Selected Events + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (10/11)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, OCT. 11, 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.”

Brianna Thomas
Ms. Thomas, a confident and well-seasoned young jazz singer, recently turned heads with her debut album, “You Must Believe in Love.” But her command of an audience might be her greatest strength, and it should be in full effect here.” (Chinen-NYT)
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m./ $15 cover.
Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Avenue, near 125th Street, Harlem,

Betty Buckley
“Betty Buckley is a genuinely eccentric, eccentrically genuine Broadway diva, with a persona that yo-yos between fragility and imperiousness. Her instantly recognizable voice can sound haunted in its lower registers, then rise to a steely belt, with a pulsing, magisterial vibrato. At Joe’s this week she marks the release of Ghostlight, an album of jazz standards produced by T Bone Burnett.” (TONY)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater
425 Lafayette St. between Astor Pl and E 4th St.
7pm & 9pm / $25-$75 + $12 minimum
212-539-8778 /

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.” (
For a complete calendar see:
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:

-AIANY / Center for Architecture
Between the Clocks: Park Avenue South from Grand Central to Union Square –
Between the exuberant clock on the façade of Grand Central Terminal and the modern interpretation of time on the façade at the end of Park Avenue South lies an encyclopedia of the architecture of New York City. Urban and architectural issues will be discussed including zoning, the Manhattan grid, bonus plazas, class A and Class B office buildings, and façade organizing principles.

Dwell on Design NY 2014 Home Tours / 10:00am-4:00pm
For the third consecutive year, Dwell Home Tours take place across Manhattan on Saturday, October 11. It’s a rare opportunity to experience a group of private homes curated by Dwell’s editors, from a converted industrial building in Tribeca to a green renovation in Harlem. Dwell Home Tours allow design seekers to immerse themselves in “Dwell-like” domestic spaces.

The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Art Wars: The Founding of the Met, MoMA, and the Whitney / 2:00pm
This tour with popular Jane’s Walk host and Grand Central docent Deborah Zelcer will focus on how the keepers of our first cultural collections defined art and decided what would or would not hang within their walls.

editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service soon.

♦ 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 (10/07) and (10/09).
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