Selected Events (03/14) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAR. 14, 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.”

Björk  —  Rock / Pop   (12pm)   

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival —  Food & Drink    (11am-6pm)

New York City FIRST Robotics Competition  —  SmartStuff/ Robots  (9am)  

The Celtic Appalachia   —  Bluegrass / Pop / Rock  (2:30pm)   (8pm)    

NYC Craft Beer Festival: Spring Seasonal   —   Food & Drink    (6pm-9:30pm)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Mar.”, 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:

imgres“It is startling to hear Björk — an artist who specializes in mercurial, brilliant electro-symphonics and opaquely cerebral lyrics — expose her heart so thoroughly on her morose new album, “Vulnicura.” Yet when this Icelandic star poses the devastating question, “Did I love you too much?/Devotion bent me broken,” on the song “Black Lake” — over heavy, elegiac strings, warped voices and fractured synth production from the upstart talent Arca — she creates her finest art in a decade. Her sorrow is terrible and gorgeous.”
Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall,
12PM / Limited Availability. Please call CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800
212-247-7800 /

NYC Vegetarian Food Festival (also Sunday)
“The fifth annual fete showcases two days of meat-free samples, cooking demonstrations and seminars on vegan and vegetarian living

Opens Saturday, offering vegetarian samples and a full program of expert speakers across three stages. Included in Saturday’s program is “Unlock Your Best Self With Plant-Based Nutrition,” presented by ultra-distance triathlete and bestselling author Rich Roll at 2 p.m., and “How to Go Vegan, The Right Way: The Basics of Vegan Nutrition” with chef and health coach Maria Marlowe. There’s also a kid’s stage with fun activities, games, stories and kids’ cooking classes.” (
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St. (btw 6/7ave) Chelsea.
A one-day pass is $30 and a two-day pass is $50 for tickets purchased online in advance.
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. /

New York City FIRST Robotics Competition (also Sunday)
image-2“It’s only a matter of time before robots rule the earth. Witness how technology has progressed so far at this competition.

Thousands of talented local and international students from 66 different schools descend upon the Javits Center for nonprofit organization NYC First’s 15th annual robotics competition. See the droids square off in games and navigate obstacles.” (TONY)
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 655 W 34th St. at 11th Ave.
9am. / FREE.

The Celtic Appalachia
AthenawithNialldancing“Expect a lively night at The Celtic Appalachia where Irish-inspired bands from all over rock out for your listening pleasure.

One of the best-known Irish American bands from the heart of West Virginia, The Bing Brothers Band, will be strummin’ at Symphony Space. Accompanied by The Green Fields of America and special guests Kyle Alden and Jake Krack, the concert will be a true Celtic celebration.” (TONY)
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St.
2:30pm and 8pm / $40-$60.

Elsewhere and a repeat, but this big craft beer fest is so worth the short detour:
NYC Craft Beer Festival: Spring Seasonal
imgres“At this suds celebration, beer buffs can sip unlimited samples of nearly 150 local (Braven, Gun Hill, Dyckman) and cross-country brews (Founders, Down East Cider House), plus sit in on brewing and tasting seminars led by suds experts.

The craft-beer revival is like a happy hour that never ends—this is the tenth edition of the biannual event. Driven by a renewed interest in the fermented beverage, the gathering features seventy-five breweries from around the nation. More than a hundred and fifty brews will be available for tasting, with an emphasis on seasonal and limited releases. Artisanal food, music from the High and Mighty Brass Band, and cocktail-making tips from Jonathan Pogash will also be on tap.”(TONY)
Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave. (btw 25/26 St.)
Afternoon session SOLD OUT
Evening session General Admission ($65 / 7PM Entry-9:30PM) SOLD OUT
Evening session VIP ($85 / 6PM Entry-9:30PM) only tickets available

moral of this story – next year buy your tickets in advance, and also save money:
Pre Sale General Admission ($45 / 7PM Entry)
Pre Sale VIP ($60/ 6PM Entry)

♦ 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 WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
107508‘The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters’ (through March 22) In his printed works, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec chronicled and publicized the music halls, theaters, circuses, operas and cafes of Paris with terrific verve, sly wit and surprising subtlety. This enthralling show presents approximately 100 examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection. 212-708-9400, (Johnson)

‘The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World’(through April 5) Despite being predictable and market-oriented in its choice of 17 artists, this museum’s first painting survey in decades is well worth seeing. About half the artists are exceptional and the rest are represented by their best work. Based on the premise that all historical painting styles are equally available today, the exhibition has been smartly installed to juxtapose different approaches: figurative and abstract, digital and handmade, spare and opulent. 212-708-9400, (Smith)

New-York Historical Society:
‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through April 19) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, (Cotter)

Rubin Museum of Art:
‘The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide’ (through April 13) This show presents 54 paintings that illustrate step-by-step instructions for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Delicately painted on 10-by-10-inch paper sheets, most of the pages depict a monk having fabulous visions in a verdant landscape. Thought to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron and executed by unidentified artists in a Chinese workshop sometime in the 18th century, it is a fascinating and remarkably thorough manual for seekers of higher consciousness. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000, (Johnson)

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/12 and 03/10.

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