Selected Events (04/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, APR. 29, 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.”   

Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
9:30PM / $25–$65, plus $25 minimum
646-476-3551 / 54below.com.

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. (btw 34/35St.); RM:9100: Skylight Room
6:30PM- 8:00PM / FREE
212-817-7000 / gothamcenter.org

Yinka Shonibare & Chop and Quench
David Rubinstein Atrium, Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Streets, Lincoln Center,
7:30PM / FREE
atrium.lincolncenter.org.

Branding: Why Good Design is Good Business
Museum of the City of New York , 1220 Fifth Ave.
6:30PM / $16
212-534-1672

Enrico Pieranunzi
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
8:30PM and 10:30PM / $30
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com.

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 “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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Jennifer Sheehan – Stardust: A Night in the Cosmos
artistpage_sheehan“Young, good-looking and very astute, Ms. Sheehan gives you hope. Drawing from a deep well of feeling, she interprets lyrics from the point of view of someone who knows who she is and conveys empathy in a voice that glows with insight.” -The New York Times

Multiple award-winning performer Jennifer Sheehan and her stellar quartet celebrate the beauty, wonder and romance of the night sky in a song-studded 54 Below evening featuring songs as dazzling and diverse as the stars above — including music from Pink Martini, Duke Ellington, Sergio Mendes, Melody Gardot, David Bowie, Joni Mitchell and Kurt Weill, just to name a few!

It’s a celebration of the many ways we come to love the night sky — as wide-eyed children who look up in wonderment, as young lovers who fall under its enchantment, and as star-gazers of all ages who contemplate love and life on this small blue dot in the universe. And, of course, the stars spark our imagination about what lies beyond… so the show also features some fascinating stories about new discoveries about our star-studded cosmos!
54 Below, 254 W 54th St. (btw Broadway and Eighth Ave)
9:30pm / $25–$65, plus $25 minimum
646-476-3551 / 54below.com.

The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway
“In the 19th century, cities like Boston and New York grew congested with plodding, horse-drawn carts. When the great blizzard of 1888 crippled the entire northeast, a solution had to be found. Two brothers from one of the nation’s great families—Henry Melville Whitney of Boston and William Collins Whitney of New York—pursued the dream of digging America’s first subway, and the race was on. Doug Most chronicles the story, as exciting as any ripped from the pages of history. The Race Underground is a great American saga of two rival American cities, their rich, powerful, and sometimes corrupt interests, and an invention that changed the lives of millions.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

If you are a fan of the subway system, esp. the #1,2,3 line, can’t miss this one. I’ll be there.
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave. (btw 34/35St.); RM:9100: Skylight Room
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm / FREE
212-817-7000 / gothamcenter.org

Yinka Shonibare & Chop and Quench
“Lincoln Center presents the first evening in a free series that pairs films made by artists with live musical performances. The centerpiece this time is the artist Yinka Shonibare’s short film “Un Ballo in Maschera.” (Verdi’s opera of the same title is currently running through May 9 at the Metropolitan Opera.) Christa Clarke, senior curator of arts of global Africa at the Newark Museum, will lead a discussion about art and music before the screening, and afterward there will be a performance from the band Chop and Quench.” (NYT)
David Rubinstein Atrium, Broadway, between 62nd and 63rd Streets, Lincoln Center,
7:30PM / FREE
atrium.lincolncenter.org.

Branding: Why Good Design is Good Business
“Paul Rand and his contemporaries forged the modern practice of branding as a comprehensive program of corporate communications. This panel discussion brings together leading graphic designers who will explore how Rand paved the way for contemporary forms of business media. They will also speculate on how Rand might have navigated today’s digital landscape and whether the standards and practices that he and his colleagues developed are still relevant. This program accompanies the City Museum’s exhibition Everything Is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, on view from February 25 through July 19, 2015.” (ThoughtGalllery.org)
Museum of the City of New York , 1220 Fifth Ave.
6:30 pm / $16
212-534-1672

Enrico Pieranunzi
“This Italian master pianist may be most familiar to discerning Stateside listeners from the series of exceptional trio recordings that found him matched with canny American bassists and drummers over the past three decades. (His two-volume tribute to the music of the film composer Ennio Morricone, with Marc Johnson and Joey Baron, is recommended for Pieranunzi neophytes.) For a visit to the Village Vanguard, Pieranunzi is trying something different, bringing a saxophonist, the nimble Donny McCaslin, into the mix. The bassist Scott Colley and the drummer Clarence Penn round out the quartet.” (NewYorker)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village,
At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m./ $30
212-255-4037, villagevanguard.com.

BONUS MUSIC PICKS:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are a few of my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St. joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St. lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt. bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 212-691-7538
a classic, old jazz club in the Village, Caffe V often surprises with a wonderfully eclectic lineup. It’s my favorite spot for an evening of listening enjoyment and discovery.

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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  8.5 million, had a record 56 million visitors last year and is 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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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

A current exhibitions that the NYT recommends:

Alison Rossiter: ‘Paper Wait’ (through May 2)
The first part of Alison Rossiter’s process involves acquiring unexposed, expired photographic paper, generally from eBay. Then she pours liquid developer on the paper and exposes it to light. The results are abstract compositions that blur the boundaries between photography and painting. For instance, the series “Latent Eastman Kodak Velox, expired May 1919, processed 2014” employs paper that expired just after World War I. The demise of chemical photography becomes a metaphor for the fate of defeated and exhausted empires, but she also suggests that expired materials have poignant memories and stories to reveal. Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 10th Avenue, near 24th Street, 212-414-0370, www.yossimilo.com. (Martha Schwendener)

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 (nycgo.com) 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 Tuesday through Saturday; most galleries are closed Sunday. and Monday.

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 very tasty selection of FREE appetizers (M-F, 5-8pm).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 04/15 and 04/13.

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