Selected Events + Chelsea Gallery Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (06/25)

Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, Jun. 25, 2013

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide 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.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Dance Instructor: Adam Brozowski teaches Jazz and Lindy Hop with special guest Norma Miller.  DJ: Dawn Hampton

A classic, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra opens Midsummer Night Swing’s 25th anniversary with a celebration of its own 25th. The JLCO formed when Wynton Marsalis and his septet joined forces with the surviving players of the Duke Ellington Orchestra, creating a group that knows that some jazz masterpieces are meant to be danced to. This beautiful big band will bring back the glory of ballrooms past.
Damrosch Park, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
62nd Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues
Dance Lesson at 6:30 / Live Music at 7:30
(212) 875-5456

The singer CÉCILE MCLORIN SALVANT, who was born in Miami to a French mother and a Haitian father, is poised for stardom. Her impressive début album, “WomanChild,” deftly and imaginatively revitalizes all manner of standards and also delivers a taste of clever original compositions. She celebrates its release here, with AARON DIEHL (on piano), PAUL SIKIVIE (on bass), and RODNEY GREEN (on drums). (NewYorker)
54 Below, 254 West 54th Street
at 7 and 9 p.m. /
212-476-3551 /

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell
New old bohemians.
Brickell still has that limpid swoopy voice we first fell for 25 years ago, and it mates gracefully with Martin’s banjo-playing. Their new album, Love Has Come for You, is pretty sweet, too. (NYMag)
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., New York, N.Y.
8pm / $57 and $87.50
212-840-2824 /

Roy Hargrove Quintet (Tuesday through June 30)
‘Hard bop has an able-bodied ambassador in Roy Hargrove, a trumpeter who manages to inhabit the style without rigidity or stifling nostalgia. He’s also a shrewd bandleader with an unfailingly disciplined crew: the saxophonist Justin Robinson, the pianist Sullivan Fortner, the bassist Ameen Saleem and the drummer Quincy Phillips.” (Chinen-NYT)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, West Village
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $25 cover, with a one-drink minimum.
(212) 255-4037 /

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

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.

Here are a few Special Exhibitions in Chelsea Galleries that you shouldn’t miss:

Ralph Fasanella*: ‘A More Perfect Union’ (through June 29)
If Fasanella (1914-97) had been a trained painter, his political beliefs might have resulted in predictable Social Realist paintings. Instead, this child of the working-class Bronx largely taught himself and evolved an altogether sharper and more original manner, politically and pictorially.

This fantastic little five-decade survey summarizes his development and his ability to weave history, architecture and layered social criticism into remarkable tapestry-like compositions that teem with human activity good and bad, homey details and a spectrum of glowing colors.”(Smith-NYT)
Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 10th Avenue, near 18th Street
11am-6pm / FREE
(212) 206-9723 /

‘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 /

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 /

For a fine listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Art Gallery crawl:
Chelsea Gallery Guide (

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events …  : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (06/23) and (06/21).
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