Selected Events (06/16) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – TUESDAY, JUNE 16, 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.”
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

> Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (through June 21)
NYS Theater, 20 Lincoln Center Plaza (at W. 63rd St.) / 7PM, tkts start @ $25
“artistic director Robert Battle continues to present Ailey classics while introducing new choreography to the company repertory.” (TONY)

> The Washington Square Music Festival (every Tuesday through July 7)
Washington Square Park / 8PM, FREE
tonight hear New York Philharmonic’s first clarinetist, Stanley Drucker.

> Fifth Annual Hudson Square Music Series + wine festival
Bhi Bhiman (Full Band) w/ Heather Maloney
City Winery, 155 Varick St. / 5:30PM, FREE
free concerts in city winery’s courtyard all summer (Tuesday’s thru Aug 25)

> “Summer Sessions’ / with Banda Magda, DJ set by Greg Caz
Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place, 230 Vesey St. / 6:30PM, FREE
world music group in a lovely setting.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

> 3-D Summer / Today: “Hondo,” starring John Wayne.
The Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2, 11 West 53 St. / 4PM, $12
One hundred years ago this week, the Astor Theater in Times Square presented the first screening of three-dimensional motion pictures. To celebrate the occasion, MoMA is launching 3-D Summer, focusing on 1953 to 1955, when an advance in technology (clear polarized lenses replaced the red and green filters of the first 3-D glasses) aligned with the desperate need of the studios to offer spectacles beyond the reach of the movies’ new rival, television.” (

> Digital Gold: The Inside Story of Bitcoin
Museum of American Finance, 48 Wall St. / 12:30PM, $5
book talk with NYT reporter Nathaniel Popper

> Wendy Ewald: “This Is Where I Live”
ICP School, 1114 Avenue of the Americas / 6PM, FREE
this book redefines the scope of books about Israel and the West Bank. she has her subjects take the photos and document their lives from their own perspective.

> 34th Annual Bloomsday on Broadway
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway @ 96th St. / 7PM, $26
Symphony Space’s annual celebration features celebs such as actor Malachy McCourt and National Book Award-winning author Colum McCann performing or reading passages from the novel, along with a tribute to W. B. Yeats.” (

Elsewhere, but for us subway buffs definitely worth the detours:
> Three Transit Experts Talk BMT & Subway Unification
Transit Museum,Boerum Place/Schermerhorn Street, Brooklyn Heights / 6:30PM, $10
This month is the 75th anniversary of subway unification and the 100th anniversary of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corporation (BMT). To celebrate, the Transit Museum will host three of the country’s top subway history and equipment experts to talk shop and answer questions.

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 06/14 and 06/12.

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