Selected Events (11/25) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SWEET 6 > WEDNESDAY / NOV. 25, 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:
Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Balloon Inflation
W 79th St at Columbus Ave; 3–10PM, FREE
“A longtime New York City tradition, watching the great balloons come to life is now a tourist attraction as well. Pop by after dark for the best experience—the crowds have usually died down a bit, and the characters look really cool beneath the street lights.” (TONY) / I like this almost as much as the parade itself, especially love the wide eyes of the young kids seeing the balloons for the first time.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
My Morning Jacket (also Friday and Nov. 28)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $
“The psychedelic rock-and-country showmen turned to naturalistic themes on “The Waterfall,” the group’s seventh album. That effort, released in May, trod panoramic paths and failed relationships atop jam-heavy melodies that ultimately swelled with hope.” (Anderson-NYT)

Roy Haynes
Blue Note, 131 West Third St./ 8PM +10:30PM,
“At 90, Mr. Haynes has lost remarkably little of his crisp pugnacity as a drummer, even less of his cavalier swagger as a bandleader and virtually none of his sartorial flash. He appears, as usual, with diligent musicians many years his junior.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but these two look worth the detour:
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Jazz Standard,116 E. 27th St./ 7:30pm, 9:30pm; $40
“Moving effortlessly from one acclaimed masterpiece to another, the composer, arranger, and bandleader Maria Schneider this year offered up “The Thompson Fields,” a deeply lyrical and elegiac work. Expect to hear selections from the album at Schneider’s annual Thanksgiving residency at Jazz Standard, as she conducts a band bursting with exceptional players, including the pianist Frank Kimbrough and the saxophonist Steve Wilson.” (NewYorker)

Daryl Sherman Trio
Jazz at Kitano, 66 Park Ave., at 38th St./ 8PM +10PM, $15
A witty and knowing singer and a sure pianist who has been honing her art since the early seventies, Sherman looks to mostly forgotten giants such as Mildred Bailey to shape her understated but eminently swinging style. She has an authenticity and a confidence that come with experience, allowing her to regularly investigate nooks and crannies of the standard repertoire which are typically left unexplored.” (NewYorker)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Central Park Tour: Belvedere’s Kingdom
Belvedere Castle (mid-park at 79th St./ 11AM – 12:30PM, $15
Built as a folly and completed in 1872, Belvedere Castle offers grand views of the landscape it dominates just west of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Join Central Park Conservancy guides on this tour of the area’s best-loved highlights, including Belvedere Castle, Shakespeare Garden, the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and the 3,500-year-old Obelisk, commonly known as Cleopatra’s Needle.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

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

And one that NY Magazine likes:
Matthew Weinstein’s “E Lobro” / One fabulous fish.
Jacob Lewis Gallery, (through December 12)
“Weinstein, the underground love of numerous artists, has unveiled a new video of a sexy tangerine koi swimming through digitized miasmas of opalescent space, ever winding at us like some otherworldly deity. Accompanying paintings give us ravishing starbursts that seem to emanate from the artist’s own subterranean consciousness.“ (NYMAG-Jerry Saltz)

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 11/22 and 11/20.

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