Selected Events (09/02) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 > WEDNESDAY / SEPT. 02, 2015

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
>Miguel Zenón Quartet (through Sept. 6)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St. / 8:30PM+10:30PM, $30
“Identities Are Changeable” is the most recent album by the alto saxophonist Miguel Zenón, who has turned the exploration of Puerto Rican culture into an aesthetic signature. His focus on the album is the Nuyorican experience, with snippets of oral history woven into his state-of-the-art big band arrangements — which he compresses here to their core, with his longtime quartet.” (Chinen-NYT)

Misty Copeland: ‘On the Town (through Sept. 6)
Lyric Theatre, 213 W42nd St./ 7PM, $62.50-$157.50
NYGO_Listings_Misty Copeland credit Joan Marcus“Broadway’s dance-heavy musical revival about sailors making the most of shore leave in NYC is closing its doors after Sept. 6. But audiences catching the show before then are in for a treat, as American Ballet Theatre’s Misty Copeland — recently named the world’s first African-American principal ballerina — takes on the role of Ivy Smith for the final 12 performances, starting Aug. 25. It’s Copeland’s Broadway debut, fittingly in the show that boasted one of the first-ever racially integrated casts in 1944.” (Metro)

>Lake Street Dive
Rumsey Playfield, Central Park, mid-Park at 69th St. / 6PM, FREE
“Lake Street Dive is a Brooklyn-via-Boston indie foursome that keeps one leg in jazz while the other is dipping into blue-eyed soul. Led by the powerful vocals of Rachael Price, Lake Street Dive play with conviction as they perform “Bad Self Portraits,” the opening track off their recent record of the same name. This summer may be through, but let’s have this swan song ring loud until the next.” (Silas Valentino-VillageVoice)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Summer HD Festival (through Sept. 7)
Lincoln Center Plaza, Columbus Ave and W63rd St / 7:30PM, FREE
tonight: “COSÌ FAN TUTTE”
Mozart’s brilliant comedy of love, trust, and disguise, featuring a cast of young Met stars.

“For 11 nights the Metropolitan Opera will take over Lincoln Center Plaza to bring some of the company’s most memorable recent performances to the masses. The series features 10 screenings of previously recorded operas. Seating is first come first served. At various times, 212-721-6500,” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Inaugural Exhibition: AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE (through Sept 27)
Whitney Museum, 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. The Whitney inaugurates its new home with this massive permanent-collection survey spanning eight decades. Covering four floors in roughly chronological order, the show relays overlapping histories about the Whitney itself, the development of modernism in America and the country’s transition from cultural backwater to overweening superpower.” (TONY)

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Eugenie Bouchard returns a shot against Alison Riske of the United States during their Woman's Singles First Round match on Day One of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 31: Eugenie Bouchard returns a shot against Alison Riske of the United States during their Woman’s Singles First Round match on Day One of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The U.S. Open continues play today (11AM) at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens and runs through Sept. 13. This is the fourth and final Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year. Everyone is looking for the Serena slam this year.
subway: #1-2-3 to Times Square; transfer to #7 to Willets Point. (about 45 min. from Times Square)

Matches to watch today in Louis Armstrong stadium (LA) & the Grandstand (GS):
(predictions per Matt Cronin –

“The powerful Canadian can hold time and time again with his huge serve, he can crush his forehand and he can hustle to the net, but his backhand is spotty and his return is sporadic. He will need to mix it up against Verdasco, the Spanish veteran (and former Top 10 player) who can crush his forehand, and can find the corners and take down just about anyone. Verdasco doesn’t return as well as he once did, and this will be his undoing. The Spaniard will grab a set, but Raonic will punch him out in four sets.”

“It seems like ages ago that Bouchard was incredibly good, when she stood on the baseline and ripped winners side to side. In 2014, the then 20-year-old reached the semis of the Australian Open and French Open, and the final at Wimbledon. This year has been a struggle for the Canadian who hasn’t won consecutive matches since Indian Wells in March.

Bouchard played well in her opening-round win over a solid Alison Riske. She will need to summon that level again Wednesday against Hercog who is a big basher and can mix it up. Still, Bouchard is overdue; while she will be pushed hard, in the end she will grab the win in three tough sets.”

“These two men have played each other for a very long time, starting in 2002 when Lopez downed Fish in Tokyo in two tight sets. Back then, they were both young and crushing their serves; Fish was kissing the lines with his smooth backhand and Lopez was busy ripping his forehand and taking every chance to rush the net.

The American has barely played since the end of 2012 and it’s hard to beat the Top 20 competitors when you’re not match-tough. Fish will leave everything on the court, and he could even push Lopez into the fifth set while the home court fans go wild. But Lopez will out-rush Fish and win in four fun sets. Fish plans to retire at the end of the tournament and that’s too bad, because he’s a terrific guy and a fine competitor.”

“This should be a very close match between two players who love to attack. Both can be super aggressive: Mattek-Sands approaches the net at every chance and Vandeweghe loves to bomb her first serves. Coco looked terrific in taking down Sloane Stephens in the first round and will win in three sets.”

For doubles fans today is the start of doubles competition with the great Bryan brothers playing the last match of the day on LA.

Today’s tips: Arrive early. Security screening was brutal on Monday, with long delays to enter. The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports.

Forget mismatches in the Big House (Arthur Ashe Stadium) early in the tournament. Get a grounds pass and once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. Head over to their court for some great tennis, because in this tournament even the qualifiers are great players. There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open – on the outer field courts, the Grandstand court, or even Louis Armstrong stadium. Courts where you can get a real sense of the pace of the game.

Unfortunately, this is the last year for the Grandstand court, which is being replaced by a larger, less intimate court. It will be sorely missed. Make sure you find your way over there to see some matches while you can.

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)
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 08/31 and 08/29.


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