Selected NYC Events (03/22) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > WEDNESDAY/MAR.22, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

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

Tynan Davis Nonet
Featuring Kenny Rampton, Ted Nash, Sherman Irby, and Paul Nedzela
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz @ Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $35
“A marvel: a stylish singer and a perky actress whose presence lighted up the stage.” – The New York Times

“Tynan Davis is a young vocalist on a phenomenal career path, having performed numerous operas around the United States, sung with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in The Abyssinian Mass, performed with the Grammy Award-winning vocal octet Roomful of Teeth, and joined the national Phantom of the Opera tour.

She just recorded her debut album, and tonight’s performance will be the official album release celebration! The record was produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra trumpeter Kenny Rampton, and Rampton will be performing along with several other members of the JLCO and a group of first-call jazz musicians, seven of whom contributed arrangements to this project. Most recording debuts don’t come with the backing of such a prestigious roster, and we can’t wait to hear what Davis can do.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)

>> THE SIXTH ANNUAL NYC IMPROV FEST
>>Joan Shelley
>>Wilco
>>THE TRISTANO PROJECT
>>Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends”
>>Why Magicians Are Master Manipulators

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Joan Shelley
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse, 165 W65th St., 10th Floor/ 8PM, $40
“With timeless vocal purity and an Appalachian poet’s soul, Kentucky native Joan Shelley has held audiences rapt everywhere from Nashville to New York by way of Newport. With roots in the American and British folk revival, her serenely evocative songs don’t tell stories as much as they paint pictures. Her most recent album, Over and Even, was called “one of the most beautiful releases of the year” by NPR Music and “as compelling a record as that genre has seen” (Pitchfork). During this intimate evening of song, Shelley invites us into a world of limitless beauty.”

THE SIXTH ANNUAL NYC IMPROV FEST (Mar 22-26)
at the Peoples Improv Theater,+ other locations/ various times, mostly FREE today
“This yearly festival will feature more than 50 shows over five days. It includes house teams, independent groups and visiting performers, and it offers an eclectic mix of styles and shows. Wednesday night’s performances are all free and feature regular Peoples Improv Theater shows. Thursday night will be a mix of New York and out-of-town teams, including musical improv from Baby Wants Candy and North Coast. ” (NYT)

Wilco
Beacon Theatre / 7:30pm; $55–$89.50
“Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind its tenth studio album, last year’s cheekily titled Schmilco. The record acts as a companion to 2015’s Star Wars—a more subdued collection of succinct pop songs that’s reminiscent of frontman Jeff Tweedy’s 2014 solo release, Sukierae. Expect a sprawling, deep set stuffed with classics like “Jesus, etc.” and “I’m The Man Who Loves You.” (TONY)

THE TRISTANO PROJECT (Mar.21-25)
at Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Few musicians in jazz have generated as much mystified interest as Lennie Tristano, the pianist, composer and instructor who in the 1940s and ’50s helped create the sound known as cool jazz, but rarely emerged from behind the scenes. Here, five of today’s strongest improvisers celebrate Tristano’s legacy: the pianist Helen Sung, the alto saxophonists Greg Osby and Jaleel Shaw, the bassist Ben Allison and the drummer Matt Wilson.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends” (Mar.21-25)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $51-$66
“For the past forty-four years, the American-born choreographer John Neumeier has been the director of Hamburg Ballet, creating work in his highly emotive, theatrical style. (Many know him for his “Lady of the Camellias,” which is in the repertory at American Ballet Theatre.) For the company’s first appearance at the Joyce—part of an American tour—it will perform “Old Friends,” a compendium of intimate scenes from Neumeier’s vast catalogue. It is set mostly to Chopin pieces, plus a Bach orchestral suite and several songs by Simon and Garfunkel.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Prakash Peru + Tony Ro | Why Magicians Are Master Manipulators
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W17th St./ 7PM, $25
“Magicians are master manipulators of human perception. Neuroscientist Tony Ro shines a light on how sleight of hand diverts attention and distorts our perception, and how the brain processes illusion.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Summer 2017).
◊ Order before May.31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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Selected NYC Events (03/21) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > TUESDAY/MAR.21, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

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

Sharp Jokes for Turbulent Times
‘Bassem Youssef: Revolution for Dummies’
at the Town Hall / 8PM, $45-$60
“Mr. Youssef is an Egyptian comedian who rocketed to global renown with the satirical news show “The Program,” a popular and often provocative Middle Eastern answer to Jon Stewart. He is now the host of “Democracy Handbook With Bassem Youssef,” on the American network Fusion. (Citing unspecified political pressure, Mr. Youssef ended “The Program” in 2014.) Here, he will present his new book, “Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring,” which recounts his time as a satirist working in a period of extraordinary turbulence in Egyptian politics.” (NYT-ELISE CZAJKOWSKI)

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Wilco
>>THE TRISTANO PROJECT
>>Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends”
>>Symphonic Storyboards
>>James Arthur Lecture: Evolution of the Human Brain
>>“The People Speak”

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Wilco (also Mar.22)
Beacon Theatre / 7:30pm; $55–$89.50
“Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind its tenth studio album, last year’s cheekily titled Schmilco. The record acts as a companion to 2015’s Star Wars—a more subdued collection of succinct pop songs that’s reminiscent of frontman Jeff Tweedy’s 2014 solo release, Sukierae. Expect a sprawling, deep set stuffed with classics like “Jesus, etc.” and “I’m The Man Who Loves You.” (TONY)

