Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (10/22)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, OCT. 22, 2013

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

BeBrasil Pop-Up Festival (last day!)
Nearly 5,000 miles separate New York from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. But beginning Oct. 15 for a week, the flavors, fashions, foods, and other cultural arts from the South American nation will be on display as part of BeBrasil, a pop-up festival on West Broadway.

BeBrasil will introduce Brazil’s innovations to the world by celebrating new creative products and services developed through inspiring and collaborative work. During the week of October 15-22, 2013, the creativity of Brazil will take over New York. The weeklong festival will bring together Brazil’s most creative professionals and innovative companies from the following sectors: Fashion, Architecture, Design, Food and Beverages, Plastics, Cosmetics, Film, Music, Aerospace and Technology.
372 West Broadway @ Broome St.
12:00 pm to 8:00 pm / FREE

“Traditionally, the woman is the muse to the man, but in the case of these two, there’s a sense of a delightful role reversal at play. Mills, a singer-songwriter in his own right, who goes for a rootsy, ethereal vibe, served as both the supporting act and guitarist during Apple’s tour for her 2012 album, “The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do.” This month, the pair are on the road together, with a collaborative set, “Anything We Want: An Evening with Fiona Apple and Blake Mills.” They are performing from their respective catalogues, along with original, yet to be released material. The duo has stated that it has only “26% of an idea of what the fuck we will be playing,” but for fans of the tempestuous Apple, an evening of the unexpected is always somewhat expected.” (NewYorker mag)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St.
At 8 p.m., $39.50 to $65.

Houston Ballet* (through Oct. 27)
One of the country’s top ballet companies pays a visit to New York with an impressively diverse program of one-word dances: “Pacific” by Mark Morris; “Play” by the Houston Ballet director Stanton Welch, set to the music of Moby; “Twilight,” a romantic duet by Ben Stevenson; and “Solo” (it actually features three men), a rare opportunity to see work by the Dutch choreographer Hans van Manen.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th Street, Chelsea
Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. / $10 to $69.
(212) 242-0800,

CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE (through Oct. 27)
The Fred Astaire of the acoustic bass, McBride makes his extraordinary playing look easy. He might be a great illusionist, but he’s accomplished something else that’s grand, too: he’s one of the few highly touted “young lions” of the nineties jazz scene to have made good on all his promise. His sharp mainstream trio includes the pianist Christian Sands. (NewYorker mag)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St./Broadway
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., $35 to $45 cover, with a $10 minimum
(212) 258-9595,

Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars (through Oct. 27)
Two decades after his death at 75, the irrepressible bebop ambassador Dizzy Gillespie lives on through several generations of trumpet inheritors, including the three featured here: Freddie Hendrix, Terell Stafford and Roy Hargrove. Joining them in this tribute, which starts on what would have been Gillespie’s 96th birthday, are the saxophonists Gary Bartz and Sharel Cassity, the pianist Cyrus Chestnut, and the drummer Lewis Nash, among others.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./ $35 to $45 cover at tables, $20 to $25 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.
(212) 475-8592,

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.

WHAT’S ON VIEW: Here are a few Special Exhibitions in Chelsea Galleries that you may want to see:

Taner Ceylan, “The Lost Paintings Series” (until Oct.26)
This Turkish painter employs photorealist techniques to deconstruct Orientalism, a 19th-century genre in Europe and the United States that featured exotic scenes of the mysterious Levant. Some artists relied on pure fantasy; others traveled to North Africa and elsewhere to base their visions on some observable reality. Either way, Orientalism went hand in glove with colonialism, as the stereotypes it helped foster were essential to the psychology of Western empire building. Ceylan plays with and against these same stereotypes, portraying dusky, alluring women as well as men in fezzes and kaffiyehs, though with notable twists (the inclusion of evidently gay subjects, for instance). More to the point, he juxtaposes one sort of illusion (paintings that look like photographs) with another—the myths and misconceptions that have emerged about the Middle East.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 W 27th St. (btw Tenth/Eleventh Aves)
Tue–Sat 10am–6pm / FREE
212-563-4474 /

Raymond Pettibon* (through Oct. 26)
“Incisive, hyper-verbal and frequently profane, Raymond Pettibon’s latest installation of drawings and collages is one of his best in years. Titled “To Wit,” the show dispenses aphorisms along with the usual athletes, comic-strip figures, talking phalluses and other stock characters from the Pettibon universe. Some of these snippets of text are scrawled directly on the wall; others, drawn on paper and adorned with floral borders, bring to mind embroidered samplers.” (Rosenberg-NYT)
David Zwirner, 519 West 19th St.

Brian Adam Douglas: ‘How to Disappear Completely’ (through Oct. 26)
“Mr. Douglas makes paintings by gluing zillions of tiny bits of painted paper to wooden panels. Measuring from six to nearly seven feet across, the four most ambitious works here picture dreamlike scenes of catastrophic delirium. In one painting, a woman cleans a wall in a ruined house using her long red hair as a mop. In another, a woman in an icy cave suckles a penguin as an anthropomorphic walrus looms protectively over her.” (Johnson-NYT)
Andrew Edlin Gallery, 134 10th Avenue, near 18th St.
(212) 206-9723,

Steve Roden: ‘ragpicker’ (through Oct. 26)
The latest exhibition of this multitalented multimedia artist based in Los Angeles is dominated by handsome abstract paintings whose brusque prismatic forms and bright color resemble stained glass and are derived from a system of linear configurations with which the German philosopher Walter Benjamin crossed out errors in his notebooks. Some smaller paintings and a series of large monoprint drawings have similarly strange back stories. The works themselves have wonderful visual qualities — Mr. Roden is a very good painter — but they too need to be stranger.” (Smith-NYT)
CRG, 548 West 22nd St.
(212) 229-2766,

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, see the 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 (10/20) and (10/18).
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