NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/16) + 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:  “APRIL 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.
OR to make your own after dinner plans TONIGHT, see the tab above;  “LiveMusic.”


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

Todd Rundgren The Individualist Tour
Town Hall / 8PM, $35+
“A true iconoclast, Todd Rundgren has just released his memoir The Individualist: Digressions, Dreams, and Dissertations and is currently on what he’s calling “the world’s first hybrid concert/book tour.” He’ll play songs from the ’60s through the mid-90s and will tell lots of stories as well.” (brooklynvegan)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Sylvie Courvoisier
>> Juilliard Jazz Duke Ellington Ensemble
>> Trixie Whitley (In The Round)
>> Promises and Perils of Neuroprediction | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
>> Nature and New York: Victorians “Greening” Their Homes and Cities

Continuing Events
>>more coming soon


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $35
“Cohen, 28, has a breezy, phlegmatic command at the keyboard, and a deep well of historical jazz references at his fingertips. He has worked as a side musician for such luminaries as Christian McBride and Herlin Riley, and has recorded with the elder statesmen Ron Carter and Jimmy Cobb. If he wasn’t already an obvious heir apparent to the neo-traditional jazz mantle, his win at last weekend’s 2019 American Pianists Awards ought to make it official. At Dizzy’s, he will be joined by the bassist Philip Norris and the drummer Kyle Poole. They will draw some of the night’s material from Cohen’s recent trio album, “Dirty in Detroit.”

Sylvie Courvoisier (April 16-20)
The Stone at the New School, 55 W. 13th St./ 8:30PM, $20
Since arriving from Switzerland, in 1998, when New York’s downtown music scene was still in high gear, the pianist and composer Sylvie Courvoisier has remained a catalytic participant in new improvisatory music circles. This residency finds her playing with familiar faces, including the percussionist Ikue Mori, the bassist Drew Gress, and Courvoisier’s husband and frequent musical partner, the violinist Mark Feldman.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Juilliard Jazz Duke Ellington Ensemble
Paul Recital Hall, The Juilliard School / 7:30PM, $20
The Ambassadors: Armstrong, Goodman, Ellington, Brubeck, and Gillespie
“Juilliard Jazz’s most advanced group opens their season with a sampler from Jazz legends around the world that span the Jazz continuum.”

Trixie Whitley (In The Round)
​Le Poisson Rouge / 8PM, $22
“Trixie Whitley has never been one to follow traditional paths or conform herself to the expectations of others – both in life and in music. Blessed with a creative spirit as remarkable as her transatlantic upbringing, she thrives when challenged to push her boundaries and reinvent herself. And that’s exactly what Run The Jewels producer Little Shalimar went for on her new album ‘Lacuna’.


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Kate Ascher and Thomas Mellins on New York Rising
Book Culture, 536 W. 112th St./ 7PM, FREE
“New York Rising is an illustrated history of real estate development in Manhattan, a story of speculation and innovation–of the big ideas, big personalities, and big risks that collectively shaped a city like no other.

From the first European settlement in the seventeenth century through the skyscrapers and large-scale urban planning schemes of the late twentieth century, this book presents a broad historical survey, illustrated with images drawn largely from the rich archival resources of the Durst Collection at Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.”

Promises and Perils of Neuroprediction | Seminars in Society and Neuroscience
Columbia University, 116th St. & Broadway / 4PM, FREE
“As with so many fever dreams of science fiction, the predictive policing of Minority Report will soon be reality. Along with it will naturally follow abuse, as liberties fall to pretexts of public safety. (How legit the field will even be, based on the limits of the science, is also a very unsettled question.) Catch a Seminars in Society and Neuroscience panel that brings together experts in neuroscience, law, and philosophy to discuss the field’s latest discoveries, the ethical conundrums, and how prediction is measuring up with actual behavior.” (ThoughtGallery)

Nature and New York: Victorians “Greening” Their Homes and Cities
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West / 6;30PM, $48
“We moderns assume the Victorians had dark, claustrophobic homes, but the 19th century sought to bring nature into both home and city. Public spaces like Central and Riverside Parks brought rural environments and greened riverfronts to city dwellers, and innovations in home design brought light and views into even the densest city blocks. Discover how the Victorians “let the sun shine in” both in city greenbelts and private home designs along the Hudson River.

Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries.”


Continuing Events

More coming soon.


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.

♦ 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)

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)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/14 and 04/12.
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