NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/16) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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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 over town, all through the month.
The curated list of events you will find in the “This WEEK” tab ain’t bad, either.

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

The Met: “Turandot” (various dates March-April 2018)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $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)

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8 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>ROSWELL RUDD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
>>BEDOUINE
>>Irka Mateo y La Tirindanga Album Release Party
>>JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE
>>BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND
>>Stanley Clarke
>>Block by Block: Christopher Gray’s New York
>>“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ROSWELL RUDD BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $40
“Mr. Rudd is a trombonist of bulbous tone and lively, free-ranging attack. He started out in the 1960s on New York’s avant-garde jazz scene, but nowadays he tends toward music of clearer, gentler beauty. His mirthful new album, “Embrace,” features the vocalist Fay Victor, the pianist Lafayette Harris and the bassist Ken Filiano. Mr. Rudd recently received a diagnosis of cancer, and will not perform at this show. But the personnel from the album will, along with the vocalist Sheila Jordan, the saxophonist Archie Shepp and other all-star guests.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

BEDOUINE
at Joe’s Pub / 7:30PM, $15
“The songs on the Syrian-born artist Bedouine’s self-titled debut album, from this spring, reveal her as a gifted folk artist in the classic mold: sweet-voiced, lyrically knowing, partial to easeful harmonies and softly picked acoustic guitar patterns. At her best, she sounds like a future legend — the sort of musician one will later wish to have seen back when, at a small performance like this Thursday-night show.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

Irka Mateo y La Tirindanga Album Release Party
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, better get there early for a seat.
“The new sounds that Irka Mateo introduces with the album Vamo a Gozá is a fusion of folk melodies and rhythms from the Dominican countryside—itself a fusion of Afro, Indigenous, and European influences. Mateo embraces an array of traditions: dance melodies driven by the accordion, guitar, and percussion. Through poetic lyrics she tells the stories of the Dominican people and those of other cultures, delivering songs of love and life. Mateo and her stellar band, La Tirindanga, will take the stage to showcase the new album. Be set to enjoy an exhilarating performance that fills the room with joy, dance, and musical enchantment.

Irka Mateo is a global citizen, singer-songwriter, folk music researcher, and front woman of La Tirindanga. With her songs she expands the boundaries of Dominican music and builds bridges to Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, and the United States.”

JONATHAN FINLAYSON AND SICILIAN DEFENSE
at the Jazz Gallery / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $22
“Mr. Finlayson is a young trumpeter who has apprenticed and performed for over a decade with the alto saxophonist and experimental jazz luminary Steve Coleman. With his own group, Sicilian Defense, Mr. Finlayson uses his pen to play with your ear — and its connection to your body. That puts him in line with Mr. Coleman, but his approach is original. His phrases stop short without making you lose balance, and shift key often to avoid the illusion of grounding. Sicilian Defense released a beguiling album this year, “Moving Still”; the band appears here in a slightly different — but equally remarkable — lineup: Miles Okazaki on guitar, David Bryant on piano, Chris Tordini on bass and Craig Weinrib on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

BRIAN BLADE AND THE FELLOWSHIP BAND (Nov. 14-19)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30PM, $30
“One of jazz’s most distinctive and sought-after drummers, Mr. Blade is known for his broad, forceful playing, which can both pummel and levitate. He’s not concerned with projecting a rhythmic concept so much as evoking something wholesale, cathartic and consuming. His Fellowship Band has been together for 20 years, and here it celebrates the release of a new record, “Body and Shadow.” The album — collecting seven original tunes and two takes on a Christian hymn — reflects the group’s ethereal, communal approach. The Fellowship Band appears here in a five-piece iteration, with Melvin Butler on alto saxophone and bass clarinet, Myron Walden on tenor and soprano saxophone, Jon Cowherd on piano and Chris Thomas on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Stanley Clarke (Nov. 14-19)
at the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30PM, $30-$45
“What hasn’t Clarke played over the course of his four-decade career? He’s proficient in mainstream jazz, of course, but he has also taken on chamber-scaled projects of genuine delicacy and electric fusion of arena-rock proportions. He turns up here with a combo that includes the legendary Lenny White on drums.” (TONY)

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

Block by Block: Christopher Gray’s New York
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, $20
“As the founder and writer of The New York Times “Streetscapes” column, architectural historian Christopher Gray wrote more than 1,450 articles between 1987 and 2014 in which he lovingly highlighted New York City’s everyday buildings with his characteristically wry sense of humor. Gray’s passion for exploring the city’s design also prompted him to create the Office for Metropolitan History in 1975, a research site committed to bringing together disparate sources in individual collections about City buildings, thereby making their history more accessible to everyone, from tenants to scholars. To honor the passing of Christopher Gray (1950-2017), join us for a conversation with his friends and colleagues about his work and lasting legacy.

