NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/30) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

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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:

Broadway Unplugged
Merkin Concert Hall / 8PM, $75+
“At this deservedly popular event, impresario Scott Siegel gathers a new group of belters to prove that real theater singers don’t need body mics. Singing au naturel, these pros cut loose and let their glorious voices carry the day. The latest edition features Emily Skinner, Chuck Cooper, Robert Cuccioli, Josh Young, Jeannette Bayardelle, Brian Charles Rooney, Maxine Linehan, William Michals, Klea Blackhurst, Douglas Ladnier, Farah Alvin, Kevin Spiritas and more.” (TONY)

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8 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>16th Annual NewSong Music Showcase & Competition
>>David Chesky: Jazz in the New Harmonic
>>Josephine Sanges: “The Best of Me, So Far”
>>Danilo Pérez Trio: Panamonk 
>>ANGEL OLSEN
>>CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE AND TIP CITY
>>How New York Vanished: From the Citizen to the Consumer City
>>Reshaping the Past – The Seven “Secrets” of Christopher Columbus
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

16th Annual NewSong Music Showcase & Competition
with special guest Wilder Adkins
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 6:30PM, FREE
“Now in its 16th year, the NewSong Music Competition is one of the premier showcases of emerging performers and songwriters in North America. This year’s grand-prize winner will be awarded an EP record, recorded and mixed at Echo Mountain Recording Studios in Asheville, North Carolina, along with a featured performance at the Sundance ASCAP Music Café at the Sundance Film Festival and other future performance opportunities across the country. Join us at the David Rubenstein Atrium to experience the finals live.

The 2016 NewSong grand-prize winner Wilder Adkins joins for a special performance.”

David Chesky: Jazz in the New Harmonic
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $45
“With Jazz in the New Harmonic, David Chesky fuses 21st century classical harmonies with the city’s rhythms to create a new genre of jazz. Both live and in the studio, this project has received numerous awards for its provocative and cerebral approach to the classical/jazz blend. Chesky’s patient, angular harmonies are elevated by a solid groove in the group’s foundation, relying on heavy bass vamps from Peter Washington and a steady pulse from drummer Billy Drummond. If you’re looking for something new and refreshing or a jazz set with cross-genre appeal, join us for this one-night-only performance.”

Josephine Sanges: “The Best of Me, So Far”
Don’t Tell Mama, 343 W 46th St./ 7PM, $20
“Josephine Sanges, 2017 Whiting Award winner, MAC award and Broadway World nominee for Female Vocalist, and 2015 Metro Star runner-up entered the world of cabaret in 2014. Since then she’s been a featured artist at several Mabel Mercer Foundation events, performing at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, and Lincoln Center. “When a vocalist comes along with a strikingly rich and radiant voice with real ‘chops’ PLUS can do the connecting with the listener and personalizing the material, that’s when you have…well, someone like Josephine Sanges.”

Danilo Pérez Trio: Panamonk (Nov.30-Dec.03)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“There really is no end to what can be brought to the durable compositions of Thelonious Monk, and the Panamanian pianist Perez proved it with his compelling 1996 album, “Panamonk,” which adorned these iconic tunes in Latin finery. He calls on one of the recording’s participants, the drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, and enlists the bassist Ben Street to round out his rhythmically charged trio.” (NewYorker)

ANGEL OLSEN
at Town Hall / 8PM, $35
“Angel Olsen pulled off a daring leap last year, from the folk intensity of “Burn Your Fire for No Witness” (2014) to the lush, energized pop of her third studio album, “My Woman.” This fall, Ms. Olsen is taking a moment to reflect on how far she’s come: “Phases,” released earlier this month, collects several years of revealing demos and B-sides. Her well-earned victory lap continues this week with two shows in Manhattan.” (NYT-SIMON VOZICK-LEVINSON)

