Selected Events (05/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

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

“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:

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.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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

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 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.
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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.

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, matthewmarks.com.” (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, diaart.org.” (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 (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 04/27 and 04/25.
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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.

OpenTable
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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Selected Events (05/04) + Today’s Featured Pub (Tribeca)

Today’s Super 7 > WEDNESDAY / MAY 04, 2016

“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:

Ann Hampton Callaway Presents “But Beautiful” (thru May 7)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Ann Hampton Callaway – the “…superbly intelligent, singularly creative pop-jazz stylist who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Streisand, Ronstadt, Shirley Horn, and Dianne Reeves.” (JazzTimes) – returns to Birdland with “But Beautiful,” a collection of romantic jazz standards. The singer/songwriter puts her unique stamp on classics by Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Cy Coleman, Johnny Mandel and more. Accompanied by Ted Rosenthal (piano) Martin Wind (bass) Tim Horner (drums). “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” (New York Times)” (broadwayworld.com)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Metropolitan Opera – Elektra
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 8PM, $130+
cheap tickets look sold out; try lincoln center’s rubenstein atrium for discount tickets
“The soprano Nina Stemme is remarkable in Patrice Chéreau’s insightful production of “Elektra.” The superb cast also includes Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra and Eric Owens as Orest; the orchestra sounds magnificent under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.” (NYT- Vivien Schweitzer)

“The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.”

Battleground by Ryan McNamara (LAST DAY)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.(at 89th St.)/ 7:30PM, $40
“Dance meets architecture in a Works & Process performance. The Guggenheim Museum‘s Peter B. Lewis Theater will be transformed into three zones where dance squads battle it out over consecutive nights. There will also be discussions and a post-performance reception with the artists.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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

Becoming Jane Jacobs
Skyscraper Museum, 39 Battery Place/ 6:30PM, FREE
“Jane Jacobs was born on May 4, 1916. Forty-five years later, she published The Death and Life of Great American Cities, which she wrote between 1958 and 1961, and which stands today of the most influential books on urbanism ever written. The Skyscraper Museum celebrates Jacobs’s birthday and the beginning of her centennial year with a talk by Prof. Peter Laurence on his new book, “Becoming Jane Jacobs,” an intellectual biography that focuses on Jacobs’s early life and writing career leading up to her great book.”

LIVE from the NYPL:
Bruce Davidson | Matt Dillon
NYPL, Main Building, Celeste Bartos Forum / 7PM, $25
“For over half a century, Bruce Davidson has documented the landscape of human life through the lens of his camera. He comes to LIVE in celebration of the publication of Bruce Davidson: Magnum Legacy, the authoritative text on his career, vision, and influence, written by photography critic Vicki Goldberg. Joining him on stage is actor Matt Dillon, a great admirer and collector of Davidson’s work.”

SciCafe | Just Can’t Get Enough: Addiction & the Brain
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Only a small percentage of people who try an illicit drug will go on to develop addiction. What makes one more vulnerable to addiction than another? Theories abound, from troubled childhoods to work stress to genetics. Psychiatrist Edmund Griffin explains how epidemiology, cocaine-addicted rats, and molecular neuroscience all help to shed light on one of society’s most troubling questions: Why is it that some people just can’t get enough?”

Books at Noon:
Jane Mendelsohn – “Burning Down the House”
NYPL, Main Building, Astor Hall / 12PM, FREE
“Jane Mendelsohn comes to Books at Noon to discuss her latest work,
Jane Mendelsohn is a graduate of Yale University. She is the author of three previous novels, including the New York Times best seller “I Was Amelia Earhart.” She lives in New York City.”

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Bonus – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – 55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

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 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 just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub / Tribeca

B-Flat / 277 Church St. (btw Franklin/White St))

b_flat4There are some places that are tough to find, then add a layer of mystery when you do find them. B-Flat has a nondescript, almost unmarked door at street level – today’s speakeasy vibe. Open this door and you face a dimly lit stairway down to their basement location. It almost takes a leap of faith to follow the stairs down to their interior door.

But open that door and a pleasant surprise awaits you.

It’s a basement jazz spot all right, but not like any traditional jazz joint you may have been to before. This place looks as fresh as today, probably because it’s only been open for 6 years. Even though it hasn’t had a chance to age gracefully, the cherry wood accents and low lighting make this small space very inviting.

There is always jazz, often progressive jazz, playing over their very discrete, stylish bose speakers, setting just the right tone as you find a seat at the bar, or one of the small tables. There is wine and beer available, but this place has some expert mixologists making some very creative cocktails, which I’m told change seasonally, a nice touch.

Come at happy hour and tasty cocktails like the el Diablo or the lychee martini are $8 – not bad. I am a sucker for any drink made with lychee and how can you not try a tequila drink named el Diablo. There is also nice selection of small bites available at happy hour and a food menu that is as innovative as the cocktail menu, so this does not have to be a happy hour only stop.

