Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (10/01)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 01, 2014
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Bryan Ferry
“Freshly anointed a Commander of the British Empire by her highness, Queen Elizabeth II, Mr. Ferry retains the haughty stage presence that made him a thrilling frontman of Roxy Music. His suave art-pop is muddled by an excessive number of guest artists and their ensuing solos on his latest disc of originals, “Olympia,” but the record does reunite him with his Roxy archnemesis, Brian Eno. With Dawn Landes.” (Anderson-NYT)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th Street,
212-465-6500, beacontheatre.com;
At 8 p.m. / $59 to $200

David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form.

Legendary record producer George Avakian describes the band in this way:
“There has never been a band quite like this one. Most groups, past and present, stick to one style. Some current groups attempt to recreate early recordings in their entirety. These guys do neither. Inspired by divergent bands of the 1920s and 30s, you’ll hear them swing a variety of styles in music by a wide range of composers, always true to the joy and heart of the music.”

Now in its 14th year of residency at Birdland, the weekly post-workday engagement is the city’s best musical bargain! Tuba player David Ostwald leads a rotating lineup that features talents such as clarinetist Anat Cohen, trombonist/vocalist Wycliffe Gordon, pianist Ehud Asherie, drummer Marion Felder and more!
Birdland, 315 W 44th St., (btw 8/9 ave.)
At 5:30PM / $25
birdlandjazz.com

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Mac Conner: A New York Life (through Jan. 09, 2015)
Mac1McCauley (“Mac”) Conner is considered by many to be one of New York’s original “MAD Men”. Born in 1913, Conner grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.
Museum of City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, at 103rd St.
From 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.,/ $10.
(212) 534-1672 /

Cia. Unión Tanguera (through Oct. 5)
Cia. Unión Tanguera, the celebrated French/Argentinean company, is an ensemble of extraordinary dancers and musicians who weave together sensuality and human emotion through the dance and music of contemporary and traditional Argentinean tango. Set to classic tango recordings and original compositions played live by a quartet of Buenos Aires’ finest musicians, Nuit Blanche (Sleepless Night) examines with humor the desires and fears that are revealed in the course of a late-night milonga.
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St., Chelsea,
at 8p.m./ $10 to $59.
(212) 242-0800 / joyce.org

Chita Rivera (through Friday)
“She’s just back from Williamstown, where she once again paraded as Claire Zachanassian in the never-quite-gets-to-Manhattan musical, The Visit. In recognition of the classy gig, she’ll tribute its tunesmiths John Kander and Fred Ebb, who’ve written for her several times now. She’s heralding the return as “Chita’s Back,” and, although she may not dance as much as she has in her past cabaret shows, she remains Broadway’s leading spitfire.” (David Finkle-VillageVoice)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9ave)
212-581-3080 / birdlandjazz.com
At 8:30 p.m. / $40.00-$50.00cover, with a $10 minimum.

Lonesome GeorgeAmerican Museum of Natural History (through Jan. 4)
“Before a species goes extinct, one animal always has to be the last survivor. For the Pinta Island tortoise, that survivor was the male known as Lonesome George. When he died in June 2012 he was more than 100 years of age, and he has now become the face of the more than 20,000 species of plants and animals around the world currently under threat of extinction.

ipad-art-wide-lonesome20george-420x0The American Museum Of Natural History is now displaying the remains of Lonesome George as part of a new exhibition highlighting Galapagos tortoises, evolution, and the process of extinction.” (DNA info)

Think about it. For 41 years George had been the last of his kind—a subspecies of Galápagos tortoise, living only on Pinta Island—and a zoological celebrity.
Astor Turret, on the AMNH’s fourth floor. 79th St. and Central Park West
From 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. / $22.

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♦ 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.
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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, moma.org.” (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 / moma.org.

Designing Modern Women 1890-1990:

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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, madmuseum.org. (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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