Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (09/17)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2014
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“Lately the most overlooked ensemble format in jazz is the vocal harmony group—you’re more likely to hear a band with three drummers or accordionists than a trio comprised of three singers. This recently organized threesome, Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou, devises original arrangements of mostly vintage songs, both familiar and offbeat. They understand that swinging music goes hand in hand with an audacious sense of humor.” (Will Friedwald, WSJ)

Hillary Gardner is one of my fave NYCity jazz singers. But it’s not just me.
This is what Terry Teachout, author of “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong” and ”Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” has to say: “…an absolutely first-class singer. She swings effortlessly without making a big deal of it, and she has a knack for hunting down off-center tunes…Yet she’s just as adept at making something fresh and surprising out of an oft-heard chestnut.”
55 BAR, 55 Christopher St. (btw Sixth/Seventh Avenue)
A prohibition era dive bar with live jazz and blues nightly.
7pm / NO COVER
(212 ) 929-9883 /

Evan Parker
Parker_Evan“Now 70, the saxophonist Evan Parker has spent more than four decades in the British avant-garde, metabolizing the ideas of free jazz and perfecting his own strategies of sound, which skew atonal but often subversively lyrical.

Tonight, as part of the Sound It Out series, he plays duos with the guitarist Joe Morris, whose approach is as intuitive and uncompromising as his own.”(Chinen-NYT)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
at 8 p.m. / $20

Milton Ezrati on “Thirty Tomorrows: The Next Three Decades of Globalization, Demographics & How We Live”
Lunch and Learn Series

Over the next three decades, aging populations in the United States, Europe and Japan will begin to threaten our way of life. The ever-increasing pool of retirees will burden relatively diminished workforces, slowing the pace of growth and straining public and private finances. In stark contrast, emerging economies will enjoy the benefits of large, youthful and eager workforces. These differences will set the tone for decades to come.

But contrary to much of the media’s downbeat treatment of the issue, we can survive, even prosper. The doomsayers – and there are many – mistakenly assume that people, firms and governments will sit by passively when, in fact, history shows that they will do whatever it takes to protect their prosperity. Thirty Tomorrows shows that there is much they can do: lengthening careers, bringing more women into the workforce, increasing and better targeting immigration and heightening the pace of globalization. These efforts, however, will require radical adjustments that will ultimately alter the focus of these economies, the nature of their workplaces, government policy and even the way Americans, in particular, think about themselves.

Milton Ezrati, a New York native, has spent more than 40 years in finance. He is presently senior economist and market strategist for Lord, Abbett & Co. and an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Human Capital at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Talk will be followed by Q&A and book signing.
12:30 PM to 01:30 PM / $5 tickets include Museum admission. Museum members and students are admitted free. Feel free to bring your lunch.

The New York Times Magazine PhotographsOpening Reception
Join Aperture for the opening reception of the exhibition The New York Times Magazine Photographs, curated by New York Times Magazine director of photography Kathy Ryan and Aperture publisher Lesley A. Martin. The exhibition provides a behind-the-scenes look at the collaborative, creative processes that have made this magazine the leading venue for photographic storytelling within contemporary news media.
Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th St. (btw 10/11 ave)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm / FREE

Christine Ebersole “Big Noise from Winnetka” (through Sept. 20)

51629500“The double Tony-winner has titled her latest offering after both a 1938 big band standard and her hometown, thereby indicating that this new production will be both noisier than usual but also exceedingly personal.

Although the two goals would appear to be inapposite, she somehow indeed achieves both, as shown with her two key show tunes from “Grey Gardens”: “The Revolutionary Costume for Today,” delivered in an exuberantly extroverted funk arrangement that is in itself “revolutionary,” and the lovely, haunting waltz “Will You,” which she renders with heightened sweetness—a kind of built-in nostalgia for itself—and even more intimacy than the original show. Throughout, there is no one who commands a stage like Ms. Ebersole, whether a full Broadway musical or a one-woman show, she’s an industry leader in any medium she appears in.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
on Friday, Saturday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. (and Sept. 20 at 8 p.m.),
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th)
$55 to $125 cover in advance; $5 extra at the door; with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 /

Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Sept. 28)
“This annual hornucopia shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters, with an unrestrictive relationship to genre. The festivities begin with two nights of up-and-coming trumpeters, handpicked by a former member of that society, Jeremy Pelt. The lineup on Wednesday will feature groups led by Carlos Abadie, Kirk Knuffke, Leon Jordan Jr. and Theljon Allen; Thursday’s players are Paul Williamson, Steve Fishwick, Nadje Noorduis and Keyon Harrold.” (Chinen-NYT)
For more information about the festival, visit
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
Starting at 7 p.m. / $9 cover

♦ 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.

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 (09/15) and (09/13).
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