THE TRISTANO PROJECT (Mar.21-25)
at Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, 11PM, $40
“Few musicians in jazz have generated as much mystified interest as Lennie Tristano, the pianist, composer and instructor who in the 1940s and ’50s helped create the sound known as cool jazz, but rarely emerged from behind the scenes. Here, five of today’s strongest improvisers celebrate Tristano’s legacy: the pianist Helen Sung, the alto saxophonists Greg Osby and Jaleel Shaw, the bassist Ben Allison and the drummer Matt Wilson.” (NYT- GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Hamburg Ballet / “Old Friends” (Mar.21-25)
Joyce Theatre, 175 Eighth Ave., at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $51-$66
“For the past forty-four years, the American-born choreographer John Neumeier has been the director of Hamburg Ballet, creating work in his highly emotive, theatrical style. (Many know him for his “Lady of the Camellias,” which is in the repertory at American Ballet Theatre.) For the company’s first appearance at the Joyce—part of an American tour—it will perform “Old Friends,” a compendium of intimate scenes from Neumeier’s vast catalogue. It is set mostly to Chopin pieces, plus a Bach orchestral suite and several songs by Simon and Garfunkel.” (NewYorker)

Symphonic Storyboards (also Mar.22)
Rose Theater, Jazz @ Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, $15+
“The Philharmonia Orchestra of New York presents the ultimate audio-visual experience, performing music by Wagner, Verdi and Rimsky-Korsakov with the accompaniment of original films by Daniel Brodie (projection designer to Kanye West and Mariah Carey) and the winners of PONY’s orchestral film competition.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

James Arthur Lecture: Evolution of the Human Brain
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 6PM, FREE
“Hearken to professor of evolutionary anthropology Dr. Brian Hare, an expert in the brains of bonobos, chimps, and dogs. He’ll use their inner lives to explain the evolution of the human brain, which he argues developed at least in part for friendliness. That insight in turn has important things to say about democracy, and “why institutions are critical to our future success.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

“The People Speak”
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Bklyn/ 7:30PM, $20
Howard Zinn’s “A People’s History of the United States” has become one of the most infamous texts of our time, read by millions and currently the subject of a potential ban by Arkansas lawmakers. The author and historian, who died in 2010, sought to recast America’s story “from the perspective of the slaughtered and mutilated,” as he told the Times, criticizing Columbus, Roosevelt, and Lincoln as lustful for blood and power, as opposed to heroic. The book sparked a film, the 2009 documentary “The People Speak,” which Zinn narrated; at this live reading and performance, BAM and the Onassis Cultural Center gather actors, writers, and musicians to revive the stories of the marginalized Americans Zinn hoped to speak for. Performers include Staceyann Chin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Deva Mahal, Aasif Mandvi, David Strathairn, Peter Sarsgaard, and more.” (NewYorker)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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 these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:

 ‘TONY OURSLER: IMPONDERABLE’ (through April 16)
“This small exhibition is centered on a 90-minute film in which episodes from the history of spiritualist frauds and hoaxes are re-enacted by people in fanciful costumes while mystic flames, smoke and ectoplasmic phenomena come and go. At certain moments during “Imponderable,” you feel breezes wafting over you and hear loud thumping under the theater’s risers. The crudeness of these effects is part of the generally comical spirit. It’s all about the confusion between illusion and reality to which human beings seem to be congenitally susceptible.” (Johnson)

And a special pat on the back to MOMA, who is now displaying art from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban.

“Trump’s ban against refugees from seven Muslim-majority nations has sparked acts of defiance in NYC, from demonstrations across town, to striking taxicab drivers at JFK to Middle Eastern bodega owners closing their shops in protest. Recently, the Museum Of Modern added its two cents by bringing out artworks it owns from the affected countries, and hanging them prominently within the galleries usually reserved for 19th- and 20th-century artworks from Europe and the United States. Paintings by Picasso and Matisse, for example, were removed to make way for pieces by Tala Madani (from Iran), Ibrahim El-Salahi (from Sudan) and architect Zaha Hadid (from Iraq). The rehanging, which was unannounced, aims to create a symbolic welcome that repudiates Trump by creating a visual dialog between the newly added works and the more familiar objects from MoMA’s permanent collection.” (TONY)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:

FAST FORWARD: PAINTING FROM THE 1980S (thru May 14)
“Fast Forward: Painting from the 1980s presents a focused look at painting from this decade with works drawn entirely from the Museum’s collection.

In the 1980s, painting recaptured the imagination of the contemporary art world against a backdrop of expansive change. An unprecedented number of galleries appeared on the scene, particularly in downtown New York. Groundbreaking exhibitions—that blurred distinctions between high and low art—were presented at alternative and artist-run spaces. New mediums, including video and installation art, were on the rise. Yet despite the growing popularity of photography and video, many artists actively embraced painting, freely exploring its bold physicality and unique capacity for expression and innovation.

