Selected Events (02/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

 Today’s Fab 5+ > MONDAY / FEB. 29, 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.
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Have time for only one event today? Do this:
Gerald Clayton Trio (also Tuesday)
Dizzy’s Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 7:30 +9:30PM, $35
“Mr. Clayton has proved himself one of the standout jazz pianists of his generation, possessed of silvery technique and an intent but relaxed way with a phrase. He typically leads a trio with his peers, but here he’ll connect with a pair of respected elders who happen to be alumni of Branford Marsalis’s smartly pugnacious bands of the early 1990s: the bassist Robert Hurst and the drummer Jeff (Tain) Watts.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

“Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens”:
A Benefit Concert with Bill Russell & Friends
Broadway at Birdland, / 7PM, $30
“The evening is a night to celebrate life! Bill Russell leads the night with personal anecdotes about the conception and inspiration of Elegies. Hewill be joined by a star-studded cast of Broadway and Birdland favorites including Josh Young (Amazing Grace), Caroline Bowman (Evita, Wicked), Karen Mason (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard), Jaime Cepero (Smash), Sean MacLaughlin (Phantom of the Opera, Evita), Natalie Douglas (7-time MAC Award Winner), and more.

The night is conceptualized by Jill Sapenoff and an intimate orchestra will be led by William Waldrop. Inspired by the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, Elegies is told from the perspective of characters afflicted with AIDS, their friends and their families. Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS.” (

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

Race for the White House: 1960–Kennedy vs. Nixon
New-York Historical Society, 170 CentralParkWest / 6:30PM, FREE
“Catch a celebration of a new CNN series, complete with ’60s music, CNN anchor John Berman in conversation with Professor Timothy Naftali, and a screening of episode one, which tells the story of one of the most memorable of campaign seasons (even by today’s standards).” (

2016 Leap Year Menu
Delicatessen, 54 Prince Street
“Chef Michael Ferraro is offering a special leap year throwback menu where all dishes will be priced at $2.29. Bites include lobster sliders on house made pretzel buns, mac n’cheese skillet, and mini cheeseburger spring rolls. The bar will also offer beer specials and Bloody Mary shots with candied bacon.” (VillageVoice)

Dream On.
Mid-Manhattan Library, 455 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, FREE
A screening of DREAM ON, a new documentary about the perilous state of the American Dream. What happens to an American Dream deferred? A panel debates the question, following the screening of a new documentary on the subject.

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.

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.

An exhibition the NewYorkTimes likes:

 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 02/21 and 02/19.

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.

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