Selected Events (09/26) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s ELITE 8 > SATURDAY / SEPT. 26, 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
Global Citizen Festival
Central Park Great Lawn, midpark, from 79th to 85th St./ from 2PM
“Click the “issues” tab on the Global Citizen Festival website and a myriad list of them will appear: girls and women; finance and innovation; water and sanitation. No one concert can hope to address, much less resolve, such global concerns, though this year’s festival hopes to bring a greater awareness in its audience of how to take concrete action. Drawing on the power of Beyoncé, two generations of well-intentioned rock acts like Pearl Jam and Coldplay and British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, it should be a formidable night of music at the very least.” (WSJ)

Lianne La Havas
Terminal 5, 610 West 56th St./ 8PM, $
“Everything seems to come easy for Ms. La Havas, whether it’s her crystal clear, serene voice, delicate guitar picking or exuberant dance moves. But don’t let the docility fool you — she’s one of the most powerful singer-songwriters performing today, and peppers her live sets with all sorts of surprises, from cameo duets to headbanging thrash interludes.” (NYT-Chow)

and the Circus is in town!
> Magmanus
f50b72f1fd375051a322990fbf0ca12d51132060Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place, at Washington Square South / 8PM, $32-$49
“The circus duo Magnus Bjøru and Manu Tiger bring their act, which also incorporates elements of theater, to New York.

The title, “Attached,” also the theme of the show, is explored in different ways — expect lots of Velcro.” (NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

> Chelsea Street Fair (11AM-6PM)
“Chelsea Eats takes over Eighth Avenue from 14th to 23rd Streets, with vendors like Red Hook Lobster Pound, Melt Bakery and Mighty Quinn’s BBQ. For entertainment, there will be live music, as well as performances from the Joyce Theater.” (NYT)

> Smithsonian Museum Day
In the spirit of the Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket… for free. The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.
Click here to view the list of 2015 participating museums.

Here’s something you won’t see everyday:
> Rolex Central Park Horse Show
Central Park / 1:30; +7PM; $50–$250
“Central Park will be awash with silky manes and heavy horseshoes as a panoply of majestic horses jump, prance and strut toward eternal glory and big prizes in support of local and equestrian charities.” (TONY)
“Awe at the majesty of the many breeds of Arabians as they trot down the park and show off fine breeding, grooming and athletic form. The costume class competition puts the steeds in classic historical outfits from the Byzantine Period and beyond.”

Inaugural Exhibition: AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE (LAST 2 DAYS!)
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort St. / 10:30AM-6PM, $22.
“It’s finally here! The new improved Whitney home in MePa that’s supposed to finally put to rest the museum’s rep as the also-ran of New York’s major art institutions. The Whitney inaugurates its new home with this massive permanent-collection survey spanning eight decades. Covering four floors in roughly chronological order, the show relays overlapping histories about the Whitney itself, the development of modernism in America and the country’s transition from cultural backwater to overweening superpower.” (TONY)
This is one very fine exhibition. Try not to miss it.

Elsewhere, but for caffeine freaks, sure looks worth the detour:
> New York Coffee Festival
69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue (btw 25/26th streets)
Lunch session: 12:30pm-4:00pm
Late session; 4:00pm-7:30pm
“There’s more than just joe brewing at this weekend’s New York Coffee Festival. In addition to a barista championship and steampunk brew bar, the three-day event will feature java-inspired cultural offerings, including performers from the Coffee Music Project; a multidisciplinary coffee-themed art competition; and a screening of “Caffeinated,” a documentary about coffee culture.” (NYT)

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 09/24 and 09/22.

 

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