Selected Events (05/11) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – MONDAY, MAY 11, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening,
primarily Manhattan’s WestSide, so that you don’t have to. We make it as easy as 1-2-3.
(click on links for complete event info)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Broadway by the Year: The Broadway Musicals of 1966-1990
The Town Hall, 123 West 43rd St. (btw 6th ave/Broadway) / 8PM, $47+$57
fifteenth season where each concert covers a quarter century of Broadway tunes.

> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25
the witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.

“Pompie’s Place,” with Hilary Gardner, Brianna Thomas & Lezlie Harrison
Don’t Tell Mama, 343 West 46th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 7PM, $65 (incl meal)
when Hilary sings the Blues, you want to be there.

> The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard,178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30Pm +10:30PM, $30
world class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.

> American Ballet Theatre 2015 Spring Season
Metropolitan Opera House (at Lincoln Center), / 7:30PM, $20–$200.
historic company repertory includes Romeo & Juliet, Swan Lake, & Giselle.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> The Highline Park Sunset Tour
Meet at 122 Greenwich Ave. (btw 13/14 St.) / 6-8PM, FREE, resv. required 646-450-6831.
breathtaking sunsets this time of year.

> ‘Fact Meets Fiction:
     a Conversation Between Alex Gibney and Beau Willimon’
Paley Center for Media, 25 West 52nd St. / 6:30PM, $40
storytelling techniques that fiction and nonfiction share.

> A Planet for Goldilocks with Natalie Batalha
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St. / 7:30PM, $15
what are the possibilities for finding inhabited environments in the not-so-distant future?

Elsewhere, but these look worth the detour:
> What Went Wrong With Iraq? Emma Sky with General David Petraeus
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave. at 92nd St. / 7:30PM / $30
who knew more about Iraq than Gen. Petraeus? maybe British expert Emma Sky.

> Outward Opulence for Inner Peace
Caspary Auditorium, Rockefeller University, 1230 York Ave.
Cocktails 6:15-7pm, Lecture 7-8pm / $20
illustrated talk on the Restoration of the Emperor’s Private Paradise at the Forbidden City.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
What Went Wrong With Iraq? Emma Sky with General David Petraeus

“As the man who oversaw American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, General David Petraeus will have plenty to say about America’s recent wars. He’ll be in conversation at the 92nd Street Y with British expert Emma Sky, who volunteered to help in the rebuild of Iraq and went on to write The Unraveling, which explains what went wrong.” (

g_051115_sky_petraeus“Few Westerners know more about Iraq and the Middle East than British expert Emma Sky. She volunteered to help rebuild Iraq after Saddam Hussein’s fall in 2003—and never left. As a political adviser to coalition forces and a confidante of US generals, she bore witness to a decade of disaster. And in her must-read new book, The Unraveling, she tells us what went wrong. Gain unparalleled insight into one of recent history’s most tragic chapters—and the conflicts currently affecting the region—when she sits down with General David Petraeus, who oversaw American troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

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.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt., 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 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.

♦ 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.

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 are two current exhibitions 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)
Wednesday-Sunday // 11am-6pm

Keith Edmier, “Regeneratrix” (through June 20)
KE_13_009L9Edmier worked in Hollywood doing model effects and it shows in his hyperrealistic plumbing of the uncanny valley. Cast in silicone copies of plants, animals, objects and people (including icons like Jackie Kennedy) is his eerie métier. Similarly, his strange relationship/collaboration with former Charlie’s Angel Farrah Fawcett yielded a pair of Greco-Roman nudes: one of artist by the star and vice versa. This show includes another off-center take on classicism with a monumental replica of one of the metal arches that supported the roof of the old Penn Station, which was itself modeled on Roman architecture. It’s exemplary of Edmier’s interest in exploring the overlap between histories, especially when it involves his own.
Petzel Gallery, 456 W 18th St. (btw 9/10 ave)
Tuesday – Saturday // 10AM – 6PM

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 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).

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/09 and 05/07.

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