NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/25) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > TUESDAY/JULY 25, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-July”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you’ll find anywhere.

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

Summer of Know: Surveillance and Civil Liberties in the Age of Hacking
Guggenheim Museum,1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th St.)/ 6:30PM, FREE with museum admission.
“From Snowden to Russia, our understanding of the sheerness of the membrane that protects our digital privacy has never been more evident. As part of the Guggenheim Museum‘s “Summer of Know” conversations, Ben Wizner, Director, ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, looks at mass surveillance and civil liberties in an age of hacking. He’s joined by artist Trevor Paglen (Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon’s Secret World).” (

The Guggenheim Museum presents a series of conversations that bring together contemporary artists who think deeply about the most urgent social, political, environmental, or legal challenges facing our world today, with individuals who tackle those issues outside of the cultural sphere. Moderated or introduced by Guggenheim curators, these informal discussions invite different perspectives and are premised on the meeting of profound conviction with empirical experience. Summer of Know provides a forum for responding to and engaging with current issues as they are filtered through the generative lens of art.

Conversations take place in Cafe 3, where drinks and food are available. Please note capacity is limited.


5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Liz Callaway: The Beat Goes On
>>Akua Allrich’s Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba tribute with The Tribe
>>Astronomy Live: Stars of Summer
>>The Amazing and Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Liz Callaway: The Beat Goes On (also July 28, 29)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W 54TH St. / 7PM, $45+
“The sunny Callaway, whose gleaming Broadway belt has brightened such shows as Cats, Baby and Miss Saigon, returns to 54 Below with a collection of songs from the 1960s, including selections from her 2001 album The Beat Goes On.” (TONY)

Akua Allrich’s Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba tribute with The Tribe
Dizzy’s Club, / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
With vocalist Akua Allrich, pianist Mark Meadows, bassist Kris Funn, drummer Corey Fonville, saxophonist/flautist Brent Birckhead, guitarist Mongezi Ntaka, and conga player Agyei Osei Hargrove.

“Allrich is a powerful composer, but something very personal also happens when she pays tribute to her two biggest idols: Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba. Together with a funky large ensemble designed specifically for this repertoire she brings their message of truth into the present day.” – CapitalBop

An easy recommendation for a wide range of music fans, Allrich offers an eclectic artistry that is aptly (and perhaps playfully) summarized on her facebook page as “Jazz + Neo Afro-Soul-blues-reggae-funk-rock-folk music.” Allrich can carry a tune across these many genres with stunning authority, and she also excels at enriching such diverse styles with inventive improvisation and scat solos. This will be her ninth annual tribute to Nina Simone and Miriam Makeba—and her first time bringing this acclaimed program to Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.”

BALLET FESTIVAL (through July 29).
at the Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $31-$51
“This festival of small and enterprising ballet troupes continues with Claudia Schreier & Company (Friday and Saturday), Cirio Collective (Sunday and Monday), Gemma Bond Dance (Tuesday and Wednesday), and Amy Seiwert’s Imagery (Thursday through July 29). Although they create their work outside of large institutions, many of the choreographers have culled their dancers from the ranks of New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, Boston Ballet and other established companies. Among the high-profile guests is the former City Ballet principal Wendy Whelan, who appears on Ms. Schreier’s program.” (SIOBHAN BURKE, NYT)

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

Astronomy Live: Stars of Summer
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 7PM, $15
“The summer sky sizzles with an abundance of bright planets and the brilliant Milky Way crossing from north to south. Join Joe Rao as he highlights the wonders of summer nights from Saturn and its spectacular rings to Jupiter gleaming in the south as darkness falls to Venus’ magnificent predawn show.”

Elsewhere, but this sure looks worth the detour:

The Amazing and Incredible History and Future of Brooklyn Animation
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./6:30PM, $5
The big ol’ treasure trove of history can bring us so much — in 1929, a couple of Princeton researchers wired a live cat into a telephone — but as juicy as bizarre feline experiments may be, it’s not nearly as wild as discovering that Hays Code–censored sex symbol Betty Boop was originally an anthropomorphic poodle. Join animators John Canemaker and Jennifer Oxley, collector Tommy Stathes, and archivist David Kay for a chat about why some of the contemporary period’s enduring cartoon icons — Bugs Bunny, Mickey Mouse, Shrek — have nothing on the original, wacky animation studios housed in Brooklyn. And don’t just take their word for it — you can see for yourself with featured clips from a number of animators, including Winsor McCay (Gertie the Dinosaur), Fleischer Studios (Betty Boop), and 100 Chickens (Peg + Cat). Who knows, maybe the panel will even reunite Betty with her pre-Code lover, Bimbo the dog!”
(Julia Irion Martins, Village Voice)

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.
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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:

Calder: Hypermobility (thru Oct 23)
“focuses on the extraordinary breadth of movement and sound in the work of Alexander Calder. This exhibition brings together a rich constellation of key sculptures and provides a rare opportunity to experience the works as the artist intended—in motion. Regular activations will occur in the galleries, revealing the inherent kinetic nature of Calder’s work, as well as its relationship to performance. Influenced in part by the artist’s fascination and engagement with choreography, Calder’s sculptures contain an embedded performativity that is reflected in their idiosyncratic motions and the perceptual responses they provoke.”

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:


“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)

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)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/23 and 07/21.

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