Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (09/17)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Duchess
“Lately the most overlooked ensemble format in jazz is the vocal harmony group—you’re more likely to hear a band with three drummers or accordionists than a trio comprised of three singers. This recently organized threesome, Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou, devises original arrangements of mostly vintage songs, both familiar and offbeat. They understand that swinging music goes hand in hand with an audacious sense of humor.” (Will Friedwald, WSJ)

Hillary Gardner is one of my fave NYCity jazz singers. But it’s not just me.
This is what Terry Teachout, author of “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong” and ”Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” has to say: “…an absolutely first-class singer. She swings effortlessly without making a big deal of it, and she has a knack for hunting down off-center tunes…Yet she’s just as adept at making something fresh and surprising out of an oft-heard chestnut.”
55 BAR, 55 Christopher St. (btw Sixth/Seventh Avenue)
A prohibition era dive bar with live jazz and blues nightly.
7pm / NO COVER
(212 ) 929-9883 / 55bar.co

Evan Parker
Parker_Evan“Now 70, the saxophonist Evan Parker has spent more than four decades in the British avant-garde, metabolizing the ideas of free jazz and perfecting his own strategies of sound, which skew atonal but often subversively lyrical.

Tonight, as part of the Sound It Out series, he plays duos with the guitarist Joe Morris, whose approach is as intuitive and uncompromising as his own.”(Chinen-NYT)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
212-242-4770, greenwichhouse.org
at 8 p.m. / $20

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Milton Ezrati on “Thirty Tomorrows: The Next Three Decades of Globalization, Demographics & How We Live”
Lunch and Learn Series

Over the next three decades, aging populations in the United States, Europe and Japan will begin to threaten our way of life. The ever-increasing pool of retirees will burden relatively diminished workforces, slowing the pace of growth and straining public and private finances. In stark contrast, emerging economies will enjoy the benefits of large, youthful and eager workforces. These differences will set the tone for decades to come.

But contrary to much of the media’s downbeat treatment of the issue, we can survive, even prosper. The doomsayers – and there are many – mistakenly assume that people, firms and governments will sit by passively when, in fact, history shows that they will do whatever it takes to protect their prosperity. Thirty Tomorrows shows that there is much they can do: lengthening careers, bringing more women into the workforce, increasing and better targeting immigration and heightening the pace of globalization. These efforts, however, will require radical adjustments that will ultimately alter the focus of these economies, the nature of their workplaces, government policy and even the way Americans, in particular, think about themselves.

Milton Ezrati, a New York native, has spent more than 40 years in finance. He is presently senior economist and market strategist for Lord, Abbett & Co. and an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Human Capital at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing.
MUSEUM OF AMERICAN FINANCE, 48 Wall Street
12:30 PM to 01:30 PM / $5 tickets include Museum admission. Museum members and students are admitted free. Feel free to bring your lunch.
212.908.4110

The New York Times Magazine PhotographsOpening Reception
Join Aperture for the opening reception of the exhibition The New York Times Magazine Photographs, curated by New York Times Magazine director of photography Kathy Ryan and Aperture publisher Lesley A. Martin. The exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative, creative processes that have made this magazine the leading venue for photographic storytelling within contemporary news media.
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th St. (btw 10/11 ave)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm / FREE

Christine Ebersole “Big Noise from Winnetka” (through Sept. 20)

51629500“The double Tony-winner has titled her latest offering after both a 1938 big band standard and her hometown, thereby indicating that this new production will be both noisier than usual but also exceedingly personal.

Although the two goals would appear to be inapposite, she somehow indeed achieves both, as shown with her two key show tunes from “Grey Gardens”: “The Revolutionary Costume for Today,” delivered in an exuberantly extroverted funk arrangement that is in itself “revolutionary,” and the lovely, haunting waltz “Will You,” which she renders with heightened sweetness—a kind of built-in nostalgia for itself—and even more intimacy than the original show. Throughout, there is no one who commands a stage like Ms. Ebersole, whether a full Broadway musical or a one-woman show, she’s an industry leader in any medium she appears in.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
on Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. (and Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.),
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th)
$55 to $125 cover in advance; $5 extra at the door; with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 / 54below.com

