Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (10/19)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, OCT. 19, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

New York City Wine & Food Festival (LAST DAY)
“The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival returns for another food-and-beverage-filled few days, featuring Food Network personalities like Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay along with a deep squad of local all-star chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors (Marcus Samuelsson, Sirio Maccioni, April Bloomfield, Daniel Boulud, Cronut king Dominique Ansel and chocolatier Jacques Torres, to name a few). The festival, now in its seventh year, will offer more than 100 events at venues all around the City, with the home base once again Piers 92 and 94. Expect seminars, tastings, culinary demonstrations and events for kids. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.” (NYCGO.COM)

CASSANDRA WILSON
“The pioneering singer of her generation has interpreted the work of everyone from Robert Johnson to U2. She’s currently working on “Coming Forth by Day,” an album that turns its sights on Billie Holiday. There have been countless tributes to Lady Day since her death, in 1959, but Wilson will likely reveal nuances as yet unheard. The new album, which is being funded by online pledges, isn’t due for a while; in the meantime, expect Wilson to maintain her unrestrained ways.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./$55 cover at tables, $35 at the bar, with a $5 minimum

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:
Building of the Day: Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University / 3:00pm
On the corner of West 218th street and Broadway—the northernmost edge of Manhattan—the Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University’s outdoor sports program. The LEED-Gold Campbell Sports Center is the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex and provides increased program space […]

Brooklyn Historical Society
This is Brooklyn / 1:00pm-2:00pm
Learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York’s great landmark buildings! Enjoy a 1 hour introductory tour of Brooklyn’s history in our beautiful building. FREE with museum admission, this tour is perfect for a first time Brooklyn visitor as well as the seasoned Brooklynite!

-The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Downtown Manhattan: What’s in a Name? / 11:00am
Why Broad Street, Stone Street, Water Street, Gold Street, the Battery, Maiden Lane, and more? Join guide Joe Svehlak as we interpret four centuries of New York City history by the street and place names.

-The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Spotlight on the South Village: Below Washington Square / 2:00pm
Join planner and guide Laurence Frommer for part two in his series, focusing on probably the best known part of Greenwich Village.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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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
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times wonderful Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

American Folk Art Museum:
Fasanella-Bridges‘Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget’ (through Nov. 30) The centenary of the birth of this formidable self-taught urban visionary, activist and New Yorker is celebrated with a riveting selection of his largest, most epic paintings. Their teeming compositions crowd searing events from 20th-century American life into complex amalgams of time, space and color and conduct a fertile exchange with the museum’s Willem van Genk show. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Roberta Smith)

van_genk‘Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic’ (through Nov. 30) Brilliantly paired with the Ralph Fasanella exhibition, the American solo debut of this outstanding Dutch artist, who died in 2005 at 78, adds a bright star to the outsider firmament. A draftsman of extraordinary talent, a hoarder and mystic obsessed with maps, travel and transportation, van Genk obsessively recycled found imagery and materials and his own drawings into collages and fanatically textured paintings that convey the sights, sounds and very static of modern life. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Smith)

Museum of Modern Art: 
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’ (LAST DAY) Shoehorned into half the museum’s design department, this conversation-starting display of objects from MoMA’s permanent collection features items designed by more than 60 women, many of whom worked with male partners. Some, like Marianne Brandt and Eileen Gray, are well known to design aficionados, but most will be unfamiliar to a general audience. Most objects were created for domestic consumption. The pièce de résistance is a kitchen designed by Charlotte Perriand for the apartments in Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

‘Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness’ (through Nov. 2) This meticulously considered and assembled survey of one of the deepest thinkers of the Pictures Generation is as beautiful as it is demanding. No aspect of photography — as art, craft, science or commerce — or of exhibition-making has been left unturned, yielding a show that is a big, brainy work of art unto itself. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Nov. 2) 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)

107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
‘A Brief History of New York: Selections From ‘A History of New York in 101 Objects’ (through Nov. 30) Every object tells a story. If New York City is or ever was your home, you’ll find 30 eloquent items in this absorbing, jewel box of an exhibition based on “A History of New York in 101 Objects,” a new book by Sam Roberts, an urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times. Illuminated behind glass walls is an intriguingly eclectic collection, including an arrowhead, a short section of the first transatlantic cable, the pink rubber ball called the Spaldeen and a jar containing dust gathered from near the World Trade Center shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Johnson)

