Selected Events (09/14) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 6 > MONDAY / SEPT. 14, 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.
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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

>The Coca-Cola Generations In Jazz Festival (through Sept. 30)
Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St and Broadway, / At 7:30; 9:30PM, late sessions on various nights at 11:15, $35
“For the sixth year running, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents a monthlong series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with a multigenerational theme. Highlights of the coming week include Nasar Abadey and Kush Abadey, two generations of drummers playing successive sets (Monday); the singer Alexis Cole and the guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli, regular collaborators born 50 years apart (Tuesday); and the Curtis Brothers, young bloods in the Latin-jazz game, working with an esteemed elder, the trumpeter Ray Vega (Thursday).” (Chinen-NYT)

> Jim Caruso’s Cast Party (Cabaret)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St. (btw 8/9 ave) / 9:30PM, $25
the witty host attracts broadway stars on their night off, along with up and comers.
> The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. South (btw W11th/Perry St.) / 8:30Pm +10:30PM, $30
world class big band with 16 members on that small stage, a monday night institution.

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

>Muldoon’s Picnic
Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st St. / 7:30PM, $25
“The New Yorker’s poetry editor, Paul Muldoon, is back for a new season of spoken word and song, with new guests on the second Monday of every month. For this edition, he will be joined by the authors Peter Carey and Maureen McLane, as well as the musician Bill Payne.” (NYT-Spare Times)

>Grand Opening of the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture
Three-week festival, Sept. 14 through Oct. 4.
Sheen Center,18 Bleecker St. in NoHo /
“The brand-new Fulton J. Sheen Center, operated by the Archdiocese of New York, is celebrating their opening with three weeks of theater, music and dance performances, film screenings, poetry readings, art shows, talks and lectures in their 274-seat theater space and their 80-seat black box theater.

The building also holds an art gallery and four rehearsal studios. The first 100 tickets to each event are $10, seven events are free, and three events, including a talk on the pope’s visit to the U.S., will be live-streamed on their website at” (

>Feast of San Gennaro (through Sep 20)
Little Italy / 11:30AM-11PM (12AM on fri/sat)
“Celebrate the martyred 3rd-century bishop and patron saint of Naples at this 11-day festival that fills the streets of Little Italy every year. Watch the professionals in action at the cannoli-eating competition, and you won’t feel so bad about indulging in calorific treats from the food vendors; return daily for live musical performances.’ (TONY)
Mulberry St between Canal and Houston Sts; Grand St between Baxter and Mott Sts; Hester St between Baxter and Mott Sts.

>Nature-to-Medicine: In Search of Lifesaving Animals
The Explorers Club, 46 E 70th St. / 6PM reception, 7PM lecture, $20
“Snakes and scorpions kill tens of thousands of people a year, but they also have the potential to serve as major lifesavers. Hear from a wildlife photographer as he presents an illustrated lecture on exotic tribes, last frontiers and what it’s like to track down the deadliest animals on Earth.” (

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:
‘Dia 15 VI 13 545 West 22 Street Dream House’ (through Oct. 24)
“This terrific show restages a famous sound and light installation by La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela, a work whose origins date to the 1960s. On entering the dimly lit gallery, you are immediately enveloped by an intensely powerful sound, a roaring, droning, pulsing noise with such a deep bass that you feel it in your body as well as in your ears. At the far end of the space is a work by Jung Hee Choi, a slowly changing hallucinogenic projection on a perforated black screen. Prepare to have your consciousness altered.” Dia: Chelsea, 545 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, 212-989-5566, (Johnson-NYT)

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 09/12 and 09/10.

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