Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (08/27)

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, AUG 27, 2013.

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

Talking Baseball – Today’s Top Pick 
Allen Barra, a sportswriter and author of “Mickey and Willie: The Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age,” will lead a discussion on the lives and careers of Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays. The talk will include appropriate refreshments like peanuts, Cracker Jack and root beer.

Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays were two of the greatest players to grace New York City’s major leagues and both players proudly claimed the city as their adopted home. But they had much more than that in common: they were both born in the same year, 1931; they were southerners by birth (Mickey’s father was an Oklahoma zinc miner, Willie’s an Alabama steel worker); and both were rookies in New York in the same year (1951) when they played against each other in the World Series. For nearly the next two decades, their names dominated not just baseball but all of American sports.

The museum’s virtual exhibition “The Glory Days: New York Baseball 1947-1957,” which was mounted at the museum in 2007 and uses the sport as a frame for life in the city during the years immediately after World War II, can be viewed at
That was a great special exhibition, not to be missed.
Museum of the City of New York, Fifth Avenue at 103rd St.
At 6:30PM / $12 or $8 for seniors who are the real Willie & Mickey fans.
(212) 534-1672,

Forget the Big House (ArthurAsheStadium). Get a grounds pass and once inside check out the electronic scoreboard listing current matches. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players.

There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as on the outer courts (or the grandstand court) at the U.S. Open; where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.
Unfortunately, the security screening has been ratcheted up causing big delays to enter. Today’s tip: if you can ditch your bag, you can save time and use the shorter, no bags line for entry.
Who to watch today:
The always energetic and entertaining Gael Monfils, the young giant Jerzy Janowicz, just 22 and seeded #14, and Julia Gorges, aka “Gorgeous Gorges”.

Metropolitan Opera’s Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 2)
This festival, in which performances from the company’s Live in HD series will be screened in Lincoln Center Plaza, today screens “Otello”.
Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway and 63rd St.

MATTHEW SWEET, with Ben Fields
“His punchy alternative rock was a large part of what made the nineties shine.” (NewYorker mag)
CITY WINERY., 155 Varick St.
At 8PM / $35 or $45
212-608-0555 /

Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration (through Aug. 31)
“Timed to coincide with what would have been Charlie Parker’s birthday week, this booking features an assembled band briskly conversant in the bebop idiom. On alto saxophone, in Parker’s shoes, is Vincent Herring; on trumpet is Tom Harrell. Their top-shelf rhythm section features the pianist George Cables, the bassist Lonnie Plaxico and the drummer Victor Lewis.” (Chinen-NYT)
Birdland, 315 West 44th Street, Clinton
At 8:30 and 11 p.m./ $30 and $40 cover, with a $10 minimum.

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

Special Exhibitions @ 3 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:

“African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde” (through Sept. 2)
‘The Civil War and American Art’ (through Sept. 2)
‘Photography and the American Civil War’ (through Sept. 2)
“Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective” (through Sept. 22)
‘The Roof Garden Commission: Imran Qureshi’ (through Nov. 3)
“Legends of the Dead Ball Era” (1900-1919) (through Dec. 1)
“Eighteenth Century Pastels” (through Dec. 29)
“Julia Margaret Cameron” (through Jan. 5, 2014)
Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 /

‘Subliming Vessel: The Drawings of Matthew Barney’ (through Sept. 2)
“Monika Grzymala, Volumen” (through Nov. 3)
Morgan Library & Museum: 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th St.
(212) 685-0008 /

“New Harmony: Abstraction Between the Wars, 1919-1939” (through Sept. 8)
“Aten Reign” (through Sept. 25)
……the centerpiece of James Turrell’s first exhibition in a New York museum since 1980, recasts the Guggenheim rotunda as an enormous volume filled with shifting artificial and natural light. {see review below}
Guggenheim Museum: 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 /

Light and color wash the Rotunda. 
“Turrell works in a single medium: light. He has sliced into walls, designed seamless rooms with holes in the ceiling, and spent four decades building a giant naked-eye observatory in the Arizona desert—all to provide unexpectedly intimate and mysterious views of the sky, the sun, and the stars. For this segment of a three-part show running concurrently in L.A. and Houston, he’s turned the museum’s atrium into a giant light box. —J.D.” (NYmag)

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
• 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.

Top Photography Exhibitions – NYCity / Manhattan’s WestSide

  Museum of Modern Art

XL: 19NewAcquisitions in Photography (through Dec. 31)
Walker Evans: American Photographs (through Jan. 26, 2014)
11 West 53rd Street / 212-708-9400

  Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photography and the American Civil War (through Sept. 2, 2013)
Julia Margaret Cameron (through Jan. 5, 2014)
Everyday Ephiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 
(through Jan. 26, 2014)
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) / 212-535-7710

A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial (through Sept. 22, 2013)
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street / 212-857-0000

  American Museum Natural History 
Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies          
(through May 31, 2014)
79th St. And Central Park West / (212) 313-7278 

  Howard Greenberg Gallery
Bruce Davidson: “Time of Change” & “Staff Picks 2013”
(through Aug. 31, 2013)
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406 / 212-334-0100

  Staley-Wise Gallery
It’s An American Thing (through Sept. 14, 2013)
560 Broadway, Soho / 212-966-6223

One more photo exhibition, this one in a special setting – the lovely, new Bklyn Bridge Park with spectacular views of the Manhattan skyline, and of course, the Brooklyn Bridge.
(easy to get to via subway: #2 or 3 express to Clark St. 1st stop in Bklyn.)

‘The Fence’ in Brooklyn Bridge Park (through Oct. 1)
“When is a fence not a fence? When it is the backdrop for a free display of over 200 jury selected images of people, animals and daily life by 39 photographers from the United States and abroad. Presented for the second year by United Photo Industries, a Brooklyn arts cooperative, as a showcase for young photographers, the display consists of a 1,000-foot-long waterproof mesh banner superimposed with color and black-and-white photos.

The banner stretches through Brooklyn Bridge Park, from Pier 15, at Joralemon Street and the East River in Brooklyn Heights, to Main Street in Dumbo.” (Anne Mancuso-NYT)
Pier 5, Joralemon Street and the East River
From 6am to 1am / FREE
(718) 215-9075 /

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 08/25 and 08/23.
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