NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/24) + 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:

Samson et Dalila (next Sept.28)
The Metropolitan Opera
Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera House / 6PM, $30+
“When mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.”

Met Opera Opening Night in Times Square
Watch the Metropolitan Opera’s opening production, “Samson et Dalila” by Saint-Saen, on the big television screens in Manhattan’s Times Square. (Free, 6 to 9:15 p.m.,

7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Faculty Recital: American Brass Quintet
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake: Unplugged
>> Westworld’s Shakespeare: A Case for Serial Reading
>> Fighting Back Against Attacks On Climate Science
Continuing Events
>> Oktoberfest NYC

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the Town Hall / 7:30 p.m., $49+
“When the Byrds released their country-rock experiment “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” in 1968, it appeared to be a flop both commercially and around Nashville, where hippies were viewed with considerable suspicion. In the 50 years since, though, the album has been embraced as a milestone in country and rock — especially by those who make the kind of country music that exists on Music City’s fringes. To celebrate its golden anniversary, the Byrds’ founding members Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman are touring together for the first time in over two decades, performing the album in its entirety with the country star Marty Stuart and his band. Monday’s show is sold out, but tickets are available through the resale market.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

Faculty Recital: American Brass Quintet
The Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, Paul Recital Hall / 7:30PM, $20
Kevin Cobb and Louis Hanzlik, trumpets Eric Reed, horn Michael Powell, trombone John D. Rojak, bass trombone
“The American Brass Quintet makes their annual Juilliard appearance, featuring student brass players from Juilliard. The American Brass Quintet performs works from the ever-changing brass chamber music repertoire—works often commissioned or unearthed and arranged by members of the Quintet as part of their efforts to promote the brass quintet as a significant chamber music form. Founded in 1960 and Juilliard’s resident brass ensemble since 1987, the ABQ has been hailed as “the high priests of brass” (Newsweek) and “positively breathtaking” (The New York Times).”

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
Birdland, / 9:30PM, $30
Jim Caruso’s Cast Party is a wildly popular weekly soiree that brings a sprinkling of Broadway glitz and urbane wit to the legendary Birdland in New York City every Monday night. It’s a cool cabaret night-out enlivened by a hilariously impromptu variety show. Showbiz superstars, backed by Steve Doyle on bass, Billy Stritch on piano and Daniel Glass on drums, hit the stage alongside up-and-comers, serving up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle.” (broadwayworld)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
at ShapeShifter Lab / 7 p.m., $15
“Sigurd Hole, a Norwegian bassist, is the kind of player whose big and understated sound can subtly deepen any group he joins; he’s among the most popular side musicians on his home country’s thriving jazz scene. Mr. Hole recently released a pair of debut albums under his own name. One is an atmospheric solo bass recording. The other contains original music influenced by Indian and Middle Eastern classical modes, which he plays in a trio. At this show, his first in New York, he will play two sets: first solo and then in a trio featuring Mark Feldman on violin and Jarle Vespestad on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Broadway Sings Justin Timberlake: Unplugged
The Green Room 42 / 7PM, +9:30PM, $20+
“At the rate Broadway is going, we can reasonably expect a Justin Timberlake jukebox musical around 2030 or so. But you can get a leg up at this evening of JT hits performed by rising musical-theater stars, backed by an acoustic band led by arranger and piano man Joshua Stephen Kartes, in this spinoff of the Broadway Sings concert series. Performers include Jalni Alladin, Gerard Canonico, Ben Fankhauser, Jai’len Josey, Corey Mach, Marla Mindelle, Colton Ryan and Natalie Weiss.” (TONY)


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

Westworld’s Shakespeare: A Case for Serial Reading
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews / 6:30PM, FREE
“Professor of English and American Studies Elisabeth Bronfen speaks on the HBO series Westworld and how the serial return of Shakespeare citations within the show functions in tandem with the narrative’s own complex loops.” (

“Westworld, a postmodern splice between artificial intelligence fantasy and the classic Western, quotes no text more often than Shakespeare’s plays. This lecture explores how the serial return of these citations reflects on the seriality of this prestige television show, itself conceived as a complex narrative loop. At the same time, this lecture also looks at how rereading Shakespeare’s plays through the lens of this subsequent recycling might change our understanding of these plays.”

Fighting Back Against Attacks On Climate Science
Columbia University, Law School, 435 W. 116th St.,Room 103
6:30 pm, FREE; RSVP required
“Attacks on both the message and the messengers of climate science have been disturbingly resilient. Why is that? What are the best ways to reconnect sound science with clear-thinking public action on climate change? What strategies are climate scientists and science communicators developing now?” (ClubFreeTime)

Moderator: John Schwartz, New York Times Science Reporter
Robin E. Bell, Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
David Biello, TEDEd, Science Curator
Lisa Garcia, Vice President of Litigation for Healthy Communities, Earthjustice
Jeff Nesbitt, Climate Nexus, Executive Director

Due to the overwhelming demand for tickets which have far exceeded the capacity of the room, Columbia University has decided to live stream this event.


Continuing Events

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.

♦ 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):


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)

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.” (

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, / 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 09/22 and 09/20.

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