Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue (10/03)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, OCT. 03, 2014
“We search the internet everyday 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.”

New York Super Week
“Last year, New York Comic Con drew more than 130,000 fans to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center over four days (up from 30,000 in 2006, its inaugural year). The demand for this gathering is now so great that it is no wonder that ReedPop, the company that organizes it, has put together a sister festival, New York Super Week, to celebrate pop culture at venues around the city.

Here is a selective guide to Super Week (Friday through Oct. 12). Get your tickets early. New York Comic Con (next Thursday to Sunday) is mostly sold out; only Thursday tickets ($35) were available at press time.” (NYT-)
FRIDAY: Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium and host of “Cosmos,” will appear at the Hammerstein Ballroom with his popular radio program “StarTalk Live!” The comedian Eugene Mirman will co-host, with the author Malcolm Gladwell and the comedian Wyatt Cenac joining them;
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
8 p.m. / $35-$55.

Fall Open House – Schomburg Center
“Part of the center’s First Friday series of free events, this evening will include extended gallery hours, refreshments and a performance and discussion with the poet and performance artist Jessica Care Moore and the musician Greg Tate.

Current exhibitions include “i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls,” with artworks based on that literary work; “Going Home, Coming Home: Remembering,” a display of photographs, manuscripts and artwork honoring notable figures who died this year, like Nelson Mandela, Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka and Ruby Dee; “Question Bridge: Black Males,” a transmedia project on black male identity in America; and “The Slave Route,” a historical display about slavery and the slave trade.” (NYT)
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Lenox Avenue, at 135th St.,
At 6 p.m. / FREE

The Birdland Big Band (Guest Conductor, Rob Middleton)
The BBB roars into action every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world’s best arrangers. After work or before a show, come hear one of the world’s best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York.

Kick off your weekend with what critics are calling “the best live music bargain in all of NYC!” Time Out New York called the BBB, “a completely unique experience… there isn’t another band like this anywhere”
Birdland, 315 W 44th St., (btw 8/9 ave.)
At 5:15PM / All seats $30, $10 food/drink minimum

Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue
“Thanks to constant work, the guitarist’s ideas are boundless these days. She’s built this quartet around reed player Chris Speed, bassist Eivind Opsvik and drummer Tomas Fujiwara to enjoy textural gambits and counterpoint experiments. Abstraction is the welcome mat of their new album on the Relative Pitch label, but poignant moments and defined landscapes are always popping up.” (Jim Macnie- VillageVoice)
Cornelia Street Cafe, 29 Cornelia St. (btw W4th St./BleeckerSt.)
9:00pm & 10:30pm / $10.00, plus $10 minimum.

Chita Rivera
“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 /
At 8:30 p.m. / $40.00-$50.00cover, with a $10 minimum.

‘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.

♦ 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:
‘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 10/01 and 09/29.
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