Selected Events (02/22) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″+1 / Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, FEB. 22, 2015
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The Big Oscars Quiz Thing  —  Trivia   (5:30pm) 

The Oscars at Louro   —  Food & Drink   (7pm)

T. Oliver Reid, ‘Drop Me Off in Harlem’ —  Cabaret   (7:30pm)

Joe Lovato Nonet  —  Jazz   (8:30pm)    (10:30pm)

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers  —  Jazz   (8pm)   (10:30pm) 

A Sunday Session: Brewers Round-Table at DBGB  —  Food & Drink   (4PM)

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:

Tonight is Oscar Night – here is an Oscar doubleheader:
The Big Oscars Quiz Thing
Grab your movie-buff friends and head to Le Poisson Rouge for a night of film trivia from The Big Quiz Thing. The night kicks off at 5:30pm with a multimedia trivia show packed with Oscars factoids. Prizes are yet to be announced, but gear up to compete for movie-tour passes, tickets to future LPR shows and Broadway tickets. Whether you win or lose, watch all the red-carpet and awards-show action while munching on goodies from the full food and drink menu, with chances for extra prizes from impromptu trivia during commercials.
Le Poisson Rouge, 
158 Bleecker St. at Thompson St
5:30pm / $15

The Oscars at Louro (3 course prix fixe menu)
Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony means all those glittery actresses and actors have been depriving themselves of food for weeks, so come make up the difference at Louro’s Oscars viewing party with a three-course themed meal to match. The restaurant will be showing the festivities live with dishes that match some of the night’s biggest films. Start off with a Birdman dish of Roasted Quail and continue with an Into The Woods Wild Mushroom Salad. Entrees include a Grand Budapest Hotel plate of Potato Pierogis and Whiplash Nashville Hot Chicken Drum Sticks. Finish up with Wild Blueberry Sorbet inspired by Wild and a Going for the Gold Apple Pie modeled after Foxcatcher.
Louro, 142 W 10th St. (btw WaverlyPlace/GreenwichAve)
Reservations for the $45 meal can be made at (212) 206-0606 or at OpenTable

T. Oliver Reid, ‘Drop Me Off in Harlem’
images“Singer and Broadway star T. Oliver Reid leads what he describes as “a club hopping journey through the swanky clubs and low down joints of 1934 Harlem,” featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Andy Razaf, and more. In this new show, Reid performs each number with the unmistakable dramatic flair of a musical theater veteran, and he also provides an overview of the clubs, musicians, and social context of the music. Funny, informative, and a consummate showman, Reid will transport you back to the heyday of iconic venues like the Cotton Club. “In 1934, on a Saturday night in New York City, if you were boozin’ and jazzin’, you were doing it in Harlem.” 80 years later, we’re doing it right here at Metropolitan Room.

“There is no place you will ever see / Like this dusky town-within-a-town.” Seen (but not heard enough) in Broadway’s “After Midnight,” the remarkably versatile bari-tenor T. Oliver Reid shows how African-American music of the interwar years wasn’t just one single style, but a polyglot of styles—jazz, show music, gospel, blues—and he does justice to the cumulative legacies of all of these genres at once.” (WSJ)
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
7:30pm / $25
212-206-0440 /

Joe Lovato Nonet
Tonight celebrate the 80th birthday of the “Camelot of jazz rooms,” the Village Vanguard.

“There’s always been something ultra-sensual about Jim Lovano’s little big band. With the leader’s lusty horn out front, his reed brigade weaves together, often coming up with a wall of rich textures that complement his ideas and fortify his élan. I’m thinking of an early-Aughts spin through “After the Rain” that advanced the anguish of Trane’s lament and unearthed the mastery that Lovano’s tenor reveals so frequently these days. The iconic West Village cellar sounds terrific when nine individuals hit the stage to make a refined ruckus.” (Jim Macnie, VillageVanguard)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. / $30 and a one-drink minimum
212-255-4037 /

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
imgres“The tradition of New Orleans-bred trumpeter-entertainers has a robust representative in Mr. Ruffins, who has spent Mardi Gras week here, with his working band.” (Chinen-NYT)
Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village,
At 8 and 10:30 p.m. /
212-475-8592 /

Elsewhere, but this is a beer summit, certainly worth a detour:
A Sunday Session: Brewers Round-Table at DBGB
Why have New York–based breweries become so prominent in restaurants these days? Find out why at this panel discussion, which includes Kelso Brewery owner Kelly Taylor and Bronx Brewery’s brewmaster Damian Brown talking shop with DBGB management. If all that talk is making you thirsty, not to worry; tickets include three beers such as a nut brown lager and IPA. Snacks will also be served, in addition to the hopped-up conversation;
DBGB, 299 Bowery, Sunday, 4-6 p.m.
secure a $25 reservation here.

♦ 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.

Alec Soth, “Songbook” (through Mar. 21)
“The photographer takes a road trip through the heartland with black-and-white images of people (some posing formally for portraits, others caught candidly) and landscapes, all with the aim of capturing the “American community.”
Sean Kelly Gallery, Hudson Yards 475 Tenth Ave. (btw 36th/37th St.)
Tu-Sa // 11am-6pm

“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

“Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography” (through May 23)
Photojournaism becomes art.
image-1“Since 2011, the New York outpost of Germany’s Walther Collection has been an important showcase for modern and contemporary African photography. Case in point: this excellent minisurvey of the work of Santu Mofokeng, titled, “A Metaphorical Biography.” It positions him as both a photojournalist and an artist concerned with questions of meaning and representation. Born in Johannesburg in 1956, Mofokeng began his professional career in the mid-1980s as a member of the photo agency Afrapix. In the turbulent decade leading up to apartheid’s end, he produced photo essays on South African townships, offering a more complex view of their inhabitants’ lives than the coverage found in the global media.

During the 1990s Mofokeng began to collect late-19th- and early-20th-century studio portraits of middle-class black South Africans. These became his 1997 slide show, The Black Photo Album/Look at Me: 1890–1950, in which intertitles provide biographical information on some of the subjects, while also questioning what their real-life experiences might have been.” (Anne Doran)
The Walther Collection, 526 W 26th St. (btw 10/11 ave)
We-Su // 11am-6pm

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 02/20 and 02/18.


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