Selected Events + Art Gallery Special Exhibitions: Chelsea (06/29)

Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, Jun. 29, 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.

Little Italy Pasta Eating Competition 
With the Coney Island Hot Dog competition coming up on July 4th, the folks in Little Italy have decided to offer this Pasta Preliminary. See if participants in this contest can consume five pounds of pasta in 10 minutes, the current record. Afterwards, see how much pasta you can eat at one of the local restaurants.
Little Italy Merchants Association 
at 2 p.m. in front of 133 Mulberry Street.
the event is part of “Summer in Little Italy” – activities running through Labor Day.
(917) 854-3286.

The 15th Annual Del Close Marathon
“Legendary Chicago improv director and instructor Del Close inspired an impressive array of big-name comedians (Bill Murray, John Belushi, Tina Fey). This 15th annual toast to the late guru, started by the Upright Citizens Brigade, includes 390 shows, featuring popular UCB staples (ASSSSCAT 3000, Death by Roo Roo), celebs (founding UCB member Amy Poehler, Horatio Sanz, The Office’s Ellie Kemper) and troupes from around the globe (Helsinki, Finland’s VSOP).” (TONY)
Visit for a complete schedule.

Fourth Annual Cheesemonger Invitational
“Fifty-six fromage fanatics—including locals like Astoria Bier and Cheese’s Mike Fisher and BKLYN Larder’s Gizella Otterson—will duke it out for the title of Champion Cheesemonger at this curdy food fest. Cheese aficionado Cristiano Creminelli of Creminelli Fine Meats and Belgian affineur Frederic van Tricht will judge the participants’ abilities to cut, wrap and pair cheese with booze while on the clock. The winner will receive $1,000 in cash and a trip to Utah.

Onlookers can enjoy in-house treats like grilled cheeses made with an imported Danish Havarti and caraway sauerkraut, or open-faced burgers slathered with Bavarian Chiriboga Bleu or Vermont Creamery’s chèvre sauce. Brooklyn Brewery will provide beers and Zev Rovine will pour all-natural wines.” (TONY)
Larkin Cold Storage, 47-55 27th St at Austel Pl, Long Island City, Queens.
At 6:30pm / $?
(subway: #1,2,3 to TimesSquare, transfer to # 7, only 4 stops to Hunter Point Ave.)

John Waters
The Hairspray filmmaker and leading Baltimorean performs a one-man show. It’ll probably be dirty, and Waters would probably be proud to say so.” (
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
at 8:00PM / $45 and $55
212-608-0555 /

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 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:
Chelsea Gallery Guide (


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (06/27).
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