Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Art Gallery Special Exhibitions: Chelsea (07/24)

Today’s “Fab Five” / Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, July 24, 2013

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

Conversation with Colum McCann
“Mr. McCann, author of “Transatlantic: A Novel,” which was released by Random House last month, will talk about it with Jessica Soffer, author of “Tomorrow There Will Be Apricots,” published last April by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Ms. Soffer also happens to be a former writing student of Mr. McCann’s. The conversation, at 12:30 p.m., is part of the Word for Word series, featuring talks and readings.” (NYT)
Bryant Park, Avenue of the Americas, at 40th Street
At 12:30PM / FREE
(212) 768-4242 /

Dafnis Prieto Sextet / Yosvany Terry Quintet
“Cuban born drum virtuoso Dafnis Prieto is joining the Mad. Sq. stage with his accomplished sextet including Ralph Alessi (trumpet), John Beaty (alto/soprano saxophones), Manuel Valera (piano), Peter Apfelbaum (tenor and soprano saxophone) and Johannes Weidenmueller (bass). The Wall Street Journal says, “[Prieto] has transformed Afro-Cuban rhythms … These pieces are emotionally charged and stylistically diverse, carried along not just by rhythm but also through lovely harmonized passages, horn fanfares, and powerfully conjured moods.”

Cuban saxophonist, Yosvany Terry has absorbed and incorporated American jazz traditions with his own Afro-Cuban roots to produce compositions and solo work that flow from the rhythmic and hard driving avant-garde to sweet sounding lyricism.  Time Out New York says, “like James Carter, Cuban saxophonist Yosvany Terry has a voice on several axes, but alto is his specialty. He’s capable of making Afro-Cuban jazz seem folksy and modernistic all at once.”
Bring a blanket for lawn seating; no chairs are allowed.
Madison Square Park, 23rd St (btw 5th/Mad Ave)
At 6pm / FREE
212-538-1884 /

Red Hot & Fela Live!*
“The Afrobeat crossover pioneer Fela Kuti is honored with an evening of farsighted grooves and unlikely collaborations. Tony Allen, the drummer and musical director of Mr. Kuti’s ensemble Africa 70, unites with the broadly orchestral pop-rockers Superhuman Happiness. Other performers include Abena Koomson, Kronos Quartet, Sahr Ngaujah and more; the Superhuman Happiness members Luke O’Malley and Stuart Bogie open the evening with a performance of their score for the documentary “How to Survive a Plague.” Part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.” (Anderson-NYT)
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center
At 7:30 p.m. / FREE

The Masters Quartet: Steve Kuhn, Dave Liebman, Buster Williams, Billy Hart* (through July 27)
“The members of this all-star band share some history: the pianist Steve Kuhn, the saxophonist Dave Liebman, the bassist Buster Williams and the drummer Billy Hart have all crossed paths in various contexts over the years.  And they come by their lofty moniker with some valid credentials: Mr. Liebman was honored as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master a couple of years ago, and if there’s any justice, the others shouldn’t be far behind him.” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton,
At 8:30 and 11 p.m., $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum
(212) 581-3080,

George Burton Quartet
“George Burton, a charismatic young pianist from Philadelphia, isn’t as well known as he should be, though he has carved out a strong niche as a sideman in both modern jazz and R&B. He brings his own direction to this combo, with the tenor saxophonist Tim Warfield, the bassist Luques Curtis and the drummer Wayne Smith Jr.” (Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m., no cover, with dinner sets at 7 and 9 p.m. and $20 minimum at 10:30 p.m.
(212) 864-6662,

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:

“Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble” (through July 26)
Paul McCarthy has a large scale exhibition at the Park Avenue Armory, decidedly not on the WestSide. “At Hauser & Wirth, a second extravaganza by the artist, working in collaboration with his son Damon, is in the same politically incorrect, punch-drunk vein on a slightly less epic scale. Here the reference point is the 1955 film “Rebel Without a Cause.” (Cotter-NYT)
Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street, Chelsea,
Mon – Fri, 10am-6pm / FREE
(212) 790-3900 /

Laddie John Dill: ‘Elementary’ (through July 26)
At the end of the 1960s the West Coast Light and Space artist Laddie John Dill began producing electric light works out of blown glass tubes in a lush palette of jewel-bright colors. Here nine of these works, all from 1971, are installed in one room at regular intervals creating a trippy visual chamber music. Elsewhere, glowing constructions of glass panes in geometric arrangements could be models for updates of Stonehenge, monuments for a new cosmic paganism.” (Johnson-NYT)
Nyehaus, 358 West 20th St.
Tue-Sat, 11am-6pm / FREE
366-4493 /

Lucien Samaha, “The Flight Attendant Years: 1978–1986” (through Aug 2)
A native of Lebanon who now calls New York home, Lucien Samaha is a photographer born with jet fuel and salty snacks in his veins: His father was a flight attendant, and the artist became one himself on his 20th birthday, in 1978.

Over the ensuing decade, he documented his life serving countless passengers aboard TWA, in both color and black-and-white images. Picturing himself and his former coworkers on duty and off, Samaha offers an intimate, behind-the-scenes portrayal of the jet age as a series of family snapshots, capturing a close-knit tribe of global nomads with few ties to the ground.” (TONY mag)
Lombard Freid Projects
518 W 19th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Ave.
Tue–Fri 10am–6pm, Sat 11am–6pm / FREE
212-967-8040 /

“Reinventing Abstraction” (through Aug 31)
Curated by poet and critic Raphael Rubinstein, this show looks at a group of painters who, to varying degrees, undertook an individualistic, even eccentric, approach to abstraction during the 1980s, when the attention of the art world was otherwise focused on Neo-Expressionism, Neo-Geo and appropriation art. Carroll Dunham, Mary Heilmann, Bill Jensen, Elizabeth Murray, Joan Snyder and Terry Winters are some of the artists with works on view.
Cheim & Read, 547 W 25th St, btw Tenth and Eleventh Aves
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm / FREE
212-242-7727 /

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 (07/22) and (07/20).
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