Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (02/01)+ Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5”/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, FEB. 01, 2014

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NYC Ballet – All Balanchine
Performance Extras – First Position Discussions at 1PM

• Concerto Barocco
▪ Music by: Johann Sebastian Bach
▪ Choreography by: George Balanchine
▪ Principal Casting: Jan 29, Feb 1 mat: Rebecca Krohn*, Abi Stafford, Justin Peck
*first time in role
One of Balanchine’s earliest masterpieces, Concerto Barocco is music made visible with two elegant yet dynamic lead ballerinas each depicting one of the instrumental soloists in Bach’s double violin concerto.

Kammermusik No. 2
▪ Music by: Paul Hindemith
▪ Choreography by: George Balanchine
▪ Principal Casting: Jan 29, Feb 1 mat: Sara Mearns, Zachary Catazaro*, Teresa Reichlen, Jared Angle
*first time in role
▪ Requiring great energy, speed, and precision, the striking choreography for Kammermusik No. 2 echoes the intricacies of its modernist score with jagged lines and stylized gestures.

Who Cares?
▪ Music by: George Gershwin, orchestration by Hershy Kay
▪ Choreography by: George Balanchine
▪ With costumes by Tony Award-winning designer Santo Loquasto, Who Cares? uses some of Gershwin’s most well-known melodies as the basis for syncopated group dances and balmy, romantic duets.
▪ DHK Theater, Lincoln Center
at 2PM

  • Michele Lee
    In the last 50 years, an entirely new species of contemporary American diva has emerged, represented by such larger than life singer-actresses as Linda Lavin and the contemporary Emily Bergl —who fashioned dual careers out of shuttling back-and-forth between the Broadway stage and television “dramedies,” and who have also enjoyed significant third careers doing one-woman shows in cabaret rooms.Despite 14 seasons and 344 hours of “Knots Landing,” most of Michele Lee’s fans prefer to remember her as the most vivacious of all musical leading ladies of the 1960s, making an indelible impression as “Rosemary,” the supercharged secretary (wearing a Paris original) who wasn’t a toy but nonetheless helped Robert Morse succeed in business without really trying—and was no less winning in Cy Coleman’s 1973 “cult” musical “See-Saw.” (WSJ Pop Scene)
    54 Below, 254 W 54th St.
    at 8pm/ $45
    (866) 468-7619
  • 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.
  • Dawn of Midi
    Composed of bassist Aakaash Israni, pianist Amino Belyamani and drummer Qasim Naqvi, the trio Dawn of Midi began life in Los Angeles, before relocating to Brooklyn. On last year’s refreshing third album “Dysnomia,” the trio looked like a classic jazz piano trio, but the group favored rhythms and dynamics closer to those of electronic music, be it Four Tet or Aphex Twin. Pointillist and precise to the point of mesmerism, Dawn of Midi also evokes comparison to new chamber music as well as the minimalism of Steve Reich. With Bright Wave. As part of the ongoing Ecstatic Music Festival.” (WSJ Pop Scene)
    Merkin Concert Hall
    129 W. 67th St., (212) 501-3300
  • Super Bowl XLVIII is in town and Bryant Park is at the center of the action.
  • After strolling SuperBowl Blvd (aka Broadway) walk 1 block E to Bryant Park:
    Verizon Power House
    1:00pm – 11:00pm | Fountain TerraceFootball fans and technology nuts alike will love the Verizon Power House, opening in Bryant Park just in time for the Super Bowl. Come experience 15,000 square feet of personalized, interactive technology – this first-of-its-kind showcase features the latest from the connected world of Verizon. “Suit up” in your favorite team uniform, demo NFL Mobile’s best features, and watch NFL games on LTE Multicast. Upon exiting the Power House, complimentary and secure phone charging will be offered, so go explore the rest of Bryant Park and then pick up your device later!Verizon will release daily questions on Twitter asking its followers to break down the game’s best matchups. Tweet answers to the daily question with #WhosGonnaWin and be sure to look up at the Empire State Building to find out whose team colors will take over when the results are projected LIVE as a light show from 6:00-7:00pm EST, Monday 1/27 through Super Bowl Sunday.
    Verizon Power House hours
    Thurs, 1/30 – Sat, 2/1: 11:00am – 11:00pm (last entry at 10:30pm)
    Sun, 2/2: 10:00am – 1:00pmPEPCITY in Bryant Park
    2:00pm – 6:30pm | Upper TerraceJoin Pepsi for a three-day Super Bowl celebration with #PEPCITY in Bryant Park!
    From 2:00pm – 6:30pm, #PEPCITY will offer unique, artisanal samplings from celebrity chefs David Burke, Marc Forgione, and Michael Psilakis, while incorporating classic NYC cultural experiences like Broadway, art, music, and sports.#PEPCITY will offer free, pre-ticketed concerts at 8:00pm:
    Saturday February 1 – Ziggy Marley
    Please follow links above to secure your ticket, available on a first-come first-served basis from, starting January 24, 2014 at 12:00 noon.Bank of America Promotion: Football and Hot Beverage Giveaway
    6:00pm – 9:00pm | Throughout the ParkJoin us beginning Wednesday evening, January 29. Bank of America will distribute mini footballs and vouchers for one free hot beverage, redeemable at Ice Bites (located in the Skate Pavilion), Celsius, or the ‘wichcraft kiosk at 42nd and 6th.
    Saturday, February 1 / 10am – 8:30pm

    Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and 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 3 Special Exhibitions in Chelsea Galleries that you may want to see:

    Martina Bacigalupo: ‘Gulu Real Art Studio’ (through Feb. 8)
    “In 2010 the Italian photojournalist Martina Bacigalupo spent time in the city of Gulu in northern Uganda, where she came across a curious form of portraiture. In a local shop called the Gulu Real Art Studio she found dozens of full-length pictures of sitters from which the heads had been neatly cut out. The shop’s owner, Obal Denis, explained why. His machine for developing passport-size photos automatically produced four prints at a time, but most people coming for an ID picture needed only one. So it was easier, and cheaper, to shoot a regular full-length portrait, edit out a head shot and toss what was left. The pictures in this remarkable show are the result: studies in body language and clothing, accompanied by audio-taped interviews made with some of the sitters.”
    (Cotter-NYT listings)
    The Walther Collection Project Space, 508-526 West 26th Street, Suite 718,
    (212) 352-0683,

    ‘Para-Real’ (through Feb. 8)
    “This philosophically catchy 14-artist show reflects a few forms in which reality, whatever that is, impinges. It includes a pile of scrub brushes by Robert Therrien; a self-portrait of Maurizio Cattelan as a real puppet; Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photograph of stuffed golden eagles in a museum diorama; and Thomas Demand’s “Ghost,” a photograph of a colored paper and cardboard construction of a kitchen, wherein some culinary objects hover above the stove, as if tossed up by a poltergeist.” (Johnson-NYT listings)
    601Artspace, 601 West 26th Street,
    (212) 243-2735, 

    Richard Serra, “New Sculpture” (through Feb. 8, and March 15)
    “Gagosian’s double dose of Richard Serra presents dueling sides of the sculptor: the popular artist name checked in a Vampire Weekend song, and the confrontational figure familiar from his earlier career.

    The gallery’s West 21st Street location presents the former in fine form, with a single massive work. Curling ribbons of steel, set on edge and towering to ceiling height, nestle together to create Serra’s signature bowing and curving of space. They swallow viewers up in a phenomenological ecstasy one usually associates with, say, walking along a narrow canyon. The metal’s russet color only adds to the sensation of experiencing something more natural than man-made.
    through Feb. 8 at 522 West 21st Street, 212-741-1717

    The tone, if not the scale, of the work shifts on West 24th Street, with a group of sculptures and nary a bend in sight. Hard-edged steel plates, patinated a carceral gray, get in your way like barricades around a government building. A set of enormous blocks serves as a memorial to the recently deceased sculptor Walter De Maria, a friend of Serra’s. Experiential warmth gives way to cold truths as Serra employs his legendary toughness to challenge not only gravity, but death itself.” (Howard Halle/TONY mag)
    through March 15 at 555 West 24th Street, 212-741-1111
    Gagosian Gallery, 522 W 21st St, btw 10th/11th Aves
    Tue–Sat 10am–6pm

    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 (

    Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view.


    For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (01/24) and (01/22).
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