Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (09/24)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, SEPT 24, 2013.

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

Art Spiegelman discusses his new book, “CO-MIX: A Retrospective of Comics, Graphics, and Scraps,” with Dan Nadel, the editor of The Comics Journal.
Housing Works Bookstore Café, 126 Crosby St.
212-334-3324 /

Author Thea Dorn will read from and discuss her book Die Deutsche Seele [The German Soul] with Martin Rauchbauer, Director of Deutsches Haus.

Thea Dorn and Richard Wagner’s Die Deutsche Seele is a sensuous, richly illustrated cultural history of the German soul: Two authors who could hardly be more different affectionately and critically, knowledgeably and without fear of contact examine what the German soul really is. They run the German soul to ground in words as different as “Abendbrot,” meaning a light evening meal, and “Wanderlust” (the joy of hiking); “Männerchor” (male choir) and Fahrvergnügen” (driving pleasure); “Abgrund” (abyss) and “Zerrissenheit” (conflict). The result is a profound and many-faceted cultural history of the German people in 60 chapters.
Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews
at 6:30 PM / FREE

‘Così Fan Tutte’
“James Levine, still nominally the Met Opera’s music director, returns to its podium for the first time since May 2011, after which he was sidelined with injuries and illness. He makes his comeback in a Mozart classic that he has led at the Met dozens of times, featuring a young, capable cast of Susanna Phillips, Isabel Leonard, Danielle de Niese, Matthew Polenzani and Rodion Pogossov. The Met’s production, light-filled and polite (originally directed by Lesley Koenig), is no great shakes, but everyone will be on his or her best behavior for this one. (Through Oct. 5.)” (Zachary Woolfe-NYT)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center Plaza, W65th St. & B’way
At 7:30 p.m./$27 to $445.

Monica Huggett, violin/leader
MYSLIVECEK String Quintet No. 1 in G Major
MOZART String Quintet in C Major, K. 515
MOZART String Quintet in G Minor, K. 516
Internationally-renowned Baroque violinist, Juilliard Historical Performance artistic advisor and artist-in-residence Monica Huggett leads a program of select string quintets by Mozart and his colleague and friend, Czech composer Myslivecek. Upon programming these works, Ms. Huggett remarked, “it is generally accepted that the combination of two violins, two violas, and cello inspired Mozart to compose chamber music of paralleled beauty and depth…The string quintet was a relatively rare combination at that time, but Myslivecek composed some light-hearted pieces in that genre which may have sown the seed in Mozart’s imagination”
Paul Hall, Juilliard School, Lincoln Center, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza,
At 8 p.m./ FREE with tickets
(212) 769-7406,

Igor Butman and the Moscow State Jazz Orchestra
“At a time of frosty diplomatic relations between the United States and Russia, Mr. Butman, a saxophonist of ironclad self-assurance, comes bearing peace and good will. He leads a big band stocked with his fellow countrymen, and welcomes the American jazz and cabaret singer Allan Harris as a featured guest.” (Chinen-NYT)
54 Below, 254 West 54th St.
At 7 and 9 p.m./ $35 to $45 cover, with a $15 minimum.

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

(Manhattan’s WestSide & the BrooklynMuseum) 

‘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 /

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya (ongoing)
This exhibition by artist Nathan Sawaya is a critically acclaimed collection of intriguing and inspiring works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world — LEGO® bricks. The Discovery Times Square exhibit will be the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever and will feature brand-new, never-before-seen pieces by Sawaya. This show was named ‘One of CNN’s Ten Global Must-See Exhibitions.’
Discovery Times Square, 226 West 44th St. (btw 7th/8th ave)
866.987.9692 /


‘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 /

What’s on View: Top Photography Exhibitions
(NYCity / Manhattan’s WestSide)

  Museum of Modern Art
Walker Evans: American Photographs (through Jan. 26, 2014)
New Photography 2013 (through Jan. 6, 2014)
11 West 53rd Street / 212-708-9400

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

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

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., 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 (09/22) and (09/20).


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