NYC Events,”Only the Best” (02/27) + 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:  February NYC Events”
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.
To make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Gaby Moreno
@ The Appel Room (Lincoln Center) / 8:30PM, $55+
“With a mesmerizing mix of Americana, soul, blues, and folk—what she has called “Spanglish folk-soul”— Guatemalan-born singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno navigates troubled waters with “hauntingly beautiful” (NPR) bilingual anthems about love, loss, and the immigrant experience. Starting with her 2009 debut album, Still the Unknown, Moreno has garnered comparisons to Édith Piaf, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, and Aretha Franklin.
An audience favorite at Lincoln Center Out of Doors for three years running, the multilingual, multitalented Moreno celebrates her American Songbook debut with songs from her extensive catalog as well as sneak peeks from her soon-to-be released album.”


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Jim Black

>> Cyrille Aimee: A Sondheim Adventure
>> Truth and Fiction in Italian Renaissance Portraiture

Continuing Events 
>> NYC Beer Week
>> Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

at Mezzrow / 8 and 9:30 p.m.; $20
“Two ecumenical improvisers with a mix of jazz vocabulary and classical precision, Ortiz, a Cuban-born pianist, and Byron, an American clarinetist, released a powerful album of duets last year, “Random Dances and (A)tonalities.” It included takes on pieces by Duke Ellington, Johann Sebastian Bach and Geri Allen, as well as a few twisty, centrifugal original tunes. At Mezzrow, an intimate basement club, they will play repertoire from that album.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

at the Rink at Rockefeller Center / 1 p.m.
“This company led by Moira North, which showcases ice dancing as performance art, hosts an afternoon of figure skating as part of its City Skate Concert Series. In honor of Black History Month, the program features “Presence,” a solo for Theron James by the African-American figure skater and modern dance choreographer Deneane Richburg, of Brownbody. In her work, she draws on her cultural background to provide a framework for movement exploration; “Presence” investigates the energetic pathways and shapes of a black body gliding across the ice.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

Jim Black (Feb.26-March 2)
The Stone at the New School, 55 W. 13th St./ 8:30PM, $20
“One of the glories of this venue, a bastion of experimentalism, is its long-standing tradition of shining a spotlight on musicians whose decisive roles have been as supporting rather than featured players. Here, the drummer Jim Black gets his turn. A relentlessly inventive improviser, his residency finds him collaborating with such familiar figures as Tim Berne, Chris Speed, and Nels Cline.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Cyrille Aimee: A Sondheim Adventure (Feb.26-Mar.2)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $30-$40
Six decades after Stephen Sondheim’s ascendance as the doyen of Broadway composers, many jazz-inflected vocalists have yet to fully warm to his oeuvre, which bursts with songs whose musical constructions are as adroit as their lyrics are emotively penetrating. But the ever-game Cyrille Aimée is diving right in: on her smart new album, “Move On: A Sondheim Adventure,” she does justice to the master’s work with his warhorse “Send in the Clowns” nowhere in sight.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

NEW YORK CITY BALLET (through March 3).
at the NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $35+
“As City Ballet winds down its winter season with “The Sleeping Beauty” and a final week of mixed repertory, the new program in the mix is an all-George Balanchine one featuring “Prodigal Son” and “Liebeslieder Walzer.” In “Prodigal” — from 1929, it is the last of Balanchine’s works for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes — the themes are sin and redemption, while in “Liebeslieder,” a two-act ballet, the dancers are joined onstage by the musicians and singers. As Balanchine said, “In the first act, it is the real people who are dancing. In the second act, it is their souls.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

Beacon Theater / 8 p.m.; $55+
“This legendary rock singer and songwriter is best known for his ability to capture the heartland — as he describes in his biggest hit, “Jack & Diane” — in accessible, catchy songs. But since his 1980s heyday, Mellencamp has shed most of the trappings of commercial rock (including his myriad stage names) in favor of more straightforward blues arrangements courtesy of the super-producer T Bone Burnett. For his latest album, 2018’s “Other People’s Stuff,” Mellencamp produces and performs, revisiting a number of covers he had previously recorded in the rootsy style that is now his signature.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Truth and Fiction in Italian Renaissance Portraiture
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St./ 6PM, FREE
By Aimee Ng, Associate Curator, The Frick Collection
“Giovanni Battista Moroni is celebrated for his seeming ability to capture his sitters exactly as they appeared before him. The co-curator of Moroni: The Riches of Renaissance Portraiture investigates the notion of “truth” in the artist’s work, as well as its inventiveness, complexity, and innovation.”


Continuing Events

NYC Beer Week (Feb. 23-March 2)
The best week for craft beer lovers
“The NYC Brewers Guild’s annual celebration of all things hops, malt and a little madness, NYC Beer Week, returns with over 60 breweries taking part in more than 150 events, from walk-around tastings to tap takeovers, brewer talks and pairing dinners. With beers brewed special for the festival, it’s a chance to taste things you won’t find anywhere else in the company of people who love one thing above all else”. (Metro)

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)

♦ 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.

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.”


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)

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 Art and Design

‘STERLING RUBY: CERAMICS’  (through March 17).
“Adept at most art mediums, this artist is at his best in ceramics, especially in the outsize, awkwardly hand-built, resplendently glazed baskets, ashtrays and plates and the objects that verge on sculpture in this show. These works actively incorporate accident and aspects of the ready-made, have precedents in the large-scale ceramics of Peter Voulkos and Viola Frey, but may be closest in spirit to the Neo-Expressionism of Julian Schnabel — rehabilitated, of course.” (Smith – NYT)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/25 and 02/23.
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