Selected Events (10/20) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SWEET 6 > TUESDAY / OCT. 20, 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:
Joe Jackson
Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St./ 8PM, $49-$89
“Joe Jackson had an elegance about him even in his early “angry young man” phase. His first hit came in 1979 in the form of “Is She Really Going Out With Him?” Others, especially the snappy 1982 single “Steppin’ Out,” showcased an unusual sense of musicality that has grown more sophisticated in the decades since.

His new album “Fast Forward” draws from studio sessions in four cities close to Mr. Jackson’s musical heart: New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and New Orleans. Each song was recorded with musicians from the locale in question, and the nativist elements mesh well with Mr. Jackson’s urbane, cosmopolitan pop.” (WSJ)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Josie Long: ‘Cara Josephine’ (through Oct. 25)
SoHo Playhouse, 15 Vandam St./ 9PM, $25
“A gem of the British comedy scene, Ms. Long is a stand-up and storyteller who dwells in earnestness and optimism. “Cara Josephine,” perhaps the best-reviewed comedy show at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival, is a sweet and very funny hour about relationships, love and family.” (Czajkowski-NYT)

Gabrielle Stravelli
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St. / 9:30pm; $30–$70, plus $20 minimum
“The jazz and pop singer has garnered a passionate fan base with intimate shows, well-arranged renditions of cabaret standards and a witty conversational tone. See Stravelli perform new songs and conquer classics by Stevie Wonder and Ella Fitzgerald.

Stravelli has a groovy ’70s vibe and a supple, versatile voice that can navigate multiple genres with ease; think Joyce DeWitt with forceful emotional presence and bona fide pop-jazz chops. Her 54 Below debut, directed by nightclub legend Marilyn Maye, includes selections by artists ranging from Cole Porter to the Indigo Girls.” (TONY)

Kronos Quartet: Black Angels
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, W46th St./12th Ave – 7:30PM, $25-$60
“Kronos Quartet’s 1990 recording of George Crumb’s harrowing Black Angels remains a peak, to this day, in the long-standing ensemble’s catalog of more than 40 releases. They revisit the 20-minute meditation on good and evil—with string players doubling on glass and percussion—in as apt an environment as you could ask for: the hulking battleship moored in the Hudson River.” (TONY)

Fred Hersch (through Oct. 25)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“Mr. Hersch, a pianist and composer, turns 60 in the coming week and will celebrate in a state of busy creativity. On Tuesday, Mr. Hersch settles in for a week at the Village Vanguard with his excellent working trio, featuring John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums.” (NYT-Chinen)

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 Building of the Day:
Whitney Museum of American Art (Tour Time: 12PM)
Renzo Piano Building Workshop in collaboration with Cooper Robertson
99 Gansevoort Street,
“The Whitney Museum of American Art is home to many of the most significant and exciting works of art ever created in the United States. These works are housed in a breathtaking new space: a 220,000 square-foot building in New York City’s Meatpacking District, designed by the world-renowned architect Renzo Piano. Overlooking the Hudson River at the southern entrance to the High Line, the new building vastly increases the Whitney’s exhibition space and includes exciting features such as the largest column-free museum gallery in New York City; 13,000 square feet of outdoor exhibition space; flexible theater for film, video, and performance; conservation lab; retail shop; library reading room; and ground-floor restaurant and top-floor cafe operated by Danny Meyer and his Union Square Hospitality Group. New Building Project Director Larissa Gentile will lead the tour.”
For all other events today check out the calendar at

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 10/18 and 10/16.


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