It wasn’t surprising to find a tasty prosciutto and arugula salad with yuzu dressing, but I did not expect to find such a good version of fried chicken breast on the apps menu. Here it’s called “Tatsuta.” Best bet is to sample happy hour, then dinner on a Monday or Wednesday night, when you can finish with no cover live jazz that starts around 8.

This place is tough to find (look for a small slate sandwich board on the sidewalk out front advertising happy hour) and on some nights when there is no live music iot may be a little too quiet for some. But I think it’s worth searching out if you want a place with good music, food, and especially drinks, away from the maddening crowd.

Website: http://http://www.bflat.info/index.html
Phone #: 212-219-2970
Hours: Mo-Wed 5pm-2am; Th-Sat 5pm-3am; no Sun
Happy Hour: 5-7pm every day; $8 cocktails + special prices on apps
Music: Mon/Wed 8pm
Subway: #1 to Franklin; walk E 1 blk to Church; N 1 blk to bFlat

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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).
If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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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.
OpenTable
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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Selected Events (05/03) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s 5th Avenue

Today’s Super 7 > TUESDAY / MAY 03, 2016

“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:

Not exactly Manhattan’s WestSide, but I get hungry just thinking about this:
Queens Taste 2016
New York Hall of Science, Flushing Meadows Corona Park,/ 6PM to 9PM, $125
“The borough’s premier food and networking event. World class chefs — specializing in a wide array of diverse cuisines — will offer mouth-watering appetizers, entrées, desserts, artisan products, and beverages sumptuous enough to please even the pickiest palate. Attendees — mostly Queens residents and business executives — will enjoy everything from the famous Ottomanelli hamburger to Caribbean/Chinese fusion from The Nest in Richmond Hill to mixed drinks from LIC hotspot SquareWine & Spirits, and sweet treats from Rudy’s Bakery in Ridgewood.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Michael Longoria: Broadway Brick by Brick
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $30
“Best known for his Broadway star turn as Franki Valli in Jersey Boys, Longoria applies soaring vocals to John McDaniels’s arrangements of showtune standards, including big ballads (“Corner of the Sky,” “Over the Rainbow”) and a Latin music–inflected take on “The Sound of Music.” (TONY)

The Skivvies
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $35+
“This “musically thrilling” undie-rock, comedy-pop duo don’t just strip down their musical arrangements, they literally strip down to their underwear to perform their distinctive mashups and eccentric originals for cello and ukulele, with touches of glockenspiel, melodica, and a surprising array of under-used instruments.

Award-winning singer-actors Lauren Molina (Marry Me a Little, Sweeney Todd, Rock of Ages) and Nick Cearley (All Shook Up) became YouTube sensations as The Skivvies, with living room videos that displayed their powerful harmonies as well as their powerful abs. Those clips led to live shows that The Wall Street Journal called “smart, sophisticated…ingenious.”

Ann Hampton Callaway Presents “But Beautiful” (thru May 7)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Ann Hampton Callaway – the “…superbly intelligent, singularly creative pop-jazz stylist who can stand shoulder to shoulder with Streisand, Ronstadt, Shirley Horn, and Dianne Reeves.” (JazzTimes) – returns to Birdland with “But Beautiful,” a collection of romantic jazz standards. The singer/songwriter puts her unique stamp on classics by Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, George Gershwin, Cy Coleman, Johnny Mandel and more. Accompanied by Ted Rosenthal (piano) Martin Wind (bass) Tim Horner (drums). “For sheer vocal beauty, no contemporary singer matches Ms. Callaway.” (New York Times)” (broadwayworld.com)

Battleground by Ryan McNamara (thru May 4)
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave.(at 89th St.)/ 7:30PM, $40
“Dance meets architecture in a Works & Process performance. The Guggenheim Museum‘s Peter B. Lewis Theater will be transformed into three zones where dance squads battle it out over consecutive nights. There will also be discussions and a post-performance reception with the artists.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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

Seymour Hersh and Chris Hedges
NYPL, Main Building, 5th ave & 42nd St./ 7PM, $25, may be a tough ticket.
“Last year, Mr. Hersh, an award-winning journalist known for his exposés of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and torture at Abu Ghraib prison, published an investigation that challenged the popular narrative about the killing of Osama bin Laden. The audacious article, which appeared in the London Review of Books, was met with backlash and skepticism. In this talk, Mr. Hersh speaks with Mr. Hedges, a former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, about the history and aftermath of his reporting.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

The Best Online Editors Panel
The New School, 66 W. 12th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“Join literary matchmaker Susan Shapiro in conversation with editors of top online magazines and newspaper sections to discuss how to publish your writing online.

With Katherine Goldstein, Vanity Fair, Nicholas Thompson, NewYorker.com, Kera Bolonik, Dame, Peter Catapano, New York Times, Kai Wright, The Nation, and Rob Spillman, Tin House.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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

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.

