Selected Events (06/04) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – THURSDAY, JUNE 04, 2015
“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 complete event info)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
> Blue Note Jazz Festival 
The Dizzy Gillespie™ Afro Cuban Experience feat. Machito Jr.
Blue Note, 131 W3rd St. / 8PM + 10:30PM, $20 + $35
Afro-Cuban jazz always a treat with its unique rhythms.

> Jason Derulo, Top 40 Hitmaker
Hard Rock Cafe, 1501 Broadway / 9PM, FREE
live performance and autograph session to promote his new record “Everything Is 4.”

> Maria Schneider Orchestra (June 2-6)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St. / 8:30PM +11PM, $45
a very fine large ensemble celebrates the release of their latest album, first in eight years.

> Aula Harmoniae
Renaissance and Baroque Music from the Iberian Peninsula
St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Ave / 1:15 pm, $10 suggested donation
written for flauto traverso, viola da gamba, and harpsichord.

> New York City Ballet Spring 2015 – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
DHK Theater (at Lincoln Center) / 7:30PM, $59-$164
Music by Felix Mendelssohn / Choreography by George Balanchine
catch the final performances of the spring season (closes June 6).
try the discount ticket window at the David Rubenstein Atrium.

> Terell Stafford Quintet (June 2-7)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. South / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“Stafford’s new album, “Brotherlee Love,” is a tribute to Lee Morgan, the feistiest trumpeter of the hard-bop era, and it reveals a virile edge to his playing.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> “Crack of the Bat: A History of Baseball on the Radio”
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E11St. / 7PM, FREE, RSVP required.
who needs streaming, when you have the radio.

Outdoor Fest (May 29 – Jun 07)
various locations and times.
ten-day lineup of activities, classes and a range of outdoor activities
“outdoor yoga, fishing, walks, nature-film screenings, trivia, bouldering, surfing and, naturally, beer drinking—can’t miss that.” (TONY)

> Tasting Table’s Lobster Rumble
Metropolitan Pavilion, 125W18th St. / 6PM $165,
lobster lover heaven!
sample 25 versions of the crustacean-crammed sandwiches. plus, a ticket gets you an open bar, desserts from Ovenly and Sullivan Street Bakery.

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
> Sundance Shorts / Rooftop Films
Metrotech Commons, 5 MetroTech Center / 9PM, FREE
highlights from Sundance 2015 include wild, weird and wonderful short films.

Bonus – Music Picks:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are a few of my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:
City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt., 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St., 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 56 million visitors last year and is TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds. Try to reserve seats in advance, even if just on day of performance.

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.

Here is a current exhibitions that TimeOutNY recommends:

Keith Edmier, “Regeneratrix” (through June 20)

KE_13_009L9Edmier worked in Hollywood doing model effects and it shows in his hyperrealistic plumbing of the uncanny valley. Cast in silicone copies of plants, animals, objects and people (including icons like Jackie Kennedy) is his eerie métier. Similarly, his strange relationship/collaboration with former Charlie’s Angel Farrah Fawcett yielded a pair of Greco-Roman nudes: one of artist by the star and vice versa. This show includes another off-center take on classicism with a monumental replica of one of the metal arches that supported the roof of the old Penn Station, which was itself modeled on Roman architecture. It’s exemplary of Edmier’s interest in exploring the overlap between histories, especially when it involves his own.
Petzel Gallery, 456 W 18th St. (btw 9/10 ave)
Tuesday – Saturday // 10AM – 6PM

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.

*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).

For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 06/02 and 05/31.

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