Selected Events (03/30) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – MONDAY, MAR. 30, 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.”

Macy’s Flower Show   Special Event     (1pm)     [FREE]

Eunbi Kim’s “re: last night”   Classical   (7:30pm)   

Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance   —  SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (7pm)    

Women’s Jazz Festival  —  Jazz   (7pm)    

“Songbook”   —   Musical Theater   (6pm)      [FREE]

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:

Macy’s Flower Show (through April 4)
“This two-week floral display titled “Art in Bloom” features ceiling-to-floor greenery, fresh blooms as well as free workshops including terrarium making and floral design.” (TONY)

“For two weeks, the clothing and accessories at Macy’s won’t be the only colorful items on display by the iconic department store. Outside in Broadway Plaza, beautifully bright floral arrangements will announce this year’s Macy’s Flower Show. Check for updates. Expect live music, kids’ activities and various “bouquets of the day” throughout the show.” (NYCGO)

“Get a taste of spring while shopping till you drop at the 2015 Macy’s Flower Show at Macy’s Herald Square. This year’s theme is Art in Bloom. Join expert designers from H.BLOOM floral service at 1pm as they teach you how to turn flowers into a work of art. H.BLOOM believes flowers are living art, and take great care in delivering beautiful installations to businesses and individuals across the country. During this seminar, you will learn how to create artistic pieces of Pop Art from Spring’s seasonal flowers.”(

Eunbi Kim’s “re: last night”
Directed by Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)
Performed by pianist Eunbi Kim, is a program of classical and contemporary solo piano works. Inspired by the email subject line “re: last night” on a crowded NYC subway, the program is influenced by dreams and delirium and celebrates these states of “in-between-ness” through a program of left-field music inspired by night and late-night conversations.

This program includes contemporary jazz-infused works from composers Fred Hersch, William Albright, Nikolai Kapustin, Toby Twining, and a commissioned work for piano and recorded voices by eminent composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), who also serves as director for this thought-provoking performance.
(le) Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker St.
7:30 PM / $15 + $20
(212) 505-3474

Elizabeth Warren: A Fighting Chance / Author Event
Senator Elizabeth Warren will be appearing in support of her book A Fighting Chance.
An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works — and really doesn’t.
Barnes & Noble, Union Square, 33 East 17th St.
7:00 PM /A limited number of wristbands to attend this event will be available with the purchase of the paperback edition of A Fighting Chance beginning at 10:00 am on March 30. Only one copy and wristband per customer.

Women’s Jazz Festival
Catherine Russell & Lakecia Benjamin

Jazz and blues vocalist Catherine Russell, a native of New York City, was born with distinctive bloodlines. Her father was Luis Russell, the renowned big-band leader who was born in Panama, and lived in New Orleans and New York City. He was a groundbreaking vintage jazzman — a pianist, composer/arranger, and most prominently, the music director for Louis Armstrong in the mid-’40s. Her mother is Carline Ray, a veteran jazz bassist, vocalist, graduate of the Julliard and Manhattan Schools of Music, and famous for performing with the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Wynton Marsalis, among many others.

Charismatic and dynamic saxophonist/bandleader Lakecia Benjamin, who has played with Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, The Roots and Macy Gray, takes center stage in her own right with the release of her unconventional soul/funk album, RETOX, on Motéma Music. Though her own music is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Benjamin’s soaring, dance floor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard
7:00pm / $30

“Songbook” hosted by John Znidarsic
“Here’s a chance to get a glimpse of the future of Broadway as up-and-coming performers sing songs written by the next generation of composer-songwriters. Musical-theater geek John Znidarsic has been hosting this series for more than 20 years; you might walk out with more than one future hit in your mind.” (seniorplanet)
New York Library of the Performing Arts, Bruno Walter Auditorium,
40 Lincoln Center Plaza
6pm / FREE

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity, with a population of  8.4 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  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 is a 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

Here is a current exhibition that the NYT recommends:
‘In the Studio: Paintings’ (through April 18)
17d6946bae1033fb2fe56449722c3200“Organized by a veteran scholar and curator of modern art, this show roams across several centuries and between academic and advanced, well-known and rarely-seen. Full of gems and telling juxtapositions, it explores the studio as subject, beloved sanctuary, container for art and stand-in for the artist. Do not miss it. Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, Chelsea, 212-741-1717,” (Smith)

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 03/28 and 03/26.

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