NYC Events,”Only the Best” (06/21) + 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.”


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

Andrea McArdle (June 20-22)
Feinstein’s/54 Below /7PM, $45+
“Though she has appeared in many productions since—including Broadway’s Beauty and the Beast and Starlight Express—Andrea McArdle will probably always be remembered most fondly as the big-belting moppet who stole our hearts in the original Annie. (“Tomorrow” belongs to her.) In this new set at F/54, she performs contemporary songs alongside standards and show tunes, and shares stories from her long showbiz journey.” (TONY)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> American Ballet Theatre

>> Pilobolus
>> Regina Spektor
>> SummerStage
>> Tibetan Mantra Healing with Drukmo Gyal

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

at various locations
“This event has become an essential part of the city soundscape, showcasing all kinds of music all over the city every solstice. Check the website for the full schedule, but highlights include a participatory, meditative offering of Pauline Oliveros’s “The Heart Chant” at the Oculus (noon), a bring-your-instruments-and-voices Mozart “Requiem” at the Naumburg Bandshell (6 p.m.) and Eric Whitacre’s “Water Night,” performed by vocalists floating on canoes up the Gowanus Canal (8 p.m.). Walk around the city, and you’re bound to find something else, too.” (NYT-David Allen)

American Ballet Theatre (through July 6)
Metropolitan Opera House/ 7:30PM, $22+
“The company continues its Lincoln Center spring season with “Le Corsaire” through Saturday, followed by eight performances of Kenneth MacMillan’s sumptuous “Manon” beginning on Monday. In that performance, Hee Seo makes her debut in the titular role, opposite Roberto Bolle as Des Grieux. The full-length production is also Bolle’s swan song at Ballet Theater: On Thursday, he gives his farewell performance. And Wednesday’s matinee will surely be a hot ticket, too, with debuts by Misty Copeland, Catherine Hurlin and Calvin Royal III.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)
Tonight: “Manon”

at Dizzy’s Club / 11:15 p.m. $10
“Charles, a vocalist, flutist and multi-instrumentalist, takes a prismatic view of black music, turning the past into the future and letting the sounds of the Caribbean beam into her versions of classic American jazz standards. At this late-night show, she will celebrate the legacy of Abbey Lincoln — a landmark vocalist and composer who died in 2010 — with help from the thrilling pianist Marc Cary, who played in Lincoln’s band for many years; the bassist Jonathan Michel; and the drummer Diego Ramirez.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Pilobolus (through June 29)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave. / 8PM, $55+
“For a long time, summer at the Joyce was synonymous with a monthlong encampment by this popular troupe of acrobat-illusionists. But five years have passed since the company’s last visit. How has the group evolved in the meantime? Its two comeback programs don’t offer many chances to find out; the most recent item is “Branches,” an ebb-and-flow nature study, from 2017. The most reliable selections, in any case, come from the better, stranger early period: “Day 2” (1980), with its primordial creatures and Slip ‘N Slide coda; “Walklyndon” (1971), with its silly stage crossings; and, best of all, “Untitled” (1972), a Victorian picnic for giantesses.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

Regina Spektor (June 20-22 and June 25-26)
Lunt-Fontanne, 205 W. 46th St. / 8PM, $54+
“The latest badge of prestige for a singer-songwriter is a miniature Broadway residency to call one’s own. Following Morrissey’s run, last month, Regina Spektor sets up her band at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. The pianist, who grew up in the Soviet Union and the Bronx, seems a natural fit for such gilded confines: even when she was playing modest clubs, in the early two-thousands, her songs, with their small moments of big drama, conveyed a faded grandeur that seemed beamed in from a bygone Manhattan.” (Jay Ruttenberg, NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Von King Park, 670 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn / 7PM, FREE
“This treasured troupe makes an appearance in Brooklyn as part of the SummerStage lineup of free performances at parks around the city. Following a brief, open-to-all dance lesson onstage featuring Brown’s signature blend of African and contemporary dance, the company will perform three works: “New Conversations,” from 2018; “For You,” from 2003; and “Four Corners,” a powerful, pulsating work about the presence of angels around us, originally made for the Alvin Ailey company in 2013.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Tibetan Mantra Healing with Drukmo Gyal
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 7PM, $25
“A singer and practitioner of Tibetan medicine specializing in mantra healing, Drukmo Gyal brings together ancient tradition and emerging science. Join her as she shares Tibetan and Sanskrit mantras and explains how they can be employed for healing in a combined lecture-performance at the Rubin Museum of Art. (She returns Saturday morning for an intensive mantra workshop.)” (ThoughtGallery)

Continuing Events

RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL at various locations (through June 29).

“Hurricane Sandy hit South Street Seaport hard in 2012. Now that event is part subject and that site is part performance space for Jennifer Monson’s new work, “Ditch,” which also explores gentrification and income inequality. One performance takes place at sunrise on Sunday at Pier 35 on the East River Esplanade; two more occur at the South Street Seaport Museum on Wednesday and June 28 at 7 p.m. Also this week, the witty, rigorous Sarah Michelson presents the New York premiere of “june2019:/\” for three performances on Monday and two on Wednesday, the location of which will be divulged only to those who R.S.V.P.” (NYT-Brian Schaeffer)

at the Delacorte Theater (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)


6/20-22 Drive By Truckers, Brooklyn Bowl
6/20-26 Regina Spektor on Broadway, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
6/21 Calexico and Iron & Wine with Adia Victoria, BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival
6/23-24 Jackson Browne w/ Lucius, Beacon Theatre
6/24 Japanese Breakfast/Hatchie, SummerStage Central Park
6/25 Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, Midsummer Night Swing Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
6/25 The Bad Plus, The Jazz Standard
6/26 Canada Day w/ Alvvays & Foxwarren, SummmerStage Central Park

♦ 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)

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 06/19 and 06/17.


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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