Selected Events (10/26) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SWEET 6 > MONDAY / OCT. 26, 2015

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Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Nash Bash, with Lee Brice
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 7:30PM, $ may have to stub hub this one
“Country and western continues to draw a sizable audience in New York, as evidenced by the Farmborough Festival in June. Now NASH FM 94.7, a local country station, heads back to the Beacon Theater for its first showcase there in nearly two years. Lee Brice, a Billboard country chart-topping singer and songwriter, headlines a twangin’ roster that also includes Rodney Atkins and Mo Pitney.” (Anderson-NYT)

‘Turandot’ (also next Friday)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center / 7:30PM, $
The lavish spectacle of Franco Zeffirelli’s glittering, ornate production of Puccini’s “Turandot” continues its run on Monday. Paolo Carignani conducts the soprano Lise Lindstrom as the icy princess, the tenor Marcelo Álvarez as Calàfand the soprano Leah Crocetto as Liù.” (NYT-Vivien)

Alfredo Rodríguez Trio / Harold Lopez-Nussa Trio (through Wednesday)
Blue Note, 131 West Third St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $20-$35
“A double bill of two resourceful young Cuban pianists, each appearing with bass and drums. Mr. Rodríguez, whose two albums feature production by Quincy Jones, now has a home base in the United States; Mr. Lopez-Nussa still lives in Havana, though he has toured widely.” (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.
OR
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)
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. In addition, the festival showcases a different building each day.
Today’s Building of the Day:
El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 (Tour Time: 12PM, $10)
HHL Architects, 215 East 99th St.
Tour Guides: Matthew Meier, AIA, Partner, HHL Architects
Rolinda Ramos, Property Manager, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109
“Completed in late 2014, following nearly a decade of coordinated planning & development, El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 (PS109) project is now a successful $52 million, 114,000 square foot, mixed use historic redevelopment providing ninety (90) low-moderate income residential apartment units for local artists. Approximately14,000 square feet of community space is also provided on the lower levels of PS109.”
>>>For all the other interesting events today check out the calendar at archtober.org

Elsewhere, but this looks interesting:
‘Webtoon’
Korean Cultural Service New York, Gallery Korea (through Oct. 29)
460 Park Avenue, at East 57th Street
This exhibition highlights the culture of Korean webtoons — comics specifically made for the internet. In addition to displaying the comics, this show will also take a look at the media and commercial products that have been inspired by popular webtoons.” (NYT-Joshua Barone)

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.

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 10/24 and 10/22.

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