Selected Events (01/31) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, JAN. 31, 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.”

Monk in Motion – Marquis Hill Jazz   (7:30pm)   

Reich and Sondheim: In Conversation and Performance  
Musical Theater   (8:30pm) 

The Pink Room:
David Lynch Burlesque’s 4th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant 

Burlesque   (11:30pm)

“Video Games Live”  —  Classical Music   (8pm) 

USQ 2015 Martini Bowl  —  Food & Drink   (2-5pm)   [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:

Monk in Motion – Marquis Hill
imgresTrumpeter and composer Marquis Hill won First Place in the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. Marquis, a Chicago native, received his Bachelor or Arts degree from Northern Illinois University and Master of Music degree from DePaul University. Marquis currently resides in New York City and has four albums to his credit: New Gospel, Sounds of the City, The Poet and Modern Flows vol. 1.Marquis will be performing with Christopher McBride (alto sax), Justin Thomas (vibraphone), Joshua Ramos (bass) and Makaya Mccraven (drums). Monk-in-Motion: The Next Face of Jazz presents the top three winners of the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Tribeca Performing Arts Center, 199 Chambers St
7:30pm / $25

Reich and Sondheim: In Conversation and Performance
Featuring Paul Gemignani, George Lee Andrews, Kate Baldwin, Michael Cerveris, Anthony de Mare, Ensemble Signal, Alexander Gemignani, and Derek Johnson

Reich-Sondheim_b+wStephen Sondheim first expressed his admiration for Steve Reich in a 1979 interview with Frank Rich. For the first time, the two luminaries and mutual admirers appear together on stage for a conversation moderated by WNYC’s John Schaefer and a performance of several of their milestone works.
The Appel Room, Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th Street
at 8:30 / Limited Availability
Call CenterCharge at 212.721.6500 (10:00 am–9:00 pm) for details.

The Pink Room:
David Lynch Burlesque’s 4th Annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant
A late night guilty pleasure.
“It’s a sexy burlesque (metaphorical) battle to the death in tribute to David Lynch, featuring The Pink Room’s Francine.

MSP_LogLady_winner370x238The Pink Room’s Francine “The Lucid Dream” is back to pay tribute to the oeuvre of David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive and Wild at Heart will figure heavily) through a burlesque battle to the death—metaphorically speaking, of course, even if one of the participants ends up playing the role of Laura Palmer. Schäffer the Darklord hosts, and Amelia Bareparts, Boo Boo Darlin’, Gemini Rising, Foxy Vermouth, Minx Arcana, Montana, Satanica, Matt Knife and Francine herself are among the performers.” (TONY)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St. (btw Astor Pl and E 4th St.)
11:30 / $18

“Video Games Live”
Perhaps the easiest way to get kids to the symphony, this event is a full-blown spectacle of video-game music performed by an orchestra and accompanied by lights, lasers, synchronized video screens, choirs, and costumed performers. The first “Video Games Live” was presented in 2005 at the Hollywood Bowl with the L.A. Philharmonic, and the series has been touring non-stop worldwide ever since.

The shows stay fresh with an ever-changing lineup of pieces from new games and arcade classics, many of which are being performed live for the first time. Conducted by the video-game composer Emmanuel Fratianni, the performance at the Beacon Theatre features the world première of “Donkey Kong Country,” and includes a segment celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the “Legend of Zelda.” (NewYorker)
Beacon Theater, Broadway at 74th St.
8pm / $50-$100
212-465-6500 /

USQ 2015 Martini Bowl
Union Square Wines + Spirits 2015 Martini Bowl kicks off Superbowl weekend in spirited style! Join USQ and top vodka and gin producers for an afternoon of dry, extra-dry, perfect, and totally twisted martinis as we pay homage to the most watched sports event of the year! Every year we challenge our favorite producers to go head to head with each other to see who provides YOU our favorite NYers, the best Martini. Like the actually superbowl, our event has evolved each year. And this year is no different.We again have a group worthy of the challenge. Join us as the returning champ BULLDOG GIN tries to fight off an army of producers.

Weekend Warriors this year wil be:
Double Cross Vodka
Caledonia Spirits
Brooklyn Gin
Singani 63
New York Distilling Company
Averell Damson Gin
Hayman’s Old Tom Gi
See if we will have a new champion this year!
Cast your vote for the new Martini Bowl Champion by purchasing your favorite bottle!
Win or lose, it’s sure to be a spirited time!
Union Square Wines + Spirits, 140Fourth Ave.
2:00pm – 5:00pm / Admission to this tasting is 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 a record 56 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 WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, (Johnson)

‘Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs’ (through Feb. 10) A popular image of the elderly Matisse is of a serene, bespectacled pasha propped up in bed and surrounded by doves and flowers. But in the years around 1940, he must have felt he was living a nightmare. He and his wife of more than four decades separated. He underwent debilitating surgery for cancer. During World War II, he fled south to Nice, only to have that city threatened with bombardment. Through everything, he worked on. It is this Matisse — the invalid, insomniac, night-worker and waking dreamer — we meet in the marvelous, victory-lap show that has arrived in New York from London, trailing light, praise and lines around the block. 212-708-9400,; admission is by timed tickets. (Cotter)

‘Sturtevant: Double Trouble’ (through Feb. 22) Among the first things you see in MoMA’s taut, feisty retrospective of the American artist Elaine Sturtevant is work by far better known figures: Joseph Beuys, Jasper Johns, Marcel Duchamp. In each case, however, the pieces are by Ms. Sturtevant herself, who spent much of a long career adopting and adapting the art and styles of others to create a body of work entirely her own, one which raises questions about the value of art, about the hows and whys of producing it, and about the degrees to which quasi-replication can be an exercise in flattery, parody, objectivity, originality and love. 212-708-9400, (Cotter)

‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’(through April 5) Despite being predictable and market-oriented in its choice of 17 artists, this museum’s first painting survey in decades is well worth seeing. About half the artists are exceptional and the rest are represented by their best work. Based on the premise that all historical painting styles are equally available today, the exhibition has been smartly installed to juxtapose different approaches: figurative and abstract, digital and handmade, spare and opulent. 212-708-9400, (Smith)

New-York Historical Society:
‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through April 19) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, (Cotter)

Annie Leibovitz: ‘Pilgrimage’ (through Feb. 22) No living celebrities are portrayed in “Pilgrimage,” but lots of celebrated figures from the past are indirectly represented, from Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson to Eleanor Roosevelt and Robert Smithson. In the spring of 2009, Ms. Leibovitz set out on a two-year journey that took her to about two dozen historic sites in the United States and Britain. Most of these were house museums dedicated to famous individuals, where she photographed the rooms they inhabited and objects they owned and used. Though often poetically atmospheric, these pictures are disappointingly less lively than her portraits of famous entertainers. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, (Johnson)

Rubin Museum of Art:
‘The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide’ (through April 13) This show presents 54 paintings that illustrate step-by-step instructions for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Delicately painted on 10-by-10-inch paper sheets, most of the pages depict a monk having fabulous visions in a verdant landscape. Thought to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron and executed by unidentified artists in a Chinese workshop sometime in the 18th century, it is a fascinating and remarkably thorough manual for seekers of higher consciousness. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000, (Johnson)


For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 01/21 and 01/29.

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