NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/31) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > MONDAY/JULY 31, 2017

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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:

Natalie Douglas: A Tribute to Sammy Davis Jr.
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $30
“Octuple MAC Award winner Douglas has previously plumbed the catalogs of Nina Simone, Lena Horne, Abbey Lincoln and Billie Holiday, among many others. Now she applies her formidable voice to songs by singer, dancer, actor, Rat Packer and all-around showbiz icon Sammy Davis Jr., backed by a snappy six-piece band led by Mark Hartman at the piano.” (TONY)

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Monday Nights with WBGO: Celebrating Nat King Cole with Sachal Vasandani & Friends
>>Kevin Smith Kirkwood: Classic Whitney—Alive!
>>Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesnt Count
>>Maer Wilson, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick: A Tale of Two Friends
>>Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America’s Technological Soul, and One Man’s Fight to Bring It Home
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Monday Nights with WBGO: Celebrating Nat King Cole with Sachal Vasandani & Friends
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Over the past decade, vocalist Sachal Vasandani has performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center alongside artists like Jon Hendricks (for his 90th birthday), the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Michael Feinstein, and more. Tonight he returns to the intimate Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola to celebrate Nat “King” Cole. He’s brought this acclaimed project to major stages in both small group and orchestral contexts, and it will be a treat to experience it in our smallest performance space. With classics like “Unforgettable,” “Mona Lisa,” and “Straighten Up and Fly Right,” plus a few original tunes, Vasandani and his friends will share their deep passion for the legendary Nat “King” Cole.”

Kevin Smith Kirkwood: Classic Whitney—Alive!
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $25
“On a night off from his ensemble role in Broadway’s Kinky Boots, Kirkwood takes center stage as Whitney Houston in a show that impressively re-creates the doomed diva’s greatest hits and concert banter.” (TONY)

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

Ratf**ked: Why Your Vote Doesnt Count
The Half King, 505 W. 23rd St./ 7PM, FREE
“The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America’s Democracy” is the alarming subtitle to David Daley’s expose of the REDMAP program. He’ll talk redistricting, dark money, and a firewall constructed to withstand popular democracy.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Maer Wilson, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick: A Tale of Two Friends
Bryant Park/Bryant Park Reading Room
Between 40th & 42nd Sts. and Fifth and Sixth Aves./ 12:30PM, FREE
“Join film connoisseur Scott Adlerberg and special guests for talks on film, the culture of cinema and filmmaking.
Maer Wilson, The Other Side of Philip K. Dick: A Tale of Two Friends
Hosted by Scott Adlerberg, resident film expert.
Part of the Reel Talks program.”

Sellout: How Washington Gave Away America’s Technological Soul, and One Man’s Fight to Bring It Home
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Victoria Bruce, journalist and author, in conversation with Jim Kennedy, the protagonist of “Sellout.”
“This conversation tells the story of one citizen’s fight to preserve a US stake in the future of clean energy and the elements essential to high tech industries and national defense.”

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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, 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

Special Mention:
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.

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♦ 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):

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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:

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:

‘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)

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)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/29 and 07/27.
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