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Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Sept. 28)
“This annual hornucopia shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters, with an unrestrictive relationship to genre. The festivities begin with two nights of up-and-coming trumpeters, handpicked by a former member of that society, Jeremy Pelt. The lineup on Wednesday will feature groups led by Carlos Abadie, Kirk Knuffke, Leon Jordan Jr. and Theljon Allen; Thursday’s players are Paul Williamson, Steve Fishwick, Nadje Noorduis and Keyon Harrold.” (Chinen-NYT)
For more information about the festival, visit fontmusic.org.
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
Starting at 7 p.m. / $9 cover
212-864-6662, smokejazz.com

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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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 – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

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. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (09/15) and (09/13).
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Midtown West (09/16)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, SEPT. 16, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Garry Winogrand (through Sept. 21)
“The Met is presenting the first retrospective in the past 25 years of the work of Garry Winogrand, described by the New York Times as the “photographer laureate of urban and suburban middle-class life in the United States.” Celebrated as one of the finest street photographers of his generation, Winogrand grew up in the then-predominantly Jewish working-class area of The Bronx. When he died in 1984 he left about 2,500 rolls of undeveloped film and 6,500 rolls of developed, but not proofed exposures. Some of these unseen pictures are included in this exhibition, which concludes on Sept. 21.” (DNA INFO)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
$25 (or pay your fair share)
(212) 535-7710 / metmuseum.org

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
“If you haven’t yet checked out the Nighthawks’ new digs, what are you waiting for. “The band (which has just released their second volume of music from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) now actually sounds better, audio-wise, and the menu is a vast improvement over the band’s previous venue—overall, it is a step up, to the second floor, rather than a flight down, to the basement.

Although longtime fans are currently referring to the Nighthawks as “The Iguana Troubadours,” they continue to play with the same amazing combination of skin-tight historical authenticity and sheer, relentless energy, plus a tempo that has always characterized Mr. Giordano’s bands.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
Iguana, 240 W. 54th St., (Btw 8th/B’way)
8pm-11pm (3 sets) / $15 cover, $20 food/drink minimum
(212) 765-5454 / iguananyc.com

The Growing Divide between the Sunni and Shia Worlds
How do we read the recent horrors brought on by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the continuing strife pitting Sunni against Shia throughout the Middle East and beyond? Are the sectarian tensions shaking the Islamic world a passing convulsion, or do they constitute the harbinger of a global confrontation, and what are the consequences for the United States of such developments?

To address these momentous questions, New York University’s Center for Dialogues will host three leading scholars on Islamic history and politics.
NYU’s Jurow Hall (Silver Center for Arts and Science, 100 Washington Sq. East [betw. Washington and Waverly Places])
6:30-8:30 p.m.
To RSVP (required) or for further information, please email info@centerfordialogues.org or call 212.998.8693.

Nikki MacCallum: Familiar Things
After receiving a MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets & Clubs) Award nomination for the sold out run of her one woman show, Matchmaker Matchmaker I’m Willing to Settle!, Nikki MacCallum is thrilled to be making her 54 Below Debut with Familiar Things, a celebration of Kander & Ebb music. MacCallum will be joined on stage and at the piano by Musical Director and Arranger, Mark Hartman, who has played and Associate Conducted multiple Broadway shows including Avenue Q and Sondheim on Sondheim.

With Direction by Kelvin Moon Loh, Familiar Things takes us from familiar childhood memories that one-day become familiar to the unfamiliar challenges of adulthood that one-day become familiar. Throw in a middle school performance of Mr. Cellophane and Sara Lee as an eleven o’clock (snack) number and you have Familiar Things. The piece began development at the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret conference this past summer, under the direction of John McDaniel.
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th)
9:30PM / $25 to $55, with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 / 54below.com

Meet the Filmmaker: Terry Gilliam, “The Zero Theorem”
Join director Terry Gilliam (Monty Python, Brazil, 12 Monkeys – this guy is good) for a conversation about “The Zero Theorem.” Set in a dystopian future world, the film follows an eccentric computer programmer who’s tasked with finding the reason for human existence. But, when he starts to get close to an answer, his sinister corporate managers try to distract him from the truth.
Apple Store, SoHo, 103 Prince Street
7PM / FREE (limited seats)
(212) 226-3126 / apple.com/retail/soho/

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:

If you were raised in the old Bronx, before “The Bronx is Burning” era, you know there was no better place to grow up. Got to sit in on this one.