==================================================================================
♦ 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 just on day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
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)

Frick Collection:
‘Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture’ (through June 5)
“A rare exhibition devoted exclusively to the artist’s portraiture, which helped give the genre a new prominence. With their fluid brushwork and relaxed elegance, his subjects exude a sense of modern life and ease, despite the extravagant dress. The drawings are breathtaking. 1 East 70th Street, Manhattan, 212-288-0700, frick.org.” (Smith)

Metropolitan Museum of Art:
‘Vigée Le Brun: Woman Artist in Revolutionary France’ (through May 15)
“This outstanding late-17th-century painter finally receives a ravishing survey. A prodigy and portraitist to Marie Antoinette and her court, Vigée Le Brun orchestrated an equally successful career among the royals of Italy, Prussia and especially Russia after the French Revolution. Her best efforts are distinguished by exquisite technique (ears sometimes excepted), inventive colors and immensely sympathetic portrayals of men and women alike. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

‘Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection’ (continuing)
“This lavish roll out of 160 objects came to the Met from the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation last spring. The Burkes loved Japanese art — all of it — and the collection is close to compendious in terms of media, from wood-carved Buddhas to bamboo baskets, with a particular strength in painting, early and late. The quality of the work? Japan thinks highly enough of it to have made the Burke holdings the first Japanese collection from abroad ever to show at Tokyo National Museum. Some pieces on view now will be rotated out and replaced in February, making this an exhibition to visit at least twice. 212-535-7710, metmuseum.org.” (Cotter)

‘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, metmuseum.org.” (Smith)

Neue Galerie:
‘Munch and Expressionism’ (through June 13)
“There’s no question that Munch was a product of his Norwegian homeland. But this show makes him part of a larger history too. It argues that his art significantly shaped, and was shaped by, European culture of the early 20th century, when an atmospheric clash of liberationist yearning and doomsday fear charged the air like lightning and sparked reality-fracturing art styles, including German Expressionism. Along with “The Scream,” in the 1895 pastel version that sold at Sotheby’s a few years back, you’ll find wonderful paintings by Munch’s younger contemporaries Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann and Egon Schiele glowing like lamps against midnight-blue walls. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, neuegalerie.org.”(Cotter)

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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).
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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 05/01 and 04/29.
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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.

OpenTable
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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Selected Events (05/02) + Today’s Featured Pub (Greenwich Village)

Today’s Super 7 > MONDAY / MAY 02, 2016

“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:

The New York Pops 33nd Birthday Gala
Carnegie Hall, Stern Auditorium / 7PM, $65-$160
“The Pops snap and crackle through a star-studded gala evening of orchestral delight in this tribute to Broadway hitmakers Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (Les Misérables, Miss Saigon). Featured performers include Patti LuPone, Lea Salonga, Stephanie J. Block, Norm Lewis, Hugh Panaro, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Laura Osnes, Montego Glover, Jeremy Jordan, Jon Jon Briones, Eva Noblezada, John Owen-Jones, Robert Marien, Kyle Scatliffe and Marie Zamora. Steven Reineke wields the baton.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Laura Michelle Kelly
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $50+
“In a personal, revealing evening of song and stories, Broadway leading lady Laura Michelle Kelly (Finding Neverland, Mary Poppins, Fiddler on the Roof) shares her journey of coming to New York City and making it her home. You’ll hear some of her most favorite songs, ranging from musical theatre classics like “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, to current pop hits by artists such as Sara Bareilles.

There will even be tunes from her favorite shows written by Jason Robert Brown, Stephen Sondheim, and Gary Barlow & Eliot Kennedy… who wrote her current Broadway venture, Finding Neverland. Laura Michelle Kelly invites you to experience her heart and a taste of what makes her feel at home. Be ready for some fun surprises and a big hearted welcome!” (broadwayworld.com)

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

Interviewing bin Laden
National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St./ 7PM, FREE
“John Miller, today the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism, famously interviewed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in May 1998 for ABC News. Miller looks back on that interview and offers unique insight into current counterterrorism strategies.”

Tickets are required for program entry, which begins at 6:30pm at the museum entrance. All programs are presented in the Auditorium on the Atrium Terrace (Second Floor) level of the Museum. Seating is first come, first served for all free public programs.
Program admission does not include Museum admission.

Hidden History: Maritime New Jersey
The Explorers Club, 6 E70th St./ 6PM, $25
Captain Stephen D. Nagiewicz, is an expert in the oddities of the Jersey coast, including the two hydrogen bombs that went (and remain) missing off the Atlantic City shore in 1957.

“What stories hide beneath the sand and surf of the Jersey Shore?
An estimated three thousand shipwrecks lie off the coast of New Jersey, but these icy waters hold more mysteries than sunken hulls. Ancient arrowheads found on shoreline of Sandy Hook reveal Native American settlements before the land was flooded by melting glaciers over 10,000 years ago. Little-known sea battles raged along the South Jersey shore on the way to independence during the Revolutionary War, and forgotten ships lost in time are re-discovered national landmarks.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Theater Talks: Turn Me Loose
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / 6:30PM, FREE
“Emmy award winner and Tony nominee Joe Morton (Scandal) stars in Turn Me Loose, a new dramedy about the extraordinary and explosive life and career of Dick Gregory, the first black comedian to expose white audiences to comedy confronting racial issues. The play reveals Gregory’s struggle between his newfound celebrity and his burgeoning yearning to join the activism of the Civil Rights Movement; how his commitment to equality nearly forced him to reject the greatest television opportunity of his career, and his inner struggles facing the demons of his philandering, absent father and the haunting echoes of his mentor, slain civil-rights activist Medgar Evers.
Join Morton in a riveting conversation with director John Gould Rubin and producer Ron Simons, moderated by Michaela Angela Davis.”

