NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/03) + 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:

Sisterhood of Swing Seven
led by Bria Skonberg, featuring Catherine Russell
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / $22
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: 1930s-40s Classic Swing
Dance Instructor: Shana Maria Weaver teaches Lindy Hop
DJ: Heather Flock

“Following the wildly successful Midsummer Night Swing kickoff last summer, trailblazing trumpet player and bandleader Bria Skonberg returns to Damrosch Park with yet another all-star project. This year’s combination of talented and swinging musicians promises to deliver an unforgettable evening of 1930s–‘40s style classic swing.”

Special Notice:
Only five days left to see “The Ferryman” on Broadway. This TONY award winner is one of the great plays of the last decade. If you have not seen it, please just drop everything, find your way to the Bernard Jacobs theater, and have a classic Broadway experience.

Time Out New York Theater critic Adam Feldman’s review is here.


5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Linda May Han Oh

>> Dr. Lonnie Smith
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone: Astra Taylor with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Linda May Han Oh (July 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“There was once a time when the sight of a female jazz bass player on the bandstand was an anomaly, but that era has passed. Since relocating from Australia, in 2006, Linda May Han Oh, an omnivorous whiz on both the acoustic and electric versions of the instrument, has been providing authoritative support for others—hear her recent dazzling work with Dave Douglas or her performances with Pat Metheny—while calling attention to her own providential gifts. In her return to the venerated Village Vanguard, July 2-7, Han Oh, whose four albums reveal a knack for resourceful composition, leads a quintet that includes the pianist Fabian Almazan and the saxophonist Ben Wendel. But, remember, it’s all about that bass.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

at the Joyce Theater / 7:30PM, $45+
“The tap master returns to the Joyce with a new evening-length work inspired by an imaginary conversation between himself and Gregg Burge, a tap dancer and choreographer who died in 1998. In “Lady5 @ Savion Glover’s BaRoQUe’BLaK TaP CaFe,” Glover explores ideas around identity and the development of thought. The first half, to classical music, has a baroque theme, while the second takes a contemporary turn. As Glover states in press materials, it shows “the transition to becoming more ourselves and really getting into the tap.” (NYT-Gia Kourlas)

Dr. Lonnie Smith (July 2-7)
Jazz Standard, 116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“Don’t question Dr. Lonnie Smith’s trademark turban or ask him to produce a diploma—just trust in this eminently funky organist’s ability to swing a room into submission. Splitting this residency between a lithe trio (featuring a dexterous foil in Jonathan Kreisberg, on guitar) and a horn-heavy octet (which, for one night, welcomes the saxophone star Chris Potter), the good doctor offers up a wily blend of invention and sass, much as he has since the sixties.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

American Ballet Theatre (July 1-6)
Metropolitan Opera House / 2PM, +7:30PM, $25+
“In the hundred and twenty-nine years since its première, “The Sleeping Beauty”—Marius Petipa’s first collaboration with Tchaikovsky—has undergone countless revivals. Each time, a new director has put his or her stamp on the work, adding, subtracting, changing details. Enter the choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, who mounted this revival on A.B.T. in 2015. In preparation, he went back to a trove of archival sources: notations from Petipa’s time, kept at Harvard; photos and drawings of the original production and a subsequent Ballets Russes revival; firsthand accounts. His staging is like a critical edition in music—in other words, an attempt to get as close to the original text as possible. In the process, a wealth of detail—musical, theatrical, stylistic—has been revealed.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Democracy May Not Exist, But We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone: Astra Taylor with Atossa Araxia Abrahamian
New York Public Library—Mid-Manhattan Library
476 Fifth Ave. (42nd St. Entrance) / 6:30PM, FREE
“The current moment of imperiled democracies is a good opportunity to examine what exactly the form of government entails. Astra Taylor talks about her new book, Democracy May Not Exist, but We’ll Miss It When It’s Gone, which brings together history and critical theory to examine notions of “ruling” and “the people” that we may take for granted.” (ThoughtGallery)

Continuing Events

‘Midsummer Night Swing’ (July 2-6, 9-13)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
“Each summer, some of the dance at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts takes place outside, in Damrosch Park, where a variety of bands and orchestras will serve up R&B, swing, disco and other styles. Guests can dance the night away — and for those who could use a hand learning steps, group lessons are offered. ($18-$22; 6 p.m.; Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, Manhattan;” (amNY)



7/3 Bedouine, Brooklyn Mirage

♦ 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)


at Grey Art Gallery (through July 20) and at Leslie-Lohman Museum (through July 21).
“For this summer’s half-century anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, substantial displays of art produced in the long wake of the uprising are filling New York City museums and public spaces. The largest is this two-part exhibition, organized by Jonathan Weinberg and shared by Grey Art Gallery at N.Y.U. and Leslie-Lohman Museum. The Leslie-Lohman half, which focuses on the 1970s and has lots of archival matter, feels tight and combustible. Much of what’s in it was hot off the political burner, responsive to crisis conditions. The pace at Grey, where much of the work dates from the 1980s, is more measured, but has tensions of its own as the story encompasses AIDS and the culture wars. (NYT-Holland Cotter)

at the Whitney Museum of American Art (through Sept. 22).
“Given the political tensions that have sent spasms through the nation over the past two years, you might have expected — hoped — that this year’s biennial would be one big, sharp Occupy-style yawp. It isn’t. Politics are present but, with a few notable exceptions, murmured, coded, stitched into the weave of fastidiously form-conscious, labor-intensive work. As a result, the exhibition, organized by two young Whitney curators, Rujeko Hockley and Jane Panetta, gives the initial impression of being a well-groomed group show rather than a statement of resistance. But once you start looking closely, the impression changes artist by artist, piece by piece — there’s quiet agitation in the air.” (NYT-Cotter)


at the Museum of Jewish Heritage (through Jan. 3).
“Killing as a communal business, made widely lucrative by the Third Reich, permeates this traveling exhibition about the largest German death camp, Auschwitz, whose yawning gatehouse, with its converging rail tracks, has become emblematic of the Holocaust. Well timed, during a worldwide surge of anti-Semitism, the harrowing installation strives, successfully, for fresh relevance. The exhibition illuminates the topography of evil, the deliberate designing of a hell on earth by fanatical racists and compliant architects and provisioners, while also highlighting the strenuous struggle for survival in a place where, as Primo Levi learned, “there is no why.” (NYT-Ralph Blumenthal)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/01 and 06/29.


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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