Selected NYC Events (03/29) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/MAR.29, 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:

Ruby Amanfu – Lincoln Center’s American Songbook
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $40
“Nashville’s next indie star” (Billboard) holds court for one night only at the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse. With a remarkable vocal range that seamlessly goes from trembling vibrato to gospel fervor, the singer-songwriter is probably best known for her powerhouse vocals that appeared on Jack White’s single “Love Interruption,” as well as guesting on several tracks on his two solo albums, Blunderbuss and Lazaretto. She has also lent vocals to Beyoncé’s Lemonade, dueted with Alabama Shakes’s Brittany Howard, and collaborated with the likes of Sara Bareilles, Ben Folds, and Hozier. Long known to insiders as a formidable solo artist, Amanfu broke out in 2016 with a “star-making moment” (Rolling Stone) at the Newport Folk Festival and her “magnetic” 2016 debut album (NPR), Standing Still (Thirty Tigers/Rival & Co), an intrepid collection of covers that takes on Brandi Carlile, Woody Guthrie, and Kanye West, among others.

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>The Joffrey Ballet
>>Gay Marshall: Gay’s Paree
>>Stanley Clarke / Ron Carter Duo w/ special guest Russell Malone
>>The Big Picture: : Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Joffrey Ballet (thru Apr.02)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $35+
“In 1995, the esteemed company, then based in New York, decamped for Chicago, and it hasn’t looked back. In the years since, the Joffrey has survived rocky finances and remade its image in a less maverick, more international mold. (This was the company that brought us “Billboards,” an evening-length ballet set to Prince.)

Most of the New York run is devoted to a full-length version of “Romeo and Juliet”—always a favorite with audiences—created in 2008 by the Polish-born choreographer Krzysztof Pastor, a regular at the Dutch National Ballet. The story has been updated, with the help of projections and chic designs, from Renaissance Verona to the twentieth century. (The first act is set in the Fascist period, the second in the Dolce Vita of the fifties, and the third in the nineties, with overtones of corruption and war.) A one-off program on March 30 includes works by Christopher Wheeldon, Yuri Possokhov, and the young choreographer Myles Thatcher.” (NewYorker)

Gay Marshall: Gay’s Paree
Pangea, 178 2nd Ave./ 7:30PM, $25
“An American who has spent much of her life in Paris, the bohemian-styled Marshall applies her big, emotional, stubbornly resilient voice to chansons by Charles Aznavour, Boris Vian, Francis Lemarque, Dave Frishberg, Jacques Brel and her spirit sparrow, Edith Piaf.” (TONY)

Stanley Clarke / Ron Carter Duo w/ special guest Russell Malone
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. This two-week residency at the Blue Note features the veteran bassist in two settings: First he turns up with the iconic Ron Carter for a jazz bass duet of legendary proportions (Tue 28–Apr 2); the week after, the maestro brings his Stanley Clarke Band to the stage to celebrate the release of a new album (Apr 4–9). (TONY)

PETER BERNSTEIN (March 28 through April 2)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Husky and dark and dazzlingly precise, Mr. Bernstein’s guitar sound has the power to soothe and energize at the same time. His most recent album, “Let Loose” from 2016, features a handful of original tunes built on simple, evocative melodies. Expect to hear some of that material during this run at the Vanguard, where Mr. Bernstein will be joined by an all-star cast: Brad Mehldau on piano, Doug Weiss on bass and Al Foster on drums. (For the last two dates, Aaron Goldberg replaces Mr. Mehldau.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Art Talks:
The Big Picture: : Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists
NYPL, Main Bldg, Celeste Auditorium / 6:30PM, FREE, Priority is given to those who have registered in advance.
“On the occasion of the publication of the new book The Big Picture: : Contemporary Art in 10 Works by 10 Artists, author Matthew Israel, and influential museum curators and directors Nicholas Baume, Adrienne Edwards, and Jens Hoffman discuss contemporary art’s relation to art history and examine the place of contemporary art in museums as well as the future projects and programming at each panelist’s institution. The discussion is moderated by Arezoo Moseni.”

92Y, Lexington Ave & 92nd St./ 10AM, $35
Join architectural historian Gail Cornell to explore the world’s great monuments.
“Why were they built? Who designed them? How were they constructed? The answers to these questions provide fascinating insights into the history, cultures and personages of earlier eras. Whether you are planning a trip to one or more of these great monuments or are simply interested in learning more, this lecture series is for you.”
Mar 29: Gaudi’s Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain

Film Festival season in full bloom this week

Focus on French Cinema, a festival at French Institute Alliance Française, Lycée Français de New York and the United Nations, Tuesday through Thursday. (Schedule and tickets vary.)

Single tickets went on sale Tuesday for the Tribeca Film Festival, (April 19-30.)

The Havana Film Festival New York, celebrating Latin American cinema, begins on Thursday.

Kino! 2017 which highlights German movies, begins on Friday.

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, ­­

The Orchid Show (thru Apr.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 03/27 and 03/25.

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