Miss Independent: Kate Bolick + Rebecca Traister + Marianne Schnall
The Strand, 828 Broadway/ 7PM,
Buy a copy of Spinster or a $15 gift card to attend this event.
“Cultural critic Kate Bolick, author of the paean to singlehood Spinster, joins two fellow leading voices in contemporary feminism to discuss the changing roles of women in the modern world.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Author @ the Library:
Defeating ISIS:
Who They Are, How They Fight, What They Believe, with Malcolm Nance, internationally renowned intelligence veteran, author, and counter-terrorism expert.
Mid-Manhattan Library/ 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture explains the religious and military origins of ISIS—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, its virulent propaganda, and how it spreads its cult ideology throughout the Middle East and to disaffected youth across the globe through ultra-violence.”

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Bonus – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

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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 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 just on day of performance.
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A PremierPub and 3 Good Eating Places – Greenwich Village

Caffe Vivaldi / 32 Jones Street (btw. Bleecker St./W4th St.)

Café Vivaldi is a classic, intimate club located in Greenwich Village on Jones Street, the street featured on the cover of Bob Dylan’s second album, “Freewheelin’. ”

maxresdefaultEach night Ishrat, the long time proprietor and impresario, carefully curates and schedules an eclectic series of musicians. You can often see him at his table in the corner, hard at work reviewing music videos and listening to cd demos on his laptop, scouting out future bookings. Musicians come from all over to play and sing in a club in Greenwich Village. Some are local New Yorkers, others are just passing through, in town for a few days.

There is a small bar, seating maybe 10. It’s close to the stage and I find it’s a perfect spot to sip a glass of red wine while listening to the music. The room itself has the performance area at one end and a cozy fireplace at the other. The performance area here is small, dominated by a large black Yamaha Grand piano. Tables are bunched together and most people at the tables are eating lite meals or sampling the wonderful desserts.

There is also a good selection of fairly priced wines,  but you are here because of the music. You can never be quite sure what you’re going to find, and that’s half the charm of this place. It’s not a home run every night, but many nights it’s pretty special.

I remember the night I saw the most talented bossa nova group, just in from San Paulo. As I listened, I wondered if there was any better music playing anywhere else in New York City that night. And at Caffé Vivaldi there is never a cover charge. Their recently redesigned web site does give you a better idea of the type of music playing each night.

At one time Greenwich Village was filled with clubs just like this, but times change. Real estate interests have impacted the village, and not for the better. Even Caffé Vivaldi had a rough time recently, when a new landlord raised the rent exorbitantly. Fortunately, Ishrat has built a loyal following over the years, and a fund raiser and slightly more reasonable rent has kept Café Vivaldi in business.

When Woody Allen and Al Pacino wanted to make movies featuring the timeless quality of Greenwich Village they came to Vivaldi. It’s important that we keep this special place alive, for if we lose Cafe Vivaldi, NYCity will have lost a piece of it’s soul.

Website: http://caffevivaldi.com/
Phone #: (212) 691-7538
Hours: Music generally 7:30PM – 11PM, but varies
Lunch/Dinner 11AM-on
Subway: #1 to Christopher St.
Walk 1 blk S. on 7th ave S. to Bleecker St., 1 blk left on Bleecker to Jones St., 50 yards left on Jones St. to Caffe V.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge.

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a comment.
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3 Good Eating places

It’s not difficult to find a place to eat in Manhattan.
Finding a good, inexpensive place to eat is a bit harder.
Here are a few of my faves in this neighborhood:

Fish280 Bleecker St. (just a bit S. of 7th ave South)
This was an easy pick – the best raw bar special in town. $9 gets you 6 of the freshest oysters or clams + a glass of wine or beer. Don’t know how they can do it, but I tell everyone I know about this place. And it’s located right in the heart of some of the best no cover music in town.

Bleecker Street Pizza – 69 7th ave S. (corner of Bleecker St.)
The place is tiny and not much to look at, but this is one good slice. They like to brag that they have been voted “Best pizza in NY” 3 years in a row by the Food Network. I believe them. I would have voted for them.

Num Pang – 21 E 12th St. (btw. University Place/5th ave.)
This is a Cambodian banh mi sandwich shop that kept me well fed while I was in class nearby recently. It’s cramped, even for NYCity, but usually there is room up the spiral staircase to sit down and eat. In good weather carry your sandwich a few blocks to Union Square park. You may have to wait a few minutes, because everything is freshly made, but it’s worth it. Can you believe – an unheard of 26 food rating by Zagat.

