Selected NYC Events (04/04) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > TUESDAY/APR.04, 2017

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

“1984” Screening
Film Society of Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza / 7PM, FREE
“George Orwell’s novel begins with the sentence “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” His portrait of a government that manufactures its own facts, demands total obedience, and demonizes foreign enemies has never felt timelier. On the fourth of the month, the day Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith begins rebelling against the oppressive State by keeping a forbidden diary, the Film Society will present Michael Radford’s powerful adaptation, starring the late John Hurt as Winston. We hope you will join us at this crossroads of cinema and community for a much needed conversation at a time when facts and basic human rights are endangered.

On April 4, 2017, over 140 art house movie theaters across the country will be collectively participating in a screening of 1984. The Film Society is proud to join our friends in the film community to consider the issues raised by this important movie.”

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Compagnie CNDC-Angers
>>Matt Mitchell and Tim Berne
>>Stanley Clarke Band
>>The Pyschology and Imagery of Climate Change
>>Roy Blount Jr. on “Save Room for Pie”

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Compagnie CNDC-Angers (Apr.04-09)
A Living Library of Cunningham Works
at the Joyce Theater, 175 8th Ave./ 7:30PM, $26-$46
“When the Merce Cunningham Dance Company closed in 2012, its most senior member, Robert Swinston, moved to France to direct this ensemble. A longtime assistant to Cunningham, Mr. Swinston transformed the group into a living archive of his dances. For its return to the Joyce, Tuesday through April 9, the troupe offers “Place” (1966), set to a Gordon Mumma score; “How to Pass, Kick, Fall and Run” (1965), danced to stories by John Cage; and “Inlets 2” (1983), in which the sequence of movements is determined by chance each night.” (SIOBHAN BURKE-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this one looks worth the detour:
Matt Mitchell and Tim Berne
A Working Relationship of Many Layers
at Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, / 8PM, $25
“Quietly and studiously, Mr. Mitchell has established himself as one of New York’s most riveting and freethinking pianists. His command can feel almost absolute; his harmonies tend to be weighty and cluttered. But the effect on your ear is rolling and catalytic, sometimes even ecstatic. He works often with Tim Berne, the esteemed alto saxophonist. On “Forage,” a new solo piano album, he reconfigures a handful of Mr. Berne’s devilishly abstract compositions. At this concert, at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Mr. Mitchell will play some of those tunes. Then Mr. Berne will join him for a duo set.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO – NYT)

Stanley Clarke Band
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)

The Pyschology and Imagery of Climate Change
International Center of Photography, 250 Bowery / 6:30PM, FREE, but please register in advance
“How can we utilize visual culture to communicate the urgency of climate change? Join ICP Curator Cynthia Young in conversation with artist and activist Rachel Schragis and scientist and policymaker Irina Feygina about the issues and challenges of conveying this complex scientific topic to the general public. Schragis’ mixed-media collage Confronting the Climate: A Flowchart of the People’s Climate March is featured in ICP’s current exhibition, Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change. Feygina works for Climate Central, a non-partisan organization dedicated to researching and reporting the science and impacts of climate change.” (

Roy Blount Jr. on “Save Room for Pie”
Book Culture, 536 W.112th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Our best-laid plans will yield to fate.
And we will say, We lived. We ate.

In poems and songs, limericks and fake (or sometimes true) news stories, Blount talks about food in surprising and innovative ways, with all the wit and verve that prompted Garrison Keillor, in The Paris Review, to say: Blount is the best. He can be literate, uncouth, and soulful all in one sentence.”

Plus, the day we wait for each year:  Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s.
Find your nearest location here.

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 04/02 and 03/31.

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