Selected Events (06/10) + GallerySpecialExhibits: Chelsea

Today’s Super 7 > FRIDAY / JUNE 10, 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:

‘Lush Life: Celebrating 100 Years of Billy Strayhorn’ (also Saturday)
Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, 60th St. and Broadway / 8PM, $85+
Billy Strayhorn is remembered as one of jazz’s most elegant composers, working on his own and (especially) in partnership with Duke Ellington. For this centennial tribute, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led for the occasion by its pianist, Dan Nimmer, welcomes a guest: Johnny O’Neal, a veteran singer and pianist with keen insight into the fine, dissolute pathos of songs like “Lush Life,” a signature Strayhorn ballad.” (Chinen-NYT)

Music, Dance, Performing Arts

Blue Note Jazz Festival (through June 30)
“This monthlong fete rolls on with a mix of marquee names and crossover fare. A special highlight in the coming week is Sangam, an intuitive, shape-shifting trio comprising the multi-reedist Charles Lloyd, the tabla player Zakir Hussain and the drummer Eric Harland, on Saturday at Town Hall. Among the other strong offerings are a quartet led by the bassist Christian McBride, at the Blue Note Jazz Club from Tuesday through June 19; and the organist Cory Henry with his band, the Funk Apostles, at the Highline on Thursday. A full schedule is at” (Chinen-NYT)

Tonight, Arturo Sandoval  @ 8PM +10:30PM, $40, $55 @ the BlueNote
“Arturo Sandoval, a protégé of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn’t take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the world’s most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. He is one of the most dynamic and vivacious live performers of our time, and has been seen by millions at the Oscars, at the Grammy Awards, and the Billboard Awards.”

American Ballet Theater (through July 2)
Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center
“This weekend brings three more performances of “The Golden Cockerel,” Alexei Ratmansky’s sumptuous update of a popular comedic ballet by Michel Fokine for the Ballets Russes. Mr. Ratmansky tells the story of a magical rooster in czarist Russia with a heavy dose of mime and folk dance. Beginning Monday, it’s “Swan Lake” time as Ballet Theater’s stellar women take turns in the iconic dual role of the virtuous swan queen, Odette, and her devious doppelgänger, Odile.” (Schaefer-NYT)
Mondays through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Chelsea Music Festival (through Thursday)
“The Chelsea Music Festival, opening today, seems more inventive than ever this summer. It’s hard to detail the varied offerings, which bring together the performing, culinary and visual arts under the theme of “Gravity 350,” honoring the anniversary of Isaac Newton’s discovery. The gala opening reception, “The Elements of Gravity,” has culinary delicacies followed by a concert of Saint-Saens, Elgar, Rebel and the festival’s composer in residence, Michael Gandolfi. There will be late-night jazz programs, chamber music, family concerts and much more. Check the website for details. (It runs through June 18.)”
(Anthony Tommasini-NYT)
Canoe Studios, 601 W26th St./ Opening gala: 7:30PM

After-hours museum events:
>Dance the night away at the American Museum of Natural History’s recurring One Step Beyond parties, which feature drinks and music at the Rose Center for Earth and Space. Tonight’s party will feature DJ sets by DâM-FunK, Waajeed, and Shawn Dub.
>OR Head over to the Rubin Museum of Art for K2 Friday Nights, with free museum admission from 6-10pm, a DJ, special programs, Happy Hour specials, Cabaret Cinema screenings, and pan-Asian tapas. (The Rubin also regularly offers evening music performances and screenings on other nights of the week.)” (

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

Elsewhere, but these look worth the detours:
Point of Vision
Celebrating Women Artists in Fantasy and Science Fiction
Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63 St./ 6:30PM, $15
The opening reception for an exhibit celebrating female artists in fantasy and science fiction.

“When people think of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genre they often think of it as a male-dominated field, both in authorship and art. However, women have always been a critical part of the genre, and have often brought a slightly different point of view to the way that they create around the themes of myth, heroism, science, and futurism.

For the first time, the work of women in this genre will be exhibited together in Point of Vision: Celebrating Women Artists in Fantasy and Science Fiction.”

John Hay, Mark Twain and the Rise of American Imperialism
92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Ave./ 12PM, $25
“John Hay, famous as Lincoln’s private secretary and later as secretary of state under Presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous for being “Mark Twain,” grew up 50 miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the same rural antebellum stew of race and class and want.

Join award-winning documentarian Mark Zwonitzer as he discusses these extraordinary American figures and a time when their country was taking center stage in the world.”


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:

 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,” (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,” (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 ( 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 06/08 and 06/06.

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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