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“3 Good Eating places” focuses on a quick bite, what I call “Fine Fast Food – NYCity Style”
No reservations needed.
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NYCity is the most diverse and interesting place to find a meal anywhere in the world. With more than 24 thousand eating establishments you might welcome some advice.

◊ For all my picks of 54 Good Eating places, and essays on my favorite 18 PremierPubs in 9 Neighborhoods on Manhattan’s WestSide, order a copy of my e-book:
“Eating and Drinking on NYCity’s WestSide” ($4.99, available Summer 2016).
◊ Order before July 31, 2016 and receive a bonus – 27 of my favorite casual dining places with free Wi-Fi.
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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.

OpenTable
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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Selected Events (05/01) + Museum Special Exhibitions: Manhattan’s WestSide

Today’s Super 7 > SUNDAY / MAY. 01, 2016

“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:

Dorrance Dance (last day)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 8PM, $
“Two years ago, Michelle Dorrance, the tap dance rock star, experimented with pairing tap and electronics in “ETM: The Initial Approach,” the title of which plays on the abbreviation for Electronic Dance Music. Now she’s back with “ETM: Double Down,” a new work that furthers the investigation. The work makes use of electronic tap boards, created by the dancer and musician Nicholas Van Young, that allow the company’s skilled dancers to be in rhythmic and sonic conversation with three live musicians.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Donald Harrison, Ron Carter and Billy Cobham Trio (through May 1)
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“It’s one of those combinations of instrumental personalities which don’t quite make sense on paper yet are smashing successes onstage; this multigenerational trio brings together a New Orleans neo-bebopper with a funky streak (Harrison), a virtuosic percussionist who codified Fusion drumming (Cobham), and a bass superstar who has yet to be confounded by any genre (Carter). Whether waxing lyrical or swinging ferociously, these three bring out the best in one another.” (NewYorker)

Trio 3 (last day)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are patriarchs of avant-garde jazz, and are ready and willing, even at retirement age, to head first into the musical breach. Their continued commitment and ardent resolve, exhibited in more than two decades as an interactive trio with a brace of fine recordings, should be a model for contemporary players.” (NewYorker)

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

Greek Orthodox Easter Traditional Meal
Kellari Taverna, 19 W44th St./ 11:30AM to 4:30PM, $69, $35 for children 12 and under
“You’ve celebrated Easter, you’ve celebrated Passover, and now it’s time to embrace Greek Orthodox Easter. You can do so at Kellari Taverna, where they’ll be hosting a special celebration for the day. When you stop by, you’ll find a pig roasting on a spit outside. It kind of makes chocolate eggs and matzo pale in comparison. Once inside, you can enjoy a traditional four-course meal, including magiritsa, a traditional Easter soup, tsoureki bread, and seafood yiouvetsi. They also promise “easter eggs,” though they may not be the chocolate kind. I’m going to gamble that lamb shows up somewhere on that menu, as well.” (theObserver)

Laurie Anderson & Red Shirley
Tenement Museum, 103 Orchard St., at Delancey St./ 6:30PM, $ “The musician Lou Reed, who died in 2013, sat down with his cousin, the activist and immigrant Shirley Novick, on the eve of her 100th birthday for a talk that would eventually become the 2010 documentary “Red Shirley.” The Tenement Museum will offer a screening of that film, followed by a talk with Reed’s widow, the musician and artist Laurie Anderson; Ralph Gibson, the documentary’s director and cinematographer; Tony Michels, a historian; and Merrill Weiner, Reed’s sister.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

PEN World Voices Festival (last day)
“This free annual literary event, which brings about 150 writers from 30 countries to venues spread throughout the New York City, is back with a focus on Mexico — stories about migration, border control and national identity. Speakers include authors like Salman Rushdie, Yuri Herrera and Jamaica Kincaid.”
The full schedule is at worldvoices.pen.org. (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour, if you have any interest in video games:
IndieCade East 2016 (last day)
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens.
“If the international festival of independent video games known as IndieCade is the Sundance of its field, this East Coast offshoot might be the Tribeca Film Festival. The independent gaming industry has grown into a vital incubator of new ideas—and the technologies with which to implement them—particularly with the advent of V.R. riling the field. The three-day event, held at the Museum of the Moving Image, features arcade stations with unreleased games, as well as talks and presentations that engage with the form critically and examine its changing place in the world, from the use of video games in schools and libraries to a retrospective of titles set in New York City.” (NewYorker)
subway: easy, quick ride on the R from Times Square to Steinway St.

