Selected Events (09/08) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 6 > TUESDAY / SEPT. 08, 2015

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts
>Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks
Iguana, 240 W54th St.(btw 8th/B’way) / 8-11PM (3 sets) /
$20 cover for entire night, $20 food/drink minimum
“Although longtime fans are currently referring to the Nighthawks as “The Iguana Troubadours,” they continue to play with the same amazing combination of skin-tight historical authenticity and sheer, relentless energy, plus a tempo that has always characterized Mr. Giordano’s bands.” (WSJ-Will Friedwald)

>Bill Charlap Trio (through Sept. 20)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $
“The pianist Bill Charlap has become one of our era’s most trusted docents of the American songbook — hear his handiwork all over Tony Bennett’s “The Silver Lining: The Songs of Jerome Kern,” due out in a few weeks — and he brings the full breadth of his erudition to any engagement by his trio. Featuring Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington (no relation) on drums, it’s a group with almost 20 years of working history, and many hours logged in this room.”
(Nate Chinen-NYT)

>Arturo O’Farrill and the Boss Level Sextet (through Sept. 12)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“Mr. O’Farrill is best known as the pianist and composer behind the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, which released an impressive album, “Cuba: The Conversation Continues,” a couple of weeks ago. This sextet, lighter on its feet but no less serious in purpose, features both of his reputable young sons — Adam on trumpet, Zack on drums — with the saxophonist Livio Almeida, the guitarist Travis Reuter and the bassist Bam Bam Rodriguez.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
>“The Ziegfeld Girls” with Marty Schneit,
Mid-Manhattan Library, 5th Ave @ 40th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture features The Ziegfeld Follies, the chorus girls from Florenz Ziegfeld’s theatrical spectaculars from 1907 to 1931. The Ziegfeld Girl became an American Institution, a symbol of the modern independent woman.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
>Salman Rushdie National Book Launch:
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights
powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St./ 7:30PM, FREE
“Salman Rushdie hosts the official NYC launch of his new novel.
Inspired by 2,000 years of storytelling tradition, yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment, the book is an enduring testament to the power of the imagination.” (

Elsewhere, but absolutely worth the detour:

imgresThe 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: (predictions per Matt Cronin –

Serena has only lost two matches this year, and has already won four majors in a row – again! – which makes her a heavy favorite. That is the case in this contest, even though Venus has been playing excellent ball during the 2015 Open. She is crushing her first serve, her forehand is deep and true and she has taken over the net. Serena knows that she has to start out fast, just as she did against rising talent Madison Keys.

Without a doubt, there will be a tremendous amount of emotion in Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday night. Many folks want to see Serena win the Grand Slam, but many want to see Venus grab a major title one last time. If Venus can serve some gigantic serves, move inside the baseline and threaten her sister, she can snare a set, but in reality, Serena is super strong, she knows exactly where to go and what’s-what on the court. Serena will win in three terrific sets.

Few folks – or no one – picked Vinci and Mladenovic to reach the quarterfinals. But Maria Sharapova pulled out, Ana Ivanovic was surprised against Domi Cibulkova, Carla Suarez Navarro disappeared, Genie Bouchard finally rose again and then had to pull out after suffering a concussion. In their place, Vinci and Mladenovic played extremely well, with the Italian Vinci mixing her pace and the Frenchwoman Mladenovic crushing the ball and taking charge of the net. Mladenovic is much younger and she is more forceful, but Vinci has revived as of late, and she will win this match in three sets.

The 2014 US Open champion Cilic didn’t look very good coming into the event, as he hadn’t been able to take down the big boys this year. But in New York, he has felt happy and more confident. He has served brilliantly and his forehand has been kissing the line. Tsonga has been very efficient, which is surprising given that he has been up and down this year. This is a toss-up, as both guys can hit huge serves and forehands and push their backhands around effectively. But here in NYC Cilic is more comfortable and will win in five tough sets.

I have missed on Feliciano Lopez two times already, picking Milos Raonic and Fabio Fognini over him in matches. Props for the Spaniard, but in truth, both Raonic and Fognini received medical time outs during their matches. If they were both fully healthy, maybe they would have stopped Lopez? Perhaps–it’s impossible to say. But now the lefty will have to play even better, because Djokovic is so deep, so steady and so lethal that Lopez won’t be able to just poke the balls around. Essentially, Lopez will have to play at an incredible level to even have a small chance to win. Let’s say that Lopez will be digging deep and steal a set, but Djokovic will frustrate him by passing him constantly. Novak will win in four sets.

Today’s tips:
Lot’s of great doubles matches today, and the juniors are on the outer grounds courts. Once inside check out one of the electronic scoreboards listing matches in progress. Find a match or players that interest you. There is no other major sporting event where you can get so close to world class athletes as at the U.S. Open’s 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 to find your way over there to see some matches while you can.

The best, most comprehensive review of the tournament and the current state of tennis can be found at the NYTimes/Sports

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 09/06 and 09/04.


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