The exhibition includes work by artists often identified with this explosive period—Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sherrie Levine, David Salle, and Julian Schnabel—as well as by several lesser-known painters. These artists explored the traditions of figuration and history painting, and offered new interpretations of abstraction. Many addressed fundamental questions about artmaking in their work, while others took on political issues including AIDS, feminism, gentrification, and war. In the face of a media-saturated environment, artists in the 1980s recommitted to painting. Far from dead, painting came to represent an important intersection between new ways of seeing and a seemingly traditional way of making art.”

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 03/19 and 03/17.
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Selected NYC Events (03/20) + Today’s Featured Pub (Midtown West)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > MONDAY/MAR.20, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

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

Women’s Jazz Festival:
Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / 7PM, $30
“This annual tradition in honor of Women’s History Month features some of the best-known and unsung female performers in jazz today. Our 2017 festival will celebrate Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial birthday and continued influence on the evolution of jazz.

“Ella, Ella: A Centennial Celebration of Mama Jazz!” is slated for four consecutive Mondays–March 6, 13, 20, and 27. Each night will explore the multi-dimensional music, life, and legacy of this jazz legend.

March 20: WJF in Conversation: There’s Something About Ella
(To RSVP for this FREE talk, please click here.)

“The inaugural Women’s Jazz Festival (WJF) Conversation will feature an intimate discussion between scholars and musical artists discussing the legacy and life of Ella Fitzgerald. Joining the conversation are Candice Hoyes (jazz vocalist and executive producer of the album, “On a Turquoise Cloud”), Rommi Smith (poet, playwright, and a John Barnard doctoral research scholar at the University of Leeds, U.K. representing African-American jazz and blues women as agents of social change within civil rights movements), Aja Burrell Wood (ethnomusicologist, adjunct professor of African-American music, and guest curator of the 2017 Women’s Jazz Festival), and Craig S. Harris (trombonist) (jazz trombonist and composer).

Brent Edwards (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and faculty at The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia) will moderate the conversation. The evening will be capped off with a special live performance from Ella Fitzgerald’s song book by Hoyes, accompanied by pianist Michael King.”

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>MCCOY TYNER
>>Steve Ross: My Manhattan
>>Sondheimas
>>Tristan Gooley: Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
>>NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

MCCOY TYNER
Blue Note Jazz Club, / 8PM, +10:30PM, $30-$45
“Jazz pianist McCoy Tyner is widely considered one of the finest and most influential pianists in jazz history. His signature booming left-hand and fleeting right created a unique sound that can be heard on his recordings as a sideman with the John Coltrane Quartet in the 1960s and on his 80-plus albums as a leader. Tyners most recent project for McCoy Tyner Music/Half Note Records is his first solo effort in almost a decade titled Solo: Live From San Francisco. The release is the third for his label and features eleven solo vignettes recorded at the Herbst Theater in 2007.

Tyners blues based piano style, replete with sophisticated chords and an explosively percussive left hand has transcended conventional styles to become one of the most identifiable sounds in improvised music. His harmonic contributions and dramatic rhythmic devices form the vocabulary of a majority of jazz pianists.”

Steve Ross: My Manhattan
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 7PM, $30-$40
“Steve Ross uses his polish and comic timing to conjure a vanished world of cultivated manners and deftly witty lyrics, but with a wistfulness that gives his work a moving third dimension. His return to Birdland finds him focused on the island of Manhattan, as rendered in songs by Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, George M. Cohan, Vernon Duke and others.” (TONY)

Sondheimas
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lfayette St./ 9:30PM, $25
“Lesli Margherita, Ariana DeBose, Ashley Blanchet and Lauren Patten and Janelle McDermothare among the celebrants at this fourth annual pageant honoring the nativity of Broadway idol Stephen Sondheim.’ (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Tristan Gooley: Clues, Signs & Patterns from Puddles to the Sea
The Explorers Club, 6 E. 70th St./ 6PM, $25
“Explorer Tristan Gooley comes to The Explorers Club to talk about water, navigation, and his adventures (he’s the only living person to have both flown solo and sailed single-handed across the Atlantic).

From wild swimming in Sussex to wayfinding off Oman, via the icy mysteries of the Arctic, natural navigator and bestselling author, Tristan Gooley, draws on his own pioneering journeys to reveal the secrets of ponds, puddles, rivers, oceans and more to show us all the skills we need to read the water around us.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

City of Dreams: The 400-Year Epic History of Immigrant New York
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St./ 6:30PM, $5
“The United States is a country built on immigrants, and New York has long been a defining port of entry for those looking to make this place home. Historian Tyler Anbinder shares the sweeping story of how newcomers have continually helped to define and redefine this city and country over the past few centuries, and shows how together, we have created a beautifully dynamic, deeply complex community.”

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub / Midtown West.

Russian Vodka Room / 265 W 52nd St (btw 7th/8th ave)

Sure, you could travel to Minsk or even Brighton Beach, for an authentic Russian experience, but why bother. On those days when you feel you must wash down your dish of kasha with a few glasses of icy, cold vodka, the Russian Vodka Room will definitely satisfy your urge.

From the outside this place looks a bit drab, and with no windows, a bit mysterious. Midtown tourists walk right by on their way to see “Jersey Boys,” just down the block.
(Alas, no more. After 10 years, “Jersey Boys” closed Jan.15)

lThose in the know enter a secret hideaway, a dimly lit front room with soft jazz playing – a perfect spot for an illicit late-night rendezvous, or maybe a meet-up with your Russian spy handler, but that’s later in the evening. Early in the evening the large U-shaped bar fills with the after work happy hour crowd, a group made very happy by the much reduced prices.

