NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

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

NEW COMBINATIONS (Feb.8,9,11)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“NYCB Founder George Balanchine famously said, “There are no new steps, only new combinations,” and each year the Company pays homage to that affirmation with a world premiere. Sharing the stage with this new work are Martins’ The Red Violin, set to a violin concerto at turns faint or frenzied, and Ratmansky’s critically-acclaimed first NYCB ballet, Russian Seasons, an ensemble piece embracing life in myriad emotions.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> BILAL AND THE ONYX COLLECTIVE
>> Carmen Cusack
>>Miguel Zenon
>> Ronald K. Brown Evidence
>> Joe Lovano
>>The Future of the Internet
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

BILAL AND THE ONYX COLLECTIVE
at Le Poisson Rouge / 8:30PM, $30
“Think of Bilal as the mysterious figure at the gate between neo-soul contemplation and jazz digression. He’s possessed of a high and keening voice that can seem to reach to the stars, but never shakes off the dust and grime of the earth. He’s often heard alongside figures like Robert Glasper, Common and Kendrick Lamar, but his own music is a captivating mélange, switching grooves and textures often. Opening for Bilal at this show is the Onyx Collective, a federation of young improvisers making low-lit, expansively improvised jazz, often with collaborators from the worlds of hip-hop, R&B and spoken word.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Carmen Cusack (Feb. 8-10)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $75
“Cusack’s miraculous range let her play roles as disparate as Elphaba in Wicked, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Nellie in South Pacific before making a wonderful Broadway debut in 2016’s Bright Star. We look forward to seeing what she does next—which, based on her history, could be anything.” (TONY)

Miguel Zenon (Feb. 6-11)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Tipico,” Zenon’s current album, is a dedicatory project that celebrates the unity and inventiveness of the alto saxophonist’s longtime quartet, now completing its second decade as a fierce modernist ensemble. The leader’s lapel-grabbing style of playing may remain the focus, but his bandmates—the pianist Luis Perdomo, the bassist Hans Glawischnig, and the drummer Henry Cole—are invaluable contributors, having thoroughly absorbed Zenon’s integration of Latin musical sources and jazz. They are all worthy of his obvious pride.” (NewYorker)

Ronald K. Brown Evidence (Feb. 6-11)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $36+
“Ronald K. Brown’s singular style — a savory blend of African dance, modern dance, social dances and ballet — is on fine display in a mixed-bill program that includes “March,” an excerpt from a 1995 work set to a Martin Luther King Jr. speech; “Come Ye,” inspired by Nina Simone; “Dancing Spirit,” created for the Alvin Ailey company and now performed by Mr. Brown’s dancers; and the new “Den of Dreams,” a duet between Mr. Brown and Arcell Cabuag, an exuberant performer and the company’s associate artistic director, who’s celebrating 20 years with the troupe.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

Joe Lovano (Feb.6-10)
Birdland / 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Us Five surrounds genial saxophonist Joe Lovano with a sophisticated piano man, James Weidman, plus the red-hot rhythm team of bass phenom and all-around polymath Esperanza Spalding, drummer Otis Brown III and percussionist Francisco Mela (bassist Peter Slavlov fills in Feb 6). Settling into Birdland for a five-night run, Lovano’s crew shares tunes from its broad-minded, querying catalogue.” (TONY)

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

The Future of the Internet
Caveat / 7PM, $20
“Power, culture, and technology all intersect in the next session of Convergence. Three experts will talk about the internet to come, whether it will bear Ajit Pai’s vision, or if the new state laws guaranteeing net neutrality in Montana, New York, and California provide cause for hope.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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BONUS:
NYC Restaurant Week (Jan.22-Feb.9)

NYC Restaurant Week® guide (TONY)

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Continuing Events

‘MICHELANGELO: DIVINE DRAFTSMAN AND DESIGNER’
Metropolitan Museum of Art (through Feb. 12).

”A monument to a monument. With 133 drawings by the beyond-famous artist on loan from some 50 front-rank collections, this show is a curatorial coup and an art historical tour de force: a panoptic view of a titanic career as recorded in the most fragile of media: paper, chalk and ink. And it demands that you be fully present. Drawing is more than a graphic experience; it’s a textural one, about the pressure of crayon and pen on a page; the subliminal fade and focus of lines; the weave and shadow-creating swells of surfaces. These are effects that can’t be captured by a smartphone.” (Cotter-NYT)
212-535-7710, metmuseum.org

The art world has been agog about this exhibition for sometime. One critic after another exclaims that it is the “Exhibition of a lifetime!” The hype has been over the top. Usually that means you’ll be disappointed when you actually experience it, because it couldn’t possibly live up to the hype. Not this time.

This is a huge and marvelous exhibition that shows the evolution of Michelangelo from a young artist to a mature, divine genius. An exhibition that you will remember for sometime. Even the works of other artists that are included for contrast and context are amazing.

Here are a few reviews from the critics to give you a fuller flavor of this exhibition. They strongly encourage you to make the time to see this “once in a lifetime” exhibition. I also encourage you to see it.

Only 5 days left, because the exhibition closes February 12.

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Let there be light!
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 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.

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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)

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)

Stephen Shore (thru May 28)

“This immersive and staggeringly charming retrospective is devoted to one of the best American photographers of the past half century. Shore has peers—Joel Meyerowitz, Joel Sternfeld, Richard Misrach, and, especially, William Eggleston—in a generation that, in the nineteen-seventies, stormed to eminence with color film, which art photographers had long disdained. His best-known series, “American Surfaces” and “Uncommon Places,” are both from the seventies and were mostly made in rugged Western states. The pictures in these series share a quality of surprise: appearances surely unappreciated if even really noticed by anyone before—in rural Arizona, a phone booth next to a tall cactus, on which a crude sign (“GARAGE”) is mounted, and, on a small-city street in Wisconsin, a movie marquee’s neon wanly aglow, at twilight. A search for fresh astonishments has kept Shore peripatetic, on productive sojourns in Mexico, Scotland, Italy, Ukraine, and Israel. He has remained a vestigial Romantic, stopping in space and 
time to frame views that exert a peculiar tug on him. This framing is resolutely formalist: subjects composed laterally, from edge to edge, and in depth. There’s never a “background.” The most distant element is as considered as the nearest. But only when looking for it are you conscious of Shore’s formal discipline, because it is as fluent as a language learned from birth. His best pictures at once arouse feelings and leave us alone to make what we will of them. He delivers truths, whether hard or easy, with something very like mercy.” (NewYorker)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/06 and 02/04.
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