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

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 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 just on day of performance.
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WHAT’S ON VIEW
My Fave Special Exhibitions – MUSEUMS / Manhattan’s WestSide
(See the New York Times Arts Section for listings of all museums,
and also to see their expanded reviews of these exhibitions)

Museum of Modern Art:
‘Jackson Pollock: A Collection Survey, 1934-1954’ (LAST DAY)
“The first exhibition devoted to the Modern’s unsurpassed Pollock holding gives a dazzling account of the evolution of his signature poured paintings. Its 58 works on canvas and paper also attest to the Modern’s laserlike focus on accounting fully for the achievements of artists it deems great. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith-NYT)

‘Marcel Broodthaers: A Retrospective’ (through May 15)
“The Belgian poet Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) supported himself for 40 years as a bookseller before deciding on a new career as an artist. In 1964, he turned some unsold poetry books into a sculpture, and instantly had a debut solo show. Four years later, he appointed himself director of a fictional art museum — his own. Now comes a belated and woozily perplexing first New York survey of one of Europe’s most influential 20th-century trickster-artist-poets, along with a complementary showcase, “Marcel Broodthaers: Ecriture,” at Michael Werner Gallery on the Upper East Side. 212-708-9400, moma.org.”(Cotter-NYT)

‘Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty’ (through July 24)
“Among the greats of late 19th-century French painting, Degas remained closest to tradition and its focus on the human body, which may explain why this large but thrillingly intimate show is his first solo at the Modern. It focuses his monotypes — the most seductive of all print mediums — and their modernizing effect on his art, revealing with exceptional clarity a radical merging of subject and process that brought new liveliness to depictions of the body and to art itself. 212-708-9400, moma.org.” (Smith)

Neue Galerie:
‘Munch and Expressionism’ (through June 13)
“There’s no question that Munch was a product of his Norwegian homeland. But this show makes him part of a larger history too. It argues that his art significantly shaped, and was shaped by, European culture of the early 20th century, when an atmospheric clash of liberationist yearning and doomsday fear charged the air like lightning and sparked reality-fracturing art styles, including German Expressionism. Along with “The Scream,” in the 1895 pastel version that sold at Sotheby’s a few years back, you’ll find wonderful paintings by Munch’s younger contemporaries Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Max Beckmann and Egon Schiele glowing like lamps against midnight-blue walls. 1048 Fifth Avenue, at 86th Street, 212-628-6200, neuegalerie.org.” (Cotter)

 Whitney Museum of American Art:
‘Laura Poitras: Astro Noise’ (LAST DAY)
“An engrossing first solo museum show by an artist-activist known for films documenting the United States government’s post-Sept. 11 “war on terror,” notably the Oscar-winning “Citizenfour.” Here she pursues her forensic mediation on global surveillance with a suite of dimly lit installations made up of photographs, videos and texts that take us from ground zero to Baghdad, Washington and Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that conclude with a chilling little real-time surprise. 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington Street, 212-570-3600, whitney.org.” (Cotter-NYT)

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right sidebar dated 04/29 and 04/27.
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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.

OpenTable
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 Train and Bus Time info available on their mobile website.
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Selected Events (04/30) + Today’s Featured Pub (Upper WestSide)

Today’s Elite 8 > SATURDAY / APR. 30, 2016

“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:

Metropolitan Opera – Elektra
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 1PM, $20+
“The soprano Nina Stemme is remarkable in Patrice Chéreau’s insightful production of “Elektra.” The superb cast also includes Waltraud Meier as Klytämnestra and Eric Owens as Orest; the orchestra sounds magnificent under the baton of Esa-Pekka Salonen.” (NYT- Vivien Schweitzer)

“The genius director Patrice Chéreau (From the House of the Dead) didn’t live to see his great Elektra production, previously presented in Aix and Milan, make it to the stage of the Met. But his overpowering vision lives on with soprano Nina Stemme—unmatched today in the heroic female roles of Strauss and Wagner—who portrays Elektra’s primal quest for vengeance for the murder of her father, Agamemnon. Legendary mezzo-soprano Waltraud Meier is chilling as Elektra’s fearsome mother. Chéreau’s musical collaborator Esa-Pekka Salonen conducts Strauss’s mighty take on Greek myth.”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Late Night Salon with Alan Gilbert
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center / 10:30PM, FREE
“The night isn’t over yet! Grab a drink and wind down with the New York Philharmonic’s Music Director and his friends—who happen to be world-class performers.
Alan Gilbert, Host
Guests include: Carter Brey, Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic
Jazz Trio led by Justin Levine, piano; Matt Cusack, bass; Kevin Garcia, drums”

You can bet this will be popular, so get there no later than 10 PM for a seat. This looks very special and wait until you hear Carter Brey make his cello weep.

