Selected NYC Events (03/17) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAR.17, 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 on this St Patrick’s Day? Do this:

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E11th St. / 8PM, $25
“A little fiddle playin’ is coming our way courtesy of the world renowned and award-winning fiddle playing duo, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, as they take over Webster Hall for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Playing hit songs off their fiddle album One, the real-life couple from Canada will bring their mix of country and Celtic folk music to the Village music institution for one night only so you might want to forgo the Irish pub for something with a little more flavor.” (TONY)

“The performance will feature many selections from “One,” Natalie and Donnell’s recording debut as a duo. It was a chance meeting with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple) — who recruited Justin Cortelyou (Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Alan Jackson) to co–produce — that led to the recording sessions in Cape Breton. The result is quite possibly the best fiddle album ever recorded. The album includes the first ever recorded versions of the original material that Natalie and Donnell have begun writing together, and these fit seamlessly alongside their refreshing reinterpretations of traditional and contemporary tunes they have discovered in their musical exploration.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond
>>The Whole Bead Show
>>This Just In: Latest Discoveries and a Tour of the Solar System

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:

>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>Asia Week New York
>>The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond (also Saturday)
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $17.50
“As diverse as the jazz scene is today, it doesn’t have anything on the nineteen-sixties, when such influential icons as Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Dave Brubeck—each with a distinct aesthetic agenda—were making prime music. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will salute these titans, and, in addition, present the saxophonist Walter Blanding’s opus “The Happiness of Being.” (NYR)

HEADS OF STATE (Mar.17-19)
at Smoke Jazz Club/ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $45
“The saxophonist Gary Bartz, the pianist Larry Willis and the drummer Al Foster all hit the spotlight in the 1970s, when jazz was forming a range of high-intensity partnerships with other genres. Mr. Bartz and Mr. Foster played in some of Miles Davis’s most remarkable electric ensembles; Mr. Willis toured and recorded with Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as with Hugh Masekela. In the years since, all three of them have tended toward more traditional, acoustic jazz, where they are also deeply at home. Together with the bassist Buster Williams, they released a fine album in 2015, “Heads of State.” The group appears here under that name, but with David Williams on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini is today’s jazz crooner to beat. Her bold and lavish voice greets you right up front, and it keeps alive the spirit of jazz heroines like Carmen McRae and Anita O’Day. Her repertoire consists mostly of great American songbook standards and bossa nova tunes. She appears here with a remarkable band of stalwarts: George Cables on piano, John Lee on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2017 (through March 18)
at Joe’s Pub / 9:30PM, $25
“The Flamenco Festival continues through the weekend at Joe’s Pub, and on March 17, the flamenco team of Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández offers a soulful “Raudal.” (NYT)

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

The Whole Bead Show (thru Sunday)
Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave./ 10AM, $10 at the door (Good for 3 days)
“Gemstones, pearls, crystals, silver, gold, vintage glass, charms, as well as chain, clasps and much much more. You will find every type of bead at this year’s Whole Bead Show, a cash and carry bead trade show open to the public. Have an itch to design your own jewelry? Beads of every kind, from all over the world will be on hand for purchase. So if you have a yearning to load up on beads for that special project or craft, this is your event.” (TONY)

This Just In: Latest Discoveries and a Tour of the Solar System
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM, $20
Come join Michael Hamburg of the education department at Museum of Natural History (and colleague of Neil de Grasse Tyson), for an informative trip through our solar system.

We will be visiting the major and minor bodies that revolve around our star – the Sun. Learn about how the Sun, planets, moons, and other members of our celestial family were born and evolved. We will look at the latest discoveries as gathered by some of the most advanced and sophisticated technologies humans have created so far.

In addition, we will cast our eyes forward to examine what lies in the future for humanity’s place in the Solar System. There will be ample time for questions and answers. (

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit

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.” (

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– 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,, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319

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

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 03/15 and 03/13.

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