NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/20) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

“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-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.

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

Youssou N’Dour
Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $
“He’s probably too modest to brag about it, but Youssou N’Dour, the international star from Senegal, can legitimately claim to be a king of all media. He had the music realm covered long ago, once the world became acquainted with mbalax, the driving rock style he created; it’s a vertiginously infectious mix of interlocking drums (sabar, talking drum, trap set) and twisting guitars. N’Dour’s band, Super Étoile de Dakar, is arguably the most eclectically dynamic live ensemble in pop. These days, his rich, sun-parched singing voice gets less stage time as a result of his perch atop a Dakar-based media company that includes a TV station, a radio station, and a newspaper. (Six years ago, it helped end the rule of Senegal’s would-be President-for-life.) On Oct. 20 at Carnegie Hall, N’Dour reminds fans of his global domination.” (K. Leander Williams, New Yorker)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne
>> Fred Hersch Duos
>> Ron Carter’s Great Big Band
>> Taste of the Seaport
>> New York Craft Beer Festival
>> Space Stories 2018
Continuing Events
>> 2018 Margaret Mead Film Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Vivian Reed Sings Lena Horne
Green Room 42 / 7PM, $22-$32
“The star of Broadway’s Bubbling Brown Sugar, among other things, is a lithe and dynamic triple-threat performer, with a voice that roams magically from contralto depths to R&B peaks. Her new set honors the career and legacy of Lena Horne; songs include “A Fine Romance,” “The Lady Is a Tramp” and, of course, “Stormy Weather.” (nycgo.com)

Ron Carter’s Great Big Band (Oct 16-20)
Birdland, / 8:30PM, +11PM, $30-$40
“Hold on long enough, and your dreams can sometimes come to fruition. In 2011, Carter—then in his seventies and having played and recorded with seemingly every worthwhile collaborator—assembled a mighty big band. He calls the aggregation together whenever possible to interpret crafty charts that leave plenty of room for his still formidable bass work.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Fred Hersch Duos (Oct. 16-21)
Village Vanguard / 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“The pianist Fred Hersch has a passion for the duo setting; in the past, he’s played weeklong engagements at venues with a different guest each night. Here he’s limiting himself to the company of two extravagantly talented musicians: the clarinettist Anat Cohen, with whom Hersch recorded “Live in Healdsburg,” and Esperanza Spalding, who will be putting aside her bass and concentrating on singing.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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

Taste of the Seaport
“Back for its ninth year, Taste of the Seaport is an early fall stroll around the South Street Seaport, enhanced by live music and the opportunity to sample the wares of several restaurants and beverage makers. From cookies and tacos to pizza and seafood, there’ll be edibles from more than 40 eateries. Wine and beer available as well, but it’s a family-friendly function and even features a KidZone. ($40 ticket scores five tastes, $135 family-pack ticket gets 20 tastes,11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pier 16 and Pier 17 between John and Fulton streets, tasteoftheseaport.org)” (amNY)

New York Craft Beer Festival
Metropolitan West, 639 W. 46th St., / 3 sessions, $55-$85
“There’s no hotter trend in the beverage world than craft beers, and you can taste over 150 of them at the New York Craft Beer Festival, now in its 20th year. In addition to unlimited tastings, you’ll also find a new “grove” of cider producers and craft cocktails, all included with your ticket. Oct. 19-20, three sessions, , nyccraftbeerfest.com” (Metro)

Space Stories 2018
The Explorers Club, 46 E. 70th St./ 9AM-6PM, $50
“Space Stories is a day devoted to the exploration of space, in all its facets. This year’s program will include Exploring Legends interviews conducted by Jim Clash FR’99 with Soyuz astronaut/private space citizen Greg Olsen MN’07; Meteorite Hunter and science communicator Geoffrey Notkin MN’10; presentations by Director and Producer Les Guthman MR’00 with his film about LIGO; Visualization Lead for NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Kim Arcand; Canadian physician, public speaker and a retired CSA astronaut Dafydd Rhys “Dave” Williams OC OOnt FN’08, who was a mission specialist on two space shuttle missions; Director and Producer Paul Hildebrandt, with a preview screening of “First to the Moon,” an Apollo 8 documentary (co-produced by Geoffrey Notkin); and Asteroid Day co-founder, Grigorij Richters.

The day will also include a live recording of StarTalk All-Stars on meteors, hosted by Astrobiologist David Grinspoon and featuring some of the day’s speakers as panelists.

Admission includes lunch and a light breakfast.”

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Continuing Events

Archtober
31 days, 100+ ways to celebrate design in NYC! The eight annual, month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions in New York City will take place October 1-31, 2017.  Archtober’s calendar features 200 architecture and design lectures, conferences, programs, and exhibitions at more than 60+ collaborating institutions across the city.

