Selected Events (05/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – FRIDAY, MAY 29, 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
> Marissa Mulder – “Instincts”
Metropolitan Room, 34 W22nd St. / 7PM, $20
“Marissa is saying what she feels, singing what she loves and sharing it on the stage with Nate Buccieri on the keys.”

> Bill Frisell: Up and Down the Mississippi (also Sat May 30)
Appel Room, Broadway at 60th St. / 7PM, $55-$75; 9:30PM, $45-$65.
expect the blues, folk, jazz, and gospel from this master guitarist.

> Billy Idol, JBL Live at Pier 97
Pier 97, Hudson River Park at W58th St. / 6PM, $52.50
one of MTV’s first real stars, let’s see if he still has that lively stage presence.

> Betty Buckley: Dark Blue-Eyed Blues (also May 30, May 31)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St. / 7PM + 9PM, $25-$75
has been called “The Voice of Broadway,” and sold out her engagement last fall.

> George Thorogood and The Destroyers / Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway (btw 74/75 St) / 8PM, $55-$99
are they still the most bad-to-the-bone performers in rock?

> Alejandro Escovedo, Naked Soul
Rubin Museum, 150 W17th St. (btw 7/6 ave) / 7PM, $52
celebrated singer songwriter with a roots rock/alternative country style.

> “BOSSABRASIL”Marcos Valle with Carlos Lyra (thru May 30)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 8:30PM+11PM, $40
“Forty years after it swept the world, Bossa Nova stands as as one of the enduring musical forms of the 20th century.”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> World Science Festival (through May 31)
various locations, check the website:
more than 50 events, spread over five days and the city’s five boroughs.

> Outdoor Fest (May 29 – Jun 07)
various locations and times
ten-day lineup of activities, classes and a range of outdoor opportunities.
“outdoor yoga, fishing, walks, nature-film screenings, trivia, bouldering, surfing and, naturally, beer drinking—can’t miss that.” (TONY)

> Ideas City (May 27–31)
“A Performative Conference in Nine Acts”
The Aula, 268 Mulberry St. / 7:30PM, $20
stay stimulated into the wee hours (3AM) with a nine-act array of art and culture.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> World Science Festival (through May 31)
various locations, check the website:

World Science Festival | Trivia Night at the Museum
Round up your geekiest friends and stretch your brain to its “limits” in an after-hours trivia night held under the AMNH’s blue whale. Come with your own team or join up with others and test your science trivia knowledge in a pub-style game that uses the new exhibition Life at the Limits as its inspiration. No clue? No problem—if you manage to win a lifeline to one of the scientists we’re placing strategically around the room. Television personality Faith Salie hosts this fun-filled evening, and winners will take home exciting giveaways, including tickets to the Museum’s Adult Sleepovers!

Your ticket includes one free drink and private access to the Life at the Limits exhibition. Special exhibition access is available to ticket holders one hour prior to the program, from 6 to 7pm.
American Museum Natural History, Central Park West 79th St. I 6:00PM – 9:00PM / $45

World Science Festival | Planet of the Humans:
The Leap to the Top, with Brian Lehrer
For all that Darwin contributed to our understanding of the biological world, he was haunted by one vexing question: How does the incremental process of evolution suddenly produce, say, humans—animals who walk upright, communicate through language, and possess the brainpower to travel to the moon? We are the dominant species in our environment—but did we get here through numerous baby steps or one giant leap? We’ll take a multi-disciplinary approach to tackling these questions, calling on some of the world’s leading thinkers in anthropology, linguistics, biology and philosophy.

Some of the world’s leading thinkers in anthropology, linguistics and philosophy get together with Brian Lehrer at the NYU Skirball Center for a conversation on “the leap to the top,” part of the World Science Festival, which runs through the weekend.
NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl. / 8PM, $35

World Science Festival | Dark Energy: Measuring a Mystery Salon
Dark energy may be the most compelling problem in modern cosmology. An unexplained substance, it’s believed to be the driving force behind cosmic acceleration. And yet there is no consensus on what dark energy actually is. The answer could have profound implications for our understanding of the fundamental laws of physics. This discussion focuses on three cutting-edge studies of dark energy, each using radically different techniques. Adam Riess, winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for the discovery of dark energy, will share a new technique to more accurately measure the expansion rate of the universe. Priya Natarajan of Yale will explain how dark matter can be used to explore dark energy. And Dark Energy Survey director Joshua Frieman will deliver the very latest from his five-year study.

The World Science Festival’s annual salon series offers in-depth conversations with leading scientists, extending the discussion of the Festival’s premier public programs to graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and well-informed members of the general public.
NYU Global Center, Grand Hall, 238 Thompson St., 5th Floor / 5:30PM, $25

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 is a current exhibitions that TimeOutNY recommends:

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 05/27 and 05/25.

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