Selected Events (03/24) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

 Today’s Sweet 6+ > THURSDAY / MAR. 24, 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: 
Loser’s Lounge: Studio 63 Dance Party
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center/ 7:30PM, FREE
These free events in the atrium are always popular, so better get there early for their limited seating, no later than 7PM.
“The Loser’s Lounge is New York City’s most entertaining house band, always throwing the best parties and filling the dance floor with great music and interesting people. Founded in 1993 by former Psychedelic Furs Keyboardist Joe McGinty, The Loser’s Lounge canonizes the great songwriting catalogues of the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, honoring artists from Abba and Bowie to XTC and The Zombies. Their sold-out public shows validate the love of music fans everywhere, and their enthusiasm is exhilarating. So dress up like you’re going to your favorite night club from the past and dance your way to the future with The Loser’s Lounge!”

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Juan Siddi Flamenco Santa Fe (through March 27)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue, at 19th St./ $
“This company from New Mexico, founded in 2007, makes its New York debut with an evening of short works. Mr. Siddi’s style arises from the Spanish roots of flamenco combined with influences from the American Southwest, evident in both his choreography and the music, which will be offered live by the troupe’s singers and instrumentalists.”(Burke-NYT)
Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday and March 25 at 8 p.m., March 26 at 2 and 8 p.m., March 27 at 2 p.m.

Smart Stuff / Other
(Lectures, Discussions, Book Talks, Literary Readings, Classes, Food & Drink, Other)
Parlor Chats: Should We Re-Engineer Humanity?
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, @12th St. / 7PM, $12, incl. FREE drink
“2015 saw a revolution in genetic science. New techniques have drastically simplified bioengineering, raising urgent questions about what genes we should and shouldn’t modify. In this conversation, Carl Zimmer (award winning science writer) and Daniel Kevles (Historian of Science at Yale University) will explore the past, present and future of biotech ethics.”the general election this fall.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Gotham’s Garden of Eden
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave./ 6:30PM, $30, includes museum admission
“New York City is unimaginable without Central Park (and we don’t say that just because it’s our home!) but how did it become the city’s own Garden of Eden? In a captivating talk, architectural historian Barry Lewis explains how the Park civilized New York, giving all residents, no matter what their class, their own “private country estate,” enabling them to escape the less desirable side of urban living and commune with nature. Learn how the Park’s brilliant designers, Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmstead, used all their enormous talents to create a completely artificial yet stunningly naturalistic place we all share and enjoy more than 150 years after its creation.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Our Common Home: Artists, Poets and Scientists Discuss Climate Change
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E. 7th St./ 7PM, FREE
“The Pope’s encyclical on climate change, Laudato Si, galvanized a new level of awareness on the moral necessity of addressing the climate crisis. In recognition of this global leadership, we invite you to join musicians, artists, poets and scientists to share perspectives on a multifaceted and holistic path forward in protecting our planet. This free public gathering at The Cooper Union will be an important moment in recognizing the role of values, ethics, science and spirit in addressing the complex tasks facing Our Common Home.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

New Directors/New Films (thru Mar.27)
See the work of emerging or not-yet-established international filmmakers at New Directors/New Films at Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art.

Celebrating its 45th edition in 2016, New Directors/New Films introduces New York audiences to the work of emerging filmmakers from around the world. Throughout its rich history, New Directors has uncovered talents like Pedro Almódovar, Chantal Akerman, Hou Hsiao–hsien, Christopher Nolan, Laura Poitras, Spike Lee, and Kelly Reichardt.

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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 03/22 and 03/20.
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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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