Skyscraper Museum:
TS84_IntroWall‘Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment’ (through Jan. 18) In this smart, pithy show, 20 architectural panels capture the essence of another show, the “Times Tower Site Competition” held by New York’s Municipal Art Society 30 years ago, when over 500 architects made proposals for the famous triangular site in Times Square. Philip Johnson and John Burgee were proposing a suave 4.2 million-square-foot ensemble of four skyscrapers that would help “clean up” the surrounding urban squalor, and they favored an open square at the center of their project. The Municipal Art Society protested the proposal by asking for alternatives to replace the Times Tower. The dispute proved a turning point in New York’s urban history and, more broadly, in American architectural history, as the postmodernism of the Johnson towers gave way to a highly eclectic, free-for-all postmodernism devoid of his mansards or triumphal arches. 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org. (Joseph Giovannini)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see “Recent Posts” in the right Sidebar dated (10/17) and (10/15).
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Greenwich Village (10/18)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

PaleyFest New York
Immerse yourself in the world of addictive television at PaleyFest, where TV’s biggest names convene for panel discussions and audience Q&As. Reunions for both “Gotham” and “Hannibal” take place tonight with appearances scheduled by Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Hugh DancyMads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, and others.
The Paley Center for Media, 25 W 52nd St. (btw Fifth/Sixth Aves.)
6:00pm “Gotham” & 8:30pm “Hannibal”/ $40
212-621-6600 / paleycenter.org
museum hours: Fri–Sun / noon–6pm / $10, seniors and students $8

Korean Food Festival
The Korean Food Festival will be back this year at the Korean Argo Trade Center in Times Square. Don’t miss out on delicious Korean treats like kimchi and seaweed snacks, as well as special performers like Super Stick and K-Pop dancing teams and activities including eating contests and learning how to roll your own gimbap! Also free tastes of ramen noodles and sweet soybean soup.
Times Square, Broaway (btw 43/44St.)
10am to 7pm / FREE
koreanfoodfestival.com

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

AIANY / Center for Architecture
Battery Park City: Creating a New Neighborhood / 10:30am-1:00pm
After more than four decades of planning and construction, Battery Park City has been built out. Learn about its planning and discover its distinctive residential neighborhoods, distinguished parks and plazas, public art works, and signature commercial center.

-Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
Brooklyn Navy Yard: Past, Present & Future Tour / 2:30pm-5:00pm
For over 150 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard churned out America’s most famous fighting ships, from the USS Maine to the USS Missouri. Today, the Yard is considered a national model for sustainable urban industrial parks. This tour, given in partnership with Turnstile Tours offers opportunities to get off the bus for a closer look at the Yard’s most intriguing sites.

Center for Architecture Foundation
Reading the Streetscape: Meatpacking District / 10:30am-12:30pm
Discover how to “read” buildings for information about the City’s growth and development and look at the city’s architecture from a design perspective in this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll never walk down the street the same way again!

South Street Seaport Museum
Sail NY Harbor: Tours on Historic Schooner PIONEER / 1:00pm-3:00pm
Enjoy the beauty of NYC’s urban and waterfront landscape from aboard from the decks of the historic 129-year-old schooner PIONEER. The vessel, launched in 1885, was built as an iron-hulled sloop to carry cargo along the Delaware River.
Special AIA Archtober Discount Code: ARCH14

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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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 and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker/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 wines and lite meals, fairly priced, 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, NYC 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 S/left on Bleecker to Jones st, 50 yards E/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 (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 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)
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 Sq 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”
This covers a wide range of food – the traditional pizza, burgers, & hot dogs; but also food trucks / carts, bbq, soup & sandwiches, picnic fixins’, raw bars & lobster rolls, vegetarian / falafel, ramen, chopped salad & salad bars - – no reservations needed. ================================================================================

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places and descriptions of my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods order a copy of my e-book: “Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($3.99, available Fall 2014).

Order before December 31, 2014 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.

