Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (10/05)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, OCT. 05, 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.”

Lincoln Center Autumn Crafts Festival (also Oct. 11-12.)
This festival in its 25th year, will feature 250 displays in Hearst Plaza, Columbus Avenue and 64th Street, on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet
e190bc_6c55b3343eee4b1dbeb889a74c081788.jpg_srz_406_270_85_22_0.50_1.20_0“A tenor and soprano saxophonist with a dry tone and a sleek but undemonstrative style, Ravi Coltrane leads a quartet with several sharp-minded partners: the young Cuban pianist David Virelles, the bassist Dezron Douglas and the drummer Johnathan Blake. “ (Chinen-NYT)

VillageVanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St., West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $25 and $30 cover, with a $10 minimum

Tony DeSare, ‘Night Life’
“The singer-pianist’s key role models, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole, both recorded many classic ballad albums, but as far as is known, never attempted what Mr. DeSare is doing this week at 54, which is to do an entire show of romantic ballads in a nocturnal mood. He departs from the general theme occasionally, as in “Sabre Dance Boogie,” Lou Busch ’s finger-busting adaptation of Khachaturian’s balletic warhorse.

Mr. DeSare is especially skillful at expanding the general crooner’s canon, when he interprets more modern songs that Cole or Sinatra would never have done, but, as he shows, should have considered, like Willie Nelson ’s “Night Life” and Bob Dylan ’s “To Make You Feel My Love.” (WSJ- Will Friedwald)
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St. (btw Broadway/8th ave)
7PM / $35-$45, with a $25 minimum.
646-476-3551 /

Marilyn Crispell and Raymond MacDonald
Guy-Crispell-Lytton -An Odyssey in Music“Ms. Crispell, a veteran pianist equally celebrated for aggressive atonality and delicate lyricism, teams up with Mr. MacDonald, a well-traveled Scottish saxophonist, on “Parallel Moments” (Babel), their dry but lyrically engaging new album. Here they reunite for a duo concert as part of the Sound It Out series.” (Chinen-NYT)

Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
At 8 p.m. / $20

Archtober / October 1–31
To New York City’s architects and building buffs, October is Archtober, or Architecture and Design Month. For 31 days, the City’s design community opens its doors for more than 150 tours, lectures, films and celebrations, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the buildings that give this metropolis its distinct character.

One feature is a rotating “building of the day”—among the honorees this month are Queens’ Glen Oaks Branch Library, the 9/11 Memorial Museum in Lower Manhattan and Kings County Distillery at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (
For a complete calendar try:
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” (this is outstanding) try:

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:
The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Grand Concourse in the Bronx / 11:00am
Join urban planner and lifelong Bronx resident Sam Goodman to learn more about one of New York City’s most celebrated boulevards; the Grand Concourse of Bronx County.

Building of the Day: Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy / 12:00
Norman McGrath
The Sportime/John McEnroe Tennis Academy is the largest public tennis facility built in New York City in half a century. The project is a key component of the redevelopment of Randall’s Island into a city wide destination for sports and active recreation. Built on a six acre site, the design includes a 20-court complex with […]

The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Art Deco on Central Park West / 2:00pm
Take a pleasant stroll along Central Park West with architectural historian Anthony W. Robins for a closer look at the buildings that form Manhattan’s major residential skyline.

AIANY / Classic Harbor Line
AIANY Lower Manhattan Architecture Boat Tour / 5:00pm
While viewing the major sites of Lower Manhattan aboard Classic Harbor Line’s elegant yachts, attendees pass beneath the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg Bridges. AIANY guides discuss historic monuments, more recent waterfront architecture, infrastructure and more. Continuing education credits and additional dates are available

Elsewhere, but I am curious about this:

Rogue Taxidermy Fair & Book Release
imageArtist Robert Marbury is your guide to all things macabre at this taxidermy celebration of Taxidermy Art: A Rogue’s Guide to the Work, the Culture, and How to Do It Yourself, the first survey of the bizarre art movement. You’ll see martini-sipping monkeys, jewel-encrusted piglets and even a live demo by taxidermist Katie Innamorato. Check out booths from organizations such as Minnesota Association of Rogue Taxidermists and the popular Brooklyn spot Morbid Anatomy Museum. Stick around for a dance, soundtracked by the Lucky Chops Brass Band.
The Bell House, 149 7th St. Gowanus, Bklyn (btw Second and Third Aves.)
3pm / $10-$30
718-643-6510 /

♦ 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.

Chelsea is the heart of the NYCity contemporary art scene. Home to more than 300 art galleries, the Rubin Museum, the Joyce Theater, and The Kitchen performance spaces, there is no place like it anywhere in the world. Come here to browse free exhibitions by world-renowned artists and those unknowns waiting to be discovered in an art district that is concentrated between West 18th and West 27th Streets, and 10th and 11th Avenues. Afterwards stop in the Chelsea Market, stroll on the High Line, or rest up at one of the many cafes and bars and discuss the fine art – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

Current Exhibitions recommended by the NYT critics:

Roxy Paine: ‘Denuded Lens’ (through Oct. 18)
The main attraction is a spectacular, life-size diorama representing an airport security gateway with X-ray machinery, conveyors, plastic bins and so forth, all replicated in wood. Furthermore, it’s all been rendered in perspective: objects get smaller toward the back end, and right angles are skewed so that the whole tableau seems to exist between two and three dimensions. It induces a dreamy, slightly dizzying sensation. Marianne Boesky Gallery, 509 West 24th Street, 212-680-9889, (Johnson)

Lily van der Stokker: ‘Huh’ (through Oct. 18)
LvdStokker_KoenigClintonInstallationView5_72DPI.-700x539Cartoonish, subversive and irrepressible, the latest painting-drawing-sculpture installation from this ingenious Dutch artist is all Pepto-girly pink and spiced with mixed signals of longing, conflict and complacency. Set in the bathroom — a space shared by home and studio — it meditates on the illusion of equality between the sexes, and artists in general. The resulting mood of asexual delusion is shattered by a single shop sign. Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street, 212-334-9255, (Smith)

Jim Shaw: ‘I Only Wanted You to Love Me’ (through Oct. 25)
MP_SHAW_Install_023This uncannily imaginative Los Angeles painter and sculptor has what the Romantic poet John Keats called negative capability: the ability to be “in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and reason.” He also has exceptional drawing and graphic skills, an expansive sense of humor, an acute moral compass and a connoisseurial eye for weird kitsch. This show of dizzyingly complex, Pop-Surrealist, mural-scale paintings is one of his best New York outings ever. Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 212-206-7100, (Johnson)

For a listing of 25 essential galleries in the Chelsea Art Gallery District, organized by street, which enables you to create your own Chelsea Art Gallery crawl, see the Chelsea Gallery Guide ( Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (10/03) and (10/01).
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