Selected Events (11/01) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SUPER 7 > SUNDAY / NOV. 01, 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:
Youssou N’Dour
Terminal 5, 610 W56th St. / 7PM, $50–$55
Senegalese superstar Youssou N’Dour was born to be a storyteller, quite literally. The griot caste forming his family tree dictated that he would be a historian, poet, or musician, but it was his modern upbringing that allowed him to fuse Francophilic soul, jazz, and rock with sabar, a traditional form of drumming and dance. These were the beginnings of mbalax, a style N’Dour pioneered during his rise to international acclaim.

He’s won Grammys, been the subject of two documentaries, held political office, been praised for his activism, and collaborated with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Sting, Wyclef Jean, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Dido, Lou Reed, and many, many more. Singing in Wolof, Arabic, French, and English, N’Dour is a master of uniting disparate cultures with tolerance and faith. Now 56, he brings three decades’ worth of work to Terminal 5 with his longtime backing band Super Étoile.” (VillageVoice, Lindsey Rhoades)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
American Ballet Theater (LAST DAY)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center,/ 2PM, $
“The company’s fall season — and its 75th anniversary celebration — conclude with three more mixed bills, which include works by Frederick Ashton, Kurt Jooss, Mark Morris, Alexei Ratmansky, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp and the newest of the bunch, the principal dancer and budding choreographer Marcelo Gomes.” (Siobhan Burke-NYT)

Gregg Allman
City Winery, 155 Varick St./ Nov. 1-2 + Nov. 4-6 / $ may need to stub hub this one or settle for standing room, which is not bad here.
“Instances of Gregg Allman playing rooms as intimate as City Winery are rare—so much so that he’s on the schedule for five nights to keep the clamor for seats reasonable. The founding member of the Allman Brothers Band has accumulated decades’ worth of material to mine, and after the group played its supposed final show last fall at Beacon Theater, he has ventured out on his own. He sent early signals of such activity with the release last year of “Back To Macon, GA,” a live album of a concert in his adopted hometown, and now Mr. Allman is out on tour with a new full band backing him. Expect a mix of songs of different vintages, with wine to wash them all down.” (WSJ)

Tribute to Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St./
“Two saxophonists—James Carter and Vincent Herring—are on hand to approximate the playing of the inimitable Rahsaan Roland Kirk, who would often play three or more horns simultaneously. The trombonist Steve Turre, an esteemed veteran of Kirk’s bands, will undoubtedly honor his former employer’s visionary eccentricity by improvising on tuned conch shells when the mood strikes.” (NewYorker)

Birdland Jazz Party Hosted By Carole Bufford
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 6PM, $30
Birdland’s very own jazz quartet hits the stage every Sunday to wrap up the weekend with jazz classics featuring jazz vocalist Carole J. Bufford!

“Despite decades of repeated admonitions to the contrary, it turns out that the great Sophie Tucker was not, in fact, the last of the Red Hot Mamas. That title now can be claimed by the young Ms. Carole Bufford, who, more than any other singer of the last 90 years, digs down into the meat and the substance of the Prohibition Era.”
-Will Friedwald, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Heath Brothers (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30+10:30PM, $
“Although Percy Heath—the bass-playing sibling of the Heath Brothers Band, who died in 2005—is missed, his siblings, the drummer Albert (Tootie) and the saxophonist Jimmy, have kept their collective ensemble a viable and valued entity. With David Wong, on bass, and Jeb Patton, on piano, this venerable quintet offers up refined hard bop, enlivened by Jimmy’s sturdy compositions and polished playing from all involved.” (NewYorker)

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

Elsewhere, but looks worth the detour:
‘Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of “Fiddler on the Roof”
Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge St./ 3PM, $12
“Events to mark the return of “Fiddler on the Roof” to Broadway are not in short supply this fall. The latest is this talk with Alisa Solomon, a Columbia University professor whose book “Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof” was released in 2013. In the book she provides an inside look at the creative team behind the musical that became a household name and a cultural phenomenon around the world.” (NYT/ST)

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 10/30 and 10/28.

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