NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/19) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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For future NYC Events, check the tab above:  October 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:

George Coleman Quartet Oct. 17-20)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway / 7PM, +9PM, $
“The unexpected death of the accomplished pianist Harold Mabern, in September, makes the tenor saxophonist George Coleman—Mabern’s boyhood friend and frequent collaborator—one of the last surviving members of the celebrated musical contingent that emerged from Memphis, Tennessee, in the late fifties. A recently released recording, “The Quartet,” celebrates the spirited cohesion that the Coleman-Mabern alliance achieved through the decades. For this engagement, the greatly mourned pianist will be replaced by Michael Weiss.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)


7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> American Ballet Theatre
>> Universal Jazz Ensemble
>> Steely Dan
>> Open House New York
>> Margaret Mead Film Festival
>> Author Talk: “I Was Their American Dream” & “Americana”

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


Music, Dance, Performing Art

American Ballet Theatre
NYS Theater, Lincoln Center / 2PM, +8PM; $
“The “Balanchine, Bennett & the Beach Boys” program combines Balanchine’s “Apollo,” Jessica Lang’s jazzy new work to Tony Bennett songs and Twyla Tharp’s rollicking “Deuce Coupe” with a duet by Clark Tippet, a company member who died of AIDS in 1992 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, and Oct. 24). For “The Masters” program, Balanchine’s “Theme and Variations” is grouped with Tharp’s new “A Gathering of Ghosts” and Alexei Ratmansky’s fresh, recent ballet, “The Seasons” (Saturday evening and Tuesday). Wednesday’s “The New Romantics” program includes another piece by Lang along with works by Ballet Theater’s Gemma Bond, a member of the corps, and James Whiteside, a principal dancer.” (NYT-Brian Schaefer)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

at Pioneer Works / 7 p.m.; $35
“This nonstop, 24-hour music festival, now in its eighth year, will feature performances from over 70 musicians from across the worlds of Indian classical, jazz and other improvised music. The festival kicks off on Saturday night with a set from the percussionist Adam Rudolph and his Moving Pictures ensemble; it closes on Sunday evening with the Brooklyn Raga Massive’s “In D,” a new piece for large ensemble inspired by Terry Riley’s minimalist classic “In C.” In between, performers will include the esteemed bassist Reggie Workman, the young mridangam player Rajna Swaminathan and the sitarist Neel Murgai.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Universal Jazz Ensemble
Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 7PM, +9:30PM, $
“Joe Lovano’s prowess as a saxophonist is matched only by his near-obsessive craving for fresh musical experiences. The Universal Jazz Ensemble is yet another newly minted group from the musician; this one features a fusion of long-established improvisers—including the pianist Kenny Werner, the drummer Andrew Cyrille, and the vocalist Judi Silvano—with such younger talents as the drummer Tyshawn Sorey, the bassist John Patitucci, the guitarist Liberty Ellman, and the cornettist Graham Haynes. Their collective avant-leaning slant lends a tantalizing edge to the proceedings.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

Steely Dan
“Following the 2017 passing of co-founder Walter Becker, Steely Dan is now led by fellow original Donald Fagen, pictured. Fagen and the other players will keep the act’s iconic funk-meets-jazz-meets-rock sound alive in unique fashion for multiple dates at the Beacon Theatre. The band will perform a different classic album in its entirety each night, as well as an evening of greatest hits and another billed as a popular demand performance.” (Newsday)
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 22, Beacon Theatre: 2124 Broadway, Manhattan INFO $ $159.50- $499;


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Open House New York (Oct.18-20)
Citywide, More than 150 sites are free
“The Open House New York weekend gives you access to some of the city’s most important and interesting spaces including Tribeca’s African Burial Ground National Monument; Staten Island’s Fort Wadsworth, which was completed in 1864; and the city’s compost facilities. Take a peek into the neighborhood places you’ve always wondered about, or head to the boroughs you rarely visit — through Open House New York, you can learn more about the city’s architecture, design, history, and trash.” (

Margaret Mead Film Festival (Oct.17-20)
American Museum of Natural History / various times, $12
“Named for anthropologist Margaret Mead, this film festival spotlights documentaries, shorts, and other media intended to deepen our understanding of the world. Watch a film about Australia’s Indigenous drag queens competing for the title of Miss First Nation; learn how the people of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, are balancing growth with ecological issues; or see the chilling (and charming) future of AI unfold. It’s not Joker, but it might make you a better citizen of the world.” (

Author Talk: “I Was Their American Dream” & “Americana”
New York Public Library—Grand Central Library, 135 E. 46th St./ 2PM, FREE
“Join Grand Central Library for a conversation with the creators of two of the most talked-about graphic-novels of 2019 as they discuss their own life-changing journeys on the road to identity and self-discovery in America.