Paul Goldberger (moderator), architecture critic and Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair
Michael J. Leahy, longtime editor of Gray’s “Streetscapes” column at The New York Times
Francis Morrone, architectural historian
Suzanne Stephens, Deputy Editor of Architectural Record
Reception to follow.”

“Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer”
Metropolitan Museum / 10AM-5:30PM, $25
“The largest Michelangelo in the history of the Met opened on Monday.  “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” features 133 drawings, three marble sculptures and the iconic Renaissance artist’s earliest painting.

The last Michelangelo exhibition to take place in New York consisted of a reproduction of the Sistine Ceiling at the Oculus in Lower Manhattan. But now, the real deal is coming to town thanks to the exhibition, “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer,” at The Metropolitan Museum Of Art. Announced in May, the show is the largest monograph of the Renaissance genius ever mounted at The Met. It’s been hyped—not without reason—as a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit featuring 133 drawings, three marble sculptures, as well as the artist’s earliest painting.

The show also includes a wooden architectural model for a chapel he designed, along with paintings by some of his contemporaries. “Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer” opens November 13, and is bound to be packed.” (TONY)

Continuing Events

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park (6th Ave. & 42nd St.)
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Enjoy Bryant Park through the winter with the Holiday Shops food and gift boutiques (thru Jan.02), Danny Meyer’s pop-up rinkside eatery Public Fare (thru Mar.04), and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 28, 2017 – March 4, 2018
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting)
Tree Lighting
As one of the most popular holiday markets in NYC, the Winter Village has big plans to make their tree-lighting ceremony (held 6PM, Friday, December 1) a smash. When you go, you’ll be dazzled by a theatrical ice-skating show starring World Champions and Olympian skaters Kimmie Meissner, Meryl Davis and Charlie White as well as Jeff Buttle. The legendary Johnny Weir will also hit the 17,000-square-foot rink.

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(11/10/17-1/1/18) The NYC perennial holiday favorite Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes® returns. Fan favorites include “New York at Christmas,” where the Rockettes® board a real double-decker bus, and the high-energy tap number “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Of course, beloved classics like “The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and “The Living Nativity” will also be back. rockettes.com/christmas

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Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park tonight. It consists of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a white LED light, and suspended from a square grid of steel poles. The swaying sequence of light will be on display until April 2018.

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Elsewhere, but come on, “just Mangia,” and make this worthwhile detour:
“Savor the Bronx” – a Bronx version of Restaurant Week. (Nov.06-17)
Go check it out to get deals at the best restaurants in the Bronx.

“The Bronx’s culinary diversity get its rightful spotlight during this price-slashed, borough-specific restaurant week. For 11 days, more than 30 eateries will serve prix-fixe menus at a budget-friendly rate of just $16.41 for lunch and $20.15 for dinner. Snack your way through Latin cuisines ranging from Mexican at Xochimilco Family Restaurant to Dominican at Mamajuana Cafe, or tap into the borough’s rich Italian history at red-sauce standbys like Enzo’s of Morris Park and Tosca Café. In addition to food, Bronx-bound bargoers can throw back beers at Bronx Alehouse or the venerable Bronx Beer Hall, that storied bazaar where Robert De Niro first met Joe Pesci.” (TONY)

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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)

Grey Art Gallery 

PARTNERS IN DESIGN: ALFRED H. BARR JR. AND PHILIP JOHNSON (through Dec. 9).

“Five minutes on StreetEasy, browsing through seven-figure “contemporary” condos whose furniture was designed a century ago, should offer all the proof necessary that Modernism will never die. This intriguing if incomplete exhibition reveals how two young, Bauhaus-mad men of MoMA — Barr, the museum’s first director, and Johnson, its first architecture curator — imported European design to the United States, and showcased it not only in their new museum but also in their own apartments. Johnson had family money, and hired Mies van der Rohe to kit out his apartment with a rosewood chest, a spare tea table, and a camel-colored Barcelona chair; Barr, who had to work for a living, ordered entirely passable knockoffs from Ypsilanti, Mich. This show is too small for its subject, but if you’re into Modernist revivals, you’ll do better here than at the ghastly new restaurant in Johnson’s old Four Seasons.” (Jason Farago)

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)

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

‘BLACK POWER!’  (through Dec. 30).
“Given the economic, environmental and social policies emanating from the White House, the United States could be headed for its most dynamic era of public resistance since the 1960s. And if you’re searching for cultural models from the past, even flawed ones, that effectively brought a message of social change into the street, the schools and the workplace, you’ll do well to check out this vivid documentary show about a cultural movement that broadened activist art to embrace public murals, fashion and poetry; and protest demonstrations that had the visual allure, choreographic rigor and emotional weight of theater.” (Cotter)

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 11/14 and 11/12.
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