The Bronx of the ’40s and ’50s – Avery Corman
Drawing upon his experience growing up in the Bronx of the ’40s and ’50s, Avery Corman, author of Kramer vs. Kramer, provides a colorful and nostalgic look at disappearing city neighborhood life, as he shares his most recent work, My Old Neighborhood Remembered.

There will be a book signing following this event.
Avery Corman’s books include Oh, God! (the basis for the movie starring George Burns), The Old Neighborhood and more. He has served on the board of New York’s City Parks Foundation since its inception in 1989.
92nd Street Y, Warburg Lounge, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St.
at 12pm / $27 (maybe sold out – get on the wait list)
212-415-5500 / 92y.org/talks

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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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.

Those 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; 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 some nights includes a sax player with a younger, trimmer piano man.

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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 Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (09/15)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, SEPT. 15, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Mahler As New York Contemporary I
Gustav Mahler – Symphony No. 9 (1899-1901/1902-10)
arranged for chamber ensemble by Klaus Simon (2007)
Argento Chamber Ensemble — Michel Galante, conductor

argento_109The legendary Austrian composer Gustav Mahler spent some of his later years in New York City and served as the director of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. His forward-looking musical style and language continue to resonate in contemporary music today.

This concert series—three concerts spanning the 2014-15 season—situates Mahler as a New York new music contemporary. Each concert features one of Mahler’s monumental works composed during his New York period in chamber arrangement, which provides the context for a showcase of the finest works of today’s emerging composers. Discussion with composers and performers follows each program.
Music Mondays Concert Series, Advent Lutheran Church,
2504 Broadway at 93rd St.
Subway: 1/2/3 to 96th Street
7:30 PM / FREE

Lorde (also Tuesday)
imagesOn the strength of a spindly and unavoidable single about listening to NYC rapper A$AP Rocky, Lorde’s “Royals” was a pop phenomenon as it rose to the top of the charts. Spare enough for modern R&B radio, defiant enough for teens and as plainspoken as a country song, Lorde became the youngest solo artist to hit No. 1 since Tiffany in 1987. With Majical Cloudz.” (WSJ)
United Palace Theater, 4140 Broadway at 175t St.,
7PM / $65 – $225
(212) 568-6700

Feast of San Gennaro Festival (through Sept. 21)
The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro takes over the ever shrinking Little Italy with food, rides, games of chance, a pizza eating competition (9/16 @ 2pm), the world’s biggest cannoli (9/20 @ 3pm), and more.

This festival will be held on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

This year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Centered on Mulberry Street, enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little Italy’s most famous Italian restaurants. More than 300 licensed street vendors selling international foods, official Feast of San Gennaro, New York City and Little Italy souvenirs.
11:30am–11pm / free admission.

Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
There’s a tradition in many New York City jazz clubs – Monday nights are reserved for big bands. The Village Vanguard, the most storied of clubs, has observed this practice since 1966. The Grammy-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, established by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, is definitely a big band with 4 trumpets, and 4 trombones to accompany 6 reed players. Why not make it your tradition, too.

The band features music with complex yet warm harmonies and memorable melodies mostly written by Thad Jones. We play various styles, from relaxing swing, 70’s-style jazz-funk, ballads with complex harmonic structures, avant-garde tunes with modern rhythms. In addition to the classic Thad Jones charts our library includes music of Bob Brookmeyer, Jim McNeely, Slide Hampton, Bob Minzter, Kenny Werner and others. The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra has gained world-wide respect for their wide-ranging repertoire and rich sound.
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Avenue South, just below West 11th St.
At 8:30 and 10:30 pm / $25
212-255-4037 / villagevanguard.com

Considering the Creative Habit with Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp, dancer, choreographer, pioneer of the crossover ballet, joins the College as a Distinguished Guest Artist for the 20142015 academic year. In this capacity, Tharp, who received Barnards Medal of Distinction in 1982, will participate in a variety of academic and artistic undertakings, including lectures, interdisciplinary projects, and workshops.

