NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/12) + 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, check the tab above: NYC Events-September”
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:

VAN MORRISON AND WILLIE NELSON AND FAMILY
at Forest Hills Stadium / 6:30 p.m., $85+
“The Northern Irish singer-songwriter just turned 73; the Texas country icon is 85. Yet both remain unfazed by the prospect of touring and performing to promote new albums: Van Morrison released a jazzy collaboration with the organist and trumpet player Joey DeFrancesco earlier this year; Mr. Nelson will put out a collection of Frank Sinatra covers next week. Their joint show is a chance to see two of the 20th century’s most memorable interpreters of song in one place, as well as the closest New Yorkers can get to experiencing Mr. Nelson’s massive Outlaw tour without leaving the five boroughs.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

Sure, this show is not on Manhattan’s WestSide, but it’s an easy 15 minutes from Penn Station on the LIRR. Either one of these guys alone would be a very fine show, but together this is just awesome.

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Linda Eder
>> Justin Vivian Bond: A Star is Borned
>> There Will Be Blood: Live
>> MARQUIS HILL BLACKTET
>> Bill Charlap Trio
>>  Maggie Jackson, Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention
>> Quirky: Melissa A. Schilling with Justin Fox
Continuing Events
>> FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC
>> Oktoberfest NYC
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Linda Eder (Sept.12-14)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $90+
“Linda Eder—the Star Search songstress turned Broadway and concert star—has never been known for the subtlety of her approach, which can be boiled down to two steps: (1) Stand, and (2) Sing. But gee whiz, the lady can really belt a number. Her current set includes selections from her latest solo album, If You See Me.” (TONY)

Justin Vivian Bond: A Star is Borned (Sept.12-16)
Joe’s Pub / 9:30PM, $35
“Justin Vivian Bond, the immortal angel of downtown cabaret, returns to Joe’s Pub for another salty night of songs and off-the-cuff stories, this time toasting the upcoming remake of A Star is Born. The epic Mx. Viv and their accompanying band celebrate the songs of Barbra Streisand, Lady Gaga and Judy Garland, weaving in reflections of their own childhood dreams of stardom along the way. Not to be missed.” (TONY)

There Will Be Blood: Live (Sept.12-13)
New York Philharmonic
Lincoln Center, David Geffen Hall / 7:30PM, $30+
“The Philharmonic performs Jonny Greenwood’s riveting film score as the powerful, Oscar-nominated film starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis is projected above the Orchestra on a giant screen.”

Bill Charlap Trio (Sept.11-16)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30Pm, +10:30PM, $35
“Melding spit-and-polish precision with low-simmering passion, this long-standing unit has evolved into the premier mainstream piano trio of its time. Charlap, who prizes interpretation above original composition, buffs up the ensemble’s songbook and jazz standards with an airborne momentum provided by two non-relative Washingtons: the bassist Peter and the drummer Kenny.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

MARQUIS HILL BLACKTET (Sept. 11-12)
at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $30
“Mr. Hill, a trumpeter and Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition winner, started the Blacktet when he lived in Chicago, intent on uniting generations of musical thought in a way that was particular to his hometown, but broadly appealing. The group’s most obvious M.O. is to bring elements of hip-hop into a thrashing and throbbing contemporary jazz sound, but there’s more to it than that. Having recently moved to New York, Mr. Hill continues the Blacktet now with an altered group of musicians. At Jazz Standard, that band — Josh Johnson on alto saxophone, Joel Ross on vibraphone, Junius Paul on bass and Jonathan Pinson on drums — is likely to perform selections from the forthcoming album “Modern Flows Vol. 2.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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

Maggie Jackson, Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention
The New York Society Library, 53 E. 79th St./ 6:30PM, $15
“Author Maggie Jackson talks about her science-based approach to our current deficit of presence, looking at “the fragmentation of attention that is eroding our abilities to problem-solve, innovate, and care for one another.” She appears in support of the new edition of her book Distracted: Reclaiming Our Focus in a World of Lost Attention, which has drawn comparisons to Silent Spring.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Quirky: Melissa A. Schilling with Justin Fox
Mid-Manhattan Library, 476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance) / 6:30PM, FREE, may need to use standby line
The quirky characteristics of eight great innovators and what we can learn from them.
“The intellectual strides of disruptors like Einstein, Tesla, Edison, Marie Curie, Elon Musk, and Steve Jobs are well known. Less often considered is the “personal, social, and emotional quirkiness” that also informed their genius and contributed to their success. Management and organization expert Melissa A. Schilling illuminates these aspects in Quirky: The Remarkable Story of the Traits, Foibles, and Genius of Breakthrough Innovators Who Changed the World.”

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Continuing Events

FESTIVAL OF NEW TRUMPET MUSIC (LAST DAY)

“Tooting its own horn for the sixteenth year, this enduring paean to the trumpet spreads out over more than six venues, in an omnivorous overview of contemporary brass music. Hard-blowing stylists including Ingrid Jensen, Jeremy Pelt, and Rachel Therrien are featured, along with an evening of music by the late, neglected composer Julius Eastman, whose politically informed works have taken on unexpected new life in the past few years.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Oktoberfest NYC: Where to grab a beer and celebrate (Sept.22-Oct.15)
“Oktoberfest may seem far off, but it’s less than a month away. The Bavarian festival is kicking off Sept. 22 in Munich and the city’s festivities will begin in earnest.
So, if you’re looking for some lederhosen-laden action closer to home, here are beer-and-sausage-fueled affairs in New York City.” (amNY)
Check here for a full description of each of 11 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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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.

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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)

‘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)
212-708-9400, moma.org

‘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)
212-708-9400, moma.org

Rubin Museum of Art

Chitra Ganesh: The Scorpion Gesture (Through Jan. 7)
“The Brooklyn artist’s new animations ingeniously combine her own drawings and watercolors with historical imagery, peppering the journeys of bodhisattvas with contemporary pop-culture references. Five of these pieces are installed on the museum’s second and third floors amid its collection of Himalayan art, elements of which appear in her psychedelic sequences of spinning mandalas and falling lotus flowers. (Ganesh’s works are activated, as if by magic, when viewers approach.) In “Rainbow Body,” a cave, which also appears in a nearby painting of Mandarava, is filled with people in 3-D glasses, watching as the guru-deity attains enlightenment. “Silhouette in the Graveyard” is projected behind a glass case containing a small sculpture of Maitreya, from late-eighteenth-century Mongolia, for a cleverly dioramalike effect. Prophesied to arrive during an apocalyptic crisis, the bodhisattva is seen here against Ganesh’s montage, which includes footage of global catastrophes and political protests, from the Women’s March to Black Lives Matter.” (

New-York Historical Society 

Summer of Magic: Treasures from the David Copperfield Collection. (thru Sept.16)

SPECIAL MENTION (not Manhattan’s WestSide, but let’s show some love to da Bronx)
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, nybg.org / easy 20 minute ride from Grand Central on Metro North.

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 09/10 and 08/21.
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