Selected Events (03/12) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > SATURDAY / MAR. 12, 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:
L’Immediat (thru Mar.13)
N.Y.U. Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Pl./ 8PM, $35-$65
“The French director, artist, and performer Camille Boitel stages the New York première of his kinetic spectacle. The show combines theatre, circus, and acrobatics to create a live experience that swings over the edge of chaos into something barely categorizable: seven aerialists perform soaring stunts and lurching pantomime, interacting with shifting, tangled props that litter the stage, including piles of junk, worn wooden furniture, and clusters of lights.

Boitel is a veteran in the schools of magic and contortionism, who began his work at age twelve, busking in the streets of Montauban. He’s recently toured this unruly production across Europe, Asia, and South America.” (NewYorker)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Ana Gasteyer: I’m Hip / Music , Cabaret and Standards
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University / 7:30PM, $29-$55
“Best known for her six-year stint on Saturday Night Live, where she specialized in prisses, Gasteyer has also had a successful stage career on Broadway and elsewhere, including a run as Wicked’s Elphaba. At Pace, she performs tunes from her swinging 2014 album of neostandards, I’m Hip, along with some new selections.” (TONY)

Celtic Appalachian Celebration
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway, at 95th St./ 8PM, $
“This event, now in its fifth iteration, showcases Irish-influenced American folk music. Led by Mick Moloney, a National Heritage Award winner, the concert blends traditional American music, country and bluegrass with Irish step dance. The Green Fields of America, an Irish-American music group, will headline the concert, which also includes performances by the High Ridge Ramblers of West Virginia; the Murphy Beds, a folk duo; and the dancers Shannon Dunne and Megan Downes.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan (thru Mar.13)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th St./ 8:30 +10:30PM, $30
“Quiet guitar innovator Bill Frisell, a jazz ace equally enamored with country music, twangy ’50s pop and outré noise, still sounds like no other player on earth. For his latest Vanguard stand, in what is sure to be a stunning showcase of his many talents, Frisell scales down to a duo with eminent young bassist Thomas Morgan.” (TONY)

Slake, 251 W30th St./ 10PM, $20
“The race to bring dance music back to Manhattan from the bowels of North Brooklyn can make for some curious billings. Fans of the producer collective Teklife might be disoriented to find themselves in midtown for this label showcase, but the crew’s breakneck soul loops are reverberating beyond their usual scene, long blown out of their Chicago origins. Still, Slake is a step up from many venues, and this set is worth the trip across the river: DJ Earl, DJ Spinn, and TASO will man the beats, blending gems from their spread of self-released EPs, while the dance crew the Era will show off the quick, technical steps known as footwork that Teklife’s sound is designed to spur.” (NewYorker)

Marcus Roberts Trio (last day)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $
“Like many of us these days, the pianist Roberts has politics on his mind, though as a composer, this dexterous, historically minded player can handily translate his thoughts into instrumental music. His nonpartisan song cycle—“Race For The White House”—paints tonal portraits of favored candidates, and is sure to be a highlight of this dectet performance.” (NewYorker)

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

Elsewhere, but this is CLOSING SOON (MAR.13): Catch the final days of “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland” exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. It is really excellent.
subway: easy 25 minutes from Penn Station.
#2.3 express to Eastern Parkway, right at museum’s doorstep.


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 2016.  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 03/10 and 03/08.

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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