In this lecture, based on her New York Times best-selling book The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life, she talks about the principles and practices for success in life and art. For Tharp, sustained creativity begins with rituals, self-knowledge, harnessing memories, and organizing of materials. In her creative realm, optimism rules. Since graduating from Barnard, Tharp has created more than 160 works for concert and commercial stages. She has received many awards including one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, and 19 honorary doctorates. Registration required.
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Barnard College Event Oval,
The Diana Center

Elsewhere, but worth a detour for fans of Photography:

The New York Press Photographers Association’s annual show, for one day only,
at Brooklyn Borough Hall. // 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – FREE

The Fence (through October)
“This 1,000-foot photographic installation returns for a third year to showcase the work of 40 photographers from around the world, including the photographer Stephen Shames, who has been documenting youth in the Bronx. The artists were asked to capture the essence of the word “community,” and the resulting work is broken into categories like “home,” “streets” and “play.” (NYT)
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 5, with entrances at Joralemon St. and Main St., Brooklyn
Daily from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.
fence.photovillenyc.org.

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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What’s on View:
Special Exhibitions @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:
‘Garry Winogrand’ (through Sept. 21)
Mr. Winogrand, who died at 56 in 1984, was the photographer laureate of urban and suburban middle-class life in the United States from the late 1950s through the ’70s and beyond. This ample retrospective focuses on his prime years, when he recorded a newly prosperous America while strolling Manhattan’s avenues and then followed it as it waded into increasingly troubled political waters. The result is a remarkable panorama of an era, with some terrific pictures, and some that Winogrand, who left a mountain of unprocessed film behind, never edited or printed. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org. (Cotter-NYT)
‘The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy’ (through Oct. 26)
‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 / metmuseum.org
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‘Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face’ (through Oct. 26)
Scipione_Pulzone_Jacopo_Boncompagni_1574_2000The 400th anniversary celebration of El Greco’s death begins with a stunning clarification of the youthful greatness of his portrait “Vincenzo Anastagi” — a Frick Collection stalwart — that also teaches much about radicalism, fame and painting. This is done simply by pairing it with the obsessively detailed “Jacopo Boncompagni,” a rarely seen portrait by Scipione Pulzone, the now-forgotten artist of the moment in 1570s Rome, where both works were made. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St. (btw 5th/Madison)
212-288-0700, frick.org.
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Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 / guggenheim.org.

========================================================== Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 09/013and 09/11.
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Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage (09/14)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events –SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (through Sept. 30)
_DSC0056_span9“For the fifth year running, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola has organized a monthlong series with a multigenerational theme. Headlining this weekend is the Fountain of Youth Band, led by the indomitable drummer Roy Haynes; next week’s highlights include the pianist Donal Fox with the vibraphonist Warren Wolf (Tuesday) and the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, in a program called “Jazz Around the West Indies” (Wednesday through Sept. 21).” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
212-258-9595, jalc.org
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $35 to $45 cover

Exploring Latin American Jewish Culture
This is my kind of event – learn something interesting, eat something tasty.

With chefs Sam Gorenstein and Leticia Moreinos Schwartz, food writer Susan Schmidt, and anthropologist Ruth Behar; moderated by cookbook author Jayne Cohen.

Latin American Jewish cuisine is heating up restaurants and kitchens throughout the Americas. Hear a lively and mouthwatering conversation about the cuisine’s journey from early Sephardic influences to the Jewish food landscape of today. A reception will follow featuring tasty Latin desserts.
Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place
2:30pm / $20
646.437.4202 / mjhnyc.org

Summer Street Festivals
This is the last week of summer, maybe the last chance to enjoy a street festival.
Today’s weather should be great and anyone of these 3 festivals should be fun:
52nd Street Jazz Festival  From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue.
Washington Square Music Festival includes string bands, Mexican ensembles and square dancing. 1 to 5 p.m.
92nd Street Y Lexington Avenue Festival  From noon to 5 p.m., between 79th and 95th Streets.

Harlem International Film Festival (last day)
Short and animated films, as well as documentaries and feature-length works, are part of this annual festival, which began this week and continues at several Manhattan locations. Many of the programs feature discussions with the filmmakers after the screenings. The films begin at noon on Saturday and Sunday at Maysles Cinema, 343 Lenox Avenue, between 127th and 128th Streets, Harlem. Tickets are $11; some screenings are free for students. A schedule and other information is available at harlemfilmfestival.org.

