NYC Events,”Only the Best” (04/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

Kenny Barron Quartet
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, 9:30PM, $35-$45
“NEA Jazz Master and nine-time Grammy Award–nominated pianist Kenny Barron is one of the most important pianists of the last several decades, known both for his solo work and for his projects with Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Yusef Lateef, and many more. His exquisite repertoire of original music includes recent compositions and modern classics that span his work with the aforementioned artists as well as more recent contemporaries. Praised endlessly for both his sensitivity and his virtuosity, Barron is undisputedly one of the top jazz pianists in the world, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to Dizzy’s Club.”

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> “Works & Process”
>> ‘DANCING THE GODS’
>> WADADA LEO SMITH
>> Ted Koppel in Conversation

>> Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival
>> Sunday Platform – Curt Collier: The Biology of Political Conflicts
Continuing Events
>> Tribeca Film Festival
>> STREB

COMING SOON (WFUV)
4/29 The New York Pops 36th Birthday Gala honoring Cyndi Lauper, Carnegie Hall
4/29-30 John Hiatt, City Winery
4/30 Deer Tick, Rough Trade
4/30 The Mountain Goats, Brooklyn Steel
5/01 Patti Smith, Webster Hall
5/01 Joan Baez, Beacon Theatre

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

“Works & Process” (April 28-29)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave./ 7:30PM, $30+
“The performance-and-discussion series presents an evening of dances created in response to the show “Hymn to Apollo,” which explores the influence of classical art on Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. (The show is at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World through June 2.) The two works, choreographed by Christopher Williams and Netta Yerushalmy and designed by Reid Bartelme and Harriet Jung, take as their point of departure the 1911 ballet “Daphnis and Chloe,” set in a verdant glade on the isle of Lesbos. Similarly, Bartelme and Jung’s costumes are derived from details in Ballets Russes designs.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

‘DANCING THE GODS’ (April 27-28)
at Symphony Space / 8 p.m.; $25+
“This program of classical Indian dancing offers two separate programs on back-to-back evenings. On Saturday, the Maryland-based Kalanidhi Dance presents “Rasa,” a work inspired by the Sanskrit epic “Ramayana”; it embodies a range of emotions from disgust to wonderment through the South Indian Kuchipudi style. On Sunday, Sujata Mohapatra will perform in the Odissi style, accompanied by live music. The two styles, while sharing similarities, are distinguished by their music, costumes and contrasting physical emphases. Together they provide a look at two facets of classical Indian dance as interpreted by skilled artists.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

WADADA LEO SMITH (April 26-28)
at the Kitchen / 8 p.m.; $25+
“This trumpeter, composer and farsighted musical thinker has only ripened with age; at 77, he’s making some of the most affecting music of his career, and he is as prolific as ever. His most recent album is “Rosa Parks: Pure Love. An Oratorio of Seven Songs,” on which he blends brass, electronics and a string quartet to make slow, glassy music that’s often as faint as a memory, yet as urgent as a protester’s chant. He presents the 15-part work here alongside a deep cast of collaborators: The Diamond Voices trio, the RedKoral string quartet, the BlueTrumpet Quartet and the Janus Duo (Pheeroan akLaff on drums and Hardedge on electronics) will all be onstage with him. Jesse Gilbert will present a video component, and the butoh dancer Oguri will also perform.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Ted Koppel in Conversation
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $40
“Jeff Greenfield is joined by one of America’s most honored, highly regarded news journalists: Ted Koppel, the legendary anchor of ABC News’ Nightline, for a conversation about 50-plus years as an eyewitness to history and the role of the press then and now.

This broad-ranging discussion will cover key events from Koppel’s career: JFK’s funeral; the march from Selma; Nixon’s visit to China; the day the Soviet Union ended; Nelson Mandela’s release from prison; to top stories in today’s political, economic, tech, and environmental news.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (April 27-28)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden / 10AM-6PM, $30
“Rise and shine for Sakura Matsuri — the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s annual spring soirée and weekend of cherry blossom appreciation. Taiko drummers, martial arts masters, and live bands will grace the stage; origami and bonsai experts will demonstrate their skills; and vendors will offer Raaka chocolate, hand-crafted Kokeshi Dolls, and vintage kimonos.” (Thrillist)

Sunday Platform – Curt Collier: The Biology of Political Conflicts
New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th St./ 11AM, FREE
Could the current division in our country have more to do with innate survival impulses than any battle of ideas? Curt Collier, National Youth Programs Director for Groundwork USA, looks at the ways we can re-channel our drives in a talk on the biology of political conflict.” (ThoughtGallery)

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Continuing Events


Tribeca Film Festival (April 24 to May 5)

“Robert De Niro and Co.’s Tribeca Film Festival has long shown a spotlight on local indie features, documentaries, foreign films, the latest from big-name talent and the greatest from up-and-coming filmmakers.

TimeOutNY has got your complete one-stop-shopping guide to Tribeca Film Festival: their personal must-see picks, movie screenings, ticket info, a list of nearby bars and restaurants and much more.”

See Also:
IndieWire – Tribeca 2019: 12 Must-See Films at This Year’s Festival, From Danny Boyle to a Wild ‘Showgirls’ Doc.
CBS News – 15 highlights at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.
vulture.com (NYMag) – Tribeca Film Festival What to see at the independent film fest.

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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 04/26 and 04/24.
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