Selected Events (07/28) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8 > TUESDAY / JULY 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
Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival (Tuesdays through Aug 25)
> David Wax Museum w/ Dan Mills
City Winery Courtyard, 155 Varick St. / 5:30PM, FREE
“David Wax and Suz Slezak front the David Wax Museum, and together with their band they fuse traditional Mexican folk with indie rock and American roots to create a Mexo-Americana aesthetic.”

> Minimus 3D Arkestra (through Thursday)
13th Street Repertory Theater, 50 West 13th St. / 8PM, $18
“This innovative performance combines 3-D film making and live music. Audience members wear stereoscopic glasses as they watch a live duet (with music by the jazz saxophonist and composer Hayes Greenfield) paired with a silent film by Ikuo Nakamura.” (NYT)

> “Cymbeline” / Shakespeare in the Park (through August 23)
Central Park, Delacorte Theater / 8PM, FREE
a fairytale tucked within a tragedy. Hamish Linklater and Lily Rabe in the Bard’s romance where cross-dressing and fake deaths move the plot. this is one tough ticket
– if you qualify, try the new line for seniors 65-plus at the Delacorte Theater.
– take your chances with the online ticket lottery (click here to learn how)
– or try the new ticket lottery at the Public Theater near Astor Place (instructions here).
(seniorplanet.org)

> Momix (through Aug 1)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave at West 19th St. / 7:30PM, $10+
“Moses Pendleton’s whimsical troupe, a hybrid of modern dance, circus and visual spectacle, celebrates its 35th anniversary with a nearly monthlong run of the new work “Alchemia.”

> George Ezra
Terminal 5, 610 West 56th St./ 8PM, $30
“It’s easy to overlook Mr. Ezra amid the recent stream of guitar-wielding pop-soul troubadours hailing from Britain (recently, Ed Sheeran and Ben Howard). But on his debut album, “Wanted on Voyage,” Mr. Ezra proved to be a cut above the fray with straight-shooting, elegant folk-blues songwriting and a mercurial baritone that suggests sinister edges yet to be fully explored. With Dylan LeBlanc.” (NYT-Anderson)

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
Enjoy the summer edition of Restaurant Week (actually three weeks) of prix-fixe three course meals at many of the city’s best restaurants. Mangia!

ELSEWHERE, but for photography buffs this looks worth the detour:
> “The Fence” in Brooklyn Bridge Park
Begin at Jane’s Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park / FREE
a 1,250-foot outdoor photo installation, this exhibit features work from 40 professional photographers from around the world. a unique site-specific exhibition aimed at fostering conversations and exploring new thematic directions in photography. best of all, it is in Brooklyn Bridge Park, NYCity’s newest park and a small gem of an oasis.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

> Swing a Song of Sinatra – Jazz in July (through July 30)
92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St / 8PM, $66
“No one sang like Sinatra, and no one sings Sinatra like Kurt Elling.
Celebrate Ol’ Blue Eyes’ centenary with a superstar vocalist who serenades on a par with the master himself—and a glittering band that boasts Benny Goodman veteran Warren Vaché on cornet. Here’s to you, Frank.” (website)

“Whenever you come across the 92Y’s Jazz in July series touted in print, you’re likely to see the word “exquisite” attached. Artistic director Bill Charlap sculpts his programs and performer lists to stress the kind of grace that he himself brings to the stage when leading his piano trio.

As usual, this year he peppers the repertory-slanted schedule with vocalists: Ernie Andrews gives Duke a smooch, Ann Hampton Callaway glides through Sondheim, and the mighty Kurt Elling embraces Frank Sinatra. Each will be bolstered by some of the city’s sagest improvisers. Vets Dick Hyman, Houston Person, and Bucky Pizzarelli are part of an ever-changing cast that includes skilled boomers Matt Wilson, Ken Peplowski, and Marcus Roberts.

Mainstream jazz is full of finesse, and as the week-long fest puts its personal spin on history and unpacks the kind of splendor that tickles the button-down crowd, a distinct p.o.v. will emerge. You bet it’s exquisite.” (Jim Macnie-VillageVoice)

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., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St. joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St. lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt. bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 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.

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♦ 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.
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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, dcmooregallery.com, 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 (nycgo.com) 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).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 07/26 and 07/24.

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