Today’s “TOP 3″/ Selected NYCity Events – SATURDAY, NOV. 22, 2014
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Christine Andreas, “Love Is Good”
“Early in her one-woman show, Christine Andreas tells us that her favorite part of a song is that moment of recognition when an obscure verse unfolds into a widely-known chorus—which she illustrates with “Fly Me to the Moon.” From the audience’s point of view, however, her most thrilling moments are those miraculous modulations, dispersed throughout her show, where she ratchets up the excitement by taking the key a half-step higher. Yet the show’s biggest epiphany occurs during Mary Chapin Carpenter’s “What if We Went to Italy,” the simplest, least musically complicated song of all (even when decorated with quotes from “La Bohème”), thereby revealing that Ms. Andreas’s emotional gifts are fully the equal of her prodigious chops.’”(WSJ)
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.
MIGUEL ZENÓN QUARTET (also Sunday)
“On his intrepid new recording, “Identities Are Changeable,” the charging alto saxophonist, bold composer, and MacArthur-grant recipient takes on the issue of Puerto Rican life in present-day America, making use of a contingent of horns to flesh out his quartet as well as a dense weave of recorded voices sharing personal ruminations. How he approximates its sonic landscape onstage at the Village Vanguard, with the drummer Henry Cole, the pianist Luis Perdomo, and the bassist Hans Glawischnig, will be fascinating to hear.” (NewYorker)
VillageVanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St.
“Fourteen albums into his career, Mr. Adams reasserted himself as one of the most elegant singer-songwriters of his generation with his recent self-titled album, one that matched spacious rock hymnals with pedal-steel rootsiness. Whatever esoteric directions he may take (the recent rock opera “III/IV” comes to mind), he can still floor his audience whenever he feels like being sincere.” (StaceyAnderson – NYT)
Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th St.
800-745-3000 / ticketmaster.com
Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 8 p.m./ $49.50 to $80.
editor’s note: a 2nd hard drive failure in 7 months (what’s going on here Apple!) requires a reduction in daily event info on this site until the hardware issues have been resolved. while we use borrowed equipment and until further notice, the daily “Fab 5” is now the “Top 3”. we look forward to restoring full service next week.
♦ Before making final plans, we suggest you call the venue to confirm ticket availability, dates and times, as schedules are subject to change.
♦ NYCity (pop. 8.4 million) had 54 million visitors last year and 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 (nycgo.com) Or check out TONY magazine’s list of the “Best Chelsea Galleries” and click through to see what’s on view. ==========================================================