Selected Events (03/12) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – THURSDAY, MAR. 12, 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.”

Alabama Shakes  —  Pop / Rock   (8pm)   

Maureen McGovern —  Cabaret    (7pm)

‘Vintage: What a Difference a Year Makes’  —   Food & Drink    (7pm) 

Brandee Younger  –  Classical Music  (8pm)  

Linda Purl ~ Midnight Caravan   —  Cabaret  (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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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Alabama Shakes
“While Muscle Shoals, Ala., was a hotbed of soul and southern rock in the 1960s and ’70s, few sounds arose from neighboring Athens. Enter Alabama Shakes, who took a page from their neighboring city’s sound. High-school classmates Brittany Howard and Zac Cockrell formed the band in 2009; its 2012 debut “Boys & Girls” delivered the goods and then some. Ms. Howard’s gospel-strong vocals range from crystalline to gravelly, emotionally wrenching to testifying, in the tradition of Otis Redding and Janis Joplin. A follow-up album, “Sound & Color,” will be released next month.” (WSJ)
The Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St.
8pm /
(212) 465-6500 / beacontheatrenyc.com.

Maureen McGovern (through Saturday)
mm8x10-300dpi“At 54 Below, Maureen McGovern performs her new show, “Sing, My Sisters, Sing!” The program, celebrating women singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Annie Lennox and Amanda McBroom, includes a jazz sidebar.” (Stephen Holden-NYT)
54 Below, 254 West 54th St.
7pm /
646-476-3551 / 54below.com

‘Vintage: What a Difference a Year Makes’
“The French Institute Alliance Française hosts a class about what makes a good vintage wine. Tastings will complement instructions about what to look out for when selecting wines that get better (or don’t) with age. This is, of course, for the 21 and older crowd.” (NYT)
Le Skyroom, French Institute Alliance Française, 22 East 60th Street,
212-355-6100 / fiaf.org / At 7 p.m.

Brandee Younger
imgres“Ms. Younger is a harpist who has explored the spiritual side of her instrument’s legacy, as well as its improvisational potential. She inaugurates “Uncharted” — a new series of premiere performances, every Thursday through the end of April — with excerpts from her piece “Prophetika,” featuring a fellow harpist, Mia Theodoratus, and Courtney Bryan on piano.” (Chinen-NYT)
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow Street, West Village,
At 8 p.m.,
212-242-4770 / greenwichhouse.org.

Linda Purl ~ Midnight Caravan
Linda Purl is thrilled to be back on the road with her new concert tour Midnight Caravan: Celebrating the Great Ladies of the Glamorous Nightclub Era. Midnight Caravan salutes the great women singing stars of the 1940s and ’50s – from Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland to Rosemary Clooney – as they reign over the swanky, sexy supper clubs of the era. From sultry ballads to hot Latin jazz arrangements of Broadway tunes, the show features classic standards like My Romance, Shall We Dance and Caravan, and conjures a nighttime world where the surroundings are posh, the drinks keep flowing, and nobody goes to bed before three.
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
7PM / $22.50
212-206-0440 / metropolitanroom.com

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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 03/10 and 03/08.

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