Selected Events (06/22) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s TOP 10 – MONDAY, JUNE 22, 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
> SUPERMAMBO! A Vibes Tribute to Tito Puente
Subrosa, 63 Gansevoort ST. / 8PM & 10PM, $10
“Felipe Fournier is a percussionist and vibes player from Costa Rica who plays with classic Salsa outfit Our Latin Thing and Ruben Blades. His tribute to Tito Puente emphasizes the King of the Timbales’ Mambo years and vibes performance.”

> Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga (also June 23)
Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Sixth Ave / 8PM, $60-$150
an unlikely duo take some classic jazz standards and make beautiful music.

> “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.

> Captain Black Big Band – Conducted by Orrin Evans
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway (btw 105/106 St.) / 7PM, + 9PM, $9
a big band (a very big band) with attitude. plays funky blues, avant-garde, even swing.

> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25
the witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.

> NYC Dance Week at The Ailey Extension (through June 27)
Ailey Dance, 405 W55th St., at Ninth Avenue / at various times
10 days of free dance classes of all sorts across the city, began on Friday.
Advance registration is required; vouchers, along with the schedule of classes, are available at

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> America’s Hidden History of Resistance: The Nation at 150
New School, The Auditorium at 66 W12th St. / 7PM, FREE
The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of The Nation magazine. The story of The Nation is also the story of our country over the course of US history.
Join a conversation about The Nation’s and the nation’s past, present and future with editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel, and others.

> Prime Minister for Peace: Milan Panic + Bill Press
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway @ 12th St. / 7PM, FREE
“trace the sometimes controversial, but always fascinating, life of Milan Panic, the first Prime Minister of Yugoslavia.”
the first 200 guests will receive a FREE copy of Prime Minister for Peace!

> The Royal Shakespeare Theater’s “Julius Caesar” (Film)
MIST Harlem, 46 W116th St. / 7PM, $12 (includes glass of wine)
The Royal Shakespeare Theater’s ambitious take on “Julius Caesar” transposes the Roman setting to a fictitious African country rife with intrigue. It is performed by a full cast of black actors.

> 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.

This is a current exhibitions that TimeOutNY recommends:

Paul Winstanley (through Friday July 10 2015)
Winstanley_Install_21“The work of this London Photorealist sits somewhere on a spectrum between the paintings of Gerhard Richter and those of Robert Bechtle. He depicts subjects that are both pregnant with mystery and suffused with alienated air that keeps the viewer at a psychological remove; nonetheless, his compositions offer considerable visual pleasures. His latest series is based on photos he took of British art schools during summer hiatus, when studios are usually cleaned out. The results evoke the idea of a clean slate, or an empty canvas awaiting the first brushstroke.” (TONY)
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 W 26th St. (btw 10/11 ave) / Tue–Sat 10AM–6PM, FREE

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 06/20 and 06/18.

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