NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/30) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above: NYC Events-October”
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 the Blue Note / 8 and 10:30 p.m., $20-$35
“Mr. Bey, a 78-year-old vocalist and pianist, has a baritone unlike any other: It’s the sound of leather stretching to contain a bursting heart, or a smoldering coal that won’t go out. By the time he was 18, Mr. Bey was touring Europe with his siblings in Andy and the Bey Sisters, and in the 1970s he appeared on some influential albums, including his own classic “Experience and Judgment.” Then he seemed to vanish, taking a two-decade hiatus from the recording studio. He returned in the mid-1990s and has released a rather steady stream of fine albums since, focusing on jazz standards. He performs here in the format he favors: entirely solo.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> The 16th Annual New York Burlesque Festival.
>> Louis Hayes
>> Cloisters Medieval Festival
>> The Affordable Art Fair
Continuing Events
>> Oktoberfest NYC
>> Lukes Lobster
>> Candytopia

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at the McKittrick Hotel / 2PM-2AM, $69+
“This annual celebration of traditional jazz forms — from New Orleans early jazz to big-band music and gypsy jazz — is now in its fifth year. This time, the festival, which is more a party than a concert, is at the McKittrick Hotel, a dimly lit event space with its own Prohibition-era theme. The lineup features over a dozen acts performing all afternoon and evening, including Evan Christopher’s Clarinet Road, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks and the Hot Sardines.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

The 16th Annual New York Burlesque Festival (Sept.27-30)
various locations & covers & times
“Burlesque superstars from around the globe gather in NYC for four days of shows and parties. This annual festival celebrating the art of the striptease marks its 16th year with a packed lineup of local stars like World Famous BOB, Gigi Bon Bon and Calamity Chang along with international guest performers. There will some big shows in Brooklyn and Manhattan, celebratory parties, a panel discussion and burlesque bazaar in Chelsea, and an awards event at the Highline Ballroom on Sunday night at which the Golden Pastie Awards will be handed out.” (NYCGO.COM)

CHRIS POTTER TRIO (through Sept. 30)
at the Village Vanguard / 8:30 and 10:30 p.m., $35
“One of jazz’s standard-bearing tenor saxophonists since the 1990s, Mr. Potter revels in an unflinching command at almost every part of his instrument. He’s equally measured and insistent, and never grows too garrulous, even when he’s moving quickly across a leaping range. As if to unsettle his own strength — or to emphasize it — Mr. Potter often experiments with new groups and configurations. Through Sunday he is at the Vanguard with a stunning trio that he convened recently: James Francies on keyboards and Eric Harland on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Louis Hayes
Dizzy’s Club/ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $45
“In 1956, Hayes, not yet in his twenties, joined the band of the pianist Horace Silver; his nimble drumming helped that hard-bop hero enter a peak period. No wonder the experience resides in him still. Hayes’s 2017 recording, “Serenade for Horace,” touches on some of the late master’s indelible compositions, which he brings to life here, with the support of the pianist David Bryant and the saxophonist Vincent Herring.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)


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

Cloisters Medieval Festival
in Fort Tryon Park / 11:30AM-6PM, FREE
“The Medieval Festival brings to life the customs and spirit of the Middle Ages. Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park is transformed into a medieval market town decorated with bright banners and processional flags. Performers, guests and festival goers dress in medieval costume.” (cityguideny)

The Affordable Art Fair (LAST DAY)
Upgrade your space with art
Metropolitan Pavilion / mm, $10-$80
“You probably can’t paint your apartment, but that’s no excuse to leave your walls bare. The Affordable Art Fair at the Metropolitan Pavilion brings more than 70 local, national an international galleries showcasing over 300 artists, with pieces that start at just $100 for everything from sculptures to photographs, large and small, classic to contemporary. There are also workshops and tours.” (Metro)


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.

Time Out NY has a very comprehensive Oktoberfest guide:
Oktoberfest NYC 2018 Guide

Lukes Lobster
“Remember when lobster rolls cost less than your paycheck? Luke’s Lobster does, and to celebrate its ninth anniversary, the chain will lower the price of their signature lobster rolls to their 2009 price of $14, through October 1. And because they own their own supply chain and can pass the savings on to you, they’re permanently lowering the price to $16 after that, $1 less than the current cost.” (grubstreet)

Candytopia (thru Nov.15)
Candytopia @ Penn Plaza, 145 W. 32nd St./ 10AM-8:30PM, $34
“This interactive candy exhibit, which has drawn the likes of Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow, James Corden and Wiz Khalifa from California, has more than a dozen rooms and art installations including a swimming pool filled with about half a million giant marshmallows; unicorn-pig hybrids that fart confetti; a candy-covered Sphinx sculpture; and candy recreations of such artworks as the “Mona Lisa,” Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” and Rodin’s “The Thinker.” (amNY) &  (amNY)
“First it was in Los Angeles, and now it’s made its way to the east coast. Candytopia is officially open in NYC! Just like many other pop-ups, this one has uniquely designed rooms — except this one is all about candy. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll want to snag a ticket and enjoy the marshmallow pit and candy-filled rooms.” (

♦ 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 09/28 and 09/26.

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