NYC Events,”Only the Best” (09/19) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

Harvest in the Square
Union Square Park’s North Plaza / 6-9PM, $99+
“Taste the best of Union Square eateries have to offer at this local foodie festival in September. Chefs from eateries like Almond, Barbounia, Boccie, Croque Monsieur, Gramercy Tavern, Hill Country Barbecue Market, Kyma, Nur, Gupshup, Barbacon by Union Square, Ole & Steen, Nutella Cafe and others will serve up tastings of signature dishes featuring fresh produce from the Union Square GreenMarket. Food will also be paired with wine and microbrews from New York State and beyond.” (amNY)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Houston Person
>> Kim So Ra
>> HELEN SUNG
>> Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene
>> Ravi Coltrane

>> New York City Ballet
>> New York City Ballet

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Houston Person (Sept. 19-22)
Jazz Standard,116 E. 27th St./ 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $30
You don’t come to Houston Person in search of innovation; you merely bask in a surplus of old-school warmth and melodic charm and in a generosity of tone that emanates from precious few saxophonists of any age. For this outing, the eighty-four-year-old tenor master likely dips into the blues-drenched ballads that make up his characteristic new album, “I’m Just a Lucky So and So.” (Steve Futterman, New Yorker)

Kim So Ra
Atrium @ Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE, but get there early for a seat.
“A multi-award-winning Korean traditional percussionist, composer, and ambassador of Honam Province Jeongeup folk music, Kim So Ra is one of the most skilled and prominent Janggu (Korean double-headed drum) players in Korea. Known for her genre-bending performances combining Korean traditional sounds with creative, charismatic, and modern interpretations, she has received eight first-place awards from major national music competitions since 2005. This performance at the Atrium will also feature master drummer Hyun Seung Hun, joined by Lim Ji Hye on gayageum (Korean zither) and Lee Hye Joong on piri (Korean bamboo oboe).”

HELEN SUNG
at Smalls / 7:30 and 9 p.m.; $20
“Sung began as a classical pianist, but she eventually developed a sturdy, grooving style of jazz playing and an impressive book of imaginative compositions. At Smalls she will turn to the standard American songbook and lesser-covered tunes from jazz’s past, reinterpreting old fare with a project she calls (Re)Conception. Joining her are the trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, the soprano saxophonist John Ellis, the bassist David Wong and the drummer Terreon Gully.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Ute Lemper: Rendezvous with Marlene (Sept.18-22)
York Theatre Company at St. Peter’s Church / 2:30PM, $40
“Whether attracting or repelling her audiences, international chanteuse Lemper is never less than magnetic. Her style is perversely polymorphic: One moment she might tear into a song with predatory hunger, then she might purr out a dreamy croon or toss back her head for a brassy squeal of jazz. Her newest set is inspired by a long conversation she shared with languid legend Marlene Dietrich in 1988.” (TONY)

Ravi Coltrane (Sept.17-22)
Village Vanguard / 8:30, +10:30PM, $35
“Expect plenty of inside-outside postbop intrigue here, as the subtly commanding sax star distills the innovative spirit from his jazz-royalty legacy into a distinctly modern style with a killer quartet.” (TONY)

New York City Ballet
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $
“For a company that tends to eschew evening-length ballets, “Jewels,” created by the choreographer George Balanchine, in 1967, is an exception. More than a single ballet, it is composed of three separate but thematically connected works, inspired by the qualities of gemstones and by contrasting musical worlds. “Emeralds,” set to music by Fauré, is quietly mysterious. “Rubies,” all sharp angles and brazenness, is meant to evoke the energy of New York. And “Diamonds” reflects the opulence and wistfulness of the Russia of Balanchine’s imagination. In recent years, both Maria Kowroski and Sara Mearns have dominated “Diamonds”; Kowroski is remote and regal, Mearns urgent, almost feverish in her approach. The tall, phlegmatic Teresa Reichlen has come to define the cool glamour of “Rubies.” Few ballets give a better sense of the company as a whole.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

NYRB Classics 20th Anniversary
@ Murmrr Theater, 17 Eastern Pkwy., Brooklyn // 6:30PM, Free or $17.95 with a copy of the book.
“Book publishing is a tough business these days, so a hearty congratulations is in order to the NYRB Classics for making it two decades and still going strong. Celebrate their 20th Anniversary with an evening of readings from the series’ newest anthology, The Red Thread, which collects highlights from their 500+ books. Readers include Paul Giamatti, Jeffrey Eugenides, Meg Wolitzer, Amit Chaudhuri, Deborah Eisenberg, and more. Special guest DJ Tim Mohr will close out the show.” (gothamist)


Continuing Events

Photoville @ Brooklyn Bridge Plaza (LAST WEEK – thru Sept.22)

It’s the eighth year for the gargantuan photography show Photoville, featuring 80 exhibits and work by more than 600 artists, nightly outdoor programming, site-specific installations, talks, demonstrations, workshops, and more. It’s all installed in and around 60+ shipping containers scattered throughout Brooklyn Bridge Plaza. The huge opening night celebration, presented by United Photo Industries, showcases work from the Magnum Foundation, For Freedoms, Bronx Documentary Center, Batsi’ Lab, and Facing Change: Documenting America. The festival will run through September 22nd.


