Selected Events (02/26) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″+1 / Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, FEB. 26, 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.”  

In Conversation: Quentin Bajac and Shelley Rice   —  
SmartStuff/ Photography Talk    (7pm)   

The Shanghai Restoration Project  —  Music Mashup    (7:30pm)    

Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits 2015  —  Food & Drink   (6pm)

John Berryman at 100: A Day-long Celebration   —  
SmartStuff/ Poetry Readings   (3pm)  [FREE]

The Skip James Project with 1032K Ensemble  —  Blues Music   (7pm)   [FREE]

City Bakery annual Hot Chocolate Festival  —  Food & Drink

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:

In Conversation: Quentin Bajac and Shelley Rice
“Quentin Bajac, a noted author, is the chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s photography department. He talks with NYU professor Shelley Rice about the explosion of photography in the digital age, when images seem to come at us from everywhere.” (
La Maison France, New York University, 16 Washington Mews
7pm / FREE

The Shanghai Restoration Project
“A performance by this group blends Chinese culture with hip-hop and electronic music to take listeners on a sonic journey through the city. The concert, inspired in part by 1930s Shanghai jazz bands, also involves projected visuals from contemporary Chinese artists. The singer Zhang Le and the animator and rapper Ray Lei will also take part.” (NYT)

“Liang . . . treats us to a delicious and lush blend of traditional Chinese instruments with hip-hop and electronica to make something truly unique and fun to listen to.” -PopMatters
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.
At 7:30 p.m./ $25

Edible Manhattan’s Good Spirits 2015
“The annual spirits bash comes to Manhattan for an evening of beverage pairings like Caleb’s Kola with Stolen Rum and Owl’s Brew with Sag Harbor Rum. Twenty restaurants including Burke & Wills, Luca & Bosco and Hecho en Dumbo provide the booze-sopping eats.” (TONY)
The Altman Building, 135 W 18th St. (btw Sixth and Seventh Aves)
6pm / $60-$70

John Berryman at 100: A Day-long Celebration
Low Memorial Library, Columbia University
“More than a dozen poets, including Henri Cole, Cathy Park Hong, and Kevin Young, celebrate Berryman’s centennial, with panel discussions and a tribute reading.” (NewYorker)

An evening of poetry in honor of John Berryman, 1914–1972. A scholar and professor as well as a poet, John Berryman is best-known for The Dream Songs, an intensely personal sequence of 385 poems which brought him the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award. In these he invented a style and form able to accommodate a vast range of material while expressing his turbulent emotions.
Barnard Hall, James Room, Columbia University, 3009 Broadway.
For more information, visit

The Skip James Project with 1032K Ensemble
SkipJames“The 1032K ensemble is named after an obscure property in physics in which time and space as we know them become almost chimerical. That might be a fitting metaphor for the career of Delta bluesman Nehemiah “Skip” James, who recorded some of the most haunting early blues recordings in one 1931 session and then all but disappeared until shortly before his death in the mid-’60s. Trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy, bassist Kevin Ray and drummer Andrew Drury revamp James’s songs.” (
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 W 62 St.
(btw Columbus/Broadway Ave.)
at 7:30 / Target FREE Thursdays
get there early, no later than 7PM, if you want to get in what is a small performance space.
212-875-5350 /

City Bakery annual Hot Chocolate Festival
“Time is running out to sample the special brews featured at the City Bakery annual Hot Chocolate Festival, which wraps up on Saturday. While you sample Thursday’s “Happy” Hot Chocolate, put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) and enter the cafe’s Essay Contest. Answer the question they pose: “Should City Bakery hot chocolate be drunk with or without a homemade marshmallow?” There are three categories (written word, video and arts & crafts), with winning entries from each category receiving free hot chocolate for the remainder of 2015.” (
City Bakery, 3 W. 18th St., Flatiron.
7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

♦ 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:
‘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:
Guggenheim Museum: ‘On Kawara — Silence’ (through May 3)
The first retrospective of this Conceptual Art giant turns the museum’s spiral into a vortex suffused with the consciousness of time, life’s supreme ruler, in all its quotidian daily unfoldings, historical events and almost incomprehensible grandeur. The presentation of date paintings, “I Got Up” postcards and “I AM Still Alive” telegrams echoes Mr. Kawara’s exquisite sense of discipline and craft. This is an extraordinary tribute. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500, (Smith)

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 02/24 and 02/22.


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