Selected NYC Events (03/23) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > THURSDAY/MAR.23, 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:

Juilliard Dances Repertory (Mar.22-25)
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 155 W65th St./ 7:30PM, $30
“The conservatory, which supplies dancers to contemporary troupes around the world, offers an evening of works by well-established choreographers. The least known is “Sheer Bravado,” from 2006, by the British modern-dance-maker Richard Alston, whose work combines a keen musicality with the exuberance of Paul Taylor. (It’s set to Shostakovich’s lively First Piano Concerto, played by Juilliard musicians.) “Por Vos Muero” (1996) combines Nacho Duato’s earthy, grounded style with Spanish court music from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Mark Morris’s “V,” a luminous and occasionally devastating work, is set to Schumann’s E-Flat Major Piano Quintet (also performed live).” (NewYorker)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Yo La Tengo & Ensemble
>>Ella! A Centennial Celebration
>>The Golden Age of the Piano – Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel
>>Let’s Walk: Simon Critchley and Angelos Chaniotis

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Yo La Tengo & Ensemble
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM ,$45, $55
“In this special one-of-a-kind evening, Yo La Tengo performs with an ensemble of improvising musicians who engage with YLT songs and join together to make music and sounds never heard before.”

Ella! A Centennial Celebration
at the Apollo Theater / 6:30PM, FREE, RSVP required
“When Ella Fitzgerald made her debut on Apollo Amateur Night in 1934, she was a shy teenager. By 1939 she was leading the Chick Webb Orchestra in the wake of Webb’s death. Today, Fitzgerald remains one of the most respected singers of the 20th century. In a discussion led by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Live Wire’s celebration of Fitzgerald’s centennial will explore “The First Lady of Song” through her music, her musicianship, and as a woman revered in an art form predominated by men. Moderated by Farah Jasmine Griffin, Author and Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Jazz Studies, and African-American Studies at Columbia University.”

at the Peoples Improv Theater,+ other locations/ various times, mostly FREE today
“This yearly festival will feature more than 50 shows over five days. It includes house teams, independent groups and visiting performers, and it offers an eclectic mix of styles and shows. Wednesday night’s performances are all free and feature regular Peoples Improv Theater shows. Thursday night will be a mix of New York and out-of-town teams, including musical improv from Baby Wants Candy and North Coast. ” (NYT)

at Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Few musicians in jazz have generated as much mystified interest as Lennie Tristano, the pianist, composer and instructor who in the 1940s and ’50s helped create the sound known as cool jazz, but rarely emerged from behind the scenes. Here, five of today’s strongest improvisers celebrate Tristano’s legacy: the pianist Helen Sung, the alto saxophonists Greg Osby and Jaleel Shaw, the bassist Ben Allison and the drummer Matt Wilson.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

The Golden Age of the Piano – Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel
Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, 58 Park Ave./ 8PM, $25
“Internationally acclaimed pianist Jeffrey Siegel celebrates his tenth season of his ever popular Keyboard Conversations® series at Scandinavia House. Each evening comprises an informal commentary on the music and its composers, a full performance of each work, and a short Q & A session. The accessible format enriches audience understanding of classical music for the newcomer and seasoned listener alike.”

Thursday, March 23, 2017, 8 pm
Greatest hits of yesteryear – features works by Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Tschaikowsky and Liszt.

Let’s Walk: Simon Critchley and Angelos Chaniotis
Onassis Cultural Center, 645 Fifth Ave./ 6PM, FREE
“During the run of the current exhibition (March through June) a series of peripatetic conversations take place in the gallery for A World of Emotions: Ancient Greece, 700 BC – 200 AD.

Join us to discuss intersections of art, literature, and philosophy in light of the art on view. An eclectic group of guests—from poets and writers to actors and art critics to classicists and scientists—will wander through the exhibition and engage in insightful conversations inspired by the artifacts.

Angelos Chaniotis, curator of the exhibition, is Professor of Ancient History and Classics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.” (

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

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 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are 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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