Selected Events (07/22) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8+ – WEDNESDAY / JULY 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
> Duchess
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $30
a jazz vocal trio, who channel the Andrews and the Boswell sisters, these ladies know how to harmonize and have loads of fun together on stage. you don’t want to miss the Hillary Gardner solos.

> KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar in “Another Hundred People,”
Laurie Beechman Theater, 407 W42nd St./ 7PM, $30
the sequel to “Our Time,” their witty popular evening of Stephen Sondheim songs.

> The Muscle Shoals All-Stars – Lincoln Center Out of Doors
Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, FREE
This much anticipated annual summer series returns with a performance by Muscle Shoals All-Star Band making a rare trip outside the studio.

> Howard Fishman
Joes Pub, 425 Lafayette St / 7PM, $20
“Husky-voiced local singer-guitarist Howard Fishman has won a devoted following through work that touches on vintage swing, folk and blues while retaining an air of hip, good-natured sophistication.” (TONY)

> Jenny Scheinman (through July 26)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM+10:30PM, $30
“violinist Scheinman returns to her downtown roots as an instrumental improviser, finding pathos in a hybridized style drawing from Appalachian fiddle, klezmer, and the avant-garde that has helped redefine the role of the violin in the jazz diaspora.” (VillageVoice)

> ¡Arriba!: Latin Dance Party With Annette A. Aguilar & StringBeans
The High Line, 10th Ave at 16th St., Chelsea Market Passage / 7PM, FREE
“Salsa the night away with latin jazz music influenced by Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music from Annette A. Aquilar & StringBeans that’s impossible not to tap your toes to.”

Elsewhere, but almost any event in this gloriously restored theater is worth the detour:
> Jill Scott (also Thursday)
Kings Theatre,1027 Flatbush Ave, near Tilden Avenue, Brooklyn / 8PM, $43
“Jill Scott’s music is generous and contains multitudes: scorching brushfires of soul tracks with the Roots and (in her best spot this decade) Eve, plus fifteen years’ worth of post-r&b flecked with spoken word and inhabited by one of the genre’s warmest voices.” (Katherine St Asaph, VillageVoice)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
> NYC Restaurant Week Summer 2015 (through Aug 14)
Various locations and times; $25 for lunch, $38 for dinner
Today marks the start of the summer edition of the “week” (actually three weeks) of prix-fixe three course meals at many of the city’s best restaurants. Mangia!

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Jazz in July – Duke Ellington: Drop Me Off in Harlem
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St / 8PM, $62
“It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “Prelude to a Kiss,” “Sophisticated Lady”—Edward Kennedy Ellington was American music royalty.

Now another member of the jazz aristocracy, legendary vocalist Ernie Andrews, makes a rare appearance to put his stamp on these timeless tunes. Add the soulful sounds of Houston Person’s tenor sax, plus vibes virtuoso Steve Nelson, and you’ve got pure jazz heaven.”

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 the NYT recommends:

Roger Brown: ‘Political Paintings’ (through July 31)
“Brown (1941 – 1997) was one of the best of the Chicago Imagists who emerged in the 1960s. The paintings here address topics like money, war and terrorism with comical skepticism. “Gulf War” (1991) is a diptych pairing mock-heroic portraits of former President George H. W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. The men loom gigantically over desert landscapes with helicopters buzzing around their heads. It suggests that as makers of war, theses leaders were kindred spirits. DC Moore Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street,, 212-247-2111.” (Johnson)

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 07/20 and 07/18.

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