Selected Events (01/21) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, JAN. 21, 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.”

New York Boat Show — Special Event   (12pm-9pm)    

Culture Salon: Coffee Tasting — Food and Drink   (6:30pm)

Selected Shorts: Art and Artists — SmartStuff/ Readings   (7:30pm)

Pat Martino Organ Trio and Larry Coryell–Vic Juris Duo  
Jazz   (8pm)  (10:30pm)

Mark Greif and A.O. Scott in Conversation — SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (6:30pm)[FREE]

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:

New York Boat Show (through Jan. 25)
335144_p_t_640x480_image01“This annual event is celebrating its 110th anniversary this year. There will be kayaks, sailboats and yachts, as well as an array of marine technologies and accessories on display. On Thursday Gary Dell’Abate, a.k.a. Baba Booey, from Howard Stern’s radio show, will be on hand, and on Friday, the New York City Fire Department will celebrate its 150th anniversary.” (NYT)

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 West 34th St.
Wednesday through next Friday from noon to 9 p.m.,
Jan. 24 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
212-216-2000 /

Culture Salon: Coffee Tasting
coffee1“Take a master class in coffee at the AMNH, with tastings from from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, founded in food-and-coffee mecca Portland, Oregon. This after-hours historical and culinary journey will be led by Nick Kirby, head of Training and Education for Stumptown Coffee in New York, and includes coffees from Indonesia, Thailand, and Ethiopia expertly paired with chocolates, fruits, teas, and honeys to enhance the flavors of the coffees. Engage your senses as you taste your way through the culinary history of coffee and explore roasting and brewing techniques via hands-on stations and Museum artifacts in the Hall of Asian Peoples.

Two tastings, at 6:30pm and again at 7:30. Coffee Tastings include:
Ethiopia Duromina – Tasting Notes: Lemonade, hops and peach juice intertwine in this syrupy cup.
Bies Penantan – Tasting Notes: Clove, fernet and white pepper accents expand into a foundation of creamy cola and prune sweetened by brown sugar in this cup.
A special Thai Iced Coffee Blend” (
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St.
at 6:30 pm / $40

Selected Shorts: Art and Artists
thumbParker Posey, Dan Stevens, and Heather Burns perform funny, passionate, and surprising tales about art and those who make it.

The unique and eclectic mix of readings includes colorful excerpts from the new edition of The Diaries of Andy Warhol; a coming- of- age story by William Boyd (from the new Everyman’s Pocket Classics collectionStories of Art and Artists); a first-person fictional account by a Downtown minimalist artist wrestling with her work; Sheila Heti’s vibrant tale of a mermaid in a jar; new, commissioned flash fiction by Justin Torres, Helen Phillips and Dolan Morgan, written in response to Ed Ruscha’s text-based painting currently on view at the High Line; and special guests Maria Popova from and artist and filmmakerLaurie Simmons, (The Love Doll; Walking, Talking, Lying; and the upcoming Jewish Museum exhibitionHow We See) shares her artwork inspired by Heti’s story. Hosted by Matthew Love.
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
7:30pm / $29

Pat Martino Organ Trio and Larry Coryell–Vic Juris Duo (through Jan.25.)
“There will be no shortage of finger-flying fret work at this double bill. Martino revisits and extends his musical roots with his organ trio, while Coryell, a fusion pioneer who also honors the jazz tradition, delivers duets with the fine, underrated guitarist Juris. All three are veteran players whose foundations in bebop lend authenticity to their vibrant improvising.” (NewYorker)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St.
8pm and 10:30pm /
212-475-8592 /

Mark Greif and A.O. Scott in Conversation
“Princeton University Press celebrates the publication of Mark Greif’s new book, “The Age of the Crisis of Man: Thought and Fiction in America, 1933-1973.” On this evening, Mr. Greif will be joined by A.O. Scott, a chief film critic for The New York Times, for a discussion about the state of the American novel and other subjects.” (NYT)
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby St, near Houston St, SoHo,
At 7 p.m. / FREE
212-334-3324 /

♦ 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)
Sargent_2000“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)
TJM_646_KrasnerLewis_F15_BW-KrasnerWStopandGo“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)
ex_Kandinsky_Landscape-near-Murnau-with-Locomotive_490Early 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 01/19 and 01/17.
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