Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (05/28)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-May”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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Word for Word: Eddie Shapiro & Broadway Guests
Theater journalist and author of “Nothing Like a Dame: Conversations with the Great Women of Musical Theater” leads a conversation with Broadway stars in honor of his recent book, which is filled with candid interviews with twenty leading ladies of The Great White Way.

“Word for Word Author” is an outdoor reading series that features bestselling authors, celebrity writers, and expert-panelists sharing anecdotes, answering questions from the audience, and signing copies of their latest books.
Bryant Park Reading Room
located on the 42nd Street side of the park – under the trees – between the back of the NYPL on 5th Avenue & 6th Avenue. Look for the burgundy and white umbrellas.
at 12:30pm / FREE
In case of rain, events are held under a tent at the Reading Room. In case of severe weather, please check for the indoor location.

The Shape of Jazz to Come: Downtown Jazz in 1959 and Now
In the 1950s and 60s, the Five Spot Café (in two locations on Cooper Square) was a major nexus, not only of top-notch jazz, but also of racial integration and artistic ferment. Leonard Bernstein, James Baldwin and Norman Mailer were all in the mix alongside Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and John Coltrane. When saxophonist Ornette Coleman and his band played for several weeks in 1959, they disrupted the scene’s social status quo as well as altering the sound of jazz. What is the downtown jazz scene like today – are there any parallels?

Karen Loew of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation will moderate a panel discussion with David Neil Lee, author of The Battle of the Five Spot: Ornette Coleman and the New York Jazz Field; Stacy Dillard, saxophonist and composer; and jazz critic Howard Mandel. A booksigning with Lee follows the discussion.
New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center,
Arnhold Hall-55 West 13th Street, Room I202,
at 6:30 pm / FREE, reservations required

“Guitarists Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey wield the articulate lead-guitar tonguework that has always driven moe.’s unflagging improv-rock invention. Arguably, however, it’s percussionist Jim Laughner’s electric MalletKat vibe/marimba spiel that tethers fans’ attention to this quirky backwater spaceship of a quintet a quarter-century into its game. A genre unto itself, moe. plays cosmic Americana at its finest, and their new No Guts, No Glory shows no sign of surrender.” (Richard Gehr-VillageVoice)
Stage 48, 605 W. 48th St.
9:30 p.m. / $35-$150

World Science Festival (through June 1)
“While arts festivals are typically darlings of high-culture institutions, science-related events usually end up sequestered in universities, laboratories or children’s museums. Seeking to elevate science on the cultural pedestal, Brian Greene, the renowned physicist and author, and his wife, Tracy Day, a former journalist and TV producer, co-founded this festival in 2008. The five-day citywide gathering showcases the world of science in unique ways.

Alan Alda, a longtime supporter of the event, has written a play about Albert Einstein, “Dear Albert,” which will be performed by Paul Rudd, Cynthia Nixon, and Francesca Faridany on opening night. At the same time, it engages with serious scientists—participants include Mary-Claire King, the geneticist who discovered the breast-cancer gene BRCA1; John Kovac, who may recently have found further proof of the big bang; and the cosmic-inflation theorists Andrei Linde, Alan Guth, and Paul Steinhardt. Attendees can stargaze from Brooklyn Bridge Park and from the deck of the Intrepid (where, also, beneath the Space Shuttle, “Gravity” will be screened), find out what their ancestors looked like, and discover the chemistry of ancient Scandinavian beer.

The event culminates with an outdoor fair, in Washington Square Park, where the public can view a 3-D printer that will print astronaut supplies when in space, and interact with robots of all shapes and sizes.” (NewYorker)
Various locations

NY Phil Biennial
“The New York Philharmonic launches its inaugural NY Phil Biennial today. It’s an 11-day festival of exciting new music from around the world. Tonight the Gotham Chamber Opera presents the U.S. Premiere of Toshio Hosokawa’s opera based on Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Raven.” Tickets are very expensive tonight (minimum of $500), though seats are available in the $30 to $175 range for Friday, May 30 (show at 8 p.m.).” (DNA Info)
Gerald W. Lynch Theater, at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St., Columbus Circle.
For the full NY Phil Biennial program and info on the Biennial Pass,
which gets you into all 21 biennial performances for only $95, head to their website.

♦ 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 @ 3 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,


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 (05/26) and (05/24).
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