NYC Events,”Only the Best” (01/10) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  NYC Events-January”
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:

Giuseppe Verdi “Otello” (last performance)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $85+
“Conducting sensation Gustavo Dudamel makes his Met debut leading Verdi’s towering Shakespearean masterpiece, in the first revival of Bartlett Sher’s gripping 2015 production. The cast includes dynamic tenor Stuart Skelton in the title role, star soprano Sonya Yoncheva as the devoted but doomed Desdemona, and outstanding baritone Željko Lučić as the treacherous Iago.”

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Burnt Sugar: Burnt Sugar Arkestra Celebrates 20 Years of “Avant Groiddnuss”
>> JACK FERVER
>> BENJAMIN APPL
>> CUBA FESTIVAL
>> Bill Charlap
>> NOCHE FLAMENCA
>> “5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food”

Continuing Events
>> Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
>> Winter Jazzfest
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Burnt Sugar: Burnt Sugar Arkestra Celebrates 20 Years of “Avant Groiddnuss”
Atrium at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
“Join Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber in an avant-celebration of two decades of “never playing anything the same way once.” As always, the collective pays tribute to its sonic sensei, the Maestro Lawrence Butch Morris (1947–2013), for showing its members THE WAY of Conducted Improvisation. Over the course of 18 albums, Burnt Sugar has covered a broad panoply of styles and genres. Its members have made music, broken bread, and covered thousands of miles worldwide with a host of alumni badasses.

For this special performance, “While My Guitar Gently Screams,” Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber initiates its twentieth anniversary celebration with a mixtape-inspired performance of its Groiddest Schizznits Volume One. A recurring theme of the celebration will be reconnecting with a number of luminous BSAC alumni. This show will feature soul songstress Lisala Beatty and renown guitarists Vernon Reid and Ronny “Head” Draytone amongst the BSAC crew … Ya Heard!”

JACK FERVER (also Jan.9-12)
at New York Lives Arts / 8 p.m.; $25+
“After an acclaimed debut last spring, Ferver’s “Everything Is Imaginable” receives a weeklong encore, as part of both the American Realness festival and the Live Artery showcase. Ferver is joined here by accomplished colleagues Lloyd Knight (Martha Graham Dance Company), Garen Scribner (Broadway’s “An American in Paris”), James Whiteside (American Ballet Theater) and dancer and costume designer Reid Bartelme. In the work’s first half, they individually and collectively pay tribute to childhood idols and reflect on their queer identities. In the second half, things get dark.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

BENJAMIN APPL
at the Park Avenue Armory, 7:30 p.m.; $60
“Appl is perhaps the leading young voice in the generation following on from the one dominated by Christian Gerhaher, and here he introduces himself in his North American recital debuts with the trilogy of late Schubert song cycles, sung in the plush Board of Officers Room: “Winterreise” on Thursday. James Baillieu is the pianist.” (NYT-David Allen)

CUBA FESTIVAL (next Jan.11, 8 p.m.; through Jan. 20)
at the Joyce Theater / 7:30 p.m.; $75
“Our country’s relationship with Cuba may still be in flux but the Joyce Theater’s commitment to Cuban artists remains steadfast. Starting Jan. 9, the space presents the Cuba Festival. First up is the frequent visitor Malpaso Dance Company, a skilled and earnest troupe that will present a diverse program of works by Merce Cunningham, Abel Rojo and Beatriz Garcia Diaz, plus Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin’s haunting “Tabula Rasa” (through Jan. 13). The festival continues with the company Los Hijos del Director (Jan. 15-16) and the feisty contemporary Flamenco dancer Irene Rodríguez and her self-named company (Jan. 18-20).” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Bill Charlap (Jan.8-13)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Bill Charlap isn’t out to change the world with his elegant and resourceful piano playing—he’s just resolved to make it a more stylish place to live. In addition to a solo performance and an evening with his sparkling trio, this mainstream master will host a variety of impressive guests, including Houston Person, Tom Harrell, and Jon Faddis.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

NOCHE FLAMENCA  (also Jan.11)
at Joe’s Pub / 8PM, +10PM, $30
“To watch a flamenco show at Joe’s Pub is to harken back a century or so to the Café Cantantes in Seville, where song, dance, music and libations were enjoyed in intimate, immersive environs. Here, the New York-based Noche Flamenca presents “Rondan Los Deseos” (Circle of Desire), which was created by the troupe’s co-founders Martin Santangelo and Soledad Barrio, who are also its star performers. After a previous engagement at the Pub and an appearance on the Joyce stage last year, the work returns with new duets and trios.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)
(also Jan. 9, 9:30 p.m., Jan. 10, 8 and 10 p.m.; through Jan. 11).

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

“5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food” – Jamie Oliver
Barnes and Noble, union square / 7:00 PM,
“Jamie Oliver is a global phenomenon in food and food activism. Over a 19-year television and publishing career, he has inspired millions of people to enjoy cooking from scratch and eating fresh, delicious food. Wristbands for event access will be distributed with featured title purchase beginning at 9am the day of the event. Jamie will sign, personalize, and – time permitting – pose for photos.”