4X4 Baroque Music Festival (last day)
4 Concerts on 4 Summer Nights

BAROQUE-popupThe 4×4 Festival presents concerts of baroque music at New York City’s historic Saint Paul’s Chapel, showcasing works by well-known composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi while shedding light on some of their unjustly neglected contemporaries.

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Tonight – From Darkness to Light
Contatas of J.S. Bach
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton
4PM / FREE

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub – West Village

Corner Bistro / 331 W. 4th St.

Sometimes you just need a beer and a burger. If so, Corner Bistro is the place you want. Located just outside the hip Meatpacking district, this corner bar and grill is decidedly unhip, but it’s not uncrowded, especially at night. Seems that everyone knows this place has one of the better burgers in town.

In the maze of streets known as the West Village, where West 4th intersects with West 12th (and West 11th, and West 10th, go figure), you will eventually find Corner Bistro on the corner of West 4th and Jane Street. An unassuming neighborhood tavern, it looks just like dozens of other taverns around town. The bartender tells me that the Corner Bistro will be celebrating it’s 50th anniversary next year. The well worn interior tells me that the place itself is much older.

Corner Bistro has outlasted many of those other taverns around town because they know how to keep it simple — just good burgers and beer, fairly priced. The classic bistro Burger is only $6.75, and should be ordered medium rare, which will be plenty rare for most folks. Actually, it will be a juicy, messy delight – make sure you have extra napkins. I like to pull up a stool and sit by the large front window in the afternoon, where I can rest my burger and beer on the shelf, and watch the Villagers walk by.

Corner Bistro seems to attract very different groups of patrons depending on time of day. While it’s crowded with locals in the evening, in the afternoon you hear different foreign languages, and watch groups of euro tourists wander in, led by their guidebooks and smartphones.

For the classic Bistro experience, order your burger with a McSorley’s draft, the dark preferably. This is the same beer that you can get over at the original McSorley’s in the East Village, the pub that claims to be the oldest continually operating bar in NYCity. The only difference is that this McSorley’s ale is served with a smile by the bartenders here. Or you can get a Sierra Nevada, Stella, or Hoegaarden on tap if you want to go upscale a bit. Either way this is a simple, but quality burger and beer experience that is just too rare these days (sorry for the pun).
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Website: cornerbistrony.com
Phone #: 212-242-9502
Hours: 11:30am-4am Mon-Sat; 12pm-4am Sun
Happy Hour: NO
Music: Juke Box
Subway: #1/2/3 to 14th St. (S end of platform)
Walk 2 blk W. on 13th St. to 8th Ave.; 1 blk S. on 8th Ave. to Jane St.
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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 Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (09/13)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events –SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Odean Pope, Pharoah Sanders, James Carter (also Sunday)
“These three saxophonists certainly can temper their effusive natures, yet each is also known for tapping into the kind of lusty, cascading improvisations that were made famous by John Coltrane in the latter part of his career. They are joined here by three other luminaries—the pianist Geri Allen, the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts, and the bassist Reggie Workman—for a run that will be recorded for a live album.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street (btw 6th ave/MacdougalSt.), Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net
At 8 and 10:30 p.m. – $35/$45 cover at tables, $20/$30 at the bar, $5 minimum.

Chelsea Art Gallery Tour
“Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea – the world’s center for contemporary art – and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion. The 2 hour tour takes place today at 1:00 PM & 3:45 PM. These two tours will be identical in every way: the same guide and the same exhibits, so choose whichever start time best fits your schedule. It will take place no matter what the weather – rain or shine (the art is all indoors). “ (ThoughtGallery)
Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave.
Subway: #1 to 23rd St./7th ave.; M23 bus west to 23rd St. /11th ave
Admission is $25.
SPECIAL OFFER: Use DISCOUNT code “chelsea53″ for $10-off admission!
New York Gallery Tours / 212-946-1548

4X4 Baroque Music Festival
4 Concerts on 4 Summer Nights

The 4×4 Festival presents concerts of baroque music at New York City’s historic Saint Paul’s Chapel, showcasing works by well-known composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi while shedding light on some of their unjustly neglected contemporaries.
Tonight – Concert Spirituel
Chamber Music from 18th Century France
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton
7PM / FREE

Fall for Dance
“The meat of the Fall for Dance festival is still a month away, but organizers, in collaboration with the Public Theater, are smartly taking a cue from Shakespeare in the Park and offering an amuse-bouche of free performances at the Delacorte Theater to whet your appetite.

