Select Events (01/15) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 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.”

Jill Sobule’s Music from Yentl   —  Pop/Rock   (7:30pm)

Ecstatic Music Festival: Mantra Percussion & Ian Williams   —  Pop/Rock   (8pm)

“Intelligence Squared U.S.”    SmartStuff/  Debate   (6:45pm)

‘Letters From Anne and Martin’  —  SmartStuff/ Performance   (6:30pm) 

Songs of the Earth –
Argento Chamber Ensemble’s ‘MAHLER IN NEW YORK’ Series 
Classical 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:

Jill Sobule’s Music from Yentl, Featuring the Isle of Klezbos
968full-feedBased on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “Yentl the Yeshiva Boy” and updated with new music and lyrics composed by Jill Sobule, Yentl tells the story of a young girl in 19th century Eastern Europe forbidden to pursue her dream of studying Talmud. Unwilling to accept her fate, she disguises herself as a man. But when she falls in love, Yentl must decide how far she’s willing to go to protect her identity. Invigorated with a bracing klezmer/pop/rock score by Jill Sobule (the original “I Kissed a Girl,” “Supermodel”), Yentl asks up-to-the-minute questions about gender and sexuality.

“Yentl offers sweetness and laughter with a modern twist.”—Sarasota Herald Tribune
Adapted for the stage by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer
Additional music by Robin Eaton
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center,
at 7:30 (but get there by 7 to ensure a seat) / Target FREE Thursdays

Ecstatic Music Festival: Mantra Percussion & Ian Williams
imgres“This year’s set of concerts debuts tonight with a free gig between Mantra Percussion and Battles guitarist and composer Ian Williams.

By pairing up musicians from disparate genres in order to expand the field of post-genre chamber music, this contemporary-classical festival has quickly become a reliable bet. This year’s set of concerts debuts tonight with a free gig between Mantra Percussion and Battles guitarist and composer Ian Williams.” (TONY)
Brookfield Place Winter Garden, 220 Vesey St. at West St.
212-945-0505 /

“Intelligence Squared U.S.”
“This series of live Oxford-style debates presents the topic “Amazon Is the Reader’s Friend.” The author and self-publishing pioneer Joe Konrath and Matthew Yglesias, the executive editor of Vox, will argue for the idea. Franklin Foer, the former editor of The New Republic, and the writer Scott Turow will argue against it.” (NewYorker)
Kaufman Center, Merkin Concert Hall,129 W. 67th St.
at 6:45, with a reception starting an hour earlier.
For more information, visit

‘Letters From Anne and Martin’
imgres-1“The Anne Frank Center USA presents this original production, a two-person theater piece based on the writings of Anne Frank and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition, Jonathan Rieder will read from his book “Gospel of Freedom: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter From Birmingham Jail and the Struggle That Changed a Nation.” (NYT)

A Q&A with the author and actors will follow the program.
Anne Frank Center, 44 Park Place, between Church Street and West Broadway,
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m / $8
212-431-7993,; Space limited. Reservations recommended.

Elsewhere, but looks worth a detour:
Songs of the Earth –
Argento Chamber Ensemble’s ‘MAHLER IN NEW YORK’ Series

“Songs of the Earth” features Mahler-inspired works by composers Oliver Schneller and Jesse Jones, paired with a new chamber orchestra arrangement of Mahler’s “Das Lied von der Erde”, which is based on Schoenberg’s unfinished arrangement of this work. Mezzo-soprano Jennifer Beattie and tenor James Benjamin Rodgers are the soloists in Mahler’s massive song cycle. Michel Galante conducts the Argento Chamber Ensemble.

