Selected Events (02/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″ / Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, FEB. 10, 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.”

Martha Graham Dance Company   Dance   (7pm)

A Walk Through the Gallery —  Museum Tour   (virtual)  

Darwin Goes Digital  Museum Talk   (6:30pm)   

Pamela Katz      Book Talk   (7pm)   

Robert Earl Keen   Bluegrass/Country   (8:30pm) 

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:

Martha Graham Dance Company
imgres-1“Tonight: gala performance, featuring Lamentation Variations, Steps in the Street with design elements by Frank Gehry; and At Summer’s Full with special guests Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo.

“Shape & Design,” the company’s Joyce season, celebrates the sculptural and architectural aspects of Graham’s choreography. Throughout the run, the dancers perform the Graham classics, including Panorama, Chronicle, Embattled Garden and Errand into the Maze, as well as works by Nacho Duato, Andonis Foniadakis and Annie-B Parson.

In honor of the 85th anniversary of Lamentation, the company showcases four new Lamentation Variations, choreographed by Kyle Abraham, Michelle Dorrance, Liz Gerring and Sonya Tayeh.” (TONY)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave at 19th St.
7PM / $10–$59
212-229-9200, ext 25 for tickets.

Last day to see “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.” If you can’t make it, take a virtual tour.
A Walk Through the Gallery
“Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York
On Tuesday, New Yorkers will get their last chance to see the Museum of Modern Art’s “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs,” a show that gathers about 100 of the artist’s painted-paper works — the largest and most extensive presentation of these works ever assembled. The exhibition begins in the 1930s, covering work Matisse started producing toward the end of his life. Can’t make it to the museum? Here is the wall-to-wall experience. see it here

Darwin Goes Digital
“Charles Darwin’s Evolutionary Manuscripts include numerous original documents that make it possible to trace the long maturation of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. A panel of noted Darwin experts will mark the Museum’s historic online publication of this entire 30,000-item corpus by speaking on the collection’s never-before-published treasures. The presenters will include Randal Keynes, a conservationist and Darwin’s great–great–grandson; field biologist and historian of evolution James Costa, and David Kohn, director of the Museum’s Darwin Manuscripts Project. Moderated by Jonathan Weiner, author of The Beak of the Finch.” (
American Museum of Natural History, Kaufmann Theater, CPark West at 79th St.
at 6:30 pm / $15

Pamela Katz
“Pamela Katz will read from her book “The Partnership,” which describes the lively working relationship between the playwright Bertolt Brecht and the composer Kurt Weill, famous for “The Threepenny Opera.” She will be joined by Karen Kohler, a cabaret singer who will bring Mr. Weill and Mr. Brecht’s work to life with the accordionist Benjamin Ickes.” (NYT)
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, btw Lafayette and Mulberry Streets, SoHo,
At 7 p.m./ FREE
212-274-1160 /

Elsewhere, but sure looks worth the short detour:
Robert Earl Keen
imgres“Robert Earl Keen doesn’t have a particularly pretty voice or sing songs about swilling beer in his truck, but this tenacious Texas troubadour writes some of the best story songs (“Shades of Gray,” “The Road Goes on Forever”) and middle-age confessionals (“Dreadful Selfish Crime”) this side of Marty Robbins and Jim Lauderdale. His new album, Happy Prisoner, however, is a springy set of his favorite bluegrass tunes, so expect the sort of fancy picking his crack band — and especially guitarists Rich Brotherton and pedal steel player Marty Muse — has no problem providing. Fellow Texan Bonnie Bishop opens.” (Richard Gehr, VillageVoice)
Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 N. Sixth St., Brooklyn
800-745-3000; 718-486-5400 /
8:30 p.m. / $35
this is not Manhattan’s WestSide, but it is Brooklyn’s WestSide.
subway:#1-2-3 to 14th St.; transfer to L to Bedford St., (1st stop in Bklyn).
short walk to venue – 2.5 blks West on N 6th St.

♦ 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.

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.

Here are a few current exhibition that TimeOutNY recommends:

Claudia Comte, No Melon No Lemon (until March 21, 2015)
imagesThis Swiss artist installs her elegant neomodernist sculptures within equally elegant environments consisting of neomodern paintings and wallpaper patterns. Her work visually name-checks the greats—Brancusi, Noguchi, Moore, Stella, Noland—unapologetically while bringing an added dose of rich, optically buzzy formalism to the proceedings.
Gladstone Gallery, 530 W 21st St.

Katy Moran (until February 28, 2015)
This British artist has made a specialty of using modestly scaled canvases to recapture the muscular expressionism of midcentury abstraction.
Andrea Rosen Gallery,

“Vis-à-vis” (until February 28, 2015)
Oakland’s Creative Growth Art Center—which “serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities”—has become something like Yale’s MFA program for outsider artists, grooming talents whose works are art-world–ready (the most famous example being Judith Scott, currently the subject of a Brooklyn Museum retrospective). This group show mixes CGAC contributors with insider artists, putting them on an equal footing with the likes of Huma Bhabha and Willem de Kooning (!). The results are as inside-out as they are outside-in.
Andrew Edlin Gallery,

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.

TIP: After your gallery tour, stop in Ovest at 513W27th St. for Aperitivo Italiano (Happy Hour on steroids). Discuss all the great art you have viewed over a drink and a tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 02/08 and 02/06.

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