MoMA (and PS1) for free, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in NYC, B-Boy/B-Girl Summit, Halloween in Manhattan, and the best views of Manhattan are among the items covered in this fifth installment in the New York State of Mind - the Amoeblog series on music and other entertainment and happenings in the Big Apple for both visitors and residents of New York. As seen from the photo above (taken last Friday evening) of the view of an overcast Lower Manhattan from Jersey City, New Jersey, some of the best views / photo opportunities of Manhattan are from outside of Manhattan - be it over in New Jersey, in Brooklyn, on Roosevelt Island between Queens and the island Manhattan, or out on the NY Harbor on a boat.
In the week ahead (October 29th through November 2nd) Jimmy Kimmel, who normally tapes his nightly talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! at El Capitan Theatre on Hollywood Blvd not far from the Amoeba Hollywood store, is taking his popular ABC late night show on the road to the East Coast for the first time and will film five shows at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) in Fort Greene. Brooklyn is where Kimmel grew up, so he will be visiting some old neighborhood spots on the NYC series. Additionally, his line-up of guests (many from Brooklyn) for JKL! in NYC will include Chris Rock, who grew up in Crown Heights and Bed-Stuy, Tracy Morgan, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and David Letterman to name just a few along with musical performersAlicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Vampire Weekend and the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Over the past few weeks on the air JKL! have been giving away tix to tapings of the upcoming New York shows. But you can also try and get (free) tickets by visiting www.1iota.com or calling 1-866-Jimmytix.
The MoMA (Museum of Modern Art) located at 11 West 53rd Street (between 5th and Sixth Avenues) is well worth a visit - especially when you can get in for free. Fridays from 4pm to 8pm is the free entrance window of time to the MoMA and (after lining up a little longer than usual - bring an umbrella in case it rains) you will get in to see such exhibits as the ongoing (through October 31st) 50 Years of James Bond film exhibition. Back on the 25th anniversary of the release of Dr. No (1962), producer Albert R. “Cubby” Broccoli donated newly made 35mm prints of all fourteen Broccoli-produced James Bond feature films to The Museum of Modern Art.
The curators at the MoMA note how with this gift to the museum came with a promise to provide MoMA with a "new 35mm print of each subsequent Bond film" and how, to date, this collection has grown to 22 films—all of the James Bond films produced by Eon Productions. Screenings in the Bond MoMA series include such films as For Your Eyes Only, The Spy Who Loved Me, and Moonraker. Check for details on the full film series here. Note that when you attend MoMA you get a free pass (that can be used on another day) to the affiliated, smaller (and more artistically adventurous) PS1 over in Long Island City, Queens (about 15 minutes away by train) where currently Now Dig This: Art and Black Los Angeles 1960 - 1980 is on display. Usually it costs $10 to get into PS1. General info on PS1.
True school hip-hop heads should make note of the Upper West Side Historical B-Boy/B-Girl Breakdance Summit that is happening on Friday, October 26th from 7:00pm until 11:00pm at the Goddard Riverside Community Center located at 647 Columbus Ave between West 91st & 92nd St. in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Presented by Zulu Natives, this event will feature DJ Louie Loo and special guests with lots of cool breakin, popping and locking etc. set to a backdrop soundtrack of big booming classic beats and breaks. Free all ages event. More event info here.
Halloween in Manhattan is always a great experience with its huge annual parade and festivities, and this year's famed NYC Halloween Parade (aka New York's 39th Annual Village Halloween Parade) with hundreds of performers and puppets and dancers scheduled along with the expected hundreds of thousands (at least) of folks dressed up in costume in attendance, will no doubt keep the tradition alive and well. Organizers are promising for this Halloween's event - with the theme being Tick Tock! - to "explore the many embodiments of Time... Some moments pass with glacial slowness, as others speed past us. It bends and stretches, like Dali's drooping watches and Einstein's speeding trains." Sounds good. Also good is the fact that you can join in the parade (for which original costumes are encouraged) by simply showing up early (an hour before) for the parade which begins at 7pm at 6th Avenue at Spring Street and continues up Sixth Ave to 16th Street which regular attendees will note is shorter than in the past (NYPD restrictions in effect). For more details on the parade click here. The official after party is at the Webster Hall where, along with lots of hip-hop and electronic dance music, there will be a $5,000 prize costume contest. More info here.
And finally in the theme and title of this blog I leave you with the classic Nas song "New York State of Mind" from the Queensbridge, NY rapper's landmark, influential 1994 album Illmatic. The video is actually the audio version with lyrics in text on screen.