Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, JAN. 29, 2015.
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Duke, Dizzy, Trane & Mingus: Jazz Titans — Jazz (8pm)
Free Play: a free(!) afternoon at MoMath — Museum (2-7pm) [FREE]
“Friends of Mabel: Heroes of Cabaret” — Cabaret (7pm)
A Pound of Flesh: — SmartStuff/ Conversation (6pm) [FREE]
Pharoah Sanders — Jazz (7:30pm) (9:30pm)
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
Duke, Dizzy, Trane & Mingus: Jazz Titans (through Jan. 31)
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis present music of the Americas through the lens of four pioneering giants of jazz. Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, and Charles Mingus singularly pursued ancestral music, particularly from Africa and Latin America, and used their discoveries to broaden the horizons of their artistry and create new terrain for jazz.
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will play selections from Ellington’s Latin American Suite and Virgin Islands Suite; Coltrane’s Olé Coltrane and Africa Brass; Mingus’ Tijuana Moods; and various pieces from Gillespie’s early Afro-Cuban era through his later work with the United Nations band, showing his evolution from Afro-Cuban to a more expansive Afro-Latin idiom. The JLCO with Wynton Marsalis will illuminate the historically important rhythmic distinctions, chant-based melodies, and modal soundscapes created as a result of these albums that forever changed the conception of the boundaries of jazz.
Free pre-concert discussion nightly, 7pm.
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Theater
8PM / $50-$140
Free Play: a free(!) afternoon at MoMath
The National Museum of Mathematics is free from 2 to 7 p.m.
Now open: Robot Swarm Interact with two dozen small, glowing robots at the most ambitious robotics exhibit America has ever seen. Groundbreaking new developments in motion control and positioning systems provide an experience you have to see to believe. The Swarm is here!
National Museum of Mathematics, 11 East 26th St., Midtown.
“Friends of Mabel: Heroes of Cabaret”
“The artful subtlety of the vocalist Mabel Mercer seems nearly unimaginable in our raucous age, and she is held in the highest esteem by the cabaret cognoscenti. An evening devoted to the legendary chanteuse features both historic film clips and live performances by such Mercer devotees as KT Sullivan, Steve Ross, and the team of Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano.” (NewYorker)
Zeb’s, 223 W. 28th St., 2nd fl.
7PM / $10
A Pound of Flesh:
Exploring Qualities of Mercy When Encountering “the Other”
In spring 2013 Elements Theatre Company launched the “Arts in Conversation” panel series, where leaders in the arts, education, religion, media, and social outreach discuss the broad relevance of theatre in society. The Library for the Performing Arts hosts an “Arts in Conversation” panel, exploring the many complex and sometimes controversial subjects raised in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Enjoy semi-staged readings interspersed with fascinating commentary about the continued relevance and impact of The Merchant of Venice.
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium
6PM / Free
Pharoah Sanders (through Feb. 1)
with William Henderson, piano; Nat Reeves, bass; and Joe Farnsworth, drums
“If there’s anyone who has that quality of freedom, it’s Pharoah. He’s probably the best tenor player in the world.” – Ornette Coleman
Legendary saxophonist Pharoah Sanders first rose to fame in the 1960s after joining the Sun Ra Arkestra and John Coltrane’s later ensembles. An essential (and essentially divisive) component of free jazz’s early days, Sanders was first recognized for his notoriously aggressive and huge tenor sound. Without losing any of his raw power–or his ability to quite literally make his instrument scream–Sanders quickly began to further expand upon and refine his craft into a more patient, melodic, and spiritually peaceful sound, working a unique beauty into the psychedelic spaciousness of Sun Ra, alongside the improvisational chops and compositional courage of contemporaries like John and Alice Coltrane. Virtuosic, harsh, and one-of-a-kind, Sanders still has the rare qualities that propelled his career for half a century, plus more tricks up his sleeve than ever.
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center
7:30PM & 9:30PM / $45
♦ 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 is a current exhibition that the NYT recommends:
‘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, flagartfoundation.org. (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 (nycgo.com) 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 01/25 and 01/21.