Selected Events (02/02) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, FEB. 02, 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.”

Stockard Channing in conversation with Patrick Pacheco  
SmartStuff/ Conversation   (6pm)   

18th Annual Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party  —  Sporting Life  (6pm) 

Ryan Scott Oliver: RSO at 54 Below   Cabaret   (7pm)   (9:30pm)   

Dance on Camera Film Festival 2015    Dance   (various times)   

“Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,”    SmartStuff/ Film   (6:30pm)   

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Feb.”, 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:

League of Professional Theatre Women Oral History Project:
Stockard Channing in conversation with Patrick Pacheco

MTE1ODA0OTcxODgxMDM5MzczStockard Channing in conversation with Patrick Pacheco A conversation with prominent women in theatre, as part of the League’s ongoing series which chronicles and documents the contributions of significant women in theatre.
Bruno Walter Auditorium, NYPL for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, 65th St & Amsterdam Ave.
6:00PM / FREE
The Library for the Performing Arts is proud to offer free admission to programs on a first come, first served basis. Admission lines form one hour prior to each program. At that time one ticket is provided per person.

18th Annual Soul on Ice Winter Skating Party
5.1.3banner“Glide and twirl to soul music at this fund-raiser for Figure Skating in Harlem. Competitive figure skater Sharon Cohen founded the organization in 1997 to help young girls learn the ice-slicing arts and boost their confidence and leadership skills. In addition to rink time, the party will feature a live DJ, snacks, activities and a performance by FSH’s synchronized-skating team, Harlem Ice.” (TONY) Evan Lysacek, an Olympic gold medalist, will be there, as will some of the princesses from Disney on Ice.
Wollman Rink, Central Park, entrance at 59th St. and Avenue of the Americas,
6pm / $50
646-698-3440 /

Ryan Scott Oliver: RSO at 54 Below
Ryan Scott Oliver, winner of multiple musical-theater songwriting awards in recent years, showcases his offbeat material with help from Broadway up-and-comers like Lindsay Mendez, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Keala Settle, Andy Mientus, Katie Thompson, Derek Klena and Taylor Trensch.
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
7pm & 9:30pm / $35-$85 + $25 food or drink minimum

Dance on Camera Film Festival 2015 (last day)
ALL THAT JAZZNow in its 43rd year, Dance on Camera honors ballet and contemporary dance personalities through documentaries and narrative films, while also demonstrating dance’s capacity to change lives and contribute to well-being. More than ever, Dance on Camera moves beyond familiar expectations to explore new genres, such as cheerleading and girls’ hand-clapping games that have an empowering effect on young women. In addition to putting the spotlight on youth, this year’s edition pays homage to crossover artists who bring a unique perspective to their art.
Filmmakers and dancers will do q+a at select screenings.
Today// 3:30 pm: “The Dance of the Sun”; 5pm: “Meet the Artist”;
6pm: “Ghost Line & Other Celluloid Antics”; 8:30pm: Robot + “Primitive”
Film Society Lincoln Center
$14 General Public / $9 Student & Senior

Elsewhere, but looks worth the short detour:
“Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,”
“The Brooklyn Historical Society is kicking off Black History Month with a screening of William Greaves’s “Symbiopsychotaxiplasm: Take One,” a groundbreaking 1968 film, in which Greaves blended fiction and documentary to create an experimental classic. It’ll be introduced by award-winning actor Steve Buscemi and a post-screening discussion will follow with Richard Brody of The New Yorker and Shola Lynch from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.” (
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights.
subway: #2/3 to Clark St (1st stop in Bklyn, after Wall St. stop)
6:30pm / Tickets are free, but you must book online.

♦ 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 Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection’ (through Feb. 16)
This no-strings-attached gift of 81 Cubist works more than lives up to expectations. Concentrating on the four horsemen of the Cubist apocalypse (Braque, Gris, Léger and Picasso), it outlines the style’s heady transformation of art while giving the museum a foundation in modernism commensurate with its holdings in other eras. It’s a stunning show and thrilling event. 212-535-7710, (Smith)

‘Madame Cézanne’ (through March 15)
Cézanne’s paintings of his wife, Hortense Fiquet, have long stonewalled would-be psychologists, offering few indications of intimacy or interior life. (The poet Rainer Maria Rilke, enthusing over “Madame Cézanne in a Red Armchair,” focused on the work’s color scheme and called the chair “a personality in its own right.”) But assembled at the Met, and supported by more tender and informal graphite sketches, these portraits are more forthcoming. They suggest that numbing familiarity was actually, for Cézanne, a form of intimacy; that he could connect with portrait subjects only when they were as reliable a presence in his life as Mont Sainte-Victoire. 212-535-7710, (Rosenberg)

‘Thomas Hart Benton’s “America Today” Mural Rediscovered’ (through April 19)
The prickly American Regionalist Thomas Hart Benton had his share of detractors. But even they would probably acknowledge that his early mural “America Today” is the best of its kind, a raucous, cartwheeling, wide-angle look at 1920s America that set the standard for the Works Progress Administration’s mural program and has remained a New York City treasure. Now installed at the Met in a reconstruction of its original setting (a boardroom at the New School for Social Research), it captivates with period details (from the cut of a flapper gown to the mechanics of a blast furnace) and timely signs of socioeconomic and environmental distress (exhausted coal miners and hands reaching for coffee and bread). 212-535-7710, (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 01/29 and 01/31.
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