Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (09/13)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events –SATURDAY, SEPT. 13, 2014
“We search the internet looking for the very best of What’s Happening on Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to.”

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“9 Notable Events-September”and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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Odean Pope, Pharoah Sanders, James Carter (also Sunday)
“These three saxophonists certainly can temper their effusive natures, yet each is also known for tapping into the kind of lusty, cascading improvisations that were made famous by John Coltrane in the latter part of his career. They are joined here by three other luminaries—the pianist Geri Allen, the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts, and the bassist Reggie Workman—for a run that will be recorded for a live album.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street (btw 6th ave/MacdougalSt.), Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592 /
At 8 and 10:30 p.m. – $35/$45 cover at tables, $20/$30 at the bar, $5 minimum.

Chelsea Art Gallery Tour
“Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea – the world’s center for contemporary art – and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion. The 2 hour tour takes place today at 1:00 PM & 3:45 PM. These two tours will be identical in every way: the same guide and the same exhibits, so choose whichever start time best fits your schedule. It will take place no matter what the weather – rain or shine (the art is all indoors). “ (ThoughtGallery)
Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave.
Subway: #1 to 23rd St./7th ave.; M23 bus west to 23rd St. /11th ave
Admission is $25.
SPECIAL OFFER: Use DISCOUNT code “chelsea53″ for $10-off admission!
New York Gallery Tours / 212-946-1548

4X4 Baroque Music Festival
4 Concerts on 4 Summer Nights

The 4×4 Festival presents concerts of baroque music at New York City’s historic Saint Paul’s Chapel, showcasing works by well-known composers such as Bach, Handel and Vivaldi while shedding light on some of their unjustly neglected contemporaries.
Tonight – Concert Spirituel
Chamber Music from 18th Century France
St. Paul’s Chapel, Broadway at Fulton

Fall for Dance
“The meat of the Fall for Dance festival is still a month away, but organizers, in collaboration with the Public Theater, are smartly taking a cue from Shakespeare in the Park and offering an amuse-bouche of free performances at the Delacorte Theater to whet your appetite.

Highlights include the premiere of “Bend in the Road,” a collaboration between the former New York City Ballet star Damian Woetzel and the Memphis jookin’ virtuoso Lil Buck; the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s modern classic “D-Man in the Waters (Part I)”; and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s go-to crowd-pleaser, the North African-flavored “Gnawa” by Nacho Duato.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Delacorte Theater, Central Park, enter the park at 81st Street and Central Park West, 212-539-8500,
At 8 p.m. / free tickets available day-of at the theater or by online lottery (limit two per person); reserved seats are available at $75 each.

A Cinematic History of Virtual Reality
“A movie that gives one sight and sound…taste, smell, and touch…. You are in the story, and instead of being on a screen, the story is all about you, and you are in it.”
– Pygmalion’s Spectacles 1935
Specular, makers of the cinematic tool Depthkit on view as part of NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial, presents a screening surveying the chronology of virtual reality in cinema from 1935-2015.

Exploring how these cinematic explorations into virtual reality have affected our reality, A Cinematic History of Virtual Reality pairs excerpts from science fiction movies, corporate research, and product demos. Together these works trace how we have used cinema to develop ideas on virtual reality that help make today’s newest developments in high resolution, multisensory immersive cinema—a virtual reality of its own—possible.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,
1:00 pm / $10 General, $5 MAD Members and Students
1-800-838-3006 /

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Bob Mould
“It’s a song cycle. A narrative. It’s nobody’s story but my own… I ran so fast from my past that I caught up with myself. This album is acknowledging that and dealing with every year getting a little tougher.”

Bob Mould’s new album Beauty & Ruin may very well be the most epic emotional roller coaster ever pressed into 36 minutes.

Well into his fourth decade as a singer-songwriter, Mould is as relevant, ferocious, and poignant as he has ever been on the compact epic that is Beauty & Ruin. Instead of sitting idle and going quiet, Bob chooses to confront head-on and plow through the psychic turbulence that comes with this stage of life. Much of Beauty & Ruin deals with the passing of Mould’s father in October 2012, Bob’s struggle to come to terms with it, himself, and his own identity and legacy, and repercussions of all of the above on his ongoing relationships in the land of the living. Beauty & Ruin is a twelve-track journey of loss, reflection, conciliation, and coming through the other side. Beauty & Ruin is a challenging work of raw beauty—and may well be Bob Mould’s finest work since his 1989 solo debut, Workbook
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn
800-745-3000; 718-486-5400 /
At 9 p.m. / $25
this is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Bklyn’s WestSide.
subway:#1-2-3 to 14th St.; transfer to L to Bedford, (1st stop in Bklyn).
short walk to venue – 3 blks West on N 6th S

♦ 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)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Oct. 5)
Here’s what the NYT said about ‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’
This mostly lively if repetitive overview traces the history of photography as the Modern never has — with images taken in the studio rather than out in the world. Its roughly 180 works span 160 years and represent some 90 portraitists, commercial photographers, lovers of still life, darkroom experimenters, Conceptual artists and several generations of postmodernists. Including film and video, it offers much to look at but dwells too much in the past, becoming increasingly blinkered and cautious as it approaches the present. 212-708-9400,” (Smith-NYT)
‘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:


Museum of Arts and Design: ‘NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial’ (through Oct. 12) This plunge into the biennial format makes a big, messy splash sampling the visual culture across the city — whether opera set design, art or new technologies. An expansive, invigorating move, it still contains too much that is fun, cute, clutter-making or useless, aimed at those with plenty of disposable income and homes to decorate.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle,
212-299-7777, (Smith-NYT)

The Art of the Brick by Nathan Sawaya (LastWeekend)
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 : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (09/11) and (09/09).
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