Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (08/24)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events  – SUNDAY, AUGUST 24, 2014

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable Events-August”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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Sacco+and+Vanzetti‘Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti’: Exhibition and Talk (through Sept. 1) “Bartolomeo Vanzetti and Nicola Sacco, two Italian-born anarchists who were put to death in Massachusetts in 1927, are the subject of this exhibition and special event at Word Up Community Bookshop. On view are Marc Shanker’s charcoal portraits of the two men — considered by some to have been unjustly convicted of robbery and murder and executed because of their political activities — as well as excerpts from letters written by them while they were incarcerated.

On Sunday at 3 p.m., a discussion and dramatic reading will feature Mr. Shanker and others, including George Stevens, a history scholar, and the actor David Margulies.” (NYT)
Tuesdays through Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m.;
Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.,
WordUp Community Bookshop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue, at 165th Street,
347-688-4456 /; free.

Central Park Pro Tennis Clinic
Play with pros John Isner & Murphy Jensen

LACOSTE players John Isner and Murphy Jensen will join City Parks Foundation to welcome New Yorkers of all ages and talents to play tennis in a special clinic in Central Park to kick off the US Open Championships.

Participants will have a chance to learn from the pros on the game’s most integral shots: forehand, backhand, serve and volley. As well as compete for giveaways courtesy of LACOSTE.
Central Park Tennis Center, enter @ W 96th St.
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
(718) 760-6999.

Maya Angelou Tribute
“A free three-hour reading of Ms. Angelou’s poetry and prose, presented by Spirit in Sunset Productions, will take place in Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive and 145th Street, in Harlem. Ms. Angelou died in May at 86. Artists, performers and writers will take part in the program, “Rising Still: A Creative Journey Through Resilient Skies,” which was first presented in April at a Harlem church. Seats will be available, but audience members are encouraged to take along their own seating.” (NYT)
From 2 to 5 p.m. / FREE
Riverbank State Park, Riverside Drive and 145th Street,

Trio da Paz and Friends (through Aug. 31)
“Officially billed as “Trio da Paz and Friends Play Jobim, Getz, and Other Brazilian Classics,” this engagement augments that excellent trio with the singer Maucha Adnet, the trumpeter Claudio Roditi and the tenor saxophonist Harry Allen. Friday through Sunday, and Tuesday through Aug. 31” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $35 to $45 cover, with a $10 minimum

The NYC Cabaret Festival (also Aug. 31)
54 Below inaugurates a brand new festival saluting some of the finest talents in the NYC cabaret community. This August, join more than seventy uniquely gifted entertainers, among the most highly regarded in the city, as we celebrate work ranging from original compositions to treasured standards by the greats & absolutely everything in between. The NYC Cabaret Festival shines a bright spotlight on this most unique craft, & propels it into the future!

Tonight’s Performers:
@ 7pm
Raissa Katona Bennett
Tony DeSare
Natalie Douglas
Debbie Gravitte
Jeff Harnar
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Heather MacRae
Phyllis Pastore
Sarah Rice
Alice Ripley
Steve Ross
Chip Zien

@ 9:30pm
Carole J. Bufford
Alexis Cole
Kat Gang
Sean Harkness
Deanna Kirk
Lina Koutrakos
Lorinda Lisitza & Ted Stafford
Marissa Mulder
Christine Pedi
Jana Robbins
Nicholas Rodriguez
Jay Rogers
Jonathan Whitton
54 Below, 254 West 54th St.
At 7 and 9:30 p.m./$30 to $60, with a $25 minimum.

Elsewhere, but worth the detour:

Festival | The NYC Volkswagen Traffic Jam
On what promises to be a lovely day for a picnic, share your picnic with nearly 100 vintage Beetles, buses and dune buggies at a Volkswagen car show on Governors Island.

The Traffic Jam is a spectator-judged vintage Volkswagen car show and picnic. With great views behind a vibrant line-up of nearly 100 Beetles, buses, dune buggies, Things, and other original VW’s circa 1950’s – 1970’s, this car show is a one-of-a-kind event for both the casual spectator and classic VW enthusiast.
Governor’s Island
10:00 am to 5:00 pm / FREE, no reservation required

♦ 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.

The Deep End – East River


A competitor in the Brooklyn Bridge Swim in late July. Participants swam from the Manhattan stanchion of the Brooklyn Bridge to Dumbo in Brooklyn. Because of strong currents, many participants had to be rescued – Aug. 24, 2014.

Every Sunday in the NYT Metropolitan section, a photographer offers a new slice of New York. A wonderful slice of life it is – Thanks NewYorkTimes: N.Y. / Region section
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.

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 (08/22) and (08/20).
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