NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/10) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

DANCE THEATER OF HARLEM (also Apr.12-13)
at City Center / 7 p.m.; $35+
“The ballet company celebrates its 50th anniversary season with an opening night honoring Arthur Mitchell, who along with Karel Shook formed the group in 1969. Now led by Virginia Johnson, its artistic director, and Anna Glass, its executive director, Dance Theater will present four works, either in their entirety or in excerpts, that Mitchell created or contributed to: “The Greatest,” “Creole Giselle,” “Bach Passacaglia” (performed by students of Dance Theater’s school) and “Tones II,” a piece from 1971 reimagined for 14 dancers. The season also includes Robert Garland’s “Return” and “Nyman String Quartet No. 2,” and Geoffrey Holder’s “Dougla.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Melissa Etheridge, The Medicine Show
>> La Traviata
>> The Mason Brothers Quintet
>> Mott the Hoople ’74, The Wallflowers
>> JONATHAN FINLAYSON
>> HAND HABITS
>> James Carter Organ Trio

Continuing Events
>> SOUNDTRACK OF AMERICA
>> STREB

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Melissa Etheridge, The Medicine Show
Town Hall / 8PM, $50+
“Join Melissa Etheridge for an evening of unforgettable songs and new music from her forthcoming album The Medicine Show out April 12th. The album will be the singer’s 15th studio recording,

“Calling the album ‘The Medicine Show’ puts straight up, front and center, that this about health, wellness, cannabis, this new thought, new paradigm, however you want to talk about it, however you want to understand it,” Etheridge said in a statement. “We’re not afraid of this anymore. We’ve come a long way.”

La Traviata (next Apr.13, 8:30PM)
The Metropolitan Opera
Metropolitan Opera House / 8PM, $95+
“Michael Mayer’s richly textured new production features a dazzling 19th-century setting that changes with the seasons. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts soprano Diana Damrau as the tragic heroine, Violetta, and tenor Juan Diego Flórez as Alfredo, Violetta’s hapless lover. Baritone Quinn Kelsey is Alfredo’s father, Germont, who destroys their love. Another cast of stars takes over in the spring with soprano Anita Hartig as Violetta and tenor Stephen Costello as the lovers and Plácido Domingo and Artur Ruciński sharing the role of Germont, with Nicola Luisotti on the podium.”

The Mason Brothers Quintet
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Brothers Brad and Elliot Mason share a truly unique musical bond and vision when performing together. Described as “one of the most important trombone voices of today’s generation,” Elliot is a longtime member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Brad has proven himself as one of New York’s highly respected trumpet players and educators. Their past several performances at Dizzy’s Club generated glowing reviews and increasing demand for a return performance, which we are excited to present tonight. For the first time at Dizzy’s, the Mason Brothers will perform a program of music written by all-time jazz greats John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington.”

Mott the Hoople ’74, The Wallflowers
@ Beacon Theatre / 8PM, $66+
“Glam vets Mott the Hoople are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their 1974 tour, and for the occasion, frontman Ian Hunter is reuniting with ’74-era members Ariel Bender and Morgan Fisher, which marks the first time the three of them have toured together since that year. Jakob Dylan’s still-active ’90s-era alt-rock band The Wallflowers open.” (brooklyn vegan)

JONATHAN FINLAYSON (April 10-13)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Last year, Finlayson, a young trumpeter with an appetite for tangled rhythm and lithe, fugacious melody, released a compelling album, “3 Times Round,” with his sextet. In the coming week at the Stone, across four evenings, he gathers a different band each night: On Wednesday and Thursday, there are trios (featuring the bassist Mark Helias and the drummer Tom Rainey on the first night, then the saxophonist Brian Settles and the drummer Chad Taylor on the second). On April 12, he presents a quintet that includes the alto saxophone phenom Immanuel Wilkins, and on April 13, he closes the run with a septet, playing a new suite of music called “The Odyssey of Big Boy.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

HAND HABITS
at Bowery Ballroom / 8 p.m.; $15
“Meg Duffy, the songwriter behind this indie-rock project, is a musician’s musician. A product of New York’s Hudson Valley D.I.Y. community, Duffy gained a reputation in Los Angeles for shredding on demand as a go-to session guitarist and a member of Kevin Morby’s touring band. Duffy’s solo work is more restrained and reflective, as evinced on Hand Habits’ recent sophomore album, “Placeholder,” which features a softened guitar tone and raw lyrics about anxiety. After supporting Japanese Breakfast at two New York shows in January, Hand Habits return as a headliner.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

James Carter Organ Trio (April 9-13)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, 11:00PM, $30-$40
It’s been nearly thirty years since James Carter hit the scene as a rough and tough tenor with a heart of gold, but there’s still plenty of brawl left in the backstreet saxophonist. This lean, serrated trio, with organ and drums, is just the setting to hear Carter in all his swaggering glory.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

More Smart Stuff coming soon.

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Continuing Events


SOUNDTRACK OF AMERICA
at the Shed
(April 9, 8:30 p.m.; through April 14).
“For its opening, this flashy new interdisciplinary arts space — a cultural counterweight to the surrounding commercial development in Hudson Yards — will host five nights of concerts honoring the influence of African-American musicians. Developed by the filmmaker Steve McQueen, the series aims to explore the story of black music in America from early spirituals to today’s diverse forms. To that end, the performances in the coming week feature artists such as the jazz pianist and bandleader Jon Batiste, the rappers Smino and Rapsody, the avant-pop cellist Kelsey Lu and the R&B singer Emily King.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)

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STREB (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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♦ 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)

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.” (

“Joan Miró”  (through June 15)

“This enchanting show draws on the museum’s immense holdings of Miró’s work, along with a few loans. Its star attraction is “The Birth of the World,” painted in 1925, while the artist was under the spell of the Surrealist circle of André Breton. It presents drifting pictographic elements—a black triangle, a red disk, a white disk, an odd black hook shape, and some skittery lines—on an amorphous ground of thinned grayish paint that soaks here and there into the unevenly primed canvas. It’s large—more than eight feet high by more than six feet wide—but feels larger: cosmic. There had never been anything quite like it in painting, and it stood far apart from the formally conservative, lurid fantasizing of the other Surrealist painters. Today, we are ever less apt to base valuations on precedence—who did what first. Art of the past seems not so much a parade as a convocation, subject to case-by-case assessments. Never unsettling in the ways of, say, Matisse or, for heaven’s sake, Picasso, Miró is a modernist for everybody. He earns and will keep his place in our hearts.” (

American Museum of Natural History

‘T. REX: THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR’  (through Aug. 9, 2020).
“Everyone’s favorite 18,000-pound prehistoric killer gets the star treatment in this eye-opening exhibition, which presents the latest scientific research on T. rex and also introduces many other tyrannosaurs, some discovered only this century in China and Mongolia. T. rex evolved mainly during the Cretaceous Period to have keen eyes, spindly arms and massive conical teeth, which could bear down on prey with the force of a U-Haul truck; the dinosaur could even swallow whole bones, as affirmed here by a kid-friendly display of fossilized excrement. The show mixes 66-million-year-old teeth with the latest 3-D prints of dino bones, and also presents new models of T. rex as a baby, a juvenile and a full-grown annihilator. Turns out this most savage beast was covered with — believe it! — a soft coat of beige or white feathers.” (Farago-NYT)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/08 and 04/06.
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