NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/17) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events better check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-OCTOBER”
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.


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

New York Cabaret Convention 2017 (Oct.16-19)
Rose Theater, Time Warner Center / 6PM, $25+
If you like cabaret even a little bit, you’ll love this show and tonight is very special.
You just know that the highlight of the entire convention will be Jennifer Sheehan’s performance this evening. Can’t miss that – I’ll be there.

TONIGHT: S’Wonderful—The Music of George Gershwin
“Songs by Gershwin, perhaps the greatest of all Great American Songbook composers, are the subject of the Cabaret Convention’s second night, hosted by Jeff Harnar and Andrea Marcovicci. The starry lineup includes Karen Akers, Anna Bergman, Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano, Marissa Mulder, Mark Nadler, Steve Ross, Gabrielle Stravelli, Jon Weber and ace violinist Aaron Weinstein.” (TONY)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The Met: “Turandot”
>> Weimar New York
>> The Book of Cheese
>> “Our Bums: The Lasting Legacy of the Brooklyn Dodgers”
>> Hair Sing Along Show and Tell

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

The Met: “Turandot”
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $25+
“Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Marcelo Álvarez as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato.”

“Franco Zeffirelli’s over-the-top style defined the Met in the eighties and nineties, but now the famed Italian director has only one other production (besides “La Bohème”) left in the company’s repertory, a traditionalist pageant of glittering chinoiserie that he devised for Puccini’s “Turandot” thirty years ago. Oksana Dyka, Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Maria Agresta star in the revival; Rizzi.” (NewYorker)

at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem / 7PM, $10
“Mr. Evans lives a creative life of wily misdirection, all under the guise of a straight-ahead jazz pianist. He pounds the turf in Tarbaby, a caustically experimental trio; on a more traditional jazz gig, he’s liable to break out in gospel-like singing; and soon he’ll join the Bad Plus, that band of raffish jazz-pop instigators. But at 42, he’s also become a reliable mentor and ringleader on the Philadelphia jazz scene, shepherding younger talent and connecting generations. At this concert, part of the Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series at the National Jazz Museum, he will play in a quartet with Morgan Guerin, a full-toned young tenor saxophonist from New Orleans, whose electrified originals are built on lilting balladry and dreamlike crescendos.”(NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Weimar New York
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 9:30PM, $25
“Downtown impresario Earl Dax slices cabaret with cutting-edge performance in a new edition of his Weimar New York series, which draws connections between the subcultural creative burst of interwar Germany and the subversive arts scene of today’s New York. Kate Rigg hosts performers including Phoebe Legere, Geo Wyeth, M Lamar, Curtis Eller, Joseph Keckler, Alexis O’Hara and Jordan Arsenault.” (TONY)

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

The Book of Cheese
92nd Street Y,1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $29
“Liz Thorpe, America’s authority on cheese, maps the world of cheese using nine familiar favorite “Gateway Cheeses.”

Through this system, learn how to find more cheeses to enjoy as you journey from basics like Swiss, Blue and Cheddar, to more adventurous types like mild Moses Sleeper or Fromage de Meaux. Liz also shares information on pairing, storing, cooking and plating cheese.”

Includes a three cheese tasting of Essex Street Comte, Consider Bardwell Rupert and Challerhocker. There will be a book signing following this event.

Elsewhere, but even if you are an old Giants fan (and I am), this one is worth the detour:
“Our Bums: The Lasting Legacy of the Brooklyn Dodgers”
Brooklyn Historical Society / 6:30PM, $5
“Fifty years after the Dodgers’ heartwrenching move to Los Angeles, “Dem Bums” still hold a special place in Brooklyn’s shared memory. Historian and author David Krell has plenty of Dodgers lore and stories to share about the history of the team and how they (especially Jackie Robinson) helped to define modern sports and popular culture.”

Hair Sing Along Show and Tell
New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center, LPA Cafe / 7PM, FREE
“The Library’s popular sing along series returns to celebrate Hair, The Public Theater’s first non-Shakespeare production that opened the Astor Place on October 17, 1967. The Library for the Performing Arts’ collection includes many one-of-kind artifacts related to the creation of Hair. See these rare materials, hear memories and insights from a parade of special guests, and sing along to live performances of your favorite Hair numbers.”

Continuing Events

31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The seventh-annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 70+ collaborating institutions across the city.

For more details go to my Tab in the Header: “Notable Events October”  and scroll all the long way to the bottom. This event makes America, or at least NYCity, great again.

The 10th Annual Imagine Science Film Festival (Oct.13-20)
“Produced by Imagine Science Films — the nonprofit behind science film festivals in New York, Paris, Abu Dhabi and satellite events worldwide – Imagine Science Film Festival showcases new and experimental works that bridge the worlds of science and film in an artful, entertaining, and meaningful way.

All of the events are low cost or FREE. The festival includes short and feature-length films, live cinema performances, discussions, interactive demonstrations and more taking place at museums, universities and cultural institutions across Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Several of the films will be making their U.S. debuts at the festival.

Notable programming includes:
North American premiere of Honey, Rain and Dust at the American Museum of Natural History (Friday, Oct 20 @ 4 pm) – A unique ethnographic and ecological look into an unseen corner of the Arabian Gulf: beekeeping traditions in the northwestern mountains of the United Arab Emirates.” (

For the complete program, visit:
Tickets: FREE – $18

Get ready to dig: Archives Week starts tomorrow.

“More than 30 New York institutions will host free workshops, lectures, tours and exhibitions for the event, which aims to show off our city’s repositories of art, artifacts and documents.

This week, you can listen to Louis Armstrong’s personal reel-to-reel collection and see rare footage of the jazz musician at Queens College in Flushing on Wednesday.
On Thursday take a tour of the United Nations archives in Midtown, the National Archives at New York City Downtown, or the exhibition “Unlikely Historians: Materials collected by N.Y.P.D. surveillance teams 1960-1975”, also in Downtown Manhattan.

Prefer to chat about archives?
Join a discussion on diversifying the digital historical record at New York University on Friday, or head to Columbia University to learn about the archives of Human Rights organizations like Amnesty International USA, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Human Rights Watch.

For an immersive experience, the Museum of Interesting Things in Lower Manhattan will be screening vintage films on a 1965 Kodak projector, playing original vinyl records and Edison Cylinders, and explaining odd antiques from the 19th and 20th centuries on Saturday.” (NYT-Today)

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):


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

“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)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/15 and 10/13.


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