NYC Events,”Only the Best” (05/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “May 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.”

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

ALEXA TARANTINO QUARTET
at Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM; $35
“Tarantino’s forthcoming debut album, “Winds of Change,” announces this young alto saxophonist as a composer of sharply plotted but gracefully unencumbered straight-ahead jazz and — for those who haven’t already caught her in her capacity as a busy side musician around New York — an announcement of her lovely, ardent way of improvising. At Dizzy’s, Tarantino celebrates the album’s release with the pianist Christian Sands, the bassist Joe Martin and the drummer Ulysses Owens Jr.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Yann Tiersen
>> URI CAINE
>> Chita Rivera
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> The Importance of Being a Generalist in a Specialized Workforce
>> Astronomy Live: Under the Southern Cross

You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Yann Tiersen
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway / 8PM, $40+
When confronted by a mountain lion in Northern California, Yann Tiersen had a uniquely human reaction: he fled, then later returned to the site to record a violin part for his new album, “ALL.” A multi-instrumentalist with a quintessentially French philosophical streak, Tiersen floods his new work with nature recordings and singers trafficking in dwindling tongues (Breton and Faroese). The reflection on man’s wobbly place on the planet is clear but rarely heavy-handed. Onstage, it’s delivered alongside a cinematic wash of spotlights, a stylized existential crisis.” (Jay Ruttenberg, NewYorker)

URI CAINE (May 28-June 1)
at the Stone / 8:30 p.m.; $20
“Prodigiously gifted and bursting with vigor at the piano, Caine is the uncommon player who sounds just as deft on a deep groove, a classical minuet or a freely improvised odyssey. Highlights of his upcoming week at the Stone include a solo performance on Thursday, drawing from the second book in John Zorn’s epic “Masada” series, and his appearance on May 31 with a tango-inspired band featuring Mark Feldman on violin, Agustin Uriburu on cello, Julien Labro on bandoneon and Pablo Aslan on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Chita Rivera (also May30-Jun01, +Jun04)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $95+
“Rivera came to New York in the early 1950s, and the rest is razzle-dazzle history: starring roles in the original casts of West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie and Chicago; 10 Tony nominations (including two wins); the 2002 Kennedy Center Honors. She’s often called a legend, but she’s very much real—and, at 86, still firmly in command of her talents.” (TONY)

American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $25+
“After a week of showcasing the more serious, probing side of its resident choreographer, Alexei Ratmansky, Ballet Theater serves up one of his more frothy and whimsical creations: “Whipped Cream,” a 2017 work inspired by a 1924 ballet that is literally about a kid in a candy store. In the tradition of “The Nutcracker,” the tasty treats dance. Beginning on Thursday, the company takes a stylistic about-face with the start of its Twyla Tharp program, comprising “The Brahms-Haydn Variations,” the virtuoso “In the Upper Room” and the Beach Boys escapade “Deuce Coupe.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)
Tonight: Whipped Cream
Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky
Libretto and Score by Richard Strauss

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

The Importance of Being a Generalist in a Specialized Workforce with David Epstein
Company HQ, 335 Madison Ave., 3rd Fl./ 6PM, $30, includes book.
“You would think that a narrow focus, applied early, would be the most certain path to success. Best-selling author David Epstein says otherwise. His new book, Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World, makes a case for cross-disciplinary intelligence, which allows for greater agility, and speeds connections that the specialists miss. Epstein will speak at Company HQ, encouraging failure, quitting, and the cultivation of inefficiency.” (ThoughtGallery)

Astronomy Live: Under the Southern Cross
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.Enter at 81st Street entrance / 7PM, $15
“Journey to the skies of the Southern Hemisphere with presenters Joe Rao and Irene Pease without leaving the Hayden Planetarium. See how the stars over New York shift gradually northward and watch constellations like the Crux, also known as the Southern Cross, twinkle in the dome.”


Continuing Events

Coming soon.

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

5/29 Rufus Wainwright, City Winery
5/29 Weyes Blood, Music Hall of Williamsburg

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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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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 05/26 and 05/24.

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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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Bonus#2 – 9 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend New York Times (05/24/19)

NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.

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