NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/14) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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Have time for only one NYC Event today? Do this:

American Ballet Theatre (Jun 11-16)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $22+
“Audiences never tire of “Romeo and Juliet,” Shakespeare’s tale of teen-age lovers in Renaissance Verona, or of its lustrous score, by Prokofiev. A.B.T.’s version, by Kenneth MacMillan, is more than half a century old, but it continues to make its point with its violent street scenes, ardent pas de deux, and tear-inducing resolution. Misty Copeland, who first danced Juliet in 2015, returns to the role on June 12 and for the June 16 matinée. Devon Teuscher and Stella Abrera will dance Juliet at the June 13 matinée and on June 14, respectively. Teuscher is a thrilling actress; Abrera, a touching and pure dancer. Teuscher will be partnered by a new Romeo, Aran Bell, only nineteen years old and in the corps de ballet; many will remember him as an eleven-year-old boy in the movie “First Position.” (NewYorker)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> France Rocks Festival: Piers Faccini
>> Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
>> Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas
>> In Conversation: Susan Meiselas and Bieke Depoorter
>> Helluva Town: The Story of New York City During World War II
Continuing Events
>> Othello

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

France Rocks Festival: Piers Faccini
Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium
Broadway and 62nd St./ 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“The English-born, France-based singer-songwriter Piers Faccini, who creates “captivating, quietly insistent” music (Wall Street Journal) in the vein of Nick Drake infused with a global outlook, brings his newest project. Inspired by the rich medieval history of his Mediterranean surroundings, I Dreamed an Island is a fascinating collection of songs drawing on Western, Arabic, and Byzantine influences.

Imagining how a Provençal madrigal might sound closer to the mode of an Arabic makan, or how words in English could be put to melodies sung with microtones of a Turkish taqsim, Faccini crosses folk and world music genres, transforming John Martyn into Ali Farka Touré, Pentangle into a Tunisian wedding band, and a Sicilian ciaccona into a Tuareg desert riff.”

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (thru June 17)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center/ 7:30 p.m., $29+
“Alvin Ailey’s brief spring season at Lincoln Center features three thematic programs. “Celebrate Women” (on Wednesday and June 16) includes work by the former artistic director Judith Jamison, the acclaimed dance maker Jawole Willa Jo Zollar and Jessica Lang with her first piece for the company. “Ailey, Then and Now” (on June 15 and 17) pairs Talley Beatty’s 1982 disco romp “Stack Up” with two works by Robert Battle, the current artistic director. “Musical Icons” (June 16-17) comprises pieces set to John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald and David Byrne. The Ailey staple “Revelations” closes each program, and June 14 has been set aside for a special gala performance with its own eclectic lineup.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas (June 12-17)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“A shared passion for expansive jazz and the music of Wayne Shorter brought together two questing figures—the trumpeter Douglas and the saxophonist Lovano—resulting in the 2015 recording “Sound Prints,” and, subsequently, an occasional working ensemble. Linda May Han Oh, on bass, Joey Baron, on drums, and Lawrence Fields on piano, form the kind of enviable support team that could hold its own even without these illustrious co-leaders.” (NewYorker)

PHILADANCO (June 12-17)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m., $30+
“Since 1970, the Philadelphia Dance Company, known as Philadanco, has used dance to address social issues that affect people of color in this country. The company returns to the Joyce with a typically poignant and powerful program of four works: “Folded Prism” by Thang Dao; “A Movement for Five” about the Central Park Five, by Dawn Marie Bazemore, a company alumna; “New Fruit” about the cycle of racism and violence in the United States by the resident choreographer Christopher L. Huggins; and a piece in which the current artist in residence Tommie-Waheed Evans is said to weave “spirituality and sorrow.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)


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

In Conversation: Susan Meiselas and Bieke Depoorter
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 W. 27th St., 4th Floor / 6:30PM, $5
“Aperture Foundation, in collaboration with Magnum Photos, is pleased to present a night of conversation between Susan Meiselas and Bieke Depoorter. Join us for a night filled with insight and discussion between two of Magnum’s leading female photographers.
Meiselas and Depoorter, who both joined the agency in their early twenties, will discuss the nature of their work as documentary photographers—exploring both the challenging and rewarding aspects of this field. Both photographers are known for working intimately with their subjects, immersing themselves in new environments, and developing unique approaches in their long-term projects. Two photographers of different generations, they will discuss the changing ways in which photographers capture today’s social and political landscape in the US and worldwide. The conversation will be followed by a book signing.”

Helluva Town: The Story of New York City During World War II
The General Society Library, 20 W. 44th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
With Richard Goldstein and other guests.

“Author and journalist Richard Goldstein’s engaging account of the extraordinary economic, social, and cultural shifts across New York’s five boroughs in the early 1940’s. World War II serves as the backdrop of broad upheaval and overdue attention paid to inequality and exclusion in many interconnected professions and ways of life. Just as newly -arriving migrants, battle-bound men and women, and Fascism-fleeing refugees together cement New York’s place as global crossroads, so the City’s artistic yield responds in the pioneering ways spawned by this dynamic social context. A new national policy for domestic security known as “Civil Defense” brought Mayor La Guardia to Gracie Mansion as its first official residence. And the General Society’s very midtown location bridging Times Square and Grand Central Terminal plays a key role in Goldstein’s lively narrative.”


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.

‘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)

‘BODYS ISEK KINGELEZ: CITY DREAMS’ (through Jan. 1). “The first comprehensive survey of the Congolese artist is a euphoric exhibition as utopian wonderland featuring his fantasy architectural models and cities — works strong in color, eccentric in shape, loaded with enthralling details and futuristic aura. Mr. Kingelez (1948-2015) was convinced that the world had never seen a vision like his, and this beautifully designed show bears him out.” (NYT-Smith)

‘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)

SPECIAL MENTION (not Manhattan’s WestSide)
at the New York (Bronx) Botanical Garden:

‘GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: VISIONS OF HAWAI‘I’ (through Oct. 28). “Finding out Georgia O’Keeffe had a Hawaiian period is kind of like finding out Brian Wilson had a desert period. But here it is: 17 eye-popping paradisal paintings, produced in a nine-week visit in 1939. The paintings, and their almost psychedelic palette, are as fleshlike and physical as O’Keeffe’s New Mexican work is stripped and metaphysical. The other star of the show, fittingly, is Hawaii, and the garden has mounted a living display of the subjects depicted in the artwork. As much as they might look like the products of an artist’s imagination, the plants and flowers in the Enid Haupt Conservatory are boastfully real. On Aloha Nights every Saturday in June and every other Saturday in July and August, the garden is staging a cultural complement of activities, including lei making, hula lessons and ukulele performances.” (NYT – William L. Hamilton)
718-817-8700, / easy 20 minute ride from Grand Central on Metro North.

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 06/12 and 06/10.

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