Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (09/21)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014
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Brooklyn Book Festival – can’t-miss events
Brooklyn has long been considered a hub of the literary world, and the Brooklyn Book Festival, taking over Borough Hall this Sunday, further confirms that. With tons of events, amNewYork (Scott Rosenberg) has picked out eight you should check out at the FREE festival. Here are just four:

Politics, War, Love and Streetlife
Join Elizabeth Gaffney (“When the World Was Young”), Rashidah Ismaili (“Autobiography of the Lower East Side”) and Sam Roberts (“The History of New York City in 101 Objects”) as they discuss New York City from the 1940s-60s. (11 a.m., St. Francis McArdle)

So, Can You Judge a Book By It’s Cover?
Expect book cover designer Chip Kidd (“Go! A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design”) and Riverhead Press art director Helen Yentus banter about the art of design. (Noon, St. Francis College Auditorium)

Poets Laureate Past and Present
Hear readings from accomplished poets Tina Chang (Brooklyn Poet Laureate), Rita Dove (U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993-95), Maria Howe (New York State Poet Laureate) and Ramya Ramana (NYC Youth Poet Laureate). (1 p.m., Mainstage)

Jonathan Lethem and Jules Feiffer in Conversation
Feiffer, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, sits down with novelist Lethem (“Dissident Gardens”) for a discussion on satire, culture and politics. (4 p.m., St. Francis College Auditorium)
The Brooklyn Book Festival runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Brooklyn Borough Hall and Plaza, 209 Joralemon St., / FREE

Sondheim Unplugged
A celebrated New York event since 2010, the Broadway World & Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret’s most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more.

Past special guests have included original Sondheim cast members such as Len Cariou, Victoria Mallory, Donna McKechnie & Chip Zien – so you never know who might drop in. Sondheim Unplugged is hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on Sondheimien facts, history & assorted tidbits of theatrical lore!
Come join the party!
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th ave)
7PM / $35-$70, with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 /

Festival of New Trumpet Music (through Sept. 28)
Oh, Baby! A dozen trumpets!

“This annual hornucopia shines a light on new works by or for trumpeters, with an unrestrictive relationship to genre.Tonight, Igmar Thomas — who has received another festival honor, the Roy Campbell Jr. Commission — will perform with his group, preceding a 10 p.m. Campbell tribute featuring more than a dozen trumpeters, conducted by Lewis (Flip) Barnes and Dave Douglas.” (Chinen-NYT)
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St. (btw W4th/BleeckerSt.)
8:30 & 10 pm / $10, plus $10 minimum.
For more information about the festival, visit

Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life (until Mon. Jan. 12 2015)
image“Barbara Nessim is a pioneer in graphic design. The Bronx-born artist and illustrator was one of the first women in the field in the early 1960s, and her complex designs made waves in the creative world. Her new exhibit features more than150 of her works, ranging from computer-generated illustrations to textiles to fashion and more. The book, “Barbara Nessim: An Artful Life”, exploring the details of the creative designer’s career, accompanies the installation.” (TONY)
Bard Graduate Center Gallery, 18 W 86th St., btw Central Park West/ Columbus Ave
212-501-3023 /
Tue, Wed, Fri–Sun 11am–5pm / $7; seniors and students $5
Thu 11am–8pm / 5–8pm FREE.
212-501-3023 /

The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (through Sept. 30)
“For the fifth year running, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola has organized a monthlong series with a multigenerational theme. Headlining this weekend is the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander, in a program called “Jazz Around the West Indies”.
On Monday and Tuesday the guitarist Peter Bernstein will lead a quartet.
And Wednesday’s program, featuring the alto saxophonists Gary Bartz and Sharel Cassity, will precede a four-night run by the Heath Brothers.” (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. / $25 to $45 cover; $10 minimum at tables, $5 at the bar.

Feast of San Gennaro Festival (LastDay)
The 88th Annual Feast of San Gennaro takes over the ever shrinking Little Italy with food, rides, games of chance, and more (don’t miss the cannoli!).

This festival is held on the streets of historic Little Italy, the lower Manhattan neighborhood which served as the first home in America for hundreds of thousands of Italian immigrants who came here seeking to improve their lives beginning in the early part of the 20th century.

This year’s Feast is expected once again to attract more than one-million people from the four corners of the globe to the streets of Little Italy to participate in the annual Salute to the Patron Saint of Naples.

Centered on Mulberry Street, enjoy indoor and outdoor dining at 35 of Little Italy’s most famous Italian restaurants. More than 300 licensed street vendors selling international foods, official Feast of San Gennaro, New York City and Little Italy souvenirs.
11:30am–11pm / free admission.

♦ 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 Museum Mile / Fifth Ave. Museums:
‘Garry Winogrand’ (LastDay)
Mr. Winogrand, who died at 56 in 1984, was the photographer laureate of urban and suburban middle-class life in the United States from the late 1950s through the ’70s and beyond. This ample retrospective focuses on his prime years, when he recorded a newly prosperous America while strolling Manhattan’s avenues and then followed it as it waded into increasingly troubled political waters. The result is a remarkable panorama of an era, with some terrific pictures, and some that Winogrand, who left a mountain of unprocessed film behind, never edited or printed. 212-535-7710, (Cotter-NYT)
‘The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy’ (through Oct. 26)
‘Early American Guitars: The Instruments of C.F. Martin’ (through Dec. 7)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave, at 82nd St.
(212) 535-7710 /

‘Men in Armor: El Greco and Pulzone Face to Face’ (through Oct. 26)
Scipione_Pulzone_Jacopo_Boncompagni_1574_2000The 400th anniversary celebration of El Greco’s death begins with a stunning clarification of the youthful greatness of his portrait “Vincenzo Anastagi” — a Frick Collection stalwart — that also teaches much about radicalism, fame and painting. This is done simply by pairing it with the obsessively detailed “Jacopo Boncompagni,” a rarely seen portrait by Scipione Pulzone, the now-forgotten artist of the moment in 1570s Rome, where both works were made. (Roberta Smith-NYT)
Frick Collection: 1 East 70th St. (btw 5th/Madison)

Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th St.
(212) 423-3500 /

========================================================== Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar: “NYCity Events: Manhattan’s WestSide” dated 09/19 and 09/17.
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