Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (09/25)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events –THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014
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From the Works and Process Archives: Three Choreographers Reflect
Celebrating 30 years of Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum, choreographers Karole Armitage, Larry Keigwin, and Pam Tanowitz present archival videos of their past Works & Process programs.

Dance Theatre of Harlem Artistic Director Virginia Johnson moderates a discussion with the choreographers, as they reflect on their time at Works & Process.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
6:00 pm / FREE; reservations required
All registered seats are released 15 minutes before start time,
so we recommend that you arrive early.

Söndörgö – Lost Music of the Balkans (Live@365)
Sondorgo_c_SondorgoFast, furious, and virtuosic, Söndörgö is one of the most exciting bands in Europe today. Unlike traditional violin-led Hungarian bands, Söndörgö’s (pronounced shunderger) tamburitza music features the signature stringed tambura, a mandolin-like instrument. With delicate beauty and sizzling power, the band combines respect for tradition with a desire to innovate. Söndörgö preserves the Southern Slavic music of the Serbs and Croats that can be found in various settlements in Hungary.

“Their music sparkles with virtuosity and foot-tapping joie de vivre.” —
London Evening Standard
Elebash Hall at The CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue
7:00pm / $25

Justin Vivian Bond
“Mr. Bond is performing a series of original songs as part of the French Institute Alliance Française’s fall festival. I’m not sure that Mr. Bond is going to save the art of cabaret over the course of the evening—there doesn’t sound like there will be enough Cole Porter—but by God we’re going to find out.” (NY Observer)
FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th St.
7:30 p.m. / $30

“Books that Cook”
booksJennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa Goldthwaite, the editors of “Books That Cook,” an inventive survey of American cookbooks from the seventeen-hundreds to the present, join Marion Nestle, Caroline Grant, Ravi Shankar, and other contributors to the volume, which is subtitled “The Making of a Literary Meal.”

The evening will feature Marion Nestle, a professor at NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development who penned the book’s foreward, as well as editors Jennifer Cognard-Black and Melissa Goldthwaite

Organized like a cookbook, Books That Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal is a collection of American literature written on the theme of food: from an invocation to a final toast, from starters to desserts. Each section begins with an excerpt from an influential American cookbook, progressing chronologically from the late 1700s through the present day, including such favorites as American Cookery, The Joy of Cooking, and Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The literary works within each section are an extension of these cookbooks, while the cookbook excerpts in turn become pieces of literature—forms of storytelling and memory-making all their own.
Fales Library, New York University, 70 Washington Sq. S., third fl.
at 6PM / FREE

Jesse Stacken and Kirk Knuffke/Ben Holmes and Patrick Farrell
Two trumpet-keyboard duos appear on this concert, part of the Sound It Out series: first, at 8 p.m., the pairing of Mr. Stacken on piano and Mr. Knuffke on trumpet, drawing from their fourth duo album together, “Five.” Then at 9 p.m. Mr. Holmes, a versatile trumpeter, teams up with Mr. Farrell, on accordion.” (NYT-Chinen)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
212-242-4770, / $15

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Opening: The NY Art Book Fair
The ninth annual New York Art Book Fair kicks off with a free opening night preview/party at MoMA PS1 featuring a dj set by jd samson and a live set with Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth playing out on the steps (6-9pm)

“There are many wonderful talks and events going on up at PS1 for the NY Art Book Fair. And then, when it’s all over, on Sunday, go and dance the night away at Santos Party House, for the closing celebration. Matthew Higgs is DJ’ing, so you know it’ll be good” (N.F. – NY Observer)
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City,

♦ 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 (09/23) and (09/21).
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