Selected Events (08/15) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8 > SATURDAY / AUGUST 15, 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

>Battery Dance Festival (through Aug 20)
Robert F. Wagner Park, 20 Battery Pl./ 6:30-8:30PM, FREE
“Dance fans can take in some culture — and lovely Hudson River views — during a festival of free nightly performances on an outdoor stage set along the waterfront in the Battery Park City park. The shows will feature a variety of dance companies and styles, including post-modern, classical ballet and Indian.” (dnainfo.com)

>John Hiatt (solo) with Steve Moakler
City Winery, 155 Varick St. / 8PM, $65-$80
“Forty years into his recording career, alternately bemused and profound, he’s a self-aware chronicler of both his own and others’ stumbles and epiphanies, the tales richer with each step forward.”

> Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca (LAST DAY)
West Park Presbyterian Church, 165 West 86th St. / 8:30PM, $20-$50
Noche+Flamenca-Antigona-Brothers+War-Photo+by+Chris+Bennion+++038“There are many ways of retelling Sophocles’s “Antigone,” and thanks to this company, flamenco is now one of them. In “Antigona,” the artistic director Martín Santangelo has adapted the Greek tragedy for 14 performers and four musicians, with choreography by the troupe’s irrepressible star, Ms. Barrio.”(NYT-Burke)

>Ben Allison Quintet
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 8:30PM +11PM, $
“Bassist Ben Allison is one of the most compelling bandleaders in town, a jazz composer who keeps his work contemporary and accessible without either pandering or overintellectualizing.” (TONY)

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

>Jazz Age Lawn Party (also Sunday)
Colonels Row, Governors Island / 11AM-5PM, $35-$95
“Governor’s Island will throw back to the Roaring 20s with its Jazz Age Lawn Party. Visitors are invited to dress up and dance to the Dreamland Orchestra. The even will also include a Charleston dance contest, dance lessons, follies, food, and 1920s cars.”
(untappedcities.com)

>America’s Museum: Art and History of the Metropolitan
Metropolitan Museum, 1009 Fifth Ave, at 82nd St.
“Art history doctoral candidates lead this tour of one of the country’s most popular, prestigious museums. Highlights include classic artworks, and anecdotes from New York’s cultural history — and the story of the museum’s only benefactor to have been eaten by cannibals. At 11 a.m., meeting in front of the Duke Semans Mansion, 1009 Fifth Avenue, at East 82nd Street, Upper East Side, 888-606-9255, bigonion.com.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

>Listening to Mozart
Kaplan Penthouse, Lincoln Center, 165 W65th St. / 4PM, FREE
panel discussion with Mozart scholars as part of the Mostly Mozart Fest. learn how Mozart composed with the casual listener in mind.

Have time for only one event today? Do this:

>Summer Streets
Runs from Park Ave at 72nd St to Lafayette St at Brooklyn Bridge
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM, FREE
nearly seven miles of the city’s streets will be opened for people to play, walk, and bike.

map_800w“Those dreams of a city free of exhaust fumes get one step closer during the annual “Summer Streets” no-cars fest. Extending from the Upper East Side all the way to the Brooklyn Bridge, these weekly August events might be the city’s longest street fair/block party. The idea is to give pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized traffic of all ages an unimpeded route for a Saturday morning promenade.

Among the activities and events along the way will be performances and fitness classes, as well as guided walking tours (starting at Astor Place), and participatory art projects (at 57th Street). Unfortunately, registration has closed for Slide the City, the giant water slide in Foley Square, but there’s plenty to keep you occupied.

Consult this full list of available attractions at the day-long event.”
(seniorplanet.org)

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:

Elmer Bischoff: ‘Figurative Paintings’ (through Sept 12, BUT closed Aug 15-31)
a7806ce62f0062695f6a5c2546b49c14“During the heyday of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, a number of painters in San Francisco turned away from abstraction and back to representational painting, thereby founding what came to be known as Bay Area Figuration. Elmer Bischoff (1916-1991) was one of the leaders of the movement. This show reveals a visionary, unabashedly romantic painter working under the influences of Edward Hopper and Albert Pinkham Ryder. He created images of poetic nostalgia and spiritual yearning grounded in robustly applied, richly sensuous paint. George Adams Gallery, 525-531 West 26th Street, Chelsea, 212-564-8480, georgeadamsgallery.com.” (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 08/13 and 08/11.

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