Selected NYC Events (05/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAY 08, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-May”

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

Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl./ 6PM, $10
“Join us at the Center for Architecture on May 8 to hear Justin Davidson discuss his latest book, Magnetic City: A Walking Companion to New York.

Through seven illustrated walking tours of New York, Magnetic City provides a historical, architectural, and cultural exploration of the city around us. Each section is presented with its own essay, map, and illustrations, so the book can be enjoyed both on foot and at home.

Justin Davidson has been New York magazine’s classical music and architecture critic since 2007. He began his journalism career as a local stringer for the Associated Press in Rome (where he grew up) before moving to the United States to study music at Harvard. He went on to earn a doctorate degree in music composition at Columbia University, where he also taught. In 2002, as a staff writer at Newsday, he won the Pulitzer Prize in criticism.”

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>>Broadway Sings Lady Gaga
>>Lyrics & Lyricists: Songbook Classics by Unsung Lyricists
>>54 Celebrates the Muppets
>>We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie
>>Sketch & Sip: A City Seen

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Broadway Sings Lady Gaga
Highline Ballroom, / 8PM, $30-$65
“More than a dozen Broadway vocalists do their Pyscho and Vertigo shtick to new arangements of Gaga classics, backed by piano man Joshua Stephen Kartes and a 14-piece jazz orchestra. Singers include Nick Adams, Lilli Cooper, Matt DeAngelis, Claybourne Elder, Nathan Lee Graham, Eric Michael Krop, Liz Larsen, Corey Mach, Lesli Margherita, Jeremy Pope, A.J. Shively, Shayna Steele and more.” (TONY)

Lyrics & Lyricists: Songbook Classics by Unsung Lyricists
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington ave./ 2PM, +7:30PM, $58+
“The matchless Sheldon Harnick, who wrote the lyrics ro Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me, hosts the latest edition of the 92nd Street Y’s estimable L&L series. This one focuses on relatively obscure wordsmiths behind famous Great American Songbook favorites. Vocalists include Judy Kuhn, Elizabeth Stanley, Aaron C. Finley and Sal Viviano, with artistic director Rob Fisher at the piano.” (TONY)

54 Celebrates the Muppets
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $45+
“Major musical-theater talents offer a deeply felt appreciation of the Muppets oeuvre in a night of story and song. The cast of this encore edition, hosted by human muppet Richard Kind, includes James Monroe Iglehart, Taran Killam, Lesli Margherita, Keala Settle, Anika Larsen, Okieriete Onaodowan, Julia Mattison, Joel Perez, Emily Skeggs, Lilli Cooper and Avenue Q alums Rick Lyon and Stephanie D’Abruzzo.” (TONY)

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

We’ll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend, and Afterlife of Hollywood’s Most Beloved Movie
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Noah Isenberg, professor of culture and media at The New School.
“This illustrated talk tells the incredible story of how Casablanca was made and why it remains the most beloved of Hollywood films.”

Sketch & Sip: A City Seen
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St./ 6PM, $30
“From portraits to fire hydrants, street scenes to skylines, Todd Webb used his camera to capture the many contrasts of New York City in the years following World War II. Enjoy a tour of his photographs in A City Seen: Todd Webb’s Postwar New York, 1945-1960 and then choose one to sketch under the guidance of fine artist and educator Simon Levenson.

Sketch & Sip is open to adults ages 21 years old & up, of all artistic abilities. Fee includes two drinks (wine, beer, soda, and juice will be served) and drawing materials for use during class time. Advance registration is required. Space limited to 25 participants per class.”
NB: this is a heads up for tomorrow’s event.

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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)

American Museum of Natural History:

Mummies (thru 1/7/18)
“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.” (NY CityGuide)

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PLUS, These wonderful museum exhibitions elsewhere, 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)

(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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