NYC Events,”Only the Best” (10/25) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening, primarily on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.” We make it as easy as 1-2-3.

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.”

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

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

BRIC JazzFest Marathon (Oct.24-26)
Celebrate modern jazz in Brooklyn
BRIC House, 647 Fulton St.,Fort Greene / 7:30PM, $35
“BRIC’s annual JazzFest — a three-night festival with live music from both up-and-comers and world-famous phenoms — brings the best of global jazz to Brooklyn. On Friday night, vibraphonist Joel Ross will bring his very literally-named “Good Vibes” orchestra to the stage; on Saturday, drummer Kassa Overall and Joe Russo’s “Boyfriends” improv ensemble will close out the fest. If you don’t know your Thelonious from your sarrusophone, JazzFest is a very funky place to start learning.” (thrillist.com)

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6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Between the World and Me
>> Houston Ballet
>> La Bohème, Metropolitan Opera
>> Billy Hart Quartet
>> Fine Art Print Fair
>> The Library After Hours: Halloween Masquerade with Tim Gunn

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Between the World and Me (Oct.25-26)
See Ta-Nehisi Coates’ work come to life
Apollo / 8PM, $30+
“Ta-Nehisi Coates’ National Book Award-winning Between the World and Me was brought, briefly, to life as a stage play at the Apollo Theater in March of last year. Coates gave Kamilah Forbes, the Apollo’s executive director, free reign to adapt his book. Forbes honored the source material with a critically acclaimed original score by jazz pianist Jason Moran and a series of performed excerpts from the text. The show is returning this week to the Apollo for three nights only.’ (thrillist.com)

Houston Ballet (Oct. 24-26)
City Center, 131 W. 55th St./ 7:30PM, $35+
“New Yorkers like to think that they have the best ballet companies, but Houston Ballet gives them a run for their money. Since 2003, the Australian choreographer Stanton Welch has led its stable of exemplary dancers with a varied repertory. It’s one of the few ballet companies that the choreographer Mark Morris, who is picky, is willing to work with. This is lucky for us, because the company is bringing one of Morris’s recent works to City Center for a short run, Oct. 24-26, its first New York engagement in six years. Morris’s “The Letter V,” set to a Haydn symphony, is witty, lucid, and formal—he describes it as “pastoral.” The other two dances on the program are Aszure Barton’s “Come In” and “Reflections,” by Justin Peck, a choreographer usually associated with New York City Ballet. The Peck work, which he created for Houston this year, is quiet and full of clean geometries, a meditation on order and symmetry set to a piece for two pianos by Sufjan Stevens. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the Orchestra of St. Luke’s.” (Marina Harss, NewYorker)

The Metropolitan Opera
La Bohème (next Oct.30, 7:30PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $53+
“Three casts of captivating artists bring Puccini’s classic tragedy of bohemian friends and lovers to life in Franco Zeffirelli’s immortal staging. Tenors Matthew Polenzani, Roberto Alagna, and Joseph Calleja trade off as the exuberant Rodolfo, alongside sopranos Ailyn Pérez, Hei-Kyung Hong, and Maria Agresta as the fragile Mimì. Marco Armiliato and Emmanuel Villaume share conducting duties.”

Billy Hart Quartet (Oct. 22-27)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S./ 8:30PM, +10:30PM, $35
“What the Billy Hart Quartet has going for it, besides a veteran drummer whose C.V. is as rich in mainstream work (Stan Getz) as it is in left-of-center endeavors (Herbie Hancock’s Mwandishi outfit), is a triumvirate of compelling players—the pianist Ethan Iverson, the saxophonist Mark Turner, and the bassist Ben Street—who take cues from the ecumenical leanings of their leader. This is an exemplary post-bop band whose excellent recordings offer only a taste of what it achieves live.” (Steve Futterman, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Fine Art Print Fair (Oct.23-27)
Start your art collection
Javits Center / 12-8PM, $25
“Practice frowning in front of some art as if you’re considering how it would look in your mansion — the Fine Art Print Fair is coming to town! With over 70 galleries exhibiting, there will also be conversations with artists (including Jeff Koons, of the divisive tulip sculpture), a meet-and-greet with artists and printmakers, and talks about art collecting. If the only art you’re currently collecting is the poster your last roommate leave behind, don’t worry — a $25 ticket is all you need to spend to rub shoulders with the printerati.” (thrillist.com)

The Library After Hours: Halloween Masquerade with Tim Gunn
New York Public Library—Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Ave./ 7-10:30PM, FREE ($15 priority ticket)
“Join the third annual literary costume parade at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, hosted by Tim Gunn and local librarians. The scene at this library after hours get down also includes horror writers reading their favorite scary stories in the Rose Main Reading Room, spooky 16mm films from the library’s collection, and tricks, treats, and drinks all night.”


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 (LAST DAY)
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)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

10/26 Live From Here with Chris Thile, Town Hall
10/26-27 Madeleine Peyroux, Sony Hall
10/28 Ingrid Michaelson, Webster Hall
10/29 Joshua Radin & The Weepies, Gramercy Theatre
10/30 Sleater-Kinney, Kings Theatre
10/30 Pink Martini, Beacon Theatre

Fall Concerts (nycgo.com)

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.

Sleater-Kinney
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.

The New Pornographers
November 7
Brooklyn Steel
We love a good Canadian supergroup, of which the New Pornographers are one.

Slayer and Ministry
November 9
Madison Square Garden
It’s a metal show! Slayer is billing this as their last tour, so catch ’em while you’ve got the chance.

Ariana Grande
November 12
Barclays Center
Ariana Grande has a great voice; enjoy it at this show.

The Ergs
November 15
Brooklyn Bazaar
New Jersey pop punks the Ergs—fronted by a singing drummer—play their loud, fast, catchy songs live.

Taking Back Sunday
November 15–16
Terminal 5
These Long Island screamo practitioners are still at it.

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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
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)

‘SCENES FROM THE COLLECTION’

“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, thejewishmuseum.org

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. mcny.org” (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

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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).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/23 and 10/21.
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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., villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037 (1st 8:30)
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592 (1st set 8pm)
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883 (1st 7pm)
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346 (1st 8)
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346 (1st set 7:30pm)
The Stone at The New School – 55 w13 St. (btw 6/5 ave) – thestonenyc.com (8:30PM)

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

I MEMORIALIZE THESE TWO WONDERFUL CLUBS AS A WARNING.
WE HAVE TO WORK HARDER TO SAVE THESE SPECIAL PLACES.

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