NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/03) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Elite 8 NYC Events > SATURDAY/JUNE 03, 2017

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

Mavis Staples, Toshi Reagon
Central Park SummerStage / 6PM, FREE
“Living in New York has its perks; one of the best is the opportunity to see legendary musical performers amid the beauty of Central Park on a nice summer day, for free. As part of the Central Park SummerStage festival this year, concertgoers will have the chance to experience the famous soul singer Mavis Staples. Staples, who rose to prominence in the Fifties with her family’s band, the Staple Singers, is known best for her renditions of civil rights songs like Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth,” and for her activist work with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her half-century-long career is still going strong, driven by her powerhouse voice, political integrity, and musical passion.” (SOPHIE WEINER, VillageVoice)


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

>>American Ballet Theatre
>>Scooper Bowl: All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival
>>World Science Festival 
>>Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
>>PLUS Mad. Sq. Eats


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Zankel Hall / 8PM, $25
“Since the dissolution of Sam Rivers’s Rivbea Orchestra, we’ve been low on big bands ready to mix the high-dial energy of experimental improvising with a syncretic approach to America’s vast popular-music tradition. So it’s good to find this politically engaged ensemble doing its thing. Since 2015 it has released two thrilling albums, full of big-shouldered groove, fine-grained harmonies and frothy improvising — as well as occasional operatic vocals. Here the group will play a program that it’s calling “Speaking Truth to Power,” with a jazz rendition of Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat” (featuring the actor John Palladino, of “Orange Is the New Black”), and a performance of Fred Ho’s baritone saxophone concerto, “When the Real Dragons Fly.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

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)

at Greenwich House Music School / 7:15PM, $
“The pianist Connie Crothers embodied the teachings of her mentor, Lennie Tristano, then took them with her as she entered a new and freer zone. An inventive improviser, she let a singer’s attention to melody be her guide; as a result, she played experimental jazz piano with a remarkably gut-opening, humane effect. And she made a deep impression on students — dozens of them, many of whom became devoted apostles of her teaching style and her legacy. Several of those musicians will perform in this free concert, including the pianist Carol Liebowitz, presenting her wonderful duet with the clarinetist Bill Payne, and the pianists Kazzrie Jaxen and Virg Dzurinko, also playing in duo.” (GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO-NYT)

American Ballet Theatre (thru July 08)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 2PM, +8PM, $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)

Scooper Bowl: All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival
Bryant Park, 42nd St.and 6th Ave.; 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 other fine events today, but all the high quality ice cream you can eat, for a good cause, in a gem of a park is tough to beat. This is the most fun charitable contribution you will ever make. Ever.

World Science Festival 
Tonight: (1 of many): Truth or Consequences: Science in a Polarized World
NYU Skirball Center,566 LaGuardia Pl./ 8PM, $20
“Has there ever been a more urgent time for treating science as science and not a malleable element of politics?

Our age is marked by the proliferation of information, and yet we can’t agree. Science is supposed to be neutral, and yet it has generated some of the deepest societal divides. Why? Our response to scientific information depends on psychology, emotion, peer pressure, politics, and cultural influences. How can we navigate these differences and implement smart policy in a contentious society? Join a vibrant and important discussion examining the interface between the scientific process and the sometimes unscientific public, as we hurtle headlong into an uncertain future.” (

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
Washington Square Park; 12PM – 6PM, FREE
“This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.” (TONY)


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 (LAST DAY)
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:

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)

Museum of the City of New York
“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, ­­ (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:

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 06/01 and 05/30.

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