Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > THURSDAY/JUNE 01, 2017
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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:
Scooper Bowl: All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival
Bryant Park; 12PM-9PM, $20
“Enjoy the Scooper Bowl, an all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, all for charity in Bryant Park from June 1-3. Supporting the Jimmy Fund, ice cream outposts like Baskin-Robbins, Ben & Jerry’s, Big Gay Ice Cream, Wafels & Dinges, Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory and many more will be slinging cups each day.” (TONY)
Sure, there are many fine events today, but all the high quality ice cream you can eat, for a good cause, on a nice sunny day is tough to beat.
6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND 40TH ANNIVERSARY (June 1-4)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $30-$45
“The New Orleans brass band tradition by now is a broad and flexible cultural export, but it wasn’t always. The Dirty Dozen Brass Band was the first such group to incorporate funk, hip-hop and other types of jazz into a relatively traditional formation. Over a storied career the band has recorded 12 studio albums and paved the way for a horde of similar acts, from the Rebirth Brass Band to the Soul Rebels. This four-night run is a celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)
This Is How Music Works
The Town Hall / 8PM, $25–$60
“Rock star–turned–safe streets advocate David Byrne adapts his challenging 2012 book How Music Works into an evening-length salon, using dance, theater, comedy, and, of course, music to illustrate his far-ranging ideas. Re-released the day of the show with a new chapter, the meandering nonfiction screed is hard to pin down and includes not just recollections of the Talking Heads’ career but also dissections of birdsong, psychoacoustic theory, and how the U.S. treats music from other countries (not well, he concludes). The additional section extends another of Byrne’s explorations, the machinery of the music industry, examining the rise of discovery services like Spotify and how they affect the business, the artists, and the songs themselves. Helping him to explain this ambitious project are choreographer Paul Lazar, magician Noah Levine, actors from UCB, and many more guests to be revealed when they walk onstage.” (Zoë Beery, VillageVoice)
VISION FESTIVAL 22 (May 28 through June 3).
at Judson Memorial Church
“The Vision Festival, New York’s annual gathering of the improvising avant-garde, is a locus for some of the country’s most unbounded musicians. The alto saxophonist Darius Jones; Artifacts Trio (Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed); the tenor saxophonist David Murray; and Trio 3 (Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille) are all on the bill. And it’s a multimedia affair, with a reading by the esteemed poet Fred Moten; dance performances; and film screenings on the Black Panther Party and the musician Cooper-Moore, who is this year’s honoree. The festival will take place mostly at Judson Memorial Church in Greenwich Village, but some of the events, including midnight performances, are at Anthology Film Archive and Nublu.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)
American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $22+
Tonight: The Golden Cockerel (Jun.1-3)
“In a flood of blazing color, the stage erupts in a style at once storybook naïve and neoprimitivist-modernist. Alexei Ratmansky’s narration is suspenseful, amusing, energetic,” praised The New York Times at its ABT premiere last season. This fairy tale features tour-de-force theatrical roles, including the doddering Tsar Dodon, the deceptively seductive Queen, and the darkly magical cockerel—all set against a kaleidoscope of vibrant color that evokes a mythical Russia.”
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
World Science Festival
Tonight: “Geneticists, paleoanthropologists, and biologists come together for a World Science Festival evening moderated by Dateline NBC correspondent John Hockenberry. Given the vast shift in priorities for human natural selection, and technology at the ready to set our own genetic paths, the night will ask “Are We the Masters of Our Fate?” NYU Skirball Center.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
BookExpo (also Friday)
“BookExpo returns to Javits Center! Guests for talks will include Stephen King, Alan Alda, James Patterson, Marc Maron, Neil Patrick Harris, NASA’s Dr. Scott Kelly, Zac Posen, and more.” (nycityguide)
and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight for the very Upper WestSide of Manhattan:
2017 Uptown Arts Stroll
“The 2017 Uptown Arts Stroll is kicking off with a bang. Since 2003, this annual showcase has offered a variety of arts and cultural events in Washington Heights, Inwood and West Harlem; in addition to performances, it’s presenting art exhibitions, literary events and open studios.” (untappedcities)
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.
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:
(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
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.
♦ 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):
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)
Museum of Arts and Design (thru Aug 20)
2 Columbus Circle
Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture
“In all its sumptuous, ragtag, iconoclastic, and utopian forms, hippie clothing reflected the seismic cultural shifts of Vietnam War-era America, eschewing the mass-produced in favor of the personalized and the handmade. This captivating exhibition, installed in moodily lit galleries against purple-and-gold wallpaper, goes beyond the expected caftans and macramé to detail the nuances and extremes of countercultural aesthetics. A section devoted to stage costumes includes a medieval-inspired muumuu, its pastel-ombré velvet adorned with a starburst appliqué; Mama Cass Elliot, of the Mamas & the Papas, wore it in 1967. Nearby, looping film footage includes performance documentation of the Cockettes, an anarchic theatre group whose psychedelic, thrift-store drag sensibility helped shape a nascent queer aesthetic. From the Army-surplus garments appropriated and painstakingly embroidered by flower children to the dashikis and African fabrics embraced by the black-pride movement to the ascetic styles of communes and cults, the exhibition emphasizes how vernacular fashion signalled antiestablishment values and group identity. That said, high fashion isn’t neglected. One highlight is the visionary designer Kaisik Wong’s glittering, futuristic “wearable art,” which resembles armor and cocoons from another planet—or the next Aquarian age.” (NewYorker)
Museum of Modern Art:
‘ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG: AMONG FRIENDS’ (thru Sept.17)
“This retrospective of one of America’s great artists includes more than 250 paintings, sculptures, drawings, sound and video recordings, prints and photographs created over the course of a sixdecade career. Rauschenberg sometimes worked with artists, dancers, musicians and writers (including John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Yvonne Rainer and Jasper Johns), and the exhibition will be supplemented by dance and performance.” ( STAV ZIV-Newsday)
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)
The Museum of the City of New York:
NY at Its Core (ongoing)
“Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know today. mcny.org” (NYCity Guide)
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.”(NYCity Guide)
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)
(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.
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/30 and 05/28.