Selected NYC Events (05/02) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > TUESDAY/MAY 02, 2017

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

RON CARTER’S 80TH-BIRTHDAY WEEK (May 2-7)
at the Blue Note, 131 W3rd St. / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30, $45
“Mr. Carter, a bassist, is one of the most recorded sidemen in jazz history. He’s also the author of some remarkable — if rather overlooked — solo albums, in formats ranging from duets to little big bands. The stately Mr. Carter will celebrate the week of his 80th birthday with concerts alongside an array of collaborators. On Tuesday, he’s in duo with the guitarist Bill Frisell; over the next four days, he will convene various quintets including the likes of Benny Golson, Kenny Barron and Renee Rosnes; and on May 7 he closes the run with his Golden Striker Trio, featuring Russell Malone on guitar and Donald Vega on piano.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>DAVID MURRAY AND CLASS STRUGGLE
>>NEW YORK CITY BALLET
>>Jazz 101: New Orleans and The Great Migration
>>The Female Flâneur: Reclaiming the City
>> The Power of Dao: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony

HOT TICKET – TODAY
Queens Taste 2017
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park/ 6PM to 9PM
Not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, but my mouth waters just thinking about this.

More than 60 vendors will serve samples of their delicious dishes, divine drinks, and dazzling desserts. This is Queens, America’s most ethnically diverse county, so expect Cypriot, French, Georgian, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Kosher, Malaysian, Moldovan, Paraguayan, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, and Thai cuisine! And if you need a beverage Chris Murillo, who owns the local distillery Queens Courage, will mix gin-based drinks. In addition, four wine purveyors will pour and at least seven beer products will be on tap. Tea totalers will be able to quench their thirst with – what else? — bubble tea provided by Chatime.

Tickets ($125 each or two for $200) are available at http://www.thequeenstaste.com. Proceeds support the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s ongoing efforts to attract, create, and maintain jobs in the borough. As QEDC is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, proceeds are tax deductible as permitted by law.

For more information, call Rob MacKay at 718.263.0546 or send him an email via rmackay@queensny.org.
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

DAVID MURRAY AND CLASS STRUGGLE (May 2-7)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $30
“After living in Europe for many years, Mr. Murray, a tenor saxophonist, is diving back into the New York jazz scene that once called him royalty. Mr. Murray’s waggish improvising and brawny tone have rarely sounded better than on last year’s “Perfection,” on which he performs with the pianist Geri Allen and the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. For this weeklong run Mr. Murray presents a relatively new ensemble, Class Struggle, featuring Mingus Murray, Mr. Murray’s son, on guitar; D. D. Jackson on piano; and the brothers Rashaan and Russell Carter on bass and drums.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through May 28).
at the NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“As part of its four-week Here/Now festival, the company spotlights three of today’s most inventive ballet choreographers, who have done some of their finest work at City Ballet. Each gets a program of his own: Christopher Wheeldon on Friday and Saturday evening; Alexei Ratmansky on Saturday afternoon and Tuesday; and Justin Peck on Sunday and Wednesday. And the spring gala on Thursday will include one of the season’s most anticipated offerings, a premiere by Mr. Ratmansky to music by Leonid Desyatnikov.” (GIA KOURLAS – NYT)

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

Jazz 101: New Orleans and The Great Migration
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall/Time Warner Center, 5th Floor / 6:30PM, $35
“Mark jazz’s centennial year with a talk on its birthplace, and the factors of culture and diversity in New Orleans that led to the music’s rise. You’ll also hear some of the earliest jazz recordings and learn about the development of jazz structure and soloing. Jazz at Lincoln Center.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

PEN World Voices Festival | The Female Flâneur: Reclaiming the City
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 7PM, FREE reservation required
“The 19th-century symbol of modern city life was always a man. How do women on their own negotiate the city streets? From New York to Paris, Tokyo to Lagos, and Nairobi to San Francisco, three acclaimed writers discuss the perils and pleasures of navigating the city. With Lauren Elkin, Vivian Gornick, and Sarah Ladipo Manyika. Moderated by Joanna Scutts.”