Their website says: “Welcome Comrades”. Of course, this welcome focuses on dozens of different vodkas, including their own special infusions, which marinate in giant, clear glass jugs visible around the room. The large vodka martinis ensure that you won’t confuse this place with your mother’s Russian Tea Room.

But man does not live by vodka alone. Eat some food, especially the tapa like appetizers. Be decadent and try the cheese blintzes with chocolate, or try a main dish like beef stroganoff with kasha.

Your best bet is to go on a night when the piano man is playing. This guy, who looks like he has eaten a lot of those cheese blintzes, plays five nights a week from 7 to 12 (no Mondays and Thursdays). When the piano man is playing American pop tunes, and you are at the crowded, dimly lit bar testing the horseradish infused vodka, that’s when the RVR shines.

It’s the kind of place where the noise gets louder and the crowd gets happier as the happy hour goes on. I’m generally a beer guy, but I like to come here with a group of friends. We find a table in the back room near the piano man; we eat, and we drink vodka ‘till it hurts (and it will hurt).
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Website: http://www.russianvodkaroom.com/
Phone #: 212-307-5835
Hours: 4pm-2am; Fri-Sun closes 4am (that could be trouble)
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day
$4 shots infused vodka (2oz), $5 cosmos; $4 czech draft beer
Music: FR-SU; TU-WE / 7pm-12am
Subway: #1 to 50th St.
Walk 2 blk N. on B’way to 52nd St.; 1 blk W. to RVR
Confusingly, the Russian Samovar is right across the street, on the S. side of 52nd St.
The RVR, your destination, is on the N. side of 52nd St.
Update: music now includes a younger, trimmer piano man. “Tiny” we miss you.
Update#2: Rumor that “Tiny” is back playing only on Friday nights – need to check it out.

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected NYC Events (03/19) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > SUNDAY/MAR.19, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

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

NYC Drone Film Festival
This is not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, although you could call it the far, far WestSide. But hey, the trailer for this festival makes it look very worth the detour:
Liberty Science Center*, 222 Jersey City Blvd., Jersey City, N.J.
starts 10:30AM – 5:30PM, FREE with your LSC admission, all day.
“To accomplish the chilling last scene in the 1981 film “The Evil Dead,” in which an unseen demon rises from the woodlands and snakes around trees before streaming through a cabin toward a final screaming victim, an operator mounted a camera on a bike and pedalled hard—a makeshift, pre-GoPro rig pulled together on a minuscule budget. The haunting visual effect—the viewer takes on the perspective of a ghostly figure bobbing and weaving through the air—is now a simple drone shot away, and enthusiasts have eagerly tested the limits of a free-range camera vantage that was once nearly impossible. At the third annual Drone Film Festival, directors showcase the best of their experiments: cameras zoom under vehicles and out of cavernous silos, stalk mile-high mountaintops, and trail surfers and snowboarders at never-before-attainable angles. The festival will also include a presentation on the current, ever-changing regulations governing the use of drones, along with drone races, exhibitions, and educational sessions on a first-come, first-served basis.” (NewYorker)

*Ferries depart every 30 minutes from the World Financial Center to Liberty State Park. From the landing, it is a roughly 20-minute walk to Liberty Science Center.

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>ROBERTA GAMBARINI
>>HEADS OF STATE
>>Wilco
>>The Whole Bead Show
>>NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

ROBERTA GAMBARINI (LAST DAY)
at the Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini is today’s jazz crooner to beat. Her bold and lavish voice greets you right up front, and it keeps alive the spirit of jazz heroines like Carmen McRae and Anita O’Day. Her repertoire consists mostly of great American songbook standards and bossa nova tunes. She appears here with a remarkable band of stalwarts: George Cables on piano, John Lee on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

HEADS OF STATE (LAST DAY)
at Smoke Jazz Club/ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $45
“The saxophonist Gary Bartz, the pianist Larry Willis and the drummer Al Foster all hit the spotlight in the 1970s, when jazz was forming a range of high-intensity partnerships with other genres. Mr. Bartz and Mr. Foster played in some of Miles Davis’s most remarkable electric ensembles; Mr. Willis toured and recorded with Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as with Hugh Masekela. In the years since, all three of them have tended toward more traditional, acoustic jazz, where they are also deeply at home. Together with the bassist Buster Williams, they released a fine album in 2015, “Heads of State.” The group appears here under that name, but with David Williams on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Wilco (also Mar.21,22)
Beacon Theatre / 7:30pm; $55–$89.50
“Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind its tenth studio album, last year’s cheekily titled Schmilco. The record acts as a companion to 2015’s Star Wars—a more subdued collection of succinct pop songs that’s reminiscent of frontman Jeff Tweedy’s 2014 solo release, Sukierae. Expect a sprawling, deep set stuffed with classics like “Jesus, etc.” and “I’m The Man Who Loves You.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Whole Bead Show (LAST DAY)
Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave./ 10AM, $10 at the door (Good for 3 days)
“Gemstones, pearls, crystals, silver, gold, vintage glass, charms, as well as chain, clasps and much much more. You will find every type of bead at this year’s Whole Bead Show, a cash and carry bead trade show open to the public. Have an itch to design your own jewelry? Beads of every kind, from all over the world will be on hand for purchase. So if you have a yearning to load up on beads for that special project or craft, this is your event.” (TONY)

NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL
“Coffee nerds and tea enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn about the return of this event, featuring dozens of exhibitors. There will be a brand new Coffee & Tea Cocktail Lounge this year; free seminars such as “Five Teas That Brewed a Revolution,” “Coffee Decaffeination: How It’s Done!” and “Tea for Cocktails: The Art of Blending Tea & Spirits”; and special seminars (with participation fees) including a “Chemex Brew Method Class.”
WHERE: at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn
INFO: $25; 631­940­7290, coffeeandteafestival.com ­­ (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 are underground, classic jazz joints. all 6 are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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Chelsea Art Gallery District*

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art.

Here is one exhibition the New York Times really likes:

ACTS OF INTIMACY (thru April 02)
Walther Collection, 526 W26th St.

“Daido Moriyama and Nobuyoshi Araki may be the most successful photographers of postwar Japan, but it’s the work of the least famous participant of this three-man show that ripples with the greatest intensity. He is Kohei Yoshiyuki, and his unsettling 1979-80 series “The Park” documents, with nearly pathological detachment, the sexual encounters he happened upon on late-night walks in Tokyo. Many shots recall crime-scene photography, thanks to Mr. Yoshiyuki’s use of infrared film and a paparazzo’s flash: Flowers flare to white and lovers’ faces are invisible. In these indiscreet but poignant photos, intimate acts become a public affair.

Mr. Moriyama’s hip, estranged images of Tokyo are shot in a style known as “are, bure, boke” (grainy, blurry and out of focus). (His radical photography of the 1960s is on view in “Provoke: Photography in Japan between Protest and Performance, 1960–1975,” running through April 30 at the Art Institute of Chicago.) A series of 67 photographs includes close-ups of breasts, buttocks and stiletto-shod feet. If they lack the urgency of his coarser urban photographs, they are persuasive nevertheless because of his usual high contrast and tight cropping.

As for Mr. Araki, his photographs of buxom women trussed up in ever more baroque rope bondage are as acquired a taste as Marmite. He’s the only one to show women’s faces; they appear sovereign and unabashed, despite their sexual submission. Relief comes via interpolated photographs of architecture — the Hiroshima Peace Memorial or Kenzo Tange’s Tokyo metropolitan government headquarters — that inscribe these steamy pictures into the first years of Japan’s so-called Lost Decade.” (JASON FARAGO-NYT)

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For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.

*Now plan your own gallery crawl, but better to plan your visits for Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday and Monday.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see recent posts in right sidebar dated 03/17 and 03/15.
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Selected Events (03/18) + Today’s Featured Pub (Times Square/ Theater District)

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > SATURDAY/MAR.18, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

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

Roméo et Juliette
Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center/ 1PM, $30+
“Bright young stars Pretty Yende and Stephen Costello are opera’s classic lovers in Gounod’s lush Shakespeare adaptation. Director Bartlett Sher’s “brilliant and inspired new production … is a revelation” (Huffington Post), and has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala. Emmanuel Villaume conducts the sumptuous score.”

This is your last chance to catch these young lovers.

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond
>>HEADS OF STATE
>>MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS
>>Wilco
>>The Cameraman | Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
>>NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:
>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>Asia Week New York (LAST DAY)
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $17.50+
“As diverse as the jazz scene is today, it doesn’t have anything on the nineteen-sixties, when such influential icons as Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Dave Brubeck—each with a distinct aesthetic agenda—were making prime music. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will salute these titans, and, in addition, present the saxophonist Walter Blanding’s opus “The Happiness of Being.” (NYR)
Free pre-concert discussion, 7pm

HEADS OF STATE (Mar.17-19)
at Smoke Jazz Club/ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $45
“The saxophonist Gary Bartz, the pianist Larry Willis and the drummer Al Foster all hit the spotlight in the 1970s, when jazz was forming a range of high-intensity partnerships with other genres. Mr. Bartz and Mr. Foster played in some of Miles Davis’s most remarkable electric ensembles; Mr. Willis toured and recorded with Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as with Hugh Masekela. In the years since, all three of them have tended toward more traditional, acoustic jazz, where they are also deeply at home. Together with the bassist Buster Williams, they released a fine album in 2015, “Heads of State.” The group appears here under that name, but with David Williams on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS
Summer’s not here yet, but the time is still right for “Dancing in the Street” and all the other hits other hits mother hits made popular by these great ladies of Motown. Reeves may even sing a few cuts from her most recent album, “Home to You.”
WHEN | WHERE: Saturday, March 18, at 7:30 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club and Grill, 237 W. 42nd St.
INFO $36.50 advance, $40 day of; 800-­745-­3000, ticketmaster.com ­­
(DANIEL BUBBEO, Newsday)

Wilco (also Mar.19,21,22)
Beacon Theatre / 7:30pm; $55–$89.50
“Jeff Tweedy and his band deliver four shows behind its tenth studio album, last year’s cheekily titled Schmilco. The record acts as a companion to 2015’s Star Wars—a more subdued collection of succinct pop songs that’s reminiscent of frontman Jeff Tweedy’s 2014 solo release, Sukierae. Expect a sprawling, deep set stuffed with classics like “Jesus, etc.” and “I’m The Man Who Loves You.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Cameraman | Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 3PM. $25-$35
“One of Buster Keaton‘s richest and funniest pictures–a brilliantly constructed succession of sight gags, action, suspense, thrills, and romance–is provided a live score of songs from the Twenties, as the acclaimed Vince Giordano and his Nighthawks return to Town Hall for this special family film in concert.

