Selected NYC Events (05/22) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAY 22, 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:

Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1997–2007
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 8PM, $52-$62
“Scott Siegel’s valuable concert series opens another time capsule, this time to more recent musical-theater history. The starry cast includes Emily Skinner, Josh Young, Christina Bianco, Farah Alvin, Brian Charles Rooney, Maxine Linehan and Jeremy Benton.” (TONY)

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

>>Glenn Close and the Cast of Sunset Boulevard In “Vintage Hollywood”
>>Colm Reilly: Bein’ Green—A Collection of Irish Songs
>>Lea Salonga
>>The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik:
>>Seamus Heaney’s “AENEID, BOOK VI”
>>Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Glenn Close and the Cast of Sunset Boulevard In “Vintage Hollywood”
Birdland, 315 W 44th St./ 9:30PM, $75
“The Broadway at Birdland concert series is thrilled to announce that Glenn Close will host and present members from the cast of Sunset Boulevard in“Vintage Hollywood,” a fundraising concert on Monday, May 22 at 9:30pm. Proceeds from the one-night-only event will benefit Bring Change 2 Mind, which works to end the stigma and discrimination surrounding mental illness.

“Vintage Hollywood” will star Ms.Close and her cast in a series of musical combinations celebrating the Golden Age of Hollywood.”

Colm Reilly: Bein’ Green—A Collection of Irish Songs
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St./ 7PM, $20
“Reilly lends his sweet tenor to a collection of gems from the Emerald Isle in this high-spirited and entertaining set, first performed in 2002 and now brought back as the final installment of Stephen Hanks’s New York cabaret’s Greatest Hits series.” (TONY)

Lea Salonga (LAST DAY)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54thSt./ 7PM, $95+
“The radiant star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon and Allegiance (and Disney’s Mulan and Aladdin) returns to the cabaret stage with a show that includes show tunes, standards and pop songs.” (TONY)

“After a sold-out engagement last April, Lea Salonga returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below with a show The New York Times called “one of the year’s most satisfying cabaret shows” and Theatermania touted as “unmissable”! Salonga smartly weaves together a set list of her favorite standards, go-to pop tunes, and Broadway ballads. This trio of piano, guitar, and voice ensures an intimate experience with a true Broadway icon. Salonga joins us for a record-breaking run of 15 performances this spring!”

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

The History of the World in 100 Performances with Adam Gopnik: The Premiere of Hamlet. with special guest Stephen Greenblatt
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Get there early to ensure a seat in what is a fairly small venue.
“Elizabethan England. Early 1600s. The playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare has just completed a new work that will go on to become one of the most famous plays of all time. Find out how it went down at the latest installment of New Yorker writer Adam Gopnik’s popular series that investigates landmark cultural moments. Guest artists include American literary critic and scholar Stephen Greenblatt and actors Dan Beaulieu and Claire Warden, who will perform a scene in Original Pronunciation.”

Seamus Heaney’s “AENEID, BOOK VI” with Stephen Rea and cellist Neil Martin
92nd Street Y, / 7:30PM, $28
“There’s one Virgilian journey that has indeed been a constant presence and that is Aeneas’s venture into the underworld,” Seamus Heaney once told an interviewer.

“The motifs in Book VI have been in my head for years — the golden bough, Charon’s barge, the quest to meet the shade of the father.” Heaney’s translation of Book VI of the Aeneid, which he began when his father died in 1986, was virtually complete when he himself died in 2013. Now the Poetry Center teams with Irish Repertory Theatre to present a staged reading of the newly published translation — “a remarkable and fitting epilogue to one of the great poetic careers of recent times,” wrote Nick Laird. “

Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent
Open Society Foundations–New York, 224 W. 57th St./ 6PM, FREE, RSVP requested
“Everyday Africa: 30 Photographers Re-Picturing a Continent, published by Kehrer Verlag, showcases photos of ordinary life in Africa that find beauty in stories rarely seen—shifting perception from the sensationalized extremes to a more textured, familiar reality. Photographs run alongside sections of Instagram commentary inspired by the images. The comments can be lighthearted one moment and caustic the next, speaking volumes about widely held perceptions of Africa while underscoring the continent’s increased connectivity in a globalized world.”

PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats (thru Jun 03)
General Worth Square; starts 11am; free access
“Twice a year, this outdoor food fest brings buzzworthy bites from the city’s best restaurants to Worth Square in the Flatiron District. Best eats include Roberta’s sensational pizza, MeltKraft grilled cheese sandwiches and cheesesteaks by the Truffleist. The one-stop shop for the tastiest grub in town will be available every day until June 3, so make sure to wear your stretchy pants.” (TONY)

The great food options here along with the lovely Madison Square Park across the street make an unbeatable combo.

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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
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
‘I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU? THE LIFE AND POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON’ (through May 28).
“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, themorgan.org. (NYT-Holland Cotter)

 Museum of the City of New York
‘A CITY SEEN: TODD WEBB’S POSTWAR NEW YORK, 1945­1960’
“Webb, a Detroit native who lost his money in the 1929 crash, served as a Navy photographer during World War II. His first major solo exhibition, “I See a City,” opened at the Museum of the City of New York in September 1946. Now the museum is putting the photographer, who died in 2000, in the spotlight again with more than 100 of his pictures of the city, including this shot of 125th Street in Harlem in 1946.
WHEN | WHERE Through Sept. 4, at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org ­­ (STAV ZIV-Newsday)

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:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“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, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter-NYT)

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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).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/20 and 05/18.
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