Oliver Schneller Claire/Obscur (US Premiere)
Jesse Jones Threshold (US Premiere)
Gustav Mahler Das Lied von der Erde arr. Arnold Schoenberg/Michel Galante

The Argento Chamber Ensemble is a virtuoso ensemble dedicated to innovative musical performance. The group’s international reputation has resulted from its critically renowned history as a chamber ensemble, the technically demanding repertoire it performs around the world, and its commitment to rigorous interpretation and artistic direction. Argento has long-term artistic relationships with leading composers including Pierre Boulez, Beat Furrer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Bernhard Lang, and Fabien Lévy, and has recorded the music of Tristan Murail, Philippe Hurel, Fred Lerdahl, Katerina Rosenberg, and Alexandre Lunsqui.
Board Officers Room, Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue
7:30PM / FREE / Ticket required.

♦ 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.

My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Frick Collection:
‘Masterpieces From the Scottish National Gallery’ (through Feb. 1)
“As it did last year with masterworks from the Mauritshuis, the Frick has welcomed 10 paintings from the Scottish National Gallery, in Edinburgh, home to a renowned collection of fine art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It’s a quieter sort of exhibition, exemplified by the under-the-radar entrance of Sargent’s “Lady Agnew of Lochnaw.” It’s also a rangier show, one that isn’t as identifiably Scottish as the Mauritshuis works were Dutch — even considering the commanding Sir Henry Raeburn portrait of a kilted Macdonell clan chief.” (Karen Rosenberg)

Jewish Museum:
‘From the Margins: Lee Krasner and Norman Lewis, 1945-1952’ (through Feb. 1)
Inspired by a pairing in the museum’s 2008 show “Action/Abstraction: Pollock, de Kooning and American Art, 1940-1976,” this exhibition orchestrates a profound and sensitive conversation between Krasner and Lewis — one that takes into account their shared visual language as well as different cultural backgrounds (as a Jewish woman and an African-American man). It also suggests that both artists have long been hidden in plain sight: Krasner as the spouse of an art celebrity, Lewis as a black artist whose paintings were more formal than political. 1109 Fifth Avenue, at 92nd Street, 212-423-3200, (Rosenberg)

Guggenheim Museum:
‘V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life’ (through Feb. 11)
“Many Western abstract painters in the early 20th century were deeply influenced by Asian art and philosophy, though no one dismissed them as Orientalists. By contrast, if Asian artists showed signs of absorbing Western models, their work was disdained as derivative. When you visit this survey of work by Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924-2001), keep that paradox in mind just long enough to see how its biases operate. Then give yourself over to some of the most magnetic abstract painting of any kind in the city right now, by a South Asian Indian modernist who looked westward, eastward, homeward and inward to create an intensely personalized version of transculturalism, one that has given him mythic stature in his own country and pushed him to the top of the auction charts.” (Cotter)

Kandinsky Before Abstraction, 1901–1911 (through spring 2015)
Early in his career Vasily Kandinsky experimented with printmaking, produced brightly-colored landscapes of the German countryside, and explored recognizable and recurrent motifs. This intimate exhibition drawn from the Guggenheim collection explores the artist’s representational origins.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (continuing):
The stately doors of the 1902 Andrew Carnegie mansion, home to the Cooper Hewitt, are open again after an overhaul and expansion of the premises. Historic house and modern museum have always made an awkward fit, a standoff between preservation and innovation, and the problem remains, but the renovation has brought a wide-open new gallery space, a cafe and a raft of be-your-own-designer digital enhancements. Best of all, more of the museum’s vast permanent collection is now on view, including an Op Art weaving, miniature spiral staircases, ballistic face masks and a dainty enameled 18th-century version of a Swiss knife. Like design itself, this institution is built on tumult and friction, and you feel it. 2 East 91st Street, at Fifth Avenue, 212-849-8400, (Cotter)


Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Ten museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 110th Street – Museum for African Art

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio

• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York

• 92nd Street – The Jewish Museum

• 91st Street – Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

• 89th Street – National Academy Museum

• 88th Street – Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

• 86th Street – Neue Galerie New York

• 83rd Street – Goethe-Institut

Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
• 82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Additionally, though technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 70th St. and the The Morgan Library & Museum on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave. Now plan your own museum crawl. ========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 01/13 and 01/11.
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