NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/08) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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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 Jazz at Lincoln Center (through June 9, 8 p.m.).
“Wynton Marsalis, the trumpeter and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s artistic director, recently lit a small firestorm when he suggested that hip-hop was among the greatest threats to the well-being of African-Americans. In some ways, he seemed intent on lodging his foot in his mouth, but Mr. Marsalis was aiming at a bigger, more viable point: Anyone who looks at the racial disparities in the present-day United States and doesn’t see the need for wholesale social change needs his or her “head examined,” he said. This weekend, Mr. Marsalis debuts “The Ever Fonky Lowdown,” a suite he wrote for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra that investigates the country’s continuing racial dilemma. The orchestra will be joined by three vocalists, three dancers and the actor Wendell Pierce.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Ry Cooder,
>> Latin Festival Dance Party
Continuing Events
>> Othello
>> OutdoorFest

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Symphony Space / 8 p.m., $20
“James Reese Europe was arguably the most important American bandleader in the years just before jazz became a national craze. During World War I, leading the 369th Infantry Regiment’s “Harlem Hellfighters” band, he poured ragtime, blues and early-jazz influences into an orchestral sound that was equally informed by the marches of John Philip Sousa. (The two had been neighbors during Europe’s childhood in Washington.) The Hellfighters made their first appearance in France in 1918, helping to whet Europe’s appetite for jazz. At Symphony Space, Ron Wasserman and his New York Jazzharmonic Trad-Jazz Sextet will celebrate the centennial of this event, playing new arrangements of Europe’s music.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at David Geffen Hall / 8 p.m, $
“Boston Ballet comes to town on Friday for a one-night-only rendezvous with the New York Philharmonic. The occasion is the conclusion of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s tenure as the composer in residence, and as part of it, the Boston Ballet will bring to life Mr. Salonen’s works “Nyx” and “Lachen Verlernt” under the title “Obsidian Tear.” The choreography is by the ubiquitous British choreographer Wayne McGregor, known for his relentless intensity. The program will also include Mr. Salonen’s “Foreign Bodies,” accompanied with video by Tal Rosner, and a violin concerto by Daníel Bjarnason.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Ry Cooder, With Joachim Cooder
Town Hall / 8:00pm, $40+
“American guitarist, singer and composer, known for his slide guitar work, his interest in blues-rock and native North American roots music.”

at Smoke / 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., $40
“Since the early 1960s, the bassist Buster Williams has positioned himself comfortably along the divide between swinging hard bop and ecumenical fusion. He performed and recorded with countless jazz greats — from Grant Green to Herbie Hancock to Nancy Wilson — and by now he’s reached the level of a luminary himself. This weekend he celebrates the release of a lovely, sneakily inventive album, his first in 10 years. “Audacity” features six originals from Williams, and one composition each from the other members of his longtime quartet: the saxophonist Steve Wilson, the pianist George Colligan and the drummer Lenny White.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $30+
“The artist in residence Alexei Ratmansky has made a mission of carefully remastering ballet classics from days past. His latest reconstruction is “Harlequinade,” starring the familiar Italian commedia dell’arte characters Harlequin and Columbine, based on Marius Petipa’s original version from 1900. You have three more chances to see it this weekend. Then the company heads to Verona, where star-crossed lovers defy their families to Prokofiev’s great score in Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Over the next week, various pairings of Ballet Theater principals assume the title roles.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Latin Festival Dance Party
Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. and 42nd St., Fountain Terrace / 5PM, FREE
“Latin Festival is the grand finale of Dance Party, a series hosted and produced by Talia Castro-Pozo.

