Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (10/07)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, OCT. 07, 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.”

Betty Buckley (through Oct. 11)
14733900“The return of the much-missed Betty Buckley — with six concerts at Joe’s Pub in support of her superior pop album, “Ghostlight,” is a special occasion. The record, produced by her fellow Texan, T-Bone Burnett, touches all four corners of Ms. Buckley’s complicated sensibility: the Texan country girl, the Broadway diva, the New Age jazz singer and the aficionado of great, offbeat pop songs. The songwriters include Abbey Lincoln, Tom Waits, Jacques Brel and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Tuesday through Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., with a 9 p.m. set on Thursday and Oct. 11.” (NYT)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, at Astor Place
212-967-7555, joespub.com; $25 to $75.

 

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.” (nycgo.com)
For a complete calendar try: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” try: untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:
Building of the Day: Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at JFK / 1:30pm
Tour Guides: Jeremy Brown. Senior Design Manager – Customer Experience, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd.; Hayes Slade, AIA; James Slade, AIA, LEED-AP; Callie Tedder-Hares, Senior Designer, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd and Clementina Cracroft, US Regional Clubhouse Manager, Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. Price: $10 All attendees must register online and send names and birthdates to Julia Cohen, Archtober […]

Center for Architecture Foundation
What to Expect When You’re Renovating / 6:00pm-8:00pm
Aimed at homeowners contemplating a renovation project, this informative 2-hour session provides an overview of the process of renovating an apartment in NYC, from start to finish. Whether you are planning a kitchen redo or a more substantial addition or gut renovation, your project will go more smoothly if you know how the process works and what to anticipate before you get started.

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
National Design Awards Winners’ Panel / 7:00pm-8:30pm
A panel discussion with 2014 National Design Award winners about their inspiration and drive as designers. Panelists include John Edson (LUNAR), Aaron Koblin, Narciso Rodriguez, and Robin Standefer (Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors).

Evan Christopher
“The New Orleans resident is one of the world’s major clarinetists, a musician who regards the Crescent City as the uppermost area of the Caribbean and plays accordingly, bringing a Jamaican-Haitian accent to traditional jazz and swing. On Tuesday Mr. Christopher joins forces with the excellent pianist Eli Yamin and the seriously superior blues singer Catherine Russell in a benefit for the Jazz Drama Program at the DiMenna Center.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)
Mary Cary Flagler Hall at The DiMenna Center
450 West 450 37th St. (btw 9/10 ave)
Wine, beer and hors d’oeuvre will be served and guests will have an opportunity to interact with the artists and a newly created Nora’s Ark made of recycled materials…
6:30PM / Admission is $150, $100 is considered a tax deductible contribution.

Fleetwood Mac
Fleetwood+Mac+2014+a“Calling this tour “On With the Show” is significant for Fleetwood Mac in more ways than one. Following their 2013 tour, bassist and founding member John McVie was diagnosed with cancer. Within a few months, former keyboardist and singer Christine McVie announced her return to the Mac after spending years away due to a crippling fear of flying. Very little can keep this classic band down, and their trials are used as fuel for their material.

Just look at Rumours, their legendary ’77 album all about the two nasty splits between the pair of romantic couples in the band. Even after so bitingly addressing their love issues and heartbreak on songs that they would make their exes play alongside them for decades to come, the members of the group’s original lineup always find a way back to one another. Guess you can’t go your own way for too long.” (Brittany Spanos-VillageVoice)
Madison Square Garden,
866-858-0008, thegarden.com
At 8 p.m./ $49.50 to $199.50.

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:

Marlo+Thomas+Matt+Lauer+Marlo+Thomas+Outside+AjD5PkG12U-l‘The Visionary: Marlo Thomas,
TV’s First Independent Woman’
“Ms. Thomas, who created, produced and starred in “That Girl,” the 1960s television comedy about a young actress living and working in New York City, will talk about the show’s influence on the women’s liberation movement with Gloria Steinem — one of the leaders of that movement — and Debra Messing, an actress now appearing in the NBC series “The Mysteries of Laura.” (NYT)
Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue at 37th Street, Astoria, Queens,
718-784-0077, movingimage.us
At 7 p.m. / $25, $15 for members.

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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
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times wonderful Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

American Folk Art Museum:
Fasanella-Bridges‘Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget’ (through Nov. 30) The centenary of the birth of this formidable self-taught urban visionary, activist and New Yorker is celebrated with a riveting selection of his largest, most epic paintings. Their teeming compositions crowd searing events from 20th-century American life into complex amalgams of time, space and color and conduct a fertile exchange with the museum’s Willem van Genk show. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Roberta Smith)

van_genk‘Willem van Genk: Mind Traffic’ (through Nov. 30) Brilliantly paired with the Ralph Fasanella exhibition, the American solo debut of this outstanding Dutch artist, who died in 2005 at 78, adds a bright star to the outsider firmament. A draftsman of extraordinary talent, a hoarder and mystic obsessed with maps, travel and transportation, van Genk obsessively recycled found imagery and materials and his own drawings into collages and fanatically textured paintings that convey the sights, sounds and very static of modern life. 2 Lincoln Square, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 212-595-9533, folkartmuseum.org. (Smith)

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. 2 Columbus Circle, 212-299-7777, madmuseum.org. (Smith)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’ (through Oct. 19) Shoehorned into half the museum’s design department, this conversation-starting display of objects from MoMA’s permanent collection features items designed by more than 60 women, many of whom worked with male partners. Some, like Marianne Brandt and Eileen Gray, are well known to design aficionados, but most will be unfamiliar to a general audience. Most objects were created for domestic consumption. The pièce de résistance is a kitchen designed by Charlotte Perriand for the apartments in Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation in Marseille, France. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

‘Christopher Williams: The Production Line of Happiness’ (through Nov. 2) This meticulously considered and assembled survey of one of the deepest thinkers of the Pictures Generation is as beautiful as it is demanding. No aspect of photography — as art, craft, science or commerce — or of exhibition-making has been left unturned, yielding a show that is a big, brainy work of art unto itself. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

‘A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio’ (through Nov. 2) 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)

107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
‘A Brief History of New York: Selections From ‘A History of New York in 101 Objects’ (through Nov. 30) Every object tells a story. If New York City is or ever was your home, you’ll find 30 eloquent items in this absorbing, jewel box of an exhibition based on “A History of New York in 101 Objects,” a new book by Sam Roberts, an urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times. Illuminated behind glass walls is an intriguingly eclectic collection, including an arrowhead, a short section of the first transatlantic cable, the pink rubber ball called the Spaldeen and a jar containing dust gathered from near the World Trade Center shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Johnson)

Skyscraper Museum:
TS84_IntroWall‘Times Square, 1984: The Postmodern Moment’ (through Jan. 18) In this smart, pithy show, 20 architectural panels capture the essence of another show, the “Times Tower Site Competition” held by New York’s Municipal Art Society 30 years ago, when over 500 architects made proposals for the famous triangular site in Times Square. Philip Johnson and John Burgee were proposing a suave 4.2 million-square-foot ensemble of four skyscrapers that would help “clean up” the surrounding urban squalor, and they favored an open square at the center of their project. The Municipal Art Society protested the proposal by asking for alternatives to replace the Times Tower. The dispute proved a turning point in New York’s urban history and, more broadly, in American architectural history, as the postmodernism of the Johnson towers gave way to a highly eclectic, free-for-all postmodernism devoid of his mansards or triumphal arches. 39 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan, 212-968-1961, skyscraper.org. (Joseph Giovannini)

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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 (10/05).
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