Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (10/24)

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, OCT. 24, 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

New York Television Festival, (through Oct. 26)
“The boob tube has long been derided as a haven of mindless entertainment, but the field is shifting and television has largely supplanted film as the go-to medium for intelligent, original storytelling. The ninth-annual New York Television Festival caters to TV tastes both highbrow and lowbrow, with seminars, parties, an Independent Pilot Competition and high-profile screenings galore for industry types, aspiring creators and fans alike. For more information, visit” (
Multiple locations

PhotoPlus Expo 2013 (through Oct.26)
The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 24,000 professional photographers and enthusiasts. Attend and learn at any of more than 90 conference seminars. Explore over 250 exhibits, see thousands of new products, attend keynote presentations, special events & much more.
Javits Convention Center, far west 34th St. at 12th ave
10AM-5PM, Thur & Fri; 10AM-4PM Sat

“John Wesley Harding, one of the brightest lights over the past few decades of what some people called neo-folk, others called the singer-songwriter movement, and still others just called music, was never really John Wesley Harding at all. He was, in actuality, Wesley Stace, a supremely intelligent and utterly charming Englishman who, midway through his performing and recording career, took a detour into writing novels. Currently, he does both things (and a whole lot more as well, including conceiving and overseeing the “Cabinet of Wonders” variety shows). He’s on tour with songs from his excellent new record, “Self-Titled,” which is his first musical work released under his birth name.” (NewYorker mag)
City Winery, 155 Varick St. At Vandam St.
At 8PM / $18-$25
212-608-0555 /

Gregory Porter*
“Mr. Porter is a jazz singer of thrilling presence, a booming baritone with a gift for earthy refinement and soaring uplift. His new Blue Note debut, “Liquid Spirit,” affirms his standing as a soul-jazz storyteller in the lineage of Bill Withers and Abbey Lincoln.” (Chinen-NYT)
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St., near Thompson St. Greenwich Village,
At 6:30 p.m. / $30 day of show.
(212) 505-3474,

“This program, curated by Philip Glass, illuminates musical and cultural contributions from around the world. The centerpiece is the New York première of Glass’s “Songs of Milarepa,” set to poems by the Tibetan saint (1052-1135) and performed by the baritone Gregory Purnhagen and the pianist Nelson Padgett. There will also be sacred music of the Renaissance, ecstatic Sufi vocal improvisations, and Gambian kora music. The pipa player Wu Man will perform both traditional Chinese music and an original Glass composition with the Scorchio Quartet. The concert is a benefit for the Garrison Institute.” (NewYorker mag)
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St. (btw 6th ave./Broadway)
At 7:30PM / $35-$90
800-982-2787 /

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

WHAT’S ON VIEW: Special Exhibitions @ 3 MUSEUMS
(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 is the world’s biggest and most elaborate display of LEGO® art ever and features 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.
‘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 /

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Al Hirschfeld Exhibition (through Jan. 4)
“The Line King’s Library,” a display of work by Al Hirschfeld, whose specialty was theatrical caricatures, includes rare works as well as those familiar to theatergoers and readers of various publications, including The New York Times. The exhibition also includes video interviews with Mr. Hirschfeld, who died in 2003 at 99, and works by some of his contemporaries.”
NY Public Library for the Performing Arts, 111 Amsterdam Ave, at 65th St, Lincoln Center,
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m.,
until 8 on Mondays and Thursdays
(917) 275-6975,

WHAT’S ON VIEW: 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)
New Photography 2013 (through Jan. 6, 2014)
11 West 53rd Street / 212-708-9400

  Metropolitan Museum of Art
Julia Margaret Cameron (through Jan. 5, 2014)
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 

Lewis Hine
The Future of America: Lewis Hine’s New Deal Photographs
JFK November 22, 1963: A Bystander’s View of History
Zoe Strauss: 10 Years
All these exhibitions run through Jan. 19, 2014
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street / 212-857-0000


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : … …” dated (10/22) and (10/20).


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