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Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (10/17)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Richard Hell and Lydia Loveless
“Richard Hell, the punk progenitor of Television and the Voidoids, is owed more than a few bills by the Sex Pistols and the Clash. He hikes uptown to Symphony Space for his “Night Out With” residency, in which he coaxes other avant-garde figures to perform and discuss their art. This week’s guest is the rising punk-influenced alt-country singer Lydia Loveless.” (NYT-Anderson)
At 7:30 p.m./ $32; $20 for 30 and under.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.
212-864-5400 / symphonyspace.org

THE HIGH LINE OPEN STUDIOS / West Chelsea Arts District (through Oct.19)
Take a self-guided tour of 50 chelsea artists’ work spaces during the annual high line open studios. The artists of High Line Open Studios invite the public to step inside their private studios during our 7th annual artists open studios West Chelsea art tour.

Located in the heart of the West Chelsea Arts district visitors will have exclusive access to over 50 private artists’ studios, and provides the rare opportunity for the public to meet a multitude of artists, to learn about their works, styles and mediums, and to see first-hand those creative spaces generally open exclusively by appointment.

The self guided tour begins at the West Chelsea Arts Building on West 26th Street.
Pick up the MAP and event information in the lobbies at 508 and 526 West 26th St. and begin your artists’ studio tour.
preview + reception 6-8pm friday / FREE

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: East 34th Street Ferry Terminal / 12:00
The East 34th St Ferry Terminal is a multi-modal public transit hub linking NYC Citi Bike, NYC MTA, Taxi and Ferry Boat connections between Manhattan and the East River. The Ferry Terminal strengthens the City’s sustainable waterfront transportation system and encourages the public use of Pier 34, the urban riverfront and the adjacent land along […]

AIANY / Classic Harbor Line
AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour / 1:30pm
While circumnavigating Manhattan aboard Classic Harbor Line’s elegant yachts, attendees take in the city’s “starchitecture,” skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan and icons of the East River. AIANY guides discuss historic monuments, waterfront architecture, infrastructure and more. Continuing education credits and additional dates are available.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
Counter Culture: Factory Tour of IceStone / 10:00am
Transforming waste glass into beautiful surface materials has made IceStone a rock star in the green building world, and now you can walk through their manufacturing facility to see how its done. Explore the company’s sustainable operations, from the “Supersacks” of recycled glass to the water recycling system, and learn about IceStone’s innovative social and environmental practices.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

=============================================================================
♦ 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.

Current Exhibitions recommended by the NYT critics:

Roxy Paine: ‘Denuded Lens’ (through Oct. 18)
The main attraction is a spectacular, life-size diorama representing an airport security gateway with X-ray machinery, conveyors, plastic bins and so forth, all replicated in wood. Furthermore, it’s all been rendered in perspective: objects get smaller toward the back end, and right angles are skewed so that the whole tableau seems to exist between two and three dimensions. It induces a dreamy, slightly dizzying sensation. Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street, 212-680-9889, marianneboeskygallery.com. (Johnson)

Lily van der Stokker: ‘Huh’ (through Oct. 18)
LvdStokker_KoenigClintonInstallationView5_72DPI.-700x539Cartoonish, subversive and irrepressible, the latest painting-drawing-sculpture installation from this ingenious Dutch artist is all Pepto-girly pink and spiced with mixed signals of longing, conflict and complacency. Set in the bathroom — a space shared by home and studio — it meditates on the illusion of equality between the sexes, and artists in general. The resulting mood of asexual delusion is shattered by a single shop sign. Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street, 212-334-9255, koenigandclinton.com. (Smith)

Jim Shaw: ‘I Only Wanted You to Love Me’ (through Oct. 25)
MP_SHAW_Install_023This uncannily imaginative Los Angeles painter and sculptor has what the Romantic poet John Keats called negative capability: the ability to be “in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” He also has exceptional drawing and graphic skills, an expansive sense of humor, an acute moral compass and a connoisseurial eye for weird kitsch. This show of dizzyingly complex, Pop-Surrealist, mural-scale paintings is one of his best New York outings ever. Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 212-206-7100, metropicturesgallery.com. (Johnson)

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 (10/15) and (10/13).
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: Midtown West (10/16)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, OCT. 16, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Kuumba Collective: The South African Songbook
“Nicky Schrire, an ambitious young jazz singer who spent her formative years in South Africa, anchors this engagement in collaboration with the saxophonist T.K. Blue, as part of the Ubunto Festival, presented by Carnegie Hall.” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St./Broadway,
212-258-9595 / jalc.org
at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m./$ 35 cover, with a $10 minimum

Drama in Beethoven / A Theatrical Concert
Caffe Vivaldi @ Renee Weiler Concert Series presents
Ege Maltepe, narrator
Emir Gamsizoglu, piano
Stan Lacy, baritone
& actors from the New Yorker Ensemble

Drama in Beethoven is a fun experiment to connect stories with Beethoven’s music that was developed as a CLASSICAL 4 ALL project. The show suggests a different approach to the listeners, to connect with classical music.

