NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

Fact or Fiction? Amadeus and the Portrayal of an Artist with F. Murray Abraham
Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W. 62nd St. / 7:30PM, FREE, but better get there early for a seat.
“F. Murray Abraham talks about Amadeus on the eve of the film’s 35th anniversary and ahead of the Philharmonic’s Amadeus—Live. He’ll be in conversation with Leonard Bernstein Scholar-in-Residence Michael Beckerman as they look at the ethics of the film and the “fact or fiction” of its portrayals (no matter what the “Everything You’ve Heard Is True” tagline promised).” (ThoughtGallery.org)

“Thirty-five years after its premiere in 1984, Miloš Forman’s film adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s Amadeus stands as the most vivid, powerful, and controversial composer biopic of its time, one of the few times classical music was thrust into the American mainstream. The movie’s tagline was diabolically clever: “Everything You’ve Heard Is True!” While on one level it simply refers to the power of the film, it subtly reinforces the notion that viewers were engaged with a true story—a real docudrama—rather than fiction inspired by Alexander Pushkin’s 1830 play Mozart and Salieri. “

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band
>> Jack Alive
>> A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> Visualizing Planets with Radio Telescopes
>> Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning
Continuing Events
>> The Orchid Show
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Charlie Rosen’s Broadway Big Band
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, +9:30PM, $25+
“Broadway stars take turns fronting Charlie Rosen’s 17-piece jazz orchestra in this exceptional evening of musical entertainment. The arrangements are a wonder, and you won’t believe how much sound they pack onto one small stage. Guests on April 9 include Hannah Elless, Ben Fankhauser, John-Michael Lyles, Julia Mattison, Christiani Pitts, Ciara Renée, Bobby Conte Thornton and Dear Evan Hansen scene stealer Will Roland.” (TONY)

Jack Alive
The Green Room 42 / 7PM, +9:30PM, $65
“The Great Comet auteur Dave Malloy hosts this benefit for the hip Brooklyn performing-arts space Jack. Performers include Cometeers Brittain Ashford, Nicholas Belton, Nick Choksi, Amber Gray, Grace McLean and John Murchison, along with Eisa Davis, Shasta Geaux Pop, Hadestown composer Anaïs Mitchell and many more. Expect a few songs from Malloy’s in-progress musical adaptation of Moby-Dick.” (TONY)

Manhattan School of Music Jazz Orchestra: A Love Supreme by John Coltrane
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
With conductor Jim McNeely and saxophonist Joe Lovano

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland, / 9:30PM, $30
“Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Billy Stritch on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.” (broadwayworld)

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

AMNH Presents, Frontiers Lecture: Visualizing Planets with Radio Telescopes
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St., Hayden Planetarium Space Theater / 7:30PM, $15
“Astronomers have discovered thousands of planets in our galaxy, but how much do we know about the diversity of these planetary systems? Astrophysicist Meredith Hughes introduces the weird and wonderful young systems that we can see with extremely powerful radio telescopes, and provides a window into our own place in the universe.”

Madeleine Albright | Fascism: A Warning
Barnes & Noble – Union Square, 33 E. 17th St./ 7PM, Free with purchase of the book
“Join us in welcoming Madeleine Albright to celebrate the release of her new book Fascism: A Warning! A limited number of wristbands for event access will be distributed with purchase of the featured title from this B&N location beginning at 9am the day of the event.”

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♦ 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  8.6 million, had a record 63 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2018 – 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.
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Continuing Events

The Orchid Show (thru April 22)
New York Botanical Garden; 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx; various dates and times; $20
“Now in its 16th year, this mesmerizing show displays thousands of orchids in geometric, illuminated sculptural presentations. Catch special Orchid evenings for dancing, music and drinks among the flowers.”

“With less than a month left to see the 16th edition of the Orchid Show, there’s no better time to go to the New York Botanical Garden. Marvel over Belgian floral artist Daniël Ost’s wabi-sabi installations, which find beauty in imperfection and impermanence.” (TONY)

The Orchid Show in NYC guide
https://www.timeout.com/newyork/things-to-do/orchid-show-nyc-guide

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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.

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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 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)


‘TARSILA DO AMARAL: INVENTING MODERN ART IN BRAZIL’ (through June 3). “The subtitle is no overstatement: In the early 1920s, first in Paris and then back home in São Paulo, Brazil, this painter really did lay the groundwork for the coming of modernism in Latin America’s most populous nation. Tired of the European pretenders in Brazil’s art academies, Tarsila (who was always called by her first name) began to intermingle Western, African and indigenous motifs into flowing, biomorphic paintings, and to theorize a new national culture fueled by the principle of antropofagia, or “cannibalism.” Along with spare, assured drawings of Rio and the Brazilian countryside, this belated but very welcome show assembles Tarsila’s three most important paintings, including the classic “Abaporu” (1928): a semi-human nude with a spindly nose and a comically swollen foot. (Jason Farago)” (NYT)

Whitney Museum of American Art

GRANT WOOD: AMERICAN GOTHIC AND OTHER FABLES’ (through June 10). This well-done survey begins with the American Regionalist’s little-known efforts as an Arts and Crafts designer and touches just about every base. It includes his mural studies, book illustrations and most of his best-known paintings — including “American Gothic” and “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.” Best of all are Wood’s smooth undulant landscapes with their plowmen and spongy trees and infectious serenity. (Smith, NYT)

‘ZOE LEONARD: SURVEY’  (through June 10).
Some shows cast a spell. Zoe Leonard’s reverberant retrospective does. Physically ultra-austere, all white walls with a fiercely edited selection of objects — photographs of clouds taken from airplane windows; a mural collaged from vintage postcards; a scattering of empty fruit skins, each stitched closed with needle and thread — it’s an extended essay about travel, time passing, political passion and the ineffable daily beauty of the world. (Cotter, NYT)
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/07 and 04/05.

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