Selected Events (03/30) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

 Today’s Super 7+ > WEDNESDAY / MAR. 30, 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:
Dianne Reeves
Isaac Stern Auditorium, Carnegie Hall / 8PM, $16-$77
“An authoritative and extravagantly gifted jazz singer, Ms. Reeves makes a virtue of her open-mindedness, mingling standards with bossa nova staples and original pop-gospel exhortations. She’ll appear with her usual ace band, featuring musicians like the guitarist Romero Lubambo and the pianist Peter Martin.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Liz Callaway: The Story Goes On—The Songs of Maltby & Shire
Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse (at Lincoln Center)/ 8PM, $45
“The sunny Callaway—whose gleaming Broadway belt has brightened such shows as Cats, Baby and Miss Saigon—joins the American Songbook Series with a set devoted to the urbane songs of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire (Closer Than Ever).” (TONY)

Carol Woods
54 Below, 254 W54th St./ 9:30PM, $30-$40
“Join Broadway powerhouse and legend Carol Woods for an evening of Soul and Song. Ms. Woods’ rendition of the Beatles classic “Let It Be” from Julie Taymor’s 2007 feature film Across the Universe has become a worldwide hit and earned her a reprised performance at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards. Now you can hear it live – alongside other treasures like “God Bless The Child” and “Unforgettable.”

Alvin Ailey II (through April 10)
Ailey Citigroup Theater, 405 W55th St./ $49
“This company’s two-week spring season offers a welcome glimpse of the next generation of talent in the Ailey family while also introducing a number of unfamiliar choreographic names. New commissions this year include work by Kyle “JustSole” Clark, Jean Emile and Ray Mercer. Also making his choreographic debut is Jamar Roberts, an exquisite dancer with the main company, who contributes “Gêmeos” (Portuguese for “twins”), a duet inspired by his relationship with his brother.” (Brian Schaefer-NYT)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Ravi Coltrane: The Void (through April 2)
Jazz Standard, 116 E27th St./ 7:30 +9:30PM, $
“Coltrane may never fully escape the shadow of his iconic father, John—he’s currently instrumental in the restoration of the Coltrane home in Dix Hills, Long Island—but his skill as a canny tenor and soprano saxophone stylist has carried him far beyond the glory of his name. He’s established a strong rapport with another keen modernist, the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, who sets off the leader in a sextet alongside the pianist Glenn Zaleski and others.” (NewYorker)

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

A Conversation with Wendy Whelan
Barnard College, 3009 Broadway – Julius Held Lecture Hall/ 7PM, FREE
“Wendy Whelan, the inaugural Lida Orzeck Distinguished Artist-in-Residence, looks back at her 30-year career with the New York City Ballet. She talks frankly about the challenges of performing specially curated projects such as Restless Creature, Hagoromo, and Whelan/Watson: Other Stories, as well as her new collaboration with Brian Brooks, slated to premiere this summer at Jacob’s Pillow. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear one of America’s finest dance artists discuss her experiences during a lifetime of exploration within the dance world.” (ThoughtGallery.org)

Elsewhere, but Queens is the epicenter of world cuisine, and makes this worth the detour:
Five Alive: Cooks Kickin’ It In Queens Birthday Party
The Entrepreneur Space, 36-46 37th St., Long Island City/ 6-8PM
“Expect great networking with 250 expected attendees and at least 30 vendors providing spicy, savory, and sweet samples to please all taste buds. Pretzel Man, who makes soft, doughy balls stuffed with ingredients such as cheddar cheese, peanut butter, and chocolate, will give out samples. Ditto for Yu Bakery, which sells healthy, gluten-free snacks with yucca; Gooey & Co., which bakes a St. Louis-style butter cake in various flavors; and Little Bird, which candies jalapeños and covers them in dark chocolate and sea salt. Wash it all down with alcoholic drinks from SquareWine & Spirits, teas from Forest Witch Spells, and caffeinated beverages from Coffeed. There’s a lot to celebrate.”

And for you motorheads:
The New York International Auto Show (thru Apr.03)
at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, 10AM-10PM, exc. Sundays until 7PM, $16
This annual convention offers a peek at the newest 2016-7 models, motorcycles, concept vehicles and restored classic cars. More than four floors of displays from the world’s automakers will feature the newest vehicles and latest futuristic concept cars. Nearly 1,000 cars and trucks will be on display at North America’s first and largest-attended auto show dating back to 1900.

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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 03/28 and 03/26.
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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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