Selected Events (03/16) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, MAR. 16, 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.”

David Blaine | Paul Holdengräber    SmartStuff/ Discussion  (7pm) 

The Second Annual Black Irish Ball  —  Jazz + Burlesque    (9pm)

Red Wine Making  —  Food & Drink  (6pm) 

The Mathematical Interplay of Accelerated Bodies   —  
SmartStuff/ Lecture  (6pm)     

Brisket King NYC   —   Food & Drink    (6pm)

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:

David Blaine | Paul Holdengräber
imgres“Known for his endurance stunts, many of them televised, Mr. Blaine will open the spring season of LIVE From the NYPL. This event will be more on the open-air side of things, unlike a previous outing in which he was buried alive for a week. He will be joined in conversation by Paul Holdengräber, director of this series.” (NYT)
New York Public Library, 5th ave @ 42nd St.
7pm / $25
917-275-6975 //

Dandy Wellington Presents: The Second Annual Black Irish Ball
“You’d think such a fancy, Irish-themed burlesque show and jazz performance would cost you, but this one is free. Just make a dinner reservation at Macao Trading Co. and soak in the talent.

Opt for a sultry pre–St. Patrick’s evening of hot jazz with Harlem mad-hatter Dandy Wellington and his band, with burlesque performances by Poison Ivory, Genie Adagio, Kita St. Cyr and Voodoo Onyx. Admission is free but Macao Trading Co. advises dinner reservations, so why not chow down on some pork chops and hoisin noodles before the show? ” (TONY)
Macao Trading Co., 311 Church St. (btw Lispenard and Walker Sts.)
9pm. / FREE, recommended with dinner reservation.

Red Wine Making
“Learn how tannins are extracted, three main maceration techniques and an introduction to the tasting “triangle” of red wines. “Students” can arrive at 5:45pm for an informal informational session about viticulture and the chance to taste a few “faulty” wines. Lesson will start at 6pm sharp and will last 1 hour and 45 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. Two flights of wine tastings will illustrate each lesson. Bread will be provided but no additional food is included.” (
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm / $75

“The Mathematical Interplay of Accelerated Bodies”
“The popularity of professional sports has made them key proving grounds for how to make video, stats and other content engaging for fans. Chief technology officer of major league baseball Joe Inzerillo has the last word on the sport’s digital presence; he oversees the 30 team sites in addition to all of the mobile, video and interactive content across numerous platforms. His talk tonight is subtitled “How I Learned Not To Slide Into First Base.” (
New School, Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Ave
6pm / FREE

Elsewhere, but who doesn’t love barbecued brisket:
Brisket King NYC
images-1“Who makes the best brisket in the city? You’ll have to taste a ton of barbecue to find out. This annual event brings together 20+ chefs and restaurants to battle for the title of best brisket, along with tastes from craft distilleries and breweries to chase it all down.” (
Irondale Center, 85 S. Oxford St., Brooklyn
subway: C train to lafayette ave.
6pm / $85

♦ 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:
‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710,” (Smith)

‘Ennion: Master of Roman Glass’ (through April 13)
“Active sometime between A.D. 1 and A.D. 50, Ennion is the first known artisan to produce mold-blown glass: objects made by blowing bubbles of molten glass into patterned molds. His elegant cups, bowls, beakers, jugs and flasks decorated with geometric and botanical motifs were sought after by wealthy Romans and traded throughout the Mediterranean world. Today only about 50 to 55 Ennion pieces are known to have survived. This exhibition presents 22 of them, along with fragments of two others. 212-535-7710,” (Johnson)

‘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)

Neue Galerie:
‘Egon Schiele: Portraits’ (through April 20)
“Of the approximately 125 items in this terrific show, there are only 11 oil paintings, which is a good thing. Except for a large picture of his wife, Edith, in a colorful striped dress, Schiele’s works on canvas are dark and turgid. But his drawings are nimble and nuanced. Working on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, gouache, watercolor and crayons, he portrayed himself and others with infectious avidity. There’s hardly a single sheet here that doesn’t warrant close looking for its virtuoso draftsmanship and psychological acuity. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, “(Johnson)

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 03/14 and 03/12.
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