Selected Events (12/07) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SUPER 7 > MONDAY / DEC. 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.
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Elsewhere, but if you have time for only one event today? Do this:
Joanna Newsom
Kings Theatre, 1027 Flatbush Ave./ 8PM, $39.50- $59.50
“Once considered the most winsome of the freak-folk crowd, classically trained harp virtuoso Joanna Newsom has spent the last decade laughing in the face of anyone who dared not take her seriously, honing her already considerable skills as both songwriter and musician.

Her latest, Divers, came out via 4AD this fall and belongs on every year-end “best of” list, even if Newsom’s disdain for streaming platforms makes it (and her equally exhilarating back catalogue) somewhat inaccessible, but it is well worth going deep for. A gorgeous visual treatment of the LP’s title-track, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, tells you all you need to know – Newsom is poised, goddess-like, above a diorama of moody peaks, singing about the divide between life and death and how love carries us through those valleys. Newsom recently added a second show Friday at the Apollo, which takes place on December 11.” (Lindsey Rhoades, VillageVoice)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
John Scofield and Jon Cleary
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd St./ 8PM,
“Groove has always been an essential element for the jazz guitarist John Scofield, expressing itself in ways either subtle or obvious. It will be a natural focus in this duo performance with Mr. Cleary, a jazz pianist, rhythm-and-blues singer and adopted son of New Orleans.” (Chinen-NYT)

58th Annual Dance Magazine Awards
Ailey School, 405 W55 St., 5th fl./ 7:30PM, $50
Five illustrious artists will be honored this year:
> flamenco artist Soledad Barrio, presented by Martin Santangelo;
> ABT principal Marcelo Gomes, presented by Julie Kent;
> former National Ballet of Canada principal Karen Kain, presented by Mikhail Baryshnikov;
> dance writer/historian David Vaughan, presented by Valda Setterfield; and
> founder/artistic director of Urban Bush Women Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, presented by Millicent Johnnie.
The event will also include performances by Ms. Barrio with flamenco musicians; members of Urban Bush Women; and dancers from ABT.

Lesli Margherita “Broad”
Birdland, 315 W44th St. / 7PM, $30-$40
“Mae West. Sophie Tucker. Lesli Margherita. Brassy. Ballsy. Bawdy….BROAD. Olivier Award Winner Lesli Margherita (Dames at Sea, Matilda) returns to the New York cabaret stage in “BROAD,” an evening celebrating the controversial women of yesteryear. Written by Margherita, the evening will be directed by Lauren Bass, with musical arrangements by Brett Ryback and produced by Jordan & Lauren Bass.” (BroadwayWorld.com)

Lena Hall: The Villa Satori—Growing Up Haight Ashbury (thru Dec. 7)
Feinstein’s/54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $60-$70
“After belting her face off for years in Off Broadway theaters and downtown rock clubs, Hall hit the big time in 2014 with her Tony-winning turn as Yitzhak in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In her latest solo show (her 54 Below debut) she looks back on her hippie childhood and shows off her astonishing vocal range in an eclectic selection of songs.” (TONY)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Pearl Harbor Day Remembrance
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 46th St and 12th Ave/ 11AM, free with $24 museum admission.
“The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is holding events to honor the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, including “Stories from Pearl Harbor,” a 15-minute talk to be held on the hangar deck. A live feed of the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day commemoration at the Join Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, in Hawaii, will be broadcast and hosted by the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy., and will feature the historian David Kennedy.’ (NYT-SpareTimes)

Thalia Book Club | Mary-Louise Parker: Dear Mr. You
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway/ 7:30PM, $25
“Award-winning actress Mary-Louise Parker presents her literary debut. An unconventional memoir in letters, Dear Mr. You chronicles Parker’s life through correspondence with men from her past and imagined future, and reveals the complexity and power found in relationships both loving and fraught.” (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 12/05 and 12/03.

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