NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/18) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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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:

Broadway Unplugged
Merkin Concert Hall / 7:30PM, $75
“At this deservedly popular event, impresario Scott Siegel gathers a new group of belters to prove that real theater singers don’t need body mics. Singing au naturel, these pros cut loose and let their glorious voices carry the day. The latest edition features Farah Alvin, Klea Blackhurst, Bill Daugherty, Johnm Easterlin, Ben Jones, Cooper Grodin, Maxine Linehan, William Michals, Brian Charles Rooney, Michael Winther and others.” (TONY)

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7 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music—Holiday
>> Broadway Under the Stars
>> Vanessa Williams & Friends: Thankful for Christmas
>> Broadway Sings Unplugged: Sara Bareilles
>> The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
>> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party
>> Monday Night Magic

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

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Brian Stokes Mitchell: Plays with Music—Holiday (Nov.12-23)
Feinstein’s/54 Below / 7PM, $105
“The baritone star of such shows as Ragtime and Man of La Mancha, Mitchell is one of Broadway’s most accomplished leading men and has proved to be a suave and affable concert performer as well. His solo Feinstein’s/54 Below show is a mix of holiday favorites and theater and jazz standards from his latest album, Plays with Music.” (TONY)

Broadway Under the Stars
The Shops at Columbus Circle – 10 Columbus Circle , Second Floor Mezzanine / 5PM, FREE
“Select cast from today’s hottest Broadway musicals will perform against the backdrop of the destination’s famous twelve massive stars. These stars are the largest specialty crafted exhibit of illuminated color display in the world, which hang from the 100-foot-high ceilings. Performances are free to attend and open to the public, no reservations or tickets are required.”

Hosted by Actor George Psomas (Fiddler on the Roof, South Pacific).
Today: Broadway performances from the casts of: Come From Away, Rock of Ages.”

Vanessa Williams & Friends: Thankful for Christmas
Sheen Center / 7:30PM, $150
“The glamourous singer turned star of stage (Into the Woods) and screen (Ugly Betty) headlines a holiday benefit for the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture. Special guests include Leslie Kritzer, Norm Lewis, Michael Urie, Bernie Williams and—how’s this for Christmas star power?—the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Michael Dolan.” (TONY)

Broadway Sings Unplugged: Sara Bareilles
The Green Room 42 / 7PM, $30
“The team behind the acclaimed Broadway Sings concert series is thrilled to bring the second concert of their year-long residency to The Green Room 42! The series will feature acoustic, “unplugged” versions of the brand new arrangements that were written for the original series at the Highline Ballroom, which was dubbed “sheer brilliance” by the New York Times.” (cityguide)

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $35
“World class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.
“Almost exactly half a century ago, the trumpeter-composer-arranger Thad Jones and the drummer Mel Lewis began their Monday-night big band residency at the Village Vanguard, establishing what became a hallowed tradition.” (NYT)

Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25-$30
“The witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.”
“Part cabaret, part piano bar and part social set, Cast Party offers a chance to hear rising and established talents step up to the microphone (backed by the slap and tickle of Steve Doyle on bass and Billy Stritch at the ivories, plus the bang of Daniel Glass on drums). The waggish Caruso presides as host.” (TONY)

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Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

Monday Night Magic
Players Theatre, West Village / 8PM, $42.50
“For more than two decades,, this proudly old-school series has offered a different lineup of professional magicians every week: opening acts, a headliner and a host, plus two or three close-up magicians to wow the audience at intermission. Housed for the past seven years at the unprepossessing Players Theatre, it is an heir to the vaudeville tradition.

Many of the acts incorporate comedic elements, and audience participation is common. (If you have young children, bring them; they make especially adorable assistants.) Shows cost just $37.50 in advance and typically last well over two hours, so you get a lot of value and variety for your magic dollar. In contrast to some fancier magic shows, this one feels like comfort food: an all-you-can eat buffet to which you’re encouraged to return until you’re as stuffed as a hat full of rabbits.” (TONY)


Continuing Events

Richard III (Nov.7–23)
Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival
Gerald W. Lynch Theater at John Jay College / 7PM, $40+
“Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe.” Shakespeare’s Richard III is a chilling story of power and ambition. His ruthless monarch resonates through the ages in DruidShakespeare: Richard III, a darkly comic production from Ireland’s Druid theater company and Tony Award–winning director Garry Hynes.”

Canstruction New York (Nov.7-21)
Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St./ 10AM-8PM, FREE
“New York’s top architects, engineers and students have created sculptures out of unopened cans of food, which will be donated later to City Harvest, for Canstruction New York. You’ll see sculptures based on the Women’s FIFA trophy, “The Little Mermaid,” Yankee Stadium and Apollo’s 50th anniversary, among others. Feel free to bring cans of food for donation.” (amNY)

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COMING SOON (WFUV)

11/17-18 Sylvan Esso, Beacon Theatre
11/18 Prince “Beautiful Ones” Tribute, Town Hall
11/20 Alice Merton, Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/20 FKA Twigs, Kings 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.

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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)

‘BETYE SAAR: THE LEGENDS OF “BLACK GIRL’S WINDOW”at the Museum of Modern Art (through Jan. 4).

“Black Girl’s Window,” which consists of an old window frame that Saar filled with a constellation of images, is the focus of this exhibition, one of several helping to reopen MoMA. Concentrating on Saar’s early years as an artist, it tracks the experiments in printmaking and assemblage that led her to arrive at the titular work. Despite the unusual color of the gallery’s deep purple walls, the show is relatively modest — a scholarly study of a specific period, anchored by MoMA’s recent acquisition of a group of 42 of her works on paper. Two pieces from 1972 that represent her shift from the mystical to the political — “Black Crows in the White Section Only,” which brings together a variety of racist advertisements, and “Let Me Entertain You,” which shows a minstrel singer with a guitar transforming into a black liberation fighter with a rifle — serve as a kind of coda. Their appearance at the end offers a tantalizing glimpse of the iconoclastic artist Saar was on her way to becoming. (Jillian Steinhauer-NYT)
212-708-9400, moma.org

‘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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‘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 Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/16 and 11/14.

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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 Triad – 158 W72nd Street (btw Amsterdam/Columbus Ave.)

Laurie Beechman Theatre – 407 W 42nd St.

Marie’s Crisis – 59 Grove St.

The Rum House, in the Hotel Edison – 228 W. 47th St.

The Duplex – 61 Christopher 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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Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)

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10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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NYT Theater Reviews – Our theater critics on the plays and musicals currently open in New York City.

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