Highlights include the premiere of “Bend in the Road,” a collaboration between the former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel and the Memphis jookin’ virtuoso Lil Buck; the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s modern classic “D-Man in the Waters (Part I)”; and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s go-to crowd-pleaser, the North African-flavored “Gnawa” by Nacho Duato.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Delacorte Theater, Central Park, enter the park at 81st Street and Central Park West, 212-539-8500, publictheater.org
At 8 p.m. / free tickets available day-of at the theater or by online lottery (limit two per person); reserved seats are available at $75 each.

A Cinematic History of Virtual Reality
“A movie that gives one sight and sound…taste, smell, and touch…. You are in the story, and instead of being on a screen, the story is all about you, and you are in it.”
– Pygmalion’s Spectacles 1935
Specular, makers of the cinematic tool Depthkit on view as part of NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, presents a screening surveying the chronology of virtual reality in cinema from 1935-2015.

Exploring how these cinematic explorations into virtual reality have affected our reality, A Cinematic History of Virtual Reality pairs excerpts from science fiction movies, corporate research, and product demos. Together these works trace how we have used cinema to develop ideas on virtual reality that help make today’s newest developments in high resolution, multisensory immersive cinema—a virtual reality of its own—possible.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,
212-299-7777, madmuseum.org
1:00 pm / $10 General, $5 MAD Members and Students
1-800-838-3006 /

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Bob Mould
“It’s a song cycle. A narrative. It’s nobody’s story but my own… I ran so fast from my past that I caught up with myself. This album is acknowledging that and dealing with every year getting a little tougher.”

Bob Mould’s new album Beauty & Ruin may very well be the most epic emotional roller coaster ever pressed into 36 minutes.

Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Mould is as relevant, ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been on the compact epic that is Beauty & Ruin. Instead of sitting idle and going quiet, Bob chooses to confront head-on and plow through the psychic turbulence that comes with this stage of life. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals with the passing of Mould’s father in October 2012, Bob’s struggle to come to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living. Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss, reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty—and may well be Bob Mould’s finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn
800-745-3000; 718-486-5400 / musichallofwilliamsburg.com
At 9 p.m. / $25
this is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Bklyn’s WestSide.
subway:#1-2-3 to 14th St.; transfer to L to Bedford, (1st stop in Bklyn).
short walk to venue – 3 blks West on N 6th S

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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 is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW: Special Exhibitions @ 3 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
Here’s what the NYT said about ‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’
This mostly lively if repetitive overview traces the history of photography as the Modern never has — with images taken in the studio rather than out in the world. Its roughly 180 works span 160 years and represent some 90 portraitists, commercial photographers, lovers of still life, darkroom experimenters, Conceptual artists and several generations of postmodernists. Including film and video, it offers much to look at but dwells too much in the past, becoming increasingly blinkered and cautious as it approaches the present. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith-NYT)
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 / moma.org.

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:

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Museum of Arts and Design: ‘NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial’ (through Oct. 12) This plunge into the biennial format makes a big, messy splash sampling the visual culture across the city — whether opera set design, art or new technologies. An expansive, invigorating move, it still contains too much that is fun, cute, clutter-making or useless, aimed at those with plenty of disposable income and homes to decorate.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,
212-299-7777, madmuseum.org. (Smith-NYT)

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya (LastWeekend)
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world — LEGO® bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever and features brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya. This show was named ‘One of CNN’s Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions.’
Discovery Times Square, 226 West 44th St. (btw 7th/8th ave)
866.987.9692 / http://www.discoverytsx.com

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (09/11) and (09/09).
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Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Times Square/ Theater District (09/12)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events –FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Christine Ebersole, ‘Big Noise from Winnetka’ (through Saturday Sept. 20)
51629500The double Tony-winner has titled her latest offering after both a 1938 big band standard and her hometown, thereby indicating that this new production will be both noisier than usual but also exceedingly personal.

