NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/23) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“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 better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-September”
It’s the most comprehensive list of top events this month that you will find anywhere.
Carefully curated from “Only the Best” NYC event info on the the web, it’s a simply superb resource that will help you plan your NYC visit all through the month.

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

Ute Lemper: Songs from the Broken Heart (also Sunday)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 7PM, $30
“Whether attracting or repelling her audiences, international chanteuse Lemper is never less than magnetic. Her style is perversely polymorphic: One moment she might tear into a song with predatory hunger, then she might purr out a dreamy croon or toss back her head for a brassy squeal of jazz. In her newest set, she applies her polyglot taste and aquiline glamour to songs by bards of loss including Charles Bukowski, Paulo Coelho, Leo Ferre, Jacques Brel, Nick Cave and Tom Waits.” (TONY)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>BRIAN WILSON
>>Maria Friedman: Lenny & Steve
>>Karen Akers: Time Flies
>>Never Sleep Alone
>> 3rd Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival
>>Tribeca TV Festival
>>Rolex Central Park Horse Show
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BRIAN WILSON
at Radio City Music Hall / 8PM, $55+
“Seeing Brian Wilson in 2017 can feel like an exercise in devotion. Mr. Wilson, now 75, no longer has the vocal range he had as a young member of the Beach Boys (really, who does?), and he often appears less than thrilled to be onstage. But these are mostly moot points when the person most responsible for “Pet Sounds” performs that album’s songs, as Mr. Wilson will do with his former band mates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin beside him.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Maria Friedman: Lenny & Steve (LAST DAY)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $60
West End star Friedman, who has won three Olivier Awards, applies her excellent interpretive taste to songs by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (or, in the case of West Side Story, both).” (TONY)

Karen Akers: Time Flies (LAST DAY)
Beach Cafe, 1326 Second Ave (@70th St.)/ 9:15PM, $10-$20
Statuesque contralto Akers once had a reputation as the epitome of the elegant, sophisticated nightclub chanteuse, a persona she spoofed in Woody Allen’s The Purple Rose of Cairo; more recently, however, the star of Broadway’s Nine and Grand Hotel has emphasized a melting streak of emotion. Here she hits the Beach Café with a collection of favorites from the repertoire she has cultivated during her four-decade career.” (TONY)

Never Sleep Alone
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / Midnight, $35(players)-$45(voyeurs)
“Make sure you look and smell good, because this stage spectacular will get you laid. “Sexual evangelist” Dr. Alex Schiller (a.k.a. performer and nightlife doyen Roslyn Hart) and her live band challenge audience members to kiss and strip onstage, then reap the benefits of her teachings at the wild after party. Show up single.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but this one looks worth the detour:
3rd Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival (sept.21-24)
“The 3rd Annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival encompasses seven stages along the spectacular waterfront from Superfine in Dumbo to Sunny’s in Red Hook, with outdoor stages in The Archway under the Manhattan Bridge, and in Brooklyn Bridge Park.

With over sixty shows at seven locations, Brooklyn’s best play day time shows in The Archway Under the Manhattan Bridge (Friday and Saturday), & Brooklyn Bridge Park (Saturday and Sunday). The 3rd Annual event begins with an Opening Night Gala at Jalopy Theatre. The gala features special guest bands from the heartland: Tim Grimm Family Band (Indiana), Truckstop Honeymoon (Kansas), The Aching Hearts (Missouri), plus local Brooklyn based Annie Keating and Dumbo locals Everything Turned to Color.”

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

Tribeca TV Festival
Cinepolis Chelsea, various times, $30
“Film festivals — they’re not just for films anymore! Tribeca is the latest cinema institution to welcome the episodic arts into its fold, following similar programs offered in recent years by the Toronto International Film Festival and South by Southwest — not to mention standalone events like New York’s Split Screens Festival and Austin’s ATX Television Festival. The inaugural Tribeca TV Festival includes sneak-peek screenings of Better Things, At Home With Amy Sedaris, and Designated Survivor, among others. But the real draw (and the real reason to shell out thirty bucks to watch an episode you’ll be able to see on TV soon enough) is the chance to hear from the creators and actors themselves, like Better Things’ Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., appearing September 22; the stars and creators of the newly revived Will & Grace (September 23); and her highness Oprah Winfrey, who’ll be promoting her network’s new prison-focused documentary series, Released, on September 22.” (Lara Zarum, Village Voice)

