Selected Events (10/14) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s ELITE 8 > WEDNESDAY / OCT. 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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Have time for only one event today? Do this:

The New York Cabaret Convention
The Town Hall, 123 W43rd St./ 6PM; $27–$102
Sheehan_Jennifer_89_ret2-e1371150888931-300x253_web“The Mabel Mercer Foundation’s 26th annual cabaret fest brings together some of the genre’s most established artists to celebrate the Great American Songbook (over 4 nights).

Tonight’s show, devoted to songs of World War II, features Jeff Harnar, Andrea Marcovicci, Karen Akers, Carole J. Bufford, Ann Hampton Callaway, Natalie Douglas, Tovah Feldshuh, Marissa Mulder and Gabrielle Stravelli.” (TONY)

That’s a very fine group of performers, but for my money the feature singer tonight is Jennifer Sheehan, NYCity’s newest Cabaret star.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Jane Monheit (through Oct. 17)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30 +11PM, $
“When she arrived on the scene 15 years ago, Ms. Monheit was praised and criticized for her fealty to the style of Ella Fitzgerald, her chief jazz-vocal influence. A lot has happened for Ms. Monheit since, as an artist and a person, and it seems likely she’ll bring an unforced maturity, along with a deep reserve of affection, to this tribute, titled “The Songbook Sessions: The Music of Ella Fitzgerald.” (NYT-Chinen)

John Scofield-Joe Lovano Quartet (through Oct. 18)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8 +10:30PM, $20=$35
“Reviving one of the great partnerships of the early nineties, the guitarist Scofield reunites with the saxophonist Lovano. As heard on the new album “Past Present”—where these two leading stylists are joined by their early bandmate the drummer Bill Stewart, and by the bassist Larry Grenadier—Scofield and Lovano prove that time can’t diminish the most durable musical bonds.” (NewYorker)

NYC Ballet (through Oct. 18)
DHK / NYState Theater, Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue, at W64th St.
Wednesday at 7:30PM, $60-$170
“Much of the week is a Balanchine love-fest, featuring a collection of his famous “Black and White” ballets (Oct. 10 matinee and evening), a taste of his Romantic side in “Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3” and “Liebeslieder Walzer” (Oct. 11), and a nod to commedia dell’arte in “Harlequinade,” which is paired with Jerome Robbins’s streetwise rumble, “N.Y. Export: Opus Jazz.” (Oct. 13-15) (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Archtober (Oct. 01-31)
This month offers a prime opportunity to honor the beauty of the NYCity skyline with Archtober, a festival of tours, talks and exhibitions exploring the city’s architecture. 

The festival showcases a different building each day. Today’s pick is the Flatiron Building. At noon, Alice Sparberg Alexiou, the author of Jane Jacobs: Urban Visionary (Rutgers University Press, 2006) and The Flatiron: the New York Landmark and the Incomparable City That Arose With It (St. Martin’s Press, 2010), will lead a tour.

Architecture and Design Film Festival (through Oct. 18)
Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas 9, 260 W23rd St./ various times
“The lineup for this festival may seem niche, but the subject matter affects out daily lives: housing, preservation, the environment. Highlights include a virtual reality lounge, and a Rizzoli pop-up bookstore.” (NYT-SpareTimes)
tonight’s screenings:
6:30 Modern Ruin:A World’s Fair Pavilion
9:15 Talking To My Father
9:30 Barbicania
9:45 The Land of Many Palaces

Richard Dawkins
NYPL Main Bldg., 42nd St & 5th Ave/ 12PM, FREE
“The New York Public Library’s Books at Noon series brings in Mr. Dawkins to discuss his latest work, “A Brief Candle in the Dark,” a sequel to his 2013 memoir “An Appetite for Wonder.” In his new books, the science-minded author takes an “intellectual victory lap,” wrote Dwight Garner in a review for The New York Times. “

Pastrami On Rye: An Overstuffed History of the Jewish Deli
Mid-Manhattan Library; 6:30PM, FREE
“Find out how the Jewish Deli has served as a cultural hub for immigrant communities in New York, a cultural symbol of the city and more at this fascinating lecture by writer and historian Ted Merwin.” (TONY)

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., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St. joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St. lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd dSt. bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Special Mention:
Caffe Vivaldi – 32 Jones St. nr Bleecker St. caffevivaldi.com, 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.

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♦ 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.
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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, diacenter.org. (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 (nycgo.com) 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).

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For other selected Museum and Gallery Special Exhibitions see Recent Posts in right Sidebar dated 10/12 and 10/10.

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