Selected Events (04/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – SUNDAY, APR. 05, 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.”

Fifth Avenue Easter Parade  —   Special Event    (10am-4pm)   

Christian McBride Big Band   —   Jazz     (7:30pm)     (9:30pm)

Robby Krieger  —  Rock / Pop    (7pm)

ASSSSCAT 3000   Comedy      (7:30pm)     (9:30pm)

Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros   —  Salsa / Mombo     (2-8pm)     

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:

Fifth Avenue Easter Parade
“The Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s. Paraders, their families and often pets too, wander along Fifth Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets in various Easter bonnets and their Sunday best. A great place to catch the action is at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Fifth Avenue (between East 50th and 51st Streets.) From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., FREE.” (

Christian McBride Big Band
“This spit-and-polish outfit, which won a recent Grammy for best large-jazz-ensemble album, thrives on the robust energies of the bassist-bandleader for which it is named. It also relies on the diligence of a lineup that includes stalwarts like the saxophonist Ron Blake, the trumpeter Freddie Hendrix and the trombonist Steve Davis.” (Chinen-NYT)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway,
At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. / $40

Robby Krieger
“Robby Krieger wasn’t the most attention-getting member of the Doors, but as the group’s guitarist, he helped drive a sound as distinctive as any in ’60s rock. Jim Morrison was the show-stealer as the frontman and self-appointed “lizard king,” and Ray Manzarek cut a striking figure with his unusual keyboard sound, but Mr. Krieger laid down many of the band’s most memorable musical moments with guitar-playing that could swerve from clear and jangly to fuzzy and gnarled and back again.

Mr. Krieger has remained active with solo albums in the decades since—2010’s “Singularity” is the most recent—and he even collaborated on a song with the electronic dance music artist Skrillex in 2012. Here, the 69-year-old guitarist will play a set focused on the Doors’ greatest hits.” (WSJ)
City Winery, 155 Varick St.
7pm / $ may need to wait list or stub hub this one.
(212) 608-0555

“This wildly popular show, hosted by Leo Allen, is known for always featuring the city’s best up-and-coming comedians. But it’s the surprise special guests—Chris Rock, Louis C.K. and David Cross have appeared—who keep audiences hooked.”

“One of the city’s most popular comedy nights sees NYC’s long-form improv royalty (think folks from Saturday Night Live and some adored Upright Citizens Brigade regulars) play pickup-game­–style in this famous long-running show.” (TONY)
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, 307 W 26th St. (btw 8/9 ave)
7:30pm/ $10; 9:30/ FREE – limited number of tickets are distributed at 8:15pm
(212) 366-9176 /

Elsewhere, but this looks too good to miss:
Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros
“Celebrate Easter in Spanish Harlem—dancing to salsa and mambo. This weekend, the Cuban trumpeter Alfredo “Chocolate” Armenteros turns 87, and appropriately his birthday is being honored with an Easter “danzette.” Señor Chocolate is best known for his tenure as bandleader for his cousin Benny Moré (one of the greatest of all Cuban vocalists) but his career spans virtually the entire history of Afro-Cuban music, from the rumba bands of the 1930s to the mambo in the great years of the Palladium and the salsa explosion of the 1960s and ’70s. (He’s worked with North American jazzmen as well; he’s also played with Wynton Marsalis.)

On Sunday, there will be a daylong birthday party and dance in which he’ll play for dancers with the 13 musicians of Zon del Barrio (directed by David Fernandez).” (WSJ)
Julia de Burgos Cultural Center, 680 Lexington Ave. (btw 105/106)
2pm-8pm / $20

♦ 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, but plan your visits for Tue. through Sat., most galleries are closed Sun. and Mon.

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 04/03 and 04/01.

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