NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/09) + 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:  “June 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:

Dion Parson & 21st Century Band
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
“Grammy Award-winning drummer and composer Dion Parson has now been leading the stellar 21st Century Band for 21 years. Together with saxophonist Ron Blake (of the legendary Saturday Night Live Band), Parson formed 21st Century Band in 1998 to showcase the music of the U.S. Virgin Islands. This popular group sells out Dizzy’s Club every year, and we’re excited to welcome them back for three nights during Caribbean-American Heritage Month.”


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Eifman Ballet
>> Joey Alexander Trio featuring Larry Grenadier & Kendrick Scot
>> A Conversation with Chris Cuomo & Don Lemon
>> New York City Open
>> CraftNewYork

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at Jazz Standard / 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.; $30
“A member of the prestigious SFJAZZ Collective, Sánchez uses his titanic gifts on the tenor saxophone to draw bold connecting lines between Afro-Caribbean tradition and the sound of contemporary New York jazz. On Friday he will release “Carib,” an album integrating traditional West African rhythms — often by way of Haiti and Sánchez’s native Puerto Rico — into sinuous original compositions. At Jazz Standard he will play selections from the album with Lage Lund on guitar, Ed Simon on piano, Ricky Rodriguez on bass, Obed Calvaire on drums, and Jhan Lee Aponte and Markus Schwartz doubling on percussion.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Eifman Ballet (June 7-9)
City Center, 131 W. 55th St./ m
“The St. Petersburg-based choreographer Boris Eifman, a master of melodrama writ large, returns with his newest ballet, “The Pygmalion Effect,” loosely based on the myth about a sculptor who succumbs to the charms of his creation (a beautiful woman, naturally). In this version, Pygmalion is a choreographer, and his creation is a dancer whom he trains to perfection. The music, taped, is a collage of pieces by Johan Strauss II.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

Joey Alexander Trio featuring Larry Grenadier & Kendrick Scott
Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“Too often, talented young artists succumb to believing so much in their own ability that they lose sight of their true potential as significant contributors to their field. Thankfully, there are others committed to evolving and lifting the music to new levels of appreciation with enthusiasm, engagement, and emotional depth. Enter pianist Joey Alexander, who at the age of 14 has already recorded two GRAMMY-nominated studio albums.

With his third studio effort Eclipse, his most personal statement to date, Joey takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader, and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead.”


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Hot Mic: A Conversation with Chris Cuomo & Don Lemon
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7PM, $45
“Join CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, two of the nation’s most well-known and respected journalists, for an evening of politics, storytelling, humor and everything in between.

As primetime anchors on CNN whose nightly handoffs have become quite buzzworthy, Chris and Don share a close friendship that takes them back many years. In conversation, the two will bring you a behind-the-scenes look at not only their day-to-day as journalists in a 24/7 news cycle, but also their lives away from the cameras. Join us for what promises to be a lively conversation about news, the media, family, friends and beyond that is sure to be equal parts compelling and good-humored.”

New York City Open (June 7-9)
Watch the world’s best setters and spikers
Hudson River Park, 427 Gansevoort St. / 10AM, FREE
“The AVP pros are coming to NYC for the Gold Series, a three-day competition featuring both men’s and women’s beach volleyball tournaments. Take a seat in the stands along the river, sip a few cold beers from the beer garden, and watch Olympians (and future Olympians!) bump, set, and spike for their share of a $300,000 purse. You might just get inspired to try it out for yourself on the beach volleyball courts down at Pier 25.”

CraftNewYork (June 8-9)
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center / 10AM – 7PM, FREE entry
“Not your average outdoor market, CraftNewYork features curated modern and contemporary pieces and art items, created by more than 175 imaginative minds from around the nation. Accessories, jewelry and clothing also will be for sale, and guests can sample small-batch edibles, condiments and beverages.” (amNY)

Continuing Events

OutdoorFest 2019 (LAST DAY)
Various locations and prices
“OutdoorFest, a ten-day lineup of activities, classes and volunteering opportunities, aims to get New York apartment dwellers to engage with the natural environment around the five boroughs and beyond. Look up the full schedule and save your spot for canoeing, camping, bouldering, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, running, surfing and more.” (TONY)

Underground Railroad Game (thru June 15)
A comedy, actually.
“Created by Jennifer Kidwell and Scott R. Sheppard with the Philly-based company Lightning Rod Special, the incendiary Underground Railroad Game returns to New York for 18 performances. Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers tackle American history, race, sex, and power in a ferocious, sensational, very R-rated lesson.” (S.H.- NY Magazine)
Ars Nova at Greenwich House, 27 Barrow Street, May 30 to June 15.

at the Delacorte Theater (in previews; opens on June 11, thru June 23).
“Sigh no more, Shakespeare fans. Shakespeare in the Park — its tickets distributed free by line and lottery — returns with this sparkling comedy of sparring lovers. In postwar Messina, Beatrice (Danielle Brooks) and Benedick (Grantham Coleman) are a couple who despise each other. Until they don’t. Kenny Leon directs. ” (NYT-Alexis Soloski)


6/9-10 Beach House, Brooklyn Steel
6/11 Justin Townes Earle, City Winery
6/12 The National with Courtney Barnett, Celebrate Brooklyn – live broadcast on 90.7 FM
6/12 Happy Together Tour w/ The Turtles & more, St. George Theater

♦ 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.

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 06/07 and 06/05.


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.”


Bonus#2 – 10 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend New York Times (06/07/19)

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


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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