NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > FRIDAY/JUNE 09, 2017

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-June”

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

Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg / “Red Giselle” (Jun 09-11)
City Center, 31 W. 55th St./ 8PM, $60+
“The Russian choreographer Boris Eifman has built a huge following, particularly in Russia, entranced by his acrobatic and emotionally extreme style. In his 1997 portrait of the legendary Russian ballerina Olga Spessitseva, he finds a subject well suited to his operatic approach: a great but fragile artist’s descent into madness. The metaphor of “Giselle”—the tale of a young woman who dies of heartbreak and becomes a troubled spirit—is a central plot device. (Spessitseva was famous for her depiction of Giselle.) The recorded score consists of bits of Tchaikovsky, Schnittke, and Bizet.” (NewYorker)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway
>>Barbès Benefit
>>Northside Festival
>>Pop-Up Magazine: Spring Issue

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Aaron Davis Hall, W135 St & Convent Ave. / 7:30PM, $30
“The vocalist La Lupe had a brief but incendiary career. She remained a proud and affecting torch singer, even as the sound of Latin music shifted around her in the 1960s and ’70s. The City College Center for the Arts has been hosting a series of events over the past two weeks celebrating La Lupe’s life, and it culminates on Friday with this concert, featuring the vocalists Caridad de la Luz, who goes by La Bruja; Nina Rodriguez; and Calma Carmona, as well as the percussionist John Rodriguez, known as Dandy, who performed for many years with Tito Puente, a frequent collaborator with La Lupe.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Paulo Szot: Salute to Broadway (June 06-10)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $45-$65
“The vocally superb Brazilian baritone Paulo Szot, who made Broadway audiences swoon as Emile De Becque in the 2008 revival of South Pacific, returns to Feinstein’s/54 with a new batch of favorites from musical-theater history.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but these three look worth the detour, especially the Barbès Benefit:

at Warsaw, 261 Driggs Ave,. Bklyn. / 8PM, $18
“The Los Angeles folk-pop duo Girlpool attracted a devoted audience with its early releases, which were built from little more than the close harmonies and minimal guitar-bass interplay of its founding members, Harmony Tividad and Cleo Tucker. For its latest album, “Powerplant,” the band has added a drummer and begun augmenting its songs with louder and more complex arrangements, with exciting results. The Brooklyn garage-rock trio Ian Sweet opens.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Barbès Benefit
Drom, 85 Ave. A./ 7PM, $25
“The list of shuttered New York music venues threatens to grow even longer with the possible closure of Barbès, a beloved Park Slope mainstay. Opened in 2002 by Olivier Conan, a Paris native, Barbès services an essential New York musical community that does not fit neatly into rock, jazz, or avant-garde, but often touches on all of them, as well as on many underappreciated world-music styles. Conan, who moved to New York in 1984, worked a variety of odd jobs and played cuatro in the Mexican-themed Las Rubias del Norte and the French-tinged Bébé Eiffel. Wanting to make a home for eclectic groups like his own, Conan founded the club on credit cards and self-admitted naïveté. Maintaining what was always a threadbare operation grew more difficult over the years, as gentrification drove up Conan’s rent, bills, and debts. Earlier this month, he reluctantly sent out a fund-raising plea and set up a benefit concert. “It feels funny, because it’s an admission of failure,” he said by phone last week. “But at the same time the response has been overwhelming—people are saying, We care about this community.” The benefit lineup showcases the club’s musical diversity—and its importance. It includes the Balkan–Mexican–Indian brass band Fanfare Barbès, the Jazz Passengers, the Moroccan ensemble Innov Gnawa, and the noirish trio Big Lazy, among others.” (NewYorker)

Northside Festival
This weekend, for the ninth year running, North Brooklyn’s Northside Festival of music and innovation will showcase a range of local and touring acts at venues across Williamsburg, Bushwick, and Greenpoint. Northside is probably best known for its outdoor shows in McCarren Park, where some of the fest’s most famous acts perform. This year is no different: Brooklyn’s own avant-popsters Dirty Projectors, who released their excellent, searingly personal new album in February, take that stage on Thursday, while r&b heartthrob Miguel turns up the heat on Saturday. Perhaps Northside’s biggest strength, however, is its emphasis on acts at smaller venues. One option for a more intimate experience is the ambient legend William Basinksi, who plays Williamsburg arts space National Sawdust (with Julianna Barwick’s meditative looping opening). Harder-edged fare is available as well: communist punk provocateurs Downtown Boys at Saint Vitus, or a celebration of Brooklyn label Sacred Bones’ tenth anniversary at Brooklyn Bazaar.” (Sophie Weiner, Village Voice)

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

Pop-Up Magazine: Spring Issue
TOWN HALL / 7:30PM, $35–$55
“These days, there’s a news medium for everyone: newspapers, podcasts, video, and more. Pop-Up Magazine, a project founded by Douglas McGray and Chas Edwards of the California Sunday Magazine, combines them all for an unforgettable night free from the onslaught of tweets and push notifications. Join a talented coterie of writers, filmmakers, radio producers, and photographers as they present a multimedia-enhanced “live magazine” detailing stories about pop culture, social issues, politics, and more. The roster of “contributors” to the spring issue, which has been presented in San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., before landing in New York, includes novelist Daniel Alarcón (At Night We Walk in Circles), photographer Gillian Laub, and former Voice staffer Brittany Spanos (now at Rolling Stone). Afterward, mingle with the evening’s performers at the bar and take advantage of the opportunity to interact — through more than just an @-mention — with dozens of journalists, storytellers, and other creatives in one place.” (Tatiana Craine, Village Voice)


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)

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 06/07 and 06/05.

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