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks are renowned on the New York scene for their commitment to preserving and authentically presenting 1920s and ‘30s jazz and popular music. Giordano’s film credits include Public Enemies, The Aviator, and The Good Shepherd, and in 2012 Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks won a Grammy for their work on Boardwalk Empire.

This performance will include a special guest appearance by slapstick genius Bill Irwin!”

NYC COFFEE AND TEA FESTIVAL (also Sunday)
“Coffee nerds and tea enthusiasts will be thrilled to learn about the return of this event, featuring dozens of exhibitors. There will be a brand new Coffee & Tea Cocktail Lounge this year; free seminars such as “Five Teas That Brewed a Revolution,” “Coffee Decaffeination: How It’s Done!” and “Tea for Cocktails: The Art of Blending Tea & Spirits”; and special seminars (with participation fees) including a “Chemex Brew Method Class.”
WHERE: at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Brooklyn
INFO: $25; 631­940­7290, coffeeandteafestival.com ­­ (STAV ZIV, Newsday)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

Asia Week New York (Mar.09-18)
“It’s New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia, a 10-day festival where visitors admire or acquire ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks displayed in lustrous galleries, auction houses and museums. Now in its eighth year, Asia Week New York, has blossomed into a kind of high-culture pub crawl where international and local exhibitors showcase fine art from all corners of Asia, and museums and others stage special events. This year more than 50 vendors are participating — the most ever.” (NYT). Go here for the full list.

“For just over a week, Asian art and culture take over New York City. Among the museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions participating are the Noguchi Museum, China Institute, Museum of Modern Art and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the continent, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other events.” (nycgo.com)

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues, almost all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

==================================================================================
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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A PremierPub

Jimmy’s Corner / 140 W 44th St (btw B’way & 7th ave)

IMG_2083Jimmy’s Corner is right in the heart of Times Square, but you won’t find it on the corner, it’s mid-block. Enter this long narrow bar and you are struck by the walls covered with mostly black-and-white boxing photographs, and memorabilia. Soon enough you learn that “Corner” refers to proprietor Jimmy Glenn’s long career as a corner man for some of boxing greats – Liston, Tyson, even “the greatest,” Ali.

Jimmy’s is a sort of time machine, taking you back to a time and place that no longer exists. All around you Times Square has cleaned up, grown up, assumed a new identity. Jimmy’s probably hasn’t changed a bit since it first opened in 1971. Certainly the bar itself looks original and the prices haven’t changed much either. When I brought a friend, who owns her own bar, she was surprised when she got the small tab for a round of drinks. Figured there must be a mistake, that maybe they forgot to charge for all the drinks.

Times Square today is filled with neon glitz and wandering tourists from Dubuque, but not Jimmy’s. You’ll likely find some old timer’s at the bar nursing their drinks, some younger locals at tables in the back, and maybe a few adventuresome tourists clutching their trusty guidebooks. There’s no food served here because this is just a bar, and sometimes that’s all you need.

On nights when no local team is playing, it’s a fine place to sip some drafts and listen to a great old time jukebox, with a great selection of  40s& 50s R&B and soul. On sports nights this very narrow bar can get a bit claustrophobic, filled with excited fans watching their team on the TVs. Either way, Jimmy’s is the place to be if you are looking for an old time bar in the new Times Square.
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Website: are you kidding !
(although there is a facebook page with lots of photos –
facebook.com/jimmyscornernyc)
Phone #: 212-221-9510
Hours: 11am – 4 am, except Sunday they open 12 noon
Happy Hour: not necessary, low prices all day, every day
Subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare 42nd st
walk 2 blks N on 7th ave to 44th st; ½ blk E to Jimmy’s

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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Selected NYC Events (03/17) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 NYC Events > FRIDAY/MAR.17, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

Have time for only one NYC Event on this St Patrick’s Day? Do this:

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
The Studio at Webster Hall, 125 E11th St. / 8PM, $25
“A little fiddle playin’ is coming our way courtesy of the world renowned and award-winning fiddle playing duo, Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, as they take over Webster Hall for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Playing hit songs off their fiddle album One, the real-life couple from Canada will bring their mix of country and Celtic folk music to the Village music institution for one night only so you might want to forgo the Irish pub for something with a little more flavor.” (TONY)

“The performance will feature many selections from “One,” Natalie and Donnell’s recording debut as a duo. It was a chance meeting with legendary producer Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple) — who recruited Justin Cortelyou (Taylor Swift, Ke$ha, Alan Jackson) to co–produce — that led to the recording sessions in Cape Breton. The result is quite possibly the best fiddle album ever recorded. The album includes the first ever recorded versions of the original material that Natalie and Donnell have begun writing together, and these fit seamlessly alongside their refreshing reinterpretations of traditional and contemporary tunes they have discovered in their musical exploration.”

