Selected Events (09/20) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s FAB 5 > SUNDAY / SEPT. 20, 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
>Bill Charlap Trio (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“The pianist Bill Charlap has become one of our era’s most trusted docents of the American songbook — hear his handiwork all over Tony Bennett’s “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” due out in a few weeks — and he brings the full breadth of his erudition to any engagement by his trio. Featuring Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington (no relation) on drums, it’s a group with almost 20 years of working history, and many hours logged in this room.”
(Nate Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> Brooklyn Book Festival
Various locations, esp around Borough Hall, Brooklyn
“A place to show off cool small-press tote bags this annual event has grown into the city’s largest free literary festival. An estimated forty thousand attendees are expected to stroll the downtown-Brooklyn labyrinth of publishing booths and attend nearly a hundred programs, featuring an all-star lineup of more than three hundred authors, including Salman Rushdie, Margo Jefferson, Jonathan Lethem, Nick Flynn, Adrian Tomine, and John Leguizamo.” (NewYorker)

> Artist Talk with Heejung Cho
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle/ 3-5PM, Free with museum admission
Join artist Heejung Cho as she presents her completed installation of her NYC-inspired cityscape to celebration the closing of Richard Estes: Painting New York City. Cho will describe what inspired her project and discuss with visitors her process and motivation for working with scenery and cityscapes. Visitors are invited to ask questions and participate in a drop-in hands-on workshop exploring some of Cho’s techniques and methods.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

>Feast of San Gennaro (LAST DAY)
Little Italy / 11:30AM-11PM (12AM on fri/sat)
“Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won’t feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances.’ (TONY)
Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

Elsewhere, but these photo exhibitions sure look worth the detour:
Both are in Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of NYCity’s newest parks – a small gem with spectacular skyline views:
> Photoville (LAST DAY)
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 5 uplands / 4-10PM th/fr; 12-8PM sa/su; FREE
The city’s largest annual photography exhibition returns to Brooklyn Bridge Park with more than 65 shipping containers turned into photo galleries. Also, special talks and workshops.
> “The Fence” (through Oct. 11)
Begin at Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park / FREE
a 1,250-foot outdoor photo installation, this exhibit features work from 40 professional photographers from around the world. a unique site-specific exhibition aimed at fostering conversations and exploring new thematic directions in photography.

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.

This is a current exhibitions that the NYT recommends:
‘Dia 15 VI 13 545 West 22 Street Dream House’ (through Oct. 24)
“This terrific show restages a famous sound and light installation by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, a work whose origins date to the 1960s. On entering the dimly lit gallery, you are immediately enveloped by an intensely powerful sound, a roaring, droning, pulsing noise with such a deep bass that you feel it in your body as well as in your ears. At the far end of the space is a work by Jung Hee Choi, a slowly changing hallucinogenic projection on a perforated black screen. Prepare to have your consciousness altered.” Dia: Chelsea, 545 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, 212-989-5566, diacenter.org. (Johnson-NYT)

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 09/18 and 09/16.

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