Selected Events (05/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8 > THURSDAY / MAY 05, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do This:

Hardly Manhattan’s WestSide, it’s an island in the East River, but this is worth the detour:
“Frieze New York”
Randall’s Island Park / 11AM, $ various prices
The main attraction of the week, the fifth edition of Frieze New York, features more than 200 exhibitors from 31 countries in its dynamically designed white tent on Randall’s Island. Offering one of the best art fair presentations in contemporary art, Frieze mixes up its program with galleries showing blue chip artists, solo shows of 20th century artworks, sections for emerging art and special projects and talks, which make the visitors’ experience even more rewarding.

Standouts this year include Salon 94’s and David Zwirner’s female-focused booths; Matthew Marks Gallery’s show of sculpture; David Wojnarowicz’s multi-media installation from 1985 at P.P.O.W; and solo shows of Fred Wilson at Pace, William Kentridge at Marian Goodman and Melvin Edwards at Alexander Gray Associates, as well as a Frith Street’s presentation of works by Cornelia Parker, which coincides with her current rooftop project at the Met.” (the Observer)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Shemekia Copeland (also May 6)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway @ 51 St./ 8PM, $35
Shemekia is touring in support of her latest Grammy-nominated album, Outskirts Of Love. She puts on a great show. Last time I saw her she came down from the stage to dance in the aisle with us.

Shemekia’s a ball-of-fire vocalist with a voice that’s part Memphis, part Chicago and all woman…devastatingly powerful. She’s a great singer, period.” —Chicago Sun-Times
“Shemekia captures the timelessness of the blues while spinning it forward with remarkable maturity.”—USA Today

Kara Lindsay: Bursting Your Bubble
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $30+
artistpage_karalindsayNEW“You’ve seen Kara Lindsay as a popular blonde witch and as an intrepid journalist, but now see her in her most personal role yet, as herself! Fresh off playing Glinda in Wicked and Katherine in Newsies, Kara returns to Feinstein’s/54 Below by popular demand after 2 hit performances of her debut show last month. Join her as she sings the songs that hold a special place in her heart, professionally and personally.”

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

Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with music, food and drink specials and more at various locations across the city. Here is some good info on where to celebrate:
Cinco de Mayo in NYC – Wondering how to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? NYC has killer tacos, mind-blowing mescals and margaritas to help you party. (TONY)
“10 Ways To Celebrate Cinco De Mayo In NYC” (gothamist)

Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s
Jefferson Market Library, 425 Ave. of the Americas/ 6:30PM, FREE
“Join singer-songwriter Richard Barone as he celebrates the music of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk music scene. Richard and his guests—journalists and musicians who were part of that vital community and its living legacy—will revisit that era with a series of multi-media discussions focusing on the singer-songwriters who helped shape the cultural and political landscape of New York, from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to Janis Ian, Phil Ochs, and John Sebastian (of the Lovin’ Spoonful).

Moderated by Barone, the panels will include such participants as Rolling Stone contributing editor Anthony DeCurtis, A&R executive/writer Mitchell Cohen, Folk City author Stephen Petrus, producer Steve Addabbo, as well as musicians Marshall Crenshaw, The Kennedys and Allison Moorer—with more to be announced! They will sing classic songs and tell the behind-the-scenes stories of that vibrant period in the music of downtown New York City.” (

On Virtual Reality and Digitized Experience
apexart, 291 Church St./ 7PM, FREE
“This panel will address the history and future of virtual reality applications within arts, culture, and industry. Media Studies Professor and Curator Christiane Paul, Digital Museum of Digital Art Co-Founder Alfredo Salazar-Caro, and VR Designer Tyler Hopf will discuss how virtual reality has changed since it gained public attention in the late 1980s and 1990s, and the different ways it will be (or already is) incorporated into society.”

“The Last Chicago Cubs Dynasty” with Hal Bock
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E11th St./ 7PM, FREE, RSVP
“The Cubs became a metaphor for the underdog, the loser, lovable or not, that we as a species can’t help but instinctively pull for.” -Joe Mantegna, actor

The last time the Chicago Cubs played in the World Series, World War II had just ended. The last time they won a World Series, World War I had not yet begun. But from 1906 – 1910 the Cubs not only played in the World Series four of the five years, they won two World Championships, as well. It was a time when the Cubs ruled baseball, and no one could have imagined the roller coaster adventures that were ahead for this grand old franchise.

Distinguished writer Hal Bock returns to the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse and will tell the story of this legendary team, the characters who were central to its success, and the misfortunes which have plagued the team ever since.”

Elsewhere, but come on, this is Porgy and Bess, always worth the detour:
Behind the Music with Louis Rosen: The Making of Porgy and Bess
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 1:30PM, $45
“Porgy and Bess was ten years in the making, from the moment George Gershwin became entranced by the operatic possibilities of DeBose Hayward’s novel about life in a rundown waterfront ghetto of Gullah blacks, to the historic October 1935 premiere.

We’ll trace the evolution of the composition, placing a dual emphasis on what makes the work distinctly operatic — its arias, choral sequences, thematic relationships, recitatives — and Gershwin’s unique approach to song. In addition, we’ll discuss the work’s performance history and its only gradual acceptance as the greatest American opera.” (


Bonus – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:

City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474

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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2016.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance, even if it’s  just on the 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.

Two exhibitions the NewYorkTimes likes:
‘Ellsworth Kelly Photographs’ (through April 30)
“This first exhibition of photographs by Mr. Kelly, who died in December, includes more than 30 gelatin silver prints made over four decades. His straightforward pictures of houses, barns, brick walls and winter branches yield the same distinctive observation of perceptual phenomena so characteristic of his hard-edge paintings, sculpture and prints: Rectangles float; shadows fall into hard-edge shapes; surfaces reveal evenly mottled patterns and unlikely grids. Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street, Chelsea, 212-243-0200,” (Philip Gefter)

 Robert Ryman (through July 29)
“For nearly 60s years, the Minimalist painter Robert Ryman has had few equals when it comes to doing more with less. White has been his primary, if not quite his only, color, the square his typical format. And yet within these seeming limitations a remarkably fecund and resonant body of work has evolved as demonstrated with unusual clarity (and in natural light) by this small but comprehensive exhibition. Dia: Chelsea, 535 West 22nd Street, 212-989-5566,” (Smith)

Here is one that The Observer likes:
“Steven Baldi: Branded Light” (through May 28)
Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19 Street
“Steven Baldi is currently featured in an acclaimed group show about the use of stock photography in fine art, on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Here, he presents black-and-white photomontages of industry logos, such as those for Kodak and Nikon, abstracted with prismatic camera effects. The resulting Constructivist-inspired imagery is contrasted with the Los Angeles conceptualist’s monochromatic paintings that he makes by stretching green book cloth over aluminum panels.”

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 04/27 and 04/25.

This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.

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