6 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond
>>HEADS OF STATE
>>ROBERTA GAMBARINI
>>FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2017
>>The Whole Bead Show
>>This Just In: Latest Discoveries and a Tour of the Solar System

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:

>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>Asia Week New York
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Free to Be: Jazz of the 60s & Beyond (also Saturday)
Rose Theatre, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 8PM, $17.50
“As diverse as the jazz scene is today, it doesn’t have anything on the nineteen-sixties, when such influential icons as Sonny Rollins, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Dave Brubeck—each with a distinct aesthetic agenda—were making prime music. The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra will salute these titans, and, in addition, present the saxophonist Walter Blanding’s opus “The Happiness of Being.” (NYR)

HEADS OF STATE (Mar.17-19)
at Smoke Jazz Club/ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $45
“The saxophonist Gary Bartz, the pianist Larry Willis and the drummer Al Foster all hit the spotlight in the 1970s, when jazz was forming a range of high-intensity partnerships with other genres. Mr. Bartz and Mr. Foster played in some of Miles Davis’s most remarkable electric ensembles; Mr. Willis toured and recorded with Blood, Sweat & Tears, as well as with Hugh Masekela. In the years since, all three of them have tended toward more traditional, acoustic jazz, where they are also deeply at home. Together with the bassist Buster Williams, they released a fine album in 2015, “Heads of State.” The group appears here under that name, but with David Williams on bass.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

ROBERTA GAMBARINI (March 15-19)
at the Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini is today’s jazz crooner to beat. Her bold and lavish voice greets you right up front, and it keeps alive the spirit of jazz heroines like Carmen McRae and Anita O’Day. Her repertoire consists mostly of great American songbook standards and bossa nova tunes. She appears here with a remarkable band of stalwarts: George Cables on piano, John Lee on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 2017 (through March 18)
at Joe’s Pub / 9:30PM, $25
“The Flamenco Festival continues through the weekend at Joe’s Pub, and on March 17, the flamenco team of Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernández offers a soulful “Raudal.” (NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Whole Bead Show (thru Sunday)
Hotel Pennsylvania, 401 7th Ave./ 10AM, $10 at the door (Good for 3 days)
“Gemstones, pearls, crystals, silver, gold, vintage glass, charms, as well as chain, clasps and much much more. You will find every type of bead at this year’s Whole Bead Show, a cash and carry bead trade show open to the public. Have an itch to design your own jewelry? Beads of every kind, from all over the world will be on hand for purchase. So if you have a yearning to load up on beads for that special project or craft, this is your event.” (TONY)

This Just In: Latest Discoveries and a Tour of the Solar System
The Strand, 828 Broadway / 7PM, $20
Come join Michael Hamburg of the education department at Museum of Natural History (and colleague of Neil de Grasse Tyson), for an informative trip through our solar system.

We will be visiting the major and minor bodies that revolve around our star – the Sun. Learn about how the Sun, planets, moons, and other members of our celestial family were born and evolved. We will look at the latest discoveries as gathered by some of the most advanced and sophisticated technologies humans have created so far.

In addition, we will cast our eyes forward to examine what lies in the future for humanity’s place in the Solar System. There will be ample time for questions and answers. (ThoughtGallery.org)

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that starts its first weekend. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

Asia Week New York (Mar.09-18)
“It’s New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia, a 10-day festival where visitors admire or acquire ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks displayed in lustrous galleries, auction houses and museums. Now in its eighth year, Asia Week New York, has blossomed into a kind of high-culture pub crawl where international and local exhibitors showcase fine art from all corners of Asia, and museums and others stage special events. This year more than 50 vendors are participating — the most ever.” (NYT). Go here for the full list.

“For just over a week, Asian art and culture take over New York City. Among the museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions participating are the Noguchi Museum, China Institute, Museum of Modern Art and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the continent, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other events.” (nycgo.com)

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC events– Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village
(5 underground (UG), classic jazz joints. all 6 within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – UG, 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – UG, 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. — caffevivaldi.com / 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):

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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)

Morgan Library & Museum
‘I’M NOBODY! WHO ARE YOU? THE LIFE AND POETRY OF EMILY DICKINSON’ (through May 28).
“This is the second-largest gathering ever, anywhere, of prime Dickinson relics, and as such it comes with an aura the size of a city block. It instantly turns the Morgan into a pilgrimage site, a literary Lourdes, a place to come in contact with one aspect of America that truly can claim greatness. And the show has a mission, to give 21st-century audiences a fresh take on Dickinson. Gone is the white-gowned Puritan nun, and the Belle of Amherst, that infantilized charmer. At the Morgan we get a different Dickinson, a person among people: a member of a household, a village dweller, a citizen.” 212-685-0008, themorgan.org. (NYT-Holland Cotter)

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

at the very least you will want to see this one:
‘CELEBRATING THE ARTS OF JAPAN: THE MARY GRIGGS BURKE COLLECTION’ (through May 2017)
“This lavish collection of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation in early 2015. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the exhibition is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

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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)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) 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 03/15 and 03/13.
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Selected NYC Events (03/16) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Sweet 6 NYC Events > THURSDAY/MAR.16, 2017

“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 be sure to check the tab above: “Notable NYC Events-Mar.”

