Selected Events (01/22) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 22, 2014

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

Hilliard Ensemble
“As part of its farewell tour, this a cappella vocal ensemble brings its signature sound and meditative vibe to the Temple of Dendur with a program linking ancient and contemporary spiritual music from across Europe, including works by Arvo Pärt, a composer with whom the Hilliard Ensemble has collaborated for decades.” (NYT-da Fonseca-Wollheim)
Gallery 131, Temple of Dendur, Metropolitan Museum of Art,
At 7 p.m. / $65.
(212) 570-3949,

Selected Shorts: The Stories of Alice Munro
“This regular reading event pays homage to the winner of last year’s Nobel Prize in Literature, a supremely talented Canadian scribe whom the committee described as “a master of the short story.” Fellow fiction-writing giant Margaret Atwood will discuss her longtime friend, and performers including Holly Hunter will read selections from Munro’s body of work, drawing from her upbringing in rural Ontario.” (TONY mag)
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th Street,
At 7:30 p.m./ sold out, but the storm will likely keep some folks from attending.
returned tickets may be available for purchase through the box office, beginning Wednesday at 1 p.m.
(212) 864-5400 /

‘La Bohème’ (Saturday and Wednesday)
Franco Zeffirelli’s bustling, colorful production of this Puccini opera, introduced in 1981, is so popular that the Metropolitan Opera has not always taken care to cast it with the best singers. So it is good news that this revival has such a winning cast, headed by the lovely, plush-voiced soprano Maija Kovalevska as Mimi and the ardent, youthful tenor Joseph Calleja as Rodolfo.

The robust baritone Alexey Markov makes a hearty and impulsive Marcello, and the bright soprano Irina Lungu is a vivacious Musetta. Stefano Ranzani conducts a sensitive and textured performance.” (NYT-Anthony Tommasini)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center,
Saturday at 8:30 p.m., Wednesday at 7:30 p.m./ $27-$445!
(212) 362-6000,

Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin
Legendary guitar maker Christian Frederick Martin built his first instrument in the United States in the 1830s. He settled in NYC on Hudson Street, establishing the forerunner of the still family-owned and -operated C.F. Martin & Company, which is located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

After emigrating from Saxony, Martin encountered the Spanish-style guitar and incorporated elements from that tradition into his own Viennese style of instrument construction. The result was a new form of the guitar, a style that would become important as a basis for other American makers of the instrument.

Tis exhibition includes roughly 35 instruments taken from the Martin Museum in Nazareth, The Met and private collections.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Ave. at 82nd St.
212-535-7710|/ /

Monty Alexander (through Jan. 26)
“Mr. Alexander, an effervescent pianist, shows two sides of his personality next week, in the company of longtime associates. Tonight through Friday he will lead a boppish trio with the bassist John Clayton and the drummer Jeff Hamilton.

With the Harlem-Kingston Express on Jan. 25 and 26, he will give his Jamaican heritage an uptown twist in a group that typically includes two bassists and an impressive clutch of drummers.” ((Nate Chinen-NYT))
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
At 8 and 10:30 p.m. / $35 cover at tables, $20 at the bar, with a $5 minimum.
(212) 475-8592,

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

WHAT’S ON VIEW: Special Exhibitions @ 3 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

‘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 Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution’ (through Feb. 23, 2014)
New-York Historical Society
, 170 Central Park West, at 77th St.
(212) 873-3400 /


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 /


WHAT’S ON VIEW: 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
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 



For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : … …” dated (01/20) and (01/18).
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