Selected Events (03/18) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, MAR. 18, 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.”

Revisiting the Rosenbergs:     SmartStuff/ Conversation   (6:30pm)   

Pentatonix  —  Pop / Rock    (8pm)   

Tantric Obsession with Scott Carney + David Vago  —  
SmartStuff/ Book Talk  (7pm)  

Marcus Miller  —  Jazz   (7:30pm)    (10pm)     

Richard Price – “The Whites”   —  SmartStuff/ Book Talk    (6:30pm)

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:

Revisiting the Rosenbergs:
A Conversation with Sam Roberts and Gary Naftalis
imgres“It’s been 75 years since Ethel and Julius Rosenberg first came to the attention of the FBI. The chief witness against them – Ethel’s brother – is now dead. But America is again struggling to reconcile national security and civil liberties, and concerned about blind loyalty to any cause and about singling out a specific group for suspicion. What have we learned? Join author and journalist Sam Roberts for a conversation about the continuing relevance of the Rosenberg case with defense lawyer Gary Naftalis. Book signing and reception to follow.

Sam Roberts is the Urban Affairs correspondent for the New York Times and the author or editor of eight previous books, including The Brother: The Untold Story of the Rosenberg Case (2003), reissued in a updated edition by Simon & Schuster in 2014.

Gary Naftalis is co-chair of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. One of the nation’s leading trial lawyers, Mr. Naftalis is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles. He successfully defended the Rosenbergs in a mock trial organized by the American Bar Association in 1993.” (
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave. (btw 103/104 St.)
at 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm / $16

imgres-1“A YouTube sensation with more than seven million subscribers on its channel, this a cappella quintet covers Pharrell Williams’s “Happy,” Psy’s “Gangnam Style” and Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” with equal harmonic joie de vivre. The band offers bluesy pop original songs on its studio albums and recently won a Grammy for best arrangement, instrumental or a cappella for its “Daft Punk” medley.” (Anderson-NYT)
Theater at Madison Square Garden,
At 8 p.m./ $41.50-$61.50
800-745-3000 /

Tantric Obsession with Scott Carney + David Vago
a-death-on-diamond-mountain-678x1024“When thirty-eight-year-old Ian Thorson died on a remote Arizona mountaintop in 2012, The New York Times reported the story under the headline: “Mysterious Buddhist Retreat in the Desert Ends in a Grisly Death.” Journalist and anthropologist Scott Carney was struck by how Thorson’s death echoed other incidents that reflected the little-talked-about connection between intensive meditation and mental instability. He explores the neural implications of obsession with cognitive neuroscientist David Vago. A book signing for Scott Carney’s “A Death on Diamond Mountain” takes place after the program.” (
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17th St. (btw 6/7 ave)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm / $20

Marcus Miller
285“The electric bass virtuoso, bandleader and producer Marcus Miller has a new album due out on Blue Note on Tuesday, “Afrodeezia,” featuring a global perspective and an array of special guests, including the blues man Keb’ Mo’, the singer Lalah Hathaway and the rapper Chuck D. Celebrating the album’s release, he leads his airtight band.”
At 7:30 and 10 p.m. / $40
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St. (btw 7/8 ave)

Elsewhere – this is definitely not the WestSide, but it is Richard Price.
Mr. Price, a Bronx boy and great novelist, is worth the detour, trust me.
Richard Price – “The Whites”
imgres-2Cops, criminals, and NYC—award-winning author Richard Price, returns to these themes in his new book, “The Whites.” Dennis Lehane wrote, “Whether you call it a crime novel or a mystery novel or a giraffe with polka dots is largely irrelevant–The Whites is, simply put, a great American novel.” Price, author of Lush Life and Clockers, discusses his new detective story with Henry Chang, author of an acclaimed series of Chinatown-based crime novels.
Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St. (btw Delancey/Broome St)
subway: F train to Delancey St.; walk W 2 blocks to Orchard St.
6pm doors, 6:30pm event / This event is FREE but seating is first-come, first-served and the small space often fills up. Get there early.
212.431.0233 /

♦ 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.

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 ( 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).

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 03/16 and 03/14.

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