Selected NYC Events (03/27) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

Project Broadway: The Art of Collaboration
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space/ 8PM, $35+
“Symphony Space presents a week of programs focusing on the creation of musical theater, including a song-and-dance concert (March 27), an evening spun out of a Fiddler on the Roof sequel (March 28), a show devoted to harmony (March 30) and a celebration of Richard Rodgers. (April 2).” (TONY)

TONIGHT: “For several weeks, some of Broadway’s most exciting established and emerging choreographers, composers, dancers, and singers have been at work in every corner of Symphony Space, creating original pieces that celebrate and reimagine the honored tradition of song and dance. The results of their work will come to life for one-night-only in a thrilling program, Kicking & Screaming.”

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
>>Aida
>>Artistic Revolutions and the Great War: How 1917 Changed the World
>>Feeding Gotham: The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790–1860
>>Dark Sky

Plus, with spring in the air, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>>MACY’S Flower Show
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Women’s Jazz Festival:
Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / 7PM, $30
“This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz.

“Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!” is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend.

March 27: J’adore Ella
“The French duo, Les Nubians, sisters Hélène and Célia Faussart from Bordeaux, France are known for melding African rhythms with jazz and R&B. This final evening of the festival will provide a glimpse of Fitzgerald’s  influence as an internationally acclaimed jazz artist. In 1990, Fitzgerald received the French medal of Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters (Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres) for her significant contributions to jazz.  Infusing traditional Fitzgerald with cultural notes from across the African diaspora, the Grammy-nominated singers offer a sophisticated ode to why the world loves Ella Fitzgerald. Guest curated by the Afro-Latino Festival NYC.”

Aida (different days thru Apr.20 / next performance Mar.31)
The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $20+
“The Met’s monumental staging is a dazzling backdrop for the star-crossed love story set amid the clash of ancient empires. Three commanding sopranos—Liudmyla Monastyrska, Latonia Moore, and Krassimira Stoyanova—appear in the title role, the slave girl Aida,who is secretly a princess. Ekaterina Gubanova and Violeta Urmana are the formidable Amneris, daughter of the Egyptian pharaoh, and Marco Berti is the hero Radamès, caught between them. Marco Armiliato and Daniele Rustioni conduct.”

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

Artistic Revolutions and the Great War: How 1917 Changed the World
Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave. / 7PM, FREE
“Yale historian Jay Winter, jazz expert Philippe Gumplowicz, Surrealism and French literature specialist Mary Ann Caws, Adrian Sudhalter, Art Historian, curator and a specialist in European art between the World Wars along with France-born artist Melik Ohanian, will examine the artistic and literary revolution of 1917 and aesthetic trends that emerged during that period.” Reception to follow.

Feeding Gotham:
The Political Economy and Geography of Food in New York, 1790–1860
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Gergely Baics, assistant professor of history and urban studies at Barnard College, Columbia University.

“This illustrated lecture explores how America’s first metropolis grappled with the challenge of provisioning its inhabitants.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Dark Sky
1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge / 7PM, FREE with R.S.V.P.
“Once a month, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge dims the lights to conserve energy and honor the celestial cycles of our planet. Since astrology and mysticism pair perfectly with candlelight, the hotel welcomes you to a witchy evening celebrating the New Moon in Aries and the Spring Equinox. The lobby event, led by Reiki therapist Maha Rose, includes astrology readings by Leslie Galbraith and tarot card reading by Debbie Attias. R.S.V.P. to brooklyn@1hotels.com.” (TONY)

And with spring in the air, don’t forget these continuing events:

MACY’S FLOWER SHOW (thru Apr.09)
“It may not have felt like spring is here this March, but Macy’s is using more than 5,000 types of flowers and plants to brighten up the main floor of its flagship store this month & hopefully, mark a turn of the weather. The theme for this year’s flower show is “Carnival” with  a two tier roller coaster, bumper cars, Ferris wheel and more. “(STAV ZIV-Newsday)
WHEN |  Sunday, March 26, to April 9 
WHERE I at Macy’s Herald Square Flagship, 151 West 34th St. 
INFO Free; 212­494­4495, macys.com/flowershow ­­

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 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are 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 8/9 Ave) — 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
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:

 ‘TONY OURSLER: IMPONDERABLE’ (through April 16)
“This small exhibition is centered on a 90-minute film in which episodes from the history of spiritualist frauds and hoaxes are re-enacted by people in fanciful costumes while mystic flames, smoke and ectoplasmic phenomena come and go. At certain moments during “Imponderable,” you feel breezes wafting over you and hear loud thumping under the theater’s risers. The crudeness of these effects is part of the generally comical spirit. It’s all about the confusion between illusion and reality to which human beings seem to be congenitally susceptible.” (Johnson)

And a special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

FAST FORWARD: PAINTING FROM THE 1980S (thru May 14)
“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s presents a focused look at painting from this decade with works drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection.

In the 1980s, painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world against a backdrop of expansive change. An unprecedented number of galleries appeared on the scene, particularly in downtown New York. Groundbreaking exhibitions—that blurred distinctions between high and low art—were presented at alternative and artist-run spaces. New mediums, including video and installation art, were on the rise. Yet despite the growing popularity of photography and video, many artists actively embraced painting, freely exploring its bold physicality and unique capacity for expression and innovation.

The exhibition includes work by artists often identified with this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel—as well as by several lesser-known painters. These artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, and offered new interpretations of abstraction. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war. In the face of a media-saturated environment, artists in the 1980s recommitted to painting. Far from dead, painting came to represent an important intersection between new ways of seeing and a seemingly traditional way of making art.”

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 03/25 and 03/23.
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