Although the two goals would appear to be inapposite, she somehow indeed achieves both, as shown with her two key show tunes from “Grey Gardens”: “The Revolutionary Costume for Today,” delivered in an exuberantly extroverted funk arrangement that is in itself “revolutionary,” and the lovely, haunting waltz “Will You,” which she renders with heightened sweetness—a kind of built-in nostalgia for itself—and even more intimacy than the original show. Throughout, there is no one who commands a stage like Ms. Ebersole, whether a full Broadway musical or a one-woman show, she’s an industry leader in any medium she appears in.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
on Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. (and Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.),
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th)
$55 to $125 cover in advance; $5 extra at the door; with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 / 54below.com

4X4 Baroque Music Festival
4 Concerts on 4 Summer Nights

The 4×4 Festival presents concerts of baroque music at New York City’s historic Saint Paul’s Chapel, showcasing works by well-known composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi while shedding light on some of their unjustly neglected contemporaries.
Tonight – Café Zimmermann
Chamber music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and Zelenka
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton
7PM / FREE

‘Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host’:
Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass
“What do a radio personality and a choreographer have in common? In the case of Ms. Barnes and Mr. Glass, host of the public radio show “This American Life,” both are funny, relatable storytellers. In “Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host,” they join forces, along with the dancer Anna Bass, to tell tales of their lives as people and performers, with and without words.” (Burke-NYT)
Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 6/7 ave)
800-745-3000, the-townhall-nyc.org
At 8 p.m. / $27 to $82.

Jerome Sabbagh Quartet
“The tenor saxophonist Sabbagh’s fine new album, “The Turn,” calls attention to the connection that he’s developed with the guitarist Ben Monder, who joins him here. Sabbagh’s quartet, though deeply touched by the epochal music of the late Paul Motian, has discovered its own expressive voice.” (NewYorker)
Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village,
212-989-9319, corneliastreetcafe.com;
At 9 and 10:30 p.m. / $10 cover, with a $10 minimum.

Trampled by Turtles
Hailing from Duluth, Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles are an alt country band caught between Dylan and Nirvana: plaintive bluegrass songs and speed-picked covers of indie rock. With old world Americana instrumentation (banjo, fiddle, harmonica, etc.), Turtles are open to interpretation as a strictly bluegrass band. However, their unconventional bouts of shredding and occasional use of drums invite people who don’t necessarily like bluegrass to, well, like bluegrass. Wild Animals, their seventh studio album, landed them on Letterman this July — a well-earned time slot thanks to songs like the expansive and melodic title track, and the melancholic waltz, “Repetition.” (Sarah Madges-VillageVoice)
Terminal 5, 610 W 56th St., west of 11th ave.
9:00 p.m. / $25
(212) 582-6600 / terminal5nyc.com

Elsewhere, but worth a detour:

The NYT  “New York Today”, a daily feature worth checking out, has a fine summary of current exhibitions about to close:

“Before these exhibitions close this month, you may want to see:

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The Week That Was in NYCity
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A PremierPub + 3 Good Eating places

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

Jimmy’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 (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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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult finding 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:

Patzeria Perfect Pizza – 231 W46 st (Betw 7th/8th ave)
Perfect name for a pizza joint. On a street filled with Broadway theaters, this is a real hole in the wall, but don’t let the dive look scare you away. You can never go wrong with a slice of NYC pizza, and this one is a classic thin crust. Only a few seats here, but pizza was made to eat standing up.

Shake Shack – 691 8th ave (Betw 43rd/44th st)
Danny Meyer has revolutionized the high quality burger in this town. Now he has a branch on the West Side that was desperately needed, with none of the insane lines that you find at the Madison Sq. Park location. Plus, it may be the cleanest joint to eat in all of Hell’s Kitchen.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
That covers a wide range of food – pizza, burgers, food trucks/carts, vegetarian/falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars, hot dogs, bbq, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls. No reservations needed. ================================================================================

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide (plus 27 casual dining places with free Wi-Fi) order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99).
(available Fall 2014)

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Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (09/11)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events –THURSDAY, SEPT. 11, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Tribute in Light
It is the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • Tribute in Light: Starting at 6 p.m., visitors can view the beams of light representing the twin towers from close-up at the Sept. 11 memorial, which will stay open until midnight.

