Selected Events (05/29) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Sweet 6 > SUNDAY / MAY 29, 2016

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Have time for only one event today? Do this:

BJM – Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal (last day)
Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Ave./ 2PM, $
“The “jazz” of this Canadian company’s name no longer refers to a dance style. Rather, it’s a descriptor of what the members aim to do to ballet: spruce it up for modern times. For this engagement, they offer three examples of what they mean: “Rouge,” by Rodrigo Pederneiras, conveys group tension and cohesion; “Mono Lisa” is an industrial duet by Itzik Galili; and “Kosmos,” by Andonis Foniadakis, channels the “frenetic pace of everyday urban life.” (Schaefer-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Eddie Henderson Quintet (LAST DAY)
Smoke Jazz Club, 2751 Broadway, at 106th St./ 7, 9 and 10:30PM, $
“The well-traveled trumpeter Eddie Henderson has a compelling recent album, “Collective Portrait,” that builds on his accomplishments in the frontier era of jazz-funk. He’ll celebrate the 90th birthday of Miles Davis at this performance, with partners including the saxophonist Eric Alexander and the drummer (and Davis alumnus) Jimmy Cobb.” (Chinen-NYT)

New York City Ballet (LAST PERFORMANCE)
NYS/DHK Theater, Lincoln Center,/ 3PM, $
“City Ballet closes out its spring season with four more performances of Balanchine’s joyful “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” based on Shakespeare’s fanciful topsy-turvy romance and set to Felix Mendelssohn’s bewitching score. Though some characters are fairies and others mere mortals, everyone manages to look wonderfully otherworldly.”(Schaefer-NYT)

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

Washington Square Outdoor Art Exhibit, (May 28–30, Jun 4-5)
Washington Square Park/ 12PM- 6PM, FREE
“This city tradition feels fresh every spring when artists following in the footsteps of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning set up shop in the park. Hundreds of exhibitors, from NYU students to artists who remember the Village as a creative enclave, display their paintings, sculptures, photography, jewelry and woodcraft.” (TONY)

Fleet Week (through Tuesday)
“This annual docking of military ships began Wednesday with its parade and the arrival of about 4,500 Marines, sailors and members of the Coast Guard. Among the events across all five boroughs of New York are band and drill team performances, search-and-rescue demonstrations and daily public tours of the docked ships. At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum presents a big-band battle and swing dance on the flight deck of the Intrepid (Pier 86, 46th Street and 12th Avenue in Manhattan; 21+). And at 11 a.m. on Memorial Day, the museum hosts its annual commemoration, which includes a wreath-laying and the unfurling of a 100-foot American flag. Additional holiday and Fleet Week events are at fleetweeknewyork.com.” (NYT/AroundTown)

Elsewhere, but this looks mouthwatering; worth the detour.
CookOut NYC Food Party on the Pier
Stuyvesant Cove Park (East River Park at at 23rd St.)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Enjoy a huge selection of global bites and catch a battle of the burgers at this two-day affair, which offers unique ticket packages starting at $10. The lineup includes a raw bar, Danish hot dogs, and a fish fry.” (VillageVoice)

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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:

 Robert Ryman (through July 31)
“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)

Richard Serra (through July 29)
“New works occupying Gagosian Gallery’s two Chelsea display spaces find Mr. Serra, at 76, still wrangling sculptural fundamentals into objects and installations of thrilling severity. At West 21st Street is a single, grand example of his mazes made from immense ribbons of rolled steel; West 24th Street hosts three works made of solid steel slabs as well as a drawing installation. In certain respects, the two exhibitions represent formal opposites. While the maze subordinates material to gravity-defying form, the slabs favor weighty raw material. What the two have in common is their awesomely expansive effects on consciousness.
Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21st Street, 212-741-1717; and at 555 West 24th Street, Chelsea, 212-741-1111, gagosian.com.” (Johnson)

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 05/27 and 05/25.
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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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