Feast of San Gennaro (Sept. 12 through Sept. 22)

“Where: Mulberry Street, between Canal and Houston streets; on Hester Street, between Baxter and Centre streets; and on Grand Avenue, between Baxter Street and Centre Market Place. The stage is at the corner of Grand and Mott streets.

What it’s all about: The Feast of San Gennaro dates to 1926 when Neapolitan immigrants wanted to continue the September 19 feast day observed back home. The feast also was a way for Italian immigrants to celebrate their heritage. After being told they would be relegated to worship in the basement of other churches, dominated by Irish Catholics, the community built its own church.

Over the years, the Feast of San Gennaro has grown to 11 full days of celebration, food and drink. Speaking of which, vendors you’ll see include: Cannoli King Caffe Palermo, Grotta Azzurra, Umberto’s Clam House, Lombardi’s, Capri, Alleva Dairy, DiPalo, Ferrara Bakery and more.” Iconic eats to celebrate the feast.(amNY)

Mangia at the 93rd annual San Gennaro Feast

There’ll be food, glorious food, as the 93rd annual Feast of San Gennaro honoring the patron saint of Naples kicks off in Little Italy. The 11-night fest features live music and food on top of food on top of food. Activities include a cannoli-eating contest (2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13), as well as a parade (2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14 with “The Sopranos” star Steve Schirripa serving as grand marshal), a zeppole-eating competition (1 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 18) and a High Mass in the name of San Gennaro (6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19). (Free; food and other items available for purchase; sangennaronyc.org)

Brooklyn Americana Music Festival @ Various venues (thru Sept.22)

“Get ready for plenty of hand-clapping and foot-stomping at the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival, touching down all across Dumbo and Red Hook for the fifth year running. The fest promises 50 shows in nine venues over four days, all free of charge except for the opening-night gala. Some highlights include Female Songwriter of the Year Dayna Kurtz, Americana-folk troubadours Underhill Rose, NOLA R&B group Sabine McCalla and the Dew Drops, classic country crooners the Haggard Kings, country-blues outfit Cari Ray and the Shaky Legs, a Green Chile Bluegrass Brunch, and much, much more.” (gothamist)

Opens Thursday, September 19th // Various venues // Free

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

9/19 Mac DeMarco, Brooklyn Steel
9/19 Adam Ant, Beacon Theatre
9/20 Bloc Party, SummerStage Central Park
9/20 Orville Peck, Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/21 Josh Ritter, Beacon Theatre
9/21 Kermit Ruffins, Sony Hall
9/22 & 24 Lizzo, Radio City Music Hall
9/22 Cat Power, Webster Hall
9/23 Nick Cave, The Town Hall
9/24 Jade Bird, Webster Hall
9/24 Brittany Howard, Beacon Theatre
9/24 The B-52s, SummerStage Central Park
9/24 Tegan and Sara, The Murmrr
9/25 Janelle Monae, The Rooftop at Pier 17
9/25 Michael Kiwanuka, Brooklyn Steel
9/25 Xavier Rudd, Music Hall of Williamsburg

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Easy Rider Live @ Radio City Music Hall

“Pay a fitting tribute to a legend at Easy Rider Live, a live-music and cinematic experience in celebration of the classic film’s 50th anniversary. The film will be shown on the world’s largest installed LED screen, while its legendary soundtrack—including “Born To Be Wild,” “The Weight,” and “Ballad of Easy Rider”—is performed live onstage by John Kay, Roger McGuinn, and special guests, produced by T Bone Burnett. The evening was originally planned to include opening remarks by Peter Fonda, who passed away last month; his wife Parky Fonda has praised the event, saying, “The celebration of a cinematic masterpiece, a Hollywood icon, and my beloved husband [will be] exactly what he wanted.”  (gothamist)

Friday, September 20th, 8 p.m. // Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave., Manhattan // Tickets: $20

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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 2019 – the ninth consecutive year. 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)

‘T. REX: THE ULTIMATE PREDATOR’
American Museum of Natural History (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 (CLOSES SOON – 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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‘LIFE: SIX WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHERS’
at the New-York Historical Society (through Oct. 6).
“In the three-decade-plus golden age of Life magazine, only six of its full-time photographers were women. On the face of it, this exhibition at the historical society is half an excuse to air some gorgeous, previously unpublished silver prints, half a broad hint about how much talent we’ve lost to discrimination over the years. But cheery photo essays, produced by professional women, about other women hesitating to join the work force make a subtler point: that the actual mechanics of discrimination tend to be more complicated than they appear from a distance.” (NYT-Will Heinrich)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Posts in right Sidebar dated 09/17 and 09/15.

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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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