Selected Events (04/23) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Elite 8 > SATURDAY / APR. 23, 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:
Definitely elsewhere, but this looks worth a springtime detour:
Daffodil Celebration and Wine Weekend (also Sunday)
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx River Parkway (Exit 7W) and Fordham Road, the Bronx / 12PM-5PM, $
“Now that we’re well into spring and the weather is warm, New York Botanical Garden presents two days of wine tasting, live music and about 150,000 daffodils in bloom. The wines come from New York state vintners, who will talk about their offerings and lead guided tastings. Tours of the garden are also available. More information at (NYT-SpareTimes)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires 
Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, at 74th St./ 8PM, $35
“The Daptone Records mainstay Charles Bradley, 67, resurrects the electric communality of 1970s funk and, when performing live with his Extraordinaires, he becomes a crooning, celebratory force. He has received the embrace of hip-hop lately, with a sample of his burning “I Believe in Your Love” making its way into Jay Z’s “Open Letter.” His group’s new album, “Changes,” is a sprightly career best, delivering romantic doo-wop and soulful showboating.” (NYT-Anderson)

Yellowjackets (LAST DAY)
Birdland, 315 W44th St./ 8:30PM +11PM, $40
“This pace car of contemporary fusion, anchored for more than 20 years by the keyboardist Russell Ferrante and the saxophonist Bob Mintzer, celebrates the release of “Cohearance.” That album introduces a new working lineup for the band, with Will Kennedy on drums and Dane Alderson on electric bass.” (Chinen-NYT)

Jeremy Pelt
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, btw 105/106th Sts./ 7, 9, 10:30PM, $38
“A hard-swinging adherent of neo-hard bop, the trumpeter Pelt couldn’t ask for a more authentic rhythm section than this triumvirate of vigorous icons: the pianist George Cables, the bassist Buster Williams, and the drummer Louis Hayes.” (NewYorker)

Melissa Aldana Quartet
Smalls Jazz Club, 183 W10th St./ 10:30PM, $
“On “Back Home,” her fourth and finest album, the tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana pays homage to a formative influence, Sonny Rollins, without losing herself to emulation. The album finds her in open dialogue with the warmly assured bassist Pablo Menares and the agile, flowing drummer Jochen Rueckert, who rejoin her here in a quartet with Glenn Zaleski on piano.” (Chinen-NYT)

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

“It Takes Two”
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave./ 9PM-4AM, $30
“Held in conjunction with Swiss art collaborators Peter Fischli and David Weiss’s retrospective, this event brings together an assortment of speakers and performers to examine artistic teamwork by pairs. With nearly 40 participants, the overnight program features artist Matthew Barney and composer Jonathan Bepler, performance duo Dancenoise, Academy award-winning songwriters Kristen and Bobby Lopez, artists and fashion photographers Inez and Vinoodh and architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, among many others.” (the observer)

Baz Luhrmann and Nelson George
SVA Theater, 333 W23rd St./ 6PM, $43.50
“Mr. Luhrmann, the imaginative director of “Moulin Rouge” and “The Great Gatsby,” speaks with Mr. George, an author and director of the Misty Copeland documentary “A Ballerina’s Tale,” to discuss their coming Netflix series “The Get Down” as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s discussion series.” (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour:
Bacon and Beer Classic
Citi Field / 1-4PM; 7-10PM, $79
“Winter’s over and it’s time to break those resolutions—what better way than a no-holds-barred blowout featuring 30 bacon-stuffed dishes and more than 100 craft brews? For three hours, stuff your face with porcine plates from restaurants like Bareburger and Tres Carnes while guzzling beers and ciders from breweries both local (Gun Hill Brewing Co., Original Sin Hard Cider) and national (Anchor Brewing in California, Harpoon Brewery in Vermont).” (TONY)

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)

Here is one that The Observer likes:
“Steven Baldi: Branded Light” (through May 28)
Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19 Street
“Steven Baldi is currently featured in an acclaimed group show about the use of stock photography in fine art, on view at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Here, he presents black-and-white photomontages of industry logos, such as those for Kodak and Nikon, abstracted with prismatic camera effects. The resulting Constructivist-inspired imagery is contrasted with the Los Angeles conceptualist’s monochromatic paintings that he makes by stretching green book cloth over aluminum panels.”

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 04/21 and 04/19.

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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