Selected Events (11/07) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SUPER 7 > SATURDAY / NOV. 07, 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.
(click on links for more complete event info.)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
David Hazeltine with George Mraz and Billy Drummond
Mezzrow, 163 W10th St./ 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
“On “For All We Know,” his crisp recent album, the pianist David Hazeltine leads a sure-footed quartet in a post-bop vein. He’ll scale back just a little here, in a trio with Mr. Mraz, an impeccable bassist, and Mr. Drummond, a sensitive drummer.” (Chinen-NYT)

Baby Jane Dexter: It’s Personal!
Metropolitan Room / 7PM; $25 plus two-drink minimum
“This fearless cabaret vocalist will look you dead in the eye whether she’s singing a heartbreaking rendition of R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” or a brassy cover of a Beatles hit. Don’t try to take Saturday night away from this gal-about-town.” (TONY)

Russell Malone Quartet (through Sunday)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, (btw 105th/106th Sts.)/
“Ask for sleek guitar work that laces a ballad with silken tones and Russell Malone can provide all you care to hear. But with a tight rhythm section behind him, as he has at this special birthday engagement, this adroit neo-bop stylist is apt to turn on the heat. His quartet includes Rick Germanson on piano and Willie Jones lll on drums.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Cider Week NYC (November 6–15)
Various locations
“The spiked apple spirit is making its seasonal comeback in the city, and this weeklong, 20-event festival is designed to help you discover your favorite. From a Lechon-cider brunch at Jimmy’s No. 43 to a nose-to-tail hog dinner at Delaware and Hudson, there’ll be plenty of booze—and grub to soak it all up.” (TONY)

Artists’ Studios Series (through Sunday)
West Chelsea Arts Building, 508-526 W26th St./ Saturday 2-6PM; Sunday 12-6PM, FREE
“Five artists are inviting the public to see their work before it makes its way to gallery walls in the latest edition of this event, which is pegged to the International Art Festival (through Sunday at Highline Loft Gallery, 508 West 26th Street in Chelsea).” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Festival Albertine (through Nov. 9)
Albertine, 972 Fifth Avenue, at 79th St./ at various times, FREE
“Albertine, the French- and English-language bookstore inside the Payne Whitney mansion, experimented last year with hosting a festival about the French-American exchange of books and ideas; there’s still more conversation to be had.  All events will be streamed at livestream.com/frenchembassy.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Tonight: “Still the Second Sex?” a discussion of the progress made for women’s rights with Judith Thurman and others. 6:30PM

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
(easy subway: #2/3 express to Eastern Parkway)
Target First Saturdays at Brooklyn Museum
Bklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, at Prospect Park/ 5-11PM, FREE
“Connecting Cultures: A World in Brooklyn” is the theme of this monthly event’s latest installment. (An installation of the same name is currently on view in the museum’s Great Hall.) The evening’s programming begins with a concert by the Eastern European-jazz hybrid musician Ilusha Tsinadze, then continues with talks, readings and more performances.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

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.

Here is one TimeOutNewYork likes:
Camille Henrot (Nov 5- Dec 12)
“Stylistically, this French artist manages to find the unlikely nexus between conceptualist rigor and Art Deco languor. Her theme, in a word, is everything or at least how it’s manifested as a ceaseless flow of information. Whether this adds up to something intelligible is probably besides the point, as the real attraction of her work is its melding of organized chaos with soigné formalism. She marshals drawing, sculpture and video to create elegant installations that are as hermetic as they are easy on the eyes.” (TONY)
Metro Pictures, 519 W 24th St.(between Tenth and Eleventh Aves)
Opening hours: Tue–Sat 10am–6pm

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 11/05 and 11/03.

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