Selected Events (01/28)+ Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, JAN. 28, 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.

“The Austin, Texas-based pianist, drummer, and film composer Graham Reynolds brings his long-standing band to town for a rare appearance. Reynolds’s taut compositions, here performed by piano, pedal steel, bass, drums, and a special guest, Todd Reynolds, on violin, reveal a variety of influences, including John Barry’s classic sixties Bond themes and Western swing.

For this performance, the group will perform selections from the numerous Richard Linklater movies that Reynolds has scored, a few rock-tinged Ellington compositions, and an excerpt from an intriguing new work of his called “Marfa Triptych: Three Portraits of West Texas.” (NewYorker listings)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
At 7:3pm / $20
212-539-8778 /

Mark Turner Quartet (through Feb. 2)
“The tenor and soprano saxophonist Mark Turner, who has done plenty of remarkable work in collective settings, steps into a leadership role with this band, featuring Avishai Cohen on trumpet, Joe Martin on bass and Marcus Gilmore on drums. Its coolheaded strain of postbop will soon be captured in album form on ECM, but it’s best heard, at least in the meantime, right here.’ (Chinen-NYT)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $25 and $30 cover, with a one-drink minimum.

A Look at Mars and Mercury
This program in the Hayden Planetarium gives a bird’s-eye view of the two planets. Hosted by Carter Emmart, director of astrovisualization at the museum, the show utilizes information from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s context camera and the Mercury Messenger to transport viewers to the surfaces of each planet.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street,
At 6:30 p.m./ $15, $13.50 for 60+,

Formerly lead guitarist with The Black Crowes and current front-man for North Mississippi Allstars, Memphis-born Luther Dickinson deploys his aggressively Southern sensibility to Walter Ruttman’s 1927 documentary portrait of a Berlin long gone by, Berlin: Symphony of a Great City. A painter and a chamber musician before becoming a filmmaker, Ruttman cast an impressionistic eye over a single day-into-night of life observed in the German capital.

Grammy-winning country-blues guitarist/singer Alvin Youngblood Hart applies his signature rootsy style to “Fatty” Arbuckle’s 1918 spoof on westerns, Out West. Arbuckle co-stars with Buster Keaton against the backdrop of Mad Dog Gulch, “the toughest town in the movies.”
Merkin Concert Hall
Kaufman Music Center 129 West 67th Street (between Broadway and Amsterdam)
At 7:30PM / $25
(212) 501-3330 /

Pop Culture Phenomena with Alan Light, Glenn Kenny and Rob Sheffield
“What’s the magic element that makes a pop song an earworm? Journalists Alan Light and Rob Sheffield, who have contributed to Rolling Stone and Spin magazines, and MSN film critic Glenn Kenny examine our obsession with pop culture, from music to movies.” (
Word, 126 Franklin St. (at Milton St.)
at 7PM / FREE
718-383-0096 /

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 @ 4 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

‘Walker Evans: American Photographs’ (through Mar. 09)
“In 1938, the Museum of Modern Art mounted its first one-person photography exhibition: “American Photographs,” by Walker Evans. This gripping, 75th-anniversary reprise of that show presents more than 50 images from that body of work. It is accompanied by a reissue of the original catalog, which includes a wonderfully insightful essay by Evans’s friend and supporter Lincoln Kirstein. Together, the show and the book reverberate now in a time when the idea of America is subject to debates as fractious and far-reaching as at any time since the Civil War.” (Johnson-NYT)
Isa Genzken: ‘Retrospective’ (through March 10)
‘Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New’ (through April 21)
 ‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 /

‘Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital’ (through June 1)
“If you haven’t quite wrapped your head around the concept of 3-D printing, or haven’t yet had a digital scanner wrap itself around you, now you can do both in this survey of computer-assisted art, architecture and design. The show looks at art made since 2005 and fills nearly three floors, including many irresistible interactive projects. Its ideas may not be entirely new; the Museum of Modern Art’s 2008 exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” covered much of the same territory, but there’s something to be said for this more down-to-earth, production-focused exhibition.” (Rosenberg-NYT)
Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle,

‘The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution’ (through Feb. 23)
“The Historical Society visits a watershed exhibition in the history of American art (and a significant event in the annals of New York City) with this centennial celebration of the 1913 Armory Show, the controversial survey that introduced New York audiences to the works of such modern artists as Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso, Cézanne, Gauguin and Van Gogh. Some of those same pieces return here.” (TONY listings)
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 /


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : … …” dated (01/26) and (01/24).
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