Selected Events (04/07) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – TUESDAY, APR. 07, 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 Renata Adler – SmartStuff/ Book Talk   (7pm)

Steve Earle – Country Music   (8pm)

An Evening With the Cast of ‘Veep’ – SmartStuff/ Discussion   (6pm)

Five Boroughs Food Talk: Street Food – SmartStuff/ Discussion   (7:30pm)

“American Pie” Auction – Special Event   (10am)

National Beer Day – Food & Drink   (various times)

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide:

♦ “9 Notable Events-Apr.”, 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: nyc123blog.wordpress.com
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The NYRB Classics and McNally Jackson Present:
An Evening with Renata Adler

event00_listingThe inimitable Renata Adler discusses her career as a journalist and essayist, from being a staff writer at The New Yorker, to being chief film critic at The New York Times, to reporting on momentous historical events such as the march to Selma, the Six-Day War and the Vietnam War. Adler will be signing copies of her latest book, After the Tall Timber: Collected Nonfiction
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince St. (btw Lafayette/Mulberry St.)
7PM / FREE
212-274-1160, mcnallyjackson.com

Steve Earle
steveearle_willienile_banner_1_“The roots/country renegade who once growled, “If you buy me a strong drink of whiskey/I will tell you the tale of my life” (in “The Gringo’s Tale”) kicks up his dusty heels at City Winery, his preferred local club. His hardscrabble vagabond stories and baleful slide guitars were on the soundtracks for “True Detective” and “The Wire.” (NYT-Anderson)
City Winery, 155 Varick Street, near Spring Street, South Village,
8pm / $ – may have to wait list or stub hub this one.
212-608-0555, citywinery.com.

An Evening With the Cast of ‘Veep’
promo-veephbo-si“The HBO comedy “Veep” earned nine Emmy nominations in its third season, and is about to enter its fourth. The cast of this political satire, including the Emmy-winning Julia Louis-Dreyfus, will be joined by Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com for a discussion following a screening of the coming season’s premiere.” (NYT)
At 6 p.m.,
Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd St. (BTW 5/6 AVE)
212-621-6800, paleycenter.org.

Five Boroughs Food Talk: Street Food
Feed your brain during discussion about the evolution of street eats led by Every Day with Rachel Ray food features editor Gabriella Gershenson.

thumbSo much of our city-dweller lives take place in shared spaces, including our meals! Street food is part of our urban landscape, whether it’s grabbing a hot dog outside the park or seeking out the hottest food trucks. Join host Gabriella Gershenson as she takes food talk to the streets with panelists including: Cesar Fuentes, Executive Director, Red Hook Food Vendors, Vendy Plaza Manager; Matthew Shapiro, Staff Attorney, Street Vendor Project; Suzanne Wasserman, Director, Gotham Center for New York City History; and Doug Quint, co-owner of Big Gay Ice Cream.
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th St.
7:30pm / $15
(212) 864-5400

“American Pie” Auction
If you’ve ever wanted to know what “American Pie” is REALLY about, Tuesday may be your day. Don McLean is selling his original manuscript and notes to “American Pie.”

The handwritten lyrics to the famous song are scheduled to be auctioned off by Christie’s.
McLean is selling 16 pages that include the original working manuscript and typed drafts of the song. The song is dense with symbolism; McLean says lyrics will reveal meaning. The lyrics are expected to bring $1.5 million

Over the years, “American Pie” has become one of the most dissected and argued-about songs in the pop music canon. McLean has said that the opening lines were inspired by the death of Buddy Holly, but after that, it’s all been conjecture — which hasn’t stopped a marching band’s worth of analysts from trying to parse the symbols in the 8-minute, 33-second opus.-songwriter
Christie’s Saleroom, 20 Rockefeller Plaza
10:00am, Lots 1-1

National Beer Day
urlThe shops and restaurants at Grand Central are celebrating National Beer Day with specials and offerings highlighted by local beers and brewers, as well as discounted beers throughout the Terminal. Commuters, visitors and tourists are all invited to take advantage of special National Beer Day offerings.

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♦ 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.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:

107568‘Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909-1949’ (through April 19) Overflowing with prints by Berenice Abbott, Andre Kertesz, Edward Weston and other luminaries from the first half of the 20th century, this exhibition would seem to be a straightforward look at photography’s past. But the show, packaged with a book, a symposium and an engrossing interactive website, is really a bold attempt to visualize the future of photography inside the museum as it reckons with the unwieldy, image-saturated culture outside the galleries. With works by Aleksandr Rodchenko, Ms. Abbott, Alvin Langdon Coburn and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy that explore cities from unusual angles or abstract their infrastructure, the show’s largest section, “Dynamics of the City,” best encapsulates the Walther Collection’s distinctly urban, peripatetic take on Modernism. 212-708-9400, moma.org. (Rosenberg)

Museum of Biblical Art:
timthumb‘Sculpture in the Age of Donatello: Renaissance Masterpieces From Florence Cathedral’ (through June 14) This terrific 23-piece show features three major works by the early Renaissance sculptor Donatello (1386-1466), including the life-size statue of a bald prophet known as “lo Zuccone” or “Pumpkin Head,” which is widely considered the sculptor’s greatest work. Along with a half-dozen other works by or attributed to Donatello are sculptures by Nanni di Banco (circa 1386-1421), Donatello’s main competitor, including his monumental representation in marble of St. Luke. With the addition of a series of octagonal marble reliefs by Luca della Robbia and wooden models of the Florence Cathedral’s enormous dome attributed to its designer, Filippo Brunelleschi, the exhibition amounts to a tightly cropped snapshot of the birth of the Renaissance. 1865 Broadway, at 61st Street, 212-408-1500, mobia.org. (Johnson)

New-York Historical Society:
selma‘Freedom Journey 1965: Photographs of the Selma to Montgomery March by Stephen Somerstein’ (through April 19) Almost 50 years ago, the picture editor of a campus newspaper at City College of New York assigned himself a breaking story: coverage of what promised to be a massive march in Alabama, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African-Americans. On short notice the editor, Stephen Somerstein, grabbed his cameras, climbed on a bus, and headed south. The 55 pictures of black leaders and everyday people in this show, installed in a hallway and small gallery, are some that he shot that day. The image of Dr. King’s head seen in monumental silhouette that has become a virtual logo of the film “Selma” is based on a Somerstein original. 170 Central Park West, at 77th Street, 212-873-3400, nyhistory.org. (Cotter)

Rubin Museum of Art:
‘The All-Knowing Buddha: A Secret Guide’ (through April 13) This show presents 54 paintings that illustrate step-by-step instructions for followers of Tibetan Buddhism. Delicately painted on 10-by-10-inch paper sheets, most of the pages depict a monk having fabulous visions in a verdant landscape. Thought to have been commissioned by a Mongolian patron and executed by unidentified artists in a Chinese workshop sometime in the 18th century, it is a fascinating and remarkably thorough manual for seekers of higher consciousness. 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, 212-620-5000,rubinmuseum.org. (Johnson)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/05 and 04/03.

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