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Continuing Events

Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park
Midtown Manhattan’s winter wonderland.
Bryant Park (btw 5th/6th Ave. @42nd St.) / shops to 8PM, rink to 10PM
Enjoy The Lodge by Urbanspace, and The Rink, the centerpiece of Winter Village and New York City’s only free admission ice skating rink.
The Rink
This 17,000 square foot rink features free admission ice skating, high quality rental skates, and free skating shows, special events, and activities.
​October 27, 2018 – March 3, 2019
Daily, 8am-10pm (Rink hours are weather permitting and Rink may be closed for events – check here)

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Winter Jazzfest (Jan.4-12)
Various Locations, Individual shows $15-55; one day marathon pass $50–$60; two-day marathon pass $90–$105
“During the typically bleak post–New Year’s Eve concert lull, Winter Jazzfest is a bright spot on the city’s calendar. With shows spread across nine nights, the fest brings top jazzers to venues like Le Poisson Rouge, Nublu and, for the first time, Brooklyn Steel. The festivities end with its signature two-night Greenwich Village marathon: a buzzy, multi-stage blowout that’s typically one of the best concerts in NYC. The marathon shows aren’t individually ticketed, so a wristband grants you access to any of each night’s gigs—as long as a given club doesn’t hit capacity. It’s a model that encourages sampling and venue-hopping. The event also requires patience and an open mind: If your preferred show is full, pull out the schedule, and head to one of the nearby spots for something unexpected. This year’s fest continues to stand with movements including #metoo and #blacklivesmatter in its active support of social and racial justice, gender equality and immigrant rights. (TONY)

Winter Jazzfest, the year’s largest survey of the jazz scene with over 100 acts playing from Lower Manhattan to Brooklyn, with its famous marathon sessions taking place both this Saturday and all next weekend. Here’s a full guide to Winter Jazzfest

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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 65 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.

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

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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)

Whitney Museum of American Art

‘ANDY WARHOL — FROM A TO B AND BACK AGAIN’  (through March 31) “Although this is the artist’s first full American retrospective in 31 years, he’s been so much with us — in museums, galleries, auctions — as to make him, like wallpaper, like the atmosphere, only half-noticed. The Whitney show restores him to a full, commanding view, but does so in a carefully shaped and edited way, with an emphasis on very early and late work. Despite the show’s monumentalizing size, supplemented by an off-site display of the enormous multipanel painting called “Shadows,” it’s a human-scale Warhol we see. Largely absent is the artist-entrepreneur who is taken as a prophet of our market-addled present. What we have instead is Warhol for whom art, whatever else it was, was an expression of personal hopes and fears.”  (Cotter)

Museum of Modern Art

Charles White: A Retrospective (thru Jan.13, 2019)
“White insisted. “It can’t simply mirror what’s taking place. … It must ally itself with the forces of liberation.” Over the course of his four-decade career, White’s commitment to creating powerful images of African Americans—what his gallerist and, later, White himself described as “images of dignity”—was unwavering. Using his virtuoso skills as a draftsman, printmaker, and painter, White developed his style and approach over time to address shifting concerns and new audiences. In each of the cities in which he lived over the course of his career—Chicago, New York, and, finally, Los Angeles—White became a key figure within a vibrant community of creative artists, writers, and activists.”
This one is good, try to see it before it closes!

‘BRUCE NAUMAN: DISAPPEARING ACTS’  (through Feb. 18)
“If art isn’t basically about life and death, and the emotions and ethics they inspire, what is it about? Style? Taste? Auction results? The most interesting artists go right for the big, uncool existential stuff, which is what Bruce Nauman does in a transfixing half-century retrospective that fills the entire sixth floor of the MoMA and much of MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens. The MoMA installation is tightly paced and high decibel; the one at PS1, which includes a trove of works on paper, is comparatively mellow and mournful. Each location offers a rough chronological overview of his career, but catching both parts of the show is imperative. Nauman has changed the way we define what art is and what is art, and made work prescient of the morally wrenching American moment we’re in. He deserves to be seen in full.” (Cotter)

‘CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI SCULPTURE: THE FILMS’ (through Feb. 18).
“This show is built around works by the Romanian modernist (1876-1957) that have been longtime highlights of the museum’s own collection. But in 2018, can Brancusi still release our inner poet? The answer may lie in paying less attention to the sculptures themselves and more to Brancusi’s little-known and quite amazing films, projected at the entrance to the gallery throughout the duration of the exhibition. MoMA borrowed the series of video clips from the Pompidou Center in Paris. They give the feeling that Brancusi was less interested in making fancy museum objects than in putting new kinds of almost-living things into the world, and convey the vital energy his sculptures were meant to capture.”(Blake Gopnik)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 01/08 and 01/06.
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