Emir Gamsizoglu is a unique type of virtuoso, who started to play the piano at the age of 20, after quitting his career as a basketball player. He believes that the stories about music and also our own stories that we make up while listening or playing open an exciting imaginary world!

Ege Maltepe is an actress and playwright who came to New York on a Fulbright scholarship to have her MA in Acting under the guidance of director Mike Nichols. She’s a big fan of classical music. With pianist Emir Gamsizoglu, they created several projects with the aim of reaching out to multiple demographics with classical music.Join Ege and Emir in this fun show and dive into the world of Ludwig VanBeethoven.
Greenwich House Music, 46 Barrow St.
at 8:00 pm / $15

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Post-Disaster Urban Interim Housing / 12:00
Developed for the New York City Office of Emergency Management, Garrison Architects was hired by American Manufactured Structures and Services (AMSS) to design a modular post-disaster housing prototype for displaced city residents in the event of a catastrophic natural or manmade disaster. The multi-story, multi-family units can be deployed in less than 15 hours, in […]

American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter
Central Park Tour: Historic Preservation Through Innovative Design / 3:00pm-5:00pm
Tour will focus on both the history of landscape architecture in the Park, and the restoration that has taken place over the last 25 years, led by Central Park Conservancy, looking at the unique challenges of designing this highly-used historic landmark.

Bard Graduate Center
Nessim on Nessim / 6:00pm-7:30pm
New York based artist, Barbara Nessim, has a diverse portfolio from creating illustrations for American magazines including Time, Rolling Stone and Esquire to teaching in the MFA Computer Arts Program at the School of Visual Arts. Take an intimate tour of Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life led by the artist herself, and accompanied by BGC Chief Curator Marianne Lamonaca.

Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at City College of New York
Judith Rohrer Fall 2014 Sciame Lecture Series on Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece: The Sagrada Família Church / 6:30pm-8:30pm
A lecture series on Gaudí’s work. Gaudí’s masterwork, The Sagrada Família Church in Barcelona is a design across time. Gaudí redesigned the church & oversaw the construction through the late 1920’s. The work both by Antoni Gaudí & the current team have produced an astonishing level of design.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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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.

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; 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 (10/15)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Get Smart! Meet the Co-Founders of Mental Floss
Mentalfloss.com takes education to another level, while cracking you up with bizarre jokes and funny factoids – all delivered in a fast-moving, engaging way by various contributors to the site, including YA author John Green (Looking for Alaska, The Fault in Our Stars). Mental Floss also publishes a bi-monthly magazine filled with addictive quizzes, daily brain teasers, forgotten histories, bizarre science, cocktail party cheat-sheets, trivia lists, and more.

Meet the co-founders and find out how Mental Floss breaks records for video views! Mangesh Hattikudur, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Mental Floss magazine and mentalfloss.com / Will Pearson, Co-Founder and President, Mental Floss
Moderator: J. Max Robins, Executive Director, Center for Communication
SVA Theatre / Beatrice Theatre, 333 w 23rd St. (btw 8/9 ave)
6:30 pm / FREE

Nir Felder and Kris Bowers
“Mr. Felder, a guitarist, and Mr. Bowers, a pianist, come from the same style-blending young jazz cohort, with influences ranging from brooding indie-rock to underground hip-hop. Each is an arrestingly assured improviser with strong ideas, and each released a debut album on the Concord label this year. They share a double bill next week, and the odds are decent that there will be some cross-pollination between their respective bands.” (nyt- Chinen)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592, bluenote.net;
At 8 and 10:30 p.m.,/$20 cover at tables, $10 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Red Bull Studios New York / 10:30am
Completed in 2013, the 19,000 SF Red Bull Music Studios New York includes a full recording and production studio, event space, lecture room, gallery, bar, radio broadcasting studio, and lounges. Tour Guide: Jeffrey Inaba Price: $10
More Information / Register

-AIANY / Center for Architecture
AIANY Walking Tour: 9/11 Memorial and World Trade Center / 12:30pm-2:30pm
This architectural walking tour offers an opportunity to experience the 9/11 Memorial & see the current state of construction at the World Trade Center site. The tour will address the site’s highly publicized competitions, delve into the design & development of the main structures & take a look back at the history of the original World Trade Center site.

