Selected Events (11/19) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SWEET 6 > THURSDAY / NOV. 19, 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:
Twyla Tharp: 50th Anniversary Tour (thru Nov.22)
NYS / DHK Theater (at Lincoln Center) / 7:30PM, $35-$150
“The legendary Twyla Tharp celebrates her golden anniversary with two premieres: the linked Fanfare and Preludes and Fugues, set to Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, and Yowzie, a jazz-infused celebration of music by titans like Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton.” (TONY)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Concerts at One (Thursdays)
Trinity Church, Broadway at Wall St./ 1PM, FREE
“This lunch-hour friendly concert series features Trinity Church’s contemporary music orchestra, Novus NY, and the Sandbox percussion quartet. On the program: John Luther Adams’s “Strange and Sacred Noise,” a program-length work in nine movements that reflect a panorama of Mr. Adams’s native Alaska. The performance also will be streamed on the church’s website.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Django Reinhardt Festival Allstars (thru Nov.22)
Birdland, 315 W. 44th St./ 8:30PM, +11PM, $50
“No one has ever truly captured the passionate brilliance of the Belgian Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt, who died in 1953, but that hasn’t stopped generations of players from following in his virtuosic path. The French father-and-son guitarists Dorado and Amati Schmitt lead a quintet in this annual festival honoring the six-string king. Stateside stylists, including the trumpeter Bria Skonberg and the singer Cyrille Aimee, will join the finger busters throughout the week.” (NewYorker)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Luciana Souza: ‘Speaking in Tongues’
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 8PM, $
“The Brazilian jazz vocalist Luciana Souza has carved a special niche out of lilting duologue, working one by one with a small stable of revered acoustic guitarists. But on her new album, “Speaking in Tongues,” she’s at the center of a changeable and frisky band; its guitarist is Lionel Loueke, who has a taste for polyrhythmic density, and its star soloist is the harmonica whiz Grégoire Maret. Both rejoin her here, along with Massimo Biolcati on bass and Kendrick Scott on drums.” (Chinen-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
The Science Behind Perception
The Jewish Community Center, 334 Amsterdam Ave./7PM, $20
Dr. Tony Ro, Neuroscientist
“The human eye is amazing. It sends information into neurons in the brain that influence what we see as well as how we perceive. The eye is instrumental in helping us navigate the world and provides the brain with detailed information about our surroundings. Learn how the brain’s optic mechanisms work—and sometimes fail—so that you can enhance your visual perception and perhaps even the lifespan of your eyes.” (

Seasonal, Local Dining in Pre-Modern Europe
The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Ave./6PM, FREE w adv. reg.
“Based on approximately 200 surviving manuscript and early printed cookbooks, we have a good idea of the aesthetics of dining before 1600. For the Roman Empire, in contrast, only one cookbook survives, that supposedly by Apicius (a second-century gourmand), but in fact dating from the fifth century. One of the two earliest copies of this unique cookbook, transcribed in the ninth century, is in the Library of The New York Academy of Medicine.” (

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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