NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/14) + 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.


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

at Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $48+
“Last year the stout-voiced Mr. Porter released “Nat King Cole & Me,” a tribute album featuring some of Cole’s best-known songs, rendered with resplendent backing from the London Symphony Orchestra. (You might say the record was bound to happen: In 2004, before he was a big name, Mr. Porter presented an autobiographical musical of a similar name.) This Valentine’s Day concert marks Mr. Porter’s debut at Carnegie Hall, where Cole gave some of the most momentous performances of his career.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

BTW, Time Out NewYork has a fine guide to what’s happening in NYCity on Valentines Day.


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Lizz Wright
>>Peter Cincotti Valentine’s Day concert
>> Valentine’s Day with Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick
>> Wine Tour de France: Valentine’s Day Champagne and Chocolate Tasting
>> The Loved and The Lost Tour: Stories of Romance Through History

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ROMEO + JULIET (Feb.13 – 23)
New York City Ballet
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $30+
“In defiance of its tragic ending, Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet remains the greatest romance of all time, demonstrating the power of love in its many forms. Peter Martins’ staging of this eternal classic, set to Prokofiev’s glorious accompaniment, embraces naïve excitement, betrayal, despair, and steadfast resolution, emphasizing the innocence and youthful optimism of its two heroes while proving that even in death true love cannot be overcome.”

Lizz Wright
The Appel Room / 830PM, $75
“The last time Lizz Wright performed as a part of American Songbook in 2009, the New York Times described the Georgia-born singer-songwriter as “an awesome talent [who] stands in a direct line of descent from Odetta through Tracy Chapman, singers whose source of sustenance is the African-American spiritual tradition.” A lot of life has happened for Wright since then, and her latest album, 2017’s “potent, sanctified” Grace (Guardian, U.K.), a New York Times Best Album of the Year, reveals a new register that lends an affecting vulnerability to her sensual contralto voice and regal poise. Spurred by the divisiveness of the 2016 election, Wright felt compelled to reconnect with her Southern heritage both physically and artistically. The resulting sound boosts the down-home blues and gospel elements of her musical style that also traverses jazz, folk, and confessional singer-songwriter traditions, arriving at a place where all are welcome.”

at Mezzrow / 8 and 9:30PM, $20
“Cheeky, importunate and canny, Ms. Jordan’s voice is one of the great standard-bearing instruments of midcentury jazz. Now 89 and a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, she still has that mix of sagacity and ingenuous charm that endeared her to discerning listeners in the 1960s. For this Valentine’s Day show, Ms. Jordan appears with two well-traveled accompanists, the pianist John DiMartino and the bassist Harvie S.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Peter Cincotti Valentine’s Day concert
The Iridium, 1650 Broadway / 8PM, $35
“Hear some of your favorite love songs and some of Peter Cincotti’s own at this Valentine’s Day concert. Cincotti, who has worked with Andrea Bocelli, David Guetta and David Foster, is the youngest ever artist to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s jazz charts and has been in the Top Ten on Pop Radio charts across Europe.” (amNY)

Valentine’s Day with Rhonda Ross and Rodney Kendrick
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave./ mm, $20
“For the first time in 15 years, Rhonda Ross, the daughter of Diana Ross, and Rodney Kendrick will put on a joint concert — “Lyric of Love: An Evening of Music, Poetry & Magic” — to celebrate love.” (amNY)

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

Wine Tour de France: Valentine’s Day Champagne and Chocolate Tasting
French Institute Alliance Française / 7PM, $95
“Two of the most stereotypically romantic foods—chocolate and champagne—in this Valentine’s Day tasting class. And because no one does l’amour quite like the French, the six sparkling wines you’ll sip all come from France. A panel of experts leads the masterclass.” (TONY)

The Loved and The Lost Tour: Stories of Romance Through History
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 4;30PM, $31
“Take a behind-the-scenes, intimate journey of our permanent collection on this revealing Valentine’s Day tour. Our docent will lead you through sentimental, sad, and often funny historical stories of love and marriage, providing an insider’s look at how artists and craftsman over time have depicted love in unique and unexpected ways. Then, join curator Edward O’Reilly, head of the manuscript department, on an exploration of historical love letters that evoke the personal costs and consequences of romance in a bygone era.

Discover these stories and more on this illuminating tour through history that traces love, marriage, and everything in between.”


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.

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)

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.” (TON12

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)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/12 and 02/10.

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