Rolex Central Park Horse Show  (sept.20-24)
Central Park, Wollman Rink / 6:30pm; $30–$250
“Central Park will be awash with silky manes and heavy horseshoes as a panoply of majestic horses jump, prance and strut toward eternal glory and big prizes in support of local and equestrian charities.” (TONY)

Continuing Events

Elsewhere, but this one is sure worth the detour:
Photoville  (sept. 21-24)
Brooklyn Bridge Park / 12PM-10PM; FREE
“Your insta is about to get meta. NYC hosts a bounty of beautiful photography exhibitions, but only Photoville can claim to be as pretty as the photographs it showcases. Held in and around giant shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the massive celebration of pictures features more than 500 artists, 75 exhibitions, talks, screenings and a beer garden.” (TONY)

Not just Photos – Smorgasburg Beer Garden and food vendors return, alongside nighttime events and this is one gem of a park – no better view of the Manhattan skyline. I was there opening night, so worth your time.

Feast of San Gennaro  (sept. 14-24)
“Little Italy welcomes all New Yorkers to join The 91st Annual Feast of San Gennaro, which commences on September 14th, bringing 11 days of festivities to the neighborhood. The feast keeps the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants alive and celebrates the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples. There will be colorful parades, free musical entertainment every day, a wide variety of ethnic food delicacies, charming restaurants and cafes and even a world-famous cannoli-eating competition!”(untapped cities)

EXHIBIT ‘TO QUENCH THE THIRST OF NEW YORKERS: THE CROTON AQUEDUCT AT 175’   (thru Dec 31)
“Many New Yorkers today take for granted the appearance of clean water in the city’s taps. This exhibit focuses on the history of the Croton Aqueduct, an engineering feat that brought fresh water from the Croton River upstate to fountains in the middle of the city when it was completed in the 1840s.” (STAV ZIV, Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE Opens Saturday, Sept. 2 at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave.
INFO $18; 212­534­1672, mcny.org.

Learn all about the High Bridge, which carried the Croton Aqueduct across the Harlem River. This magnificent civic structure was modeled on the old Roman Aqueduct bridges, and is New York City’s oldest and best bridge. I know, because I lived nearby in the far west Bronx neighborhood of Highbridge, and have strolled across it many times.

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Madison Square Eats  (thru sept 29)
Worth Square, 11AM, FREE
“The fall version of this twice-a-year event from UrbanSpace and the Madison Square Park Conservancy runs daily from September 2–29, and it’s your chance to try food from two dozen vendors who converge on the park from all corners of the city. It’ll be hard to go wrong with any of it, but we recommend the po’boys from the Gumbo Brothers and whatever sweet concoction that Renegade Lemonade, Ice & Vice, and Macaron Parlour have teamed up to create. (Hint: It’s called “Renegade Vice Parlour.”) Or, if you look at a plate of chicken and waffles and think, “Wish I didn’t have to sit at a table and bother with utensils to enjoy this,” Chick’nCone is your food trend du jour.”  (Mary Bakija, Village Voice)

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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 Modern Art:

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)

New-York Historical Society

‘THE DUCHESS OF CARNEGIE HALL: PHOTOGRAPHS BY EDITTA SHERMAN’ (through Oct. 15).
“In this show, royalty photographs royalty, and everyone looks grand. The subjects facing the camera included some of the pop culture sovereigns of the 1940s and ’50s: Carl Sandburg, Tyrone Power, Leopold Stokowski. The person behind the lens was, though more discreetly crowned, no less lofty a luminary. Editta Sherman, born Edith Rinaolo, was a self-made celebrity portraitist operating out of a studio atop Carnegie Hall, where she worked and lived until she and her fellow tenants were removed in 2011. The show incudes dozens of her best pictures, her monumental 1930s camera and a short film of which she is the very engaging subject. Together they make a moving and regal tribute. (Holland Cotter-NYT)

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 09/21 and 09/19.
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