Museum of the City of New York
Lessons from Brazil: A Conversation with Architect and Urbanist Jaime Lerner / 6:30pm
During his three terms as mayor of Curitiba (Brazil, 1970s and ’80s), architect and urbanist Jaime Lerner transformed his city into a model of sustainable living. From its pioneering Bus Rapid Transit system to parks that minimize flooding and city zones reserved for pedestrians, Lerner has been the visionary behind a host of innovative urban projects.

Regional Plan Association
Guided Tour of Moynihan Station – Farley Post Office / 9:30am-11:00am
The Moynihan Station Project will redevelop the McKim, Mead & White designed and landmarked James A. Farley Post Office Building into the new Manhattan home for Amtrak.
Location: James A. Farley Post Office, 421 8th Avenue.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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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:
‘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 10/13 and 10/11.
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Selected Events + Today’s Featured Neighborhood: WestVillage (10/14)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Emerson String Quartet with Yefim Bronfman
String music by two of England’s greatest composers and works by two German masters make for a thrilling evening of chamber music. Purcell’s great Chaconne is featured in Britten’s inventive arrangement for strings, while Britten’s String Quartet No. 2 pays tribute to Purcell’s Chaconne in his quartet’s powerful finale. Beethoven dubbed his F-Minor Quartet “Quartetto serioso,” thanks to its intensity and drive. Schumann’s Piano Quintet is an exuberant and inventive work from its opening movement to its thrilling closing double fugue.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave / 57th St.
8:00pm / $16-$104
212-247-7800

HONK NYC! – Radio Kaizman
French brass band Radio Kaizman and their special blend of hip hop, New Orleans brass and Latin rhythms. Known for their energetic performances on street corners and the stage, French brass band Radio Kaizman melds New Orleans brass, urban grooves and rhythms, swing and Latin influences into a mix all their own. Formed in 2012, the following year Radio Kaizman released their self-titled EP.
1 Pennsylvania Plaza, 33rd street & 7th ave
5:30pm / FREE

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: Wieden+Kennedy / 12:00
Renowned advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy has developed a global reputation for innovative work dating back to their early Nike campaigns in the 1980s. The agency’s Portland headquarters designed by Allied Works cemented Wieden+Kennedy’s position as a patron of architecture, which has continued with the design of their offices around the world. WORKac’s design for the agency’s […]

-The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
Drawing from the Archive – Analysis as Design / 6:30pm-8:30pm
This exhibition celebrates the development of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture’s unique approach to analysis as a didactic, structural and abstract discipline, presenting student projects that examine significant works of architecture from the Renaissance through the modern period.

-World Monuments Fund -
Heritage Under Siege from Aleppo to Zanzibar / 6:30pm-8:30pm
The very places that convey great achievements, the passage of time, and the stability of culture are frequently proving fragile against the backdrop of natural disaster, warfare, and civil and religious conflict. Join WMF for an evening of discovery about these struggles and efforts to protect and conserve these magnificent records of cultural history.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

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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.

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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 celebrated it’s 50th anniversary last 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 (10/13)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, OCT. 13, 2014
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Fall for Dance (through Oct 19)
“This year’s festival of international dance companies features world premieres by the Australian Ballet, Pontus Lidberg Dance and Mark Morris Dance Group and Music Ensemble. Making U.S. premieres are Aakash Odedra Company, National Ballet of China, Russell Maliphant/Sadler’s Wells London and Semperoper Ballett Dresden. And Black Grace, San Francisco Ballet, Vuyani Dance Theatre and Wayne McGregor/Random Dance will make New York premieres. All tickets are $15.” (WSJ)
New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.
(212) 581-1212 / nycitycenter.org

The Lost Khrushchev
Discussion of “The Lost Khrushchev: A Journey into the Gulag of the Russian Mind” with Author Nina Khrushcheva, Khrushchev’s granddaughter, and Professor Jeffrey Sachs

