Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (04/22)

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

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
♦ “Notable NYC Events-April”, 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 York Public Library: World Book Night, Readings and a Discussion
(Tuesday and Wednesday)
On Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., the library will host its celebration of World Book Night — a global initiative on Wednesday that involves the distribution of free books to the needy — with a discussion featuring Malcolm Gladwell, Garrison Keillor, Tobias Wolff, Esmeralda Santiago and Walter Dean Myers. Also on Tuesday, at 7 p.m., Camilo Vergara, a writer and photographer whose new book is “Harlem: The Unmaking of a Ghetto,” and Graciela Mochkofsky, a journalist, will talk about the changing face of Harlem.

On Wednesday at noon, Francine Prose, whose latest book, “Lovers at the Chameleon Club: Paris, 1932,” will be released on Tuesday by Harper, is scheduled to appear.
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library,
917-275-6975   –   –   free.

New York International Auto Show (through April 27)
“Technology is front and center at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. Sometimes it’s offbeat tech, such as a flying car, but this year the focus is more on driver assistance and infotainment services coming to a wider array of cars. Even small cars are loading up on driver tech, such as forward collision warning and lane departure warning, because the technology is cheaper. They’re also in demand from boomers downsizing into the same cars Millennials buy; the older drivers don’t want to give up the tech they had on their big car or SUV.

The 2014 NYIAS also features quick redesigns of cars only a year or two old, such as the Toyota Camry and Honda Civic. Automakers are getting quicker at fixing what focus groups and reviewers tell them. Most new cars have upgraded infotainment systems; several are showing Apple’s CarPlay. More have LCD displays standard even with no navigation, to better display infotainment and to provide backup cameras in advance of the federal mandate, now set for 2018.” (
Mon-Sat from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sun from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St.
$15, $5 for children 12 and younger

Kurt Rosenwinkel
“Astute listeners who followed Rosenwinkel’s work over the years with such leaders as Paul Motian, Gary Burton, and Q-Tip knew that it was only a matter of time before the astonishingly fluid, post-Metheny stylist would ascend to full-fledged guitar-hero status. Although Rosenwinkel has an affinity for grandeur (earlier albums have found him in league with large ensembles and cushioned by elaborate production effects), he’s appearing at the Village Vanguard with a spiky quartet, perhaps the most effective setting for his dexterous improvising.” (NewYorker)
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.

Winner of a 2013 Soul Train Award for “Best Traditional Jazz Performance,” Nicole has established herself as a talented jazz singer unafraid to show off her R&B roots. Since her 2004 debut album, for which she was named Best New Jazz Artist in Japan, Henry has earned Top-10 spots on U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan and garnered rave reviews for her performances worldwide. At Dizzy’s, the beautiful and dynamic vocalist celebrates iconic women in music. Join us for an incredible journey through the music of artists including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dame Shirley, and Aretha Franklin.
at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. / $40

Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
“If you haven’t yet checked out the Nighthawks’ new digs, what are you waiting for. “The band (which has just released their second volume of music from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”) now actually sounds better, audio-wise, and the menu is a vast improvement over the band’s previous venue—overall, it is a step up, to the second floor, rather than a flight down, to the basement.

Although longtime fans are currently referring to the Nighthawks as “The Iguana Troubadours,” they continue to play with the same amazing combination of skin-tight historical authenticity and sheer, relentless energy, plus a tempo that has always characterized Mr. Giordano’s bands.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
Iguana, 240 W. 54th St., (Btw 8th/B’way)
8pm-11pm / $15 cover, $20 food/drink minimum
(212) 765-5454 /

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

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

‘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 /

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:

‘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,


‘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.

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 (04/20) and (04/18).
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