Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (09/19)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, SEPT. 19, 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. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.”

Bill Frisell (also Saturday)
“American music is a wellspring of inspiration for the influential guitarist. He’s here with the Big Sur Quintet, featuring the violinist Jenny Scheinman, the violist Eyvind Kang, the drummer Rudy Royston, and the cellist Hank Roberts, and together they’ll delve into the songs of Woody Guthrie, our nation’s preëminent troubadour. Expect radical reinvention—for Frisell, the sanctity of roots music is never sacrosanct.” (NewYorker)
Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St.
7PM / $55-$75

Smorgasburg in the Park
“Smorgasburg is headed to Central Park from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., complete with 30 food vendors, beer, wine, and tunes spun by Mister Saturday Night DJs Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter. As a bonus, Mile End is throwing a special Shabbos Dinner, complete with braised brisket, matzo ball soup, and babka.” (Gothamist)
You can find all the food on the Rumsey Playfield, near 72nd Street and 5th Ave.

‘Funland: Pleasures and Perils of the Erotic Fairground’ (through next spring)
“This exhibition, organized by the Conceptual artists Sam Bombas and Harry Parr, explores the eroticism of carnivals and fairs through films and interactive displays. In his review for The New York Times, Edward Rothstein wrote, “though it encloses just 2,000 square feet, with five ‘attractions,’ there is no body part commonly thought private that is not here publicly grasped, modeled or bounced against, with a mixture of vulgarity, playfulness, inventiveness, crudity, childishness and mischievous provocation.” That said, this show is for those 18 and older.” (NYT)
Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue, at 27th Street,
From 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays,
$17.50, or $15.25 for students.

New York Oyster Week –
#1. New York Harbor Regatta and Regatta Bash at Governors Island.
On a nice sunny day, this sounds special, if a bit costly.
Join us on Friday, September 19th for the fourth annual New York Harbor Regatta and Regatta Bash at Governors Island.

Start the day sailing around the New York Harbor in a multi-class Regatta including J105s, J/24s, Colgate 26s, Farrs and Kers. You can also spend the day on the water and watch the festivities aboard a luxury spectator yacht. As the day turns into night, joing the party at the Regatta Bash on Governors Island with live reggae music, Dark ‘n’ Stormies and Fishers Island Oysters!

Regatta proceeds will benefit New York Harbor Foundation’s programs for the students of Harbor School, New York City’s only public maritime high school.
Governors Island
1:00 PM / $125 //
#2. Oystoberfest
OystoberFest, an Original New York Oyster Week Production, is New York’s Signature Craft Beer & Oyster event. The event will feature 16 craft beers from Blue Point Brewing will be presented with dozens of oysters which are, of course, a craft or artisanal product themselves. Guests will also enjoy a host of cocktail, wine & champagne options. An Alternate Menu will also be featured. This menu of Sustainable Seafood Items will be prepared by noted sustainable seafood leader Chef Kerry Heffernan.

The time of year is great for both Oysters & Beer. This is a prime harvest time for oysters. And Oktoberfest is being celebrated world-wide at this time as well.
Open House NYC , 201 Mulberry St.
4:00 PM / $65 //

Chucho Valdés, Pedrito Martinez & Wynton Marsalis (also Saturday)
Since the late 1990s, JALC has celebrated Cuban music with collaborations with some of the island nation’s finest musicians like Celia Cruz, Israel “Cachao” López, Candido Camero, and Bebo Valdés, including a landmark Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra residency in 2010. Continuing this tradition, the 2014-15 season will open with a world premiere commission featuring influential pianist, composer, and arranger Chucho Valdés; rising star percussionist and vocalist Pedrito Martinez; and JALC’s own Wynton Marsalis writing for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.

“Valdés, a first-rank piano virtuoso and an imaginative, style-blurring composer and arranger, is an icon of contemporary Cuban musical culture. He opens the Jazz at Lincoln Center fall season with the world première of a collaborative commission. Joining him are the Cuban expatriate percussionist and singer Martinez and the trumpeter Marsalis, who will be leading the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.” (NewYorker)
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theatre, Broadway at 60th St.
8PM / 212-721-6500.

Sam Smith
“The full-tilt falsetto of this British singer-songwriter stole the show on “Latch,” Disclosure’s hit single, and he gave a gorgeous performance of his Top 10 staple, “Stay With Me,” on “Saturday Night Live” in March. He brings an intriguing, soulful element of cabaret pop to his compositions, one curiously at odds with his dance collaborations, but both approaches deliver emotional wallops. His debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” is an emotive mainstream hit.” (Anderson-NYT)
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, Manhattan,
At 8 p.m. / $35

♦ 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 @ 2 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)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (09/17) and (09/15).
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