I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir by Malaka Gharib

Americana (And The Act Of Getting Over It.) by Luke Healy”

Continuing Events

Ron Carter (Oct. 1-26)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ various times, $30-$40
“If Ron Carter had retired in the mid-seventies, after helping cement the sonic identity of the now revered CTI Records, he’d still be recognized as one of the most substantial bassists in jazz history, having shared stages with a slew of legendary figures (including Miles Davis) and recorded with dozens more—but he didn’t. He has since added thousands of recordings to his résumé and established a respected solo career. Week one of this monthlong stint features the exemplary instrumentalist fronting his Great Big Band.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

The 12th Imagine Science Film Festival (Oct.18-25)
Various locations, times and prices.
“Founded at Rockefeller University by geneticist and filmmaker Alexis Gambis in 2008, ISF has produced annual science film festivals in New York, Paris, and Abu Dhabi, as well as at satellite events worldwide, and serves as a major venue for the release of new and experimental works bridging the worlds of science and film. We seek to challenge and expand the role of science in the current cultural discourse by providing a forum for adventurous interdisciplinary collaboration.”

Archtober (Oct.1-31)
Various Locations / Times
“During this monthlong architecture-and-design festival, you can poke around NYC’s most prominent buildings (like the new Statue of Liberty Museum), attend lectures, films and other events—such as seeing Erez Nevi Pana’s piece Bleached at Cooper Hewitt.” (TONY)



10/18-19 Steely Dan, Beacon Theatre
10/19 Tank & The Bangas, Apollo Theater
10/20 Jim James & Teddy Abrams, (le) Poisson Rouge
10/21-22 Steely Dan, Beacon Theatre
10/23 Cigarettes After Sex, Webster Hall

Fall Concerts (

David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway
October 4­, 2019–January 19, 2020
Hudson Theatre
The Talking Heads frontman hits Broadway with a show based on his latest album—but you can expect some old favorites as well.

Steely Dan
October 15, 16, 18, 19 and 22
Beacon Theatre
Donald Fagen keeps the jazz-rock music of Steely Dan, familiar from songs like “Do It Again,” “Reelin’ in the Years” and “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” going strong.

Alessia Cara
October 23
PlayStation Theatre
The Canadian pop and R&B star known for the song “Here” plays in Times Square.

October 30 and 31
Kings Theatre and Hammerstein Ballroom
Minus one Janet Weiss, the Pacific Northwest rockers tour behind new album The Center Won’t Hold.

♦ 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.


These are My Fave Special Exhibitions @ MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)


“After a surgical renovation to its grand pile on Fifth Avenue, the Jewish Museum has reopened its third-floor galleries with a rethought and refreshed display of its permanent collection, which intermingles modern and contemporary art, by Jews and gentiles alike — Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman, and the excellent young Nigerian draftswoman Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze — with 4,000 years of Judaica. The works are shown in a nimble, non-chronological suite of galleries, and some of its century-spanning juxtapositions are bracing; others feel reductive, even dilletantish. But always, the Jewish Museum conceives of art and religion as interlocking elements of a story of civilization, commendably open to new influences and new interpretations.” (Farago) 212-423-3200,

Museum of the City of New York

NY AT ITS CORE (ongoing)
“Ten years in the making, New York at Its Core tells the compelling story of New York’s rise from a striving Dutch village to today’s “Capital of the World.” The exhibition captures the human energy that drove New York to become a city like no other and a subject of fascination the world over. Entertaining, inspiring, important, and at times bemusing, New York City “big personalities,” including Alexander Hamilton, Walt Whitman, Boss Tweed, Emma Goldman, JP Morgan, Fiorello La Guardia, Jane Jacobs, Jay-Z, and dozens more, parade through the exhibition. Visitors will also learn the stories of lesser-known New York personalities, like Lenape chieftain Penhawitz and Italian immigrant Susie Rocco. Even animals like the horse, the pig, the beaver, and the oyster, which played pivotal roles in the economy and daily life of New York, get their moment in the historical spotlight. Occupying the entire first floor in three interactive galleries (Port City, 1609-1898, World City, 1898-2012, and Future City Lab) New York at Its Core is shaped by four themes: money, density, diversity, and creativity. Together, they provide a lens for examining the character of the city, and underlie the modern global metropolis we know today.” (NYCity Guide)

and you should be sure to check out these special exhibitions at that little museum on Fifth Ave., The Metropolitan Museum of Art
(open 7 days /week, AND always Pay What You Wish for NewYorkers)

Coming Soon

Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:
• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW) for NewYorkers

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (Wed 2-6pm PWYW; First Friday each month (exc Jan+Sep) 6-9pm FREE) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015).
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/17 and 10/15.

Bonus Live Music  – NYC Jazz Clubs:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. My favorite Jazz Clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide, feature top talent every night of the week.
Hit the Hot Link and check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village:
(4 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. So.,, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave., 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S., 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave.,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St., 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – (8:30PM)

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — / 212-258-9595 (1st set 7:30pm)
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — / 212-581-3080 (1st 8:30pm)
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — 212-864-6662 (7pm)
Jazz Standard – 116 E27 St. (btw Park/Lex) – – (1st set 7:30)

For a comprehensive list of the best places to hear All Types of Live Music in Manhattan see the tab above “LiveMusic.”

In Memoriam:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — / 212-691-7538 (1st 7pm)
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprised with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It was my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.
Alas, Caffe V is no more, another victim of a rapacious NYC landlord. Owner Ishrat fought the good fight and Caffe V will be sorely missed.
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St., 212-989-9319
And more recently we have lost Cornelia Street Cafe. After 41 years, it too became another victim of an unreasonable rent increase.



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