Santigold
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W34th St./ 8PM, $ may have to StubHub this one.
“Santi White, whose stage name is Santigold, delivers a madly costumed carnival in her live performances, one as wildly sourced as her sharp pop-rock, electro and dance-hall fare. The onstage pyrotechnics now support “99¢,” her third studio album, a playful yet hectic club set bolstered on the shuffling, almost lethargic single “Who Be Lovin’ Me,” featuring iLoveMakonnen. With Leikeli47 and DonMonique.” (Anderson-NYT)

Dorrance Dance (through May 1)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 8PM, $
“Two years ago, Michelle Dorrance, the tap dance rock star, experimented with pairing tap and electronics in “ETM: The Initial Approach,” the title of which plays on the abbreviation for Electronic Dance Music. Now she’s back with “ETM: Double Down,” a new work that furthers the investigation. The work makes use of electronic tap boards, created by the dancer and musician Nicholas Van Young, that allow the company’s skilled dancers to be in rhythmic and sonic conversation with three live musicians.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Trio 3 (through May 1)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are patriarchs of avant-garde jazz, and are ready and willing, even at retirement age, to head first into the musical breach. Their continued commitment and ardent resolve, exhibited in more than two decades as an interactive trio with a brace of fine recordings, should be a model for contemporary players.” (NewYorker)

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

World Tai Chi & Qigong Day!
Bryant Park, 40th-42nd Sts (btw Fifth/Sixth Ave)/ 11AM-2PM, FREE
Last Saturday of April each year in 100s of cities, spanning 80 nations, people come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world.

“Tai chi experts and first-timers gather to perform a mass demonstration of the martial art, which, in addition to its self-defense benefits, is said to relieve stress. Instructors will also give free qigong, neigong and push-hands classes.” (TONY)

PEN World Voices Festival (through May 1)
“This free annual literary event, which brings about 150 writers from 30 countries to venues spread throughout the New York City, is back with a focus on Mexico — stories about migration, border control and national identity. Speakers include authors like Salman Rushdie, Yuri Herrera and Jamaica Kincaid.”
The full schedule is at worldvoices.pen.org. (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour, if you have any interest in video games:

IndieCade East 2016 (April 29-May 1)
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens.
“If the international festival of independent video games known as IndieCade is the Sundance of its field, this East Coast offshoot might be the Tribeca Film Festival. The independent gaming industry has grown into a vital incubator of new ideas—and the technologies with which to implement them—particularly with the advent of V.R. riling the field. The three-day event, held at the Museum of the Moving Image, features arcade stations with unreleased games, as well as talks and presentations that engage with the form critically and examine its changing place in the world, from the use of video games in schools and libraries to a retrospective of titles set in New York City.” (NewYorker)
subway: easy, quick ride on the R from Times Square to Steinway st.

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Bonus – Jazz Venues:
Many consider NYCity the Jazz capital of the world. Here are my favorite Jazz clubs, all on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who is playing tonight:

Greenwich Village (all six are within walking distance of each other):
Village Vanguard – 178 7th Ave. South, villagevanguard.com, 212-255-4037
Blue Note – 131 W3rd St. nr 6th ave. bluenotejazz.com, 212-475-8592
55 Bar – basement @55 Christopher St. nr 7th ave.S. 55bar.com, 212-929-9883
Mezzrow – basement @ 163 W10th St. nr 7th Ave. mezzrow.com,646-476-4346
Smalls – basement @ 183 W10th St. smallslive.com, 646-476-4346
Cornelia Street Cafe – 29 Cornelia St. corneliastreetcafe.com, 212-989-9319

Outside Greenwich Village:
Dizzy’s Club – Broadway @ 60th St. — jazz.org/dizzys / 212-258-9595
Birdland – 315 W44th St.(btw 8/9ave) — birdlandjazz.com / 212-581-3080
Smoke Jazz Club – 2751 Broadway nr.106th St. — smokejazz.com / 212-864-6662

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 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.
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A PremierPub / Upper West Side

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que / 700 W125th St. @ 12th ave.

Walk only five minutes from the 125th St. station on the #1 line to find this authentic honky-tonk barbecue joint. Some folks think Dinosaur is just a place to eat ribs. Au contraire. With 24 carefully selected taps, this is a place to drink beer, and eat ribs.

HarlHostStandNo food goes better with American craft ales than American barbecue. Dinosaur may be the best combo of good beer drinking and hearty eating in town, which makes the trip uptown to West Harlem totally worthwhile.

This second incarnation of Dinosaur in Harlem is in a two story, old brick warehouse near the Hudson River. Don’t let that run down exterior fool you. Inside it’s a large space with huge, rough wooden columns and unfinished wooden floors and brick walls – just right for a bbq joint. As soon as you open the front door you are hit with that tantalizing aroma of barbecue coming from the large open kitchen. Reminds me of those great rib joints I frequented when stationed in North Carolina all those years ago. If your stomach wasn’t grumbling before, it is now.

Head to the bar, sit down and try to decide on a beer. It’s not an easy decision – a good problem to have. This is a pretty damn good beer list to choose from, one that most beer bars should be jealous of. I love that they feature NY craft beers. You may want to try the four beer sampler, which is always fun, and in this place may be necessary.

The blues music playing in the background will get you in the mood for their North Carolina style barbecue, and even when it’s a full house your order shouldn’t take too long (assuming you snagged a table). The food is all slow smoked, so it’s already mostly done and ready to go. I always start with an order of their giant, spice rubbed wings, so good they may make you give up Buffalo wings.

Unfortunately, a place this good does not fly under the radar. There can be some long waits for a table at dinnertime. So you need a strategy – avoid prime time, and try not to arrive with your entire posse, which will limit your seating options.

