Selected Events (05/23) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – SATURDAY, MAY 23, 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
> PRISM Quartet: World Premieres
Leonard Nimoy Thalia at Symphony Space/ 7:30PM, $22
“an electrifying program of world premieres of new saxophone quartets.”

> Melba Moore
54 Below, 254 West 54th St. (btw 8th Ave./Broadway) / 7PM, $40-$50
Grammy nominee and Tony Award winner Melba Moore takes the stage

> Miles Davis Celebration (also Sun May 24)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway (btw 105/106 St.) / 7PM, 9PM, 10:30PM, $40
A quartet rich with connections to jazz icon Miles Davis performs a musical tribute.

> Ohad Talmor Grand Ensemble
Jazz Gallery, 1160 Broadway, at 27th Street, fifth fl. / 8PM+10PM, $22
OMG! 18 musicians in that space should be something else.

> Peter Bernstein Quartet (also Sun May 24)
Village Vanguard,178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St. / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
a hard bop guitarist brings along his accomplished quartet.

> Diane Schur
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 8:30PM+11PM, $45
the pop-jazz belter Diane Schuur makes her debut at Birdland.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit
University Place, from East 13th Street to West Third Street, / 12-6PM, FREE
typical New York sidewalk fare: oil paintings, watercolors, crafts and jewelry.

> Yoko Ono + Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W 53rd St. / FREE today 4-8PM
All 60 panels of Lawrence’s famed works about the mid 1900’s African-American move from rural to urban communities are being shown together for the first time in decades.

Elsewhere, but these two look worth the trip:
> ‘Bascove / Bridges: Transporting the Metropolis’
Noble Maritime Collection, Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Livingston, Staten Island, / 1-5PM, admission by donation.
Bascove celebrates the magnificent bridges of NYCity with 32 paintings & drawings.

> Memorial Day Weekend at Green-Wood Cemetery (Saturday and Monday)
Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn / 6PM, $25
a very special Civil War-era festival.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Memorial Day Weekend at Green-Wood Cemetery (Saturday and Monday)
Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn / 6PM, $25

grand-procession-credit-primo-iglesias-424x500A visit to a cemetery as Today’s Top Pick ? Yes, this is pretty special.

“At 6 p.m. on Saturday, Green-Wood Cemetery will host a Civil War-era festival featuring a procession across the grounds, which will be aglow with about 5,000 honorary candles. The evening will also include a brass band, a chorus and re-enactors in uniform.

On Monday, the cemetery will celebrate the holiday with two free events: an honor march at 11 a.m., and the annual Memorial Day concert at 2:30 p.m. The concert’s program includes compositions by some of Green-Wood’s permanent residents, like Fred Ebb and Leonard Bernstein.

At various times, Fifth Avenue and 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn, 718-768-7300, green-wood.com/toursevents.” (NYT)

“This spring marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. On Saturday only, Green-Wood Cemetery, the final resting place of over 5,000 Civil War veterans and other contributors to the war effort, will be transformed into a Civil War-era commemoration and festival. The 6 p.m. Grand Procession is the main event. It’s a spectacular walk across Green-Wood’s grounds, aglow with 5,000 candles at the headstones of those who died in the effort, and featuring a brass band, artillery fire, a chorus, cavalry horses, and re-enactors in uniform. $20 for members of the cemetery and the Brooklyn Historical Society and for non-members $25. 500 25th St., Greenwood Heights.” (dnainfo.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 are two current exhibitions that TimeOutNY recommends:
“Santu Mofokeng: A Metaphorical Biography” (LAST DAY)
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 (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 05/21 and 05/19.

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