Today’s Fab 5 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/ AUGUST 01, 2018
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NPR Music’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition
Music and conversation with: Carly Rae Jepsen, Jamila Woods, Mitski, Phoebe Bridgers, I’m With Her (Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan)
Moderated by Ann Powers
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“Last summer, NPR Music and Lincoln Center radically changed how we talk about the history of popular music with the publication of the 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women list and a live show at Lincoln Center Out of Doors celebrating those albums. This marked the beginning of the Gracie Award–winning Turning the Tables project, a challenge to think bigger about music’s past, present, and future by highlighting voices often relegated to its margins. This year, NPR’s Turning the Tables Live: 21st-Century Edition shifts focus toward a new generation of artists claiming center stage. To celebrate, we present a night of music and conversation with Grammy-nominated, multiplatinum recording artist and singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen; visionary Chicago R&B artist and poet Jamila Woods; singer-songwriter and DIY rocker Mitski; Los Angeles-based folk-rock artist Phoebe Bridgers; and Americana supergroup I’m With Her.”
4 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> JANIS CLAXTON DANCE
>> Marilyn Maye
>> Joshua Bell Plays Bruch
>> The Efficiency Paradox: Edward Tenner with Angela Chen
>> NYC Restaurant Week
>> Twelfth Night
>> Brasil Summerfest
Music, Dance, Performing Arts
JANIS CLAXTON DANCE (Aug. 1-5)
at Lincoln Center Plaza / at various times, FREE
“In “Pop-Up Duets (Fragments of Love),” this Scotland-based choreographer presents a series that explores romantic interludes as part of Lincoln Center Out of Doors. At select times in Hearst Plaza and Josie Robertson Plaza, pairs of dancers will part from the crowd to converge in seemingly spontaneous duets that explore different facets of love. The dancers are Joanne Pirrie, Albert Garcia, Amy Hollinshead and Valerio Di Giovanni.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)
Joshua Bell Plays Bruch
Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra
David Geffen Hall / 7:30PM, $35+
Louis Langrée, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin
Pre-concert recitals at 6:30 pm
Stephen Waarts, violin
Henry Kramer, piano
Brahms: Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor
John Adams: Tromba LontanaiTunes
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1iTunes
Brahms: Symphony No. 2iTunes
“The violin superstar Joshua Bell has long been associated with Max Bruch’s rhapsodic concerto, having recorded it for his first-ever concerto album released when he was just 19. Tonight, with Louis Langrée and the Festival Orchestra, he once again traverses the melodic peaks, brilliant runs, and raucous dances of this unabashedly Romantic violin concerto. John Adams’s enigmatic fanfare Tromba lontana and Brahms’s sun-dappled Second Symphony complete this glowing program.”
Marilyn Maye (July 25-28)
Birdland / 7PM, $40-$50
“The Birdland Theater is proud to announce that legendary, Grammy-nominated songstress Marilyn Maye will be headlining in the brand new performance space for two weeks. Ms. Maye will be accompanied by the Tedd Firth Trio from July 24 – 28, and the Billy Stritch Trio from July 31 – August 4, with shows at 7pm each night.
Marvelous Ms. Maye, who just celebrated her 90th birthday with a string of concerts and a featured interview on CBS Sunday Morning, has been crisscrossing the country playing hundreds of clubs, concert halls and joints for over seven decades.”
Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures/Discussions, Book Talks, Film, Classes, Food & Drink, Other
The Efficiency Paradox: Edward Tenner with Angela Chen
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library, 476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance)/ 6:30PM, FREE
“Artificial Intelligence may lead to efficient uncovering of patterns, “but it’s really the rule-breaking events that have made life exciting for us” according to Edward Tenner, a distinguished scholar at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Find him in conversation on his new book, The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do, which looks back into the development of technology and forward to head-spinning advances in algorithms, smart devices, and the sharing economy.”
NYC Restaurant Week (July 23-August 17)
“The summer edition of NYC Restaurant Week has arrived. You can make reservations now for deals at 386 participating restaurants through August 17th. How can a ravenous New Yorker whittle down the choices? Depends on what you like. Among this year’s offerings are nearly a hundred American Traditional spots, followed by 86 Italian restaurants, dozens of steakhouses and French bistros and brasseries, nearly as many Mexican joints, a smattering of Chinese, Greek, Indian, seafood, soul food, vegetarian, and Vietnamese options, and two places with the nerve to identify as “eclectic.”
Weekday lunch specials are down a few dollars and a few calories. Twenty-six bucks now buys a two-course midday meal — nobody has time for dessert on a work day, anyway. Three-course dinners still run $42. These four weeks in the throes of summer are like a culinary leap year — free celestial time to be bold, take a risk and try something new. Realistically though, you’ve maybe got the time and money to try, what, like five of these places? And remember the bi-annual NYC Restaurant Week refrain: tax, tip, and drinks not included.’ (Thrillist)
Here are the best of the best.
Twelfth Night (July 17 – August 19)
Shakespeare Delacorte Theater, Central Park / 8PM, FREE* (the Bard is off on Mondays)
“This musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s comedy began in 2016 as a one-weekend run under the auspices of the Public’s civically ambitious Public Works program, which collaborates with NYC communities to create large-scale theater. Director Kwame Kwei-Armah is joined by Public honcho Oskar Eustis to helm the production’s return engagement; Shuler Hensley and Ato Blankson-Wood joins original cast members Nikki M. James, Andrew Kober and Shaina Taub—who also wrote the songs—alongside less seasoned actors and local residents.” (TONY)
*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.
Brasil Summerfest (thru Aug. 12)
Brazil’s beats and bites come to NYC
“Brasil Summerfest, the largest music and arts fest of its kind, returns this week with its biggest year yet and runs through Aug. 12. Starting off Sunday at the Hester Street Fair are DJs Gaspar Muniz and Greg Caz, as well as choro music by Regional de NY, samba by Manhattan Samba and drumming from Fogo Azul. Food will include traditional fare like churrasco, coxinhas, feijoada and more, plus beer and sparkling wine. It’s free for all ages.” (Metro)
♦ 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.
The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.
Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.
Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove 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):
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)