NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/15) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7  NYC Events > THURSDAY/JUNE 15, 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:

at Central Park SummerStage / 7:30PM, $55
“Elvis Costello’s classic 1977 debut, “My Aim Is True,” turns 40 in July — but the unpredictable Mr. Costello isn’t doing anything as obvious this summer as an anniversary tour for that landmark release. Instead, he’s extending a tour begun last fall whose set lists center on another high point in his catalog, the 1982 album “Imperial Bedroom.” Expect updated arrangements of tracks like “Almost Blue” and “Tears Before Bedtime,” and, as always, a few surprises.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music
>>Swan Lake
>>TimesTalks: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Karl Marlantes and Mai Elliott in Conversation with James Bennet
>>In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
>>Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music (thru June 24)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $100
“Superlative or not, there aren’t many adjectives that fit Brian Stokes Mitchell as well as “unparalleled.” Last starring on Broadway in 2016’s SHUFFLE ALONG, the two-time Tony winner and member of the Theatre Hall of Fame has cemented himself as one of the greatest leading men on Broadway, and his rich, deep baritone is a force all its own. This week, alongside long-time collaborator Tedd Firth, he makes his Feinstein’s/54 Below solo debut, sampling songs from his upcoming album, PLAYS WITH MUSIC, an eclectic collection of showtunes, folk songs, and more.” (Ashley Steves, Village Voice)

at the Town Hall / 8PM, $45+
“Two singing pianists who loom large in the contemporary lore of New Orleans music, Mr. Butler and Dr. John both descend from the musical parentage of Professor Longhair, the famous barrelhouse piano innovator. And each has honed a personal style of bluesy rock ’n’ roll guided by his own personality: for Mr. Butler, both roisterous and admonishing; for Dr. John, sidelong and mystical. While both have been playing around the country for decades, there is no record of their sharing a bill, so this show will have a historic overtone to match the inevitable air of revelry.” (NYT – GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Swan Lake (Jun 12 – 17)
American Ballet Theatre @ Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $
“Of all the great classics performed by ABT today, Swan Lakeremains the quintessential ballet, the one that defines the standards of the Company, tests its dancers, and ennobles the spirit of the audience. This romantic fable of ill-fated passion, dreamlike transformation, and ultimate forgiveness is set to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. With breathtaking choreography and visually magnificent sets evoking a Renaissance court, the fabled lake of the swans rises into view, inspiring awe for generations to come.”

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

TimesTalks: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, Karl Marlantes and Mai Elliott in Conversation with James Bennet
Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 67th St./ 7PM, $40
“September will see the arrival of the next Ken Burns exploration, a 10-part documentary on the Vietnam War. He’ll speak about the project and the war’s lingering impact at a TimesTalks panel. Burns will be joined by his frequent collaborator Lynn Novick, editorial page editor of the New York Times James Bennet, and authors Karl Marlantes and Duong Van Mai Elliott. Merkin Concert Hall.” (

Elsewhere, but this one looks worth the detour:
In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs
Greenlight Bookstore, 686 Fulton St./ 7:30PM< FREE
“In Their Lives: Great Writers on Great Beatles Songs presents essays from a chorus of twenty-nine luminaries singing the praises of their favorite Beatles songs. Arranged chronologically by the date of the song’s release, and including a note from Paul McCartney, these essays highlight both the Beatles’ evolution as well as the span of generations their music affected. From Beatlemaniacs who grew up listening to the iconic albums on vinyl to new fans who download the songs on iTunes, each contributor explores a poignant intersection between Beatles history and personal history.

Editor Andrew Blauner hosts readings by distinguished authors who have contributed to the anthology, including Touré (I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon), Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls), and Rebecca Mead (My Life in Middlemarch) read from their essays, and discuss the Beatles’ legacy and impact, culturally, historically, and individually.”

Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives
Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Pl./ 6PM, $10
“The psychology of being placed in New York City—from surfing the chaos of a midtown avenue to enveloping pockets downtown—is often tangible. A new book by architecture critic Sarah Williams Goldhagen reveals recent discoveries in cognitive psychology and neuroscience that show the ways built environments impact our memories, emotions, and well-being. Find her in conversation at the Center for Architecture.” (


and don’t forget this continuing event, an eclectic extravaganza that is an annual highlight for Lower Manhattan –  the very lowest WestSide of Manhattan:

River To River Festival (June 14–25)
The 16th annual River To River Festival will have over 100+ performances — with 12 days of dance, music, theater and the visual arts activities. The festival will take place across 31 unique sites across Lower Manhattan and Governors Island.

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:
Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin & Han Dynasties (221 B.C.-A.D. 220)
“Not least among the achievements of Ying Zheng, the founding emperor of the short-lived Qin dynasty (221-206 B.C.), was propaganda, some of which still echoes bombastically on the walls of this show: you won’t depart with any confusion about who first unified China. But the chance to see a platoon of his spectacular terra-cotta warriors, half a dozen or so of the thousands that were buried with the emperor, who died in 210 B.C., and excavated in the nineteen-seventies, is not to be missed. Fitted together like action figures from mass-produced body parts and originally equipped with real bronze weapons, the life-size sculptures have individually detailed faces of surprising charisma. One kneeling archer, with square-toed shoes and a mustache, is so striking he may trigger déjà vu. Along with the soldiers comes a wide-ranging selection of contemporaneous artifacts, many of them demonstrating a naturalistic approach to anatomy and an untrammelled expressive whimsy—both of which were later eradicated by the heavy stylization during the Han dynasty. Examples of the former include a recently discovered terra-cotta strongman with a potbelly; examples of the latter include a bronze lamp shaped like a mythical bird tipping its head back to swallow its own smoke. But, if many of the show’s pieces make Qin and Han culture look unexpectedly relatable, its highlights are those that were unmistakably made long ago and far away, particularly the unforgettable jade burial suit of the Han princess Dou Wan. Discovered in a cliffside tomb in Hebei Province, in 1968, the ritual object is made of more than two thousand rectangular panels of jade, sewn together with gold.” (NewYorker)  THRU JULY 16.

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 06/13 and 06/11.

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