NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/22) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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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.”

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

Always celebrate the ancient ones.

Roy Haynes 94th Birthday (April 22-24)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM, 10:30PM, $30-$45
“What’s more amazing: that the master drummer Roy Haynes has played with nearly every major figure from Lester Young to Pat Metheny or that, at the age of ninety-four, he’s still gigging? An irrepressible force of nature behind his kit, he can drive a band with an undiminished spirit that’s as sharp as his legendary sartorial flair. One of few remaining links in the chain of foundational jazz, Haynes is history incarnate.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Judy Kuhn Sings: Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel
>> Lea Anderson
>> Mingus Big Band: 97th Charles Mingus Birthday Celebration
>> Bill McKibben: Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
>> Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household
>> Monday Night Magic

>> Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

Continuing Events
>>more coming soon
>> STREB

COMING SOON (WFUV)
4/22 The National, Beacon Theatre
4/22 Los Amigos Invisibles & Aterciopelados, Brooklyn Bowl
4/23 Bailen, Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/24 Girlpool, Hatchie, Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Judy Kuhn Sings: Rodgers, Rodgers & Guettel
Symphony Space / 8PM, $30+
“One of the most gifted musical actors of her generation, four-time Tony nominee Kuhn has originated roles in the Broadway productions of Les Misérables, Chess and Fun Home. In this concert, she celebrates the music of a three-generation lineage of musical-theater composers: Richard Rodgers (South Pacific), Mary Rodgers (Once Upon a Mattress) and Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza).” (TONY)

Lea Anderson
​Joe’s Pub / 9:30PM, $15
“Categorized as real R&B, it is without a doubt that Lea Anderson has what the music industry has been waiting for. Through her own rhythm and blues, Lea Anderson aims to create an intimate connection between herself and anyone who has come in contact with her fluid soprano sound. Versatile, she can be acoustic, with a piano, supplemented with tracks, or with her four piece band. No matter the set up, Lea Anderson is always equipped with her flute, which was handed down by her Mother. Lea Anderson’s music is a timeless entity providing us with sounds enlaced with heartfelt melodies, strong vocals and lyrics that tell the story of her past heartbreaks, current happiness, new found self-love, and hopes for equality.”

Mingus Big Band: 97th Charles Mingus Birthday Celebration
@ Jazz Standard / 7:30PM, 9:30PM; $30
Jazz Standard’s annual birth celebration of Mingus with the 14-piece group led by artistic director Sue Mingus.
“…No composer–bandleader–instrumentalist since Ellington encompassed more of jazz’s accomplish­ment and promise. Mingus was the black music experience in the United States – in its hybridization, its questing after form, its improvisation, competitiveness, impertinence, outrage, intellectualization, joy, emotionalism, bitterness, comedy, parody, and frustration.” (Gary Giddins, Riding On A Blue Note: Jazz and American Pop)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Bill McKibben: Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? with Naomi Klein
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM, $28
“It’s hard to imagine better company for Earth Day than author and activist Bill McKibben. A pioneer in drawing attention to climate change, McKibben’s latest goes deeper to question the impact of modern innovations like AI and robotics on our very humanity.” (ThoughtGallery)
Price: $28 Admission & Signed Copy grants you admission for one, plus one signed copy of the book. $15 Admission & gift card grants you admission for one, plus one $15 gift card to the store.

Behind the Throne: A Domestic History of the Royal Household
The General Society Library, 20 W. 44th St./ 6:15PM, $40
“Although royals may have the same troubles as we commoners, there is a key difference in their lives: Elizabeth II has a staff of 1,200. Join historian Adrian Tinniswood as he reveals the reality of five centuries of life at the English court—and behind the scenes.” (ThoughtGallery)

Monday Night Magic
Players Theatre, West Village / 8PM, $42.50
“For 21 years, this proudly old-school series has offered a different lineup of professional magicians every week: opening acts, a headliner and a host, plus two or three close-up magicians to wow the audience at intermission. Housed for the past seven years at the unprepossessing Players Theatre, it is an heir to the vaudeville tradition.

Many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. (If you have young children, bring them; they make especially adorable assistants.) Shows cost just $37.50 in advance and typically last well over two hours, so you get a lot of value and variety for your magic dollar. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits.” (TONY)

Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 6:30PM, $29
“Nothing is as elemental, as essential to human life, as the air we breathe. Yet around the world, in rich countries and poor ones, it is quietly poisoning us.

Air pollution prematurely kills seven million people every year, including more than one hundred thousand Americans. It is strongly linked to strokes, heart attacks, many kinds of cancer, dementia, and premature birth, among other ailments. Join author, Beth Gardiner, as she exposes the political decisions and economic forces that have kept so many of us breathing dirty air. Discover the scientists who have transformed our understanding of pollution’s effects on the body and the ordinary people fighting for a cleaner future.”

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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 04/20 and 04/18.
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