NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/10) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, better check the tab above: “NYC Events-March”
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:

The House Is Black Media Project
Met Fifth Avenue, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium / 7PM, $35
“In The House Is Black, Iranian singer and performance artist Sussan Deyhim explores the life of poet-filmmaker Forough Farrokhzad through music, theater, and film. Farrokhzad, who died in a 1967 car accident at age 32, is an iconic modernist comparable to Sylvia Plath or Patti Smith. Trapped between tradition and transition, she developed a strong feminist voice but was condemned for her scandalous divorce. Her poetry was banned for more than a decade after the Islamic Revolution. Deyhim — who created this multimedia tribute in collaboration with co-composer Richard Horowitz and co-director Robert Egan — has been exploring Iran’s cultural tradition since the Seventies. The House Is Black, which takes its title from Farrokhzad’s remarkable documentary about life in a leper colony, touches on Persian classical music, jazz, and the trilling and ululating singer Deyhim’s early folk-music studies in Iran.” (VillageVoice)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Carole J. Bufford: Come Together—When the 1960s Met the 1970s
>> La Bohème
>>Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob
>> Encuentro Flamenco
>> The Armory Show 
>> Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass
Continuing Events

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Carole J. Bufford: Come Together—When the 1960s Met the 1970s
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $30+
“Bufford is one of cabaret’s brightest rising stars, with a distinctive, bluesy voice and a flair for the theatrical. Her new set surveys the musical landscape stretching from 1965 to 1975, including songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Dusty Springfield, Carole King, Roberta Flack and others.” (tony)

Metropolitan Opera House / 8:30PM, $
“The world’s most popular opera returns in Franco Zeffirelli’s classic production, with a series of exciting casts. Angel Blue, Anita Hartig, and Sonya Yoncheva share the role of the fragile Mimì, with Dmytro Popov, Russell Thomas, and Michael Fabiano alternating as the poet Rodolfo. Alexander Soddy and Marco Armiliato share conducting duties.”

Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob (Mar.8-11)
Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $30
“Ringmasterly slide trumpeter Steven Bernstein leads two bands over four nights. First up is Sexmob, his rambunctious quartet with Briggan Krauss (saxophones), Tony Scherr (bass), and Kenny Wolleson (drums). Expect Sexmob — unbelievably playing its first jazz-club gig in twenty years of existence — to pump up the volume and pull out the stops on its repertoire of pop covers and allusive Bernstein originals. (Combustible keyboardist John Medeski joins in Friday.)

Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, on the other hand, is returning to its early-Nineties weekly residence with a 2017 album of Sly Stone covers in tow. Inspired by the itinerant pre-swing territory bands of the Twenties and Thirties, who brought popular songs to outlying audiences, the nine-piece MTO rips outrageously in response to Bernstein’s conductive antics. You won’t find a more entertaining stand-on-your-chair-and-holler conclave of jazz adventurists.” (Richard Gehr, Village Voice)

Elsewhere, but I’ll travel miles for Flamenco, worth the detour:

Encuentro Flamenco
Thalia Spanish Theatre, 8PM, $37–$45
“Danza España, under the direction of Yloy Ybarra, assays an ambitious dance and musical encounter between Spain and the cultures of India and the Middle East, bringing together flamenco dancers Xianix Barrera, Sol La Argentinita, and Ybarra himself with Middle Eastern performer Reyna Alcala, and Kathak dancers Henna Khanijou and Urvashie Kissoon; they will plumb the relationship of these diverse cultures to the flamenco form. Supporting these artists are singer Juan Murube, guitarists Miguel Aragon and Basilio Georges, and percussionist Walid Guzman. The theater is six stops from Grand Central on the 6 local; lots of interesting food to be found in the area.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)


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

The Armory Show (March 8-11)
Pier 94, 12th Ave. at 55th St./ mm
“During a slow week at the big auction houses, two fairs pick up the slack. The Armory Show, a sprawling contemporary-art fair, returns to Piers 92 and 94 on Manhattan’s West Side. This year’s edition focusses on themes of immigration and access in its “Platform” series, a curated subsection of the fair devoted to larger, site-specific works. One of these pieces will be installed outside the venue: a huge image of immigrant families waiting in line, entitled “So Close,” by the French artist JR. Inside Pier 94, another installation, by the Brooklynite Tara Donovan, will feature a towering pile of plastic tubes.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but Ira Glass should be worth the detour:

Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 30 Lafayette Ave./ 7:30, $25
“In this unique talk, the iconic host of This American Life shares lessons from his life and career in storytelling. Using audio clips, music, and video, he shares his creative inspirations, the things that drive his passion, and how his many failures and successes have informed his decisions.” (

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, plus 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 – awesome! BUT quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just earlier on the day of performance.

Continuing Events

This is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide. If you have never seen these crazy, fearless performers, they are well worth the detour:

STREB EXTREME ACTION (March 2-25 at various times)
at SLAM, 51 N 1st St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
“Elizabeth Streb’s cavernous Brooklyn space is known as SLAM (Streb Lab for Action Mechanics), which is also a frequent move that occurs at one of her shows. For the month of March, her fearless team of action heroes, as they’re called, will navigate intimidating industrial contraptions and fling themselves from unnatural heights, seemingly defying physics with the pep of cheerleaders. The hourlong show, “S.E.A.” (“Singular Extreme Actions”), encapsulates all the thrill, humor and energizing fun that makes this company so singular.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)

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.
Hit the Hot Link and 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 03/08 and 03/06.

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