NYC Events,”Only the Best” (08/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Sweet 6  NYC Events > TUESDAY/ AUGUST 08, 2017

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For future NYC Events be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-August”
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:

A Tribute to Geri Allen (Aug. 8-13)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“The recent death of the extravagantly gifted pianist and composer Geri Allen at the age of sixty continues to hover over the jazz community like a dark cloud. An attempt to honor this great musician and to dispel the gloom finds the bassist Esperanza Spalding and the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington welcoming distinguished guests throughout the week, including Joe Lovano, Nicholas Payton, Cassandra Wilson, and Ravi Coltrane.” (NewYorker)

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

>>Songbook Summit 
>>Atlas Circus Company
>>MICHELLE BRANCH
>>John Pizzarelli
>>Under the Microscope: A Conversation on Space Dust
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Songbook Summit
59E59 Theaters,/ 7PM, $35
“It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely.
Will Anderson and Peter Anderson are identical twins who play the saxophone and clarinet. They will perform in a six-piece ensemble throughout August highlighting four great American composers: Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers. The first week is Porter, so anything goes!

“Virtuosos on clarinet and saxophone,” (The New York Times) identical twins Peter & Will Anderson return to 59E59 Theaters by popular demand for a celebration of the great American Songbook. Shining the spotlight on the work of four of its most distinguished composers (one composer each week), a 6-piece ensemble featuring vocalist Molly Ryan will perform hits such as ‘Summertime’, ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Night & Day’,’Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, and ‘Rhapsody in Blue’.
August 8 – 13: Harold Arlen
Featuring ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, ‘I’ve Got the World on a String’, ‘Stormy Weather’, ‘It’s Only a Paper Moon’, ‘That Old Black Magic’, and more!”

Atlas Circus Company (also Aug. 9, 15, 16)
Dixon Place, / 7:30PM, $18–$25
“You thought “Get Lucky” was just a Daft Punk song. It’s also the rallying cry for a young circus troupe out of Allentown, whose new Lucky, their third full-length work, runs through August 16 in this welcoming subterranean space. Atlas’s previous undertaking, Wild, followed the classic story of a juggle-happy kid who runs away to join the circus and finds himself in a wooded glade with aerial acrobats, clowns, other jugglers, and some really touching plot twists. Lucky, created by Thomas McCarthy and Henry Evans, aims to provide “meaningful narrative,” combining theater, dance, and circus arts into a hilarious experience for all ages; it features a man who can’t stop falling on his face trying to navigate the challenges of city life. David Evans provides original music, and Tyler Holoboski choreographs.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, VillageVoice)

MICHELLE BRANCH
at Webster Hall / 8PM, $35-$45
“Webster Hall has played a central role in the cultural life of the East Village for over 100 years; the current owners, who have hosted concerts and club nights there since the early 1990s, are leaving this month to make way for a major renovation and new management. The singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, who recently released a new album, “Hopeless Romantic,” is the final performer booked at Webster Hall’s main space before it closes indefinitely. With Haerts.” (NYT – SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

John Pizzarelli (Aug. 8-12.)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“In early 1967, two musical geniuses met to collaborate on an album; half a century later, “Francis Albert Sinatra & Antônio Carlos Jobim” has lost none of its seductive sheen. The guitarist and singer Pizzarelli reveres both the Chairman of the Board and the master bossa-nova composer. With his vocalist wife, Jessica Molaskey, and Antônio’s grandson Daniel Jobim in tow, Pizzarelli presents an elegant and heartfelt tribute to the achievements of these international cultural heroes.” (NewYorker)

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

Under the Microscope: A Conversation on Space Dust
White Space at Agora Gallery, 530 W25th St./ 7:30PM, $10
“On the evening of August 8, the cosmos and NYC are coming together.
Join Cosmic Dust Curator Jon Larsen, NASA’s Dr. Michael Zolensky and Elysian Brewery at “Under the Microscope: A Conversation on Space Dust,” to learn more about the science community’s most recent discoveries of extraterrestrial materials here on earth and the intriguing implications of these findings. The event will include a stunning showcase of Larsen’s own micrometeorite photography, chef-prepared appetizers, tastings of Space Dust IPA, and other exciting surprises!” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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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
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
‘A CITY SEEN: TODD WEBB’S POSTWAR NEW YORK, 1945­-1960’ (thru Sept.04)
“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, mcny.org ­­ (STAV ZIV-Newsday)

NY AT ITS CORE (ongoing)
“Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know today. mcny.org” (NYCity Guide)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum  (now-9/6/17)
“This newest show, Visionaries: Creating a Modern Guggenheim, provides a rare chance to explore in-depth some of the key artists of this essential New York institution. Framed by the interests of six leading patrons, Visionaries brings together canvases from masters like Max Ernst, René Magritte, and Yves Tanguy, and sculptures by Joseph Cornell and Alberto Giacometti. In addition, Jackson Pollock’s Alchemy (1947) is being shown in the U.S. for the first time in nearly 50 years. More than a dozen works on paper by Picasso and Van Gogh, rarely on view to the public, can be seen in the Thannhauser Gallery, and paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Gauguin, and Édouard Manet are displayed on the museum’s legendary ramps.”

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 these three

‘REI KAWAKUBO/COMME DES GARÇONS: ART OF THE IN-BETWEEN  (through Sept. 4). The latest Costume Institute extravaganza is a beautiful yet challenging plunge through nearly 40 years of innovation and increasingly unwearable garments from Rei Kawakubo, the great Japanese designer, and her Comme des Garçons label. A village of blazingly white structures encourages concentration. Look, look, look, it says, at the clothes, their fabrics, colors, shapes, shocks, quotations, details, exaggerations and parodies. Art, fashion or in between, Ms. Kawakubo’s creations bring us close to the unmistakable whir of artistic ambition. (NYT-Smith) 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

‘CRISTÓBAL DE VILLALPANDO: MEXICAN PAINTER OF THE BAROQUE’  (through Oct. 15). In 1683, the leading painter of colonial Mexico painted a stupefying altarpiece for the cathedral of Puebla: a 26-foot showstopper that merged a radiant vision of Jesus’ transfiguration into light with a grimmer narrative of Israelites attacked by snakes. Now, for the first time ever, Villalpando’s altarpiece has left Mexico and stands alone in the Robert Lehman Collection wing of the Met, where you could spend days gaping at its churning collision of saints and mortals, and puzzling over the strange confluence of Old and New Testament visions. Compared with Baroque painting in Italy or Flanders, the Mexican version was lighter and less rigid, making use of bright color and free ornamentation. Ten other paintings by Villalpando, all but one lent from Mexican collections, round out the presentation, but it’s the altarpiece that matters, and it’s here for your veneration into the fall. (NYT-Farago) 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

‘TALKING PICTURES: CAMERA-PHONE CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN ARTISTS’  (through Dec. 17). One of the wisest, savviest museum exhibitions of the summer may not have much actual art in it, but it circles the subject like a satellite around a planet. Using prints, slide shows, books and iPads, it presents image-only camera-phone exchanges between 12 pairs of artists and is full of flashes of wit, poetry, even genius. Observers will find occasional momentous events, both personal and presidential. (NYT – Roberta Smith) 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

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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).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 08/04 and 08/02.
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