Selected Events (07/04) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet Six – SATURDAY / JULY 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

> Nicholas Payton Trio
Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lenox Avenue, near 125th St. / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
‘their style as a trio suggests a continuum from post-bop through vintage soul into a kind of modern fusion: Black American Music, according to Mr. Payton’s preferred term of art.” (NYT-Chinen)

> Fred Hersch Trio (also Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St. / 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“a master who plays it his way” New York Times, “a poet of a pianist” New Yorker and “one of the small handful of brilliant musicians of his generation” Downbeat.

> Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing
> Dr. K’s Motown Revue – Disco/R&B
Damrosch Park, Lincoln Center W62nd St (btw Columbus/Amsterdam Ave.)/ 6PM, $17
Dance Floor Opens at 6/ Dance Lesson at 6:30/ Live Music at 7:30
Dance Instructor: Joe Palmer teaches West Coast Swing
“what better way to celebrate the 4th of July than by dancing to one of America’s most loved musical gifts! with upbeat tunes by the greatest greats that forged the Motown sound and a smokin’ band.”

> Ravi Coltrane Quartet
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. / 8:30PM+11PM, $40
“Coltrane lends an inviting balance to his involving improvisations on tenor and soprano saxophones.” (NewYorker)

> “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.

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

> 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)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

Fourth of July Fireworks, of course.


Here are two good sources of info on where to watch Macy’s big show:

The staff at has this very extensive listing of where to watch thefireworks:
“Once again, the annual 4th of July fireworks show will take place on the East River, but this year, the 25-minute Macy’s spectacular will shoot off from two locations, not just one. A double barge will be placed just south of the Brooklyn Bridge, around the same area as last year’s show, and four additional barges will sit between East 23rd and East 42nd Streets, offering prime views to north Brooklyn, Long Island City, and Midtown East. The official viewing locations in lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn and Queens waterfronts are sure to get a little crowded, so if you’re looking for something a little more exclusive, the list below include more than two dozen alternatives, some of which offer food, drink, and other assorted merriment, but prices can run high. To help you plan your fireworks fun, our map offers 37 viewing options, including all of the public access points, plus dozens more, ranging from rooftop bars to small parks to private cruises. If you see something you like, make plans quickly—tickets tend to run out fast.
—Wesley Yiin”

Then there is this new kid on the block – – who asked their data scientist, who aggregated 16 different lists and crunched the numbers to reveal the top choices.

spoiler alert: they like Brooklyn Bridge Park, South Street Seaport, and Brooklyn Heights Promenade best. DUH!

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 07/02 and 06/30.

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