Seen & Heard: Billowing Skirts at the Winter Garden

••• Opening March 26: “Six immense, swirling, fabric forms will be suspended from the top of the ten-story Winter Garden at Brookfield Place as part of the U.S. premiere of Soft Spin, a sculptural and sound installation by acclaimed Canadian artist Heather Nicol. Reminiscent of skirts, Nicol’s fantastical, billowing sculptures feature hemlines of up to 94-feet in length. The enormous sculptures range in height from 22- to 28-feet high, with some consisting of almost 165 yards of fabric. […] Nicol said the audio is inspired by ‘the secret bravado of singing show tunes in the shower.'” Drawing by Lauren Tamaki; photo of the Toronto installation by Ernesto DiStefano.

••• I noticed this and then forgot to mention it in the post about Community Board 1’s March agendas: “134 W. Broadway, application for a renewal of a sidewalk cafe license for Jada 
Restaurant Inc. d/b/a Petite Abeille.” Two possibilities: It shouldn’t actually be on the agenda, or Petite Abeille’s owners are indeed considering turning the space into a cocktail bar. (A rep said “there are no definite plans” in response to my first inquiry; waiting to hear about this CB1 agenda item.)

••• With Tribeca Grand’s Church Lounge hosting jazz from Wednesday through Saturday, B Flat (jazz Monday and Wednesday), and now Belle Reve, there’s a bit of a jazz renaissance happening in northeast Tribeca.

••• A note from Brookfield Place to nearby residents: “Brookfield will be hosting and participating in an NYPD/FDNY joint agency exercise on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 between the hours of 8:00pm and 5:00am at 250 Vesey Street. There will be increased Police, Fire and EMS presence in the area and in the building during these hours.”

••• Press release: “A special edition reproduction of 15 Piranesi drawings of the Temples at Paestum from the collection of Sir John Soane’s Museum in London will be exhibited at the Jonathan Burden showroom from March 18 to 31. The Sir John Soane’s Museum commissioned two sets of exact facsimiles of the original Piranesi Paestum prints due to light damage in 2012. Indistinguishable from the originals, the reproductions were produced by Britain’s National Gallery, on behalf of the Soane, which has the only other set for archival purposes. The original Piranesi prints, which were carefully preserved and restored at the Sir John Soane’s Museum, will be featured at the Morgan Library’s Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum exhibition through May 17. Jonathan Burden will auction its 15 Piranesi prints through in sets of four, one set of two and one single drawing. All proceeds will benefit the Soane Museum.”

Piranesi at Jonathan Burden