A seat at the bar, a small table in the bar area, or in the summer, an outside table underneath what’s left of the elevated West Side Highway, all may open before a table inside the main dining room. Otherwise, try Dinosaur for lunch, or come very late for dinner, maybe after a show at the nearby Cotton Club nightclub.

Website: http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/
Phone #: 212-694-1777
Hours: Mo-Th 11:30am-11:00pm; Fr-Sa 11:30am-12:00am;
Su 12:00pm-10:00pm
Happy Hour: 4-7pm every day; $1 off all drinks
Music: Fri / Sat 10:30pm
Subway: #1 to 125th St.
Walk 2 blk W on 125th St. to Dinosaur Bar-B-Q,
just past the elevated highway.
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“Pub” is used in it’s broadest sense – bars, bar/restaurants, jazz clubs, wine bars, tapas bars, craft beer bars, dive bars, cocktail lounges, and of course, pubs – just about anyplace you can get a drink without a cover charge (except for certain jazz clubs).

If you have a fave premier pub or good eating place on Manhattan’s WestSide let us all know about it – leave a  comment. 
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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.

OpenTable
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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Selected Events (04/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 > FRIDAY / APR. 29, 2016

“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:

Poets and Patriots: The Easter Rising 1916
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E7th St./ 8PM, FREE
“A free, public evening of poetry and music to commemorate the Easter Rising Irish rebellion of 1916. Ireland’s Easter Rising was preceded by a cultural revolution in which The Abbey Theatre was founded “to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland.” The rebellion itself was led by a group that included many poets. On the centenary of the Rising, in which New York played an important role, the Poetry Society of America presents an extraordinary evening of Irish and American poetry and music.”

Looks like a spectacular way to end Poetry Month – only in NYCity.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Tori Kelly
Beacon Theater, Broadway at 74th St./ 8PM, $45
Kelly’s début album, “Unbreakable Smile,” is a batch of capable pop shaped by the best minds in the business. She’s managed by Scooter Braun, the thirty-two-year-old exec who launched his career with Justin Bieber and just signed Kanye West, and her album was produced by the pop Svengali Max Martin.

But as an alum of television competitions and YouTube covers, Kelly’s been banking on her voice coming before her personnel since the onset of her career; it’s a formidable, malleable one, rising tall above punchy drums and horns on the chart mainstay “Nobody Love” and offsetting Ed Sheeran’s earthy timbre on the duet “I Was Made for Loving You.” Her New York shows have grown each year; a second night at the historic Beacon Theatre was added after the first quickly sold out.” (NewYorker)

Dorrance Dance (through May 1)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 8PM, $
“Two years ago, Michelle Dorrance, the tap dance rock star, experimented with pairing tap and electronics in “ETM: The Initial Approach,” the title of which plays on the abbreviation for Electronic Dance Music. Now she’s back with “ETM: Double Down,” a new work that furthers the investigation. The work makes use of electronic tap boards, created by the dancer and musician Nicholas Van Young, that allow the company’s skilled dancers to be in rhythmic and sonic conversation with three live musicians.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Tony Malaby, Ben Monder & Tom Rainey
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St./ 8PM, $15
“Mr. Malaby, a tenor and soprano saxophonist drawn about equally to ecstatic turbulence and reflective calm, convenes two excellent partners in this new trio, which performs as part of the Sound It Out series: the guitarist Ben Monder and the drummer Tom Rainey, both expert colorists with an ability to duck in and out of established form.” (Chinen-NYT)

Trio 3 (through May 1)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are patriarchs of avant-garde jazz, and are ready and willing, even at retirement age, to head first into the musical breach. Their continued commitment and ardent resolve, exhibited in more than two decades as an interactive trio with a brace of fine recordings, should be a model for contemporary players.” (NewYorker)

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

PEN World Voices Festival (through May 1)
“This free annual literary event, which brings about 150 writers from 30 countries to venues spread throughout the New York City, is back with a focus on Mexico — stories about migration, border control and national identity. Speakers include authors like Salman Rushdie, Yuri Herrera and Jamaica Kincaid.”
The full schedule is at worldvoices.pen.org. (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour, if you have any interest in video games:

IndieCade East 2016 (April 29-May 1)
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens.
“If the international festival of independent video games known as IndieCade is the Sundance of its field, this East Coast offshoot might be the Tribeca Film Festival. The independent gaming industry has grown into a vital incubator of new ideas—and the technologies with which to implement them—particularly with the advent of V.R. riling the field. The three-day event, held at the Museum of the Moving Image, features arcade stations with unreleased games, as well as talks and presentations that engage with the form critically and examine its changing place in the world, from the use of video games in schools and libraries to a retrospective of titles set in New York City.” (NewYorker)
subway: easy, quick ride on the R from times square to steinway st.

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

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 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.
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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.

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, matthewmarks.com.” (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, diaart.org.” (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 (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 04/27 and 04/25.
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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.

OpenTable
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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