Selected Events (12/01) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SUPERB 6 > TUESDAY / DEC. 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:
Saxophone Summit (through Dec. 5)
Birdland, 315 West 44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“The prominent postbop saxophonists David Liebman, Joe Lovano and Greg Osby constitute the front line of this aptly named supergroup. The band’s rhythm section, no less distinguished, consists of the pianist Phil Markowitz, the bassist Cecil McBee and the drummer Billy Hart.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Pilobolus (through Dec. 6)
Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, 566 La Guardia Place,
at Washington Square South/ 7PM, $
“A girl on the verge of womanhood falls asleep and wakes up in a surreal fantasy world. Nope, not “The Nutcracker” (though stay tuned). This is “Shadowland,” a new adventure from Pilobolus receiving its United States premiere. In collaboration with Steven Banks, a writer of “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the company delivers a mix of theatrical spectacle and physical inventiveness soaked in wonder. As per its title, “Shadowland” showcases two-dimensional silhouettes formed by creative contortions of the body.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Friday/Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday at 7 p.m.

I’ve Got A Little Twist / Modern Gilbert & Sullivan
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $35-$45
“It’s where The Mikado meets The Music Man, where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon, and where The Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On the Town. It’s I’ve Got a Little TWIST!, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players’ hit production that highlights the timeless legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in music theatre and shows off how fun, fresh, and full-of-life Gilbert & Sullivan can be to a modern audience.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Harry Shearer and Judith Owen’s Christmas Without Tears
BAM—Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., BKLYN/ 7:30PM, $
“Billed as a “reverent and irreverent antidote to the most stressful of seasons,” Christmas Without Tears is a variety show led by Judith Owen, a stirring singer-songwriter, and her husband Harry Shearer, a comedic man about town with credits including the musical movies “Spinal Tap” and “A Mighty Wind,” as well as voice work for numerous characters on “The Simpsons.” Their mix of special guests is eclectic: Alan Cumming, Mario Cantone, Olympia Dukakis, Paul Shaffer, Fred Willard, Artie Lange and Bela Fleck, among many others. The spirit for the night is a throwback to stage shows of yore, with the goal of evoking the notion of a family circled around a piano at home.” (WSJ)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Tree Lighting Skate-tacular
Bryant Park, 42nd St.(btw 5/6 ave)-The Rink, 6PM, FREE
The Lights Before Christmas
An original story starring:
Nancy Kerrigan
Brian Boitano
Johnny Weir
Davis & White
The Haydenettes
Narrated by Danny Aiello
Followed by public skating to live music from the
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Calliope Author Readings
NYPL, Mid-Manhattan Library, 5th Ave and 40th St/ 6:30PM, FREE
“This lecture with audio clips features original recordings of major American authors reading from their works. The authors and books include James Baldwin, Another Country; William Styron, Lie Down in Darkness; James Jones, From Here to Eternity; John Updike, “Lifeguard,” from Pigeon Feathers; Bernard Malamud, “The Mourners,” from The Magic Barrel; Nelson Algren, The Man With the Golden Arm; and Philip Roth, Letting Go. Three to four minute excerpts from readings by the seven authors, each preceded by a brief introduction about the author and the book, are highlighted.”

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 11/29 and 11/27.

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