NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/30) + 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-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:

Hungarian State Opera and Ballet (select dates thru Nov.11)
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $10+
“The Hungarian State Opera of Budapest makes its Lincoln Center debut with a rich variety of ballet and opera productions to choose from. It will present Hungarian iconic historical opera pieces: Erkel’s Bánk bán (The Viceroy Bank), Goldmark’s The Queen of Sheba, world-famous 20th century one-act operas Vajda’s Mario and the Magician and Bartók Bluebeard’s Castle, but also beloved classical ballets: Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, and Petipa and Minkus’ Don Quixote. Those who prefer more modern ballet pieces can also see Hans van Manen’s 2017 triple bill LOL.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Kate Baldwin: How Did You Get This Number?
>> DAN TEPFER
>> JOHN HIATT
>> STEELY DAN
>> Presidents of War with Historian Michael Beschloss
>> Festival Albertine
>> All About Seltzer
Continuing Events
>> Archtober
>> White Light Festival
>> Harry Potter: A History of Magic
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Kate Baldwin: How Did You Get This Number?
Feinstein’s 54 Below / 9:30PM, $65+
“Kate Baldwin broke through in 2009 as the enchanting star of Broadway’s Finian’s Rainbow, and has since brightened shows including Giant, Big Fish and the Broadway revival of Hello, Dolly! (for which she earned her second Tony nomination). Her latest solo set, directed by Robbie Rozelle, focuses on signature songs from her greatest roles.” (TONY)

DAN TEPFER
at Le Poisson Rouge / 9:15PM, $25
“If your world is thrown out of alignment by the news that painting by algorithm is the next big thing in visual art, you might want to sit out Tepfer’s performance of “Natural Machines,” his latest project. Or maybe you’ll take heart in the fact that while a computer is producing the extra notes that accompany his piano playing here, it is also responding in real time to Tepfer’s improvisations. And he built the machine’s algorithm, thinking closely about the harmonic shapes and physical resonances that he wanted. This week he released “Natural Machines” in album form, with videos accompanying each track; at this concert the audience will watch a virtual-reality presentation through Google Cardboard viewers as he and the computer perform.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

JOHN HIATT  (Oct. 29-31)
at City Winery  / 8PM, $65+
“When your songs have been covered by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Chaka Khan to Eric Clapton and B.B. King, as Hiatt’s have, you can feel fairly secure in your American popular music legacy. The singer-songwriter has spent the past 48 years crafting tunes that lean toward country and rock while transcending genre altogether: His most famous creation, “Have a Little Faith in Me,” has been recorded by both Mandy Moore and Joe Cocker. Hiatt still writes, as evidenced by his latest release, “The Eclipse Sessions,” a collection of timeless tunes that show his unassuming mastery.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

STEELY DAN  (LAST NIGHT)
at the Beacon Theater / 8PM, $25+
“For the first time since Walter Becker’s passing in 2017, Donald Fagen and Steely Dan will be performing several of the band’s most beloved albums in their entirety during their semiregular residency at the Beacon. “Aja” (on Thursday and Oct. 27) and Fagen’s solo effort “The Nightfly” (on Oct. 20 and 29) get two nights each, while “The Royal Scam” (on Wednesday), “Countdown to Ecstasy” (on Oct. 24) and “Gaucho” (on Oct. 26) will each be performed for one night only. Another show, called “By Popular Demand” (on Oct. 21), will be devoted to fan favorites, and the finale (on Oct. 30) will be, fittingly, composed of the band’s greatest hits.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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

Presidents of War with Historian Michael Beschloss
Roosevelt House at Hunter College / 6PM, FREE; RSVP required
“A very special evening as award-winning presidential historian Michael Beschloss discusses his brand-new book, a magisterial account of how our commanders-in-chief have led the military into, and through, armed combat against both foreign and domestic enemies over the course of two-and-a-half centuries of history. Through deep research and new interviews, Beschloss covers a range of wars and leaders, from Madison, Lincoln, Wilson, FDR, and LBJ, all the way to George W. Bush.”

Festival Albertine (Oct. 30-Nov. 3)
Albertine, 972 Fifth Ave./
“The New Yorker staff writer Masha Gessen curates this year’s raft of discussions at the independent bookstore housed in the palatial cultural-services arm of the French Embassy. The theme for the event is “Reimagining Democracy”; it includes the topics “Rethinking Gender” (moderated by Jack Halberstam), “Redefining Normality and Disease” (with Siri Hustvedt and Laure Murat), “A Post-Work World” (with Joseph Stiglitz and Daniel Cohen), and “Beyond States and Borders,” the series kickoff, moderated by Gessen.” (K. Leander Williams, NewYorker)

All About Seltzer
Temple Emanu-El, 1 E. 65th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Decades before Americans bought trendy sparkling water in San Pellegrino bottles or La Croix cans, New York Jews were drinking seltzer that fizzed straight out of etched-glass spritz bottles set atop pushcarts that lined the streets of Lower Manhattan or were delivered weekly in slatted wooden crates.”

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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.

White Light Festival (through Nov.18)
“Lincoln Center’s annual White Light Festival, integrating performances from around the world in a cross-cultural extravaganza, will play six venues across the city.

The festival will include performances of Waiting for Godot from Ireland’s Druid Theatre Company, directed by Tony-winning director Garry Hynes—the first female to win a Tony Award for direction of a play.

Belgian choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui brings Sutra to the stage, featuring martial arts from China’s Shaolin monks. Hip-hop, contemporary dance, and aerial work combine in the presentation of Borderline by Company Wang Ramirez. The U.S. premiere of Blak Whyte Gray, a mix of hip-hop and African-inspired movement, makes its way from across the pond to the Lincoln Center stage, as well as the U.S. premiere of Kaija Saariaho’s chamber opera Only the Sound Remains, directed by Peter Sellars and starring Philippe Jaroussky and Davóne Tines.”

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: 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.” (

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/28 and 10/26.
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