NYC Events,”Only the Best” (03/23) + 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.”

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

Elsewhere, but for you coffee lovers this is surely worth the detour:

Coffee and Tea Festival (Mar.23-24)
Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint / 12-5PM, General admission $25; some seminars require additional fee; food available for purchase.
“Elevate your heart rate and your caffeine consumption vehicle with samples from dozens of purveyors at the two-day Coffee & Tea Festival: NYC. After you load up on brews and channel all that jittery energy into a tea selection lesson, equipment demonstration, or a crafting seminar.” (thrillist.com)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> KAIA KATER AND KARINE POLWART

>> The Bad Plus
>> JUDAH FRIEDLANDER

>> Princess Zhaojun
>> Miho Hatori: Salon Mondialité
>> GARY CLARK JR.
>> History Makers: Chris Matthews Discusses Robert F. Kennedy

Continuing Events
>> STREB
>> NOCHE FLAMENCA
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Make March Madness a slam dunk
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

KAIA KATER AND KARINE POLWART
at Carnegie Hall / 9 p.m.; $35+
“This double bill showcases a range of folk traditions, embraced by two distinctly contemporary artists. For Quebec-born Kater, the Canadian folk songs of her childhood and the Appalachian music she studied while attending college in West Virginia serve as touchstones; Polwart, meanwhile, draws from the musical heritage of her native Scotland. The noted political dimension in the songwriting of both women makes this a natural pairing: Kater has sung about the Black Lives Matter movement and political strife in her father’s home country of Grenada, and Polwart’s 2018 album, “Laws of Motion,” addresses Trumpism and the experiences of migrants.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

The Bad Plus (Mar.19-24)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“As momentous transitions go, it’s been a relatively smooth one for the epochal trio the Bad Plus, which replaced its pivotal pianist Ethan Iverson with the equally skilled player Orrin Evans in 2017. A fine subsequent studio album, “Never Stop II”—which incorporated original material from Evans—and absorbing live performances have proved that the future looks bright for this once iconoclastic and now firmly entrenched ensemble.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

JUDAH FRIEDLANDER
at Carolines on Broadway / m
“Since releasing the 2017 Netflix special “America Is the Greatest Country in the United States,” this comedian and actor, who co-starred on “30 Rock,” has assembled a new campaign of political satire, “Future President,” and he’s taking it out on the road. He’ll also field questions from the audience regarding his presidential platform for 2020 — if he were to actually run, that is.” (NYT-Sean L. McCarthy)
(Mar.23, 7:30 and 10 p.m.; Mar.24, 7:30 p.m.)

Princess Zhaojun (Mar.21-24)
NYS Theater, (at Lincoln Center) / 8PM, $117+
“China National Opera & Dance Drama Theater makes its New York debut with a dance-theater pageant directed and choreographed by Kong Dexin. The show, written by Yu Ping and composed by Zhang Qu, tells of Wang Zhaojun, a legendary beauty who helped bring peace to the Han Dynasty two thousand years ago. Fifty dancers bring the story to life, with help from opulent costumes and sets.” (TONY)

Miho Hatori: Salon Mondialité (Mar.22-23)
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St./
No stranger to the quixotic, the onetime Cibo Matto singer Miho Hatori spearheads a musical “imaginary, experimental TV talk show,” featuring the guitarists Smokey Hormel and Patrick Higgins. The concert is inspired by Édouard Glissant’s writings on global pastiche, which Hatori links to the New York she moved to in the nineties. Is the city evaporating in the face of extreme gentrification? Perhaps.” (Jay Ruttenberg, NewYorker)

GARY CLARK JR. (Mar.21-23)
at the Beacon Theater / 8 p.m.; $
“As a gifted blues guitarist, this Austin, Tex., native could easily stick to traditional sounds. But Clark continues to make songs that are expansive and forward-looking. He channels his remarkable technical ability toward hard-edge, political and genre-bending music that is nevertheless rooted in the blues, or at least its angst and earnestness. On his most recent album, “This Land,” he tackles racism and American politics through tunes that are anything but easy listening — and all the better for it.” (NYT-NATALIE WEINER)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

History Makers: Chris Matthews Discusses Robert F. Kennedy
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./ 4PM, $15
“In his best-selling biography, Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit, Chris Matthews, anchor of MSNBC’s Hardball, pulls back the curtain on one of the great figures of 20th century America. Join him as he draws on extensive research and interviews for a look at the life and man.”

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Continuing Events

STREB (starts w gala opening Mar.23 – weekends through May 12)
Streb Lab for Action Mechanics, 51 N. 1st St., Bklyn. / Sat.5PM, Sun.3PM; $25
“The shows that STREB Extreme Action puts on at its Williamsburg headquarters  have a carnival atmosphere, and not just because eating and drinking are encouraged. Will the Action Heroes, as the intrepid dancer-acrobats are styled, collide as they hurl themselves off a trampoline? Will they get whacked by swinging cinder blocks or huge metal contraptions? Probably not, but they want you to cringe. Their newest machine is the Molinette, a giant bar that revolves like the blade of a windmill.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

The Streb performers are absolutely amazing and so worth the detour.
I try to see them every year, can’t get enough.

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NOCHE FLAMENCA (thru Mar.31, NO MON.)
at the Connelly Theater / Tue – Thu at 7:30pm; Fri & Sat at 8pm; Sundays at 3pm; $20+
“This splendid flamenco company, led by Martín Santangelo, its artistic director, and the dancer Soledad Barrio, presents “Entre Tú y Yo” (“Between You and Me”), an evening of solos, duets and ensemble works that includes “Refugiados” (“Refugees”), which has been recently added to the company’s repertoire. The piece transforms poems written by children in refugee camps into song and dance. The program also features the latest iteration of “La Ronde,” which is inspired by Max Ophüls’s 1950 film and spotlights the talents of a guitarist, a vocalist and a solo dancer.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

If you like flamenco even a little, you must see Soledad’s performance.

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NCAA – Make March Madness a slam dunk
DeKalb Market Hall / Free to enter; standard menu prices
“Why celebrate the annual March Maddening from your sofa when you can make it an occasion at DeKalb Market Hall’s DeKalb Stage? See the tourney on the new venue’s 180” projection screen, sip cocktails, and snack on Ample Hills ice cream, Katz’s pastrami, and Chicks Isan’s wings.’ (thrillist.com)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour and is an easy trip on the #2,3 express subway to Nevins St. (2 stops after Wall St.)

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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

“The Value of Good Design”  (through June 15)
“The simple flask of the Chemex coffeemaker, the austere fan of aluminum tines on a garden rake, and the airtight allure of first-generation Tupperware exemplify the democratic promise of the Good Design movement in this edifying survey, which highlights (although not exclusively) the museum’s role in its history. Also on view—and among the winners of MOMA’s first design competition, held in 1940-41—is a molded plywood chair by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen; it’s a classic design, but, owing to technological limitations in its day, it wasn’t mass-produced until 2006. Starting in 1938, MOMA mounted an annual exhibition called “Useful Objects,” which championed the inexpensive and doubled as recommendations for holiday gifts. No item had a value of more than five dollars the first year; a decade later, the limit was a hundred dollars. By the fifties, the museum had established partnerships with national retailers for the exhibited products, from textiles to appliances, and, in the eighties, it opened its own design store. In the current show, the most compelling items are the everyday gems: Timo Sarpaneva’s cast-iron and teak casserole, from 1959; the original Slinky, from 1945; and a collapsible wire basket, from 1953, as graceful as a Ruth Asawa sculpture.” (

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/21 and 03/13.
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