NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/05) + 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:  March 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:

at Le Poisson Rouge / 8:30 p.m.; $25
“Lage, a 31-year-old guitar virtuoso, just released a winning new album, “Love Hurts.” It might be the closest thing he’s released to a straight-ahead jazz record. But with the bassist Jorge Roeder and the drummer Dave King — two left-field improvisers a generation ahead of him — at his side, a freewheeling, rock-tinged vibe finds its way in through the seams. Ever the adaptive player, Lage leans into the influences of Pat Martino and John Scofield here, playing his distorted electric guitar in snaky, spiraling lines. The trio’s repertoire ranges from Ornette Coleman to Roy Orbison to some of Lage’s own tunes.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration
>> Nellie McKay

>>  A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour
>> Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets
>> Ambrose Akinmusire
>> Justin Vivian Bond: Under the Influence
>> Lecture with Michael Parloff

Continuing Events 
>> more continuing events coming soon.


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

A Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30-$35
“The Gotham Kings Mardi Gras Celebration returns to Dizzy’s for another night of festivities. Led by trumpeter Alphonso Horne, this fun-loving group of musicians and dancers will treat audiences to the infectious traditions of Creole jazz. The concert showcases the virtuosity of a young Louis Armstrong and the innovative genius of King Oliver, weaving the sounds of New Orleans into a rich musical fabric that uplifts and warms the soul. With special Mardi Gras drinks on the menu, the club will be in good spirits for the occasion.”

Nellie McKay (Mar.5-9)
Birdland / 7PM, $30-$40
“Fearless singer-songwriter and deceptively feather-light song stylist McKay is always guaranteed to flabber your gast with her witty, unwieldy and beguiling performances. In this Birdland run, she toasts the release of her seventh album, Sister Orchid, which includes versions of standards including “My Romance,” “The Nearness of You” and “Georgia on My Mind.” (TONY)

 A Bowie Celebration: The David Bowie Alumni Tour
@ Irving Plaza / 7PM, $55
“Musicians who have played and collaborated with David Bowie over the years pay tribute tonight, including ’70s-era band members Mike Garson and Earl Slick, ’80s-era bassist Carmine Rojas, and ’00s-era guitarist Gerry Leonard. (Some of them have played similar tribute shows in the past couple years.) The shows will also feature guest vocalists Corey Glover (of Living Colour) and Bernard Fowler (of Tackhead, backing vocalist for The Rolling Stones since the ’80s, etc), and drummer Lee John.” (BrooklynVegan)

Marshall Crenshaw and The Bottle Rockets
@ City Winery / 8PM, $28-$35
“Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw scored a couple early-’80s power pop hits with “Whenever You’re on My Mind” and “Someday Someway,” and plays tonight with alt-country vets The Bottle Rockets.” (BrooklynVegan)

Ambrose Akinmusire (March 5-10)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“Go-for-broke musicians like Ambrose Akinmusire often lead dual musical lives. The gifted trumpeter and composer went big on his compelling 2018 release, “Origami Harvest”—a commissioned work that made fruitfully dissonant use of an impassioned rapper and a string quartet­. Here, though, he reverts to a small group, helming a coiled quintet that features the skillful pianist Sullivan Fortner and the return of the tenor saxophonist Walter Smith III.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Justin Vivian Bond: Under the Influence (Mar.5-6)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater / 9PM, (7pm, Wed); $35
“The inimitable siren of the downtown cabaret stage toasts Judy Collins with an evening of song. On the setlist: songs by artists whom Collins has covered throughout her career. Show up for favorites from Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim and others, sung by one of New York’s most luminous performers. “ (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Lecture with Michael Parloff
Winter Festival: Russian Panorama
Russian Music From Glinka to Shostakovich
Rose Studio, Lincoln Center / 6:30PM, $10
“Returning lecturer Michael Parloff inaugurates the Winter Festival’s Russian journey with an overview of the country’s rich musical tapestry, from the time of Mikhail Glinka to that of Dmitri Shostakovich.”


Continuing Events

more continuing events coming soon.

♦ 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 03/03 and 03/01.
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