The Power of Dao: A Timeless Guide to Happiness and Harmony
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St./ 6PM, $10
“Dao—often translated as “the Way”—is China’s original and invaluable contribution to philosophy. Ineffable yet inexhaustible, Dao is metaphysically profound, empirically sound, and aesthetically renowned. From quantum physics to modern medicine, from fractal geometry to martial arts, from family relations to warring states, Dao’s insights are pervasive and effective. Daoism’s practices rank with those of Buddhism and Stoicism in cultivating peoples’ “best selves.” Dao conduces to individual serenity, social harmony, and political unity. This talk will be based on Lou Marinoff’s book “The Power of Dao,” using its case studies to illustrate some foundational ideas and their applications.

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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 8/9ave) — 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)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

2017 WHITNEY BIENNIAL (through June 11).
This is arguably the best Biennial in years, and perhaps the best ever in its combination of demographics, aesthetics and political urgency. Nearly half of the featured artists are female, and half nonwhite. Their works reach from figure painting to virtual reality. Income inequality, racism, misogyny, immigration and violence are confronted in ways that set a high standard for social engagement sustained by formal ambition. (Smith-NYT)
212-570-3600, whitney.org

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.”

Museum of Modern Art:

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)

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PLUS, These wonderful museum exhibitions continue through this period:

‘GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: LIVING MODERN’ at the Brooklyn Museum (through July 23). Given that most artists are to some extent dandies, it would be wrong to view this fascinating show through an exclusively feminist lens. But it does demonstrate the powerful, carefully cultivated aesthetic and inborn independence that connects the art, wardrobe, living spaces and public persona of America’s first celebrity artist. In and around her art, she redefined gender and style. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
718-638-5000, brooklynmuseum.org

(3/3-7/3) Georgia O’Keeffe: “Living Modern” provides a new look at an iconic American artist at the very institution that hosted her first solo museum exhibition in 1927—the Brooklyn Museum. Presenting O’Keeffe’s remarkable wardrobe in dialogue with iconic paintings and photographs, this singular exhibition focuses in on the modernist persona O’Keeffe crafted for herself. With photographs by luminaries like Alfred Stieglitz, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz, the show reflects O’Keeffe’s radical rethinking of female identity, and the artist’s commitment to elements of modernism—minimalism, seriality, simplification—not only in her art, but also in her distinctive style of dress. (NYCity Guide)

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(3/20-1/7/18) Mummies at the American Museum of Natural History. For thousands of years, peoples around the world practiced mummification as a way of preserving and honoring their dead. Mummies brings you face to face with some of these ancient individuals and reveals how scientists are using modern technology to glean stunning details about them and their cultures. In Mummies, ancient remains from the Nile Valley of Africa and the Andes Mountains of South America will be on view, allowing visitors to connect with cultures from the distant past. Mummification, a more widespread practice than most think, was used not only for royal Egyptians but also for common people and even animals. Interactive touch tables let visitors virtually “unravel” or see inside mummies as they delve deep into the unique stories of the people or animals who lie within. Other parts of the exhibition showcase the latest isotopic and DNA testing being performed on mummies, and explain how these sophisticated analytical techniques are helping scientists discover important clues about long-vanished practices. Mummies was developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

(now-9/6/17) The newest show at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, provides a rare chance to explore in-depth some of the key artists of this essential New York institution. Framed by the interests of six leading patrons, Visionaries brings together canvases from masters like Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, and sculptures by Joseph Cornell and Alberto Giacometti. In addition, Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947) is being shown in the U.S. for the first time in nearly 50 years. More than a dozen works on paper by Picasso and Van Gogh, rarely on view to the public, can be seen in the Thannhauser Gallery, and paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Manet are displayed on the museum’s legendary ramps.

 

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