NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/09) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  “July 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:

EARTH, WIND & FIRE (July 9-10)
at the Beacon Theater / 8 p.m.; $180
“As this legacy act nears the half-century mark, the members continue to make the rounds minus the band’s founder and creative center, Maurice White, who died in 2016. After wrapping up a Las Vegas residency in March, the group, responsible for fusing gospel, jazz and disco into some of the most boisterous hits of the 1970s, including “September” and “Shining Star,” have just started a summer tour. This week, the remaining original lineup of Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson, with some new additions, will bring their enduring message of peace and unity to the Beacon.” (NYT-OLIVIA HORN)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Elba Ramalho
>> Allan Harris: A Tale of Two Kings
>> Los Campesinos!
>> Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz
>> The Lineup with Susie Mosher

>> Cryptocurrency and the Future of Money
You may want to look at previous days posts for events that continue through today.


Music, Dance, Performing Art

Elba Ramalho
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center / 6PM, $22
Dance floor opens at 6:00 pm
Dance lesson at 6:30 pm
Live music at 7:30 pm
Style: Forró
Dance Instructor: Marizete Browne teaches Forró
DJ: Greg Caz

“Known by many as “The Queen of Forró,” the Brazilian songwriter, singer, poet, and actress Elba Ramalho has been featured on more than three dozen albums since her first solo record, Ave de Prata, took Brazil by storm in 1979. Don’t miss this rare New York appearance by the powerful, multifaceted interpreter of traditional Brazilian styles. With a driving rhythm section made up of triangle, guitar, and accordion, forró is festive music before anything else, and there is no better party hostess than the “dizzying force of nature,” Elba Ramalho (”

Allan Harris: A Tale of Two Kings
The Genius of Eddie Jefferson and the Elegance of Nat King Cole
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“The award-winning Allan Harris is a Brooklyn-born, Harlem-raised vocalist, guitarist, and composer with a powerful baritone voice and a huge stylistic range. In his return to Dizzy’s Club, he will pay tribute to two geniuses of jazz vocals: vocalese pioneer Eddie Jefferson and crooner Nat “King” Cole. By taking on both of these artists’ famous songbooks and vocal approaches, Harris will showcase—and perhaps combine—two very different sides of his immense talent in an impressive and entertaining performance.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

Los Campesinos!
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Ave. / 8PM, $
The exclamation point employed by the members of Los Campesinos! seems to signal a collective that can barely contain its exuberance; the hyperactive punctuation of the band’s biggest single, “You! Me! Dancing!,” from 2007, exemplified the group’s trademark peppiness. In recent years, its acerbic lyrics, which reckon with the perils of aging and the sting of disillusionment, have diverted attention from sprightly choruses and maximalist arrangements, yet there’s still vigor for listeners who miss the liveliness of a bygone indie era.” (Julyssa Lopez, NewYorker)

Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz (July 9-13,15-16,18-20)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $70+
“The stars of the original Off Broadway production of The Last Five Years, having gone on to major Broadway careers, reunite for a nightclub set. Scott is a blond bombshell with a paradoxical flair for understatement, a reticent power that reached its apex in her 2010 Broadway showcase, Everyday Rapture; Butz has an unlikely but winning combination of everyday guyness and star magnetism. In addition to The Last Five Years, the two have also shared the stage in Rent and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, and both are highly accomplished nightclub performers, so this should be a doozy. Todd Almond is the musical director.” (TONY)

The Lineup with Susie Mosher
Birdland / 9:30PM, $25
“Mosher is one of those talents you need to see to believe: warm, funny, biting, ferociously committed. In her weekly series at the downstairs Birdland Theater, she invites a gaggle of performers from Broadway and beyond to show their talents. Guests at the July 9 edition include Dan Finnerty, Van Hughes, Lauren Mufson, Jodi Bluestein, Jeffery Power, Dylan Hartwell, Miss Maybell, Joe Ardizzone and Carson Scott Higgins.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss in Conversation with Ben Mezrich: Cryptocurrency and the Future of Money
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 7:30PM, $40
‘Facebook’s recent announcement of its new cryptocurrency Libra makes for an especially well-timed visit from the Winklevoss twins. They’ll talk about their own horoscopic-inspired foray into the ether, Gemini, and what emoney has to tell us about where capitalism is headed. They’ll be joined by Ben Mezrich, author of Bitcoin Billionaires.” (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)



7/9 Citizen Cope, Brooklyn Steel
7/9-10 Earth, Wind & Fire, Beacon Theatre
7/9 WFUV’s on Your Radar, Rockwood Music Hall
7/10 Belle & Sebastian, Brooklyn Steel
7/10 Dar Williams, City WinerY

♦ 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 07/07 and 07/05.


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.”


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