Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (06/21)

Selected West Side Events – FRIDAY, Jun. 21, 2013

For other useful NYCity event info be sure to check out :
“Notable Events-June”, “on Broadway”,  and “Top10 Free”, in the header above.
For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.

Make Music New York 
“The first official day of summer gets off to a tuneful start, with musicians swarming sidewalks, parks and other outdoor spots to serenade New Yorkers in all five boroughs throughout the day. Notable shows this year include a performance of Song Reader (Beck’s all-sheet-music album, released in 2012) at a block party outside Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater and Tilt Brass playing R. Murray Schafer’s Music for Wilderness around, fittingly, the Central Park Lake.” (TONY)

“It’s the annual day of too much music in New York, as ensembles and performers fan out across the city in a great swarm of avant-garde sounds. Mungo Thomson’s Crickets stridulates on the High Line; Kent Tritle leads all who show up to sing Fauré outside St. John the Divine; and Mantra Percussion wanders all over Manhattan with Cornelius Cardew’s virtually never-­performed The Great Learning. That’s nothing: Make Music New York has scheduled nearly 1,000 more events that day.” —Justin Davidson (NYMag)
Various locations / Until Sat Jun 22 / FREE
For a complete schedule and map, see

Summer Solstice Celebration
“Pack a picnic and spread out at this year’s solstice bash at Socrates Sculpture Park. Join the drum circle and pound rhythms along with the Toca & Alé Alé Drummers while urban shaman Mama Donna leads a ritual ceremony at sunset. Design your own ancient costume in their Mesoamerican art workshop or recharge with some sunset yoga, but make sure to grab a spot on time for high-flying masked Mexican wrestlers in a lucha libre exhibition (5pm).” (TONY)
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens
Subway: N, Q to Broadway
718-956-1819 /

Baby Gramps
“With his oft-braided gray beard and troubadour-turned-carnie comportment, the singer and guitarist Baby Gramps can seem like something of a novelty act. But while there’s humor in his work, Baby Gramps is also a genuine American oddball, and his fast-moving folk and blues songs are wildly entertaining and occasionally virtuosic things.” (Amanda Petrusich)
Terra Blues, 149 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village
at 7 p.m. / $10.
(212) 777-7776 /

Savion Glover*
“The renowned tap dancer and rhythmic genius returns to the Joyce Theater with “STePz,” in which he and his ensemble explore the give-and-take between embracing tradition and radically breaking with it. While the musical selections may be recognizable, the movement they inspire may prove more surprising.” (Burke-NYT)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea
at 8 p.m., $10 to $59.
242-0800 /

Chucho Valdés and the Afro-Cuban Messengers
Playing selections from their new album Border-Free
Cuba’s foremost pianist has developed a brand new repertoire. Boasting a new line-up for his band, The Afro-Cubans Messengers, his new album takes us through an eclectic range of pieces. His dazzling virtuosity as a pianist, his prodigious talents as a composer, and his ingenious arrangements unite to create a music that enthralls.

Alongside new sources of inspiration (the music of the North American Indians and of the ArabAndalusian culture), the album is infused with the verve of Valdés’ early trailblazing Cuban Jazz ensemble Irakere, his nostalgia for Cuban big bands, the punch of hard bop, the magical rhythms of the Yoruba drums, and of course the spiritual lyricism which is the mark of all great jazz
Produced in association with Blue Note Jazz Festival
The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St.
at 8pm / $45, $50, $55
307-4100 /

Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm dates and check times, as schedules are subject to change.

3 Museums (WestSide & the BklynMuseum) 3 Chelsea Galleries ==========================================================

‘Claes Oldenburg: The Street and the Store’ and ‘Claes Oldenburg: Mouse Museum, Ray Gun Wing’ (through Aug. 5)
‘Performing Histories (1)’ (through Aug. 5)
‘Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light’ (through Aug. 12)
‘Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series’ (through Sept. 8)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St,
(212) 708-9400 /

‘Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design’* (through Sept. 15)
Museum of Arts and Design: 2 Columbus Circle,

‘Ellsworth Kelly at Ninety’ (through June 29)
“An impressive three-part display of new work (mostly from 2012) reveals a seasoned artist who is doing some of his boldest work. Some introduce new forms (but are actually derived from his early collages). Others expand on more recent works with changes in material and color. Keep an eye out for “Black Form II,” “Yellow Relief Over Blue,” “Gold With Orange Reliefs” and the four-panel “Curves on White.” (Smith-NYT)
Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street
(212) 243-0200 /

Wolfgang Tillmans (through June 22)
The nomadic German photographer Wolfgang Tillmans addresses globalization in a curiously offhand way. This is true even in his latest works, which assert themselves more strongly as art objects thanks to Mr. Tillmans’s experiments with inkjet printing; they are lush and almost painterly in their rich concentrations of pigment. Only after connecting the dots of the installation — which moves from downtown Los Angeles to Kilimanjaro, a Masai hut to a construction site in Shanghai, a car headlight to a close-up of mold spores — do you sense transformation and upheaval.(Rosenberg-NYT)
Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West 24th Street,
(212) 627-6000 /

Marc Quinn: ‘All the Time in the World’ (through June 29)
Four much enlarged, bronze sculptures of seashells made by high-tech 3-D replication seem, at first, like pointless baubles for rich collectors. But they reveal an unexpected inner beauty both literal and metaphorical, as their polished interiors cause their interiors to warmly glow as if supernaturally illuminated from within. Implicitly vaginal, these seeming products of phallic ambition become objects of oceanic, feminine mystery.” (Johnson)
Mary Boone, 541 West 24th Street
752-2929 /

‘John Singer Sargent Watercolors’  (through July 28) [see review below]
‘Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui’ (through Aug. 4)
‘LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital’ (through Aug. 11)
Brooklyn Museum: 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park,
(easy ride from midtown on #2 or #3 subway to Eastern Pkway/Bklyn Museum)
(718) 638-5000 /

John Singer Sargent Watercolors

“The exhibition brings together 93 of his watercolors and 9 oil paintings from the Brooklyn Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Both institutions acquired significant quantities of his work early on, the Brooklyn Museum from Sargent’s career debut show in New York in 1909 and the Boston museum from a solo show there in 1912. The beauty of Sargent’s watercolors is in how seemingly effortlessly yet exactly he captured outdoor light and complicated man-made and natural forms. In landscapes, close studies of fruit and flowers and portraits of women you see at once the supremely deft action of the brush and the illusions of a sun-drenched halcyon world that it conjures. Prepare for bedazzlement.” (KEN JOHNSON-NYT)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 06/19.
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