Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide (03/27)+ Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, MAR. 27, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-Mar”, 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.

Jake Shimabukuro
“The Japanese-Hawaiian string virtuoso has achieved something remarkable in his synthesis of a very old instrument and the very new social media; he’s released dozens of CDs, but most people have experienced him as a “viral” phenomenon on YouTube. More than any other contemporary pop instrumentalist (he’s the Chris Botti of the ukulele), Mr. Shimabukuro shows that there is plenty of creativity left in the concept of interpretation.

Because even though a few of his larger format arrangements are somewhat schlocky (his disco-y “En Aranjuez”), none of them can be dismissed as mere “covers.” The best of his solo treatments, which range from Paganini to Chick Corea to “Bohemian Rhapsody” are ingeniously entertaining, achieving what Eddie Peabody and Roy Smeck did for the banjo and the guitar 80 years ago and proving again that YouTube is the new vaudeville.” (WSJ)
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea,
At 8 p.m./ $27.50 to $55

Designing + Making: Traditional Skills in the Contemporary Environment
What role do traditional “craft” skills and the handmade play in today’s contemporary landscape of design and production? How much change has occurred, what innovation can be discovered in historic methods, and what traditions no longer apply to today’s and tomorrow’s production? WantedDesign and the Museum of Arts and Design team for this evening conversation with leading US manufacturers and designers to explore case studies in the adaptation of traditional skills to the contemporary environment.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
7:00pm / Free during Pay-What-You-Wish Admission

The Art of the Recital: Alessio Bax
The inaugural season of the Art of the Recital series will celebrate this classic art form with programs curated by the performers. In the intimate Rose Studio, these recitals offer a rare opportunity to hear masters perform matchless repertoire in the ultimate setting for chamber music.
Beethoven Sonata in B-flat major for Piano, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier” (1817-18)
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition for Piano (1886)
Rose Studio, 165 W. 65th Street
10th floor of the Rose Building
7:30PM / $45

Design Talks | A Conversation with Michael Sorkin & James Wines
Michael Sorkin is an architect and urbanist whose practice spans design, criticism, and teaching. He is the principal of Michael Sorkin Studio in New York, a global design practice focused on urbanism and green architecture.

James Wines is founder and president of SITE, a New York-based architectural studio chartered in 1970. Through his multidisciplinary practice, Wines develops site-specific structures that engage information about the environment, including buildings, public spaces, environmental art, landscapes, master plans, interiors, video productions, graphics, and product designs.

Join us for a conversation between National Design Award winners Michael Sorkin and James Wines, as they discuss their work and the state of public space in the urban environment today.
The Greene Space at WNYC & WQXR, 44 Charlton Street
6:30PM / $15

Freddy Cole Quintet featuring Harry Allen
“A charismatic and urbane vocalist, Mr. Cole treats the standard songbook with easygoing grace. He also plays piano in his quartet, with the guitarist Randy Napoleon, the bassist Elias Bailey and the drummer Curtis Boyd. Next week they welcome Mr. Allen, a tenor saxophonist of mellifluous charm”  (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th Street and Broadway
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $40 and $45 cover, with a $10 minimum

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.

Here’s one gallery exhibition that the NYT art critic really liked:

Mark Di Suvero

 ‘Re-View: Onnasch Collection’ (through April 12)
This show more faithfully simulates the experience of seeing art in a modern art museum than any private gallery exhibition in recent memory. Installed in a sequence of 11 whitewall rooms in a gymnasium-size space, the show’s 57 works dating mainly from the 1950s to the ’80s are from a collection assembled by Reinhard Onnasch, a German art dealer. All of the 27 artists — from the Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline to the Minimalist Richard Serra — will be known to anyone familiar with post-World War II art. Nearly all are represented by choice examples.” (Johnson-NYT)
Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street,

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 (03/25) and (03/23).
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