Selected Events (01/13) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, JAN. 13, 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.”

Celebrating Charlie Haden   —  Jazz   (7pm)   [FREE]

Looking Back / The 9th White Columns Annual   —  Gallery Art   (6pm)   [FREE]

Ramsey Lewis    Jazz   (8pm) (10:30pm) 

Jay & Mark Duplass -“Togetherness”  —  SmartStuff/ Film Talk  (7:30pm)   [FREE]

Mad Rush – Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass   —  NewAge Music   (7:30pm)

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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Celebrating Charlie Haden
1419057152_10562561_10152567396738379_1630250182567753014_o“A good-natured titan of bass, who channeled his early experiences singing country and folk into a remarkably rich, earthy approach to improvisation, Charlie Haden made incalculable contributions to jazz from the late ’50s on up to his death last summer at the age of 76.

This gratis celebration of a remarkable life features A-list Haden collaborators such as Geri Allen, Kenny Barron, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny, Lee Konitz and Bill Frisell, as well as his signature groups, Quartet West and Liberation Music Orchestra. You’ll also hear from the bassist’s daughters—who perform as the Haden Triplets—his son, Josh, and his widow, Ruth Cameron-Haden.” (TONY)
The Town Hall,123 W 43rd St. (btw Sixth Ave and Broadway)
7PM / FREE
212-840-2824 / thetownhall.org

Looking Back / The 9th White Columns Annual
Selected by Cleopatra’s (thru Feb.21)
Opening Reception: Tuesday, January 13 / 6-8pm

“Looking Back” is the ninth installment of the White Columns Annual. The exhibition is now a fixture on White Columns’ calendar. Each year, an individual or a collaborative team (e.g. an artist, a curator, a writer, etc.) is invited to make an exhibition at White Columns based on their personal experience of looking at art in New York in the previous year. For the ninth ‘Annual’ exhibition, White Columns has invited the New York-based collective Cleopatra’s (Bridget Donahue, Bridget Finn, Colleen Grennan, Erin Somerville), to make the selection.

In a very straightforward sense, the ‘Annual’ exhibition hopes to reveal something of the complexities involved in trying to negotiate – and engage with – NewYork’s constantly shifting cultural landscape. The format of the exhibition inevitably encourages highly subjective and deeply personal responses to the realities of viewing art in New York. The ‘Annual’ exhibition series hopes to illuminate aspects of the specific, yet highly idiosyncratic routes –geographical, intellectual, historical, social, etc. – that individuals follow in an increasingly expansive and fragmented cultural environment
White Columns, 320 West 13th St. (Enter on Horatio St., btw Hudson and 8th Ave)
Gallery Hours: Tue – Sat, 12–6 PM / FREE
212 924 4212 / whitecolumns.org

Ramsey Lewis (through Jan. 18)
imgres“Mr. Lewis, an elder statesman and ageless paragon of jazz crossover, is preparing to release a deluxe edition of his 2011 album, “Ramsey, Taking Another Look,” due out in March. For this engagement, he’ll also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of “The In Crowd,” the live album that first cemented his stature.” (Chinen-NYT)

Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
At 8 and 10:30 p.m.
212-475-8592, bluenote.net

Jay and Mark Duplass – “TOGETHERNESS”
Jay and Mark Duplass will screen and discuss the first two episode of their new comedy series Togetherness, which debuts Sunday, January 11 on HBO.

togetherness4_640x391_Blending laughter and pathos, Togetherness follows four adults nearing 40, living under the same roof and struggling to keep their relationships and their dreams alive. Brett (Mark Duplass) and Michelle (Melanie Lynskey) are struggling to rekindle the spark in their relationship, which has puttered out from the stresses of marriage and children. When Brett’s friend Alex (Steve Zissis) and Michelle’s sister, Tina (Amanda Peet), move in with them, the foursome engage in a tragically comedic struggle to follow their personal dreams, while still remaining good friends, siblings and spouses to each other.
Film Society of Lincoln Center.
7:30 p.m. / FREE

Mad Rush – Lisa Moore plays Philip Glass
Pianist Lisa Moore launches her OMM (Orange Mountain Music) disc of solo piano music by Philip Glass. Works include Mad Rush, Metamorphosis, Etudes (selected), Satyagraha Conclusion Act 3, Closing.

“The piano music of Philip Glass is hypnotic, timeless, clear and beautiful. As a performer the possibilities for creating colors in Philip’s music are infinite – his melodies, sonorous harmonies and formal structures allow room for individual interpretation and expression. Back in 2006, while on tour with Philip Glass and the Bang on a Can All-Stars, I began to feel a growing connection to Philip – both as a person and composer of universal, mesmerizing, ritualistic music. I was moved and began to study and perform his works in my own solo shows.

During the summer of 2014 Orange Mountain Music (Glass’ official label) offered me the chance to record a CD featuring the classic Glass piano repertoire. My January 13 night at (le) poisson rouge will be the official release and launch of this recording – it’s called Mad Rush. Please join me to witness and celebrate the birth of this OMM recording.” – Lisa Moore
(le) poisson rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
7:30PM / $20
212-505-3474

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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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This weeks cover of Charlie Hebdo:
(note to Islamist crazies: you can’t kill freedom of expression)
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
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)

‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ (through Feb. 10) A popular image of the elderly Matisse is of a serene, bespectacled pasha propped up in bed and surrounded by doves and flowers. But in the years around 1940, he must have felt he was living a nightmare. He and his wife of more than four decades separated. He underwent debilitating surgery for cancer. During World War II, he fled south to Nice, only to have that city threatened with bombardment. Through everything, he worked on. It is this Matisse — the invalid, insomniac, night-worker and waking dreamer — we meet in the marvelous, victory-lap show that has arrived in New York from London, trailing light, praise and lines around the block. 212-708-9400, moma.org; admission is by timed tickets. (Cotter)

‘Sturtevant: Double Trouble’ (through Feb. 22) Among the first things you see in MoMA’s taut, feisty retrospective of the American artist Elaine Sturtevant is work by far better known figures: Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp. In each case, however, the pieces are by Ms. Sturtevant herself, who spent much of a long career adopting and adapting the art and styles of others to create a body of work entirely her own, one which raises questions about the value of art, about the hows and whys of producing it, and about the degrees to which quasi-replication can be an exercise in flattery, parody, objectivity, originality and love. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Cotter)

‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’(through April 5) Despite being predictable and market-oriented in its choice of 17 artists, this museum’s first painting survey in decades is well worth seeing. About half the artists are exceptional and the rest are represented by their best work. Based on the premise that all historical painting styles are equally available today, the exhibition has been smartly installed to juxtapose different approaches: figurative and abstract, digital and handmade, spare and opulent. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Smith)

New-York Historical Society:
Annie Leibovitz: ‘Pilgrimage’ (through Feb. 22) No living celebrities are portrayed in “Pilgrimage,” but lots of celebrated figures from the past are indirectly represented, from Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson to Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Smithson. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Leibovitz set out on a two-year journey that took her to about two dozen historic sites in the United States and Britain. Most of these were house museums dedicated to famous individuals, where she photographed the rooms they inhabited and objects they owned and used. Though often poetically atmospheric, these pictures are disappointingly less lively than her portraits of famous entertainers. 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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