Selected Events (04/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 > FRIDAY / APR. 29, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do This:

Poets and Patriots: The Easter Rising 1916
The Cooper Union – The Great Hall, 7 E7th St./ 8PM, FREE
“A free, public evening of poetry and music to commemorate the Easter Rising Irish rebellion of 1916. Ireland’s Easter Rising was preceded by a cultural revolution in which The Abbey Theatre was founded “to bring upon the stage the deeper emotions of Ireland.” The rebellion itself was led by a group that included many poets. On the centenary of the Rising, in which New York played an important role, the Poetry Society of America presents an extraordinary evening of Irish and American poetry and music.”

Looks like a spectacular way to end Poetry Month – only in NYCity.

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Tori Kelly
Beacon Theater, Broadway at 74th St./ 8PM, $45
Kelly’s début album, “Unbreakable Smile,” is a batch of capable pop shaped by the best minds in the business. She’s managed by Scooter Braun, the thirty-two-year-old exec who launched his career with Justin Bieber and just signed Kanye West, and her album was produced by the pop Svengali Max Martin.

But as an alum of television competitions and YouTube covers, Kelly’s been banking on her voice coming before her personnel since the onset of her career; it’s a formidable, malleable one, rising tall above punchy drums and horns on the chart mainstay “Nobody Love” and offsetting Ed Sheeran’s earthy timbre on the duet “I Was Made for Loving You.” Her New York shows have grown each year; a second night at the historic Beacon Theatre was added after the first quickly sold out.” (NewYorker)

Dorrance Dance (through May 1)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave, at 19th St./ 8PM, $
“Two years ago, Michelle Dorrance, the tap dance rock star, experimented with pairing tap and electronics in “ETM: The Initial Approach,” the title of which plays on the abbreviation for Electronic Dance Music. Now she’s back with “ETM: Double Down,” a new work that furthers the investigation. The work makes use of electronic tap boards, created by the dancer and musician Nicholas Van Young, that allow the company’s skilled dancers to be in rhythmic and sonic conversation with three live musicians.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Tony Malaby, Ben Monder & Tom Rainey
Greenwich House Music School, 46 Barrow St./ 8PM, $15
“Mr. Malaby, a tenor and soprano saxophonist drawn about equally to ecstatic turbulence and reflective calm, convenes two excellent partners in this new trio, which performs as part of the Sound It Out series: the guitarist Ben Monder and the drummer Tom Rainey, both expert colorists with an ability to duck in and out of established form.” (Chinen-NYT)

Trio 3 (through May 1)
Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Ave. S., at 11th St./ 8:30PM +10:30PM, $30
“The saxophonist Oliver Lake, the bassist Reggie Workman, and the drummer Andrew Cyrille are patriarchs of avant-garde jazz, and are ready and willing, even at retirement age, to head first into the musical breach. Their continued commitment and ardent resolve, exhibited in more than two decades as an interactive trio with a brace of fine recordings, should be a model for contemporary players.” (NewYorker)

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

PEN World Voices Festival (through May 1)
“This free annual literary event, which brings about 150 writers from 30 countries to venues spread throughout the New York City, is back with a focus on Mexico — stories about migration, border control and national identity. Speakers include authors like Salman Rushdie, Yuri Herrera and Jamaica Kincaid.”
The full schedule is at worldvoices.pen.org. (NYT-SpareTimes)

Elsewhere, but this looks worth the detour, if you have any interest in video games:

IndieCade East 2016 (April 29-May 1)
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave, Queens.
“If the international festival of independent video games known as IndieCade is the Sundance of its field, this East Coast offshoot might be the Tribeca Film Festival. The independent gaming industry has grown into a vital incubator of new ideas—and the technologies with which to implement them—particularly with the advent of V.R. riling the field. The three-day event, held at the Museum of the Moving Image, features arcade stations with unreleased games, as well as talks and presentations that engage with the form critically and examine its changing place in the world, from the use of video games in schools and libraries to a retrospective of titles set in New York City.” (NewYorker)
subway: easy, quick ride on the R from times square to steinway st.

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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.

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, matthewmarks.com.” (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, diaart.org.” (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 (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 04/27 and 04/25.
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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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