An innovative exponent of Latin jazz, salsa and pop music for five decades, the Grammy-nominated New Swing Sextet plays Cha Cha and Boogaloo tunes that capture the excitement and turbulence of 1960’s New York. Renowned Venezuelan percussionist Luisito Quintero, whose 3rd Element project was nominated in 2015 for the Best Latin Album Grammy, infuses salsa music with Afro-Caribbean rhythms to create a fresh and dynamic sound.”

at the Stone / 8:30 p.m., $
“The Stone’s regular Improv Night benefit occurs for the first time in its new space at the New School. These shows feature round-robin exchanges between different groupings of improvisers. It’s always a mixed bag: Sometimes these brief conversations never take off; other times, the results are direct and marvelous and memorable. This week, the electronic musician Jad Atoui is the artist in residence at the Stone; he will perform here along with the saxophonist John Zorn, who runs the space, and a half-dozen other artists.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


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



Continuing Events

Othello (May28-Jun24)
Shakespeare Delacorte Theater, Central Park / 8PM, FREE* (the Bard is off on Mondays)
“Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jitney) directs the first offering of the Public Theater’s 2018 season of Shakespeare in the Park: an account of the Bard’s fast-paced tragedy of jealousy and misplaced trust, in which a villain preys on the insecurities of a Moorish war hero married to a white woman. The cast is headed by Chukwudi Iwuji as Othello, Corey Stoll as Iago and Heather Lind as Desdemona.”
*tickets are free (two per person) and may be picked up after noon on the day of performance (be prepared for long lines.) Some tickets are also distributed via online lottery.
See TONY’s complete guide to Shakespeare in the Park tickets for details.

OutdoorFest (June 1-10)
multiple times and events, prices vary,
“You can love the city and still maintain your love of the outdoors — or fall in love with it for the first time. Embrace the spirit of adventure and beauty of nature during OutdoorFest with 10 days of events, starting this Friday. Activities take place across all five boroughs, starting with a campout on Staten Island. There’s also night fishing, oyster preservation, kayaking around Governors Island, canoeing the Gowanus Canal and surfing, yoga or shoreline cleanup at the Rockaways.”

‘THE LET GO’ (June 7-July 1)
at the Park Avenue Armory
“This large-scale, site-specific multiweek event is masterminded by the interdisciplinary artist Nick Cave, who transforms the armory into a vivid dance landscape in which spectators are invited to do just what the title says they should: let go. Within this dance hall environment are performances, an installation in the form of a Mylar sculpture, dance-based encounters and music provided by D.J.s. For some programs, Mr. Cave works with the choreographer Francesca Harper; for others, there will be dancing by community groups. On June 26, as part of “An Evening of Artistic Responses: The Let Go,” the musician Nona Hendryx, the vocalist and artist Helga Davis, Ms. Harper and Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray and his company, D.R.E.A.M. Ring, respond to the installation, which references issues of social justice, with site-specific performances.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

♦ 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.

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)

‘THE LONG RUN’ (through Nov. 4). “The museum upends its cherished Modern narrative of ceaseless progress by mostly young (white) men. Instead we see works by artists 45 and older who have just kept on keeping on, regardless of attention or reward, sometimes saving the best for last. Art here is an older person’s game, a pursuit of a deepening personal vision over innovation. Winding through 17 galleries, the installation is alternatively visually or thematically acute and altogether inspiring.” (NYT-Smith)

Skyscraper Museum

‘MILLENNIUM: LOWER MANHATTAN IN THE 1990S’ (through June 24). “This plucky Battery Park institution transports us back to the years of Rudy Giuliani, Lauryn Hill and 128-kilobit modems to reveal the enduring urban legacy of a decade bookended by recession and terror. In the wake of the 1987 stock market crash, landlords in the financial district rezoned their old skyscrapers for residential occupancy, and more than 20 towers were declared landmarks, including the ornate Standard Oil building at 26 Broadway and the home of Delmonico’s at 56 Beaver Street. Battery Park City flowered; yuppies priced out of TriBeCa came down to Wall Street; a new Guggenheim, designed by a fresh-from-Bilbao Frank Gehry, nearly arose by South Street Seaport. From this distance, the 1990s can seem almost like a golden age, not least given that, more than 16 years after Sept. 11, construction at the underwhelming new World Trade Center is still not finished. (NYT-Farago)

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)
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 06/06 and 06/04.

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