Selected Events (03/29)+ Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5” / Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAR. 29, 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.

New Directors/New Films 2014 (through Sunday)
I have been remiss by not listing this wonderful film fest before today.
Only one weekend left!

See interesting new films and hear the director’s inside take on his film. We saw “Of Horses and Men” earlier in the fest and found the director to be honest and informative during the Q&A. Here’s what Flavorpill had to say about New Directors:

“Discover new works by some of today’s most innovative filmmakers
A long-term cinematic affair between MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, New Directors/New Films is a place for adventurous moviegoers to discover the most imaginative voices in filmmaking today. Over the course of its 43-year history, the festival has introduced audiences to directors such as Todd Solondz, Christopher Nolan and Pedro Almodóvar.

This year’s slate includes a tidy 27 features and 13 shorts from 29 countries. Of particular note are Gillian Robespierre’s comedy Obvious Child starring Jenny Slate; Richard Ayoade’s The Double based on Dostoevsky’s novella starring Mia Wasikowska and Jesse Eisenberg; and Benjamin Naishtat’s sociological thriller History of Fear. The 12-day fete concludes with the Sundance award-winning documentary about musician Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth.” (Flavorpill)
The Film Society of Lincoln Center
March 19 – 30 / $15
for detailed info see: newdirectors.org

Kathy Mattea
BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center, the longest operating performance venue in lower Manhattan, proudly presents two-time Grammy Award-Winner Kathy Mattea

Mattea’s delved even deeper into her Appalachian heritage with Calling Me Home, available from Sugar Hill, co-produced with modern acoustic mastermind Gary Paczosa and featuring liner notes from bestselling author, and Kentucky-born kindred spirit, Barbara Kingsolver. Selections from Kathy’s latest releases, Calling Me Home and Coal, comprise one third of the program, although the bulk of the show features Kathy’s biggest hits, with some older favorites reinterpreted for the acoustic band configuration, and a sprinkling of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her catalog.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St
8:00pm / from $35
212-220-1459

USA Memory Championship
Sometimes, remembering details can be a real challenge. Over 70 contestants — ages 12 to 60 — will demonstrate their total recall at this annual competition at the Con Edison Grand Auditorium, 4 Irving Place, at 14th Street, Manhattan. From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; usamemorychampionship.com; free for spectators.

BILL CHARLAP
Although it’s been far too long since he’s released a new album, the pianist, a modern mainstream giant, always has a stockpile of imaginative and meticulously arranged material to draw on. His longtime trio mates—Peter Washington, on bass, and Kenny Washington, on drums—could not be more in synch with Charlap’s manicured swing.”(NewYorker)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St.
212-581-3080

An Evening with Paul Mealor and Cordydd
Welsh choral composer Paul Mealor, Wales’ premier mixed voice choir Co^rdydd, and leading Welsh harpist Gwenllian Llyr, will join forces in March to present a magical evening of Welsh choral music at one of New York’s best concert venues. Described in the New York Times as ‘one of the most important composers to have emerged in Welsh choral music since William Mathias’, Paul Mealor was catapulted to international attention in 2011 when his motet Ubi Caritas was performed at the Royal Wedding Ceremony of His Royal Highness Prince William and Catherine Middleton, now HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.

He is also the first classical composer to hold both the UK classical and pop chart No 1’s at the same time in December 2011 with Wherever You Are, a piece written for the British Military Wives Choir, and his music has rapidly entered the repertoire of choirs and singers around the world.
Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave
7:30pm / $50
212-247-7800

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

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WHAT’S ON VIEW: Special Exhibitions @ 4 MUSEUMS (Manhattan’s WestSide)

“Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New’ (through April 21)
‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
 ‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’(through Oct. 5)
Museum of Modern Art: 11 W 53rd St. (btw 5th /6th Ave.)
(212) 708-9400 / moma.org.

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:
IN2265
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‘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,
212-299-7777,madmuseum.org.

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‘Capa in Color’ (through May 4)
“Robert Capa first worked with color in 1938, though he only began shooting regularly in color in 1941. This exhibition includes more than 100 contemporary inkjet prints, a fraction of the roughly 4,200 color transparencies held in the center’s Capa Archive. Sections of the exhibition include photographs of postwar Paris with spectators at the Longchamp racetrack, fashion models, people sitting in cafes. Black and white remained the standard for war photography as well as art during this time, however, and color during Capa’s period was still for commerce, amateurs, leisure — and stories featuring women.”
(Martha Schwendener-NYT)

‘What Is a Photograph?’ (through May 4)
“This exhibition is supposed to address a good question: What is photography in today’s digital age with its mind-boggling new smorgasbord of ways to create and disseminate machine-made images? It brings together works from the past four decades by 21 artists who have used photography to ponder the nature of photography itself. But it’s a strangely blinkered and backward-looking show. Most of what is on view has more to do with photography’s analog past than with its cybernetic future.” (Ken Johnson-NYT)
International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, at 43rd St.
212-857-0000, icp.org
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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 / http://www.discoverytsx.com

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : … …” dated (03/21) and (03/19).
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