American Museum of Natural History Presents:
2018 Margaret Mead Film Festival (Oct 18-21)
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street / 6PM, $12
“The American Museum of Natural History’s Margaret Mead Film Festival, occurring October 18–21, 2018, screens documentaries that increase our understanding of the complexity and diversity of the peoples and cultures that populate our planet. The festival has evolved with the times while maintaining its important history and has grown steadily to reflect the ever-evolving incarnations of storytelling, technology and growing access to communities near and far. The Mead presents the best in documentary, experimental films, animation, hybrid works, and more.”

Harry Potter: A History of Magic (Now-1/27/19)
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W.
“Gather round ye muggles and wizards, squibs and witches, tourists and natives: magic is on its way. Harry Potter: A History of Magic, commemorating the beloved series’s 20th anniversary, is now open at the New-York Historical Society. One of the most eagerly anticipated exhibits to hit the city since, well, ever, the show comes straight from the British Library in London, where, not surprisingly, it was the institution’s most successful exhibition.

Artifacts like crystal balls, Leonardo da Vinci notebooks, and the first written record of the magic word “abracadabra” are among the treasures on display, joined by original materials from author J.K. Rowling’s archives. Also on view to the public for the first time will be Mary GrandPré’s illustrations created for Scholastic’s original editions of the novels. Costumes and set models from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened on Broadway in April, will be showcased in the exhibition. A long list of events will take place in conjunction with the exhibit, including trivia night, talks, an adult costume party, and more.” (cityguideny)
Daily, except most Mondays, $21, $6 ages 5-13, free 4 and younger

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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 NYC events– Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319 (6pm)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com/ 212-864-6662 (7pm)

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.

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NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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WHAT’S ON VIEW
These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Hilma af Klint : Paintings for the Future (thru 02/03/19)

“Convinced that the world was not ready for her artistry in 1906, particularly as an underrepresented female in her field, af Klint of Sweden kept her work private. Her paintings anticipated by years “breakthroughs” by Kandinsky, Mondrian and others and were unseen before 1986. The Guggenheim rediscovers her.”

“Recognized as one of the art world’s earliest abstract painters, Hilma af Klint was a steadfast believer that her work was inspired by the spiritual. The new Guggenheim exhibition, “Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future,” showcases the work of this groundbreaking Swedish artist (1862-1944), whose work was rarely seen until the 1980s.” (Newsday)

‘SCENES FROM THE COLLECTION’  “After a surgical renovation to its grand pile on Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Museum has reopened its third-floor galleries with a rethought and refreshed display of its permanent collection, which intermingles modern and contemporary art, by Jews and gentiles alike — Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and the excellent young Nigerian draftswoman Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze — with 4,000 years of Judaica. The works are shown in a nimble, non-chronological suite of galleries, and some of its century-spanning juxtapositions are bracing; others feel reductive, even dilletantish. But always, the Jewish Museum conceives of art and religion as interlocking elements of a story of civilization, commendably open to new influences and new interpretations.” (Farago) 212-423-3200, thejewishmuseum.org

Museum of the City of New York

NY AT ITS CORE (ongoing)
“Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know today. mcny.org” (NYCity Guide)

and you should be sure to check out these special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish for NewYorkers)

Delacroix  (Now-1/6/19)
“This is the first comprehensive U.S. retrospective of the work of French artist Eugene Delacroix (1798-1863). The Met has teamed up with The Louvre, showcasing in chronological order some 150 pieces, including paintings, drawings, manuscripts, and prints.” (cityguideny)

‘CROWNS OF THE VAJRA MASTERS: RITUAL ART OF NEPAL’ (through Dec. 16). “Up a narrow staircase, above the Met’s galleries of South and Southeast Asian art, are three small rooms of art from the Himalayas. The space, a bit like a treehouse, is a capsule of spiritual energy, which is especially potent these days thanks to this exhibition. The crowns of the title look like antique versions of astronaut headgear: gilded copper helmets, studded with gems, encrusted with repoussé plaques and topped by five-pronged antennas — the vajra, or thunderbolt of wisdom. Such crowns were believed to turn their wearers into perfected beings who are willing and able to bestow blessings on the world. This show is the first to focus on these crowns, and it does so with a wealth of compressed historical information, as well as several resplendent related sculptures and paintings from Nepal and Tibet. But it’s the crowns themselves, the real ones, the wisdom generators, set in mandala formation in the center of the gallery, that are the fascinators.” (NYT-Holland Cotter)

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Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW) for NewYorkers

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (Wed 2-6pm PWYW; First Friday each month (exc Jan+Sep) 6-9pm FREE) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/18 and 09/30.
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