Selected Events (01/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, JAN. 05, 2015.
“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.”

A Conversation With Diana Rigg  — SmartStuff/ Conversation

Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s Oscar-Winning “Frozen”  
SpecialEvent/ Holiday Film [FREE]

Steve Earle with Willie Wilson — Pop/Rock

Twelfth Night: 
O Rosa Bella: Courtly and Sacred Music of the 15th-17th Centuries —
SpecialEvent/ Holiday Music [FREE]

Brain Cloud — Country/Jazz

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:
♦ “9 Notable Events-Jan.”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity trip planning see links in “Resources” and “Smart Stuff” in the header above.
♦ For NYCity Sights, Sounds and Stories visit out our sister site:


A Conversation With Diana Rigg
Diana_Rigg(2)“This Tony-winning actress, who was nominated last year for an Emmy for her guest turn in “Game of Thrones,” will sit down for a discussion with the theater writer and critic Peter Filichia. Ms. Rigg’s 1983 compilation, “No Turn Unstoned,” is a thesaurus of the nastiest theater reviews. She went on to adapt it for the stage and performed it at last year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe.” (NYT)
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.
7PM / $15
212-864-5400 /


Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee’s Oscar-Winning Frozen
imgres-1“January is a good time of year to get reacquainted with Anna and Elsa, the beloved heroines of Disney animated movie musical “Frozen.” FiDi Families is kicking off its “Community Cube” event series with two free screenings and a “Frozen” family theme party at the South Street Seaport. Activities will include crafts and sing-alongs. Guests are encouraged to arrive in costume.

“Frozen” will be shown at 10 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. FREE. No reservations are required. Space is limited, so arrive early. 89 South St.
Afterwards, “Frozen” fans young and old can imagine they’re back in Arendelle as they glide along the South Street Seaport‘s ice rink, open to skaters from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission costs $10 and skate rentals are $6.” (

Steve Earle (Mondays through Jan. 26)
images“This Texas singer has received a second career wind thanks to TV showrunners who aspire to his grittiness. He’s appeared either in person or through song on “The Wire,” “Longmire,” “Treme,” and most recently, “True Detective.” And like that newest series, Mr. Earle’s music is entrenched in the backwater past: bluesy slide guitars, lo-fi vocals, plenty of heart and fury. On Monday he kicks off his monthlong residency at City Winery, which includes a double bill with Shawn Colvin on Jan. 12.” (Chow-NYT)

Tonight: Willie Watson
After a fifteen-year stint as the frontman of modern-ramblers troupe Old Crow Medicine Show, singer/songwriter Willie Watson veered off on his own in late 2011, toward a performance style that favored traditional folk songs over his originals. These days, Watson’s performances avoid flashiness: Each storied, old-sounding tune rolls naturally into the next, guitar lines unadorned and all the more arresting for their simplicity.

Like Steve Earle, whom he will join onstage at City Winery as a guest in Earle’s annual residency, Watson lets sincerity and his gravel-flecked singing style take the spotlight.” (VillageVoice, Carena Liptak)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
Mondays at 8 p.m. / $45

Twelfth Night: 
O Rosa Bella: Courtly and Sacred Music of the 15th-17th Centuries
Kathryn Montoya, Priscilla Herreid, Grant Herreid, and Erik Schmalz, recorders, sackbut, shawms, bagpipe, lute

Trinity Wall Street hosts New York City’s Annual Festival of Early Music with daily performances at Trinity Church and St. Paul’s Chapel in Lower Manhattan.
St. Paul’s Chapel, 209 Broadway
1:00 pm / FREE

Elsewhere, but this sure looks fun:
Brain Cloud (every Monday)
Brain Cloud is a New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country” band.
“My brain is cloudy, my soul is upside-down… When I get that low-down feeling, I know the blues must be someplace around.” (Bob Wills)The Brain Cloud’s brand of western swing draws from the New Orleans-meets-Texas, strings-meet-horns, jazz-meets-country sound that Bob Wills perfected on his mid-1940’s Tiffany Transcriptions radio broadcasts.
Barbès 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave), Park Slope.
7 p.m. / $10 suggested /347 422 0248

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and 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.

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.

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