Selected Events (04/05) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Fab 5 > TUESDAY / APR. 05, 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:
Democracy, Elections and the Vote
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West/ 6:30PM, $38
“During the late 18th century, in a world dominated by kings, czars, sultans, and emperors, a small group of Americans embarked on a radical proposal for a land ruled by democracy, elections, and a vote. With the 2016 Presidential Elections on the horizon, two constitutional scholars discuss the history of democracy in the United States and how our election process has shaped America.” (

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

“Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball with the ’86 Mets”
with author Erik Sherman
Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, 67 E11th St./ 7PM, FREE, RSVP required.
“I’m so proud of what we accomplished in that magical 1986 season and the brotherhood that we still have for one another all these years later. Enjoy this personal portrayal of one of baseball history’s greatest and most charismatic teams.” —Davey Johnson

In 1986, the bad guys of baseball won the World Series.
“What if I actually went out and visited the players where they are today—in their homes, in the dugouts they currently coach or manage in, or in the bars they might frequent? I would interview the men who’d made up this magical team, find out what happened to them after their glory days were behind them, and explore the impact they as individuals and as a team had on the fans and the organization—then and now.” —Erik Sherman

9/11 and the American Landscape
National September 11 Memorial & Museum, 180 Greenwich St./ 7PM, FREE, ticket required
“Photographer Jonathan C. Hyman documented grassroots memorials after 9/11. His archive of over 20,000 images focuses on tributes from the tristate area, beginning just after 9/11 and running through the 10th anniversary. Hyman joins Dr. Jan S. Ramirez, the Museum’s Chief Curator and Vice President of Collections, to discuss the iconography of commemoration and the varieties of popular response to 9/11 captured in his photographs.”

“Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America”
Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway / 7PM, Buy a copy of “Sleeping Giant” or a $15 gift card to attend this event.
“Demos and Strand Books invite you to a timely and lively discussion between Demos’ Tamara Draut, author of the new book Sleeping Giant: How the New Working Class Will Transform America, and Bob Herbert, former New York Times columnist and a Demos fellow as well.

Draut and Herbert will discuss the struggles, politics and burgeoning power of the new working class. With an eye towards our upcoming presidential election, and its impact on America’s working families, Draut and Herbert will explore how these fearless workers are shifting the political landscape.”

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:

“The Bitchy Waiter: Tales, Tips and Trials from a Life in Food Service”
powerHouse Arena, 37 Main St./ 7PM, FREE”
“Creator of the popular blog The Bitchy Waiter Darron Cardosa distills 30 years of food service into dark, funny tales that anyone who worked in the industry will recognize and relate to.

Millions of people have waited tables at some point in their lives. And many remain haunted by nightmare scenarios where they are the sole server in a restaurant packed with complaining customer. For all those disenchanted current and former food service employees, Darron Cardosa has your back.Since 2008 he’s vented his frustrations —about everything from crazy customers, out-of-control egos, and what really goes on in that fancy restaurant—in his popular blog The Bitchy Waiter. A snarky mix of David Sedaris, Anthony Bourdain, Erma Bombeck, and Mo Rocca, Cardosa distills 30 years of food service into dark, funny tales that anyone who worked in the industry will recognize and relate to.” (

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.

Two exhibitions the NewYorkTimes likes:

‘Ellsworth Kelly Photographs’ (through April 30)
“This first exhibition of photographs by Mr. Kelly, who died in December, includes more than 30 gelatin silver prints made over four decades. His straightforward pictures of houses, barns, brick walls and winter branches yield the same distinctive observation of perceptual phenomena so characteristic of his hard-edge paintings, sculpture and prints: Rectangles float; shadows fall into hard-edge shapes; surfaces reveal evenly mottled patterns and unlikely grids. Matthew Marks Gallery, 523 West 24th Street, Chelsea, 212-243-0200,” (Philip Gefter)

 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 04/03 and 04/01.

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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