Selected Events (11/13) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SWEET 6 > FRIDAY / NOV. 13, 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.)

Have time for only one event today? Do this:
“Moby-Dick”: A Marathon Reading (also Saturday)
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, at Washington St./ FREE w museum admission. Call me Ishmael, and Pay what you wish Friday 7-10PM
“As part of its exhibition “Frank Stella: A Retrospective,” the Whitney Museum of American Art presents a full reading of Herman Melville’s classic, which inspired a series of paintings by Stella. Over two days, bold face names in art and entertainment will read the novel in 10-minute shifts. Readers include the comedian Jo Firestone (4:10 p.m. Friday), the novelist Salman Rushdie (11 a.m. Saturday) and the New York Philharmonic’s music director, Alan Gilbert (6:30 p.m. Saturday).” (NYT-SpareTimes)
Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to finish.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Kyle Abraham (through Nov. 15)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St./ 7:30PM, $
“Music is a generous muse for Mr. Abraham, who creates evocative contemporary work from sounds that span decades. He’s had a long and interesting dialogue with jazz, a recent highlight of which is “The Gettin’,” set to music by the Grammy winner Robert Glasper and inspired by Max Roach’s protest album “We Insist!” That work returns on a program that also includes “Absent Matter,” created with the jazz drummer Otis Brown III, and “The Quiet Dance,” a short quintet accompanied by jazz piano, played live.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Gian-Carla Tisera
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St./ 9:30PM, $16
“The Bolivian fire-style songstress, Gian-Carla Tisera returns to New York with her Rumba soul grooves, Gypsy blues, Caribbean funk, Cumbia reggae, Bachata swing, Bolivian Roots and Ranchera pop passion that will make you love, dance and surrender to the night.

Acclaimed by Latin Jazz Net as a “provocative and brilliant” artist, Tisera makes stunningly bold crossings between Latin American folk music, jazz, American soul, pop, political song, and roots music.” (

Sylvie Guillem—Life in Progress
New York City Center, 131 W55th St./8PM, $35–$175
“In one of the unmissable events of the fall, the great French ballerina Sylvie Guillem bids adieu to a 35-year-long dance career with a stunning program that will include Akram Khan’s technê, Russell Maliphant’s Here & After and Mats Ek’s Bye (built specifically for this farewell event).” (TONY)

Poncho Sanchez and His Latin Band (thru Nov. 14)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM, $40
“Sanchez, carrying on the tradition of his mentor and fellow master conguero, Mongo Santamaria, helms a tight outfit that exuberantly blends Latin, jazz, and R. & B., all in the name of a danceable groove. Slick as the surface sometimes gets, the excitement that Sanchez can generate with the mere snap of a drumhead is undeniable.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Pushcart Prize 40th Anniversary
Village Community School, 272 West 10th St./ 7PM, $10
“To celebrate this prize’s 40th anniversary and the release of the collection “Pushcart Prize XL: Best of the Small Presses 2016,” literary heavyweights are getting together for an evening of readings. Among the guests are the novelists Zadie Smith, Colum McCann and Ben Marcus; and the poets Mary Karr, also famous as a memoirist, and Sharon Olds.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Bonus Literary Pick:
NYU Emerging Writers, featuring James Ciano, and others.
KGB Bar, 85 E4th St./ 7PM, FREE
This is a great bar, and a NYCity literary institution. Maybe one of the next generation’s great writers will show up and you will be blown away by his talent.
If not, it’s still a cool place to have a few drinks.

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.

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 ( 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 11/11 and 11/09.

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