Selected Events (03/28) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, MAR. 28, 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.”

Goethe-Institut New York     Multidisciplinary OpenHouse   (2pm-11pm)   [FREE]

Les Délices: Myths & Allegories  —  Opera   (8pm)   

New Directors/New Films   —  Film Festival   (3:45pm)     

Paquito D’Rivera: Around the Americas —  Jazz   (8pm)     

Björk   — Pop/Rock   (12pm)

Conversation: “Inside Out: Piper Kerman and Joe Loya”   —
SmartStuff/ Conversation   (2pm)

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:

Goethe-Institut New York
Grand Reopening Open House / Daylong Party
imagesJoin us for our Grand Reopening at 30 Irving Place including mini language lessons, the Germany Unwrapped exhibition, library tours, silent film screenings, and a big party in the evening. Our new home features a versatile and inviting space, with a library and reading room that functions as a community gathering space. The event space will host lectures, performances, film screenings, art installations, exhibitions, and panel discussions. The flexible venue offers opportunities for a broad spectrum of activities and provides a forum for German-American exchange in New York.

One more thing: FREE beer and German pretzels! and raffles for a two-week trip to Germany and a language course.
Goethe-Institut New York, 30 Irving Place: Fourth Floor
2:00pm – 11pm / FREE for a full listing of events

Les Délices: Myths & Allegories
imgresThe shipwrecked hero Ulysses is the inspiration for this encore performance by Les Délices, with special guest soprano Clara Rottsalk. Selections from Jean-Féry Rebel’s little-known opera Ulysse provide the centerpiece, with a focus on a love triangle between the witch Circe, Ulysses, and his wife Penelope. Works by Thomas-Louis Bourgeois and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre—a child prodigy, and the first French woman ever to composer an opera—allow Les Délices to showcase a range of styles, as well as their own far-reaching talents.
Miller Theatre, 2960 Broadway at 116th St.
8:00pm / $30 – $45

New Directors/New Films (last 2 days!)
“Co-curated by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, this yearly festival celebrates the most innovative voices in filmmaking. Now in its 44th year, the festival has helped ignite countless careers, including those of Pedro Almodóvar, Spike Lee, Steven Spielberg, Darren Aronofsky and Wong Kar-wai.

Explore new works by the next generation of auteurs, including France’s Sarah Leonor (The Great Man), Ukraine’s Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy (The Tribe) and the United States’ very own Charles Poekel (Christmas, Again) and Rick Alverson (Entertainment).”(

The Festival started Mar 18 and ends tomorrow.
Today: “Court” 3:45pm / Museum of Modern Art, Titus Theater 1

court1000_2_ (1) 2“Fans of legal procedural dramas like “Law & Order” will find much to enjoy in this trenchant film from India. It turns the carefully unfolding story of a wrongfully accused singer-activist into a 360-degree view of the country and its class and gender-derived distinctions, from slums and nightclubs up to the family vacation spots preferred by judges. In Hindi and English, with subtitles.” (

One of the features that makes this festival unique is the extended Q&A available after most screenings with the director and cast.

Paquito D’Rivera: Around the Americas
search“Jazz was born in New Orleans, but at the same the time that music was traveling to Chicago, New York and Kansas City, it was also heading south toward Havana, Rio, Mexico City, and Buenos Aires. This weekend, the Cuban saxophonist and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera follows the footsteps of jazz in a journey across the Americas. For this cross-continental, island-hopping tour, Mr. D’Rivera will be joined by two distinct ensembles, a contemporary jazz group with multi-brassman Diego Urcola, pianist Alex Brown, bassist Oscar Stagnaro, and percussionists Mark Walker and Pernell Saturnino, as well as a band of visitors from the Old World, the Galicia-based Quinteto Cimarron, who will join Mr. D’Rivera on “Aires Tropicales,” a sumptuous chamber work for clarinet and strings.” (WSJ)
Rose Hall, Broadway at 60th St., Fifth Floor,
At 8 p.m. /

Björk (also Wednesday)
imgres-1“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.” (Anderson – NYT)
Saturday at noon, Wednesday at 8 p.m.,
City Center, 131 West 55th St.

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Conversation: “Inside Out: Piper Kerman and Joe Loya”
S1Cast“Orange is the New Black” creator piper kerman talks with joe loya, with her formerly incarcerated pen pal who encouraged her to write about her prison experiences, and author of the man who outgrew his prison cell.” (

In 2004, during her year in prison, Piper Kerman began a correspondence with a total stranger, Joe Loya, who had served seven years in prison for bank robberies, and who survived two years in solitary confinement through reading and writing. Loya’s memoir, The Man Who Outgrew His Prison Cell, was published that year to critical acclaim, and he was featured in the 2007 documentary Protagonist, by Oscar-winner Jessica Yu.

During and after serving her sentence, Loya encouraged Kerman to write with honesty and humor about her experiences and without regard for established ways of thinking about crime, punishment, and prison. Orange Is the New Black, Kerman’s 2010 book about her year of incarceration, has been adapted by Jenji Kohan into the award-winning Netflix series of the same name. Join Kerman and Loya for a conversation about memoir, prison narratives, and the life-saving and life-changing power of storytelling.
Brooklyn Museum, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor
2pm / free with museum admission ($16 general, $10 students/seniors)

♦ 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)
Ennion_DIGITAL_Poster_111814“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)
THB_FeaturedThe 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)
zakovsek_1“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):
rendering-3The 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 03/26 and 03/24.
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