Selected Events (10/02) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SUPER 7 > FRIDAY / OCT. 02, 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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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah (also Saturday)
Harlem Stage Gatehouse, 150 Convent Ave, at 135th St./ 7:30PM, $40
I just love this repurposed space (formerly a Croton Aqueduct Gatehouse) to listen to live music, and I was born only 5 blocks N on Convent Ave.

“Stretch Music” is the new album by this firebrand trumpeter from New Orleans, who now resides in Harlem. It’s also a set of aesthetic principles — at heart, involving the elasticity of genres, including the one most of us know as jazz — and a rallying cry for Mr. Adjuah’s fierce young band, which includes Elena Pinderhughes on flute and vocals, Warren Wolf on vibraphone and Braxton Cook on saxophones.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Tedeschi Trucks Band (also Saturday)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $
“This storied blues-rock band, led by the married musicians Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, makes its annual pilgrimage to the Beacon Theater, with the handpicked special guest Scrapomatic on Friday.” (Chow-NYT)

Celebrating George Wein at 90
Dizzy’s Club, 60th St and Broadway/ 7:30 +9:30PM, $
“Mr. Wein, founder of the Newport Jazz Festival and its various counterparts, will be turning 90. Jazz at Lincoln Center helps him celebrate the occasion with this one-nighter, featuring some of his longtime associates: the trumpeter Randy Brecker, the guitarist Howard Alden, the pianist Frank Kimbrough, the bassist Jay Leonhart and the drummer Lewis Nash.” (Chinen-NYT)

> Batsheva Ensemble (through Sunday)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 8PM (Friday), $10 +
“The work of the Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, one of today’s great dance makers, is eerie and unsettling and often achingly beautiful. But he doesn’t get enough credit for being funny, too. In “Decadance,” performed by the junior wing of his Batsheva Dance Company (don’t lower expectations: they’re spectacular), Mr. Naharin stitches a quilt of excerpts from two decades of work. It captures his light and dark sides, as well as his humor.” (Schaefer, NYT)

Ravi Coltrane Quartet (through Sunday)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“With a sense of searching suggestive of his father, Ravi Coltrane has maintained the legacy of jazz guided by serious and even avowedly spiritual ambitions. His saxophone-playing can be visceral and fiery at times, with equal capacity to fall back and luxuriate in gentle tones. His band, too, shares an affinity for music that ranges from the cerebral to the absorbing and back again.” (WSJ)

Smart Stuff / Other

> The New Yorker Festival (through Sunday)
At various times and locations
Few festivals try to capture the zeitgeist as comprehensively as this three-day series of talks, screenings and events; even fewer succeed this much. While a few of the festival’s programs have sold out, at time of press, there was still space at some noteworthy events, including conversations with Jeffrey Tambor, star of Amazon’s “Transparent” and Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network,” “American Ultra”). (NYT)


> Laurie Anderson’s ‘Habeas Corpus’ (through Sunday)
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, at 67th St. / 8PM,
“A fixture of counterculture since the 1970s, Laurie Anderson arrives at the Park Avenue Armory with a protest piece based on the story of a Guantánamo Bay detainee. The joint audiovisual project, called “Habeas Corpus,” concludes each evening with a world dance music concert featuring Omar Souleyman, Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards and Ms. Anderson.” (Chow, NYT)

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 09/30 and 09/28.

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