NYC Events,”Only the Best” (07/27) + 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.”

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

John Pizzarelli  (LAST DAY)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $40-$50
“John Pizzarelli, a gifted guitarist and a genial singer with an encyclopedic repertoire, could easily present a rewarding evening of musical charm all by himself, but when he’s determined to kick up some serious dust he calls upon his Swing 7, a horn-laden mini big band that fully indulges his passion for unadorned mainstream jazz. Fortified by the razor-sharp outfit behind him, this monarch of contemporary cabaret replaces Sondheim with Ellington to satisfying effect.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Catherine Russell
>> GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO
>> Endea Owens and The Cookout
>> ‘THE BLACK CLOWN’

>> Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz
>> New York City Poetry Festival
>> Jacques Torres

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Catherine Russell (July 27-28)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, 9:30PM; $50 ($35 on Sunday)
“Grammy Award winner Catherine Russell has been one of the most widely recognized jazz vocalists since the release of her debut album in 2006. Her 2017 album, Harlem on My Mind, was nominated for the 2017 Best Jazz Vocal Album Grammy Award, and in April 2019 she released another anticipated recording. Russell’s experience extends far beyond releasing her acclaimed albums as a solo artist; she has also worked with Steely Dan, David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, and Levon Helm.”

GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO
at Kitano / 8 and 10 p.m.; $34
“Though he lies just below the radar for most casual jazz fans, Colligan is known among insiders as a pianist with a full toolbox. His rugged, pliable swing feel and melodic counterintuition make him a go-to sideman for many of straight-ahead jazz’s more bold-minded bandleaders. And when he leads his own bands, his voice as a composer shines. This year he released an album, “Again With Attitude,” full of fierce music that justifies its boisterous name. He appears here with Ed Howard on bass and Lenny White on drums.” (NYT-Giovanni Russonello)

Endea Owens and The Cookout (July 26-27)
Attend an intimate jazz show
Special Club, 43 MacDougal St./ 8PM, +10PM, $20 cover
“Special Club, opened this summer by nightlife expert Ariel Arce, was designed to be reminiscent of the social clubs of New York’s past. With a focus on jazz, blues, and soul music — and a menu that’s conspicuously heavy on champagne — a night at Special Club really does feel like a glamorous step into the past. This weekend, they’re hosting Endea Owens and The Cookout; Owens, a bassist, was named one of Lincoln Center’s Emerging Artists of 2019.” (Thrillist)

‘THE BLACK CLOWN’ (July 24-27)
at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater / 7:30 p.m.; $
“Langston Hughes’s 1931 poem is brought to musical life in this setting by the baritone Davóne Tines and the composer Michael Schachter, combining opera and jazz, spiritual and vaudeville. Directed by Zack Winokur, the piece features choreography by Chanel DaSilva and music supervision by Jaret Landon.” (NYT-David Allen)

Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz (thru July 28)
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)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

New York City Poetry Festival (July 27-28)
Be a poet (even if you didn’t know it)
Governors Island / 11AM-7PM, FREE
“Headlined by the likes of Robert Pinsky and Chen Chen, the New York City Poetry Festival will feature over 250 poets reading in the shade of Governors Island’s Colonel’s Row. Expect art, music, small presses hawking their wares, and inspiring, emotional performances. There will be an open mic, too, so come prepared with your very best couplets. Sign-up starts first thing in the morning, so get there early if you’ve got a poem the whole world has to hear.” (Thrillist)

Jacques Torres
Upper West Side (285 Amsterdam Ave.), 4 to 5 p.m.
Free ice cream-making class with Jacques Torres
“In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, Jacques Torres will teach the art of ice cream making in an hourlong class, where you will also get to be first to taste his newest summer flavors. Register on eventbrite.com.”  (amNY)


Continuing Events

“Lincoln Center’s Mostly Mozart Festival will run from July 10 through August 10, 2019. Harnessing Mozart’s innovative spirit as its inspiration, this edition will feature groundbreaking, multidisciplinary, international productions and acclaimed artists from a variety of genres, introducing the audience to emerging creative voices, commissions and premieres.  The program will include performances from Mark Morris Dance Company, a panel discussion on Mozart’s Magic Flute, a screening of the film The Great Buster: A Celebration, and much more. For a full festival lineup, visit the Mostly Mozart Festival event page.” (nyc-arts.org)

NYC Restaurant Week 2019: Start making your reservations.

“The more than three-week-long promotion featuring two-course lunches ($26) and three-course dinners ($42) at some of the city’s best restaurants is back for its summer edition starting July 22. This time around, the celebration features prix-fixe meals at more than 380 eateries, with deals through Aug. 16.

You can find links to menus and the restaurants involved here, but check out our picks for some of the most enticing deals below.” (amNY)

JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film
Japan Society, 333 East 47th St./ various times, $15 individual films
“From July 19 – 28, the Japan Society will present JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film. Premiering 26 features and 16 short films, the festival offers a deep dive into one of the world’s most vital film cultures with a diverse selection across its Feature Slate, Classics: Rediscoveries and Restorations, Documentary Focus, Experimental Spotlight and Shorts Showcase sections. This year’s lineup features 19 first-time filmmakers and 14 female directors (the most in the festival’s history), including 10 International Premieres, 16 North American Premieres, 4 U.S. Premieres, 4 East Coast Premieres and 6 New York Premieres. In addition, over 20 guest filmmakers and talent from Japan will join the festival to participate in post-screening Q&As and parties.”
(NYC-ARTS.ORG)

GregD: This is the Best of Contemporary Japanese Cinema – some films already sold out.

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

7/27 “Look At My Soul” w/Lee Fields and Black Pumas, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors
7/28 Sheryl Crow, The Rooftop at Pier 17
7/29 Black Pumas, Mercury Lounge
7/30 The Wallflowers, City Winery
7/31 NPR’s Turning The Table live: The Motherlode, Lincoln Center Out Of Doors
7/31 Joan Osborne and special guests, City Winery

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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)

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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‘2019 WHITNEY BIENNIAL’
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)

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‘AUSCHWITZ. NOT LONG AGO. NOT FAR AWAY’
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)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/25 and 07/23.

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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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