NYC Events,”Only the Best” (11/24) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

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

Jason Robert Brown With Betty Buckley (Nov.24-25)
SubCulture, 45 Bleecker Street at Lafayette / 8 PM, $40.
“As part of Jason Robert Brown’s ongoing residency, his November concert features Theatre Hall of Famer and Tony Award winner Betty Buckley. Known for originating the role of Grizabella in Cats, she later received an Olivier nomination for her work as Norma Desmond in the London production of Sunset Boulevard. (She eventually reprised the role on Broadway). Buckley recently returned from starring in the national tour of Hello, Dolly!. As always, Brown’s concert will feature songs from his catalog, as well as a smattering of fan favorites (cross your fingers for “Mem’ry”). (playbill)


6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>> Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration
>> Paula West
>> Election 2020: America at the Polls
>> Holiday Food Science Festival
>> The Vibe of the Village Festival

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


Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Works & Process at the Guggenheim Presents
Merce Cunningham Centennial Celebration (Nov.24-25)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. (at 89th St.)/ 7:30PM, $45
“Dylan Crossman, a former member of Merce Cunningham Dance Company, curates a program celebrating the 100th birthday of the modern dance legend.” (ThoughtGallery)

at the Joyce Theater / 2 pm, +7:30 pm.; $45+
“The fleet footwork of flamenco can be mightily impressive, but this company doesn’t aim to merely wow. In recent years, Noche Flamenca and Barrio, its incandescent headliner, have moved away from spectacle seeking authentic communal encounters. A new iteration of its production “Entre Tú y Yo” (“Between You and Me”) comprises three works: a revised version of “La Ronde,” which explores facets of the duet form; “Refugiados,” created 15 years ago from poems by refugee children; and “Soleá,” a semi-improvised solo by Barrio that impresses not only for its virtuosity, but for the thrilling internal drama she shares.” (NYT)

Paula West (Nov.22-24)
Dizzy’s Club / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $45
“If a night of jazz entertainment were still held up to the standards set by Ella, Billie and Sarah, San Francisco singer West might be the only contemporary vocalist worth the price of admission. Her full-bodied contralto is a thing of beauty, and it’s connected to an emotive intellect that makes the American Songbook speak to the future rather than the past.” (TONY)


Smart Stuff / Other NYC EventS

World Politics with Ralph Buultjens | Election 2020: America at the Polls
92nd Street Y, 395 Lexington Ave./ 5PM, $35
“Within a year, America will have its most consequential election in decades.

What do the trends and signals indicate? Will the election further divide a fractured nation? Will the politics of 2020 be the agent of a great national crisis as Democrats and Republicans fight a winter-takes-all battle? Who are likely to the pace-setters in this election year? What impact will the election and its outcome have on world affairs?”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth of the detour:

Holiday Food Science Festival (Nov.23-24)
Celebrate the science of food
NY Hall of Science / 12-4PM, $16; festival is free with museum admission
“To kick off the opening of GingerBread Lane — the Guinness World Records winner for the world’s largest gingerbread village — the New York Hall of Science is hosting a Holiday Food Science Festival. There will be festive classes on fermentation, cheese-making at home, and decorating holiday cookies. If you like your holiday celebrations a little less…traditional, Brooklyn Bugs will be on hand to demonstrate how Thanksgiving dishes can be made with sustainable, edible insects. Maybe a cricket casserole for the holidays this year?” (thrillist)

The Vibe of the Village Festival (Nov.22-24)
@ Museum of the City of New York /
“It’s been a year since the Village Voice died, so take the weekend to honor the legacy of both the paper and the neighborhood that built it at The Vibe of the Village Festival. There will be conversations, breakout sessions, live music, film, tours, cocktails, and more, including panels on the Voice’s photography and journalism with its former writers and photographers. On Sunday there will be additional family-focused activities, like art-making, poetry workshops, and a scavenger hunt.”(gothamist)

Continuing Events

Holiday windows in NYC you won’t want to miss

“‘Tis the season! As Thanksgiving draws near, New York City’s department stores are unveiling their holiday windows. Macy’s, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, American Girl and others are each putting their festive foot forward for the holidays.” (amNY)



11/21-23, 25-26 Hozier, Hammerstein Ballroom
11/22-24 The “Vibe Of The Village” Festival, Museum of the City of New York
11/23-24, 26-27 Bob Dylan, Beacon Theatre
11/24 Matt & Kim, Terminal 5
11/25 Matt & Kim, Brooklyn Steel
11/26 Son Little, Bowery Ballroom
11/26 Marcia Griffiths, Sony Hall
11/27 Vintage Trouble, Rough Trade NYC

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.”

♦ 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.


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)

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)


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)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 11/22 and 11/20.


11 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend – NewYorkTimes (11/21/19)

Must-see theater coming to New York City stages this fall (amNY)

10 must-see Off-Broadway shows (amNY)

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

and, drum roll, here are all the critics opinions on all the plays –

Playbill’s “the Verdict”

finally, lot’s of good info on TKTS discount tickets:

Everything You Need to Know About TKTS Broadway Tickets


NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):



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