Selected Events (01/17) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, JAN. 17, 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.”

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star   —  Pop  (9:30pm)

From China to America with Lisa See   —  SmartStuff/ Museum Talk  (9am)  

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival    SmartStuff/  Film   
(7pm) (9:30pm)

‘The Scarlet Ibis’ —  Opera   (7pm) 

Cady Finlayson: Spirited Irish Music  —  Irish Music   (2:30pm)

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:

Bill Frisell: When You Wish Upon A Star
frisell2The role of music in classic film and television has always been considerable. With When You Wish Upon a Star, the ever-versatile guitarist Bill Frisell draws upon the sentimentality of music heard on screen and how it shapes and informs our emotional relationships to what we see. Frisell, whose own music has been featured in major motion pictures like Finding Forrester and The Million Dollar Hotel reflects: “Music is so rich with all the associations that go along with it, whether it’s the words or a memory you get when you hear it.”

Violist Eyvind Kang, bassist Thomas Morgan, drummer Rudy Royston, and singer Petra Haden – who recently released her musical ode to classic film, Petra Goes To The Movies – will join Frisell in re-imagining time-honored gems like “When You Wish Upon a Star” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” as well as music from television favorites including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Honeymooners.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, 3 Columbus Circle, Frederick P. Rose Hall
9:30pm / $45

From China to America with Lisa See
cover00_listing“A descendant of Fong See—a Chinese immigrant who overcame adversity and became the godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown—author Lisa See draws inspiration from her heritage and provides a vivid portrait of Chinese culture and American idealism in her writing. In an intimate talk, she discusses her work and shares her family’s unique journey to attain the “American Dream.”

Lisa See is the international bestselling author of Shanghai Girls, Peony in Love, and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Her newest novel is China Dolls.’ (book forum)

“Bestselling novelist Lisa See (Shanghai Girls, China Dolls) is descended from immigrants instrumental in developing Los Angeles’ Chinatown. She discusses her family’s story—simultaneously typical and unique—in a talk that ties in to the New-York Historical Society exhibit “Chinese American: Exclusion/Inclusion.” (
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program
212-873-3400 / $44

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival
“This fest, at several venues around the city, is dedicated to flicks inspired by the pioneering sci-fi writer. Premieres include Jacob Akira Okada’s Painting the Way to the Moon (2013) and Chris Alexander’s Queen of Blood (2014), a sci-fi festival involving time travel set in 1990. Check out the the panel discussion (Sat 17) at the Producer’s Club to learn about the official selections of the festival, including commentary from producer and writer Mark Netter’s Nightmare Code (2014) and Kathleen Behun’s debut feature 21 Days (2014).
For details, visit” (TONY)
The Producers Club, 358 W 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
212-315-4743 /

‘The Scarlet Ibis’
“The composer Stefan Weisman and the librettist David Cote have created a haunting, honest and occasionally horrifying tale of familial bullying and disability for the centerpiece of this year’s Prototype Festival. Based on a short story by James Hurst, this outstanding new chamber opera features puppetry, the American Modern Ensemble and singers like Eric S. Brenner and Hai-Ting Chinn” (NYT- David Allen)
Here, 145 Avenue of the Americas, at Dominick Street, South Village,
7PM / $25, this is a hot ticket, may have to add your name to the wait list.
I didn’t even know that Here was here, will have to keep an eye on this one.
212-352-3101 /

Elsewhere, but if you love Irish music and the fiddles, you will make the detour:
Cady Finlayson: Spirited Irish Music
imgres-1Cady Finlayson offers a spirited fiddle show with a global twist, blending traditional Irish tunes with world rhythms and American folk music. She has performed in 33 states at venues including Carnegie Hall, Cleveland’s State Theatre, Town Hall, and the Great Irish Fair. Her latest CD, “Irish Coffee” received a nomination for “Best Celtic CD of 2007” by the NAR lifestyle Awards. Cady performs both with her full band and as a duo with French guitarist Vita Tanga.

Ottendorfer Library, 135 2nd avenue
2:30pm / FREE
♦ 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.

Here are couple of current exhibitions that the NYT recommends:

‘The Thing and the Thing-in-Itself’ (through Jan. 24)
This spare, thought-provoking exhibition’s title derives from a distinction posited by Immanuel Kant. That is, a thing can be known by a human being only from his or her unique perspective. What the thing is in and of itself, independent of any perceiver’s view of it, isn’t fully knowable. Demonstrating this idea are things by Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Ad Reinhardt, Piero Manzoni, Joseph Kosuth and Yoko Ono. Andrea Rosen, 525 West 24th Street, 212-627-6000, (Johnson)

‘Disturbing Innocence’ (through Jan. 31)
At the start of this entertaining and provocative exhibition organized by the painter Eric Fischl, you encounter ominous images of suburban homes in photographs by James Casebere and Gregory Crewdson, paintings by Peter Drake and a sculpture by Roy Lichtenstein. Moving into the main part of the exhibition you discover what goes on behind closed doors: a riot of polymorphous perversity in the form of paintings, photographs and sculptures, by more than 50 artists, representing children, dolls, mannequins, robots and toys. Flag Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, 212-206-0220, (Johnson)

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. Now plan your own gallery crawl.
For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 01/13 and 01/15.

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