Selected Events (05/17) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – SUNDAY, MAY 17, 2015
“We search the internet everyday looking for the very best of What’s Happening,
primarily on 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
> Russell Hall “The Music of Wayne Shorter: The Early Years,”
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM + 9:30PM / $35
bassist Hall joined by 3 saxophonists to interpret the jazz master Shorter.

> NYC Ballet – La Sylphide, Hear the Dance: Denmark
New York City Ballet, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza W 63rd St. / 3PM, $29-$164
NYCB premiere of La Sylphide, a story of passion and unrequited love.

> Odean Pope Saxophone Choir, With Ravi Coltrane 
Blue Note, 131 West Third St. / 8PM + 10:30PM, $20 + $35
like the sax? this tenor saxophonist brings 8 saxophonists with him to this gig.

> Bruce Barth Quintet
Smoke, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St. / 7, 9 and 10:30PM,
pianist and composer Bruce Barth, has been called “one of the best pianists in town.”

> Guillermo Klein y Los Guachos
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th Street, 8:30PM +10:30PM,
maestro Klein has created some radical jazz and the audience is digging it.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> 9th Avenue International Food Festival 
9th Avenue from 42nd St. to 55th St. / 12-5PM
city’s largest food fest with lots of ethnic food & drink, and lots of folks, too.

> Harlem EatUp!
various locations and times
Taste the Best of this Neighborhood at Inaugural Harlem EatUp!

> Jud Süss: Introduced by STUART KLAWANS, Film Critic, The Nation
Film Forum, 209 W Houston St. / 12:15PM, FREE
maybe the most notorious example of Nazi film propaganda.

Elsewhere, but these look worth the detour:
> Frieze New York
Randall’s Island Park
almost 200 global galleries. an annual art extravaganza, with great river views.

and let’s hear it for the Bronx. 10 day festival ends today. Mangia!
> Bronx Week (Last Day)
Various locations and times.
today: the Bronx Parade (at noon); the Bronx Food and Arts Festival (from noon to 6 p.m.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
> 9th Avenue International Food Festival 
9th Avenue from 42nd St. to 55th St. / 12-5PM

image-4“Head over to Hell’s Kitchen for the city’s oldest and largest food festival, and celebrate local food spots like Daisy May’s BBQ and Poseidon Greek Bakery as they set up shop on Ninth, street-market–style.

The city’s oldest and largest food fair launches its 41st weekend with 15 blocks of street eats and a food-truck park. From joints like Bali Nusa Indah and BarBacon—as well as grub from Chelsea Grill, Southern Hospitality and Poseidon Bakery—the blowout raises funds for a host of local and national charities including the Food Bank for NYC and City Harvest. “ (TONY)

“With the Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Hell’s Kitchen comes alive like no other neighborhood in New York. It’s a truly international food festival with delicious treats you won’t find at any other fair. From 42nd Street to 57th Street, Ninth Avenue closes to cars and the festival takes over. More than a million people visit the food festival each year. It’s unique and amazing, celebrating the joys of ethnicity through food, entertainment and every kind of street fair stall.

The food is the big draw, but the festival is a fabulous expression of the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood – teeming with ethnic food shops and fine restaurants and offering an eclectic global smorgasbord of national and regional foods. Outside venders participate as well, but the Ninth Avenue merchants and restaurants and the community organizations of Hell’s Kitchen are out in all their neighborhood glory.

Come for Argentinian, Brazilian, Cajun, Chinese, Cuban, Dominican, Ethiopian, French, German, Greek, Haitian, Indian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Mexican, Moroccan, Pakistani, Polish, Puerto Rican, Peruvian, Senegalese, Sicilian, Southern, Spanish, Thai, Trinidadian, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese food – and more! “ (

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 05/15 and 05/13.

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