The Chase Brock Experience (Nov.27–Dec. 9)
Clurman, 410 W. 42nd St./ 8PM, $29
“Only thirty-four, with choreography credits that include a video game for Nintendo’s Wii and the ill-fated Broadway musical “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark,” Brock is already celebrating the tenth anniversary of his troupe. His sensibility is peppy, poppy, amped up with theatre-geek zeal. His on-the-beat, on-the-nose illustrations of music and lyrics have a let’s-put-on-a-show innocence. This anniversary program ranges chronologically from the 2007 work “Slow Float,” which treats Laura Nyro songs in the manner of “Hair,” to the première of “Men I’ve Known,” which is set, more ambitiously, to Satie’s austere “Ogives.” (NewYorker)

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE AND TIP CITY (Nov.28-Dec.3)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30PM, $30
“Mr. McBride plays the upright bass with a deft assurance, and leads his bands with a sense of avuncular discipline. His recent album, the strong “Bringin’ It,” features Mr. McBride’s large ensemble, but here he appears with a stripped-down trio, with Emmet Cohen on piano and Dan Wilson on guitar. (Mr. McBride will continue his run from Dec. 5 to 10, with his quintet, Inside Straight.)” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

How New York Vanished: From the Citizen to the Consumer City
with Jeremiah Moss
The New School, 66 W. 12th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Hailed by Vanity Fair as “Essential Reading,” Jeremiah Moss‘s Vanishing New York is an unflinching chronicle of gentrification in the twenty-first century and a love letter to lost New York. This book talk will illuminate Jeremiah Moss’s studies and draw lines from the past to the present, addressing how we got here, how this history manifests in our present day, and what we can do about it. Jeremiah’s expertise and passion for these beloved neighborhoods is presented with what the Village Voice calls a “mixture of snark, sorrow, poeticism, and lyric wit.” Propelled by Moss’ hard-hitting, cantankerous style, Vanishing New York is a staggering examination of contemporary “urban renewal” and its repercussions—not only for New Yorkers, but for all of America and the world. Q&A and book signing to follow.”

Reshaping the Past – The Seven “Secrets” of Christopher Columbus
Italian Cultural Institute, 686 Park Ave./ 6PM, FREE
“This is the first of two talks–the second will take place in December and will be dedicated to “Memory, Monuments and Community”–on the political use of history. The animated discussion that in recent times has taken place about both the figure of Colombo and the presence of monuments dedicated to the representatives of the Confederates in the south of the United States has been developing in an unsatisfactory manner, comprised of immovable defenses and attacks without historical content.

In this first meeting we asked historian, and expert in the period of exploration and the conquests, Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, to trace a portrait of Cristoforo Colombo beyond hagiography and denigration.”

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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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New York City Ballet / “The Nutcracker” (Through Dec. 31)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center / various times and prices
“As a young dancer in St. Petersburg in the nineteen-tens, George Balanchine performed the lead in the Harlequins’ “Hoop Dance” in the Mariinsky Ballet’s “Nutcracker.” By all accounts, he was rather proud of his performance, and in 1954, when he created his own “Nutcracker” for the New York City Ballet, he included the dance verbatim in the second act, and renamed it “Candy Cane.” With its double hoop jumps, it is still one of the most beloved sections of the ballet, performed by one adult dancer and eight children from the school. This merging of past and present, adult prowess and youthful flair, has helped insure this production’s enduring appeal for more than sixty years. It returns for a monthlong run.” (NewYorker)

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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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Let there be light!

Luminaries installation at Brookfield Place in the Winter Garden, a stunning holiday arrangement, comprising 650 LED lanterns hanging from the ceiling. Make sure to pack your skates and enjoy ice-skating next door, along the waterfront.
AND
Erwin Redl’s Whiteout, a newly commissioned public art project, will light up in Madison Square Park. 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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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
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)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

