Selected Events (12/05) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s ELITE 8 > SATURDAY / DEC. 05, 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 more complete event info.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Chelsea Art Gallery Tour
“Take a fascinating gallery tour of Chelsea – the world’s center for contemporary art – and see the very latest in painting, sculpture, electronic media & photography. Our guide, who holds a Ph.D. in arts education, helps explain the artwork and leads the group in lively discussion.

The tour takes place at 1:00 PM & 3:45 PM. These two tours will be identical in every way: the same guide and the same exhibits, so choose whichever start time best fits your schedule. It will take place no matter what the weather – rain or shine (the art is all indoors).”  (  I love this tour.
Meet at 526 W. 26th St. between 10th & 11th Ave.
$25. SPECIAL OFFER: use DISCOUNT code “chelsea93” for $8-off admission! / 212-946-1548.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Pilobolus (through Dec. 6)
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place,
at Washington Square South/ 7PM, $
“A girl on the verge of womanhood falls asleep and wakes up in a surreal fantasy world. Nope, not “The Nutcracker” (though stay tuned). This is “Shadowland,” a new adventure from Pilobolus receiving its United States premiere. In collaboration with Steven Banks, a writer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the company delivers a mix of theatrical spectacle and physical inventiveness soaked in wonder. As per its title, “Shadowland” showcases two-dimensional silhouettes formed by creative contortions of the body.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Saturday at 2 and 8PM., Sunday at 2PM

Paige Turner: Hurry Down My Chimney!
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe / 9PM, $22
“The sweet-natured, horny hostess of Slurp!, Werk Wednesdays and So You Think You Can Drag throws another log on the fire for the holidays with an all-new show of song parodies, videos and high-energy fun with surprise special guest stars.” (TONY)

Christian McBride Trio (through Dec. 6)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM, 10:30PM, $30
“The bassist Christian McBride holds fast to a mood of generous bonhomie with his trio, which recently released a live album recorded in this room. The band features Christian Sands, a pianist of urgent effervescence, and Jerome Jennings, a crisply capable drummer (filling in for Ulysses Owens Jr.)’ (Chinen-NYT)

Cyndi Lauper and Friends: Home for the Holidays
Beacon Theatre, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $50+
“The chirpy-voiced pop belter returns to the Beacon with another all-star benefit for her True Colors Fund, which assists homeless LGBT youth. This year’s lineup includes Natasha Bedingfield, Boy George, Cam, Sharon Osborne, Kurt Vile and more.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Battle of the Belgians
Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 E7th St./ 1PM, $65
“This sixth annual hops-blasted smackdown pits the best of Belgium’s imports against a host of homegrown Belgian-style brews. Enjoy endless pours of more than 20 beers both international (Merchant du Vin, Shelton Brothers) and domestic (Two Roads, Jolly Pumpkin) before casting a ballot for your sudsy champion. Between pints, feast on a meaty spread of whole-roasted hog sourced from upstate New York’s Flying Pigs Farm and served crackly-skinned lechon-style by the bar’s resident Filipino pop-up Tito King’s Kitchen.” (TONY)

Steven Holl | Steven Holl, Robert McCarter
NYPL—Main Building, 476 Fifth Ave./ 3PM, FREE
“Joins for an unprecedented conversation with renowned American architect Steven Holl and Robert McCarter, architect and author of the new monograph Steven Holl.
Steven Holl (Phaidon, November 2015) is the most comprehensive monograph on one of America’s greatest living architects by award-winning author and architecture critic Robert McCarter. The book features realized and unrealized works, each richly illustrated with Holl’s own watercolors and hundreds of color photographs. McCarter has known and taught with Holl for over thirty years and this monograph provides an authoritative and personal examination of one of today’s leading architects.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
(easy subway: #2/3 express to Eastern Parkway)
Target First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park/ 5-11PM, FREE
This monthly event features free art and entertainment programs, including gallery talks, film screenings and live music. Robin Jaffee Frank, chief curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, will discuss the new Brooklyn Museum exhibition “Coney Island: Visions of An American Dreamland, 1861–2008.”  (NYT-SpareTimes)

Bonus – Music Venues:
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 – 34 W22nd St. / 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 – 237 W42nd St. /, 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.

My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museum exhibitions,
and also see the expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Reimagining Modernism: 1900-1950’ (continuing)
One of the greatest encyclopedic museums in the world fulfills its mission a little more with an ambitious reinstallation of works of early European modernism with their American counterparts for the first time in nearly 30 years. Objects of design and paintings by a few self-taught artists further the integration. It is quite a sight, with interesting rotations and fine-tunings to come. 212-535-7710,” (Smith)

Guggenheim Museum:
Kandinsky Gallery (through spring 2016)
“A pioneer of abstract art and eminent aesthetic theorist, Vasily Kandinsky (b. 1866, Moscow; d. 1944, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France) broke new ground in painting during the first decades of the twentieth century. His seminal treatise Über das Geistige in der Kunst (On the Spiritual in Art), published in Munich in December 1911, lays out his program for developing an art independent from observations of the external world. In this and other texts, as well as his work, Kandinsky advanced abstraction’s potential to be free from nature, a quality of music that he admired. The development of a new subject matter based solely on the artist’s “inner necessity” would occupy him for the rest of his life.”

The Guggenheim collection now contains more than 150 works by this single artist, making it the largest collection of Kandinsky works in the United States.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum (continuing):
rendering-3The stately doors of the 1902 Andrew Carnegie mansion, home to the Cooper Hewitt, are open again after an overhaul and expansion of the premises. Historic house and modern museum have always made an awkward fit, a standoff between preservation and innovation, and the problem remains, but the renovation has brought a wide-open new gallery space, a cafe and a raft of be-your-own-designer digital enhancements. Best of all, more of the museum’s vast permanent collection is now on view, including an Op Art weaving, miniature spiral staircases, ballistic face masks and a dainty enameled 18th-century version of a Swiss knife. Like design itself, this institution is built on tumult and friction, and you feel it. 2 East 91st Street, at Fifth Avenue, 212-849-8400, (Cotter)


Museum Mile is a section of Fifth Avenue which contains one of the densest displays of culture in the world. Eight museums can be found along this section of Fifth Avenue:

• 105th Street – El Museo del Barrio (closed Sun-Mon)*
• 103rd Street – Museum of the City of New York (open 7 days /week)
•  92nd Street – The Jewish Museum (closed Wed) (Sat FREE) (Thu 5-8 PWYW)
•  91st Street  –  Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum (open 7 days /week)
•  89th Street –  National Academy Museum (closed Mon-Tue)
•  88th Street –  Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (closed Thu) (Sat 6-8 PWYW)
•  86th Street –  Neue Galerie New York (closed Tue-Wed) (Fri 6-8 FREE)
Last, but certainly not least, America’s premier museum
•  82nd Street – The Metropolitan Museum of Art (open 7 days /week)*
*always Pay What You Wish (PWYW)

Although technically not part of the Museum Mile, the Frick Collection (closed Mon) (SUN 11am-1pm PWYW) on the corner of 70th St. and Fifth Avenue and the The Morgan Library & Museum (closed Mon) (Fri 7-9 FREE) on Madison Ave and 37th St are also located near Fifth Ave.
Now plan your own museum crawl (info on hours & admission updated June 2, 2015). ========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 12/03 and 12/01.
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