NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/27) + 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-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:

Houston Person Quartet (April 26-29)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“83 years young, the tenor titan Houston Person can still blow with the best of ’em. With over 75 albums to his repertoire and counting (the essential Rain or Shine came out last year), the South Carolinian owns one of the deepest catalogs in jazz as a leader. If you haven’t already, it’s highly suggested you start picking up any of his great work on Prestige or Muse or HighNote; maybe begin with the butter-smooth goodness of The Nearness of You, which turns forty this year and features Person backed by a killer band (Melvin Sparks on guitar, Charles Earland on organ, Grady Tate on drums, and others). As a producer as well as a performer, Houston has always known the secret to constructing a quality combo, and he returns to the Standard this weekend with his current quartet: Lafayette Harris on piano, Matthew Parrish on bass, and drummer Vince Ector, all of whom played on Rain or Shine. Houston is among the last of the tenor giants working the clubs on the regular, one who has been so important to the evolution of the offshoot known as soul jazz. Get out and see him.” (Ron Hart, VillageVoice)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Allan Harris “The Genius of Eddie Jefferson”
>> Karrin Allyson
>> Roméo et Juliette
>>Chucho Valdes
>> “Black, Brown & Beige” & “The Best of Basie”
>>NEW YORK CITY BALLET
Continuing Events
>> Tribeca Film Festival
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Allan Harris “The Genius of Eddie Jefferson” (April 27-29)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $40
“Vocalese, the art of applying original lyrics to the contours of previously recorded jazz improvisations, was perfected by the vocalist Eddie Jefferson, an irrepressible performer who was killed at age sixty, in 1979. Harris pays tribute to this pioneering singer, bringing his own lustre to such touchstones as “Moody’s Mood for Love,” a Jefferson concoction that’s been interpreted by everyone from Aretha Franklin to Amy Winehouse.” (NewYorker)

Karrin Allyson (April 24-28)
Birdland / 8:30PM, +11:00PM, $40
“Over the course of her lengthy recording career, singer Allyson has released albums devoted to jazz standards, the Great American Songbook, Rodgers and Hammerstein show tunes, Brazilian fare and Coltrane classics.” (TONY)

Roméo et Juliette (Apr 23-May 12, next May 01)
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $
“Bartlett Sher’s production of Gounod’s sumptuous Shakespeare adaptation was a hit of the 2016–17 Met season (“a revelation” declared the Huffington Post). Now the sweeping tragedy returns with Ailyn Pérez and Bryan Hymel, both celebrated in French repertoire, as the star crossed young lovers. Plácido Domingo conducts.”

Chucho Valdes (April 24-29)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8:00PM, +10:30PM, $55-$75
“Irakere, co-founded by the virtuosic pianist Chucho Valdes, was a pioneering Cuban band that first gained prominence, in the nineteen-seventies, for its tangy blend of Caribbean influences and jazz. Valdes, a volcano of a stylist, will assemble a version of the outfit to celebrate the forty-fifth anniversary of the Grammy-winning ensemble’s inception.” (NewYorker)

“Black, Brown & Beige” & “The Best of Basie” (Apr.26-28)
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 8PM, $90+
“An utterly fail-safe program mates gems from the classic Count Basie band with a full-length performance of Duke Ellington’s “Black, Brown & Beige,” the master’s 1943 extended piece reflecting on the African-American experience. As Ellington performed the three-movement suite in its entirety only three times in his career, it will be a joy to hear the sweeping work brought to life once again.” (NewYorker)
“While availability is limited for this performance, secure your seats now to see the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis at their next New York performance, Celebrating Ornette Coleman, May 18-19.”

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through June 3).
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $
“Most of the coming week features classic works by City Ballet’s patriarch George Balanchine — such as “Apollo,” “Agon” and “The Four Temperaments” — and recent choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and the company members Justin Peck and Peter Walker. For the spring gala on May 3, the attention switches to City Ballet’s other artistic forefather, Jerome Robbins, who was born a century ago and died in 1998. The program includes several of Robbins’s works, a new tribute by Mr. Peck and a sampler of Robbins’s beloved Broadway dances staged by the choreographer Warren Carlyle.” (NYT-BRIAN SCHAEFER)
TONIGHT: All Balanchine
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The meat of the season begins on May 3 with Robbins 100, a celebration honoring the centennial of Jerome Robbins’s birth. As part of it, the choreographer and director Warren Carlyle presents a work featuring a cast of 30 and music and choreography from eight Broadway musicals associated with Robbins, including “On the Town” & “The King and I.” (NYT-GIA KOURLAS)

BONUS

Acosta Danza (Apr.25-27)
New York City Center / 7:30PM, $25+
This would have been my top event, but it looks like a tough ticket -may have to go to the secondary market.
“Around the turn of the millennium, Carlos Acosta was part of a wave of brilliant Cuban ballet dancers who passed through American Ballet Theatre and other world-class troupes. After a long stint with London’s Royal Ballet, he’s now in his forties and directing his own ensemble, Acosta Danza, here making its U.S. debut headlining a weeklong festival of Cuban arts.

For three nights on the City Center Mainstage, see Spanish choreographer Goyo Montero’s Alrededor No Hay Nada and Cuban choreographer Marianela Boán’s intense two-man duet El Cruce Sobre el Niágara. Raúl Reinoso’s Nosotros features live musical accompaniment from cellist Cicely Parnas and pianist José Gavilondo, and Acosta himself performs in a new duet by Belgium-based Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Mermaid, about a tipsy encounter between strangers. Closing the program is Twelve from Madrid’s Jorge Crecis — a fast-paced frenzy that utilizes glow sticks, water bottles, and immaculate timing to explore the limits of the human body.” (Elizabeth Zimmer, Village Voice)

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

come back tomorrow for Smart Stuff events.

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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

Tribeca Film Festival (various locations, April 18–29)
“It’s all happening downtown.
NYC’s lovable giant mongrel film fest is back for its 17th year, with a slew of features and docs and panels and Big Events like the Schindler’s List reunion with Spielberg, Neeson, and others. Among the highlights are the Rachel Weisz lesbian drama Disobedience, the stand-up teenage-girl-comedian drama Jellyfish, and about 100 other films.” (D.E., NY Magazine)

“The Tribeca Film Festival is much more than just movies.

With virtual reality and interactive installations in Tribeca Immersive, live music events, the Tribeca ESPN Sports Film Festival, the various Tribeca Talks, and free panels for working and aspiring filmmakers, you could be quite entertained without entering a theater… not that we recommend that.

The director, cast, and crew are often on hand for a Q & A after the screenings. The films, chosen from over thousands of submissions every year, are from every corner of the globe and offer almost as many perspectives as New Yorkers have opinions. Almost every film is a North American, international, or even world premiere, so you could be among the first to see the next big hit!”

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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 04/25 and 04/23.

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