Selected Events (01/11) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, JAN. 11, 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.”

Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet   —  Jazz   (8:30pm) (10:30pm)

The Psychedelic Furs   —  New Wave   (8pm)

Seventh Annual Cassoulet Cookoff    Food & Drink   (1-4pm)

Mendelssohn: A Conversation — Lecture   (6pm) 

Globalfest  —  Pop/Rock   (7pm)

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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com

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Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet
“The guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel favors floating lyricism, a luminous tone and an ultramodern harmonic language, all reasons for his stature as one of the young gurus on his instrument. His New Quartet is first and foremost a showcase for his bond with the pianist Aaron Parks, who appears here along with the bassist Eric Revis and the drummer Allan Mednard.” (Chinen-NYT)
8:30 and 10:30 p.m.,
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St.
212-255-4037 / villagevanguard.com.

The Psychedelic Furs
“Since reuniting in 2000, after a decade-long hiatus, British new-wave legends The Psychedelic Furs have been largely riding a nostalgia wave and playing the greatest hits — with such classics as “Pretty in Pink,” “Love My Way,” and “The Ghost in You” to their name, they have a deep well from which to draw. While their shows may be all about the past, the Furs’ driving, velvety punk still sparkles as it draws sighs from a nostalgic audience — and rumors of a long-awaited new album swirl. Jazz artists Sarah Slean, Madeleine Peyroux, and Landau Eugene Murphy open the show.”
(Karen Gardiner,VillageVoice).
Any show that opens with Madeleine Peyroux, must be pretty darn good.
Highline Ballroom, 431 West 16th Street, Chelsea,
8 p.m. / $40
212-414-5994 / highlineballroom.com.

Seventh Annual Cassoulet Cookoff
It’s year seven of our favorite cook-off event: The Seventh Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off offers amateur and professional chefs the opportunity to face off on their creative and traditional cassoulet dishes, and you get to be the judge! Sample 10+ cassoulets in a walk-around event. Your first American beer/wine/cider is included in the ticket price. A portion of the proceeds benefits Grow NYC Greenmarket programs TBD.
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th St. (btw 2nd and 3rd Ave.)
1pm – 4pm / $30, includes a glass of beer, wine or cider.

Mendelssohn: A Conversation
presented by the New York Choral Society
A rare opportunity to gain new insight into Felix Mendelssohn and the complex psychological, sociological and musical forces that fueled the creation of his powerful and deeply moving oratorio, St. Paul.

Two notable experts on Felix Mendelssohn – Dr. R. Larry Todd, author of Mendelssohn: A Life in Music and Dr. Siegwart Reichwald, author of The Musical Genesis of Felix Mendelssohn’s Paulus – will discuss the complexity and passion of the dramatic story of St. Paul while exploring its deep personal relevance to the composer. Both Felix Mendelssohn and St. Paul were born into Jewish families and later converted to Christianity; in consequence both experienced spiritual crisis, religious intolerance, and the quest for religious identity. Members of the Christian and Jewish clergy will be invited to join the discussion, which will be moderated by David Hayes, music director of the New York Choral Society.
Mannes College, The New School for Music Concert Hall, 150 West 85th St.
at 6:00 pm / FREE

Elsewhere, but looks worth the short detour:
Globalfest
“This annual festival pulls talent from around the world into one whirling, joyful display. This 13th installment, which covers three stages at Webster Hall, features the folk-tropicalia band Kevin Johansen + the Nada (from Argentina), the a cappella Afropop singers Zap Mama (Belgium), the cumbia band Puerto Candelaria (Colombia), the electro-pop group Just a Band (Kenya) and many others.” (Anderson-NYT)
Webster Hall, 125 East 11th St.
7 p.m./ 212-353-1600 / websterhall.com/events.

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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 (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.
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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 (nycgo.com) 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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