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

Carmen Cusack
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $60
“Cusack’s miraculous range let her play roles as disparate as Elphaba in Wicked, Christine in The Phantom of the Opera and Nellie in South Pacific before making a wonderful broadway debut in Bright Star last year. We look forward to seeing what she does next—which, based on her history, could be anything.” (TONY)

5 OTHER TOP NYC EVENTS TODAY (see below for full listing)
>>Andrew Kober: Koberet
>>ROBERTA GAMBARINI
>>DUNGEN
>>The Future of Espionage
>>Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City

Plus, don’t forget these Continuing Events:

>> New Directors / New Films festival
>>Asia Week New York
>>The Orchid Show

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Andrew Kober: Koberet
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $25+
“A scene-stealer in Broadway’s Hair, Andrew Kober shares more of his convictions in this reprise of his New York solo debut, updated to reflect his new status as a dad. Caissie Levy is his guest star.” (TONY)

ROBERTA GAMBARINI (March 15-19)
at the Blue Note / 8PM, +10:30PM, $20-$35
“The Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini is today’s jazz crooner to beat. Her bold and lavish voice greets you right up front, and it keeps alive the spirit of jazz heroines like Carmen McRae and Anita O’Day. Her repertoire consists mostly of great American songbook standards and bossa nova tunes. She appears here with a remarkable band of stalwarts: George Cables on piano, John Lee on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.” (NYT-GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

DUNGEN
at BRIC Arts Media House, / 7:30PM, +9:30PM, $18
“This consistently underrated psychedelic-rock band from Sweden rarely tours America, but for its latest United States appearance, the quartet will perform its most ambitious project to date: an original score to the 1926 silent fairy tale film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” by the German director Lotte Reiniger. Dungen’s companion piece is a stunning odyssey of spaced-out rock instrumentals, kinetic bebop grooves and heavy guitar jams that would not sound out of place on a Pink Floyd album.” (NYT – KEVIN O’DONNELL)

Smart Stuff / Other NYC Events
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

The Future of Espionage
New-York Historical Society,  170 Central Park West / 6:30PM, $44
“In an increasingly unstable geopolitical environment, governments across the world must combat threats of terrorism, cyber-security, and international conflict. Examining the ability of intelligence agencies to adapt and respond to new challenges, experts discuss the future of our national security institutions.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Grand Forage 1778: The Battleground Around New York City
Fraunces Tavern Museum, 54 Pearl St./ 6:30PM, $10
“With the entry of France into the American Revolution, the war changed on a strategic level. For Sir Henry Clinton and the British in New York City, it was a time of sweeping change and new threats. The enormous logistical challenges however would also bring about its last great campaign in the north. Find out more about Sir Henry Clinton’s great autumn forage!”

And don’t forget these continuing events:

New Directors / New Films festival (Mar.15 – 26)
Film Society of Lincoln Center and The Museum of Modern Art, @ various times
“Celebrating its 46th edition in 2017, the New Directors/
New Films festival introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich, nearly half-century history, New Directors has brought previously little-known talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt to wider audiences. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating a group of filmmakers who represent the present and anticipate the future of cinema: daring artists whose work pushes the envelope and is never what you’d expect.”

This is a wonderful, only in New York, film festival that started yesterday. For full programming and ticketing information, please visit newdirectors.org.

Asia Week New York (Mar.09-18)
“It’s New York’s salute to the vibrant arts of Asia, a 10-day festival where visitors admire or acquire ancient treasures and contemporary masterworks displayed in lustrous galleries, auction houses and museums. Now in its eighth year, Asia Week New York, has blossomed into a kind of high-culture pub crawl where international and local exhibitors showcase fine art from all corners of Asia, and museums and others stage special events. This year more than 50 vendors are participating — the most ever.” (NYT). Go here for the full list.

“For just over a week, Asian art and culture take over New York City. Among the museums, galleries, auction houses and cultural institutions participating are the Noguchi Museum, China Institute, Museum of Modern Art and the Rubin Museum of Art. Each venue will be showing works from the continent, and art dealers from around the world will display their collections during open houses throughout the week. There will also be a full schedule of films, lectures, symposia, curator talks, tours, auctions and other events.” (nycgo.com)

The Orchid Show (thru April 09)
New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd., the Bronx.
“This edition of the New York Botanical Garden’s annual Orchid Show, now in its fifteenth year, focusses on Thailand’s rich history and the flower’s cultural status as one of the country’s leading exports. Held in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, the display features blooming orchids by the hundreds in lush tropical environments, leading into an arched installment styled in the manner of a traditional Thai pavilion. The schedule includes several panel discussions, tours, and after-hours viewings with music and cocktails.” (NewYorker)

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Bonus NYC Events – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite non jazz music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
Town Hall – 123 W43rd St., thetownhall.org, 212-997-6661
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Bowery Ballroom – 6 Delancey St. boweryballroom.com,
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474

Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening discovery and enjoyment.
See Below.

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♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.5 million, had a record 60 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2017.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats for these top NYC events in advance, even if just on day of performance.
NYCity Vacation Travel Guide Video (Expedia):
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24,000 eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Summer 2017).
◊ Order before May.31, 2017 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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