Selected Events (03/24) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, MAR. 24, 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.”

An Evening with Amy Tan   SmartStuff/ Conversation    (6:30pm)   

Jewish New York  —  SmartStuff/ Lecture    (6:30pm)    [FREE]

Annie Ross   —   Cabaret  (9:30pm)   

Evening of Song Spring Concert   —   Classical Music    (8pm)      [FREE]

Exit Interview: Karen Brooks Hopkins and Arnold Lehman   —  
SmartStuff/ Conversation    (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:

An Evening with Amy Tan
The Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series
FEATURING: Amy Tan, Ken Smith (moderator)

Bestselling author Amy Tan—internationally recognized for her books exploring themes of family and self-identity within the Chinese-American experience—discusses her accomplished career and how her own personal stories as the daughter of Chinese immigrants influence her novels.

Amy Tan is the award-winning author of The Joy Luck Club, Saving Fish from Drowning, and The Valley of Amazement, among others. Her work has also been adapted for film and opera. Ken Smith is the Asian performing arts critic for the Financial Times and the author of Fate! Luck! Chance! Amy Tan, Stewart Wallace and the Making of The Bonesetter’s Daughter Opera.
Co-presented by U.S.-China Cultural Institute, cultural associate of the Committee of 100.
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West,
6:30 pm / $34; (members $20)

Jewish New York: A History and Guide to Neighborhoods, Synagogues, and Eateries – Author @ the Library Series
This illustrated lecture provides an historical introduction and framework for locals and visitors of every religion and nationality to delve into the rich history and contribution of Jewish immigrants in New York. With a focus on the communities of Manhattan, it includes museums, places of historic interest, restaurants, synagogues, and entertainment venues of the present and past.

With Paul M. Kaplan, a prolific writer, who serves on the board of directors for the Lower East Side Jewish Conservancy.
Mid-Manhattan Library, Fifth Ave. and 40th St.
6:30 p.m. / FREE

Annie Ross
“Ms. Ross is a master class in how to sing jazz inside out, upside and down……Her sense of time and rhythm will fracture you….” ~ Rex Reed

Annie Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. She is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of “Twisted”, one of the most well known examples of that art. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. “Twisted“ has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. Annie Ross is the 2011 Lifetime Achievement MAC Award Winner.
Metropolitan Room, 34 W 22nd St. (btw Fifth and Sixth Aves)
9:30pm / $25.00
212-206-0440 /

Evening of Song Spring Concert
The collaborative piano department at Mannes, under the direction of Cristina Stanescu, presents a performance of art song featuring graduate pianists collaborating with singers from the Mannes critically acclaimed voice department.
Mannes College, The New School for Music,150 West 85th St.
8pm / FREE

Elsewhere, but this looks to be fascinating, well worth the short detour:
Exit Interview: Karen Brooks Hopkins and Arnold Lehman
Together, they have provided over 50 years of arts leadership in Brooklyn, and were instrumental in transforming local venues into pacesetting and internationally respected institutions. On the eve of their coincidentally concurrent retirements in June, Karen Brooks Hopkins and Arnold Lehman will reflect on their years leading the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Brooklyn Museum, respectively, and how their institutions catalyzed—and responded to—a rapidly changing Brooklyn. BHS President Deborah Schwartz moderates.
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. at Clinton St.
subway: #2,3 to Clark St. (1st stop after Wall St. in Bklyn)
6:30pm / $10

♦ 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:

“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 03/22 and 03/20.

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