Selected Events + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide (10/19)

Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, OCT. 19, 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 City Wine & Food Festival (LAST DAY)
“The Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival returns for another food-and-beverage-filled few days, featuring Food Network personalities like Rachael Ray and Bobby Flay along with a deep squad of local all-star chefs, restaurateurs and purveyors (Marcus Samuelsson, Sirio Maccioni, April Bloomfield, Daniel Boulud, Cronut king Dominique Ansel and chocolatier Jacques Torres, to name a few). The festival, now in its seventh year, will offer more than 100 events at venues all around the City, with the home base once again Piers 92 and 94. Expect seminars, tastings, culinary demonstrations and events for kids. Proceeds from the festival benefit the Food Bank for New York City and No Kid Hungry.” (NYCGO.COM)

CASSANDRA WILSON
“The pioneering singer of her generation has interpreted the work of everyone from Robert Johnson to U2. She’s currently working on “Coming Forth by Day,” an album that turns its sights on Billie Holiday. There have been countless tributes to Lady Day since her death, in 1959, but Wilson will likely reveal nuances as yet unheard. The new album, which is being funded by online pledges, isn’t due for a while; in the meantime, expect Wilson to maintain her unrestrained ways.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
212-475-8592 / bluenote.net
At 8 and 10:30 p.m./$55 cover at tables, $35 at the bar, with a $5 minimum

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 see: archtober.org/2014-calendar
For “20 Great Events to Check out at 2014 Archtober Festival in NYC” see:untappedcities.com

Highlight’s from Today’s Events:
Building of the Day: Campbell Sports Center, Columbia University / 3:00pm
On the corner of West 218th street and Broadway—the northernmost edge of Manhattan—the Campbell Sports Center forms a new gateway to the Baker Athletics Complex, the primary athletics facility for Columbia University’s outdoor sports program. The LEED-Gold Campbell Sports Center is the new cornerstone of the revitalized Baker Athletics Complex and provides increased program space […]

Brooklyn Historical Society
This is Brooklyn / 1:00pm-2:00pm
Learn about the history of Brooklyn and experience one of New York’s great landmark buildings! Enjoy a 1 hour introductory tour of Brooklyn’s history in our beautiful building. FREE with museum admission, this tour is perfect for a first time Brooklyn visitor as well as the seasoned Brooklynite!

-The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Downtown Manhattan: What’s in a Name? / 11:00am
Why Broad Street, Stone Street, Water Street, Gold Street, the Battery, Maiden Lane, and more? Join guide Joe Svehlak as we interpret four centuries of New York City history by the street and place names.

-The Municipal Art Society of New York
Walking Tour: Spotlight on the South Village: Below Washington Square / 2:00pm
Join planner and guide Laurence Frommer for part two in his series, focusing on probably the best known part of Greenwich Village.

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.

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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 Modern Art: 
‘Designing Modern Women 1890-1990’ (LAST DAY) 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 dated (10/17) and (10/15).
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