Here are some other ways in which the city is pausing later in the day to honor the dead and pay tribute to the first responders:

  • New York City Fire Museum: Officials and firefighters hold a memorial service 1 p.m.
  • Feast of St. Gennaro: The annual feast in Little Italy begins with a ceremony at 4 p.m.
  • Queens: A candlelight vigil with veterans, and reading of names, at Doughboy Plaza in Woodside. 6:30 p.m.
  • Concert on a boat: Bargemusic, at the Brooklyn end of the Brooklyn Bridge, has a memorial concert of classical music at 8 p.m. [Free]

4X4 Baroque Music Festival
4 Concerts on 4 Summer Nights
The 4×4 festival of Baroque music begins at St. Paul’s Chapel downtown.

The 4×4 Festival presents concerts of baroque music at New York City’s historic Saint Paul’s Chapel, showcasing works by well-known composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi while shedding light on some of their unjustly neglected contemporaries.
Tonight – The Grand Overture
Orchestra suites by Bach and his contemporaries
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton
7PM / FREE

The Great War: A Cinematic Legacy (August 4–September 21, 2014)
This exhibition began on the 100th anniversary of the day World War I began in earnest, at a time when cinema, still in its infancy, offered an especially effective means of recording events. The movies have provided a great wealth of related material over the past century, far more than this series can encompass.

It is difficult to structure this material, but for this series—which comprises some 50 programs—we have tried to break it down into “sub-genres”: prewar activities; espionage; the battlefields in the trenches, in the air, and on and beneath the sea; actualités; and the various homefronts before, during, and after. The August section of the program is predominately drawn from the early years, either during the war or in the succeeding decades. And although many of these films are familiar, there are also some rare gems.

The program in September will concentrate (though not exclusively) on later, more contemporary films. One hopes that this series will supplement the vast array of literature on the subject, and will perhaps help us to better understand why, as Roger Cohen recently wrote in The New York Times, “The war haunts us still.”

Today’s Film (This is a Classic):
La Grande Illusion (Grand Illusion)

  • France. Directed by Jean Renoir. With Jean Gabin, Pierre Fresnay, Erich von Stroheim, Marcel Dalio. One of the few genuine masterpieces resulting from the Great War, Renoir’s depiction of French prisoners ultimately escaping from the Germans is a pacifist plea for common humanity that failed to prevent an even greater conflict from breaking out two years later. In French; English subtitles. 113 min.

4:30 p.m., Theater 1, T1 (Introduced by Nicholas Macdonald, author of In Search of La Grande Illusion. Mr. Macdonald will sign copies of his book at 4:00.)
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), 11 West 53 St. (btw Fifth/Sixth avenues)
(212) 708-9400 / moma.org

Feast of San Gennaro Festival (through Sept. 21)
The 88th feast of san gennaro festival takes over little italy with food, rides, games of chance, a cannoli eating competition (9/12 @ 2pm), pizza eating competition (9/16 @ 2pm), the world’s biggest cannoli (9/20 @ 3pm), and more.

The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro will be held in Little Italy for 11 days from Thursday, September 11, through Sunday, September 21, 2014, on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

Presented annually since 1996 by Figli di San Gennaro, Inc. (Children of San Gennaro), a not-for-profit community organization dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and faith of the early Italian immigrants, this year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little Italy’s most famous Italian restaurants. More than 300 licensed street vendors selling international foods, official Feast of San Gennaro, New York City and Little Italy souvenirs.
11:30am–11pm / free admission.

Motorexpo at Brookfield Place (thru 09/12)
FORDMotorexpo returns to Brookfield Place for our 7th annual event; transforming New York’s premier business district with our free to visit display of the latest vehicles, from bmw, lexus, mini, tesla, and more.
FORD – THE ALL-NEW 2015 MUSTANG. PERFORMANCE PLUS. It may look entirely new, but its soul is entirely Mustang – with 50 years of heritage.
TESLA – INTRODUCING A CAR SO ADVANCED IT SETS A NEW STANDARD FOR PREMIUM PERFORMANCE.
LEXUS – THE LFA SHOWCASES THE POWER AND POISE OF LEXUS’ F SPORT LINE-UP.
Brookfield Place, 220 Vesey Street, Lower Manhattan,
Monday to Friday 10am-6pm / FREE

♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors, where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.
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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 – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

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. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (09/09) and (09/07).
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