Selected Events (03/06) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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

“The Lives of Hamilton Fish”  —   Multimedia Story Telling    (7pm)    

 Hozier  —  Rock/ Pop      (8pm)

One Step Beyond, with Mayer Hawthorne  —  Dance Party  (9pm)   

CINEFEST 2015: Hispanic Film Festival  —   SmartStuff/ Film Fest     (5pm)   

The Genius of Einstein —  SmartStuff/ Panel Discussion   (7:30pm)

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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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“The Lives of Hamilton Fish” (also Mar.7)
imgres“Art in General, a nonprofit art space, presents a multimedia storytelling event about people who lived in New York State during the Great Depression. The piece chronicles the deaths, one day apart in 1936, of two different men named Hamilton Fish, one a statesman and one a serial killer.

The interdisciplinary exploration is the brainchild of the sculptor, songwriter, and performer Rachel Mason, and it takes the form of a “cinematic rock opera performance.” In other words, a film is projected, and the vocal parts are performed live by actors, who also act out what happens on-screen; live musicians play along to the film’s score.” (NewYorker)
Root Studios, 443 W. 18th St.
7pm / $12
artingeneral.org

Hozier
imgres-1“Inescapable but irresistible, Hozier’s hit single, “Take Me to Church,” has over 222 million Spotify streams and more than 25 million YouTube views, and earned a Grammy nod for Song of the Year (losing to Sam Smith). Not bad for the 24-year-old Irish singer-songwriter who, less than two years ago, was a struggling pub/street musician in Dublin.

The darkly emotive video for “Take Me to Church” struck a chord with its scenes/themes of gay oppression, but live, Andrew Hozier-Byrne will prove he has more than one haunting, eloquent song. (To wit, there’s 53 minutes of them on his 2014 self-titled debut, including the stellar “Angel of Small Death and the Codeine Scene.”) The show is open to all ages and starts at 8 p.m. with a set from George Ezra.” (Katherine Turman, VillageVoice)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St.
8pm / $35-$45
800-745-3000 / beacontheatre.com.

One Step Beyond, with Mayer Hawthorne
images-1“This dance party in the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space is a selectively educational endeavor: Guests are free to read every factoid on the Kuiper belt and Oort cloud, or simply spill beer on them. Regardless, it’s a truly exceptional occasion best enjoyed in the company of stellar dance acts; Mr. Hawthorne, a spit-shined soul-popper, fits the bill. With the Range and Astro Nautico.” (Anderson-NYT)
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West, at 81st St.,
9pm /
212-769-5200 / amnh.org/rose.

CINEFEST 2015: Hispanic Film Festival (Day 1)
CineFest 2015 will take place on March 6 and 13 and will feature four films and one documentary covering a broad spectrum of topics: immigration, environmental exploitation, coming of age and cultural identities. We hope that through these films we give voice to the unheard stories of many different cultures in the Spanish-speaking world.
NewSchool, The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm / FREE

Elsewhere, but this might make you a genius, so it’s worth the detour:
The Genius of Einstein
imgres-2“What made Albert Einstein one of the greatest scientific geniuses the world has ever known? His scientific breakthroughs revolutionized the way we understand the universe. The World Science Festival, in partnership with the 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival, presents an in-depth look into the genius of Einstein. Join physicist Brian Greene, neurologist Frederick Lepore and author and filmmaker Thomas Levenson for a lively and informative conversation on the science, the brain and the life of one of history’s most fascinating men.

Copies of Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe will be available for purchase.” (ThoughtGallery.org)
Part of 7 Days of Genius Festival: Venture Into the Extraordinary (through Sunday)
The complete lineup is at 92y.org/genius.
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St.
7:30 pm / $30
212-415-5500

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♦ 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.
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Chelsea Art Gallery District

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

“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 (nycgo.com) 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).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/02 and 03/04.

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