Selected Events (06/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10, 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 
> Buddy Guy
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 42nd St. (btw 7/8ave) / 8PM, $75-$110
“one of the world’s leading bluesmen, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee.”

> Blue Note Jazz Festival 
> The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman
Highline Ballroom, 431 W16th St. / 7:30PM +10PM, $35-$60
“the inventive saxophonist and the restless piano trio are full of genre-blending compositions and crafty rhythms” (NYR)

> Dancing in Bryant Park: Bachata
Bryant Park, Fountain Terrace, (6th ave. btw 40th/42nd St.) / 6PM, FREE
“Bachata is one of the most influential group on the NYC Latin music scene.”
weather should be great for this open-air dance party – dance instructors + quality bands

> Belle and Sebastian
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 6th ave. / 8PM, $40–$60.
“the Glasgow twee-pop overlords play one of the city’s most lavish rooms in support of their recent ninth LP, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance.” (TONY)

> The Sound and the Fury
Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St., / 8PM, $45–$70.
“with its inimitable balance of whimsy and rigor, Elevator Repair Service transmutes William Faulkner into a mesmerizing literary performance.” (TONY)

> “The Tempest” (thru July 5) / Shakespeare in the Park
Central Park, Delacorte Theater / 8PM, FREE
actor Sam Waterston, makes his 13th Shakespearean production.
FREE tickets are available via a lottery system. check The Public Theater website.

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
> Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg / 8PM, $30
“the eldest son of Fela Kuti, laces his Afrobeat ancestry with fluid funk and topical hip-hop.” (NYT-Anderson)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> ‘Hudson Square in 3D: Design, Demo, Discuss’
various locations, 8AM-6PM
blend of exhibitions, and talks with design thinkers.

> Peaches, What Else Is in the Teaches of Peaches, Word for Word series
Hosted by Lorraine Ali, Senior Writer, Los Angeles Times
Bryant Park Reading Room, 42nd St. (btw 5/6 ave) / 12:30PM – 1:45PM, FREE
Cult-music idol talks about her work and new book with photos by Berlin-based photographer, Holger Talinski.

> Inaugural Exhibition: AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort St. / 10:30AM-6PM, $22.
“it’s finally here! the new improved Whitney home in MePa that’s supposed to finally put to rest the museum’s rep as the also-ran of New York’s major art institutions. as designed by international starchitect Renzo Piano, the building is certainly big, with 63,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibition space.” (TONY)

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 06/08 and 06/06.

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