanley (fiddle and vocals), Jerry O’Sullivan (uilleann pipes and whistle), Brendan Dolan (piano), Niall O’Leary (dancer)

“Celtic Appalachia tops St. Patrick’s Day celebrations-Mick Moloney and Irish Arts Center triumph.” – Irish Central

“Our annual rousing tribute to the thriving Irish and Appalachian traditions and shared musical lineage returns St. Patrick’s week. With constantly evolving material and an unmatched energy, Mick Moloney the Green Fields of America, including 2016 NEA National Heritage Fellow Billy McComiskey, and a star-studded ensemble of musicians, singers, and dancers will leave audiences feeling uplifted.”

Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone Duets (thru Mar.11)
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
If there is one word to describe the Gary Burton & Makoto Ozone Duets, it’s virtuosity. They improvise on any kind of music from traditional jazz, to tango and classical themes, always pushing each other to new and greater heights.

Vibraphonist and 2016 NEA Jazz Master Gary Burton is a living legend in jazz. The recipient of seven Grammy® awards, he is known as an innovator for his pioneering four-mallet vibraphone technique as well as his groundbreaking ensembles, which introduced dozens of young stars.

Prolific composer, arranger, and pianist Makoto Ozone is the premier star of the jazz scene in Japan. In the past decade he has also become a frequent guest soloist with orchestras in Japan and Europe, as well as a regular guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic and San Francisco Symphonies.

*Gary Burton has announced his retirement from touring after completing tours of USA and Japan with friend and 30-year collaborator, Makoto Ozone.

Linda Eder
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St. / 7PM, $105
“Linda Eder—the Star Search songstress turned Broadway and concert star—has never been known for the subtlety of her approach, which can be boiled down to two steps: (1) Stand, and (2) Sing. But gee whiz, the lady can really belt a number.” (TONY)

ROY HAYNES 92nd-BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION (thru Mar.12)
at the Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Mr. Haynes is one of the few surviving members of bebop’s founding generation. His drumming retains the ardent, propulsive swing that defined recordings by Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughan, Bud Powell and countless others. Mr. Haynes turns 92 this month, and he will celebrate with four nights of shows at the Blue Note, welcoming an array of special guests, who have yet to be announced, throughout the engagement.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Flamenco Festival 2017 (Mar.09-12)
City Center, 131 W. 55th St./ 8PM, $35+
“This year’s festival, smaller and simpler than recent iterations, leans on the tried-and-true with three gala-style evenings. The lineup is promising: the seasoned showmanship of Juana Amaya, the pulse-raising pyrotechnics of Jesús Carmona, the contemporary-feeling smolder of Olga Pericet, and the blossoming charisma of the up-and-comer Patricia Guerrero. On Sunday, Pericet presents one performance of her own show, “Pisadas” (“Footsteps”), a mix of tradition and innovation with a feminist slant.” (NewYorker)

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

Chelsea “Best Exhibits” Gallery Tour
New York Gallery Tours, 1PM, +3:45PM, $25
“Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea—the world’s center for contemporary art—and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion.

The tour will take place no matter what the weather – rain, snow or shine (the art is all indoors). Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave. Nearest subways: C- or E-Train to 23rd St. Admission is $25. SPECIAL OFFER: visit our website to request a DISCOUNT ticket link for $8-off admission!”

New York Antiquarian Book Fair (Mar.09-12)
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave. / 12PM, $25.
“If you’ve got a thing for musty old books, this is your fair, with literary works from approximately 200 vendors displayed inside one of NYC’s grandest halls. Look out for tomes dating back to the 14th century, including illuminated books of hours and other hidden gems.” (TONY)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

Asia Week New York (Mar.09-18)
“It’s New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia, a 10-day festival where visitors admire or acquire ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks displayed in lustrous galleries, auction houses and museums. Now in its eighth year, Asia Week New York, has blossomed into a kind of high-culture pub crawl where international and local exhibitors showcase fine art from all corners of Asia, and museums and others stage special events. This year more than 50 vendors are participating — the most ever.” (NYT). Go here for the full list.

“For just over a week, Asian art and culture take over New York City. Among the museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions participating are the Noguchi Museum, China Institute, Museum of Modern Art and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the continent, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other events.” (nycgo.com)

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– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 underground (UG), classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

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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