Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (08/31)

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, AUG 31, 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.

U.S. TENNIS OPEN (through Sept. 09)
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.

Security screening has been ratcheted up, causing delays to enter, although it is getting better. Remember: no bags, no long line for entry.

Today’s tip: enjoy the pit smoked turkey sandwich at hill country bbq in the food court, and be sure to have their delicious sweet potato bourbon mash with it.
Who to watch today:
» young American Jack Sock, with his huge serve and forehand, vs Serbia’s second best player, #18 seed Janko Tipsarevic.
» the lovely Ana Ivanovic, a former #1 who has looked very good in her first two matches, vs local girl (NJ) Christina McHale.
» Milos Raonic, the Canadian boomer, vs Feliciano Lopez, another crafty Spaniard. This one will be brute force vs finesse and should be interesting.
BTW, yesterday’s Rajeev Ram vs Marcel Granollers match, which you heard about here first, lived up to it’s billing; was one of the most entertaining matches you will ever see.

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 Massenet’s  “Manon”. Anna Netrebko stars as Massenet’s tragic title heroine, opposite Piotr Beczala as her lover, des Grieux, and Paulo Szot as her cousin, Lescaut. Fabio Luisi conducts Laurent Pelly’s 2012 production.

Weather forecast is good and there are 3,000 seats waiting for you.
Lincoln Center Plaza, Broadway and 65th St.
At 7:45PM / FREE
1-212-362-6000 /

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit (weekends thru Sep 08)
“In 1931, New York artists Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning propped up a few of their paintings on the sidewalk near Washington Square Park and called it a show. A lot has changed since then: Now, more than 100 artists and artisans—including painters, sculptors, jewelers and glassblowers—exhibit their wares at the Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit.” (TONY mag)
University Place, from East 13th St to Waverly Place, WestVillage
12-6 PM / FREE
(212) 982-6255,

Brazilian Day Celebration (thru Sunday)
The annual weekend celebration of Brazilian culture is a sure sign of the Labor Day holiday. Events begin on Saturday at 11 a.m. with the Lavagem da Rua 46 (the Cleansing of West 46th Street), when performers dressed in white sweep to music on 46th Street, beginning at Times Square. The procession continues to a stage at Madison Avenue and 46th Street, where music will be played till 4 p.m. On Sunday a festival will be held on Avenue of the Americas, from 43rd to 56th Streets, and on 46th Street, between Madison and Seventh Avenues, beginning at 10 a.m. Details are at and (NYT)

Grace Kelly 
“Please don’t box me in,” Grace Kelly sings at the outset of her new album, “Live at Scullers” (PAZZ). It’s a useful rallying cry for Ms. Kelly, who at 21 has already been a phenom — as a bebop-fluent alto saxophonist — for the better part of a decade. By showcasing her mildly pop-oriented singing and songwriting, the album suggests a left turn, though maybe it shouldn’t; she’s likely to sing as well as play during this weekend run.” (Chinen-NYT)
Iridium Jazz Club, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St.
At 8 and 10 p.m./ $25 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 Museums   (WestSide & the BrooklynMuseum) 

‘Ellsworth Kelly: Chatham Series’ (through Sept. 8)
‘Walker Evans: American Photographs’ (through Jan. 26, 2014)
American Modern: Hopper to O’Keefe (through Jan. 26, 2014)
America’s cultural landscape shifted rapidly in the early 20th century. American Modern at the Museum of Modern Art looks at this change via some of the iconic works produced between 1915 and 1950. Artists highlighted include George Bellows, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Andrew Wyeth. In organizing the art thematically, American Modern will highlight the connections between the artists’ works.
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 /

‘Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design’* (through Sept. 15)
Museum of Arts and Design: 2 Columbus Circle
212-299-7777 /

‘Connecting Cultures: A World in Brooklyn’ (continuing)
This eclectic, imaginatively thought-out one-gallery immersion experience in world art, all from Brooklyn’s collection and installed in the museum’s revamped Great Hall, serves as a teaser to the fabulous collections in the galleries beyond.
‘the Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy’ (through Sept. 22)
‘Divine Felines: Cats of AncientEgypt’ (through Dec. 29)
Brooklyn Museum: 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park,
(subway: easy ride from midtown on #2 or #3 express to Eastern Pkway/Bklyn Museum)
(718) 638-5000 /

Top Photography Exhibitions – NYCity / Manhattan’s WestSide

  Museum of Modern Art
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)
Everyday Ephiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969 
(through January 26, 2014)
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street) / 212-535-7710

   International Center Photography
A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial (through Sept. 22)
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)
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406 / 212-334-0100
subway: #1,2,3 to times square, transfer to N/Q/R to 5th ave & 59th st.

  Staley-Wise Gallery
It’s An American Thing (through Sept. 14)
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.
(subway: easy to get to via #2 or #3 express to Clark St., the 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 the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (08/29) and (08/27).
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