Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (06/25)

Today’s “Fab 5″+1/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014.

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“9 Notable NYCity Events-June”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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Hillary Gardner with Joe Alterman Jazz Trio
Hillary is one of my fave NYCity jazz singers. But it’s not just me.
This is what Terry Teachout, author of “Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong” and ”Duke: A Life of Duke Ellington” has to say:
“…an absolutely first-class singer. She swings effortlessly without making a big deal of it, and she has a knack for hunting down off-center tunes…Yet she’s just as adept at making something fresh and surprising out of an oft-heard chestnut.”

Tonight she is backed by JoeAlterman – “When listening to Joe Alterman perform, it is obvious that he has studied the history of jazz piano. However, his own style of playing is appealing, challenging and quite satisfying.”—Ramsey Lewis.
Don’t miss this performance in a classic Greenwich Village club.
Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St., just S of BleeckerSt./7th Ave.S intersection
@ 9:30 pm / Never a Cover
1 (212) 691-7538 /
subway: #1 to Christopher St./Sheridan Sq.

Midsummer Night Swing
Ricardo Lemvo, who was born in the Congo and whose roots stretch back to Angola, combines the music and styles of his birthplace and his ancestry with those of Cuba and beyond. Tonight he and his band, Makina Loca, lead a night of soukous, semba, kizomba, and Cuban song, assisted by the salsa legend Jimmy Bosch.
At 7:30 p.m. (with a dance lesson at 6:30 p.m.),
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center,
$17, $60 for four dance passes, $84 for six passes, $170 for the full season.

Madison Square Music: Oval Lawn Series
Ester Rada and Maya Azucena
“You’ll want to bring a picnic blanket to the 12th season of Madison Square Park’s outdoor concert series—Calexico will be dishing out some of their famous fare Cal-Mex fare while you jam to tunes from all over the world.

The series hosts a wide range of musical acts including tonight’s  Etiopian-Israeli soulstress Ester Rada alongside singer-songwriter Maya Azucena.

Ester Rada pulls from her Ethiopian-Israeli roots to mix music genres in a way that is described by critics as “gracefully combining Ethio-Jazz, Urban-funk, Neo-Soul and R&B.” With musical influences such as Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Aretha Franklin, Rada has a unique take on soul that has already earned her recognition globally.” (TONY)
Madison Square Park, 23rd St to 26th St., (btw Fifth and Madison Aves.)
At 6pm / FREE
212-538-1884 /

Arriba! Community Dance Party
“Sway those hips to the beat of timbal drums at this free Latin dance party for the young and old. The “Last Mambo King” Orlando Marin will jam out with his Bronx band to traditional salsa and merengue tunes while you shimmy, shake or just watch the pros. Once those dancing shoes have had enough, relax under the stars with dinner and dessert from the many High Line vendors.” (TONY)
Chelsea Market Passage on the High Line at West 16th Street
Chelsea Market, 75 Ninth Ave. at 16th St,
at 7:00pm / FREE

Bryant Park BBQ with ‘wichcraft
Tom Colicchio’s sandwich-slicing eatery takes a break from dressed-up sammies for this outdoor feast, dishing out barbecue specials like pork ribs, baked beans and salt potatoes. Cool off at the bar with Moonshine lemonade from Dutch’s Spirits, Brooklyn Brewery lager or a glass of rosé from Wolffer Estate Vineyard.
Bryant Park, Sixth Ave. btw 40th and 42nd Sts.
at 7PM / $60
212-768-4242 /
631-537-4637 /

Norma Winstone, Glauco Venier, Klaus Gesing/Jacob Young Band
“Dance Without Answer” is the third ECM album by Ms. Winstone, a lyrical and levelheaded British vocalist; Mr. Venier, a carefully rhapsodic Italian pianist; and Mr. Gesing, an expressive German multireedist. It will provide a substantial portion of the repertory in this concert, at 7:30 p.m. A following set, at 10:30 p.m., will feature Jacob Young, a Norwegian guitarist, drawing from his own new ECM release, “Forever Young,” with his countryman Trygve Seim on tenor and soprano saxophones and an agile Polish rhythm section that travels under different circumstances as the Marcin Wasilewski Trio.” (Chinen-NYT)
SubCulture: Arts Underground, 45 Bleecker St., near Lafayette St.
$30 for each set, $40 for both sets

♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity is a big town with many visitors where quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

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 – my fave is Ovest on W 27th St., where the aperitivo is like Happy Hour on steroids.

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. ==========================================================

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in the right Sidebar: “Selected Events + Special Exhibitions : Manhattan’s WestSide” dated (06/05) and (06/03).
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