Selected Events Manhattan’s WestSide + Gallery Special Exhibits: Chelsea (07/19)

Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events  – SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014.

For other useful and curated NYCity event info for Manhattan’s WestSide check out:
“9 Notable NYCity Events-July”, and also “on Broadway”, and “Top10 Free” in the header above.
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Bolshoi Ballet (through July 27)
imageFor its much-anticipated return to the Lincoln Center Festival, where it last performed in 2000, the Bolshoi Ballet brings three full-length productions, beginning with Yuri Grigorovich’s “Swan Lake.” through July 20. (Siobhan Burke-NYT)

D.H.K. Theater, Lincoln Center,
at 8 p.m., matinees July 19 and 20 at 2 p.m. / $35+
(Other performances continue through July 27.)

Encores! Off-Center
Pump Boys and Dinettes
A hybrid of country, rock and pop music, Pump Boys and Dinettes is the story of four gas station attendants and two waitresses at a small-town dinette in North Carolina. Originally performed by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann, who accompanied themselves on guitar, piano, bass, fiddle, accordion, and kitchen utensils, the show is a musical tribute to life on the roadside.

Pump Boys premiered Off-Broadway at the Chelsea West Side Arts Theatre in July 1981 and opened on Broadway on February 4, 1982 at the Princess Theatre, where it played 573 performances and was nominated for both Tony and Drama Desk Awards for Best Musical.
New York City Center, 131 West 55th ST. (btw 6th and 7th Avenues)
8PM / $25-$90

Central Park Tango
Practice your Argentine tango in the park every summer Saturday. Hosted by New York Tango, this weekly event—now in its 18th season—features open dancing for all skill levels and includes a beginner lesson at approximately 7:30pm.
Literary Walk (in Central Park), 66th to 72nd Sts,
enter park at 65th St on the East or West Sides
AT 6:00pm / FREE

Jeff “Tain” Watts and Friends
“The drummer they call “Tain” spent his formative years with Branford Marsalis, and recent work suggests that the rhythm hound has as much respect for the great Elvin Jones as Branford has for Jones’s old boss John Coltrane. Just as impressive, Watts’s compositional skills now command as much attention as his percussive thunder. Here, the drummer hits midtown with pals TBA.” (TONY)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St
212-582-2121 /
AT 8:00 & 10:00pm / $25 plus $15 minimum

Barbara Carroll
Ms. Carroll, “the first lady of jazz piano”, does it all. She is an elegant jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist. The NewYorker says: “Barbara Carroll’s jazz pianism is the subtlest and most intricate that New York has to offer.”

Long recognized as one of the premier players of swinging jazz and expressive vocals she holds forth weekly in this Saturday gig, accompanied by bassist, Jay Leonhart.
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8th/9th Ave)
At 6 p.m. / $30 cover, with a $10 minimum.

♦ 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 (07/13) and (07/11).
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