New York State of Mind Amoeblog #72: The Beatles Exhibit, Billy Joel @ MSG, Macaron Day NYC, SWV, G&E, Warpaint + more

Posted by Billyjam, March 19, 2014 08:21am | Post a Comment

Billy Joel "New York State of Mind (Live @ Tokyo Dome)" (2006)

After much publicity Billy Joel finally kicks off his new monthly residency at the cavernous Madison Square Garden (MSG) this Friday (March 21st) and once a month thereafter up until tickets stop selling for the "Piano Man." So far the first seven months of this Las Vegas type series of  Billy Joel shows are officially sold-out or near sold out. Hence there are some tickets still available for this week's show when seats range from $64.50 to $124.50 per ticket. Each show promises to be a Billy Joel Greatest Hits styled showcase (Joel sure has an arsenal of hits to draw from!) with the Bronx NY born artist making his "New York State of Mind" a highlight: maybe the finale song of each show. Above is Joel performing that song in Japan eight years ago. The next scheduled monthly Billy Joel at MSG concert will be April 18th. Tickets and more info.

SWV, the popular nineties soul/r'n'b female singing trio whose name stands for Sisters With Voices are back keeping busy, and performing this weekend in New York. The group, who released the return album I Missed Us and star in the surprise hit reality TV show SWV Reunited, play B.B. Kings on 42nd Street on Friday night. 21+ Tix $35 to $40. 8pm show. More info

Tonight, March 19th, at the Highline Ballroom in Chelsea The Grouch & Eligh, who are number 3 on the current Amoeba Hip-Hop Chart with their brand new Kickstarter funded 3CD set The Tortoise & The Crow, are headlining a bill along with Eliot Lipp and Pigeon John. 8pm show. Tickets $15. More info. On Friday talented LA female rock quartet Warpaint stop in New York City, in support of their recently released self titled album on Rough Trade, to play Webster Hall on a bill with Welsh artist Cate Le Bon. Tickets $25. Tix/info.

Now in its fifth year the annual Macaron Day NYC, that was inspired by the Jour du Macaron in Paris that it coincides with, happens again tomorrow (March 20th) with various New York City bakeries joining in the festivities by giving away free macarons. One per customer and you must mention that you are there "for Macaron Day NYC." Participants include Bouchon Bakery, and Bisous Ciao, Macarons. More info.

Currently on exhibit at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles! which, fifty years after the Beatles first came to America, will examine the cultural impact of Beatlemania. With hundreds of Beatles related items from early 1964 through mid 1966 the exhibit will look back at the Fab Four's undeniable impact on American pop culture from art, fashion, media, as well as their impact on pop music.  Exhibit pieces include instruments, posters, photographs, interviews, interactive displays, and an oral history booth. There's also a variety of related programs including screenings that examine the Beatles' cultural impact fifty years ago when a record breaking 73 million television viewers tuned in live to Ed Sullivan to see the four Liverpool lads Free, all ages, event happens Mondays through Saturdays until May 10th at NYPL PA at Lincoln Center. Further info in the video clip below.

Ladies and Gentlemen .....The Beatles!

At the New York Historical Society in the Upper West Side, not too far from the above photo in Central Park on the West Side was taken, noted New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham's 1968 black and white photo essay Facades is currently on display. The exhibition, which runs through June, includes 88 original photo prints from the project that set to present fashion of its era as a cultural history essay in photographs and has more to do with the city's architecture than with fashion. New York Historical Society is located at 170 Central Park West near 76th Street. Open Tuesday to Sunday. Runs through June 15th and includes the photo below: Editta Sherman on the Train to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. More info here.

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