NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/06) + 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:  “November 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:

The Metropolitan Opera
Madama Butterfly (next Nov.9,1PM)
Metropolitan Opera House / 7:30PM, $53+
“One of opera’s most devastating tragedies returns in Anthony Minghella’s classic production. Soprano Hui He reprises her celebrated portrayal of the title geisha, opposite tenors Piero Pretti and Andrea Carè in their Met debuts as Pinkerton. Pier Giorgio Morandi conducts.”

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5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Storm Large
>> BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
>> Inside Chamber Music
>> Ephrat Asherie Dance
>> Mongolian Contortionists: Himalayan Heritage

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Art

Storm Large (Nov.6-8)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 9:30PM, $45
“Husky-voiced rock belter Large made her name on the TV show Rock Star: Supernova, and previously fronted the dubiously named Storm and the Balls. She is also known for her vagina-power novelty hit “8 Miles Wide” and her work with the cabaret supergroup Pink Martini. At Feinstein’s/54 Below she is backed by her band, Le Bonheur, in a new set of love songs with a twist.” (TONY)

BRENTANO STRING QUARTET
at Zankel Hall / 7:30 p.m.; $40+
“Matthew Aucoin’s String Quartet, in its New York premiere, is the highlight of this solid foursome’s Carnegie appearance. Also on the bill are Mozart’s String Quartet in E flat and Ravel’s String Quartet in F.” (David Allen-NYT)

Inside Chamber Music
Rose Studio, Lincoln Center / 6:30PM, $25
“This season, Inside Chamber Music expands to explore twelve milestone chamber music works. Join distinguished composer and radio personality Bruce Adolphe for investigations and insights into masterworks that changed the trajectory of the genre. Inside Chamber Music lectures are beloved by regulars and a revelation to first-timers for their depth, accessibility, and brilliance. Each lecture is supported by excerpts from the featured piece, performed live by CMS artists.”
Limited availability. Call 212-875-5788 for more information.

Ephrat Asherie Dance (Nov. 5-7)
Joyce Theatre,175 Eighth Ave./ 7:30PM, $40+
“As a b-girl, Ephrat Asherie honed her craft in underground clubs, where she earned the sobriquet Bounce, and her works for the stage retain the loose, playful, accepting vibe of club-dance utopia. The most unorthodox aspect of her piece “Odeon” is the music, which is by the fin-de-siècle Brazilian composer Ernesto Nazareth (arranged by Asherie’s brother, the jazz pianist Ehud Asherie, and played live). Nazareth’s was a hybrid style, playing on the border between classical and popular, and Asherie meets it with her own hybrid style, mixing in breaking, house, vogue, and West African elements. The parallel makes sense, and the match of moves and music is incongruous enough to feel fresh.” (Brian Seibert, NewYorker)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Screening and Conversation | Mongolian Contortionists: Himalayan Heritage
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St./ 6:30PM, $19
“Mongolian filmmaker Sarnai Tessitore presents her film Body in Motion: Exploring the Art of Contortion, which looks at a tradition that goes back at least to the 17th century, when it was entertainment in Mongolian royal courts. An intro and conversation bookend the screening.” (ThoughtGallery)


Continuing Events

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/6 Little Stephen and the Disciples of Soul, 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.

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 11/04 and 11/02.
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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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