Selected NYC Events (04/02) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > SUNDAY/APR.02, 2017

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

Project Broadway: The Art of Collaboration
Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space/ 3PM, $25
“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)

Today: Ted Chapin, President and Chief Creative Officer of Rodgers and Hammerstein, hosts a discussion of the career of Richard Rodgers, exploring the development of his work as he moved through his early partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II to his later collaborations with Martin Charnin, Sheldon Harnick, and Stephen Sondheim. The afternoon features performances by Broadway’s Lewis Cleale (Book of Mormon, Spamalot), Adam Kantor (Fiddler on the Roof, Next to Normal) and Betsy Wolfe (Falsettos, The Last Five Years) bringing to life the songs of this Tony, Emmy, Oscar, and Pulitzer Prize-winning artist.

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>PETER BERNSTEIN
>>Stanley Clarke / Ron Carter Duo w/ special guest Russell Malone
>>MoCCA Arts Festival
>>Affordable Art Fair
>>The Photography Show

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

PETER BERNSTEIN (March 28 through April 02)
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)

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)

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

MoCCA Arts Festival (Apr.01-02)
Metropolitan West, 639 W46th St./ 11AM-6PM, $5
“For two days, thousands of illustration enthusiasts will enjoy a buffet of independent comics and cartoons at Manhattan’s largest festival of its kind. This year, the festival honors the work of Christian Hincker, known to fans as Blutch, a pillar of the contemporary comics community; his graphic novel, “Peplum,” from 2016, follows a group of bandits in ancient Rome and draws influences from Shakespeare and the Satyricon. Hundreds of additional guests will showcase their work, including R. Sikoryak, whose “Terms and Conditions” grafts Apple legalese onto iconic cartoon panels; Israel’s Rutu Modan and David Polonsky; the French Web-comic author Penelope Bagieu; and Wojciech Stefaniec, from Poland.” (NewYorker)
Exhibitor Hall at Metropolitan West, Programming at Ink48

Affordable Art Fair (thru Apr.02)
Metropolitan Pavilion,125 W18th St./ 11AM-8PM, $20
“The price-conscious art fair returns for its 23rd edition in NYC. For an $18 ticket, you can shop original paintings, drawings, photographs and sculptures from over 70 local, national and international galleries. With price tages ranging from $100 to $10,000, you can fix up your apartment without breaking the bank.” (TONY)

The Photography Show (Mar.30-Apr.02)
Pier 94, on the Hudson, 12th Ave @ 55th St./ 12PM-8PM, $30
“An expanded Photography Show—presented, as always, by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers—has a new location this year: Pier 94, on the Hudson. The fair, will host more than a hundred dealers, with works ranging from mid-nineteenth-century photogravures to video, mixed media, and beyond. In addition to the bustling booths, there will be public programs, including a screening room showing documentaries, a roving photographer shooting portraits of attendees, and an outdoor video projection that explores the knotty issue of animal captivity.” (NewYorker)

Film Festival season in full bloom this week

Kino! 2017 which highlights German movies, began Friday.

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

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

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 03/31 and 03/29.
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