Selected Events (02/06) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – FRIDAY, FEB. 06, 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.”

Gallery Talk, Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation   SmartStuff/ Museum Talk   (6:30pm)

Eddie Henderson Quintet —  Jazz   (7pm)   (9pm)   (10:30pm)   

Burroughs: A Celebration of the 101st Birthday of William S. Burroughs  SmartStuff/ Literary Readings   (6pm)   

Buster Williams and Renee Rosnes    Jazz   (9pm)   (10:30pm)

Women of Letters   SmartStuff/ Literary Readings    (7pm) 

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:

Gallery Talk, Lincoln Speaks: Words That Transformed a Nation
Sandra Trenholm, Curator and Director, Gilder Lehrman Collection
All gallery talks and tours are free with museum admission; no tickets or reservations necessary. 6:30pm – one hour in length and meet at the Benefactors Wall across from the coat check area.

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and chronologically-arranged exhibition featuring the Gilder Lehrman Institute’s renowned collection of American historical documents.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. / $18, but 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 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Dining is available at the Morgan Café.

Eddie Henderson Quintet (through Sunday)
“The well-traveled trumpeter Eddie Henderson has a compelling new album, “Collective Portrait,” that builds on his accomplishments in the frontier era of jazz-funk. Celebrating the album’s release this weekend, he reunited its distinguished cast of Gary Bartz on saxophones, George Cables on acoustic and Fender Rhodes pianos and Doug Weiss on bass. (Billy Drummond will be the drummer, replacing Carl Allen.)” (Chinen-NYT)
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th Street,
At 7, 9 and 10:30 p.m.,

Burroughs: A Celebration of the 101st Birthday of William S. Burroughs
Three Rooms Press presents a 101 Year celebration of Beat icon and postmodern trailblazer William S. Burroughs. The event will be highlighted by tribute readings and discussions by Burroughs associates and fans including internationally acclaimed poet Anne Waldman; performance artist and playwright Penny Arcade; jazz poet and collagist Steve Dalachinsky; publisher, blogger and Burroughs historian Jan Herman; and poet Aimee Herman. Also on tap will be an audience group reading of an excerpt from Burroughs’ iconic masterpiece Naked Lunch. Three Rooms Press co-director Peter Carlaftes hosts.
Cornelia St. Cafe, 29 Cornelia St.
6PM / $12 admission includes a drink.

Buster Williams and Renee Rosnes (through Sunday)
“Mr. Williams is a bassist of granite purpose and soulful execution, and he has a longtime bond with Ms. Rosnes, an articulate pianist. They perform as a duo, in a room designed for that format.” (Chinen-NYT)
Mezzrow, 163 West 10th Street, near Seventh Avenue,
At 9 and 10:30 p.m.,

Women of Letters
“The Australian-made literary salon returns, this time focused on the topic of ‘a letter to the thing that has vanished,’ with guests like actress and ’80s icon Molly Ringwald, award-winning adult film star and director Stoya and comedian Sabrina Jalees.” (TONY)
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., Greenwich Village
7PM / $20

♦ 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 02/04 and 02/02.

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