NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/26) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

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:

Broadway by the Year
The Town Hall / 8PM, $57-$67
“Scott Siegel’s valuable concert series opens time capsules to some of the Great White Way’s most memorable seasons. The February edition devotes its first act to shows from 1930 (e.g. Strike Up the Band, Nina Rosa, Girl Crazy and The New Yorkers) and its second act to shows from 1964 (e.g. Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Golden Boy, Hello Dolly!). The cast includes Chuck Cooper, Tonya Pinkins, Emily Skinner, Danny Gardner, Kerry O’Malley Scott Coulter and Pedro Coppeti.” (TONY)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Madama Butterfly
>> Eva Noblezada: Girl No More
>> Lyrics & Lyricists: Lenny’s Lyricists
>> Facebook’s Chris Hughes in Conversation with Dorian T. Warren: Luck, Fortune and Combatting Income Inequality
>> Ariella Azoulay | Plunder: The Origins of Modern Art
>>Alabama v. Hamilton and the Fight for Racial Equality
Continuing Events
>>New York City Beer Week

Madama Butterfly
The Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $25+
“Anthony Minghella’s stunning production of Puccini’s heartbreaking opera, an instant Met classic since its 2006 premiere, returns with Hui He and Ermonela Jaho in the tragic title role of the trusting geisha. Roberto Aronica and Luis Chapa alternate as her callous American lover, Pinkerton, and Jader Bignamini and Marco Armiliato conduct.”

Eva Noblezada: Girl No More
The Green Room 42 / 7PM, $35
“The Tony-nominated star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon shows off her range in a concert that includes favorites made famous by Amy Winehouse and Frank Sinatra.” (TONY)

Lyrics & Lyricists: Lenny’s Lyricists (Feb.24-26)
92nd Street Y / 2PM, +7PM, $70+
“Amanda Green hosts the latest edition of the 92nd Street Y’s estimable Lyrics & Lyricists series. This episode is devoted to the wordsmiths (include Green’s parents, Betty Comden and Adoph Green) who worked with Leonard Bernstein on such shows as On the Town, Wonderful Town, West Side Story and Candide. The singers are Mikaela Bennett, Andréa Burns, Darius de Haas, Howard McGillin and Tony Yazbeck.” (TONY)

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

Facebook’s Chris Hughes in Conversation with Dorian T. Warren: Luck, Fortune and Combatting Income Inequality
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./7:30PM, $29
“The first half of Chris Hughes’ life played like a movie reel right out of the “American Dream.”

He grew up in a small town in North Carolina. His parents were people of modest means, but he was accepted into an elite boarding school and then Harvard, both on scholarship. There, he met Mark Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz and became one of the co-founders of Facebook. Through the rocket ship rise of Facebook, Hughes came to understand how a select few can become ultra-wealthy nearly overnight, making it hard for the average person to make ends meet. To remedy the situation, Chris believes that a no strings attached, guaranteed income for working people, paid for by the 1%, will help combat poverty and stabilize the middle class. Join him to hear about his newest book, Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn, and his bold take on how we earn in modern America, how we can combat income inequality, and ultimately, how we can give everyone a fair shot.”

Ariella Azoulay | Plunder: The Origins of Modern Art
The Cooper Union, 7 E. 7th St./ 7PM, FREE
“Ponder plunder as the prerequisite underlying modern art with “potential history” expert Ariella Azoulay (Civil Imagination: The Political Ontology of Photography) as part of Cooper Union’s Intra-Disciplinary Seminar (IDS) Public Lecture Series.

From the beginning, art has been imperialism’s preferred terrain. Much has been written about the impoverishment of different cultures whose artistic treasures were expropriated to enrich Western aristocracies and embellish Western museums. What will be the meaning of modern art if we consider this plunder its origin?”

Alabama v. Hamilton and the Fight for Racial Equality
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $38
“Harvard Law School professor Randall Kennedy speaks on an overlooked but telling 1963 case (Alabama v. Hamilton), which pushed back against the court practice of addressing white witnesses by their honorifics and black witnesses by their first names.

In 1963, courts often addressed white witnesses by their honorifics but used black witnesses’ first names. When Mary Hamilton refused to answer questions until addressed by her surname, she was jailed for contempt of court. A year later, the Supreme Court vacated her conviction. Explore the story behind Alabama v. Hamilton and its broader significance within the struggle for racial equality.” (

♦ 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.


Continuing Events

New York City Beer Week
“For eight crazy nights starting February 24, NYC Beer Week taps into the city with hundreds of events: parties, tastings, plenty of grub, the first-ever Fermentation Festival (gotta get those probiotics) and a closing awards gala that’ll honor the best suds in town. If last year’s fest was any indication of what’s to come—400 events took place over 10 days, and acclaimed composers George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein performed live—you’re in for quite the boozy treat.” (TONY)

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: Nifty 9 – Best Cabarets / Piano Bars NYCity
These are my favorite places for an after dinner night on the town – music and drinks.
Check out what’s happening tonight:

Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W 54th St.

The Green Room 42 – 570 Tenth Ave.

Don’t Tell Mama – 343 W 46th St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher St.

Sid Gold’s Request Room – 165 W 26th St.

Cafe Carlyle, in the Carlyle Hotel – 35 E. 76th St.
This is the only one not located on Manhattan’s WestSide, and it ain’t cheap, but it has some of the finest singers.


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 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)

Tarsila do Amaral (thru June 3)

Introducing New York to the First Brazilian Modernist
“Forty-five years after Tarsila do Amaral’s death, MOMA presents her first-ever museum exhibition in the U.S. Some artists are so iconic, they’re known by only one name: Brancusi, Léger, Tarsila. Wait, who? The painter Tarsila do Amaral is so famous in her native Brazil that forty-three years after her death she helped close out the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, when a projected pattern of red-orange-yellow arcs graced the stadium floor, an homage to her 1929 painting “Setting Sun.” That chimerical landscape—stylized sunset above tubular cacti and a herd of capybaras that shape-shift into boulders—hangs now at MOMA, in the artist’s first-ever museum exhibition in the U.S., “Tarsila do Amaral: Inventing Modern Art in Brazil.” (NewYorker)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/24 and 02/22.


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