Selected Events (03/18) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > FRIDAY / MAR. 18, 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: 
Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía (also Saturday)
City Center, 131 W55th St./ 8PM, $
“The citywide Flamenco Festival continues with this Spanish company directed by Rafaela Carrasco. “Images: 20 Years” celebrates the troupe’s 20th anniversary with reinventions of its most popular repertory, including works by Mario Maya, Maria Pagés, Cristina Hoyos and Rubén Olmo.” (Siobhan Burke-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Aaron Diehl (also Saturday)
The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th St./ 7PM +9:30PM, $
“Sounding just as sharp as he looks in his tailored suits, the pianist Diehl has been lately recognized as the right-hand man for the vocal sensation Cécile McLorin Salvant. Taking hold of the spotlight, Diehl will exhibit his sleek mainstream chops alongside special guests including the saxophonist Joe Temperley, the vibraphonist Warren Wolf, and the trumpeter Dominick Farinacci.” (NewYorker)

Hong Kong Ballet (through March 20)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St./ $10+
“For its Joyce Theater debut, this company presents a trio of works by three choreographers, each a formidable voice in their respective countries. Fei Bo, resident choreographer of the National Ballet of China, contributes “A Room of Her Own,” inspired by Virginia Woolf’s similarly named feminist tract. Krzysztof Pastor, director of the National Polish Ballet, offers “In Light and Shadow,” which nods to the paintings of Rembrandt and Vermeer. The Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato is represented by “Castrati,” danced by nine men.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Friday at 8PM, March 19 at 2 and 8PM, March 20 at 2PM

Judy Gold
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 7PM, $35-45
“Judy Gold, the acclaimed comedian known for her work on television, film, and Off-Broadway, will be making her Feinstein’s/54 Below debut this spring! Judy has written and starred in two critically acclaimed long-running Off-Broadway hit shows: The Judy Show – My Life As A Sitcom (New York Timescritic’s pick) and 25 Questions for a Jewish Mother.

She hosts a variety of stand-up performances on Comedy Central in addition to her guest appearances on popular television shows (can you name a few?). Don’t miss this exciting evening of laughter and story-telling with the one and only Judy Gold!”

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Brainwave: Jacqueline Novak + Douglas Mennin | Depression
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W17th St./ 7PM, $25
“Stand-up comedian Jacqueline Novak marks the launch of her book How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings from One Depressive to Another with a deep conversation on depression with an expert. A book signing will follow the program.”

400 Years Later: Shakespeare and “What He Hath Left Us”
Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Ave./ 4PM, FREE
“To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the CUNY Graduate Center and Theatre for a New Audience present a two-day symposium on Shakespeare’s legacy on the stage and the page.”

Free symposium. For more information and to reserve seats to individual talks, visit http://www.tfana.org/Symposium. Some talks will be held at CUNY Graduate Center, and some will be held at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

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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., citywinery.com, 212-608-0555
Feinstein’s/54 Below – 254 W54th St., 54below.com, 646-476-3551
Joe’s Pub @ Public Theater – 425 Lafayette St., joespub.com, 212-967-7555
Metropolitan Room – 34W22ndSt., metropolitan room.com, 212-206-0440
Beacon Theatre – 2124 Broadway @ 74th St., beacontheatre.com, 212-465-6500
B.B. King’s Blues Bar – 237W42nd St., bbkingblues.com, 212-997-2144
Le Poisson Rouge – 158 Bleecker St., lepoissonrouge.com, 212-505-3474
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 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.
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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.

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, diaart.org.” (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 (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 03/16 and 03/14.
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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.

OpenTable
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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