Selected Events (01/23) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, JAN. 23, 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.”

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions — Sporting Event  (6pm)    

Jimmy Cobb — Jazz   (7pm)  (9pm)  (10:30pm)

“Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation,” 
SmartStuff/ Museum Exhibit   (7pm)

The Birdland Big Band  —  Jazz    (5:15pm)

Parisian Percussion: Xenakis, Grisey, Hurel — Music   (8pm)  [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:

J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions
“This annual contest at Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall, where the world’s top-ranked professional squash players have been competing for the past week, will conclude on Friday with the men’s and women’s finals. Ticket information and a schedule are at” (NYT)

Jimmy Cobb (through Jan.25)
“The shrewd and subtle drummer who is the last surviving band member to have played on the world’s most famous jazz album, “Kind of Blue,” is a conjurer who implies intensity, rather than stating it outright. In celebration of his eighty-fifth birthday, Cobb brings together a quartet featuring the guitarist Peter Bernstein and the pianist Richard Wyands which will spotlight the leader’s undiminished skills.” (NewYorker)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, between 105th and 106th Sts.

“Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation”
“Opening Friday at the Morgan Library & Museum is “Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation,” a thematically and chronologically-arranged exhibition featuring the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s renowned collection of American historical documents. Focusing on Abraham Lincoln’s mastery of language and how his words changed the course of history, the exhibition includes photographic portraits and books owned and used by Lincoln.” (
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave. at 36th St.,
10:30 am. to 9 pm. / normally $18, but here’s the trick, try FREE Friday Evenings
Relax and enjoy free Friday evenings at the Morgan from 7 to 9 p.m.
Live classical music in the Gilbert Court is provided by performers from Mannes College The New School For Music. 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Dining is available at the Morgan Café.

The Birdland Big Band, Music Director: Tommy Igoe
(Guest Conductor, Rob Middleton)
Founded by drummer and musical director Tommy Igoe, the Birdland Big Band features the finest musicians in New York! The BBB roars into action every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world’s best arrangers. After work or before a show, come hear one of the world’s best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is fast becoming the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling “the best live music bargain in all of NYC!”
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
At 5:15 pm./ $30 (sit at the bar and this cover includes a drink)
212-581-3080 /

Parisian Percussion: Xenakis, Grisey, Hurel
Gérard Grisey Stèle (1995) duo for bass drums (with Matt Ward)
François-Bernard Mâche Phènix (1982) vibraphone/9 boobams
Philippe Hurel Loops IV (2005) marimba
Martin Matalon Short Stories (2005) vibraphone
Iannis Xenakis Rebonds (1987-89) drums/woods

Talujon once again presents member Tom Kolor in a solo recital. “Parisian Percussion” highlights works composed in Paris in the extraordinarily fertile period of 1982 to 2005.
Tenri Cultural Institute, 43 West 13th St.
8pm / FREE
(212) 645-2800

♦ 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 01/21 and 01/19.

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