Selected Events (06/28) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Top 10 – SUNDAY / JUNE 28, 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
> Natalie Cole “en español”
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St. / 8PM, $55 – $125
“multiple Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole revisits her family’s multicultural tradition and introduces a new generation of fans to a collection of Latin music’s most beloved standards.”

> Al Di Meola: Elegant Gypsy & More Electric Tour 2015
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 W42nd St. / 8PM, $45
“a bona fide guitar hero and perennial poll-winner, Al Di Meola has been recognized internationally over the past four decades as virtuoso of the highest order.”

> Catalan Sounds On Tour:
Oques Grasses / La iaia / Sílvia Pérez Cruz / DJ Guillamino
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-Park at 69th St. / 2PM-7PM, FREE
Summer Stage presents Catalan rock in many flavors, even a bit of electronica. OLE!
singer / songwriter, Sílvia Pérez Cruz won the Spanish Academy award for her work in the classic film ‘Blancanieves’, one of my all time faves.

> Harold Mabern Trio
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
a soulful hard-bop pianist with his longtime trio, should be good.

> The Royal Ballet 
NYS / DHK Theater (at Lincoln Center) / 6:30PM, $35-$150
“after a decade-long absence, the stellar company comes to town with three enticing programs that take a wide-ranging look at British ballet-makers through the ages.” (NewYorkMag-Rebecca Milzoff)

> “The Tempest” (LAST WEEK, closes 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 if you are a country fan this will be worth the detour:
> FarmBorough Country Music Festival 
Randalls Island Park / 3-10:30PM, hopefully you already have your 3 day pass $225,
or $285 with ferry.
“whatever your preferred country-music varietal, whether it’s slicked-up radio fare or no-nonsense old-school stuff, this fest has plenty to offer.” (TONY)

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

> The History of Pier A / Walking Tour
Meet at the plaza in front of Pier A, 22 Battery Place / 2PM, FREE.
“extending 300 feet into New York Harbor and featuring a 70-foot clock tower, Pier A is New York City’s last remaining historic pier and its latest revival story. the discussion will be led by BPCA Vice President of Real Property Gwen Dawson, who will explain the history of Pier A and tell the story of its recent renovation and reimaging as a public space.” (ClubFreeTime)

> The Del Close Marathon
“a 48-hour improv comedy spectacle with performances by Amy Poehler and others, in Chelsea. Times and locations vary. All access passes are $35.” (NYT-Today)

Elsewhere, but if you like beer, this will be worth the detour:
> A Brief History of Beer
Under St. Marks Theater, 94 St Marks Place, / 6:30PM, $18, with complimentary Sixpoint
“a fringe festival hit, this one hour drinkeractive comedy where the audience travels through time with William Glenn and Trish Parry, all the way back to Ancient Sumeria, through to today, on a mission to save beer from a mysterious nefarious person!”

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 06/26 and 06/24.

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