Selected Events (08/21) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8+ > FRIDAY / AUGUST 21, 2015

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Have time for only one event today? Do this:

>Pompie’s Place with Hilary Gardner & Lezlie Harrison
don’t tell mama, 343 W46th St / 7PM, $25 cover + 2 drink minimum
“Pompie’s Place” serves up its daring mix of blues from the Delta to Broadway (with detours in Chicago and Memphis) and it’s an opportunity to hear Hilary Gardner, which is alway special.

images“Hailed by the Huffington Post as “a time machine beautifully created!” “Pompie’s Place” features the music direction of Ehud Asherie on piano, and is produced and hosted by Arthur “Pompie” Pomposello, who portrays the show’s titular impresario. A whimsically theatrical club-show experience, “Pompie’s Place” transports audiences to a mythic blues room of another time and place.

Hilary Gardner & Lezlie Harrison, the show’s two stars — The Wall Street Journal deems them two of “the better blues and jazz singers out there” — are supported by a top-flight band featuring Ken Peplowski on reeds and Jon-Erik Kelso on trumpet (on alternating nights), and Jackie Williams on drums and David Wong on bass. Led by the proto-gifted Asherie (“a master of swing and stride piano” according to The New Yorker) this is what calls “a world-class combo.”

Other Selected Events today:

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

>KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar  – Sondheim, Act Two (LAST DAY)
Laurie Beechman Theatre, 407 W42nd St. / 7PM, $30
“Another Hundred People: KT Sullivan and Jeff Harnar Sing Sondheim, Act Two.” They don’t include 100 songs, but get close to it by way of several astute medleys. Sometimes they sing together, sometimes separately, but always with Jon Weber at the piano and under Sondra Lee’s smart staging.”

>Joe Lovano (through Saturday)
Birdland, 44th St (btw 8/9 ave) / 8:30PM, +11PM, $40
“Cleveland native saxophonist Joe Lovano, “one of the most creative saxophonists going,” (Boston Globe) combines eclectic taste in conceptual projects with his own distinctive sound.”

>New York International Fringe Festival (through Aug 30)
Various Locations and Times
“Catch more than 200 shows from emerging theater troupes and dance companies from around the world when FringeNYC returns this weekend. Productions range in topics and genres, including drama, comedy and satire. It’s $18 per ticket, with discount passes for multiple shows.” (

>The Birdland Big Band (Guest Conductor, Rob Middleton)
Birdland, 315 W44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 5:15PM, $30
(sit at the bar and this cover includes a drink)
“Founded by drummer and musical director Tommy Igoe, the Birdland Big Band
plays the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world’s best arrangers.
critics are calling it “the best live music bargain in all of NYC!””

>Battery Dance Festival
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University / 6-8PM, FREE, res req.
the finale of the annual Battery Dance Festival, showcasies dancers from India, Norway, and New York City, followed by a closing reception.

>Trio da Paz and Friends (through Aug. 23)
Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $40
“Effervescence comes easily to Trio da Paz, a samba-jazz cooperative consisting of Romero Lubambo on guitar, Nilson Matta on bass and Duduka Da Fonseca on drums. This engagement, a celebration of bossa nova standards, will augment the band with familiar reinforcements: the trumpeter Claudio Roditi, the saxophonist Harry Allen and the vocalist Maucha Adnet. “ (NYT-Chinen)

> “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).

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

>Guggenheim Museum: Agathe Snow: ‘Stamina’
Doors open at 6 p.m. for this 24-hour party and film premiere that’s part of the exhibition “Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim.” Ms. Snow’s “Stamina” combines film, live music and movement to explore themes of social interaction, rebellion and community. Throughout the 24 hours, bands and solo artists will perform, and more music will be provided by the D.J.s Eric Duncan and Ben Ruhe. From 6PM to 4AM!
there will be a cash bar and snacks; from 4 to 6 a.m., that changes to a breakfast and juice bar. 1071 Fifth Avenue, at 89th Street, 212-423-3500,

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:

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,” (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 08/19 and 08/17.


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