The Lost Khrushchev is the result of Nina Khrushcheva’s determination to unravel accusations that Nikita Khrushchev’s oldest son Leonid — the author’s grandfather — was a traitor to Russia during World War II, accusations that, she finds, are greatly wrapped up in political criticisms against her great-grandfather Nikita.
Columbia University Morningside Campus Faculty House, Presidential Rm 1
12:00 pm / FREE, no reservation required

Archtober / October 1–31
“To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

Building of the Day: The Museum at Eldridge Street / 12:00
The Museum at Eldridge Street, housed in the Eldridge Street Synagogue – an 1887 National Historic Landmark – opened a new visitor center and permanent exhibition in 2014. Join architects Benjamin D. Kracauer and Reuben Jackson for a tour of the newly opened space as they share their vision and plans for the center. Museum […]

-AIANY / Classic Harbor Line
AIANY Around Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour / 1:30pm
While circumnavigating Manhattan aboard Classic Harbor Line’s elegant yachts, attendees take in the city’s “starchitecture,” skyscrapers of Lower Manhattan and icons of the East River. AIANY guides discuss historic monuments, waterfront architecture, infrastructure and more. Continuing education credits and additional dates are available.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5″ is now the “Top 3″. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

=============================================================================
♦ 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
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times wonderful Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

American Folk Art Museum:
Fasanella-Bridges‘Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget’ (through Nov. 30) The centenary of the birth of this formidable self-taught urban visionary, activist and New Yorker is celebrated with a riveting selection of his largest, most epic paintings. Their teeming compositions crowd searing events from 20th-century American life into complex amalgams of time, space and color and conduct a fertile exchange with the museum’s Willem van Genk show. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Roberta Smith)

van_genk‘Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic’ (through Nov. 30) Brilliantly paired with the Ralph Fasanella exhibition, the American solo debut of this outstanding Dutch artist, who died in 2005 at 78, adds a bright star to the outsider firmament. A draftsman of extraordinary talent, a hoarder and mystic obsessed with maps, travel and transportation, van Genk obsessively recycled found imagery and materials and his own drawings into collages and fanatically textured paintings that convey the sights, sounds and very static of modern life. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Smith)

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. 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777, madmuseum.org. (Smith)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’ (through Oct. 19) Shoehorned into half the museum’s design department, this conversation-starting display of objects from MoMA’s permanent collection features items designed by more than 60 women, many of whom worked with male partners. Some, like Marianne Brandt and Eileen Gray, are well known to design aficionados, but most will be unfamiliar to a general audience. Most objects were created for domestic consumption. The pièce de résistance is a kitchen designed by Charlotte Perriand for the apartments in Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

‘Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness’ (through Nov. 2) This meticulously considered and assembled survey of one of the deepest thinkers of the Pictures Generation is as beautiful as it is demanding. No aspect of photography — as art, craft, science or commerce — or of exhibition-making has been left unturned, yielding a show that is a big, brainy work of art unto itself. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Nov. 2) 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)

107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
‘A Brief History of New York: Selections From ‘A History of New York in 101 Objects’ (through Nov. 30) Every object tells a story. If New York City is or ever was your home, you’ll find 30 eloquent items in this absorbing, jewel box of an exhibition based on “A History of New York in 101 Objects,” a new book by Sam Roberts, an urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times. Illuminated behind glass walls is an intriguingly eclectic collection, including an arrowhead, a short section of the first transatlantic cable, the pink rubber ball called the Spaldeen and a jar containing dust gathered from near the World Trade Center shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Johnson)

Skyscraper Museum:
TS84_IntroWall‘Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment’ (through Jan. 18) In this smart, pithy show, 20 architectural panels capture the essence of another show, the “Times Tower Site Competition” held by New York’s Municipal Art Society 30 years ago, when over 500 architects made proposals for the famous triangular site in Times Square. Philip Johnson and John Burgee were proposing a suave 4.2 million-square-foot ensemble of four skyscrapers that would help “clean up” the surrounding urban squalor, and they favored an open square at the center of their project. The Municipal Art Society protested the proposal by asking for alternatives to replace the Times Tower. The dispute proved a turning point in New York’s urban history and, more broadly, in American architectural history, as the postmodernism of the Johnson towers gave way to a highly eclectic, free-for-all postmodernism devoid of his mansards or triumphal arches. 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org. (Joseph Giovannini)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (10/11) and (10/09).
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