Selected Events (02/17) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > WEDNESDAY / FEB. 17, 2016

“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:
Dave Holland (through Feb. 21)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South / 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“During the early and mid-1990s, the bassist Dave Holland had an inspired younger partner in Kevin Eubanks, a guitar virtuoso with fluency in myriad styles. They parted ways for a while — Mr. Eubanks to “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” and Mr. Holland to a series of acclaimed bands and albums — but reunited a few years ago, to strong effect. Next week they’ll be working in a trio with Obed Calvaire, a smartly assertive drummer.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
William Blake: Echoes of Etta
Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, 425 Lafayette St./ 7PM, $30
“William Blake—not the visionary 18th-century English poet and artist, silly, but the high-flying local tenor—returns to Joe’s Pub to celebrate a live recording of his high-energy salute to the late Etta James. If any white man can pull this off, the gifted Blake might just be the one. He’s got an uncanny sound that won’t quit.” (TONY)

Ecstatic Music Festival: Yo La Tengo with Alvin Lucier
Kaufman Center/Merkin Concert Hall,/ 7:30PM, $25 (as of this AM is now standby only)
“In their thirty years as a band, Yo La Tengo have played their music (and the music of others) in almost every way imaginable: the feedback-addled indie grooves they built their sound upon; masquerading as gnarled garage punks Condo Fucks; and, with last year’s stripped-down Stuff Like That There, reimagining their own deep cuts in an acoustic vein.

They collaborate often with others, which makes them a great fit for the Ecstatic Music Festival’s tradition of counterintuitive musician pairings creating new work. Such is the case the night they make ecstatic music with American composer Alvin Lucier, whose groundbreaking sound installations uncover auditory phenomena. Lucier and YLT wrote a piece together for the show, and the band will also perform some of Lucier’s previous works.” (Lindsey Rhoades, VillageVoice)

Taj Mahal Trio
City Winery, 155 Varick St. betw Spring/Vandam St./ 8PM, $55-$65
“More than 40 years into his storied career, this bluesman brings his Grammy-winning alchemy of gruff wails, searching harmonica and nontraditional tropicalia beats to this serene hall. He is overdue for a studio release, as his last album, “Maestro,” was in 2008; it featured great bandying with Angélique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley.” (Anderson-NYT)

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square, with Alfred Pommer, a licensed New York City Guide and Joyce Pommer, a former art gallery owner in New York City.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 5th Ave & 40th St./ 6:30PM, FREE
“This illustrated lecture features the stories and history of two of Manhattan’s most desirable neighborhoods for more than 150 years.”

Elsewhere, but this looks interesting:
(subway: easy #2,3 express to Clark St., 1st stop after Wall Street)
Brooklyn’s Business Boon
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont St. near Clinton St., Bklyn Heights, 7PM, $10
“This panel discussion, which includes the “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer, takes a look at Brooklyn’s recent history through an economic lens. Other speakers are Chad Dickerson, chief executive of Etsy; Jesse Hertzberg, chief executive of Livestream; Robin Ottaway, president of Brooklyn Brewery; and Douglas Steiner, chairman of Steiner Studios.”

and how about some hot chocolate?
City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival (thru Feb.28)
City Bakery, 3 W18th St./ opens 7:30AM, $
“Regress to childhood with skillfully concocted mugs of hot chocolate courtesy of this downtown canteen. Owner-mastermind Maury Rubin will serve a different flavor of his intoxicating cocoa every day during February.” (TONY)

Bonus – Music Venues:
So much fine live music every night in this town. These are my favorite music venues on Manhattan’s WestSide. Check out who’s playing tonight:
City Winery – 155 Varick St.,, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St.,, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St.,, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St.,, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St.,, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St.,, 212-505-3474
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 58 million visitors last year and was TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Top U.S. Destination for 2015.  Quality shows draw crowds.
Try to reserve seats in advance, even if it’s  just on the day of performance.

This week’s fave and FREE NYCity AppS: 
Trip Advisor
An enormous base of NYCity user reviews (2.1 million) provides the widest coverage of hotels (468), restaurants (12,645) and things to do (yes, 3,246). Have a specific question? Then try one of Trip Advisor’s forums. Just remember that with all those reviews you have to try to find the consistency among the comments, and ignore the outliers.

Instantly locate restaurants near you with open reservations and then place a reservation right from your iOS device. A great interface and the ability to see a menu from the restaurant you’re interested in makes this my go to restaurant reservation app.

Subway Time 
Need to catch your #1,2,3 subway to attend an event? Use the Subway Time app from the MTA to find out when the next train arrives at your station. The MTA also has Bus Time info available on their mobile website.

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.

Two exhibitions the NewYorkTimes likes:
‘Concrete Cuba’ (through Feb. 20)
“The history of postwar abstraction expands with this riveting exhibition of nearly 40 works. All were made in Cuba during the 1950s by a group called Los Diez Pintores Concretos — the 10 Concrete Painters. Working small, they fruitfully extended the geometric vocabularies of Constructivism, Mondrian and late Kandinsky with local colors and repurposed materials. David Zwirner, 537 West 20th Street, Chelsea, 212-517-8677,” (Smith)

 Robert Ryman (through July 29)
“For nearly 60s years, the Minimalist painter Robert Ryman has had few equals when it comes to doing more with less. White has been his primary, if not quite his only, color, the square his typical format. And yet within these seeming limitations a remarkably fecund and resonant body of work has evolved as demonstrated with unusual clarity (and in natural light) by this small but comprehensive exhibition. Dia: Chelsea, 535 West 22nd Street, 212-989-5566,” (Smith)

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 02/15 and 02/13.

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