ART AND CHINA AFTER 1989: THEATER OF THE WORLD,  (through Jan 7, 2018). “New York is still behind the curve in terms of familiarity with the explosion of contemporary art produced in China between the 1989 Tiananmen massacre and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. This dynamic, canon-affirming Guggenheim survey reprises much of what we already do know, but also adds fresh information about large group projects and, usefully, shift the focus away from auction-favored painting onto Conceptualism. (After protests from animal-right activists, three works in the show, including “Theater of the World” by Huang Yong Ping, appear in altered form.)” (Holland Cotter)

Frick Collection

‘MURILLO: THE SELF-PORTRAITS’ (through Feb. 4, 2018). “Two flawlessly executed selfies by one of the leading painters of the Spanish Golden Age are united for the first time in centuries in this revealing, somewhat melancholy exhibition on mastery and aging. Around 1650, the thirtysomething Bartolomé Esteban Murillo painted himself as an ambitious young painter with pursed lips and arched eyebrows, staring out incongruously from a block of ancient marble. The young painter was already imagining himself as a man for the ages, but success seems to have worn down Murillo in the later self-portrait, from about 1670. His hair has grown thinner, he’s developed a double chin, and he extends his hand as if desperate to connect to us.” (Farago)

Museum of the City of New York

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)

Morgan Library & Museum

‘DRAWN TO GREATNESS: MASTER DRAWINGS FROM THE THAW COLLECTION’  (through Jan. 7, 2018). “This major group drawing show constitutes a grand summing-up of a career, of an art form and of an institution’s holdings. During the past 60 years, the New York art dealer Eugene V. Thaw and his wife Clare Eddy Thaw amassed a phenomenal drawing collection notable for its chronological breadth, running from the early Renaissance to the near present. This year they gave more than 400 items outright to the Morgan Library, expanding and deepening its range. The 150 works on view include a super-rare Andrea Mantegna, an unearthly Samuel Palmer and a soulful Vincent Van Gogh.”  (NYT-Holland Cotter)

Met Breuer 

“DELIRIOUS: ART AT THE LIMITS OF REASON, 1950-1980” (through Jan. 4). “This provocative multimedia survey ignores the established canon to propose that after the destructiveness of World War II, artists began to answer life’s absurdities with more of the same. It follows a thread of irrationality through the efforts of 63 artists from three continents working with abstract form, language and the body . There are some familiar names — Sol LeWitt, Claes Oldenburg and Lynda Benglis — but the selections and rejiggered context give everything a new spin.” (NYT-Roberta Smith)

and you should be sure to check out these special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish)

‘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

‘STREAMS AND MOUNTAINS WITHOUT END: LANDSCAPE TRADITIONS OF CHINA’  (through Jan. 6, 2018). “If you’ve seen only ash-aired Beijing, or that architectural Oz Shanghai, you haven’t seen China. Most of the country is wide-open space, green and blue: hills, plains, water. And it was for an escape to that openness that some Chinese urbanites yearned in centuries past. Their dream: to sit in on a terrace halfway up a mountain, with tea steeping, an ink-brush at hand, a friend at the door, and a waterfall splashing nearby. Not just for vacation. Forever. One way they could live the dream was through images of the kind seen in this show. Technically, it’s a collection reinstallation spiced with a few loans. But the Met’s China holdings are so broad and deep that some of the pictures here are resurfacing for the first time in almost a decade; one is finally making its debut a century after it was acquired. And there’s more than just paintings on view: ceramics, textiles and scholar’s rocks fill out the panorama.” (NYT-Holland Cotter) 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

‘JAPANESE BAMBOO ART: THE ABBEY COLLECTION’  (through Feb. 4, 2018). “This fabulous show celebrates Diane and Arthur Abbey’s gift of some 70 bamboo baskets and sculptures, which nearly doubles the Met’s already outstanding holdings in this genre and brings them into the 20th and 21st centuries. The curator has embedded this trove within what is essentially a second exhibition that traces bamboo’s presence through folding screens, ink paintings, porcelain, netsuke, kimonos and more.” (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) (Wed 2-6pm PWYW; First Friday each month (exc Jan+Sep) 6-9pm FREE) 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 11/28 and 11/26.
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