Selected Events (12/13) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s SUPER 7 > SUNDAY / DEC. 13, 2015

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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Merry Tuba Christmas
Rockefeller Center, 30 Rockefeller Plaza / 3:30PM, FREE
“Among Rockefeller Center’s holiday traditions — in addition to the tree lighting — is this boisterous take on caroling. Hundreds of tuba players from around the country come together on the center’s plaza, under the direction of Chris Wilhjelm of the Goldman Band, to present a concert of holiday favorites. Audience members are welcome to join by singing along.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Christian McBride Quartet (LAST DAY)
Village Vanguard, 178 7th Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $
“Last week found McBride fronting a piano trio at this venerable club; for the concluding week of his residency, the ever-astonishing bassist and enterprising bandleader jettisons the keyboard and brings on two gifted horn stylists—the saxophonist Marcus Strickland and the trumpeter Josh Evans—to fortify a compact quartet.” (NewYorker)

Mariah Carey (through Dec. 18)
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $59.50-$255
“Some jovial clubs around the city have been blasting Ms. Carey’s yuletide hit “All I Want For Christmas Is You” since early November. Time for the rest of New York to join in for the whimsical, endlessly melismatic singer’s eight-night run at the Beacon Theater, the second time in two years that she’s hosted a seasonal residency in New York.” (Anderson-NYT)

David Sanborn (LAST DAY)
Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd St./ 8PM +10:30PM, $35, $55
“Even jazz purists who can’t abide Sanborn’s overtly commercial recordings have to admit that the alto saxophonist has a sound that’s one in a million: a gutsy, R. & B.-laden wail that can be identified from a single passionately blown note. His funky Electric Band features the keyboardist Ricky Peterson.” (NewYorker)

Holiday Swing (LAST DAY)
Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30PM +9:30PM, $
“This upbeat celebration of holiday classics, a recent tradition at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, will feature three charismatic vocalists — Michael Mwenso, Brianna Thomas and Charenee Wade — backed by a band that includes the pianist Chris Pattishall, the trumpeter Alphonso Horne, and the drummers Joe Saylor and Jamison Ross.” (Chinen-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks interesting:
Jazz Age Tea Dance
Webster Hall, 125 E11th St./ 3PM, $80
“Webster Hall takes a trip back in time for this homage to the colonial British tradition of the afternoon tea dance. Tea — cocktails are also available — will be served with finger sandwiches and scones while Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra provide musical entertainment.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
The Humans of Sesame Street
Museum of the Moving Image, Queens-35th Ave at 37th St./ 1PM, $
“Over the summer, Sonia Manzano — who played the beloved character Maria on “Sesame Street” for more than 40 years — released her memoir “Becoming Maria,” a powerful reminder that behind family-friendly TV characters are rich personal stories. Many longtime cast members of “Sesame Street,” Ms. Manzano among them, gather for this talk moderated by Craig Shemin, president of the Jim Henson Legacy. (Also speaking are Bob McGrath, Emilio Delgado, Roscoe Orman, Alan Muraoka and Alison Bartlett.) Their reminiscences will include music and video clips.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

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.

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 12/11 and 12/09.

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